Spoke about feeling good with @hellolaurenash, founder of @blackgirlinom. ☄️ #cutconvo
The start of her relationship with wellness: It intentionally began around 2011 when I was a stressed-out graduate student and I made a practical decision to invest in a yoga studio membership I fell in love with it and yet noticed the whiteness of Western yoga culture. I couldn’t reconcile my love and enthusiasm for yoga and wellness spaces from my years-long commitment to cultivating deeply meaningful spaces for and with people of color. So, I desired to bring these two together.
Life pre-BGIO: I earned an M.A. degree in American Studies at Purdue University. Most of my coursework centered on black feminist literature, practice, and theory. The summer before graduate school, the summer in between my two years of graduate study, and the year after graduate school, I worked at Penumbra Theatre, our nation’s preeminent African American theatre company, with young “artivists” of color creating art for social change.
Choosing who to feature on the BGIO podcast: Zakkiyyah (@zakkiyyah.najeebah) and I feature people who we actually love and know in real life, or who we have interact with and deeply appreciate for their work. We’re also always open to the suggestions of our amazing, loyal listeners!
On creating content for women of color: People of color are too often overlooked, misrepresented, or underrepresented in the wellness industry. So, Black Girl In Om exists to create space for women of color, specifically, to breathe easy. There hasn’t been a BGIO session yet where at least one woman hasn’t shared her deep appreciation for being in a wellness-centered space led by a woman of color and with women of color in the room. We get similar feedback from women in response to our podcast and online publication. Sadly, there are still instances of racism, microaggressions, and ignorance that happen all too often in mainstream wellness spaces. I have stories. My friends have stories. It’s unacceptable.
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