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These Inspirational #blackyogis Are Proving That Yoga Is for Everybody

Morgan Casavant
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Black History Month highlights all the contributions and progress black people are making in American history. Since we’re all about that yoga love, we want to focus on contributions that black influencers are making in the world of yoga and mindfulness.

Westernized yoga, unfortunately, can give off the perception that yoga is only for a specific type of person. Tall, thin, white, and ridiculously bendy. But yoga is for everybody. And we will keep shouting that from rooftops until the day we die.

So, in celebration of #blackyogis everywhere, here are just some of the influencers who are breaking down stereotypes and inspiring ALL of us.

Here Are 10 Black Yogis Who Are Proving Yoga Is for Everybody:


1. Jessamyn Stanley

Jessamyn is a badass, no-nonsense, body positive yogi based in North Carolina. She encourages her students to break through their physical and mental barriers with high energy vinyasa flow classes.
Follow her on Instagram: @mynameisjessamyn
We got to sit down with Jessamyn and talk real sh*t. Watch the interview here!

2. Brandon Copeland

Brandon is a Washington, D.C. based yoga instructor who founded Khephera Wellness Group. He started his yoga journey while he was in college as a way to decrease stress, and noticed a lack of black and brown faces. His response to this observation is his specialized Trap Yoga class that blends trap music with Vinyasa Yoga.
Follow him on Instagram: @brandoflows

3. Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Atlanta-based Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts has a Ph.D. from the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University. She researches the experiences of black teen yogis and works primarily with marginalized communities. In 2013, she created a Yoga, Literature, and Art camp for teen girls.
Follow her on Instagram: @chelsealovesyoga

4. Mario Austin

Mario started his yoga journey on a search for more flexibility, but stuck around and became an Ashtanga style instructor. He aims to inspire everyone on their yoga journey with fun and challenging led to unexpected playlists.
Follow him on Instagram: @mrmarioaustin

5. Faith Hunter

Faith is based in New York City, but she teaches yoga and meditation internationally. She teaches to all levels, and aims to inspire others to commit to the transformative healing potential of mindfulness practices. Her self-proclaimed free-spirited teaching style is influenced by Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ashtanga, and meditation.
Follow her on Instagram: @spirituallyfly


6. Tyrone Beverly


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Tyrone founded the non-profit organization Im’Unique in 2013 to promote healthy living and community. Through his organization he teaches free classes twice a week in Denver, Colorado, in unusual spots (think: The Denver Zoo), where he attracts hundreds of attendees from all walks of life.
Follow Im’Unique on Instagram: @imuniqueunited

7. Koya Webb

Koya wears many hats: she’s a celebrity yoga instructor, personal trainer, holistic health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, and professional fitness model. She has 500 hours of teacher training under her belt, and is dedicated to having a positive impact on the world.
Follow her on Instagram: @koyawebb

8. Andrew Sealy

Andrew describes himself as a yoga artist and movement creator. He leads an informative, progressive yoga class that empowers his students to embrace the power of yoga. Andrew strongly believes in the nature of humankind to be kind to one another, and this belief shines through in his teaching.
Follow him on Instagram: @andrew7sealy

9. Racheal Weathers

Racheal is a Southern California-based yogi who came to the practice looking for a positive mindset and purpose. She hopes to encourage others to be more body positive and grounded – she wants everyone to know that they are enough.
Follow her on Instagram: @racheal_speaks

10. Ace Hood

Ace certainly hustles hard on his yoga mat. The rapper and his girlfriend, Shelah Marie, often practice yoga and meditation together, and share their journey on social media. To come full circle, Ace and Shelah take regular private yoga classes with their instructor Racheal Weathers.
Follow him on Instagram: @acehood


These are just some of the inspiring black yogis out there killin the game. Keep doing what you do, ladies and gents, and we’re excited to see what you do next!

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Morgan is a yoga instructor and graphic designer committed to inspiring compassion, balance and centeredness - on and off the mat. She's also an editor at YogiApproved.

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