Episode 39 — Activating Awareness with Liana Naima

Episode 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.

Episode 38 — A Celebration of Life with Randi Gloss

Episode 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 the black experience 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 kind of work and maintain a positive outlook. We’re taking woke to a new level with this one, y’all.

Episode 37 — Let's Get Loved Up with Koya Webb

Episode 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!

Episode 36 — A Legacy of Love with Candice Kumai

Episode 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!

Episode 35 — Womb Wisdom: Healing From the Inside Out with Danielle Lyles Barton

Episode 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 and Black Girl In Om Events Coordinator Danielle Lyles Barton for one of our most heartfelt conversations yet. With her powerful and earnest speech, Danielle Lyles Barton is a wonderful illustration of our March 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.  

Episode 34 — Listening, Learning, and Loving: Journeying To Self with Yaminah Mayo

Episode 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! 

Episode 33 - Higher and Higher: A Lesson in Vibrating Higher Daily with Lalah Delia

Episode 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.

Episode 32 - Glitter & Bold: Reclaiming Our Beauty with Siraad Dirshe

Episode 32 - Glitter & Bold: Reclaiming Our Beauty with Siraad Dirshe

Reunited, and it feels so good! In this episode, and Black Girl In Om first, 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.

Episode 31 - Demystifying Magic and Intuition with Tatianna Tarot

Episode 31 - Demystifying Magic and Intuition with Tatianna Tarot

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.

Episode 30 — Intentional Living with Roe of Brown Kids

Episode 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!

Episode 29 — Empowerment Through Creative Writing with Britt Julious

Episode 29 —  Empowerment Through Creative Writing with Britt Julious

Get acquainted with 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 in various ways. 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!

Episode 27 — The Glow Gospel with Latham Thomas

Episode 27 — The Glow Gospel with Latham Thomas

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. 

Episode 26 — Season Three Intro: Catching up with Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory

Episode 26 — Season Three Intro: Catching up with Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory

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.  

Episode 24 — Mindfulness 101 with Neuroscientist, Artist, and Meditation Guide Nkechi Njaka

Episode 24 — Mindfulness 101 with Neuroscientist, Artist, and Meditation Guide Nkechi Njaka

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. 

Episode 20 — "On Getting Clear, Staying True with Hey Fran Hey: Being of Service to your Vision and Others without Sacrificing your SELF"

Episode 20 — "On Getting Clear, Staying True with Hey Fran Hey: Being of Service to your Vision and Others without Sacrificing your SELF"

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, Lauren Ash and 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.