For us, yoga is an embodiment practice, centered in becoming present and in love with life.
It is an invitation to become grounded in a living earth-based spirituality.
Yoga supports the awakening of deeply belonging in larger biotic community.
Many of us have lost touch with the land, non-human animals and each other.
Yoga is a homecoming. It is reunion with life and intimacy with all that is.
This reunion process requires decolonization of the mind, remembrance of our Source and a wide, open heart.
Decolonizing the mind
Yoga is a means of developing critically thinking, accessing inner wisdom and changing narratives. This radical work begins in the silences of the practices, strengthens in the mental and physical detoxification processes and then evolves in the community that grows around us. Yoga elicits a questioning stance towards the status quo. Meta-stories that shape our lives such as capitalism, consumerism, inequality, patriarchy and colonialism are ripe for critique. We need better stories. Yoga serves our ability to see alternatives.
Remembrance of our Source
The multiple cascading ecological crises we currently face are external - and internal. This destruction mirrors the inner despair and alienation of a disconnection from a higher power. We are a species caught in the insanity of fouling its own nest. Indigenous cultures have a name for this kind of cannabalistic insanity of greed,excess and selfishness: Wetiko. Look it up. Read "Colombus and Other Cannibals" by Jack Forbes. Part of the antidote is organizing our lives and relationships in radically new ways that humbly honour our interconnectedness and collective responsibilities. For example, the simple act of gifting undermines the logic of commodification and alternative education models can help decolonize young minds. Another part of the antidote is ending the rule of human supremacy - remembering that this is God/Goddess/Creator's world and we just live in it. We are mere threads in a giant web.
A wide, open heart
How can we take better care of each other? How can we protect the sacred and the innocent? How can we avoid turning on each other as the collective human experience becomes more challenging? Authentic spiritual practice is equalitarian and inclusive and engaged. All of our lives are embedded within a sociopolitical context. Doing our own work, inevitably, eventually, moves us to empathy and compassion for others. In today's world, this doesn't mean much unless we're doing something about it. Yes, personal lifestyle choices matter. We minimize our ecological footprint as much as we can through simple living. But our hearts tell us so much more is needed. Politics, deep ecology, direct action and social activism have a place in yoga. Love is both gentle and fierce. Sometimes it is a refuge of healing, sometimes it is a crucible of transformation.
This is not yoga meant to trick our ego into thinking we are well on our way to becoming a superhero, supermodel or any other uber-super-mensch. We will not become one of the X-men because of doing yoga. Stan Lee will not be making a cameo in our class.
Yoga is not about becoming Somebody. We think being Nobody is where it's at.
We cancelled our subscription to enlightenment a long time ago.
Our dream is of a world in which every year there are more pods of Orcas swimming on our shores than the year before, in water that is cleaner and more fecund than the year before. A world where all children are nourished in a loving community and able to play freely in the wilderness. A world where the wealth of the commons is restored to all beings and humans take their place as wise healers and caretakers of the Earth.
This is the dream of Luna Yoga.
We acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples; locally the Semiahmoo First Nation.