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Tamara Y. Jeffries

Tamara became Senior Editor at Yoga Journal after a career as a writer, editor, researcher, and yoga instructor.

As a journalist, she covered all aspects of health, with a special interest the health issues of women and families of color, public health, and yoga’s impact on mental wellness. Prior to taking her role at Yoga Journal, she was a college journalism professor and taught the first for-credit yoga course at a historically Black college. Before that, she was Executive Editor of Essence magazine and an editor at Health and HealthQuest.

She completed yoga teacher training and became a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance in 2013. She received Yoga as a Peace Practice training in 2018, and meditation training with Susan Piver of the Open Heart Project in 2021.  She is a member of Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and the Yoga Service Council.

Has published research on Alice Coltrane/Suryiasatchidananda’s role as the founder and leader of a vedantic center in Black Women and Public Health (SUNY Press, 2022) with Santiba Campbell and Yasmeen Long.

She has presented about yoga, diversity, and health at the National Association of African American Studies National Conference, HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference, Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration, Depression on College Campuses Conference (University of Michigan), Yoga Service Conference, Conference on African American & African Diasporic Cultures & Experience (CACE), and YogaFest NC.