Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that originated in 3300 BC but today it’s experiencing a boom in the black community, from Janelle Monae’s summer single to stars like Lebron James and Kerry Washington who credit it with improving physical strength and mental clarity. A black yoga community has sprouted up on Instagram, with dozens of men and women posting incredible photos of their journey to master various poses. Check out these 20 jaw-dropping photos and videos…
We’ve featured IG phenom Jess Tara before. Here the South Carolina beauty and creator of the #yogaafterdark movement does incredible poses with yoga instructor Derrick Townsel…
And on her own…
PintSizeNurse is based in New York and regularly wows her IG followers with poses like this…
Ke Ausha Jordan has been a yogi since April 2013.
Unstable Muse is based in Atlanta and she often combines yoga with heels.
Esoteric Eunoia often includes quotes of poetry with pictures of her poses.
Wonder Woman displays incredible strength.
We are astounded by IamReneeWatkins’ flexibility.
Candice often posts yoga posts with her pooch by her side.
Hippie Heathen gets her kids in on the action.
There is a contingent of yoga Instagrammers dedicated to body positivity and crushing notions of what a yogi should look like. Here are some of their incredible photos…
Jessamyn practices aerial yoga.
Dana Sutherland is reppin the Caribbean. The Jamaican yogi is self taught since August 2014.
Phat Girl Yoga teaches classes in the NY/NJ area.
Um, so is this making anyone else want to bum rush the next yoga studio they see?! What are your thoughts ladies?