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Daily Inspiration: Meet Galanda Brooker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Galanda Brooker. 

Hi Galanda, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am an IT professional who is transitioning to wellness work. Many years ago, I was advising a young man that I worked with. I later learned what I was doing was coaching. I moved forward with self-study in coaching. I furthered my study in coaching earning a 200-hour Jiivana (L.I.F.E) yoga teacher certificate which included life lessons for myself as well as tools in life coaching for others. I also earned a Mindfulness meditation certificate under the tutelage of Sean Fargo. I begin doing part-time life coaching as well as some yoga classes. I went on to further my training with 100-hour training with the Mindful Yoga Therapy program that was created to support veterans and their effects from post-traumatic stress. I soon learned that the tools I learned there were good for any population with PTS and begin to teach sessions with Baltimore City students and community members. In addition, I completed training with the ICF and coach students and staff at Anne Arundel Community College. 

In 2021 I was fortunate to contribute to an anthology, Awakened to Wellness which featured the stories of 11 women to uplift and encourage. Just recently I completed 300-hour teacher training in Yoga.Psyche.Soul which teaches from the standpoint of yoga philosophy and how it relates to western psychology. In 2022 I plan to offer a coaching program specifically for those who experience anxiety and depression along with subtle yoga as a complementary support to their programs with their approved medical provider. I will also be offering community yoga in 2022 in West Baltimore and partnering with businesses in the Mt. Vernon area to offer opportunities to learn mindful living for a more joyful life. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I don’t see a road as smooth or rocky, but rather winding. I have had some personal challenges, but they serve as lessons as well to prepare me to offer mindfulness and yoga-based tools to help people learn to live with more joy and calm in their lives. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Although I wouldn’t personally describe myself as a creative, others often do. I am most known in the community as the “plant lady.” I am a plant fanatic! I love plants of all sorts, indoors and out. I have had upwards of 100 plants indoors at some point and more than I can count outdoors. I grow flowers, herbs, and food albeit not as much food in recent years. I’ve decided to focus more on herbs and flowers as they are easy to manage and can be leverage to help provide support to folks in a variety of ways. 

I am known to have plants, plant parts, smoke cleansing sticks, and more in my car at any given time. Most notably mugwort. It is a common plant found in Maryland that spiritually can be very supportive in cleansing space and helping to bring clarity to your dreams. It is also known to support digestive issues and topically may be supportive for menstrual cramping and other issues related to feminine biology. 

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
The most important lesson that was confirmed for me was that you have to be at peace with yourself before you can be at peace outwardly. So many people struggled because their interactions with others were cut off and they were overloaded with feelings that they had suppressed and forced to deal with. It is best to have support in these practices, but there is a lot that you can do for and by yourself to support your own inner peace. Mindfulness, yoga, and plants are that for me. 

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