BYTA Launches First National Initiative
Violence has been a staple in the history of African people in America.
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…
I direct and manage the day-today operations and logistical aspects of a private practice and small client base as owner of the Power of One Yoga Center, a community-based studio located in Baltimore City. Power of One Yoga, LLC's foundation has four pillars: tantra, yoga therapy, Ayurveda and insight meditation. The programs I develop in yoga therapeutics provide an integrative approach to the management of acute and chronic disease. I create and manage wellness programs that mentor and educate groups and individuals towards promoting healthy lifestyle choices to improve quality of life. These programs focus on Ayurvedic self care, meditation and stress management, herbal medicine and writing to heal. I serve as a self-care advocate for community and faith-based organizations, private and public primary and secondary schools, and individuals. I plan, design and coordinate national yoga workshops and retreats.
I am co-founder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and volunteer as the collective's Executive Director. Professional memberships include the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
I am eyewitness to the emergence of yoga in the United States over the last 40 years. When I began my practice in 1972, there were no yoga studios, yoga mats or yoga clothes! Yoga was a solitary practice, primarily focused on svadyaya (self-study), tapas (discipline) and Ishvara pranidhana (connection to All). I strive to remain true to my early teachings as yoga becomes more commercialized and appropriated.
JANA LONG (Gyanamati)
Baltimore, MD, USA
Integrative Yoga Therapy, Satyananada Yoga (Tantra), Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda