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This is the second in a series of “My Practice” articles, in which we share a glimpse of a group or individual’s unique relationship with yoga.
It’s only fitting that I’m speaking to the “Sacred Sisterhood” on International Women’s Day. Huddled around a ring light and nestled on a plush couch, they’re all glowing—even after completing a 63-minute Half Primary Ashtanga series. “Every [week] is something different,” says Koya Webb, who hosts the group at her home. “It’s based on the energy of the group.”
It’s the first time the group has engaged in such a lengthy practice. Typically, no one has an hour to spare. But on this particular day, they happened to—and Webb seized on the opportunity.
It makes sense: these are five women without a lot of free time. Webb is a yoga teacher, author, and motivational speaker. Marve Frazier taps into interior design, cooking, and consulting as a creative entrepreneur. Aeisha DeVore Branch runs Pretty Girls Sweat, a company focused on making fitness fun and accessible. Patrice Washington is a podcaster, speaker, and finance expert. And Chantel Jiroch crafts healthy and flavorful recipes for her 264,000 TikTok followers.
Among the five of them, they have more than a million Instagram followers—and packed schedules. But every Wednesday at 8:30 AM, they gather in Webb’s Atlanta home to chat, connect, and practice yoga.
What Their Practice Looks Like
The weekly class is Webb’s brainchild. When she moved to Atlanta in April 2022, she found herself craving a new routine in her decades-long yoga practice. Instead of heading to a local studio, she wanted to host a circle of friends in her home for a connective flow.
Depending on the week, they may opt to do a 15- or 30-minute practice, subject to timing constraints. And while Webb is a yoga teacher, she practices alongside the rest of the collective instead of leading them through the flow. However, she does select the class the Sacred Sisterhood does, often from one of her favorite YouTube channels. On the day I spoke to them, she had chosen a video from Laruga Glaser.
The type of class is a surprise, but everyone comes to the mat with an open mind, Frazier says. That openness translates to how they approach the poses themselves. “We all know that everyone isn’t perfect,” she says. During the sequence, they might fall on each others’ mats, talk, or even make “mom jokes.” It’s the kind of energy that’s welcomed in the space.
The regular meeting quickly evolved into something that went beyond the physical practice. The group spends time prior to the sequence chatting, reflecting, and connecting. For each of them, those are often the most significant moments of the morning. “Sometimes that release of an emotion or the release of stress of a relationship or job thing, it might be more important than a couple poses,” Webb says. That intimacy is what makes their gathering a sisterhood.
The Significance of the Weekly Meeting
Although Webb is a yoga teacher, each member of the collective possesses a unique relationship to the practice. For example, Branch and Jiroch work out almost daily with each other. However, the Wednesday practice gives them an opportunity to tap into a different area of strength and stillness amid their busy lives. “Yoga is that moment where we actually pause and connect with our bodies,” Branch says. “It’s something very spiritual.” It’s befitting for the group’s name.
That doesn’t mean that each sequence is grounded in quiet reflection. Branch mentions the screaming session the group did as one of her favorite mornings. (A slightly different—but much appreciated—cathartic experience.)
It’s a group that recognizes strength, connectivity, and manifestation. A few years ago, Washington cut a photo from Essence magazine to add to her vision board. It was a picture of Webb practicing yoga. She had never dreamed they’d meet, much less practice together. A year later, the two connected—and now flow together. At the end of the day, nothing can stop the power of sisterhood.