Explain the “why”. A quote found within the study, “The mind-body connection…I don’t know what that means.”
I came out of teacher training and taught that exact way. This is perfectly normal- we need templates and examples to go off for anything in life! Similarly, for many of us, we have a personal connection to the “why” of things. Why we practice. Or say mind-body. The why we need a strap to practice reclined hand-toe pose. We all need a reminder of the why, how, and what’s the point.
Inquire to oneself: How am I being inclusive? How am I being exclusive?
The practice is special to so many teachers and practitioners. How can we make this an inclusive practice, instead of exclusive to those that already practice? Something as simple as the words we use (i.e Sanskrit or Ayurveda) without proper explanation can feel foreign to people. This can exclude them from feeling like they belong.
Be an advocate for increasing variety of people in the wellness scene on social media
I’ll admit this is hard for me. Why? Because it almost feels out of my control. And of course, it is lol I can’t control anything. Part of the reason why I created my mindful marketing business
“Mind-body therapies, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and yoga, have been shown to reduce chronic stress, decrease inflammation and improve overall well-being”
I found this helpful because it is a common ground where we can all start the practice.
From what all the participants said stress was a recurrent theme in their lives (as it is in my life too). Afterward, they started talking about yoga and meditation. Most women did not understand how these practices were used and had minimal experience with the practices.