I am a yoga teacher—the person who calms your nerves at the end of the day. I am not the person you want to hear talking about politics on social media. I get it.
As someone who has been in the yoga world quite a while and has been working with underprivileged communities, the oppressed ones, the forgotten ones, the ones whose voices have been stolen, I must stand up and speak up.
I can’t support anyone who incites violence and racism or toys with the idea of civil unrest or threatens the idea of democracy—an idea that we can and must protect.
I can’t support anyone who promotes divisiveness, be it a friend, a student, or an acquaintance.
I want to be on the side of those who demonstrate even a modicum of compassion, inclusivity, and equality for all.
Violence, racism, brutality, bullying, from the highest office in our country, is unacceptable.
If you are on FB or IG and you follow my personal accounts, you can expect me to share my opinions, my views—just as you do. And I choose my “friends” the same way you choose yours.
I won’t accept in my social media any type of bullying, lying, or disrespect or, ultimately, anyone supporting a divisive narrative.
I will continue doing my best to empower people to practice.
I will continue to teach and empower others to find their voices.
I have no interest in engaging with anyone who does not make human rights, democracy, and social justice a priority of the practice.
I might lose a few of you. I don’t care. I am not here for the likes.
I will continue to remind anyone who will listen that nothing good has ever come out of violence—not in the entire history of civilization.
So let’s not repeat the same mistakes.
Adrian Molina has been teaching yoga since 2004, with an extensive worldwide following through his platform and school of yoga, Warrior Flow. Adrian is also a writer, meditation teacher, sound therapist, End-of-Life Doula, Mental Health First Aid facilitator, an ambassador for Accessible Yoga and Yoga for All, and soon to be a TCTSY facilitator. Adrian is recognized as a community organizer and founder of The Warrior Flow Foundation, a 501c3 non profit that brings the benefits of movement, therapeutic and accessible yoga, mindfulness, and stress reduction tools to schools, shelters, hospitals, police, first responders, and hospice care. He is also the co-founder of Warrior Flow TV, an online video platform that makes fitness and yoga accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
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