Tumi Johnson

the poemdances

August 14 2018
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Around June, I decided to up my intake of greens. It’s been a work intensive summer and green leafy vegetables are often loaded with multiple B vitamins including folate, niacin and riboflavin. The B vitamins are wonderful for managing mental stress which is just what my body needed

One of my favorite ways of getting enough greens in daily is green juicing and it’s been wonderful to scout out conscious healthy spots on our travels that serve up the juice..

This one from my currently favorite  

August 11 2018
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You can choose to enter the space of love
like one would a fighting ring—
chin low, fists high, sword in your back
pocket, expectant of the

That is one way.

But there is another entrance
and it creates a very different room.

You can enter mouth parted
with your redness offered up.
You can enter with a trembling, knowing
all is unknown and saying yes

There is a warrior strength in softness,
in the let go.....

Excerpt from my poem Calima. The full poem and poemdance will be on my YT  

August 8 2018

I often talk about what we put in our bodies as an important facet of our health.. Well so is what we put ON our bodies...and today, I am not talking about soap or body butters but rather, our clothes.
I watched the documentary The True Cost a few years ago (please see it if you haven’t), and it opened my eyes to how our clothing choices directly impact the health of others and of our planet.

These days, every item that I choose to be a part of my minimalist wardrobe (less than 30 pieces) is  

August 6 2018

As a holistic medical doctor guiding people in up-leveling their diets to achieve and sustain radiant and optimal health, here is one issue that comes up over and over again: the diet of my patient and clients’ loved ones.  

Sometimes we can self sabotage our health (often subconsciously) because we fear that changing our diets even for the better, will jeopardize our most precious relationships.

If this sounds familiar, check out my recent video “What if your partner eats a different diet.” I  

August 4 2018
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The past few weeks have been a whirl— wrapping up the U.S. dance/book tour for Delicious Healing (at least for this year) as well as gathering with and saying goodbye (for now)to loved ones in the States as we hit the road again.  

In the spirit of self care, I took a bit of a break from Instagram to ride the above whirl.

Speaking of self care, fasting during long trips has been a practice I have been loving for a few years now You can check out my You Tube video on jet lag for more on why I  

July 26 2018


Rosewater and my satin kimono: two beautiful, sensual ways I self care and nourish my most delicious life.

During my dance performance and holistic health talk at Healing Hands in San Diego THIS Friday at 7pm, I'll be sharing about the best foods that nourish great health. I will also talk about how nourishment extends beyond food-- offering practical tips to up-level into your most radiant health.


July 20 2018
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I am honored to have my poemdance It Happened selected as part of this year's Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival. .
The dance film will be screened July 27 so if you are in the Seattle area, please go check it (and the other dance films) out:

I'm also excited to be  

July 15 2018

"We ARE Nature. We are part of the crazy mystical, powerful beauty and mystery of Nature is.".

   -Excerpt from Delicious Healing

Link to the book is in the bio above.

I hope you carve out some playtime with Mama Nature this weekend!
Love to you.
#waterbaby #hydrotherapy #natureismedicine

July 10 2018
Herbs for Feminine Health- Presentation at Pura Luna Women

Herbs for Feminine Health- Presentation at Pura Luna Women's Apoethecary

I have been making poultices, tinctures, and teas from herbs since I was a little girl and now as a woman and physician, I love incorporating herbs wisely and holistically for my personal self care AND in the healing regimens I offer my patients and clients.

So I am delighted to be sharing a few of my favorite herbs that I often prescribe to women (as well as feminine practices around herb intake), as part of Pura Luna's Women Wellness Wednesdays, TOMORROW  Wednesday July 11 at 6:30pm in Santa  

July 7 2018
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If you are in the Ojai area, I hope you are staying cool - it is sauna weather here- and I hope you make it Sunday to my dance/book event at the lovely Hamsa studio in town. I'll be doing a dance performance specifically crafted to support your healing process as well as sharing ways on how we can nourish ourselves. And hint- it's not just about the food. But the food is also pretty crucial. Come partake in some delicious healing with me 😉❤️  

Santa Barbara and San Diego - you are next!!

July 4 2018
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It feels really good to be back in California and I'm thrilled to be offering THREE dance performance/holistic health presentations all about Delicious Healing during the moth of July! :

Ojai THIS coming Sunday,
Santa Barbara on July 22
San Diego July 27!

For more info on any of these events, check this link out http://drtumijohnson.com/en-US/56532/eventscalendar

And for all of you who are interested in Ojai's event, here is the FB event page:

June 26 2018
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I believe love to be the truest home and, in all its wild and gentle permutations, to be the greatest healer of all.
Photography by @ashleightaylorportrait
Styling and makeup by @cherylnacario
Dress by @purpleshuggar
#love #paris #loveheals

June 19 2018

Morning rehearsal to a chorus of toucans, howler monkeys, the trill of tropical insects.

One of the best ways to wake up and stay woke is to take time and listen to the sounds of Nature- and those sounds are always there whether you are deep in the woods or living in an urban jungle.
These sounds remind us of our vibrancy, our own pulsing, our irrevocable connection to every being..
#junglemusic #natureheals #danceeverywhere

June 8 2018

A raw vegan sushi recipe is up on my channel! NO food processor or blender required and it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. This recipe is high in thyroid-supporting iodine, vitamins C and A and K, as well as healthy  mono-unsaturated fats. Plus it is absolutely delicious. To see the full recipe video, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ME6ItBTQCk&t=15s   and bon appétit!

May 25 2018

I just created a video on my take on MSG as a physician. In it, I discuss the importance of minimizing processed foods.

Tomorrow at UC Irvine, I am delighted to give a holistic health presentation on mental health. And I will be sharing as part of it, the ways I naturally healed my severe depression. Eliminating processed foods was definitely part of it.  And there's much more.

Join me if you can in the UC Irvine campus from 1-3 pm tomorrow (Friday)! The presentation will include a health Q+A  

May 23 2018
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Hello world! Cherries are here! One of my favorite things about late spring are these little bombs of goodness. I love the deep sexy colors of this fruit, the mouth burst of tart and/or unabashed sweetness one gets and the ease of preparation. As in no preparation. We scored a pack of these the other day at the supermarket and in the small spot of sunlight we found just outside, I draped our well loved Ghanian cloth over my lap,  scooped out the contents of the pack and had a bloody 😏 good  

May 18 2018

I am so excited to be bringing my dance/book tour to California and the first event will be at UC Irvine on May 25th from 1-3pm!

1-2 pm presentation
2-2:30pm Q+A
2:30-3pm book signing

During this specific presentation/performance, I'll be focusing on mental health - an aspect of well being that is often still given short shrift. And yet it is so vital. I'll be sharing from my professional experience as a physician guiding people in treating mental dis-ease. I'll also be sharing about my past  

May 15 2018
March 9 2018

My new poemdance, Now You Are Free, is now available to watch. It is a guided meditation and dance piece that was created as a heart-opener. Enhanced with music by the talented Eddie deSouza, the dance is intended to help us rise up into our true, deeply loving, and creative selves. To experience the meditation/dance, please click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lekmgPjWGaY&t=31s  Much love and healing to you <3>

February 23 2018

My book, Delicious Healing, came out this month and I have been so humbled and thrilled by the response.  

The book is not just my writing but also contains my dance.

I wrote this book to share my own personal story of healing as a testament that with the right tools, true and sustained well-being is possible.
I share the tools that I used on my journey-- the very ones that I often share with my clients and  

January 22 2018
Chiang Mai dance rehearsal

Chiang Mai dance rehearsal

Happy 2018! I have had a busy beginning of the year-- giving yoga classes as well as dance performance/holistic health presentations at the amazing #fruitwinterfest in Thailand.. as well as working on my new poemdance which is a dance and guided meditation poem on opening our heart spaces. Getting into Nature, rehearsing barefoot on the earth has been grounding for me during this time. Wishing you a healthy and beautiful year and I am so excited to share more healing dances with you soon <3>

December 8 2017

Sending so much love to a place and community that are dear to my heart: Ojai and those that live in/nearby who have been affected by the fires. You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Here is a clip from a recent rehearsal of my new poemdance, which is all about opening up our heart space. Doing this, in my experience, is so healing in the aftermath of trauma <3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="ufaswujlacs&t=2s" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="">

November 17 2017

Love, Barcelona, and the book Eating Animals are all some of my inspirations behind the new poemdance I am working on. I just uploaded a video about these current inspirations including rehearsal clips. And you can check it out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nm8mzZUoac  <3>

October 27 2017

Feeling grateful for being on the beautiful island of La Palma on the Canary Islands. It's been a wonderful place for getting some much needed rest, and also for dancing. To see some short video clips of my dancing, you can find me on Instagram @thepoemdances.   I will be coming to you soon about the new poemdance I'm creating. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying this season wherever on the globe you might be <3>

October 6 2017

My new poemdance has been completed. It is called It Happened, and the piece is all about how we navigate through and rise through trauma. To see the dance and hear the poem, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boZ9D11dh_Q&t=1s  Much love and healing to you <3>

September 22 2017

My short poemdance film, California, has been selected to be a part of 40 NORTH Dance Film Festival in San Diego, CA. The film will be screened September 30 at Art Produce in North Park. For more information and to get tickets to the festival, please check out www.40northfest.com <3 also="" fyi:="" my="" new="" poemdance="" is="" almost="" completed..details="" coming="" soon!="" also="" fyi:="" my="" new="" poemdance="" is="" almost="" completed..details="" coming="">

September 4 2017

A new poemdance is slowly getting created. And a lot of it is inspired by trauma-- how we navigate through it and heal from it. To craft this piece, I am pulling from recent (and more remote) personal experiences as well as a lot of the traumatic events that are happening in our world right now. Here is a clip from a recent rehearsal for the piece. I will keep you updated on how the piece progresses and when it is completed. Much love and healing on your journeys <3 to="" see="" the="" rehearsal,="" please="" click="" here:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="wzsy1odjgci" to="" see="" the="" rehearsal,="" please="" click="" here:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="">

August 12 2017

An integral part of my ability to express myself and work as a channel for healing through dance, has to do with how I nourish myself both physically and mentally/emotionally. On August 19 at 2:30pm at Presidio Park in San Diego,  I will be giving a holistic health talk about true nourishment, how a HEALTHY plant based diet can be transformative for one's well being, and how we need to nurture activities outside of eating to truly feed our souls. I will also be offering a dance performance as  

July 26 2017


I am thrilled to be performing and presenting in a place I called home for 2 years and which keeps calling me back: Ojai, California. If you are in the area, come by Saturday, August 5 at 2:30 pm for a talk interwoven with dance performance.

The talk will include me sharing my journey from a sick doctor-in-training to someone who feels like my health (and sense of  

July 14 2017

One of the joys of traveling for me is dancing while traveling; moving my body in the diverse and beautiful spaces our planet offers. One such place- Crater Lake. It felt truly special to dance by this volcano-turned-deepest lake in the U.S. The following is a link to some improvisational dance movement I did while there. I  hope the movement and scenery uplift your day, and that you seek out some connection with Nature this weekend. Here is the video:   

June 26 2017
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I've been in Kauai for the past few weeks -- celebrating with a dear friend who got married here--- and it has been amazing to dance in a few of the many beautiful spots on this magical island. I am also so excited to be coming to the mainland to be offering my dance and holistic medical work. If you are in the Washington area, come join me Saturday July 1 at Colman Park in Seattle, Washington 2-4pm. I will be giving a holistic health talk interwoven with dance, and  there will also be a Q+A  

June 6 2017

I have completed "I Am the Sane" and in just a few days,  I am leaving Asia after 6 months here, and coming to America! I am so excited to be sharing my work while Stateside, including performing this poemdance in full and giving holistic health presentations. I will be in Hawaii, Seattle, Portland (Oregon) and throughout California from June through August. If you are interested in booking a performance and/or presentation from me, or you just want to say hi, please send me a message or post  

May 23 2017
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Photo from this morning's rehearsal of "I am the Sane also." Loving my current dance studio-- a sand bar during low tide on a beach in Siquijor in the The Philippines. I am completing the poemdance this week and you can then check out my YT channel (thepoemdances) to see the the complete dance piece. Much <3>

April 28 2017
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I recently made a video on some of the inspirations for the new Spring poemdance I am working on. They include experiencing an earthquake in Bali as well as some of the interactions I have had recently with patients and clients around the ideas of transformation. Here is the link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RATUNHnqYDM I hope you enjoy it. I am looking forward to sharing the poemdance with you once it's complete Much <3>

April 17 2017
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"One morning I danced and the earth decided she'd join in. It registered 6 on the Richter scale...." Excerpt of the poem I'm writing for the new Spring poemdance. This piece will be all about awakening and how we wake up to our best dreams. Photo from morning rehearsal on Koh Samet, Thailand. Much <3>

March 24 2017
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The poemdance for this past season is up. It's a bit of an experiment this time- a hybrid of dancing and me sharing my experience and advice around the healing practice of self love. The poemdance is called Renaissance and you can check out the video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywKrgYYFM5o&t=4s   Much love to you and Happy Spring!

March 9 2017
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I just submitted a film to an international dance film competition. The challenge: create a dance film that lasts just 60 seconds. Not 48 seconds or 65 seconds...60 seconds. The film took over 6 hours of editing but it was a joy to create. Wishing you much joy in whatever you are currently creating <3 here="" is="" the="" link="" to="" the="" film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="yvwhvdlvary" here="" is="" the="" link="" to="" the="" film:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="">

February 10 2017
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I am really excited to be in the final stages of creating this season's poemdance that is centered around self love. I recently made a video about the inspirations for the piece. Check it out here if you have a chance, and I'll be back soon with the completed dance. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcZrEyyM9n4&t=1s  <3 to="" you="" to="">

February 1 2017
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December 24 2016
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My morning rituals are an important part of what supports my health as a dancer..and human being. I just made a video about  the daily morning practices that are so helpful for centering myself and living my best life. Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik9QxGAF2Zg    I hope you find something in it that's useful to you. Please subscribe to my YT channel for more videos.   Peace, joy, and <3 to="" you="" this="" season!="" to="" you="" this="">