Shelah Marie's Meditation Mixtape Is For Black Women Who Don't Feel Represented in Wellness

"This mixtape is for me, you, yo mama, and your cousin, too," Shelah Marie says at the intro of her Meditation Mixtape. Her mixtape is for those who find meditation challenging, those who love reality TV and social media, and those who have an equal love for Vinyasa flow and trap music, she continues."Meditation is a real blanket term for an entire range of healing modalities and experiences," Shelah Marie told POPSUGAR. She's used it to center herself, to access peace and calmness, to combat anxiety, and to rewire negative self-talk and tackle self-limiting beliefs."How I got into meditation is I, like many people, had an upbringing where I felt like my needs weren't met. I didn't feel safe. I was the only Black person in a white environment," Shelah Marie said. Because of this, she grew up having low self-esteem and negative self-talk. In her mid-20s, she experienced a moment in her then-relationship that made her realize she was "reliv…

Yoga Is Better With a Golden Retriever - Here's All the Video Proof You Need

Ever since Sam Gach got Ella, his adorable Golden Retriever, two years ago, he noticed she loved to join in on (but mostly interrupt) his yoga sessions. Gach has been practicing yoga for over half a decade because of the physicality of it and also because of its mental health benefits, he told POPSUGAR. Now, he's an instructor - and he has a fluffy friend to keep him company during flows.

Ella loves riding in cars, playing fetch, going on walks - she loves almost everything except for garbage cans and vacuum cleaners, according to Gach. This includes jumping all over him when he's mid-handstand or in Downward Dog. Gach started posting videos of himself and Ella doing yoga together, and right away the response was overwhelmingly positive. (For instance, one TikTok he posted last November racked up over two million views.)

"I had already been sharing my yoga practice for a while and was known for that on social media and really had always tried to share my life in a genuine and honest way," Gach, who has 137,000 followers on Instagram, said. "So when Ella became a part of my life, it was only right for her to become a part of my social media. I also just knew in my heart that it was something the world needed to see." We so agree!

Ahead, check out adorable footage of Ella butting in on Gach's yoga sessions - and incredible ones at that. Ella has grown a lot since her puppy days, and you'll see that through her ripe old age of 2 she still loves herself some Namaste time!



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