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Intersectionality & Cultural Appropriation, with Davina Davidson & Shahrzad Kahkeshani

Intersectionality & Cultural Appropriation, with Davina Davidson & Shahrzad Kahkeshani

February 6, 2020

In episode 21, Tamika has a REAL and unfiltered conversation with her cohosts Shahrzad Kahkeshani and Davina Davidson about intersectionality as it relates to race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration, gender, and sexuality, and cultural appropriation from a yoga teacher of color’s perspective.

Pour some tea and press play as you work and drive, this is a long one you won't want to miss. Oh, and you might need earbuds if you're listening at work or are around kids because adult language is used.

 

Connect with us at:

Davina Davidson @iamdavinadavidson | yogawithdavina.com

Shahrzad Kahkeshani @shahrzadk_

Tamika R. Caston-Miller @diva_transcending | asheyoga.com

 

On Addiction and Addictive Behaviors and Patterns

On Addiction and Addictive Behaviors and Patterns

January 17, 2020

In episode 20, another recorded in nature, Tamika explores the expanse and weighty topic of addiction from a yogi's perspective. Employing the tools of the Yamas and the Niyamas, she identifies ways to utilize ancient yogic wisdom in addressing addictive patterns and behaviors. In honor of her humanity and others, Tamika grounds this topic in her own battle with sugar addiction and how the 8 Limbs of Yoga have informed how she is learning to minimize it in her own life. A chakra balancing meditation focused on self-healing begins at 58:11--it has been recorded outside so that you may sense grounding into nature as you explore your divine sacred wisdom and ability to heal from within.

If you would like to identify the source of your addiction, Tamika recommends meeting with an energy healer. Message her directly at tamika@asheyoga.com for her recommended healers. Also, she invites you to take the first steps to freeing oneself from an addiction by talking to a medical professional.

On Separation, Projecting, and Suffering

On Separation, Projecting, and Suffering

January 8, 2020

Unless you are walking through life with blinders on and earbuds in, it is highly possible that you have been affected by human suffering. Meeting the realties of being human in a way that shows how we are and desire to be takes some work, reflection, and intentionality. In episode 19, Tamika kicks of 2020 with reflections on how separation creates suffering, the types of separation that she’s observed that are creating distress around the world and certainly in the US, how we are always projecting, which causes this suffering, and what we can do to elevate and create compassion through stepping into a new way of being. 

 

Find the IGTV referenced in this episode on Instagram @diva_transcending, and connect directly with Tamika at tamika@asheyoga.com. To hear more about her thoughts on connecting to nature, read her blog post Nature Girl: Thoughts on a heart's journey back home.

 

A meditation on Connectedness begins at 29:17.

Code-Switching and Cultural Appropriation, a conversation with Las Brujas Ch*ngonas

Code-Switching and Cultural Appropriation, a conversation with Las Brujas Ch*ngonas

December 18, 2019

In this wine-drenched episode 18, Tamika discusses cultural appropriation and code-switching with co-hosts — la brujas chingonas — fellow yogis trying living with today’s issues and implications while attempting to respond in less reactionary ways. They discuss the difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation, the of the N word as an attempt to re-appropriate it, code-switching as a method of connection with those with a common understanding, and the importance of resolving issues within one’s shadow to choose responses in situations that often challenge minority communities. Thoughtful, funny, and compelling, check out the conversations that happen within communities of color when people are comfortable with one another.

Chef Sandra Medrano may be found on IG: @wordsofayogi and FB: Bites of a Yogi.

Artist Lenie Caston-Miller may be found on IG: @leniecm and www.leniecastonmiller.com

Have comments? Send them to tamika@asheyoga.com

Follow @thinkflowgrowpodcast and Tamika @diva_transcending on Instagram, and Ashé Yoga on FB.

Beyond “Nice”: Surviving the Holidays LGBTQ+ and Political Divide Edition

Beyond “Nice”: Surviving the Holidays LGBTQ+ and Political Divide Edition

November 21, 2019

In episode 17, Tamika discusses coexisting with family members with whom you don't agree during the holidays, separation and strife because of disagreements on politics and/or coming out as an LGBTQ person, creating an opportunity out of difficult conversations, how to know when to walk away from friends and family members, and how to recognize the people who are meant to be in your life. A lovingkindness meditation follows, beginning at 34:54.

Yoga, Religion and Spirituality — Mutually Exclusive? A talk with Davina Davidson

Yoga, Religion and Spirituality — Mutually Exclusive? A talk with Davina Davidson

November 15, 2019

In episode 16 recorded just before the US holiday season, Tamika and Davina Davidson discuss yoga, religion, and spirituality. This is the first of many talks on religion that focuses on perceived religiosity, the answer to the question: "Can you be a Christian and a yogi?" the dichotomy of people worshipping brown gurus abroad yet being racist against people of color at home, and, of course, a wee bit of history on religion and its changing roles over time. A breath awareness meditation on unity follows, beginning at 44:58.

Answering the Ancestral Call to Purpose

Answering the Ancestral Call to Purpose

October 31, 2019

Episode 15: In this episode recorded on Halloween, Tamika discusses tapping into the concept of dressing up for a vision, as well as the lifted veil between the ancestors and ourselves during this time. Listen to gain insight on how to create a vision, find and voice your purpose, and step into the highest version of yourself. A visioning meditation begins at 39:01.

Body Positivity, Colorism, Santosha

Body Positivity, Colorism, Santosha

October 17, 2019

Episode 14: In this episode, Tamika discusses the body positivity movement, her own relationship with her body, and how the movement is missing a crucial part of the picture — colorism. She gives a history on the changing views of what was traditionally accepted, including an overview of how colorism was seeded into American culture, and discusses how santosha — contentment — is a yogic approach of acceptance of self, which is different from desiring to enlighten. A meditation on healing follows.

On Tribes, Trials, and Manifestations

On Tribes, Trials, and Manifestations

October 10, 2019

In real and raw episode 13, Tamika reveals her personal story of overcoming adversity, discusses manifesting a life of design amidst trials and tribulations, and describes how the path is always being laid whether or not you realize it. She also discusses the importance of finding and maintaining a good set of friends and support system. A visioning, solar plexus chakra meditation follows beginning at 51:06.

Consent, Human Touch and Asteya

Consent, Human Touch and Asteya

October 3, 2019

Episode 12: In this episode, Tamika discusses the issue of consent and human touch--a response to the idea that no one can be touched appropriately when in a student-teacher or authority-mentor situation; #metoo and men; and how this relates to the concept of asteya--non-stealing. Following the reflection is a sacral chakra mediation on abundance and adequacy.