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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!

Doctor of Chiropractic and Yoga Teacher Dr. Laura Latham, DC BS RYT on blending chiropractic care and yoga, meditation as food, and being co-captain with her patients

Well this is a TYTP first - I have the partner of a previous guest on the pod today! Dr. Laura Latham is married to episode 5’s guest Dr. Tim Latham! How cute is this?!! I know so many of you loved Tim’s episode, and you’re going to absolutely love Laura’s equally as much. They are both such compassionate, knowledgeable, and intentional providers, which comes across so clearly in each of their amazing interviews.

I so enjoyed sitting down and chatting with Laura about all of her passions, which include chiropractic care and yoga. She is brilliant, and balances those brains with being genuine and down-to-earth. I had the best time talking with her and we connected effortlessly. Ihighly recommend seeking her out for chiropractic or yoga support, she is a true gem of a doctor and a lovely woman!

*Skip to 5:04min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How she discovered her passion for chiropractic

  • How she chose to do a yoga teacher training

  • What appeals mot to her in a yoga practice

  • Her views on partnering with her patients rather than being seen as an authority figure

  • How she navigates religion and ethics, and how yoga became her religion

  • How meditation and yoga impacted her life

  • How meditation is like food (no really, she’s got a great analogy!)

  • How a chiropractor lives and moves in the world knowing so much about the body (people watching is on a whole other level with her!)

  • How her experience as a chiropractor informs her personal yoga practice, as well as how she’s contributing to my ‘yogalma matter’ NSYA

  • What you can expect in an appointment with her

  • How she handles clients who may be struggling with the work they’re doing together

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):
Back Bay Health
Yoga on Main in Philadelphia
Episode 5 with Dr. Tim Latham (aka the Mr of Laura Latham!)
Episode 13 with Wilhelm Engelbrecht
Follow Laura on Instagram
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

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

Social worker, yoga teacher, and owner of Soulflower Experiences on empowering Black womxn, breaking through stigmas and privledge, owning selfishness, and the wisdom of mindfulness and yoga

Big thanks again to Stacey Mulvey, my guest on episode 14, who connected me with the beautiful Jalisa Williams, today’s pod guest.

We covered a wide range of topics, from exploring using more inclusive language to her mission to promote inclusivity within meditation/mindfulness/yoga, to her experiences as a social worker. She’s so clearly passionate about making yoga, wellness, and mindfulness more accessible to people who may have a stigma associated with it or those who have never felt welcome within those realms.

I know you’ll love this episode, Jalisa is truly an incredible force bringing major growth and expansion to her community out in Colorado. I definitely think this episode will offer you a lot to chew on and ponder, and hopefully help you begin to think more creatively about making wellness practices more accessible to more people.

*Skip to 4:02min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • We discuss her impactful work in her private practice career

  • Her thoughts on the term “person of color/POC”

  • How she uses mindfulness and meditation in her therapy practice

  • Her thoughts on dismantling racism and stereotypes

  • All about Black Girl Magic

  • About discovering sacred spaces specifically for Black individuals

  • Her passion for bringing yoga and holistic practices to more people

  • Reducing stigmas around wellness and self-care within the Black community

  • How yoga is for everyone and every body

  • Owning “selfishness” in a positive way

  • All about her beautiful offering “Flowetry” and her mission with Soulflower Experiences

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):
Urban Sanctuary
Feminista Jones
Follow Jalisa on Instagram
Follow Soulflower Experiences on Instagram
The book “Between the World and Me”
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