Creating a healthy body, mind and soul doesn't happen overnight. It takes hard work, consistency and support. Virtual wellness space, Black Girls in OM is giving women of color a platform to develop their healthiest mind, body and spirit. Consisting of a blog, podcast and events throughout the year, Black Girls in OM promotes "wellness and inner beauty for women of color."
Founded by Lauren Ash, Black Girls in OM is widely recognized as a premiere source for wellness information and has even won awards for their perfectly curated social media platforms.
Ash is the founder and creative director for the publication, and is an artist-in-residence with Arts and Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Ash holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master of Arts in American Studies from Purdue University. She certainly isn't new to helping Black women get serious about their physical and mental health.
“My story, the story of Black Girl In Om, is a relatively simple one that boils down to this: creating the change that I wanted to see for my own experience, and later realizing that change was what countless more women of color needed to see, and experience, as well," said Ash to Indiegogo.
The platform has been through tremendous growth, with over 20,000 visitors to their site, organizing over 60 yoga and wellness sessions, and being featured in New York Magazine and Elle. Now the Ash and her art director Deun Ivory are launching a new brand in addition to Black Girls in OM.
The new platform is called Lifestyle with Ivory and Ash, and is the basis of the platform are affirmations and illustrations that women of color can relate to in every facet of their lives.
"I think it’s important—now more than ever—for us to take seriously the role of preventative self-care and preventative wellness. I’m an advocate, in general, of people of color taking pause and really getting to know what is it that makes you feel sane, so that you’re able to thrive rather than just merely survive," Ash told Nylon in an interview.
With more Black millennials putting a focus on self-care and their health, the need has never been greater for an online community like Black Girls in OM. For those thinking about mediation, therapy and other forms of self-care and healing, Ash suggests not waiting until you feel stressed beyond belief to seek help. Instead, we should all make holistic health and self-care a priority before a breakdown.
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