When you Google images of “yoga student,” or “yoga teacher,” the first few scrolls are images of mainly petite, white women practicing and teaching yoga, with the exception of maybe one or two images of a person of color taking in the beautiful practice.
When I first began practicing yoga myself, I was usually the only Black student in class and now that I teach yoga, I’m typically still the only Black yogi in class. While there’s nothing wrong with yoga being practiced by a specific group, there is something wrong when it’s represented in the media that there’s only one type of yoga student.
Contrary to what many have been taught to believe, the earliest practice of yoga spans back to over 10,000 years ago in ancient Egypt where the Egyptian civilization began the ancient and sacred practice. Referred to as Kemetic Yoga, yoga asanas that are practiced today can be seen on the temple walls in Egypt, as well as other paintings, engravings and murals.