“My lungs recall unfondly” explores my experiences with ableism in the face of environmental toxins that trigger physical limitations such as allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivities. It’s also about more than that. Where does a general attitude or approach to a healing practice step across the line from empowering to oppressive? How can our knowledge of transformative potential partner with the current, tangible signals of distress in our bodies? How can more nuanced and complex approaches lead us to be better allies to ourselves and others? As a yoga teacher, wellness educator, and human, I am constantly navigating these questions.
The image I have shared here depicts the sky from my old home in Oakland, CA while wildfires were blazing; it reminded me that day of the sky in Mumbai, which is often orange due to air pollution.