Is a community really your community if you can’t culturally or racially relate to any of its members? That was probably the question going through Lauren Ash’s mind before she launched Black Girl in Om, a Chicago start-up that hosts yoga, healthy-eating, and other wellness-centered events catering to people of color. Looking to bring more faces that look like her own into yoga classes, Ash started Black Girl in Om last fall in the hopes that she could deliver a greater sense of community for people of color in the wellness space. She spoke to the Cut about her venture, the lack of attention in popular culture paid to wellness for people of color, and working out with black hair.
What is Black Girl in Om (BGIO)?
We promote holistic wellness and inner beauty for women of color through our online publication, as well as various pop-up yoga and meditation events. We speak to encouraging more self-love and self-care for communities of color. Most of our classes are $15. We’re really intentional about providing accessible, affordable classes, while also simultaneously stressing the importance of investing in yoga. I personally believe that if you want to be well in a holistic sense, then you really must invest time and money in it too.
We started in November , in the living room of my mentor’s place. Since then, it has spiraled out of control in the most beautiful of ways. There are people all over the world who are inspired by what we’re doing and how we’re going about it. Yesterday I got an email from a woman in South Africa. Last week, I got an email from a woman in Texas. Continue reading >>