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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 Jeffrey Thomas on The Mandela Yoga Project, growing up as a Black man during the Civil Rights movement, & making yoga accessible to people of color & low-income communities

Jeffrey Thomas is living history. This wonderful man is a friend and sangha-mate of mine from my YTT, and I’m so grateful that Jeffrey agreed to allow me to interview him - this is one of the most important interviews I’ve done thus far. Jeffrey shares his experience of being a young Black man growing up in the south in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, and candidly shares how this has shaped his teaching today, as well as how his experience inspired him to create the Mandela Yoga Project.

It’s an honor to have sat down with Jeffrey, and it is truly an honor to call him a friend; this episode is truly incredible and I’m eternally grateful for Jeffrey’s willingness to share, his vulnerability, and candidness.

One final note, please consider supporting his Mandela Yoga Project here, any amount helps!!

*Skip to 6:58min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • About Jeffrey’s upbringing as a young Black man growing up in the south during the Civil Rights movement

  • About his views on the commercialism of yoga and lack of diversity and inclusivity

  • How Boston could help make yoga more accessible to low-income and underserved communities 

  • How he believes diabetes saved his life

  • About his mission to make yoga accessible to everyone with his company The Mandela Yoga Project

  • How yoga helps him manage his diabetes and promote his wellbeing

  • How he views trauma informed yoga and the importance of it 

  • How Jeffrey believes the body can heal itself, as he is living breathing proof

  • How he decided to start his non-profit the Mandela Yoga Project, and his plans on bringing free trauma-informed yoga to people of color and underserved communities, led by members of the local community

  • About his experience being a black man in a predominantly white yoga community

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

GoFundMe for Mandela Yoga Project
4 Little Girls film
Medgar Evers
Emmett Till
Yoga Alliance
TIMBo
Prison Yoga Project
Five Doors Yoga
Iyengar Yoga
Follow Jeffrey on Instagram
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Licensed therapist Paul Sullivan, LMHC CGP on thriving in life, positive psychology, sustainability, and living consciously

And we’re back with episode 11!! My guest this week is a former colleague of mine, Paul Sullivan. He’s a local professor at Quincy College and licensed therapist operating his own private practice. Paul and I worked together last in 2012 or 2013 at a partial adult psychiatric program in Brookline, MA. I’m so grateful that Paul and I have kept in contact over the years as he’s been an important person in my professional career and professional development; he actually offered me some simple advice back when we worked together and I call upon it often, as you’ll hear me explain in the episode.

We start our conversation where Paul is really selling me on starting a private practice - stay tuned for more on that, hopefully soon! We discuss so many great topics, from building a private practice to meditation for every day modern life to positive psychology. 

*Skip to 5:26min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • About Paul’s journey to establishing himself in private practice

  • All about Paul’s theoretical approaches, including Positive Psychology (umm hi apparently this is my jam)

  • How Paul balances his jobs, spending quality time with family, and making room for play

  • Peaceful parenting

  • Paul’s interest in sustainability and CSAs

  • How Paul helps his clients and students thrive

  • Paul’s view of the developmental stages in life

  • All about Paul’s mindfulness and meditations practices

  • How Paul offers his clients and students tangible and accessible ways to feel happier and live more conscious lives

  • Theraveda Buddhism (What? Just listen to the episode!)

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

Paul’s PsychologyToday.com page
Liberty Wellness
Quincy College
The One Thing book
Sweet Berry Farm in Middleton, RI
Walden Local Meat Co.
Common Ground Fair
Vipassana Meditation Center – Dhamma Dharā
Theraveda Buddhism
Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP)
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

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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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