Miles Turner (Big Mala Namaskar) was raised in West Philadelphia. He discovered yoga in 2014 has been studying, practicing and teaching ever since. Read more…
BYTA presents a documentary short that traces the historical roots of yoga practice in black communities in the U.S. Read more…
BYTA Launches First National Initiative
Violence has been a staple in the history of African people in America.
The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is the largest yoga retreat and educational center in North America. It offers Ayurvedic studies, yoga teacher certification programs, workshops, and a wide range of traditional and contemporary studies to promote health and optimal wellness for body, mind and spirit. The campus has more than 600 rooms, a fitness center, sauna and whirlpool, a private beach, hiking trails, beautiful grounds and a host of healing arts treatments, including: massage, reflexology, meditation, private yoga therapy sessions and more.
Nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in the Upper Housatonic Valley, this area was originally inhabited by the indigenous Mahican and Algonquin peoples. It also has a rich and fertile history of African Americans who made significant contributions to national and international events from the nation's founding to modern times.
Among them are:
W.E.B. Du Bois of Great Barrington, historian, writer, founder of the NAACP and one of the most compelling voices for African-American equality and justice.
Agrippa Hull of Stockbridge, who served, with honor, in the Continental Army one of the most remarkable and unnoticed African Americans of the revolutionary era.
Elizabeth Freeman, known as "Mumbet," a Berkshires woman who was one of the first slaves in the United States to successfully sue for her freedom which pioneered Massachusetts' decision in 1781 to abolish the practice statewide.
The famed Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment, that saw extensive service in the Union Army, was one of the first official African-American units in the United States during the Civil War.
James VanDerZee, Lenox-born photographer of the Harlem Renaissance
Mary White Ovington, suffragette, socialist, journalist and a founder of the NAACP
James Weldon Johnson, of Great Barrington, composer of the "Negro National Anthem."
BYTA is proud to acknowledge our history in the Berkshires and to honor those upon whose shoulders we stand. The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance looks forward to hosting our first conference at Kripalu.
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