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 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…
BYTA Launches Its First National Initiative
YOGA AS A PEACE PRACTICE
Redefining black lives and restoring peace and pride
in our homes and communities.
Violence has been a staple in the history of African people in America. Systematized marginalization, inequality and injustice have shaped African American lives in every century, past and present. In the 21st century violence has become predominate in our world, excessively permeating black lives. In an effort to address this, the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance launched a national initiative at the 2016 inaugural conference at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Yoga As A Peace Practice is aimed at addressing violence and its deleterious impact upon the black community.
Yoga As A Peace Practice is an activist movement with goals of cultivating compassion, self-love, health and well-being for individuals, families and communities. The initiative will offer a curriculum designed to enable yoga teachers to take action by offering yoga, meditation practices and yoga based lifestyle philosophies to those who have been subjected to a life of violence and victims of violence. The curriculum has also been created to measure the efficacy of yoga to heal violent and self-sabotaging behaviors, and to develop strategies for mindful living to improve quality of life.
We are excited about the launch the first national initiative of the BYTA organization to support and guide black yoga teachers to make a difference in the lives of our people, and to bring yoga into communities where yoga classes and yoga studios are often not available. Through Yoga As A Peace Practice, black yoga teachers will make a positive impact on the world in which we live.
Yoga As A Peace Practice initiative targets these special populations:
Yoga As A Peace Practice takes yoga off the mat, out of the studio and into the lives of everyday people to transform and elevate their experiences of self-awareness, self-care and self-love.
"The Uncommon Yogi: A History of Blacks and Yoga in the U.S," is a documentary short that traces the historical roots of yoga practice in black communities in the U.S. and highlights some of the teachers of yoga who have emerged from the early 1920s into the 21st century. The documentary uses archival and current photos, and a voiceover narrative to reveal an unknown part African-American history. The documentary debuted at the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance Inaugural Conference in August 2016 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.