n. Yourba - West Africa
A mother goddess or woman with children. A prefix for devotional names of the feminine energies of the Yoruba pantheon
n. Hinduism - South Asia
A mother goddess having various manifestations and roles, especially that of consort to Shiva.
The Yeye Devi Collective is a Philly-based network of spirited yoginis who seek to honor the ancestral lineage of Yoga—a holistic philosophy and practice whose origins can be traced back to Ancient African and South Asian civilizations. In line with the ancient African (Ghanaian) symbol “Sankofa,” we believe, through reaching back and honoring our ancestral traditions, we begin to realize our dharma (unique purpose and duty) to ourselves, our families and communities, and our universe. Accordingly, our collective agrees that it is our dharma to engage in the promotion of justice and liberation for our people and our communities. In addition to cultivating spaces for oppressed people, activists and organizers to come together to breathe, love ourselves and heal in a holistic manner, we work toward social and political justice.
As a collective, we’ve offered workshops geared towards healing and educating on the cases of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin. We’ve also held series of yoga classes to fundraise for Mumia Abu Jamal. Our classes have been community building, linked to our activism, anti-racist, and against mass incarceration. We see our own spiritual liberation as deeply connected to Mumia’s and all political prisoners’ liberation, as part and parcel of our dharma.
We believe that in order to achieve our dharma, we must heal and unite as a community.
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