I created Heatwise with the sole purpose of helping people feel good. This included all people regardless of age, sex, body type, gender, race or religion. I went out of my way to try and create spaces that are welcoming and warm, inviting and homey. But I recognize now that regardless of my intentions, I have failed in addressing racial inequalities in our studios and our classes.
To be blunt: we have a lot of work to do.
I am committed to taking the necessary steps and creating an organization that is actively anti-racist; I am committed to establishing practices that demonstrate meaningful change in the fight against systemic racism; I am determined to look at myself, and this business, in the mirror and make changes so as to truly embody our mission to help all people feel comfortable, accepted, welcome -- good.
Today is the beginning of that change, not the end. This reflection and change will not happen overnight. But we believe in putting action behind our words. To that end, we want to take immediate action to help support the Black Lives Matter movement and, effective immediately, will be moving forward with the following:
Long-term, we are committed to finding ways to bring our positive, feel-good energy to those who are often conspicuously absent from our studios. To that end, we will be instituting the following:
I know this list isn’t enough. I know it’s just a beginning. But I promise to keep listening and learning, and I am determined to being a part of the solution and deeply committed to helping all people feel good.