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Inspiring Conversations with Jarrick Browner of Urban Yogic Wellness and Education and The Floating Yogi LLC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jarrick Browner.

Hi Jarrick, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I was getting ready to quit my labor-intensive job and didn’t want to gain any weight. I knew I was prone to excuses, so I was looking for something to take all the excuses away. I watch a lot of anime, and they were talking about Meditation, Yoga, and Prana, finding their center and achieving unimaginable feats from it. So I decided to give yoga a shot. It was perfect. I took all the excuses away; It was just me, my mat, and my word.

I didn’t know the first thing about yoga, so I picked whatever class fit my schedule, not knowing there were different types. The first yoga class I tried was a slow flow that I wasn’t ready for. My mind consistently raced too fast, and my body had too much energy; however, I usually tried things two times, so I took another class. I tried Ashtanga Led Primary (Ashta-Eight Anga-Limbs) and The 8 Limbs of Yoga. A complete mental, Physical, and Emotional Awareness and consciousness evolution challenged me. It unlocked parts of my body and mind I didn’t know existed and helped me release limiting beliefs about myself. This practice allowed me to take the skills. I’ve learned the growth I’ve seen in my practice, off the mat, and in life.

As word of my unique style and view of yoga beyond the flashy moves started to spread, different opportunities started to arise, such as directing programs in different schools, hosting Camping Trips, Hikes, Retreats, and even on TV and at the African American Museum, etc. As my practice started to deepen, I was peer pressured to attend a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training specializing in Dharma, Power, and Ashtanga. Shortly after training, I opened The Floating Yogi LLC and started teaching daily.

I then took a 300hr Yoga Teacher Training with Roots Love Yoga and Dr. Marie Belle specializing in Ashtanga. I have since then Directed the Ashtanga Mysore program at Sukha Center.

I expanded to a 501c3 organization, “Urban Yogic Wellness and Education,” UYWE. Restructuring health and wellness in the community are bringing the power of healing and evolution back to the individual home, offering a wide variety of programs for the community, including Movement and Mindfulness, Mentorship Programs, and teaching about Identity and the Self. I also host weekly Virtual Book Club, Meditation, and Classes.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road! Being a black man in a predominantly white women’s industry in America has its challenges. Yoga hasn’t been marketed to black people or men, so breaking those barriers in general was and is difficult; another struggle is raising awareness of yoga’s non-physical, non-movement aspects. Mostly, people are attached to their physical postures, which limits their potential. And let us not forget the struggle of navigating the yoga industry and being an entrepreneur in a non-traditional field.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Urban Yogic Wellness and Education and The Floating Yogi LLC?
Urban Yogic Wellness and Education”, UYWE, restructuring health and wellness in the community bringing the power of healing and evolution back to the individual home, offering a wide variety of programs for the community, Movement and Mindfulness, Mentorship Programs, teaching about Identity and the Self.

Services offered are:
Virtual and In-Person Yoga Classes
Yoga Programing for Schools
Mentorship Programs for the Youth
Private and Corp Classes
Book club
Mediation Sessions
Sound Healing

The Floating Yogi LLC:
Yoga sessions
Sound Healing
Private 1:1 Session
Private 1:1 Coaching
Business Consultations
Music on all streaming platforms
Mindful Getaways
Teacher Training

What characteristic of yours would you give the most credit if you had to?
Consistency, Patience, and Determination. One thing I live by is Faith, Focus, and Finish!
1. Have faith in what you’re doing
2. Focus on your goal
3. And no matter how always finish

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Image Credits
Image credit t the Personal Photo Hanad Ali @hanadphoto

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