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.


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The Founders

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 is an activist striving to create greater diversity in yoga. She teaches yoga as a tool for empowerment, presenting yoga as a life style practice to address chronic diseases that disproportionately impact people of color. Her contemporary teaching style combines traditional yoga with her experience as a woman of color, resulting in a sacred and spirit filled approach to yoga.

Maya is one of the authors of an NIH (National Institute of Health) study created by Boston Medical Center – “Back to Health: Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Minorities with Chronic Low Back Pain". She has been featured in Yoga Journal Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine and Essence Magazine. She is a contributing author to Stephen Cope’s "Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life?" and Richard Fauld’s "Kripalu Yoga."

Jana is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Journalism. She is a former media professional who has worked at CBS, WHUT-TV (Howard University), United Press International, and The Washington Post. She has extensive experience in the areas of programming, information technology, human resources, budget administration and event planning. Jana has a passion for language and teaches courses in creative writing and African-American literature. She is a skilled gardener, creative cook and amateur photographer.