Practice You with Elena Brower

Practice You with Elena Brower

By Elena Brower

Navigate and master life's transitions with bestselling author Elena Brower. This is your invitation to PRACTICE YOU. On the PY Podcast, expect raw, real inquiries into relationship, lifestyle, healing, education, spirit, service, ancient practice, and modern wisdom. Expect explorations that uplift our understandings, stories to support our strengths, and lessons in compassion to amplify our love. Together we’ll elevate humanity to spark, share, and sustain wellbeing. Welcome to PRACTICE YOU.


Episode 62: April Dawn Harter

On racism recovery as psychological, individual and collective healing. How April came to her work [2:35] Racism from a psychological perspective [11:12] Narcissism and codependency [18:43] White privilege. Complicity [23:00] Treating perpetrators. Defense mechanisms [26:08] Co-dependent racist savorism and anti-racist education on Instagram [33:19] Racist rejection of whiteness and cultural appropriation [57:51] Building trust and being trustworthy [59:50] Psychoanalysing racism and evidence-based practices [1:10:55] Stages of change [1:33:25] April is a former medical social worker, where she provided counseling to her patients and their family members to help them cope with the trauma of medical emergencies in the state of Texas. She later moved to Colorado and started her private practice to serve QTPOC patients with a history of racial trauma. After having worked with QTPOC, she decided to help prevent racism in society by working with white clients as a coach using the Racist Signature Theory. Finally, she opened up the Racism Recovery Center to provide psychotherapy for the treatment of racism. RESOURCES Racism Recovery Center Developing Self Trust Disparity in History textbooks All About Love, Bell Hooks The Courage to Trust, Cynthia Lynn Wall My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem Chloe Valdary, Theory of Enchantment Dr. Gabor Mate
08/08/201h 47m

Episode 61: Jesse Johnson

On scarcity in schools, committing to our edification, wealth as activism, and standing back to back as we heal. Jesse Johnson is a master sales and success coach, specializing in helping spiritual entrepreneurs build 7-figure businesses. An artist, activist, and educator, Jesse's career began with 12 years teaching math in NYC public schools. Frustrated by the limits of both bureaucracy and poverty, she founded her own personal development company and blew her own mind taking it to 7 figures in just 2 years. Jesse now teaches coaches, spiritual leaders, and healers to experience sales as a spiritual practice and match their income with their personal mastery - no compromise, no self-sacrifice, no mediocrity. Jesse’s experience of teaching in NYC public schools [0:45] How Jesse came to start her own business [10:19] Wealth as activism [14:03] Lifting others up from a place of alignment [19:07] What needs healing [21:48] Favourite view [23:32] Prayer [26:03] Money and liberation [28:02] Integrating physical identity with spiritual truth. Conversations about race [29:55] RESOURCES Jesse's YouTube channel Mastering Sales eBook Kate LaBrosse This is Me, Bipolar-Free, Kate LaBrosse Erika Matos SriKala
25/07/2039m 6s

Episode 60: Nadine McNeil

On the voyage of service, what still needs our attention, connecting to Mother Earth, and majestic remembrance. Nadine McNeil, is a yoga teacher, speaker, transformational coach and humanitarian whose mission is to ignite infinite possibility in people around the world and share yoga with diverse underserved communities. Over the last few decades, Nadine has travelled the world in service of the UN, UNICEF, Global Volunteer Network and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These and other experiences rooted Nadine’s continued devotion to activism. Inspired by her firsthand encounters with both the resilience of the human spirit and also its suffering, Nadine’s talks, workshops, yoga sessions and retreats are continually described as powerful, moving and insightful. Trust, Truth and Dare. Choosing a word as a compass [0:45] Releasing trauma from the body. Connecting to the earth [8:51] Nadine’s humanitarian work with the UN [15:25] Nadine’s transition into yoga [24:14] How Nadine merged all of her passions and gifts [29:23] What needs to be healed [33:24] Favorite view [35:17] Prayer [35:56] What the body knows [36:50] RESOURCES Nadine's 21-Day Reset Program Transformational Women's Circles Race Corona, On World Yoga Day My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem On Being podcast with Resmaa Menakem Michael Moore podcast Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
18/07/2044m 55s

Episode 59: Jeff Krasno

On whiteness in wellness, our responsibility, our clumsiness and our commitments. Creating Wanderlust [4:41] Spirituality and Civic engagement [16:30] Acknowledging complicity. The role of the wellness teacher [20:39] Black Lives Matter protests. Witnessing glimpses of Oneness [29:21] Grace for clumsiness. Taking moral inventory [36:33] Reframing the notion of separation [43:39] Shaping the world in small moments [47:59] Jeff attended The Hotchkiss School and received his BA in 1993 from Columbia University. In 2008, Jeff created the concept for Wanderlust, a series of large-scale events combining yoga & wellness with the arts. In 2018, Jeff founded Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being. As CEO, Jeff focuses on talent relationships, business development and building a stellar team. He also hosts the Commune podcast, interviewing a wide variety of guests from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Brendon Burchard and Russell Brand. Jeff serves on the board of Pure Edge, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating yoga and mindfulness curriculum into the public school system. Jeff is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Fast Company. Jeff has written two books, Wanderlust & Find Your True Fork and pens a weekly newsletter called Commusings. In 2016, he was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be part of the SuperSoul100 as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs. In 1995, Jeff married Schuyler Grant, his college sweetheart. Schuyler, a yoga teacher and director of Kula Yoga Project, served as the inspiration for Wanderlust. Jeff & Schuyler have three beautiful daughters, Phoebe, Lolli and Micah. They currently live in Los Angeles, California. RESOURCES Wanderlust Commune Pure Edge Kula Yoga Heavy - Kiese Laymon White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo
11/07/2052m 46s

Episode 58: Kiese Laymon

On studentship, using your art to heal, and becoming heavy enough to hold it all. Kiese Laymon is the author of three books, most recently the NY Times bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir. He is a Professor of English born and raised in Jackson Mississippi. The places we stay [3:26] What inspired Kiese to write Heavy to his mother [5:05] The consequences of masking pain [7:18] How learning requires failure [11:31] Parenting and secrets [14:25] The importance of tender touch [18:25] What does it mean to repair damage done? [21:43] The overlapping problems with police [25:19] Gambling addiction and recovery [29:50] Kiese's Grandmother. Embodying love. Heavy enough [36:03] Resources Heavy by Kiese Laymon Kiese Laymon on Dani Shapiro's podcast Family Secrets
27/06/2044m 42s

Episode 57: Biet Simkin

On choosing conscious shocks, conscious suffering and crystallizing your commitment. The Fourth Way [1:30] The law of divided attention [8:28] The law of aim [12:20] The law of identification [15:12] The law of shocks [20:54] The law of three [27:05] The law of self-remembering [30:55] Unnecessary vs necessary suffering [33:06] Buffers. How much joy can you stand? [36:45] The law of death [41:39] The law of crystallization [46:50] Biet is the world-renowned meditation leader dubbed the "Lady Gaga of Meditation." As a musician, Biet weaves the world of pop culture and spirituality, teaching practical applications of ancient spiritual wisdom. The teachings are featured in Biet’s best selling book, ‘Don’t Just Sit There!’ published by Simon & Schuster. RESOURCES Biet Simkin website Guided by Biet on Instagram Don't just sit there, Biet Simkin Biet Simkin music Views from the Real World - Gurdjieff Self Remembering - Red Hawk h The Overstory - Richard Powers Self-Remembering - Robert Earl Burton Hildegard non Bingen music The Lunar
20/06/2056m 59s

Episode 56: Toko-pa Turner

On belonging, dreamwork, and welcoming aging as a privilege. Toko-pa Turner is an award-winning Canadian writer, teacher, and dreamworker who blends the mystical tradition of Sufism with a Jungian approach to dreams. In 2001 she founded the Dream School, from which hundreds of students have graduated, and she speaks internationally on the subject of dreams and belonging. Sometimes called a "midwife of the psyche," Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reciprocity with nature, honouring grief, ritual, and beauty-making. Her book, "Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home" is the winner of multiple awards including the 2017 Gold Nautilus Award, the 2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Award, named Finalist in the 2018 Whistler Independent Book Awards, and Finalist for the 2019 Montaigne Medal in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. She lives on a small island in the Salish Sea of British Columbia. Our longing to belong [2:09] Toko-pa's early years [6:06] Honoring grief [10:12] Witnessing others in difficult times [12:11] Toko-pa's healing journey [19:25] Finding a place where our grief is welcomed [23:30] Dreams and the language of metaphors [26:35] Aging and our relationship to Elders [31:55] Prayer [35:34] Relocating Magic [37:07] RESOURCES Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home Belonging - Toko-pa Turner Toko-pa Turner on Instagram Rushing the redemption - Toko-pa Turner Birdwings - Rumi The Smell of Rain on Dust- Martin Prechtel A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
13/06/2041m 22s

Episode 55: Seane Corn

On the perpetual revolution of the soul, with the one and only Seane Corn. Becoming an elder [3:06] What Seane’s friend Billy taught her [8:12] The role of therapy in processing trauma, speaking out against injustice [15:33] Grief [29:50] Dismantling the systems within, creating social change [40:29] Seane's main mentors and guides [50:48] What Seane would say to a young yoga teacher [53:52] Resources Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action
16/05/2057m 34s

Episode 54: Paavo Siljamäki

On music as medicine, listening carefully, and the relevance of surrendering. Paavo's early connection to music [2:37] Things that help Paavo in uncertain times [6:39] What inspired the making of the Flow State album [9:33] Questions about work life balance as an artist [14:34] Improvising [19:00] Not knowing and surrendering [21:07] What needs healing [30:08] Favourite view [31:03] Prayer [31:42] Preview of new Flow State meditations album [34:22] Paavo Siljamäki, one third of Above & Beyond, has been at the forefront of electronic dance music for two decades. Co-founder of the iconic Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep record labels, hosts of Group Therapy, a weekly radio show reaching millions of dance lovers every Friday, the trio have earned two GRAMMY™️nominations for anthems 'Northern Soul' feat. Richard Bedford and 'We're All We Need' feat. Zoë Johnston. In 2018, the band’s fourth electronic album, Common Ground, debuted at number three on the Official Billboard Album Chart. Described by UK music bible Q Magazine as “the world’s biggest cult band," Above & Beyond's list of sold-out shows includes headline performances at historic venues such as NYC's Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall London, Red Rocks Amphitheater and record-breaking turnouts for their own festival events on LA's Huntington Beach and at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State. Songwriters first, producers second, Above & Beyond’s unwavering commitment to their craft has fueled a career spanning four acclaimed studio albums, 14 compilation albums, two acoustic albums and an album for yoga and meditation. Flow State Meditations - a new series of spoken word pieces by Elena Brower and three other inspiring women from around the world - will be released on the 11th of May on Above & Beyond's record label, Anjunabeats. RESOURCES Flow State Meditations Above and Beyond Daybreaker Daybreaker Twitch
09/05/2045m 26s

Episode 53: Laura McKowen

On the road to sobriety, the questions we need to ask, and the ways we need to listen. Laura McKowen inspires people to say yes to a bigger life after addiction. She’s the author of the forthcoming memoir, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life (January 2020), and has been featured on WebMD, The Guardian, The New York Post, Bravo, and the TODAY show. She writes an internationally recognized, award-winning blog, is the host of two Top 100 iTunes podcasts, and leads sold-out retreats and courses focused on sobriety and personal development. How Laura's Mom felt about the book [2:58] Laura's "last hurrah" before becoming sober [6:57] Finding a home inside oneself [12:27] Growing up [14:54] A different way of looking at anxiety [17:15] On not rushing our learning [23:32] When there is no "rock bottom" [26:12] Boundaries and The Pregnancy Principle [33:36] How Laura talks to her child about sobriety [37:13] Following the breadcrumbs [43:15] Prayer [47:34] Resources We Are the Luckiest - Laura McKowen Drinking: A Love Story - Caroline Knapp The Great Work of your Life - Stephen Cope
02/05/2049m 3s

Episode 52: Sierra Campbell

On intentional death and dying, elder and hospice care, and the conversations we need to have to help our elders die beautifully. Over the past 20 years, Sierra Campbell has worked with the elderly suffering loss of independence through health crises such as illness, a fall, operations, and facing the great unknown, death. After a decade of owning and operating a successful home care agency, Sierra burnt out and took time to reflect on her time helping more than 100 (mostly elders) people through death and dying. She realized the urgent need for families to understand the path ahead, make plans, and prepare for the inevitable in ways that bring them closer and affirm fully living this life. Sierra created Nurture.Co, a resource site to support and prepare individuals and families through all experiences end of life. On the site, you find many free resources, including Five Conversations, a free guide to plan with a parent or loved one for care at the end. Individuals, Family therapists, Geriatric Care planners, and Death Doulas utilize this resource to help clients organize relevant information and plan for care at the end. Sierra is a certified End of Life Doula, a Yoga and Meditation Instructor since 1999, and a Health Coach certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has a Bachelors of Science from Indiana University, Bloomington in Geographic Information Systems and Computer Science. Sierra began working in a skilled nursing facility at age 16 and considers herself a lifelong caregiver. How Sierra became committed to elder care [2:35] Sierra’s definition of Hospice care [6:51] Letting our loved ones know it’s ok to let go [10:54] The importance of looking ahead for your loved ones [16:55] Graduated care [21:31] Health care and long term health insurance [24:47] Volunteering for Hospice care [32:03] Hospice course, Education of Angels [34.10] Yoga and the dying process [38:49] Breath practices [44:24] Mary Oliver [51:44] Prayer [56:49] Resources Five Conversations free course Education of Angels hospice course Stephen and Ondrea Levine Jamyang Lama Rod Stryker Mary Oliver, The Leaf and the Cloud Mary Oliver, Devotions
18/04/2058m 47s

Episode 51: IN-Q

On poetry that transforms our ways of seeing, listening and being. IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of the world's most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He's inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 70 million views combined. Writing [1:56] IN-Q's history [9:00] Hip hop [15:40] IN-Q’s most memorable performance [17:36] The power of artistic community [19:18] Finding your voice [20:40] Reading of poem Change [26:32] What needs healing [30:17] Favourite view [36:10] Prayer [37:35] Reading [38:47] RESOURCES Inquire Within book Inquire Within audiobook Episode 33 Spoken word Episode 47 Kim Krans
11/04/2046m 46s

Episode 50: Elena Brower and James Benard

On communication in quarantine, with courageous openness. Prioritizing the team [1:47] Assuming that your partner's freak out is a coping mechanism [3:50] The importance of knowing yourself first [5:30] Moving together [7:01] Family meetings, being present [7:40] Checking in every day [12:14] Practicing courageous openness and mutual respect [19:07] RESOURCES Esther Perel podcast Hiro Boga The Mirror dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky The African Queen dir. By John Huston Angela Chambers Handel group Nurture Charles Eisenstein Benard Creative
02/04/2030m 47s

Episode 49: Nick Ortner

On the efficacy and daily magic of EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, to recognize, release and heal ourselves. Tapping as a way of letting go of the physical grip of old emotions [2:24] Nick’s early encounters with tapping [8:03] Making The Tapping Solution documentary [11:16] Tapping as a bridge to meditation [16:00] The power of acknowledging how we actually feel [17:48] The Tapping Solution App [23:49] Tapping session with Nick for anxiety [26:57] The practical insights that can be gained from tapping [34:52] Recognizing that it's ok to not feel anxious [36:15] Tapping Solution Foundation [37:24] Therapists who use tapping in their practice [41:24] Nicolas Ortner is CEO of The Tapping Solution, LLC, a company with a mission to bring into the mainstream a simple, effective, natural healing method known as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or “Tapping.” Tapping is a healing modality that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Nick's goal is to empower people to create healthy, abundant and stress-free lives through his books, films, CDs, online events and speaking engagements attended by participants from all over the world. Most recently Nick has developed the Tapping Solution App, which allows you to access free Tapping Meditations that help with a variety of stress-related challenges. He is the New York Times Bestselling Author of “The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living,” and is also the author of “The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain,” “The Tapping Solution for Manifesting Your Greatest Self,” and “The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children and Teenagers.” Nick has also written two children’s books entitled “The Big Book of Hugs: A Barkley the Bear Story” and “My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing.” Prior to that, Nick created and produced the breakthrough documentary film “The Tapping Solution,” which follows ten people who used tapping to overcome significant challenges, including chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, devastating grief and more. Nick’s books and film document real and extraordinary results that have inspired tens of thousands to follow suit by successfully applying tapping to their lives. Along with his siblings, Alex and Jessica, Nick has helped to create The Tapping Solution, a company on a mission to bring EFT Tapping into the mainstream. Resources The Tapping Solution Documentary The Tapping Solution App Tapping Solution Foundation Girls on Fire Leaders
21/03/2043m 30s

Episode 48: Scott Schwenk

A hybrid of laser-like practicality and cutting-edge visionary insight, Scott Schwenk has been catalyzing the inner evolution and leadership development of individuals, relationships, and larger groups and organizations for over 25 years. His work and teaching is a blend of stillness, unexpected expansion, laughter, discovery and potent actionable insights revealing dynamic inner freedom and a thriving outer life. Resources
14/03/2047m 49s

Episode 47: Kim Krans

Drawing as living energy [2:22] Turning towards the pain [4:44] The power of acknowledging and sharing our struggles [6:35] The characters of ‘Both’ and ‘And’ [12:48] The spectrum of addiction and handling infatuation [15:35] Drawing The Marquee [21:30] Honoring miscarriage through drawing, healing the Mother archetype [28:11] Mercy [31:25] Letter to the reader [37:07] Kim Krans is a visionary artist, author, and creator of The New York Times bestseller The Wild Unknown Tarot. Krans received her BFA in drawing at Cooper Union in NYC, MFA in mixed media at Hunter College, and an MA in depth psychology and creativity at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. Her seeker's heart has brought her to study in-depth practices of yoga and shamanism in India, Africa, Europe, and the UK. Kim teaches events and workshops that activate the forces of creativity and radical transformation through art, meditation, mysticism, and movement. Visionary artist and New York Times bestselling author Kim Krans returns with a decadently illustrated and incredibly raw graphic memoir that chronicles her multi-layered search for truth and recovery from an eating disorder and infertility in the throes of a health and wellness-obsessed culture, touching on the healing potentials of creativity and spirituality. With pen and paper as her trusted allies, revered visionary artist, spiritual seeker, and bestselling author of The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook Kim Krans chronicles her deeply personal journey of recovery through drawing in BLOSSOMS AND BONES: Drawing a Life Back Together. After canceling her flight home to wellness-obsessed Los Angeles, where Krans had been secretly experiencing a debilitating eating disorder, she finds her way to an ashram and seeks spiritual and creative refuge. For 40 days she relies on “drawing the feeling” as a way to realign her relationship to food, addiction, fertility, perfectionism, and the endless messaging of “never enough” echoing throughout current culture. She makes the ashram her home and embarks on the healing process through intricately hand-drawn narration of both her inner and outer worlds, canceling forthcoming high-profile teaching obligations and international travel. Radical simplification, meditation, community, and creativity bring her through the darkest chapter of her life. RESOURCES Frank Gehry Masterclass Howard Schultz Masterclass
07/03/2046m 22s

Episode 46: Desiree Mangandog

On boundaries, magnetizing prosperity, and practices for releasing blocks and renewing your relationship to abundance of all kinds. Desiree Mangandog is a Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist, author and Blue Diamond Wellness Advocate. She provides a unique perspective of essential oil usage by infusing ancient principles of Chinese Medicine. Her work holds a core philosophy that emotions are a significant factor in creating health or dis-ease. Boundaries for healers [2:18] Tools for accepting change [7:41] The importance of feeling in manifestation [13:15] Learning how to receive [15:05] Self-worth [21:09] Releasing emotional stagnation [22:53] Money Beliefs: Morality [26:35] Money Beliefs: Scarcity [31:28] Money Beliefs: Competency [33:54] Money Beliefs: Environment [37:26] What needs healing? [46:05] Favourite view [46:41] Prayer [47:10] Resources: I Am Magnetic, by Desiree Mangandog I Am Worthy, by Desiree Mangandog I Am Fabulous, by Desiree Mangandog
29/02/2048m 52s

Episode 45: Justin Michael Williams

On the true history of "woke" culture, dismantling toxicity and meditation as a recipe for freedom. Justin Michael Williams is an author, speaker, and top 20 recording artist who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. By working at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. He has been featured by and Yoga Journal, shared the stage with Deepak Chopra, and presented at events such as Wanderlust and SXSW®. His new book, Stay Woke, gives people of all genders, identities, colors, religions, ages, and economic backgrounds the tools to stop wasting time, overcome self-doubt, and wake up to the lives we were really born to live. For more information, visit Choosing your focus vs. operating from default mode [2:25] The meaning of the word “Woke” [8:58] Creating a vision from the center of your heart [12:19] Justin’s journey out of self-sabotage [16:11] Why Justin wanted to create a workshop feel in his book [24:11] Allowing space for the trauma and the joy [26:42] The practice of creating your own mantra [31:04] Creating habits with compassion [34:04] Social activism [39:40] What needs healing [44:41] Justin’s favourite view [48:01] Prayer [49:09] Stay Woke, Give Back [50:44] Resources Stay Woke by Justin Michael Williams Justin Michael Williams Stay Woke, Give Back A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
15/02/2053m 32s

Episode 44: Lauren Zander

On seeing and healing our patterns in life and in love, and the choices we make in every dimension, with Lauren Zander. The Three Hs of love [3:24] Why we settle [9:06] Talking about sex [10:22] Knowing your patterns [13:19] Getting honest [15:53] Doing the work [19:10] Your thoughts will manifest [20:40] Parent patterns [24:09] Learning to talk about yourself [31:21] Practicing integrity [36:46] Traits [46:57]
08/02/2057m 25s

Episode 43: Gabby Bernstein

On relating to your intuition and your own innermost guidance. In Super Attractor, Gabby lays out the essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams. This book will show you how to co-create the life you want. You’ll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don’t have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you’ll feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll give off a presence of joy that elevates everyone around you. Gabby can speak on but is not limited to the following: How to do less and attract more When you align with joy, every door will open The Daily Design method for starting your day off right How to relax and trust that what you desire is on the way The #1 reason you don’t attract what you want, and how to fix it The 4-step spiritually aligned action method for creating the life you want Accepting that you are a Super Attractor will change everything. You’ll know intuitively how to show up for life and bring more light to the world around you. Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional best sellers. She was featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabrielle to be part of the “Super Soul 100” a dynamic group of 100 trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified her as “a new role model.” YouTube named Gabrielle one of 16 YouTube Next Video Bloggers, she was named one of Mashable’s 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration and she’s featured on the Forbes List of 20 Best Branded Women. She appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra. Additionally, Gabrielle has been featured in media outlets such as ELLE, OWN, Kathie Lee & Hoda, The Today Show, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, the covers of Success Magazine, Experience Life Magazine and more. In September 2019 Gabby launches her seventh book entitled, Super Attractor. RESOURCES
04/02/2037m 29s

Episode 42: Ask Elena Anything

On all the questions you're asking of Elena, from personal to professional; from skincare to reading, teaching to healing, clearing your space, creating your home sanctuary.  
25/01/2042m 49s

Episode 41: Practice You 2020 Vision Session

Ask questions, invite clarity, create meaningful practices, and author your prayerful reality for the coming year. Your downloadable guide for our session is linked below; honoured to serve you as you welcome yourself to 2020.
12/01/2050m 2s

Episode 40: Natalie and Andy Goddard & James and Roxane Bybee

On the transition from lack and doubt to worthiness and trust--along with the recognition that there is indeed a better way, with Natalie and Andy Goddard + James and Roxane Bybee.
04/01/2033m 18s

Episode 39: Satya Scainetti

On the beauty and merit of hard work, and the gift and responsibility of creativity. On using your commerce to touch the lives of those in need, and the healing that comes with giving and receiving help. Satya Scainetti is the founder and designer of Satya Jewelry. A philanthropist, yoga teacher and Reiki healer, Satya lives a lifestyle dedicated to giving back to the world community. The name Satya, meaning “truth” in Sanskrit, inspires each person to find and live their individual truth. Satya has built a devoted global following as she creates beautiful, inspiring and meaningful jewelry that resonates with each customer’s own personal journey. Satya’s background in social work and passion for early childhood education sparked the creation of the Satya Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides children all over the world with hope, change and the opportunity to fulfill their destinies. Satya lives in New York with her twin sons and her dog Vishnu. Satya Jewelry is created with simplicity, style and global consciousness. Semi-precious gemstones renowned for their ancient healing properties are combined with 18kt gold plate, sterling silver and sacred symbols to create jewelry that brings peace and hope. Rooted in its mission to inspire each person’s own individual truth. Satya Jewelry is designed for your own individual journey. Resources
21/12/1927m 29s

Episode 38: Andi Keh

On unraveling blocks in the body, the healing that wants to come through you, and the merits of staying curious. Andi Keh is an artist and natural fabric dyer in Brooklyn, NY. She is the illustrator of The Moon Deck. Born and raised in Southern Indiana, her love for creating began as early as she can remember. Painting murals on her bedroom walls and drawing after school was her favorite pastime. At 20, she traveled and worked in fashion abroad in Italy and France, then followed her heart to NYC, where she received a degree in Textile/Surface Design in 2005. She married her love, William Keh, and became a full time mama of Ruby and West. She worked from home while also pursuing spiritual practices and yoga studies. She was certified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher through Yogamaya NYC, and taught family and private yoga classes. Divine timing led her to co-create The Moon Deck in 2014 — a world renowned oracle set of 44 illustrated cards + guidebook. Graphite drawing, watercolor painting and natural fabric dyeing with flowers and plant extracts are her mediums and techniques of choice. With the ebbs and flows of life and recently healing beyond breast cancer, her greatest intention is to use art as a means to share love, awakening and healing. Length: 44:16 Andi's healing from Breast Cancer [2:15] The stress we have held since childhood. The wisdom of seeking help [6:33] The healers that Andi worked with [9:14] Andi's family [16:15] Words for those who are healing [19:03] Illustrating The Moondeck [20:24] Working with silks [26:38] What needs healing [32:09] Favourite view [33:07] Prayer [34:35] Reading from Pixie Lighthorse [35:22] Reading from Tanya Markul [37:24] RESOURCES Ben Brown Louise Amar Benard Creative Ramit's Money Rules Pixie Lighthorse, Prayers of Honoring Tanya Markul, The She Book
14/12/1940m 23s

Episode 37: Lisa Wimberger

On daily neuroliteracy, teaching your nervous system to listen expansively, and five profound yet simple steps to shift unintentional programs to intentional responses. Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership, and Certificates in Medical Neuroscience, Visual Perception, and the Brain, and Neurobiology. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear, and NEUROSCULPTING: A Whole-Brain Approach to Heal Trauma, Rewrite Limiting Beliefs, and Find Wholeness. As the Founder of the Neurosculpting® modality, Lisa runs a private meditation practice in Colorado teaching clients who suffer from stress disorders, and she is a faculty member of Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Center, the Law Enforcement Survival Institute, Omega Institute, and 1440 Multiversity. Lisa’s experience with seizures [2:14] The impetuous behind NeuroSculpting. Learning the language of the body [6:02] Physical practices. Neurogenic Tremor release [10:45] The method of NeuroSculpting [12:20] Step one. Priming the nervous system to be listening in a parasympathetic, rest and digest way [13:45] The two different ways into the nervous system [17:14] The physical practice of shaking or Neurogenic Tremoring to regulate the nervous system [18:33] Step two. Enhance focused attention. Prefrontal cortex. The value of benign novelty [20:29] Step Three. Increase activity between the analytical and the intuitive self [23:08] Step Four. The body has portals into our psyche. How the brain values synchronicity [28.19] Step Five. Bookmarking an experience with a word [33:19] Lisa’s vision for the future [36:44] What to do after a fight with someone you love [40:11] Hand gestures [44:33] Children’s book. The Monster Under Your Bed [46:10] Lisa’s work with refugees [48:36] Resources NeuroSculpting by Lisa Wimberger NeuroSculpting Institute The Monster Under Your Bed by Lisa Wimberger The Polyvagal Theory by Stephen W. Porges Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine Neurogenic Tremor Release by Doctor David Berceli The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. The Warrior One Neurosculpting course for Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers Girls on Fire leaders
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Episode 36: Melissa Ambrosini

On Staying Present for Yourself and Your Business
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Episode 35: Louie Schwartzberg

On Nature as healing modality and connecting force. On the magical mycelium all around us, and the greatest natural solution for climate change. An award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places. Louie’s theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker; the documentary, Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, and America’s Heart and Soul for Walt Disney Studios. His latest feature film, Fantastic Fungi, which explores the world of mushrooms and mycelium and illustrates how this fascinating organism can provide sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems, from curing diseases, to saving the bees, and cleaning the atmosphere will be released in theaters fall, 2019. Louie has also directed the Soarin’ Around the World; a motion simulator ride film, one of the most popular attractions at Disney Theme Parks worldwide. His Netflix series, Moving Art, was renewed for a third season and will be premiering in September, 2019. Designed to inspire, educate and evolve our perspective on the world, each episode immerses viewers in the natural world, taking them on a journey through time and scale. Louie’s TED talks have gone viral with over 54 million combined views. His Gratitude Revealed series of shorts were launched on Supported by the Templeton Foundation, with science and analytics by the Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, the series explores the multifaceted virtues of gratitude. Louie is the only filmmaker to be inducted into the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation’s Invention Ambassadors Program. For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – we protect what we love. That is the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.” Louie is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Directors Guild of America and on the board of Earth Day Network. Time-lapse photography of decomposition [2:58] The role of mushrooms. Recycling [3:58] Mycelium network [7:38] Greatest natural solution for Climate Change [10:25] How everything is connected [14:19] Magic Mushrooms [16:58] Mushrooms as immune boosters for bees [25:55] Penicillin [29:19] The beauty of nature as a healing modality. Mahameru flower [31:01] What needs healing [37:34] Favorite view [39:40] Prayer [40:40] Resources Fantastic Fungi Wings of Life Paul Stamets' Ted Talk oil 6 Ways Mushrooms can save the world. The Master Game by Robert S. De Ropp
16/11/1944m 17s

Episode 34: Meggan Watterson

On the experience of being yourself, the ancient illusion of hierarchy, and true humanity--being both fully human and fully divine. MEGGAN WATTERSON is the author of REVEAL, The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy, The Divine Feminine Oracle, and Mary Magdalene Revealed. She is a feminist theologian with a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. MEGGAN facilitates the REDLADIES — a community of radical love—that lets her preach about female saints, mystics, gurus, and poets who inspire and teach us to live in service of love. She leads retreats and workshops on Mary’s gospel and the soul-voice meditation. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Marie Claire. She lives with her beloved son and his exuberant goldfish, Bob. Feminist Theologian. [3:20] The misperceptions of Mary Magdalene. Early Christianity. Intrinsic goodness of all regardless of rank.[5:35] The acts of Paul and Thecla.[11:30] How stories of Christ became more divine and Mary became more human. [14:30] Thecla and Paul. Courage meeting courage. Initiating herself. [17:01] Mary Magdalene’s Gospel. An understanding of a love that renders us all equal.[23:25] Attempted destruction of Mary’s gospels. Egyptian christians refusing to destroy the gospels. [24:20] Christ called for us to become true human beings. Fully human and fully divine. We are meant to be both. Nous. The eye of the heart. The Seven egoic powers. [25:10] Meggan’s first calling as a feminist theologian. The body never lies. The erasure of women’s voices.[29:40] Judgement towards women. Ignorance. Unconsciousness. We must stop oppressing ourselves. [31:45] The Red Spring at Glastonbury. Mary 9:14. Learning to discern between the soul and the ego.[35:12] Bring love where it has never been before. Feeling rage and acting from love. [38:16] The Crypt in Saint-Maximim. Illusion of seeing others as more worthy. Love renders us all equal.[41:47] What needs healing. Worthiness. Resting in trust that you are worthy. [46:35] Favorite View.[49:32] Prayer. Gnosis. [50:18] RESOURCES Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson Reveal by Meggan Watterson Divine Feminine Oracle by Meggan Watterson
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Episode 33: Ritual of Recovery

The Ritual of Recovery: Elena's first spoken word piece to honour her five years of sobriety.
21/10/1914m 13s

Episode 32: Gabrielle Lyon

On healing in all its forms; muscle-centric medicine, gut healing, evidence-based healing modalities and the importance of soul family. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a Washington University fellowship trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. Dr. Lyon works closely with the Special Operations Military as a part of the Task Force Dagger Foundation. In addition, her practice services, innovators, mavericks, executives, and anyone looking to level up their health. Dr. Lyon brings unparalleled results to her patients with personalized advanced nutritional interventions, metabolic and genetic testing, and behavioral action implementation. She leverages evidence-based medicine with emerging cutting-edge science to restore metabolism, balance hormones and optimizes body composition with the goal of a lifetime of vitality. Resources Free Lyon protocol - Weekly Newsletter -
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Episode 31: Ruth King

On racism as a curable heart disease, the ever-expanding gift of mindfulness, and what it means to stay awake and responsive in these times with care and wisdom. Ruth offers us an invaluable meditation to close. Ruth King is an Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author and consultant. She is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches insight meditation retreats nationwide. Recognized as a trainer of trainers and consultant to consultants, King teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program to teams and organizations, supporting an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential through a mindfulness lens. King has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is the author of several publications including The Emotional Wisdom Cards, Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible, and more recently Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. For more information, visit Mindfulness as a way to reprogramme our nervous system, as we deconstruct our minds. [3:00] How Ruth came to this work. [6:38] The gap between our good intentions and what we do. [8:45] Cultivating presence so that we can bear witness. [9:40] Waking up to white privilege. Helping white people shift from the idea of being a good individual. Making this issue a collective priority. [10:45] What it would be like if white people were talking to their children about race. [14:13] Connecting the dots between what we read and the subtle shifts we make in our lives. [17:58] The six hindrances. [20:35] Internalised oppression. Representation and scarcity. [22:01] Stars and constellations. Looking through the lenses of individual and collective. [30:00] How white people can teach other people about whiteness. Racial affinity group work. Understanding our racial conditioning. [32:14] Cumulative impact. Generational fatigue. [36:50] Prison industrial complex. [39:08] Can we mobilize a collective consciousness around our racial conditioning so that we can see what’s happening? [44:46] Prioritizing kindness no matter what. [45:33] Ruth King leads us in a ten minute guided meditation. [45:55] The 5-5-5 rule and Mindfulness practice. 5 mins a day, 5 days a week, 5 weeks.[56:00] This work is messy and it's the work of a lifetime. Deep inner work.[56:36] Prayers from Mindful of Race. [1:01:36] Resources Mindful of Race by Ruth King Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis Mindful of Race Training - The Mindful of Race Training Program supports an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning through a mindful lens. The Emotional Wisdom Cards - This 50 card deck is ideal for individuals, couples, communities, work teams, support groups and other relationships seeking understanding, connection and ease.
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Episode 30: Julian Brass

On owning our anxiety as a sacred cue to wake up and remember ourselves. On becoming our own eternal support system. Practical tools to soothe and serve--yourself and others. Length: 56.10 Timecodes: Breathing. [2:38] Teachers and singing. [4:00] Using discernment to reduce anxiety.[4:45] Power of playing.[6:45] Planning your meals. [9:00] Surface level anxiety. Simple choices that can help. [9:45] Body as a gateway to the mind. Anxiety as a helpful sign to let you know something is out of alignment. [10:44] Watching for the after effects of toxicity in your life. [14:28] Being mindful of the music you choose. Jai-Jagdeesh.[17:49] Tiny choices that contribute to anxiety.[19:17] Choosing your self-talk.[20:18] Becoming your biggest fan. [21:00] Visualization. [22:49] Creating Art as therapy. [28:10] Ending negative relationships. Developing a more positive relationship with yourself. [31:06] Wanting to live a better life. [35:00] Volunteering. Donating resources.[37:40] What needs healing. [0:25] Favorite view. [47:31] Prayer. [49:03] Julian Brass is an international keynote speaker, yoga teacher, anxiety coach, and author of the book Own Your Anxiety - 99 simple ways to channel your secret edge. His personal journey of learning to shift his relationship with anxiety while being the former CEO of the number one media company for millennials in Canada. Prior to the launch of the book, Julian has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, Global, and Now it can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Costco, Amazon, and over 100 Hudson’s Airport Booksellers. Resources Own Your Anxiety includes 99 easily digestible tips for shifting your relationship with anxiety. Split mindfully into three sections; own your body, own your mind, own your soul - this book has valuable tips to assist anyone through their healing journey. For a small investment, you can have the tools that can change your life. The book is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Costco, Indigo, and over 100 Hudson's airport sellers. Follow Julian's journey @julianbrass on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
05/10/1956m 11s

Episode 29: Amy Ippoliti

On the changing ecology of the yoga world, the importance of mentorship, and how we mature as teachers. Amy is a yoga teacher, author, and earth activist. Her caring approach brings ancient wisdom to modern seekers, both on and off the mat. She shares her passion for yoga, health, and earth conservation, through her writings for Yoga Journal, Organic Life, Prevention Magazine and others. She is a featured teacher on and a pioneer for advanced yoga education, serving both students as well as fellow yoga teachers. In 2012 she co-founded 90 Monkeys, a professional development school that has enhanced the skills of yoga teachers in 65+ countries internationally. In 2016 she co-authored the book, The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga, which has become a staple in yoga teacher trainings around the globe. Yoga in New York in the 1990s. Amy’s desire to help new yoga teachers thrive. [3:14] Yoga Teacher Mentorship. Asana and personal coaching off the mat. [6:53] Anusura yoga. [10:42] The future of yoga. Bringing meaning to each class. [13:30] What needs healing right now. [18:16] Favorite view. [19:50] Prayer. [22:05] Amy's future in teaching. Environmental activism.[24:05] RESOURCES The Art of Studentship and Yoga Mentorship Come of Age by Stephen Jenkinson Stasher Bags Wild Aid NRDC Blue Sphere Foundation SeaLegacy 90 Monkeys Teacher Training programs - The mission of 90 Monkeys teacher training programs is simple: To change the world through providing yoga instructors and studios the tools to be the gold standard for yoga in your community. "The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga" book - This indispensable and inspiring book guides both new and established professionals toward maximizing their impact as teachers and achieving their career goals.
21/09/1930m 16s

Episode 28: Vanessa Cornell

On the real breaking points, perils and virtues of honest parenting, creating more time for adventure and more space to be ourselves. Vanessa Cornell founded NUSHU Society through a personal need for a soulful community of women interested in exploring the self through powerful ideas and practices. Through events based in New York, NUSHU Society creates a space where women can feel safe to connect deeply, try new things, have fun and learn. Our collective goal is to lead a passionate, authentic and joyful life. Other passions include surfing, rock climbing, wine and contemporary Japanese ceramics. Vanessa lives in New York with her husband and five children. Length: 46:54 [1:46] - Bringing people together. [2:32] - Maternal health. Christy Turlington. Every Mother Counts. [5:30] - On maintaining her identity and honoring her voice, as a mother of five. [12:02] - Paying attention to your needs as a small act of rebellion. [15:09] - Founding Nushu. Gathering women together. Allowing space for vulnerability. On going first. [21:33] - On noticing what underlying values are at play: achievement vs. resting. [23:14] - Energy Medicine and kids. [26:48] - Bedtime with family. [29:33] - Spending time apart from kids. [30:38] - What needs healing. On loving our whole selves. [34:30] - Favorite view. Finding flow. [36:13] - Prayer as a connection to source. Meditation. [40:06] - Surfing as a way to feel alive. Fear vs physical sensation. Resources Nushu Society Every Mother Counts Energy Medicine by Dr. Jill Blakeway Calm app Daybreaker
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Episode 27: Rebekah Borucki

On mothering as hosting a human, lessons learned from repeating history, and remembering that what we’re healing was never broken. Length: 43:02 Timecodes: Experience on Veria with Got Zen TV show. [1:44] Rebekah’s family. Understanding what it’s like to be an other. [3:53] Motherhood. Experience of race. Belonging. Finding our way. [7:30] Healing estrangement from our parents/children. Lauren Zander. Providing a soft place to land. Seeing your child as a child of the Universe passing through. [10:12] Foster parenting. How we are all brothers and sisters. Giving your children autonomy. [19:10] Communicating directly and concisely with your partner. Lauren Zander. Radical truth. Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower’s ICBD: Intentions, Concerns, Boundaries, Dreams. [20:55] On writing Managing the Motherload.< Celebrating all the small things that go well in parenting. [25:25] What needs healing right now. [31:44] Favorite view. [32:54] Prayer. [34:00] Relationship between action and prayer. Activism. Time. Talent. Treasure. [35:36] Handel Group. Truth as liberation. [39:34] Bio Rebekah “Bex” Borucki is a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, birth doula, and author of You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life: Simple 4-Minute Meditations for Inspiration, Transformation, and True Bliss (Hay House 2017) and her brand new book, Managing the Motherload: A Guide to Creating More Ease, Space, and Grace in Motherhood (Hay House 2019). Her mission is to make mental health support and stress management tools accessible to all. For more information, visit Resources Managing the Motherload: Private Facebook community: You Have 4 Minutes to Change your Life by Rebekah Borucki Voice Lessons for Parents by Wendy Mogel Ph.D. Getting to Hell Yes by Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson Handel Group and Lauren Zander
07/09/1943m 3s

Episode 26: Eileen Flannigan

On the education and empowerment of adolescent girls as one of the keys to the future of the world. Length:43:16 Timecodes: 2:05 How Girls on Fire Leaders was born. 6:24 Girls on Fire Leadership Camps. Samburu. The power of using your voice. 9:36 What drew Eileen to this work. Women and poverty. India. Kiva Fellowship ( Manipur. Microfinance. Leadership potential. 15:40 Work with Shofco Access to nature. Karura forest. Mind expansive experiences. 19:09 Partnering with other organisations. Community involvement. 20:56 High numbers of HIV among adolescent girls. How leadership programs decrease these numbers. 21:35 Collaboration. 22:30 doTERRA Healing Hands foundation is matching donations to Girls on Fire Leaders before September 15th 2019. 24:14 Workshops with boys. How do we lead with empathy and love? 26:52 Makesh teaching classes using Practice You book. 27:52 Leadership in community. Girls on Fire Leaders asking important questions. 31:21 Outcomes of Girls on Fire Leaders since 2014. Vision. Design thinking. 36:00 What needs healing. Voice. Assignment: Consider how the trauma you endured as a child could become your greatest teaching in your work. 38:44 Favorite view. 39:42 Prayer. 40:28 Ways to be involved. Resources: The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp.
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Episode 25: Jade Shutes

On aromatherapy as a path to activating our innate balance, understanding tissue states, and the study of Aromatic Medicine. Length: 51:05 Jade's first experience with essential oils.[2:21] Aromatherapy and massage in the UK. Marguerite Maury’s holistic approach. The oils’ potential to reduce the impact of stress on the body. [6:07] The Framework: Shifting the Paradigm, beginning with the heart: [7:23] Acute intervention with the oils. Fennel and Digestion. [12:00] The body's innate ability to heal. Helping the body through the use of essential oils, to help the body do what it wants to do. [15:08] Essential oils and pharmaceuticals. [18:41] Reawakening our relationship with aromatic plants. Altering perception. Reconnecting to nature. [20:15] [How herbs and oils can co-exist. [26:15] Respect for the potency of the essential oils. [29:13] Our intuition as a valuable resource. [32:07] Western Herbal Energetics. Six tissue states: dry/moist, tension/laxity, heat/cold. Using essential oils to support the body in returning to homeostasis. New language beyond treating pathology. [34:18] What needs healing right now. 40:45] Favorite view. [42:42] Prayer. [44:30] Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course [45:24] Resources Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course. Marguerite Maury's guide to Aromatherapy. Shifting the Paradigm: Thomas Easley of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie SPECIAL PODCAST OFFER Save 25% off of Aromatic Medicine with code ebrower
17/08/1951m 6s

Episode 24: Julie Smerdon

On the confluence of effort and grace, the benevolent forces at play, and the electric walkway of this life.
10/08/1923m 49s

Episode 23: Abbie Galvin

On ritualizing your practice, developing your interior world, and measuring up for joy, with Abbie Galvin, author of 'Home Practice' and founder of The Studio. Abbie Galvin is the owner of The Studio, a NYC based yoga studio, teaching Katonah Yoga. She has been honing this practice for the past 25 years and has a strong student-base from all around the world. Abbie's instruction is informed by her own creative process as a filmmaker and from her exploration of the therapeutic process as a psychoanalyst. She has learned over and over that truly participating in any formal process of self-exploration leads to transformation whether it be physical, psychological or intellectual. Her goal is to engage students of yoga in the dialogue between their conscious and their unconscious selves because it is through that effort that we potentiate ourselves. It is her intention as a teacher to cajole each student in that most rigorous effort to be grounded, to grow upwards, and to participate in the creation of their best self. Length: 45:44 Timecodes: 0:45 Home Practice Book. Ritualizing your home practice, gaining insight. 4:40 Abbie’s home practice and time management. 6:05 Longevity practice. As you get older, your interior life expands. 8:38 The interior shift of mind to the body’s intelligence. 9:08 Cocooning yourself in your own breath. Being kind to yourself and using ritual to elevate your experience. 10:02 Grounded being practice as an antidote to the doing culture. 11:20 Ties between the interior organs and the peripheral. 13:07 Kidneys as battery. 14:24 Practical details for setting up a home practice. 16:52 Creating a community of shared public space, with mats facing each other. 18:35 Why there is no Shavasana at the end of a Katonah class. 20:40 Middle of the practice. 23:15 Readings from the Home Practice book. 24:43 Time knows everything. It is through time that you become yourself. 27:45 What you’re doing in the silence of the postures to heal yourself. 30:31 Fluency practice. 31:45 Longevity practice. 33:27 Staying with yourself. 34:05 Magic Square on the palm of the hand. 37:10 Nature’s intelligence is seen through its’ patterns. There is a technique for joy. 38:34 What needs healing right now. 39:45 Favorite view. 42:50 Prayer as a capacity to be with yourself. Resources The Studio Come of age by Stephen Jenkinson Katonah Yoga Home Practice Book A home practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, wellbeing and long life. A home practice is a commitment to self-care, a ritualized modus operandi for one’s participation in a technical integration of mind, body and breath. Engaging in a home practice is a way of addressing the manner in which one personally organizes one’s self; developing a determined life, setting goals and following through. Our home practice book will guide you through developing your own home practice.
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Episode 22: Gabrielle Hartley

Practical wisdom for separation and divorce; shifting internal narratives, prioritizing positives, taking the high road, and the importance of the long view. Length: 43:20 Timecodes: 0:43 Holding a state of being Better Apart by separating with the five pillars: Patience, Clarity, Respect, Peace and Forgiveness. 2:35 How divorce attorneys responded to the book. 5:35 Gabrielle’s work as a divorce attorney, and her experience of her own parents’ divorce. 7:40 Creating a safe environment within yourself. 9:10 Seeking help if someone is unable or afraid to leave. 10:58 Shifting your internal narrative. 12:45 Finding a counsellor or meditator to set up interim living situations. 13:44 Patience. Slowest is fastest. 17:32 Clarity. Asking for precisely what you need. Acknowledging what you brought to the table. 24:36 Peace. Reconstructing your separation/divorce as a sanctuary of possibility. Peace as a practice. Creating a mantra for yourself. 30:52 Respect for yourself and others. Creating stronger boundaries. Spending more time with things that you happy. 36:46 Forgiveness as a gift to yourself. Recognizing your own humaneness. From contraction to expansion. Acknowledging the reason you came to this person in the first place. 41:25 Masterclass based on the five pillars. Resources
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Episode 21: Kate Northrup

On the life-changing art of doing less, appreciating more, and savoring the cyclical nature of your life. As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital empire with her husband, Mike Watts, that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. They are committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Kate teaches data-driven and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress. Kate has a membership of over 1,000 entrepreneurs called Origin® Collective that’s about infusing more feminine energy into your business and reclaiming your time, and she has also helped over 5,000 students heal their relationship with money with her signature Money Love Course. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages, and her second book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms, is now available wherever books are sold. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Wanderlust, The Huffington Post, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughters in a cozy town in Maine. Length: 45:56 Timecodes: 0:44 Money a Love Story 2:33 Do Less Self-worth and how we interact with commodities such as time and money. 8:32 The only way to create a new system is to be it. 9.25 Knowing which actions are the 20% that will yield 80% of your results. 10:43 How motherhood can help us care less about what others think. 11:30 Identifying and prioritizing actions that lead to your biggest wins. 15:24 On the cyclical nature of things. Using the four predictable energy phrases, to honor how you feel and organize your time. 23:07 On trusting that your body is your home. Assignment: Think about someone with whom you have felt deeply at home. Describe in detail. Consider that you could potentially feel that way within your own body. 27:12 Menopause, Adolescence in reverse. The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup. 28:46 Reverse engineer your schedule to reflect your core values. Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu. 33:13 Receiving help. Making it a practice. Asking in advance. 35:20 Simplifying. 37:25 Identifying energy leaks. 40:46 Magic of sleep. 42:14 What needs healing. Prioritizing pleasure. 43:11 Favorite View. 44:20 Prayer as trust. Resources
06/07/1946m 57s

Episode 20: Gemma Gambee Lewis

Artist and meditation teacher Gemma Gambee Lewis on the work that helps us share the most primary inner state, and taking meditation into our actions in the world. Gemma Lewis is a meditation and spiritual teacher nurturing the integration between the spirit and the mind. After a 20-year career in international fashion modeling, trend forecasting, and brand building, Gemma is most at home when sitting in meditation and teaching what this practice has generously given. She classically trained for more than two decades in the traditions of Yoga, Bhakti, the Vedas, Vedanta, and Kashmir Shaivism. When she is not meditating, she's wrapped up in other creative pursuits like drawing, painting and deep-diving brand strategy work in the fashion, art, design, and film industries. Resources
29/06/1944m 48s

Episode 19: Sascha Lewis

Co-Founder of Flavorpill and EVRYMAN Sascha Lewis on creating community, leadership, the experiential evolution of what it means to be a man, and becoming full-spectrum humans. Length: 59:30 Timecodes: 1:25 Yoga on the Great Lawn. Flavorpill. Reggie Watts. Buddy Wakefield. 5:00 Yoga at MoMA. Pipilotti Rist exhibit. Michael Rothman. Art of Yoga at the Guggenheim. 8:48 How can culture be more accessible? Quiet Mornings at MoMA. 10:58 Evryman organisation. Dan Doty. Men from all walks of life. Permission to be raw and emotional. 21:17 Men’s work at highschool, prisons, military. Aaron Blaine. 24:53 Me Too movement. How are we going to evolve? Men learn by doing and experiencing. 30:55 Committing more time to family. We yearn for presence. Full spectrum human. 32:57 Difficult moments. Slowing down. The power of knowing that we’re heard. 33:50 Creating the container for this work. It’s a practice. 35:25 Co-ed groups. Wanderlust Wellspring. Beautiful displays of humanity. 37.00 Collective healing journey. Evolution. 37:49 World War II. Trauma. Fathers. 40:33 Critical work. Meaningful connections. Change is in our hands. 42:58 Unravelling micro-traumas. How are you really feeling? 45:20 Men are leaning in. All denominations. Support and accountability. 47:54 Self-worth. Work statements. What is your edge? 51:53 Favorite view. 53:56 Prayer as a sense of reverence. 57:27 Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT). Esther Perel. Resources: Evryman organisation Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT) Wanderlust Wellspring Yoga at MoMA
22/06/1958m 41s

Episode 18: Eddie Stern

On prioritizing the behaviors that lead to awakening. On the kindnesses, and the softening. On breathing as physiological healing. Length: 58:29 Timecodes: 0:45 One simple thing. Overcoming the divided self. Our untapped potential. 2:54 Hierarchies in yoga. The unknown. Yoga is a practice of knowing who you are. Listening so we know what to do. 6:52 Reading Siddhartha at 15. Who am I? What am I doing here? What do I do next? Self-referral. 9:35 Being established in your awareness. 10:28 Listening and prioritizing. 12:42 Eight limbs of yoga as responsibilities. Spontaneous behavior of an awakened person. 17:20 Distracted mind is not a bad thing. 18:00 The energy that is watching. 20:25 Reorganization of the brain and yoga poses. 24:24 Eddie’s daily practice. 24:52 Breath as the easiest way to move inwards. Resonance Breathing. Nostril Breathing. The Breathing App 35:06 Strengthening and balancing the nervous system. 40:21 It is actually hard to be kind and peaceful. Why we need these practices. 41:55 The Vagus Nerve and heart health/ inflammation/ emotion. Vagal Tone, the smooth flow of current to/from the brain and gut. Dr Stephen Porges Physiological basis for transcendence. Posture, Breathing, Vocalization and Behaviour. 52:44 Inflammation. 53:13 Favorite view. 53:44 What Prayer means to Eddie. Invitation. Resources Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Dr Stephen Porges The Breathing App One Simple Thing Episode 14, referencing some of our discussion The Breathing App (it's free and brilliant)
09/06/1958m 30s

Episode 17: Gabby Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional bestsellers. She was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabby to be part of the “SuperSoul 100,” a group of 100 people whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified her as “a new role model.” Gabby appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra. Her seventh book, Super Attractor, comes out in September 2019. For more on her work, visit Length: 34:15 Timecodes: 1:34 How Gabby inspired Elena during her recovery. May Cause Miracles book 4:00 Reframing. Re-aligning. Allowing rock bottom to be the place where the light enters. 5:50 If it isn’t real, it can’t be shared. 7:03 Being authentic and vulnerable, but also knowing when not to be. 9:28 The Universe Has Your Back. To teach is to learn. 10:29 Addiction Recovery. Spirit Junkie How this book helped Elena to feel comfortable talking about Spirit. 12:37 Judgment Detox 14:01 Small steps can get you to where you need to be. 14:40 What inspired Gabrielle to create Spirit Junkie Masterclass. Yogi Bhajan: "I am not here to create disciples, i’m here to create teachers." 18:30 When you earn abundantly for the work that you do, you can make an even bigger impact on the world. 19:45 Remembering that your healing is your message and your teaching. 20:17 Marketing as a way to provide help where there is a need. 21:45 How to be abundant doing the work you feel called to do. 23:43 How Gabby holds space as a teacher. Knowing how to open to the light, while also having boundaries. 28:16 Postpartum anxiety. Importance of seeking help. Postpartum Support International . The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook 32:00 Gabby's favorite view. 32:50 Prayer as conscious contact with a higher power of your own understanding. Resources May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein Postpartum Support International The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook Learn about Spirit Junkie Masterclass
01/06/1934m 16s

Episode 16: Lauren Zander

Lauren Zander, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group On refining our inner dialogue, personal integrity, transparency in relationships and parenting, letting your shortcomings be funny, and navigating the space between conditional and unconditional love. Lauren Handel Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology, The Handel Method®, is taught in over 35 universities and institutes of learning around the world, including MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU, and the New York City Public School System. Lauren is also the creator of inner.u: Learn to Human BetterⓇ , the online coaching course that teaches the entirety of The Handel Method, which has been used by dozens of celebrities, CEOs, and entrepreneurs since 2004, and she is the author of Maybe It’s You (Published by Hachette Book Group, April 2017), a no-nonsense, practical manual that helps readers figure out not just what they want out of life, but how to actually get there. She has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private and corporate clients, including executives at Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Vogue, BASF, and AOL. Lauren has been a featured expert in The New York Times, BBC, Forbes, Women’s Health, Dr. Oz, and Marie Claire and she is a regular contributor to Businessweek and the Huffington Post. STUDY WITH LAUREN: Learn to Human Better with my coach and dear friend Lauren Zander. Register for a lifetime subscription to Lauren's online coaching course, Inner.U. Find a special course discount for $75 off AND an offer for a complimentary coaching consultation at Your Inner.U subscription includes: 12 audio coaching sessions from Lauren Zander, 1 free private coaching session with an HG coach, 14 homework assignments, and the interactive Promise Tracker to accelerate your accountability and track your promises and consequences. Learn to Human Better with my coach and dear friend Lauren Zander. Register for a lifetime subscription to Lauren's online coaching course, Inner.U. Find a special course discount for $75 off AND an offer for a complimentary coaching consultation at Your Inner.U subscription includes: 12 audio coaching sessions from Lauren Zander, 1 free private coaching session with an HG coach, 14 homework assignments, and the interactive Promise Tracker to accelerate your accountability and track your promises and consequences. On the web: HGLife.Coach On Instagram @handelgroup Length: 53:09 Timecodes: 0:45 Introduction to Lauren Zander and The Handel Group 3:38 Habits and inner dialogue. 7:00 Lauren teaches personal integrity (keeping promises to yourself) and transparency. 9:30 Make a promise. Make it public. Be held accountable and pay a consequence. 11:30 Having integrity with anything you consider a vice, because it can get in the way of your vision. 12:40 Relationships: Maybe it’s You Bodegas and what each person is accountable for. 17:23 Know the truth of the division of labor in a relationship. How do we operate brilliantly together? 22:10 On not trying to change your partner. 24:45 Difference between conditional and unconditional love. 33:35 Parent Letter exercise and how it can restore unconditional love. 37:45 Asking your child at the end of the day, “what could i have done better?” 40:25 On being allowed to tell the truth and to make mistakes. The importance of saying sorry. 41:13 Inner.U course Having a sense of humour about what’s dark. Making new promises as a relationship grows. 46:07 What Prayer means to Lauren. Connecting to the subconscious and imprinting dreams. Neville Goddard. On imagination being God. 47:40 The Commune course with Lauren . Jeff Krasno (founder of Commune and co-founder of Wanderlust Scott Schwenk RESOURCES Learn to human better with Commune Commune courses Maybe It’s You by Lauren Zander ( The Power of Imagination. The Neville Goddard Treasury
25/05/1953m 10s

Episode 15: East Forest

On Nature as musical instrument, pauses as assets, honouring the elders, everyday ceremony. Includes a bonus track of Ram Dass x East Forest. Derived from the German translation of his last name, East Forest (aka Trevor Oswalt) creates a hypnotizing brand of music for old souls that blends achingly emotional wordlessness, ambience and contemporary classical touches with a touch of pop sensibilities and electronic flavors. Based in Boulder Utah, Oswalt performs internationally and is armed with a live show that is continually evolving; sometimes performing solo, sometimes with a string section, and often with theatrical elements and cinematic projections. With experiences offering music in a hospice, as well as backpacking explorations throughout the wilderness of the world including the Amazonian jungle searching for spiritual answers, his music is a connected journey that's been dubbed "a revelatory excursion in sound" (Under The Gun) that invites listeners to "go on a journey of self discovery" (Earmilk). He's been featured on NPR's Second Stage and Tiny Desk Contest, and shared the stage with artists ranging from Trevor Hall to Crystal Bowersox (Amer. Idol), Bluetech to Moby. His 2016 collaboration with MC YOGI, Ritual Mystical, went #1 iTunes Electronic, #8 Billboard Dance and #2 Billboard New Age. EAST FOREST's newest release, "RAM DASS" is a full length album releasing in collaboration with the acclaimed spiritual teacher. In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Maui to record brand new teachings from Ram Dass. After capturing these words of wisdom East Forest returned to his studio to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. Covering topics such as dark thoughts, nature, the soul and so much more, these songs are full of inspiration. The album will release in four “chapters” throughout 2019, culminating in a full length release on August 9, 2019. Trevor Hall and grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das are among the featured artists who make guest appearances on the 14-track album. Length: 48:48 Timecodes: 1:45 How Trevor began making music to recreate the feeling of infiniteness from experiences with Psilocybin. 10:35 Recognising plants and fungi as tools that are there for us. 12:19 Work with Ram Dass on album 13:52 Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba. Ram Dass. Krishna Dass. 15:25 Chapter 2, Your Guru. Ram Dass. Relevant teachings. Love everyone. Tell the truth. 17:38 What it was like recording with Ram Dass. The Spiritual Whitehouse. No one is on the outside. 22:28 The importance of witnessing and honoring the elders. 25:59 Ram Dass’ Trust and Devotion. Loving awareness. 28:16 Live concert as an opportunity for ceremony. Planting seeds in people’s consciousness. 31:10 Building bridges. Making things attainable for anyone. 33:55 Forgiving himself. Being ok with it all. Ease. Maybe there’s really nothing to do. Being conscious is enough. 35:55 It’s all sacred. It’s all prayer. 38:15 Meditation courses scored by East Forest. 38:47 I am loving Awareness track closes out the podcast. SHOW NOTES Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence Audio Meditation Course Art of Attention Audio Meditation Course
11/05/1948m 49s

Episode 14: Elena Brower

On the subtlest interior shifts we can make to conduct currents of sweetness within and around us. 
04/05/1916m 32s

Episode 13: Barri Leiner Grant

Stylist, author, self-proclaimed vintage junkie and proud mom, Barri Leiner Grant has an artful eye and clever hand for the unexpected. For nearly three decades, Grant has established herself in the editorial and commercial markets—prepping, propping and conceptualizing everything from well-curated trend stories and books to memorable interior design shoots, and shows, ideation and product branding. She is tapped by leading architects, photographers and designers including brands like Crate&Barrel, Cynthia Rowley, SC Johnson, Huggies and Ulta among others, who call on her “trend-spotting” expertise. Grant translates her forward thinking vision into well-curated collaborations. Her background in yoga and meditation ignite a spirited vision to her work and the world around her. I love to call attention and admiration to the smallest and most unexpected details – it's my secret stamp. – Barri Leiner Grant Leiner Grant and her partner Marie Moss have created a jewelry company based on their love of vintage. The duo have amassed 1,000s of vintage charms where they customize bracelets that tell the sterling story of a life - one charm at a time. Clients include Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts and have been featured in The New York Times and Elle among others. Leiner Grant (@blg) has crafted Memory Circles, where those who have experienced grief can gather and share stories of loved ones lost. She lost her mom Ellen in 1993, and has been doing work in this space, including Unmothered Mother's Day classes. Length: 52:46 Timecodes: 2:30 Barri’s path. Making fun out of what you love. Helping people tell their stories. 3:49 Cell phones and kids. Not being the mum that always says no. Trusting. Untangled book by Lisa Damour 8:33 The death of Barri’s mother Ellen. 11:35 Do we somehow know when we’re dying? 12:38 Ellen’s photo albums and her love of travelling. 14:12 Being grateful to know that Ellen treated herself well in her last days. 15:15 Ellen being a single mum, getting it all done and yet also making it an adventure. 16.30 How Ellen and her friend created a jobshare. 17:52 Seeing the inside of people’s houses. Who lives in a house like this? 20:27 Assignment: Look around your house and make sure it tells your story. Anything that doesn’t, set it aside with a big thank you. If you feel you need more things to tell your story, write down a list of things that would mean something to you. 21:30 How Barri created the jobs of her dreams. Be curious. Get excited. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s room. Wouldn’t it be great if.../What’s missing? See if you can make a job out of that. 26:35 Sankulpa. 28:30 On being where you need to be, with all the help you need. Wanting to make her Mother proud. 31:20 Writing down intentions. Keeping a list of dream jobs. The Memory Circle A place to tell grief stories. 34:39 How talking about the hard things together is the only antidote. 35:24 Knowing you’re exactly in the right place. Getting to the other side of heartache and sharing your truth with others to help. 37:00 Divorce. On not speaking negatively about your ex-husband to your children. 39:15 Writing Books. Flea Market Baby . Flea Market Fidos. Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous. 45:30 Being open to the making, even if it doesn’t make sense yet. Make it an adventure. Keep your eyes open. 46:37 Loneliness. Connecting in person. People just want to be seen and heard. 48:20 Favorite view. Connecting with her sister. 49:55 Meditation practice. Sitting and clearing for what’s next. 51:30 Don't be afraid to say what you want and go after it. RESOURCES Amy Owen - Yoga Teacher The Smell of Rain and Dust by Martin Prechtel Belonging by Toko-pa Turner Flea Market Baby Flea Market Fidos Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous
27/04/1952m 47s

Episode 12: Liz Corwin

Former Navy Pilot and co-founder of Walkabout Yoga Liz Corwin on the victories that emerge from perceived failure, the choice to prioritize practice, and the ultimate walkabout. Liz Corwin is world traveling yoga teacher, storyteller, and creator of Walkabout Yoga Retreats & Teacher Trainings. She is also a 15-year US Navy Officer and former F-18 Navy jet pilot. Today, she still serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves supporting the Naval War College. She began teaching yoga to the military community while on deployment in 2008 aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sharing her practice and experience with other pilots and friends. Since then she has continued traveling the world teaching yoga to both our military community and civilian population as a way to bridge the divide of understanding. Liz's teachings and storytelling focus on deep inner shadow work, redefining strength and the warrior ethos, and embracing vulnerability as we uncover true self-acceptance, self-love, and healing. She has recently been featured in the New York Times & Yoga Journal Magazine, is the creator of “Walkabout Yoga” Yoga Retreats and the free online video series “Yoga for Military Warriors” in partnership with Gaiam and The Give Back Yoga Foundation, cover model for Beryl Bender Birch’s book “Yoga for Warriors” and ambassador for the woman-owned yoga brand KiraGrace. Length: 45:09 Timecodes: 0:43 Introducing Liz Corwin. The complicated nature of being thanked for serving. 3:57 What motivated Liz to join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at aged 21. 6:30 What brought about Walkabout Yoga. Finding Yoga. 7:50 The intense criticism during Aviation training. Flying under the radar. 10.00 Being a woman in flight school. 10:39 Being broken down to be stronger. How much it requires of you to turn down pieces of yourself. 12:18 Moment of reckoning during a mid-air collision. 18:30 Appreciating moments for what they are, because they might be the last. 19:08 Self-forgiveness. On discovering what self-love really is. 21:02 The aftermath of delayed anger and shame. 23:30 Finding Bamboo Yoga with Ann Richardson Stevens 24:38 Walkabout Yoga. Returning home. Teaching on Military bases. Travel. How it evolved. 28:09 Yoga Teacher Trainings. Nargiza Farrell. Combining Ashtanga and Anusura yoga. 31:07 Discipline was actually: how do I let myself off the hook and stay open? 33:45 Rob Schware Warrior Yoga Series, free videos for military 36.07 The Salute. Gunnery Sergeant Smith. 40:18 Assignment part 1: Find someone you emulate and find yourself in them. What part of you looks like them? Write down the qualities you know you embody or you know that you can embody. 41:28 Favorite view. Future Self meditation. Peter Opperman 43.00 Assignment part 2: Find that one thing that makes you see and feel your vision for a moment. How can you quickly get back to that feeling again and again? 43:42 Prayer as surrender. RESOURCES Upcoming Walkabout Yoga Retreats New York Times Article "Yoga & Veterans - A Different Kind of Warrior" Ann Richardson Stevens Give Back Yoga Warrior Yoga Series free videos for military Peter Opperman
13/04/1945m 10s

Episode 11: Dani Shapiro

On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins. On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins. About Dani Shapiro Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s New York Times best selling memoir, Inheritance, was recently published by Knopf. Dani's essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Salon, n+1, Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life. Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast “Family Secrets” in collaboration with iHeart Media. The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Length: 48:46 Timecodes: 0:44 Devotion. On questioning identity and forming a new relationship to Judaism. 2:07 Hourglass. What is it to walk with another human being over time? Virginia Woolf quote: “[...] to feel the present sliding over the depths of the past, peace is necessary.” Meditation practice. 7:44 Finding compassion for our younger selves. Assignment: Go back to an old journal, read and locate some compassion for your younger self. Then write a poem detailing that compassion. 11:36 Inheritance.The story of how this book came about. Discovering that Dani’s father was not her biological father. 18:35 The unknown known. The longing she felt growing up that she didn’t understand. 20:54 How quickly the story unfolded, following the genealogy test. 25:25 Recognizing her gestures in her biological father. 26:16 On shying away from certain terminology in donor-conceived world. 27:43 Modern smoke signals. 29:30 How everyone has tried to do the kind thing. What do we owe each other in these situations? 31:43 What it’s like to experience people’s vulnerability and courage at Inheritance book tour events. The end of secrecy of this kind. 35:35 Difference between sharing a story and crafting a story. 36:20 Returning to yoga. 38:01 Dani’s favorite view in Italy. 39:25 What prayer means to Dani. Sylvia Boorstein: an expression of a wish. 43:10 Reading from Inheritance. Dani’s Aunt Shirley’s words to her as a pure manifestation of love. No one is an accident of history. 46:10 To be born into a human body is the rarest thing. Show Notes Hourglass Inheritance Devotion Family Secrets Podcast
06/04/1948m 47s

Episode 10: Diego Perez / Yung Pueblo

Inward On meditation and the merits we carry as a result of our practice, engaging inward connections,  and cultivating heart community, with Diego Perez, the writer known as Yung Pueblo. Diego perez is the writer behind the pen name yung pueblo. The name yung pueblo means "young people." It serves to remind him of his ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. His favorite word, liberation, took on a deeper meaning once he started meditating vipassana, as taught by s.n. goenka. Through writing and speaking, he aims to support the healing of the individual, realizing that when we release our personal burdens, we contribute to a global peace. Length: 49:17 Timecodes: 2:00 How Diego sees his work as being a part of helping the collective to grow up. 2:51 Influence of meditation and Vipassana retreats on Diego’s writing. 6:30 Diego's morning routine. 7:20 Letting go. It’s about unhinging and making peace with the past. 8:47 Remaining connected to Source. Focusing on impermanence, rather than the soul. 10:30 Hafiz's poetry . I have learned so much. 11:30 On expressing impermanence. 13:20 How to get loved ones to begin their journey inwards. All you can do is be a role model. 15:05 The finest results of a good practice: showing more kindness, more respect and less judgment. 16:35 On just wanting to be a gentle person. 17:20 Reading from Inward: Self-love. Social Media as a medium for humanity to talk to itself. 19:35 Luke Storey and 5G. On humans creating the atomic bomb. Instagram timers. Airplane mode. 24:00 The privilege of serving someone who is working on their liberation. 26:05 Time away from phone. 26:33 Diego's favorite view from within. 28:32 Diego and his wife on hanging out with their eyes closed. 29:13 What it's like to go on a Vipassana meditation retreat. 33:38 What prayer means to Diego. Metta. 34:40 The merits of the practice. On wanting to give up, right before the next layer dissolves. 37:20 Reading of Repeat Daily from Inward. 38:05 Making movies in your head vs: letting the tensions go. 39:25 Parenting and the bravery of letting children have their own experience. 42:58 Reading from Inward. "Happiness and gratitude are attractive forces." 45: 03 Working towards a goal vs. the tension of cravings. 47:10 Finding a practice that helps you reach your subconscious so you can release deeply rooted patterns. Resources The Gift by Hafiz Luke Storey’s The Life Stylist Podcast episode 191 with Dr Jack Kruse
30/03/1949m 18s

Episode 9: Ally Bogard, Nadia Narain and Elena Brower

On Rituals, Practices, and Good Listening On the occasion of the release of 'Rituals for Every Day' by Nadia Narain and and Katia Narain Phillips, we gathered to chat about our own practices of listening, praying and meaning-making. Nadia Narain is one of the UK’s best loved and most respected yoga teachers. For more than 20 years, she has taught everyone from professional athletes to, pregnant women to total beginners and yoga sceptics, how to take care of their outer bodies as well as their inner spirit, she has inspired thousands to slow down, be kind and love themselves where they are. Nadia is also co-author with her sister of the international bestselling book “Self Care for the Real World,” and more recently, “Rituals for Every Day,” explaining not just why we have to look after ourselves, but how i simple achievable ways. Resources - Nadia has a range for chemical free candles and perfumes and yoga retreats Notes and Methods by Hilma Af Klint Marie Kondo, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up Belonging by Toko-pa Turner Luke Storey’s The Life Stylist Podcast episode 191 with Dr Jack Kruse: ABC carpet and home. Rituals for Every Day Length: 40:16 Timecodes: 1:57 Reading from p29 Notes and Methods by Hilma Af Klint 4:31 On trusting the messages that we hear from the other side. 7:24 Remembering that the other benevolent realms are also a part of you. Those forces want our help too. Building friendship. Marie Kondo. On helping being natural. 12:52 Assignment:   Ask for Help Be a good friend. Listen and trust. Carry a pair of warm socks in the winter time. Remember that you’re not a burden, if you ask for help.   17:27 Nadia and Katia’s experience of rituals growing up. 19:06 Rituals for breaking up. 20:50 Making the mundane special. Pujas. Physicalized prayer for a project, or another person. 25:48 Reading from Toko-pa Turner’s book Belonging 28:00 The lost language of prayer. There are really beautiful, magical things happening despite what gets noisy and loud. 29:20 Spending time on things that are joyful, not necessarily productive. Assignment: do something, creative or otherwise, where you’re not dealing with the outcome, just doing. 31:30 Hilma af Klint passage, on not being discouraged when you don’t see results. On growing, and being guided. 35:10 Don’t do anything alone. Take a friend by the hand, invisible or otherwise. 36:10 Dr Jack Kruse on The 5G Apocalypse. Stay close to the trees.
23/03/1940m 17s

Episode 8: Derik Mills

Glo founder Derik Mills joined me for a sweet, edifying conversation on my last trip to film at Glo. We touched upon the last ten years of digital evolution, the future of virtual practice and the heart of what we do together at Derik is the CEO/founder of Glo, formerly YogaGlo, a health and wellness brand that challenges people to live a fulfilling life. Glo believes in a world in which we all live our true potential. In 2008, Derik teamed up with his younger brother to found and self-fund Glo. They started by converting a Santa Monica workspace into a recording studio to film yoga and meditation classes that were free for the public to attend. The online service grew to empower subscribers to experience yoga, meditation, lecture, and online continuing education courses taught by world-class instructors from anywhere in the world. Today, in 2019, the company remains self-funded and has expanded to a team of more than 100 people, including faculty, and produced more than 10,000 classes. The company is currently expanding into additional wellness modalities--all in service of providing a personalized experience that makes it easy for members to integrate self-care into their everyday lives. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Goop, Oprah, and more, Glo has become a cultural phenomenon driven by Derik’s devotion to contributing to something larger than himself. Timecodes 2:22 The early days of Glo. How Elena came to work with Derik. 4:32 On the origin of Glo and Derik’s vision. While in university, Derik wrote “I want to maintain and cultivate my faculty of wonder.” Stuck in traffic on way to yoga one day, he wished he could beam the class into his living room. 12:42 On putting everything he had into Glo. The meaning of to individuals all over the world, especially during difficult times. The teacher selection process. 20:33 Evolution from more class-based practices to more one-on-one camera set up. Listening to customer feedback. 26:16 How Derik sees the future. On providing intelligent, personalized tools that challenge people to live their own true potential. 30:39 The Human Shadow. Douglas Brooks recommended poet Robert Bly. Willingness to be vulnerable. The practice of extending the space between a trigger and acting, especially in high-stakes moments. Assignment: Where and with whom could you be a little more vulnerable today? What would that benefit look like, in the ideal? 37:30 Derik’s favorite view. 39:45 Prayer as a listening to your inner voice. Beginning of Glo Manifesto: “To you the seeker, you listened to your inner calling to nurture wonder and curiosity to illumine your mind, inspire your heart, with courage to kindle the fire on a journey of self-discovery.” Resources Elena's Practice You Course on Glo Douglas Brooks A Little Book on the Human Shadow, by Robert Bly
09/03/1941m 54s

Episode 7: Claudia Chan

1:11 How Claudia began. Watching her powerful, entrepreneurial Chinese Mother do it all. 2:16 Sex and the City. 2000s. Power of the media to influence Women’s values. 3.26 Half the Sky: learning about the state of women and girls in the Third world, developing countries, maternal mortality and sex trafficking. In the US: the pay gap and gender inequality. 4:25 First SHE Summit. Showing women that they can become leaders and change agents. 5:35 Innovation means seeing the invisible. When you see the invisible, you can do the impossible. 6.24 Living in the discomfort. It’s where you make the most change. 7.02 Spiritual growth has to precede personal growth. Personal Growth has to precede Leadership development. Leadership Development leads to Social Change. 7.50 Leadership Development means being really clear on your purpose. Being a Visionary, leading teams. 8:46 We’re always going to bump into new challenges that will trigger things from our childhood. For Claudia, this often shows up as money issues. 9:43 You need spiritual growth in order to be rooted in something bigger than you, because it takes so much to move our destiny forward. 12.01 Claudia’s mission to inspire leaders to take action, to create a more equal world. Identity of boys and men is also in transition. 13.54 How traditional institutions were built on masculine traits. Feminine traits are now starting to permeate the culture. 15.43- 17:41 For several years, women have created movements around particular topics e.g: Christy Turlington’s Every Mother Counts:, but we also need more Men creating groups that mobilise around particular causes and topics. EVRYMAN is a great example: 15:57-18:43 More gender diverse workplaces are more successful. 18:43 The Thirteen Pillars: Purpose, Vision, Faith, Resilience, Energy, Productivity, Humility Gratitude, Grace, Community, Self-love, Courage and Mindfulness. 19:34 On identifying purpose. What are you meant to do and what are you leaving behind? Start where you struggle. 26:15 On Resilience. A gem can not be polished without friction. 32.48 On Energy. To be intentional about it. Neville Goddard The Power of imagination 35: 58 How the 13 pillars intertwine. Use as a check-list for growth. Humility. We stop learning when we think we know it all. 38:20 Treat your whole life as the organization you are leading. Whole-life leadership. 41:42 See yourself as a leader. Start to develop and create your vision. 42:46 Outside-in thinking. Your destiny is greatness. Pastor: Your schedule is less about what you need to get done and more about who you need to become. 45.38 Elena reads Honoring Community poem from Pixie Lighthorse’s book Prayers of Honoring 48:13-54: 53 Claudia's Relationship with Money. Be aware, and forgive yourself for thinking a certain way. The Abundance Price by John Randolph Price This is How We Rise Prayers of Honoring Money, A Love Story Claudia Chan is a recognized leadership expert and social entrepreneur dedicated to activating individuals and organizations to lead culture change and accelerate equality. Claudia founded the award-winning global leadership conference, S.H.E. Summit, making the advancement of women’s leadership and inclusive culture change accessible and actionable. Year after year, the event connects, educates and activates change agents and champions of equality; speakers have included Deepak Chopra, Kelly Clarkson, Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley, Sallie Krawcheck, Gabrielle Bernstein, Soledad O’Brien, and UN Ambassador Samantha Power, among others. Claudia also leads S.H.E. Globl Media, a corporate platform helping Fortune 1000 companies by providing strategic and operational tools to empower and activate ALL employees in creating permanent culture change. A sought-after speaker on how empowered talent can and should create a world of true equity, Claudia was called the “Richard Branson of Women’s Empowerment” by Fast Company and named one of 2017’s “20 Most Influential Moms” by Family Circle. In 2015, Claudia became an official U.S. State Department Speaker and has visited countries like South Korea for countrywide speaking tours to educate women on how to empower themselves and others in their communities. She was the 2015 global spokesperson for Gillette Venus #UseYourAnd empowerment campaign, a movement encouraging women to celebrate their multi-dimensionality. Prior to launching S.H.E. Globl Media, Claudia was President & Co-Owner of the popular women’s entertainment company Shecky’s for 10 years. Claudia is a lifelong New Yorker, proud alumnae of Smith College, Mom of two and an equal partner with her husband, John.
02/03/1954m 51s

Episode 6: On Parenting through Divorce, with Jonah Lyon

In this short episode, Jonah and I touch upon: - his experience of what we did well in our separation (we minimized fighting, always apologized, and shared stories of the trajectory in a loving way) - advice to parents for how to handle separation and divorce (no fighting, always apologize, and be kind) - not requiring eye contact with your kid - allowing the kid to open up more freely - our shared appreciation of Sex Education on Netflix - on sources of stress in his life - a friendly meditation challenge - Better Apart
23/02/1911m 18s

Episode 5: Remembering Mary Oliver

On the occasion of Mary Oliver's passing, a reading of dear passages and poems. Mary’s work has informed mine since 1998; reading her words brings me back to the earliest days of teaching and learning to lead. Readings from: Thirst A Thousand Mornings Felicity Devotions A Poetry Handbook
16/02/1930m 40s

Episode 4: Collecting Difficult Moments in Relationship, with James Benard

On the intelligence of risk, radical independence, and decoding the real conversation that happens in relationship. 
05/02/1918m 39s

Episode 3: It’s All a Teaching, with Elena

Seeing difficult moments as evidence that it was always coming together. Length: 5:00 Timecodes: 2:00 Seeing that every difficult moment is a teaching. A Call For Revolution by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Seek evidence that it was always coming together Hold a state of peace within our hearts “...respond to terror with increased democracy, openness and tolerance” 4:15 May we be more gentle with our fear May we apply the tolerance, non-violence within our own homes May we look upon those closest to us (with whom we might be challenged) and continue to believe that there is a teaching in this challenge.
05/02/196m 19s

Episode 2: Collecting Difficult Moments, with Ally Bogard

On the energetic and practical wisdom of gathering difficult moments; seeing them as food for your journey. Length: 54:07 Timecodes: 0:00 Eternal Two Step by Mark Nepo, p.33, Things That Join the Sea and Sky 02:40 Collecting difficult moments like little gems. Don't try to avoid them; gather them up like fuel, food, treasures. 04:18 When you're a child, the imagination still reigns; there isn’t the impression of meaning just yet… the meaning of what's occurring is entirely open to our interpretation. Meanings begin to be collected and change us. Collecting difficult moments puts us back into the world of imagination, allowing us to reclaim creativity. 06:13 That moment you started to feel like the adult with your parents. Collecting moments of trusting that everyone has their path. AB the pleaser; letting go of the need to control other people's experience. Collecting the difficult moments makes them sacred. Reclaiming lost bits of ourselves, our imagination. 07:45 Self Compassion practice; Rod Stryker- Sanctuary app What hasn’t been healed? Acknowledging what hasn’t been healed. Giving love and compassion to those aspects. What is it that hasn't been healed? 09:00 EB the fixer; growing the heart v. boundaries. Committing to self in the midst of relationship. 10:15 AB: Loving yourself is never somewhere we get, it's a never-ending journey. Knowing that you, yourself are your person and committing to that. “Her” film: the computer loving her 800 humans. What if my self-love can be so big, it doesn't get rid of my self-hate, it can simply expand to hold and encompass it? 12:45 Practicalities. Scheduling. What is on your calendar that map that self-love? AB: I tend to schedule things for someone else; having spare time means meeting myself in the blank spaces. Schedule the void diligently. The busyness is just my way of avoiding myself. I don't want to keep accumulating difficult moments without processing the wisdom / extracting the gold from them. I have to make mandatory space in the early morning. So I determine the energy I run in the day. And at least once during the day touching down with someone that nourishes me. 17:45 On distractions EB: Business is my favourite distraction; traveling is a good way for me to just stare into space and get great insights about how I want to show up. 19:15 EB: collecting difficult moments with kids; realizing that she doesn’t need to have Jonah be anything or anyone other than who he is. 21:00 EB: Taking space to take space in order to respond to a difficult moment as it’s happening. Moving from baseline overt volatility to softening. AB: Moving from silent treatment / avoidance / repression to learning how to fight. 24:00 EB: Learning from James’ experience with mens’ work how to listen, communicate. On truly listening. Accepting what the other person is telling you, and then also offering your side. AB: Can I suspend my first judgement of thinking this is “good” or “bad” - the wisdom of hindsight teaches me that all the tough moments were other than what I thought was being asked of me. I'm grateful that life or God always knew what was needed. Who do i want to become with what's happening, so that we aren’t passive bystanders? What current of energy are you running in your system? 27:00 In all difficult moments you were met by grace. Seth Godin - difficult moments will not be helped by brute force. How can we get creative with what’s happening or happened. We're not passive bystanders. Choosing what kind of energy you’re running in your system. 30:00 With what are you identifying in this particular moment? Flexible identities v. fixed identities. When we look at collecting difficult moments; it's not the identity about what happened, but what we chose to do with it. eg. I was abandoned, so I chose not to abandon. AB chooses her charity: Navajo Water Project fundraiser. 33:00 Help provide solar power and water where need is greatest in our land. EB realizing early on the lie being told in American history books. 35:15 AB: When you stop working, do you feel that your existence doesn't matter? If i stop, it's almost as if everything is about to fall apart. EB: Trying to stop being perfect or productive in every moment; just practicing sitting still. 36:45 3 QUESTIONS 1. What needs healing? AB: Developing an unshakeable faith in God and trust in the Creator/ Divine Mother. Remembrance that we’re being walked. I'm doing my very best to live with an unburdened heart. EB: To heal my judgement, learning to contextualize the person i’m judging. Becoming more deeply familiar with what the other side is doing / saying so it’s not surprising anymore. Van Jones on Tami Simons, Insights at the Edge. 2. What's your favourite view? AB: Eye to eye, voice to voice, heart to heart. (We never get to sit together and just be eye to eye with no device, no distraction.) EB: The back of my son’s neck. Formerly my Papa’s. James’ too. 45:30 3. What does prayer mean to you? AB: Prayer means recovering a lost language - the true mother tongue. Prayer got taken out of our hands and put into the hands of others. Prayer is a place where I have to humble myself. Ask for help. Say thank you. Silent prayer makes me wonder who could listen to my quiet, inner place. That must be inside of me, inseparable from me; it’s a redirect to something inside that’s listening, that wants to hear. EB: Provides confirmation that it’s all inside of each of us. Prayer used to be more asking and collapsing. Now it’s more the relaxing rather than the asking. Affirming my humility. The fact that I don’t know, i don’t have an answer, and i don’t know what to do. But i'm listening. AB: Praying for God's will - the woman AB met in MX stopped praying for her perceived needs and started praying for God's will, soon realising that her needs were met, under God's will, and her mission was just to get right with what is. Being grateful for exactly this moment. How do I get right with this. ASSIGNMENT. Hear and map what your inner voice has been telling you about difficult moments. Make it artful, beautiful, scary, real. From the map, write a list of what scares you and/or a list of your dreams. Bless things more. Find aspects of your life to bless. Ask a couple of people for feedback. How am i handling difficult moments? What could I have done better today? Don't "identify" with what feedback they give you; identify with what you can do to heal it. “Eternal Two Step” by Mark Nepo. From Things That Join the Sea and Sky Difficult moments are like little deaths. Get good with them. RESOURCES MENTIONED: Roshi Joan Halifax Van Jones on Tami Simons, Insights at the Edge
05/02/1955m 30s

Episode 1: Collecting Difficult Moments, Intro with Elena

Seeing difficult moments as our treasures. Strategies and perspectives for releasing stories and tensions. 0:00-1:40 Vanda Scaravelli quote: Tension is a theft. To be in adherence with the present moment. On the stories we’ve repeated in our minds to create tension “Notice the stories you hold in your mind. Let go of the ones that cause tension.” -Yung Pueblo 1:45 On our being accustomed to - and recreating a baseline neutral of tension… On the contradictions we’ve adhered to - and seeing them as the treasures and the lessons On stopping the fight 2:30 Welcoming the child in us that we’ve shunned And collecting the presence, creating a sacred space for that part of us 3:30 How to be with those parts of ourselves that we’ve denied Making time for compassion Seeing your child bring forth all the parts of you that you’ve denied 4:10 On being with the sting of childhood, seeing how it’s still likely driving our choices Not dramatizing, nor glorifying, just giving it compassion and love 4:45 Rod Stryker SANCTUARY APP Rod Stryker on Glo Seeing what hasn’t received my full compassion and love 5:30 Feeling the lesson now; observing and choosing with more clarity 6:15 Our PRACTICE for this episode: Noting and writing what still hurts. What part of you needs your compassion How old were you when that happened / was happening Write it out 7:00 My example from 5th grade 8:15 If we wish to help and serve, to land in the source of lingering childhood pain is a viable endeavour - write it out… Then note: What’s a good response, from the perspective of the person that you are now? 10:00 Complaining less Serving more More transparency Recent conversation with my son There's no map for parenting; we don’t really know how we’re doing 11:15 Jonah's honest response to my burgeoning self-compassion 12:00 Your writing out the difficult moments will serve as your map. 13:00 - 16:45 As you observe the choices you’ve made as a result of the tension you’ve cultivated unconsciously, here are some possible practices. 17:00 Looking ahead to Episode Two with Ally Bogard. RESOURCES MENTIONED: Sanctuary App Glo with Rod Stryker Ally Bogard
03/02/1919m 5s
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