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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!

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 // Stitcher

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 // Stitcher

Teaser for Season 1 of the Yogi Therapist Podcast

After years of pondering, wishing, hoping, hemming and hawing, The Yogi Therapist Podcast is finally coming to fruition. This is the official teaser for Season 1 of The Yogi Therapist Podcast!!

Oh, and NBD, also the launch of my website, too!!!

Hello, I’m Shelby Dwyer, your host and resident health geek. I’m a licensed mental health counselor and certified yoga teacher living in Boston, Massachusetts with my husband and our two cats. I’m passionate about all things health, psychology, and yoga, and strongly identify as an eternal student. As you’ll learn in this quick intro episode, I started this podcast to satiate my curiosity about the evolving wellness world, and because I really love hearing about other people’s experiences pursuing their interests.

From integrative medicine to yoga, we’ll get cozy and personal with some brilliant folks in the wellness world. We’ll learn realistic ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, all while being a real humxn IRL.

Stay tuned for Season 1, launching soon!! (As in, so soon…like, Monday February 4th…! AHH!)

- S