When a gunman armed with an AR-15 and handguns opened hearth on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania final week, yogis in all places retreated to their protected haven: their yoga studios. Now, after a gunman opened hearth in a Tallahassee, Florida yoga studio, capturing six individuals and killing two, yogis around the globe are grieving for the victims and their households—and questioning if their sanctuaries are protected in any case.
Here’s What We Know Right Now
Around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, police arrived at Hot Yoga Tallahassee in response to a name a few capturing. When the responding officers arrived, they discovered suspected gunman Scott Paul Beierle, 40, of Deltona, Florida, lifeless. Police consider he shot himself after pistol-whipping one, capturing six, and killing two individuals, who have been recognized as Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.
“As we process the gut-wrenching act of violence that took place this evening in a place of peace in our community, we hold in our hearts everyone who is affected and lift them up in love,” officers tweeted from Tallahassee’s Twitter account.
According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings in the United States, the Florida yoga studio capturing marked the 304th mass capturing this yr.
Where Do We Go From Here?
With gun violence reaching now reaching the locations we view as sacred sanctuaries—church, synagogue, and now the yoga studio—we perceive the harm and worry the yoga group is dealing with as an entire.
“We are saddened and angered by yesterday’s senseless shooting at Hot Yoga Tallahassee,” says Tasha Eichenseher, Yoga Journal’s model director. “Our compassion goes out to the victims and their families, and to the yoga community at large. Studios are sacred spaces where we go for self-care and to feel safe. We cannot let these acts of violence scare us from practicing and congregating with community; from finding solace and serenity. Please vote on November 6 and know that your vote does matter in making the world a more peaceful place.”
Amy Ippoliti, world famend yoga instructor and co-founder of 90 Monkeys training packages agrees: “My heart is with the people suffering right now,” she says. “Sadly, it’s no shock that gun violence has now entered our yoga group. We are all related to these youngsters in the faculties, the individuals in the movie show, these worshiping in the church buildings and synagogue, and our fellow yogis in Florida. It was solely a matter of time that gun violence would contact our group; this must be a battle cry to take up the cost and get out and vote.
“The solely method to change gun violence is thru coverage and politics,” says Ippoliti. “If you think yoga isn’t about politics, you need to think again.”
Meghan Rabbitt is the chief editor of Yoga Journal
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