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Yoga Retreat for Women of Color: Be Real, Be Fresh, Be Free

For women.

To move

Needing to be
nowhere else.
Wanting nothing
from any store.
To lift something
you already had
and set it down in
a new place.

Awakened eye
seeing freshly.
What does that do to
the old blood moving through
its channels?
–Naomi Shihab Nye

This summer marks the platinum year of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™! For 20 years, women of color have gathered in this sacred circle at Kripalu. This collective experience is freeing to the soul, like a dream that manifests into reality, shining bright.

Join Maya Breuer and guest presenters to explore ways to freshen your life from the inside out with Yin, restorative, and vinyasa yoga, sound healing, meditation, and dance...

  • Be cool, be steady, be brave, be in your feelings, be up, be down, be curious
  • Be joyous, be smart, be funny, be subjectively beautiful, be sharp, be unique, be open
  • Be soft, be wickedly funny, be angry, be brilliant, be clumsy, be aware.

Be real. Be woke. Be you!

Note Please bring a journal to each program session.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Women Only
Program Theme
All Yoga


Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500, Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance, cofounder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, and an Emerita Trustee of Kripalu, is creator of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color.

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Kiesha Battles, E-RYT 500, R-PYT, yoga director at Charlotte Family Yoga Center and codirector of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color, is a full-time yoga teacher whose work builds community through service.

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Candace A. Jennings, RYT-500, is a Level 2 Certified Thai Yoga practitioner for In Touch Thai Yoga, LLC, with more than 40 years of experience in theater, dance, and the vocal and visual arts.

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Jana Long, E-RYT 500, a yoga therapist, meditation facilitator, is cofounder and executive director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Inc.

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Cecilia Nugent, MS, RYT 200, a SilverSneakers teacher, is a higher education professional and yoga teacher leads private sessions, group workshops, and weekly classes in the Hartford, Connecticut, area.

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Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, psychologist and faculty member at the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy, blends psychology, yoga, and meditation to create effective self-care strategies.

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Dana A. Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC, founder and owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga and creator of Jiivana (L. I. F. E.) Yoga®, is an active member of the Black Yoga Teacher’s Alliance.

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