DAWN M. RIVERS
My yoga journey began in 1999 when I bought a Rodney Yee VHS yoga video. I would practice yoga in my basement as a way to bring fitness and stress relief into my life. Read more…
BYTA 2019 CONFERENCE
AUGUST 22-25, 2019
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
BYTA presents a documentary short that traces the historical roots of yoga practice in black communities in the U.S. Read more…
BYTA began in 2008 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. The collective continues to steadily expand and grow as more people explore the many paths and styles of yoga and seek the authentic spirituality that black yoga teachers bring to the broader discussion and practice of yoga in the United States and abroad.
Join us on a journey of enlightenment.
The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance professional collective was formed in 2009 by yoga teachers Maya Breuer and Jana Long. They are both former members of the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers. Their collaboration began in 2006 with the creation and production of "Yoga the Sacred Rhythm," for the IABYT annual conference and retreat. They have created and produced yoga events at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Providence Zen Center. They are the creators of "Roots, Rhythm & Soul" a national yoga retreat that honors diverse ancestral traditions and welcomes all people who seek peace, equality, non-violence and justice.
Maya Breuer is cofounder and former President of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She is based in Warwick, RI.
Jana Long, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and owner of Power of One Yoga Center, a community-based yoga studio in Baltimore, MD. Her yoga journey began in 1970 at the age of 18. She is an accomplished yoga therapist and teacher with over 15 years exemplary experience in the therapeutic application of yoga and meditation for people 60 years and older and yoga for cancer management. She is a seasoned lecturer with a passion for teaching classes and creating workshops based in Ayurvedic self-care, integrative health and indigenous healing practices. She has studied, taught and practiced yoga in the United States, 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/Contemplative Alliance, and serves as presenter and mentor in their global programs.
Jana holds a degree in journalism from Howard University. She is a retired media professional with an extensive and varied career at The Washington Post. She also worked at CBS, United Press International and WHUT-TV (Howard University). Jana has a passion for language and teaches courses in creative writing and African-American literature. She is a Master Gardener in Baltimore City, creative cook and spiritual life coach. www.powerofonecenter.com
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