BYTA Launches First National Initiative
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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…
Yoga Teacher Training
Kripalu Lineage and Kripalu style and approach to yoga
Where I Teach
29 Willing Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
Once just a vision over coffee in my kitchen, The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance has come into full fruition. Cited as a “yogi-preneur” by Black Enterprise Magazine, I have taught at several Yoga Journal Conferences, been featured in articles, co-created the first Yoga Gathering for Black people at Omega Institute and developed Roots, Rhythm and Soul at Omega Institute at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I have also served enthusiastically on the Kripalu Board of Trustees where I created the Teaching for Diversity Program and started the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color. At Harvard University, I led a yoga workshop and through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed a yoga protocol for a study offering yoga for chronic low back pain in minorities. Under the direction of the Boston Medical Center, I monitored a second NIH study for Veterans. Recently, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a picture of myself online alongside LeBron James – both of us heralded as the nation’s famous black yogis.
Yet, through my 30 years of teaching yoga in the world my ultimate objective has been to educate Black people, my people, to the healing powers and inherent magic that lies within the practice of hatha yoga. As we prepare for the inaugural Black Yoga Teachers Alliance Conference, I am beginning to see my dreams realized. Black yoga teachers will come together to share our knowledge, the spirit of yoga and all of its magic with one another. Om!
Maya Breuer, Arjita
200 Hour RYT; 500 Hour ERYT
Warwick, RI US