Our Mission

Melanin Yoga Project ™ is a non-profit organization. We connect, educate, and inspire by highlighting people of color practicing yoga, hosting wellness events, making yoga more accessible in underserved communities, and offering educational opportunities.

Melanin Yoga Project ™

Founder & President Davina Davidson

Davina is a Houston based teacher leader and trainer who founded Melanin Yoga Project in the spring of 2017 as a means to addressing the need for a safe space for people of color to explore the practice of yoga and experience the benefits of the practice for themselves.

More about Davina...

She has over 10,000 hours combined as a student, teacher, assistant trainer, and trainer in Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Rocket Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Yin, and Yogaworks Methodology.

Before pursuing yoga full time, she spent ten years in Education where she taught Algebra, served in school leadership, completed her Master's in Educational Administration, completed her Ed D in Organizational Leadership, and completed the Rice University's Entrepreneurial Educators Program.

Melanin Yoga Project ™ 2020 Board Members

Executive Director Raquel Nweze

Treasurer Cavanaugh Nweze

Secretary Shahzard Kahkeshani

Board Member Jason Mckrieth

Board Member Nadia Pinto

Board Member Kiva Davis

Who we serve

Melanin Yoga Project's initiative is to connect, educate and inspire people of color through yoga, meditation, and mindful living.



  • Yoga in Schools (Pre-K to College)

  • Community Wellness

  • Education & Development

Who can support

Are you passionate about helping others?  Your contribution supports our overall mission and assists our organization to make a bigger impact in the communities we believe deserve the opportunity to experience what we have to offer.


Community Programs

Yoga In Schools

Melanin Yoga Project aims to provide weekly mindfulness and yoga classes in schools that have been identified as serving low socioeconomic status families. In addition to addressing the students, we aim to provide professional development services for teachers as well.


Community Wellness

Melanin Yoga Project aims to provide weekly free mindfulness and yoga classes in community centers, shelters, and at public parks in the Houston area. Our desire is to create positive relationships in underserved communities to educate individuals on the benefits of a regular yoga practice.  As a community-oriented organization, we additionally aim to provide a space and platform for minority yoga teachers, educators, and health practitioners to share with the community. 

Current partnerships: 100 Black Men , Project Row Houses, Shape Community Center, Hines Center for Spirituality, Community Art's Collective, Gustavia Pearls Women's Outreach, Buckner Family Center, Texas Southern University, and Settegast Heights Community Center


Education & Development 

Melanin Yoga Project is comprised of yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainers, mentors, entrepreneurs, and motivators to connect, educate and inspire people in underserved communities. We offer yoga classes, educational workshops, service, day retreats, international retreats, and 200 Hour & 300 Hour yoga teacher training.




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