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Rising Stars: Meet Adina Crawford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adina Crawford.

Hi Adina, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Adina Crawford born in Bronx NYC but lived in Massachusetts most of my life. Now residing in the DMV area where I have raised a family, found a career and most of all found Community.

About 15 years ago, I found myself in a place where I was very unhealthy, caring for my aging parents and stepbrother. I neglected myself for many years with unhealthy habits and lifestyles. Not being aware of my own situation or frankly in denial about my weight, my husband said to me “You need to do something about your current situation. He was referring to my weight. I was clearly tipping the scale of close to 300lbs. I got to a point where life was very uncomfortable and I needed to make a drastic change.

Fast forward, I found a running club in my local area (Fleet Feet) and I joined their first time 5k program. I clearly got the running bug because I have not stopped since. I have completed two full marathons, numerous half-marathons, and 5ks and 10k’s. I realized there was a greater connection with humans through races, training, and fellowship. I soon joined Black Girls Run as a member then Run Coordinator and now a full-fledge Ambassador for the DMV area. My life completely changed not only for myself but I found that I was rendering support to other runners who were on their journey to wellness. I soon realized that if I can run I can do other activities that may not have been in my preview.

I hired a swim coach so that I can complete my first Triathlon (indoors) and happily succeeded in that goal. I then moved on to a passion I had all my life cycling. I joined Black Girls Do Bike and after joining I moved into becoming a Shero. A shero is a leader to help others achieve their goal wherever they are in cycling.

The yearning for more physical activity came when I went back into doing yoga as I found a sense of calm and satisfaction internally for myself. I loved it so much that I became certified x2. I figured that in the space of Yoga there was not enough diversity as I saw it. I said to myself bring what you have to your community and watch it bloom. Here I am today I have my own LLC Deanietheyogini. I teach seniors, children, women, and men of all shapes, sizes, medical disabilities.

I have found my niche. Help others who otherwise think that they cannot do something THEY CAN. I have found great success in bringing my calmness of Yoga and Meditation to big brands i.e. REI, Black Girls Run, RE-INC, Balega, Honeystinger, and now I am able to blog as a contributor for Fleet Feet. I not only want to be seen in these spaces but to let others know that you are never too old to dream another dream -Carl Lewis.

My goal is to keep going for as long as I can and keep amplifying my voice in the spaces we diversity and body positivity are not seen. Lastly, I continue to enjoy teaching, partaking, and most of all stepping out of my comfort zone where I can have others shine their light and be happy. I am happy to say that I am now a certified Aqua Instructor bring High-Intensity water fitness to all bodies.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Some of the struggles truly have been that I don’t fit your average “social media” style, Yoga teacher. I never forget that one day, I was subbing for a class and the student walks in and said where is the Yoga Teacher.

I said I am the teacher. She looked at me and said “You’re the Yoga Teacher? From that point on, I knew I belonged in the space because I am here to dispel what we are supposed to look like. The other struggle was being a curvy girl that I was not considered a runner. I dispelled that notion also.

I come, I run I show up and I smile. Society, as well as social media, has made it hard but we have to be present and aware of our own strengths and abilities.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I manage two units for a local law enforcement agency and I am most proud that I have been serving since 1989, I have been promoted three times and I love what I do. I deal a lot with the public internally and externally. I take pride in providing the best level of customer service and I teach my employees to do the same.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
In 2021, I found that having my own brand that it has taught me a lot and I see bigger and greater things happening. I am here to accept all Mind-blowing blessings from GOD, serendipitous adventures, and bigger brand building. I will continue to amplify my voice on size inclusivity.

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RonWuphotos,, @The_shephardstory, and Aaron Spicer Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Rose Wilkes

    January 25, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    This girl is on fire. I sit at home and watch her grow. She has always been a beautiful woman inside and out and I am so proud to call her a friend. Wish I could have her go get it don’t attitude. Love it!! Keep going Asian Crawford. You are an I inspiration to so many !!

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