The month of September is National Yoga Month, and while we could tell you some poses to do or show you some inspirational yogis on social media, we’re hoping you’ll get active in observation of this time. With that hope in mind, we tracked down 10 different yoga studios around the country that are owned by Black women and men that we hope you will check out — this month and onward. See the studios providing inclusive spaces for you and me to get our stretch and mindful breathing on by hitting the flip.
BK Yoga Club, Brooklyn, NY
Touted as the first black woman-owned body positive yoga studio, co-founders Paris Alexandra and Alicia Ferguson have not only created a wellness-focused yoga studio, but they’ve also made their space on Water Street an environment that celebrates the arts. The studio is beautiful, with large windows, open space, plants and lots of sunlight in the trendy Dumbo neighborhood.
Anasa Yoga, Oakland, CA
Located in the Laurel District neighborhood of Oakland, Anasa is a green yoga studio (as in eco-friendly) in every sense of the word. The space uses bamboo as flooring, sustainable props, low VOC paint (which means less of that chemical-heavy new paint job smell) and reused/reclaimed furnishings. If that doesn’t make you a big fan already, Anasa was also founded by two Black women yoga teachers from Oakland: Jean Marie Moore and Katrina Lashea.
Eb & Flow, Chicago, IL
Founded by duo Eboni “Eb” Howard and Peggy Howard Moore, Eb & Flow in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chi-town seeks to help residents transform their mental and physical well-being. Not only that, but the studio has done a lot of charitable giving over the years to organizations doing everything from providing shelter to the homeless in the city to teaching yoga to poor children and adults in Kenya. The space is a bright and open one, and classes offered are for students of all levels, whether you want to take it easy with Slow Flow or test your skills with Power Flow & Fly.
Sacred Chill (West), Atlanta, GA
Co-owned by Octavia Raheem and Meryl Arnett, Sacred Chill in the Riverside neighborhood is a sanctuary of sorts for individuals looking to unplug and recharge themselves. In addition to that, the women work to make yoga accessible to “marginalized and other underserved groups in our local community,” and put on a whole host of events, including a yoga and mindfulness retreat for academics of color and a training to help you tap into your subtle energy.
Magnolia Yoga Studio, New Orleans, LA
Magnolia is NOLA’s first Black-owned yoga studio, and while they offer hot yoga classes, they also pride themselves on being a place where participants “develop and strengthen life skills such as courage, patience and intuition through yoga.” It’s a community based space that’s growing, and if you’re in the city, you should make a trip there.
Embrace Yoga DC, Washington, D.C.
Founded by Faith Hunter, Embrace Yoga DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood has a wealth of diverse instructors who offer classes (including meditation), workshops, trainings, private lessons and a number of other wellness activities for those who enter the studio’s doors. Connect with your heart in a women’s circle, discover the power of your Chakra system, and manage your anxiety with the help of Embrace Yoga DC’s offerings.
Colors of Yoga, Raleigh, NC
Colors of Yoga, founded by Patrice Graham, reminds prospective students that you don’t have to be an expert at the practice, look a certain way or have a certain body type to get into yoga and use it to decompress. Ninety percent of the individuals who take part in the classes at the Raleigh studio are novices, so the environment is meant to welcome you as opposed to making you feel intimidated like a lot of yoga spots.
Meeyogi, Tampa, FL
Founded by Myiesha Cato, Meeyogi of Tampa Bay is a collective all about “creating a space for people to heal and to evolve into the best versions of themselves through movement, mindfulness, and meditation.” It also provides the opportunity for you meet and mix with other burgeoning yogis through socials, retreats and special workshops, including yoga classes at the beach, at the park, some colorful Trap Yoga offerings and more.
BYC Yoga26, Columbia, MD
If you haven’t tried a hot yoga class yet, you’re missing out on the benefits of releasing toxins by getting your sweat on. At BYC Yoga26, founded by Kat Kelley-Chung, their signature class is a hot yoga series to help you flush out impurities. The studio has some affordable membership prices, including one month of unlimited hot yoga and Pilates classes for $49 for new faces, but they are also open to the community with drop-in classes at $10 a pop.
Yoga House Houston, Houston, TX
Owned and led by Jill Minard, Yoga House Houston offers Kemetic Yoga, which is a combination of physical movements with controlled deep breathing and meditation. All the classes offered are beginner friendly. Minard has a new location, still in Houston, on Cleburne Street, which opens up to the public on September 15.