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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!

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

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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

Yoga Teacher Laura Ahrens - on living in integrity, embracing yogic philosophy as lifestyle, and basically being superhuman

It’s kismet that the day I’m releasing the first episode of my podcast is one year to the day from when I graduated my 200-hour yoga teacher training! I knew that my first episode had to be with my YTT teacher and good friend Laura Ahrens; my experience with her and the team she’s assembled for the New School of Yogic Arts (aka NSYA) was truly transformative in my life.

Laura is a yoga teacher in Boston and Brookline, MA. She offers her students a strong, supportive space in which to practice meditative and intentional asana. Not only is she an incredible teacher, she also owns NSYA; leads mentorships and retreats domestically and internationally; and co-owns Miakoda, a sustainable, ethical clothing line with her sister Julia, among many other amazing endeavors.

In this episode we hear:

  • about Laura’s own personal growth on and off the mat

  • how she found her voice as a teacher

  • what it means to have integrity as a yoga teacher and individual

  • how she uncovered her ever-evolving authentic self

  • how to balance taking care of one’s self while offering space for others

We had some technical difficulties toward the end and a small part lost, however that means Laura will definitely be back on again soon!

Mentioned in this episode:

The New School of Yogic Arts
Miakoda
Coolidge Yoga
Laura’s Yoga Therapy training teacher Sarahjoy Marsh
A great read: Many Lives, Many Masters
That Palo Santo scented conditioner
Laura’s Website
Follow Laura on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram


Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher