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Alice Coltrane: Musician Turned Swamini

Alice McLeod, commonly known as Alice Coltrane, was born August 27, 1937. She was raised in Detroit’s east side in a home where prayers and hymns extolled the Lord. Her interest in music blossomed in early childhood. By the age of nine, she played organ during services at Mount Olive Baptist church in Detroit, Michigan. Alice’s […]

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.