Yoga as a Peace Practice

Yoga as a Peace Practice offers contemplative and restful yoga practices as tools that are designed to reduce stress and to aid in trauma recovery from exposure to various forms of violence. Rooted in yoga philosophy, this training supports individuals to become grounded in peace and calm as their guiding principles. We invite yoga teachers, community leaders, social workers, educators and all who are interested, to take this training designed to facilitate deep inquiry into our perceptions of self, others, and our purpose for being.

  • Teach contemplative yoga philosophy within a culturally relevant context and in language that is accessible to all
  • Guide others in yoga techniques that address mind, body, and spirit
  • Facilitate sharing circles and teach necessary communication skills

Prerequisite: None. Yoga teachers, professionals, community leaders, and others interested in supporting their communities are welcome.

YPP Instructors

 Jana Long, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a yoga therapist, meditation facilitator, Ayurvedic self-care advocate and trained Master Gardener. She is co-founder and Executive Director the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and owner and director of Power of One Yoga Center in Baltimore, MD.

Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500, is a preeminent yoga instructor and practitioner, author, community activist, and consultant. She is the co-founder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and the founder and director of the Santosha School of Yoga.

Gail Parker, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a psychologist, yoga therapist educator, and author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma. She is president of the board of directors of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and is a faculty member at the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy.

Dana Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC, is a certified Yoga teacher trainer, master life coach, and holistic health practitioner. Dana has worked to promote body positivity in yoga by sharing the stories of women practitioners in her books, YES! Yoga has Curves volumes I & II.

The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance wants to take Yoga As A Peace Practice to communities impacted by violence across the U.S. Contact us at and invite us to your city. 

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