Afro Yoga Allies Is Launched to Support BIPOC

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First round of funding to award emerging yoga teachers is also announced today

I created Afro Yoga Allies for non-Black people who genuinely care about achieving racial justice and equity, particularly in the wellness industry,

Afro Yoga, an emerging wellness and education nonprofit that provides yoga and wellness instruction for everyone by supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the wellness industry, announced the launch of Afro Yoga Allies. Afro Yoga Allies is a sister platform to Afro Yoga. Its objective is to link non-Black allies with BIPOC to glean anti-racism education and build racial equity in the wellness industry through direct investment in the wellness of BIPOC communities.

With today's announcement, Afro Yoga Allies is also announcing its first round of funding scheduled for January 15, where five aspiring teachers will receive scholarships to complete yoga and wellness courses and training. Both the member allies and the Afro Yoga leadership team will collaborate through a digital community where all content is led, reviewed, and approved by BIPOC. The portal is the source of all profits from the work of allies, directly investing to benefit yoga teachers applying for the Afro Yoga Community Fund. (501c3).

"I created Afro Yoga Allies for non-Black people who genuinely care about achieving racial justice and equality, particularly in the wellness industry, to work with us," said Angela Franklin, the founder and executive director of Afro Yoga and Afro Yoga Allies. "Our allies are real change agents; people who are committing to improving racial justice by making their businesses more inclusive and welcoming and helping build funds for students learning to become yoga teachers."

Since 2017, Ms. Franklin has sought to intersect where wellness and social justice meet by leading racial equity and community building training for companies and organizations including Lululemon, UC-Davis and many other universities, nonprofit organizations, and people to advance her work. For four years, Afro Yoga has become an innovative organization for others to learn Kemetic yoga whose origin lies in Ancient Egypt and become educated on racial and social justice, as well as to create safe places for BIPOC to practice yoga.

"It is past time for acknowledging the colonial behaviors embedded in our way of being and living and the impact this has on the yoga industry. Our Afro Yoga Allies program is an important way for the yoga industry, and health and wellness can address it," said Ms. Franklin.

About Afro Yoga: Afro Yoga, is a wellness movement comprised of Kemetic Yoga, racial justice education, community engagement and optimal health that is revolutionizing the wellness industry. To learn more visit https//:afroyoga.org/allies
and follow on IG: @afroyogabyangie.

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