Engaging With and Dismantling Hate: For White Folks


Inspired by the example above from Dr. Nayeli Chavez-Dueñas @NYChavez and Dr. Hector Y. Adames @HYAdames [Twitter handles], I offer a version for white folks. Love and struggle.

Engaging and Dismantling HateEngaging With and Dismantling Hate



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Embodied Grief Space

embodied grief space

Three people are dead, dozens more injured, and many of us are reeling from the events in #Charlottesville yesterday.  Yesterday’s violence, planned and executed by white nationalists, the KKK, white supremacists, alt-right, and others, in collusion with the cops and other authorities, is confirmation of what we already know. White supremacy is alive and well in this country, in our midst, inside of the hearts and minds and homes and bodies of white folks.

What I know for sure right now: I am scared, feeling isolated, and full of emotion. In the spirit of wanting to reduce isolation, foment connection, and increase collective capacity to hold grief and move towards right action, I’m offering an embodied grief space today.

Reflecting on yesterday’s events in Virginia, Adrienne Maree Brown said, “We have to grieve and feel and strategize in motion…”

I offer this space in that spirit, and in my capacity as a therapist, healing justice worker, trauma-informed yoga teacher, queer woman, anti-oppression trainer, and white anti-racist activist who is working in accountable relationship in my community.

I do not presume that this is what everyone needs right now, but I am feeling like its part of what I need, and what I can offer. I’ve reached out to folks I’m connected with here in community – both People of Color leaders and healers, as well as other white folks committed to the multi-racial work of ending white supremacy and racism – and the folks I’ve connected with are offering their support and encouragement to move forward with this space, though many are already committed to and present in their own spaces and formations.

This space will include:

  • reflection
  • gentle movement to connect with the body and move energy and emotion
  • opportunity for pair or small group sharing/listening (solo work is an option too)
  • invitation to commit to further action.


Sunday, August 13, 1-2:30pm <<TODAY>>
Durham Yoga Company, 502 Rigsbee, 2nd Floor (This space has an elevator)
Free/By donation – Proceeds will go to Charlottesville Medical Fund and to SONG’s Black August Bailout Action.

Bring with you:

  • A notebook/journal/paper and pen
  • Comfortable clothes for movement
  • Cash/card if you want to donate – no requirement to do so
  • Open heart and mind, willingness to be transformed


In love and struggle,



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Water, love, connection

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Yoga for Queers and Misfits
Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:05 at Health Associates in Durham
All-levels, inclusive, donation-based yoga for all.

Complete class details here.

from @nayyirah.waheed

We are in the time of Cancer. The watery depths of connectivity. As Chani Nicholas reminds us, “What is moist becomes permeable and able to join with another.” This is a time of choosing care and connection over corruption and cowardice. This is a time for loving and protecting each other, as Assata enjoins us. “Care is our greatest currency. When we invest in caring for ourselves, each other, and the world around us, the returns are invaluable,” Chani says.

This is the time to evoke the nurturing, equalizing, and expansive power of water. To make ourselves vessels of care, vehicles of connection.


Join me tonight at Yoga for Queers and Misfits as we tap into the depths of our own capacity for compassion, care, and connection.
5:45 – 7:05 at Health Associates on Broad St.

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Meditating on magic

Align and Shine Yoga
Saturday 10:30-12pm at Durham Yoga Company
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Staying focused on our foundational miraculous nature is actually very hard work in our modern culture of deconstruction. We are socialized to see what is wrong, missing, off, to tear down the ideas of others and uplift our own. To a certain degree, our entire future may depend on learning to listen… –Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown

resized ES.pattyI finally received my copy of Emergent Strategy (a birthday gift from my beloved) and I’m already underlining basically every word. I have been following adrienne maree brown‘s work for some time now, ever since I had the privilege of meeting her more than ten years ago at a week-long Direct Action training organized by the Ruckus Society.  She is a powerhouse of information and inspiration, of sacred strategy and irreverent insurgence. Her book is everything right now. Hop on over to a local bookstore and get yourself a copy.

Some of you might know adrienne’s work without realizing it.  For example, an excerpt of her writings went sort of viral last year in the midst of last summer’s uprisings which arose in response to another brutal wave of police murders of Black and Brown people. (Often it was shared without attribution…and it is still getting circulated so please do me a favor: if/when you see it shared without credit, please comment that it came from adrienne maree brown @adriennemareebrown. Folks need to be credited for their brilliance! And more folks need to know about adrienne’s work.)

amd.repost from Micah Bazant

Emergent Strategy has me meditating on so many things, and in many ways is an invitation to return home to some of the earliest teachings I received while on the path of yoga and transformation. Specifically, the opening passage I shared in this post has me thinking about the practice of looking for the good. It is a radical practice – in the context of disaster capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy – to train ourselves to first see beauty, connection, and Light. It is a spiritual practice to choose first to see the ways that we are connected, brilliant, and always/already whole and complete.  While it might be a relatively basic or subtle shift, it is anything but simple.

Join me in class tomorrow while we exploring the deeply spiritual and transformative potential of learning to meditate on the magic…to look for the good…to focus first on possibility and potential.

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Class Schedule This Week

sub.friday12.1I’m subbing a class on FRIDAY May 19th from 12-1pm at Durham Yoga Company. This one hour class is the perfect potent combo – 40 mins Fast and Furious + 20 mins Sweet and Slow. Join me!

Tomorrow class is on as usual, 10:30-12pm also at Durham Yoga Company.

Heads up!

Next week I will teach Wednesday 5/24 as usual, 5:45 – 7:05 at Health Associates.
Saturday, 5/27, I will have a sub for Align and Shine.

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Standing in Your Light (Changes abound).

In my classes tomorrow
Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:45 InQlusive Yoga and 7:00 – 8:30 Yoga for Queers and Misfits.
Saturday 10:30 – 12.  Note I have a sub this week, I’ll be back next week.

Two chances for yoga with me this week: Wednesday at 5:30 and 7:00.
>> Reminder: I have one more sub this Saturday – I’m back in action next Saturday 5/6 <<


This is a time of transition for many. Scholastic calendars, seasonal shifts, birthdays, babies. So many things are in flux, so many things taking new shape.

So what’s new? The only constant is change. In yoga we call this Pulsation. The Divine Dance. Lila (pronounced LEE-luh). It is the magic of the Universe that is constantly presenting itself in new and different, ever-more magical and mysterious yet utterly accessible forms. Ironically, it is by flowing with Grace, dancing with the Divine, that you create steadiness. Opening yourself up to the creative power of Consciousness in each moment. Knowing and acting as if you are always being held. Standing in your light and blasting it out!

Looking to the outside world for steadiness and stability will only make you vulnerable to the inevitable shifts to come. The only true source of steadiness is within yourself. So you must learn to stand tall in your light, no matter what the circumstances; revel in the mysteries no matter how unforeseen. Squeeze all the juice out of life as fuel for the fires of your transformation.

It starts when you take your place on the mat, stand tall in your light, and open to grace. See you there.

Photo by @littlesoulafox Soula Pefkaros

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Spring Into Dynamic Balance

In my classes tomorrow
Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:45 InQlusive Yoga and 7:00 – 8:30 Yoga for Queers and Misfits.
Saturday 10:30 – 12.  Note I have a sub this week.

Two chances for yoga with me this week: Wednesday at 5:30 and 7:00.
>> Reminder: I’m away the next THREE Saturdays so Wednesdays are your only chances for yoga with me until May! <<

As always, I’m taking a cue from nature this week. Still slowing things down and working to make space, while also noticing that the internal work I’m doing is paying off because my inner fire is getting stoked and *I’m* getting stoked to begin again and start some new shit. Feeling ready to start going big or staying home, more and more. Nature is going big too this week, and bursting with lush possibility. Can you see it? Do you feel it?

Chani Nicholas reminds us what’s happening cosmically to shape the energies of the day, and brings it all home with her own version of the ever-present teaching around dynamic balance aka the nature of the Universe, “Balance is a constant state of recalibration.” Indeed!

This week we’re going to move some stuff, yogis. We’re going to Spring into Health / Action / Vitality / Creativity. We’re going to play with balance in all its multitude of forms, and remind ourselves of the constant course-and-fine adjustments that staying on our path requires. Ooh I can’t wait.

See you on the mat.

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