48 episodes

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!

    48: Let’s Talk Gender Identity

    48: Let’s Talk Gender Identity

    “Where do I find my freest expression as a human being? For me that truest expression transcends gender.”
     
    Mentions:
    Jay X: https://www.instagram.com/lgbtqiawithjay/
    Goddxx Path: https://mayagandaia.com/
    Tomboy: defined as a girl who enjoys rough, noisy activities traditionally associated with boys. (From https://www.lexico.com/definition/tomboy)
    Jaguaracy Santos: https://m.facebook.com/jaguaracy.santos.54
    Kundalini: https://mayagandaia.com/kundalini/
    Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands: Studies in African… by Stephen O. Murray: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boy-Wives-Female-Husbands-Studies-Homosexualities/dp/1438484100/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Boy-Wives+and+Female-Husbands%3A+Studies+in+African%E2%80%A6+by+Stephen+O.+Murray&qid=1654354056&s=books&sr=1-1
    Oxum & Xango: https://ellamesma.co.uk/folklore-inspirations
    Edson Burton: https://twitter.com/edsonburton
    Alok Vaid Menon’s read books: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/100867863-alok-vaid-menon?shelf=read
    Alok Vaid Menon: Beyond The Gender Binary https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Gender-Binary-Pocket-Collective/dp/0593094654
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin @readwithrougebookclub 
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
    FB: AmaRougemoves
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, www.businessyoga.co.uk
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma @BusinessYoga @Maya_Gandaia
    Twitter: @podcastpowerup
    FB:@EllaMesma @MayaGandaia @BusinessYogaUK
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 23 min
    47: Creating is a Constant Process of Letting Go

    47: Creating is a Constant Process of Letting Go

    “I really-really understand that there are many experiences that you get to have in different life times, and that you get to also choose the experience that you want to have in this lifetime, and I know that one of my missions…is to learn to let go of things. I’m in a constant process of letting go.”
     
    Vangile is the author of 3 books: Heart, Mind & Money: Using Emotional Intelligence for Financial Success, and The Holistic Wealth Manifesto Workbook, and The Next Level You Money and Womb Journal. She has a finance honours degree from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the Simmons School of Management. She started her personal finance journey by paying off US$60,000 in debt and living a cash life. She’s a full time entrepreneur and the founder of wealthy-money.com, a company she says helps women of colour heal ancestral money trauma so they can fall in love with their bank accounts, increase income and live their best lives. Vangile is also the host of 2 podcasts: The Money Magic Podcast and The Property Magicians Podcast, an A to Z guide to property investing. She has been travelling for 15 years and has lived in over 12 different countries, building her company as she travels. We talk with her about what creating looks like through learning to let go and letting her intuition lead.
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Vangile:
    Website: www.wealthy-money.com
    IG: www.instagram.com/vangilemakwakwa
    YT: www.youtube.com/wealthmoney1
    Twitter: @vangilemakwakwa
    Podcast: wealthy-money.com/podcasts
    Free Workbook to change your spending habits: wealthy-money.com/workbook
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin @readwithrougebookclub LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, www.businessyoga.co.uk
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma @BusinessYoga @Maya_Gandaia
    FB:@EllaMesma @MayaGandaia @BusinessYogaUK
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 26 min
    46: Emotions Drive our Decisions

    46: Emotions Drive our Decisions

    “Once I understood the power of emotions in creating, then I started to realise that as a creator really understanding my emotions and really being self aware of them….helped me to start to believe that I could create what I would love.”
     
    We’re joined by Creator, Coach and Founder Lucy Nolan. She works with purpose led businesses to create digital structures that allow them to reach a larger audience whether through products like building apps, digital marketing strategy or community engagement strategy. Lucy shares her inspirational story from Leeds to Accra on a journey to follow her joy and find her true identity and creativity.
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Lucy:
    IG: @lucy_lockitt
    Twitter: @weareimaginal
    Email: lucy@weareimaginal.co.uk
    Website: weareimaginal.co.uk
     
    Northern School of Contemporary Dance: nscd.ac.uk
    Phoenix Dance Theatre: https://www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/
    CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral
    Ryan Pinnick: https://www.supergeniuscoaching.com/
    Rebecca Roy Fashion Stylist: https://www.rebekahroy.co.uk/
    Holistify Wellness Platform: https://www.holistify.me/
    Levi Roots: https://leviroots.com/
    Enneagram: Ep 9 https://open.spotify.com/episode/0NU8DVpQszkCFDOF65awvs?si=39d13de7a04c47d3 
    Maureen Apeenteng-Osei-Mahonie 
    The Year of Return 2019: https://www.yearofreturn.com/
    Womb Awakening: Ep 34 https://open.spotify.com/episode/5KNT0sxqsLKAa0BfxIitSo?si=f938205eb5174a2b
    The Institute of Intuitive Intelligence: https://instituteforintuitiveintelligence.com/
    Building a Flexible Nervous System: Ep 42 https://open.spotify.com/episode/0HChaGu0JxQpQI7mMq2VLc?si=4a2437dc5d4846ec
    Tapping: https://www.healthline.com/health/eft-tapping
    Mitch Gainey: https://www.mitchgainey.com/
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin @readwithrougebookclub @rougedoesfood
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, www.businessyoga.co.uk
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma @BusinessYoga @Maya_Gandaia
    FB:@EllaMesma @MayaGandaia @BusinessYogaUK
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 38 min
    45: Moving from Illusion to Joy

    45: Moving from Illusion to Joy

    Where do you put the power? How can you get free? How can you move from illusion to joy to embody your true nature? We begin Season 5 (yes you heard right!) with more introspection, unlearning and expanding. Let’s go. 
     
    Mentions:
    William Whitecloud https://naturalsuccessacademy.com/
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin @readwithrougebookclub @rougedoesfood
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, www.businessyoga.co.uk
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma @BusinessYoga @Maya_Gandaia
    FB:@EllaMesma @MayaGandaia @BusinessYogaUK
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 23 min
    44: The Human Experience of Relating to What Shows Up

    44: The Human Experience of Relating to What Shows Up

    Join us as we talk to wellness architect and Leadership Coach, Martha Cuffy. Her curiosity about how we walk with aliveness and how the body facilitates this has been a source of lifelong fascination. It’s taken her to live in an ashram university for 2 years where she studied for an MA in Yoga Psychology, to other wellness experiences like wild swimming in Wales and designing primal spa experiences in a rainforest garden in Dominica. Perhaps all an antidote to her previous life of MBA studies, working in tech and corporate finance. Working as a certified TRE provider gives her the honour of guiding people into deeper relationship with their own body. To not fear what lies within, but to meet it with vulnerability and sometimes play. Martha’s passion is supporting Black leaders - in various settings from Windsor Castle to online forums to help them gain board positions. She was born and raised in East London, Newham, and has lived in France, Germany, India and Dominica.
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Martha: marthacuffy.co.uk - book a 30 min consultation
    IG: @marthajcuffy 
    Twitter: @marthacuffy
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marthajcuffy/.
    YouTube relaxation videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo5B-npdwyw&t=77s
     
    My Grandmother's Hands: https://amzn.to/3uZNI0y
    Karine Bell: https://www.karinebell.com/
    Amber McZeal: https://decolonizingthepsyche.com/
    Resmaa Menakem: https://www.resmaa.com/
    Iyengar Yoga Institute: https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/
    The Heroines Journey: https://amzn.to/3LzLxa0
    Bihar School of Yoga: https://www.biharyoga.net/
    Asana, Pranayama, Mudra Bandha: https://amzn.to/3uSbgET
    Chi Nae Tsang: https://www.chineitsang.com/what-is-chi-nei-tsang
     
    Titration means that we slow things down. Slowing down looks like working with only small bits of difficult experiences at a time. Titration is a way to limit potential side effects by taking time to see how your body will react.
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin @readwithrougebookclub @rougedoesfood
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, www.businessyoga.co.uk
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma @BusinessYoga @Maya_Gandaia
    FB:@EllaMesma @MayaGandaia @BusinessYogaUK
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team

    • 33 min
    43: Regulating my Nervous System Changed my Life

    43: Regulating my Nervous System Changed my Life

    We talk to Anastasia Ttofis about how panic attacks led to her creating the BusyBuddha retreats in order to bring what she learnt about regulating her nervous system and rewiring her subconscious to other professionals and help them achieve more balance, focus and longevity in their careers, and live a more fulfilled and happy life.
     
    Anastasia is the founder of the BusyBuddha Retreats, Solicitor, Director and multi-business owner. She has over 7 years’ experience in the legal industry and has most recently started her own law firm (iLA). She has substantive experience acting on high profile litigious banking claims, and advising on complexed banking facilities and security documents. She is also a company director and co-owner of a Specialist Finance Broker, and a local networking company.
     
    Despite having a very busy and demanding working and personal life, Anastasia is able to live a life full of gratitude and serenity. After being introduced to yoga, meditation and mindfulness she saw first hand the benefits it had on her ability to navigate a high pressure career with more clarity and focus, as well as ensuring that her own wellbeing is properly cared for. 
     
    Mentions:
    Connect with Anastasia: Connect@busy-buddha.co.uk
     
    Connect with us:
    Ama Rouge Website: www.wearewildwithin.com
    IG: @powerup.podcast @ama.rouge @wearewildwithin @readwithrougebookclub @rougedoesfood
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ama-rouge-870b60138
    FB: AmaRougemoves
     
    Ella Mesma Website: www.ellamesma.co.uk, www.mayagandaia.com, www.businessyoga.co.uk
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-mesma-b6071320/
    IG: @powerup.podcast @Ellamesma @BusinessYoga @Maya_Gandaia
    FB:@EllaMesma @MayaGandaia @BusinessYogaUK
     
    Music by Tomo Carter IG: @tomocarter
     
    Everything else brought to you by us, the PowerUp! power team
     

    • 36 min

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