by Jude Jacob Kayton July 30, 2020
About me: I was born in La Plata, MD, and now, I live in Prince George’s County, MD. I’ve always been an athlete. In high school, I was a cheerleader and runner. I discovered yoga during my freshman year at college and fell in love with it. Yoga has transformed my body. I am currently writing a PhD dissertation on trauma yoga.
As a yogi, my skin challenges are all about sweat. I sweat a lot, especially when I work out, and even more so if I’m in the sun. Last week, I was in Florida and was drenched in sweat by the end of my practice. When I’m in the sun, I want to make sure my skin is protected against harsh environmental conditions and stays hydrated.
DETOX ME me is my absolute favorite FRÉ. It smells amazing. I use it up so quickly, I don't have any right now! It’s not abrasive as exfoliation goes; often, exfoliating treatments will be abrasive and tear skin. If I train hard, then I use this product for my self-care Friday. I also love the FRÉ Body products. I can use the entire bottle of GLOW BODY in just 2 weeks. When I love a product, I go through it fast, and, right now, the only FRÉ products that I have left are a drop of I AM LOVE and REVIVE ME (I have more products on the way!). I’ve been using FRÉ for 2 years.
My fitness journey
I discovered yoga in College. Initially, I thought it was an easy way to get a gym credit, but I ended up totally falling in love with it. I got into lots of different styles of yoga in 2008, and then in 2014, my fitness routine intensified. I did a lot of Bikram hot yoga; I used to practice 6 times a week, in addition to a workout at night. I'd just got out of a toxic relationship, and my body started to transform.
In 2016, I started working with a trainer. This has been elevating my yoga practice and I’ve been learning different styles. Then in 2018, I began training to prepare for my first bikini competition. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life. It was a real lifestyle change, involving serious amounts of discipline and diet.
The workouts aren’t hard per se, but there are some days I hate it! It's a crazy journey. It's been interesting to see how my body transforms in different ways. And although I’ve always been an athlete of some sort, now, I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in.
Going 10x harder as a black female yogi
In March, I went to Miami for spring break. I like to visit different yoga studios. I went to a super dope studio with 70 people in a heated Vinyasa class. I always introduce myself and sit at the front, and of course, I was the only the black person in the class. The girl next to me actually scooted over so she wouldn’t have to touch me.
I have to buy the expensive yoga mats and clothes to be taken seriously. I have to wear sporty outfits to be able to work with athletes. Everything I post is over sexualized. Basically, I have to work 10 times harder to be taken seriously as a black female yogi and it’s draining.
In order to change things, education is critical. Not everyone has money to donate to causes right now, but you can use your voice. So, use your platforms and speak up. Show up to black yogi classes, educate other people. You can’t be scared to use your voice.
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