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

00:20  23 april  2021
00:20  23 april  2021 Source:   menshealth.com

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  Thanks to the pandemic and the subsequent decrease in social interaction it's caused over the last year, video calls and virtual meetings are now a normal part of everyday life for employees working from home. Convenient as it is to phone in to nearly every special occasion from weddings to happy hours to work meetings these days, new reports have shown that the heavy increase in screen time has contributed to a new phenomenon called "Zoom dysmorphia" - and it may be another reason behind the reported spike in plastic-surgery procedures months ago.

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.

a close up of a man smiling for the camera: Alec Brownridge started a community for men of color to address the racial trauma of 2020 and 2021. © Alec Brownridge Alec Brownridge started a community for men of color to address the racial trauma of 2020 and 2021.

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.

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"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.


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There's no denying that a lot of work needs to be done to make fitness a happier, more fulfilling relationship for women everywhere, of any size. For so many women, diet culture has morphed movement from a joyful activity to an unsatisfying means to an end. Not only can this rob exercise of fun, but it also continues to make women (myself, included) feel pulled to move for the sake of shrinking ourselves.Luckily, there's a growing movement of incredible women and initiatives leading the charge towards change. Through their own journeys of rejecting diet culture's influence over fitness and embracing their bodies, they've nurtured a healthier relationship with movement that's inclusive of all shapes and (finally) filled with fun.“I hope more women feel inspired to embrace fitness without being overwhelmed by shame,

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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