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Ella Mesma’s (she/her they/them) and Ama Rouge’s (she/her) PowerUp! podcast is truly an ASMR smorgasbord experience. Along with special guests they shine light on themes of wellbeing, society, creativity and healing.

Hosted by two women of Ghanaian and mixed heritage (Black Nigerian and white British) with over 30 combined years working in the dance, movement and creative industries. Their vision is to help us all unlearn, rebuild and empower ourselves back to our true nature; to help us PowerUp!

PowerUp‪!‬ Ama Rouge, Ella Mesma

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Ella Mesma’s (she/her they/them) and Ama Rouge’s (she/her) PowerUp! podcast is truly an ASMR smorgasbord experience. Along with special guests they shine light on themes of wellbeing, society, creativity and healing.

Hosted by two women of Ghanaian and mixed heritage (Black Nigerian and white British) with over 30 combined years working in the dance, movement and creative industries. Their vision is to help us all unlearn, rebuild and empower ourselves back to our true nature; to help us PowerUp!

    70: Writing is the Act of Listening to Oneself with Toni Giselle Stuart

    70: Writing is the Act of Listening to Oneself with Toni Giselle Stuart

    Writing is about listening. Connecting and tuning in. All of this enables the words to come through the body. 
     
    “When we only move from the logical mind and we don’t move from the body mind and the heart mind, and we don’t integrate these different parts of ourselves, then it can feel like it’s [writing] taking and not also nourishing us.” 
     
    What an incredibly special episode to close the season and the show on. The wisdom and generosity that Toni brings to this episode around the power of language through her embodiment as a listener who listens through writing, poems, and the earth - for the stories that help us remember our power and our magic, is precious and invaluable.
     
    Toni Giselle Stuart works as a poet, performer, creative writing facilitator & healer. Her work includes Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a cape jazz poem in three movements with filmmaker Kurt Orderson; Poetry, Paramedics and Film with filmmaker/health researcher Leanne Brady (2018); What the Water Remembers at Woordfees (2020); forgetting. and memory with vangile gantsho & Vusumzi Ngxande, at the Virtual National Arts Festival (2020). She has an MA Writer/Teacher (distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar.
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Toni
    Website: https://tonistuart.com/
    IG: @tonigiselle_official
    Email: mail@tonistuart.com
    Dot Dot Dot Dance: https://www.dotdotdotdance.com/
    Anis Mojgani: Shake the dust
    Badilisha Poetry Festival
    D'bi Young: Rivers and Other Blackness Between Us
    Gabeba Baderoon
    Shine Lulu Kitololo Business course for creatives: http://www.lulukitololo.com
    Speculative fiction trilogy and verse
    In bloom: Poetry with time on the land
    The Writers Oasis: https://tonistuart.com/the-writers-oasis
    Rah Nomvula Busby of Divine Lotus
    Waatlemoen konfyt: Watermelon preserve
    In Bloom: https://tonistuart.com/_____in-bloom
    Cairn = A pile of stones or rocks intentionally piled up one on top of the other as ways to show the path
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma 
    FB:@EllaMesma 
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 46 min
    69: What’s in a word? Unpacking the Power of Language with Nkem Ndefo

    69: What’s in a word? Unpacking the Power of Language with Nkem Ndefo

    ‘Language can be many different things…allow it to be those.’
     
    Language is a vehicle for communication and for expression. How does it equip and support us? How does it get in our way? Deep dive with us and Nkem Ndefo, founder of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit, as we unpack the power of language. You’re not ready for this one!
     
    Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN, is the founder of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit, a model that promotes embodied self-awareness and self-regulation in an ecologically sensitive framework and social justice context. She is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection. Originally licensed as a nurse midwife, Nkem has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies and has worked in settings ranging from large-volume hospitals to mobile community clinics. She brings an abundance of experience as a clinician, educator, researcher, and community strategist to innovative programs that address trauma and inequity, build resilience, and shape liberatory change for individuals and organizations across sectors, both in her home country (US) and internationally. She regularly provides trauma-informed subject matter expertise to organizations, initiatives, and governmental agencies. Nkem is particularly interested in working alongside people most impacted by violence and marginalization. Most recently, she led a multi-year embodied diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism initiative for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Nkem
    Website: lumostransforms.com
    IG: @nkemndefo @lumos_transforms
    Nervous System PUP! episodes:
    Ep 42: Building a Flexible Nervous System with Ama Rouge and Ella Mesma https://open.spotify.com/episode/0HChaGu0JxQpQI7mMq2VLc?si=78897fbbfebb4580
    Ep 43: Regulating my Nervous System Changed my Life with Anastasia Ttofis https://open.spotify.com/episode/5SdliYzbeXw9sTOtrL72oH?si=f5abe68c47be4cd8
    Em 44: The Human Experience of Relating to What Shows Up with Martha Cuffy
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/0ZyecTSdljdVOKEQK2xUFY?si=2d9ecce467204ed1
    Ep 64: How About we Evolve? with Akeim Toussaint Buck
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/4RjxD511ds0PysPfcNj9xE?si=1b48a5a4dd074c8a

    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma 
    FB:@EllaMesma 
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 47 min
    68: The Power of Language is a Two-Step with Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa

    68: The Power of Language is a Two-Step with Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa

    We want to empower you to choose whether you listen to this episode or not, and let you know that in this episode slavery is mentioned. If you are affected by anything discussed in this episode, we have provided links to organisations you may find helpful at the bottom of these show notes.
     
    The mightiness of this episode is next level! Join us as we talk with Safiya about the power that language carries - through the lens of her debut poetry collection Cane, Corn & Gully, ancestry, dance and poetry.
     
    A powerful & passionate choreo-poet who is just getting started. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa is a British born Barbadian raised choreo-poet and PhD student at the University of Leeds in Cultural Studies. Her interdisciplinary art braids dance and poetry on the page and stage. She is an Obsidian Foundation fellow and an Apples & Snakes/ Jerwood Arts Poetry in Performance recipient. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Poetry London, Poetry Review and Wasafiri. Safiya is also a national and international spoken word champion and came third place in The London Magazine Poetry Prize (2022).
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Safiya: 
    Website: https://www.safiyakamaria.com/
    IG: @safiyakamaria
    Buy Cane, Corn and Gully: https://www.safiyakamaria.com/product-page/cane-corn-gully
    Hair & MUA, Consultant - Kamanza IG: @kamanzaa
    Labanotation: Graphic notation for dance/dance scores
    The Kamaria technique
    Ep 41: We Move in Circles with Thomas "Talawa" Presto https://open.spotify.com/episode/1549ahF6J5dojFC35OvC3i?si=daff6659ad68482e
    Poem read: Speightstown Is Such a Darling Place
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma 
    FB:@EllaMesma 
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team
     
    If you are or have been affected by any of the topics we've discussed in this episode here are some organisations you may find helpful:
     
    https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
    www.mind.org.uk
    https://thenapministry.wordpress.com/

    • 28 min
    67: How can we work in ways that Safeguard our Mental Health and Overall Wellbeing? With Leah Francis

    67: How can we work in ways that Safeguard our Mental Health and Overall Wellbeing? With Leah Francis

    “There is a mental health crisis in the Arts, a workforce at its lowest ever point psychologically, and a lack of support available for those who need it most”. Wellbeing in the Arts.
     
    How can we work in ways that safeguard our mental health and overall wellbeing? We’re joined by Leah Francis who shares how overworking, and a lack of knowledge around safeguarding within the Arts led her to a breakdown. Since then integrating access needs are a central part of her working practice. Press play and join our conversation.
     
    Leah Francis is a theatre maker performer/divisor from Leeds with experience in directing, facilitating, performing, and writing. Her passion lies in creating theatre involving song, movement and spoken word that seeks to empower the community. Leah also has a desire for telling diverse women's stories and in 2013 set up her own Theatre Collective, Speak Woman Speak who performed internationally at Fira B Festival in Mallorca. More recently Leah has completed her MA in performance at Leeds Beckett University with a distinction and has been encouraged to carry on studying and researching for a PhD.
     
    Mentions:
    Wellbeing in the Arts: https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk
    Speak Woman Speak: www.speakwomanspeak.com
    Soledad and Betto Douglas
    White Walls
    Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson: https://www.instagram.com/lateisha_davine/?hl=en
    Yayoi Kusama: http://yayoi-kusama.jp/e/information/
    Audre Lorde: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/audre-lorde
    Bell Hooks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_hooks
    Trisha Hearsey Nap Ministry: https://thenapministry.com/
    Bertolt Brecht: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/bertolt-brecht
    Bechdel Test: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma 
    FB:@EllaMesma 
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team
     
    If you are or have been affected by any of the topics we've discussed in this episode here are some organisations you may find helpful:
     
    https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
    www.mind.org.uk 
    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/abuse/#DomesticAbuseAndViolenceSupportOptions
    https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk

    • 27 min
    66: Getting out of our own way with Ahmad Jooma

    66: Getting out of our own way with Ahmad Jooma

    Ahmad shares how following his curiosity led to an expanded sense of self and expression. Getting to know your own shook man is personal to you and opens up the way for you to get out of your own way, transmuting your fear into joy. And in Ahmad’s case, improved his mental health. 
     
    Ahmad is the creator of SHOOK MAN®, a character who represents our fears & anxieties and is an engaging way for people to talk about their mental health. Ahmad understands people who feel powerless in life - he used to be that way. For 10+ years he studied the best courses on human nature. He has coached hundreds of people around the world and produced podcasts, events, and courses. How are you getting to know your own shook man?
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Ahmad: 
    Website: www.ahmadjooma.com
    IG: @shook.man @ahmad.jooma
    Internal family systems: No bad parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model: Dick Schwartz: shorturl.at/mpvy6
    Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Love Quote: shorturl.at/rBUY5
    Mini book link: www.shookman.com
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma 
    FB:@EllaMesma 
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 21 min
    65: To Live is To Feel. Balms and Tonics for our Mental Health with Ama Rouge & Ella Mesma

    65: To Live is To Feel. Balms and Tonics for our Mental Health with Ama Rouge & Ella Mesma

    Join us as we open our series on mental health by speaking about our own mental health and what we’re learning.
     
    Mentions:
    The 5 Tibetan Rites: https://mayagandaia.com/the-five-tibetan-rites/
    Chakras: https://mayagandaia.com/chakras/
    Embodied Alchemy: https://mayagandaia.com/embodied-alchemy/
    Betterhelp.com
    The Self Space: https://theselfspace.com/
    TRE: Ep 44 The Human Experience of Relating to What Shows Up with Martha Cuffy https://open.spotify.com/episode/0ZyecTSdljdVOKEQK2xUFY?si=13a38967842548f4
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma 
    FB:@EllaMesma 
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 24 min

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