Founder & Executive Director of Black Girl in Om
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Over the past six years, Lauren Ash, founder of Black Girl In Om, has exponentially grown her community, all the while rooted in her original vision of promoting holistic wellness and inner beauty for women of color. “Quite simply, I created Black Girl In Om from a place of personal need. I was growing in my yoga practice, I had recently become certified and I was very aware that the majority of my experiences in yoga studios and wellness communities at large were usually white and not reflective of my experiences. When you talk about representation within any industry, it doesn’t make sense that any people are excluded because the world is such a diverse place. Today more than ever, Black Girl In Om is dismantling what wasn’t contributing to our well being and is instead supporting real healing across generations of Black women.”
"Black Girl In Om is dismantling what wasn’t contributing to our well being and is instead supporting real healing across generations of Black women.”
Even in a global pandemic and an international civil rights movement, Lauren continues to uplift her community, knowing that safe places during this time are more important than ever. “We’re living in a time where the world and the media and all kinds of external forces are working in a way to influence how we show up — mostly to be in a constant state of fear and anxiety. I refuse to live my life that way regardless of what’s happening. So I’m really honing my lifeforce energy in ways that allow me to stay in a creative place and energetically aligned with my community so I can continue to hold space from a place of inner peace and integrity.”
"I’m really honing my lifeforce energy in ways that allow me to stay in a creative place and energetically aligned with my community so I can continue to hold space from a place of inner peace and integrity.”
Most recently, Lauren launched a new five week experience for the Black Girl in Om community. “It’s called Divine Disruption and it’s our first experience for our new monthly members in The Circle, a digital community for Black women and women of color who are invested in spiritual awakening and intergenerational healing. We thought it only right to launch The Circle Membership through Divine Disruption because we believe that’s what 2020 is ripe with — these moments that feel and seem chaotic, triggering and traumatic. And while they are in many ways, they’re also opportunities for us to deepen into our purpose and explore why we’re here and how we can show up.”
On top of building out and strengthening her community, Lauren also is about to release the fifth season of the Black Girl in Om podcast. “This season has a distinctively spiritual tone. A lot of our guests are centering on topics that connect with what it means to live a spirit-centered life and the notion that we’re here for a purpose, on purpose.”
"...we’re here for a purpose, on purpose.”