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Why Yoga? Why Me?

Relatable "Yoga for our time"

"Yoga for our time" is a phrase coined by the late teacher and scholar, Michael Stone. He used the phrase to communicate the fact that yoga and its application can be rendered useless if we remain unable to apply yogic principles to the reality we exist in today. Yoga is a practice open to everyone and one of yoga's more subtle imbalances in the U.S. right now is a lack of representation to back up that message.


When I first fell in love with yoga I kept asking myself the question: "Why didn't I find this until I was 25?" The answer I've come up with so far is that there was no exposure to yoga, meditation, or mindfulness practice in my community growing up. And even when I came in contact with these things for the first time as young adult, I viewed those types of practices as something that outside of my cultural grasp. Yoga always seemed like something that wasn't for me because there were only a few black women into it and I surely didn't see any black men.


My confidence to try yoga was boosted when I reconnected with my friend Gift Davis (@GiftDavis) who was also from Baltimore and very much represented a demographic I felt safe connecting to. Yoga has been such a life changing piece of my life that I feel compelled to create an environment for other black men to relate to themselves and each other while feeling safe & seen. This practice has given me that and hopefully by seeing me here, as a yoga instructor, you might feel free enough to join me on this journey of healing and enlightenment. 

Read more about my back ground below.

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Meet Marcus Stanback

Marcus has been a dedicated student of yoga since his exposure to the practice early in 2016. Originally beginning yoga to relieve back pain, he saw benefits from the connection of breath to movement and mindfulness. As a former D1 Track & Field decathlete, he enjoys finding ways to use yoga to create a sustainable amount of challenge while maintaining full body awareness. He aims to embody and share subtle aspects of yoga through breath work and a sharper investigation of asana (physical poses). Marcus sees the practice of yoga as an opportunity for us to cultivate awareness of our own experience while fostering unity as we learn and grow. Marcus completed his 200 hour certification in Portland,OR at Yoga Bhoga

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