Who Dat: Trainer, consultant, burnout foe, laughter fan. Susan's 25 years of organizing and fundraising brought stress, but 20 years of yoga dialed it back.
Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!)
Fave dancing: Salsa, 5 Rhythms
Fave job: Bo Brooks crab house server
Fave celebration: Annual summer solstice party
Fave mental health boost: Learning K-pop dances via YouTube w/ my daughter
Fave exercise: Handstands
Fave city: Bal'mer, hon
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Who Dat: Baltimore native, 15-years in education, pursuing Doctorate in Education, passionate about wellness for school leaders
Fave veggie: broccoli
Find Ty: Leading Hot Pilates class @ Bikram Yoga Works Riverdale Park
Fave dog: Bruce (don't tell the other 3)
Fave new hobby: writing a dissertation for EdD on Whole Leaders Create Whole Schools
Fave mental health boost: yoga class--these practices heal my mind and my body
Fave way help people face limits: squats, planks
Fave quote: "Waves Will Come. Ride Them."
Who Dat: Fitness professional, former Early Childhood Educator, empowered woman empowering others.
Fave veggie: Asparagus
Fave work job: supporting others, children or adults, in their physical and mental growth
Fave school: Bowdoin College -- I love Maine!
Fave new hobby: Reading for my book club
Fave workout combo: HIIT + Meditation
Fave mental health boost: exercise, music, walks
Fave foods: plantains & smoothies (not together)
Fun fact: She was named a "2020 Fitness Influencer" in Washingtonian mag
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Who Dat: Social justice researcher, evaluator, learner, facilitator, manager of projects big and small.
Favorite exercise: biking, swimming, running, hiking, playing catch.
Favorite way to dance:
Salsa, when cooking in the kitchen
Favorite mental health boost:
7 minute daily yoga practice. Or stepping outside to take an air bath.
Favorite school: University of California Santa Cruz - worked there for a dozen years at the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community.
Favorite job: United Farm Workers, where I developed my community organizing roots.
Who Dat: Rochester, NY transplant living in DC for 3 decades, inclusive workplace consultant, liberation and justice advocate
Fave veggie: broccoli
Fave people: my nephews
Fave members of the ancestors: Harriett Tubman, Ella Baker, Ida B. Wells
Fave mental health boost: knitting
Fave people to support: people furthest from justice, power, and privilege
Fave movie to rewatch: The Color Purple
Fave quote: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” - Assata Shakur
Who dat: Californian-Virginian, Public Health graduate student, passionate about collaborating with patient populations to get the resources they deserve. Fitness beginner!
Favorite college: UCSC (home of the Banana Slugs)
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries (they are BERRY good in the summer)
Favorite Future Goal: Study Spanish
Favorite Exercises: Gentle Yoga, Zumba, BollyX
Favorite Mental Health Boost: Photography; making daily lists
Favorite Former Job: Birthday Party Teacher
Who Dat: Mental health professional, traveler, amateur photographer, passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations.
Fave band: Pearl Jam
Fave way to recharge: stargazing by the beach
Fave way to stay healthy: Wii Sports bowling
Fave way to spend a rainy day: watching movies with my rescue dog and cat
Fave book: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Fave place I’ve explored: Madrid, Spain
Who dat: Master of Public Health candidate, cancer registry professional, prefers to wake up on the right side of the bed, tent, or hammock
Fave school: University of Pittsburgh (I also love GWU but feel more like a panther dressed up in colonial garb. Hail to Pitt!)
Fave quarantine exercises: barre, yoga, running
Fave new hobby: freestyle jump roping
Fave mental health boost: spending time outside
Fave “self-care” activity: reading fiction literature, journaling
Fave pizza topping: green peppers
Who Dat: A forever learner pursuing her MPH, juggler of chaos and wearer of many hats, believes in the power of education to empower individuals to make healthy choices.
Fave School: THE Ohio State University
Fave Exercise: Running (we have a love hate relationship)
Fave Class: The Biologic Basis of Disease in Public Health—it really served as the foundation for much of my learning up until this point.
Fave Mental Health Boost: Getting outside! I love walks with my dog and just taking time to soak in my surroundings.
Fave Song of the Moment: Anything off The Greatest Showman soundtrack! Also, I currently really like Rise Up by Andra Day because it reminds me that I can do hard things especially in this really weird time.
In this 7-minute cardio workout, Gabby & Susan demo a high- and low-impact circuit to get your blood pumping. They chat about things like "spreading the floor," alignment, balance, glutes, and BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). Keep your spirits high and your bodies healthy.
In this video (subtitled in English), we practice an exercise that helps with anxiety and stress. "5-4-3-2-1" grounds us in our senses, immediately taking us out of the abstract "worrying" part of our brain. Mindfulness helps us. Try it.
5-minutes of easy, medium & hard versions of arm extensions, any time of day. Get your heart rate up, get your brain lit up, create some endorphins, relieve some stress, and get back to work.
Here's Susan's one-minute summary of why vulnerability is a key tool for your team. And how to use the stressor scorecard as a discussion tool.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
-- Wendell Berry