"Wellness" is a trillion dollar business that primarily focuses on the individual pursuit of living a healthy, peaceful life. Often, it is seen as a luxury afforded to those who have the money, access, and time for it.
Wellness justice seeks to break down this elitism, to remind us that health and healing is a birthright for everyone. In this 3 part series, we'll explore the “wellness gap” and ways to bridge this gap by centering anti-oppression, cultural
Addressing the Wellness Gap
Breaking Down What Wellness Justice Is - and Building It Up
Ways to Center Wellness Justice
How We Can Reach True Collective Healing
In this session, we’ll discuss the “Wellness Gap” pervasive in the industry by looking at:
In this session, we’ll explore how to create more just wellness spaces by centering:
In this session, we’ll vision what comes next on this journey by including:
Chia-Ti has over 18 years of experience teaching yoga, meditation and resiliency building. Her purpose over all these years remains steadfast: to share wellness with those who don’t have easy access to or resources for it. Her passion is making the connections between mindfulness and social justice, through a trauma-sensitive and strengths-based lens. Pre-Covid, she taught elders in elder-care sites, adults in community settings, and teens in suspension high schools, detention centers, and alternate-to-incarceration sites in NYC. Now she conducts classes and workshops online.
Chia-Ti teaches with and leads trainings for the Lineage Project, which provides inner strength resources for young people. She is on faculty with the Garrison Institute's Contemplative-Based Resilience Project, which offers humanitarian aid workers and social service providers ways to cope with burnout and vicarious trauma. She also leads international yoga retreats, as well as provides mindfulness consulting to individuals and companies nation-wide.
Chia-Ti runs an annual yoga and arts program in Port-au-Prince, and established an educational fund program that supports Haitian children to attend school. She started this community care program after her initial trip to Haiti in 2010, providing art therapy to earthquake survivors and their families.
Photo: Shelley Thomas