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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!

Skincare therapist Shannon Noel of Noel Herbal Skincare on trusting your gut, taking care of your skin, why you shouldn't pick pimples, and why you should avoid natural skincare

Shannon Noel is one of those people you meet and you just know she is authenticity and magic. She’s ethereal, thoughtful, empathic, and lovely, and her shop, Noel Herbals, is a hidden zen gem located in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Somerville.

I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Shannon in her shop to discuss all things life, skincare, herbalism, and fuzzy puppy bums. She shares all about her journey to holistic skincare and similarly to our guest for episode 9 she started out pursuing a very different career path in college.

I couldn’t ask for a better guest to enter into the double digits with on this pod; I know you’re going to love Shannon, and be sure to check out her shop to stock up on some incredible, safe, non-toxic skincare products that your skin will thank you for!

*Skip to 5min to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • about Shannon’s career path to skincare therapy

  • how college may not be the best path for everyone

  • why you should dilute essential oils prior to applying to your skin

  • why you should avoid “fragrance” in products

  • what a facial entails and how often you should get one

  • about natural versus safe skincare products

  • about the importance of choosing safe and non-toxic products for your skin and home

  • about what on earth is lymphatic drainage

  • sorry vegans - we talk about cooking and eating fish

  • how Shannon uses social media with intention

  • Shannon’s mission to educate people on skincare and skin health, and some exciting new projects she’s working on

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

Noel Herbals
Follow Shannon on Instagram
Shannon’s Skin/Food: Spring event on May 4th
Cambridge Naturals
The Herbal Academy
Herbstalk
Commonwealth Herbs
La Bella Figura Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum
Gua Sha
Britta Beauty
Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life book
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

Personal Trainer and Fitness Professional Bron Volney on strengthening community, effective personal training, and finding the motivation to exercise

Bron Volney is one of the nicest people I have ever met - he’s a genuine, energetic soul who happens to also be easy on the eyes and can help you become your best physical self. He is a personal trainer and the owner of BronCore Fitness, specializing in an amazing, creative, and challenging workouts designed by Bron himself.

My husband and I have known Bron for years, and one of my favorite moments from my wedding was doing squats (in my wedding dress) with Bron on the dance floor. Such a priceless memory!

Bron is an incredible unique and talented trainer who has helped my husband and I achieve our fitness goals over the years. He completely removes the intimidation factor from working out, and offers his clients intentional and challenging programs to help them achieve their pinnacle of physical health. He’s also so passionate about building community and does so with BCF and his BronCore Bootcamps that happen indoors and outdoors all over the city.

Check out his bootcamps and set up some training sessions with him - you’ll be sore AF but wow, will you look and feel amazing!!

*Skip to 4:40 to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • about Bron’s original career plan

  • how he decided to create his own business BronCore Fitness

  • how he strays from the norm in a creative and efficient way to best support his clients

  • how BronCore Bootcamps has evolved and continues to grow and expand

  • how Bron continues to churn out creative workouts

  • all about Bron’s immense undying love for the Florida Gators (who, I’m sad to say, lost in the NCAA the night we recorded this episode - I blame Bron.)

  • the importance of community when maintaining fitness

  • how to work with challenging clients and keep folks committed and engaged to their fitness goals

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

BronCore Fitness
Follow Bron on Instagram
Bron’s website
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

Registered Nurse, Yoga Teacher, & Ayurvedic Health Counselor Lauren Massalas, RN on Ayurveda & modern medicine, holistic health, & living in harmony with nature & the seasons

Lauren Massalas doesn’t know this, but she has a really special place in my heart as she was the catalyst for my applying for YTT with NSYA at Coolidge Yoga back in 2017. We met at an event at YogaWorks and exchanged info so I could pick her brain about NSYA…and the rest is herstory!!

Lauren is definitely a super cool and incredibly talented chick. She is a PACU nurse, a yoga teacher, and an Ayurvedic Health Counselor based in Boston, MA. She has a magical way of making Ayurveda, a 5000+ year old medical science, seem completely seamlessly accessible to integrate into a modern lifestyle. As a health practitioner and yoga teacher, she is influenced by western anatomy and physiology, yogic philosophy, and Ayurvedic wisdom, a unique mash-up that allows Lauren to stand out from the crowd in every aspect of her career.

*Skip to 3:19 to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • about Ayurveda and what it is, for those outside of the yoga-sphere

  • how Lauren took a winding path to Ayurveda

  • what to expect from a session with Lauren as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and she shares a brief case study

  • how Ayurveda and western medicine can work together

  • how to avoid dampening your digestive fire and how that fire is “supreme in the long game of longevity”

  • about the importance of a morning routine, how to start one, and why you should stop drinking cold water

  • how to incorporate Ayurvedic health tips into your daily life

  • how Ayurveda helps individuals fully live in their body

  • the importance of the body’s elimination process

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

Coolidge Yoga
Lauren’s Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse workshop
NSYA
Goldie Graham
Kripalu
Vega Vitality
Follow Lauren on Instagram
Lauren’s website
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

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 // Stitcher