This Yogi Started a Zoom Group for BIPOC Men to Find Community

The last year and a half has been tough on us all. But for BIPOC communities targeted by acts of racial violence and harassment, coping the right way, or at least, as best one can has become crucial. For the latest Friday Sessions, we chatted with Alec Brownridge, a Texas-based yoga instructor to find out how he best found peace of mind during a turbulent time.

One thing that’s helped him cope: recognizing that, as a BIPOC individual, it’s okay not to engage with the news immediately. “You don’t have to be automatic on problem-solving and strategizing,” he said. He continued by acknowledging the importance of finding your own support system. Brownridge finds his in a Zoom group he helped create, meant specifically for BIPOC men to forge connection.

“We just needed space for us to come together [and] to have space to reflect individually,” he said. “… We just reached out to people we already knew and it just snowballed where other guys invited people they knew. Throughout 2020, we met almost every week. And anyone can start it.” Brownridge also recently began leading yoga sessions for men as a means of breaking down barriers and stigmas surrounding the practice.

For more advice on coping with trauma and his belief in the power of yoga for men, check out the full interview below:

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