Queer Self-Compassion and Mindfulness

Self-compassion and mindfulness have been shown to be fantastic practices for people from all walks of life. Recently, some research has started to look at how queer people might be able to use these practices to improve mental health and overall wellbeing.

In this post, we're going to dive into some of the studies looking at how self-compassion and mindfulness can impact people in the LGBTIQA+ community, as well as some tips on how to make your yoga class more inclusive, both as a teacher and a student.

LGBTIQA+ = Acronym Acrobatics!

Let's break down this label real quick so we know who we're talking about. About 11% of Australians identify as being a part of this community, so it's such an important group to talk about!

This is an evolving and changing definition, and you might find the letters in a slightly different order, but here are the basics. Within the labels, there is also a lot of variety, and every person will usually have a nuanced identity within, between, or outside of these terms!

You'll notice that I often use 'Queer' and 'LGBTIQA+' interchangeably, see 'Q' below to find out why.

L - Lesbian (women who are only attracted to other women)

G - Gay (typically men who are only attracted to other men, but is also often used as a catch-all term for anyone attracted to the same gender)

B - Bisexual (people who are attracted to both the same gender and other genders)

T - Transgender (people who identify as a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth. This might be within the gender binary or as a non-binary person)