Let’s talk about Ella “Bae” Baker ❤ real quick!
Ella Baker spent nearly half a century raising the political consciousness of Americans, and played a major role in three of the 20th century’s most influential civil rights groups: the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). While those groups typically had male figureheads, it was Baker who, first as an NAACP field secretary and later as its director of branches, spent the 1940s traveling from small town to small town, convincing ordinary black citizens, who had been enslaved and terrorized for more than 200 years, to join together and peaceably insist that they were deserving of basic human rights. Baker helped local leaders carefully craft and implement targeted campaigns against lynching, for job training and for black teachers to get equal pay. She also was adept at recognizing talent and helped coax capable rank and file members into taking leadership roles. Although Dr. MLKJ was the face of SCLC, it was Baker that framed the issues and set the groups agenda. Despite her level of experience and proven track record, Dr. MLKJ had difficulty allowing a woman’s decisions to trump his own, and her idea was that the organization should devote its resources more to promoting and enabling its overall mission rather than celebrating a charismatic leader. Her desire to seek justice and see change resulted in the establishment SNCC. 😍Lawd! She was a true powerhouse who did much more than this post could even cover!
The pose chosen for this post is the Extended Side Angle (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
Some of the benefits of the Extended Side Angle Pose: Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles, Stretches the groins, spine, waist, chest and lungs, and shoulders, Stimulates abdominal organs, Increases stamina.
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 before hand. 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!!