Community Resources

The purpose of this page is to share with each other the resources on anti-racism and white supremacy that have motivated change in our lives, and at our studio. Below are suggested resources from teachers, trainees, and students in our Bella Prāṇa community, as well as our owners and management team.

If you would like to suggest a resource for this list, please send your suggestions to info@bellaprana.com.

Photo generously donated by @everydopegirl and @herplaceisin

 

WEBSITES

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

Black Lives Matter Website recommended by the management team at Bella Prāṇa

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man with Emmanuel Acho recommended by Tina Tidwell, Owner

Yoga Alliance Anti-Racism Resources recommended by Roni and Tina, Owners

 

BOOKS & WRITINGS

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
“As a white woman I felt confused where to begin to unpack my privilege and it’s affect on others. This book gives you journaling questions to work through each day and forces you to look deep inside your own bias. Every person should read this book.” – Roni Elissabeth, Founder & Owner

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
“This book was really eye opening to all the ways society has protected me as a white person from experiencing myself racially and to the extremely predictable defense mechanisms we white people use to avoid confronting the topic of race.” – Tina Tidwell Bedore, Owner

So you Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Olua
“Ijeoma speaks from the voice of a gay bi-racial woman, disclosing real life experiences with racism in America. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to dismantle white supremacy in their community.” – Emily Tan, Creative Director

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
“Morrison outlines the poignancy in one little black girl’s story that too many of us folks felt the day we looked in the mirror and realized our beauty would always be considered “different”. – Chanel Vanzant, Instructor

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
“This book was unique literary experience. The true story of a white man, who made his skin appear black and immersed himself in another culture so that he could report back on the reality of being black in America. This book was raw and challenging.” – Roni Elissabeth, Owner

Radical Dharma by angle Kyodo williams
“Radical Dharma gives voice to a population which has a history of being marginalized in spiritual communities. The stories and voices shared on these pages are a meaningful and impactful narration about racism, belonging, inclusivity and spiritual freedom.” – Jessica Lynne Trese, Director of Teacher Training

I’m Still Here, Black Dignity in a World Make for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
“In this book Austin shares her story of living and working in a world designed to uplift white people and white culture. She challenges the reader to take responsibility for where we contribute to these inequities.” – Roni Elissabeth, Owner

Skill in Action by Michelle Johnson
“Michelle Johnson’s Skill In Action asks that we root our powerful practice of yoga in social justice to dismantle white supremacy and pursue a world in which all of us are liberated. It is heavily influenced by the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient yogic text on the significance of pursuing one’s dharma (purpose) and duty even when confronted with doubt, fear, and other distractions that might draw us away from our path.” – Tayo, Instructor & Desk Angel

How to be an Anti-Racist by  Ibram X. Kendi
“Ibram X. Kendi walks us through his life as the child of activists and lays out his academic perspective on race and the history oppression. He dives into many topics and perspectives that will open your mind and demand reflection.” – Roni Elissabeth, Owner

 

PEOPLE TO CONSIDER FOLLOWING

Ava DuVernay – suggested by Roni Elissabeth, Owner

Koya Webb – suggested by Megan Weathers, Director of Operations

Trevor Noah – suggested by Bret Harris, Student

Rupi Kaur – suggested by Ami Joshi, Instructor

Austin Channing Brown– suggested by Tina Tidwell, Owner

Cleo Wade – suggested by Roni Elissabeth, Owner

Nikita Gill – recommended by Amee Joshi, Instructor

Baratunde Thurston – recommended by Roni Elissabeth, Owner

Nicole Walters – recommended by Megan Weathers, Director of Operations

 

VIDEOS & LECTURES

Post Traumatic Slave Disorder with Dr. Joy Degruy recommended by Ashley Adams, 300hr Training Graduate & Instructor

Racism Experiment in Children – recommended by Eric Yanta Smith, Student
“We as Black American’s get tired of educating white America on something a lot of people think doesn’t exist. This video helps people understand how it feels to be discriminated against, because you are likely to feel children’s pain more than you feel ours.” – Eric

26 Mini Films on Race, Bias, & Identity recommended by Emily Tan, Creative Director
“This mini series speaks to all races, views, opinions, principles and perspectives. I have committed to challenge myself everyday to see from other peoples perspectives, especially when they are not my own.” -Emily

Good Trouble a Documentary on Congressman John Lewis recommended by Roni Elissabeth, Owner
“This documentary walks you through some of the many highlights in the impactful life of Senator and Activist John Lewis. He told people to ‘get into trouble…good trouble…necessary trouble’.”  – Roni


PODCASTS

The Black Yoga Experience Podcast recommended by Bella Prana’s management team
“This podcast, created by the founder of Black Yoga Magazine, is an honest dive into race in the wellness environment. Ashley Adams interviews other influencers and incorporates her lived experience as a studio owner and teacher.” – Roni Elissabeth, Owner

How to be an Anti-Racist Podcast recommended by Roni Elissabeth, Owner
“In this podcast Brene’ Brown interviews Ibram X. Kendi on his book ‘How to be an Anti-Racist’. They discuss the foundational difference between considering yourself to be ‘not racist’ verses actively being an Anti-Racist.” – Roni

Strong in the Broken Places – Free Cookies podcast with Kathryn Budig & Kate Fagan recommended by Roni Elissabeth, Owner
“This podcast is an interview between Quentin Vennie and famous yogi Kathryn Budig and her partner Kate Fagan. Quentin shares his lived experience in the wellness world and yoga community as a black man and yoga instructor.” – Roni

Yoga is Dead Podcast
“A revolutionary podcast that exposes the underbelly of the yoga industry. Get ready to have your eyes opened and your perceptions challenged…this ain’t your white yoga podcast.”

Yoga Girl – Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho recommended by Joyce McNally, Director of Kids and Family Programing
“I highly recommend this podcast as a beginning journey into the topic of racism, as Emmanuel allow us to dive deeper into our understanding of white privilege. He connects in a relatable way with actionable steps that white people can take to change the trajectory of our culture.”  – Joyce

 

DOCUMENTARIES

13th Documentary (Netflix) recommended by Roni Elissabeth, Owner
“The film will confront you with the trackable and provable fact that our criminal system has been used to control and oppress people for centuries. Every American should see this film.” – Roni

 

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