Namaste Black: Yoga Isn't Just for Skinny White People. It's for Everybody

After noticing people of color were usually the minority in yoga classes, Shakira Scott brought together a group of black women to create Black to Yoga, an all-inclusive space for Oakland yogis. Scott, Kirsten Rogers, Maureen Miller and Zenovia Forbes came together to make classes more accessible and affordable to the black community in the Bay Area.

“Going into certain spaces, they can kind of make you feel othered, like you’re something or somebody different than what they all are. So it’s nice to not feel that,” said Asonte Nichols, a regular attendee.


In the video above, Scott and Rogers discuss the Black to Yoga project as well as allowed us to witness a children’s class and their monthly free class in Oakland’s Lake Merritt Park.

Correction: 3/28/2019, 4:25 PM ET: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Black to Yoga was founded by four women and has since been updated to reflect the correct information.



Thanks for this. I too have found yoga and really struggled with the whiteness of it.

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