Brown Skin Wellness: Wellness for All

Lisa Deveaux envisioned an organization that provides wellness services tailored to a diverse audience. However, current statistics reveal a concerning reality: only 14% of Americans engage in meditation, which is a widely acknowledged wellness practice. According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 68% of people find conventional psychotherapy unaffordable due to its high costs and limited access. This makes mindfulness and physical modalities like Pilates and yoga more accessible to the general public. By providing services like these, Brown Skin Wellness is helping to fill a void in mental health care resources for people of color who may not be able to afford traditional therapies. Additionally, research suggests that mindfulness-based activities have been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as improve overall positive well-being. Yoga has many physical and mental health benefits including improved flexibility, posture, balance, strength, and concentration. Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise that strengthens muscles and increases range of motion. It is also believed to help cultivate mindfulness through its focus on deliberate movements. All three modalities can be used to reduce stress levels and increase one’s sense of self-awareness. By providing these services to their target market, Brown Skin Wellness is helping to bridge the gap between communities and overall health.

Furthermore, studies have shown that people of color are more likely than other cultures to seek treatment for mental illness, but are less likely to receive adequate care or access resources. In response, Brown Skin Wellness is dedicated to providing accessible services in a safe and inclusive space with culturally aware instructors. Through their educational events, workshops, and classes, they are helping to create an understanding of how the connection between body and mind can lead to improved health outcomes for people of color. By attending these events individuals can gain insight into how physical practices such as yoga and Pilates can be used in conjunction with meditation to reduce stress levels, increase self-awareness, and improve overall well-being. Brown Skin Wellness is helping to create a space in which people of color can get the treatment they need for mental health in a safe and welcoming environment.

Beyond healing for brown people is bringing health and wellness to corporate/organizational spaces. The statistics say that 81% of employees want to quit their job, 85% of workers are not fully engaged at work, and 69% of employees say they would be more committed if they felt appreciated.U.S. corporations spend $2.9 million a day replacing lost talent! Whereas those organizations that have a good corporate culture experience a 400% increase in revenue. Brown Skin Wellness can assist in providing creative, tailored wellness solutions to help employers create environments that employees are excited to be a part of.

A single request for a wellness program from a client accelerated the birth of Brown Skin Wellness. In January 2023, the company was established. Recognizing that wellness is more than Pilates, she engaged the support and knowledge of Tennille Raney to share her experience as a psychotherapist that uses meditation therapy for her clients. Lisa also connected with Elise Guadalupe’s personal experience and healing journey with yoga to collaborate in the development of wellness programs for prospective clients.

At Brown Skin Wellness, we support women, men, teenagers and children in learning to be intentional about self-nurturing. And we also work with women’s and men’s groups, youth centers, educational organizations, and corporate entities.

Also, if there’s a wellness modality that you have an interest in, but you don’t see it captured on our website, ask us anyway. We work with wellness practitioners across different modalities who can be engaged for your program as needed.

A Holistic Approach to Wellness

At Brown Skin Wellness, we are dedicated to elevating the well-being of both individuals and organizations through our holistic approach to wellness. Here’s why you should choose us:

Tailored Wellness Solutions: Our customized programming is designed to meet the unique needs and goals of both for-profit and non-profit organizations. We work closely with you to develop wellness initiatives that align with your values and objectives, ensuring a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.
Expertise in Diverse Techniques: Our specialtyworkshops cover a wide range of wellness techniques,including breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and personal training. Our experienced instructors are passionate about sharing these practices to enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Transformative Wellness Retreats: Join us for our rejuvenating wellness retreats that offer a break from the daily grind. Immerse yourself in serene environments and experience profound relaxation, personal growth, and a deeper connection with yourself.
Personalized Attention: We understand that every individual has unique wellness goals. That’s why we offer one-on-one sessions, providing you with the personalized guidance and support you need to achieve your health and wellness objectives.
Proven Results: Our programs and workshops have helped numerous clients achieve their wellness goals, leading to increased vitality, reduced stress, improved focus, and a greater sense of well-being.
Positive Impact: By investing in the well-being of your employees or yourself, you’re not only fostering a healthier and happier environment but also building trust, motivation, and a stronger sense of community.

Brown Skin Wellness is committed to supporting you as an individual as well as the organizations where you work and play. Contact us to support you on your wellness journey to a healthier mental, physical and spiritual life experience.


OMG! Elise is an amazingly outstanding artist teacher.! In her classes she gives you a COMPLETE tailored experience! It’s a ride that has kind words, a sweet soothing voice, beautiful personality, cool music and challenging postures that can be embraced by all levels. She is a little treasure in the yoga community that you do not want to miss out on! I love, love, love every class she shares with us. Her energy is unparalleled!! I cannot wait to go back each week!! I LOVE the Elise journey!
-Sheila A.

As a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, I truly enjoyed the virtual meditation session facilitated by Ms. Raney. The experience was absolutely engaging and allowed us to create a safe calm space from the comfort of our homes. Prior to our session, I was very curious about how we would be able to connect with the activity virtually, but I quickly became a believer! I am so fortunate to have experienced both in-person and virtual sessions with Ms. Raney. She has an amazing spirit that allows you to be vulnerable and willing to submit to the process of healing yourself spiritually.
-Passion H.

I’ve always wanted to try Pilates but I had a fear of not being able to fit in or complete the exercises like those around me. My introductory class with Lisa changed all of that for me. I came in with hip pain and limited mobility and during the class, she made sure to address all my concerns and assist me whenever I struggled. After the introductory class, I was sold! I immediately purchased class passes and booked all my classes in advance just to see her. I’ve been going for about a month now and my mobility has improved, my pain has decreased and I am much more confident in class. Lisa is the reason I look forward to Saturday mornings. I feel seen, comfortable and challenged in her classes! Thank you Lisa for the encouragement and wonderful class culture.
-Danielle N.

Elise, the lessons that you provide are beyond physical healing. Your energy is so warm, and your voice generates a high frequency, so we all get to heal mentally, physically, and emotionally. On top of this, I appreciate that you share your knowledge regarding human body anatomy. It is amazing! I feel “divine feminine” love throughout the class, so I cannot thank you enough!
-Annie S.

Ask yourself… Can you think of a time when you’ve sat still for 10 minutes and thought about nothing? Most of us can’t..Well, this past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a meditation mashup hosted by one of the coolest people I know. the beautiful and super talented @themindfulscroll. This sister is a mom, a wife, model, therapist and a meditation coach.. This particular session was focused on Creatives and cleaning out all of the junk that gets in the way of us doing so.. At one point we were asked to write down our “junk” so that it could be burned as a symbol of us letting go. I can honestly say in the moment I felt very relaxed and free. SO going forward I’m gonna do my best to implement this into my daily routine. 10 minutes a day to clear my head. Sort out the junk, acknowledge, tidy up and move on thanks for bringing me along…it was needed. Thank you.
– Malcolm

Lisa is a passionate and experienced instructor who really understands the balance between pushing yourself while still respecting your body’s skill level. After attending her classes for almost a year, my strength, balance and flexibility has doubled. I feel stronger than ever, my body is leaner, and my self esteem has improved as a result. Lisa’s energy always puts me in a good mood; completing one of her classes feels like an accomplishment in the best way!
– Margot

Empowering Our Community

At Brown Skin Wellness, we are strong advocates for the power of community and the significance of mutual support on our wellness journeys. This is why we nurture a sense of belonging and connection through our diverse offerings, including yoga, meditation, Pilates, and personal training. Whether you are an individual seeking classes, workshops, or private sessions or a non-profit or for-profit business looking to enhance wellness in corporate and workplace settings, we are here to cater to your unique needs and goals.

So join us on this holistic wellness journey and begin to unlock your full potential. Whether you’re looking to improve your physical fitness, manage stress, find inner peace, or simply take better care of yourself, Brown Skin Wellness is here to support you every step of the way. Discover the transformative power of holistic wellness practices at Brown Skin Wellness in Brooklyn, NY, and take the first step towards a healthier and happier you today!

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