Nourishing Heart Yoga (NHY) has launched a Justice and Inclusion scholarship. This scholarship is a program that attempts to make NHY programs more accessible to a wider range of people, specifically people who are underrepresented and/or marginalized in our community. We recognize that there are inequities in the community specifically, and believe that we need to take a social justice approach to this issue. While we do not have all of the answers, the Justice and Inclusion scholarship, along with the peer support network that will be connected to it, is a part of our attempt to shift this culture and welcome a wider range of participants into the NHY community.
This scholarship aims to encourage a diverse environment by inspiring the development and participation of individuals who identify as belonging to an underrepresented and/or marginalized group. It specifically hopes to draw participants who
(1) have shown commitment to learning, practicing, and growing yoga on the individual and community level, and (2) bring new representation, embodied knowledge, and life experiences to the community.
We acknowledge that for those who come from marginalized populations, showing up to spaces occupied primarily by dominant groups (namely white and non-disabled) is a challenge, and can be vulnerable. As a part of the Justice and Inclusion Scholarship, we’re offering facilitation support and optional programming that will serve as resources for recipients of the scholarship. We do not expect scholarship recipients to be responsible for being ambassadors for their group or educators of others. This scholarship is not understood as a way to enrich our community, but a way to recognize inequity and make space for underrepresented individuals in dynamic new ways.
Scholarship recipients are encouraged to focus on getting the most out of their training experience and have no special duties or obligations apart from attendance, participation to their comfort, and giving us feedback on their experience so that we can continue to grow in our politics and commitment to justice.