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40+ Black Spiritual Thought Leaders To Follow & Learn From

Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Writer
By Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Writer
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Writer, and a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.
Image by mbg Creative / Bethany Schiedel, Christopher Broe, Light Watkins
June 15, 2020

Spirituality in recent years has wound up with a reputation of commodification and, well, whiteness. And exclusivity in spirituality is anything but spiritual. Along with other themes in the wellness world, mainstream spirituality needs more diversity. Today, there are tons of Black men and women leading that charge, through everything from thought leadership to mindfulness and yoga to community outreach programs.

Here are just some noteworthy people we want to highlight—there are, of course, many, many more.

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Black-owned spiritual organizations and studios:

  • Black Girl Bliss (@blackgirlbliss): Educational platform dedicated to cultivating the spiritual, sexual, and self-care practices of Black women and femmes.
  • Black Boys Om (@blackboysom): Network of Black, male wellness practitioners inspiring and creating lasting change in their communities through yoga, mindfulness, and other enriching practices.
  • Khephera Wellness (@khepherawellness): Social enterprise providing wellness services to individuals, sports teams, corporations, and schools across the country.
  • Women of Color Healing Retreats (@womenofcolorhealingretreats): Retreat and holistic wellness company created for Black women.
  • Black Zen (@blackzen.co): Meditation brand created to remove social and financial barriers restricting Black and Brown communities from discovering the benefits of meditation.
  • Black Girl In Om (@blackgirlinom): Promoting holistic wellness and inner beauty for women of color, encouraging self-care, self-love, and self-empowerment.
  • Black Girls Breathing (@blackgirlsbreathing): A safe space for black womxn to actively nurture their mental, emotional, and spiritual health via meditational breathwork.
  • HealHaus (@healhaus): Wellness center and café offering yoga, meditation, classes, and workshops.
  • Sisters Of Yoga (@sistersofyoga): Community of wellness professionals creating safe spaces for women of color to explore their connection to self, heal traumas, and cultivate a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
  • Dive In Well (@diveinwell): Offers on- and offline experiences, resources, and tools to empower consumers and participants who believe in soul-centered wellness for all.

There are so many names and organizations to include—this is by no means an exhaustive list. I'll be continuing to update it for anyone looking to find and support black spiritual leaders and diversify their feeds. Please email me at sarah.regan@mindbodygreen.com to shout out anyone I missed.

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Sarah Regan
Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Writer

Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Writer, as well as a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.