While apartheid is said to have ended some years ago, unfortunately, it still exists in our world today and in different facets of our everyday lives. And true enough, it happens almost everywhere, even in the calm corners of the yoga community. This reality pushed yoga instructor and fitness enthusiast Ashley Adams to fight for representation within the discipline of yoga, to eliminate all the prejudices that women of color experience within the community.
Ashley runs Yoga Blue Fitness in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and is also the founder and creator of the Black Yoga magazine. The magazine is one of her most recent passion projects that aim to tackle the severe lack of representation within the yoga community. She got the idea for the magazine after going to her local bookstore and looking through 10 different yoga publications. She noticed that the covers of each magazine did not have a single brown person at all. Frustrated, Ashley established her own magazine, knowing that something had to be done.
Black Yoga Magazine seeks to end racial discrimination among all yogi people of color. From her previous experiences, Ashley would often get puzzled looks from other people who couldn’t believe that a person of color would practice yoga at all. The magazine’s mission itself is very close to Ashley’s heart. She is passionate about the cause, and she wants for all yogis to perceive their fellow Black yogis not based on the color of their skin, but through their shared love for yoga.
In the past couple of years, people have been looking towards yoga in order to find balance and rhythm in their lives. Ashley was one of those people, and she instantly fell in love with it. Eventually, she turned her passion for yoga into her career and into her way of life.
With the Black Lives Matter movement pushing new boundaries for the fight towards the representation of minority groups, Ashley continues to fight the good fight. She continues to push for more representation among yogi and eliminating the prejudices that black people experience in the yoga community.
Black Yoga Magazine released its first issue back in September 2019 and has now released seven issues to this day. The magazine has featured Black yoga practitioners from all around the USA and gave them a platform to share their love for yoga. Black Yoga Magazine shares insightful stories from Alaska to Florida. Notable yogis that have been featured in Black Yoga Magazine include Jotholyn Mason, Danny Fluker Jr, Valencia Folks, and many more.
Black Yoga Magazine also publishes a yoga class and studio directory from all over America to bring more awareness towards Black yogi. By publishing more editions of Black Yoga Magazine, Ashley Adams hopes that she could raise enough awareness and representation of Black yogis that it will soon become normalized.
Gone will be the days when yogis that belong to minority groups will get weird looks from other yoga practitioners. And Ashley hopes and keeps fighting for that day to finally come.To know more about Black Yoga Magazine and Ashley Adams herself, make sure to visit the magazine’s official website or the Yoga Blue Fitness website.