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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 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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Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play

Doctor of Chiropractic, Nutritionist, and Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Tim Latham, DC MS CSCS - transforming lives through conscious living

This man saved my life. Basically.

I’m so happy to be releasing this episode with Dr. Tim Latham, DC MS CSCS, a brilliant jack-of-all-trades. He’s got multiple degrees and areas of expertise, and he continues to learn all that he can about the ever-changing field of integrative health. I was fortunate to have connected with Tim after being diagnosed with a chronic pain + fatigue illness; through testing and non-judgmental conversations, he helped me make easy tweaks to increase my body’s ability to heal, recover, and thrive. I’d honestly never felt better!

This episode is chock full of great recommendations for anyone to improve their overall health, as Tim shares simple ways to increase one’s quality of life through nutrition and movement. We talk about the body’s resiliency, and challenging false beliefs one has about the body’s durability. Anyone who nerds out over science and health will love this episode!

Find Tim, his wife Dr. Laura Latham, and other integrative providers at their group practice in Boston at Back Bay Health & Performance, and you can also catch Tim as an adjunct faculty member in the Integrative and Functional Nutrition program at Saybrook University.

In this episode we hear:

  • all about Tim’s educational background and his many health degrees

  • about what exactly is an elimination diet and what the heck a FODMAP is

  • easy, accessible ways to improve one’s health

  • the body’s resiliency

  • how to challenge negative beliefs

  • what to expect in an appointment with Tim

  • how to avoid feeling overwhelmed when in the midst of a health revamp

  • how Chiropractic isn’t all about back cracking

  • about certain wellness fads and Tim’s thoughts on their validity

  • how mindfulness and breath-work are just as important to address as diet

  • about Tim’s self-care practice

  • some swears - yup, I’ve officially sworn/cussed/cursed on the podcast, folks!

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

Back Bay Health & Performance
Craig Liebenson, DC
Dr. Ben House
Alan Watts
Sober Curious (book)
Making Sense Podcast by Sam Harris
The Runner’s Zone Podcast
You Are Not So Smart Podcast
Enlightenment Now (book)
Behave (book)
Endure (book)
Just Breathe (book)
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Institute for Functional Medicine
Saybrook University’s Integrative and Functional Nutrition Program
Follow Tim and his wife over at Back Bay Health & Performance on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play

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

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