Yoga is an immense blessing to my life. Through yoga and physical movement, I feed my spirit and restore my mind while also giving birth to physical matter that is a reflection of my soul.
BYTA Launches First National Initiative
Violence has been a staple in the history of African people in America.
Yoga As A Peace Practice is BYTA's first national initiative, and offers yoga teachers a program in contemplative practices to help ease the negative impact of myriad forms of violence on individuals and communities by illuminating new ways of being in our hearts and minds that are rooted in yoga philosophy.
Yoga teachers trained in all lineages and approaches of hatha yoga are eligible to receive the first eight (8) hours of the 40 hour certification training. The curriculum will focus on select contemplative yoga practices.
After completion of this weekend training you will be eligible for 8 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units (CEU), and a Certificate of Completion.
Professionals, community leaders and others interested in supporting their communities are welcome to join us to learn YPP — a powerful catalyst to support individuals who desire to shift their perspective, approach and path in life.
Level 1 Certification requires completion of an additional 32 Hours of course work, which is a combination of online and tele-classes, reading and writing course work as self-study completions. The complete course of study for Level 1 Yoga As A Peace Practice Certification is 40 Hours.
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Jana Long is a certified yoga teacher and therapist, meditation facilitator and Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant who specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga and meditation for seniors and the management of cancer and other acute and chronic conditions. She is director of Power of One Yoga Center, a community-based studio in Baltimore, MD, and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. Her exploration of yoga began in 1972, and she has been an eyewitness and advocate to the expansion of yoga and Ayurveda in the U.S., especially in communities of color. She is a certified Master Gardener in Baltimore City, who has also studied herbal medicine and energetic healing practices with indigenous teachers in Africa and Central American. She educates individuals and communities about "earth medicine" through the practice of urban gardening. powerofonecenter.com
Dana is a certified yoga teacher and trainer, Master Life Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner. Considered a "Jane of all Holistic Trades" she is also a practitioner and trainer of Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and Intuitive Counseling. Yoga, meditation and mindfulness has been part of her life for well over a decade. Her journey as a wife, mom of three, author and business owner has taught her many key life lessons that she openly shares with her students. She receives all challenges as opportunities to grow and teaches others to do the same. Dana has trained nearly 200 yoga teachers since 2008 and considers herself a lifelong student, continuing to seek inspiration through workshops and advanced studies. In addition to sharing the message of yoga and the healing arts Dana has made it her mission to promote body positivity and diversity in yoga by sharing her story and the stories of other women practitioners in her books YES! Yoga Has Curves volumes 1 and 2. The birth of her last child inspired her to share her healing story in overcoming postpartum depression and she is currently penning a book as guidance and inspiration for those looking for inspiration and guidance in overcoming depression and anxiety. The book is set to be released in late 2018.
Celebrated as one of America's distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise Magazine, Maya Breuer is a preeminent yoga instructor and practitioner, author, community activist and consultant with a career spanning over three decades. She is president and co-founder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, and founder and director of the Santosha School of Yoga which offers Yoga Alliance registered 200 Hour and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Certification courses. In 1998 Maya created the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™, and it continues to be offered bi-annually at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Maya is also an authors of the NIH funded study, "Back to Health: Yoga vs Physical Therapy for Minorities with Chronic Low Back Pain", conducted by the Boston Medical Center; findings of this study were published in the Annals of Medicine in 2016. In 2017 Maya was made an Emeritus Trustee of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Maya's work has been featured in many publications including: Black Enterprise Magazine, Yoga Journal Magazine, common ground magazine, and the Griot.com, etc. In 2016 Maya was featured on Awaking.org, there she spoke on 'Spirit and Action', and she offered a Dharma Talk on Susan Piver's Open Heart project. A contributing author to Will Yoga & Meditation Really Change my Life, Maya offers mentoring for yoga teachers and is a guest lecturer for yoga training programs throughout the US. Maya's continues to empower individuals through the practices, teachings and philosophy of yoga
Gail Parker, Ph.D., is a psychologist and a certified yoga therapist. She is a faculty member in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy in the department of Integrative Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan, where she teaches mind/body strategies for reducing stress and healing emotional trauma to aspiring yoga therapists. Dr. Parker is a life long practitioner of yoga and is well known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance, and contribute to the overall health and well being of practitioners. Dr. Parker has a special interest in utilizing and teaching Restorative Yoga and meditation as self-care practices for managing ethnic and race based traumatic stress. She is a featured author in the book Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories From Yoga Renegades for Every Body.
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E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Dr. Gail Parker
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Dana A. Smith
E-RYT 500, CLC
BYTA 2017 Conference
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?
Magic, best describes the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance 2017 Conference at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health last July! This year's theme "We Are One," set the tone for our creativity to rise and spontaneously express. We honored the wisdom in the spiritual traditions of the indigenous First People of this land and the African ancestors brought here to help us heal the intergenerational trauma of our distinct and shared experiences. The divine presence of nature appeared as a double rainbow arching over the lake and beautiful Berkshire Mountains on our last full day together. Indeed, our hearts, minds and spirits were touched and transformed in ways that will continue to be revealed in our reflections of the magical moments we shared during the conference. Without a doubt, we are magic! We Are One!
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BYTA 2016 Conference
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE
History was made when more than 100 yogis gathered at the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance 2016 inaugural conference at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Spirits mingled as we changed the course our lives simply by being in the presence of one another. The conference theme "Revival: Evolution of Spirit," set the tone for the transformation we all experienced and BYTA realized its vision of Community, Support, Excellence! Bonds were formed through our shared voices, our joyful connections, and the depth and breadth of the presentations and workshops that elevated our knowledge and skills as yoga teachers.
We left Kripalu energized, encouraged and empowered to continue our individual and collective journeys along the path of yoga.
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