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Panellist: Black Lives Matter anti-racism in the wellness industry

There are many uncomfortable truths about race that the UK's wellness sector needs to face. There continues to be a lack of diversity in studios and in the media, and the prices of courses and training in the sector exclude many. 

 

This panel discussion is aimed to provoke deep reflection that will inspire change in the way we all show up. 

Andrea White (she, her)

Andrea is a children's yoga teacher, a qualified primary teacher & founder of Om Yoga Kids. She has practised yoga for over 20 years, after suffering from severe insomnia, and is passionate about its power to support mental, emotional and physical health.

 

She thrives on supporting children and young people's wellbeing through yoga and mindfulness. Andrea is passionate about diversity and making yoga more accessible to include those who do not typically feel welcome in yoga spaces.

 

Yoga offers a toolbox of survive & thrive skills that can benefit all people, and is greatly needed in communities of colour who suffer high levels of trauma due to structural racism.

 

Andrea runs BLM anti-racism training courses for children's yoga teachers.

Marsha Powell (she, her)

Marsha Powell an ambitious and nurturing CEO of BelEve UK, a London based Girls Charity.

 

This serial entrepreneur is passionate about connecting and inspiring girls and women to increase their opportunities, experiences and social mobility alongside enhancing their belief in themselves so they can truly know anything is possible.

 
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Panel: Anti-Racism, BLM and the Wellness Industry

There are many uncomfortable truths about race that the UK's wellness sector needs to face. There continues to be a lack of diversity in studios and in the media, and this - alongside many other important factors - leads to wellness spaces excluding many people of colour. ⠀

This panel discussion is aimed to provoke deep reflection and inspire change in the way that white people in the wellness industry show up.⠀

Andrea White (she, her)

Andrea is a children's yoga teacher, a qualified primary teacher & founder of Om Yoga Kids. She has practised yoga for over 20 years, after suffering from severe insomnia, and is passionate about its power to support mental, emotional and physical health.

 

She thrives on supporting children and young people's wellbeing through yoga and mindfulness. Andrea is passionate about diversity and making yoga more accessible to include those who do not typically feel welcome in yoga spaces.

 

Yoga offers a toolbox of survive & thrive skills that can benefit all people, and is greatly needed in communities of colour who suffer high levels of trauma due to structural racism.

 

Andrea runs BLM anti-racism training courses for children's yoga teachers.

Marsha Powell (she, her)

Marsha is the CEO of BelEve, a London based Girls Charity. She is a serial entrepreneur, passionate about connecting and inspiring girls and women to increase their opportunities, experiences and social mobility alongside enhancing their belief in themselves so they can truly know anything is possible.⠀

For 4 years, Marsha ran boutique wellness studio Eve and Grace, a studio which offered friendly and intimate classes, supporting individuals in slowing down, connecting and being well. ⠀

Aisha Nash (she, her)

Aisha Nash left a career working in Michelin starred restaurants after the stress of the job caught up with both her body and mind.

She discovered yoga and wanted to share the practice that helped her be entirely content with exactly the person she is, but found that she didn't feel like she fit the mould of a yoga teacher that studios were looking for.

Aisha now teaches classes that are focused on inclusivity, diversity and self love, with what she calls her Anti-Diet Yoga Approach.