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Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise Magazine, Unity in Yoga host Maya Breuer is Yoga Alliance’s Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement; the co-founder and Emeritus President of the national Black Yoga Teachers Alliance; and a preeminent yoga teacher, speaker, practitioner, author, and community activist. Read more.

Unity In Yoga Podcast

With Maya Breuer and Special Guests

Unity in Yoga engages listeners through the teaching, practice, and discussion of yoga. Host Maya Breuer chats with guests from the yoga and wellness community representing a broad range of cultural and philosophical perspectives in a collective effort to promote: inclusion, accessibility, and better health through yoga.

 


SEASON 1 | Episode 1: Yoga for Men of Color

With Sherri Doucette E-RYT 500, YACEP

Sherri Doucette discusses yoga as a self-healing tool for men of color.

Sherri Doucette (E-RYT 500, YACEP) has been featured on WFAA, NBC, BET, KHVN97 and KNON, is a native of Los Angeles, CA and a long-time resident of Dallas, TX. Motivated by the sudden passing of her husband in 2015, Sherri founded Litehouse Wellness—a non-profit purposed to strengthen the African American family and community by bridging the wellness accessibility gap for Black men using yoga, meditation, and preventative health education. She is a certified yoga teacher, meditation guide, Reiki II practitioner, mindfulness consultant, plant-based transitioning coach, and life-span doula. Sherri studied social work at Clark Atlanta University and trained with international master yoga and meditation teachers. To learn more about Sherri, subscribe to her website www.litehousewellness.org and connect via Instagram and Facebook @litehousewellness.

    45 min


SEASON 1 | Episode 2: Kashmir Shaivism

With Bruno Garrote

Bruno Garrote explains how to access the divine in the "simple" actions of yoga and meditation.

Bruno Garrote is an experienced and multi-faceted body and theory professor and instructor. His work includes a Ph.D. (2016) and Masters (2013) by USP in Law and Philosophy and books, articles, reviews, translations, poems, and more. Some of his formal trainings and certifications are in AcroYoga, yoga, contact improvisation, massage, and Expansion of Sexuality Therapy.

    44 min


SEASON 1 | Episode 3: Mindfulness and Meditation: A Practice

With Dr. Tara Brach and Dr. Jack Kornfield

Dr. Tara Brach and Dr. Jack Kornfield detail how to bring yoga to schools, teachers, and students.

Dr. Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. As an undergraduate at Clark University, Tara pursued a double major in psychology and political science. After college, she lived for ten years in an ashram—a spiritual community—where she practiced and taught both yoga and concentrative meditation. Over the following years, Tara earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and in 1998, she founded the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), which is now one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the U.S. She and Jack Kornfield lead the Awareness Training Institute (ATI), which offers online courses on mindfulness and compassion, as well as the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP).

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967, he joined the Peace Corps and worked on tropical medicine teams in the Mekong River valley. He met and studied as a monk under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. Returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father, husband, and activist. His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies.

    57 min


SEASON 1 | Episode 4: The Power of Breath in Times of Great Change

With Sara Clark

Sara Clark shares how breathing serves as an act of peaceful resilience.

Sara Clark is an international Vinyasa yoga and meditation teacher with nearly two decades of experience. Sara’s teaching merges the physical and spiritual practices of yoga with mindfulness and meditation techniques that help to ease suffering and liberate the soul. She has been a Global Yoga Ambassador for Lululemon and has graced the cover of Yoga Journal twice along with Prevention magazine. Sara has created a series of online yoga and meditation videos for Shape Magazine, Yoga Today, and Glo. Known for her compassionate teaching style and fluid sequences, Sara makes both the novice and the more experienced practitioner feel welcomed in her class.

    46 min


SEASON 1 | Episode 5: Love, Light, and Food: Making Sustainability Taste Good

With Satta Jallah

Satta Jallah describes the karmic and environmental impacts of food.

Satta Jallah is a certified yoga instructor and doula. She is the founder of Holistic Roots Movement, where the mission is to empower women to reclaim their health through different holistic modalities such as yoga, dance, energy therapy, and natural beauty education.

    43 min


SEASON 2 | Episode 1: An Introduction to Litehouse Wellness

With Sherri Doucette E-RYT 500, YACEP

Sherri Doucette continues her discussion on yoga as a self-healing tool for me.

Sherri Doucette (E-RYT 500, YACEP) has been featured on WFAA, NBC, BET, KHVN97 and KNON, is a native of Los Angeles, CA and a long-time resident of Dallas, TX.

Motivated by the sudden passing of her husband in 2015, Sherri founded Litehouse Wellness—a non-profit purposed to strengthen the African American family & community by bridging the wellness accessibility gap for Black men using yoga, meditation, and preventative health education. She is a certified yoga teacher, meditation guide, Reiki II practitioner, mindfulness consultant, plant-based transitioning coach, and life-span doula. Sherri studied social work at Clark Atlanta University and trained with international master yoga and meditation teachers. To learn more about Sherri, subscribe to her website www.litehousewellness.org and connect via Instagram and Facebook @litehousewellness.

    45 min


SEASON 2 | Episode 2: The Yogic Philosophies of Duality and Non-Duality

With Bruno Garrote

Bruno Garrote discusses yogic philosophies of duality and non-duality, the Yoga Sutra, Vedan.

Bruno Garrote is an experienced and multi-faceted body and theory professor and instructor. His writings include a Ph. D (2016) and Masters (2013) by USP in Law and Philosophy and books, articles, reviews, translations, poems, and more, including other knowledge fields. Some of his formal trainings and certifications are in AcroYoga, Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Massage, and Expansion of Sexuality Therapy.

    44 min


SEASON 2 | Episode 3: Kindred Accelerator – MFA for BIPOC Artists

With Rona Luo

Rona Luo shares about Kindred Accelerator—a collaborative alternative program designed for BIPOC yoga practitioners and artists.

Rona Luo is a poet, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher currently based in London, UK. She walks after her maternal lineage of herbalists and storytellers. Rona has provided harm reduction acupuncture in California with the Oakland clean needle exchange, trained abortion doulas, and was a founding member of Shift Acupuncture Collective—Oakland's first multilingual healing collective. She has also taught bilingual yoga classes and Chinese medicine workshops in New York and the SF Bay Area.

    45 min


SEASON 2 | Episode 4: A New Consciousness

With yoga teacher and activist Reggie Hubbard

Reggie Hubbard helps listeners define and understand true consciousness.

Reggie Hubbard (RYT 500) is the Founder/Chief Serving Officer of Active Peace Yoga, whose mission is to serve all communities, all practice levels, and lifestyles by helping people nurture foundational habits of self-care, rather than viewing wellness as an afterthought. Reggie has authored a thesis entitled, "Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love" and has been a featured speaker on racial justice and civic engagement for the Hanuman Academy, Yoga Alliance, Upaya Zen Center and various other platforms. In addition to his yoga teaching practice, Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a leading progressive political strategist, regularly interacting with elected officials on Capitol Hill and managing relationships, impact and communications among the broader progressive movement. Reggie's dharma sits at the intersection of bringing more peace and balance to activists AND to guiding the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens. He is open to collaborate with anyone on teacher trainings on issues of social justice and inclusion as well as speaking to communities to facilitate these challenging, important conversations.

    45 min


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