10 Black Wellness & Yoga Influencers to Follow
The path to leading a healthy lifestyle has myriad aspects, inducing mindfulness, Yoga, meditation, nutrition, personal development, holistic medicine and more. When you look to the wellness community for the latest trends, ideas, and inspiration, where does your focus go? To limit your view to a select group would be the unconscious way... The more varied and diverse those perspectives are the better.
Here's a look at some of our favorite Black wellness and yoga influencers, spreading positive energy and wisdom about how to stay on a healthy track.
A true force of nature, Yoga teacher, and author of “Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body,” Jessamyn Stanley is a dynamic presence, bringing her love of Yoga and body positive message to the masses, with a tagline that reads, “I make space for people to be themselves.” Stanley's Yoga classes can be found at @theunderbellyyoga.
Bestselling author of blissmorebook, host of #attheendofthetunnelpodcast, and founder of @thedailymeditator, Light Watkins is a Vedic meditation teacher, happiness expert, and world renown inspirational leader, whose feed offers videos that make meditation accessible to all. Deepak Chopra said, “Light Watkins' approach to meditation is both simple and profound.”
Vegan recipe creator and author of “Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats,” London based Ama, shares her day-to-day holistic way of life. Chock full of exquisite plant based dishes, you'll find more than just food on her feed; there's also a wealth of info about fitness, natural skincare, and Ama's personal thoughts on life. Learn which plant-based foods are better for you and why, as well as how to prepare them in unique ways. Check out Ama's videos.
Spiritual leader, holistic health coach, and Yoga teacher, Koya Webb is the author of “Let Your Fears Make You Fierce.” In her book, Webb talks about channeling pain into power, forgiveness, and how to raise your personal vibrational pull in order to manifest your desires. Webb serves up a refreshing dose of positive energy in her feed. In addition to Yoga and personal coaching, Webb leads spiritual retreats. And if you’re looking to take your Yoga practice to the next level, check out Webb's @GetLovedUp Yoga School.
Brooklyn based personal trainer, vegan, Yoga student, and all around nice guy, Berto shares his daily life with humor and deep insight about the black experience. A thoughtful seeker, Berto offers more than just fitness and nutrition tips, but also introspective life lessons on fatherhood, ideas about #BLM, mental health, and current events. Check out Berto's Youtube channel to find out what Berto is eating, but more importantly, thinking and feeling.
Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts
A Yoga and meditation instructor, Dr Jackson Roberts brings her work with mindfulness practices to everyone, with an emphasis on teens and marginalized groups; founder of Yoga, Literature & Art Camp and co-founder of Red Clay Yoga, Jackson Roberts unique style of Yoga blends hip-hop, R&B, and electronic music with slow flow asana practice and meditation. Take her classes online at: Pelton Chelsea Loves Yoga.
Dr. Judy Brangman
Plant-based nutrition teacher and health coach, Dr. Judy Brangman specializes in internal and lifestyle medicine with a holistic approach to mind/body health. Follow the doctor and founder of Newell Health, for the inside scoop on wellbeing, including how to eat to boost immunity, stave away disease, and keep your body in optimum shape. For more info: read Dr. Brangman's blog.
International Yoga, meditation & movement teacher, Faith Hunter, is the Founder/CEO of @embraceyogadc & @embrace.om. Creator of Spiritually Fly, a combination of chanting, breath work, movement & music, Hunter's unique Yoga style is influenced by Kundalini and Vinyasa, interwoven with meditation. Hunter also is a poet and author, whose work includes, Shades of the Soul: A Meditation Journal.
Somi Igbene, PhD
Functional Nutritionist, Biomedical Scientist, London based Somi Igbene, offers insights on nutrition, recipes, and overall wellness, from a scientific perspective. On a personal level, Dr. Igbene shares how she strengthens her infant son's immunity, after her child was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. Learn about the importance of zinc, probiotics, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, and much more.
Formerly a successful Hollywood film producer, Tracee Stanley left the movie industry behind and dedicated her life to sharing the teachings of Yoga, with an emphasis on Yoga Nidra (the Yogic Sleep). In addition to Yoga, Stanley's Instagram feed features nature, tantra, and info on lucid dreams. Stanley leads Yoga/meditation/self awareness workshops and teacher trainings too. Radiant Rest, is Stanley's first book. For more info, listen to the Radiant Rest podcast.
Think of the above list as just a teensy jumping off point. And continue to explore innovative voices in the black community, and share your discoveries. Check out Cosmopolitan's list of Fit Black Women on Instagram, Black Vegan Instagramers, from Food & Living Vegan, and 75 Black Trainers Yogis & Fitness Accounts, from MindbodyGreen.