The Pilot included workouts, like sweaty Pilates demonstrations with Ty Powell at FMBC. "Going through tough things together, it bonds you," says Ty. "You are tougher than you think."
The Pilot included movement, like this salsa lesson with Baila4Life.org and TJC. We also offered "Movement Dialogues" with Kelly King and workshops with Joe's Movement Emporium.
The Pilot included "community acupuncture" where co-workers received hand/ear/foot treatments in small groups (like TAP)
It's not just the destination, it's also the journey. When your movement is mindful it is good for physical AND mental health. Capital Bikeshare donated memberships to some Pilot participants.
Meeting new friends and procuring new gear are nice side benefits of a workout habit. UnderArmour helped the Pilot with both. Thanks to UA and to Patagonia for hosting classes!
"Corpse pose" is one of the most healing parts of yoga class, where cellular repair occurs and a quiet community is nurtured. Here the Latina Initiative staff experience deep rest in savasana after a bilingual yoga class.
“we need to learn how to practice love such that care -- for ourselves and others -- is understood as political resistance and cultivating resilience.”
(adrienne maree brown is the author of emergent strategy & pleasure activism)
The Pilot application was open for two weeks in May 2018 (from these 100 applicants, 60 were chosen).
51 Mindfulness or Meditation Support
48 Financial health (coaching, training, investment advice)
45 Workplace team health (assessing learning styles, healthier team events, group-building)
43 Right brain therapy (tickets for visual arts, theatre, musical events)
40 Counseling/therapy (relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, eating, substance abuse)
33 Spiritual retreat or self-awareness workshop
6 Self-medication: What you need to know about alcohol, marijuana, caffeine, vaping & vitamins
41 Nutrition counseling
39 Ergonomics at work (posture, standing/sitting desk setup)
37 Studio fitness classes (spinning, barre, Pilates)
36 Yoga classes
36 Fitness/Health Coaching (interpersonal and online memberships)
32 Gym membership
24 Dance or Martial Arts classes,
9 Running: new gear (shoes, bra)
8 Cycling: new gear (such as helmet, lights, bike, lock)
6 Sports team or program (equipment, coaching or race registration fees)
54 Mindfulness class (with guided meditation)
48 Walking tour, ropes course, hike (or other physical, team-building activities)
48 Tasting party: vegetable/fruit/protein juices
42 Financial health (retirement, savings, tax return basics)
40 Healthy cooking demonstration or nutrition class
34 Yoga class
31 "Take Five: Why 5-minute Breaks Bring Productivity & Joy" (lunchtime workshop)
30 Workout class (physical trainer)
28 Community (feet-and-hands-only) Acupuncture / Acupressure Session
25 I would attend a (free) Meetup for nonprofit workers at a local gym/studio
19 Gardening How-To workshops (working in nature bolsters mental health)
We are working with schools to bolster educators' immune systems and soothe their stress levels. We'll focus on DC but share our successes (and failures) freely nationwide via YouTube and social media. And of course we preach "Team-care" more than Self-care (which is never enough, especially for teachers). Please support our new nonprofit by giving a tax-deductible gift that supports school wellness in this challenging year.
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