jamilah malika is a Mentorship Lead at New Leaf Foundation which does work to bring mindfulness and yoga-based tools into spaces that are least-served and often most stigmatized; increasing access to positive resources for youth who face violence, neglect, poverty and marginalization.  As well as an artist and writer passionate about anti-oppression, jamilah is  currently completing an MFA in Writing at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago.  

This is a different kind of conversation diving into the important issues surrounding anti-oppression.  jamilah talks about her role in New Leaf and what this organization does for the community by offering trauma-informed and anti-oppression yoga focusing on inclusivity and accessibility to all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, body shape, race, and class.  jamilah then discusses her personal history of experiencing alienation and her concerns of cultural appropriation in the yoga community, but after going to a class to support a friend, she realized that she enjoyed the embodied experience of the practice.  

Kathryn and jamilah get into a discussion of the systems of oppression in yoga and how the lack of representation of certain bodies (fat, black, etc.) is so damaging.  jamilah talks about how to set up a safe and positive space and how she experienced many lessons learned by trial and error – a yoga space should be relatable vs. aspirational (a place that you ‘get to’).  She talks about how people of privilege can make an impact through small, consistent action in the spaces they occupy. 

jamilah would like to let folks know she mispronounced janaya’s name; the second syllable is I, not A, and she’s sorry. also, she’s not sure about if ‘mammy/mule’ is an audre lorde reference or a zora neale hurston reference or which smart black femme said it first – if you know, please message jamilah at jamilahmalika@gmail.com xo

In this episode…

jamilah malika \\  @jamilahmalika

New Leaf Foundation https://newleafyoga.org

Rachel Ricketts https://www.rachelricketts.com

Ericka Hart http://www.ihartericka.com/bio/

Layla Saad http://laylafsaad.com

Rachel Cargle https://www.rachelcargle.com

Democracy Now https://www.democracynow.org

Black Lives Matter https://blacklivesmatter.com

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