Skill in Action
Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World
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Skill in Action asks you to explore the deeply transformational practice of yoga as a way to become an agent of social change and work toward a just world. Through yoga practices and philosophy, this book explores liberation for ourselves and others, while asking us to engage in our own agency—whether that manifests as activism, volunteer work, or changing our relationships with others and ourselves. To provide a strong foundation to begin this work, Michelle Cassandra Johnson clearly defines power and privilege, oppression, liberation, and suffering, and invites you to make changes in your life that promote equality and freedom for all. This revised and expanded edition offers journaling practices and prompts in each chapter; includes more material on how power and privilege inform the yoga industry; explains how to integrate justice into teaching the eight limbs of yoga; and offers ways to support people as they move through their resistance and discomfort in the face of injustice. This edition also offers a fuller look at how the yamas and niyamas—the ethical precepts of yoga—can be studied in order to create a more just world, and it offers more support for yoga teachers seeking to radicalize their yoga.
Praise For Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World…
“The promise of yoga is freedom. Freedom is both an individual and collective journey. Our liberation is tied to one another and so is our yoga practice. Skill in Action is a freedom guide—and it also asks questions that demand answers. What is information if it is not heeded? What is knowledge if it is not activated? What good does it do us to stand on our heads if we can’t stand on our own two feet or stand up for each other? Can there be ‘love and light’ without acknowledging and contending with our personal and societal darkness? Within Skill in Action, Michelle C. Johnson calls us out, in, and together and teaches us what it means to live our yoga, greater purpose, and activate our power for the greater good off the mat. This is a book for all time and especially right now.”—Octavia Raheem, author of Gather and Pause, Rest, Be
“Michelle Cassandra Johnson has brilliantly and lovingly exposed the heart of yoga in the midst of a world struggling with racism, separation, and suffering. Her masterful book represents a sea change in the contemporary interpretation and practice of the ancient yoga teachings.”—Jivana Heyman, author of Yoga Revolution and Accessible Yoga
“The tools and wisdom in this book will ripple far and wide for a long time to come. Skill in Action is an incredible blend of wisdom and education, patience and urgency, and inward reflection and outward action.”—Carrington Jackson, Off the Mat, Into the World/Yoga In Action coordinator and mentor
“This book set my entire soul ablaze. Michelle Cassandra Johnson has an authentic and clear way of breaking down the construct of white supremacy and the work we must do to dismantle it on individual and collective levels. This approach to liberation and transformation through yoga gives me hope and fuel in the fight to create a new experience for myself, my children, my community, and the world.”—Kelley Nicole Palmer, author of Manifest
“A perfect text to counter the cultural image of the thin, privileged white women who practice yoga, Johnson’s book is meant to explore how to use the practice as a radical tool of change. It’s meant to help find liberation for all bodies and gives space for people to find whatever that means for them within their own lives, marrying the tools of change with the deeply radical roots of yoga. Yoga isn’t a practice of complacency. It’s one of being and living change—that’s right there in the Sutras, and Johnson’s book is a refreshing reminder of how yoga isn’t just what you do on the mat. It’s what you do off it.”—Book Riot
“Skill in Action is a primer on the skills needed to radicalize your yoga practice to create a just world, inspire you to connect with your dharma, and explore the intersection of social justice and yoga.”—Integral Yoga Magazine
Shambhala, 9781645470489, 224pp.
Publication Date: November 2, 2021