February 6, 2014
Before we had black yoga tumblrs and instagram hashtags, Black yoga instructors pounded the pavement to spread the message of meditative movement throughout the world. I found 5 of the most influential Black yoga teachers who are still working to transform holistic health.
I first met Maya Breuer in 2006 at her historic Women of Color Yoga retreats at Kripalu. Maya’s studies in India and trains women around the world to go deeper than the asana practice.
Based in Rhode Island, Maya Breuer‘s Santosha School of Yoga creates a culture of acceptance and full disclosure for peace-seeking women. To learn more register for her Women of Color Retreat this May 30-June 1, 2014. http://www.kripalu.org/program/view/yogamed/YWC-141/
Jana Long is a Washington DC based Ayurveda expert who launched the first ever Black Yoga Teacher’s Conference.
Jana opened her Power of One Yoga studio in Baltimore to celebrate the restorative elements of yoga for seniors. This year, Jana will host the 2nd Black Yoga Teacher’s Conference in Washington D.C. Email her for more info at http://www.powerofonecenter.com/
Kofi Busia of Ghana and the United Kingdom roots his yoga practice in the tradition of Iyengar. Busia only works with students who are committed to developing a serious practice and he doesn’t deviate far from the path of alignment, principles and humility.
Queen Afua is a New York native and among the first to document how women can use yoga to help heal from emotional traumas.
Her classic text, “Sacred Woman” details simple restorative poses to target fibroids, sexual trauma and tone reproductive organs. Queen Afua’s 30 year history studying alternative medicine keeps her at the forefront of the feminine holistic healing. http://www.queenafua.com/
The links between indigenous healing, India and East Africa often go underexplored in our history books.
The Chicago native spent years researching the deep connections within the yoga practice that fuse East Africa with the Indian Yoga tradition. Yirser also raises awareness about the unjust treatment of India’s dark skinned Dalit people. He calls on the yoga community to look outside of what they’ve been taught and start changing the world using African healing principles.
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