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Shawandra Ford: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

I am Shawandra Ford, with BRWNSKN Yoga, LLC. I am a certified 200-hour Yoga Teacher as well as a certified Children’s Yoga Teacher. I am registered with Yoga Alliance, the largest nonprofit association representing the Yoga community. Also, I have 22 years of experience working for the largest school district in the Mid-South, Shelby County Schools.

I specialize in teaching yoga to children. Children benefit enormously from yoga in the classroom through the practice of yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength and coordination. In addition to that, their concentration and self-awareness improves. I believe that kids that practice yoga grow up to become adults that practice yoga.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Children’s Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Dwipada Yoga School, December 2019
  • 95HR: Kidding Around Yoga, May 2020
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200 and RCYT-95

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studios
  • Private In-Person Sessions

Contact Information:

Carline Bejin: Princeton, New Jersey, USA

As a teacher, with every breath taken possibility is being created on the mat. Creating space requires purging things in your life that no longer serve you. Having the space to go within can serve as a reminder that you can rise over and over again no matter what brings you down.

As a student and practitioner, yoga was the road to awakening my feminine. I learned to trust myself and allow myself to sit with whatever would come up. I felt encouraged to surrender to my own inner light which helped my walls come down, opening my heart and soul to receive love and gratitude. I spent a period of my life living in fear and not knowing or even acknowledging my worth. It was a time where I felt my spirit was crushed and that I would never see the light. The way out required courage and taking up space. Through yoga I found the strength and courage to thrive.

As a mother of two, a domestic violence survivor, and a stroke survivor, I found comfort, healing, peace and fulfillment in the practice of yoga.  I began practicing yoga off and on for over 20 years starting with my first pregnancy. While navigating through healing from domestic violence, I began to practice consistently. A few years later, I decided to attend a yoga teacher training which not only deepened my practice but brought me home to myself. Since then I have been teaching for about two years.

My focus is to empower communities to embrace healing practices in the face of stress and trauma, one person at a time. I founded Beautiful Authentic Life to help women self-liberate through breath work, yoga, and intuitive connection. In my classes and workshops, I create space for grounding, centering, and healing so that my students can benefit on and off the mat.

Yoga continues to be my navigation to self. When there were times of uncertainty, sadness, loss, and other experiences, it was and continues to be my safe haven. A place I can release and restore.

I studied with Soulthentic Yoga for my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training; with Hapori Yin Yoga as a Yin Yoga Teacher; with Maha Mama Yoga as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and am registered with Yoga Alliance.  


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Janessa Modestin, Soulthentic Yoga, 2018
  • 30HR: Yin Yoga Certification, Hapori Yin Yoga, 2020
  • Prenatal Yoga, Maha Mama Yoga, 2020
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200, 2019

Teaching Availability:

  • Virtual Studio
  • Private Virtual Sessions
  • Private In-Person Sessions

Contact Information:

Jada Wright Nichols: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

I walked out of my first yoga class. I was young, strong, hyper-flexible, but I was not ready for the quiet pace. Several years later, yoga found me when I suffered with debilitating migraines. Yoga was the only modality left for me to try. I walked into a Bikram yoga class, and kept going back nearly every day for eight years. To this day, I have not had a migraine headache since my 3rd yoga class.

In addition to pain relief, I gained strength, focus, stability, compassion, forgiveness, patience, self-control, and grace. I learned how to take those principles off of the mat and into the real world. As an occupational therapist, I began to incorporate more and more yoga into my work with post-surgical patients, stroke survivors, breast cancer survivors, and women with pelvic floor conditions.

I finally went to Costa Rica for my 200 level YTT, and have been teaching and practicing ever since. I live to teach various forms yoga and meditation to those who may not have easy access to it. I teach to individuals and groups with different abilities. I have taught to incarcerated young offenders and women. I have taught in hot studios, senior residence centers, to athletic teams, in fitness centers, at summer camps, in schools, at churches, at retreats, and at corporate wellness events.

I am the owner of Blossom Health and Maternal Wellness and Yo Mama Collective, which together provide yoga and meditation for mothers, children, and families, both virtually and in-person.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Yin Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Kids Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Therapy
  • Lymphedema Therapy

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Nosara Yoga Institute, 2011

Teaching Availability:

  • Private Virtual Sessions
  • Private In-Person Sessions

Contact Information:

LaToya M.: Detroit, Michigan, USA

I am a teacher and forever a student. My introduction to yoga was at a Bikram class in 2013. I then attended a hot vinyasa class and was hooked! I liked the dynamic asanas and challenges the vinyasa practice offered. I initially started yoga to reduce stress. Soon after I incorporated the physical practice with my daily workout regime. My favorite type of yoga to practice and instruct is vinyasa, flow, power, etc. where I am connecting breath to movement and being challenged in the process.

I’ve always been aware of the lack of representation of Black men and women in the studios I’ve practiced and visited. This led me to obtain my certification in 2017. I became a yoga instructor to take yoga out of the studio and into the community. Soon after, I created Stretch Life Wellness where I offer yoga pop-ups, workshops, and events. I love to instruct yoga in non-traditional spaces as it allows accessibility and affordability. My motto is “Yoga is not perfect, it’s practice.” My teaching in non-traditional spaces represent this, as well as my love of music. My love of music leads my instruction to curated, themed playlists. My belief is that music creates the ultimate vibe to enhance relatability with my students. I continue to teach and provide the space for others to grow due to the positive feedback I receive. My hope is that my instruction is an overall wonderful experience.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Power Flow
  • Hot Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Asana Yoga, Barbara Motte, 2017

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions
  • Pop-Up Events
  • Workshops

Contact Information:

D’Andre Quinerly: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Yoga is an opportunity to meet and overcome resistance in human form. My experience began with me coming to yoga as an avid runner overly tending to the lines of the lane. My body was accustomed to going in one direction and providing the memory for the rigid movements required in running. I came to yoga as a self-care practice and as a challenge to overcome the inflexible possibilities of my body and mind. I was willing to be the only Black man doing yoga in my rough neighborhood. In many ways, it allowed me to express the audacity befitting any Black man actively practicing a form of self-care, especially in public, on a deck overlooking a neighborhood where self-destruction is more common. I saw it as a way of reminding people of their own power. Yoga became a way for me to get out of my own way. To stop considering a life of peace, love, and prosperity and to live one instead. I believe that for as long as we’re living, we will meet some resistance. Yoga has become one of my most valuable tools as a student and practitioner (alongside plant medicine, Reiki, meditation, and visualization) for acknowledging, accepting, and overcoming resistance and cultivating peace, love, and prosperity in my mind and body alike.

I have been teaching yoga for two years now. I came into teaching yoga because of the benefits it provided me in my personal practice. When I first began practicing yoga, I had no intentions to teach. I came into yoga with the intention to integrate my physical, mental, and energetic body. I knew I needed healing and alignment, and yoga spoke to me as an athlete also looking to incorporate more stretching into my routine. As I strengthened my personal practice, I began to consider teaching yoga to people in my immediate environment. My first students were friends, housemates, and then the general public. My target audience lives in communities that are not traditionally flooded with health and wellness options. Members of my target audience have had to leave their own communities in order to take yoga classes or be introduced to other wellness modalities. My mission is to make it accessible for people, regardless of where they are from. I continue to teach in order to bring health and wellness directly to the people who need it the most, but have largely been marginalized.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Transformational Vinyasa Flow
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Herbal Wellness Consultant
  • Health & Nutrition Life Coaching
  • Sound Healing

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Deep River School of Yoga, Erica Nunnally, 2018

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

Contact Information:

Tianna Christine: Washington, DC, USA

I began practicing yoga in 2009 while searching for a low impact workout. It started as a great way for me to develop a routine for flexibility. Over time my practice evolved as a tool for stress and meditation. I loved yoga so much that I decided to teach and share the practice with others.

Yoga as a teacher means that I get to share my knowledge and gift of yoga with others to improve the well being of their lives. Yoga is beneficial in many aspects of life. I enjoy seeing the progress of my students with flexibility and confidence in their bodies. As a student, I carve out time for my personal practice by attending yoga classes and working on focus areas at home. My practice gives me a feeling of peace and energy.

I am a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour yoga teacher, and I hold a certificate in children’s yoga. I was brought into yoga by curiosity and began learning about the yoga lifestyle. I am able to customize each class based on the audience for an enjoyable class experience for all. I specialize in teaching those new to yoga with private and group classes. I love my helping students further their journey into yoga. I consider myself a forever student.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Sound Healing
  • Guided Meditation

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Koko’s World of Yoga, Koko Roman, 2018
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions
  • Corporate and Residential

Additional Locations

  • Maryland, USA
  • Virginia, USA

Contact Information:

SJ Gillespie: Buffalo, New York, USA

I love side stretching, coffee, chocolate, rhyming, drag queens, dinosaurs, and feeling honored to be a 21st century Taurus earthling. With a Master’s in Public Health, I hold experience in biological, social, psychological and race-related research, behavioral health programming, trauma-informed care, and conducting youth and community education workshops.

In January 2018, I was certified by Yogis in Service (YIS) for trauma-informed yoga teaching, and I use the YIS evidenced-based “12 Principles of Growth” to structure my yoga classes. Being a trauma-informed yoga teacher means that I am mindful that everyone in the class comes to their mat with different lived experiences and different levels of abilities and willingness to move their bodies. My goal is to bring continuous access of yoga, self-care, and resilience workshops to my community.

As a lightworker, I am sensitive to the chronic traumas that my people face, and have worked to support the elimination of stressors my community endures in this highly racialized society. I love working with all types of people of different ages, abilities and identities, because I love all my people and wish we all felt secure in knowing we belong here!

I appreciate yoga as a mechanism of connection between me and my community. I feel grateful to pass along coping skills to youth as young as age six, such as engaging their responses to the intersection of earth and the spirit realm, teaching them about their third eye (three eyes!), or bringing awareness to the fact that their pets at home stretch each and every time they finish resting throughout the day. Likewise, my favorite part about yin yoga with older adults is hearing how a session has helped them rest into sleep faster (whoops, perhaps during savasana!) and feeling more relaxed than they had felt in some time.

Yoga for me means embodying peace in life through an exchange of energy with my body, the earth, and the stars. Since practicing yoga, I have felt myself mature into a greater sense of calmness and equanimity when it comes to situations that used to stress me out and take me out of alignment. My practice has been rewarding on the mat, as much as it has positively impacted how I navigate life off of the mat. Yoga means I can rest in the knowing that I have the power to manifest my visions in life, thrive over challenges, and accessibly empower others to do the same. I believe yoga is the basis of self-care, providing a galactic foundation for holistic health and wellness.

Image of blacl yoga mat strap with colorful zig zag design, holding a gray yoga mat, in front of a brick wall

In addition to being a yoga teacher, I am also the creator of an affordable, ethnic-centered, self-care shop: black GEM space. The primary self-care tool featured is our GEM Strap, an Afro-textile yoga mat carrying strap that I carefully curate and handcraft. This accessory is meant to encourage more Black people throughout the diaspora to practice yoga, by showcasing traditional West African prints like kente, to red/green/black revolutionary fabrics, to silver-threaded lunar galactic textiles. GEM Straps can also be used as a yoga strap for asana stretching assists. The strap includes a carabiner for “light and enlightened travel”, so that just you, your mat, and a clipped on wallet, keys, and water bottle may move freely about the galaxy!

The black GEM space shop also features an aromatic yoga mat spray, Sphinx Spray, which is a clary sage and lavender essential oil natural disinfectant. We also offer a Black Sugar Scrub, to mindfully exfoliate surface toxins for use before or after you roughage up and clear away internal toxins through your yoga practice.

The black GEM space Shop is secured through Wix via Ecwid and we accept all major cards and PayPal. In gratitude for visiting my profile, please accept this promotional code for 20% off orders of $50 or more: BYMagic

As my business’s slogan goes: The Galaxy is Black.

We are from the Earth, We are from the Galaxy!


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Yin Yoga
  • Chair Yoga
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Social Justice Mindfulness
  • Sound Healing
  • Mandala Meditation
  • Mindful Eating
  • Visualization Activities for Goal Setting and Manifestation
  • Positive Racial Identity Mantras

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Yogis in Service, Catherine Cook-Cottone, 2017
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

Contact Information:

Nielah Burnett: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

I am a 500HR RYT Yoga Instructor. I earned my first 200HR Certification in Atlanta Georgia in 2014. I specialized in Egyptian Yoga, a meditative yoga style that aims to synchronize breath and movement. Before I moved from Atlanta to Nashville in 2011, I envisioned myself opening a wellness center that brought together diet, exercise, and other wellness solutions. I set off to do so in 2011 by focusing on diet solutions and selling juice/smoothies at fitness and summer festivals. The smoothies and juices were massively successful. After I earned my 200HR certification, I decided to pursue juice and yoga together as one business by the name of InnerG, a play on the word “energy.” Its spelling invokes a sense of introspection. The G stands for the word “genius” which is defined as “the art of making uncommon connections.” When taken together, InnerG means an empowered self-awareness for empowered well-being. I spent four years studying the beverage and fitness industry, demoing juice and yoga, constructing and deconstructing websites, social media. I wanted to create an inspirational, vibrant brand that made minority women and men love pursuing their best selves.

InnerG Juice and Yoga came to life after a tragedy. In June of 2018, I learned I was expecting my second child. My heart was delighted, but I was in the process of building Nashville’s first and only yoga studio & juice bar combination. Adding this endeavor to my full time job and full time mothering made for a busy schedule, yet my personal yoga practice and regular juicing were preventative passions that helped me balance her mind, body, and emotions.

In November of 2018, my fiance and I took a vacation to Madrid, Spain. I was 24 weeks pregnant, and thought of this trip as a reprieve as well as the last one we’d take for a while after the baby was born. Our romantic plans were to drive the coastline, visiting several cities between Madrid and Barcelona. On the third day of their vacation, my water broke while we were in Spanish-speaking Sevilla, Spain. Within 12 hours, I was hospitalized in Sevilla for severe blood loss, and had an emergency surgery to save my life by delivering my daughter. Although born alive, within nine days, my daughter’s heart stopped beating in NICU.

InnerG is a journey of tragedy and triumph. Although the idea to open a yoga studio & juice bar had been in the making since June of 2011, the commitment to its existence in 2019 is a tribute to my daughter. In the months since my tragedy, juicing has helped me to regularly cleanse my mind, body, and my heart of blockages that insight tumultuous emotions. My yoga practice helps me to transmute my grief into a healing that I want others to experience.

Why does this matter? Because my tragedy is not unique. Not only are African American women more likely to suffer birth complications, loss and trauma are inevitable in the human experience. Wellness gaps and the effects of loss and trauma are under-treated in communities where the expectation is to be strong and move on. We lose loved ones, suffer ailments, and experience life-altering setbacks often. And our worlds do not pause while we recover. Yet these events complicate our well-being. These events manifest restraints on our ability to live happy, healthy lifestyles.

InnerG Juice and Yoga empowers self-awareness for empowered living. I want to build a community that supports the progress of its members through all phases of life. While we cannot stop life from happening, I offer healthy coping habits, for the bounce back that many need daily to continue succeeding at our dreams.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Egyptian Yoga
  • Power Yoga
  • Cold-Pressed Juices

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Kemetic Science Institute, Neter Aunkh Aakhu, 2014
  • 300HR: Baptiste Power Yoga, Liz Vehyl and Chris Byford, 2019

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

Contact Information:

Crystal Price: Washington, DC, USA

I am always both a teacher and a student. Actually, I learned more about being a teacher by being a student. As both a teacher and a student, yoga means the same thing: To unite. To unite one’s mind with one’s body, and the ability to acknowledge the difference. My goal is to help people connect with themselves and find time to be still in a world that never stops.

I began practicing hot yoga roughly around 2010 in an attempt to tone my body without being intimidating by the likes of a gym. It served its purpose so I continued to practice, but more for my body than me. When I entered teacher training, I found the real reason and gravitated towards it. Yoga became a personal journey of self that I could not get enough of. The way my body felt after an intense flow, the way my mind released all clutter, the way my mind cooperated with my body to do things that I never thought I’d be able to do made me want to teach people dealing with life’s stressors to be able to do the same.

I am now an RYT-200 yoga instructor and I have been teaching yoga since late 2018. It has been such a rewarding experience. My target audience is anyone interested in taking a journey into themselves. Men, women, and everyone in between are welcome to join class and share space with me. I continue to teach because of the response that I get from students. They tell me how relaxed they become in both mind and body, and I want to spread that to as many people as possible.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Flow

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: CorePower Yoga, Maria Barone, 2018
  • 50HR: Ganja Yoga, Dee Dessault, 2019
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio:
    Green Light Studio – Washington, DC, USA
  • Private In-Person Sessions

Contact Information:

Kimberly Archibald Russell: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Yoga is empowered wellness: physically, energetically, emotionally! It is a practice of developed discipline to address life’s challenges as they appear. I teach from my practice, reminding practitioners of their Divinity, remembering this practice left by our ancestors.

I found yoga via prenatal. I tell folks that yoga has supported me from maternity to menopause. After three miscarriages, my successful pregnancy occurred when I incorporated prenatal yoga. After 30 years of corporate work, I teach yoga full time, partnering with Black community nonprofit agencies to bring the practice to nontraditional yoga spaces: churches, libraries, recreation/community centers, nursing homes and senior centers. Everyone should have access to this practice to be holistically well, empowered, and able to pursue their life’s purpose.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Kemetic Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Ayurveda

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Jivasara Yoga, Marni Task, 2014
  • 500HR: The Zen Yoga Studio, Bhakti Yoga, Dawn Miller, 2017
  • 200HR: YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga, Yirser Ra Hotep, 2017
  • 300HR: Integrative Yoga Therapy, Joseph Le Page, 2017
  • Yoga Alliance: E-RYT 500, YACEP

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio Owner:
    My Village Yoga – Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Private In-Person Sessions

Contact Information:

Rhonda Wishart: Putnam, Connecticut, USA

My yoga journey started over 20 years ago when my friend took me to a class. I loved it! I knew that I needed help with healing and learning self love. Yoga allowed me to sit with my stuff and gave me tools to move though my stuff.

I began teaching in 2003 with a limited Yogafit Level 1 certification. I worked with Yogafit for three years and learned a lot. But when a year-long local training became available close to my home, I had to sign up. I knew that I needed be with people and not do this on my own. So in 2010 I started my Integrated Yoga Therapy training. I had a crazy year and at times didn’t think I would finish. But I did.

My Yogafit training has helped me to teach safe sequences, and my Integrated Yoga Therapy training has helped me with the spiritual part of the yoga journey. At times it feels like I took five years be become a certified yoga teacher!

I have been teaching yoga to my community since 2004. I started teaching with my friends, then at my local school, and finally at my local recreation department. In 2014 I felt the need to have my own space, so I opened Strong Body/Strong Mind Family Yoga. Opening a studio has been a challenging journey. My first space was sunny and bright, but when a YMCA opened, 70% of my students left to join. Next, I moved in with a fellow yoga teacher that needed help paying the bills. We worked together for about a year. Then I moved to my current location with some amazing healers. My yoga practice and journey helped me with the loss of my dream studio space, helped me not lose it when the second space was taken away, and gave me the courage to move one more time to finally find a home.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Yin Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Meditation Nature Walks

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Integrative Yoga Therapy, Ellen Shaeffer, 2011
  • 32HR: Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, Advanced Prenatal Yoga Training, 2015
  • Yoga Alliance: E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio Owner:
    Strong Body/Strong Mind Family Yoga – Putnam, Connecticut, USA
  • Private In-Person Sessions

Contact Information:

Nina Haley: Salmiya, Kuwait

Yoga has become an intricate part of my life. As a student, yoga has taken me on a journey into myself, discovering my own true nature, seeking out joy and happiness on a daily basis, exploring love for the divine, myself, others, and all that is around me. As a yoga teacher I consider myself a facilitator, someone who holds space for others to discover who they really are physically, mentally and emotionally. As a facilitator I create space for students to explore their potential and empower themselves from within, just like others have held space for me and created space for me to learn and grow spiritually. I am always a student, before I am ever a teacher.

I began practicing yoga in 2003 when I found out I was pregnant with twins. I was a personal trainer and fitness competitor looking for a gentle, loving way to prepare for labor, birth and motherhood. At the time I fell in love with Kundalini and Tantra yoga as I prepared for arrival of my children, I recognized my own emotional and spiritual empowerment. After birth I began practicing Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, before incorporating yoga postures into my personal training client’s workout routines in 2007. I witnessed the physical, mental, and spiritual growth of my clients when they began practicing yoga.

In 2013 I took Faith Hunter’s 200hr Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher training and have been facilitating yoga classes and private lessons ever since. Student feedback is what keeps me teaching yoga, watching and witnessing students come into their own personal sense of power is truly humbling. To see how yoga positively impacts people’s lives brings me joy.

My main audience and focus in facilitating yoga is to support women of color in their life’s journey as they overcome past and current traumas, stigmas, blocks, and injustices they experience in society. I aim to create and hold space for women of color to explore their bodies, minds, hearts, souls, menstrual cycles, and sexuality through yoga asana, meditation, yoga nidra, and sexual and reproductive health education.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Cycle Awareness Yoga
  • Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Sound Healing
  • Pranayama
  • Yoga Nidra

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Embrace Your Yoga, Faith Hunter, 2014
  • 90HR: Brahmani Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, 2015
  • 42HR: Yoga Campus, Pregnancy Yoga, 2017
  • Yoga Alliance: E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio:
    Tru3 Yoga – Salmiya, Kuwait
  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions
  • 200HR Yoga Teacher Training

Additional Locations

  • Newark, Delaware, USA
  • Wilmington, Delaware, USA
  • Bear, Delaware, USA

Contact Information:

Angela (Dharma) Fears: Gilbert, Arizona, USA

Iam dedicated to living a life centered on Yoga and Ayurveda. These practices have supported my growth as a person. My relationship to my self, my family, and my friends has been informed by my practice. Yoga has been a tool to find my voice, to heal myself physically, and to increase my emotional awareness. The depths of my spirituality has grown and I have found a community where I can practice moving my body, harmonizing my voice, playing drums and instruments, and witness the opening of my heart.

I am a senior yoga teacher that enjoys sharing the foundations of yoga with the principles of practice. I love sharing holistic living principles and include meditation and seasonal awareness practices in my classes. My class is breath-based, which supports yogis of all levels, and features peak poses.

I lead weekly classes at Gilbert Yoga in Gilbert, AZ and Optum Community Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. I also offer Pranic Healing and Ayurvedic Coaching in Tempe, AZ


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Ayurveda
  • Vedic Astrology
  • Sound Healing
  • Pranic Healing
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Chi Gung
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • FST Level 1 Certification

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Santosha School of Yoga, Maya Breuer, 2005
  • 300HR: Santosha School of Yoga, Maya Breuer, 2015
  • Yoga Alliance: E-RYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP, RYS-200

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studios:
    Gilbert Yoga – Gilbert, Arizona, USA
    Sozo Healing House – Tempe, Arizona, USA
    Optum Community Center – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions
  • 200HR Yoga Teacher Training

Additional Locations

  • Tempe, Arizona, USA
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Contact Information:

Sharelle Hall: Miami, Florida, USA

Iam Sharelle, Medicine Woman, and Love Advocate. I am on a mission to spread good vibrations and to continue on the legacy of divine feminine healing arts. My approach to teaching and performing therapeutic sessions is a lot like my mantra to life: Stand strong and love hard.

I have served as a multifaceted holistic healing practitioner since 2009. I knew from a young age that my purpose was to serve others, and I have dedicated my life to help and heal. As a yoga instructor, bodywork and energywork therapist, and holistic concoction creator, amongst other healing modalities, I am deeply dedicated to and passionate about using these therapies for self-care and helping others on their journey.

I’ve been practicing yoga in different styles since 2004, and instructing yoga classes since 2012. I started with the intention of bettering my health and strength, but soon after immersing into the practice, I found that my purpose was deeper than expected. My target audience is women, mothers, the queer community, and helping others to tap into their Divine Feminine.

Yoga is my connection to Source. It is my channel to my soul, my religion, and to my higher self. As an instructor, I consider myself the teacher AND the student, as my class teaches me every day and reminds me of my purpose.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Hot Yoga
  • Womb Healing Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Chakra Cleansing
  • Sound Healing
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Kemetic RaSekhi

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Gaia Living Arts, Gaia Budhai, 2012

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio
  • Private in-person sessions
  • Private virtual sessions

Additional Locations

  • Miami Beach, Florida, USA
  • Yoga Retreats Worldwide

Contact Information:

Yamika Stephens: Dayton, Ohio, USA

Iam a motivational/inspirational speaker and founder of YLS Fitness & Exercise Coaching LLC, as well as a Physical Education Instructor and Lifestyle Fitness Coach who embodies the world of health, wellness, and fitness. I majored in exercise science, receiving an Associate Degree of Arts in physical education at Sinclair Community College where I currently teach as a Physical Education Instructor. I have been instructing and practicing Yoga since 2008 at various sites and locations when requested. Teaching physical education at Sinclair Community College has given me the opportunity to learn and teach Yoga. A Yoga Instructor was needed for the Physical Education Department and I was offered a class. I’m so forever grateful for the opportunity. Now I am highly requested and instruct the majority of the Yoga classes on campus.

Outside of Sinclair Community College, I also worked at Wright State University as a Recreation Fitness Instructor for ten years. There I began my fitness career and completed a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in psychology. Within the past few of years I have connected with Central State University Dayton Campus instructing health and wellness and activity classes.

In addition to teaching in higher education, I enjoy instructing Yoga classes at various locations in the community. I enjoy inspiring, motivating, and challenging all to aim for better health and self-commitment; I believe in holding everyone accountable for their healthy lifestyle journey. In the course of ten years I have branched out and made moves to connect more with the community promoting Yoga and self-care as an essential part of health and wellness.

In my career I have presented on health, wellness, and fitness to various community groups, schools, and corporations. With the desire to implement the practice of Yoga in the community, I have shared my love for Yoga with the children of West Dayton Strong’s afterschool program at Desoto Bass and Hilltop Homes in Dayton, Ohio. I live by positive energy and will continue to share my passion of Yoga through my fitness and exercise coaching.

Your Lifestyle Fitness (YLS) & Exercise Coaching LLC focuses on creating healthy living by promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and inspiring all to be fit. Incorporating both the mind and body to balance health and wellness is key for YLS Fitness & Exercise Coaching LLC. In addition to Yoga, I assist individuals with making conscious healthy choices that promote healthy living to reach fitness and exercise goals. I address the essential components of fitness: cardiovascular health, muscular strength and endurance, healthy body composition, and flexibility. Services include individual coaching and training, home training, and group training.

As a teacher and practitioner, Yoga to me is a way to internally connect with self and understanding what the body needs in the moment. It is a mind body connection. Yoga is healing, an extension of life. I continue to teach Yoga to share my passion for the practice and to share with others the many benefits it has to offer. My goal is to connect more within the Black community as a resource.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Aroma Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Deep Breathing Practices

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America, Group Exercises Certification, 2018
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America, Practical Yoga Instructor Training, 2018
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America, Yoga Essentials II, 2018

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

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Scheera Whitaker: Washington, DC, USA

I was first introduced to meditation in my dreams while in high school. My family wasn’t aware of meditation nor yoga, yet I would sit in stillness for about 30 mins to an hour. A while later I started to explore Yoga by going to local studios in the neighborhood. To me yoga means unity, connecting and creating balance within the mind, spirit, and your physical being. I always consider myself as a student and practitioner because life is about growth. I continue to grow within life and as I teach each class.

I fully committed myself to my yoga practice in 2017. It was at Love Yoga Studio located in Hyattsville, Maryland where I completed my 200-hour Yoga teacher training in November 2018. This journey has changed my life dramatically. In 2015, I had my beautiful daughter Robbie. I got so lost with caring for everyone and everything else that I didn’t have that care for myself. I needed to figure out a way to balance myself internally. Yoga opened that door of self-care and self- love. However, it wasn’t until the passing of my father in December of 2017 and an vicious heartbreak that allow me to fully reflect on and accept my childhood traumas, and start the journey of self-healing.

I teach to share and show the importance of self-care, self-love, and how embracing this journey can bring so much positivity into your life. I enjoy teaching everyone that the universe guides my way. I feel everyone is in need of healing, especially if that need brings you to your mat at one of my classes. The energy I bring to each class is very kind, supportive, personable, passionate, and affectionate. I conduct each class with a very intimate energy.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Yin Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Reiki Healing
  • Sound Healing
  • Guided Meditation

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Love Yoga Studio, Monica Corry and Michael Levin, 2018

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studios:
    Sankofa Yoga & Wellness Center – Laurel, Maryland, USA
    Love Yoga Studio – Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

Additional Locations

  • Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
  • Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
  • Laurel, Maryland, USA
  • Hampton, Virginia, USA

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Seshen Kwesi: Los Angeles, California, USA

Yoga can be anything that brings you in connection to your higher self. As a teacher I try to guide my students out of the physical form of yoga and into a place of self-love and acceptance. Many times we allow our yoga practice to be guided by our ego as we try to force our bodies into asanas they may not be ready to for. As a student I learned to step back from what I saw in the mirror and bring my attention to my breath, thoughts, and alignment. This not only made my practice much more enjoyable, but also resulted in tremendous inner growth off the mat. I learned to be okay with where I was in my journey of life and to slow down and enjoy every moment of it.

I have been teaching yoga since 2017, but I have been doing yoga for over 15 years. I wanted to become a yoga teacher because I really appreciated the gift that yoga was in my life and wanted to share that gift with others. I especially enjoy sharing the gift of yoga within the Black community. We are naturally a very spiritual people and I know the practice of yoga can be used to connect and awaken the divinity within us and our community.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Power Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Sculpt Yoga
  • Kemetic Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Hot 8 Yoga, Marja Lankinen and Dakota Lupo, 2017

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions

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Shakuwra Gay: Brooklyn, New York, USA

As a student, yoga represents freedom, and as a teacher, yoga represents the keys to freedom for others. Our biggest battles are internal. Yoga has allowed me to be the victor, and I long to offer that experience to my community.

I started my journey through yoga at the age of 25 but did not take my practice more seriously until the following year. I started with the sole purpose of weight loss. As my practice continued, I saw yoga as a medium to get more in-tune with my body, and I developed acceptance for my body as it is. For most of my life I’ve experienced aspects of body dysmorphia due to my weight, and yoga gave me the tools to release the most harsh thoughts. It wasn’t until I experienced the trauma of loss that I became encouraged to deepen my practice to become a yoga teacher.

I started my teaching journey by holding donation-based yoga sessions in the park, within three boroughs of New York City. As a queer Black woman, my goal has been to offer peace and wellness to my community by removing the financial barrier. People of color and the LGBTQ community are vastly underrepresented, and it’s my goal to bring the work to them. My dedication to my community encouraged me to further my education by completing a trauma-informed teacher training. I teach because people constantly remind me that my existence alone inspires them. I want to continue to be visible to end the stigma that yoga is just for one demographic. Healing and wellness is everyone, especially for those who need it most.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Sound Healing
  • LGBTQ Affirming

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Three Sisters Yoga, Jenn Whinnen and Kate English, 2019

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions

Additional Locations

  • New York City, New York, USA

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Nakiya Smith: Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA

In a world where everywhere you turn someone is offering (oftentimes unsolicited) advice on how to be, how to act, relationships, money, etc., I want to foster an experience where you get to listen to yourself. Listen to your own body. Listen for your own self discovery to help figure out who you are and where you are going.

I have been teaching yoga since 2016 and have been regularly practicing since 2015. My goal is to make yoga and the benefits of yoga more accessible for others. My target audience are women, mothers, men, fathers, athletes, and even “couch potatoes.” If you desire to increase your health, wellness, or performance, then my yoga experience is for you.

Yoga has been a modality for healing, restoration, and discovery in my own life. Yoga came to me at a time when I was extremely low and depressed. Through becoming a yogi and teaching, I’ve gotten my mind, my body, and my life back. It is my desire, as a teacher, to make yoga more accessible and help foster this experience for others, especially to persons of color.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Yin Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Recovery Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Hayat Yoga Shala, Hayat Hakim, 2016

Teaching Availability:

  • Virtual Studio: Colors of Yoga Raleigh
  • Virtual Group Class Sessions
  • Private In-Person Sessions (COVID measures in place)
  • Private In-Person Group Sessions (COVID measures in place)

Additional Locations

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

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Monee Chavon: Albany, New York, USA

My name is Monee Chavon, and I am a 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with a passion for healing others through my journey of healing myself. I use yoga to connect my clients to their higher inner selves and potential. I specialize in Power Yoga for Sports to assist athletes in connecting mindfulness to their athletic profession, allowing them to perform at their highest potential and evade career-ending injuries. I am inspired by vinyasa, Hatha, and Iyengar styles, and use many combinations of different asanas to bring the heat and build strength and endurance in my practices. I believe yoga is a major key to living a healthy well-balanced life, and my goal is to help spread knowledge and awareness of its healing wonders to underprivileged communities and people who don’t ever get the opportunity to be exposed to it.

I was introduced to yoga in the early 2000’s while in college. I needed to take a yoga course to prevent me from going on academic probation. I found the physical aspect extremely challenging and completely disregarded the mental and the spiritual aspects of the practice. I just really wanted to master my own body weight and strength. Later into my senior year of college I was introduced to the whole yoga experience in one of my graduate classes and fell in love, only to get injured a year later. I was told by my physical therapist that I would need yoga for the rest of my life to keep from having chronic back pain the rest of my life.

As I continued to use yoga to help reshape my health and lifestyle, I began to become very fond of my practice and was seeing very drastic changes in my health. I’d always wanted to work in the world of medicine, but for the first time I was considering the world of alternative medicine and eastern practices. Prior to graduating college I’d thought about getting into sports medicine, specifically athletic training due to my heavy knowledge in an abundance of sports. I eventually had a breakthrough after seeing one of my favorite basketball players go down for the season after having just returned. I realized I wanted to combine my knowledge of sports with my knowledge of yoga to help athletes prevent major injuries and prolong their careers. I had no idea how to approach it, but then I stumbled across Gwen Lawrence and her Power Yoga for Sports program. I wanted to help Black athletes who feel like sports may be their only way out to travel their journey as healthily as they possibly could while also assisting them in becoming their highest truest selves.

I want to use the knowledge I’ve gained to not only help athletes, but also children and those who may not be able to afford the average class but need a stress reliever. I feel that children are our future and the easiest minds to mold and the best forms of inspiration. I feel all children want a place where they are allowed to explore their inner selves with unconditional support, and I want to be an outlet for children as they continue to find themselves in this world. I also want to spread awareness that Black people can do yoga too without being ashamed or feeling uncomfortable to attend classes. I want to help Black communities understand that yoga is a necessity to help us continue to break these generational curses and surpass what our ancestors had to endure. I want to focus on Black children so that they have the opportunity to see themselves in the yoga world as they continue to grow and develop, having these coping mechanisms to aid them throughout the rest of their life.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Power Yoga
  • Yoga for Athletes
  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • YogaEd Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher
  • YogaEd Certified Teens Yoga Teacher
  • YogaEd Certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher
  • Certified Power Yoga for Sports Specialist

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Laws of Yoga School, Gwen Lawrence, 2019
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-500

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

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Terrina Alexandria Johnson: New York City, New York, USA

I began on my yoga journey in 2016. Once I started, I found solace in meditation. I believe the beauty of yoga starts once you arrive on your mat. On the mat, we learn “body intelligence.” We learn to breathe; we learn to sit in silence; we learn to sit through discomfort. My belief with practicing meditation is that your practice carries you into “life off of the mat”… letting go of what is done in order to connect to what is now. My classes focus on pranayama (breath work) meditation, mind body awareness, and owning one’s own mindfulness of breath and a safe space to be.

My yoga experience was filled with doubt at first, but as I learned to connect to myself and disconnect to all of the outside chatter, I became focused on MY practice. Yoga has helped me mentally first and foremost. I then became physically strong. My spirit regained strength as well. The “off the mat” motto became very clear to me. I was able to move more openly, honestly, and authentically in the world. Once I took the journey in achieving my 200-hour certification, it all clicked in the most genuine of ways.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Breath Work Meditation
  • Gentle Hatha Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: The Yoga Room, Victoria Greene, 2018

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio
  • Private In-Person Sessions

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Monique Rivera: Fresno, California, USA

I began practicing Bikram yoga years ago – I thrived off the discipline and the challenge. As with all things in life, I changed. I now believe yoga is about so much more than physical exertion. Connecting your body to your mind is where the magic happens. I am privileged to guide yoga sessions and witness each individuals’ unique practice.

I am a combat veteran with 19+ years of military service who surrendered to the trauma I experienced within my life. A complete breakdown gave way to the discovery of my true purpose – to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually so that I could share my passion & path to yoga with others.

My goal of PEACE for each student is based on the ancient Yoga Sutras of Patañjali Maharishi as translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda. One of my favorite Sanskrit sayings is “As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation are in your own mind.”

What I love about yoga is the connection to people and transformation of self. Initially, I viewed yoga purely as a physical practice until I began walking a more spiritual path – this led me to complete Holistic Yoga Flow teacher training under Travis Eliot and Desiree Heckman.

After completing my RYT 200-hour certification, I truly began to appreciate the benefits of yoga – defined as “the science of the mind.” While each type of asana (physical) practice has its own challenges and benefits, I find the mental growth the most rewarding. I’m known for my adjustments and soothing voice during restorative practice and savasana. However, all the years I’ve served in the military have gifted me with some serious upper body strength, and a little power yoga never hurts anybody. 🙂

I enjoy being a witness to students conquering challenging poses and flows while still staying grounded, mindful, and respectful of their personal practice. I’m passionate about service, and guiding people through their yoga practice allows me to share the joy, healing, and self-love that I have found in yoga. I hope to see you on the mat!

The light within me honors & loves the light within you. Namaste.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • All Levels Vinyasa Flow
  • Buti Yoga
  • Hip-Hop Yoga
  • Power Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Chakra Healing
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Therapy

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Old Town Yoga LLC, Travis Eliot and Desiree Heckman , 2019
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio
  • Private In-Person Sessions

Additional Locations

  • Madera, California, USA
  • Bay Area, California, USA

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Sienna Melissa: Oakland, California, USA

My name is Sienna — it’s a color. I live each day like it’s a “me day.” I choose to wear my most comfy clothes and to not look in the mirror. I stop to smell the lavender and greet everyone with a smile. Sometimes people ask me what my “secret” is but really, I just love being me. It’s pretty great learning something new each day and sharing positive vibes with the people around me. When you know that happiness and calm are states of mind, you are empowered to choose to smile in the rain and to flourish in the darkness. All I want to do is to help you know this too.

I started yoga as a broken dancer years ago in 2011, and became drawn to the mission of sharing yoga’s healing benefits almost immediately. After teaching dance for many years it seemed a natural progression, and my years of teaching yoga have been inspirational to say the least. I enjoy teaching yoga to people of color who may feel unwelcome, unseen, or otherwise uncomfortable in the studios near their homes and places of work. I am on a mission to open the first Black-owned yoga studio in San Francisco and to cater specifically to people of color as well as queer and trans people who are also marginalized in the corporate yoga climate.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • LGBTQ Affirming

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Yoga Tree, Darren Main, 2016
  • 50HR: Cannabis-Informed Yoga, Vance Vlasek and Hannah Mason, 2019

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studios
  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

Additional Locations

  • San Francisco, California, USA

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Howard Palmer: Denver, Colorado, USA

I am a Jamaican-born self-care and wellness advocate who uses mindful movement to inspire and instruct busy families to prioritize calm, intentional daily actions. Having survived two open-heart surgeries as a child, and experiencing the death of a close friend in my childhood physical rehab center, I began my journey to inner peace far before adulthood.

Image of Howard Palmer in a seated meditation position

I share and teach mindful meditation. It’s a practice that begins with an awareness of the breath and allowing the moment to be, while observing it. I have been teaching directly and indirectly since 2016. Via social media, I share my thoughts, approaches and practices in meditation and physical yoga. My target is People Of Color and Hearts Of Love.

I continue to share and teach because it helps. It helps me with anxiety and depression, which in turn brings about a sympathy and understand of my thoughts and self. Also I continue to share and teach because I feel this approach could help others find their path and patience in life.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Mindful Meditation
  • Parkour

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • Not applicable: Self-taught

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions

Additional Locations

  • Los Angeles, California, USA

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Merrisa Arnold-Stern: Lancaster, California, USA

I love sharing my practice, knowledge and rituals with my students and clients, and I am very passionate about sharing the beautiful practice of Yoga and mindfulness. My mission is to help others explore their Yoga practice, at their personal levels, so that they may be well and thrive. I love working with new and seasoned fitness practitioners and can tailor a class to suit your needs. The effects of yoga & exercise are life-changing but the process can also be fun.

Exercise internally brought me to Yoga around 2011. My target audiences for teaching are women and mothers, LGBTQ, and in general people who would otherwise not have Yoga accessible to them. I continue teaching because Yoga and mindfulness keep me grounded in a fast-paced world that can be overrun with stress and unloving feelings. I offer workshops themed with the seasons as well as therapeutic yogic approaches to injuries and physical pain. I have also studied yogic approaches to anxiety and depression. I’ve started offering Moon Sisters Yoga for all womyn, and a monthly Yoga Nidra during the transitional time of COVID-19 via Zoom


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Gentle Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Body Love Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
  • Movement with Your Moon
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens
  • Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
  • Non-Profit Worker and Collaborator
  • LGBTQ Affirming

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Antelope Valley College, Kathy Bingham, 2019
  • MyVinyasaPractice, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Michelle Young, 2019
  • Yoga for Anxiety, Nya Patrinos, Art of Yoga, 2020
  • Yoga Alliance: E-RYT 200

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studio Classes
  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Sacred Circles

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SonJoria Sydnor: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

My name is SonJoria Sydnor and I am the founder of Kissed By the Son Yoga. I teach in a variety of settings in Saint Louis, Missouri. In addition to being a Yoga instructor, I am a wife, mother, educator, and community activist. I am the co-founder of I AM: (a parenting resource and breastfeeding support organization) and wear many hats within my community. I have a passion for education, mental health, families, and the Black community.

I began consistently practicing Yoga when I began to notice symptoms of postpartum depression. I began to incorporate my children into my practice because it was hard to find time to do it on my own. I began my training to gain more knowledge personally about meditation and asana and realized that the benefits I’d gained needed to be shared with my community. I teach to anyone interested in connecting with their breath, with a passion for Black families.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Family Yoga
  • Slow Flow Hatha Yoga
  • Chair Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Yoga Buzz, Elle Brodosky, 2018

Teaching Availability:

  • Private Sessions
  • Pop-Up Classes
  • Serving Schools and Hospitals

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Dr. Tequilla Hill: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

I have always been into holistic approaches to wellness, and wanted to incorporate those practices into my personal and professional life. My personal wellness pursuit led me to the beautiful practice of Yoga. My personal practice consists of Ashtanga, Yin, and Restorative. Yoga has profoundly impacted my life in wonderful ways and I wanted to share that experience with others. That passion led me to obtain both my 200 & 500 level Yoga certifications. I teach the willing, however my focus is to bring my passion for Yoga to people of color.

I specialize in the areas of emotional wellness, healthy relationships, and therapy/coaching for mental health professionals. I integrate Yoga, mindfulness, and systemic therapeutic approaches into my professional work. I also enjoy facilitating both Yoga and wellness centered experiences for groups and organizations nationally.

I teach a sweet, slow, and sometimes strong style of moving through poses with breath. I integrate gentle vinyasa and restorative Yoga postures in addition to pranayama and meditation in my Yoga consults. I believe deeply in supporting each person to listen mindfully and compassionately to their own body’s wisdom and to discover the unique alignment and form that will give them the most space for growth. Each pose becomes an opportunity to make peace with one’s body.  All of my classes are inclusive, noncompetitive, and welcoming of all bodies. I specialize in using Yoga for conditions that are supported by my training in psychotherapy—stress, life transitions, self-esteem issues, life balance, and emotional wellness. 


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Gentle Vinyasa Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Licensed Psychotherapist

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: Koko’s World Of Yoga Styles LLC, Koko Roman, 2018
  • 300HR: Koko’s World Of Yoga Styles LLC, Koko Roman, 2019
  • World Yoga Alliance: RYT-500
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200

Teaching Availability:

  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Local Studio Owner: Indigo Gypsy Yoga
  • 200HR Yoga Teacher Training Program

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Black Silt Yoga: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Greetings from Darrick and Leslie Goodman of Black Silt Yoga LLC! We are 200HR Certified Kemetic Yoga Teachers (CKYT-200) currently holding registrations with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). As husband and wife, we are partners in life and love. We specialize in the teaching and practice of Kemetic Yoga as a life tool to promote internal self healing by releasing blockages that can lead to manifestations of disease. We started our Kemetic Yoga journey together in 2017 and the affects of this system have been life changing. We believe continued practice of the Kemetic Yoga system of development as a lifestyle tool will help heal, enhance, and promote optimal health and longevity in your life.

Our journey of healing with yoga began when we realized our harmony with each other, with the universe, and with our ancestors. Our passion for community only enhanced this realization. Yoga brings these concepts together.

Our passion for this practice led us to cultivate our business: Black Silt Yoga LLC. We specialize in the teaching and practice of Kemetic Yoga as a life tool to promote internal self healing. We also teach Yoga in schools under the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) programs.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Kemetic Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Couples Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga, Yirser Ra Hotep, 2017
  • Yoga Alliance: RYT-200

Teaching Availability:

  • Local Studios
  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Group Classes

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Eternity Philops: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Eternity Philops in Pose of Immortality, Kemetic Yoga

Like many people, I used to think that Yoga was just exercise for people with already thin body types. My first experience was a so-called “beginner” class that turned out not to be for beginners at all. The instructor basically yelled out poses and people simply did them. A newbie, I had no idea what I was doing and just did my best to copy the guy next to me. To make matters worse, in a room of almost 60 people, I was one of the very few who wasn’t White.

That solitary experience made me decide that Yoga definitely wasn’t for me. But sometime later, I took a class led and attended by only Black women. This experience was much different. I was around people who looked like me, who weren’t naturally athletic or already in shape, and I was given the space and time to more consciously engage in the poses. This time Yoga felt…great! From there I sought Yoga classes specifically taught by Black women, and thus began my real journey into truly understanding and embracing Yoga.

But once I became a certified Yoga teacher myself, I immediately noticed two major issues. The first was the emphasis on the body in most Yoga classes. Yoga is a deeply spiritual path of Self realization and transcendence. Yet, based on the practices of the average studio, most people think Yoga is just a peaceful exercise program meant for the flexible and fit.

Secondly, as a Black and queer yogi, I often observe the lack of representation and inclusion of marginalized people in mainstream Yoga spaces. Modernized Western Yoga is overtly White-washed and mostly reflects athletic bodies doing acrobatic postures. This common imagery has many people of color, particularly Black people, believing that Yoga is not for them when the truth is that, with roots in Africa and India, Yoga was actually created by people of color.

I wanted to address these problems in a direct way. Thus, I formed Soul Liberation Holistic Wellness, a socially conscious brand that explores not only the sacred practice of Yoga but many other holistic practices through the Afrocentric lens of Black identity and culture. Through this platform, I work to make Black and QTPOC communities aware that Yoga and Self-positive, holistic wellness is indeed open to them. I want people who look and live like me to see more Yoga and wellness teachers who look and live like them. And I want people to know that Yoga serves not just the body, but the heart, mind, and spirit as well.


Yoga Styles and Wellness Specialties:

  • Traditional Indian Yoga
  • African Kemetic Yoga
  • Yoga for Beginners
  • Breath and Sound Meditation
  • Spiritual Growth Guidance
  • Self Development Coaching
  • LGBTQ Affirming

Certification Schools and Registries:

  • 200HR: I AM YOGA School, Kiesha Battles, 2017
  • 200HR: YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga, Yirser Ra Hotep, 2017
  • Yoga Alliance: E-RYT 200, YACEP

Teaching Availability:

  • Wellness Workshops
  • Private In-Person Sessions
  • Private Virtual Sessions
  • YouTube Channel
  • Local Studio Owner
  • Online Wellness School

Contact Information: