Namaste AFROpunkers! Welcome to the first edition of On The Mat with yours truly, DJ Townsel, Former NFL-er, Orlando-based yoga instructor/trainer, and #RastaYogi. I'll be joining the AfroPunk team a couple times a month to share some yoga tips with you. Hope you're as excited as I am. If not, oh well, someone is lol. Now, let's get into it!
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Save Our Legacy is Making a Documentary About Having Aspergers! If you've followed my writing at all, you'll know that I have Asperger's Syndrome, and that I have used music and various other artistic endeavors to try and work with it. Well, the people of Save Our Legacy has contacted me, and if all goes well, I might get a documentary made, not just about…Continue
Meet Derrick "DJ" Townsel, the "RastaYogi" who (with his amazing photos and videos) has become one of the most popular yoga practitioners on Instagram - inspiring many, particularly men and people of color, to take up yoga and embrace healthier lifestyles. Townsel, a former professional footballer who played for the Houston Texans, began yoga as a way to make stretching a part of his workout regimen and is now a yoga teacher helping others to improve their physical…Continue
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Meet YogaRacheal, the California based yoga instructor inspiring many to embrace a more healthier and holistic lifestyle. Racheal - who describes herself as "lover, encourager, giver, believer" - has been practicing the ancient discipline for almost three years now. It was in 2012, after becoming discouraged with competitive sports and the lack of enjoyment it gave her, that the former gymnast and track athlete discovered yoga through social media. Now the Yogi…Continue
Each day, more and more people of color are transitioning to a Vegan lifestyle. And on this note, writer and activist Aph Ko via Striving With Systems has profiled 100 Black Vegans of the animal rights/vegan movement to check out. See a few of them below and find more …Continue
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Check out the Kickstarter campaign for The Runaway, a proposed bed and breakfast on the North shore of Jamaica - the brainchild of Chef Kalisa Martin and digital marketer Jeff Belizaire (former Brooklynites, both of whom have Caribbean roots). The duo's desire was sparked off by a vacation in Jamaica during a cold New York winter and they have now taken the courageous steps to realise their dream by uprooting to Jamaica. With funding, their aim is that The Runaway…Continue
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American Little League Baseball pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, one of two girls who played in the 2014 Little League World Series and the first girl to earn…Continue
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In honor of last month's Black History month. I have put together a series of 10 interviews with black hoopers. Nine women and one man all who have brought hooping into their lives wholeheartedly. For a long time I had no idea other black people hooped. I didn’t see any people of color being represented in the hooping community or associated with hoop culture. After five years of hooping it wasn’t until recently I discovered the extensive black hoop…Continue
Yesterday, I went through my mind wondering exactly why I decided to make music. Why am I killing myself to get where I want to be? I finally came to the conclusion that the reason I do what I do is simply because I want to represent the people I relate to. You see, one of the projects I have been working on lately has to do with explaining to people about my disability. My goal was to try and explain having Aspergers to people and also break down any stigma that…Continue
Check out the Maasai cricket warriors, the unlikely representatives of Kenyan cricket. Since the team was conceived, the cricketers have gained a huge following; for both prowess and an ability to use cricket for social awareness (women's issues, HIV/AIDS) - as well as empowering the youth in their country. Hailing from the Laikipia region of Kenya, the semi-nomadic cattle herders bring a vibrancy to the sport; choosing to wear traditional Maasai attire and body…Continue
Are you currently having trouble trying to face your anxiety head on? Do you always feel this need to be perfect and think that just because you aren't perfectly tuned-up, you might not ever make it anywhere? I got a present for you. But first, I am going to explain the premise behind it. I'm sure I'm not the only musician or songwriter that hates hearing the imperfection in his vocals. Or when I write a song or an album, I have trouble figuring out the perfect way to begin. As…Continue
Over the past few years, refined sugar has emerged as public enemy number one for dieticians, nutritionists and celebrity bloggers alike. Charged as a key culprit for a host of health problems, sugar has been linked to diabetes, metabolic dysfunction, liver conditions, obesity and hormonal imbalances. Sugar is also highly addictive, triggering a release of dopamine in our brain which our body can form a dependency to. Like other addictive substances, sugar addiction can lead to…Continue
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I recently came across a post on this fine blog entitled 'Yoga IS for black women. We’re just not showing up', and I thought, “How very true!” As a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga, I am well aware of the underrepresentation of people of color in yoga. And much like Larissa Postell, the author of the post, I too, am familiar with being the only brown-skinned-afro-puffy-yogini…Continue
This just in from The Chia Co! You can win a trip to Australia by simply posting a picture or video on Instagram of you getting to your healthier place and tag @thechiaco and #healthierplace. Then tell your friends to "Like" your post to get the most "Likes".
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Try Googling the term ‘superfood’ and you’ll get back a seemingly infinite list: from seeds and berries, to ancient grains, fruits and vegetables, each with their own unique claim to fame. It can be pretty tricky to know what’s real and what’s hype, and unfortunately the few foods that really deserve the term ‘super’ often get lost amongst the clutter. To cut through the noise, we’re breaking down the five key reasons why chia more than deserves the title of superfood, and why…Continue
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The term ‘wholefoods’ gets thrown around a lot these days, but what does it really mean? And why should you try to include them in your diet?
‘Wholefoods’ are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined; think vegies and fruits that you eat exactly as nature presents them: skin, seeds, juice and all. Whole grains are the same thing – grains you consume in the whole state they grown in, unmilled and unrefined.
Wholefoods have been shown to provide pretty amazing benefits…
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A healthy vibrant appearance starts from within. Along with a regular skin care routine, eating a balanced diet full of nutrient rich foods and keeping hydrated is essential for maintaining the vitality of your skin and hair.
Chia offers the richest combined source of fiber, omega-3 and protein, and also provides host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which all play an important role in keeping your hair shiny and strong, and your skin glowing.
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When is a person really, truly healthy? I am a physically fit, twenty-something with an abnormal fondness of dark green vegetables and exercising, but in spite of all this, I still don’t feel healthy. My blood pressure is far higher than it should be and I experience anxiety so strong that sometimes it makes me physically sick. As I delve deeper into the world that is my blackness, I’m finding truths connected to my stress I can never unlearn.
The tragic death of Brown…
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For most people, living away from home awakens a new appreciation for family and the efforts of our parent(s) when it comes to our upbringing. While I can write up a list as long as my arm of the ways that my family have fought to protect and nourish me while putting up with my crap at the same time, I couldn’t help but try and uncover what it was that made me so resentful and why these reasons took so long to manifest. As a 21-year-old adult looking back at my younger self and…Continue