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 Halima Henderson. She’s a vinyasa yoga instructor who’s been living and teaching in New York City since 2014. Her classes are ground in creating space for you to breathe, move, play & grow.
Read more about Halima below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for a class.
Q&A with Halima Henderson
- 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 took a yoga teacher training with no plans of becoming a teacher at the onset. But after the first time, we were asked to practice teach, I thought “I can do this!”. I started teaching Pop-Up classes in the park two weeks before finishing the training and never stopped!
- What is your coaching philosophy or mantra?
I keep it light-hearted, challenging but accessible. It’s not about being able to balance in a handstand, it’s about what you learn about yourself along the way. The mind, body, spirit connection is profound!
- What does leadership mean to you?
Listening and then using what you hear to affect change in a positive way.
- How important is it for you to be a wellness leader in the black community?
I have taken yoga classes for almost a decade in NYC and it is/was so infrequent that I would take a class next to someone that looked like me, let alone a teacher that looked like me! I want yogis to know that they belong on their mat and this practice is for them. Black yoga teachers don’t have to be unicorns. Equity in wellness is so important.
- We’re excited to get to know the charity you are supporting! Who are they and why are they special to you?
I am also a working actor and the organization that I am supporting is a non-profit called the Opening Act, which provides no-cost theater education to severely under-resourced NYC public schools. I have worked with Opening Act as a teaching artist for 7 years and I am a strong advocate for the importance of arts education. Every child should have access to the arts regardless of socio-economic background. I have seen the pure magic that is created when a young person realizes the power of their own voice and what they are capable of doing when given a platform to express it!