‘A house to unburden yourself’: yoga club breathes existence into Black health and fitness and wellness | Smaller company

It’s no top secret that the overall health and wellness sector is booming, with a present-day world wide valuation at $1.5tn. But for Paris Alexandra and Alicia Ferguson – co-proprietors of BK Yoga Club in Brooklyn, New York – giving a therapeutic house for Bipoc bodies is far more than just a savvy company venture. Their human body-constructive, inclusive yoga studio is an city sanctuary where by men and women of color can nurture their bodies without disgrace.

It is a calling that Alexandra and Ferguson acquire critically, especially in mild of the white-dominated world of North American yoga. “Our bodies may appear diverse than the regular European human body condition,” claims Ferguson. “We want to be in sites the place we see other Black and Brown bodies going and breathing and coming alongside one another all around the plan of creativeness.”

Ferguson and Alexandra initial released BK Yoga Club in 2019, only to have their unique Dumbo locale shuttered by Covid-19 final calendar year. The duo acquired a contemporary new start this summer months – this time, in the traditionally Black neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. In addition to a brand name-new studio, they’ve opened On Dekalb by BK Yoga Club, a studio area and espresso shop that sells tea and homewares by Black and brown makers and hosts a reserve club spotlighting Black authors.

A reverence for the shared ordeals of their Black and brown clientele is at the main of Ferguson and Alexandra’s mission

What was the inspiration behind the studio?

Alicia Ferguson: When you imagine of Brooklyn you really don’t think of yoga studios, and you don’t believe of Black individuals coming alongside one another and centering about the concept of wellness by way of the lens of yoga. We just needed to be that

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Open house at Kenver; PS21 adds four to board; Salisbury Bank holds 14th annual food drive

Kenver, Ltd. will hold an open house on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 4-6 p.m. The public is invited to meet the shop’s new owners while enjoying light refreshments. Illustration courtesy Kenver

SOUTH EGREMONT — On August 31, longtime South Egremont sportswear boutique and outdoor retail hub Kenver, Ltd. was sold to OvareVentures, which is headquartered in Glendale, California.

On Thursday, Nov. 4 from 4-6 p.m., the public is invited to meet Kenver’s new owners at an Open House. The South Egremont Spirit Shoppe will supply the beer and cheese, and Rubiner’s Cheesemongers & Grocers will bring the charcuterie.

Founded in 1959 by the late sportsman and skier Ken Vermeulen, Kenver specializes in best-in-category sports equipment, including skis, bikes, snowboards, and ice skates. Kenver also sells seasonal designer sporting apparel and footwear, and features a dedicated bootery cellar with fitting specialists as well as a curated collection of artisan wares and home accessories.

Kenver’s historic building at 39 Main Street was built in 1731 as a stagecoach stop, and it maintains its ambiance with fireplaces and antiques. Kenver has twice been named “Best of New England” in the Ski, Snowboard and Cross-Country Shop Awards presented by New England Winter Sports Representatives, Inc.

—A.K.

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PS21 welcomes four new board members

PS21’s new board members, L to R clockwise: Judith Albert, Sarah Chalfant, Leslie Lassiter, and Louis Hedgecock. Photos courtesy PS21

CHATHAM, N.Y.PS21 has welcomed Judith Albert, Sarah Chalfant, Louis Hedgecock, and Leslie Lassiter to its board of directors. Distinguished professionals in the fields of architecture, finance, law, and literary agency, they all share PS21’s commitment to expanding the audiences for original contemporary performing arts and artists in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Judith Albert is board chair of Cornerstone Capital Group, which develops and manages

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