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Siraad Dirshe
Dec, 13, 2017

2017 was scary, and it became abundantly clear that Black women need to take of themselves, and each other. While we as a community have notoriously been not great at making our mental, physical and spiritual health a priority, this year things changed.  

There was collective acknowledgement of how important it is for Black women to be and stay well. Our definition of wellness and self-care expanded beyond thin Caucasian women wearing athleisure and binging on Netflix, to include being more conscious of the food we put into our bodies and cutting toxic people out of our lives. 

An undeniable part of this wellness awakening is the countless Black and brown women who use their work and Instagram accounts to help change the historically accepted narrative. From chefs to astrologies and fitness trainers, these ladies reminded us how important it is for us to cherish and protect our magic. 

Keep scrolling to see the ladies who helped us stay inspired and balanced this year. 

1. Lauren Ash, Founder of Black Girl in Om

Lauren uses her platform to uplift and bring together Black women so they can live their best lives. 

2. Latham Thomas, Doula and Writer 

Latham is one of the Black pioneers in the wellness industry who has paved a bright path that so many have followed. 

Glow Time- Movement meditation is mindful and intentional, free and fluid movement that heals. It’s an opportunity to connect to what’s happening within your body and attune to the ambient landscape. It’s a way move that feels natural and unrestricted. Prepare for the meditation by finding a serene space outdoors or setting the mood indoors with low lighting from drawn curtains or candlelight. Set the right music so you have an inspired flow; I suggest something instrumental and repetitive in nature so you aren’t mentally connected to the lyrics. Light incense and set your intention, or a seed goal—one focused around what you need before you begin. There may be a single word that comes to the surface when you set your intention, like love. You might use that word to inform the music and help lead into your movement. This meditation is about freedom of movement, so do whatever feels good to you. This meditation is most effective when practiced for a minimum of 10 minutes. __________________________________________ Start in a seated position with your eyes closed and focus on the breath. While moving in sync with the music, begin hip swivels in a circular motion. From there, you may want to move gracefully onto your hands and knees, rolling your hips, moving in a feline manner, articulating your spine. While your knees are still on the mat, lift your upper body and create waves with your torso and arms. Be free with your movement. Make your way to standing while moving through low squats. Give yourself what you need to work out any tightness or tension in the body. Move in spiral forms, creating rhythm & repetition. Move however your body wants. Start asking yourself, “What do I need?” And allow your body to answer through fluid movement. When you are ready to bring the movement meditation to a close, start to slow down and make smaller movements, winding your way back to the into a child’s pose or a seated position with palms positioned facing up over your knees. With your eyes closed, tune in to your body and notice how you are feeling. Observe your heart rate, your breath, your disposition. Return to your intention and gently open your eyes. 🙏🏽 #ownyourglow

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3. Traci Copeland, Nike Master Trainer and Yoga Instructor 

With her Beyonce-themed workout classes and challenging yoga classes, Traci makes working out fun and enjoyable. 

4. Tracey Piper, Founder of The Piper Center for Internal Wellness 

Tracey is a firm believer that wellness starts from the inside out, and she uses her practice to help spread this message. 

A recap of Tracy Piper 3 day retreat in Upstate New York. #thepipercenterretreat #amazinghealthbenefits #2ndRetreat

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5. Jenné Claiborne, Vegan Chef

Jenné Claiborne makes being a vegan look super easy (and delicious) with her mouth-watering recipes and Youtube videos. 

6. Nadia, Fitness Coach 

As a fitness coach and mental health advocate Nadia is on a mission to empower Black women everywhere. 

7. Liana Naima, Reiki Practitioner

Using eastern ways of healing, such as reiki, Liana wants to bring Black women closer to themselves. 

8. Trinity Mouzon Wofford, Founder of Golde Tumeric 

Trinity lives by the saying wellness is golden, so it should come as no surprise that she started the digestible beauty brand Golde Turmeric.

bts @goldeturmeric x @sincerelytommy_ pop-up today. Ty to all who came thru 💕

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9. Jamie Jones, Pre and Postnatal Exercise Specialist 

In a world of snapbacks Jamie Jones, a mom of two, is helping moms set realistic fitness goals, and crush them. 

Hey y’all! Happy Tuesday! Post workout check in: sooo I tried to #connectthrusweat with @allymisslove in her running challenge last month and finished about 3/4 of the month. This month I’ve committed to complete @robinnyc #3for31 and I’m already 2 days short by day 5. (Last December i was pregnant and running didn’t always feel great so i finished about half - you know i find an extra personal challenge since i couldn’t last year.) So i could easily just drop it since I’ve already missed a couple days and realistically I’ll miss some more, right? No way. Seeing the #3for31 posts keep me motivated. Even on the days i know i can’t. At 6 months postpartum, still breastfeeding, and running on little sleep, my sanity is most important. Running is meant to be a release for me so i enjoy setting goals to keep me moving forward - both mentally and physically. Sleep deprivation gives that old Postpartum Depression the leverage to throw me off, so i have to balance my workout time and everything else. Pushing myself to run on the days i know i need to shut off isn’t healthy for anyone, but then i have days where i can run 3+ miles and feel amazing (LIKE TODAY!) As much as i want to be able to reach these milestones every day, I’m working up to them by finishing as much as i can, when i can to continue feeling strong. Use these challenges to launch you back into running if you aren’t there yet. You don’t have to be good, you just have to start! 🏃🏽‍♀️💪🏽🤱🏽 #jamiejonesfit #runningchallenge #6monthspostpartum #momof2 #momofboys #strongmom #postpartumdepression #mentalhealth #fitnesstherapy #fitmom #postpartumfitness #oldpic #notthereyet #lovesquad #shutupandrun

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10. Lalah Delia, Spiritual Writer and Creative 

Words have immense power, and Lalah has the beautiful gift of inspiring and healing with hers.

The feeling of dainty/delicate/minimal jewelry has been my vibe for some time. I’ve released and let go of so many material possessions these last couple of years while detoxing my life.✨ This has birthed a more intentional me and a more intentional/purposeful way of doing life, relationships, home space, and belongings 🤗🙏🏾 As we go further into the holiday season, mindful, intentional, and conscious buying and giving is a great way to buy and give in a way that goes beyond impulsive shopping and/or simply acquiring more stuff. I turn down opportunities to work with brands often as to keep this space minimal and focused on my message of vibrating higher and not a space to promote more ‘stuff’ that has no higher impact, vibration, or intention. When approached by @VraiAndOro to collaborate with their mission called Humans For Humans and we discussed their mission and how they’re an ethically sourced jewelry/slow company who’s not into fast fashion or harming the environment, this immediately resonated with me. These are the companies I stand behind and support. These are the companies who are changing the game, are woke, who care about social issues, and not just profit, who desire to give back and are doing their part in honoring the environment and collective. Conscious/woke/high vibe companies for the win. The Link necklace that I’m wearing here is a symbol of unity in our communities. With each mindful purchase Vrai & Oro will be writing a letter to the buyer's local congressman about one of five social justices issues which can be chosen at checkout. The project is called Humans For Humans. I’ll be wearing my necklace as a sign of unity and solidarity with our communities, environment, and the earth. The Link necklace is available today thru Cyber Monday. It’s a way of doing this season of shopping in an intentional and conscious way that gives back to our local and greater communities. Vrai & Oro asks when’s the last time I felt connection: I answered: I feel connected each day by sharing the message of vibrating higher and by sharing space with you all as we vibrate higher daily and journey collectively 💞 Peace and joy to all 〰 link in bio

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11. Erica Marie, Performance Nutritionist 

Erica proves that training isn't just for athletes with her inspiring workouts and helpful health tips. 

12. Page Parker, Yogi and Personal Trainer 

As the founder of Whole Health Cub, Page makes health and wellness not only rewarding but also fun. 

13. Ashleigh, Astrologer

Understanding the workings of the cosmic universe has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years, and thankfully Ashleigh has helped guide Black women through that world. 

14. Shanna Tyler, Yogi 

Shanna's inspirational Instagram posts remind us to slow down and take care of our mind and body. 

15. Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Yoga Educator 

In our quest of self-acceptance and love, it's imperative that we don't leave young Black women and girls behind; Dr. Chelsea uses her knowledge to inspire every generation despite their age. 

I’m not really sure at what stage in my life it happened; but, over the course of a lifetime i realized how anxiety lived and can live in my body. When i was a little girl, i remember getting really nervous, my heart would beat quickly, and my body would physically shake (think about the reaction to being really cold) each time i would have to speak in class. I remember becoming overwhelmed with fear anytime i had to confront a friend or peer on the playground. I did a lot though growing up. I was a president of this, a captain of that. I competed with instruments and with my body. Yet, i still knew it was a source of anxiety. So where did it go? At the time, i couldn’t name it, but my yoga practice brought it to the light. Instead of trying to make it something else, or beating myself up for not making it go away, my yoga practice taught me to love myself even more. Yesterday, i just led a meditation on a platform that has access to 2.2 million people and i was nervous. And no, my practice does not make it go away. Instead, i use it as what my beloved teacher Swami Jaya Devi says, “as fuel”. I used the jitters in my body as confirmation that I am alive, that i can feel the sensations this extraordinary body can hold, I used it as a way to remind me I am human. Lately, my teachings that i share have been embracing the What is now in order to understand, love, embrace, and consciously decide if we want to change anything at all. Or, how we can use what we have for deeper understanding. I would love to practice with you soon so that we can collectively tap into the What is now in all of us.✨ • Los Angeles - New Year’s Day Yoga at @greentreeyogala - JAN 1 • Atlanta - How to Ignite Your Yoga Practice {Sacred Chill Edition} at @sacredchillwest - JAN 28 • Santa Cruz - Yoga, Literature, & Art Retreat at @1440multiversity - MARCH 23 - 25 • •• All tickets/registration are available now and space is limited for all. Tickets have begun to move, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. Have a great week y’all! ✨✨✨ #BreatheItAllIn #ThisIsYoga #HereToBe • •• Photo by @rossoscarknight @rossyoga taken in Barbados during #photographyandyoga retreat.

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16. Lenéa Sims, Writer and Spiritual Healer

With her affirmations and inspirational gems, Lenéa reminds us that we need to constantly show-up for ourselves, because no else will. 

My hair is fake, my nails are fake, yet I’ve never felt more like the Real me 💫

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17. Dr. Tiffany Lester, Medical Director at Parsley Health 

Dr. Tiffany uses her platform to educate individuals on how connected our internal body is to the things we manifest externally. 

Smiling into this long weekend. A warm smile is the universal language of love. #saturdayvibes #smilesfordays

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18. Lina, Wellness Coach and Acupuncturist 

While acupuncture isn't traditionally a go-to self-care practice, Lina is helping to change that with her beauty inspired practice. 

19. Chelsea Williams, Plant-Based Wellness Blogger 

Chelsea helps to defy all preconceived notions about living a plant-based lifestyle. 

20. Jaliessa, Founder of Obsidian Moon Astrology 

As a full-time astrologer, Jaiessa is a light and provides the insight that so many have come to love. 

21. Wendy and Jess, Founders of Food Heaven Made Easy

If you've ever tried to make a healthy meal, chances are you've used one of Wendy and Jess' recipes. The registered dietitians are on a mission to change the way we think about food. 

22. Michelle Marques, Personal Trainer 

Michelle wants to change Black women's underrepresentation in the fitness and wellness community. 

23. Bri Luna, Founder of the Hoodwitch

As the owner and creator of The Hoodwitch, Bri is helping Black women truly tap and harness the power of their magic.

24. Nikia Phoenix, Founder of Black Girl Beautiful 

Nikia wants all Black women to see themselves as the piece of art that they are, and her digital platform is dedicated to celebrating our uniqueness. 

25. Bri, Creator of Spiked Spin 

Bri is truly doing it for the culture by making fitness more accessible to Black people. 

26. Alanna Gardner, Therapist and Fitness Instructor 

As both a therapist and fitness instructor, Alanna is showing Black women how to live healthier emotional and physical lives. 

27. Dossé-Via, CEO of Scorpio Mystique 

Dossé-Via's extremely popular astrological Instagram page unites the the scorpios of the world. 

28. Lauren Nixon, Food Educator 

Her spirited workshops and demos help to change our conversation and understanding of food. 

29. Jassy Onya, Founder of Onyae Naturals 

Jassy's vegan skin care line is made in small batches and completley vegan. 

30. Tiffany Shelton, Owner of the Conscious Shop 

From sharing how to care for plants, to explaining which yoga poses help with our emotions, Tiffany Shelton teaches us how to live our best life. 

31. Nadia, Fitness Coach 

Nadia is a fitness and mental health advocate that's also a yoga instructor.

32. Shelia Donovan, Owner of Shelia Donovan Pilates Studio 

As the owner of her own pilates studio Shelia is redefining what health and wellness looks like. 

33. Minna B., Writer 

Minna's positive writing is a breathe of fresh air. 

Jessmina ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

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