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Prepare your favorite adaptogen-infused drink, get your diffuser loaded up with your favorite essential oils, and cozy up to me and some of my favorite people. We’ve got a lot to learn (self-actualization, people!) and I’m so excited to be on this informative journey with you!

Yoga Teacher and owner of Black Fox Yoga Katherine Cota MacDonald - on using social media in an intentional way, embodying yogic philosophy, and how yoga is for every body

Today’s guest is my lovely friend Katherine, a local Maynard-based yoga teacher. I’ve known Katherine for years, as she is married to one of my best friends from high school (Hi Steve!!), and of course we’ve bonded even more over our affinity for yoga!

I honestly don’t know how to best convey the amazingness that is all that Katherine shares in this episode - she is a lovely, intelligent, strong, beautiful woman who lives fully and consciously in alignment with her yoga. She consistently engages with life in an intentional and authentic way, always finds the good and beauty in others, and embodies the foundational principles of yoga. She’s also got an incredible way with words, as evidenced by her informative posts on her blog! I feel lucky to know Katherine and call her a friend. I know that you’ll love this episode as much as I loved chatting with Katherine! I think we could’ve talked for like, hours more, haha!

In this episode we hear:

  • about Katherine’s view on authenticity in yoga and on social media

  • how she came up with her company name “Black Fox Yoga”

  • how yoga must celebrate all bodies in yoga

  • about Katherine’s views on “yogalebrities”

  • about how Katherine approaches teaching beginners in yoga, and why she doesn’t use props in those classes

  • how to cue efficiently in a yoga class

  • how to stand out as a yoga teacher

  • how to identify and manage ego as a yoga teacher

  • how to live your yoga with intention and integrity

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):

CorePower Yoga
Elliot of Change.yoga
Alexandria Crow
Be the Love Yoga studio, where Katherine teaches
Ye olde Empath quiz (because clearly I’m on a mission to help people learn that they’re possibly an Empath)
Katherine’s website Black Fox Yoga
Follow Katherine on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play

Licensed therapist Nikki Magliaro, MS, LMHC, CEIS - on women building businesses, eliminating the stigma around mental health, and balancing self-care with selfless work

Interviewing your friends is way fun and I want to do it all the time.

My guest for this episode is my good friend Nikki Magliaro, whom I met in grad school back in 2009, and oddly enough we were even in the same group interview at Northeastern University, where we attended our masters in counseling program. Crazy!!

Nikki is a brilliant clinician who works incredibly hard and pours so much love into all that she does. She and her friend and business partner Megan co-own and built together an incredible practice called Puzzle Pieces, LLC based in Quincy, MA. There, Nikki, Megan, and their team support children and families, treating Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral concerns, developmental delays, coping skills, family relationships, self-esteem,  social skills, and stress. Nikki is also a Feminist therapist, an Expert Certified DIR/Floortime Training Leader, a Gemini, a yoga-lover, and a creative soul who brings so much compassion, knowledge, and authenticity into the work she does. Be sure to check out her wonderful private practice, she will take excellent care of your kiddo!

In this episode we hear:

  • all about Nikki’s journey to becoming a successful therapist and businesswoman

  • all about how Nikki built her business

  • useful tips for building a business

  • important techniques and tips on working with children and families

  • how Nikki uses yoga in her practice with her clients

  • about promoting Neurodiversity and the current movement toward acceptance

  • a bit about finally hearing Autistic voices

  • how Nikki engages in self-care and sets boundaries with her work given she’s self-employed

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):

Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Interdisciplinary Counsel on Development and Learning (ICDL) - where Nikki completed her DIR/Floortime certification
Nikki’s yoga training program - Calm Child Workshop by  Flow and Grow Kids Yoga
Puzzle Pieces, LLC website
Follow Puzzle Pieces, LLC on Instagram and Facebook
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play

Doctor of Chiropractic, Nutritionist, and Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Tim Latham, DC MS CSCS - transforming lives through conscious living

This man saved my life. Basically.

I’m so happy to be releasing this episode with Dr. Tim Latham, DC MS CSCS, a brilliant jack-of-all-trades. He’s got multiple degrees and areas of expertise, and he continues to learn all that he can about the ever-changing field of integrative health. I was fortunate to have connected with Tim after being diagnosed with a chronic pain + fatigue illness; through testing and non-judgmental conversations, he helped me make easy tweaks to increase my body’s ability to heal, recover, and thrive. I’d honestly never felt better!

This episode is chock full of great recommendations for anyone to improve their overall health, as Tim shares simple ways to increase one’s quality of life through nutrition and movement. We talk about the body’s resiliency, and challenging false beliefs one has about the body’s durability. Anyone who nerds out over science and health will love this episode!

Find Tim, his wife Dr. Laura Latham, and other integrative providers at their group practice in Boston at Back Bay Health & Performance, and you can also catch Tim as an adjunct faculty member in the Integrative and Functional Nutrition program at Saybrook University.

In this episode we hear:

  • all about Tim’s educational background and his many health degrees

  • about what exactly is an elimination diet and what the heck a FODMAP is

  • easy, accessible ways to improve one’s health

  • the body’s resiliency

  • how to challenge negative beliefs

  • what to expect in an appointment with Tim

  • how to avoid feeling overwhelmed when in the midst of a health revamp

  • how Chiropractic isn’t all about back cracking

  • about certain wellness fads and Tim’s thoughts on their validity

  • how mindfulness and breath-work are just as important to address as diet

  • about Tim’s self-care practice

  • some swears - yup, I’ve officially sworn/cussed/cursed on the podcast, folks!

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):

Back Bay Health & Performance
Craig Liebenson, DC
Dr. Ben House
Alan Watts
Sober Curious (book)
Making Sense Podcast by Sam Harris
The Runner’s Zone Podcast
You Are Not So Smart Podcast
Enlightenment Now (book)
Behave (book)
Endure (book)
Just Breathe (book)
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Institute for Functional Medicine
Saybrook University’s Integrative and Functional Nutrition Program
Follow Tim and his wife over at Back Bay Health & Performance on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play

Yoga teacher Emily Burdett - tapping into your inner strength, turning vulnerability into empowerment, and pursuing your dreams through living your yoga

This. This is why I started podcasting. I’m obsessed with today’s episode!

Meet my friend Emily, a local Boston-based yoga teacher. She is quite possibly the most authentic, genuine, gracious human I’ve ever met. She is an incredibly teacher in Boston and truly embodies her yoga. She shares so many insightful comments in this episode, wow is she such a wise soul!

We got to talking about all things yoga, but also life and how living in alignment with your truest self can sometimes be challenging in a day where modern technology drives all. Emily shares so many lovely insightful comments, and I know that anyone and everyone will hear something that resonates with them.

PS: There’s a *SPOILER ALERT* in this episode for those folks who watch The Great British Baking Show, and it occurs around the 42-min mark. Whoops.

In this episode we hear:

  • how Emily found yoga

  • about her journey through yoga teacher training

  • about some major decisions that Emily made in her life and how she was able to make said decisions boldly

  • how to build a sustainable home practice

  • how to sequence a yoga class

  • how Emily tapped into her self-worth

  • ways to reduce negative self-talk and practice acceptance

  • how Emily defines success

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):

That hilarious commercial for The Great British Bakeoff
Boston Yoga School
North End Yoga
Medium Well podcast
Follow Emily on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play