I ground my practice in these core ethical beliefs that guide me through my path and help me connect both spiritual and material transformation:
Integration of the whole body - physical, emotional, intellectual + spiritual.
Individuals exist within families (blood + chosen), as well as communities and larger systems.
All Bodies are Wise
Valuing all genders, sizes, ages and strengths.
Healing that is trauma-informed - physical, sexual, emotional, individual and inter-generational.
Neurodiversity is our strength: there are multiple ways of perceiving, knowing, being and relating.
Making Room for the Sacred
Honouring ancestral lineages and personal spiritual practice.
Grounding our practice on the lands where we live.
Seeking reciprocal, compassionate partnerships grounded in listening.
Respecting autonomy, agency + consent.
Embracing feedback + accountability.
Practices that are...
Queer/ Trans/ Genderqueer inclusive;
Migration/ non-status supportive;
and based on exchange, not transaction.
Below are some quotes that inspire my approach to my work:
“I love the idea of community care…what is that, if not community supporting each other in our self-determined efforts to care for ourselves and our families?
There’s that relationship wisdom, “you can’t change someone else.” I feel that – i know it’s true for me, when people try to change me i root my feet down into the soil of what is.
Grace Boggs speaks it into movement, echoing Gandhi, “we must transform ourselves to transform the world.”
For me this includes self-care. or perhaps more precisely, self-determined care. Because the messages we receive are that our lives don’t matter, that we don’t deserve love, or even to exist. to choose instead to value ourselves, our health, and the health of our communities – all as one, not at odds with each other, is radical, it’s self-determination.” - Adrienne Maree-Brown; Healing Justice Collective member; editor, Octavia’s Brood
“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.” ― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare" - Audre Lorde
Below are other sources of inspiration:
Bay Area Healing Justice Collectives
All Bodies Swim
Brown Girls Yoga