My Own Darned List of African American Yogis That Perhaps You'd Like to Know
Right on the heels of a very intense discussion on the exact same site about the state of yoga and what body image mainstream yoga is perpetuating, amazingly, Elephant Journal has published the article “Ten Sexy, Sassy, Rich and Powerful Yoginis You Should Know”.
The post features a list of “stereotypical” yogis: thin(ish) white women. I made my feelings known in the comments section of the original story, so I won’t go into them here.
What I will do is post “My Own Darned List of African American Yogis That Perhaps You’d Like to Know”.
Note that I don’t think yoga should be divided into race. I *do* think that it needs to be more inclusive, with yoga media shops acknowledging that we are here.
In no particular order:
Faith Hunter: Faith was featured on the cover of Yoga Journal earlier this year. She hails from Louisiana and now lives in DC. In the intro video in her site, Faith explains her path to yoga, including how it helped her handle the death of her brother.
Ananda Leeke: Ananda probably sings “I’m Every Woman” when she wakes up. The sister is an author, a social media maven, a mixed media artist *and* a yogi. She’s also based in DC.
Ben Thomas: Bad a$$. Just Bad a$$. He looks like the uncle you wish you had. You know, the cool one that would take you for a walk in the woods to get you away from folks getting liquored up and hollering at each other during Christmas dinner.
Maya Breuer: Can we say goddess? I saw an article on Maya in YJ a few months back (it was stuck all the way in the back of the mag…ugh). Maya holds yoga gatherings for black women. Read more of her philosophy here.
Who else? Feel free to add to the list! Let’s stop waiting on mainstream media to recognize us. Let’s do it ourselves!