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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

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

Entrepreneur and Marijuasana founder Stacey Mulvey on the mysticism of cannabis, yoga under the influence, and feeling empowered to break free

Let’s get controversiallllllll!!

I know what you’re thinking: whoa, a therapist is releasing a podcast episode about marijuana?! Relax - I’m not endorsing nor condemning the use of marijuana, but this is a growing industry (punny!) and cannabis yoga is a thing now, just like beer yoga. It’s a controversial topic within the yoga-sphere and in the therapy world. While I am well-aware that research on the effects of cannabis is still young and limited due to federal regulations, more and more people are using it to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, to overcome opiate addictions, and the list goes on. I don’t think you can go into any store today without seeing something that has CBD added to it! I know people who swear by it. In addition, I’ve seen first-hand the negative effects of marijuana on young developing brains (e.g., the onset of early psychosis). See what I mean? Controversial! I hope that listeners can come with an open mind and trust their own autonomy. This is a safe and nonjudgmental place, and everyone is absolutely entitled to any opinion they may or may not have.

I’m very excited to release this episode today, and I know you’re going to dig it as much as I do. I learned so much from my chat with Stacey, and I loved getting to know her and hearing more about her fascinating story. She is a really brave, cool, genuine, and empowered woman, and talking with her was so effortless.

I know you’ll love this episode, and I promise you don’t need to imbibe in cannabis to appreciate it!

*Skip to 6:07min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • about Stacey’s background and how at a young age she broke free from the Mormon culture/religion

  • briefly about the research that continues to develop on the impact of marijuana use on mental health

  • how she came to teaching yoga through pole dancing, Callanetics and Pilates

  • the importance of understanding anatomy in order to teach

  • about Stacey’s upcoming yoga teacher training that she created for her company Marijuasana

  • recognizing the pros and cons of imbibing in cannabis

  • how Stacey created her business Marijuasana

  • Stacey’s “coming out” with cannabis

  • about Stacey’s experience being a female entrepreneur

  • about how yoga can be joyful

  • about the power of community with yoga and cannabis use

  • about her style of teaching

  • about Stacey’s views on cannabis as a drug and a form of medicine

  • the difference between Sativa and Indica and how not all marketing of their effects are accurate

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

Marijuasana
Naropa University
Callanetics
Science of Yoga
Dr. Jared Kass at Lesley University
Jason Kilmer
What the heck are terpenes
Information for Stacey’s YTT that starts June 18th!
Follow Stacey’s company Marijuasana on Instagram
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