Maya Breuer

Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500, vice president of Cross Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance, cofounder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, and an Emeritus Trustee of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, is creator of the Yoga Retreat for Women of ColorTM. Maya began studying yoga in 1986, and received her yoga teacher certification from Kripalu in 1992. She deepened her knowledge and understanding of yoga through the study of yogic theories, practices, applications, and philosophy at the Lakulish School in Gujarat Province, India. Her teaching of yoga combines traditional forms with her own indigenous wisdoms, encouraging individuals to use the practice and philosophy of yoga to renew their spirit, change their consciousness and to act toward healthy living. Maya has offered a Yoga Alliance–registered 200- and 300-hour teacher training and certification courses through the Santosha School of Yoga, that she founded in 2001. As a yoga consultant and educator, Maya served as a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for a National Institute of Health (NIH) Study from 2010–2015 and coauthored “Back to Health: Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Minorities with Chronic Low Back Pain,” a NIH-funded study conducted by Boston Medical Center. Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis, by Black Enterprise magazine, Maya has also been featured Yoga Journal magazine and on Awakin.org, an online interview program that espouses “Waking up to Wisdom-In Stillness and Community”. She has also written articles about the healing benefits of yoga for the New England Journal, Black Women’s Health.com, Feministing.com, and common ground. In November 2018, Maya was the recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award.

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