I'm going to leave this right here. Maybe repeat it a couple times like I did. And maybe...lean in to what feels right and just a little bit more as the weekend unfolds and let the rest fall away. Trust that what needs to be revealed will be revealed...in Divine time. No effort is needed. Just surrender. Surrender creates softness. Softness creates space. Space allows Spirit to speak. And therein lies the guidance. So in summary, slow down this weekend. Do what feels good. Say what needs to be said. Listen to your heart, not your thinking mind. Trust the vibes. Be with those who light you up. That is the way! I appreciate you. This week was real✌🏾 . . . . 👀 via @moonbox.co ✨ . . . . #xo#speakup#surrender#feel#trust#surrender#open#heart#freedom#faith#magic#xo#happyfriday
Seriously though!! I don't care how on point your highlight reel is. And especially if you are black and brown in these spaces, I want to know your story. I am forever curious. How did you make it? And how do you maintain your shine? And how do you keep the vibe high? I hope to one day provide a platform to share stories. I mean, even to make it as a full time yoga teacher is a feat! I was just telling @alexbershaw how I remember trekking to the Upper East Side from Brooklyn on a heavy, hand-me-down mountain bike during a blizzard years ago to teach a class because my reputation mattered as did the money. Bowing to the warriors out there. And thank you for yesterday's comments💥. Wow. Ok, so tell me: 🗣💕How many mountains have you climbed to be where you are today? . . . . #mountainclimber#warrior#defytheodds#fighter#reslient#strong#focused#determined#ibowtoyou#iseeyou#awareness#compassion#love#blackyogateacher#blackgirlmagic#tellme#yourstory
I recently saw a quote on @21ninety that said, "Women of color that are educated and successful are not rare." I nodded my head in agreement. It's true and I understand why this was said. And then I got angry as I reflected on my lived experience in this body. If only you knew how educated we black folk have to be to even be considered for things; and how many of us are thriving yet are rarely highlighted! And how little room there is for error on our part. We have to come correct. I remember someone being shocked that I was early on set and had everything I needed to successfully do the job. And another time after being on the job for a year when someone questioned my credentials not once but twice. Why are you so surprised by my professionalism? The brainwashing is deep y'all. It's exhausting to be one of the first black people so many have worked with. It's such a shame. The negative imagery of black bodies is deep. Racism is deep. But our lived experience is priceless. So I plot. And I dream. And I speak to others who look like me. Who share the same vision and have similar thoughts and feelings. And I move. And I pray. And I breathe. And I root for my sisters and brothers. May we continue to rise with no need or pressure to explain our greatness. 🗣💕Do you feel me? Comment below! . . . . 🎶 "Intention" by Morley 🎥 sped up. Flow slow🙏🏾✨ . . . . #educatedblackwomen#beware#watchout#blackwellness#blackyogateacher#oneofmany#mayweknowourworth#throwback#shanghai#china#lululemonglobalambassador
It's Monday night and we made it to another week y'all. How was your day? How are you feeling? If today didn't go as planned you can "begin again"...a phrase I often say in my classes. But seriously, each breath is an opportunity to reboot your system. And to keep it real, I'm speaking from a place of not having a productive Monday with a long to-do list waiting to be checked off. It's all good. Deep breaths y'all. Deep breaths. Set some new intentions and keep it moving. . . . . #beginagain#reboot#restart#deepbreaths#compassion#understanding#mondaymotivation#wegotthis
It's been an incredibly full week and today marks another powerful full moon. I have so much more to say about my last post. Thank you for your comments!! There are so many conversations I want to have with you all and projects that need to be birthed. Support is needed to keep the vision alive. So I am saying this here so the Universe knows I'm serious: I am currently manifesting a team to support my mission from social media support to a videographer to an assistant to a manager. The time is now and I cannot do this alone anymore...I've been doing all of this work solo y'all mixed with the power of prayer, dharma, manifestation and my ancestors...not to overlook the power of my friends, family and partner who hold me up✨ I'm currently listening to Wayne Dyer's book "The Power of Intention" because I need reminders of who I am and why I'm here. Thank you @karencostonstudio for the recommendation. 🗣💕For those who have built a stellar team, how did you do it? Did your people find you or did you find them? Please share your insight. In the words of Dyer, "Go for it now. The future is promised to no one." . . . . #fbf to a teaching moment in Shanghai with @lululemon . . . . #fullmoon#fullweek#fulllife#helpwanted#happyfriday#lululemonglobalambassador
I wish for people to think twice before using the word "minority." I've never used it when it comes to black and brown bodies and I never will. I am not a minority. I am not less than half of a whole number. I am not a tiny piece of the human race. My melanin represents the vast majority of bodies on this earth. We actually take up a whole lot of space. Even our influence is powerful. Our style and grace is at the root of main stream culture. From shoes to jeans to jewelry to hair to lips to hips to food to music to dance to language to...the list is too long. "Marginalized." I am okay with this word. It's accurate and it acknowledges systemized oppression. It makes people think. But minority. Not even close to describing Us. 🗣💕BIPOC folks, how do you feel about this word? . . . . 📸 @lululemon . . . . #empower#unify#amplify#morethan#takeupspace#speakup#thinkaboutit#melanin#magic#mypeople#represent#showup#love#adoration#blackgirlmagic#blackyogateacher#lululemonglobalambassador
As the week comes to an end I needed to leave this here. What a journey this has been; to witness someone I know, a fellow black women navigate through toxic behavior with such grace and diligence. @nicoleacardoza there shouldn't have been a survey for you to get on this cover let alone any magazine cover. Your work is powerful, your mission is inspiring and your hard work is phenomenal. Nevertheless I am so happy to know the world is being exposed to you and your mission with @yogafoster and now @reclamationventures. You have reminded me that speaking up IS the way. Bowing to you my friend. Pay attention to her work y'all 🙏🏾✨✨ . . . . #thankyou
It's a melanated Monday y'all. I'm landing back in NYC full of gratitude. To all the beautiful humans I met and reconnected with, I appreciate you! I love my colorful community so much. Diversity is how I role! But may I add that connecting with the marginalized, the POCs, the black folk, the fellow brown skinned beings who were sprinkled in the crowd representing and shining ✨maaaad bright...I am so grateful that you were there with me. Thank you for saying yes. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for reminding me that I'm not alone. Thank you for seeing me. Thank you for your high vibrations. In a world tainted with hate, this is a good week to extend kindness to someone who is unjustly targeted in this society. We all want to be accepted. We all want to feel safe. And we all have a right to be here; you, me, him, her, them...all of us. . . . . 👗 A @lululemon Seawheeze special edition that I swear was made for me🎉 . . . .
Teaching reminds me that humanity is still alive. Connection is alive. Love is alive. Resilience is alive. Passion for change is alive. We are alive! The things you see crumbling are the things we no longer needed. Let it fall and don't lose sight of your humanity. . . . . Magical moments captured in Shanghai with @lululemon China. I'm reminiscing as I prepare for takeoff to Vancouver for @lululemon and #Seawheeze✨✨✨ . . . . #humanity#alive#electric#love#hope#union#connection#holdontight
I am super shy to sing in public. I was in choirs most of my childhood, often the only black kid in them and never sang solos for many reasons that I wont get into right now. But alas, my spirit reminded me of this Negro Spiritual just now and perhaps someone else out there needed to hear it's first verse. It's a song that I haven't sung in a good decade or more but one whose melody I have always loved. Lyrics are below: 🎶 🕊🙏🏾 Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; let our rejoicing rise, high as the list'ning skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea sing a song full of faith that the dark past has tought us, sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us; facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won.
It's ok to be furious. It's ok to be disgusted. It's ok to be outraged. It's ok to be scared. It's ok to be deeply hurt and offended. What is happening in the news, in this country, in this world is incredibly dark and disturbing. It's disgusting actually. But this is our country and to see how polarized privilege is makes me dizzy. To see how police can gently escort yet another mass-murderer to safety when black and brown folk are gunned downed simply for existing is nauseating. But I am here because of my ancestor's resilience and I will lean in to their strength for guidance. We may not be able to make this systemic nightmare stop...at least not yet but I will suggest that we DON'T ALLOW THE NEWS TO STEAL OUR JOY TODAY. Surround yourself with a protective energy. Move your body. Meditate. Send loving kindness out. Pray. Find ways that you can help if not just by speaking up. Raise your vibration. Reflect on your own privilege and how you benefit from this broken system vs. those who suffer because of it. Confronting the darkness is the only way to step into the light. Feel free to leave positive ways you are coping during this time in the comments 🕊💕 . . . . 📸 @alexbershaw 💖 . . . . #godblessamerica
One year before we actually met someone who we mutually knew attempted to hook us up (unbeknownst to us) at an ashram way out in Queens during an auspicious new moon. The plan failed because one of us did not show up. Life went on. Then, one year after that the Universe made it a point to connect us...under the energy of another new moon in another spiritual setting. It worked. Fast forward to three years into this journey and now on the cusp of another new moon in Leo which embodies heart opening energy, I pause to honor @alexbershaw 💖 As we continue to grow and evolve both as a couple and as individuals while navigating life's surprises and transitions, we have stayed committed to Us. In this modern day world I'd be a fool to take our union lightly. I'm looking forward to stepping into this new moon energy with you, Bae! No one prepares us for relationships; TV and social media make them look easy breezy and our parents may or may not have been the best examples. Cheers to Us for saying yes to this journey with radical honesty, acceptance, trust, deep work and real love🌚 💕 . . . . #bae#relationship#union#commitment#partner#love#manofcolor#sexyaf#journey#newmoon#energy#heart#connection#gratitude#brooklyn#nyc
Sound on 🔊 💕 Who would you be without yoga? Who are you because of yoga? Yoga has saved me time and time again. I now move for my Father. My Father taught me to love movement. I move because of him. I move for all the times he could not during his fight with brain cancer. I dedicate my movements to my Father. . . . . 👗 @lululemon #yoga#dedication#honor#love#flow#move#breath#connection#union
Mood as I head into a new week. I used to not eat watermelon in public if white folk were around. I often tried to tone down anything that was associated with blackness. Did you know that back in the day newly freed slaves would grow watermelon as a way to earn money? The fruit grows quickly and is cheap to care for. Black folk were doing rather well selling watermelon. Perhaps too well. So. White society decided to create cartoons and other PR strategies that depicted black folk as lazy watermelon eating, uncleanly, childlike fools. Yup. Black freedom let alone black joy has always been deemed a threat. But after Wanda Sykes did a brilliant standup, around the same time Obama first became president, where she spoke on this very issue of being black and eating watermelon, I felt freed. Not only from the societal embarrassment but more importantly from knowing that I wasn't the only black person who felt this way about eating watermelon in public. The trope still rears it's ugly head to this day, but best believe you will find me proudly eating watermelon as a testament and celebration of my ancestors resilience + freedom. And because I'm obsessed with this summer delicacy. Watermelon 🍉 🍉🍉🍉🍉 . . . . #blackhistory#mystory#ourstory#freedom#liberation#imblackandimproud#blackgirlmagic#watermelon#watermelonlover#summer#vibes#proud#legacy#ancestors#lineage#gratitude
It's like I've been keeping this a secret; this magical group of beings who said yes to my retreat at Kripalu in late June. I got to co-teach another year with my dear friend and colleague, Jess Frey (on the far left with leg kicked🤗) who isn't afraid to go deep and talk about the real stuff like my lived experience as a black woman let alone the practice of overcoming the struggles and challenges that make us human. This group dove in deep with us. We laughed and cried and connected and moved and rested and journaled and manifested and...so much more. We dissected what it means to flow with life's rhythm both on and off the mat. And the women of color that were in this space gave me life! This is what I want to see more of at retreat centers. DIVERSITY!! And not just from outreach programs but because the presenters chosen reflect the broad spectrum of colors in this world making it more welcoming for POCs to attend. I am humbled and inspired by this retreat. Thank you @_ellen_rose for advocating our program and to @kripalucenter for creating space for this to happen. More please. . . . . . #kripalu#summer#retreat#jessfrey#gowiththeflow#vinyasa#yoga#meditation#mindfulness#breath#compassion#curiosity#connection#communtiy#sangha#inspired#thankyou#moreplease#gratitude
NYC!!! This Thursday, July 11th from 6-7PM please join me for a free class in Bryant Park. Yup, it's that time of year again 🥰 This will be my fourth year as a teacher in this summer series and these photos have me smiling and reminiscing. It's my absolute favorite class to teach. Mats are included but high vibes are not so please bring them! . . . . 📸 @alexbershaw 💖 . . . .
I have so much to say that I'm not sure where to start. It's been keeping me up at night. This is my complete mood. My threshold for poor behavior, ignorance and blatant racism is non-existent. The toxicity in the wellness space is exhausting. There are so many stories to tell y'all. But my light stays bright. And I love seeing my sisters shine in their light. @nicoleacardoza@chelsealovesyoga@skillinaction@mynameisjessamyn...the list is longer but I'm on a flight about to take off! Keep shining. Share below those in your community who are doing the work and demanding change!
Wanting one's self, accepting one's self, perhaps even loving one's self is not an easy task. Especially while existing in a black or brown body. Flesh made of color. The world forever shuns and compares. Shames our features and our style only to capitalize off of it. Our bodies are under attack. This is nothing new. And so, it is a rebellious act to continue on the path of self-realization in a world programmed to make us believe that we are lesser than. Oh the contraire. Keep going melanated people. Your truth and lived experiences is the fuel to ignite change, in the wellness space and beyond. And whatever you do, don't forget to hold the hands of your sisters and brothers who are also on this path. We cannot rise alone. @nicoleacardoza, thank you for speaking your truth. I hear you. And I feel you. I'm here for this🙏🏾✨🙏🏾 . . . . 📝 @nayyirah.waheed 👏🏾✨ . . . . #togetherwerise#truth#speakup