Maya Breuer

Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500, is the Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance, cofounder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, an Emerita Trustee of Kripalu, and creator of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color. Maya began studying yoga in 1986 and received her yoga teacher certification from Kripalu in 1992. She deepened her knowledge and understanding of yoga at the Lakulish School in India. Her teaching combines traditional forms with her own indigenous wisdoms, encouraging individuals to use yoga to renew their spirit, change their consciousness, and embrace healthy living. Maya has offered Yoga Alliance–registered 200- and 300-hour teacher training and certification courses through the Santosha School of Yoga, which she founded in 2001. As a yoga consultant and educator, Maya served as a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for a National Institutes 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 most distinguished black yogis by Black Enterprise, Maya has also been featured in Yoga Journal and on, 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,,, and Common Ground. In November 2018, Maya was the recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award.

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