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radical embodiment

She focuses on self-care and embodied movement to shift the way one feels about themselves. She is a barre fitness instructor, photographer, choreographer, and Yoga 200 RYS. Movement and meditation are among the most powerful tools she has honed. Through her practice, she seeks to promote self-inquiry and developing an integrated personal philosophy.


movement and visual art

Her work utilizes her skill and interest in direction, performance art, and multimedia. Her work focuses on social psychological themes and spiritual development. Ms. Meshawn challenges herself to explore more nuances with her work as an advocate and proponent of liberty. She is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate and presents performance work throughout the U.S. and abroad.


Rayla studied sociology and psychology at Howard University. As a graduate student, she built a choreographic body that emphasized Afro-Contemporary movement and Haitian drumming. She began her performative ritual work as part of House Full of Black Women led by Amara T. Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang. This focus grew through her study and collaboration with Regina Evans, and more keenly with Nia Fitzpatrick. Her work traverses the fields of art, spirituality, and community activism.  



Thank you for your interest. For any inquiries, performance requests or potential collaborations, please contact Rayla Meshawn today.