Champions of Wellness: Community

Meet 10 organizers creating spaces for people to experience health together

Champions of Wellness: Community

Radha Agrawal

Radha Agrawal
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To say that Radha Agrawal is a morning person would be an understatement. She is the CEO and co-founder of DayBreaker, an early morning dance, fitness, and yoga movement that is celebrated in 28 cities around the world. The sober communal ritual is attended by hundreds of thousands of followers who wake up and say yes to the day. Radha’s new book, Belong, explores the importance of connection and brings clarity to the power of community in a world where isolation is the norm. Follow Radha on Twitter @radhatwin.

Jenny Gaither

Jenny Gaither
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Jenny Gaither was already a trailblazer in the body positive movement before she created the Movemeant Foundation, but her work developing the empowerment community has put her on a short-list of people to watch. The non-profit organization and its We Dare to Bare events provide women with an opportunity to face challenges, reclaim their confidence, and become powerful and strong role models. The events also raise funds to help girls build confidence through fitness and community support. Follow Jenny on Instagram @jennygaither.com.

Schuyler Grant

Schuyler Grant
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Schuyler Grant opened Kula Yoga Project in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood after 9/11 and went on to co-found the Wanderlust Festival. At the time “yoga” and “festival” together wasn’t a thing. Wanderlust now entails international events that gives attendees access to top yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers, artists, and chefs. Follow Schuyler on Instagram @schuylergrantyoga.

Nils Arend

Nils Arend
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Nils Arend is best known for his epic 340-mile ultra relay run from the Santa Monica Pier to Las Vegas, which he initiated in 2014. Aptly named The Speed Project, the challenge has gained new followers and new participants in the years since. Nils is also venturing into the world of publishing with his new magazine, Make Running, that celebrates photography, good writing and all things running. With both the magazine and running events, Nils inspires athletes to just keep moving forward. Follow Nils on Instagram @nils_hh.

Madelaine O'Connell, Sarah Harms, and Janie Gaughan

Madelaine O'Connell, Sarah Harms & Janie Gaughan
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Madelaine O'Connell, Sarah Harms, and Janie Gaughan teamed up to form a community of women like themselves—career-driven, passionate professionals who are inspired through fitness to be their most healthy, balanced, and successful selves. They founded Sweats & Balances (S&B), an organization that helps women navigate personal, professional, and physical goals through wellness and networking events. S&B has also built an online community of support to inspire and connect modern, fit women. Follow the community on Instagram @sweatsandbalances.

"I love the unique community this group created and they epitomize it's spirit. Madelaine is one of my favorite instructors on obé fitness and is also a VP at Goldman Sachs—a serious balancing act!" - Rachel Berman, RD, Verywell General Manager

Kate Van Horn

Kate Van Horn
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Kate Van Horn believes that if each of us can find the good in ourselves, we will be deeply inspired to blossom into personal growth. To make this transformation happen, Kate founded The Good Fest, a series of ongoing events that promote healthy movement, stimulating introspection, community connection, and shameless enjoyment. Her goal is to challenge her followers into positive change for themselves and for the world around them. Follow Kate on Instagram @kate.van.horn.

Byron Katie

Byron Katie
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Byron Katie brings peace and freedom from suffering through guided meditation and gentle self-exploration. Katie’s own personal experience inspired her to develop The Work, which is designed to help end stressful thoughts by tapping into internal wisdom. She has been celebrated by Oprah, Tony Robbins, and others who have used her meta-cognition method to find happiness, calm, and serenity. Follow Byron on Instagram @byron.katie.

Sridhar Silberfein

Sridhar Silbersfein
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Sridhar Silberfein, the founder and executive producer of Bhakti Fest, built an enriching, heart-centered community through a celebration of yoga, spiritual awakening, sacred music, and dance. Thousands attend the drug- and alcohol-free events seeking connection, transformation, and healing. Often called a spiritual pioneer, Silberfein has helped create a broad family of followers who embrace wellness, devotion, and a culture of consciousness. Follow the festival on Twitter @bhaktifest.

Sarah Sapora

Sarah Sapora
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Sarah Sapora knows that many people who follow her feel scared, lost, and ashamed of their bodies. But with brazen grit and bold enthusiasm, she inspires them to embrace self-love and create change through her LifeLove workshops. Sarah has used size-inclusive kundalini yoga in her own journey and now teaches the practice to others showing modifications for larger bodies. The writer, teacher, and inspirational speaker has made it her goal to banish diet industry BS and engage women of all sizes to live fearless, fulfilled, and confident lives. Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahsapora.

CeCe Olisa

CeCe Olisa
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CeCe Olisa is an award-winning writer, speaker, inspirational role model, and plus-sized girl boss who co-founded Curvy Con to help empower women. The three-day event brings women together with fashion, fitness, and health influencers to celebrate curves and confidence. Through the event, her blog, her TEDtalk, and her work with brand partners, she inspires others to feel strong at any size. Follow CeCe on Instagram @ceceolisa.

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