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Conversations with the Inspiring Jaylee Oberg and Rachael Junard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaylee Oberg and Rachael Junard.

Jaylee and Rachael met at a book signing for Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley at the Boston Public Library on June 6, 2017. They both weren’t really feeling up to going to the event, but powered through and showed up and happened to sit two seats apart from each other. Towards the end of class, a woman of color stood up and asked where the POC yoga teachers were and they (Jaylee and Rachael) raised their hands and from there struck up a conversation. A few weeks later, they got drinks at The Frogmore in JP and chatted about what a WOC wellness experience would look like and how they could cultivate that. From there, You Good, Sis was born and they haven’t turned back.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every single day, we are learning and our biggest lesson so far has been communication and the importance of it. From working with different partners to finding space to outlining details of our workshop, we are very intentionally and it truly requires constant communication to ensure we are executing our vision the best we see fit.

Advice to other women — just get started! You don’t need the best equipment, or top of line space, just get to work and don’t create an imaginary obstacle for yourself. Also — ASK FOR HELP! You will be surprised to see how much your community will show up to help. You never know who knows who, and who has a special skill set to offer. It is also another way to cultivate partnerships and build community! We are stronger together.

What should we know about You Good Sis?? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
You Good, Sis is a collective for black and brown women looking for a mental, physical and spiritual check-in. We strive to define and a create a specific space dedicated to the well-being of women of color. We are most proud of the people who consciously choose to be part of the community and continue to show up. We are really happy that there are other spaces for people of color to practice wellness (shout out to Hive Soul Yoga), but we really are about women of color in Boston and want to provide a holistic approach to wellness for them. We want to have more self-care workshops, bring in speakers to deepen their knowledge about how to best to take care of themselves and live their best life, we are also looking forward to hosting retreats, but stay tuned for that! We are here to disrupt the status quo.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
In terms of opportunities for women, especially black women, we don’t think that there are opportunities that we are well positioned for, which is exactly why we started You Good, Sis. Realistically, a wellness experience for a white woman is going to be drastically different for a black woman. We have to not only bring a chair to the table but sometimes build that chair just to be seen! We create our own opportunities and will continue to until it becomes the norm. We are not going anywhere and look forward to growing our beautiful community.

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