BYTA wants your stories! A pillar of our mission is to elevate the presence and voices of black yoga teachers in the world. We welcome original and relevant articles from our members about your yoga practice and expertise, teaching techniques, personal journey, transformation, and life experiences in yoga. Send an email to: and we will send you the submission guidelines.


Pause. Rest. Be.

In many ways, I’ve been front-lining my life the last few years. I’ve been in the trenches of my own being. I’ve charged ahead over

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Yin, Yang and the Power of Food

A holistic cooking class helped this author understand the difference between the good life and a meaningful life.  Mom’s African-American mantra for me was, “Get

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No Judgement

“My arms are too short,” a frustrated Kalumba tells me as she tries to lift her torso off the ground in Elephant pose. “My boobs

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Love | The Heart of the Matter

Scene 1:In the case to prosecute the police officer who murdered George Floyd, the defense attorney said Floyd’s heart was enlarged. That’s why he could

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The Sangha Begins at Home

My yoga journey began close to forty years ago. My mother was and is a professional ballet dancer so we, her children, were raised with

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Good-bye 2020

We are grateful you are gone. Paulo Coehlo retells a traditional Sufi story about a farmer whose horse ran away. His neighbors offered sympathy for

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Yoga on the Mississippi

Memphis, Tennessee—named after the ancient Egyptian capital on the Nile—is the largest city on the Mississippi River. When it was founded in the 1800s, it

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Yoga is a Privilege

It shouldn’t be only for the privileged. When I was growing up in the 1990s, I noticed that there were differences between the races that

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