Yoga focuses on your body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing.
“The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,” explains Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California. While there are more than 100 different types, or schools, of yoga, most sessions are typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
From child’s pose to standing splits, yoga provides an enriching, challenging and peaceful experience. Not as many people of color are represented in mainstream yoga, but so what, lets change that.
Shayla Thomas started practicing in 2014 after having her third child. “As an African-American woman [yoga] has taught me to love myself in my raw form,” the New York-based yogi said. “To accept myself as I am is what makes me, me is absolutely beautiful no matter what others say.”
Elisia Young began practicing to battle her addiction to alcohol and transform her life
Thomas is just one among many talented black individuals who religiously carry out the craft and inspire others to join. Whether you’re a novice to the practice or have totally mastered it. Seattle-based yogi Elisia Young began practicing to battle her addiction to alcohol and transform her life into a new and more fulfilling journey, she told The Huffington Post. Her advice for new and experienced yogis? “Relax and come into your queendom or kingdom.”
Here’s a few Black Yogi Instagram accounts to give you inspiration: