How Yogis Are Feeling After the Florida Yoga Shooting

Saddened yogis respond to the shooting at a Tallahassee, Florida yoga studio. Here’s what they had to say.
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Yogis respond to the Tallahassee, Florida yoga shooting with words of support. 

A shooting on November 2 at a Tallahassee, Florida yoga studio shook the yoga community and now have us all questioning if there is a safe space free from gun violence in America anymore.

Read more about Yoga Journal’s coverage of the story here: Breaking News: Two Yogis Killed in a Florida Yoga Studio Shooting

In order to keeping the conversation going, we asked yogis via our Instagram and Facebook pages on their thoughts and feelings about the situation. Here’s what they had to say:

Yogis Respond to the Florida Yoga Shooting

“In my daily prayers there seems to be so many needs that I sort of divide them up by category. Since this has happened, I have made all yogis one of my Sunday prayer focuses. We must all do what we can, where we can to promote peace and love and combat violence. Love to all of you,” —Sunny Sutphin, Facebook

“Feeling devastated and incredibly saddened. Where is the love? Where is the peace?” —@patriciayogi

“How can we practice yoga, pratyahara, the journey inward, when we are afraid for our lives?” —@theyogacouple

“It is so sad and disheartening that something like that happened in such a sacred space.” —@fagonzo_yogini_bear

“All sacred spaces, regardless of religion, are not safe. They were so brave.” —@ash_felton

“I am heartbroken. Senseless violence is the exact opposite of what yoga is and brings to this work.” —@littleberner

“Horrific. Another place of innocence and peace, for people’s who have intentions violated.” —@kellyaburke1

“It is devastating and so scary, but we must not live in fear.” —@lisayogaangel

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“May every yoga practitioner be safe in their practice environment.” —@dechenkarlthurman

“It is disheartening to think no place is safe or sacred any longer. We must continue to work and pray for peace.” —@ambersimplybalanced

“I am in awe of the yoga community. The brave souls who fought back to save others…” —@amiller_yoga

“So awful. But it just means that our jobs as yoga teachers are SO important.” —@dalise_weddle

“An attack in any place that focuses on peace, will always be catastrophic.” —@leyva_everygreen_yoga

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Let’s keep the conversation going. Comment on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and feelings about the Florida yoga shooting. 

About the Author
Bridget “Bee” Creel is the editorial producer for Yoga Journal. She works as a yoga teacher in NYC and is the co-founder of the wellness community, Mood Room