15 episodes

The Bodyful Black Girl™ Podcast is a bi-weekly conversation with Jennifer Sterling, a Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist and Holistic Nutritionist in New York City.

She discusses all things body, movement, and mental health in a effort to support black women living with depression feel more vital, well, and whole.

If you would like to join The Bodyful Healing Community, feel free to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@bodyful healing) and Instagram (@bodyfulhealing).

The Bodyful Black Girl™ Podcast The Bodyful Black Girl

    • Mental Health
    • 4.2 • 11 Ratings

The Bodyful Black Girl™ Podcast is a bi-weekly conversation with Jennifer Sterling, a Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist and Holistic Nutritionist in New York City.

She discusses all things body, movement, and mental health in a effort to support black women living with depression feel more vital, well, and whole.

If you would like to join The Bodyful Healing Community, feel free to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@bodyful healing) and Instagram (@bodyfulhealing).

    14. What Does It Mean To Heal A Body?

    14. What Does It Mean To Heal A Body?

    So often, when folks reach out to me to inquire about group or individual dance movement psychotherapy sessions, one of the first questions they ask me is, “How long do I have to work with you before I’m healed?” or, “How long do I have to work with you before I get better?”

    It’s a valid question. But it’s also a question that’s dependent on many different factors, including the severity of the depression we’re working with.

    In this episode, we’re discussing healing and asking ourselves the question, “What does it mean to heal a body?”

    In this episode:


    How I define depression and its presentation mentally and within the body
    Why healing requires considering the individual story and the greater social context
    A practice for noticing how your body reacts to experiences
    Resources for increasing your capacity to feel your feelings and meet your challenges

    Learn more about Jennifer Sterling:


    thebodyfulhealingproject.com
    Instagram: @bodyfulhealing


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    • 17 min
    13. What Does It Mean To Move A Body?

    13. What Does It Mean To Move A Body?

    Movement is an integral part of my work as a dance movement psychotherapist.

    It’s also been an important part of my personal healing. Movement is one of the primary ways I was, and am, able to manage my own depression.

    Our bodies are in motion every moment of every day. Many of those movements, we don’t even have to think about.

    But let’s take a moment today to curiously check in with our bodies and think about how we move them, consciously or not.

    In this episode:


    Noticing the rhythms of the breath and the heart
    How movement impacts our internal narratives and our narratives influence how we hold and move our bodies
    How bringing awareness to the body plays a role in healing
    An invitation to practice small movements and bringing awareness to the body

    Learn more about Jennifer Sterling:


    thebodyfulhealingproject.com
    Instagram: @bodyfulhealing

    Resources:


    @BlackDMTMagic on Instagram
    American Dance Therapy Association


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    • 18 min
    12. What Does Mean to Have A Body?

    12. What Does Mean to Have A Body?

    What does it mean to have a body? Or what does your body mean to you?

    For a lot of us, paying attention to our bodies and moving our bodies can bring up a lot of feelings, both desirable and not so desirable.

    In my experience as a dance movement psychotherapist, I find that quite a few of us humans notice the undesirable things about our bodies first, and that tends to cloud our judgment of what it really means to live and walk through the world in this very wise and very complex container that we call a body.

    Today we’re feeling into what we know to be true about our bodies.

    In this episode:


    How our human need for community impacts our relationship to our bodies
    Practices for making up your own mind about your body

    Learn more about Jennifer Sterling:


    thebodyfulhealingproject.com
    Instagram: @bodyfulhealing


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    • 9 min
    11. What Is A Body?

    11. What Is A Body?

    What is a body?

    For me, this question brings up so much about the science of it all.

    But right now, it also brings up thoughts about what it means to have a body, and specifically what it means to have a body with Black skin.

    If that question leads you there, too, you’re not alone.

    In this episode, Let’s go back to the basics and talk about what a body is, what it means to have a body, and what it means to be in a body.

    In this episode:


    The interconnected and interdependent nature of your body’s systems
    Envisioning the body as a container
    How our bodies carry the experiences of our lineages and environments
    Howl emphasis on the brain separates us from our bodies, our feelings, and each other
    An exercise for feeling into your body

    Learn more about Jennifer Sterling:


    thebodyfulhealingproject.com
    Instagram: @bodyfulhealing

    References:


    Dutch Hunger Winter
    Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Joy A. Degruy


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    • 20 min
    Introducting The Bodyful Black Girl Podcast

    Introducting The Bodyful Black Girl Podcast

    What if you could take off your Superwoman cape and rest?

    What if you could make time to laugh, move your body, and nourish yourself instead of constantly breaking your back for other people?

    What if you could lay down the burden of being a Strong Black Woman and be seen, held, and heard?

    You’d probably be less depressed. You might even feel more vital and, well, more human.

    I’m Jennifer Sterling, registered dance/movement psychotherapist, holistic nutritionist, and self-proclaimed Strong Black Woman.

    I created The Bodyful Black Girl podcast to give you and me space and a little encouragement to tend to your body, as well as your emotions.

    This isn’t something we do often as Black women because we’ve been conditioned to put our bodies on the back burner and put everyone and everything ahead of ourselves while we stuffed down our emotions and worked twice as hard to get hold as far.

    But together, you, me, and an occasional special guest will lay down our capes for a little while every other week:


    to learn about this container we call a body
    explore what it’s like to have feelings and emotions in our bodies and actually feel them
    and slowly but surely, move our bodies towards healing.

    Learn more about Jennifer Sterling:


    thebodyfulhealingproject.com
    Instagram: @bodyfulhealing


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    • 1 min
    10. Racial Trauma and the Body

    10. Racial Trauma and the Body

    Racism is a public health crisis, one that affects every aspect of Black folks' lives. It also has a significant impact on our bodies. In this episode of The Bodyful Black Girl Podcast, Jennifer Sterling, a registered dance/movement psychotherapist and holistic nutritionist, shares five ways that racial trauma affects our bodies and offers Black womxn the opportunity to join her for Bodyful Healing's Expressive Movement Support Circle. More information here: https://bit.ly/2SofQXh

    If you like what you hear, feel free to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @bodyfulhealing. For additional show notes and more information about booking a dance/movement psychotherapy session, you can also check out our website: thebodyfulhealingproject.com. 

    This episode includes music from Blue Dot Sessions.


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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Meme krifivusis ,

I’m so glad this podcast exists!

I resonate so much with this podcast. My heart is so full. As a dance/movement therapist and a black woman, i can’t explain how good it feels to tune in. It’s like this podcast was made for me. It brings our community in the forefront! It’s reassuring that I am not alone. We out here! Also I love the exercises she shares in every podcast.

Mickey Delight ,

So inspired

I have been struggling with depression and mental health my whole life, and just recently have started the healing process. This podcast is a gift. It makes me feel seen, safe, and heard. I am so grateful for Jennifer’s work and the tools she gives black women to help us reconnect with your bodies. Please listen to this.