1st Edition

Practicing Yoga as Resistance Voices of Color in Search of Freedom

Edited By Cara Hagan Copyright 2021
    338 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    338 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together a diverse chorus of voices and experiences in the pursuit of collective bodily, emotional, and spiritual liberation, Practicing Yoga as Resistance examines yoga as it is experienced across the Western cultural landscape through an intersectional, feminist lens.

    Naming the systems of oppression that permeate our lived experiences, this collection and its contributors shine a light on the ways yoga practice is intertwined with these systems while offering insight into how people challenge and creatively subvert, mitigate, and reframe them through their efforts.

    From the disciplines of yoga studies, embodiment studies, women’s and gender studies, performance studies, educational studies, social sciences, and social justice, the self-identified women, queer, BIPOC, and White allies represented in this book present an interdisciplinary tapestry of scholarship that serves to add depth to a growing assemblage of yoga literature for the 21st century.

    Part I: Invitations

    1. Essential Questions for Inner and Outer Liberation
    Cara Hagan

    2. Towards a White Spiritual Antiracism
    Jardana Peacock

    Part II: Yoga, Self, and Community

    3. Embodied Radical Healing through the Collective: A Black Lotus Autoethnography
    Dominique A. Malebranche

    4. Reclaiming Spaces, Reshaping Practices: Yoga for Building Community and Nurturing Families of Color
    Amy Argenal and Monisha Bajaj

    5. The City of Radical Love: A Philly Story of Oppression, Resistance, and Healing
    Sheena Sood and Mari Morales-Williams

    6. Body Science of Survivorship: Mapping the Neurological Impacts of Interlocking Systems of Oppression and Co-Designing Equitable Solutions Through Movement and Breath
    Morgan Vanderpool

    7. Pedagogy of Movement: Yoga in Migrant Projects from a Race and Class Perspective
    Firdose Moonda

    8. White Hygiene, White Womanhood, and Wellness in the United States
    Rumya S. Putcha

    9. Incomplete: Impeding the Settler Colonial Project through Yoga for Black Lives
    Stephanie D. Hicks

    10. Hozho Yoga: Indigenous Movements Illuminating Human and More-Than-Human Interconnections
    Tria Blu Wakpa

    11. Yoga Asana and the Performance of Gender in American Exercise
    Cara Hagan

    12. Embodying Liminality through Yoga: An Autoethnography Exploring the Spaces Between
    Sanaz Yaghmai

    Part III: Yoga in Educational Spaces

    13. Yoga, Engaged Pedagogy, and the Process of Becoming: Explorations of a Socially Just Yoga Intervention
    Kimberly Nao

    14. White Teachers, Brown Yoga: Teacher Candidates Learning Yoga
    Erin Adams, Sohyun An, Jillian Ford, and Sanjuana Rodriguez

    15. Trials and Transformations: Ruminations of a Community College Yoga Teacher
    Shyamala Moorty 

    16. Situating Girls of Color in K-12 Yoga Research: Reflections and Results from Studying an After School Yoga Program for At-Risk Youth
    Michele Tracy Berger

    17. Yoga and Arts: Positive Disrupters in the School to Prison Pipeline
    Suzana Plaisant McCalley

    18. Tending Communities: Yoga as an Integrative, Collaborative, and Transformative Practice
    Narin Hassan


    Cara Hagan is an assistant professor and scholar of dance studies at Appalachian State University. Hagan founded and facilitates the Boone, North Carolina-based organization, Small and Mighty Acts (SAMA). She is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of movement, digital space, words, contemplative practice, and community.