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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!

Registered Nurse, Yoga Teacher, & Ayurvedic Health Counselor Lauren Massalas, RN on Ayurveda & modern medicine, holistic health, & living in harmony with nature & the seasons

Lauren Massalas doesn’t know this, but she has a really special place in my heart as she was the catalyst for my applying for YTT with NSYA at Coolidge Yoga back in 2017. We met at an event at YogaWorks and exchanged info so I could pick her brain about NSYA…and the rest is herstory!!

Lauren is definitely a super cool and incredibly talented chick. She is a PACU nurse, a yoga teacher, and an Ayurvedic Health Counselor based in Boston, MA. She has a magical way of making Ayurveda, a 5000+ year old medical science, seem completely seamlessly accessible to integrate into a modern lifestyle. As a health practitioner and yoga teacher, she is influenced by western anatomy and physiology, yogic philosophy, and Ayurvedic wisdom, a unique mash-up that allows Lauren to stand out from the crowd in every aspect of her career.

*Skip to 3:19 to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • about Ayurveda and what it is, for those outside of the yoga-sphere

  • how Lauren took a winding path to Ayurveda

  • what to expect from a session with Lauren as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and she shares a brief case study

  • how Ayurveda and western medicine can work together

  • how to avoid dampening your digestive fire and how that fire is “supreme in the long game of longevity”

  • about the importance of a morning routine, how to start one, and why you should stop drinking cold water

  • how to incorporate Ayurvedic health tips into your daily life

  • how Ayurveda helps individuals fully live in their body

  • the importance of the body’s elimination process

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

Coolidge Yoga
Lauren’s Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse workshop
NSYA
Goldie Graham
Kripalu
Vega Vitality
Follow Lauren on Instagram
Lauren’s website
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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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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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 // Stitcher

Integrative therapist Steve Opalenik of The Promethean Project - on how to incorporate mindfulness in therapy, building a private integrative health practice, and boundaries

Steve is probably one of the most humble, compassionate, generous, and genuine people I’ve ever known. We worked together several years ago at a behavioral health insurance company and have fortunately kept in touch (ahh the benefits of social!). I’m so grateful that he was my first recorded interview! He is so insightful and shares some brilliant nuggets of wisdom in this episode; I know you’re going to love this episode!

Steve is a licensed mental health counselor and superhero based in Western Massachusetts specializing in working with people who are actively seeking to make a change in their overall health. He has a background in personal training and utilizes his experiences with mindfulness, meditation, playful movement, and calisthenics to help people tap into their full inner potential. He’s certified in progressive calisthenics, as a Y12SR Instructor, personal trainer, Youth and Group Fitness teacher. He also co-owns The Promethean Project with his wife and siblings, a non-profit practice that approaches health in an all-encompassing, multi-faceted way to empower the individual to have informed ownership over their health. Be sure to check out their website and all of the amazing work they’re doing!

In this episode we hear:

  • about Steve’s own personal health journey

  • a bit about imposter syndrome as a therapist

  • useful tips for therapists trying to build a private practice or business

  • therapeutic tools to use in therapy with children, teens, and adolescents

  • all about the great work Steve’s non-profit has done and continues to do

  • how to use breath-work and meditation in therapy sessions

  • how to overcome negative emotions

  • why the Dalai Lama is OK with being bald (I’m totally serious!)

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

Polyvagal Theory
Brattleboro Retreat
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery
The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast
The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
That PESI Nutrition and Mental Health training
Dr. Judith Orloff’s Empath quiz
Steve’s website The Promethean Project
Steve’s Instagram
Family Care Counseling Associates
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher