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Yoga as a Peace Practice: Creating Resilience in Our Communities

with Jana Long, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500, Gail Parker, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT and Dana A. Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC

August 24 - 26, 2018

Yoga as a Peace Practice (YPP) is the first national initiative of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. It offers a self-help intervention to address the impact of trauma for individuals and communities where there are dysfunction, chaos, and violence. YPP highlights the contemplative approach of Yoga to illuminate new ideas, ways of being, and practices that help ease the negative impact of violence on individuals and communities. It teaches us how to transform our hearts and minds and takes Yoga off the mat and into our lives in a profoundly meaningful way. We invite certified Yoga teachers, community leaders, and heads-of-households to take this training in Yoga As A Peace Practice, a curriculum designed to facilitate deep inquiry into our perceptions of self, others, and our purpose for being.

Yoga as a Peace Practice will enable you to:

  • Teach contemplative Yoga philosophy in language that is accessible to all
  • Guide others in pranayama techniques to address the mind, body, and spirit
  • Identify the benefits and contraindications of pranayama
  • Demonstrate practices in Restorative Yoga to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness of individuals
  • Facilitate sharing circles and teach necessary communication skills
  • Moderate constructive conversations
  • Collect and record anecdotal data from class participants regarding the impact of “Yoga As A Peace Practice” on their lives

Rooted in Yoga philosophy, Yoga as a Peace Practice is a powerful catalyst to support individuals who desire to shift their perspective, approach, and path in life.

Discover how to introduce and facilitate contemplative practice in Hatha Yoga classes, conversations, healing circles, church meetings, family gatherings, and professional services to establish peace in our homes and communities.

Course Information


Yoga teachers, professionals, community leaders, and others interested in supporting their communities are welcome.

Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 8 contact hours
  • Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email [email protected]

YPP Level 1 Certification requires completion of an additional 32 hours of coursework, which includes online and teleclasses, reading assignments, and written coursework. The complete course of study for Level 1 Yoga As A Peace Practice Certification is 40 hours.


Jana Long, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Jana is a certified yoga teacher and therapist, meditation facilitator and Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant who specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga and meditation for seniors and the management of cancer and other acute and chronic conditions. She is director of Power of One Yoga Center, a community-based studio in Baltimore, MD, and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. Her exploration of yoga began in 1972, and she has been an eyewitness and advocate to the expansion of yoga and Ayurveda in the U.S., especially in communities of color. She is a certified Master Gardener…
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Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500
Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise Magazine, Maya is a preeminent Yoga instructor and practitioner, author, community activist, and consultant with a career spanning over three decades. She is the co-founder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She is also founder and director of the Santosha School of Yoga where she offers Yoga Alliance registered 200 and 300-hour Yoga teacher certification courses. Maya has been training Yoga teachers since 2001. In 1998 Maya created the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color and it continues to be offered bi-annually at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health,…
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Gail Parker, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Gail is a psychologist and a certified Yoga therapist. She is a faculty member in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy in the Department of Integrative Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where she teaches mind/body strategies for reducing stress and healing emotional trauma to aspiring Yoga therapists. Dr. Parker is a lifelong practitioner of Yoga and is well-known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, Yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance and contribute to the overall health and well-being of practitioners. Dr. Parker has a special interest in utilizing and…
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Dana A. Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC
Dana is a certified Yoga teacher and trainer, Master Life Coach, and Holistic Health Practitioner. Considered a “Jane of all Holistic Trades,” she is also a practitioner and trainer of Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, and Intuitive Counseling. Yoga, meditation and mindfulness have been part of her life for well over a decade. Her journey as a wife, mom of three, author, and business owner has taught her many life lessons that she openly shares with her students. She receives all challenges as opportunities to grow and teaches others to do the same. Dana has trained nearly 200 Yoga teachers since 2008 and considers…
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