Jan. 9, 2023

Is mainstream wellness culture toxic? (with Thosh Collins)

Is mainstream wellness culture toxic? (with Thosh Collins)

Ofosu talks with photographer Thosh Collins about what we can learn about wellness from an Indigenous perspective. They also discuss the toxicity of mainstream wellness culture, the interconnectedness of your body, mind, and spirit, and how to take inspiration from others without appropriating their culture.

▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/F4DoK-71fHo

📚 More about Thosh: Thosh Collins was raised in Salt River, Arizona. He works as a photographer and serves as a board member for the Native Wellness Institute. You can order his and Chelsey Luger’s book, "The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well," which offers wisdom for achieving spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing rooted in Indigenous knowledge here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-seven-circles-chelsey-lugerthosh-collins?variant=40244015333410

📱 Follow Thosh Collins on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/thosh.collins

📱 Follow Chelsey Luger on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/chelsey.moves

🎧 What’s in this episode:

  • (00:29) Meet Thosh Collins
  • (01:24) Inspiration for “The Seven Circles”
  • (03:30) Aspects of Indigenous culture that affect your physical and emotional wellbeing
  • (03:49) The toxicity of mainstream wellness culture and how to avoid cultural appropriation
  • (06:50) Why inspiration isn’t the same as cultural appropriation
  • (07:18) Thosh’s #1 tip to support your wellbeing
  • (08:02) “Nature versus not”
  • (09:17) Finding nature wherever you are
  • (10:19) How Thosh uses visualization to cultivate his wellbeing: “Think, feel, act.”
  • (14:13) Earth Gym: A new way to approach physical fitness and working out
  • (17:11) What’s giving Thosh Collins life right now

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