In response to requires racial justice final summer time, Hindus of Larger Houston donated about $8,000 to fund yoga-teacher-training for 4 Black college students, every of whom is, in their very own manner, spreading the thoughts and physique observe to marginalized communities.
The loss of life of George Floyd final 12 months shocked the nation, inciting protests and a widespread motion for racial justice. The motion has influenced many, together with Hindus of Larger Houston, to behave.
“When the motion for justice for these racial minority members of our communities escalated final summer time, my children got here to me and stated, ‘We have to do one thing,’” stated Vijay Pallod, who’s on the Board of Hindus of Larger Houston. Pallod took his youngsters’s requires motion to coronary heart and brainstormed with others for methods to assist. Funding coaching for Black yoga academics is an thought the Indian American got here up with whereas in dialog along with his pal Benny Tillman, the primary African American president of the Vedic Associates Affiliation, a world physique that has embraced Vedic tradition.
HGH took on the mission and, with the assistance of native yoga studios, recognized Black yoga academics in want of monetary help. Two recipients of the sponsorship, Adryn Mari and Alex Kaufmann, accomplished their coaching on-line in November 2020 on the Melanin Yoga Undertaking, a Houston-based group whose mission is to make yoga extra accessible to underserved communities.
“The [training] helped me to broaden my instructing toolbox, particularly when it got here to diving into anatomy and cueing and the philosophy of yoga,” stated Kaufmann.
Mari and Kaufmann each accomplished a 300-hour program, a complicated coaching open to college students who’ve already executed a 200-hour degree program. They stated the HGH sponsorship made an amazing distinction in enabling them to take part in this system, which usually prices $2,999.
Sharonda Hines, in the meantime, is a scholarship recipient presently finishing her yoga trainer coaching with SVYASA Houston. “Being an individual of coloration, I had by no means heard of yoga,” stated Hines.