benditlikelacy

Kala Lacy | Community Healer

She / They / Dat Bihh
👁‍🗨MFT, Yoga Psychotherapist
Founder @thewellhealing
🏾Wellness Wednesday @blackgirlyoga
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Come drink and be well:

.:Mindful Morning:. For the past year I’ve dedicated the first 20 minutes of my day, minimum, to myself. That means no checking the phone, no background tv-noise, no to do list. I check in. ☀️ I started my mindful mornings a couple years ago while things were chaotic af. I fell off, but now i refuse to go without. Starting my day in stillness + on purpose is really important for my mood and mental well being. For some of us, the mornings can be a really difficult part of the day. If you are a person with depression or anxiety, this especially may ring true. Reclaiming that space with mindfulness honors your capacity to change, shift, feel, heal. Day by day with each sunrise.
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Some of my favorite mindful morning activities👇🏾
•Meditation
•Prayer
•Reading
•Asana (yogic postures)
•Sensual shower
•Sip your favorite tea
•Sit in silence
•Journaling
•Affirmations
•Mindful makeup/day prep
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SWIPE because we all know real ones wear bonnets. 💯
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#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #therapy #intentionalliving #mindful #morning #mindfulness

.:Mindful Morning:. For the past year I’ve dedicated the first 20 minutes of my day, minimum, to myself. That means no checking the phone, no background tv-noise, no to do list. I check in. ️ I started my mindful mornings a couple years ago while things were chaotic af. I fell off, but now i refuse to go without. Starting my day in stillness + on purpose is really important for my mood and mental well being. For some of us, the mornings can be a really difficult part of the day. If you are a person with depression or anxiety, this especially may ring true. Reclaiming that space with mindfulness honors your capacity to change, shift, feel, heal. Day by day with each sunrise. . Some of my favorite mindful morning activities🏾 •Meditation •Prayer •Reading •Asana (yogic postures) •Sensual shower •Sip your favorite tea •Sit in silence •Journaling •Affirmations •Mindful makeup/day prep . . SWIPE because we all know real ones wear bonnets. . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #therapy #intentionalliving #mindful #morning #mindfulness - 7 hours ago

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#Bakasana has always been one of my favorite arm balances. I remember practicing for hours when i first started yoga trying to hold myself up. 😂 I remember how i really felt like i was flying once i was able to secure myself. I remember thinking, “wow, I’m way stronger than i thought.” Yoga has given me so many experiences of my body, mind + spirit.
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Speeeeaking of holistic love, link in bio to my kiki on Black Girl Money Mysteries! 💰✨ We’re talking money + mental health on @moneyandflowpodcast. #schmoneyflow .
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#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach  #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #money #finance #blackgirlmagic #podcast

#Bakasana has always been one of my favorite arm balances. I remember practicing for hours when i first started yoga trying to hold myself up. I remember how i really felt like i was flying once i was able to secure myself. I remember thinking, “wow, I’m way stronger than i thought.” Yoga has given me so many experiences of my body, mind + spirit. . Speeeeaking of holistic love, link in bio to my kiki on Black Girl Money Mysteries! We’re talking money + mental health on @moneyandflowpodcast. #schmoneyflow . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #money #finance #blackgirlmagic #podcast - 2 days ago

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.:The Ritual:. We drove together in a van. I wasn’t sure where we were headed. Just that it was for me. What was happening was from me, somehow. We arrived at a beach.
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“Hold this.” She handed me a [ - ]. “Carry it above your head until we get where we’re going.” I’m wondering where we are going. We start walking. We keep walking. I start sweating. My arms are shaking. This [ - ] is suddenly too heavy and the sun and sand are suddenly too hot. But i can’t say that. I know it’s important.
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We stop walking. Unpacking. Lots of unpacking. Brass bowls. Blankets. Things that breathe. Things that burn. Things that cleanse. Things that cut. Unpacking. She takes me to the Water. .
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“Pour over your head 100 times.” I start. She starts. Ocean starts. Slowly. And then i cannot find Her rhythm. I’m falling. I can’t see. I taste Ocean. Or maybe all my tears at once. I smell salt and 1000 year old disintegration. I can barely hear, but i hear prayers. 100.
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She holds me. I’m shaking. I’m crying. She rubs me with [ - ] oil. She whispers more prayer. I am praying too. “This is yours.” A bracelet. A bowl. Some [ - ]. Love. Other intangible things.
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And now i am here. #WaterBearer .
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#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #beach #flyingcrow #ocean #love #conjure #healer

.:The Ritual:. We drove together in a van. I wasn’t sure where we were headed. Just that it was for me. What was happening was from me, somehow. We arrived at a beach. . “Hold this.” She handed me a [ - ]. “Carry it above your head until we get where we’re going.” I’m wondering where we are going. We start walking. We keep walking. I start sweating. My arms are shaking. This [ - ] is suddenly too heavy and the sun and sand are suddenly too hot. But i can’t say that. I know it’s important. . We stop walking. Unpacking. Lots of unpacking. Brass bowls. Blankets. Things that breathe. Things that burn. Things that cleanse. Things that cut. Unpacking. She takes me to the Water. . . “Pour over your head 100 times.” I start. She starts. Ocean starts. Slowly. And then i cannot find Her rhythm. I’m falling. I can’t see. I taste Ocean. Or maybe all my tears at once. I smell salt and 1000 year old disintegration. I can barely hear, but i hear prayers. 100. . She holds me. I’m shaking. I’m crying. She rubs me with [ - ] oil. She whispers more prayer. I am praying too. “This is yours.” A bracelet. A bowl. Some [ - ]. Love. Other intangible things. . And now i am here. #WaterBearer . . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #beach #flyingcrow #ocean #love #conjure #healer - 3 days ago

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🖤✨ Really looking forward to exploring the intersection of mindfulness + race (and delicious food 😛) at @radhayogala’s Black History Month Celebration! It is going to be a spirit-filled space, bet. 🎟Tickets in bio! Read details below from @yogawithminelli
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Come join community for an afternoon of collective wellness, healing, and celebration of the African diaspora. 🌍 In a westernized yoga world that centers slim white women (and for simply existing in the US), we deserve this.

This celebration will begin with Kemetic Yoga guided by @anuwolley. Arrive early to experience this hour and a half session as space will be limited for this portion of the event. Kemetic Yoga is an ancient form of yoga with origins in Egypt that focuses on breath work and physical postures. 👑 
After a soothing practice Kat of @_noisylibrary (a QPOC owned local business) will be blessing our taste buds with nourishing, vegan Caribbean bites as we shift into a self-inquiry workshop with @benditlikelacy (yogi, psychotherapist, and creator of @thewellhealing) to support daily mindfulness and self-love practice.

We’ll also be having a book swap 🤓 Share your book(s) by Black authors that you think will add joy and knowledge to someone else’s life ☺️ I’m bringing Iyanla Vanzant’s “Acts of Faith” 🖤✨ I’m so excited to curate this much needed new space, and so grateful for the beautiful beings who said yes to being a part of it 🖤

Come connect, learn, eat good, feel good. This event is intended for Black people and allies of all races, genders, shapes, and backgrounds to celebrate, move, breathe, and be in safe community.

Tickets: $25 - $35, venmo Radha-Yoga.

Tickets are offered on a sliding scale, so pay what you can. If you want to come but can’t, consider covering costs for someone else to join 🖤

More details on the @radhayogala website. Swipe ⬅️ to see the tasty menu for the afternoon 👅
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 #Community #blacklivesmatter
#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love  #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #la

🖤 Really looking forward to exploring the intersection of mindfulness + race (and delicious food 😛) at @radhayogala ’s Black History Month Celebration! It is going to be a spirit-filled space, bet. 🎟Tickets in bio! Read details below from @yogawithminelli ・・・ Come join community for an afternoon of collective wellness, healing, and celebration of the African diaspora. 🌍 In a westernized yoga world that centers slim white women (and for simply existing in the US), we deserve this. This celebration will begin with Kemetic Yoga guided by @anuwolley. Arrive early to experience this hour and a half session as space will be limited for this portion of the event. Kemetic Yoga is an ancient form of yoga with origins in Egypt that focuses on breath work and physical postures. After a soothing practice Kat of @_noisylibrary (a QPOC owned local business) will be blessing our taste buds with nourishing, vegan Caribbean bites as we shift into a self-inquiry workshop with @benditlikelacy (yogi, psychotherapist, and creator of @thewellhealing ) to support daily mindfulness and self-love practice. We’ll also be having a book swap 🤓 Share your book(s) by Black authors that you think will add joy and knowledge to someone else’s life ️ I’m bringing Iyanla Vanzant’s “Acts of Faith” 🖤 I’m so excited to curate this much needed new space, and so grateful for the beautiful beings who said yes to being a part of it 🖤 Come connect, learn, eat good, feel good. This event is intended for Black people and allies of all races, genders, shapes, and backgrounds to celebrate, move, breathe, and be in safe community. Tickets: $25 - $35, venmo Radha-Yoga. Tickets are offered on a sliding scale, so pay what you can. If you want to come but can’t, consider covering costs for someone else to join 🖤 More details on the @radhayogala website. Swipe ️ to see the tasty menu for the afternoon . . . #Community #blacklivesmatter #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #la - 5 days ago

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.:💰 + 🧠:. Money and Mental wellness, let’s talk about it. Like a lot of people i know, your funds are private. 🤫 Unless ya ballin, don’t talk about your bank account lol. Or maybe you’re like me and finances is sometimes a whole other language 😂 The problem with shutting down conversation is that we limit our opportunities to learn from each other. Honest discussion about our schmoney, mental health, and how they impact each other is E S S E N T I A L for holistic wellbeing.
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@eugenie_george and i kiki on the @moneyandflowpodcast as i share all about my journey as client and clinician in mental health. From generational trauma + cultural distrust to the start of my business, @thewellhealing, we goin in. 😤💅🏾 Link in bio!✨💸✨
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Posture inspired by @littlemsdaisha ! #Community .
#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach  #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #money #finance #blackgirlmagic #podcast

.: + 🧠:. Money and Mental wellness, let’s talk about it. Like a lot of people i know, your funds are private. 🤫 Unless ya ballin, don’t talk about your bank account lol. Or maybe you’re like me and finances is sometimes a whole other language The problem with shutting down conversation is that we limit our opportunities to learn from each other. Honest discussion about our schmoney, mental health, and how they impact each other is E S S E N T I A L for holistic wellbeing. . @eugenie_george and i kiki on the @moneyandflowpodcast as i share all about my journey as client and clinician in mental health. From generational trauma + cultural distrust to the start of my business, @thewellhealing , we goin in. 🏾 Link in bio! . . Posture inspired by @littlemsdaisha ! #Community . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #money #finance #blackgirlmagic #podcast - 7 days ago

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#SaltyAF A moment of bridging the wisdom of head + heart 💕 Y’all, 90’s RnB Yoga at @thesaltloungelb was such a good time. The vibe was rooted in love, the power of our breath, sweaty laughter and swaying hips (swipe 😍). Thank you to everyone who came out to join me and support, whether in person or via @therapistcode_! As always, it was an honor. No diggity 🎶😜 (really, swipe!)
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📸: @kenziealece ✨
#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach #lbc  #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #music

#SaltyAF A moment of bridging the wisdom of head + heart Y’all, 90’s RnB Yoga at @thesaltloungelb was such a good time. The vibe was rooted in love, the power of our breath, sweaty laughter and swaying hips (swipe ). Thank you to everyone who came out to join me and support, whether in person or via @therapistcode_ ! As always, it was an honor. No diggity (really, swipe!) . . . 📸: @kenziealece #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach #lbc #itsalllove #blackhistorymonth #music - 9 days ago

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God bless the homegirls who have our back, regardless. The ones who don’t hold it against you that you’ve been MIA for months + canceled for the 3rd time in a row. The ones who keep inviting you anyways. The ones who cover the uber bc she know y’all broke. The ones who bake cookies to share on valentines day just to show love. The ones who cheer you on when shit is rough. The ones down to turn tf up when the victory is won. The ones who show up and show out to your yoga class just because they love you. Thank you. #Homegirls (*feat: my love Ria J’s whisper song lmao. She don’t have an IG but that’s a day 1, period 🌹😂)
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#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach #lbc #friends #itsalllove

God bless the homegirls who have our back, regardless. The ones who don’t hold it against you that you’ve been MIA for months + canceled for the 3rd time in a row. The ones who keep inviting you anyways. The ones who cover the uber bc she know y’all broke. The ones who bake cookies to share on valentines day just to show love. The ones who cheer you on when shit is rough. The ones down to turn tf up when the victory is won. The ones who show up and show out to your yoga class just because they love you. Thank you. #Homegirls (*feat: my love Ria J’s whisper song lmao. She don’t have an IG but that’s a day 1, period ) . . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #longbeach #lbc #friends #itsalllove - 11 days ago

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#iAmBlackYogaHistory Thank you @yogawithdavina for this really wonderful roll call + thanks for all the tags, everyone!🧘🏾‍♀️📿
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Name: Mac(kala) Lacy, MFT. Yes, the letters are absolutely required 🤘🏾😜
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What city do you practice yoga?: You can find me all over Los Angeles county. Today I’m in in Long Beach! #LBC 💎My work is primarily located in the South Central community.✨
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Status?: i am forever a student of the yoga practice. I am also a certified 200hr yoga teacher. 🙏🏾 #HireMe I definitely plan to get some additional specialized training when the universe allows.
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Any Black Teacher-Trainers? Never. 😭 I would LOVE to change that though! I wonder how much would be different and the same. It will come.
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What’s your yoga story?: The short version is that i started practicing during my study abroad in Barbados. 🌴🌊 I had a spiritual epiphany and i brought the practice back to the States with me. I found the budding Black yogi community on IG and got put on game- yoga is an entire way of being, not just asana. From there, i found a YTT rooted in the hatha yoga tradition (shoutout @himalayan_institute) 💒 As i deepen my practice and my knowledge of self, I’ve found integrating mental health, social justice, and spiritual wellness essential to discovering a radical healing tradition- one that creates restoration from within while actively dismantling systemic violence. It gets deep. And I’m just getting started. #blackfuturesmonth .
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💕Come experience #blackyogahistory in the making with me TODAY over at @thesaltloungelb and @therapistcode_ !!
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📸: @kenziealece #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #socialmedia #therapy #intentionalliving #happy #sandiego #blacklivesmatter #layoga #aboutme #longbeach #california

#iAmBlackYogaHistory Thank you @yogawithdavina for this really wonderful roll call + thanks for all the tags, everyone!🧘🏾‍♀️📿 - Name: Mac(kala) Lacy, MFT. Yes, the letters are absolutely required 🤘🏾 - What city do you practice yoga?: You can find me all over Los Angeles county. Today I’m in in Long Beach! #LBC My work is primarily located in the South Central community. - Status?: i am forever a student of the yoga practice. I am also a certified 200hr yoga teacher. 🏾 #HireMe I definitely plan to get some additional specialized training when the universe allows. - Any Black Teacher-Trainers? Never. I would LOVE to change that though! I wonder how much would be different and the same. It will come. - What’s your yoga story?: The short version is that i started practicing during my study abroad in Barbados. I had a spiritual epiphany and i brought the practice back to the States with me. I found the budding Black yogi community on IG and got put on game- yoga is an entire way of being, not just asana. From there, i found a YTT rooted in the hatha yoga tradition (shoutout @himalayan_institute ) As i deepen my practice and my knowledge of self, I’ve found integrating mental health, social justice, and spiritual wellness essential to discovering a radical healing tradition- one that creates restoration from within while actively dismantling systemic violence. It gets deep. And I’m just getting started. #blackfuturesmonth . . . Come experience #blackyogahistory in the making with me TODAY over at @thesaltloungelb and @therapistcode_ !! . . 📸: @kenziealece #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #socialmedia #therapy #intentionalliving #happy #sandiego #blacklivesmatter #layoga #aboutme #longbeach #california - 12 days ago

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#TheSaltLounge Come connect, LA! 💕Join me 7:30pm February 8th at @thesaltloungelb to match breath + body to sounds of straight loooove- 🎶90’s r&b! The nostalgia is about to be real. Come vibe in joy and community. Get ready to move, meditate, and smile. It’s gonna be cute. #SaltyAF
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Link in bio to get your spot now!✨
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#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #february

#TheSaltLounge Come connect, LA! Join me 7:30pm February 8th at @thesaltloungelb to match breath + body to sounds of straight loooove- 90’s r&b! The nostalgia is about to be real. Come vibe in joy and community. Get ready to move, meditate, and smile. It’s gonna be cute. #SaltyAF . Link in bio to get your spot now! . . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #layoga #love #february - 17 days ago

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.:Fear + Queer:. As a Black queer womxn I’m constantly assessing how to move through spaces safely. It creates an anxiety, because one’s will to live is strong. And as a Black + queer + womxn i am reminded all the time- through the constant images, language, and sound- of Black bodies being violated + that this world is not safe. I have difficulty being comfortable while I’m out, whether literally on my block or in a mansion, so I can be a real homebody. I’m only now acknowledging that vicarious trauma. Some days, it is painfully evident one is always at risk. For random. For the pleasure of it. And that shit is terrifying.
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The will to live is strong. So as a Black + queer + womxn i decide to love myself enough to live in joy. I hold my lovers hands. I dance. I speak my truth. I honor myself. Fuck the risk. I look to my ancestors who lived. Who laughed. Who cried. Who created moments of life and love under constant surveillance. I look to my chosen family who loves me so fully i cannot doubt that i am alive. #HouseofGaywood Against every impossibility and threat, we do the work to love. 🌈 To my Black queer family, i love y’all so much. And this shit ain’t right. And I love how you shine anyways. Fear this queer. #jussiesmollet ✨
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.:Fear + Queer:. As a Black queer womxn I’m constantly assessing how to move through spaces safely. It creates an anxiety, because one’s will to live is strong. And as a Black + queer + womxn i am reminded all the time- through the constant images, language, and sound- of Black bodies being violated + that this world is not safe. I have difficulty being comfortable while I’m out, whether literally on my block or in a mansion, so I can be a real homebody. I’m only now acknowledging that vicarious trauma. Some days, it is painfully evident one is always at risk. For random. For the pleasure of it. And that shit is terrifying. . And still: . The will to live is strong. So as a Black + queer + womxn i decide to love myself enough to live in joy. I hold my lovers hands. I dance. I speak my truth. I honor myself. Fuck the risk. I look to my ancestors who lived. Who laughed. Who cried. Who created moments of life and love under constant surveillance. I look to my chosen family who loves me so fully i cannot doubt that i am alive. #HouseofGaywood Against every impossibility and threat, we do the work to love. To my Black queer family, i love y’all so much. And this shit ain’t right. And I love how you shine anyways. Fear this queer. #jussiesmollet . . . 📸: @kenziealece #blackhistorymonth #blacklivesmatter #blacklgbt #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #socialmedia #therapy #intentionalliving #trauma #ptsd #lgbt - 19 days ago

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#VoyageLA “If you’re not living authentically, then you are acting out someone else’s dream. Stay you, stay real, stay soft, and stay loud.” 💎 Thank you, @voyagelamag for the feature! I got to share a bit about my lack of a starting point❓, @thewellhealing 💧, and the shit im really proud to be a part of🎉. Look at this #HiddenGem shinin. This is so dope! Link in bio🔗
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#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #socialmedia #therapy #intentionalliving #counseling #lgbt #blackgirlmagic

#VoyageLA “If you’re not living authentically, then you are acting out someone else’s dream. Stay you, stay real, stay soft, and stay loud.” Thank you, @voyagelamag for the feature! I got to share a bit about my lack of a starting point, @thewellhealing , and the shit im really proud to be a part of. Look at this #HiddenGem shinin. This is so dope! Link in bio . . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #socialmedia #therapy #intentionalliving #counseling #lgbt #blackgirlmagic - 22 days ago

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.:👀➡️🧘🏿‍♀️:. Who was the yogi who got you to your mat? The other day I asked y’all what brought you to yoga (or yoga to you), and one of the dopest themes among Black women was finding a yogi who reflected their image on the gram. 🙌🏾💯 For me, it was @hippie_heathen. She was (still is, lol) a beautiful dark skinned womxn 👸🏿, out and proud 🌈, with a wild ass afro. That was all the permission i needed to explore my growing interest in yoga (i think many of y’all can relate lol). 🤗 Since developing my own practice, Jessamyn @mynameisjessamyn Stanley has been such a blessing. She was the first real af, vulgar, philosophical, tarot-reading, tree-blowing, anti-problematic hateration, black + fat + queer + loud AND also makin BIG MONEY MOVES 😜💰 teacher to impact me. Sis is a movement. She has (obviously 😂) been so important to my learning of self-acceptance and self-love as a person and teacher. 🙏🏾💕 So❗️ This is for everyone: Who was the yogi who convinced you to give yoga a real try, whether in a studio or in your living room? @ them below and sprinkle some gratitude.✨ #RepresentationMatters #BlackYogiAppreciation
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.:️🧘🏿‍♀️:. Who was the yogi who got you to your mat? The other day I asked y’all what brought you to yoga (or yoga to you), and one of the dopest themes among Black women was finding a yogi who reflected their image on the gram. 🏾 For me, it was @hippie_heathen. She was (still is, lol) a beautiful dark skinned womxn 🏿, out and proud , with a wild ass afro. That was all the permission i needed to explore my growing interest in yoga (i think many of y’all can relate lol). 🤗 Since developing my own practice, Jessamyn @mynameisjessamyn Stanley has been such a blessing. She was the first real af, vulgar, philosophical, tarot-reading, tree-blowing, anti-problematic hateration, black + fat + queer + loud AND also makin BIG MONEY MOVES teacher to impact me. Sis is a movement. She has (obviously ) been so important to my learning of self-acceptance and self-love as a person and teacher. 🏾 So️ This is for everyone: Who was the yogi who convinced you to give yoga a real try, whether in a studio or in your living room? @ them below and sprinkle some gratitude. #RepresentationMatters #BlackYogiAppreciation . . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #socialmedia #therapy #intentionalliving - 23 days ago

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.:32:. Make a life that lets you laugh with all 32 out. Often.
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.:32:. Make a life that lets you laugh with all 32 out. Often. . . . 📸: @latiannas.world #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #longbeach #water #friends #laugh #love - 26 days ago

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.:Roommate:. I wonder if my roommate ever looks at my photos in our apartment like... “look at what this girl doin in our living room while I’m away 🙄.” Lmaoooo 😂💙 Her décor is cute, huh y’all? #Roomies .
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.:Roommate:. I wonder if my roommate ever looks at my photos in our apartment like... “look at what this girl doin in our living room while I’m away 🙄.” Lmaoooo Her décor is cute, huh y’all? #Roomies . . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #socialmedia #therapy #intentionalliving - 28 days ago

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.:Scammin Ass:. Have you ever been scammed before? Like, you invested in something illegitimate. I’ve been scammed twice in my life. The first time was years ago while trying to claw my way out of being broke. Craiglist aint shit lmao. I was young, ignorant, and learned a hard lesson. I cried so hard. I felt so stupid. My house mom had to hold me. We made it through after a few days of a pity party and me runnin up on chase bank.🌈💕 The second time was a few days ago. I posted about a @myblissbody giveaway that i later learned has a shotty history: customers who never got their clothes, giveaways that required shipping be paid, poor quality clothing- chiiiiiile. Lmao. Thank god the damage was only that no one would get some nice ass leggings, but that is still a shame. I had been so excited to connect folks to an opportunity for quality material for their practice. That, and I was also was so embarrassed! All the background checking i did and a bitch forgot to explore the comments. 🤦🏾‍♀️ (my hg @mycki_blanco always says thats where the truth lies and she is riiiiight lmao.) The original plan was to quietly apologize to the winners, delete the post, and act like nothing happened. No one would have to know i made a mistake. No one would have to know I’m not perfect.
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I listened to @amandaseales’s Side of Effects of Social Media and i was reminded that to not share my truth would be me scamming YOU. All day we see a highlight reel of people’s best moments and wonder why we have a hard time loving ourselves. Without intention, social media is a collective scam. And especially within the wellness industry- my god, we all enlightened now? No one wakes up a mess and sometimes goes to bed still one too? Every business deal you do pop off? Ok. Well, that’s CERTAINLY not my life and i love myself too much to not embrace each moment. I messed up! 😂 i share my wins here and i will share my losses too. I am not on social media to live a life that isn’t real. So here is my truth. And I’m still that bitch.💅🏾✨ #SpeakUp
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#yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #scam

.:Scammin Ass:. Have you ever been scammed before? Like, you invested in something illegitimate. I’ve been scammed twice in my life. The first time was years ago while trying to claw my way out of being broke. Craiglist aint shit lmao. I was young, ignorant, and learned a hard lesson. I cried so hard. I felt so stupid. My house mom had to hold me. We made it through after a few days of a pity party and me runnin up on chase bank. The second time was a few days ago. I posted about a @myblissbody giveaway that i later learned has a shotty history: customers who never got their clothes, giveaways that required shipping be paid, poor quality clothing- chiiiiiile. Lmao. Thank god the damage was only that no one would get some nice ass leggings, but that is still a shame. I had been so excited to connect folks to an opportunity for quality material for their practice. That, and I was also was so embarrassed! All the background checking i did and a bitch forgot to explore the comments. 🤦🏾‍♀️ (my hg @mycki_blanco always says thats where the truth lies and she is riiiiight lmao.) The original plan was to quietly apologize to the winners, delete the post, and act like nothing happened. No one would have to know i made a mistake. No one would have to know I’m not perfect. . Fuck that. . I listened to @amandaseales ’s Side of Effects of Social Media and i was reminded that to not share my truth would be me scamming YOU. All day we see a highlight reel of people’s best moments and wonder why we have a hard time loving ourselves. Without intention, social media is a collective scam. And especially within the wellness industry- my god, we all enlightened now? No one wakes up a mess and sometimes goes to bed still one too? Every business deal you do pop off? Ok. Well, that’s CERTAINLY not my life and i love myself too much to not embrace each moment. I messed up! i share my wins here and i will share my losses too. I am not on social media to live a life that isn’t real. So here is my truth. And I’m still that bitch.🏾 #SpeakUp . . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #scam - 1 month ago

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#Educator in their element.💫 This was my first time presenting professionally as a clinician and for other therapists! I got to present fundamentals of LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy and the responsibility we have as counselors to honor and serve the community. We have a lot of fun and honest conversation (swipe 😂). 🌈✨When I guide these discussions, the consistent feedback is that the room is made safe for exploration. The energy is fearless. 💕 The sense I get is that queerness can be intimidating to engage with because no one wants to get it wrong and hurt another’s feelings or seem uninformed... Fair enough. Here’s what i tell folks: In this room, it is okay not to know everything. It is okay to ask questions. It is okay to change your mind and engage the world differently after learning new things. So much can shift from receiving quality information. — I consider it a blessing that I get to be a part of that process and help create space for marginalized communities to breathe. Shoutout to my lgbtq fam around the world. We do this.
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Want to bring this presentation or other wellness education to a space near you? Connect with me at thewellhealing.com/connect💕 Link in bio. @thewellhealing .
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#Educator in their element. This was my first time presenting professionally as a clinician and for other therapists! I got to present fundamentals of LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy and the responsibility we have as counselors to honor and serve the community. We have a lot of fun and honest conversation (swipe ). When I guide these discussions, the consistent feedback is that the room is made safe for exploration. The energy is fearless. The sense I get is that queerness can be intimidating to engage with because no one wants to get it wrong and hurt another’s feelings or seem uninformed... Fair enough. Here’s what i tell folks: In this room, it is okay not to know everything. It is okay to ask questions. It is okay to change your mind and engage the world differently after learning new things. So much can shift from receiving quality information. — I consider it a blessing that I get to be a part of that process and help create space for marginalized communities to breathe. Shoutout to my lgbtq fam around the world. We do this. . . Want to bring this presentation or other wellness education to a space near you? Connect with me at thewellhealing.com/connect Link in bio. @thewellhealing . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #exercise #fit #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mindfulness #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlmagic #lgbtq #training #education - 1 month ago

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.:”What’s Next?”:. I’m getting asked that a lot these days... “You just graduated! 👩🏾‍🎓 What’s next?” “You finished your internship!👥 What’s next?” “You wrote a new article!✍🏾 What’s next?” “You have a new yoga class coming...🧘🏾‍♀️” oh wait, that really is next. 🤫👀
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You get the picture. Even with the most pure intentions, this is pressure we put on each other. We demand the next moment before we even appreciate our accomplishments! The spirit of capitalism is a bitch. It makes you feel like you always gotta be on the move, lest you get stuck and left behind. Fuck all that! I’ve been intentional in letting folks know: “Uh, actually, I’m just letting myself breathe for a minute and take my time 😌.” And usually the response ranges from: 🤨😳😬 to 🤔🤗🥰. Because while i COULD run off the game plan, I’m refusing the trap of the chase, of never being satisfied and always in a hurry. Nothing is really in my control, and stressing myself to have an answer so others feel safe and at ease is not the move. The most beautiful responses have been when folks feel they are given the permission to do the same. To say, “idk. Still figuring it out. 🤷🏾‍♀️” or “you know, I’m actually ok where i am.” Stillness does not equal stagnation. 💯 And i trust all is coming. So, what’s next? We all gotta wait and see. Myself included. #NowBackTFup 😂💕
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PS. I explore this sense of urgency in “New Year, New(-ly Integrated) You” as well! #linkinbio .
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.:”What’s Next?”:. I’m getting asked that a lot these days... “You just graduated! 🏾‍ What’s next?” “You finished your internship!👥 What’s next?” “You wrote a new article!✍🏾 What’s next?” “You have a new yoga class coming...🧘🏾‍♀️” oh wait, that really is next. 🤫 . . You get the picture. Even with the most pure intentions, this is pressure we put on each other. We demand the next moment before we even appreciate our accomplishments! The spirit of capitalism is a bitch. It makes you feel like you always gotta be on the move, lest you get stuck and left behind. Fuck all that! I’ve been intentional in letting folks know: “Uh, actually, I’m just letting myself breathe for a minute and take my time .” And usually the response ranges from: 🤨😬 to 🤔🤗🥰. Because while i COULD run off the game plan, I’m refusing the trap of the chase, of never being satisfied and always in a hurry. Nothing is really in my control, and stressing myself to have an answer so others feel safe and at ease is not the move. The most beautiful responses have been when folks feel they are given the permission to do the same. To say, “idk. Still figuring it out. 🤷🏾‍♀️” or “you know, I’m actually ok where i am.” Stillness does not equal stagnation. And i trust all is coming. So, what’s next? We all gotta wait and see. Myself included. #NowBackTFup . . PS. I explore this sense of urgency in “New Year, New(-ly Integrated) You” as well! #linkinbio . . #yoga #meditation #wellness #healing #blackgirlyoga #health #selflove #selfcare #community #losangeles #thewellhealing #present #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #blackgirlmagic #rush #capitalism #anxiety #pressure - 1 month ago

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🎉 24h GIVEAWAY TIME 🎉
I have teamed up w/ my friends @myblissbody to give away 50 FREE leggings! Thats right! There will be 50 Winners 😍💞Usually sold for 59,99..but today, they're FREE .
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is:
👉🏾follow @benditlikelacy + @myblissbody
👉🏾Tag 2 friends below in the comments (more tags = more chances to win!)
👉🏾DM @myblissbody with "I Love Leggings" 
After 24h, 50 people will be chosen as winners! 
Winners will receive a link by DM from @myblissbody to choose the color/size of the leggings they want and the leggings will be sent directly to them ! Hurry Up ⏰

24h GIVEAWAY TIME I have teamed up w/ my friends @myblissbody to give away 50 FREE leggings! Thats right! There will be 50 Winners Usually sold for 59,99..but today, they're FREE . All you have to do to enter the giveaway is: 🏾follow @benditlikelacy + @myblissbody 🏾Tag 2 friends below in the comments (more tags = more chances to win!) 🏾DM @myblissbody with "I Love Leggings" After 24h, 50 people will be chosen as winners! Winners will receive a link by DM from @myblissbody to choose the color/size of the leggings they want and the leggings will be sent directly to them ! Hurry Up - 1 month ago

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