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Oya Heart Warrior
Black yoga teachers in the UK, bring a genuine gift of uplifting, kind yoga, free movement + meditation on alternate Sunday mornings. Our Black Joy practice is dedicated to the wellbeing of Black Women, Black Men and Black non-binary people of African descent, (mixed heritage African descent people are warmly welcome).
Our classes are offered by Black Yoga teachers in London, UK, who really care about, Black Joy, Black Pain and Black Self-Care. This is not your usual yoga class – we use intuitive movement and Black affirming mantras.
Our down to earth mantras include:-
‘Don’t bruk up yourself’
‘Big up yourself’
‘Free up yourself’
We offer accessible, therapeutic yoga, free movement and meditation practices designed to release stress, metabolise pain, cultivate Black joy and boost our collective wellbeing. We energise our bodies and connect to our spirit with effortless power. Our people have had enough pain & judgment, so we stretch while ‘centring our comfort’, we strengthen without ‘brukking up’ ourselves. We bring rhythm, free movement, calming restorative practices and empowering meditation to ‘big up ourselves’ & ‘free up ourselves’. We tend to our own wellbeing, from the deep well of our ancestral knowing and embodied wisdom.
We honour ourselves & each other in a loving, all Black space. I promise you a warm welcome and an hour of quality time together, where you are greeted with a smile & cherished just the way you are (honestly people sometimes rest throughout the whole class with no judgement).
Our Unapologetically Black Yoga classes celebrate Black Joy while holding our pain and making a stand against anti-Black Racism . Our accessible practices can help with stress, anxiety, fatigue, loneliness, grief, and racial trauma. Our gentle therapeutic movement addresses mental health issues as well as physical issues like:- joint care, arthritis, muscle flexibility, physical fitness, auto-immune illness, cellular nutrition, IBS, menopause symptoms, pain relief, hypertension, heart health, and much more.
Our practice is very different from what we call performance yoga, that sculpt you into set poses, perfected by the often bendy white teacher. This has no recognition of our body, our vibe, our discomfort, our health issues, our ancestral vitality or our racialised scars.
You won’t find the traditional yoga sequences, instructions, mantras or approaches here. If you are seeking this – you will be disappointed.
We’ve developed many original, health enhancing sequences that support Black people to move with intuitive wisdom and choice over our body. We invite ease of breathing and movement to uplifting rhythms that affirm Blackness in all of our complex diversity. We celebrate the dynasty of the free, Black body in all of our skin tones, shapes, identities and abilities.
You really don’t have to be fit, flexible, thin, look, or be a certain ‘Black way’, feel political, spiritual, or have done any yoga before. All Black body identities, backgrounds and abilities are welcome to Unapologetically Black Yoga for Black People from the African diaspora.
You are invited to do what feels good for you (even if you want/need to simply rest in the belonging of this positive Black space), and to take away or add what feels right. Your wisdom, your power, and your choice are the priority here.
This is a unique expression of non-linear, trauma sensitive Yoga for Black people, that addresses anti-Black racial trauma from a place of being already resourced. We don’t think you will find this unique expression of yoga anywhere else.
NOTE – You are respectfully required to have your camera on, and to be visible during the practice to affirm our Black presence together. Note, everyone is generally looking at the teacher in speaker view, and not you. 🙏🏿
Our Unapologetically Black Yoga, is offered at low cost, and by donation to Black people of African descent to support our access to wellbeing services. I thank you for all the gifts you give so compassionately to this world.
Founder ~ Oya Heart Warrior ~ 🙏🏿 Find out more about Unapologetically Black Yoga here
Why Black only spaces? – see:
My Grandmother’s Hands – By Resmaa Menakem