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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

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

Therapist Denise Hooks on being a therapist and a consultant, providing therapy to marginalized communities, her theoretical approach, and how to be a more inclusive provider

Today’s guest is the lovely Denise Hooks, and I’m so grateful to Stacey Mulvey, my guest on episode 14, for connecting us! Denise is an incredible therapist based in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she offers individual therapy, group therapy, and co-owns a consulting agency with her husband.

We spent like 3 hours on the phone, not even kidding!! I immediately felt comfortable with her, like I know her; she’s so easy to talk to and so smart and articulate. She’s doing such meaningful work with womxn of color and survivors of trauma, two of her main areas of focus.

As a disclaimer, parts of this episode may be triggering for people as we discuss topics (although not in a very detailed way) like interpersonal violence, suicide, and abortions. If you believe this may impact you, I suggest making a plan for self-care prior to listening.

Also, we had some sound issues, I hope it’s not too distracting for you! Apologies in advance.

*Skip to 6:08min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How Denise decided to become a therapist and how she decided to work with the population she serves

  • How her cultural background and being a black womxn shapes her practice as a therapist

  • How she uses Existentialism and Gestalt therapies with clients, and how her theater background helps her help clients more efficiently

  • What Narrative therapy is and how she finds it especially useful working with people of color

  • How to find your theoretical approach as a therapist

  • The importance of boundaries and ethics in therapy

  • How to be a competent and inclusive provider

  • How to navigate challenging conversations within therapy, specifically when “racial undertones” or racism occurs

  • Using Existentialism in working with survivors of trauma

  • How memories and emotions are strongly tied together

  • How trauma can become trapped in the body, and ways to use different techniques in therapy to release it

  • About the stigma that exists for seeking therapy, specifically within communities of color

  • About her therapy group for womxn of color “Consciousness Raising”

  • About Denise and her husband’s consulting business Elevated Consulting and how they offer Organizational Psychology to businesses

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

Elevate Consulting
Elevated Therapy by Denise
Follow Denise on Facebook
Follow Denise on Instagram
The Gloria Videos
Brené Brown’s new video Call to Courage
Book I’m Ok, You’re Ok
Justice Resource Institute
NET
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

Dentist Dr. Michael Mayr on holistic dentistry, removing the fear of the dentist, empowering patients, and maintaining excellent oral health and hygiene

It only took three decades, but I now LOVE going to the dentist. Shocked?! I’m not! Anti-Dentite’s be damned. Dr. Mayr is one of my most favorite people, and he is an incredible dentist. He and his staff are committed to helping patients feel welcomed and comfortable in the office, and he treats everyone with thorough care and respect. Even if your insurance is out-of-network, you should definitely go see Dr. Mayr, his business partner Dr. Yuko, and their incredible team at Harmony!! You’ll leave the office feeling empowered to take care of your oral hygiene and overall health, without feeling ashamed if you admitted that you forget to floss daily.

This episode will offer you information all about what on earth it means to be a holistic dental practice, as well as how Dr. Mayr balances traditional Western dentistry with holistic/biologic dentistry. He also candidly shares a bit about his personal life, and - dun dun dunnnnnnn - whether or not he flosses daily!!

*Skip to 4:54min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How Dr. Mayr chose to become a dentist

  • Balancing traditional dentistry with holistic dentistry, and how holistic living isn’t reinventing the wheel

  • The differences between a traditional dentist versus a holistic dentist

  • What to expect at an appointment at Harmony 

  • How Dr. Mayr and his business partner Dr. Yuko offer thorough care for their clients

  • Why it was important for Dr. Mayr to gather information about a patient’s whole health history, versus just their dental history

  • The importance of asking questions as a patient 

  • Why he wants to do less work on patients than a lot

  • Why reading ingredients is so important, even for toothpaste

  • How Dr. Mayr balances his job with his own physical health and oral hygiene 

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

Harmony
Follow Harmony on Facebook
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