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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 Therapist and Author Ann Swanson on The Science of Yoga, yoga and meditation for arthritis and chronic pain, and informed intuition

Today’s episode was a dream come true for me. I’m so excited to share my awesome conversation with Ann Swanson. I found her incredible book, The Science of Yoga, one day and suddenly anatomy made sense! I rave about it to everyone I know - it’s definitely one of the most important texts on anatomy, the science behind yoga, breath work, etc that I’ve ever come across, and believe me I do my research! Whether you’re a yoga teacher or a student of yoga or meditation, this episode is going to bring you as much joy as it did me. Ann has an engaging and accessible manner about her that makes learning all of this information so much more easy!

I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book for yourself. And please write a review on Amazon, as Ann mentions in the episode it really helps promote the success of the book.

*Skip to 6:56min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How she went from art school to yoga therapist

  • How she found her niche with yoga

  • Her educational background, which includes a state-of-the-art masters program

  • All about her love for geriatrics at a young age

  • About her passionate work in assisting individuals diagnosed with arthritis

  • About her magical skill “informed intuition”

  • Her experience writing a yoga science and anatomy book

  • Making home practice accessible especially for folks with chronic pain or arthritis

  • How mindfulness compliments her offerings as a teacher, including yoga Nidra

  • Tips if you visit Kripalu

  • Her thoughts on preventative and integrative care

  • No big deal, she did her 200hr YTT in China. With folks from India. WHAAAAAT

  • The growing field of yoga research, including meditation, which has a significant amount of research

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):
Ann’s book The Science of Yoga
Flow Artists podcast that Ann is on and shares more about her upbringing
Maryland University of Integrative Health, the master’s program Ann attended for yoga therapy
Kripalu
IAYT
Follow Ann on Instagram
Follow Science of Yoga on Instagram
Ann’s website
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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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

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Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

Licensed therapist Paul Sullivan, LMHC CGP on thriving in life, positive psychology, sustainability, and living consciously

And we’re back with episode 11!! My guest this week is a former colleague of mine, Paul Sullivan. He’s a local professor at Quincy College and licensed therapist operating his own private practice. Paul and I worked together last in 2012 or 2013 at a partial adult psychiatric program in Brookline, MA. I’m so grateful that Paul and I have kept in contact over the years as he’s been an important person in my professional career and professional development; he actually offered me some simple advice back when we worked together and I call upon it often, as you’ll hear me explain in the episode.

We start our conversation where Paul is really selling me on starting a private practice - stay tuned for more on that, hopefully soon! We discuss so many great topics, from building a private practice to meditation for every day modern life to positive psychology. 

*Skip to 5:26min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • About Paul’s journey to establishing himself in private practice

  • All about Paul’s theoretical approaches, including Positive Psychology (umm hi apparently this is my jam)

  • How Paul balances his jobs, spending quality time with family, and making room for play

  • Peaceful parenting

  • Paul’s interest in sustainability and CSAs

  • How Paul helps his clients and students thrive

  • Paul’s view of the developmental stages in life

  • All about Paul’s mindfulness and meditations practices

  • How Paul offers his clients and students tangible and accessible ways to feel happier and live more conscious lives

  • Theraveda Buddhism (What? Just listen to the episode!)

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

Paul’s PsychologyToday.com page
Liberty Wellness
Quincy College
The One Thing book
Sweet Berry Farm in Middleton, RI
Walden Local Meat Co.
Common Ground Fair
Vipassana Meditation Center – Dhamma Dharā
Theraveda Buddhism
Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP)
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 // Stitcher