BKLYN Commons, Brooklyn’s premier coworking house and residential to greater than 300 indoor storefront companies owned and operated by entrepreneurs, creators, change-makers, and forward-thinking innovators.
“What we’ve accomplished at BKLYN Commons is create a group the place our members collaborate and help one another,” mentioned Johanne Brierre, BKLYN Commons head of progress.
Constructing a group – each inside and out of doors its partitions – enabled BKLYN Commons, its members and companions to outlive COVID-19’s destruction of Brooklyn’s small companies.
Certainly, BKLYN Commons was the glue that saved its members collectively on the peak of the disaster and enabled a lot of them to outlive.
It’s a two-street. The members and broader group companions helped BKLYN Commons to maintain its doorways open at a time when many different coworking areas shut down completely.
On the top of the pandemic, BKLYN Commons leveraged its partnerships with community-based companies, civic leaders and members to share up to date data on the federal government’s sophisticated Paycheck Safety Program (PPP), the place to acquire Private Protecting Gear (PPEs), and different necessary sources.
The members additionally supported one another. As an illustration, BKLYN Commons member Nadia Aristide, the president of enterprise finance firm Maroon Strategist, offered data to different members on PPP. BKLYN Commons additionally teamed up with its group accomplice IMPAACT Brooklyn, a group improvement company, in internet hosting Zoom boards on tips on how to apply for the federal government funding program.
BKLYN Commons in partnership with BK Reader started publishing articles on March 16 that share members’ survival tales in a collection collectively named Straight Out of COVID.
It’s going to encourage struggling entrepreneurs, in addition to share concepts about how different small companies, nonprofits and solopreneurs can reinvent themselves.
New articles seem each Tuesday and Thursday, within the Native Voices part. In right this moment’s publish, we meet Rezia Luke, founding father of Dynamic Progress & Wellness whose private journey to wellness offered a blueprint for aiding others by way of the pandemic.
Entrepreneur’s Private Well being Journey Creates Blueprint for COVID-19 Survivors
By Lindy Hale
In 2007, Rezia Luke, founding father of Dynamic Progress and Wellness (DG&W), suffered from swollen lymph nodes all through her physique. Her hair started to fall out.
Then, back-to-back tragedies struck Luke’s life. She was brutally attacked and lived by way of a automotive accident that crushed the proper aspect of her physique. On the time, Luke was working a number of jobs and volunteering whereas finishing her second grasp’s diploma. She was overworking herself and solely sleeping two hours an evening.
Quickly, the bodily and psychological stress caught as much as Luke. She was consistently sick, visiting a physician each 2-3 weeks looking for solutions. Lastly, Luke was ordered a biopsy. The outcomes got here again exhibiting that the within of her physique was extremely infected. As a substitute of medicine, her physician advised that she cease consuming acidic meals and limiting the quantity of actions she was collaborating in.
This prescription for a more healthy way of life marked the start of Luke’s therapeutic journey. Time beyond regulation, she started to experiment with numerous superfoods, nutritional vitamins, and minerals to convey her physique again to a wholesome state. Then, in 2020 Luke based DG&W, a holistic therapeutic follow specializing in inner and exterior well being and wellness. By means of DG&W, Luke utilized her background in Biology, Well being Science, and Dietary Remedy to supply therapeutic to COVID-19 survivors and past.
We caught up with Luke, a member of BKLYN Commons’ Flatbush/PLG location, to talk extra about her journey to total wellness and be taught why total wellness is essential to reversing long-term harm brought on by COVID-19.
As somebody who has handled trauma of the thoughts and physique, total wellness is one thing it’s a must to work in the direction of day by day. Have you ever ever felt such as you wished to surrender?
Sure! After 9 months of dropping pounds and strengthening my physique, I started to lose focus. Fortunately, at that time in my journey, my thoughts put me in my place. It advised me, ‘Sufficient! Cease making this a short lived change. This should be a way of life change!’
From that time on, I began making use of that very same consciousness to make psychological, bodily and emotional transformations. Inside 5 weeks of that second, I misplaced 20 extra kilos simply by strolling, engaged on my core, and sticking with the weight-reduction plan modifications.
What recommendation do you will have for somebody simply beginning out of their wellness journey?
You must individualize a plan for you and do what works for you. The journey to wellness and therapeutic shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Ask questions, do your analysis, and get a educated mentor or accountability accomplice to maintain you in verify.
Total wellness has been an necessary subject of dialog all through the pandemic. How has Dynamic Progress and Wellness pivoted to supply wellness help to people throughout this unprecedented time?
Through the pandemic, Dynamic Progress & Wellness has held a wide range of digital seminars, lessons and individualized session classes protecting subjects like: immunity, psychological well being, and bodily consciousness. Now, we provide some socially-distanced workout routines and therapeutic classes in addition to one-on-one cooking lessons.
Thankfully, DG&W hasn’t needed to pivot a lot with COVID-19. Our crew is educated to assist people heal their thoughts and physique from a big number of traumatic occasions. So, from a wellness perspective, we’ve got utilized our collective information to heal those that have beforehand contracted the virus. Our purpose is to present a transition to therapeutic as people cope with the after-effects of COVID-19. In some circumstances, this consists of neurological points.
By implementing way of life modifications to provide more healthy sleep patterns and introducing nutritional vitamins, minerals, and more healthy meals habits, we’re capable of begin constructing the physique’s most important programs. It’s all about rebuilding what broke down because of COVID-19.
Being part of a group is a vital a part of wellness. How has BKLYN Commons supported DG&W in its work trip?
BKLYN Commons has offered DG&W a welcoming house to satisfy with purchasers. Everybody that I’ve met by way of BKLYN Commons has a contagious, optimistic vitality that provides our crew the push to focus. Plus, the coworking house is so thoughtfully designed that our crew is all the time utilizing it to create participating content material.
Dynamic Progress & Wellness makes a speciality of a wide range of wellness and therapeutic providers for people affected by a spread of signs. As Luke says, “All of us have one thing in our lives we have to heal or are nonetheless therapeutic from. That is only the start. Let’s all heal collectively!”