Follow these women academics for inspiration on health and wholeness.  Let me know who I missed!

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Dr. Sanaa Jaman  aka Lady Dork 

She states on her website that “During her PhD studies, she discovered a love and passion for yoga through social media. Inspired by the art, she started her practice at home…. A few months into her practice, she witnessed a physical and emotional transformation. She noticed that she felt more at ease with life’s challenges and obstacles. Her practice has helped her tremendously in her healing journey; as a survivor of an abusive traumatic childhood past. She started to embrace yoga as a wellness lifestyle on and off the mat.”

Also check out Fitdorks a blog and instagram account Lady Dork runs with her college buddy, Jevay Grooms.


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Tiffany Rothe

Tiffany Rothe is the mastermind behind the Tiffany Rothe Fit Club (TRFC). Producing content in both English and Spanish her free YouTube videos are a great resources, and she also has exclusive content for her Rothestar members.  Fun fact: She earned her JD from USC.



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Dr. Nina Ellis-Harvey aka BeautifulBrwnBabyDol

As she states on her website, Dr. Ellis-Harvey is a “Licensed Psychologist, Associate Psychology Professor, certified life coach and vlogger.  [Her] YouTube channels BeautifulBrwnBabyDol” and “BeautifulBrwnBabyDolTV” were created to share [her] struggles with low self-esteem, poor self-image, and battles with depression.  [She] also shares healthy psychological tips, beauty tutorials, and the journey to loving herself.





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Black Girl in Om

The mission of Black Girl in Om (BGIO) is to “create space for women of color to breathe easy.”  This space involves an online publication, podcast and they even have an online marketplace in the works.  This operation is run by a cadre of women of color who can all be found here.  The founder and executive director, Lauren Ash, began her wellness journey while in graduate school.  According to the site: “After college, the stresses of graduate school nudged her to take up yoga.  She fell in love with it and when she moved to Chicago in 2013 she took up yoga teacher training where the seeds for Black Girl In Om were planted within her.”


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Dr. Kristian Henderson of BLK + GRN

Dr. Henerson is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor of at George Washington University School of Public Health.  In addition, she is the founder of BLK + GRN, which is “the only premium purveyor of a variety of clean, natural, Black-owned products.  [They] partner with the best Black-owned brands that are creating specialized products that support a holistic + healthy lifestyle.”  Read more here.



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Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts of Chelsea Loves Yoga

According to her site, “Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts received her Ph.D. from the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University in 2014. Relying on ethnography and narrative inquiry as her primary research methods, Chelsea explores the lived experiences of individuals across multiple communities. Chelsea’s most recent research utilizes the lived experiences of Black teen yoga practitioners who use yoga and storytelling as mediums for critical literacy development.”