I’ve always wanted to try yoga but I’m a little—ok, very intimidated. I started following some of the best #BlackYogis on Instagram, hoping their magic inspires me to get started. Here are some of my favs who are making yoga accessible and inclusive. Get into this #BlackGirlMagic
A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Erica Rascon has a holistic approach focusing on physical, mental and spiritual wellness through yogi. Erica is s a 200 hr RYT yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and currently a 300 hr YTT candidate.
Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts
Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts is a trained teacher with a B.A, M.A and Ph.D. Dr. Roberts is also a certified E-RYT and RCYT. She completed her initial 200-hour yoga teachers’ training at Kashi Atlanta Urban Ashram. She’s currently researching black teen yogis. You find out more information on her research and experiences as a black yogi, here.
Vanessa Leigh, a self-proclaimed fat yogi witch advocates for self-acceptance, and is making room for body acceptance in yoga. She’s also a writer and artist. You can learn more about her adventures as a fat yogi witch, here.
Faith Hunter is a yoga instructor and trainer. Her deep love of yoga began as a way to heal and process grief when she lost her brother to AIDS related complications. She’s committed to sharing her passion with the world through her brand Spiritually Fly.
Leila Faye McDonald
Leila Faye is a certified private yoga instructor based Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. She focuses on traditional yoga practices. She’s also a certified personal trainer. You can learn more about her availability and pricing, here.
Our Health and Wellness Director, Biola is an amazing yogi. Her posts are always filled with inspirational insight and motivational thoughts. Biola’s practice fuses African dance and modern music with yoga and meditative breathing to awaken the body. She even teaches a trap vinyasa class. Check her out on her personal website here.
Black yogis are working hard to make yoga more inclusive and accessible for black women. If you’re looking for black yogis in your area, or know a black yogi who would like to add their name to the black yogi map, please check out Black Yoga Superstars.
– Creighton Leigh