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Ariel James

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Bio

Ariel is a writer, yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, and tarot reader; as well as Co-founder and Co-Director of Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective. She first found yoga in response to struggling with chronic migraines, anxiety, and depression and was immediately attracted to the lifelong study nature of yoga anatomy and philosophy. Ariel believes that ultimately nobody can know you and what you need better than yourself, and that her job is only to help guide you to your own autonomous truth, knowing, and self-tending. She aims to support those who she works with on their own healing journey by creating spaces of deep relaxation where people can get in touch with their deepest selves and allow the mind, body, and spirit a chance to integrate and restore while feeling divinely supported in their efforts. 

As a queer person of color, they understand the critical need of brave, inclusively-minded spaces and that healing happens in community when stories are told in safe spaces. They believe change happens from the inside out and that the changes we create within ourselves ripple out and transform the world around us. Through self-study, mindfulness practices, stillness, and compassion we can unlearn false societal programming and relearn the truth of ourselves and the world around us.  
 

Q&A:

What's your favorite book?

It's so hard to choose!

A few of my favorites include: The Lord of the Rings, Between the World and Me, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Favorite self care strategy?

A hand to the heart and a few intentional breaths

Why are you excited about Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective?

I'm so excited and proud to be a part of a community that values people over profits, understands the importance of diversity and inclusion, and that is committed to creating a more just and equitable world! When we come together with likeminded folk and put collective effort, thinking, and energy behind our dreams and beliefs we truly have the power to create lasting change!

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