What is Wellness with Kerri Kelly

From juice bars and meditation retreats to crystals and mindfulness apps, wellness has pervaded almost every aspect of our lives. In our uncertain and chaotic world, it’s easy to imagine how hard we’re all trying to feel well. In fact, there’s a trillion-dollar wellness industry that is capitalizing on, perhaps even exploiting, our deep yearning to feel whole, steady and well. But it begs the question: what do we really need to feel well? And who has access to these things and who does not? These are just a few of the questions author and activist Kerri Kelly unpacks in this week’s interview and in her provocative book, American Detox: The Myth of Wellness and How We Can Truly Heal.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • What is wellness, really;
  • Wellness as a for-profit industry;
  • Well-being gaps;
  • Our tendency towards fixing ourselves and bypassing our discomfort;
  • Wellness as something less individualized and more collective.

You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Kerri Kelly is an activist, wellness disruptor and the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement that is democratizing well-being for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently on faculty. She’s been teaching yoga for more than 20 years and is known for making waves in the wellness industry by challenging norms, disrupting systems and mobilizing people to act. A community organizer and wellness activist, Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social justice. She’s been instrumental in translating the practices of well-being into social and political action, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers to transform our systems from the inside out. Her leadership has inspired a movement that is actively organizing around issues of racial and economic justice, healthcare as a human right, civic engagement and more. Kerri is a powerful facilitator, TED speaker, and host of the prominent podcast CTZN. You can learn more about her work at kerrikelly.co and ctznwell.org.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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