Yoga and Meditation: 3 Brothahs Doing Amazing Things




From the book, You Are a Lion! and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

Three young Brothahs are doing some a-maaaaazing work in their community of Baltimore, Maryland. Check out the work of Andres Gonzales, and Ali and Atman Smith, co-founders of  the Holistic Life Foundation.

Check out this very cool interview with Atman as part of the Unify Summit spearheaded by the Panacea Community founder, Nathan Crane.

When you’re done with that, watch Ali and Atman’s Ted Talk at Columbia University’s Teaching College.

Finally, when you’re done with that, check out Holistic Life Foundation’s Ted Talk in Charlottesville, featuring two of the organization’s young, gifted, and black proteges.

Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based organization committed to nurturing wellness in underserved communities through yoga and mindfulness practices.

About the founders of

Ali-Smith-square.jpgAli Smith learned yoga and meditation from his parents, and by visiting ashrams as a child. He has over 12 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. He has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs with at-risk youth at drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, and in many other underserved communities around the world.

Atman Smith is a native of Baltimore, MD who’s parents were yogis that taught him contemplative practices as a very young child. For the past twelve years he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population.

andres gonzalez-squareAndres Gonzalez has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 12 years to diverse populations. For the past three years, he has partnered with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a federally funded yoga and mindfulness based study involving urban youth.

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I'm an artist, a mom, a teacher, a reader, a learner, a writer, an adventurer! This is where I get to share my love of African and African diasporic literature, visual art, and film as well as nature, spirituality, and travel. I also share my own art creations inspired by the "above mentioned" (check the gallery). Updates and news are always happening so please check back often! Peace!
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