Black Women Making History: Making An Impact

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It’s Women’s History Month! And this year, I’m celebrating by sharing a few dope ass women whose work I love and who I feel are doing amazing things. This week’s focus is on women, in general, who are simply doing some amazing ish (in my opinion):

Trelani Michelle tells the life stories of our elders online and with her book “Krak Teet,” and she supports girls and women in being free with her books “Women Who Ain’t Afraid to Curse When Communicating With God” and “Girls Who Ain’t Afraid to Curse When Communicating With God.” Additionally, as a writer and editor, Trelani has helped over 1,500 people showcase their personal stories through memoirs, poetry, podcasts and visual art.

Toya Moore is the founder of NProgress Consulting and Wellness OM the Go which provides lifestyle management that comes to you (with her mobile studio) including yoga, wellness coaching, nutrition education, fitness and more.

Latoya Dixon Smith is an engineer turned boudoir and wedding photographer. Clients love her relaxed approach to photography, and her top goal is to make them feel comfortable. Latoya is also the founder of Greenville Boudoir, a high-vibe, body positive  empowering boudoir studio in Greenville, SC.

Cheyenne, also known as Kamilah KaMaat, is an intuitive spiritual advisor, certified yoga instructor, intuitive doula, Kemetic reiki practitioner, certified life coach and founder of Sankofa House Savannah LLC. This “LIGHThouse of the Community” celebrates African spirituality and Native American roots, and there, she welcomes all who are on a mission to begin again by reconnecting with their true Self.

Akilah S. Richards is passionate about mindful partnerships and conscious parenting and uses audio and written mediums to amplify the ways that unschooling in particular serves as healing grounds and liberation work for Black, Indigenous/Native and People of Color Communities. She is also the author of “Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work” and host of Fare of the Free Child Podcast.

Itiel McVay is the founder of Smell Good Spa which cares for humanity through the well-being of women and provides products for those who love to live good, feel good and smell good, wholesomely. Itiel’s whole self is given with each and every creation, and her heart calls for those devoted wives, loving mothers, and conscientious women committed to the practice of actually living their wholeness as well.

Are you a woman making an impact or know of one? Comment below!

Conversations featuring Vernetta R. Freeney

 

In this interview with Vernetta R. Freeney, we talk about her role as The Truth Confidant™, her podcast, “A Toast to Truths,” and the works she’s doing to help people curb burnout.

Click below to listen to the interview, and get inspired.

Meet Yoga Teacher Sherrell Moore-Tucker

 

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As an independent Christian yoga instructor and founder of Faith & Flow Yoga, Sherrell Moore-Tucker provides Christian meditation, yoga classes, and workshops to businesses, churches and various women’s groups and conferences to educate various communities about the divine mind-body connection created by God. The philosophy of Faith & Flow Yoga is to help students connect with themselves and Christ on the mat, allowing physical and spiritual fitness to flow together. 

Learn more about Sherrell and her yoga style in our interview below:

How did you become interested in yoga?
My introduction to yoga actually came through my doctor. Towards the end of my enlistment in the U.S. Army, I started experiencing excruciating pain in my knees and in my lower back. Turns out, it was arthritis. After trying physical therapy and various injections, my doctor simply said, “I don’t know, maybe try yoga.” So I did. I found a yoga class on base, and there, I discovered yoga. I went for a few weeks, and it was okay, but I didn’t stick with it long enough to reap any benefits. It was too slow, and I just didn’t get it.

Looking back at the old me, I can tell you I just wasn’t ready to slow down and do the inner work that yoga requires. My ego was so big, and I felt I was too young to have arthritis anyway, so I lived in denial for the next five years. In 2008, I found myself dealing with the same pain, but now I was out of the military and living in a new city with no family or friends and the stress of transitioning to “civilian life.” So I gave yoga another try, and this time, I was hooked. I had more energy, no more back pain, my posture improved, and I gained more strength and flexibility throughout my entire body. I was finally able to move more freely in my body, and I loved it, but there was still something missing.

Why did you create Faith & Flow Yoga?
While sharing my yoga experience with others, I noticed that there were other Christians who were interested in yoga but had questions and concerns about as to whether it aligned with their faith, and to be honest, I had some concerns, too. So I took a break from yoga, did my own research, and discovered through my traditional and Holy yoga training that yoga in its physical form is not a religion. I also prayed about it, and after much prayer, God gave me the vision for Faith & Flow Yoga to meet the needs of those desiring a Christ-centered yoga practice.

My goal is to educate others about God’s mind-body design by using biblical principles to illuminate the benefits of the physical postures and the importance of the spiritual practice of Christian meditation that may be used to set the stage for praise, worship, and devotion.

Can you tell me a little about Christ-centered Holy Yoga?
Faith & Flow Yoga specializes in Holy Yoga, which is an intentional practice of connecting our entire being —  body, mind, and spirit — with God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Faith & Flow Yoga uses the biblical principles of Surrender, Transformation, and Discipline to build our faith, ultimately enhancing our spiritual and physical growth and development through Christ. Faith & Flow Yoga sets God as the intention and yoga as the tool to create a worship experience that serves to connect our entire mind, body, and spirit with God.

What do you hope people take away from your classes?
I hope that people leave having a true encounter with God on the mat! I don’t teach yoga classes, I facilitate a worship experience that is unique to each person that steps foot on the mat. We engage in full body worship, which provides space and time for physical and spiritual healing to take place.

What advice do you have for people who want to get started with yoga?
Like any movement or exercise program, please do your research, get clearance from your doctor if you have any health challenges, and determine what you are looking to gain from the class. Ask friends for referrals, and if no referrals are available, call the studio or gym and ask the owner about the classes offered. Remember, everyone can do yoga, but every yoga class isn’t for everyone.

Is there anything else you want to add or say?
My book, Transparent Faith and my DVD, Surrender: Body, Breath, and Spirit will be available on my website very soon. I may be reached at Sherrell @ faithandflow . com.

Visit Sherrell online at FaithandFlowYoga.com.