Today we want to highlight a special girl, Lauren Ash who is changing the way women of color tackle health and wellness. One day Lauren looked around her yoga class and realized she was usually the only black woman there. “Even though I enjoyed my practice,” she says, “I always thought, how much more amazing would this be if I had other women of color here with me?” This prompted Lauren to launch Black Girl In Om (BGIO) in 2015, which is a wellness initiative that caters to women of color.
The empowerment of black women is the #1 priority with Fit 29, so it is quite impressive to see another woman striving to implode the practices of health and wellness for women of color.
Often, women of color are not highlighted in the Fitness World. The perception is that women of color do not want to work out and have poor eating habits, etc. While statistics show that women of color are at a higher risk to develop major diseases compared to other races some of us are doing are best to lead healthy lifestyles. We strive to encourage other women of color to do so, too through our practices.
Yoga is a great way to get in tune with your body and relax. There are both physical and mental benefits to practicing yoga like increased muscle strength and coping skills. Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California, says yoga can be very effective in reaching a more positive outlook on life.” There are all kinds of practices for yoga and often your local area hosts free classes for you to attend. Now, if you’re in the Chicago area you should definitely check out BGIO.
Ultimately, being healthy and fit is a lifestyle. It takes more than posting a post-workout selfie to really take charge of your fitness lifestyle. All things good take time, so you have to be patient with yourself when starting something new. Love your body, treat it with care and it will reward you long-term.