There are numerous yogi stereotypes, particularly ones that have to do with appearance related to women and yoga in the West. However, Lauren Ash is on a mission to make the global yoga community more inclusive with an online publication she started called 'Black Girl in Om.'
Black Girl in Om promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for African-American women through an online publication, as well as various 'Wellness Sessions' that include pop-up yoga, meditation and healthy eating events.
Some of the topics that are tackled by Black Girl in Om include working out with black hair, music as well as community, self-care, as well as making the practice of yoga and healthy eating accessible and affordable to all. Ash describes: "I hope more women of color will be able to center with self-care and self-love in their own lives, and not make it a marginalized thing that you only do on a Saturday or think about on a Wednesday."