Yoga & Equity Resources

The IMIYA Board is committed to make Iyengar yoga welcoming to all.

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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.

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


Seeing White by Scene on Radio

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


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