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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!

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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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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Licensed therapist Nikki Magliaro, MS, LMHC, CEIS on women building businesses, eliminating the stigma around mental health, and balancing self-care with selfless work

Interviewing your friends is way fun and I want to do it all the time.

My guest for this episode is my good friend Nikki Magliaro, whom I met in grad school back in 2009, and oddly enough we were even in the same group interview at Northeastern University, where we attended our masters in counseling program. Crazy!!

Nikki is a brilliant clinician who works incredibly hard and pours so much love into all that she does. She and her friend and business partner Megan co-own and built together an incredible practice called Puzzle Pieces, LLC based in Quincy, MA. There, Nikki, Megan, and their team support children and families, treating Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral concerns, developmental delays, coping skills, family relationships, self-esteem,  social skills, and stress. Nikki is also a Feminist therapist, an Expert Certified DIR/Floortime Training Leader, a Gemini, a yoga-lover, and a creative soul who brings so much compassion, knowledge, and authenticity into the work she does. Be sure to check out her wonderful private practice, she will take excellent care of your kiddo!

In this episode we hear:

  • all about Nikki’s journey to becoming a successful therapist and businesswoman

  • all about how Nikki built her business

  • useful tips for building a business

  • important techniques and tips on working with children and families

  • how Nikki uses yoga in her practice with her clients

  • about promoting Neurodiversity and the current movement toward acceptance

  • a bit about finally hearing Autistic voices

  • how Nikki engages in self-care and sets boundaries with her work given she’s self-employed

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

Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Interdisciplinary Counsel on Development and Learning (ICDL) - where Nikki completed her DIR/Floortime certification
Nikki’s yoga training program - Calm Child Workshop by  Flow and Grow Kids Yoga
Puzzle Pieces, LLC website
Follow Puzzle Pieces, LLC on Instagram and Facebook
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Maker, Food and Wellness Writer, & Creative Business Coach Maggie Battista

I’m very grateful that Maggie Battista was able to find time to chat with me one Friday afternoon earlier this month, literally days before her 2nd cookbook launch. As you’ll hear in the episode, I fangirled a bit - she is truly an inspirational woman to me. Maggie has a lovely way of balancing being assertive, grounded, relatable, and kind - she’s truly a warm soul and offers so much to those with whom she works. I met Maggie about four years ago after recipe testing for her first cookbook, Food Gift Love (I still swear by her banana bread recipe!), and we’ve kept in touch sporadically via email over the years. I especially love following her posts on Instagram as she keeps things real and shares intentionally, in an authentic way. Plus, the food pics - YUM!

Maggie is a wellness and food writer, cookbook author, creative business coach, shopgirl, and professional women’s empowerist (that should be a word!) based in Massachusetts. She’s authored two fabulous cookbooks, one for which I had the honor to recipe test, and another which was just released on February 5th, A New Way To Food. She’s a Jill of all trades balancing writing, hosting gatherings, empowering women in the creative field, and building brick-and-mortars (stay tuned for her permanent Eat Boutique store that will be in Boston!)

In this episode we hear:

  • about Maggie’s brand new “self-help cookbook hybrid,” A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last

  • about how Maggie learned how to love and appreciate herself and her body

  • how Maggie builds and promotes community

  • useful life and business tips for entrepreneurs

  • what it’s like being a woman in the food and business world

  • about Maggie’s creative business coaching

  • how yoga influences Maggie’s wellbeing

  • how Maggie reframes her thoughts to embody that she is worthy of self-love and good health

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

Maggie’s brand new cookbook A New Way To Food
Eat Boutique
Maggie’s creative business coaching services
The Fresh Collective
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
NVC
Follow Maggie on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher