Yoga at the Oakland Occupation

Today together with my friend and fellow yoga teacher, Sarah Kent, we led a free, all level Occupation Yoga Class in Downtown Oakland. We are both admirers of public practice and sharing radical self expression.  Also a recent relocee to the Bay, Kent came from Nebraska last July.  She is a seasoned yoga teacher whose passion includes bringing yoga to people in homeless shelters, incarcerated youth, and to women who have experienced violence and are in transition.

Today in class she proclaimed, “Let’s take all of our positivity and just put it out into the world the best way we know how. I know it may sound cliche, but this world needs a lot of positivity and the more you can put it out there right now, here is your chance…shine some positivity outward.” I started singing outloud. A girl in our class started laughing hysterically.

Sarah and I used the definitions of OCCUPY while we prepared for class:




to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): Hundreds of Tents occupied Oscar Grant Plaza in Downtown Oakland.

to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: Occupy the fullest capacity of your lungs while you are breathing.

to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in: We occupied the four corners of our feet all eight points sticking into the earth

to take possession and control of (a place), as by peaceful uprising

to hold (a meeting, a collaboration.).
verb (used without object)


to take or hold possession.

We are asking yoga teachers, meditation leaders, singers, dancers, artists and healers to use the definition of Occupy in your work and share it with us through a video! We will be sharing our ideas as the weeks go on—please chime in!

Oh and our yoga class and a pretty picture of Sarah got covered in the SF GATE: