podcast

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!

Reiki Master Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher, and TIMBo Lead Trainer Emily Peterson on resiliency after trauma, healing self and others, yin yoga, and making meaning out of suffering

This episode has been waiting in the wings for months (I try to spread out the themes for each episode release) and I’m so excited to finally bring it to your ears today. Emily is a good friend and one of my yoga mentors, and on a beautiful day in April she had me over to her home (which she affectionately calls “the tree house”). We had an amazing conversation underneath her lovely skylights with Mama Kitties keeping watch.

Emily’s vulnerability and honesty make this episode truly one of the most important I’ve engaged in thus far. She openly shares about her mental health struggles and how she worked through them to come out on the other side resilient and willing to devote her life to supporting others in a healing capacity. And yes, of course we discuss yoga, Reiki, and the magic of TIMBo.

At the end of the episode Emily mentions workshops that have already passed, and I chose not to edit that out so that you can hear about all the wonderful creative experiences she offers. Check out Coolidge Yoga’s website and Emily’s website to see what she’s up to in the near future, including upcoming Reiki trainings.

As I mention in the podcast intro, we discuss the seriousness of mental health issues, including suicide. If you (or someone you know) are in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help to a close friend of family member, or call or text the Samaritan’s Hotline at (877) 870-4673, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255, or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Here’s what to expect if you’ve never called a crisis hotline before.

*Skip to 8:11min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • About Emily’s background in Psychology and working in a residential site

  • How her past personal experiences influence how she supports the healing of others

  • How she models navigating the complexities of grief for her students

  • We discuss the importance of reducing shame and our shared need for authenticity

  • About the joy of “being a goofball” and ecstatic dance

  • How the TIMBo program supports survivors of trauma

  • How yin yoga helps the body process and move through emotions

  • Her relationship with nature and the universe

  • Her growing affinity of divination

  • How she melds her background in trauma work, yoga, and Reiki

  • A little about astrology and human design

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

Follow Emily on Instagram
Emily’s Website
Coolidge Yoga
JourneyDance
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

PodcastImage_Episode17.jpg

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

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

IMG_3489.jpeg

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

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

PodcastImag15_3000px.jpg

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

Meditation Guide Wilhelm Engelbrecht on creativity in meditation, the liberation of joy, and celebrating individuality and culture

We’re having a bit of a testosterone stretch here, eh?! Today’s guest is the magical and incredible meditation teacher Wilhelm, a fellow NSYA-er (keepin’ it in the fam, y’all) and a truly kind soul. While I’ve known Wilhelm for a couple of years now, I knew little of his personal life and experiences growing up in South Africa pre-and-post-Apartheid, and I have a lot of gratitude for all that he shares with us in this episode.

While I myself practice different forms of meditation, mostly focusing on my breath, I’m no expert nor am I green in my practice. I’ve had some amazing experiences dropping into consciousness under Wilhelm’s guidance - I’m talking images in my mind of smatterings of bright colors, feeling energy flowing, tapping into my inner guide…it’s amazing. He is an incredible teacher who respects how personal the practice is, and aims to break down any barrier one may have to connecting to their own meditation practice.

If you’re curious to learn more about meditation and live locally, check out his upcoming workshop on May 11th: Beyond the Cushion: Meditations for the Moment workshop at Coolidge Yoga Brookline!

PS: One quick disclaimer, I meant to say this in the intro - this episode was recorded in early April at the onset of that annoying illness I had that caused me to skip a week of releasing an episode. I definitely sound sick, to me at least!

*Skip to 5:24min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How “where are you from” is a loaded question for him

  • How breaking his ankle brought him to yoga and meditation

  • How he strayed off the yoga teacher path

  • How event planning and meditation are closely related, in Wilhelm’s wise opinion 

  • On coming out as a young man in South Africa

  • How to reframe your 9-5 when you have a side hustle

  • His ritual before he leads meditation

  • How to begin meditating

  • How making tea can be a meditation

  • The importance of having a grounding ritual when you serve others

  • How Wilhelm keeps his chill

  • About the barriers he experienced when initially practicing meditation

  • How meditation aligns the body and the mind

  • How he plans his meditation teachings

  • Why standing meditations are a supportive option for people fearful of meditating

  • How meditation allows one to welcome every part of themselves, even the inner critic or rebel

  • How your affinity with Harry Potter can be a meditation

  • Using social media mindfully

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

Wilhelm’s Beyond the Cushion: Meditations for the Moment workshop at Coolidge Yoga Brookline on May 11th
Apartheid in South Africa 
Episode 1 with Laura Ahrens
NSYA
Andrew Tanner
Rachel Bairstow
Dr. Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine
Kripalu
Buddha’s Brain
The Radiance Sutras
Nelson Mandela
Krista Tippet
Neuroplasticity
Meditation Made Easy
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Coolidge Yoga
Wilhelm’s page on Coolidge Yoga’s site
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

PodcastImage_Episode13.jpg

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher