Episode 153: On Spirituality, Representation, and Being a New Teacher with Quamay Sams

Quamay Sams

This week, I talk to Bay Area yoga teacher Quamay Sams. Quamay grew up in New York, where he was a dancer before he enrolled in a yoga teacher training program (without ever having set foot in a yoga studio). He now considers teaching yoga a calling — and a big responsibility.

We talk about:

* Why Quamay felt like a misfit (his word) growing up and how that impacted the course of his life.

* Dance. He tells us more about a style of dancing called krumping, why he loves it, and how it became an outlet for him.

* Stepping into the seat of the teacher and how he is coping with and embracing being a role model.

* Yoga and representation. His take on why there aren’t more black people in yoga studios, who’s responsible for that, and how we can all work together to bridge that gap.

* His experience as one of Jason’s advanced teacher training students.


Quamay’s Instagram Page

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  2. This really resonated with me being the minority’s – only Native American yoga student and teacher in my area. I I came to yoga at an early age because it helped me get through some tough times as a young girl. I recognize it can be used in our native communities to help overcome (historical) trauma. I also love to use yoga to help dancers/athletes create balance. As I was a dancer growing up. Thank you for having Mr. Sams on to share his story.

    • I’m so glad that this podcast with Quamay resonated with you. He is a wonderful soul. That’s amazing that you feel that yoga has helped you in this way. I’d love to talk to you more. If you’re up for it, email me at [email protected]. Warmly, Andrea


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