Selena Watkins: ‘When I Look At My Body, I Feel Courageous’

Watkins says my first decade was about breaking barriers and stereotypes as a fitness professional.

The goal was to cast a wide net that would cater to a broad audience. I can tap into my sensual self and first-generation American identity through my self-created dance fitness method as a dancer.

From SoulCycle to Crunch to boutique gyms in the suburbs of New York City, I taught classes before I began teaching Socanomics as a pop-up class in 2013.

I was asked what class format I would like to teach every time I taught in a new space.

Watkins said, “I always had the same answer: “Well, I would love to combine dance with fitness, and I’d love for it to be of the diaspora.”

Caribbean Carnival involves wearing beautiful, skin-bared costumes to express freedom and emancipation. Socanomics connects with this culture.

Fitness is encouraged in carnival culture to feel good as you march down the street with your masquerade costume to enjoy living fully in your body.

In Socanomics, I’ve put that energy into in-person classes or virtual classes at home.

Watkins intends to see women like her feel seen and welcomed in the wellness industry and make everyone feel confident dancing to high-vibrational soca beats.

It enables me to give my all to what I do. Over the last few years, my wellness journey has taught me you have to have a consistency of self-mastery intention and a consistent self-care routine.

To establish such a fulfilling relationship with myself so that I am not alone when everything else is stripped away.

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Watkins says through her workouts, spiritual practices, and daily routine, she takes care of her body’s strength.

Our bodies can move, but we are never far from them. I express myself best there because I pour positive energy there.

There’s something about nudity – at home, in the mirror – that gives me confidence.