We had the good fortune of connecting with Shante’ Haymore-Kearney and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shante’, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my (and my brand’s) success is listening to my intuition and filling a need within my community and within the wellness industry as a whole. When you are blazing a path, there may not be many examples to follow, so it is even more important to learn to listen to your own inner voice and trust yourself. For me, that has also meant taking imperfect action to learn and grow along the way. Meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices have been incredible tools that enable me to build my inner resilience and to move forward through doubt and challenges and innovate from a heart-centered, spirit-led space.

What should our readers know about your business?
We specialize in creating a space for womxn of all shades of brown to engage in healing practices like yoga, meditation, Goddess Circles, and social events. The work isn’t easy but it flows naturally because there is such a need for the opportunity to connect, grow, and learn from each other. We also elevate and celebrate each other by highlighting other black/brown teachers to share their magic and have a platform to teach to a brown audience. I want people to know that this community is a social justice response to the inexcusable amount of killings of black men and women and through the rising of the Black Lives Matters movement. I was a new mom when the movement started gaining momentum and I found myself to be scared, anxious and traumatized by the brutality and injustice that was occurring. I know that if I felt it, other black and brown women felt it and I wanted to provide a safe outlet to engage in meaningful conversation, healing work, and socilization together.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I like to keep things simple, eat good food, have good views, and be in nature. I would start by taking them to a morning yoga class at my favorite studio, 305 Yoga in Miami Shores. Followed by a trip to the Farmers Market for food and social fun. My farmer’s markets of choice are at Legion Park, Coconut Grove, and Pinecrest (in no order, they are all awesome and have their own vibe. I’d probably walk around the Grove and go to some of my favorite park spots like John F Kennedy park or Peacock park, and grab a coffee or a icee treat. In the evening, we would make dinner at home, eat and chill on my balcony, and head out to Wynwood to check out the arts and music scene. I like to take my guest to church on Sunday at Unity on the Bay followed by brunch, I would probably choose Joe’s Stone Crab takeout so we could hang on the beach or drive/walk/bike around South Beach. After that, I would be content with wine at home with a good convo and maybe a movie if I didn’t already fall asleep.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, I always want to shoutout my family as my foundation. I am very proud of my family lineage which includes her father who was an NCAA Basketball champion at Indiana University under Coach Bobby Knight, her 91-year old grandmother who has a Miami-Dade County Public School named after her, and her mother who holds her Doctor of Law and is a General Counsel at a higher education institution. Also to my 4-year-old son and husband of six years. The organizations that have molded and supported my growth and leadership include Unity on the Bay, 305 Yoga and Connection Coalition, and Gratitude Training.

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Image Credits
Derek Kearney