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Our Mission

Our mission is to train, inspire, and empower teachers of color to equip their own communities with the skills necessary to heal, grow and thrive. We will accomplish this by providing a yearlong teacher training program that is culturally competent, professionally delivered, and offered within the communities that we will serve. In equal parts, this teacher training program is designed to support individual mastery of yogic philosophy and mindfulness-based awareness practices, as well as develop the skills needed to teach this comprehensive body of knowledge within one’s own community.

Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.


Our vision is to support, uplift, and transform communities that have been historically marginalized from the knowledge, opportunities, and healing available to the dominant culture. We will accomplish this goal by offering Communities Rizing Teacher Trainings within urban communities starting in Oakland/Berkeley, and moving on to Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and Houston. We will train thousands of yoga and meditation teachers of color to transform their own minds, bodies and spirits, and then transform their own communities from the ground up. We will heal individual and collective trauma in urban communities across America. We will start a community-based, grassroots movement of health and wellness, rooted in yogic wisdom and mindfulness-based practices.