Happy Black History Month!! Honestly, Black History Month gets celebrated all year long (at least as far as I’M concerned) because the contributions of black people to American history are endless. Nevertheless, I do like taking the time out to really acknowledge and appreciate those contributions.
Historically, black/African people are no strangers to the practice of yoga, with Kemetic yoga‘s roots in Kemet (Ancient Egypt). However, the landscape of mainstream modern yoga has shown a picture that’s left a lot of potential black yogis thinking the practice isn’t for them. Fortunately, things are starting to change and more and more yogis of color, particularly black yogis, are getting into the practice and changing theirs and others lives. Scroll down to view the documentary The Uncommon Yogi: A History of Blacks and Yoga.
In that spirit, here’s a round-up of some of STL’s local black yogis teaching around the city. Whether you want to find a class taught by someone who looks like you, or you’re just down to support local black business, you’ve got some good options to choose from. Representation is important, as our friends at The Collective STL have shared.
This month, The Collective STL is helping to fit yoga into your schedule while also learning more about the contributions African Americans are making to this country. They have created the 28 day Black Sun Salutation Challenge over on Instagram to honor current African American leaders. Each day they are revealing one person with a short paragraph of their contribution; the goal is for you, as the yoga practitioner, to be intrigued to learn more about that person. Pop over to Instagram and follow #28blacksunsalchallenge to participate. The Collective STL also hosts monthly events in St. Louis.
DJNicoMarie has Trap Yoga (2nd & 4th Saturdays) at URB ARTS at 9:45 am
DonnaRae Jones teaches regular FREE Slow Flow classes at your local St. Louis County Library (Thornhill and Lewis & Clark branches).
Jamie Austin (pictured below) is owner of Mindful Movements in Old North St. Louis where she hosts community classes and workshops. Jamie also teaches a lunchtime class at Covo co-working space downtown on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Maury Jackson teaches at Gateway Flex on Sunday mornings and afternoons – donation-based, so pay what you can.
Sol Asar leads a weekly Kemetic Yoga class at PuraVegan on Mondays at noon. Check out this unique class, based on ancient Kemetic practices.
Last but not least, you can find me! Brittany L Hill , serving up the vibes and the jams every Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm for Yoga & Chill above FLOAT in Midtown. Plus, make sure you are following Back Trap Yoga for some special pop-up yoga events.
The Uncommon Yogi: A History of Blacks and Yoga
Originally written 2017 by Brittany Hill, Outreach Director for Yoga Buzz – updated 2018. Did we miss a yoga teacher of color in the St. Louis area? Comment below with class info, location, cost, etc.!