Rachel Brathen Is Using Her Podcast to Amplify Melanated Voices

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Rachel Brathen has dedicated this week’s Yoga Girl podcast to allow three members of the Black community a space to share their perspectives, stories, and feelings. 

With 30 million downloads, the Yoga Girl podcast is Brathen’s largest platform. Brathen invited Dianne Bondy (@diannebondyyogaofficial), Rocky Heron (@rockyheron), and Maite Onochie (@maite_yoga) to speak from the heart. All money made from the podcast will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement and organizations of the guest hosts’ choosing.

“Our job as white (and non-Black) people right now is to listen. And I mean LISTEN,” said Brathen in a recent Instagram post. “Don’t let this podcast be something that plays in the background while you do something else – have it be a part of your practice today and part of the work you are doing to acknowledge your role in the societal structure we live in and to dismantle racism both within you and around you.”

Visit Brathen’s Instagram (@yoga_girl) to listen to some of the podcast highlights and read more about the speakers.

 

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Today is podcast day and I want to take a moment to thank the many, many of you who tune in to the Yoga Girl podcast every week. With over 30 million downloads, it’s our largest platform by far and my favorite avenue to share from. ⁣ ⁣ This week, I have a special and very important episode in store for you and I want each of you to dedicate your presence to truly show up and listen. In honor of the BLM movement, this week I am stepping aside and giving the platform to voices from the Black community that need to be heard right now. Please join me in welcoming the beautiful @diannebondyyogaofficial @rockyheron and @maite_yoga on the podcast as they speak from the heart and generously share their perspectives, stories and feelings with our community.⁣ ⁣ There was no direction for this episode but simply an open space for each of them to touch on anything and everything that’s at the front of their minds and center of their hearts. Our job as white (and non-Black) people right now is to listen. And I mean LISTEN. Don’t let this podcast be something that plays in the background while you do something else – have it be a part of your practice today and part of the work you are doing to acknowledge your role in the societal structure we live in and to dismantle racism both within you and around you. Listening today, you will cry. You will feel. You will want to take action. Use your reaction to what you hear as fuel to continue showing up, to keep listening, and to fight for justice in every way you can.⁣ ⁣ There is one ad present in today’s episode – all revenues from this podcast will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement and organizations close to our guest hosts hearts.⁣ ⁣ Now, we listen. Find the episode in the link in my bio, at www.yogagirl.com/podcast or by searching Yoga Girl Podcast in Spotify, Apple or the podcast app. ⁣ ⁣ THANK YOU @diannebondyyogaofficial THANK YOU @rockyheron THANK YOU @maite_yoga ⁣ We see you. We hear you. We love you. #amplifymelanatedvoices

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“Listening today, you will cry. You will feel. You will want to take action,” said Brathen. “Use your reaction to what you hear as fuel to continue showing up to keep listening, and to fight for justice in every way you can.” 

Heron, a musician and yoga teacher, discusses the importance of education in ending racism in America and calls on leadership to step up in the podcast.

These are probably the most personal, most vulnerable, and most honest words I have ever shared publicly about my story and my perspective,” said Heron in a recent Instagram post.

Visit www.yogagirl.com/podcast to listen to the full “Conversations from the Heart” podcast.