Beginning in 1987, inspired by Bobbe Norrise’s teachings, her devoted yoga students helped her to create The Total Health Institute, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.  In 1990, Bobbe published “Easy Yoga for Busy People,” a series of home practice guides in response to requests from her students.  This visual aid featured models from all facets of her community, including members of her family. She was the first African American yoga teacher to write a yoga book, depicting primarily people of color.  The revised edition of 2000 is described as, " clear, concise instructions with excellent photographs which show both advanced and beginning versions of the asanas."


The Total Health Institute has a rich legacy based on the community work that  Bobbe Norrise, has engaged in over the last 40 years. By focusing on stress reduction and wellness education, Bobbe served many diverse organizations and 1000's of individuals throughout the greater Bay Area. As the first African-American, Iyengar and Hatha certified Yoga Teacher in the Bay Area, Bobbe was a trailblazer. On May 15th, 2011, she was awarded a proclamation from the City of Oakland and received a day in her honor.

Yoga Journal
EastBay Times

Civic & Community Organizations:

Action Alliance for Children
Association of Black Journalists
Bay Area Black United Fund
Black Coalition on A.I.D.S
Black Nurses Association
California Child Development Adminstrators Association
Center for Human Development
East Bay Church of Religious Science
​Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association
Foster Parent Education Program
Health & Human Resource Education Center
International Association of Black Yoga Teachers
National Association of Securities Professionals
National Medical Association
Office of Community Development, City of Oakland
Sisters of Prosperity


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Academic Institutions:
Contra Costa College

Diablo Valley Community College

University of California Medical Center, San Francisco

Oakland Headstart Program

Oakland Public Schools

California Association Community Colleges


Articles Published:

Yoga Journal

Heart & Soul Magazine

San Jose Mercury News


Community served...

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