The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance welcomes all to join us for an awe-inspiring conference at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, August 25-28, 2016. This year’s theme, “Revival! Evolution of Spirit will offer a wide range of workshops for learning, healing, sharing and experiencing the ancient system of yoga and self-care integrative wellness practices.
This conference is not limited to black yoga teachers. We encourage teachers-in-training, enthusiasts, practitioners and the curious to join us. It is rare to have a full weekend program with black yoga teachers front and center leading workshops at major yoga retreat center. This conference offers everyone a unique experience to learn and share with the some of the best yoga teachers in the world. All colors, shapes, sizes, ages and genders are welcome!
Our presenters, are long time practitioners and highly experienced yoga teachers, who come from all corners of the United States and even beyond our borders. The list includes: keynote speaker, author and life coach, Caroline Shola Arewa; Purusha Hickson, a student of Swamini Turiyasangitananda aka Alice Coltrane; Dr. Gail Parker, psychologist; Maria Broom, actress and storyteller; Maya Breuer, founder of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color; Jana Long, master gardener and Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant; and, some of the new vanguard of black yoga teachers, Dana A. Smith, Monique Schubert, Kiesha Battles, LaTenia Caldwell, Jason Charles, Crystal Noelle McCreary and Juneous Pettijohn.
BYTA’s 2016 honoree is Krishna Kaur Khalsa, who served for 10 years as president of the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers, a precursor to BYTA, and the founder of Y.O.G.A. for Youth, an international program designed to affirm and acknowledge the potential of incarcerated youth through the practice of yoga. Black yoga teachers worldwide are deeply indebted to Krishna for her dedication and service to connect us and spread the art and science of yoga throughout the African Diaspora.
There’s a special treat for those in attendance, the debut of BYTA’s documentary short, “The Uncommon Yogi: A History of Blacks and Yoga in the U.S.,” which will be screened on Friday, August 26, 2016. Click on the link and view the trailer.
It wouldn’t be a gathering of black yoga teachers without music, dance, drumming and singing. The last night of the conference will begin with African drum and dance led by the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, and to close out the night, our DJ will rock the Rhythm Nation Dance Party!
Join us for this rare experience of yoga, roots, culture and community!