I know how challenging it can be to carve out time, space, and finances for self-care, but movement breaks are critical for learning to create longevity in the body. The good news is that even moving a few minutes a day can help create lasting change. That's why I created the Mindful Maker Membership! A platform for makers, like you, to gain access to weekly Movement Break videos, breathing exercises, exclusive events, and more!
This virtual wellness space is open to all makers regardless of size, race, religion, age, orientation, gender, or ability. To support BIPOC artists during the COVID-19 crisis and fight systemic racism and barriers in the wellness industry, Wellness for Makers is offering 5 scholarships to BIPOC makers. Each scholarship recipient will gain access to a 1 year subscription to the Mindful Maker Membership! Application Deadline: Jan 30th.
As a movement / yoga instructor, I often get asked about my leggings and what brands I suggest. While I've worn brands like Lululemon, what I have noticed is that most brands that sell activewear like this are often NOT inclusive and do not have ethical practices.
I believe that movement is for ANY body regardless of race, age, or weight. I am a supporter of brands like Girlfriend Collective who are actively working to change the mentality behind this.
When you get to their website, you will see beautiful BIPOC models in all shapes and sizes ranging from XXS-6XL. It is so important to see more representation in the wellness world and Girlfriend Collective is paving the way!
They are a women owned company that makes all of their products from recycled water bottles and repurposed materials. I own a few pairs and can share from experience that they are comfortable and durable.
Movement, Fitness, and Yoga are practices for...
We are excited to have John Furniss, “The Blind Woodsman” on the show! His story is filled with adversity, resilience and strength. At the age of 16, he survived a suicide attempt and then learned how to navigate the world through total blindness. John also overcame years of battling addiction. Today this story fuels his artistic woodworking and serves as a beacon of light and hope in his motivational speeches. He most recently was a speaker for VANTalks at Kiggins Theatre!
John has always been interested in working with his hands. He eventually went to the School for the Blind in Salt Lake City, Utah; this is where he found his love for wood shop, a gift he shares with the world. He tells us all about adaptive woodworking skills and how he maintains his studio practice. He has also attended the Emil Fries School of Piano Technology for the Blind, where his beautiful love story with Anni Furniss began! They now reside in the Pacific Northwest...
A few episodes back, I interviewed Pack Matthews of the Soul Seat. We talked about movement, seated posture, and more. I have now been using the Soul Seat for over a month so I decided to offer my review.
Check out the Soul Seat here and get 15% off when you use the code WELLNESSFORMAKERS at checkout. https://www.ikariadesign.com/shop
Special thanks to Vacationland Music Company for creating the intro and the outro of the Wellness for Makers Podcast.
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This week we have Chloe Benjamin on the show! She is a A NY Times Bestseller, author of The Immortalists & The Anatomy of Dreams (which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award), and an avid knitter. Her works have even been translated in over thirty languages!
Chloe is originally from San Francisco, CA. She has always had a passion for the arts with writing being her constant love. In college she dove deeper into this and ultimately went on to become a graduate of Vassar College and earned her M.F.A. in Fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2014, she published The Anatomy of Dreams and in 2018 she published The Immortalists. In addition, Chloe has always found solace in her time spent knitting. She combined both of these arts and wrote an article titled “If Knitting is Causing You Pain, Read This” (be sure to check it out!).
In this episode, we have an honest conversation with Chloe about both of...
Have you heard of Womanly Magazine? Womanly provides accessible health information to women and non-binary people through visual and literary art. Listen in to hear my conversation with Cheyenne Diaz, Development Director at Womanly.
Cheyenne is a multidisciplinary writer and social impact director specializing in scaling social enterprises that serve Black and Brown women. As the Development Director for Womanly and the Social Impact Strategist for The Body: A Home for Love, she aligns partners, donors, and initiatives to realize the organizational vision and sustainability. She currently holds positions in both the not-for-profit and for-profit-sector with 6+ years of experience in media, development and education. Through this work, she intends to spur movements that shift cultural narratives about who is worthy of access, opportunity and joy.
Listen to my conversation with Cheyenne Diaz to learn more about the incredible work they are up...
I often get asked, “what chair is the right chair for my studio practice?”. Have you considered this question? If so, you’ve come to the right place! In this episode we have the creator of Soul Seat, Pack Matthews, with us. Pack is the founder of Ikaria Design Company and the Maker of Soul Seat. He is a designer and true advocate for movement.
Pack comes from a family history of arthritis. He is no stranger to potential ailments in the body, so he began teaching Kripalu yoga to combat this potentially detrimental lifestyle. Eventually, he started looking deeper into progressing his own business as well as finding more methodology for wellness, especially in regards to sitting. Cue, Soul Seat! The Soul Seat is a bi-level chair designed to help you increase variety in your movements while working. The goal of the Soul Seat is to alleviate chronic pain caused by a sedentary lifestyle and to get you moving.
Pack is also known for his...
Have you ever wanted to live and make on the road? Then you are in the right place! Madison Hampton is the Founder of Vancrafted Studio. That’s right, a jewelry studio founded on wheels!
After graduating from Northern Michigan University School of Art and Design, Madison, her husband Gage, and their adorable Australian Shepherd Tobin, spent years living, making, and running a successful jewelry business on the road. They moved into a Chevy Express Van to live minimally and connect to the adventure that life called them towards.
In this episode, Madison shares the pros and cons of Van Life. We talked about what life on (and off!) the road has done to her overall wellness. Madison also offers some excellent business advice for any artist looking to get up and running on their own! She inspires all Makers to follow their dreams, lead a life of adventure, and to live authentically.
What does living on the road have to do with Wellness? More than...
I’m so excited to share this week’s conversation with you! Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is neuroscientist who has found her way in art and design. She is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, TED speaker, and STEM advocate who works at the intersection of art, tech, science and social justice. In this episode, Amanda shares her story and explains what we can do as makers to help our brains age well.
A knee injury challenged her way of moving and coordinating, leading her to study neuroscience at Columbia where she worked at an Alzheimer's research lab. She was challenged by a professor to tell him how she shares the importance of the work she does in the lab with other people. From this question, Amanda decided to find a way to take a leap and move into art and design. Ultimately, her way of connecting science with the world is through art.
Today, Amanda is a two-time TED speaker whose creative practice includes numerous projects, initiatives and...
In pain? Ouch! Let's get real though, most makers are! That's why I had Omni Kitts Ferrara on the Wellness for Makers Podcast. Omni is one of my movement teachers and she is an incredible inspiration.
Omni was born into a family of movers. Years of dancing eventually lead her to the yoga world. She has her BFA in Dance, she is an E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, FRC® Certified, Rocktape Certified, and a NASM-CPT. Not to mention she is the CEO of Yoga Mechanics! Did ya get all of that? Needless to say, Omni knows her sh** when it comes to the body, movement, and pain!
In terms of pain, every single one of us has a unique pain expression, one that Omni notes is curated over the course of our life. After this conversation, you will hopefully leave with a greater understanding and an appreciation for your pain signals. Omni invites you to shift this difficult conversation with pain and maybe start to understand the basics of it in your very own body. She wants us...