We had the good fortune of connecting with Elicica Morris (she/her) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elicica, how do you define success?
Success is defined only in the eyes of the beholder and is is often painted in a black or white nature; if one doesn’t succeed, one has failed. I believe our collective idea of success is often externalized, meaning success is obtained outside of one’s self. Therefore, I measure success by personal growth. For me, growth occurs when I am outside of my comfort zone and sit with the discomfort that it causes. Discomfort encourages a new or deeper understanding that allows me to navigate my experience from a greater, authentic perspective.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I had the idea to create a wellness space when I taught yoga to deaf and hard-of-hearing children and teachers at Horace Mann School in Allston, Ma, in 2017. Several teachers and parents remarked that there wasn’t access for children to explore yoga or meditation. Growing up with two deaf parents, I witnessed firsthand how they were denied access.
I moved to LA a couple of years ago, and after completing a 300-hour yoga teaching training program in July of 2020, I felt invigorated by the idea of creating a collective. Very simply, people deserve to have access to healing modalities. I was the only black womxn in this teaching program and did not come across many folx who looked like me throughout my years of practicing yoga. I felt it is necessary to create a brave space where like-minded folx can collaborate to offer various healing modalities to folx belonging to marginalized communities and increase representation in wellness spaces.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh jeez, there are so many gems since places have started opening up! Below is my one week itinerary:
We’d eat at the spots: Vurger Guyz, Double Zero, Compton Vegan, Gjusta, Wee Chippy, and TPF (Tacos Por Favor). We’d also eat at Crossroads in West Hollywood. We’d follow food trucks around too… and pick up donuts from Trejo’s and Sidecar. (I love food!)
We’ll have a few drinks at The Dime, EP&LP, Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, Juneshine in Santa Monica, and in 2100 in Echo Park.
We’d hike Wisdom Tree and lay out at all of the beaches on the westside (Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, etc). We’d visit the local farmers markets too! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to recognize the efforts, support, love and encouragement of my partner, Jon, my loving friends and family, and those I do not know by name, but had enriching, life-changing conversations with over the years. My partner encourages me to tap in to my creative self in ways that I previously restricted among many other things. My partner and loving friends and family embrace me in my wholeness and empower me to live my authentic truth.
Instagram: @uniqualcollective | @elicicamorris
– Alex Fazali