Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Spearman.
Lauren, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I created R&B Yoga at the age of 23 in Chicago, Il, where I was born and raised. The concept stemmed from my love for yoga since the age of 14. I did yoga for mental reasons in middle school and I enjoyed doing yoga in my room to R&B music. I started out the business by renting out a small studio in Chicago and this led to me eventually selling out roof-top classes in Wicker Park, Chicago. My classes started to boom and I was able to score a sponsorship with Macy’s and Ciroc. I had even been featured in the Huffington Post and Time Out. I decided to move to LA to expand and get my brand’s name out there. R&B Yoga empowers everyone to be included in the yoga world (which can often feel intimidating). My classes are filled with all shapes, sizes and different levels of yogis. It is a beautiful site to see. My ultimate goal is to own a wellness center and to keep inspiring people from all backgrounds and levels that the wellness world is not exclusive! Wellness is for everyone and it should not feel intimidating.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I started my business young and I am also a woman of color. I was nothing but underestimated not only in the entrepreneur world but in the yoga world. There aren’t a lot of black/Latina women teaching & owning their own yoga/wellness business. But that is what made me want to do it. I knew that if I did it then I would be inspiring more yogi’s to create their own yoga following. I’ve had a lot of people of color reach out to me telling me how I inspired them. Advice I would tell people on starting their journey is to JUST DO IT and DO IT WELL. Don’t be afraid to start but also don’t be scared to BE DIFFERENT. I believe everyone can find a way to profit off your passion. You just have to set yourself apart. Also, never stop and keep building your momentum. I am still early in my business and I can’t stop and I need to be consistent in order to reach the level that I want to reach.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I teach yoga to R&B, Hip Hop and Trap music. My specialty is making everyone feel comfortable in their yoga class. I get a lot of beginners that tell me they were too scared to ever start yoga because they felt uncomfortable! That doesn’t sit with me well when people feel that way about yoga so my goal is to create a safe welcoming space for everyone. I am the proudest of the feedback I get from happy students who now want to dive deeper into their own yoga journey!
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
My therapist became my first mentor. She was taking care of my mental state and she owned her own practice (as a woman of color) so that was a no brainer. Also, as I submerged myself in the entrepreneur and yogi world, I met a lot of people that were able to guide me. Just get involved in your industry and things will start to fall in your lap. The more you put yourself out there, the more chance you will have of someone putting you on with a mentor or opportunity. All the opportunities I received were from people spreading my business to their friends or because of social media. That’s why it’s important to stay consistent and to keep your momentum up!
- $35 – Rooftop Yoga in Hollywood + “High” Quality Cookie
- Website: rnbyoga.net
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: rnbyoga
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RnBYoga/
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/user-190679889