Embody Yoga: A Champion of Inclusivity in the Yoga Community

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Embody Yoga: A Champion of Inclusivity in the Yoga Community


In the wake of the Milwaukee Bucks’ championship victory, we celebrate an everyday hero who embodies the team’s spirit of giving back off the court: Joanna Brooks, founder and owner of Embody Yoga.

A Mission of Inclusion

Brooks has dedicated herself to making yoga accessible to people of color, a demographic often underrepresented in wellness communities. She believes that representation fosters approachability, breaking down barriers to participation.

Embody Yoga’s Journey

Brooks’ passion for yoga began in middle school, where she found inspiration in a televised yoga program. Her practice transformed into a desire to share its transformative effects with others.

In 2015, she launched Embody Yoga, initially offering classes in church gymnasiums. Today, her studio resides within the vibrant Sherman Phoenix on Milwaukee’s north side.

Supporting Diversity through Scholarships

In response to the murder of George Floyd, Brooks established a scholarship program to provide financial assistance for yoga teacher training, enabling individuals from marginalized communities to pursue a path in yoga.

Recognition and Support

Brooks’ efforts have garnered the attention of the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Impact Fund. She was recently awarded a grant from the fund, which aims to support Black-owned businesses and nonprofits.

Plans for Future Growth

With the grant, Brooks intends to expand her business and establish a training program for future yoga instructors. Her vision extends beyond her own studio, recognizing the need for increased representation throughout the city.

“Joanna is like an angel here on earth. She is the sweetest, kindest, most giving person that I know.” – Jamila Carney, friend and fellow yoga teacher

Contact Information

Website: www.embodyyogamke.com

Facebook: @embodyyogamke

Instagram: @embodyyogamke

Nominate an Everyday Hero

If you know an individual who embodies the spirit of giving back, nominate them for Natalie’s Everyday Heroes by sending an email to [email protected]

Credit and rights belong to OMG I Yoga.



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