Raleigh, North Carolina — Raleigh is the first stop for a new pop-up tour called The Melanated Yoga Experience, an event aimed at supporting black-owned businesses and enhancing health, wellness and stress relief.
Led by Black instructors, the class also includes meet-and-greets with Black-owned businesses and shopping events.
Raleigh’s pop-up yoga event is the first stop on a six-city tour that includes Chicago, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, and Oakland. This tour provides publicity for his five different yoga instructors and dozens of black vendors across the country.
Raleigh’s event features a one-hour yoga class for beginners, followed by a mixer where attendees can shop for Black Brands and network with business owners. Early Bird tickets are $30 and include yoga, refreshments, socializing, and a giveaway bag.
Young holds a master’s degree in business administration and worked at Twitter before being affected by a company-wide layoff. Using her loss as inspiration, she launched her BLK Directory in 2020, fulfilling her long-held dream of connecting communities of color while supporting small businesses.
After graduating from A&T in Greensboro, a historically black college, Young moved to San Francisco for work and soon found himself split.
“I realized that there weren’t many people who looked like me, and I realized I was starting over,” Young said.
Even finding a hairdresser in a new city was difficult.
“If you don’t have to think about it, you don’t. When I was looking for something specific, I realized there was a big gap,” Young said.
Her experience inspired her to create a directory of black-owned businesses and a podcast where black business owners share their successes and struggles.
“It’s beautiful when you’re on vacation [or somewhere new] You can type in ‘hair stylists’ or ‘food’ and find and support black businesses in real time,” Young said.
Young had always been interested in yoga, but knew that despite its growing popularity, black men and women were underrepresented in the practice, which led to the Melanate Yoga experience.
“I don’t want to be the only black person in the room or someone who looks like me, so I can create a safe environment where I can feel safe and they can put that kind of stuff on the door.” You can leave it,” Young said. He said.
Young sees Saturday’s event as a win-win by introducing people to new friends and business contacts while promoting good health and stress management.
“It’s all about bringing a small group together and seeing the magic when people meet and realize they have something in common,” said Young.
Saturday, March 11, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
420 Hubert Street, Raleigh