My Origin Story: Alecia Young
Generation Titans' "My Origin Story" is part of ongoing series to feature talented, innovative, and dope entrepreneurs of color (EOC). We are providing a platform where founders and creatives can tell their stories in their own voice and in their own unique way. These stories are not highlight reels, although they do highlight success. Also, these stories are not focused on only the hardships, obstacles, and racial inequality that entrepreneurs of color face, although they do squarely address these challenges. Today, Generation Titans catches up with Alecia Young, founder of YOGAMOTIF, to hear more about her origin story and her journey as an entrepreneur.
Stories like Alecia's are American stories that push the culture forward, spark conversation and connections in the startup ecosystem, and also inspire a younger generation of entrepreneurs. These stories and the founders are a counter narrative. Through "My Origin Story," Generation Titans is proving that the pipeline of EOCs exists--despite the media's prevailing deficit narrative about entrepreneurs of color.
WHO IS ALECIA YOUNG?
I am a child of God. A maker, creator, entrepreneur, mother, wife, child, sister, friend, yogi, teacher, student, and joy facilitator.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND HOW HAS THAT SHAPED YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?
I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, a small-ish city that has been rich in opportunities to incubate new ideas. Being here has helped me grow the confidence needed to take the many leaps of faith towards my wildest dreams.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT SOCIAL MEDIA WON'T TELL US ABOUT YOU?
Social media won't tell you that I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up and I've always loved animals.
WHAT'S YOGAMOTIF AND HOW HAS YOUR JOURNEY AS A FOUNDER SHAPED WHAT YOU'RE DOING AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
I founded the art and yoga studio, YOGAMOTIF. YOGAMOTIF is a healing arts yoga studio that specializes in make & take wellness. We celebrate your body (as is) and invite you to twist, turn, laugh, shimmy, and create in your own beautiful body. My experience opening and operating a yoga studio has made me even more sensitive to the idea of holding space. Holding space for myself so I don't burn out. Holding space for our teachers so they feel supported. Holding space for our guests so they can cultivate a sense of healing in their own bodies. Holding space for the community as our studio is located in a gentrified neighborhood in Pittsburgh. I often think about what I'm doing to maintain healing in my own life so I might continue to hold all of this space.
WHAT DRIVES YOU TO CONTINUE ON YOUR JOURNEY?
I'm driven by the one yoga student who's never taken yoga before but decides to begin their journey to self with YOGAMOTIF. I'm really honored every time that happens.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR SIXTEEN YEAR OLD SELF?
Ignore boys, play sports, and love yourself fully.
WHAT BOOK(S) ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Brach, Tara
WHAT ALBUMS OR SONGS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE ON HEAVY ROTATION?
I'm listening to so much Gospel right now. Some current tracks are "Trust in You," "The Anthem," and "Glory to the Lamb."
WHAT DOES SELFCARE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Selfcare for me is saying no to things that feel wrong. I try to protect my space so I don't find myself engaged with people, obligations, and energy that are not meant for me.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU ON THE INTERWEBS?
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