At Yoga Buzz, we believe that the philosophy of yoga provides a roadmap for conscious activism. A radical step to making social justice a sustainable endeavor is a commitment to self-care. We may feel compelled to stand up and speak out on behalf of a cause we feel passionately about – but we must also prioritize our own self-care, as we cannot pour from an empty cup.
Self-care is something deliberate, something that I do to take care of myself in a world that tells me I shouldn’t necessarily exist. ~Janet Mock
St. Louis’ Planned Parenthood Event Director Eliza Straim reached out to us earlier this year, interested in partnering with Yoga Buzz to host an event for their community. Planned Parenthood has been a trusted provider of reproductive health care in America for 100 years, and she felt the negative rhetoric pointed at Planned Parenthood was taking a toll on their community of supporters, caregivers, patients, and volunteers.
“I saw a need for a safe place for our supporters to heal, reconnect, and take the time to engage in radical self-care and love,” Eliza told us. “As I thought about ways to engage the Planned Parenthood community in self-care, I immediately though of Yoga Buzz, an organization that is trauma sensitive, and bases its practices in self-care.”
We here at Yoga Buzz were ecstatic about the opportunity to show our support to an organization our staff cares deeply about. For me personally, Planned Parenthood was my sole healthcare provider through my twenties, when I had zero health insurance and a couple of health scares.
As an organization committed to sharing tools and resources for well-being and health, it seemed only natural for Yoga Buzz to support another organization with the same commitment. “I hope that participants leave the event knowing about multiple ways to engage in self-love and care,” Eliza says.
Yoga Buzz and Planned Parenthood are partnering to host a special Yoga, Art, and Education event at the Contemporary Art Museum on Thursday, May 11th. We will begin the evening with yoga, and after class Planned Parenthood Educators will speak about the radical act of self-care and love.
We hope you will join us as a show of support for the access to reproductive healthcare, education, and resources that Planned Parenthood offers. You will also have the opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities, if you are interested in taking your practice off the mat and into the community.
Planned Parenthood’s motto is “Care. No Matter What.” If you need care, resources, information, or support, please take advantage of the healthcare services Planned Parenthood provides. You can make an appointment by visiting their website here, or calling 1.800.230.7526.