Alicia Roskind, owner of Okra Yoga, is leading April 19th's Yoga On Tap class.
Alicia Roskind is the founder and sole owner of Okra – Yoga * Massage * Tea & Coffee in Plaza-Midwood, and within the first year of operation, Creative Loafing named Okra “Best Yoga Studio in Charlotte”.
Alicia began Okra at the rather young age of 25-years old. In many ways, it seems as if Alicia was groomed for the role of visionary and leader. Alicia was born and raised in North Carolina, and she has lived all over the state from the mountains, to the beach, and now the Piedmont. Beginning at the age of 13 she accompanied her parents on a 5-year journey through Jamaica, where she spoke in front of thousands of Jamaican youth at over 54 free One Love Concerts, on the importance of non-violence and forgiveness. This culminated in their largest concert on Bob Marley’s 60th Birthday on February 6, 2005. Joined by world famous reggae artists and other Jamaican “teachers of love” the concert was opened by Alicia telling her Jamaican audience how the people and the land had changed her life.
In 2009, Alicia graduated from UNC Wilmington magna cum laud, and joined Teach for America directly after college. Her two-year commitment placed her in Jacksonville, FL where she taught 1st grade in an inner-city school. After completing this commitment, she quickly realized that teaching small children was not her passion. Intending on simply taking a restorative trip to Costa Rica, she decided to dive deeper into the practice of yoga and got her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification with Seaside Yoga at Costa Rica Yoga Spa in Nosara, Costa Rica, and she then moved directly to Charlotte – her birthplace – and co-founded planBreathe with James Langteaux, which closed in 2011 due to zoning issues. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise for both she, James, and our city as she opened Okra, a much larger facility with two yoga studios, over 19 yoga teachers offering 48 classes a week, two massage therapy rooms serviced by 5 massage therapists and a full-service coffee and tea lounge.
Alicia has a deep passion and affinity for helping others find healing within themselves through connecting to their own joy and passion. She was raised with ideals of One Love from her parents and the messages of Bob Marley; this developed into a “knowing” that she is meant to teach and spread love. Okra is a piece of that vision, and she is excited for you to find healing within the community home she has created alongside a diverse group of incredible people that support Okra every day.
Our mission is to create a home for others to heal through pursuing their own unique passions and joys in life.
Okra – that weird and beautiful underdog of the vegetable kingdom, that odd and gummy and delicious staple of southern cuisine that has, in its time, become a symbol of home for so many across the world, especially for Southerners. We envision this space and all of the components of Okra as a refreshing change from your standard fare of yoga and wellness centers, one that is uniquely representative of and involved with the community that supports it.
Okra is comprised of three distinct parts: yoga and wellness classes, massage therapy and private healing sessions, and a tea and coffee lounge. We believe that healing is created at every level and is tailored to each individual, so as we offer services, we must offer a variety to help heal your body and your mind.
Just as well, we want to create a space for each and every person to feel welcome and at home – no matter where you’re from or how good your downward dog is. We want to be a place for the impossible and unlikely to come alive through celebrating the pursuit of our unique, individual passions and creativity. Okra, we believe, is a perfect embodiment of the kind of uncommon beauty that is only found in the simplicity of your own home.