Black Girl In Om — Lauren Solomon: Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, and Birth Doula

The month of February was representative of the Black Body here at BGIO. As we step into March, Women’s History Month, we carry forth that energy and continue to honor our ancestors and the generations carried inside our wombs. Lauren Solomon defines the intersections between all aspects of our body health. A former Wall Street professional and graduate of Columbia, Solomon embarked on a path that led her to a lifetime journey as a yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, and birth doula.

In her devotion to her yoga practice, she traveled to Rishikesh, India to deepen her knowledge of the scarcity of yoga. Lauren’s practice and spiritual offerings help yogi’s on their path to achieving mental clarity, strength, and overall wellness. As a doula she supports the empowering body transformation that is motherhood, guiding women through this new chapter in their lives. Find Lauren Solomon on Instagram @iam.lotus.sol and at her website www.lotussol.com

Who are you?

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Lauren Solomon: In a conscious effort to not answer this question by reciting my resume titles, degrees, awards, accomplishments and relationship to others (that’s what LinkedIn is for, right?), I’ll affirm what I know to be true:

I am a divine unique expression and manifestation of the Most High creator of all.

I am a lotus blooming in the mud.

I am the personification of my ancestors power and genius.

PHOTO COURTESY ZIVAR AMRAMI

PHOTO COURTESY ZIVAR AMRAMI

What does Black Girl In Om mean to you?

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Lauren Solomon: The words that come to mind are: Bold. Becoming. Free. Journeying toward creating opportunities for multi-generational ascension and indestructible legacy.

How do you identify with Black Girl In Om’s mission?

Lauren Solomon: BGIO’s mission is a reflection of my life’s work - I am unapologetically invested in the radical restoration and holistic healing of communities of black, indigenous, and people of color via my “medicine” as a practitioner/guide of yoga, reiki and doula (birth and postpartum). Visit www.lotussol.com to learn more about me and my offerings.

What are your self-care & self-love practices?

PHOTO COURTESY RENEE CHOI

PHOTO COURTESY RENEE CHOI

Lauren Solomon: In all of my being, doing and creating, I’ve learned that it is of the utmost importance that my cup is overflowing so that I may give/share with others from a place of plenty. The following practices and rituals fortify and sustain me:

  • Saying “no” (as a complete sentence) and eliminating from my experience that which doesn’t/no longer brings me joy.

  • Activating and spending time at my altar daily. Unlearning and relearning my relationship with Spirit(s) has been extremely rewarding. In my overcoming the cognitive dissonance associated with being in the inquiry of why do I believe what I believe, I have found a depth and richness to my spirituality that did not previously exist.

  • Moving meditation during my asana practice.

  • Being in nature. I need to feel the sun on my skin, the earth beneath my feet, surrounded by trees and nearby natural bodies of water (locally and abroad).

  • Journaling. The kind of journaling that is beyond “dear diary” mundane regurgitation of daily happenings. Documenting my journey in such a way that I am foretelling my future and discerning what no longer belongs to me nor serves me. The creator of @vagabroadjournals is a dear sister-friend whose mission has supported me for many moons in cultivating this practice.

What’s one ritual you recommend more women of color adopt to cultivate inner beauty and wellness?

PHOTO COURTESY ALANA YOLANDE

PHOTO COURTESY ALANA YOLANDE

Lauren Solomon: My recommendation is embedded within the question—I would encourage melanated women to return to sacred practices such as ritual, ceremony and initiation/rites of passage. There’s much to be gained when we prioritize decolonizing the ways in which we live, move and express our being in the world.

Transformation and healing become increasingly more available/accessible as we intentionally seek the ways of our ancestors — coming into a deeper knowing of who we truly are before we were forcibly contorted into who they want us to be - and thoughtfully implement their brilliance into our daily lives. In so doing, we are equipped with the wisdom and tools which lead to inspired action(s) and are necessary to cultivate genealogical wellness that is metaphysical and sustainable.

What’s one wellness product you cannot live without?

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Photography: @sfreneenyc

Lauren Solomon: Plant medicine — e.g. pure essential oils, herbs, teas, tonics, tinctures, elixirs, salves, balms, flower essence etc - is integral to my healing and my way of life. I am honing my craft of making medicine and seek out stewards of the Earth (e.g. herbalists of color) near and far who I may learn from. Karen, owner of Sacred Vibes Apothecary is a true Brooklyn gem!

P.S. Manuka honey, CBD oil, activated charcoal, black soap, sea moss and Haitian castor oil are “product” favorites that I keep on hand.

Thank you for the tips! We’re excited to add this to our wellness regimens. We are so grateful for your presence and having you as our February #BGIOBeauty Lauren Solomon.