BYTA NOW

DECEMBER 2018

TEACHER FEATURE

BYTA 2019 CONFERENCE

AUGUST 22-25, 2019

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

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The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Inc. (BYTA) is a collective of black yoga teachers who share with themselves and their communities a love of health, healing, and well-being. We are building an organization to be an institutionalized voice in the broader yoga community due to the elevated presence of black yoga teachers and practitioners in the yoga world. The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Inc. is a national 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit incorporated in the State of Maryland.

 

VISION

BYTA is an organization “whose time has come.” BYTA is fulfilling an unmet need that exists among black yoga teachers and in the yoga world and is creating new ways to meet existing needs by helping the yoga community in the U.S. to increase the diversity and inclusion of those who teach and practice, especially in communities that have traditionally had limited or no access to the practice.

 

BYTA is presently developing its governance structure, strengthening its membership base, enhancing its financial capacity, establishing its administrative and organizational capacity, and advancing its professional development and outreach capacity as a start-up non-profit.

 

HISTORY

BYTA began in 2009 as a social media group to provide a space for teachers, students, practitioners, healers, and enthusiasts to discuss yoga and wellness, to share information about classes, workshops, events and activities, and most importantly, to build a network and get to know one another. We have established a vibrant social media presence with our web site and other networking platforms. Our capacity for engagement with our members and communities grows steadily.

 

 

 

THE FOUNDERS

Jana Long is the Executive Director/CEO of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She has practiced yoga more than 40 years and has been an eyewitness to yoga's emergence in the U.S. She is the director and owner of Power of One Yoga Center, a community-based yoga studio in Baltimore, MD and a certified yoga therapist and teacher with over 15 years of experience in the therapeutic application of yoga and meditation for people 60 years and older and yoga for cancer management. She is an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant who integrates indigenous healing practices based on her studies in West Africa and India. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the Global Peace Initiative of Women. She is a certified Master Gardener for Baltimore City.

Maya Breuer served as the first President of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She is currently Vice President of Cross Cultural Outreach at the Yoga Alliance and is based in Warwick, RI.