Femme! classes, workshops, and retreats hold space for emotions to be what they are. It’s where joy can be joy, grief can be grief, and rage can be rage without judgement, resistance or suppression.Read More
here’s the quick 411 on the health benefits of celery juice, the steps i take to consume it, and answers to frequently asked questions.Read More
darla recently had the opportunity to speak with deborah santana, a transformative leader with decades of social activism work aimed to provide opportunities and access for people of color, women and girls.Read More
It was an overcast afternoon, yet still one to appreciate during this new transition into fall, when I went to meet Adriana Adelé for tea and a conversation about her experiences as a yoga instructor. I first came across Adriana’s work on Instagram during a search to find a yoga studio and instructor to begin practicing with. As a black woman myself, Adriana’s account was one that instantly stood out to me for connection.Read More
It’s been one year since singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko released a three part project, or M.A.P. (movie, album, and poetry book), that was created to guide her back to her purest, most authentic form. In a mission statement for the project, Jhené discussed how when she lost her brother, Miyagi Chilombo, to an inoperable brain tumor in 2012, she also lost herself… And that over the years, she has used writing and creating music as therapy while taking, both physical and drug-induced, trips to escape anything too familiar that could remind her of her brother’s absence.Read More
Whenever you find yourself feeling off-balanced and out of sorts, the cause can usually be discovered within the ways you've been taking care of yourself. It's no secret that our eating and sleeping habits have a direct correlation to the way we feel and are, arguably, the most important aspects of our lives... But somehow we still find it hard to maintain healthy patterns in these areas; especially sleep.Read More
In a world of massive disruption and distraction, of obsessive connection to the internet and to our devices, ironically, we have come to lose the most important connection: the relationship with our essential self. In subtle and less subtle ways, this disconnect creates significant stress and anxiety that often lead to illness.
So, how do we reconnect?Read More
Still stuck on what types of self-care routines you can practice? Don’t worry, a few DARLA contributors + creative friends are willing to share some insight to their self-care routines for part three of our series. All practices vary from physical, mental/emotional, spiritual and social. Check them out below and join in on the conversation this week via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @DARLAmedia!Read More
In part one, we discussed what self-care is, its importance, how it can differ for people and situations, and the four categories (physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, and social). Now, it’s time to explore those categories, and what we can actually do to practice self-care.Read More
Reading Change Starts Within You by Cortney McDermott was an eye-opening experience for me; the book was exactly what I needed for where I am in my life. In addition to basic positive psychological principles, Cortney provides fun, simple exercises that you can utilize to change your life and reach an accomplished place of Timbuktu (wherever that might be for you). Here, along with some of my favorite parts from reading, are some of my personal reflections inspired by the book.Read More
When many people think of self-care they may think of face masks, meditation, pedicures, or even #WineWednesdays. While those all can be valid ways to practice self-care, do we really know what it means?
DARLA has decided to tackle the topic of self-care to give you all the ins and outs in a four part series for November:Read More