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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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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:

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Integrative therapist Steve Opalenik of The Promethean Project - on how to incorporate mindfulness in therapy, building a private integrative health practice, and boundaries

Steve is probably one of the most humble, compassionate, generous, and genuine people I’ve ever known. We worked together several years ago at a behavioral health insurance company and have fortunately kept in touch (ahh the benefits of social!). I’m so grateful that he was my first recorded interview! He is so insightful and shares some brilliant nuggets of wisdom in this episode; I know you’re going to love this episode!

Steve is a licensed mental health counselor and superhero based in Western Massachusetts specializing in working with people who are actively seeking to make a change in their overall health. He has a background in personal training and utilizes his experiences with mindfulness, meditation, playful movement, and calisthenics to help people tap into their full inner potential. He’s certified in progressive calisthenics, as a Y12SR Instructor, personal trainer, Youth and Group Fitness teacher. He also co-owns The Promethean Project with his wife and siblings, a non-profit practice that approaches health in an all-encompassing, multi-faceted way to empower the individual to have informed ownership over their health. Be sure to check out their website and all of the amazing work they’re doing!

In this episode we hear:

  • about Steve’s own personal health journey

  • a bit about imposter syndrome as a therapist

  • useful tips for therapists trying to build a private practice or business

  • therapeutic tools to use in therapy with children, teens, and adolescents

  • all about the great work Steve’s non-profit has done and continues to do

  • how to use breath-work and meditation in therapy sessions

  • how to overcome negative emotions

  • why the Dalai Lama is OK with being bald (I’m totally serious!)

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

Polyvagal Theory
Brattleboro Retreat
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery
The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast
The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
That PESI Nutrition and Mental Health training
Dr. Judith Orloff’s Empath quiz
Steve’s website The Promethean Project
Steve’s Instagram
Family Care Counseling Associates
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play

Yoga Teacher Laura Ahrens - on living in integrity, embracing yogic philosophy as lifestyle, and basically being superhuman

It’s kismet that the day I’m releasing the first episode of my podcast is one year to the day from when I graduated my 200-hour yoga teacher training! I knew that my first episode had to be with my YTT teacher and good friend Laura Ahrens; my experience with her and the team she’s assembled for the New School of Yogic Arts (aka NSYA) was truly transformative in my life.

Laura is a yoga teacher in Boston and Brookline, MA. She offers her students a strong, supportive space in which to practice meditative and intentional asana. Not only is she an incredible teacher, she also owns NSYA; leads mentorships and retreats domestically and internationally; and co-owns Miakoda, a sustainable, ethical clothing line with her sister Julia, among many other amazing endeavors.

In this episode we hear:

  • about Laura’s own personal growth on and off the mat

  • how she found her voice as a teacher

  • what it means to have integrity as a yoga teacher and individual

  • how she uncovered her ever-evolving authentic self

  • how to balance taking care of one’s self while offering space for others

We had some technical difficulties toward the end and a small part lost, however that means Laura will definitely be back on again soon!

Mentioned in this episode:

The New School of Yogic Arts
Miakoda
Coolidge Yoga
Laura’s Yoga Therapy training teacher Sarahjoy Marsh
A great read: Many Lives, Many Masters
That Palo Santo scented conditioner
Laura’s Website
Follow Laura on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram


Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play