Let’s talk about the Tignon Law of 1786 shall we? Because black hair is so important to us & our identities:
The Tignon law was a law that banned Black women from exposing their natural hair. Crazy right? Tignon (meaning headdress) was the result of sumptuary laws passed in 1786 under the administration of Gov. Esteban Rodriguez Miró. They prescribed and enforced appropriate public dress for women of color in colonial society. At this time in Louisiana history, Black women would often adorn their hair with colorful jewelry, beads and other accents, demonstrating a dope appearance which attracted the attention of white male suitors. This perceived threat to white women’s relationships with white men incurred the jealousy and anger of the white men’s wives, girlfriends & daughters. With the looming threat to the social status of white women growing and the attention garnered as a result of lovely hairstyles from black women, the Tignon law was passed. Gov. Miró decreed that black women, slave or free, should cover their hair and heads with a knotted headdress and refrain from “excessive attention to dress” to maintain class distinctions. But guess what honey? Even with the law in place Black women found a way for them to still look dope and lavish, making Miró’s plan a dud. And we still rock them to this day. Talk about perseverance yo!
The pose chosen for this post is the Garland Pose (Mālāsana):
* Squat down as far as you can while keeping your feet at a 45 degree angle.
* If you find it difficult to squat down or balance while in this pose, use a wall either in front or behind you for support.
* If you can, use your elbows against your inner thigh to open up your hips more.
* Hold this pose for 30 seconds, while you watch your favorite show(s) or while you read a book 🙂
Much love and light ❤ See you all soon!
*Please use caution if you decide to attempt this pose. If you have any current or past injuries, consider consulting with your doctor beforehand. Be sure to warm up before getting into the pose to avoid any possible injury. Utilizing props and the variation of a pose is OKAY! Listen to your body, DO NOT force yourself any further than your body will allow. Yoga requires a lot of patience, don’t feel bad if you don’t look like what you see in photos. Your journey is yours and yours only, don’t compare it to anyone else. Enjoy the ride but most importantly HAVE FUN!!