Antiracism Resources

The IMIYA Board is committed to undoing whiteness and recognizes that this is work white people must do. Iyengar Yoga in the U.S. is mostly practiced and taught by white people, so in order to make Iyengar yoga welcoming to all, white people must study up and learn how to be antiracist.

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Books

I invite you to look for copies of these books at your local library—many titles will be available for free in paper, ebook, or audiobook formats—your local independent book store, or a Black owned bookstore, rather than the online mega-retailer that shall not be named.

Sage (Secretary on the Board)

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation by angel Kyodo williams

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Podcasts

Seeing White by Scene on Radio

Nice White Parents by Serial (on inequality in US education)

Films

13th by Ava DuVernay

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (from the book)

The Hate U Give (from the novel)

Web-based resources

Ahimsa in Action: Iyengar Yoga and Social Justice: a blog that asks if yoga practice can be a strategic tool to help create a more just, equitable society

Still in Sirsasana: Essays on yoga, ableism, and race by CIYT Hong Gwi-Seok (Peggy)

Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective: blog on Iyengar yoga and healing justice

Tada Hozumi’s website Selfish Activist on cultural somatics and healing

Showing Up For Racial Justice: an activist organization with a great educational archive on their website

Agreements for Multicultural Interactions: Guidelines for conversation and collaboration from the East Bay Meditation Center

Dismantling Racism: extensive resources to help dismantle racism within organizations. See especially the packet on White Supremacy Culture

Centre for Community Organizations

Free Racialized Trauma 5-Day eCourse on Resmaa Menakem’s website

Anti-Racism Daily: daily newsletters and resources to dismantle white supremacy by Nicole Cardoza