As a part of our Black Leaders Day celebration, we are sharing the stories of our Black instructors and supporting the causes that matter most to them.
Today we have the opportunity to celebrate Adam Turney. He’s an actor, singer, dancer, and certified yoga teacher who focuses on supporting and uplifting all bodies through the power of movement and self-exploration.
Read more about Adam below and visit his Moxie studio to join him for a class.
Q&A with Adam Turney
- Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a fitness instructor. How did you get started? Is there an achievement you’re particularly proud of?
I started practicing yoga about four years ago. I always knew I wanted to be a yoga teacher ever since I first started practicing but the teacher training programs were too expensive for me to invest in. Luckily this past summer I was granted a scholarship for Black excellence from my training program and went on to obtain my 200 Hour YTT certificate. Now, I'm currently working on obtaining an additional certification in yoga sculpt. I'm particularly proud of my tenacity and not giving up on becoming an instructor even when it didn't seem like it could be possible.
- What is your coaching philosophy or mantra?
My mantra would have to be "an attitude of gratitude." Even though it can be tough to see sometimes, there is always something to be grateful for.
- What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership to me means leaving your ego at the door and being there for your students in the present moment. I feel like it's necessary to give the space for your students to explore and be curious. I always say that I'm simply a guide for their experience.
- How important is it for you to be a wellness leader in the black community?
It is extremely important to me. I initially wanted to become a yoga teacher because I really didn't see many people in that world who looked like me. I want to be a voice for the Black and gay community. I feel like I can use my authentic voice to help inspire change.
- We’re excited to get to know the charity you are supporting! Who are they and why are they special to you?
I'll be supporting The Okra Project. The Okra Project is special to me because they are tackling the global crisis of violence by providing resources and meals to Black Trans people worldwide. So often the Black Trans community and the Trans community, in general, are forgotten so I'm passionate about raising awareness however I can.
- Is there someone in the Black community or a figure in history who inspires you and whom you wish more folks knew about? We’d love to hear about them!
I'd have to say, Langston Hughes. I remember doing a report on him in middle school and it blew my mind. His poetry, social activism, and several other writings were so pivotal during the Harlem Renaissance in giving a voice to the Black community and the Black experience.