Introducing Queer & Trans* Yoga
"I wanted this to be an invitation to people who haven’t felt welcome in a regular yoga class,” explains Sandy King on the reason she and Ari Henry have started Queer and Trans Yoga, which will kick off its first class at Twenty10 on November 13.
“Even though yoga is very welcoming and inclusive, sometimes the depiction of yoga in the media – with a blonde skinny cis woman – is not so welcoming for those that don’t fit the mould. This is a doorway in. Especially for people that want to try yoga but have not felt safe,” says Sandy.
Entry to the class is by donation, with Ari and Sandy offering their time for free and Twenty10 volunteering the space – money will go to promoting the classes and towards equipment like yoga mats.
For Ari, yoga has helped deliver a sense of connection.
“As someone who was the last picked on the team in terms of sport, I almost felt like I didn’t have a body – there was a big disconnect. But the word Yoga means union and that’s the practice and the end product.”
Classes will include meditation and a typical class will last 75 minutes.
Sandy says the class won’t be that different to an engaged Hatha class. “The main difference is it will be practiced in a safe and inclusive space.”
Ari adds “There will just be an unspoken awareness that you are amongst like-minded people. You don’t have to be self-conscious of your body. If you’re wearing make-up to feel comfortable or if you don’t feel comfortable with the world being divided into binary genders; or if you bind or pack to express your gender – this is a place where you won’t stand out.
“This is a place where you can just show up as your regular comfortable old self or your uncomfortable old self as the case may be, and people won’t be staring at you...”
For more info visit www.queerandtransyoga.com