Synergy Sangha: My Sacred Journey through Yoga with Maya Breuer
“I did not come to yoga to stretch; I came to live”! I wrote this Stephen Copes book, Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change my Life? Personal Stories from 25 of North America’s Leading Teachers. My life always had faith in it. I took yoga on faith, believing that it would help me to heal and live more abundantly, and it has. In this Sangha, I will share the story of my life as a yogi, highlighting the challenges and victories on my journey! Yoga has been my dharma, a calling that I had to answer. The way of the yogi, which can be difficult at times, was my path – the path to my soul.
Maya Breuer is the Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance and she provides support for the advancement of cross-cultural competency across all Yoga Alliance programming and activities. Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise Magazine, Maya is the co-founder and Emeritus President of the national Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and a preeminent yoga teacher, speaker, practitioner, author, and community activist. Maya has been training and certifying yoga teachers, throughout the United States, at her Santosha School of Yoga since 2001.
In 1998, she founded the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™, offered bi-annually at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; where she is Emeritus Trustee. Featured in Yoga Journal Magazine, Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, Heart and Soul Magazine, common ground, Black Women’s Health, Upscale Magazine and many Kripalu publications. Maya co-authored an NIH study, now included within the Annals of Internal Medicine; “Back to Health: Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Minorities with Chronic Low Back Pain”. Her mission and dharma (right living), for the past 30 years, has been to educate and support people of color to integrate yoga practices and its philosophical perspectives into their daily lives. Maya promotes global Equity in yoga to empower all to renew body, mind, and spirit