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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!

Therapist Denise Hooks on being a therapist and a consultant, providing therapy to marginalized communities, her theoretical approach, and how to be a more inclusive provider

Today’s guest is the lovely Denise Hooks, and I’m so grateful to Stacey Mulvey, my guest on episode 14, for connecting us! Denise is an incredible therapist based in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she offers individual therapy, group therapy, and co-owns a consulting agency with her husband.

We spent like 3 hours on the phone, not even kidding!! I immediately felt comfortable with her, like I know her; she’s so easy to talk to and so smart and articulate. She’s doing such meaningful work with womxn of color and survivors of trauma, two of her main areas of focus.

As a disclaimer, parts of this episode may be triggering for people as we discuss topics (although not in a very detailed way) like interpersonal violence, suicide, and abortions. If you believe this may impact you, I suggest making a plan for self-care prior to listening.

Also, we had some sound issues, I hope it’s not too distracting for you! Apologies in advance.

*Skip to 6:08min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How Denise decided to become a therapist and how she decided to work with the population she serves

  • How her cultural background and being a black womxn shapes her practice as a therapist

  • How she uses Existentialism and Gestalt therapies with clients, and how her theater background helps her help clients more efficiently

  • What Narrative therapy is and how she finds it especially useful working with people of color

  • How to find your theoretical approach as a therapist

  • The importance of boundaries and ethics in therapy

  • How to be a competent and inclusive provider

  • How to navigate challenging conversations within therapy, specifically when “racial undertones” or racism occurs

  • Using Existentialism in working with survivors of trauma

  • How memories and emotions are strongly tied together

  • How trauma can become trapped in the body, and ways to use different techniques in therapy to release it

  • About the stigma that exists for seeking therapy, specifically within communities of color

  • About her therapy group for womxn of color “Consciousness Raising”

  • About Denise and her husband’s consulting business Elevated Consulting and how they offer Organizational Psychology to businesses

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

Elevate Consulting
Elevated Therapy by Denise
Follow Denise on Facebook
Follow Denise on Instagram
The Gloria Videos
Brené Brown’s new video Call to Courage
Book I’m Ok, You’re Ok
Justice Resource Institute
NET
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Dentist Dr. Michael Mayr on holistic dentistry, removing the fear of the dentist, empowering patients, and maintaining excellent oral health and hygiene

It only took three decades, but I now LOVE going to the dentist. Shocked?! I’m not! Anti-Dentite’s be damned. Dr. Mayr is one of my most favorite people, and he is an incredible dentist. He and his staff are committed to helping patients feel welcomed and comfortable in the office, and he treats everyone with thorough care and respect. Even if your insurance is out-of-network, you should definitely go see Dr. Mayr, his business partner Dr. Yuko, and their incredible team at Harmony!! You’ll leave the office feeling empowered to take care of your oral hygiene and overall health, without feeling ashamed if you admitted that you forget to floss daily.

This episode will offer you information all about what on earth it means to be a holistic dental practice, as well as how Dr. Mayr balances traditional Western dentistry with holistic/biologic dentistry. He also candidly shares a bit about his personal life, and - dun dun dunnnnnnn - whether or not he flosses daily!!

*Skip to 4:54min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How Dr. Mayr chose to become a dentist

  • Balancing traditional dentistry with holistic dentistry, and how holistic living isn’t reinventing the wheel

  • The differences between a traditional dentist versus a holistic dentist

  • What to expect at an appointment at Harmony 

  • How Dr. Mayr and his business partner Dr. Yuko offer thorough care for their clients

  • Why it was important for Dr. Mayr to gather information about a patient’s whole health history, versus just their dental history

  • The importance of asking questions as a patient 

  • Why he wants to do less work on patients than a lot

  • Why reading ingredients is so important, even for toothpaste

  • How Dr. Mayr balances his job with his own physical health and oral hygiene 

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

Harmony
Follow Harmony on Facebook
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Yoga Teacher Jeffrey Thomas on The Mandela Yoga Project, growing up as a Black man during the Civil Rights movement, & making yoga accessible to people of color & low-income communities

Jeffrey Thomas is living history. This wonderful man is a friend and sangha-mate of mine from my YTT, and I’m so grateful that Jeffrey agreed to allow me to interview him - this is one of the most important interviews I’ve done thus far. Jeffrey shares his experience of being a young Black man growing up in the south in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, and candidly shares how this has shaped his teaching today, as well as how his experience inspired him to create the Mandela Yoga Project.

It’s an honor to have sat down with Jeffrey, and it is truly an honor to call him a friend; this episode is truly incredible and I’m eternally grateful for Jeffrey’s willingness to share, his vulnerability, and candidness.

One final note, please consider supporting his Mandela Yoga Project here, any amount helps!!

*Skip to 6:58min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • About Jeffrey’s upbringing as a young Black man growing up in the south during the Civil Rights movement

  • About his views on the commercialism of yoga and lack of diversity and inclusivity

  • How Boston could help make yoga more accessible to low-income and underserved communities 

  • How he believes diabetes saved his life

  • About his mission to make yoga accessible to everyone with his company The Mandela Yoga Project

  • How yoga helps him manage his diabetes and promote his wellbeing

  • How he views trauma informed yoga and the importance of it 

  • How Jeffrey believes the body can heal itself, as he is living breathing proof

  • How he decided to start his non-profit the Mandela Yoga Project, and his plans on bringing free trauma-informed yoga to people of color and underserved communities, led by members of the local community

  • About his experience being a black man in a predominantly white yoga community

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

GoFundMe for Mandela Yoga Project
4 Little Girls film
Medgar Evers
Emmett Till
Yoga Alliance
TIMBo
Prison Yoga Project
Five Doors Yoga
Iyengar Yoga
Follow Jeffrey on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Skincare therapist Shannon Noel of Noel Herbal Skincare on trusting your gut, taking care of your skin, why you shouldn't pick pimples, and why you should avoid natural skincare

Shannon Noel is one of those people you meet and you just know she is authenticity and magic. She’s ethereal, thoughtful, empathic, and lovely, and her shop, Noel Herbals, is a hidden zen gem located in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Somerville.

I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Shannon in her shop to discuss all things life, skincare, herbalism, and fuzzy puppy bums. She shares all about her journey to holistic skincare and similarly to our guest for episode 9 she started out pursuing a very different career path in college.

I couldn’t ask for a better guest to enter into the double digits with on this pod; I know you’re going to love Shannon, and be sure to check out her shop to stock up on some incredible, safe, non-toxic skincare products that your skin will thank you for!

*Skip to 5min to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • about Shannon’s career path to skincare therapy

  • how college may not be the best path for everyone

  • why you should dilute essential oils prior to applying to your skin

  • why you should avoid “fragrance” in products

  • what a facial entails and how often you should get one

  • about natural versus safe skincare products

  • about the importance of choosing safe and non-toxic products for your skin and home

  • about what on earth is lymphatic drainage

  • sorry vegans - we talk about cooking and eating fish

  • how Shannon uses social media with intention

  • Shannon’s mission to educate people on skincare and skin health, and some exciting new projects she’s working on

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

Noel Herbals
Follow Shannon on Instagram
Shannon’s Skin/Food: Spring event on May 4th
Cambridge Naturals
The Herbal Academy
Herbstalk
Commonwealth Herbs
La Bella Figura Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum
Gua Sha
Britta Beauty
Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life book
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Hear the episode on these platforms:

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