We had the good fortune of connecting with Ivory Howard and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ivory, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
As beginner yoga practitioner, I struggled to find examples of others who looked like me. I researched different poses and did not find anyone who looked like me or had my body type. Without this information, it was sometimes difficult to know how to get into a pose or what my body would look like in the pose. 
Yoga is practiced by many different people with different body types and that diversity should be welcomed, visible and celebrated so that everyone feels welcome in this community.

It’s important that women of color feel welcome in these spaces. We all know someone, especially in communities of color, in our family or social circle who has a chronic disease.

Yoga is a low-impact exercises that require little to no equipment. If you’re unable to run or enjoy other high-impact exercises, you can give yoga a try and still get a great workout. If it’s unsafe for you to walk where you live, you can practice yoga at home. If you’re unable to purchase workout equipment, you can still practice yoga at home without buying a thing. Making yoga more accessible to women, especially women of color, could help meet them meet the recommended CDC guidelines for physical and muscle-strengthening activity and prevent many chronic diseases that plague people of color.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a yoga and Pilates instructor that makes it easier for busy, professional women to workout consistently so that they can live their healthiest lives.

I’m also on a mission to make sure that more women know that exercise and a plant-based diet can prevent many chronic lifestyle diseases and leading causes of death in the United States. I want to continue to make it easier for women to be active to help them avoid preventable chronic diseases like stroke, diabetes and cancer. And if you have a chronic disease, I want you to know that it’s not hopeless. You can live a long, healthy and active life.

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.
When an out-of-town friend visits, I like to do touristy things and see my city like new through their eyes.

I like to stay active so we’d start the first day with a walk with my dog at Rosie’s Dog Beach. Then, walk around Grand Central Market and grab lunch and snacks for our hike to the Hollywood sign. After a day with so much walking, we’d grab takeout in Koreatown and put our feet up at home.

On another day, we would take it easy with a little less activity and visit LA County Museum of Art.

Depending on the season, I’d take my friend to see a Dodgers or Lakers game on another day.

If they’re in town on weekend, we’d meander around the Rose Bowl Flea Market all day.

On the final day, we’d treat ourselves to a daypass at local luxury hotel, get a great workout in their fitness center, and then sit by the pool all day.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s important to build a network of supportive entrepreneurs in your corner who are rooting for you to succeed, referring clients to you, and open to collaborating with you. I didn’t always have that until I joined an inclusive community of entrepreneurs. This is the community that I was searching for early in my entrepreneurial endeavors but it did not yet exist. It makes the entrepreneurial pursuit much easier with this kind of support.

Website: http://www.ivoryhoward.com

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Image Credits
RaShun of Focused Minded Photo (https://www.focusmindedphoto.com)

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