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The Uncommon Yogi: A History of Blacks and Yoga in the U.S.

This short documentary, produced by the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, provides a historical view of how the practice of yoga moved from the East to the West and how black yoga teachers and practitioners offer and share this ancient healing system in black and other communities in the United States. It was featured at the organization’s inaugural conference in a presentation by Purushka Hickson, who was a student of Swamini Turiyasangitananda (Alice Coltrane), sharing stories and insight about her. This presentation took place on August 27, 2016, which was Swamini’s 79th birthday.