At One Yoga, we strive to act in alignment with our mission and the yamas and niyamas (ethical practices) of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Satya (the practice of truthfulness), second of the five yamas, guides us to think, speak, and act with integrity. We have not done our part by speaking out sooner and non-action is an action. Our yoga calls us forward to say We do not support, believe, condone, or have any affiliation with QAnon or its subsequent conspiracy theories. Our studio mission and vision are based on removing barriers (social, cultural, and economic) to yoga, leading to health equity in our community.
Furthermore, the practice of ahimsa (non-harming) implores us to live in such a way that we cause no harm in thought, speech, or action to any living being, including ourselves. This is not a means of calling out but calling in. Each person lives in their own reality and is responsible for their beliefs and thoughts. We must ensure that these beliefs and thoughts are not causing harm to others.
Himsa (violence) arises out of fear, and fear leads to insecurity, which causes us to feel separate from others—alone and misunderstood. Feelings of fear and separation are rampant in these times. This, coupled with the desire to keep our loved ones safe and healthy, can lead us away from compassion for 'others' and increase social and political discord and disconnect. Conversely, the practices and principles of yoga can help move us in the direction of compassion for all, even those with differing views or who we believe are misguided. Yoga calls on us to move away from fear and individuality in the direction of truth and community.
For most of us, the practice of yoga postures fit solidly into our lives and have beginnings, middles, and ends. But more contemplative practices such as vichara (self-inquiry/discernment), ahimsa (non-harming), and santosha (contentment) are often more challenging as they require deep self-examination. These practices bring us to investigate our own shortcomings and take action based on what we find.
QAnon is not unique to yoga and wellness communities, but exists in all realms. While this post is about yoga and wellness, we need to know of its invasive nature.
We at One Yoga rise to the need for open discussion on these topics. Please stay tuned for the announcement of these upcoming community offerings.