D.C.’S Culture of Self-Care. At the start of each year, we tend to turn toward health and wellness in an effort to renew our sense of self and turn over a new leaf, whether that be physical, mental or emotional. The myriad of reasons why 2021 is the ultimate year to be kind to ourselves and embrace all things self-care need not be listed here, but they are what inspired us to highlight these practices in our first issue of the year. We reached out to our community to see who we should speak to in the D.C. area about all things mindfulness, movement and connection and received an overwhelming number of recommendations, only solidifying how close-knit and supportive the health and wellness community in our city is.

Our winter issue cover subjects run the gamut of self-care instruction and practice: Cierra Kaler-Jones is a social justice educator and movement and meditation instructor; Dr. Darrien Jamar practices reiki and chiropractic, and is an integrative life coach; Sarah Rehman runs aerial yoga studio Flying Buddha; and Vergie “Gigi” Arandid is about to open D.C.’s first official booze-free spot, Binge Bar. We spoke with each of them about what inspired their careers, how they stay connected to their communities and what they do to practice self-care.

We also spoke with 20 other local health and wellness experts about their self-care journeys, both professionally and personally, and picked their brains about what self-compassion means to them. We covered navigating mental health, striking work/life balance and finding intimacy in a post-Covid world; veganism, intuitive eating and the booze-free movement; body positive fitness and other inclusive forms of movement and mindfulness; self-care and nutrition tips; and a roundup of local skincare and wellness shops. Plus, read about D.C. musician on the rise, Bartees Strange; Halycon’s new incubator program with Black Girl Ventures; a health and wellness-themed crossword and connect the dots; and much more.

A huge thank you to our readers and magazine family for expanding our awareness of the self-care movement in our city. 

Monica Alford

Monica Alford