Gail Parker, PhD

Visiting Teacher

Dr. Gail Parker is a psychologist, a certified yoga therapist and a lifelong practitioner of yoga. She became president of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) Board of Directors in 2020. She is well known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance, and contribute to the overall health and well-being of practitioners.

She has been a featured psychology expert on nationally and internationally syndicated television talk shows including numerous appearances on the Oprah Show.

Her book, Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma, offers self-care strategies for stress reduction and trauma recovery from race-based traumatic stress. The book invites everyone, not just those directly impacted, to explore the intersection of yoga, race and ethnicity, and to consider the psychological impact of race-based stress and trauma on all of us regardless of race or ethnicity.