Maya Breuer has taught yoga to all peoples, but has always had a special interest in bringing yoga and its magnificent lifestyle and healing properties to people of color—particularly African Americans who are still largely absent from the wider yoga culture today.

Through the years, there have been some openings—success with the creation of the Teaching for Diversity Program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; participating as a supporting member of the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers; creating and directing the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at Kripalu twice per year for the past decade; founding and directing the Santosha School of Yoga offering Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher training and certification programs.

Maya has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and worked with others there to create opportunities for people of color to become certified yoga teachers and to gain access to all of Kripalu’s professional programs with the aid of scholarships and other opportunities. Learn more at