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Black Icons Practicing Yoga | Rosa Parks, Part 1

WRITTEN BY TAMARA JOHNSON | PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 1, 2023

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor the contributions of Black Americans to our society. One person who stands out in our collective history is Rosa Parks, who was an activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She is best known for her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, which led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was a significant event in the Civil Rights Movement.

But did you know that Rosa Parks also practiced yoga and prioritized self-care? That’s right! At the age of 52, Rosa Parks discovered yoga and made it a regular part of her routine. In a world where she faced so much discrimination and opposition, Parks recognized the importance of taking care of herself and finding peace in her mind and body.

Rosa Parks practicing self-care

Yoga is a form of exercise that focuses on the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of well-being. By practicing yoga, Parks was able to relieve stress and find inner peace, which allowed her to show up stronger and more focused in her activism and advocacy for civil rights. In addition to yoga, Parks also prioritized self-care in other ways such as taking time for herself, meditating, and spending time with family.

Rosa Parks with her Husband

In today’s fast-paced world, self-care is more important than ever. Just as Rosa Parks stood up for what was right, let’s take a stand for our own well-being and make self-care a priority. By taking care of ourselves, we are better equipped to show up for others and make a bigger impact in the world.

Rosa Parks’ legacy reminds us of the importance of self-care, and her commitment to yoga serves as an inspiration for us to prioritize our own well-being. Let’s follow in her footsteps and make self-care a regular part of our routine, so we can show up stronger, more focused, and more resilient, just like Rosa Parks.  

Do you want to make your self-care routine a priority?  Shop our Apothecary or take a free yoga class with Ensō Apothecary.  Photo credits are from The Library of Congress and Pinterest.

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