“Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures: it is our home.”
- Rolf Gates
Yoga is for everyone. The Yogis of Color series finds yogis from all backgrounds and discusses what motivates them. I’ve been so honored to connect with some amazing teachers. My goal is to take a class with each of them. Every time I publish another post for this series I realize that yoga is not done but it is a way to be.
We hope at a&o you find them as inspiring as we did. Namaste.
Meet Hadji Jones a.k.a. ‘the black yogi’.
When did yoga enter your life? When did you decide to teach? Why do you teach the kind of yoga that you teach?
I think of my personal Yoga practice as an improv dance piece.there is control and fluidity. I do work a lot with core strength, inversions, and backbends. Meditation has been the glue to hold my practice together.
- Dancers (whether professional or street)
- Self-help gurus such as Deepak Chopra, Mastin Kipp, Tony Robbins, Maya Angelou, Iyanla Vanzant, and Wayne Dyer.
- Preachers – Pastor Jamal Bryant, Pastor Waller, and Bishop Evans.
- My best friend Jared Michael Lowe
- Yogis Dana Trixie Flynn, Faith Hunter, Jennifer Pastiloff, Sadie Nardini, Tao Porchon Lynch, Jeffrey Villaneuva, Anya Porter, and Seane Corne.
- And ALL of my teachers and students
How is yoga a part of your life?
I used to do yoga for awhile and now I live it. I recognize that yoga is everywhere and in every living being. Yoga is union with the divine. When we practice yoga we are moving toward an enlightened state. A state of freedom and bliss.
Every time I step onto my mat I practice Yoga but even after I roll my mat up and and leave the studio the Yoga is still present. And I’m sharing Yoga bit by bit with all who I come in contact with.
Philadelphia native, Hadji Jones uses his signature Vinyasa class consisting of great music, fun sequencing, fluid energy, and meditation to empower his students. As “The Black Yogi”, Hadji teaches his students that ethnicity, size, age, or social stature have no bearing on whom will benefit from the healing principles of the practice.
When not teaching Classes Hadji appears on several shows on the Veria Living network, blogs on ElephantJournal.com & YOGANONYMOUS.org, creates fun YouTube videos and models in Yoga photoshoots.
You can connect with Hadji at www.TheBlackYogi.com, www.twitter.com/theblackyogi
Do you know of someone who should be featured in the Yogis of Color series? We’d love to talk to them.