Tumi Johnson

the poemdances

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

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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

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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="">

December 15 2016
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California, the full poemdance, is completed! This is a piece that was commissioned by my mother and it is dedicated to her.  This poemdance is a quiet one and it's about family, journeying, healing, and hope. Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2pI6IYFsO4&t=6s Happy holidays to you <3>

December 1 2016
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I've been enjoying rehearsing my new poemdance California in this often deserted pier close to where we're currently staying. I'm excited to share with you the full piece on my YouTube channel (thepoemdances) in the next few weeks! Happy December to you <3>

November 15 2016

"California"- poem for new poem dance

Here is my new poem for the upcoming poemdance which was inspired by family. Family experiences may feel messy at times but they can also offer a space for healing and growth. Just in time for Thanksgiving...please enjoy <>
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October 12 2016
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Loving being in California, working on a new poemdance. This video talks about the inspirations for the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2amJgmKiks   Enjoy! <3>

September 29 2016
Williamsburg Art neXus (WAX)

Williamsburg Art neXus (WAX)

Tumi Johnson- dancing shared Williamsburg Art neXus (WAX)'s photo.

September 20 2016

Tumi Johnson- dancing shared Williamsburg Art neXus (WAX)'s event.

September 3 2016

Darkness is a beginning: The full Poem dance

My newest dance work, Dance is a Beginning, was just filmed in Slovenia. Thanks to Žare Manojlovič and Žiga Ostaševski for their support during a memorable day. Here is the link to the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJOgGvh8hig&feature=youtu.be Happy September and please enjoy <3>

August 11 2016
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Dancing is not just my work, it is also my favorite way to exercise. The number one reason I hear from people about why they're not exercising as much as they'd like is "I don't have enough time." The following video gives 3 powerful tips for overcoming this challenge. I hope you find it useful and discover more joy in motion.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v5uhPYlN9g   Much <3>

July 28 2016
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Here is the poem for the new dance piece being created, Darkness is a beginning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NUXi_1juGU  The piece is all about honoring and releasing our difficult emotions. I hope you find the poem spirit elevating. Much <3>

July 15 2016
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My weekly video is up! I've been saddened by the recent events in the U.S. and I wanted to offer some ways that we can honor and release difficult emotions. I believe doing this is an important step in creating both personal and social positive change.  In this video, I discuss the relationship among emotions, stress, and physical disease, and give a tool that you can implement in your daily life for more health and peace. Here is the link: https://www.  

July 7 2016
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NEW weekly video- in this one I offer one powerful suggestion for healing that made a huge difference in my personal and professional life. I hope you find it useful <3 here's="" the="" link:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="kyioyivqpys" here's="" the="" link:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="">

June 30 2016
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A new Muse video is up on my YouTube channel! In this one, I discuss the health benefits of cherries, my recent trip to Cambodia, and Brian De Palma movies...all inspirations for the new dance piece I'm creating. You can check the video out through this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64-1YwMWMak  I hope you enjoy! <3>

June 23 2016
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My YouTube dance channel is evolving and I'm so excited to begin offering weekly videos!  Please join me on there and subscribe to receive videos in which I'll be sharing my dancing, poetry, and holistic health tips. Here's a video link about the channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqlHQ14iTPQ  
Happy summer solstice and much <3>