Black Women, Here's Why We Gotta Do More Yoga!

Kira getting her yoga on
By Kira Sparkles 

While reading this article about Chewing Gum actress Michaela Coel and her yoga practice, it cited that only two percent of Black Americans do yoga. TWO percent! That's a tragic number! Why shouldn't we be out here doing yoga? We're killing everything in the game and this is just another thing that should be on a very long list. Also, we need to challenge this idea of what a yogi looks like.

Yoga was born as a practice in India, but through commercialization and whitewashing, it's become synonymous with upper-class white women in yoga pants chanting Om. I get where that feels daunting and isolating. I know when I go to yoga classes, there are so few people of color in these spaces.

But why is yoga so important to our lives?

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Michaela Coel
By Victoria Uwumarogie via Madamenoire.com

If you follow writer and funny lady Michaela Coel for more than just her popular comedy Chewing Gum on Netflix, then you probably have already noticed that she’s in great shape. The newly-minted 30-year-old enjoys being active and decided to go vegan last year, so those choices (and great genes) are likely the reason for that. But a few months ago the beauty decided to tackle a new mode of fitness to better herself in ways that go much deeper than the physical or the emotional. She joked on Instagram late last week that she wanted to train her body to be so flexible that she wouldn’t require the services of a man — or as she put it, “you dutty trashbag mandem.”

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Think Yoga Is ALL About Flexibility? Think Again.

Photo of Shanna Tyler by Tom Lew
By Shanna Tyler

"I am not flexible." That's the first thing I thought when I started practicing yoga. I hear the same exact words very often from my students as a yoga teacher. Flexibility and yoga seem to be synonymous now. From Instagram to Yoga Journal, so many images are circulating of yoga practitioners touching their toes, doing splits, and practicing backbends. There's so many reasons I would love to talk about yoga and flexibility so that we can all better approach our mats and observe our practices.

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Yoga and Hair Growth

 By Mary Wolff

There are lots of things people claim will change your hair for the better. From the latest superfood to revamp your strands to the newest products you absolutely have to try, there is a lot of hype and noise regarding your locks. With all this fuss added on top of your already stressful day to day life, yoga might be worth a shot for several reasons. You might have heard about the connection between yoga and hair growth. Before you jump on the bandwagon and claim your gorgeous long locks by finding your Zen, let’s take a closer look.

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