I did a speech about networking over the weekend, and as part of an activity I asked the room if there were any entrepreneurs who liked trap music. For those who raised their hands, I explained that we instantly connected there. That’s how I now feel about 26 year old Brandon Copeland, owner of Khepera Wellness in Washington D.C.
When his girlfriend, Lauren, was pregnant three years ago and while he was attending Howard University, Copeland turned to yoga release. In an interview with “Fader” the psychology major says he thought “the essence of black culture was being excluded from majority-white yoga spaces in the area”, which inspired his idea to start his own studio and practice yoga to trap music. The couple now run the studio together.
Copeland believes that many have misconceptions about yoga, but also that the industry can markets itself that way as well at times, boasting of a certain lifestyle. “That lifestyle is really not reflective of what the practice is about. The practice is: You can be on death row, you can be an old grandma, as long as you’re breathing and joined the practice in order to meditate, you should be healed. It’s not really about a lot of the things I think that we, instinctively or purposely, advertise about yoga,” Copeland says.
Trap Yoga is intended to both challenge the limits of one’s physicality and speak to the black community’s inherent spirituality. It sites promotes their class as “a collective of yoga practitioners and teachers dedicated to sharing the power of the practice of yoga. We offer evolutionary yoga classes that challenge students to develop deeper understanding of the mind, body, and soul.”
If you are ever in D.C. be sure to look them up. I know I will!