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Memories of my first yoga class come vividly. In addition to standing out as the only woman of color, I was the one inexperienced student who journeyed through at least two life cycles by end of class. There was a shift. Energy had been cleared. I felt free and content as if I wasn’t a struggling college student about to have ramen noodles for dinner the 5th night in a row. The only thing left to question: Who can I relate my experience to?

Similar situations are customary for people of color entering spaces to practice yoga or mindfulness. Some may not have access yoga classes at all. Others may have access to yoga, but always feel like the black sheep in these spaces. Exploring the abilities of the body through breath and it’s energy centers called me to practice yoga, but the rarity of black owned yoga studios and instructors in Milwaukee called me to teach. The need was evident, and I’m grateful to have cultivated relationships with peers who share the same vision.

My name is Charde’a Bell-Taylor, a 24 year old yogi musician born and raised on the north side of Milwaukee, WI. I am the owner of Godbody Creations, a lifestyle brand offering body adornments associated with health, wellness and empowerment. I’ve been practicing yoga for 4 years. In January 2019, after studying under yoga master Pam Bliss at Everyday Bliss Yoga and Massage Therapy School, I completed a 200 hr RYT certification. I have since continued my education by leading yoga classes at Walnut Way, teaching/facilitating Twerk Yoga classes hosted by Heal + Glow, creating curriculum to teach youth yoga in schools, studying Thai yoga massage.

Moving energy mindfully is the chariot to enlightenment. I’m here to spread the light of yoga and hold space for people on the journey to self-cultivation. Let’s flow and grow together.

 

Namaste.

Chardea