We are growing into our capacity to be a place where oppression, systems of power, cultural appropriation and other socio-political realities are actively investigated, questioned, confronted and contemplated.
Some may find this a strange match for a healthcare practice, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is clear that harm by these systems that influence so much of our lives is a huge driver of the way that individuals' health journeys unfold. We cannot remain ignorant of these realities and expect to unequivocally improve the lives of the people we serve.
Further, because we – the founders of Watershed Wellness – are both engaging in teaching and practice of modalities that do not have their historical roots in our own ancestral cultures. As European descended white people, we have to be and endeavor to be aware of our own biases, our mistakes and missteps, and to always be engaged in self-education and behavior modification as we learn more about how we can be stewards of the traditions we are privileged to be involved with.
As of 2019, we are working on several resources to engage with these ideas directly. If you have questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out.
On the yoga side of Watershed Wellness, we are committed to engaging in conversation and trainings as a studio and individually to limit our mess-ups and mistakes around cultural appropriation. Starting in January of 2020 we'll be engaging in ongoing trainings with Susanna Barkataki over at the Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute.
We know that there are terrible ways of relating to yoga traditions that maintain colonialism and white supremacy. It’s never been our intent to do that, but of course intent isn’t the measure. We’re constantly learning and making mistakes as we figure out how to navigate the current culture of yoga as white teachers. We also know that there is no easy solution to this, and we’re committed to doing the best we can to cause as little harm as we can.
We are actively seeking resources and leadership on this; it’s important to us. We’re always glad to hear feedback or ideas that you may have. Please reach out to Amanda directly with any comments, feedback or concerns.