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Meet Lauren Ash: Visionary & Energy Empress

Lauren Ash is the founder and CEO of Black Girl In Om, where they unapologetically expand the consciousness of Black women to transform. For seven years, her and her team and have offered transformational healing and wellness experiences in everything from The Black Girl In Om Podcast to a nationwide tour. Over the years, she has expanded her spiritual and energetic toolbox inclusive from meditation and yoga to integrative energy healing and breath work. In this season of her life, she is most focused on deeper levels of integration, rest, and self-healing. She recently intentionally stepped back and scaled down to redesign her life and career in greater alignment with ease, receptivity, spaciousness, and self-love.

What are you working on right now?

In this season of life, I'm working on myself. I'm expanding further into my Divinity through ancestral healing, embodying my human design, resting, and self-care. I'm also reflecting and revisiting my life in dozens of journals I have in which I self-reflected about my journey. I'm intending on drawing insights and wisdom from it to further heal and affirm myself and share with others in my first book which has been a long time coming.

What made you passionate about doing this work and what is your 'why'?

Since I was young, I have always been 'lit up' by helping others connect with their purpose. My Mother always fostered my creativity, my confidence, and my expression in the world. She knew, long before I did, that I would be an entrepreneur and find a way to share my gifts with the world. In 2014, when I decided to start Black Girl In Om, it was from a place of deep need and sharp discernment. I personally longed for, and knew that I deserved, a space that centered me as a black woman and my wellbeing. I didn't see it. I had been practicing yoga for 3 years consistently, at predominantly white yoga studios, and while I knew how much life the holistic practice gave me, I longed to be in community and relationship to that practice and other healing modalities with other black women. During graduate school, I had cultivated intentional, deep sisterhood with two black women who are still my closest friends today that informed my awareness of the power of black women in alignment with one another. So I created what I needed. My 'why' continues to be greatly informed by what I need most, which I have discovered is oftentimes what my community at large needs most. This is a black feminist ethos! Creating from the truth of our own lives and experiences. Countless black women still don't have access to spaces that prioritize and affirm their lives, their bodies, and their voices. Once we can thrive in mind, body, and spirit, our lives expand in such beautiful and limitless ways. We deserve this.

How can our community get involved?

Join the BGIO newsletter to stay in touch about what's to come. We're in a season of rest right now, but some exciting and collectively resonant change is on the horizon in divine timing. For now, tune into The Black Girl In Om podcast for words of affirmation to set the tone of your week, guided meditations supporting you in keeping calm, and transparent conversations with movers and shakers in the wellness space and creative industries.

What historical Black figure or event would you like to spotlight and why?

I was just listening to my podcast conversation with sound healer Gina Breedlove this morning, Valentine's Day, and it is all about how we, as black women in particular, are able to heal ourselves, and particularly our bodies, through our voices. Gina referenced Sobonfu Somé, a truly empowering author, leader, and spiritual voice for our times. She became an ancestor in 2017, but her words have really made an impact on my consciousness particularly in her book The Spirit of Intimacy. As someone whose life work will continue to deepen into topics of how we relate to one another and heal in and through relationships as well as intimacy, sexuality, and transformation, I am grateful for the ways that elder Sobonfu documented her wisdom as she related to it from her cultural and spiritual truths. As a black woman who oftentimes feels displaced within a U.S. context because of the ways I have been journeying and expanding spiritually, her words strike a deep place within me.

You can follow along and learn more about Lauren and Black Girl in Om at @hellolaurenash, www.blackgirlinom.com, and @blackgirlinom.

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