"We often think of it [yoga] as something that is Indian or white and not something for us," says Nikki Plaskett, a teacher in the District. This may contribute to why black faces are few in yoga classes. But African yoga leads to an exploration of African history and culture, adding education to the many benefits.
What to Expect: A typical workout can range from athletic, high-impact classes in which African dance is choreographed into the flow of yoga postures to low-impact classes that devote ample time to meditation and relaxation. Music is often used to set the tone and tempo. Expect to hear samples from the wide world of African music or the delicate sounds of singing bowls, chimes, wooden flutes and other instruments. Candles, incense, potpourri or herbs may be used to scent the room. If mantra is incorporated, you may sing and harmonize with others. One note: Not all black teachers are African-centered, so ask before signing up.
From the Washington Post. Interested in more? Then take a look at The International Association of Black Yoga Teachers website for more information.