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Feed Your Wild with Venessa Rodriguez

Sep 7, 2020

Today we’re speaking with Michelle C. Johnson, author, yoga teacher, healer, social worker, dismantling racism trainer, activist, and grief-worker, whose book Skill In Action has been helping me answer the question: How we can truly support ourselves to be able to step up in the most expansive and aligned way in our roles within the collective dismantling process? Michelle’s book is a gift for these times -  incredibly insightful & affirming, particularly right now, as more folx awaken to the ways we can dismantle and decondition racist + oppressive programs & begin healing the injustices of the imposed systems as individuals and as community uplifting BIPOC voices.

In this interview, Michelle shares what Skill in Action means to her, and the power of story, such as the Bhagavad Gita as an inspiration for her work and philosophy. 

We talk about how simple can be transformational, and the simple yet powerful practices Michelle offers in her book, as well as samskaras & spirituality - Michelle invites us to slow down enough to respond to our personal patterns thru mindfulness and spiritual connection.

We get into the problematic industry of “wellness” and how it was not created for ALL bodies to be included as Michelle shares her thoughts on yoga + injustice, our collective awakening, and reflections upon death and hardship. 

We touch on white supremacy and Capitalism within the yoga and wellness industries, and why it’s critical to honor in the wake of overwhelm and the Wave of change. 

Stay tuned to the end to hear Venessa’s “Where I’m From” poem inspired by a practice in Michelle’s book Skill In Action.

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