Let’s Move

 
 

Whitney Lawless (she/her)

Hi, I'm Whitney and I've found refuge in movement for as long as I can remember. I'm not super coordinated, or naturally strong. When I was introduced to yoga as a teenager (by my first boyfriend's mother), it opened a door to mystery, wonder and devotion and gave me some physical tools to ground this curiosity in my body.

My lineage of practice of yoga was formed and informed by many lineages in the beginning. The books Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar and The Iyengar Way by Shyam Mehta, Mira Silva and Mira Mehta; classes in Seattle in the early 00’s which were largely based in Ashtanga; my first Teacher Training was in Sivananda Yoga. Then I did a lot of training and practice in the Anusara tradition - which is a system that John Friend largely took from his time with Iyengar and added Siddha Yoga in Muktananda’s lineage - with Denise Benitez, Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell (the latter two come from the lineage of Yogi Ramsuratkumar).

These days, I strive to do less harm as a white yoga teacher in a western capitalist context. I’m here to further the conversation of justice with the tools of yoga and am learning from experts such as Michelle Cassandra Johnson and Susanna Barkataki. I also work with Holistic Resistance and Catrice Jackson to unpack my whiteness and show up in my wholeness for justice.

The question of whether I will continue teaching yoga or not is on my heart and mind. I do my best to integrate the the non-physical practices of yoga into a class setting, and teach in a way that remembers the context of the world in order to deepen and embody what it means to be alive at this time.

 
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