We had the good fortune of connecting with Inez Powell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Inez, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started my business in 2007, the only service I offered was yoga. I was in school for massage therapy and got certified in Reiki. I wanted the help people feel better. I always felt more relaxed after a yoga class. Massage helped my body feel better because it eased all the tension in my shoulders and neck. I wanted others to feel that same way. My brand has evolved over time. My focus now is on sexual health and awareness. This happened because I changed as a person. They say you become what you seek. I didn’t see a lot of Black Latina women openly discussing orgasms or self pleasure from a woman’s perspective. It was always from a man’s point of view. I’m excited because I can share all that I’ve learned over the years with my audience via social media. I have mentors and peers who are in the industry that I can collaborate with. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a sex coach, not a licensed therapist or sexologist. I work with people who want more passion in their relationships but deal with too many distractions. I help them minimize those distractions so they can create a deeper, more intimate relationship. I’m a Sexpert. I’m finally comfortable saying it out load. It wasn’t easy because I felt a lot of shame and guilt around sex in general. It’s not a topic that is spoken about openly unless you’re married with children. I’m single, polyamorous and childless by choice which is the exact opposite of my Cuban, Catholic upbringing. It’s an ongoing process, some days are easier than others. When life gets hard and it does, I turn to my curated community (Amina taught me this word). I’ve formed an amazing support system over the years. My friends and mentors support and encourage me. We want to see each other succeed. It’s not about competition or making lots of money. It’s about serving others, healing the wounds from racial and systemic trauma, creating safe spaces for the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities to gather to fully express their sexuality and sensuality free from White people’s gaze. It’s about helping BIPOC step into and own their greatness. There are a lot of people who offer coaching around sexuality/sensuality. What makes me different from the rest? Because I am me. I’m not like anyone else. The tools I share with my clients are the same tools I use in my daily life. Sometimes I need reminders……that’s what my friends and mentors are for LOL!!!! I’ve practiced yoga for 25 years, massage/Reiki for 13 years and Tantra for 10 years. I have the skill, experience and am passionate about what I do. I want to help the BIPOC community have amazing sex lives. I want them to experience the 2 hour orgasm (without penetration) like I did. I want us to be comfortable talking about sex the same way we’re comfortable talking about money or our favorite tv show. I want to normalize platonic touch. There’s so much I want to do, I don’t know if I’ll get to all of it this lifetime.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend Frances Brown has been to Atlanta a few times. We’ve been friends since kindergarten. I’m down to do whatever she wants to do. Here’s a list of things we could do during the week: go to the aquarium, visit the zoo, go dancing to hear DJ Kemit spin vinyl. Maybe we’ll do yoga at Piedmont Park and hang out at the botanical gardens. Metro Atlanta has so much to offer. Definitely stop to eat at the Cheesecake Factory because who doesn’t love cheesecake? HAHAHA!!!! People watch at the Mall of Georgia or Lenox Mall. We could spend the day at Jeju and get massages. There’s plenty to do and see.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a great question and there are so many people I want to thank. I’ll start with Gigi Robinson of I Am Living Aligned for always believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Kenya and Carl Stevens of The Progressive Love Academy for creating wonderful tools that helped me become a better person and coach. Shola Arewa of Energy 4 Life for encouraging Black people to set into their greatness. My yoga teacher, Maya Breuer of Santosha School of Yoga for welcoming me into this practice and showing me that Black people do yoga. Krishna Kaur, Queen Afua, Yirser Ra Hotep Lawrence for showing me that I can age gracefully and face any obstacle by staying true to my practice. Parish Blair of Sexy Spirit TV who encouraged me to embrace my inner vixen. Amina Peterson of the Atlanta Institute of Tantra & Divine Sexuality for being awesome and embracing my quirkiness and playful side. Thomas Hargrove for his amazing Tantra sessions. I can’t forget Arielle Ford of 100K Incubator and Dr. Monikah Ogando for showing me how to scale my business, the importance of having systems in place so I can work smarter instead of harder.
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