Tuesday, December 5

Is the Wellness Industry Too White?

The Black Lives Matter movement has had an immense impact on me. Aside from helping to shine a glaring light on the biases in our society, it has made me look at my own industry and, inevitably, the pronounced whiteness of wellness studios both here and abroad.

I used to organize fitness camps for hundreds of women from across Quebec; we’d run in the woods and practise yoga by the St. Lawrence River. I would lead groups in Montreal every week. The purpose of these events was always the same: to bring together like-minded women who want to take care of their bodies and connect with themselves through physical movement—a goal that I naively thought of as inclusive and unifying.

I now see very clearly that the vast majority of the women who attended were white.

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