Health is not a Luxury – Rest to Resist
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“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ~ Audre Lorde
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Healing and health are human rights that have been denied to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour as well as Sinti and Roma for too long through white supremacy and structural racism. Many of us carry transgenerational and intergenerational trauma and experience racism on a daily level. The resulting wounds and individual coping mechanisms affect our lives not only in the economic, social, cultural and political spheres, but inscribe themselves deeply into our nervous systems. Gail Parker summarises these embodied effects as race-related trauma and stress.Acknowledging these wounds, as well as our capacities for resilience, is part of consciously centring our personal healing as part of our political activism aimed at structural long-term change.Let’s explore together how conscious work with our body, breath and mind can benefit our personal healing and the healing of our communities.
Patricia Pientka grew up in a family that lived between Germany and Spain and still today she lives this multi-based way of life. Currently, her bases are in Berlin and India. In Berlin, she studied contemporary history and philosophy and is sometimes still active in several projects around the history and presence of Sinti and Roma in Berlin. In 2013, her study Das Zwangslager für Sinti und Roma in Berlin-Marzahn. Alltag, Verfolgung und Deportation was published.
Two years later and after a decade of practicing Yoga, Pientka found her way to India and became a Yoga teacher. Since then, she has emerged herself deeply into the holistic system of Yoga and spends many months per year studying with her teachers. As a result of her Yoga practice, she could finally detach from a lifelong search for belonging and discovered a space of wholeness and oneness that she loves to hold and share with everybody joining her for Yoga and meditation practices. See less