Like many of you we have been haunted, saddened and angered by the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, BreonnaTaylor and the countless other Black lives who have been wrongly taken, victimized and marginalized for centuries in our country. We sit with broken hearts as we experience the virus of racism that has plagued us for so long, while still fighting another contagious virus. Over the last week, we have conversed honestly around our gaps and areas of opportunity to increase representation, awareness and education within ourselves and the studio. We are devoted to being a part of the solution and firmly stand in solidarity with the Black community. The mourning will continue, and as we continue to protest, comfort each other, and speak up, we feel compelled to share with you the steps we have initiated over the last year and are committed to expanding at the studio.
We have increased our outreach program to bring on Chanel Vanzant as the Director of Diversity and Belonging. She will work directly with our current Outreach Ambassador, Jirod Webb, to help enhance Bella Prana’s mission of inclusivity, love and diversity. We will listen hard to what our students of color have to say about the goals we set and the steps we take. We ask our community to hold us accountable to the commitments we are making, as they are just the beginning.
- We will expand our diversity training to include a comprehensive video training that will be required of everyone who works at Bella Prana in any capacity. This will include ongoing diversity and belonging trainings on site for our teachers and leadership as well as a diversity and belonging workshop for the public in the Fall of 2020.
- Our teacher training program will now include diversity, inclusion and belonging lecture experiences as a part of the training syllabus.
- We will represent the work of more authors and artists of color in the boutique. We are committed to intentionally supporting businesses owned by people of color.
- We will now offer scholarship opportunities for people of color available for all of our yoga teacher trainings.
- We are committed to hosting regular Real Talk conversation circles, online and in person, on topics related to power, privilege and oppression.
- We are committed to using our social media presence to highlight more diverse topics, resources, art, and community events.
- We will continue to work and expand our relationship with non-profits like Metropolitan Ministries to provide yoga and meditation classes.
- We will continue to hold 7 donation only classes per week to increase accessibility of our yoga and meditation experiences to all of our community.
– Bella Prana Leadership, Teachers, and Community