“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” – Harvey Milk
When I started doing yoga, I also started following yoga people on Instagram. Just starting out, I viewed it as a way to feel connected, and not alone – plus, they would motivate me. Sadly, so many of them were the heteronormative stereotypes that I couldn’t connect with, even though I tried. After a few weeks, I unfollowed all of the yoga people and started over.
Later I was able to find several LGBTQIA+ groups, but most had a tilt to one side, like only being gay men’s yoga or FUCKING gross for excluding Trans Folx from their spaces. Don’t get me wrong, I was able to connect with some beautiful people, and through those people, I was exposed to more and more Queer Yogis. It was almost a year into this Where’s Waldo community-building project for myself when I realized there really wasn’t much Queer Yoga representation on Instagram in the form of community or collective pages – even hashtags! That’s when I started thinking about a way to connect all the rad Queer Yoga Folx I knew, plus expanding that network. I put it on the back burner for a few months to simmer.
While I was attending Queer Yoga Camp in Oregon, my mind kept going back to the queer community and spaces within the online yoga environment. The irony isn’t lost on me; however, I am privileged to participate in an in-person retreat, but I wanted to focus on an online space because that might be the only access folx have to a sense of sameness or reflection. Then, I thought that it should be more in-depth than a social connection, but also a way to educate each other. The Queer Yoga Community is VAST and BEAUTIFUL, we just need those safe and supportive environments to reach our FULL potential. That’s why I created the #QueerYogaFolx Project, as a way to try and achieve all these things.
Please consider sharing your individual story and practice with other QueerYogaFolx. Also, thank you for taking the time to learn more about this project and what it means to me. Namaste.