Democratizing Wellness with Kerri Kelly

Who Is Allowed To Be Well?


Yoga, mindfulness, and all manner of "wellness" practices have become a big business. As western culture encounters the wisdom of other cultures, it often appropriates and co-opts that wisdom, with the result being that many of these mind-body wellbeing practices are now seen as the provenance of the wealthy and privileged. 

Kerri Kelly came to yoga after years in a corporate marketing career left her burnt out and disconnected. As she experienced her own personal healing, she started to ask deeper questions about who had access to these practices and what responsibility the privileged had to the rest of the suffering world. In this episode we discuss the ways in which wellbeing is intricately connected to movements for justice.

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently on faculty. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world.


In This Episode

CTZN Podcast

Tattoos on the Heartby Father Greg Boyle

Homeboy Industries

Welcome to The Rising

Photo taken by Rebekah Berndt

Photo taken by Rebekah Berndt

Talkin' Bout a Revolution

What is The Rising? It's the longing we feel deep in our bones for the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible. It's  the thrill that runs through our veins as we each step into our power and purpose to make that world a reality. It's the love and solidarity that binds us together as we fight for freedom and work toward justice. Rebekah and Chelsea are spiritual directors, intuitives, and activists who want to connect you to resources and practices that can inspire you to find your own sacred activism and sustain you during these difficult times of change.

In our first episode, Chelsea and Rebekah introduce themselves and tell you what you can look forward to.


In This Episode

Gloria Anzaldua, Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro

Miribai Starr and William Hart McNichols, Mother of God, Similar to Fire