In response to the continuous state-sanctioned violence that Black people across the United States experience, Yoga for Black Lives was created in 2016 to support resistance to this kind of violence by giving people the opportunity to take part in a life-affirming and life-sustaining practice. Sessions include yoga asanas (poses), pranayama (breath work) and dhyana (meditation). We celebrate the lives of those in the room, as well as those who have lost their lives at the hands of the state. No previous experience with yoga is necessary, and proceeds are given to organizations resisting state violence against Black people.
Stephanie Hicks (PhD, RYT-200) came to the practice of yoga in 2011, after many starts and stops on the yoga mat. She hoped the practice would help her create some stability in a time of great precarity in her life. What she found was even greater: a community, a renewed sense of purpose, and the ability to look at herself and others with more grace and compassion, and less judgment and fear.
From 2011-2016, Stephanie practiced and worked at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. In 2016, she founded Yoga for Black Lives to support resistance to state-sanctioned violence against Black life by giving people the opportunity to take part in a life-affirming and life-sustaining practice. Stephanie has practiced and taught in various studios around the US, as well as Central America. When she’s not on the mat, Stephanie can be found teaching in the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations, where she is a faculty member.