As a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation, one thing always stuck out to Lauren Ash: when she took classes and attended events, there was often a severe lack of teachers of color. And there were rarely any events that centered Black women.
Thankfully, Lauren has long ad a great passion for teaching the tenents of holistic well-being. And she knew she could change the status quo. Before long, she acquired her yoga teaching certification and started to host weekly gatherings that centered on yoga and self-care with people of color—and specifically Black women—at the forefront. And by 2014, Black Girl in Om was born.
Since then, Black Girl in Om has exploded in popularity. The brand has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue, and more. And Lauren and her team have hosted events around the world, connecting people together who are trying to embody their most authentic selves.
But when COVID-19 happened, Black Girl in Om began rethinking how they could continue connecting with and teaching others about holistic wellbeing in a virtual space. Their solution, an online community named The Circle by Black Girl in Om launched a few months after. And now, for $44/month, Black women and women of color can connect, learn, and grow together through yoga, mediation, and more.