Black Girl In Om

By Lauren Ash, Deun Ivory

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Welcome to your go-to conversation on all things wellness, self­-care and self-­love for women of color, hosted by Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory. This show uplifts, affirms, and informs and features a refreshing line-up of guests—including yogis, holistic lifestylists, clean beauty experts, and a plethora of other movers, shakers, and innovators within the wellness and beauty industries. This buzzworthy show speaks directly from women of color to women of color and strives to inspire women around the world.

Episode Date
#39: Activating Awareness with Liana Naima
00:52:48
39 — Activating Awareness with Liana Naima In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory share space, lessons, blessings, and laughs with Liana Naima, a reiki practitioner, voice alchemist, dreamwork facilitator, spiritual guide, and beloved member of our Black Girl In Om Tribe. In essence, Liana helps those who seek her guidance uncover, restore, and live fully as their higher self, an ability she became aware of when she surrendered to her own truth. We KNOW this episode is going to touch lives, a gift Liana bestows with her radiant presence and meaningful work. Listen in for a preview into the wonderful world of wellness Liana inhabits! This conversation encompasses so many different topics, but they all comes back to a central theme: awareness and honesty in your relationship to self. Press play and get inspired to live your best life today.
Jun 19, 2018
38: A Celebration of Life with Randi Gloss
00:58:55
38: A Celebration of Life with Randi Gloss Are y’all ready for this? From start to finish, this episode explores some very important topics as it relates to our experiences as black people in America. Join Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory in a powerful conversation with Randi Gloss, a social entrepreneur, activist and founder of GLOSSRAGS, wearable activism sporting critically crafted designs that are a catalyst for social activism and discourse. In this episode, we begin to peel back the layers to some of the most trying issues that are facing communities of color in today’s social climate. Randi breaks down the evolution of the word “woke”, the many facets of activism, how her work helps to celebrate life and the ways in which mindfulness helps her to stay balanced doing this critical work. We’re taking woke to a new level with this one.
May 09, 2018
#37: Let's Get Loved Up with Koya Webb
01:03:43
37: Let's Get Loved Up with Koya Webb This conversation has us feeling good, y’all! Everything about it demonstrates the power leading a life of love, for self and others, can make in your relationship to the world. Listen in as Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory are joined by Koya Webb, a holistic health coach, yoga instructor, and true embodiment of all things light + love! In this episode, Koya takes us on the journey she’s had with her yoga practice and the various ways it expands and improves her existence, both physically and spiritually. From the creation of Get Loved Up to the lessons she’s learned off the mat to little moments that led to life lessons, we’re positive all that was shared in this episode won’t just leave you feeling good: you’re gonna feel GREAT! This episode is sponsored by Bright Pink, a nonprofit that saves women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering us to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink targets the 52 million women between the ages of 18-45, as well as the people who love and influence them. While listening, learn! Text PREVENT to 59227 to Assess Your Risk or visit www.assessyourrisk.org/bgio.
Apr 24, 2018
#36: A Legacy of Love with Candice Kumai
00:58:04
36: A Legacy of Love with Candice Kumai Join Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory for this chat with “the golden girl of wellness,” Candice Kumai. In this episode, these marvelous women explore the work they do with an appreciation for our ancestors, an awareness of the present, and an attentiveness to future generations. Listen in as they journey through their stories of self and those that inspire them with lots of laughs, life lessons, and love along the way. And when we say love, we mean it! There is so much genuine adoration and affirmation all up + through this episode. When you’re done listening, we hope you’ll feel inspired to take a moment to appreciate the incredible women in your life!
Apr 10, 2018
#35 — Womb Wisdom: Healing From the Inside Out with Danielle Lyles Barton
01:00:20
35 — Womb Wisdom: Healing From the Inside Out with Danielle Lyles Barton In this episode, we get DEEP. Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory sit down with yogi Danielle Lyles Barton. Continuing our Questions for a Yogi segment, we enter one of our most heartfelt conversations yet. With her powerful and earnest convictions, Danielle Lyles Barton is a wonderful illustration of our Women's History Month theme to honor our duality and the soft, strong woman. Allowing love to guide her path, Danielle Lyles Barton assists women to transform emotional trauma and heartbreak into the manifestation of their life’s dharma, drawing deeply from her own healing experiences and spirituality. What ensues once these three ladies gather in the studio, is a deeply moving and cathartic discussion on healing, philosophy, womanhood and the practice of yoga as a vessel to explore all of those. Listen in, buckle up and take a ride with us as Danielle Lyles Barton guides us through this incredibly powerful journey. Oh, and be prepared to GO THERE. This episode is sponsored by Get Loved Up, an inspiring platform rooted in loving yourself, loving others, and loving the planet with self-love, oneness, and eco-friendly living. Founded by Koya Webb, GLU features holistic wellness resources including yoga teacher trainings, vegan nutrition resources, and more!
Apr 02, 2018
#34: Listening, Learning, and Loving: Journeying To Self with Yaminah Mayo
00:48:15
34: Listening, Learning, and Loving: Journeying To Self with Yaminah Mayo Is your wig secure? Keep it on hold because this conversation with Yaminah Mayo a.k.a. Spicy Mayo just might snatch it! In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory delve into the benefits, challenges, and power of listening to ourselves with Yaminah. It may not always be easy, especially for us as Black women, but standing firm in yourself and in your community can help you find the path that’s always been meant for you. We’re manifesting new possibilities and opportunities for ourselves every single day. Hopefully, after listening to this chat, you will too!
Mar 14, 2018
#33: Higher and Higher: A Lesson in Vibrating Higher Daily with Lalah Delia
01:03:15
33 — Higher and Higher: A Lesson in Vibrating Higher Daily with Lalah Delia In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory chat with writer and founder of Vibrate Higher Daily Lalah Delia. Lalah uses her writing and experiences to create a platform for personal growth, elevation and transformation inspiring others to live more freely in their heart, their mind and their energy by cultivating a lifestyle of higher vibrations. All the good vibes start flowing as these ladies begin to unpack what it means to Vibrate Higher Daily and discuss ways that each of us can start today, wherever we are, on our own path towards deeper connections to ourselves and to the Divine. Let the energy from this talk flow from your headphones or your speaks and into your life and may it guide you to be more mindful in your interactions with yourself and others from this point forward. Message Input Message black-girl-in-om
Feb 27, 2018
#32: Glitter & Bold: Reclaiming Our Beauty with Siraad Dirshe
00:48:15
Reunited, and it feels so good! In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory welcome Siraad Dirshe back to the show for a second time to discuss all things beauty. As a Beauty Editor at Essence, Siraad’s writing aims to shine a spotlight on women of color and amplify the voices of women in the beauty conversation that might otherwise go unheard. In this powerful conversation, the ladies begin to explore where black women’s place in the beauty industry has been historically, where it is heading, how black women are claiming their space in the modern beauty world and the relationships each of us have with our own beauty. Listen to each of these ladies describe their own experiences with beauty and ask yourself, “How did I come to embrace my beauty”? Tweet us @blackgirlinom or email us at hello@blackgirlinom.com with your answers we will share some of your stories with our community on the next episode! This episode is sponsored by MAKE UP FOREVER, creators of the 100% flawless Ultra HD foundation which comes in 40 shades and creates the perfect canvas for whatever look you’re going for.
Feb 07, 2018
#31: Demystifying Magic and Intuition with Tatianna Tarot
01:00:18
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory lift the veil on ancient spiritual practices and tarot card reading with intuitive tarot therapist and spiritual wellness practitioner Tatianna Tarot. As an expert in the space of ancient spiritual practices and mystical divine feminine energy, Tatianna explains the practice of Tarot readings. She has explored mysticism and spirituality since childhood and is now a mystic mama helping us demystify the magic and intuition. Tatianna enjoys guiding women of color in cultivating inner peace, self awareness, heightened intuition, and expanded consciousness. Listen to the ways simply exploring all of these things can draw each of us closer to our higher selves and one step closer to our true potential.
Jan 17, 2018
#30: Intentional Living with Roe of Brown Kids
00:50:45
30: Intentional Living with Roe of Brown Kids In this episode, uncover the beauty of intentional living with Roe! As one half of brownkids, a platform contributing uniquely to the world of minimalism, Roe has been a guiding light for thousands finding their way to living and thriving unapologetically. Listen in as Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory uncover Roe’s transition to this lifestyle, all its benefits, and ways you can do the same! Featuring book references, countless words of wisdom, and tips on how to apply this mindset to your closet, your home, your career, and your life, this is definitely an episode you don’t want to miss. We’re getting our collective lives from all the greatness Roe shared and helped us realize in this conversation. What a perfect way to start the year!
Jan 10, 2018
#29: Empowerment Through Creative Writing with Britt Julious
00:59:57
In this episode, get to know Britt Julious, an intersectional writer with an incredible spirit and a deep love for so much of what we celebrate at Black Girl In Om. Britt’s work has been featured in several major publications, examining arts, music, and culture across cities, states, and countries around the world. She recently shared space with the ever-inspiring Solange Knowles (!!!) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is currently writing a book of essays we’re already looking forward to reading. Listen in as Britt recounts her work, the journey she took to get here, the joys and struggles of Black womanhood, her love for all things music, and everything in between with Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory. After this conversation, we are beyond excited for what comes next from Britt and are confident you will be too!
Dec 12, 2017
#28: Intuitive Eating with Wendy and Jess of Food Heaven Made Easy
00:56:32
28: Intuitive Eating with Wendy and Jess of Food Heaven Made Easy In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory join in conversation with brilliant Registered Dietitians, Wendy and Jess, to talk about one of our favorite topics: FOOD! In addition to counseling sessions with their patients, Wendy and Jess created Food Heaven Made Easy, a creative outlet launched in 2011 to spread the word about nutrition and healthy eating. Uncover the origin story of this incredible platform when you listen today! Plus, get their thoughts on maintaining sustainable eating habits, following your intuition when it comes to food, the impact of dietary education in our communities, and more. Keep a pen nearby — you don’t want to miss the nuggets (food pun intended!) of wisdom and must-have recipes shared in this episode! This episode is sponsored by Golde Turmeric, a brand which creates turmeric blends for inner and outer radiance. Tune into the show to receive an exclusive BGIO discount!
Nov 30, 2017
#27: The Glow Gospel with Latham Thomas
01:08:48
In this episode, we’re blessed with “the glow Gospel”, a crash course in reclaiming our divine feminine energy. Black Girl in Om founder Lauren Ash and art director Deun Ivory sit down with special guest Latham Thomas in an important discussion surrounding the beauty that is womanhood. Latham is an author, doula and wellness maven whose latest book Own Your Glow serves as a roadmap to help women return home to themselves. In sharing about her book, Latham breaks down the restorative processes for connecting to and learning through our ancestral lineage in the midst of everything thrown at us that is meant to disconnect us from our femininity. She stresses the importance for women, especially women of color, to have accessibility to safe spaces and tools such as, Own Your Glow and Black Girl in Om where we can collectively begin to peel back the layers within and realize the truth and light of who we are. Prepare yourself for hand waving, spontaneously shouting “yasss” or “preach”, and ALL the gems you need to feel empowered this week.
Nov 15, 2017
#26: Season Three Intro: Catching up with Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory
00:53:43
Hello, hello. Hey, hello hello. We're back, y'all! In this episode Black Girl in Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory welcome everyone back for season 3. It has been three months since season two ended and the dynamic podcast duo discusses what they've been up to lately. We gain insight into how music impacts both of these beauties and which artists have their attention at the moment. They each share recent life lessons learned about the importance of staying true to yourself and your needs as well as the concept of radical self-acceptance. We also hear about their latest self-care cultivation strategies and recent wins for Deun, Lauren and BGIO. Throughout their conversation, we're reminded that it is both okay and necessary to celebrate your achievements.
Nov 02, 2017
#25: Season Two Finale: A Letter to Our Teenage Selves
00:52:55
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory close season two with vulnerability and reflection. Deeply inspired by Solange Knowles’ letter to her teenage self in Teen Vogue, both women share what they would tell their teenage selves. For example, Lauren shares how she has learned to define herself on her own terms, rather than in relationship with someone else and Deun sheds light on how she has learned how to say no. This episode offers encouraging and affirming notes for young black women in particular, but for anyone striving to cultivate self-confidence, healing, and intuition. Stay tuned for season three of the BGIO Podcast scheduled to return in September 2017. Share your ideas for topics, guests, and more via Twitter @blackgirlinom and keep up with all things BGIO on www.blackgirlinom.com. This episode is sponsored by Thrive Market, a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to their members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families. Thrive Market's mission is to make healthy living easy, accessible and affordable for everyone. For everyone that signs up to become a member, Thrive Market donates a free membership to a family in need, teacher or veteran. Thrive Market is gifting BGIO listeners with 25% off their first purchase, free shipping, and a free 30 day trial. Visit www.thrivemarket.com/bgio to sign-up.
Aug 02, 2017
#24: Mindfulness 101 with Neuroscientist, Artist, and Meditation Guide Nkechi Njaka
00:58:59
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory explore the question what is mindfulness? with neuroscientist, multi-disciplinary artist and integrated lifestylist Nkechi Njaka. Nkechi has spent the majority of her life investigating the relationship between the brain and the body and has always felt the significance of their integration. For several years, Nkechi worked as a neuroscientist as well as a professional modern dancer and choreographer. Through this work, she discovered that mindfulness and creativity are crucial for sustaining individual and global wellbeing. Both Lauren and Deun have been intentionally cultivating mindfulness practices, have benefited from them, and add their insights to this conversation. This episode offers valuable revelations for anyone interested in starting a mindfulness practice inclusive of mindful meditation, mindful movement, and integrated mindfulness through everyday activities. This episode is sponsored by Thrive Market, a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to their members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families. Thrive Market's mission is to make healthy living easy, accessible and affordable for everyone. Thrive Market is gifting BGIO listeners with 25% off their first purchase, free shipping, and a free 30 day trial using code BGIO.
Jul 18, 2017
#23: On Being a Healer and On Finding True Wholeness with Dr. Crystal Jones and Tie Simpson (Hippie Heathen)
01:02:27
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory take a deep dive into a conversation on being a healer and finding true wholeness through healing with two Atlanta-based guests and friends: Dr. Crystal Jones, multifaceted healer, and Tie Simpson, yoga and mindfulness instructor. Crystal shares her powerful perspective on how she approaches the healing process and the first thing that she believes all those who are considering becoming a healer should consider. Tie enlightens us about how she embraces a taboo lifestyle and how yoga as a holistic practice has been a fundamental part of her wellness journey as an individual and as a mother. All women offer their thoughts on the most valuable action that black women can do for themselves on their wellness journeys. This episode is a must-listen for any holistic wellness practitioners, for anyone interested in exploring her shadows as much as her light, and anyone looking to recommit to her wellness journey.
Jul 04, 2017
#22: Embrace your Narrative, Take Ownership & Remain Patient: A Talk with Lindsey Day of CRWN Mag
00:43:25
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory have a heart-to-heart with their friend Lindsey Day, co-founder of CRWN Magazine. In sharing her journey shaping this beautiful print magazine for black women, Lindsey gets real about the importance of black women’s representation in the editorial field, and shares how this representation contributes to our mental health and self-image. A must-listen for any aspiring or beginning creative entrepreneur, Lindsey offers tips on maintaining perspective, patience, and the urgency of financial sustainability. This conversation is a great prequel to the second issue of CRWN Mag which focuses on Self-Love and features a cover story on Lauren, Deun, and BGIO sisterbrand Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash. Be inspired by all three women’s insights on sisterhood, the creative process, and creating a necessary project or space for marginalized people.
Jun 20, 2017
#21: Thriving > Surviving: Preventative Health with Dr. Tiffany Lester
00:52:10
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory chat with Dr. Tiffany Lester, their favorite doctor who takes an integrative approach to health. Dr. Lester takes a holistic approach to wellness as she is additionally trained in acupuncture and nutrition. She encourages all of us to go beyond medicine as the cure-all and to consider preventative approaches. From tips on how to build resilience and effectively manage stress, to healing yourself through food and gut health practices, Dr. Lester addresses listener questions and provides useful advice. At the heart of this conversation, we hope listeners will feel empowered to get to the root causes of health challenges.
Jun 07, 2017
#20: On Getting Clear, Staying True with Hey Fran Hey: Being of Service to your Vision and Others without Sacrificing your SELF
00:50:52
Francheska Medina, lovingly known as Hey Fran Hey, has had to learn to find balance, say no, and discern what’s best for her life just like anyone else. In this episode, BGIO Founder and Creative Director Lauren Ash and BGIO Art Director Deun Ivory chat with lifestyle influencer and fellow wellness podcaster Fran about the power of establishing boundaries, recalibrating your energy, and being intentional about how and what you focus your energies on. Fran gets vulnerable in sharing her personal journey of self-healing from a life-threatening health scare and how listening to her body and reassessing her relationship to work and lifestyle choices ultimately led her toward holistic wellness. This episode is a must-listen for anyone standing at a crossroads in your career, lifestyle, and health, or anyone who needs a reminder about the power of intention and loving, supportive relationships.
May 23, 2017
#19: "I'm Not Lonely, I'm Alone": Music + Self-Care Musings with Singer-Songwriter Jamila Woods
00:36:09
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory chat with singer-songwriter, poet and Chicago native Jamila Woods. They connect about their self-care practices and the meaning and powerful process behind Jamila's new music video for her single “Holy”. Lauren, Deun, and Jamila also explore why they create for women of color, their collaborative community in Chicago, and Jamila shares her poem “Black Girl Art”.
May 09, 2017
#18: Five Challenges in Creative Entrepreneurship and How to Overcome Them
00:40:08
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory share five challenges that they have faced in their journeys in becoming creative entrepreneurs and how they have overcome them. From how to stay committed and convicted in your craft to staying present through the lows and highs of working for yourself, Lauren and Deun drop knowledge gained from their own inspiring journeys. This conversation speaks to anyone who is interested in starting their own business, charing their creative work or learning how to stay true to themselves. This episode is sponsored by Bantu, a free app which helps you find local hairstylists for kinky, coily, and curly hair. Bantu caters to women with both relaxed/natural hair textures and is available on iPhones and Androids! Download Bantu app today and follow them on Instagram @bantuapp for hairstyle inspiration.
Apr 18, 2017
#17: A Chat about Skincare with The Glow Expert: Siraad Dirshe
00:40:59
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory talk all things skincare with beauty writer and BGIO contributor Siraad Dirshe. Lauren and Deun ask their pressing skincare questions and the three ladies dive into how to become a beauty writer, the importance of representation in the beauty world, Siraad’s favorite beauty trends, DIY beauty and more! Be sure to continue to follow Siraad's journey on her Instagram page @sdirshe.
Apr 04, 2017
#16: Questions for a Yogi #2 with Chelsea Loves Yoga
00:37:16
In this episode, Black Girl in Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory chat with popular Atlanta based yogi Chelsea Loves Yoga. In this lively conversation, Chelsea shares how she turned to yoga, her passion for working with young women of color, and how she cultivates community through yoga. From studying black female ancestors to evaluating her own wellness practice, listeners will learn how Chelsea dives deep and brings her valuable work full circle. This episode is must-listen for anyone looking to learn more about yoga or deepen their yoga practice! Love this conversation? Follow along Chelsea's journey by following her on Instagram: @ChelseaLovesYoga. If you're ever in Atlanta, check out Chelsea's non-profit Red Clay Yoga.
Mar 21, 2017
#15: Catching Up with Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory
00:33:26
In this episode, the Black Girl In Om podcast officially kicks off Season Two with BGIO Founder and Creative Director Lauren Ash and new BGIO Art Director Deun Ivory sharing what they have been up to lately. From discussing new directions with Black Girl In Om's online publication, to personal creative projects, both ladies give highlights about their lives in this moment. They share insights about how to remain present during times of transition and excitement and also give listeners tips about how to cultivate self-care and balance with a full plate. Lastly, they hint at some exciting guests and topics to come. This episode's sponsor is Piper Wai. Piper Wai is the first naturally powerful, aluminum-free deodorant that uses activated charcoal to absorb wetness and fight odor.
Mar 07, 2017
Get Ready for BGIO Season 2
00:01:05
The Black Girl In Om podcast returns with Season Two featuring new BGIO Art Director Deun Ivory and BGIO Founder and Creative Director Lauren Ash as your co-hosts! This season, expect conversations about mental health, skincare, current issues, music, and, of course, yoga. An amazing line-up of guests join Lauren and Deun this season, including some of today's leading ladies in the wellness and beauty industries. Take a deep breath, open your heart, and get ready for necessary conversations about holistic wellness, self-care, and inner beauty as women of color!
Mar 06, 2017
#14: Season One Finale: Community Q&As and an Announcement
00:37:10
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah and special guest Deun Ivory take questions from the Black Girl In Om community in the season one finale of the BGIO Podcast. This lively and candid conversation covers several topics like some of their favorite books, advice on developing a consistent yoga practice, and their go-to self care practices for breaking out of a rut. Zakkiyyah gives a bitter sweet goodbye as she announces her transition out of the BGIO Team and meditates on her two years as Art Director. Look out for new episodes of the podcast in Feburary 2017 hosted by Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory.
Dec 20, 2016
#13: Emotional and Spiritual Empowerment 101: A Chat with Tracy G.
00:47:32
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah invite Tracy G., self-proclaimed “edutainer, emotional empowerer, and trillass individual” onto the show. They dive into the power of affirmations, Tracy’s unique origins empowering other women, and Tracy’s approach to her incredibly transparent and inspiring platform and podcast She’s Beauty and the Beast. Nod your head in agreement (and laugh!) with Tracy G., as she candidly and eloquently discusses emotional empowerment, the power of writing affirmations in battling imposter syndrome, how she stumbled (serendipitously) into sharing her once-private audio vision boards, and her suggestions for how we should approach our creative projects. After listening (and relistening) to this powerful episode, learn more about Tracy G. by visiting ShesBeautyAndTheBeast.com.
Dec 08, 2016
#12: Creating from an Authentic Place: A Live Podcast with Deun Ivory
00:36:41
In this episode, Black Girl in Om goes live for the first time at the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival! Co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah have an illuminating discussion inspired by BGIO's Visual Content Director and special guest Deun Ivory's blog post on comparison stifling creativity. They share their thoughts on avoiding comparison, avoiding burn out in creative entrepreneurship, and remaining authentic no matter what. Listeners will also find a guided meditation by Lauren to end one of their liveliest chats yet. Thanks to our episode 012 partner Sir & Madame, a husband & wife owned brand and boutique, dedicated to styling the Urban Sophisticate through its offering of clothing, accessories & apothecary goods. Sir & Madame provided styling for this live episode.
Dec 01, 2016
#11: Questions for a Yogi #1, with Karla Huffman
00:45:06
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Nejeebah kick-off a new podcast series, Questions for a Yogi. They introduce the series by chatting with their friend and fellow yogi Karla Huffman, a Chicago-based yoga instructor and Founder of Gypsy Yoga. Lauren and Zakkiyyah pick Karla’s brain and explore her thoughts on the holistic practice of yoga, what inspired Karla’s yoga practice and desire to start teaching yoga. This is a must-listen for any woman of color contemplating yoga as a holistic lifestyle change!
Oct 25, 2016
#10: 10 Things We Know for Sure
00:57:32
Inspired by their birthdays, Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah take this episode to reflect on their truths. They affirm the value in being intentional about acknowledging how life experiences can teach us meaningful lessons and deliver wisdom that can and should impact our life choices moving forward. From Lauren embracing that "good things take time," to Zakkiyyah acknowledging and embracing love from those around her, each co-host shares five truths that they know for sure at this point in their journeys. Listeners will also enjoy learning what Lauren and Zakkiyyah have been up to, and what is on the horizon for the BGIO podcast.
Oct 11, 2016
#9: On Loving In Spite of Trauma, with Anisah Ali
00:55:54
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah chat with Anisah Ali, author of the recently released self-love focused book 'anonymous.' Anisah powerfully shares her years-long journey of intentionally unlearning unhealthy ways of relating with loved ones, including the ways in which writing served as a form of reflection and healing, and how therapy supported her entering into a healthy union with her husband. This episode is a must-listen for women of color who experienced chaos or trauma during childhood. Listeners will enjoy hearing Anisah share two of her poems, and a guided meditation inspired by one of Anisah's poems by Lauren, as well.
Sep 27, 2016
#8: Confidence and Self-Definition, with Freddie Harrel
01:16:45
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah have a lively conversation with top UK fashion blogger and confidence consultant Frédérique "Freddie" Harrel. The dynamic stylist and digital strategist vulnerably shares about how her personal history battling racism and depression, combined with her career change and healing of a broken heart, pushed her to start her blog and move towards realizing her passions. Be empowered in hearing these three women discuss tips for radiating confidence everywhere you go. Thanks to our episode 008 sponsor Shyp, a shipment service made easy, listeners may also enjoy $10 toward their first "shypment" using the code SHYPCHI10.
Sep 13, 2016
#7: Trust and Truth in Sisterhood
00:50:03
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah delve into the deep value of sisterhood among women of color with their special guests and best friends Chelsea and Theo. All four ladies reflect on building the foundation to their respective friendships through a need for a safe space to express, affirm, and love themselves and each other. Listeners will also learn more about Lauren and Zakkiyyah's paths to different cities and chapters in their lives with their sisterfriends by their side.
Aug 30, 2016
#6: Living Thoughtfully with Brandie Gilliam
00:54:29
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah chat with Brandie Gilliam, the Founder of Thoughtfully Magazine. This magazine maven shares her journey in manifesting her wellness magazine and transitioning from being a marketing and branding manager into a full time creative. Brandie talks about the intentional work that goes into being a resource for women of color who want to be mindful of what they put in and on their bodies. Brandie, Lauren, and Zakkiyyah each share how trusting and taking a leap of faith was pivotal for realizing their respective passion projects. Listeners will learn practical tips and tricks to living life more thoughtfully, one step at a time, and will also receive a special, limited discount to the Thoughtfully Magazine online shop.
Aug 16, 2016
#5: Womanist is to Feminist as Purple is to Lavender”: Exclusivity in Wellness
00:29:42
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah dive into the politics, theories and specific women who shaped the culture and mission of Black Girl in Om. They chat about the importance of safe spaces that are created and cultivated for and by marginalized groups and, in particular, spaces created and cultivated for and by black women. Lauren and Zakkiyyah discuss womanism, exclusivity and standing firm in convictions that need to be held and conversations that are imperative to have when holding space rooted in womanism.
Aug 02, 2016
#4: Manifestation and Mantras, with Brittany Josephina
00:45:15
In this episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah chat with self-proclaimed emotional nudist and empowerment coach Brittany Josephina. Brittany breaks down the power of manifestation, mantras, and intuitive purpose in this highly inspirational episode. All three women affirm the wisdom found in reflecting back to their childhood curiosities and desires in revealing glimpses of their purpose.
Jul 19, 2016
#3: Five Challenges on our Self-Care Journeys
00:45:57
This episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah discuss challenges they face on their respective self-care journeys—including unforgiveness, selfishness, patience, and more. This dialogue comes from a vulnerable place for both of them in the hopes that this conversation will inspire more women of color to open up about the challenges that they face in order to grow.
Jul 05, 2016
#2: Veganism: A Chat on How to Adopt this Ethical and Compassionate Lifestyle with Jenné Claiborne
00:48:29
This episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah chat about veganism, yoga, and living a life of intention with their first BGIO Podcast guest: their friend Jenné Claiborne, founder of the amazing vegan lifestyle platform Sweet Potato Soul. Jenné shares how, for her, veganism is more than just a diet—it’s a lifestyle rooted in compassion and ethics. Lauren and Zakkiyyah admit some of the challenges they have faced in adopting veganism. Jenné shares how her yoga practice informs veganism (and vice versa) as well as what she eats in a typical day. Listeners inspired by this conversation should join the nearly 50k other vegans (or vegan lifestyle enthusiasts!) who subscribe to Jenné’s inspiring YouTube Channel for practical vegan food and skincare recipes and Jenné’s favorite vegan beauty products!
Jun 23, 2016
#1: The Beginnings of Black Girl In Om: With a Side of Meditation and Prince
00:39:53
This episode, co-hosts Lauren Ash and Zakkiyyah Najeebah introduce the Black Girl In Om podcast, an extension of their mindful lifestyle brand, global community, and tangible platform for an increasingly marginalized audience around the world. Founder Lauren speaks to the origins of Black Girl In Om, and Art Director Zakkiyyah shares her aesthetic and philosophical investment in their vision of holistic wellness for women of color. Both hosts illuminate the revolutionary, and necessary, aspects of BGIO and share some of their favorite moments of their nearly two year journey with BGIO thus far. In this episode, listeners may also enjoy a mini guided meditation, and learn who Zakkiyyah and Lauren want to take to yoga with them.
Jun 07, 2016
Black Girl In Om Teaser
00:01:18
A sneak peek at what to expect from Black Girl In Om. This show is a bi-­monthly conversation on all things wellness, self­-care and self­-love, hosted by Black Girl In Om Founder and Creative Director Lauren Ash and Art Director Zakkiyyah Najeebah.
May 26, 2016