Cate Stillman: Vibrant Health Educator, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Conscious Entrepreneur

The Yogahealer Podcast l Ayurveda l Yoga l Healthy Foods | Yoga teachers with Cate Stillman

The Yogahealer Podcast l Ayurveda l Yoga l Healthy Foods | Yoga teachers with Cate Stillman


Yoga students, yoga teachers and wellness pros listen to innovative, awake living tips for vibrant health. Live the yoga lifestyle by updating your habits in line with Ayurveda. Combining ayurvedic philosophy, healthy foods, and behavioral science to uplevel your habits in line with your wellness potential. Progressive and informed from ancient evolutionary wisdom, Cate Stillman conducts expert in depth interviews with experts in yoga, ayurveda, conscious entrepreneurship, eating raw, living foods and progressive family living. This podcast is packed with Cate's passionate workshops, conversations and uber practical yoga classes that makes an impact on how you feel, what you do, what you think and talk about and ultimately how you show up in the world! Join the Yogahealer community at


Dharma & Caring For Your Body

Mar 24, 2020 32:27


Step into deeper dharma with nourishing body rhythms. Tune in to get the guidelines on rhythmic eating, rhythmic movement and rhythmic sleeping.  Caring for your body enables you to play a bigger game and live life on another level. Let’s do this.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to care for your body to step into deeper dharma. How to have more energy. How to ritualize rest.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Have a conversation Have a Dream Session with one of our Coaches Show Highlights: Cate reads from her new book ‘Master of You’. Why grazing is arhythmic. Cate describes how she incorporates rhythmic movement in her day. Timestamps:  7:30 Rhythmic eating.  14:40 Rhythmic movement. 21:10 Rhythmic sleeping.  


Favorite Quotes: “If you don’t have nourishing body rhythms you will continually struggle with dharma. You will continually struggle to have the kind of energy and resilience and adaptability to live a greater life.” - Cate Stillman   “Eating in rhythm has everything to do with rest and digest.” - Cate Stillman  “Most people on the snack train are not experiencing true hunger. And if you don’t experience true hunger you don’t get the flip side of true nourishment.” - Cate Stillman “Get up and move! Go and do walk-and-talks instead of meetings. It’s amazing what starts to happen. Your mind will clear, you’ll have more energy, you’ll have way fewer cravings for food and emotional eating will go down.” - Cate Stillman “Rhythmic sleeping is very simple. It happens when you follow the downward pull of the setting sun and you sleep reliably, ideally for 8 hours, from around 9:00pm-5:00am.” - Cate Stillman


Why + When to Detox

Mar 17, 2020 25:32


Why detox? Improved digestion, restful sleep and clear skin is the tip of the iceberg. Tune into the podcast with Cate and Rachel Peters to find out what detox is and when to do it.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What detox is. Why feeling hunger is key to satiation. When to detox. Show Highlights: Cate reflects on how our ancestors lived. Cate describes true hunger. Softening ama. Favorite Quotes: “Imagine back when, you lived closer to the earth, and you were perhaps sleeping on the earth in a little hut. And outside were all the plants you were using to feed your body. There were times of winter and times of summer, there were times of scarcity and times of abundance. Your body would naturally move into those times of scarcity. And in times of scarcity when you’re taking in less food and your atmosphere is one that’s more barren than full, you have the experience of the opposites. So part of the problem now is whenever you go into WholeFoods, it’s abundant! There’s always strawberries, like always. There’s always blueberries. And so we have to create what seems like an artificial experience of barreness or a season of scarcity so that we give our organs a freakin’ break.” - Cate Stillman “Most people I work with in Body Thrive have lost the feeling of true hunger. And there’s a disconnect between the feeling of true hunger being the only path to true satiation.”  - Cate Stillman “When you’re emptiness, you’re full of possibility.” - Cate Stillman “The body is smart and the mind is smart and the soul is smart. And I radically believe in the intelligence of you, of your organism and your mind-body-soul configuration. I believe if you give yourself the opportunity to release that which it wants to, so the body will release what it wants to, the liver will release what it wants to, the colon will release what it wants to, the arteries will release what it wants to.” - Cate Stillman “When we’re not so busy, when our bodies are not so busy digesting the food that we’re putting in, we create the space to digest the other things that we’ve distracted or pushed to the side.” - Rachel Peters

Dharma & Organizing Your Home

Mar 16, 2020 25:12


Struggling to organize your home? Cate explains how an organized home can help you live in deep alignment with your purpose.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What does it look like to have a house aligned with your next chapter? What are the benefits of living free of clutter? How do you decide what to keep and what to toss? Links Mentioned in Episode: "Master of You" - a journey through the five elements of Ayurveda  Register for the Awake Living Course Show Highlights: Cate shares how she organizes her home Cate explains how to create space for your future self Cate guides you through an alignment technique Timestamps:  1:55 Understanding how your space shapes your identity 7:49 Deciding what to keep  9:34 How to get your family on board  11:10 The qualities you want in your space   Favorite Quotes: “Organize your home in a way that helps you step into who you wanna become next” “Space is deeply etheric, your stuff is very physically concrete but you can arrange it in a way that your space holds the vibration of potentiality” “I wanna design my space to support the habits I want”  “There's so much stuff in your space that's connected to outdated identities, identities that you actually don't want to reinforce”


Rethinking Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 13, 2020 21:06


Mindset of Dharma

Mar 9, 2020 35:17


Looking to design your life to fulfill your greatest ambitions? We’ve got you. Today on the podcast we’re exploring the mindset of dharma. Grab a cup of tea and tune in to absorb the ethos of awake living.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: The ethos of Master of You. What the 12 perspectives are for Awake Living.


Links Mentioned in Episode:


Have a Dream Session with one of our Coaches Start your Awake Living Free Training Check out our Current Events Have a conversation



Show Highlights: Cate reflects on John Lennon’s lyrics in ‘I, me, my’. Cate reviews fixed mindset vs. growth mindset


Timestamps:  3:20 Orient towards thrive.  3:50 Adopt a cosmo centric viewpoint. 6:13 Evolve your identity. 9:38 Nurture and nourish your five bodies.     10:53 Heed the rhythm and the cycles. 11:39 Think big, test small, fail fast and learn always. 14:11 Invest in yourself. 16:42 Embrace a solid B minus. 19: 49 Trust your desire. 22:25 Leverage your strengths. 25:24 Learn, mentor, master, co-create.  29:39 Shift from consumer to collaborator.


Favorite Quotes: “If you see where you fit in the whole, it shifts your perspective. And it’s orienting. And that’s so much of what we’re doing in orienting, we’re orienting ‘what is dharma’, what is our purpose, what is a more purposeful meaning life, what are we here to uphold.” - Cate Stillman  “You can change. Who you are is not static. You’re not a noun, you’re a verb. You’re an is-ingness a beingness that’s also in action.” - Cate Stillman “Life has rhythm. Life has cycles. The sun sets the sun rises. There’s a reason there’s a rhythm. And when you heed the rhythm you unlock deep energy. When you violate the rhythm you suffer.” - Cate Stillman “Aspiring towards greatness, absolutely. Aim high, aim true. But what can you learn along the way to get over analysis paralysis, that’s the faster path to success.” - Cate Stillman

What Is Dharma?

Mar 2, 2020 27:55


Do you know what you want in life? Now, or in the next chapter? Many people don’t! Today on the podcast we’re defining Dharma. Find out what it is and how to uncover it. Tune in!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What Dharma is. How to uncover your deeper dreams. Three questions to ask yourself..   Links Mentioned in Episode: Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Cate reads from her upcoming book ‘Master of You’.  Cate explores the desire for more time.


Timestamps:  4:24 Awake living with the 5 elements.  9:50 Identity evolution. 12:50 Your deeper dreams.


Favorite Quotes: “Who you are is nature, and the more you can connect with nature the more you can awaken the power of you, and live your life on purpose. And live a life of deep meaning. And live a life of your own unique journey, your own unique destiny.” - Cate Stillman “The path of business, the path of the marketplace, actually parallels yoga philosophy.” - Cate Stillman “Are we indeed selling ourselves short? Or are we leaning actively into our potentiality, and becoming that?” - Cate Stillman  “You can learn how to listen to Dharma.” - Cate Stillman “Your duty to uphold yourself to your best potential, authentically and practically, while being part of transformational experiences that add connection and meaning to those whose lives you touch, is your Dharma.” - Cate Stillman “When you’re growing up in the Western World you get the question, what do you want to be when you grow up. You don’t get the question of who are you and what is your purpose to fulfill.” - Cate Stillman

The History of Ayurveda

Feb 27, 2020 24:54


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is the history of Ayurveda? What is fascinating about the history of Ayurveda? Where is Ayurveda going into the future?  Did you foresee Ayurveda and Yoga trending like it has?


Links Mentioned in Episode:


Have a conversation Dr. Svoboda's website Dr. Svoboda's Facebook Dr. Svoboda's Instagram





  Show Highlights: How Ayurveda ‘grew up’ as a response to human urbanization Why humans should be able to ‘know what’s right’ and heal – and why they often don’t The different traditions and lineages of Ayurveda that survive until today How Ayurveda is being used in the West – and what has been overlooked


Timestamps:  3:13 “[Ayurvedic] experts got together and they discussed the problems inherent in living in an urban environment – something that we all need to be alert to today.”  7:45 “When you are in one area as any kind of animal, you create a lot of waste products, and if you’re in a city, those wastes tend to accumulate in the city – and if you yourself are in the city, they tend to accumulate in your organism.” 9:52 “As humans became more urbanized, more filled with ama, more toxins, and less connected to the life force, it became necessary for doctors to start directly interacting with humans explaining what was the right thing to eat and the wrong thing to eat, the right kind of behavior and the wrong behavior, and helping them to get rid of this load of toxins … so that the prana can work to heal them.”   12:13 “It is very possible for anyone to get a reasonable perspective on what’s going on inside them and to feel within yourself whether something in front of you is something you should eat or shouldn’t eat. I’m always a bit dismayed when people become ‘listatarians’ … instead of understanding personally.” 16:27 “People can eat 24 hours a day, the lights are on 24 hours a day, there’s no connection to the normal external cycles that allows your organism to align itself healthfully.”


Favorite Quotes: “The inability of crisis-based medicine to deal with these crises has led to the present situation in the West in which many alternative paradigms compete for the acceptance of scientists and public alike.” -Dr. Robert Svoboda “Ayurveda’s materia medica and therapeutic techniques have much more yet to contribute. I maintain, however, that Ayurveda’s most valuable contributions will be made to the new theory that medicine is trying to grow. These contributions will be derived from Ayurveda’s way of seeing the world, its darshana, a vision which will facilitate medicine’s ability to teach people not just how to avoid disease but how to proactively develop and maintain a healthy ‘state.’” -Dr. Robert Svoboda “Modern medicine defines health as the absence of disease, Ayurveda focuses on health as a positive condition that is independent of disease, an active state of being that can be promoted by appropriate behavior. When you can upgrade your health you may find diseases disappearing without ever having been directly addressed. The same Ayurvedic principles that are used to correct yourself when you are out of balance can be used to preserve your balance once it is corrected.” -Dr. Robert Svoboda


Guest Bio:

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. You can find out more about his work at and follow him on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

What are Ayurvedic Herbs?

Feb 24, 2020 31:49



What are Ayurvedic herbs? They may be closer than you think. Check out this inspiring episode exploring Ayurvedic herbs, the wisdom of plants, and why connecting with your ecosystem is the best medicine. 

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What Ayurvedic herbs are. Why connecting to your ecosystem is key. Why single herb pill popping is ineffective.   Links Mentioned in Episode: Living Ayurveda training Have a conversation Understand Ayurveda Herbal Formulations Kate O'Donnell's Ayurveda cooking and lifestyle books Podcast on Invasive Weeds




Show Highlights: Cate shares the parable of Ayurvedic graduates writing their final exam.  Cate’s favourite quote by Amadea Morningstar Why Cate loves chewing Aspen leaves


Timestamps:  7:23 Learning the language of plants  9:45 Plants as potent healing allies  16:00 Connecting with the herbs in your ecosystem   17:24 Creating Ayurvedic herbal formulas


Favorite Quotes: “Life is abundant, plants are intelligent. Plants are hundreds of millions of years older than humans. They’ve been on this planet way longer than mammals. They have so much wisdom within their cells, within how they grow, where they grow, who they grow alongside, and then what they can do in the human body. And that perspective of, all plants have value, all plants have medicinal value, that perspective is so needed right now as we continue to spray petrochemicals on healing plants; plants like chickweed, plants like thistle, plants like dandelion. Plants that I eat most of the year.” - Cate Stillman  “All plants are part of the science of life.” -  Cate Stillman  “What’s really healing, I find more than anything, is humans connecting with plants. Not encapsulated pills. Or plants that are dried and powdered and put into a capsule, and that capsule is then put into a plastic bottle, and that plastic bottle put onto a shelf, with a shelf life.” - Cate Stillman  “Plants are potent, healing allies.” - Amadea Morningstar “Part of the problem is we’re over harvesting plants not from our ecosystem, so we’re not actually connecting with our ecosystem. We’re not creating potent healing allies. Because when you do, you care for your ecosystem.” - Cate Stillman



Can You Lose Weight with Ayurveda?

Feb 20, 2020 30:08


Are you carrying excess weight? Ayurveda can help! Listen in for weight loss tips for Vata, Pitta and Kapha constitutions.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How you can lose weight with Ayurveda  How to poop Weight loss tips for Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha


Links Mentioned in Episode:


Have a conversation Check out our Ayurveda Tip Sheets "What Is Vata Dosha" Podcast Episode "What Is Pitta Dosha" Podcast Episode "What Is Kapha Dosha" Podcast Episode   Show Highlights: Cate shares tips for moving waste out. Cate describes the work of her friend, Brant, who helps people with gross obesity.  Cate’s shares her morning winter walk routine.


Timestamps:  8:54 Tips for complete elimination 10:30 Weight loss tips for Vata 17:07 Weight loss tips for Pitta 21:40 Weight loss tips for Kapha  


Favorite Quotes: “It’s not just what you eat, it’s when you eat.” - Cate Stillman “If we’re not moving waste out, waste and weight can become synonymous. So non-functional tissue taking up mass in the body that has weight to it can be undigested or poorly digested food that then becomes a waste product as opposed to a functional tissue in the body. Even if we look at fat tissue, what’s the functional amount of fat tissue in the body, according to the textbook of Ayurveda, written by Dr. Visant Lad, it’s two handfuls! Two anjali.” - Cate Stillman “When the nerves are relaxed the bowels start to be able to let go, so instead of being constipated or contracted what happens is the body is more able to release waste.” - Cate Stillman “Life is rhythmic, there is a rhythm to things. There’s a rhythm to digestion, there’s a rhythm to absorption, there’s a rhythm to feeding, there’s a rhythm to fasting. And this starts to build a deep sense of trust in the person with their body. They start to be able to actually trust and on a very deep level love, on a cellular level feel that the essence of consciousness is loved, and love their body again.” - Cate Stillman  “For the Vata person it means a few times a day they’re going to lay down and put their hands on their belly and relax. That will actually accelerate (weight loss). It means for the Kapha person even skipping a meal at night now and then, just having tea or having broth at night, that’s going to take the weight off a lot faster. For the Pitta person to wind down and let themself adjust to efficiencies the more they do that the faster the excess will come off and the more they’ll naturally find their best weight.” - Cate Stillman







What is the ‘Ayurvedic Diet’?

Feb 17, 2020 30:31


What is the Ayurvedic diet? Cate explains it’s not all kitchari and mung beans. Check out the podcast to learn about the Ayurvedic diet and thriving for your constitution with food!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What the Ayurvedic diet is. How to thrive in your constitution with food. Why the ecosystem and seasons offer the biggest insights from Ayurveda.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Cate describes her health hurdles before Ayurveda entered her life.  Why Cate recommends ‘Eat Wheat’ by Dr. John Douillard. What to do if you get the food blahs. 


Timestamps:  5:05 Cate’s take on the Ayurvedic diet, perfect digestion and Sama Agni. 9:12 Best foods for the three constitutions. 21:51 Seasonal insights from nature to guide diet.


Favorite Quotes: “When I look at the Ayurvedic diet, I look at what is food? What is food according to Ayurveda? What is nourishment according to understanding your constitution? So we get into a different level of complexity where it’s not like these yes and no lists. It’s more, notice the impact that different foods eaten at different times have on you and see if you can find seamless digestion. What they call Sama Agni. Perfect balanced digestion.” - Cate Stillman  “Ayurvedic diet rule number one, like increases like and the opposites reduce each other.” - Cate Stillman “Vata accumulates in the colon so anything that’s too airy they’ll get bloated and gassy. Pitta accumulates in the small intestine so anything that’s too fiery, like hot sauce, they’ll tend to get the runs from because there’s already a lot of bile in their small intestine. And Kapha accumulates in the stomach and it’s mucus. So we’ve got gas, bile and mucus (and these are translations for Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are the forces as they go out of balance in the body.” - Cate Stillman “What we want to do is let the body feed itself, get more matter over mind. Most of us have way too much information in our brains about how to eat. I’d rather not rely on our brains about how to eat! Build body awareness. Build body wisdom, body intelligence about what to eat. The body is physical, it’s part of nature.” - Cate Stillman

What is Kapha Dosha

Feb 13, 2020 32:21


Water + Earth = Kapha. Our Ayurveda intro series continues! Find out more about the stable and nurturing qualities of Kapha and how to thrive as this dosha. Tune into the podcast!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is Kapha dosha. What are Kapha imbalances. How Kapha types thrive.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Check out our Ayurvedic tip sheets Take a Dosha Quiz Living Ayurveda training


Show Highlights: Cate likens Kapha energy to that of pond life. Cate describes her Kapha husband and sister.  Cate explains why calming Kapha isn’t necessary. Timestamps:   9:18 Qualities of Kapha.  10:06 Physical traits of Kapha types.  18:07 Kapha imbalances.  22:23 Best food practices for Kaphas. Favorite Quotes:  “Yoga is the path of enlightenment. Ayurveda is the path of thrive in body mind and spirit.” - Cate Stillman. “Kaphas are blessed with endurance.” - Cate Stillman “Emotionally people like hanging out with Kaphas. They’re mellow, they’re calm, they're reflective. They can listen, like really listen.” - Cate Stillman “The more we understand our nature and our tendencies that bring us out of balance, the better we’re able to actually cultivate the opposite.” - Cate Stillman “Kaphas work is to become a flowing river.” - Cate Stillman “When Kaphas go out of balance it comes from not doing enough. It comes from not being as involved in the world. It comes from not being physical.” - Cate Stillman



What is Pitta Dosha

Feb 10, 2020 34:36


Are you achievement oriented? Do you have a powerful intellect but sometimes lose your cool? You might have a predominance of Pitta Dosha. Find out how to shine without burning out on the podcast!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is Pitta dosha. What it is like to have a Pitta constitution.  What happens when Pitta goes out of balance. Links Mentioned in Episode: Check out our Ayurvedic tip sheets Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Cate explains how Pitta shows up in her personal life. Cate describes the extreme side of a Pitta imbalance in the mind. Cate details the mini rejuvenation breaks she takes during the work day.


Timestamps:  4:22 The function of Pitta in the body and mind. 7:19 That qualities of Pitta and how it feels in the body and mind.  10:03 The nature of Pitta imbalances in the mind. 12:58 Physical qualities of Pitta. 19:32 How to calm and balance Pitta. 20:11 Practices to help the Pitta mind unwind. 22:38 Foods that aggravate and calm Pitta. Favorite Quotes: “It’s discriminating in nature. It’s separating the wheat from the chaff. It’s separating the truth from the BS. That’s the natural power of Pitta in the mind.” - Cate Stillman “In the paradox is the healing. One of the paradoxes of Pitta in the mind is to have compassion, to actually soften and try to see with empathy all sides of the situation. For a lot of Pitta types this can be the hardest work.” - Cate Stillman “So in terms of digestion, this is one of the easiest ways to identify if you have more Pitta. You’ll tend to have a stronger appetite, you’ll tend to be able to eat more frequently than other people. The whole ‘hangry’ word for people who get angry when they’re hungry, that’s more a Pitta type.” - Cate Stillman  “Because they’re such hyper-metabilzers if they eat a high carb diet they’re body is going to burn through everything really quickly. Having a substantial meal in the middle of the day that’s higher in protein and higher in fat can really help a Pitta person.” - Cate Stillman “Pitta’s have to learn how to turn off. Because their mind is so strong they have a desire to go and go and go. Developing a strong discipline to not working after the sun goes down can be a phenomenal lifestyle change for Pitta; to actually unplug. The time between 6:00pm and 10:00pm, that’s the time of Kapha. That’s the time of earthy watery energy. It’s the time of connecting and being with our people and relaxing, enjoying, reflecting on the day. A Pitta type with a Pitta imbalance will tend to burn the candle at both ends and keep working after dinner, checking email, multitasking, getting everything done before going to bed, and that leads to a Pitta imbalance. They’re violating the rhythm of rejuvenation.” - Cate Stillman

What is Vata Dosha

Feb 6, 2020 32:33


Are you constantly moving? Do you have a ton of ideas but poor follow through? You might have a predominance of Vata Dosha. Find out everything about how to make the best of this Dosha on our podcast!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is Dosha? What is Vata Constitution? What are Vata imbalances? Links Mentioned in Episode: Take a Dosha Quiz to Find Balance and Learn Your Ayurvedic Body Type Deepen Your Self-Healing Body Wisdom with Ayurveda Navigating Stress and Ambition Podcast episode


Show Highlights: Cate explains why Ayurveda can seem hard to learn and understand Cate shares the difficulty of having Vata predominance in the modern world Cate dives deeper into how Vatas can create resilience


Timestamps:  05:13 - Understand the meaning of Vata   14:54 - Physical qualities of Vata 17:35 - Emotional traits of Vata 20:41 - Keeping your energy as a Vata 22:48 -Symptoms of Vata Dosha Favorite Quotes: “Some people have less than, less than a teddy bear, fuzzy cozy personality. People can have roughness in their skin. These are ways that we might see the quality of rough. Vata is also subtle. Even when you start thinking about how huge this universe, you live in actually is.” “They have, in so many ways, these incredible, innate superpowers that are all about being like a super-sensitive instrument. And what can be so hard about being a Vata, about having Vata predominance in your constitution is that the modern world is hyper-stimulated.” “Netflix says its biggest competitor is sleep.”  “the biggest issue for most modern-day Vatas, is that life in the modern world is very challenging, right? There's a lot of draws in your attention. There's a lot of opportunities, there's too much to do. The endless to-do list can all get done and you are limited. You're limited in your energy.”

What is Ayurveda

Feb 3, 2020 33:48


Find out everything about how Ayurveda can help you live your best life. Tune into this episode and learn about Doshas, Elements and Gunas.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Understand what Ayurveda is The connection between Yoga and Ayurveda Understand the different Doshas


Links Mentioned in Episode:


Take a Dosha Quiz to Find Balance and Learn Your Ayurvedic Body Type Deepen Your Self-Healing Body Wisdom with Ayurveda


Show Highlights: Cate shares her first encounter with Ayurveda Cate talks about her medical struggles growing up


Timestamps:  2:45 Different takes on the meaning of Ayurveda 16:33 Is Ayurveda really effective? 19:59 Looking at disease from an Ayurvedic perspective 24:13 Doshas, Elements and Gunas


Favorite Quotes: “Where Ayurveda to me is, maybe has a slight edge, or is really super fascinating is, because it was so deeply tied to yoga. To the path of enlightenment, not just the path of spirituality and awakening, but the path of what is your true nature. What is you, what are you as a fully awakened human being.” “You could heal yourself through understanding your Prakruti and your vikruti, through understanding your constitution, and understanding the current situation of imbalances.” “I look at the dosha's Vata, Pitta, Kapha, of those forces, those are verbs. The five elements, earth, water, fire, air, ether, those are nouns, and then the 20 gunas, is it hot, or is it cold, is it have, or is it light, is it moist, or is it dry, is it sharp, or is it soft, is it rough, or is it oiling, or smooth. “




Stress & Yoga

Jan 30, 2020 30:53


The last episode of our series on stress: Yoga for Stress Management. Check it out to identify pita and vata patterns of stress and learn what postures will bring you back to balance. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to differentiate pita, vata and kapha stress. What kind of yoga practice is most beneficial for each dosha.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Have a conversation Find Balance and Learn Your Ayurvedic Body Type


Show Highlights: Cate describes her yoga teacher training. Cate talks about the benefits of functional movement. The power of savasana and Cate’s love of sandbags.


Timestamps:  4:53 Yoga for the Pita pattern of stress. 8:40  Third Chakra energy and letting go of the need to accomplish. 17:23 Yoga for the Vata pattern of stress. 25:57 The Kapha tendency of stress.


Favorite Quotes: “Vata is the energy of wind, and it's air moving through ether, air moving through outer space. It’s the universe expanding and it’s all the movement in the universe. Pitta is the energy of fire, it's the energy of digestion. It’s the energy of intensity, of focus, of goal setting and moving towards a direction. It’s the energy of vision into action. So those energies are really super different. One expands and moves all around in infinite potentiality and the other goes towards an object. Think about it. It’s not the same thing at all. If you're trying to put out a fire, that's one thing. If you're trying to calm down a whirlwind, that's quite another.” - Cate Stillman “One of the goals of yoga is to actually become nothing so you can intentionally become something. This practice of dissolution and then reengagement is so deeply healing for pita types.” - Cate Stillman “Bow and allow the breath to lead.”  - Cate Stillman “What we need to do is bring all that scattered energy inward and downward. Because what’s happening is the daily rhythm of a person with vata stress imbalance is all their energy is going upward and outward and it’s getting scattered to the wind. We want to cultivate the energy of earth, the energy of water and the energy of fire for a vata reducing practice.” - Cate Stillman 

Stress & Spirituality

Jan 27, 2020 39:55


Is negative stress holding you back? Check out the podcast to free yourself from this pattern and invite your identity to evolve.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Negative stress vs. positive stress. How the five layers of self interact and inform each other. Why living in rhythm with the habits enable spiritual growth.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Cate describes the qualities of the spirit and intuitive bodies. Cate addresses the problem with sticky technology. Cate talks about serving others with a surplus of energy.


Timestamps:  6:05 The five layers of self: spirit, intuition, mind, energy, and physical body. 7:45 Asking your spirit what it wants to awaken intuition.  11:17 Asking your body what it wants to awaken desire. 19:16 Freeing yourself from negative stress patterns. 23:09 Waking up rejuvenated with the dawn. 25:37 The connection between meditation and stress. 34:21 The Bodhisattva Vow.


Favorite Quotes: “When someone is grounded and living in the rhythm of life, what the yogis would call an alignment through Dinacharya, to the daily rhythm, what happens is they become strong.  They become mentally strong and physically strong, and they become able to take on more. Taking on more is positive stress, and it leads to adaptability and it leads to increased levels of resilience. Negative stress is stuff that is degenerative.” - Cate Stillman “Degeneration creates this lack of integrity, where we’re out of integrity with the life force itself and we’re out of integrity with our day to day life. When this happens, when we’re out of integrity with our own time or out of integrity with our own need for deep sleep or very deep nourishment, cellularly what happens is confusion and degeneration.” - Cate Stillman  “You get a sense of who you want to become next from spirit. When we look at spirituality and stress, when we have so much negative stress, we can’t explore the next level of spiritual development.” - Cate Stillman “If we understand the pattern we can say, oh who I am is not the pattern. Who I am is the one who can see that pattern. And then ask spirit ‘what do you want right now’, and start to pivot my actions. As soon as I pivot my actions I’m actually pivoting how I appear in the world. I’m pivoting habits.” - Cate Stillman  “In this post modern age that we’re in right now, what tends to get the most attention is the mind. We pay more attention to our mind, which is less evolved. That monomyakosha is less evolved or in synch with (that’s all I really mean by evolved) in rhythm with, in synch with, in connection with intuition and spirit.” - Cate Stillman  “Many of us need to move our bodies to access spirit.” - Cate Stillman “Check in with, what does my spirit want to experience today? And to allow your identity to evolve. This is the work that we do in the courses at YogaHealer.” -  Cate Stillman

Stress & Mindset

Jan 23, 2020 19:39


What is success? Tune into the podcaste for the Ayurvedic take on mindset, stress and changing your thought patterns.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What mindset is in Ayurveda. How to define success. How the habits dissolve stress.


Links Mentioned in Episode: FREE conversation to Awaken your Deeper Dreams Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You"   Show Highlights: Cate shares her definition of success. Cate talks about sleep deficit disorder as it relates to aligned behaviour. Cate offers simple practices to shed stress.


Timestamps:  2:30 Mind explained as wisdom, intuition and energy bodies.   6:42 Making aligned decisions by acknowledging your crutches and your story. 9:10 Defining success with Ahamkara.  13:02 Allowing rest and rejuvenation.


Favorite Quotes:  “So when we look at what's happening with stress and the vijnanamaya kosha, we're talking about not making decisions in alignment with what we want. Because we always want towards the good, the true, and the beautiful. We always want towards ananda. That's vijnana's job, to point our awareness in that direction. But say we've designed our life circumstances in such a way that we don't get to do what we want. There's a story behind that. And we can spend a lot of time trying to dissolve the story behind that or we can get totally obsessed in the story. But what matters is that we don't perpetuate the story. That we don't take actions in alignment with that story.” - Cate Stillman “ We practice the pattern of dissolving the pattern. And we practice allowing these deeper waves of desire to come through.” - Cate Stillman “Any crutch that is disrupting focus or ease is perpetuating the stress pattern.”  - Cate Stillman “So the way you change that anxiety thought pattern is by exhaling. By getting on the mat, by getting on the cushion, unwinding the pattern. By feeling your own fatigue and moving in a way, breathing in a way that starts to release that fatigue.” - Cate Stillman 

Transforming Chaos to Order

Jan 20, 2020 25:22


Do you want more order in life? Join us on the podcast to transform chaos into order and experience higher happiness and harmony.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How the habits and a ritualized life reinforce order and dinacharya. The law of the increase. Why specificity is important in transforming chaos to order.


Links Mentioned in Episode:


Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Cate reflects that when she first learned the habits, so couldn’t easily do them. Cate reads from Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Life. Cate asks listeners to investigate why you want more order this week, and to be specific!


Timestamps:  4:59 Dinacharya is a prerequisite to experience dharma and moksha. 10:42 Cate reads from The 12 Rules of Life. 19:41 Specificity as key to reaching your goal. 20:48 Turning chaos to order through meditation and sitting in silence.


Favorite Quotes: “Like increases like and the opposites reduce each other. So confusion increases confusion, chaos increases chaos.” - Cate Stillman “We’re not aligning these habits to say that we can do it, or for somebody else's approval, or to be a good girl, or good yogi or good yoga teacher. You’re doing it because there’s just a respect to the order of life. And you want more from life. That’s why you do it. You want to live a bigger life.” - Cate Stillman “Having a commitment to these habits as non-negotiables for the rest of your life - and I’m not saying 100% all the time, at all. Aim for a solid B minus but get consistently better at that. Kaizen that B minus over time - is that you should experience more and more predictables. More and more order that lead to better and better things in your life.” - Cate Stillman  If you try to have a goal like, I want to feel better, it’s not specific enough. So you can’t take very specific actions to get there. You can’t test and see.” - Cate Stillman

Stress & Digestion

Jan 16, 2020 31:06


Let’s talk stress and digestion. Tune into the podcast for the Ayurvedic perspective and to learn about doshic imbalances in the GI tract.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why stress causes GI problems. How to identify dosha imbalances in your gut.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Cate asks listeners to squeeze their anus. Cate explains the three phases of digestion. Cate gets to the root cause of stress.


Timestamps:  6:04 The art of the sigh. 11:32 Parts of the G.I tract and their corresponding doshas. 15:54 Vata imbalance and pain due to lack of upana vayu. 16:40 Pitta imbalance and pain due to hyperacidity. 20:02 Stress and the koshas. 23:37 Excess kapha in the gastrointestinal tract.


Favorite Quotes: “When we start to think of the digestive tract as more of a snake, whose tongue is our tongue, and whose anus is our anus, and that that great carrying channel, that Maha Vaha Srotas, is responsible for what becomes us and what supports us, and what is no longer needed. And so the choice maker, the awareness as choice maker, about what even enters in the five senses, if that choice maker is not relaxed, intuitively attuned, what will happen are bad choices. And bad choice dull down the intelligence of this snake.” - Cate Stillman  “If we’re asking the question about stress and digestion we have to get to the root of stress. We already know that stress causes us to make bad choices. Like, good choices, smart choices for the very very short term are usually anti-choices for the long term. Against our long term desires. So with stress we want to look at why we are out of rhythm. What do we really want? That questions of what do we really want to eat, what do we really want to taste, what do we really want to digest, what do we really want to absorb. What do we most deeply want to know in this life? And if our day-to-day schedule isn’t aligned to that, to the who we want to be next, to the what we want to become next, like in real action, in real day to day shifting, evolving, how we use our time, more and more in alignment with what we want, we’re going to have stress. Because we’re living against our intuition.” - Cate Stillman “The rhythm of life is the rhythm of communication.” - Cate Stillman  “Our intuition is lead by what feels good. It’s lead by desire. Because more good on the deepest level, is not superficial good. It’s not chocolate cake all the time.” - Cate Stillman

New Year’s Dharma Workshop

Jan 13, 2020 57:18


What do you desire? Unearth buried dreams in the New Years Dharma Workshop with Cate and awaken where you want to go next!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Identify your desires, frustrations, recurring issues. How to own who you’ve been in the past. Unearth how you want to feel, what you want to know and who you want to hang out with.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Cate gets ruthlessly honest about what she believes. Cate explains the image of the spiral, where the future is bigger, brighter and more aligned.  Cate shares her ambition for the year ahead to double her income and work 30 hours a week.


Timestamps:  9:20 The reason Western women might feel disconnected from their intuition and raised to mistrust their inner guidance. 28:16 What are your recurring issues? Reflect on where you’re out of integrity around your to-do list, money, relationships, home environment, at work or daily habits. 30:02 Tapasya and the hard work of practice to accomplish growth. 44:14 Why Cate believes you are your best investment.


Favorite Quotes:  “I believe dharma or purpose unfolds in chapters, in waves, and in sets. And this to me is really super important because if we’ve come to dharma from a perspective of you have to have 1 BIG THING to do here in your life, it can be quite overwhelming. It can make the process of understanding your next aligned actions seem scary, big and that you can get it wrong. It can seem like it’s too hard to handle, too big to manage.” - Cate Stillman “There’s the pulsation of action, and there’s the pulsation of reflection.” - Cate Stillman  “What do you want? And what are you frustrated by? Think of these elements of life; your home, your body, your ambition, your time and your experience of flow. When we’re in integrity in all aspects of our life we experience flow.” Cate Stillman “You can even take a deathbed perspective. What would an accomplished life be for you? And I would even go a bit beyond your wildest dreams. If we go back to the buried dreams, what would unfettered you accomplish in this lifetime? And of that, what seems the most up in this next chapter, in this next set of waves. What are you here to do, when your light is fully shining, when you’ve chosen to support yourself with the right people to get it done. I believe your potential matters. I believe what you want to accomplish matters. In the grandest version, and also in the next version.” Cate Stillman “In order to accomplish what you said you want to accomplish, what do you need to know? And this is the time to not be cocky. This is the time to not assume you already know how to do what you need to do to accomplish what you want to accomplish. It’s the time to deeply start questioning ‘do I really have what it takes to do what I want to accomplish?’ And if not, what do I probably need to know in order to do that. And again there’s no shame, no guilt, there’s none of that. It’s just honesty.” - Cate Stillman “There’s a belief in yoga that you are completely free. It’s the highest belief of yoga. That who you are is unbound. When we live in that way, like, I could have as much time as I want, I could have as much money as I want, I could have as much bliss as I want. As much joy, as much ease, as much impact. When we’re attuned to that we’re attuned to who we are at our essence.” - Cate Stillman

Ayurveda, Stress, and Sleep

Jan 9, 2020 14:39


Do you want to sleep deeper at night? Learn the ‘Aaaahh’ breath and my other tips for relieving stress on today’s podcast.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What you need to go into a deep sleep. Why exhaling is important for sleep. How the habits can help us release the pattern of fear.


Links Mentioned in Episode: FREE conversation to Awaken your Deeper Dreams Yogahealer website


Show Highlights: Cate talks about yoga, practice and exercise shifting her state of consciousness. Cate teaches the ‘Aaaahh’ breath. Cate describes the benefit of rocking your spine before bed.


Timestamps:  7:23 Apana life force energy and anxiety. 9:20 Opening the lungs to exhale and digest. 11:40 Bedtime practice for unwinding and dropping deeper into your breath.


Favorite Quotes: “Often there’s a level of just being in flight or flight since in utero. Since the beginning. And so when that happens we really want to understand ‘why do I fundamentally not have the ability to really relax and feel safe?’ Because if we don’t have that then these deeper levels of sleep are going to plague us.” - Cate Stillman “If the practice does anything, if shift in the state of consciousness does anything, it helps us realize we’re apatterned. That we’re not the pattern, that we’re not any of the patterns we’re currently in. We’re not any of the patterns we are currently choosing, whether we’re choosing them consciously or from the subconscious, from repetition.” - Cate Stillman “Deep sleep is the exhale. The day is the inhale, new life. Exhale is the dissolution. The dissolving of your self-sense. The dissolving of who you think you are. The dissolving of the pattern into the unpatterned.” - Cate Stillman “If you can’t sleep you are arrhythmic. You’re out of the rhythm of consciousness. It leads to disease. The opposite, living in synch, in rhythm, in cycle leads to ease. And that’s the choice.” - Cate Stillman

Stress, Sleep and Total Recovery with Dr. Gary Kaplan

Jan 6, 2020 47:15


Today on the Yogahealer podcast, Dr. Gary Kaplan, D.O. joins me to chat about the various impacts of stress and sleep deprivation on the brain and overall health.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome What causes brain inflammation and how it impacts our quality of life Why sleep is so crucial for long-term health How Yoga treats pain Why meditation is so effective for sleep and pain disorders  Why sleep apnea is so dangerous for your overall health  What really causes Lyme disease What is EDS and how does it impact the body on a deeper level


Links Mentioned in Episode:


Have a conversation The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine Total Recovery: Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Pain and Depression Epworth Sleepiness Scale Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma by Elizabeth A. Stanley PhD May Cause Happiness: A Gratitude Journal by David Steindl-Rast   Show Highlights: Dr. Gary explains how to determine if you have brain inflammation Cate and Dr. Gary discuss what optimal sleep is, and give advice on how to get it.   Cate and Dr. Gary rap on the many benefits of meditation for physical and mental health.  Dr. Gary spells out the different forms of Lyme Disease and how to treat them.


Timestamps:  4:00 - 9:00 Stress and inflammation in the brain  9:00 - 17:00 Optimal sleep and sleep disorders 17:00 - 24:20 Sleep Apnea 25:30 - 29:30 Disease in adolescents and belief systems 29:30 - 36:00 Meditation, processing emotions and gratitude 36:00 - 40:30 The benefits of habits on overall health 40:30 - 46:00 Lyme disease and EDS


Favorite Quotes: “Deep sleep is essential because that is when the brain detoxifies” - Dr. Gary  “As you start to get sleep deprived (less than 6 hours), after a week of that, your performance level is the same as being drunk” - Dr. Gary “If you wake up feeling behind, there is something wrong, and it’s lifestyle based” - Cate Stillman “Deep sleep and deep meditation have a lot of similar abilities to detoxify the mental and emotional buildup of activities (the thinking and emotions) that get packed into our day.” - Cate Stillman “Our habits are creating the disease” - Cate Stillman “Taking care of ourselves should be our first, second, and third priority, then we are much more effective at everything else we want to do.” - Dr. Gary “Meditation, we can’t start early enough. We should be teaching meditation in grade schools. We should be teaching yoga in the grade schools.” -Dr. Gary “What are our belief systems that are driving our habits? What are our belief systems that are forming our lives? That’s when doing things like meditation where you are really sitting and listening to yourself, you are aware of what is going on that you begin to understand where you can get better.” - Dr. Gary “Meditation is a pain in the ass. Because meditation is sitting and being with what is and not judging it. Sometimes with what is is painful. Fear. It’s about what else is there.” - Dr. Gary  “Building these habits, these habits that help us be healthy changes us physiologically. They change our brain, they change our immune system, they change our health.” - Dr. Gary


Guest BIO: 

Gary Kaplan, D.O., is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is board-certified in Medical Acupuncture and has studied and practiced Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Herbal Medicine. In response to growing numbers of patients presenting with heavy metal toxicity, Dr. Kaplan received certification in the science and practice of chelation therapy, by The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).

A clinical associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kaplan was one of the directors of a $1.7 million NIH grant that funded an educational initiative to incorporate complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine into Georgetown’s medical curriculum.

In 2013, Dr. Kaplan was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC). The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS through the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues related to ME/CFS.

In 2015 Dr. Kaplan established the Foundation for Total Recovery in order to provide support and find a cure for all who suffer with chronic pain and depression by educating patients, building an online community of patients, doctors and researchers, partnering with leading researchers, academics and innovators, and studying data to find a baseline approach to diagnosing and curing neuroinflammation.

Epigenetic Coaching: Where Does it Fit in With Ayurveda With David Krantz

Dec 30, 2019 41:10


In today’s episode, I rap with epigenetics coach David Krantz about the overlaps between energetic and hard science and where the industry of genetic coaching is bringing the Western World closer to ayurvedic principles.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is epigenetics?  How to individualize nutrition for optimal health How nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics fit into the ayurvedic viewpoint What are the advantages of a practitioner using both the ayurvedic and genetic models together What is the data around epigenetics and the contemplative practices and the influence these practices have at a gene expression level How do Ayurvedic herbs influence gene expression


Links Mentioned in Episode: Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" How your DNA changes your response to Cannabis FREE conversation to Awaken your Deeper Dreams David Krantz's website



Show Highlights: Cate and David discuss Moore’s law and the importance of genetic testing. David shines a light on who should get epigenetic testing. Cate and David rap on adrenaline addiction and where it is showing up in Ayurveda and epigenetics and the different perspectives on relieving an addiction.


Timestamps:  1:20 - 7:30 What is epigenetics and why is it useful for us? 7:30 - 11:00 Where is the line between genetics and intuition?  11:00 - 15:00 How do functional medicine and epigenetics overlap?   15:00 - 19:00 How can we change our genetics?  19:00 - 21:50 Understanding Ayurvedic herbs 22:30 - 26:00 Nutrigenetics v nutrigenomics  26:00 -  35:00 Stress and addiction 35:00 - 39:45 How to work with an epigenetic coach


Favorite Quotes: “It really does give people an empowered perspective over their health” - David Krantz “Thinking about things from a whole systems perspective where everything I do in my life is going to influence genetic expression. Whether you take an ayurvedic approach or you take more of the epigenetic approach that’s looking at individual genes, you’re affecting genetic expression no matter what.” -David Krantz “It’s the inner science lab versus the outer science lab.” - Cate Stillman  “Ultimately if you want the long term changes it’s a mental/ emotional shift that has to happen.” - David Krantz “We like the feeling of being hyperstimulated, on some level.” - Cate Stillman


Guest BIO: 

David Krantz is a certified Epigenetic Coach and sought-after consultant in the areas of individualized genetic-based nutrition and the endocannabinoid system. As a lifelong musician, David sees the various systems of the body as parts of a complex symphony that can be fine-tuned to create harmonious health. He was nominated in 2019 as a Top 100 Health innovator by the International Forum for Healthcare Advancement and is most well known for his work helping creative professionals take mastery over their wellbeing.

Vata Type With Anorexia Nervosa: An Ayurvedic Perspective on Healing Agni

Dec 23, 2019 31:58


Tune in to the Yogahealer podcast for an Ayurvedic perspective on healing Agni for Vata types with anorexia nervosa.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to look at the whole individual and the nature of the disease. Why seasonal cycles matter. What Vata type digestion requires.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" Join the Changemaker challenge!


Show Highlights: Questions Cate asks to determine someone’s constitution. Cate goes through the spice rack. Why you should avoid yellow fennel seeds.


Timestamps:  7:56 The difference between anorexia and anorexia nervosa. 21:56 The benefits of fennel seeds in warming the gut and moving air down. 24:16 The benefits of cardamom to awaken desires in the heart.


Favorite Quotes: “In Ayurveda, all imbalances arise in the digestive tract first.” - Cate Stillman “The body likes rhythm, more than anything our body loves rhythm. It loves the rhythm of eating and sleeping and pooping and doing all the things. When the body is in rhythm the body is really really happy. So when the mind starves the body of food it really disrupts all of those rhythms” - Cate Stillman “What’s helpful here, as we’re learning how to think about something that might be big and scary and life-threatening like anorexia nervosa, is that if we can see a pattern, we can start to understand it. With understanding comes a perspective change. As we start to be able to understand something that is happening it actually helps us become sympathetic or empathetic even to ourselves. And that’s part of the process of healing.” - Cate Stillman “People are intelligent. Plants are intelligent. We just want to mix the right intelligence at the right time.” - Cate Stillman

Your Gut Microbiome and Your Immune Health with Tim Spector

Dec 16, 2019 45:08


Tune into the podcast with Tim Spector for some fascinating insight on your gut microbiome and your immune health.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why you can justify eating dark chocolate What makes poo transplants necessary for some people Why our guts aren’t as healthy as they should be


Links Mentioned in Episode: Personalize your Nutrition! Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" Join the Changemaker challenge!


Show Highlights: The diversity of microbes in our bodies is 30 per cent lower than fifty years ago Gut microbes, when disrupted, are a major cause of obesity and diabetes but they are also essential for health  Thousands of people are now having poo transplants – many with significant success Much of our food is contaminated with low levels of antibiotics used in farming, making us fat Microbes enjoy eating the polyphenols in dark chocolate which may keep us slim A diet of junk food can dramatically reduce healthy gut microbes in only two days   Increasing the diversity of our diet will increase our microbes, our health, happiness and lifespan


Timestamps:  14:47 Small batch fermented foods as personalized medicine  20:09 Fecal transplants and why they can be effective 26:29 Microbiome and epigenetic studies in identical twins 36:57 Polyphenols in dark chocolate and why it’s good for your gut


Favorite Quotes: “This is one area of science where we’re turning very much towards personalization. We’re realizing that the reason everything hasn’t added up in these nutritional guidelines and that health guidelines haven’t worked for everybody when it comes to our guts and inner health, is because we all respond in slightly different ways. We all need a different recipe, there isn’t one size fits all.” - Tim Spector “Microbes are changing over life. They’re not the same ones we were born with although we have our own signature. A forensic detective will always know whether it’s your microbes or my microbes that have been travelling around the world. They will change day to day, week to week, year to year, to some extent. Half of the microbes are fairly constant and half are changing. And so with those changes, it changes the community. They will produce different chemicals that can have an effect on our bodies in all kinds of ways.”  - Tim Spector “We need to take a more global look at this. There must be a reason why these hunter gatherers never get heart disease, diabetes or cancer. We should take a lesson from our ancestors and these other groups of people that live in very harsh environments.” - Tim Spector  “The key is variety. It’s not the same kale smoothie, it’s 30 different plants a week. And that includes nuts and seeds.” - Tim Spector


Guest BIO: 

Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK registry at King’s College London. His current work focuses on the microbiome and diet. He also runs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project. Having published more than 900 research articles, he is ranked in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson Reuters. He is the author of three popular science books. The most recent “The Diet Myth” published in over ten languages. He is a regular blogger, with over 7 million recent downloads. He features regularly in the media.



Transform Your Pain to Peace with HeatherAsh Amara

Dec 9, 2019 37:03


Tune into the podcast with HeatherAsh Amara! We rap about The Warrior Heart Practice and how to transform chaos to clarity and pain to peace. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is The Warrior Heart Practice How to do The Warrior Heart Practice: A Simple Process to Transform Chaos to Clarity and Pain to Peace How to connect with your authenticity and inner-knowing and realign with your true nature


Links Mentioned in Episode: Join the earlier & lighter dinner Challenge! FREE conversation to Awaken your Deeper Dreams   Show Highlights: HeatherAsh explains how the Warrior Heart Practice came to be. HeatherAsh talks about an example from her own life where The Warrior Heart Practice helped her. Cate and HeatherAsh discuss what it means to have a ripe story.   Timestamps:  3:15  The four chambers of the heart in The Warrior Heart Practice. 7:35  HeatherAsh gives an example from her own life in navigating disappointment. 15:00 Spiritual bypass 27:42 Stories that are ripe and stories that are unripe.


Favorite Quotes: “The fourth chamber is intent, and specifically, what do I want in the situation? Not, how do I want other people to be, or how do I want life to be different. But what’s my intent. What energy, what focus do I want to bring back into this situation. Your intent is really important. It’s your north star. It’s going to guide what you do next, so you want to get really clear.”  - HeatherAsh Amara “In the path of waking up, you feel more.” - Cate Stillman “The medicine is always presence and love.”  - HeatherAsh Amara “If you’re dedicated to changing your story and really stepping into the truth, that means finding a community of people that are also dedicated to the truth - that are unwinding their stories, so that you can then ripen around that.” - HeatherAsh Amara


Guest BIO: 

HeatherAsh Amara is the Warrior Goddess Mama and creatrix of the Warrior Heart Practice. She is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of world traditions. Raised in Southeast Asia, HeatherAsh has traveled the world from childhood and is continually inspired by the diversity and beauty of human expression and experience. She brings this open-hearted, inclusive worldview to her writings and teachings. HeatherAsh is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Warrior Goddess Training, Warrior Goddess Wisdom, The Seven Secrets to Happy and Healthy Relationships with don Miguel Ruiz Jr, and the upcoming Warrior Heart Practice (January 2020) Visit her website at

Deva Premal + Miten: Healing with Sound

Dec 2, 2019 49:38


Tune into this beautiful conversation with Deva Premal and Miten. We talk about sacred music, the healing power of mantra, and their new releases. Listen to the podcast to be serenaded!


What you’ll get out of tuning in:  How mantras can be used for healing How to awaken your voice How to Heal through voice and music   Links Mentioned in Episode: Deva Premal & Miten website 3 Divine Deals Order Cate Stillman's new book "Master of You" FREE conversation to Awaken your Deeper Dreams


Show Highlights: Miten explains what happens when people come from the busyness of their lives to practice sacred music. Deva describes how the ancient sound code of mantra unlocks blockages and heals. Cate, Deva, and Miten discuss how sound healing can be done with children.


Timestamps:  5:00 opening mantra. 21:00 seven chakra Gayatri mantra. 39:15 connecting to your throat chakra and finding your voice.


Favorite Quotes: “Music has to appear out of silence for it to be sacred. It comes out of the space of meditation, the silence inside. It takes you on a journey and when it lands it brings you to a deeper silence from the one you just left.” - Miten “While we were recording Devotee there was this question: can you die to this music? And that doesn’t mean that it’s music that is only slow or only sad because we always connect such sadness with death. It has reggae in it and it has blues in it! It’s also intensely alive.” - Deva Premal  “Sing your own song. That’s really the key.” - Deva Premal


Guest BIO: 

Deva Premal & Miten are modern nomads on a mission to share the ancient medicine of mantra. Their music is used for meditation, yoga, massage, and conscious sleep playlists worldwide, and their ‘fans’ include H.H. Dalai Lama, Cher and Eckhart Tolle.

A Woman's Midlife Transition: An Ayurvedic Perspective with Dr. Claudia Welch

Nov 25, 2019 01:04:21


Don’t miss this insightful conversation with Dr. Claudia Welch! We get personal and dive into the lessons and experiences that we have each experienced during our midlife transitions. If you are a woman approaching, experiencing, or have already accomplished your midlife transition, you want to listen to this episode! 


What you’ll get out of tuning in:  What the four stages of life are. What’s come up for Claudia as she transitions to midlife. How Cate and Claudia have reorganized their work at this stage of life. 


Links Mentioned in Episode: Healthier Hormones Physical, Energetic & Spiritual Changes in a Woman’s Late 40’s Women’s Health & Hormones Part 1 Women’s Health & Hormones Part 2 Schedule your FREE dream session


Show Highlights: Claudia explains the four stages of life in Ayurveda. Cate describes the deeper wisdom she’s experienced approaching the vanaprastha life-stage. Claudia talks about organizing her life's work and finishing her professional to-do list.


Timestamps:   4:50 Claudia reviews the four stages of life. 13:55 Cate and Claudia discuss the physical, mental and emotional changes that accompany the transition towards the third stage of life. 39:15 Cate describes the organizational shifts in her body of work and incorporating the deeper lessons she’s learned as midlife approaches.


Favorite Quotes:  “I have an awareness of these learning curves and physical changes. Like how my memory and mind are functioning differently. And there’s an alignment and acceptance of it because of the life stages world view from Ayurveda. Because of having that context and framework there’s deep ease and relaxation into this transition. A lot of people don’t have this framework.” - Cate Stillman “Both Ayurveda and business strategy are very aware of cycles, stages and aligned action. With dinacharya and ritucharya there are things that you do to be a disciple of aligned action. It’s also in business strategy; they’re both looking at cycles and stages and rhythms. They do that inside and out. For instance, you have to invest a certain amount in order to expect growth later. That’s a very basic business principle. You shouldn’t expect immediate ROI (return on investment) on deeper investments that have a longer-term strategy. Plant the seed but you’re not going to get fruit in two days - it’s going to be a while.” - Cate Stillman “Things are slowing down. I’m taking fewer commitments and pouring less energy into my organization. And so now there’s this space. And I’m taking the space that is there, and at times it feels empty. And that can feel sad. There’s this fear that will my expectations about divine grace fall? Will, there be just emptiness, will this stage of life disappoint me? All I can say is that I trust that emptiness way more than I trust filling that emptiness. My guru wrote when I was eight years old, ‘keep good company, good company makes a man great’, and I feel that two things are important to me right now; keep the space open don’t fill it, and put myself in the way of inspiration.” - Claudia Welch


Guest BIO: 

Dr. Claudia Welch is the author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness Through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science and The Four Qualities of Effective Physicians: Practical Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Physicians. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an Ayurvedic practitioner and international speaker. Dr. Welch explores how ideas in Eastern medicine apply to women’s health, and today’s reality in general. Learn more at

Turning IBS Around with Castor Oil Packs with Queen of Thrones: Marisol Teijeiro

Nov 18, 2019 30:01


In today’s episode of the Yogahealer podcast, I sit down with Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, the Queen of Thrones, to discuss castor oil packs and gut health from a naturopathic perspective. We talk about how castor oil packs work and why they are so important for overall health, as well as the other factors that affect your elimination. Even if you don’t suffer from any digestive disorders, this conversation will change the way you think about your body and your health. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to improve your overall health with castor oil packs Why rhythm is so important to have a complete bowel movement every day How castor oil packs work


Links Mentioned in Episode: Dr. Marisol's webiste Dr. Marisol's facebook Castor Oil Pack Free Stuff from Yogahealer Be a coach Awake Living Apply for Living Ayurveda Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Dr. Marisol explains her struggles with IBS and how she found naturopathic medicine as her career to give back to her patients. Cate and Dr. Marisol discuss what digestion really is Dr. Marisol dives deep into the science of how castor oil packs work


Timestamps:  1:10 - 3:27 - Dr. Marisol tells her story from IBS to Queen of Thrones 3:27 - 8:06 - Digestion  8:07- 13:15 - Health + nourishment + your temple 13:15 - 24:35 - Castor Oil + Castor Oil Packs  24:35 - 27:03 - Rhythm 27:03 - 28:46 - How to do a castor oil pack


Favorite Quotes: “I look at digestion as how we are digesting our lives” - Dr. Marisol “All imbalances start between the mouth and the anus” - Cate “The more unhealthy a person is, the more disconnected they are between the foods that they like to eat and how they like to feel.” - Cate “Food needs to give you joy” - Dr. Marisol “It’s our missions to change how people are evolving and understanding their beautiful temples” - Dr. Marisol “We are looking for a change in your energetic state” - Dr. Marisol “If we want to be healthier, we need to train our bodies to shift into that parasympathetic, calm, relaxed state” - Dr. Marisol “The rhythm is bigger than us, the rhythm is older than us” - Cate “Life is a choose your own adventure” - Dr. Marisol


Guest BIO:

Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, Naturopathic Doctor- Queen of the Thrones™ is a world leader renowned for her passion for cleansing and gut health. After receiving her degree as a Naturopathic Doctor, she completed her International Speaker Certification to help share her challenges with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as 14% of our world’s population experiences the same struggles daily.

Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, N.D. found a solution for her Irritable Bowel Syndrome and she wants your help to start a movement, so we all have improvement!

Crowned the Queen of the Thrones™ by her patients, for over 15 years she has trained and educated health care practitioners and has helped thousands of patients transition from Irritable Bowels to Owning Their Throne and Thriving.

The launch of her first book, Oh, Sh*t! and her educational conferences and programs, heralds her championing you to become your legend.

Join her movement so that we can help 14% of our population - that is 1 billion people - that struggle every day with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Let’s make an Improvement! Connect with Marisol on her website and facebook.


Sexy Ayurvedic Wisdom For The Modern Woman with Katie Silcox

Nov 11, 2019 24:26


In this short and sweet episode of the Yogahealer Podcast, I sit down with Katie Silcox of The Shakti School. We discuss Yoga, Ayurveda, tantra, and the cycle of depletion that is all too prevalent in society today. Tune in, and you’re sure to be inspired by Katie’s story. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is tantra?  How is Ayurveda moving into modern reality? Ayurvedically, how does flight/flight/freeze response interact with the 5 senses?  How to re-wild the body from a Tantric view? 


Links Mentioned in Episode: Shakti School Katie's Facebook Be a coach Awake Living Apply for Living Ayurveda Have a conversation


Show Highlights: Katie explains tantra and its role in modern society Katie and Cate examine integrating the feminine path of yoga and Ayurveda in with today’s masculine forward society.  Cate and Katie discuss the depletion cycle and its influence on modern society


Timestamps:  0:45-3:14 - Katie talks about her background in yoga and Ayurveda.  3:15-4:58 - What tantra is . . . and isn’t. 4:58-12:48 - The role of yoga, tantra, and Ayurveda in modern society.  13:22-17:17 - Finding the more feminine path of Ayurveda and integrating it with the masculine. 17:17-23:07 - The cycle of depletion.


Favorite Quotes: “I think I came to yoga kind of unknowingly wanting to become enlightened. And now I no longer believe in that and I just believe in being . . . enheartened. . . . just being more on this planet and more in love with this life with all of its terrible things and beautiful things.” —- Katie Silcox “The more tantric you become, . . . the less you really do have any kind of dogma.” —- Katie Silcox “You’re certainly a tantric, your listeners are tantric, your guests are all tantric because we’re all looking for methodologies, techniques, modalities that enable us to expand . . . into the depths of who we actually are.” —- Katie Silcox


Guest BIO:

Katie Silcox, M.A. is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of the book Healthy, Happy, Sexy - Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. Holding a Master’s Degree in Hinduism and the Ayurveda Sciences, Katie is an internationally-recognized teacher, mentor to women and inspirer of hearts and minds. She is renowned for her depth of study, her ability to present the complexities of ancient wisdom in a practical, life-affirming manner, as well as her unique capacity to distill the teachings with southern-belle humor and grace.

Her signature teaching style is known as Body Yantra™, incorporating Tantric vinyasa, restorative yoga, dance, sound, breath, emotion processing, manifestation technology, holistic biomechanics, and structural trauma-release methods.

Katie was named one of San Francisco's Best Yoga Teachers by Common Ground Magazine in 2009, one of "70 Yogis Changing the World" by Origin Magazine in 2014, and one of "100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda" by Spirituality and Health Magazine in 2015. Katie has written extensively on the topics of yoga, Ayurveda, sexuality, herbalism and women’s health in such publications as Yoga Journal, Common Ground Magazine and Origin Magazine. Her best-selling book has been translated into multiple languages around the globe.

Katie has sipped from the honey of many globally-known teachers, including a decade-long guru-disciple relationship in the Himalayan lineage-based Sri-Vidya Tantra.

Today, she works solely with the inner guru of her own heart. Connect with Katie on her website and facebook.

Focus Your 2020: Manifest Your Personal & Professional Goals on Time

Nov 4, 2019 01:01:55


Are you looking for guidance on where you should focus your goals next? In this podcast episode, I walk you through my goal-setting process. We will look at your challenges AND what you already have going for you to form a strategy for reaching your personal and professional goals on time.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to identify your deeper dream. Why identifying your current challenges, as well as your strengths, is so important. What it takes to design the lifestyle of your dreams.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Awake Living Apply for Living Ayurveda Join Body Thrive last call for 2019 pricing!


Show Highlights: Cate talks you through a series of questions that will help you identify and realize your deeper dream.


Timestamps:  0:45-7:40 - Introduction: Who is Cate and what are we doing here today? 7:40-13:57 - Are you working toward the right goal(s) Do you have the right strategy? Do you have a guide? Do you have support? What is your vision for a bigger life? 13:57-16:23 - What’s getting in the way of achieving a bigger life? 16:23-21:47 - What IS your bigger life? How much control do you have over time? Are you living in integrity? 21:47-24:26 - What is your wildest dream for yourself? 24:26-29:42 - Cate lays out the roadmap for developing your strategy. 30:16-31:49 - Mistakes people make when trying to actualize their dreams.  31:49-36:10 - What are your key accomplishments? What are your key lessons learned? What critical issues are on your plate right now? 36:10-40:15 - What strengths do you bring to the table? What habits do you have that are (not) working in favor of your goals? If your future self reverse engineers your success plan, what are the key milestones he or she would identify? How will you know if you’re on the right track? What do you want your future calendar to look like?  40:15-45:36 - What is the biggest challenge(s) you have to get to your goal, and how you can combine that with one of your strengths or habits? How will you know you succeeded? 45:36-47:19 - Goal setting is a skill! 47:19-59:40 - Cate opens up the chat for Q&A. 59:40-1:00:39 - Closing. How to hold yourself accountable to your goals.


Favorite Quotes: “You can design your income and your body and your life. And it’s going to require some very good strategy.” --- Cate Stillman “I believe and we [at Yogahealer] believe that your future should be bigger than your past, that your vision for a bigger life actually matters.” --- Cate Stillman “What we want to do here is increasingly fall in love with our life and have increasing capacity for personal and professional lifestyle design. . . . Lifestyle design is not random.” --- Cate Stillman

Identity Exercises: Vision Questing and Your Five Words

Oct 28, 2019 22:29


We all have things we want to break free of, things that aren’t working for us: habits, addictions, relationships, lifestyle . . . . In this podcast episode, I walk you through a vision quest to help you get real about where you are now, what you wish were different, where you get stuck, and where you want to be.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why you need to get real about your current status quo and what’s not working for you. How to identify where you get stuck when trying to break free of outdated habits. What questions you need to ask yourself in order to get clear about your deeper dreams and formulate your own personal mission statement.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for Living Ayurveda Join Body Thrive last call for 2019 pricing!


Show Highlights: Cate walks us through a personal vision quest using five-words exercises. We learn how to use the 20 gunas from Ayurveda to help us navigate our vision quest.


Timestamps:  0:45-4:23 - Depict your status quo: What do you want to break free of? What isn’t working?  4:24-6:01 - What do you wish were different? 6:02-8:38 - Where do you get stuck? What keeps you from breaking free of your status quo? 8:39-10:40 - What is the picture of your status quo? 13:12-16:47 - How do you want to feel next? 16:48-18:32 - How do you want to look next? How do you want others to see you? 18:33-20:18 - What do you want to do next? 20:19-21:10 - Formulating your mission statement.

Empower Your Connection to Food With Earlier Lighter Dinners

Oct 21, 2019 21:36


If there’s one thing you need to know about improving your wellbeing, it’s that tomorrow starts today. That’s the magic of the first habit of Body Thrive. Tune in to this episode to learn how eating an earlier, lighter dinner can help you feel more deep satisfaction, not just in your digestive process, but in your life in general.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How our main meal shifted from midday to evening and why we need to revert. The effects of an earlier, lighter dinner. How to start shifting to an earlier, lighter dinner. 


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for Living Ayurveda Join Body Thrive last call for 2019 pricing!


Show Highlights: Cate explains the Ayurvedic clock and how it aligns with our physiology. Cate explains how the industrial revolution shifted our mealtimes, to the detriment of our overall health. Cate gives us her best tips for making the shift to an earlier, lighter dinner.


Favorite Quotes: “This whole thing is a pulsation. You’ll start to notice that over the course of time, you’re going to feel more dynamic hunger, and you’re going to feel more deep satisfaction, deep satiation, not just in your digestive process, but in your life in general.” “Hunger is desire. You’ll awaken your deeper desires and you’ll awaken your deep satisfaction with life.”



Kate O'Donnell + Cate Stillman on Deep Work, Productivity + Writing Books

Oct 14, 2019 53:26


You know the conversation is going to be good when Cate sits down with Kate O’Donnell. In this episode, Cate and Kate discuss the creative process, the editing process, and the marketing process; what it’s like to produce deeper works in the midst of day-to-day work; and why their first books were so revolutionary.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to write an Ayurveda book What are the biggest challenges in writing a book Deep work + Productivity


Links Mentioned in Episode: Kate’s facebook Kate’s website Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for Living Ayurveda Join October Yogidetox!


Show Highlights: Why their first books were so revolutionary. What it’s like to produce deeper works in the midst of day-to-day work. The creative process, the editing process, and the marketing process. What publishers look for in prospective authors. 




0:45-3:50 - Kate talks about how people living in large cities often have trouble starting to cook for themselves and how she decided what her cookbooks needed to include in terms of Ayurveda. Cate explains how she never intended to write a book but felt like the information in Body Thrive was needed by the general public. 3:50-9:30 - Cate and Kate discuss why their first books were so revolutionary. 9:30-16:15 - Producing deeper work like books in the midst of day-to-day work. 16:15-21:20 - Cate and Kate discuss the editing process in light of Ayurveda and yoga philosophy.  25:50-27:55 - Cate and Kate continue to discuss the editing process. 27:55-33:15 - Cate and Kate discuss how the ego can get in the way of getting your ideas out there and why the promotion and marketing of your product is just as important as creating the product. 33:16-37:20 - Cate talks about the identity evolution that goes along with releasing any major work out into the world. 37:21-40:00 - Kate and Cate discuss considerations in book publishing, including whether or not you’ve already cultivated an audience and/or whether there’s an audience out there that is already tuned in to what you have to say.  42:20-46:05 - The importance of achieving “10,000 hours” or mastery of a subject before publishing a work on that subject, AND how to know if you’re capable of effectively relaying your information to others. 46:08-49:58 - Putting in the time. Letting go of attachment to the outcome.  49:58-52:04 - Closing thoughts. When Cate’s and Kate’s next books are coming out.


Favorite Quotes: “The whole thing is in service of the reader. That’s something that bothers me about people who don’t have the patience to edit their work ‘cause they’re all about that creative energy, and it’s like the glamorous and fun part. But if you don’t do nose-to-grindstone and make the matter to the reader, then it’s just for you. It’s for the writer.” --- Kate O’Donnell “You run that risk in publishing something. You run the risk of putting yourself out there and being wrong - having something set down in stone and in that print, and then you might look back in five years and be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t really think that’s right anymore.’” --- Kate O’Donnell “I never know if a book is awesome or not until it’s making sense to readers.” --- Kate O’Donnell


Guest BIO: 

Kate O’Donnell is an author, lecturer, and senior yoga teacher. She is the author of three Shambhala books, the forthcoming Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care; The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes. An Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ashtanga yoga teacher, Kate is on faculty for Kripalu School of Ayurveda and Boston Ayurveda School. She travels to India annually for study and teaches internationally. Connect with Kate on her website and facebook page.

Danielle LaPorte: How to Decide What to Create

Oct 7, 2019 38:23


As a bestselling Canadian author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and blogger, Danielle LaPorte knows a thing or two about the creative process. Listen in as she and Cate talk about how to decide what to put out into the world, how to make your message accessible, receivable, and digestible. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How morning rituals change your life What you’re worth, how to manifest and speak to your higher self What are the core desired feelings  How to identify the signs that you love yourself What is the desire map How to give it to God


Links Mentioned in Episode: Danielle's website Danielle's facebook Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for Living Ayurveda Join October Yogidetox!


Show Highlights:

Cate and Danielle talk about . . .

. . . the creative process and how to decide what to put out into the world . . . how to make your message accessible, receivable, and digestible   . . . authenticity and transparency  . . . identifying your avatar and establishing group culture




0:45-2:05 - Introduction.  2:07-4:14 - Danielle talks about her creative process and what motivates her.  4:25-7:18 - Cate relates Danielle’s comments to yoga philosophy, and Danielle expands on that. 7:20-11:22 - Making your message accessible/receivable/digestible.   11:23-13:28 - Cate talks about the accessibility of her Body Thrive course. 16:38-19:44 - Cate asks Danielle how she decides what to put out into the world. Danielle explains why her own enthusiasm is the first choice point. 19:44-23:15 - Danielle talks about ease, resources, and revolutionary membership pricing. 23:15-27:58 - Cate and Danielle talk authenticity and transparency. 27:59-31:13 - Identifying your avatar and establishing group culture.  31:52-35:30 - Cate talks about Master of You.


Favorite Quotes: “I am a spark of god, and I’m here to help move things forward. So me just being happy and well and sane and healthy, that’s of service.” --- Danielle LaPorte “If we want to grow, we have to deepen integrity. That’s the name of the game. And that becomes increasingly subtle.” --- Cate Stillman “Inclusivity is complex.” --- Danielle LaPorte “Do it for the love. There’s nothing to prove. . . . Be in the flow. Every idea is there for you. . . . Be receptive.” --- Danielle LaPorte


Guest BIO: 

Danielle LaPorte is a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.”

She is the creator of The Desire Map series, “A heart centered approach to finding your true power”. The book has been translated into ten languages, a day planner system, a multimedia course, a Top 10 iTunes app, and workshop and coaching programs with leaders in 15+ countries. She’s also the author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path, and The Fire Starter Sessions: A guide to creating success on your own terms, which also spun off into a coaching curriculum.

She was a bartender, an apartment manager, a nanny, and eventually… she ran her own publicity agency, and a future-studies think tank studying trends for the likes of the Pentagon and the World Bank. Now, she writes poetry and speaks about conscious living. She’s also a mother to a teenage son.

Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, over 5 million people a month visit for her regular #Truthbombs and poetry, and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” Marianne Williamson refers to Danielle “as a bright light in the modern priestesshood.” Eve Ensler calls her “a force field of energy, wonder, humor, and love.”

Danielle’s charities of choice are VDay: a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls; and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world.

She lives in Vancouver, Canada. You can find her on Instagram @daniellelaporte.

A Meditation Practice: Five Bodies (Koshas) Check-in

Sep 30, 2019 20:31


Cate reads from her new book, Master of You, and leads us through a five-bodies meditation. Tune in to check in with the koshas - the five sheaths surrounding your true self. Learn how the habits of yogis can help you experience integration, so that you can be an integrated being in spirit, in matter, embodied and resilient.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: A preview of Cate’s new book, Master of You An understanding of the koshas - the five sheaths of the self


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for Living Ayurveda Join October Yogidetox!


Show Highlights: Cate reads from her new book, Master of You, and leads us through a five-bodies meditation.


Timestamps: 0:00-5:47 - Cate reads from Master of You 5:48-19:05 - Cate begins the meditation 19:06-end - Takeaways from the meditation


Favorite Quotes: “This is all about engendering deeper rhythms in your life so that you can experience the kind of energy, sleep, focus, and resilience that you are designed to experience.” --- Cate Stillman “There are habits that nurture each of the five bodies . . . so that you can experience integration, so that you can be an integrated being in spirit, in matter, embodied and resilient. And these are the habits of yogis. These are the habits of rhythmic living.” --- Cate Stillman

Yogidetox Q&A with Kate O’Donnell

Sep 23, 2019 39:20


In this episode, Kate O’Donnell joins the Yogahealer Yogidetox group members to give her best advice for seasonal cleansing. Kate is an Ayurvedic practitioner and author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind, and the forthcoming Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self Care. Tune in to learn how seasonal detoxification can be a study in consciousness, a mental and emotional journey, in addition to a physical process.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How seasonal detoxification can be a study in consciousness, a mental and emotional journey, in addition to a physical process. What to eat to clear out congestion. How to shift from long-term, fast-paced lifestyle to a more relaxed pace during a cleanse. How to detox during menstruation. How to feel nourished and satiated during a cleanse.  How to combat dryness in the body. How cleanses should differ depending on one’s constitution.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Kate's facebook Kate's website Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for Living Ayurveda Join October Yogidetox!


Show Highlights: Kate O’Donnell fields questions from the Yogahealer Yogidetox group and shares her best advice for seasonal detoxification.


 Favorite Quotes: “In the beginning, it really is about food. It’s often about physical imbalances, sort of getting a handle on habits that are beneficial. The place I find myself at now is it’s like an altered state of consciousness to be undergoing detoxification.” --- Kate O’Donnell


Guest BIO:

Kate O’Donnell is an author, lecturer, and senior yoga teacher. She wrote two popular cookbooks, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind. A nationally recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ashtanga yoga teacher, Kate is a founding member of the Boston Ayurveda School and adjunct faculty for Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She continues her travels to India annually for study and teaches internationally. Connect with Kate on her website and facebook page.


Core Ayurveda Solutions + Your Health Evolution

Sep 13, 2019 32:11


How are you currently designing your life? Is it in integrity with what you really want? If not, listen up as Cate explains how Ayurveda can help you start to take control of your body, your space, your time, and your ability to choose ease over stress.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How Ayurveda can help you design your body and design your life. How to recognize whether you have ama. How to befriend your agni and use it to dissolve your ama.

Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for October Yogidetox Free Inner Reset Workshop with Cate




0:00-4:20 - Intro. How can Ayurveda help you? 4:20-6:38 - Intuition. Designing your dream life.  6:38-11:46 - Designing your physiology. 11:47-13:56 - Increasing your mental capacity and mental clarity 16:44-18:18 - The benefits of learning with a group. 18:18-21:50 - Healing ancestral patterns. 21:50-27:12 - Do you have ama? Three types of ama. Understanding agni. 27:22-31:33 - Tips for getting your agni into tip-top shape.


Favorite Quotes: “One of the biggest benefits for me of living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, of learning Ayurveda as I grow each year, is that I get to design the life I want. I get to design my life through actually designing the habits I want, designing the goals and dreams I want, and a lot of that is based on this deep cellular integrity.” --- Cate Stillman

Ayurvedic Perspective on Epidemics of autoimmune and cancer with Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Sep 9, 2019 58:48


I had the honor of speaking with Dr. Vikram Chauhan about healing modern Western diseases with Ayurveda. What I love is that he reinforces how the mind, body, and spirit all have to be healed together, the definition of holistic medicine, and how they are all contributors to disease in the physical body. Tune in for a deeper understanding of the lighter and darker sides of your habits: they can cause disease, or be the key for your healing.

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What are the basics of ayurvedic formulas vs. single use herbs What causes Autoimmune disease How ayurveda views and heals difficult to treat ailments like cancer What soul healing has to do with cancer Ayurveda for healing Why you want to embody Ayurveda’s, universal energies,  Earth, Water, AIr, Fire and Space - The 5 eternal elements and components of the universe plus the sixth element which is Soul. Ayurveda believes in healing of Body-Mind- Soul together, that's why the approach is for holistic healing. Dr. Vikram Chauhan uses the ancient knowledge to heal the patients. He sees about 40 patients everyday in his clinic in India and travels worldwide to see his patients. He has set up one of the oldest telemedicine and online Ayurvedic consulting portal and patients from all over the world are taking consultations from his team of doctors.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Planet Ayurveda Be a coach Have a conversation Apply for Living Ayurveda  Free Ayurveda training


Show Highlights: Dr. Chauhan explains how the road to disease has changed in the modern age, including increased stress and the modern diet, which includes too much “dead” food. Cate and Dr. Chauhan discuss the concept of and the intelligence of prana as it relates to our diet.  Dr. Chauhan cites ama as the root cause of autoimmune disorders. Cate explains the difference between Easter and Western medicine as it relates to sussing out the source of disease. 


Timestamps:  1:50 to 5:17 - Dr. Chauhan explains how the road to disease has changed in the modern age, including increased stress and the modern diet, which includes too much “dead” food. 5:27 to 9:10 - Cate and Dr. Chauhan discuss the concept of and the intelligence of prana as it relates to our diet. Dr. Chauhan cites ama as the root cause of autoimmune disorders. 10:00 to  - Cate explains the difference between Easter and Western medicine as it relates to sussing out the source of disease. Dr. Chauhan goes on to talk about the effects of a poor diet. 14:30 to 19:00 - Failure to learn from past mistakes; samskara; how we don’t take “downtime” for reflection; staying in touch with the five elements. 19:00 to 20:48 - Ayurveda as personalized medicine. 20:48 to 24:32 - How prakruti and vikruti determine how disease manifests. 24:33 to 28:58 - Using pancha karma to rid the body of imbalances before they take root as disease.  28:58 to 33:20 - Eastern vs. Western perspectives on how to remove disease from the body. 33:20 to 39:04  - Lifestyle and spiritual components of Ayurvedic treatment 39:05 to 43:39 - The importance of connecting with God or universal consciousness and the effects of disconnection on the body. The concept of karma. 43:40 to 49:17 - Dr. Chauhan talks about the efficacy of his herbal formulas. 49:17 to  - How diagnosis and the names of disease in Ayurveda differ from Western medicine.


Favorite Quotes: “Things are changing rapidly because of the technology, because of the lifestyle, the stress has increased tremendously. And stress is one of the leading cause of so many diseases.” --- Dr. Chauhan “At each stage [of disease], there is a chance to restore the balance. . . . Maybe with just a little modification in your lifestyle and diet, things can be restored.” --- Dr. Chauhan “What’s fascinating [about pancha karma] from the Westerner’s perspective is that you’re removing disease from the body without surgery.” --- Cate Stillman “The most important thing is mental health, in our life. If you are mentally fit, you can be physically fit.” --- Dr. Chauhan “In Ayurvedic pathogenesis, the words we use to describe the problem are a path to the solution, which is so different than a disease name.” --- Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Dr. Vikram Chauhan developed natural formulations for worldwide distribution and online sales.

He has developed herbal treatment protocols for various difficult to cure health problems like Psoriasis, Sarcoidosis, ulcerative colitis, Inflammatory bowel disease, Cancers, Liver failure, Kidney failure, Autoimmune disorders and explained everything on his blog.

He also wrote a book on basic principles of Ayurveda- Ayurveda- God's manual for healing. The book has been translated in many European languages.

Dr. Vikram has Ayurveda clinics and franchisees, Distributors in the name of Planet Ayurveda in various countries in Europe, USA, Canada, Singapore and so on. he often visits them for consultations, lectures and seminars. His aim is to spread Ayurveda all over the planet. That's why he named his organization - Planet Ayurveda

Dr. Vikram Chauhan uses the ancient knowledge to heal the patients. He sees about 40 patients everyday in his clinic in India and travels worldwide to see his patients. He has set up one of the oldest telemedicine and online Ayurvedic consulting portal and patients from all over the world are taking consultations from his team of doctors.

Live Events: 9 Whys + 15% Solutions

Sep 2, 2019 34:09


Yogahealer live events are not retreats. They’re catalysts for starting to understand outdated structures in your life and figuring out how to break through them. In this podcast episode, Cate uses her upcoming live event to dive into and teach us about how two liberating structures can help us grow personally and professionally.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why we show up for Yogahealer live events. How we show up for Yogahealer live events.  What happens at Yogahealer live events. 


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: Cate explains what happens at Yogahealer live events. The group applies two liberating structures to an upcoming Yogahealer live event.


Timestamps:  0:32 to 4:08 - Cate explains the power of live events and how to show up for live events. 4:34 to 10:01 - 9 Whys - Why are you showing up for live events? 23:28 to - 15% Solutions - What 15% can you bring to the table at a live event?


Favorite Quotes: “Live events, I think for all of us, there’s a sense of energy and there’s a sense of nerves, in a way, and excitement. There can even be a little bit of apprehension. And it’s always true for me too.” --- Cate Stillman “What I really look forward to in live events are these really intense processing sessions. It’s very, very interactive. It’s not very lecture-based. It’s very hard to market to for this reason.” --- Cate Stillman “What’s a liberating structure? It’s these more evolved ways of tapping into collective intelligence for desired outcomes.” --- Cate Stillman “By being together, doing exercises in person, we’re already showing up with a shared value system that’s very growth-oriented and breakthrough-oriented. There’s something that’s possible that’s not otherwise possible.” --- Cate Stillman

Who is Your Evolutionary Social Group?

Aug 26, 2019 22:49


In today’s podcast I break down the steps that we must undergo to create a social group that will support and contribute to our evolutionary experience of life. Most of the time, it is only ourselves that is in the way of the growth we want to experience. So tune in to see how you can strategically utilize your social resources to transform the quality of your life in all aspects.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Strategies on how to assess whether your social group is in adherence to your values. How can we progress faster towards our goals by consciously investing in specific relationships. How to find and mesh with new social groups that will support our health ascension and identity evolution.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: Determining our influencers and our own core values. Deciding whether those influencers withhold and support our values. Finding alignment with a social group that will encourage a blossoming into the type of person we want to become.


Timestamps:  7:20- The steps we can take to create and upgrade our evolutionary social group.  13:20- We are not procrastinating due to the requirement of perfection. 15:45- Moving from a consumer to a collaborative mindset. 16:30- How to determine your influencers and whether they are helpful in your evolution.


Favorite Quotes:  “We must think big, and test small. We are not afraid of failure, it is the first attempt in learning.” -Cate “Leverage your strengths and know your assets.” -Cate “There is always an opportunity to create what you want to create next” - Cate

Taking Risks for Inclusivity in Dynamic Dialogue + Interviewing with Kriste Peoples

Aug 19, 2019 01:00:55


In today’s episode of the podcast, I sit down with the incredible Kriste Peoples to follow-up on our conversation from the Sounds True Wisdom of the Body Summit. We discuss why it’s time to embrace the wholeness of who we are and how to embody the wild nature that feels like home. She will definitely inspire you as much as she inspired me.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to go beyond what we know and surpass fear to dismantle our old stories Why fearlessness is overrated  What is rewilding you How does Cate do it “all” How habit evolution creates collective leadership Inclusivity in interviewing Interviewing for the Wisdom of the Body Summit When an interview doesn’t go well…


Links Mentioned in Episode: Kriste's Website Kriste's Facebook Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience Discover more about Body Thrive Apply for Body Thrive Join to THE WISDOM OF THE BODY SUMMIT




3:25- Inclusivity and exclusivity in mindsets, structures, and ways of speaking  12:55- The paradox of needing to be highly analytical of ourselves and goal oriented but also self reassuring that we are already exactly where we need to be. 30:30- Why we must take the risk to show up fully as ourselves and how that can benefit the collective. 40:50- The meaning and significance of “re-wilding” to embody the feeling of wholeness/okayness. 55:55- The importance of taking the risk to verbalize confusion and questions.


Favorite Quotes: “People come into yoga for superficial reasons, but often what happens on the path to awakening is greater levels of care and concern... where they want to become apart of deeper cultural habit solution.” -Cate “I am enough as I am— I don't need to be striving all the time, I don't need to be going out doing every single thing.” -Kriste “Unless we know who we are, our programming, and our limiting beliefs and incorporated enough reflection, we won't be able to leverage our history or be as whole as we actually are.” -Cate “It’s all going to be okay. It’s okay now, it’s going to be okay later, and it was actually okay yesterday, but we weren’t tuned into the okayness.” -Cate


Guest BIO:

Kriste Peoples is a speaker, producer, trail running coach, mindfulness meditation practitioner and teacher-in-training. Her work in the field of equity and inclusion in nature combines her passions for deep engagement and facilitating events that connect underrepresented communities to new, empowering narratives of wellness. Connect with Kriste at her website.

Helping People Change with Richard Boyatzis

Aug 12, 2019 44:25


Richard E. Boyatzis is a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve

University. He holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Using his well-established Intentional Change Theory (ICT) and complexity theory, Dr. Boyatzis researches how people and organizations engage in sustainable, desired change. His latest book, Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth, will be released in September. In this episode, he sits down with Cate to discuss how to effectively help people change. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to ask the right questions to help shift others into a more open, receptive, and centered frame of mind. Why coaching with compassion works better than coaching for compliance. What role neuroscience plays in effective coaching. 


Links Mentioned in Episode: Helping People Change Facebook Group Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience Discover more about Body Thrive Apply for Body Thrive Join to THE WISDOM OF THE BODY SUMMIT


Show Highlights: Cate and Dr. Boyatzis discuss the neuroscience behind effective coaching. Cate and Dr. Boyatzis discuss how the state of modern society, including the role of social media, affects our ability to coach and be coached.  Cate picks Boyatzis’s mind about the effectiveness of mastermind groups.


Timestamps:  3:07-7:22 ~ Boyatzis describes the core of his work and explains the difference between coaching with compassion and coaching for compliance. 15:20-17:40 ~ Cate and Boyatzis discuss the neuroscience behind effective coaching. 18:19-21:34 ~ Cate and Boyatzis discuss the role of the parasymapathic nervous system in effective coaching. 27:18-30:56 ~ Cate emphasizes the importance of starting with a positive focus (what’s working) and maintaining an awareness of the big picture. 39:29- ~ Cate picks Boyatzis’s mind about mastermind groups.


Favorite Quotes: “If you want to help people be the most open to new ideas . . . , you want to start with their dream, their sense of purpose, their sense of calling.” --- Richard Boyatzis “The more we structure people’s time, children or adults, the more we take away their time to . . . reflect and then imagine.” --- Richard Boyatzis “One of the things we have to be careful about in teaching more holistic mind-body work . . . , is to help people remind themselves that they’re doing this for a sense of oneness, for a sense of being centered. They’re not doing it to check their box today.” --- Richard Boyatzis “A lot of times, the things that really help us help each other are basic human caring and interaction.” --- Richard Boyatzis


Guest BIO: 

Richard E. Boyatzis is Distinguished University Professor of Case Western Reserve University, Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science, HR Horvitz Professor of Family Business, and Adjunct Professor in

People/Organizations at ESADE.

He has a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, a MS and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. Using his Intentional Change Theory (ICT), he studies sustained, desired change at all levels of human endeavor from individuals, teams, organizations, communities and countries, specifically has been researching helping and coaching since 1967. 

He was ranked #9

Most Influential International Thinker by HR Magazine in 2012 and 2014. He is the author of more than 200 articles on leadership, competencies, emotional intelligence, competency development, coaching, neuroscience and management education. His Coursera MOOCs, including Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence has about a million enrolled from 215 countries. His 9 books include: The Competent Manager; the international best-seller, Primal Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee; and Resonant Leadership, with Annie McKee, and Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion or Lifelong Learning and Growth with Melvin Smith and Ellen Van Oosten. He is Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Awakening Your Inner Psychic with Laura Powers

Aug 5, 2019 27:53


In today’s podcast, Laura Powers and I dive into the significance of tapping into our intuitive awareness, and how doing so can evolve the quality of our lives. We talk about how the modern world can hold us back from harnessing our psychic powers, and what we can do to regain our power and channel this divine insight. Join our conversation to learn how to uncover and embrace the unseen spiritual realms that may hold the answers to the questions that you have in life!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to better navigate the material world by connecting with and understanding the etheric and non-physical realm. An understanding of the distinction between the different koshic bodies and how they can help us make health improvements.  What it means to have psychic energy and how it can help us.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Laura's website Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience Discover more about Body Thrive Apply for Body Thrive


Show Highlights: Today's technology is becoming a burden to the human psyche (spiritual intuition and awareness) because of its superficiality and distractive nature. The ethereal qualities of psychic awareness closely connects to the vata dosha mentality. Listening and learning how to understand the signals, needs, and language of your own body is the gateway for psychic awareness.


Timestamps:   4:00- Modern technology can be a disruptor to human psychic intuition.  10:00- Significance and conceptual contribution of the Ayurvedic Koshas 19:00- The correlation between individuals with a stronger vata mental constitution and psychic abilities. 24:50– Things you can do to start tapping into your own psychic intuitive abilities.


Favorite Quotes:  “In Ayurveda, things move from subtle to gross, so if you're recalibrating at the subtle body, then it eventually filters down to the physical.” - Cate “You want to keep a clear channel— since it’s rapid pace movement and subtle energy, if you're not running a pure, clean, clear experience in your own body, there is some level of disconnect, doubt, or skepticism for what you may be channeling…. it might also just be an overactive imagination.” - Cate “A lot of these harmful substances will gum up or block for abilities or make it harder for you to get the clear information” - Laura “There are so many distractions, that are in many ways, disrupting our ability to think intuitively.” - Cate


Guest BIO:

Laura is a Celebrity Psychic who has been featured by Buzzfeed, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, the CW, Motherboard by Vice Magazine. She is a clairvoyant, psychic medium, writer, actress and producer.
Connect with Laura on her website.

Scaling Your Life Out of Overwhelm with Brian Solis

Jul 29, 2019 44:38


In today’s podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brian Solis to talk about his new book Lifescale: Escape from the Dark Side of Distractions to Live a Better Life. We discussed everything from raising children with technology, how social media is affecting our creativity, brain science and productivity, and what is really addictive about Netflix. If you want to change your life by shifting your relationship with technology (and therefore your health!) be sure to check out the latest episode Scaling Your Life Out of Overwhelm with Brian Solis.

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What technology and Ayurveda have in common How to reawaken your deep creativity How and why it is important to treat technology like a drug (especially for our children)


Links Mentioned in Episode: Brian's website Brian's facebook Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience Discover more about Body Thrive Apply for Body Thrive


Show Highlights: How social media makes us all the same by removing our ability to truly express creativity.  How Netflix, and technology is general, is as addictive as a drug, and needs to be treated as such.  How technology is rewiring our brains, and therefore hindering our productivity.


Timestamps:   4:50 The problem with living a digital lifestyle  23:00 How social media has quelled creativity  37:00 Parents weaning their children off of devices


Favorite Quotes:  “The problem when we live this digital lifestyle, we all in the same ways become little micro celebrities, some folks become real celebrities, that we suddenly have audiences and we suddenly have engagement and we have all of these chemicals running through our body every time we use these devices and apps, where we feel good in those moments and we want more and want to build it more and want to live it more, so we start doing the things that get more of that. The warning signs are all over the place, but what we don’t realize is that yesterday’s warning signs are affecting a person of who we were yesterday and now we are someone different today, and tomorrow we are going to be someone different as well, and that’s the danger of this.” - Brian Solis “How can I redefine happiness, how can I redefine success in a modern era on my terms?” - Brian Solis “It’s a gift to realize that in the darkness is the light.” - Brian Solis “Sleep is Netflix’s biggest competition.” - Brian Solis “You can’t have health and wellness without that clarity.” - Cate Stillman “Creativity has never been more important, artistic expression has never been more important, liberal arts has never been more important. Breaking free from our dependency on forms of technology and actually being ourselves and expressing ourselves in unique ways, even if the world doesn’t see it, is actually what is going to help us stand out in this world where everybody is essentially the same.” - Brian Solis 


Guest BIO: 

A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it. As a result of his work, Solis also helps leading brands, celebrities, and startups develop new digital transformation, culture 2.0, and innovation strategies and that enable businesses to adapt to new connected markets from the inside out. Connect with Solis with his website and facebook.

How To Get Your Future Self to Mentor Your Present Self

Jul 22, 2019 23:38


Do you know the difference between spending and investing? Today I sat down to talk to you about the value of investing in your future self, and exactly how to do that. Not only will you learn how to make smarter decisions today, but also how to save yourself money in the long run by aligning your present with your future self. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Understanding the difference between spending and investing Guidance towards aligning with your evolved future self  How to strengthen your intuitive body muscle


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience Discover more about Body Thrive Apply for Body Thrive


Show Highlights: Cate describes the differences between investing and spending Cate breaks down our cultured patterns around money and how to end the cycle Cate teaches the value of investing in yourself


Favorite Quotes: “Spending is what we do when we have a momentary or wasteful experience … Investing is aligned to the potential of the future self” “You can’t invest attention without investing time”  “The more persistent you are, the more inevitable it becomes” 

Yogahealer Special - Three Body Thrivers Living Better

Jul 15, 2019 14:58


In this week’s episode, tune in to find out how Diana Jendoubi’s life changed when she started shifting her habits. She saved her marriage, lost excess weight, and left a job that was not giving her life. Her dedication to cultivating her habits has transformed everything for her. You will also hear from Janeen and Joe Violante, a couple who is inspiring each to thrive! They have saved money, eased their pain, and gained more energy. These are stories you don’t want to miss!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: How Body Thrive can transform your relationships, your spending, your body, and your life.  How Diana saved her marriage, lost excess weight, and changed her job by starting with small steps to change her habits.  How Janeen and Joe have saved money, healed their physical pain, and reconnected by Body Thriving together. 


Links Mentioned in Episode: Discover more about Body Thrive  Apply for Body Thrive Be a coach Have a conversation Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience
Member of the Body Thrive Diana before and after

 Janeen and Joe Violante

Aging and Menopause: The Gifts of the Stages of Life with Dr. Claudia Welch

Jul 8, 2019 44:42


In today's podcast, I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Claudia Welch about aging, menopause, and all the things that don't really pause as we begin to experience the second half of the human lifespan. As our physical body and endocrine system starts to change, we emphasize how important it is for us to let go of the past and reorient our minds to look forward to the self exploration that awaits. If you're ready shift your paradigm on aging, and understand how we can surrender to find peace in the process, make sure to tune in!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How we can look at the idea of aging and see it as a liberating experience that we have the privilege to become curious about. The understanding that the second half of our lives is not something to dread or shy away from but rather a new phase that finally gives us the time and opportunity to plunge the depths of our souls. An understanding of the health benefits that accompany the acceptance of the internal adventure of aging.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Dr. Claudio Welch's Website Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: How we shift our focus from our material body and our identity, which are the major focus of the first two phases of life, and are encouraged to go deep into the depths of our soul and find fulfillment there. What it means to reach of phase of menopause, and how it affects the perception of many different types of people. The value in seeking to embody and learn from the elders that increasingly find more bliss and fulfillment as they age.


Timestamps:  2:30- There are four main stages of life, each of which have a specific objective and purpose for us to deeply understand and embody.  8:15- Understanding that there is an attractive and desirable perception of aging that we can tap into and embrace.  20:00- The process of menopause requires for us to let go of controlling the innate nature of our bodies and to flow with the physiological change. 29:05- The nature of inclusivity and how we can be limited in our behaviors that are built upon exclusivity. 32:30- Learning to surrender to the divine timing of the universe.


Favorite Quotes: “Then we get to the last stage of life—the moksha stage, where we’re liberated from a tremendous amount of bondage, or the cloak of personality in which we’ve become.” - Claudia “You are being transformed on a deep level beyond your control… there’s a surrender to that.” - Claudia “In this time were realizing the soul, and spending some time with it. Knowing that the process will be very uncomfortable and weird for a while, but that's what makes it interesting!” - Claudia “It’s choosing to surrender that leads to pleasure.” - Cate “Don’t clutch onto the old— let the change and morphing happen.” - Claudia


Guest BIO: 

Dr. Claudia Welch is the author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness Through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science and The Four Qualities of Effective Physicians: Practical Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Physicians. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an Ayurvedic practitioner and international speaker. Dr. Welch explores how ideas in Eastern medicine apply to women’s health, and today’s reality in general. Learn more at

The Power of Your Constitution

Jul 1, 2019 36:49


Listen in while Cate and Megan discuss the Superpower of your constitution. Cate brings it back to unpack the basics of the doshas - including how to recognize if your body and your mind have different doshas and imbalances. Learn what Ayurveda says about the superpowers and kryptonite of each dosha and how YOU can use the superpower of your unique constitution to bring you closer to your Dharma (purpose). 


Links Mentioned in Episode: Constitution Power Dosha Quiz Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: Understand that your mind and your body may have different doshas and different imbalances and how they are connected. Learn the superpowers and kryptonite of each dosha to better understand YOUR superpower. Discover what Ama (toxins) you have that is holding you back from achieving your Dharma (purpose).


Guest BIO:

Megan Pintus joined the Yogahealer team in September. She currently resides in Virginia where she manages a yoga studio in a thriving community. Her profession and her passion are to support others in taking their visions of changing current culture and making them a reality.

Smaller, Smarter, and More Efficient in Work and Life with Paul Jarvis

Jun 24, 2019 38:34


Paul Jarvis is an author, a maker of software and online courses, and a digital privacy enthusiast. His writing and ideas focus around the contrarian view that business growth isn’t always good, and isn’t always required. In this episode, Paul sits down with Cate to discuss his newest book, Company of One.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to figure out if “bigger” is really better for your company. How growth can sometimes promote you out of a job you love. Why there is no one “right” way to build a business.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Paul's webiste Company of One Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: 2:03 to 5:30 - Paul explains the premise of Company of One. 11:16 to 14:04 - Paul discusses the key messages from Company of One, including why there is no one right way to build a business. 14:35 to 18:57 - Cate and Paul discuss the benefits of hiring a freelance contractor to do bitwork as opposed to hiring an employee. At the end, Cate explains how this relates to Yoga Health Coaching. 21:52 to 26:02 -  Cate and Paul discuss autonomy vs. desire and how it relates to tantric yoga. Paul explains how every business is a lifestyle business.


Favorite Quotes: “I think money is an amplifier. So if you’re a good person and an intentional person, and you make money in your business, then you’re just going to amplify awesome!” --- Paul Jarvis “Chasing ‘more’ is hard because there’s no way to define ‘more’ . . . . and I think the antithesis of that is to think about what ‘enough’ is.” --- Paul Jarvis “The reason I work for myself is to remove as much responsibility as possible and still be profitable.” --- Paul Jarvis “Every business is a lifestyle business.” --- Paul Jarvis


Guest BIO:

Paul Jarvis is a writer and designer who’s had his own company of one for the last two decades. His latest book, Company of One, explores why bigger isn’t always better in business.

He’s worked with professional athletes like Steve Nash and Shaquille O’Neal, corporate giants like Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz, and entrepreneurs with online empires like Danielle LaPorte and Marie Forleo.

Currently, he teaches popular online courses, hosts several podcasts and develops small but mighty software solutions. Contact Paul on his website.

(What it Looks Like When) Women Own Their Strengths

Jun 17, 2019 28:36


In today’s podcast, Grace Edison and I go in depth on why we should encourage each other to express our own strengths and expertise, instead of hiding them in the dark to be socially interpreted as “humble”. We share the potential benefits that can come from a conversation that is approached with this form of confidence and integrity. If you're in need of a fresh and light perspective of yourself, tune in to reveal the potential breakthroughs that are awaiting you at Yogahealer Live Events!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: A deeper perspective on why we tend to repress our ability to be outwardly proud and confident about our strengths. How Yogahealer Live Events helps people dive into their specific personality traits and own their nature without judgement. How we can dramatically improve our lives by embracing our expertise that each of us, uniquely excel in.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience
Show Highlights: In the Live Events we start to look at why we shy away from glorifying our special powers and characteristics, and how we can stand in their presence and confidently share them with others. The Yogahealer community is able to work together to identify each other’s strengths and shadows when a person has a more difficult time seeing their own. We look to identify what structures our conversations are happening in so that we can learn how to create liberating structures.


Timestamps: 2:35- Yogahealer Live Events works to shift our perceptions of ourselves to rapidly catalyze our lives in an evolutionary direction. 6:00- It is important for us to acknowledge where we are at in life, without deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad, and comparing it to where other people are at in life. 11:00- Explains how we are programmed to be firm in or negative beliefs and to keep our assets in the darkness in order to be “humble” 21:45- In conversations we seek to sift and sort through the structures in our lives that are outdated so that we can create liberating ones to improve all aspects of our lives.


Favorite Quotes: “Yogahealer Live Events are where the breakthroughs happen fast.” - Cate Stillman “... Thank you for telling me. Brag more to me so that I know what I can go to you for, what your expertise is, and so that I know the level of the game your playing.” - Cate Stillman “If 45 people come to an event, 45 people have breakthroughs.” - Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Grace Edison lives in British Columbia, Canada. She’s a mom of twin 8 year olds, a Yoga teacher, studio owner, and Yoga Health Coach — and she also works for Cate Stillman in Admissions at Yogahealer! More than anything, she loves to make people laugh and has a not-so-secret dream of doing stand-up comedy. Grace has a strong passion for empowering others to take their health and wellness into their own hands. She loves building authentic relationships, making people laugh, and creating supportive communities. After a long-standing relationship with severe depression, Grace has found deep relief through the habits of Ayurveda — and much credit is due to Cate and her Body Thrive program. After taking Body Thrive several times and jumping into Yoga Health Coaching, Grace came aboard the Yogahealer team.


Roping in Parents and Grandparents with Your Healthier Habits

Jun 10, 2019 21:35


Live from the Yogahealer retreat in Punta Mita! Cate sits down with Elise Marie Collins and Hadlee Garrison to discuss radiant longevity and intergenerational Body Thrive! Elise is the author of Super Ager, a practical and concise guide to optimal aging. Hadlee is a yoga health coach whose mother and grandmother are members of her coaching group.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How a short, daily breath-body practice can have a big impact on long-term health. How our habits and identity evolution have a ripple effect up and down generational lines. What “blue zones” can teach us about how to age well.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Elise’s Website Super Ager Book Hadlee's Website Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Favorite Quotes: “Aging begins in utero.” --- Elise Marie Collins “Our long-term radiant longevity strategy is inherently intergenerational.” --- Cate Stillman “It can’t be said enough that intergeneral experience of health and of connection is super, super important.” --- Hadlee Garrison


Guest BIO:

A visionary yoga teacher for over twenty years as well as an inspirational content creator, Elise uses the tools of Ayurveda and scientific research to uplift the planet by shifting old paradigms that have kept humans stuck. Guided by her teachings, her students are empowered to embrace their authentic selves as well as their true life’s mission. Elise is committed to helping people all over the world move out of darkness and into light and has touched thousands through her yoga instruction and publications. Elise has authored three books on healthy living. Her latest, Super Ager, inspires readers to optimize their well-being for longevity in the 21st century and beyond. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Gerontology program at University of Southern California. Check out her website and facebook page.

Feedback: Are you a learner or a victim?

Jun 3, 2019 33:05


We are constantly giving and receiving feedback. Take a moment to reflect. What feedback have you been receiving lately? How have you perceived it? With what senses? And how can you learn from the feedback you’ve received? In this episode, Cate sits down with Megan Pintus to discuss how we can use the feedback we receive to learn and grow.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to learn faster using feedback. How we dismiss and invalidate feedback. How to recognize and receive feedback more skillfully.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: Cate explains how the five elements and the three doshas play into how we receive feedback. Cate and Megan discuss Why feedback often needs to feel uncomfortable in order for us to learn from it. Cate explores a quote from Douglas Stone: “Explicit disagreement is better than implicit misunderstanding.”


Favorite Quotes: “It’s just about deeply processing what’s going on. And the skills of yoga and meditation, it really gives rise to that. Just being in the ground of being will process the experience at an accelerated rate.” --- Cate Stillman “When we’re in our own mind chatter, when we’re in our own dialogue, there’s no space for anybody else or any other options. And we create this false reality.” --- Megan Pintus “The more rooted you are in your habits, the more you’re really clear that you’re actually supported from within, . . . you’re intrinsically supported from the elements.” --- Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Megan Pintus joined the Yogahealer team in September. She currently resides in Virginia where she manages a yoga studio in a thriving community. Her profession and her passion are to support others in taking their visions of changing current culture and making them a reality.

What Happens at a Yogahealer Live Event with Rachel Peters

May 27, 2019 12:52


In today’s podcast, Rachel Peters and I reflect upon our past experiences at Yogahealer Live Events, and why we feel so refreshed after each and every time. We unravel the feeling of identity evolution and what it means to be a leader by just showing up at the retreats. Just one day at a Live Event has been life changing for so many, so tune in to discover why so many people leave the retreats with an entirely newfound perspective on their lives, and the lives of others.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: A deeper look at the benefits of going out of the daily routine of life to experience life through a new lens at the event. What it means to become a leader through engaging in this life-changing event. An understanding of how we can evolve our community at home through experiencing this retreat. Rachel Peters describes that the live Yogahealer events assist her in getting out of her daily routine and comfortability. She fees enabled to step out of her habits and routine and take a few days to look at herself, her life, her business, and her family from a whole new perspective. Cate explains that the activities at the retreat are very liberating but structured at the same time. Where people are paired into small groups to do specific types of activities that have their own structure and form. What people often discover is how to get out of their own way in life! It’s an amazing opportunity for growth with people who are going through similar struggles in life. It's a place where we can be vulnerable and dig deep down to understand the hurdles we’re facing in our personal and professional life.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Rachel’s website Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer VIP Live Events Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: 1:48-3:07- Rachel gives her take on the values and lessons that she personally gains from each experience at Yogahealer live events. 3:25- The participants that attend the Yogahealer live events get to step into a role of leadership for the Iives of many others, for simply knowing the information they do, and having the valuable experience of the retreat. 4:00- The people at the retreat get to participate in many perception-altering activities that leave them looking at their life, their work, and the lives of others in a completely new way. 7:22- One older individual who is showing up as a leader for her family and explains how the attendees are becoming leaders be just being there. They become leaders for their families, communities, yoga studios, and many others because of the knowledge and experienced they’ve gained access to at the retreat. 8:46- Rachel feels as though the retreat has always been a worthy investment for her progression in life. It is so important to invest in your own health education


Favorite Quotes: “What’s cool to see in even people living with Ayurveda, or in Body Thrive, who aren’t in our wellness pro career track, how much the self leadership, family leadership, and community leadership component is getting developed because of these live experiences.” - Cate Stillman “There’s all this identity evolution. What happens is we start to realize that were leaders. There’s just this authenticity, vulnerability, adaptability, resilience— all the signs of being rooted.” - Cate Stillman “You are your own best investment.” - Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Since 2001 Rachel has been supporting others through body, mind and heart-based yoga classes, trainings, mentoring and workshops. Her goal is to share how these practices have helped her shift into a more conscious, vibrant and easeful relationship to life and to support anyone who is ready to do the same. She’s been a serious practitioner and student of yoga from a young age and has thousands of hours of teacher training, immersions, workshops and retreats with phenomenal and inspiring teachers. In 2011 Rachel answered a deep calling and began her studies of Ayurveda with Cate Stillman at Yoga Healer. That same year, she began intensive studies with Paul Muller-Ortega of Blue Throat Yoga on the practice and theory of meditation and embraced a daily meditation practice that changed her life. These simultaneously launched her into a clear vision and daily approach of what she needed to do in order to thrive in the modern world. She now offers Ayurvedic Living immersions to help you to get light in your body, clear in your mind, and thrive in your life. Connect with Rachel on her website.

The Yoga of Moving Through Fear and Fire with Lucia Giovannini

May 20, 2019 33:15


Cate sits down with Lucia Giovannini, “the Italian Louise Hay,” to discuss identity evolution, firewalking, and finding meaning and purpose in life. Lucia Giovannini is a master of personal evolution: a former Italian supermodel turned motivational speaker, author of 13 books, a Doctor in Psychology and Counselling and a Bachelor in Psycho-Anthropology. Her 25 years of inspiring work through conferences & workshops crafts a synergy between traditional psychological techniques, motivational practices and ancient eastern rituals that turn her seminars into profound experiences for the audiences in Asia + Europe alike.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why we need to evolve and investigate the deeper purpose of our lives. How to transform fear into action. Why women either stagnate or evolve during menopause.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Lucia's website Lucia's FB page Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Yogahealer Live Experience


Show Highlights: Cate and Lucia discuss why we need to leave our comfort zones or “prisons of comfort” and commit to evolve through the stages of our lives. Lucia gives us her tips for meeting our fear of leaving our prisons of comfort and transforming fear into action. Cate explains how the element of fire relates to transformation. Cate and Lucia discuss where women source their power at different stages of their lives.


Favorite Quotes: “Change is possible anytime. And when I say ‘change,’ I mean transformational change, evolutionary change, positive change.” --- Lucia Giovannini “When you do something that you believe impossible, like walking on hot coals, . . . every single cell of your body starts to create a new paradigm.” --- Lucia Giovannini “If we can awaken our awareness to the elemental level of understanding, we have superpowers.” --- Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Lucia is a Yoga practitioner, breathwork instructor, She is a firewalk instructor. Lucia Giovannini is a former Italian supermodel turned best-selling author, spiritual teacher, transformational coach, environmental & animal activist, and author of 13 books. Her best-selling book, “A Whole New Life”, was first published in Italian and is now translated into eight languages, including an English version published by Hay House India. Her book has sold thousands of copies around the world and will be debuting in the US in March 2019. Growing up in Africa, Lucia often caused her parents' hearts to skip a beat when she befriended the wildlife, from lizards to crocodiles. Till this day, she remains a passionate animal rights activist. She is a Master Fire-walking Trainer, an NLP and Neuro-Semantics Trainer, and a recognized international Life Coach. Connect with Lucia on her Website and FB page.

How to Use Kickstarter to Launch an Event with Jessica Kupferman

May 13, 2019 40:56


She Podcasts is hosting a large-scale learning and networking event this year where women podcasters can learn the core skills of podcasting from other women podcasters. To fund the event, Jessica Kupferman launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $25,000. In 40 days, they raised $50,000 without announcing a single speaker or sponsor. In this interview, Cate picks Jessica’s brain about how to effectively use crowdfunding and how to plan a large-scale event.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to use crowdfunding to do the things you want to do. How to choose the appropriate crowdfunding platform to launch your event. How to leverage your strengths and the strengths of people you know to plan a large-scale event. Jessica tells us how She Podcasts raised $50,000 in 40 days without announcing a single speaker or sponsor for their live event. Jessica tells us how she’s designing the She Podcasts event based on the experience she wants to have at live learning and networking event. Cate picks Jessica’s brain about how to plan a huge live event.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Jessica's Facebook She Podcast Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book


Show Highlights: 00:45 - Cate and Jessica talk about how they met and how Jessica launched the She Podcasts event using Kickstarter. 11:13 - Jessica talks about how she’s designing the She Podcasts event based on what she wanted for and from events she has attended. 14:40 - Cate asks Jessica for her tips on how to use Kickstarter to launch an event and how to design a larger event. 28:08 - Cate and Jessica talk about the value of having a partner or consultant to help plan a large event and how to decide what to outsource and what to do yourself. 35:58 - Cate and Jessica discuss the various platforms for fundraising, including Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo.


Favorite Quotes: “One of the things I feel like I’ve learned over the years, as I’m becoming a little more savvy . . . , is I’ve stopped thinking that some people have something I don’t have. Instead, it’s like ‘Who knows how to do this? Who already knows how to do this?’ Because chances are it has nothing to do with what I know or what I have or don’t have. It just has to do with ‘Who already is pro at this?’” --- Cate Stillman “I do not want to have too many lessons learned. I really don’t. I want to leverage someone else’s lessons learned.” --- Cate Stillman “I’m much more interested in what we would do together than what I can figure out alone.” --- Cate Stillman “Kickstarter, I’ve learned, is, I think, very specific to funding a product or service that has never been created before. . . . I only did Kickstarter because Podcast Movement did Kickstarter. I don’t know that it was necessarily the right vehicle.” --- Jessica Kupferman


Guest BIO:

Jessica Kupferman is the co-host and co-founder of the She Podcasts brand, which currently supports over 12,000 female podcasters and has a digital marketing reach of over 50,000 content creators. She Podcasts LIVE, the live event created for the She Podcasts community, was funded spring 2019 via Kickstarter for double the goal and sold 200 tickets with 30 days.

Jessica specializes in marketing and monetizing within the podcasting industry, and has been featured in magazines and websites such as Entrepreneur, Forbes, Business Insider, Social Media Examiner, and Yahoo Finance. She has also been a featured guest on podcasts such as Entrepreneur On Fire, Peter Shankman’s Faster Than Normal and the New Media Show. She has has been honored to speak at The NAB Show, blogHer, Social Media Marketing World, Podcast Movement, and many other blog and podcasting conferences. Connect with Jessica on her facebook.

Lessons on Inclusivity from Mt. Everest Guide + ER doc Emily Johnston

May 6, 2019 47:11


In the first of Cate’s “local” podcast interviews, she sits down with Dr. Emily Johnston: ER doctor, international mountain guide, ski patroller, river guide. Cate and Emily met one week prior to this conversation on an airplane. They ended up in a conversation about inclusivity their respective fields and decided to continue the conversation here on the Yogahealer podcast.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why inclusivity is so important in building dynamic groups. What role fear plays in the practice of exclusivity. How learning to receive feedback can lead to more inclusivity. Cate and Emily discuss adaptability, creative problem solving, and staying in flow. Cate and Emily discuss the importance of inclusivity in evolving dynamic groups and how to engage others in the inclusivity conversation and the roles that stereotypes, culture, and intergenerational communication play in that. Emily imparts her tips for how to form a dynamic group from a diverse group of people. Spoiler alert: laughter is key!


Links Mentioned in Episode: Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book


Show Highlights: 5:18 - Cate and Emily discuss adaptability, creative problem solving, and staying in flow. 12:30 - Cate explains how we can bend time with breathwork and meditation and asks Emily if those are tools that guides and doctors are taught. 19:36 - Cate and Emily discuss the importance of inclusivity in evolving dynamic groups. 28:28 - Cate and Emily discuss how to engage others in the inclusivity conversation and the roles that stereotypes, culture, and intergenerational communication play in that. 34:40 - Cate asks Emily for her tips on how to form a cohesive dynamic group from a diverse group of people. 38:18 - Cate and Emily discuss the role that fear plays in the practice of exclusivity. 44:25 - Emily challenges us to be more consciously inclusive.


Favorite Quotes: “Laughter breaks down barriers: language barriers, cultural barriers, and ego barriers.” --- Emily Johnston “Somehow people feel inadequate, and that’s where that exclusivity shield comes from.” --- Emily Johnston “I have concerns that our species is inherently too exclusive and not inclusive enough. So my challenge is for people to just try to be more inclusive and see if we can change the status quo.” --- Emily Johnston


Guest BIO:

Dr. Emily Johnston hadn't always planned to be a doctor. She graduated from Middlebury with a BA in biology, but was "too busy playing rugby to focus on grades." The year after she graduated she worked as a river guide on the Snake, then quickly started working for Outward Bound. In 1987, she started ski patrolling in Idaho, and by 1989 she was guiding on Mount Rainier. She guesses that she was the fourth or fifth woman hired on the mountain, and soon she was guiding big mountains in Mexico and Alaska, too.

In 2002, Emily Johnston was a mountain guide, ski patroller, and 39 years old. And she started her first year of medical school. After she graduated from medical school (at age 44), Johnston completed her residency at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. During her residency, she did medical work in Nepal and the Republic of the Congo. She also designed and conducted a research project on Denali, where she measured the effects of carbon monoxide in tents where people were cooking. She finished her residency at age 47. Now in her 50s, Emily guides and serves as medical director for International Mountain Guides. She teaches courses on international mountain medicine and advanced wilderness life support, and she consults with the Mount Rainier National Park to streamline their rescue protocol. Within the community, she is affectionately known as the "dirtbag doctor."

Resilience, Trauma, Healing + Gerontology with Charlotte Nuessle

Apr 29, 2019 37:16


Listen in to Cate as she sits down with Charlotte Nussle, a certified international yoga therapist and gerontologist, as they discuss the nuances of aging and how our trauma and experiences inform our intergenerational relationships. They discuss the necessity of having a structure that is strong enough to hold a container for the process of the deep healing work you would like to do.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: 5:20 How to deal when the first response is frustration instead of compassion 5:27 The gift of this time is the ability to join with each other and there is so much wisdom coming in 6:08 Beyond Mortal - one of the pitfalls (area of growth in the western medical model) - we are trying to keep people safe from challenges 9:10 ‘we have to just keep following our heart - you’re not perfect, I’m not perfect - but we keep loving each other and that’s all that matters 13:17 We have these experiences of how things could be and then we go back to ‘in real life’ 14:09 It is so important to recognize the need to heal the healer around Trauma 16:12 When do we need a healer to help us process and digest 20:10 How do I offer my healing from a safe place? 24:30 Charlotte’s ashram story and the stages of aging 29:30 The necessity of a deeply connected community and how the group’s resiliency is directly tied to your resilience


Links Mentioned in Episode: Charlotte's website Charlotte's facebook page Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book


Favorite Quotes: ‘There is so much learning in life - and in death’’ - Cate ‘We just get to experience the massive learning curve around the whole life process cycles - or we can become contracted - and both happen’ - Charlotte ‘Step back from any sense of blame, and honoring that we got what we got, and if we feel we didn’t get enough, it is important that we are tender towards ourselves and realize that is a part of the foundation’ Charlotte ‘Our over efforting aids in our undermining our own resilience.’ - Cate  


Guest BIO:

Charlotte's a life coach, certified international yoga therapist, gerontologist. She brings 26 years experience in adapting body-based and meditative practices that reshape your nervous system, rewire your brain to be more receptive to the good, and support your development toward what has value for you in life. Connect with Charlotte on her website and facebook page.

The Yoga of Prosperity with Ellen O’Brian

Apr 22, 2019 43:05


Cate sits down with Ellen Grace O’Brien, author of The Jewel of Abundance, to discuss artha - one of the four aims of human life. We all innately want to thrive and to prosper, but there’s often conflict about how to do that in a way that feels dharmic - in harmony with the spiritual truth of our being. To further complicate matters, we can get in our own way when it comes to artha. Sometimes the first step is simply to be willing to let our lives be bigger and more expansive. And then to practice being fearless.


Yogacharya O’Brian makes yogic philosophy accessible and inspiring for the modern mind, helping people from all backgrounds lead deeply fulfilling and spiritually awakened lives.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What questions you need to ask yourself if you truly want to thrive and prosper in alignment with your dharma. How to get out of your own way and be willing let bigger things work through you. Why meditation is key to artha. Ellen describes her own personal experience with artha and dharma. Cate and Ellen discuss the connection between meditation and artha. Cate and Ellen discuss the importance of authenticity and the role of technology and social media on a dharmic path.  


Links Mentioned in Episode: Ellen's website The Jewel of Abundance Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book


Show Highlights: 9:55-20:00 Ellen describes her own personal experience with artha and dharma. 23:35-29:44 Cate and Ellen discuss the connection between meditation and artha. 31:42-39:10 Cate and Ellen discuss the importance of authenticity and the role of technology and social media on a dharmic path.   


Favorite Quotes: “Knowing that truth of what we are as spiritual beings is the key to really thriving and prospering.” --- Ellen Grace O’Brian “If you’re going to be in this field, you have to be willing to make yourself an instrument.” --- Ellen Grace O’Brian “To me, that whole path of dharma is really one of that surrender to ‘Who do I need to become next?’” --- Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Ellen Grace O'Brian (Yogacharya O’Brian) is an acclaimed teacher, author, and minister who has served seekers of spiritual enlightenment from all walks of life for over thirty years. She has published several books and audio programs about meditation, mindfulness and spiritual living, offering a refreshing and authentic voice that makes timeless wisdom accessible to the modern mind.

A teacher in the tradition of Kriya Yoga, Yogacharya O’Brian serves people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking what is known as Self- or God-realization, or awakening. She is the spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, a meditation center in San Jose, CA.

Through her teaching and publications, Yogacharya O’Brian helps people learn to live from the inside out with practices and insights for developing life-transforming skills to cultivate a spiritually awakened, fulfilled life.

Ayurveda's Cyclical Wisdom with Maya Tiwari

Apr 15, 2019 01:00:44


Today I have the pleasure of speaking with spiritual guru and Founder of the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, Maya Tiwari. Our conversation takes us into the realm of cyclical wisdom vs. linear thought. How do we allow our intuition to move us back into a place of deep awareness, connecting us to our Shakti, our creative selves, and our consciousness once again. In order to reclaim this wholesome, cyclical nature of ourselves we need to simplify our lives and look to nature to source our energy and power. Tune in today and for a truly unique and grounding podcast and learn about the importance of life cycles and rebirthing your creativity.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why is reclaiming our cyclical wisdom so important to our physiology, our consciousness, our awareness How to we move back towards the knowledge of nature and what serves us Cutting out stressors we’ve acquired and simplifying our lives


Links Mentioned in Episode: Maya's website Maya Tiwari’s book- Food for One, Food for all Be a coach Have a conversation Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book


Show Highlights: 1:30- Maya Tiwari tells us a bit about her life and how she arrived to where she presently resides, physically, mentally, and spiritually. We discuss the importance of phases and cycles of life and how to allow a cyclicial wisdom back into our consciousness and our physiology. 23:00 - The medicine of Mother Nature and its relation to simplifying our lives. To be simply creative again by delayering ourselves, we sometimes have to take a step to clarify who we are now and continue to grow. 38:00- The meaning and significance of the moon and its’ connection to women’s monthly cycle; there are certain activities that are in the dark phase of the moon that allow us, as women, to recreate the sanctity that we need within ourselves. We should ask ourselves, ‘what can we orient towards’ instead of ‘what do we have to give up’? 55:40- I ask Mother Maya about her experience in writing books and how her own creative cycle matures; how does she know when it is time to write and when it is time to edit?


Favorite Quotes: “It’s not about going out and getting something new; it’s more about reawakening what is already within us.” - Cate Stillman “We can’t create without calling upon our Shakti. And when we create we enlarge her, we grow her, we mature her. “ - Maya Tiwari “There has always been an amazing universal truth to everything we do. There is a time and a place for everything. And that is what we ignore in a linear culture.”  - Maya Tiwari


Guest BIO:

Maya established the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda in 1981, with the vision of restoring the long lost Inner Medicine® principles and practices of Ayurveda. Wise Earth is the first school for Ayurveda education in North America, through which Maya has personally trained hundreds of practitioners from a vast geographical area. Maya is also the founder of both the Mother Om Mission and the Living Ahimsa Foundation.

Maya served for two decades as a Vedic monk, belonging to India's prestigious Veda Vyasa lineage. In 2010, Maya made the radical decision to renounce her monastic title and spiritual moniker-Her Holiness, Sri Swami Mayatitananda. This decision was made to, as she puts it, "walk a simpler and more accessible life in service of the populations in need," which she continues to do to this day. Connect with Maya on her website and facebook page.

Website Advice for Wellness Pros with Lissa Sandler

Apr 4, 2019 27:00


Cate sits down with Lissa Sandler, a web design and development strategist who specializes in working with wellness pros. Lissa loves being able to simplify web design for people who don’t consider themselves very tech savvy. When Lissa builds a website or teaches her clients to build a website, it’s about so much more than creating a website. It’s about helping them authentically connect with their ideal clients so they can convert website visitors to clients. It’s about helping them serve their clients in the way they have been dreaming about while creating limitless potential for themselves and their families.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why good web design begins with self-awareness. Why connecting with ideal clients is more important than visual branding. How to establish authority and differentiate yourself online.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Lisa's website Yoga Health Coaching Have a conversation


Favorite Quotes: “Less is more. Think of your website as your first date with somebody. . . . They don’t need to know everything about you at the beginning.” --- Lissa Sandler “Every page needs to have a clear call-to-action. When you know the purpose of the page, you can lead them to that call-to-action.” --- Lissa Sandler



Guest BIO:

Lissa Sandler creates beautifully simple and stress-free websites for business owners turning over a new leaf. Lissa is an online strategist, mentor, and website design & development specialist, and her methods are carefully designed to remove every seed of doubt, overwhelm, and stress from the reinvention process for you.

Lissa has helped over 150 passionate coaches, health practitioners and yoga teachers stay calm and create branded websites that perfectly express what’s unique about them and their offerings. Her mission is to meet you where you are in your business - with 3 ways to work together, one for each stage of your business.

Before starting, Lissa built, managed, and marketed YogaKids’ online teacher training school, serving 300+ yoga teachers globally. And she was honored to be featured as a web presence expert for Chopra University.


Depth in Your Spirituality through Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya

Apr 1, 2019 42:51


Listen in with Master teacher and lineage holder of Vedic, Yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom from India, Acharya Shunya. We dive deep into Ayurveda and discuss our connection to a deeper spiritual reality, a deeper you, and how important it is to see the bigger picture. We are in a realm of impermanence where change is a constant and shedding old layers is necessary in order to expand, grow, and evolve. Sometimes a breakdown occurs before we have a break through, but this is all part of the healing process, and this will eventually reconnect us back to wholeness and back to our true nature as spirit.

Ask yourself, ‘who am I becoming next?’ Then allow change to happen in order to unwind, unfurl, and realign with the rhythm of nature. Tune in to hear more Ayurvedic insights and ancient wisdom on how to heal yourself by letting go of old and embracing new.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How do we become truly healthy on all levels once again? Awaken the inner guru in you! Ask yourself, who am I becoming next? How does a breakdown in life serve us and how can we can breakthrough with compassion and ease?


Links Mentioned in Episode: Acharya’s website Acharya's facebook page Yoga Health Coaching Join Spring Yogidetox


Show Highlights:


7:30- The healing crisis that many of us are dealing with currently provokes action because people are in pain. They start to seek healing methods outside of themselves and in doing so, they learn to be more open to a deeper truth and a deeper spiritual reality; the energy of healing, the energy of Shakti, and the energy of awakening. 23:00- In everything in our world, there is a cycle, a rhythm, a movement from birth into death. We see this everywhere, from our cells to anabolism, metabolism, and catabolism to the Kapha, Pitta, and Vata stages of life. Each part of the cycle serves a purpose whether it is dark or light, known or unknown. 29:15- We naturally tend to have resistance to what isn’t working for us, but there is generally a break down before we experience a breakthrough. How do we trust the process, trust what isn’t working, and use compassion and relaxation during the break down to move through it with care.


Favorite Quotes: “Awakening is our birthright.” -Acharya Shunya “The deeper and deeper we go into the koshas, the deeper and deeper you are coming into touch with that invisible self, Shakti.” -Acharya Shunya “Change is the law of life. And sometimes you have to be a caterpillar before you become a butterfly.” -Acharya Shunya “What you have been lamenting has actually been guiding you towards your greater growth.” -Acharya Shunya “Have discipline to the rhythm within and how your physiology needs you to operate.” -Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Acharya Shunya is a master teacher and lineage holder of Vedic, Yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom from India, and an award‐winning author. She transmits the non‐dual wisdom of the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita with ease along with the deeper spiritual philosophy and lifestyle teachings contained in the Ayurveda source texts.

Acharya Shunya's newest book, 'Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom' (SoundsTrue, 2017), is a bestseller, translated into 6 languages in its first year of publication and acclaimed as one of the top‐10 books in alternative medicine in 2017 by Health Line‐USA, the world’s fastest growing health information site, with over 85 million monthly users. Connect with Acharya on her website and facebook page.


Food as Sukha Sadhana and the Creation of Good Space with Kate oDonell

Mar 25, 2019 36:55


A sattvic state of mind is one that is naturally calm, clear, and at peace. But when the world tugs at our minds and our egos, it makes them anxious, wild, and scattered making  it difficult to feel peace and stability within. In her Ayurvedic Cookbooks, Kate O’Donnell uses food preparation as a way to harness this undisturbed, sattvic state of mind that we desire to cultivate. Today, Kate and I chat about the importance of our daily habits in terms of sukha sadhana and how to bring about a clear, calm internal and external environment with a daily spiritual practice. This practice of becoming more aware of ourselves, more in tune, and more present to each moment can be done using many techniques, from meditation to cooking!

Kate O’Donnell and I talk about how to sooth our out of whack doshic energies and how to bring ourselves back into balance, whether we are predominately Vata, Pitta or Kapha. As humans we tend to create less space and more business for ourselves in our day to day lives; it is important to learn to take a step back and invoke slow, steady, healing energy. It’s from this place of grounding that we make good choices, good relationships and create good products.

Sattva- natural state of the mind- calm and clear naturally but then it’s pulled on by the universe. The law of the mind is that it is naturally. Her cookbook- the use of food to harness that undisturbed state of mind.  

Sukha- good space-- within us, around us. Internal and external environments, relationships we cultivate.

Sadhana- spiritual practice done daily to cultivate a sattvic state of mind.

Our state of mind is cultivated by our daily habits!  The mind itself is driving all the activities that are happening in the physical world--like the wizard of Oz! Take concept of mind and mental realm and understand it and how its affecting us- we will have a better grasp on our day to day lifestyle.

Sukha Sadhana- process of becoming more aware of ourselves-- creates good space as we go. We are paying attention to LIFE rather than being imbalanced/ running around like chicken with head cut off or like a sloth.

-Vata dosha- fall- vata season. Feeling very airy and chaotic, anxiety, overwhelm, depletion, collapse

Need to balance go-go energy with Slow energy in order to maintain that go energy. Otherwise will burn out. Food preparation as a way to slow down! When you slow down, the body slowly comes back into right relationship with itself...because mind starts to slow down.

Whether we are cutting carrots or doing yoga asana, we are able to slow down in mind and body and they we can experience ourselves in line with nature--

--Pushing the Vata envelope- suppressing the urges to pee, poop, fart, burp--its teh go go go tendency. Conversations of evolution. Root before extending.

Pitta pushing envelope- workaholism--lots of vision- we want to make happen. But at end of day--jut business instead of efficiency.

Kapha-complacency,  resistance to change, lack of creation and lack of fire. Pushing envelope-not moving, no exercise, improper eating. Need the get up and move energy


Under-complicate everything- eat one thing all day.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What do Sattva, sukha and sadhana mean and why are they important? How to under-complicate your life by keeping cooking simple. Why is it important to connect with your food?


Links Mentioned in Episode:
Kate O’Donnell Website - About Me -  Kate O’Donnell’s “The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well”  - Amazon  Yoga Health Coaching Join Spring Yogidetox
Show Highlights: 1:15- Sattva, Sadhana, and Sukha. What do these sanskrit words mean and why are they so important? 9:40- What does a slower, more mindful pace and practice look like in our lives? Kate talks about food preparation as a way for us to slow down and feel nourished! 16:00- What does it look like to push the envelope from a Vata, a Pitta, and a Kapha point of view? What causes and leads to imbalances in our dosha types? 25:30- Food preparation in an efficient way, as a yoga practice or a meditation.  Find love for slower, grounding practices, such as cooking. Cooking should be a peaceful, enjoyable practice done with friends or family, as opposed to having a “get it done” mentality. If this isn’t how you feel when you cook, take a class and learn new techniques to enjoy the practice of cooking nourishing foods!


Favorite Quotes: “The law of the mind is naturally calm and clear and undisturbed.” -Kate O’Donnell “The mind itself is driving all the activities that are happening in the physical world.” -Kate O’Donnell “For all the go-go-go in our days, we need some slow-slow-slow!” -Kate O’Donnell


Guest BIO:

Kate O’Donnell is an author, lecturer, and senior yoga teacher. She wrote two popular cookbooks, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind. A nationally recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ashtanga yoga teacher, Kate is a founding member of the Boston Ayurveda School and adjunct faculty for Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She continues her travels to India annually for study and teaches internationally. Connect with Kate on her website and facebook page.

How to Slow Down to Speed Up with Yoga Nidra with Rod Stryker (Part 2)

Mar 11, 2019 26:17


On today’s show, Rod Stryker and I continue our conversation on the deeply healing and transformative practice of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra essentially translates to the ‘end of all thoughts’ because it is a process in which we learn to let go, to relax and restore, to diffuse our awareness, and to just BE.

We’ve created a world where we are always doing something; with our Iphones and tablets constantly by our sides and work or life stressors always on our minds, we are continually thinking, working, or moving. We are hardly ever still, and we are never bored anymore! With a lack of daydreaming or boredom, we are unable to fully process and digest our emotions or experiences, and in turn we unable to know our true selves. If we don’t allow ourselves the time and space to dissolve, to daydream and to relax, even the simplest of tasks will become very difficult for us to accomplish.

Life isn’t about learning to cope, to mitigate, or to be only partly insane….it’s about Thriving.

Listen in and learn how to live a life of Thrive with this timeless practice of Yoga Nidra.  


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why are Deep Rejuvenation, boredom and daydreaming so important? How do we avoid going to sleep while we’re awake? What is America’s number one health crisis and why is this cause for serious concern?


Links Mentioned in Episode: Rod’s website Rod’s facebook page Yoga Nidra Meditation app- Sanctuary with Rod Stryker Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal Yoga Health Coaching Have a conversation


Show Highlights: 1:08- Rod talks about the final of the 4 stages of Yoga Nidra. Spirituality, as well as the 4 fundamental stages of Nidra. 6:00- What does a lack of daydreaming and boredom do to us physiologically? If we don’t get bored, we don’t process who we are in time and space. Who am I? What do I stand for? What do I want to do on this planet in this life? In our fast-paced, technological world, we do not allow space for boredom and we are therefore unable to answer these important questions. 13:30- The state of expanded awareness that comes from Yoga Nidra, ie. Flow state, biohacking, and maximizing cognitive function. How do we avoid habitual thinking and how to we avoid going to sleep while we’re awake? 20:50- We can no longer afford to not be passionate about finding what is true, what is real, and what is truly important. Learn to tune into yourself with Yoga Nidra, to learn to not push against what the body and mind desires, to drop into yourself and allow. Insomnia is currently the biggest health crisis. If you continue to push your nervous system too much for too long, there will be repercussions.


Favorite Quotes: “It’s about allowing these awareness breaks, instead of coffee breaks.” -Cate Stillman   “You are the presence that exists in your own heart.” -Rod Stryker “We need times with no-thing.” -Cate Stillman “You’ve got to root to rise, you’ve got to get down to get up.” -Cate Stillman “Our problems have now gotten bigger. There is a bigger price to pay for the misalignment with the authentic self.” -Rod Stryker


Guest BIO:

Yogarupa Rod Stryker is a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher, guiding and sharing his wisdom for 40 years. He is the founder of ParaYoga®, the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom and the creator of the app Sanctuary, a vital resource for the practices of meditation and yoga nidra (also called Enlightened Sleep––the ultimate science of deep relaxation). Rod has dedicated his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, practice, teaching, leadership, service and family life. Contact him on his website and facebook page.

How to Heal and Restore with Yoga Nidra with Rod Stryker

Feb 21, 2019 26:04


Culturally, we are moving towards higher levels of division and speed. Everything in our world is getting faster and faster and thus we are having to split ourselves up into smaller parts to get everything done. This disrupts our physiology as we have to process more sensory input than we ever have before; the acceleration and distraction we have created in today’s world causes us to be anxious, fearful, depressed, or scatterbrained.

Yoga Nidra is a practice that allows us to do the opposite. By lying down and using the healing power of Divine Sleep, we feel both a sense of unity and a slowing down; we feel wholeness once again. The practice of Yoga Nidra allows us to slow down while making us more unified both individually and collectively.

On today’s podcast, world renowned Yogi, Rod Stryker, tells us why Yoga Nidra, the yoga of Enlightened Sleep, is such an important and effective methodology in our world. It is healing not only on a physical level, but therapeutic to all five of our koshas. Listen in and gain insight on this practice that could possibly change and heal your life!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is Yoga Nidra? Why is Nidra so important and so effective in our daily lives? How can Yoga Nidra benefit you?


Links Mentioned in Episode: Rod's website Rod's facebook page Discover more about Body Thrive
Show Highlights: 1:15 - We as humans have lost the ability to relax. Rod Stryker tells us why Yoga Nidra is so important and effective in our lives today. Culturally we are moving towards higher levels of diffusion and division- we are speeding up in life to accomplish more, and at the same time being split up into smaller parts. This leads us to fear, anxiety, restlessness and the inability to relax. 11:10 - Rod talks about the beginning of Yoga Nidra- where and when it came from and the ‘krama’ or sequencing of Nidra and how it progresses. 17:20 - We hear a bit about each of the 5 goals of Yoga Nidra- healing, improvement of cognition, and transformation. Tune in to the second half of this podcast to hear the final goal of Yoga Nidra.
Favorite Quotes: “The more focused you are, the less conscious you are of the big picture.” -Rod Stryker “Sleep is a transition from minutiae to expansiveness.” -Rod Stryker “The more you let go, the more you are supported.” -Rod Stryker   Guest BIO:

Yogarupa Rod Stryker is a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher, guiding and sharing his wisdom for 40 years. He is the founder of ParaYoga®, the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom and the creator of the app Sanctuary, a vital resource for the practices of meditation and yoga nidra (also called Enlightened Sleep––the ultimate science of deep relaxation). Rod has dedicated his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, practice, teaching, leadership, service and family life. Contact him on his website and facebook page.

The Powers of Deep Rejuvenation and Peak Performance

Jan 28, 2019 01:05:07


What do you need in your life- Deep Rejuvenation or Peak Performance? Today I talk about the tough stuff that we can all encounter along our paths to health such as sourcing our energy from Ego instead of the Universe, the failure of the intellect, and the Disease Tree. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, tired, scattered, or anxious in our action packed, overstimulating lives. It’s time we pull our energy back, give more time to ourselves and deeply rejuvenate.
I talk to everyone about how to root yourself in order to rise upwards; how to ground yourself deeply with healthy habits in order to heal, to grow, and to thrive in your day to day life. I dive into the 10 Body Thrive habits and discuss how working together in a group setting allows us to move into thrive more quickly and with more integrity and ease. Did you know that a small 1% change in your habits over time will help you to move into your healthiest, most productive, and most conscious and expansive version of yourself?

Listen into to today’s talk and learn how to take care of yourselves on a deep level, to heal and rejuvenate, to thrive, and to reach your full potential.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How do we orient towards thrive? How do you measure deep rejuvenation and peak performance? What are some habits you can implement to experience health?


Links Mentioned Episode: Discover more about Body Thrive 
Show Highlights: 2:45- How do you know if you have arrived? How do you measure whether you are in peak performance or in a deeply rejuvenated state? How do you move into the growth and into the depth of peak performance or deep rejuvenation? 11:30- Deep rejuvenation is a SLOW process. We have gotten so far away from consciousness, which does the healing, that it will take a long time to pull ourselves back. We talk about ego energy vs. universal energy and how to avoid burnout and exhaustion.   25:45- In order to rock deep rejuvenation and peak performance we need to be in a group that is into transformation and identity evolution, so that we can move on this path together. What current culture is doing, is not this; current culture is regressing. Some of the most powerful experiences you can have, are with a group. 29:10- Equal and opposite energies that allow us to root to rise. The rhythm of waves and of energy and the spanda that keeps us pulsating throughout life. 33:00- The disease tree- what is it, how does it pertain to us, and what does it stand for? 45:00- What does it look like to be in a situation where everyone is helpful everyone be their healthiest selves? And what do the healthy habits look like that a group may be doing together. Cate tells us about the BT habits she adheres to and teaches in her course.


Favorite Quotes: “When you start a new habit it should take you less than 2 minutes to do.” -Cate Stillman “The more we want to do, the more we have to source Energy from the Universal.” -Cate Stillman “Root down to rise up- the basic principle of universal energy.” -Cate Stillman “When we are in our natural state, which is health, we experience an orientation towards the positive, not towards the neutral.” -Cate Stillman “I don’t think there is anything wrong with regret. I think all of the emotions are totally amazing; they all have purposes and one of the purposes of regret is to say ‘What did I learn?’”

Growth and Transformation on the Path of Ayurveda with Kate O-Donnell

Jan 21, 2019 40:50


I love these juicy conversations with author, lecturer, and yoga instructor, Kate O’Donnell. Today, we jump right into how our awareness expands and changes as we dive deeper into the studies of yoga and Ayurveda, and how we can expect ourselves and our physiology to change and evolve on our growth paths.  There is a greater sensitivity that we begin to notice in our bodies as we move into a deeper attunement with nature and the universe. We intuitively begin to move away from over processed foods, scary movies, loud music, late nights, and over indulging in the things we used to find pleasurable. We learn what it feels like to be truly healthy at a deep, cellular level and what it means to be seated in the self. We learn that some resistance to new routines can be a good thing and that the clear, peaceful, grounding of energy of sattva is much more nourishing than the fast-paced and stimulating energy of rajas. Join us today in this fascinating podcast to learn about your growth path and where your yogic path is taking you.

What you’ll get out of tuning in: How can you expect to evolve, as someone who practices yoga and Ayurveda?   What are the gunas and how do they play a role in our lives? How a bit of mental and physical resistance can be a good thing.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Kate's Website Kate's Facebook Discover more about Body Thrive 


Show Highlights: 1:45- Cate Stillman and Kate O’Donnell discuss how life can change and what can be expected on our growth paths as we continue to practice and study yoga and Ayurveda. The body’s sensitivity changes and expands as we age and gain life experience; our tastes for food, drink, movies, music, people, etc. morphs as our physiology uplevels and the word ‘pure’ takes on a new meaning. 18:15- In order to fully learn something, sometimes we need to take 2 steps forward and one step back. We chat about the ‘gunas’ and what the qualities of sattva, rajas, and tamas mean and how these energies play out in our lives. 26:30- The energy of tamas and its tendency towards complacency. How a sattvic, calm, still, peaceful state of mind is different from a tamasic, complacent, or lazy way of being.


Favorite Quotes: “Your physiology has the technology to live in such a high level of resonance that you can tell if something is a fit or not a fit immediately. ”-Cate Stillman   “True confidence comes from being seated in the self.” -Kate O’Donnell “Paying attention to how we eat actually is a spiritual practice. It’s part of our evolution“ -Kate O’Donnell “Who do I want to become more of that is so fully resonant with who I am, and who am I meant to be next?” -Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Kate O’Donnell is an author, lecturer, and senior yoga teacher. She wrote two popular cookbooks, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind. A nationally recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ashtanga yoga teacher, Kate is a founding member of the Boston Ayurveda School and adjunct faculty for Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She continues her travels to India annually for study and teaches internationally.
Connect with Kate on her website and facebook page.


Waking up to our True Potential with Vivianne Nantel

Jan 14, 2019 33:02


I have a fantastic conversation today with yogini, spiritual guide, and visionary, Vivianne Nantel about the importance of the yogic path and our movement towards Self Realization. Many people around the world are entering into more subtle levels of awareness as they shift their thoughts, actions, and patterns from gross to the subtle. Vivanne, AKA Devi, and I chat about what we are waking up to and how we are waking up on the path to Oneness; what is happening as people realize their potential as blissful, omnipresent, pure consciousness and their true nature as spirit? What does it mean to be one and to co-create with the universe? How does it feel to walk this spiritual path towards Samadhi? As we move in this direction, we discover our own powers, we realize that we are Divine, that we have no limitations, and that we are all One.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What does it meant to dive into the more subtle aspect of yourself? How are we waking up and what is happening as people are waking up from their old patterns? How to continue on the sattvic path.


Links Mentioned in Episode: Vivianne's Website Vivianne's Facebook Discover more about Body Thrive 
Show Highlights: 2:00- Cate asks Devi what she thinks is happening as people are waking up to their own patterns? Devi tells us about how people identify themselves, the patterns they’ve learned throughout life, and what they are taught to believe about themselves. The things we believe about ourselves are astounding, and at the same time, what we can let go of as we learn about the science of Yoga, is even more amazing. 10:00- Cate talks about the realization that who we are or have been up until this point, has served us for a period of time, but that time has passed. We are ready now to be less attached to who we were and more open to moving into a place of pure consciousness, peace, and potentiality- a more sattvic realm. 13:45- The beauty of yoga is that we can take it to the level that we want to. Not everyone’s goals are the same when it comes to yoga; not everyone wants to dive as deep into the spiritual world. But with yoga and the practices that come along with it, people can choose how far they want to take it. Cate and Devi talk about diet and the yogic path to health and recovery from illness and the natural falling away of old habits when one embarks on this path. 21:20- Advice and tips for those who are waking up to their true selves and for those who are moving more towards this sattvic, yogic path.


Favorite Quotes: “We are a unique wave of Divine ocean coming into the physical realm...we realize that we are not the wave; we are the ocean. “ -Vivianne Nantel “Most people are limited by their personality, their ego; they put themselves in a little tiny box.” - Vivianne Nantel “Who I’ve been up until now- awesome. That worked for some purpose. But, wow there’s more. There’s more that I can become.” -Cate Stillman   “ When one has a deep longing to know the truth, to emerge, then it’s unavoidable.” -Vivianne Nantel


Guest BIO:

Vivianne Nantel, who is often called “Devi”, is a yogini, spiritual guide, visionary, mystic, vocalist, humanitarian, speaker and author of Becoming The Light: Realize Your True Enlightened Nature.

As a published writer and poet, Ms. Nantel’s work has appeared in Yoga Magazine, Poet’s Paper, the National Literary Journal and Animal Wellness Magazine, among others. In addition, Vivianne is a visionary artist and prolific painter whose artwork has been exhibited in museums, fine art galleries and private and corporate collections.

Articles about Vivianne Nantel’s work have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Independent Florida Sun and Alaska’s World magazine. In addition, Vivianne has been interviewed on various television talk shows including Earth Advocate and Bridging Heaven and Earth and appeared in the documentary film Harp Seals by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Vivianne has also volunteered for many animal welfare initiatives. She has spoken at the National Animal Rights Conference, in Washington, DC, and collaborated on special projects with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) & Humane Society International (HSI).

As part of her passion, Vivianne spent more than two years studying music composition with Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Devi is committed and dedicated to helping others spiritually, and will continue to raise consciousness and be an instrument of grace. She will also be offering soon multi-media recordings of her guided meditation, books and chants. She hopes many more projects and plans will materialize soon. Connect with Vivianne on her website and facebook page.

What you have to know about using essential oils

Jan 7, 2019 40:41


For most of us kitchen magic refers to our ability to make tasty and nutritious food. We live in such a consumer society but even those of us who have managed to ditch the processed food still trot off to the drugstore or the health food shop to buy out skincare essentials. In this podcast episode Militza Maury talks about the ah ha moment when she realised the outbreaks she was experiencing on her skin were related to her internal thoughts. She shares how she started making lotions and beauty products for her family as she began to realise how questionable the ingredients in the products she was buying. As time went by she began to share the results of her experiments in hugely popular workshops.
In Western cultures we are fed the idea that only expensive ingredients are effective. Militza talks about visiting many different spas in Bali and learning that in the land of relaxation and pampering great pride is taken in recipes for skin handed down through the generations. Learn how some of the best ingredients you can use for your skin are probably already in your kitchen cupboard.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why you should be cautious about using essential oils in food  How to customise your skin care products for your Dosha  How to make a gorgeous hydrosol for your skin and not spend a penny
Links Mentioned in Episode: Mountain Rose Herbs  Rosie's Website  Militza's Website Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book
Show Highlights: 18:10 - There is no reason to spend lots of cash on skin care ingredients. 20:00 - Sort out some basic pantry essentials and you will have everything from soap to body mist.  35:45 - To top it all off you will be given some insider tips on where to buy the best skincare ingredients.
Favorite Quotes: “Skin care is not just about what you put on your skin - feed yourself with more loving thoughts.” - Militza Maury  “The Balinese understand the symbiotic relationship we have with nature.” - Militza Maury


About the Yoga Health Coaching Blogger and Podcaster:

Rosie Tait is a former lawyer, raw food chef, autoimmune thriver, and member of the YHC community. Having "dropped out" of the mainstream corporate life to maintain her own health, Rosie is committed to sharing the simple-habits message in support of women who are courageous enough to remain. Women are the changemakers. Connect with Rosie on her website and facebook page.

View all of Rosie’s podcasts and articles.

Apply here if you want to get exposure, learn about blogging and become a Yoga Health Coaching Blogger.



Guest BIO:

Militza Maury is the green-living expert behind the eco-friendly website, Little Green Dot. Frustrated by misleading marketing messages and the chemicals found hiding in her skincare products, Militza began to make her own simple, safe & effective natural products. Now Little Green Dot reaches 150,000 monthly readers who want to lead happy, healthy and green lifestyles. In this episode she shares natural skincare recipes, actionable advice and green lifestyle inspiration. Connect with Militza on her website and facebook page.

Unlock your Ikigai to Become a Super Ager

Dec 31, 2018 38:11


In Japan, the concept of Ikigai means our purpose in life, or our reason for living. This idea is very interesting to observe across the world, especially in the few blue zones, where people live the longest. On the isolated island of Ojima, many centenarians report their Ikigai as supporting those in their small communities. In fact, Elise emphasizes that one thing that the blue zones have in common is strong community bonding and involvement - especially across generations.  Cate explains that ethos is not just what connect us to ourselves, it is what connects us to each other, and having everyday access to these connections gives us purpose in our lives. Mixed-generational households are very common outside of western society, and they provide support, enrichment, and educational interaction between friends and family of different ages. These kind of communities promise life-long, wholesome interaction and resilience against the guaranteed struggles of a lifetime. Other interesting factors in these communities is the tendency for regular social interaction and long walks, and lack of prescription medications from doctors. There is plenty we can learn from these blue zone communities and their lifestyle habits that we can hopefully incorporate into our own live to experience healthier aging. Tune into this podcast episode to discover these ideas for yourself!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What factors contribute to healthy aging Why we should appreciate mixed-generation communities What Ikigai can teach you about aging gracefully


Links Mentioned in Episode: Elise's Website Elise's Facebook Super Ager Book Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book
Show Highlights: 4:05 - Ikigai  is a concept that comes from Japanese culture, and it is your individual purpose for living. The island of Ojima is one blue zone where people report their ikigai as supporting their community and those included. 8:50 - Most of the few documented blue zones in the world are very isolated, apart from the community of Loma Linda, California. This particular blue zone is a profound example of a supportive, tight-knit community that has formed in non-isolation, showing us that it could be possible for all of western society. 21:40 - In Ikaria, Greece, another blue zone, there are no doctors to put aging people on prescription medication like we do in western society. Yet, the island of Ikaria has the best change of survivorship of middle age, even without these prescriptions. 28:00 - In western society, there are lots of people that start getting into Ayurveda and yoga in their mid 50s and later. More people are getting interested in expanding their social networks to include people with healthier states of mind. 30:40- Mixed generational communities are a big factor that we are missing in western culture. When generations aged 0 to 80 are living under the same roof, there is a lot of educational information that can be shared and incredible growth and fulfillment can be found.


Favorite Quotes: “Purpose is never something that is happening alone.” - Cate Stillman “We don’t need more isolation.” - Elise Marie Collins “Isolating against what’s not working is a really powerful strategy to leverage what is working.”- Cate Stillman “We want to look to role models in our community.”  - Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

A visionary yoga teacher for over twenty years as well as an inspirational content creator, Elise uses the tools of Ayurveda and scientific research to uplift the planet by shifting old paradigms that have kept humans stuck. Guided by her teachings, her students are empowered to embrace their authentic selves as well as their true life’s mission. Elise is committed to helping people all over the world move out of darkness and into light and has touched thousands through her yoga instruction and publications. Elise has authored three books on healthy living. Her latest, Super Ager, inspires readers to optimize their well-being for longevity in the 21st century and beyond. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Gerontology program at University of Southern California. Check out her website and facebook page


From Frustrated to Amused: Balancing Rajas, Tejas + Pitta

Dec 26, 2018 21:44


We often find ourselves in situations where we react with frustration. Mary and Cate chat about the potential that we all possess to transform our frustration into a much better alternative: amusement. The truth is that we all have “buttons” that trigger emotional responses in a patterned way. By taking the initiative to become aware of our triggers and reactions, we can encounter a new perspective. Mary discusses her own experience with developing a new understanding of her own negative reactions. By knowing her own triggers and what made them worse, she discovered the possibility of redirecting that negative energy into amusement instead. Cate addresses the fact that we often are engendering those negative emotions with foods that bring out the worse. There are many factors that influence our reactions, and the more that we do to minimize those factors, the more likely it is that a change in perspective will make a positive impact on our level of frustration


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How we can better deal with frustration Why our diet can influence emotions How our perspective impacts our reaction


Links Mentioned in Episode Mary's website Mary's facebook Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book  
Show Highlights: 31:40 – In modern life, we are often pulled in so many different directions that we don’t have time to just sit and relax. We have an opportunity to build strength in our core and get more grounded and centered by simply changing our perspective. 35:55 – When it comes to our very intense emotions, stirring them up can reveal a deep reaction pattern. We can take advantage of this realization to become more aware of what it is that is triggering us to react in a certain way. 38:30 – Everyone walks around with “buttons” that can easily be triggered by those around us. We must become aware of those triggers that exist in order to address our reactions. 40:40 – Emotions can be addressed by looking at our diet patterns. By avoiding foods that engender those negative emotions, we can gain more control about how we interact with the world around us.  
Favorite Quotes: “We just get tired of going in so many different directions.” – Mary Thomspon “It’s always already available.” – Cate Stillman ”I think so often we think that something outside of us is causing our frustration.” – Mary Thompson “If I am still blaming someone else for my emotions, there is something that I don’t know.” – Mary Thompson “It goes from frustration to amusement to amazement.” – Mary Thompson


Guest BIO:

Mary Thompson has been teaching Ayurveda for more than 20 years. Driven to find answers after a health challenge, Mary found them in the Ayurvedic principles. She then committed to sharing these principles with others so they, too, could find a path to better health on all levels.


How To Create Recipes And Routines To Thrive This Winter With Kate O’Donnell

Dec 23, 2018 41:56


Smoothies, soups and sweet treats, Oh my!!
Listen in on the Cate and Kate show today and learn how to create new and exciting meals and desserts with Kate O’Donnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind.

We chat about delicious, nutritious Ayurvedic recipes that are easy to make this winter season for yourself or to give as gifts for the holidays! It is so important in today’s society to spend some quality time preparing your food or to get your hands a little dirty as you create meaningful and healthy gifts for your loved ones.

We talk about how nourishing hibernating in the winter feels and how moving in tune with this inward season is so good for us. It is so important to stay connected to nature, to move with the seasons, and to not over stimulate ourselves with the hussle and bussle of the holidays.

Listen in on our warm, wintery podcast and learn how to embrace this beautiful season by drawing inward, cooking with love, and enjoying winter’s stillness and simplicity.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to live more simply this winter. Which foods and recipes help you to thrive? Is fruit okay to eat for dessert?


Links Mentioned in the Episode: Kate O’Donnell’s Website  The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind Discover more about Body Thrive  Body Thrive Book   Show Highlights:

1:20- Kate O’Donnell is working on some recipes for a new collaborative cookbook specific to dinacharya, daily routines, time, and substances. Contribute to Kate’s book with some of your own favorite home remedies and local recipes!
7:45- How did people live in Medieval times without too much sugar, too much shopping, too much? Were they healthier and more grounded, more in tune with nature?
15:00- How to stick to your routines during the holidays when friends and family try to push you off your game.
18:00- Recipes for smoothies, soups and baked apples! Delicious and nutritious recipes to mix things up in your kitchen this winter...turmeric, kale, fiber, beets, and more! Try eating all the colors of the rainbow to keep yourself energized, warm, and vibrant.
25:45- Food combining- which foods are okay to eat together, which ones are not, and why!? We also discuss some delicious dessert and fancy treat recipes for you to try!


Your Favorite Quotes: “The Pagan holiday has been made into a consumer runaround- you have more stuff to do that draws you out, instead of embracing just being quiet and being still. In a relatively short time of year, embracing darkness is a big part of it.” “Fruit, in Ayurveda, is either eat it alone or leave it alone.” -Cate Stillman “Getting back into the tactile and into the sensual is what we all need… get your hands messy and experience the joy of that!” -Cate Stillman   Guest BIO:

Kate O’Donnell is a nationally certified Ayurvedic practitioner, Ashtanga yoga teacher, and author of two books: The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes. She has made twenty extended trips to India, and continues to travel there annually for study, as well as teaching Ayurveda internationally. Kate is the director of a morning yoga program in Boston, co-director of The Boston Ayurveda School, and contributor to many publications. She teaches trainings, cooking classes, seasonal cleanses, and retreats when she isn’t practicing yoga or having a chai. Connect with Kate on her website  and facebook page.


Getting Better Sleep with Ayurveda

Dec 10, 2018 31:06


When it comes to getting better sleep, Ayurveda has a lot to teach us. With more than 20 years of experience learning and teaching Ayurveda, Mary Thompson has a wealth of information to share about how we can utilize Ayurveda to address the rampant sleep issues we are seeing in our society. Sleeplessness and sleep issues are now not only an issue in adults, but also in kids. How can we address this detrimental and widespread issue?

Cate and Mary chat about the culmination of our various lifestyle habits that lead to sleep deprivation, especially regarding electronics and diet. Most of the serotonin that helps us stay asleep is produced in the gut, and when we disregard our digestion, we face disruptions in our sleep. Stimulants like coffee make this issue even worse and only add to the loss of sleep over time. Adding technology makes the issue even worse. Overuse of bright screens on phones and laptops, especially late at night, disrupt our natural sleep rhythm.

Mary identifies habits we can use to address these issues in our lives, rather than masking the issues with sleep aids. Tune into this episode to learn how you can take the step to get better sleep!



What you’ll get out of tuning in: How habit formation affects sleep Why diet consistency is key to improving sleep How technology affects sleep


Links Mentioned in the Episode:
Mary Thompson’s Website  Discover more about Body Thrive Body Thrive Book
Show Highlights: 1:55 - When the lights go down, not everyone finds it easy to get a good night’s rest. Modern lifestyles often lead to an imbalance in our serotonin and norepinephrine level, which can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. 5:30 - Ayurveda maintains that health issues begin in the gut - and disordered sleep is no different! If our diets are not conducive to our health, then we will not produce enough of the chemicals we need to fall asleep. 10:15 - The light from our “sticky” addictive electronics target our pineal gland, which is what produces melatonin. With this light exposure, our brains still think it is daytime! 17:50 - When we reach for stimulants such as coffee, the downward spiral in our sleep continues by causing an acidic gut for the probiotic population. This unhealthy environment makes it even more difficult to produce the chemicals we need for restful sleep. 23:55 - When it comes to change our diets, the best advice is to start with consistency in one meal. We increase our chances of success and the potential to thrive by not making too many changes at once.


Your Favorite Quotes: “What am I doing that’s creating the imbalance?” - Mary Thompson “Whatever tendencies we have get aggravated or they get emphasized.” - Cate Stillman. “Who do you really wanna be, how do you really wanna show up?” - Cate Stillman   Guest BIO:

Mary Thompson has been teaching Ayurveda for more than 20 years. Driven to find answers after a health challenge, Mary found them in the Ayurvedic principles. After her attendance at the California College of Ayurveda, she served as an intern in Pune, India with the International Academy of Ayurved. Mary was an officer on the founding board of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and is a practitioner member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She has done extensive work with the Ayurveda Experience to produce two programs, “The Ayurvedic Woman” and “Sattvic Mind.” She has committed herself to share these principles with others so they, too, could find a path to better health on all levels. Connect with Mary on her website,  Facebook and  Twitter.

Making Better Products and Bigger Smiles with Craig Dubitsky

Dec 3, 2018 43:25


Craig Dubitsky started his entrepreneurial career as an investor and was fortunate to be involved in the beginnings of both companies Method and eos. Today, he still looks back at the networking opportunities that he had and the steps that have brought him to his successes with gratitude. He began Hello with a great idea and a group of really motivated people that wanted to provide honest products for everyone. Now, their charcoal toothpaste in available in everyday retail stores including Walmart and Fred Meyer.

Craig credits these successes not only to a great product that is easy to sell, but also to the powerful team he has and the working environment they have created together. Hello ensures that all employees are not limited to one position, so that they have opportunities to contribute in all areas of the company.

With rapidly growing technology and chemistry, we are better able to make green and natural products available to wider audiences. The processes are getting cheaper and scientists are discovering ways to harness benefits from sources were weren’t capable of before. Hello is utilizing these new capabilities and a society of people who are interested in having better products surrounding them in their lives. This market environment has made it easier for Hello products to pave its way into the consumer environment than it would have been years ago.

People are finally demanding better stuff that is more affordable and accessible, and Hello has begun to make this dream into a reality.


What you'll get out of tuning in: What is different about Hello How to make products more widely available What you can do better as an entrepreneur


Links Mentioned in the Episode:
Craig Dubitsky's website Body Thrive Book  The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures Book



Show Highlights: 1:40 At Hello, the goal is to make their products available for everyone. Craig not only wants these products to be natural but he also wants them to be truly effective for consumers. 6:35 - As an entrepreneur, having a good product with results that were easily proven and honest ingredients really aided in getting Hello products into common retailers. These retailers, just like any consumer, want better stuff to offer! 17:00 - When it comes to the fluoride debate, Hello chose not to a pick a side. They offer cavity-fighting fluoride and fluoride-free products so that they can support the consumer’s right to choose what they use. 32:05 - “Green” products used to mean to people that things that were natural, but that their efficacy was in question, and that the price point was prohibitive. With the growth in technological and chemical development, the ability to make natural products easier is leading to decreasing the price of natural “green” products. 34:10 - People these are day are actually interested in looking at the ingredients in their toothpaste products - and Hello tells you what each ingredient does. In the past, these were not conversations that we would have been capable of having. 36.33 - Green used to mean making compromises in your products. Now, entrepreneurs have helped bridge the gap by making “hybrid” options where people can have the best of both worlds. These options are becoming more accessible and more reliable for everyone.


Your Favorite Quotes: “I wanted to make products for the 100%, not the 1%.” - Craig Dubitsky “The dentist is going to drill, fill and bill you.” - Craig Dubitsky “There’s better stuff to put in bodies, your body matters.” - Cate Stillman “It’s not just save yourself, save the world, its have more fun.” - Cate Stillman “Whole body health and oral health are inextricably linked.” - Craig Dubitsky “And if you love what you’re doing, you've already won.” - Craig Dubitsky


Guest BIO:

Jello’s friendly founder, Craig, is obsessed with design, checked shirts, transformational brands, and making stuff that elevates the every day. If you’ve read something from us that made you smile, there’s a pretty good chance Craig wrote it. That last sentence wasn’t very funny, so maybe he didn’t write it. Craig started hello because he was tired of oral care brands that preyed on fear and shame, that were filled with unfriendly ingredients, that tasted yucky, and because he thought crinkly toothpaste tubes were fugly af.

The range recently received two of the most prestigious and highly recognized design awards in the world, the Good Design Award and the Red Dot Award, and achieved Leaping Bunny status, the highest certification of friendliness with respect to animal testing. In addition, hello was named to Inc. Magazine’s annual Most Audacious list as one of The 25 Companies That Are Changing the World.

He was an early investor and board member in Method, the co-founder and creative lead at eos, Dubitsky was named one of Brand Packaging Magazine’s 2014 Brand Innovators, and to The Internationalist 100 as one of Most Inspirational Marketers in the World. In January of 2015, Advertising Age named him to The Creativity 50, their annual list of the most influential and innovative creative thinkers.

Craig’s ongoing involvement with revolutionary consumer packaged goods spans category lines: strategizing with green home care brand Seventh Generation on innovation and design, serving as CMO of Popcorn, Indiana, one of the fastest growing salty snacks brands in the US, and advising OTC brand Help Remedies from his role on its Board of Directors.

He’s an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson, and a founding advisory board member at the University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at the Simon School of Business. Skype him now, he’s psyched to say hello, and to show you one of his plaid shirts or play guitar for you (have your earplugs ready).

Connect with Craig Dubitsky on his LinkedinFacebook  and  Hello Products Website. 

Achieving a Deeper Body Connection through Embodiment with Mark Walsh

Nov 26, 2018 26:37


Yoga can be a great form of spiritual practice or a method of physical activity. One less common way to practice that deserves attention, however, is through embodiment. Mark Walsh is a powerful advocate and teacher of embodiment through yoga. By focusing on ourselves and how certain posed make us feel, we can really connect with our feeling and our personalities on a deeper level.

Mark’s embodiment yoga courses teaches us how to utilize the different archetypes present in yoga poses to strengthen those aspects of ourselves to which we have weaker connections. Embodiment practices can teach us that Warrior two makes us feel confident and warrior-like, but also how we can utilize similar micro-poses in our everyday lives to give us access to those same systems of being. Finding these new connections within our own bodies allows us to also form better connections with the world around us - something that can benefit anyone willing to give it a try.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How embodiment can change your life Why you should explore different yoga pose archetypes How embodiment can help you achieve deeper connections   Links Mentioned in the Episode:
Ebook Shop Embodied Podcast


Common Links: Mark's Website  E-book: Making yoga more meaningful  Embodied Podcast  Catch Yogahealer Black Friday Sweet Deal-EXTENDED!         


Show Highlights: 2:40 - Embodiment yoga practices can provide entirely new experiences and challenges in the way we feel in our bodies. what you experience. Actually feeling the differences between child’s pose and warrior poses provide us with a new emotional and psychological point of view that can give us deeper insight into ourselves. 7:45 - A powerful short term  benefit of embodiment can utilizing micro-postures in our everyday lives to achieve certain archetypes in mind and body. Bringing this form of embodiment off the mat can help us engage that pattern, archetype or energy in a beneficial way. 18:40 - In the long term, embodiment can really impact your life. It can lead to better emotional and physical health, as well as stronger and more meaningful relationships. 22:00 - Practicing embodiment allows us to live with deeper integrity. We have access to stronger connectivity and bliss that may not be available to others who avoid exploring themselves and their bodies in this revolutionary way.


Your Favorite Quotes: “In a balanced yoga practice there so many archetypes we move through.” - Cate Stillman “Where are you gazing - where are you directing your attention and energy?” - Cate Stillman “The more embodied you become, the more bliss you have access to.” - Cate Stillman “To be in contact with yourself is to be in contact with others and the planet.” - Mark Walsh


Guest BIO:

Mark Walsh has dedicated his life to embodied learning. He founded the Embodied Facilitator Course, Embodied Yoga Principles, Purpose Black Belt and Integration Training. He has taught in nearly thirty countries and made embodiment available online through The Embodiment Podcast and The Embodiment Channel, which has gained over 13 million hits on YouTube.

He has a degree in Psychology, an aikido black-belt, and has trained with various body-mind masters and in various approaches, including Non-Violent Communication, body psychotherapy, and meditation. His clients have included Unilever, L’Oreal, Virgin Atlantic, AXA, Shell, Newfield coach training, Liberty Global, Sussex University and The House of Lords. He has worked with peace and trauma projects in Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Ukraine, the slums of Brazil, East Africa and with the Sierra Leonian Army.

Mark has been featured in articles and podcasts by publications including Elephant Journal, Yoga International, OM magazine, Sivana East, and much more.

Embodiment as a general topic for discussion! If you have the time to tune in, this podcast with Liberated Body may inspire further discussion points.

Connect with Mark on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale at Yogahealer

Nov 19, 2018 27:08


For the first time, Yogahealer is making powerful ayurvedic knowledge even easier to attain with our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. For this limited time, some of our most popular classes are available for 50% off! Take the step to recharge your health and habits with Immune System 101, Allergy Relief, and Healthier Hormones! Learn how you can heal difficult hormone and immunes system issues through lifestyle changes and habits that can change your life.

Get the kids involved with our Healthier Kids course that will teach little ones about their constitutions and what makes them different from their friends and family. In addition, the Connectivity Kit is also on sale for $50, and the holiday season is a great time to identify how we can come closer together with those we care about most. Also for the first time, we are offering Evergreen Yogidetox for half off for those who are ready to detox going into the new year! For those that are interested in ancient Ayurvedic wisdom from influential healers and teachers, the Summit course will give you exclusive access to unique interviews.

This season, there is a deal on a course for everyone! Give the gift of transformation and healing this holiday season to your friends and family, and don’t forget to get a little something for yourself as well!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to save big on ayurvedic education today Which available classes that can get you to thrive Why you should take advantage of Yogahealer’s 50% off sale


Links Mentioned in the Episode: Yogahealer Shop Catch Yogahealer Black Friday Sweet Deal Why it’s Better to Gift Experiences to Evolve


  Show Highlights: 1:55 - For the first time ever, Yogahealer is doing a Black Friday Friday/Cyber Monday sale! Three of our great 2 hour classes - Immune Building 101, Allergy Relief and Healthier Kids are all on sale for $17.50 and serve as great gifts for friends and family. 2:45 - Immune Building 101 is a blend of ayurveda and yoga combined to address the issue of how you got off track with your immune system. Many immune disorders can be improved, and this course provides physical or physiological practices that will truly accelerate healing. 5:40 - The Healthier Kids course is really helpful for parents and kids to learn together about their constitutions, and why they are different from those around them. It’s a great way to start conversations about Ayurveda within families so that healthy habits can be built early in the lives of our children. 8:50 - The Allergy Relief course is recommended for people going through difficulties with allergies. We often think things like allergies aren’t things we can impact, when allergies are actually just a signal that your immune system is hyper-reactive and can be addressed with lifestyle changes and different habits. 11:00 - In addition to the three courses, a summit course is also available for half off that consists of powerful interviews with Ayurvedic teacher and healers sharing their traditional wisdom. 15:00 - The connectivity kit is half off at only $50 and is great for the holiday season when we are often more concerned with our relationships. The course is all based on how our relationships can evolve and asking how we want to connect with those special people in our lives.


Your Favorite Quotes: “There is a level of transmission that simply happens through the vibration of hearing of listening of receiving the words themselves.” - Cate Stillman “We start to take on a personal responsibility so that we can awaken the relationship betwen our actions and the affects of our actions.” - Cate Stillman “We don’t want to connect in a way that feels like we’re living outdated patterns.” - Cate Stillman “It's about creating the kind of traditions that you want to have.” - Cate Stillman
Guest BIO:

Megan Pintus joined the Yogahealer team in September. She currently resides in Virginia where she manages a yoga studio in a thriving community. Her profession and her passion are to support others in taking their visions of changing current culture and making them a reality. Connect with Megan on her website Whitetop Yoga Bio .



The Power of Remedies Straight from the Source with Joel Einhorn

Nov 12, 2018 39:49


Joel Einhorn began his journey into an entrepreneur of Ayurvedic medicine with a personal tragedy. In 2008, he was in a bike accident that lead to a traumatic brain injury. Desperately in need of a treatment that would help him heal, he found himself introduced to an Ayurvedic doctor. After a treatment regimen of herbal remedies, he found himself stronger than ever in a matter of months.

With a newfound desire to share the powerful healing properties of herbal remedies with others, he founded HANAH. Now, he is bringing sustainably sourced, powerful remedies to those of us who might not otherwise find these remedies within reach.

Most recently, Joel has become involved with the herbal ecosystem in Bhutan. With a profound abundance of amazing herbs, Bhutan has the potential to sustainably export these products for the benefit of others. Recently, HANAH has released Cordyceps Flush, a product great for athletic performance and sourced from nature - not a laboratory. Their next product (embargoed, launching mid-September) is a Turmeric blend also wild-harvested in Bhutan.

The blend includes some of the world's purest turmeric with wild-harvested black pepper. In combining these two ingredients, the bioavailability of the curcurmin (the active compound in turmeric) has been found to increase by 2000% - hacking the efficacy of the ingredient. Turmeric is touted for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to help ward off heart disease and lead to improved brain function, among many other health benefits.

The astounding benefits of the products that Joel is sourcing is very clear. In the near future, we may find that a more trustworthy and natural source of herbal remedies is available for those of us far from the source.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why herbal sources matter Why naturally sourced herbs are best How to best utilize herbal remedies


Links mentioned in the Episode: HANAH’s Website Join us on Body Thrive Course  Body Thrive Book








  Show Highlights: 6:20 - HANAH is one of the first companies to do business with Bhutan - a region rich in powerful herbs. The goal is for them to bring this amazingly rich source to people who otherwise would not have access. 7:20 - One of HANAH’s newest products sourced from Bhutan relies on their cordyceps mushrooms. The result - named Cordyceps flush - has been astonishing in its impact on athletic performance since it was released on the market. 19:25 - If you are buying mushrooms from stores in the US, you are consuming lab grown mushrooms. Even though the scientists say these lab grown mushrooms are just as beneficial, they are truthfully less effective, and in some cases harmful, compared to the naturally grown mushroom variety. 24:25 - People do not realize that when it comes to herbal remedies like turmeric, that a vehicle for absorption is essential.  Your body is not absorbing it properly unless it is combined with something else such as black pepper. 26:20 - Raw sugar cane and milk are great delivery devices for herbal remedies.  HANAH uses a combination of honey, sesame oil, and raw sugar in their herbal mixes, and soaks their ashwagandha in raw milk in order to provide maximum absorption for your body.


Your Favorite Quotes: “There are so many levels of disconnect between the person harvesting the plant to the person taking the plant.” - Cate Stillman “That’s really our mission is to take to people straight to the source. “ - Joel Einhorn “Everything that happens has its own trajectory - every energy has an imprint.” - Cate Stillman As we start learning more about all these ancient practices and all of these amazing herbs, we need to know where they come from.” - Joel Einhorn


Guest BIO:

Joel Einhorn is the founder and CEO of HANAH. He founded HANAH in 2015 out of necessity - in 2008, while training for his second Ironman triathlon, Joel was in a serious bike accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken collarbone. He was unable to sleep for two days and suffered vertigo every time he closed his eyes. He was introduced to a doctor of Ayurvedic medicine who set him on a regimen of daily herbal remedies, such as ashwagandha and other ingredients now found in HANAH ONE.

Joel’s vertigo cleared within a matter of days, and in a matter of months Joel was swimming, running, and biking again – and feeling stronger than ever. As a result, he went straight to the source in Kerala, India, and created HANAH ONE – to assist and empower others on their journey. HANAH’s mission is to preserve and protect ancient medical wisdom and evolve it into remedies for modern living. They currently offer exclusive products created by the HANAH LIFE team and sourced from Bhutan and India. Coonect with Joel on HANAH FacebookHANAH TwitterHANAH Living Instagram and HANAH Website.

The Power of Remedies Straight from the Source with Joel Einhorn

Nov 12, 2018


Joel Einhorn began his journey into an entrepreneur of Ayurvedic medicine with a personal tragedy. In 2008, he was in a bike accident that lead to a traumatic brain injury. Desperately in need of a treatment that would help him heal, he found himself introduced to an Ayurvedic doctor. After a treatment regimen of herbal remedies, he found himself stronger than ever in a matter of months.

With a newfound desire to share the powerful healing properties of herbal remedies with others, he founded HANAH. Now, he is bringing sustainably sourced, powerful remedies to those of us who might not otherwise find these remedies within reach.

Most recently, Joel has become involved with the herbal ecosystem in Bhutan. With a profound abundance of amazing herbs, Bhutan has the potential to sustainably export these products for the benefit of others. Recently, HANAH has released Cordyceps Flush, a product great for athletic performance and sourced from nature - not a laboratory. Their next product (embargoed, launching mid-September) is a Turmeric blend also wild-harvested in Bhutan.

The blend includes some of the world's purest turmeric with wild-harvested black pepper. In combining these two ingredients, the bioavailability of the curcurmin (the active compound in turmeric) has been found to increase by 2000% - hacking the efficacy of the ingredient. Turmeric is touted for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to help ward off heart disease and lead to improved brain function, among many other health benefits.

The astounding benefits of the products that Joel is sourcing is very clear. In the near future, we may find that a more trustworthy and natural source of herbal remedies is available for those of us far from the source.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why herbal sources matter Why naturally sourced herbs are best How to best utilize herbal remedies


Links mentioned in the Episode: HANAH’s Website Join us on Body Thrive Course  Body Thrive Book








  Show Highlights: 6:20 - HANAH is one of the first companies to do business with Bhutan - a region rich in powerful herbs. The goal is for them to bring this amazingly rich source to people who otherwise would not have access. 7:20 - One of HANAH’s newest products sourced from Bhutan relies on their cordyceps mushrooms. The result - named Cordyceps flush - has been astonishing in its impact on athletic performance since it was released on the market. 19:25 - If you are buying mushrooms from stores in the US, you are consuming lab grown mushrooms. Even though the scientists say these lab grown mushrooms are just as beneficial, they are truthfully less effective, and in some cases harmful, compared to the naturally grown mushroom variety. 24:25 - People do not realize that when it comes to herbal remedies like turmeric, that a vehicle for absorption is essential.  Your body is not absorbing it properly unless it is combined with something else such as black pepper. 26:20 - Raw sugar cane and milk are great delivery devices for herbal remedies.  HANAH uses a combination of honey, sesame oil, and raw sugar in their herbal mixes, and soaks their ashwagandha in raw milk in order to provide maximum absorption for your body.


Your Favorite Quotes: “There are so many levels of disconnect between the person harvesting the plant to the person taking the plant.” - Cate Stillman “That’s really our mission is to take to people straight to the source. “ - Joel Einhorn “Everything that happens has its own trajectory - every energy has an imprint.” - Cate Stillman As we start learning more about all these ancient practices and all of these amazing herbs, we need to know where they come from.” - Joel Einhorn


Guest BIO:

Joel Einhorn is the founder and CEO of HANAH. He founded HANAH in 2015 out of necessity - in 2008, while training for his second Ironman triathlon, Joel was in a serious bike accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken collarbone. He was unable to sleep for two days and suffered vertigo every time he closed his eyes. He was introduced to a doctor of Ayurvedic medicine who set him on a regimen of daily herbal remedies, such as ashwagandha and other ingredients now found in HANAH ONE.

Joel’s vertigo cleared within a matter of days, and in a matter of months Joel was swimming, running, and biking again – and feeling stronger than ever. As a result, he went straight to the source in Kerala, India, and created HANAH ONE – to assist and empower others on their journey. HANAH’s mission is to preserve and protect ancient medical wisdom and evolve it into remedies for modern living. They currently offer exclusive products created by the HANAH LIFE team and sourced from Bhutan and India. Coonect with Joel on HANAH FacebookHANAH TwitterHANAH Living Instagram and HANAH Website.

The Power of Remedies Straight from the Source with Joel Einhorn

Nov 12, 2018 39:49


Joel Einhorn began his journey into an entrepreneur of Ayurvedic medicine with a personal tragedy. In 2008, he was in a bike accident that lead to a traumatic brain injury. Desperately in need of a treatment that would help him heal, he found himself introduced to an Ayurvedic doctor. After a treatment regimen of herbal remedies, he found himself stronger than ever in a matter of months.

With a newfound desire to share the powerful healing properties of herbal remedies with others, he founded HANAH. Now, he is bringing sustainably sourced, powerful remedies to those of us who might not otherwise find these remedies within reach.

Most recently, Joel has become involved with the herbal ecosystem in Bhutan. With a profound abundance of amazing herbs, Bhutan has the potential to sustainably export these products for the benefit of others. Recently, HANAH has released Cordyceps Flush, a product great for athletic performance and sourced from nature - not a laboratory. Their next product (embargoed, launching mid-September) is a Turmeric blend also wild-harvested in Bhutan.

The blend includes some of the world's purest turmeric with wild-harvested black pepper. In combining these two ingredients, the bioavailability of the curcurmin (the active compound in turmeric) has been found to increase by 2000% - hacking the efficacy of the ingredient. Turmeric is touted for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to help ward off heart disease and lead to improved brain function, among many other health benefits.

The astounding benefits of the products that Joel is sourcing is very clear. In the near future, we may find that a more trustworthy and natural source of herbal remedies is available for those of us far from the source.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why herbal sources matter Why naturally sourced herbs are best How to best utilize herbal remedies


Links mentioned in the Episode: HANAH’s Website


Common Links: Body Thrive Book The Truth About Turmeric With Dr. Shivani Gupta Cold Remedies & Dr. Claudia Welch on Coming Home to Yourself in the Season of Darkness   Show Highlights: 6:20 - HANAH is one of the first companies to do business with Bhutan - a region rich in powerful herbs. The goal is for them to bring this amazingly rich source to people who otherwise would not have access. 7:20 - One of HANAH’s newest products sourced from Bhutan relies on their cordyceps mushrooms. The result - named Cordyceps flush - has been astonishing in its impact on athletic performance since it was released on the market. 19:25 - If you are buying mushrooms from stores in the US, you are consuming lab grown mushrooms. Even though the scientists say these lab grown mushrooms are just as beneficial, they are truthfully less effective, and in some cases harmful, compared to the naturally grown mushroom variety. 24:25 - People do not realize that when it comes to herbal remedies like turmeric, that a vehicle for absorption is essential.  Your body is not absorbing it properly unless it is combined with something else such as black pepper. 26:20 - Raw sugar cane and milk are great delivery devices for herbal remedies.  HANAH uses a combination of honey, sesame oil, and raw sugar in their herbal mixes, and soaks their ashwagandha in raw milk in order to provide maximum absorption for your body.


Your Favorite Quotes: “There are so many levels of disconnect between the person harvesting the plant to the person taking the plant.” - Cate Stillman “That’s really our mission is to take to people straight to the source. “ - Joel Einhorn “Everything that happens has its own trajectory - every energy has an imprint.” - Cate Stillman As we start learning more about all these ancient practices and all of these amazing herbs, we need to know where they come from.” - Joel Einhorn


Guest BIO:

Joel Einhorn is the founder and CEO of HANAH. He founded HANAH in 2015 out of necessity - in 2008, while training for his second Ironman triathlon, Joel was in a serious bike accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken collarbone. He was unable to sleep for two days and suffered vertigo every time he closed his eyes. He was introduced to a doctor of Ayurvedic medicine who set him on a regimen of daily herbal remedies, such as ashwagandha and other ingredients now found in HANAH ONE.

Joel’s vertigo cleared within a matter of days, and in a matter of months Joel was swimming, running, and biking again – and feeling stronger than ever. As a result, he went straight to the source in Kerala, India, and created HANAH ONE – to assist and empower others on their journey. HANAH’s mission is to preserve and protect ancient medical wisdom and evolve it into remedies for modern living. They currently offer exclusive products created by the HANAH LIFE team and sourced from Bhutan and India.

Website Link:

HANAH Facebook HANAH Twitter HANAH Living Instagram HANAH Website


What are you doing now to set up the New Year you want?

Nov 5, 2018 35:58


New Year season and Holiday parties. Late, heavy meals. Over indulging. Overbooked schedules. We all understand the busyness of the holidays and how so often we enter into the new year from a place of depletion rather than nourishment. What if this new year you were able to change the pattern? Now is the ideal time to tap into the true offerings of the season and shift your habits to reflect who you want to become with the support of a thriving community on the journey with you. Join Cate and Megan as they discuss the decision to have a better New Year by having a better now.



What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why entering into the holidays NOW intentionally will change 2019  Why making an investment in yourself shifts your perspective and ability to grow How you have the power to shape your destiny by shaping your environment and your habits



Links Mentioned in the Episode: Join us on Body Thrive Course  Body Thrive Book James Clear and one time choices - Atomic Habits Benjamin Hardy Willpower Doesn't Work  Soup Club    Show Highlights:

3:30 - What are the resistances of doing Body Thrive during the holidays, and what are the results

5:00 - How self care reverses the trend of overspending

6:00 - How making a one time investment in yourself keeps you on track and helps you evolve into your future self and makes the investment worth it- if it works it is worth ten fold

13:30 - Our environment shapes everything, we shape our environments which shapes our destiny

18:30 - What do you do when the difficulty comes up? How do we deal with relationship issues when your relationship does not align

19:30 - Your habits are communal - what is your environment that is reinforcing who you are right now, how does it need to change to be the person you want to become next?

22:30 - Understanding that where you are now is a stage in your growth cycle instead of this is a problem I cannot fix

26:00 - The season is supporting your change through the changes in the seasons, the entrance of the dark, and the celebration of the quiet. The deepest digestion happens in the winter

29:00 - Why the intentional living in the darkness brings you deep bliss

  Guest BIO:

Megan Pintus joined the Yogahealer team in September. She currently resides in Virginia where she manages a yoga studio in a thriving community. Her profession and her passion are to support others in taking their visions of changing current culture and making them a reality.


How to Heal Thyroid Disease with Fern Olivia

Oct 29, 2018 36:12


Fern Olivia found herself at rock bottom when she fainted in a New York City subway and was rushed to the hospital. She now interprets this event as her soul wanting her to know that she was in misalignment with herself. After finding that the standard medical prescriptions weren’t healing her, she began a journey of investing in herself and her health through yoga and Ayurveda. Now, free from Hashimoto's disease, she lives in Nosara, Costa Rica, where she fills her days with the activities that she feels really align with her body and her desires.

Fern and Cate chat about the power of autodetermination, and how we have so much more power in our lives that we may believe. Taking that step and acknowledging that “everything that can be is within you” allows us to realize the boundlessness of such a path. Anyone is capable of autodetermination, it just take a long and arduous path to achieve that kind of power.  By tapping into our intuition and clairvoyance, we can heal our bodies and souls through purification and detoxification rituals.

By allowing ourselves to change and listening to our bodies’ needs, we can even heal our thyroid of the toxic residue that weighs it down. Everyone is capable of living a freer form of their own life - we just have to take the initiative to invest in ourselves and the journey. The investment we take be in the form of classes and teachers, or in the form of time dedicated to practices and rituals. In the long run, these habits and new beliefs that we form allow us to thrive as a better version of ourselves.

What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why thyroid health relates to our self-expression and freedom How to target the root cause of thyroid imbalance How to support our vitality through ancient healing wisdom Links Mentioned in the Episode: Fern Olivia's Facebook Fern Olivia's Instagram Fern Olivia's Website Healing the Thyroid with Fern Olivia


Common Links: Body Thrive Book Siva Mohan on Ayurveda, Thyroid issues + Wellness Epidemics How to Build Lifestyle Freedom into Your Wellness Career
Show Highlights: 5:00 - The path of people waking up to their bodies and their need to change their lives involves the power of autodetermination. By taking those steps to change your life and your habits, you can reach a new level of power and control over yourself and your environment. 8:40 - We like to admire those who have achieved a more optimal state of being that we admire. However, it is important to remember that luck was not involved - any positive change in someone’s health and level of freedom was achieved through plenty of real struggle. 18:22 - There is a distinction between spending and investing in yourself. If you are healing your body, you are worthy of the practices that it takes, even if those classes or teachers cost real money. They have a value that goes beyond monetary value and is essential for your personal growth and health. 26:45 - When it comes to hormone or thyroid imbalance it is critical to speak your truth and use that as an expression to heal. Understand where you are not aligned in your life or feel trapped and make some real changes.   29:30 - Purifying the body through cleansing is a critical part of realigning our bodies and cleansing out liver. If our liver is weighed down with toxic residue, it cannot cleanse and purify the blood properly.


Your Favorite Quotes: “Everything that can be is in you.” - Cate Stillman “We become the most sovereign beings when we allow ourselves to say I’m not going to.” - Fern Olivia “We are a reflection of our environment.” - Fern Olivia “The body is the biggest gift and only tool we have in this lifetime to serve.” - Fern Olivia “All that toxic residue in our body can’t leave if we are holding so much on to scarcity of change.” - Fern Olivia


Guest BIO:

Fern Olivia is an internationally recognized teacher, speaker and wellness journalist passionate about the power of integrative medicine, yoga, and holistic lifestyle practices, acclaimed for her best-selling course on MindBodyGreen and Thyroid Yoga Teacher Trainings in Nosara, Costa Rica. Combining her education in Biomedical Engineering with her studies in yoga and integrative nutrition, Fern Olivia has created a unique approach to supporting thyroid health that has changed the lives of thousands of women and men around the world.

Fern Olivia currently resides in Costa Rica, where she guides yoga retreats and trainings and serves the local community and visitors in unique body-mind-soul purification programs as Cleanse Director at the Iluminar Yoga Resort.


Building Resilience to Grief that Grows with Melanie Phillips

Oct 22, 2018 28:44


Melanie Phillips built up loss over her lifetime, as everyone does. When her partner committed suicide, however, she found that all of that loss and grief she never dealt with became exposed. She came out of her struggle with loss with new knowledge of the grieving process and with a profound desire to help other deal with loss.

Melanie and Cate discuss the importance of building up resiliency with good habits before life gets tough. It is so much easier to establish those habits when we are at a good place in our lives. That way, when the going gets tough, we are better prepared to handle our losses. The beauty about loss is that it gives us a great time to really get rid of what is not working.

By decluttering and seeing the essentials, we can restructure our lives to better fit our needs. Melanie speaks to the power of relishing in the time that we have available to us, and really cherishing our precious and delicate lives.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to overcome grief and loss How to build resilience Why solid habits help address grief


Links Mentioned in the Episode:
Melanie’s Book “We are a Microcosm of the Macrocosm” Preview “Living After Loss” - Preview


Common Links: Body Thrive Book Awake Modern Families with Child Mindfulness Expert Ian Hoge Dharma, Your Values, + Community Activism with a Book Club with Jen Churchill  
Show Highlights: 3:10 - Over time we find that our grief accumulates. When life and loss happens, and we aren’t prepared with the tools to understand or navigate the process, we will break down and not necessarily break through. 6:00 -  When we are addressing health issues with Ayurveda, we can look at it as a bucket of doshas that can accumulate in the physiology. It can overflow with disease, and Ayurvedic medicine can find many points to address that accumulation of disease through minute changes in our habits. 7:30 - The way that we unravel our grief really impact our experience. By establishing a moment-to-moment awareness we can better address our habits and really understand what we are feeling. 18:05 - It is important to recognize how delicate and precious life is every day. That way we can revel in the moments and enjoy them for what they are while we are present in this life. 21:20 - Address grief really involves address what we truly need at that time. Whether it be sleeping early, or eating only when we are hungry, these habits provide structure and foundation for the healing process to take place.


Your Favorite Quotes: “In terms of the daily and seasonal process there is such an emphasis on digesting what’s arising.” - Cate Stillman “There is an experience that as a human being you are designed to have and it has so much to do with clarity of your consciousness permeating through your cells.” - Cate Stillman “Stay open to what you need not what you think you need.” - Melanie Phillips “Every time we are resisting reality - what is - it creates suffering.”  - Melanie Phillips


Guest BIO:

Melanie Phillips (BFA, E-RYT, CAS) is a certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist with advanced training under the direction of Dr. Vasant Lad, one of the leading pioneers of Ayurvedic Medicine in North America.

Having immersed herself in ashram living and study at the Bihar School of Yoga of India, and having taught since 2000, Melanie’s embodiment of Ayurveda, yoga, and a multitude of energy modalities has earned her excellence in leadership, teaching, and mentorship for those seeking a way home to their intuitive and brilliant nature.

Having walked a real and vivid healing path through chronic illness and extraordinary loss, Melanie embraces the philosophy that we can all reemerge from darkness and remember that we are all “the light” in our own lives.

Melanie is the co-author of "Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-care through Ayurveda & Yoga Practices that Work." Her recently released Best Selling book, "Living After Loss: A Soulful Guide to Freedom" is now available on Amazon.

Melanie works out of her practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. She shares her workshops, retreats, and Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Trainings internationally, and also offers remote Ayurvedic Spiritual Coaching and online trainings.

How to Build Colossal Change with “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

Oct 15, 2018 47:23


James Clear’s life was forever changed when he faced a devastating injury to his brain in his junior year of high school. After months of hard work and determination, he fought his way back to success in sports, school, and his life. He credits these astounding successes to his “atomic habits.” This concept is something that he wishes to share with the world.

James wants to educate people about a new revolutionizing system for change that has the potential to alter the way we pursue goals. He explains that “Atomic Habits” are the small habits that we implement in our lives that compound to give us the results we are seeking.

We often get discouraged because we expect change to be linear, when in actuality, we experience a “Plateau of Latent Potential”. By realizing that we can get 1% better everyday, and understanding that this improvement compounds, we are more motivated to put in the work that gets us to that breakthrough moment. By focusing on identity based habits and on who we want to become, we are much more likely to succeed in our level of achievement. James emphasizes the important of analyzing and being open to altering our beliefs in order to allow ourselves to grow.

The real power in this process is that it can actually lead to us evolving our beliefs in ourselves. The habit feedback loop involves the cue, the craving, the response, and the reward. By understanding the steps of habit formation, we can better create and break good and bad habits, respectively. Read all about how you can start this transformative new system with James Clear’s book, “Atomic Habits.”


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to create persisting good habits How to break bad habits Why habits are essential to success


Links Mentioned in the Episode: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones 


Common Links: Body Thrive Book What Habits Help You Experience Confidence In Your Body? Habit Evolution For A Better Intimacy, Sensuality And Love Energy
Show Highlights: (Ch. 1)Habits can work for you or against you in life. By understanding how we can design them in our favor, habits can help us achieve our goals. (Ch. 1)It is important to be patient in developing good habits. The effects often remain unnoticeable until we break out of the “Plateau of Latent Potential.” (Ch. 1) By focusing on our systems in place, rather than on our goals, we can better initiate change in ourselves. (Ch 2) -The most effective way to achieve change is to focus on what we want to become. (Ch. 3) By learning the “Four Laws of Behavioral Change” we can effectively build better habits.


Your Favorite Quotes: “Habits are the compound interest of self- improvement.” - James Clear “The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.” - James Clear “You can choose the identity you want to reinforce today with the habits you choose today” - James Clear “ Every goal is doomed to fail if it goes against the grain of human nature.” - James Clear

Guest BIO:

James Clear is an American entrepreneur, author, and photographer. His pursuit of habit evolution began with a devastating injury in high school. His amazing recovery and return to success inspired him to share what he learned about habit evolution with the world. James dreams of helping everyone to answer the question: “How can we live better?” He is the creator of the Habits Academy, a training platform for those that aspire to create better habits for themselves. In addition to his book “Atomic Habits” he also releases a weekly newsletter that integrates academic research, storytelling, and personal experience in order to share the art of science of how to live better.


Focusing on the Cleanse Beneath the Weight Loss

Oct 8, 2018 34:54


In the chaotic and stimulating modern age, we often find ourselves living in our minds rather than our bodies. This can lead us to getting out of sync with the habits that allow us to thrive. Richard Hudak began his detox journey with Yogidetox in the fall of 2010, and has regularly returned to the practice seasonally ever since. When he began this transformation, he was 45 lbs heavier and out of tune with his body.

The Yogidetox program has provided him with a support community that has guided him through a powerful mental and physical transformation.

Richard and Jessica talk about how people may feel resistant when it comes to starting such a detox program. Overcoming this resistance is critical, whether it be with a support buddy or due to a sudden change in mindset. Richard’s personal journey involved getting more in touch with his physical activity needs by practicing cycling regularly. He found himself in 100k races not for the competition, but for the satisfaction of doing it for himself.

As the weight fell off and his health habits improved, Richard found his body naturally pulling him into the seasonal detoxes. With a better connection between his mind and body, Richard has been able to transform his mental and physical well-being. Learn how you can do the same for yourself with Yogidetox!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to achieve weight loss through detoxing Why support is necessary when cleansing Why regular detoxing is so powerful

Links Mentioned in the Episode: Body Thrive Book YogiDetox Webpage Body Thrive Course Webpage Liminal Thinking website Buy the Liminal Thinking book Farmhouse Cultures Gut Shots Preorder Atomic Habits by James Clear Ayurvedic Spring Detox and the Doshas with Alex Biondo Intermittent Fasting, Detoxing And The Ayurvedic Clock Living a Detoxed Life with Kim Constable
Show Highlights: 6:40 - In a detox experience, we want to avoid focusing on weight loss too much because it is such a narrow goal. We want to instead focus on the long-term habits we can instill in ourselves. 11:20 - While Yogidetox may seem like an individual experience, it actually is strongly based on the online support community. Once people step into the process and the forums, they recognize themselves as people that are contributing to a group traversing similar health journeys. 15:45 - People have resistance when it comes to beginning things such as yoga or starting cleanses. Ensuring accountability buddies to join with you or even to simply provide support leads to more probably success. 23:55 - Richard describes how after regular detoxing, his body has a sense for the seasonal change and a desire for the detox. By accustoming our bodies to these cleansing periods, we can naturally feel our bodies pull us into seasonal detoxing. 25:50 All of us have a tendency to live more in our heads. With all the stimulus and rushing in a modern world, these cleanses allow us to live more in tune with our bodies.
  Favorite Quotes: “It involves taking ownership of yourself - where you are and where you want to be. “ - Jessica Graham Robinson “ Its me coming into something that I clearly have enjoyed and being better that.” - Richard Hudak “Sound mind, sound body.” - Richard Hudak “Adding in the Yogidetox was another layer, another piece, another supportive practice.” - Richard Hudak “I got this! The meal will return! I will nourish myself when the time is right.” - Richard Hudak


Guest BIO:

Richard Hudak "Talking about yogidetox"

My first one was fall of 2010. Also done other detoxes with other practitioners other than Kate.

We all had transformational experiences. Getting better at listening and doing what our bodies want. This has been a really big journey for you. Physical journey as well.

2:30 - I started practicing yoga at the end of 2005, certainly began a transformation. Doing the detox was complimentar to that. Trimming down, but wasn’t losing weight. Adding muscle, but adding in the yogidetox was another layer, andother, piece, andother supportive practice.” This spring was another deeper spiral in, and for me it kind of propelled me back into my love of road bycyling. Used lightness to do this. 100k charity ride. Athletic events, not competitive, but this is a different side of me I am experiencing.

4:40 - Big shifts in what he wants to do with cycling.

Teacher says to think of ourselves as athletes. Schedules supportive practices for yourselves. 25 years ago it was commuting. But to reengage that. “ Its me coming into something that I clearly have enjoyed and being better that.”

6:40 - dont want to focus on weight too much. Kate would say don’t get on the scale. That’s not what this is about. That is a narrow goal. The way that people respond to him. I went from like 215 to like 185. There were some yoga friends that said, you are half the many you were.

8:50 - giant billboard, have people joined because of you.

9:10 - it is so interesting to face resistances face to face.  I had reasons not to do this at the start. Got it from yoga students and friends and also resistance. I hope I don’t make it sounds like a bigger deal than it is. I very often find that people are looking for a one size-fits-all solution.” Tell me what to do. Still have to inhabit a wellness model.

10:45 - This is a very on your own detox. Involves taking ownership of yourself, where you are and where you want to be. “

11:20 - once people step into the process and the forums, then people recongnize themselves as people that are contributing to the community. Once you are embraced, I’ve found someone who is experiencing the same things as you. I’ve got a craving, I had an energy bar. Hearing the “it happens” makes you feel so much better.

12:50 - there are so many people on the team. Was one of the reasons you did not join because of the idea of being in a group turns them off from it. It can feel very intimidating, it is just a hang up, it is in your own mind.

13:45 - people explain in my yoga classes that going to actual classes helps because of seeing what others do and getting alignment cues from the teacher really make the difference.

14:30 - I think we are an individualistic culture, but also a nation of joiners. Social media is effecting that. Social medica gives us the allusion that we are connected when we are really not. Typically the yogidetox, friends that I have never met in person.

15:45 - people have resistence, and the same type i had when initially attending yoga workshops. Totally worth the investment. Same is true as the detox. Get in as an early bird. You have accountablity buddies if you join with other people. I notice with yoga students. Regular attendees come with buddies. It insulates the merging with other people.

17:30 - Initially for me, where is Cate. She's so far. I have learn so much and i've gained so many tools. It enhances my day job. Sometimes i'm teaching four classes in a row, and sometimes large classes of students an dusing my voice all day long. Drinking lemon water all day allows me to support that. Taking space and quiet time. Consciously eating meals. Gives me some pause in the middle of my hectic day.

19:00- I have not done bodythrive. Has the book right here on my desk. Use it during the yogidetox.

19:45 - so at one plateau 30 lbs lost, and since the beginning 45 lbs. Its always more than that.

That's the physical piece. You're choosing to do different things with your body. Emotionally or mentally or a subtle way, what can you say about those shifts that you've made. 20:50 - But don’t panic. I feel that is a somatic experience. Okay, I am going to work with my mind and be calm. When I first started to practice yoga. Don’t panic I got this. Trying not to snack in the middle of the day. Intermittent fasting, got this feeling like - “I got this! The meal will return! I will nourish myself when the time is right.”

22:30 - This is somatic, bodily experience too. For me, that's been important. Being an academic and a lot in the mind, it has been important to reinhabit the body. In my teaching philsophy, latin phrase “Sound mind, sound body.” The emotional experience.

23:55 - I feel myself pulled into each seasonal cleanse. Like checking my watch, sensing the change in the season, and saying its time. I fell myself naturally pulled into each seasonal cleanse.

24:35 It is habitual, but you are able to listen more deeply and you are able to hear what your body is really asking for.

25:00 A sensing into nature. Spring can break early or late, fall is more consistent. Seems always right. I start looking at the calendar and the email. Yogidetox is coming up again! The body leads the mind there. Habitual practice.

25:50 Living more within and from you body. All of us have a tendency to live more in our heads. So much stimulus and rushing, those are so valuable in everyday life.

26:25 - I get in the car and don't turn on the radio. This is what I do when i cleanse. I don’t turn the radio on right away as a matter of habit. Drive in peace. Imagining hell be listening to some of the calls in the car. Its a treasure.


What is the next evolution of Richard


27:45 Habit and routine. When am I gonna have all the time to do this? It fits in by becoming habit. Scrape my tongue, start the hot water. However, I am a person that can get stuck in other kinds of routines that don’t serve.  Where I am coming to the community, how do I deal with the discrepancy between the routines that serve and those that do not. Where does that pattern take you to?

29:40 - doing these seasonal cleanses, you've got the whole body thrive mindset. You're in that place. Habits. As we adopt these new habits and line up with nature a lot of these other things fall into place naturally. Once you find those, its not like you have to cram it in. something else must have fallen away, some things are deeply ingrained habits that we have to more consciously disentangle myself from emotional eating. Patterns of media consumption. How do i stay connected and informed enough, how do I also not let that go.

32:45 One of the things that has always impressed me about yoga teachers is that they are also students. Those are also students of other teachers. We go deeper or more subtle, we forget and remember. Seasonal cycle of entering the stream with the community. Its always in a supportive way.

What to Expect from a YogiDetox Experience

Oct 5, 2018 28:18


When we first begin a detox, we may start off with plenty of excitement and motivation. However, once we actually eliminate those foods and activities we are used to, we often find that our detox goals fade. Why is that? Jill and Carly discuss their multiple Yogi Detox experiences, and how their preparation and expectations changed from their first detox to their preceding ones.

Especially when we are doing a serious detox for the first time, we try to go all in with strict limits, which doesn’t lead to much success. We can easily burn out and find ourselves back with or old habits. Carly explains that YogiDetox emphasize easing into and out of the detox so that the habits actually last, and so that we feel less overwhelmed. Jill discusses her struggles with emotional eating, and how she identified her food crutches that were preventing her from facing her emotions.

The support system provided in Yogi Detox is something both Carly and Jill used to help guide them through their detoxes, allowing them to actually accomplish their goals and personal development. Ready to begin a journey that will change your life? Start with this podcast, and learn how YogiDetox can get you to thrive.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why we need support in a detox How to handle emotional detoxing How to benefit from Yogidetox


Common Links: Body Thrive Book YogiDetox Webpage Body Thrive Course Webpage Ayurvedic Spring Detox And The Doshas With Alex Biondo

Show Highlights: 4:00 (1) - YogiDetox is a powerful tool that allows you to recognize your own crutches and comforts. Often when we avoid facing an experience, we utilize these crutches as an escape without even realizing. 9:20(1) - Cate has designed this program so that there are always ways to go deeper as we do the detox multiple times. You can design your diet to fit your lifestyle individual needs - whether that is the master cleanse, or just sticking to more natural, raw foods. 8:48(2) - Our culture can mistakenly honors people who deal with struggle on their own. YogiDetox encourages us to lean on the group for support when we meet difficulties in a detox, which allows us to be more successful.

Your Favorite Quotes: ” It’s about deep nourishing, not about taking things away. “ - Carly Banks “It can be irritating when we realize that we are the once getting in our own way, but it is also extremely empowering.” - Carly Banks “The Three week yogi detox should be a design your own adventure.” - Jill Rehm

Guest BIO:

The Body Thrive path led Carly to a new and exciting world where all can be accomplished with ease. Adding YHC certification training to work and parenting is proving to be easy, with the right tools. Carly’s shattering old patterns and false beliefs about herself, to become the person that she and her family deserve.  Connecting? Connect and hear more about how Carly juggles life as a busy mom at Nourished living.


Gale’s life has always been anchored in a committed physical practice. Practicing ballet from the age of 3, and highland dancing from the age of 4 into her adulthood, she went on to study dance in university. After exploring other career choices, her passion for movement therapies became her apparent life dharma- Committing to a life of learning and sharing empowering life practices. Gale studied hatha yoga under Meghan Currie and Sridaiva with Desi Springer and John Friend, and Yoga Tune Up’s Embodied Anatomy with Trina Altman.

The most influential teacher in her practice is Dana Skoglund, her teacher who has a background in Anusara and Sridaiva yoga, as well as ayurveda. Through yoga and ayurveda Gale strives to facilitate a newfound sense of self-empowerment, self-accountability and gratitude for life in all those who practice in her community. Check out her website and contact on facebook page.

Easing into Autumn Detoxing with Lynne Taillefer

Oct 1, 2018 16:37


When we commit to a detox or a cleanse program - we often want to set strict boundaries and push ourselves to the limit. This can not only increase our risk of failure - but also decrease the chance that the effects of the detox last past its conclusion.  Lynne describes her struggle with the tendency to “Stop, Drop, and Detox.” She explains how her perspective on the detox experience changed during her multiple experiences in the YogiDetox program and what she has learned.

Jessica and Lynne discuss how the YogiDetox program encourages easing into and out of a detox. This way, it feels less strict and it is less likely that we struggle with not returning to our old habits. Lynne emphasizes the importance of the online forum in finding support in our health and personal growth journeys - especially when we lack similarly thinking people in our day-to-day lives. The detox experience isn’t meant to be a temporary form of existence - its meant to change our lifestyles even after we exit it’s defined boundaries.


Link's mentioned in the episode: Body Thrive Book  YogiDetox Webpage Body Thrive Course Webpage Ayurvedic Spring Detox And The Doshas With Alex Biondo Intermittent Fasting, Detoxing And The Ayurvedic Clock
Show Highlights: 2:20 - The YogiDetox program is a powerful guide when it comes to preparing for a detox.  It doesn’t matter who you are or your individual circumstances because you can design it to fit your life. 7:50 It is more effective when we ease into and out of a detox. YogiDetox is not meant as a quick cleanse, but rather as a method of setting yourself up for constant evolution as you enter the new season. 12:00 - Not everyone is fortunate enough to have friends or family focused on living healthy lives. Having the online forum that YogiDetox provides allows people from any environment to have access to support from people that are equally as invested in their health.

Favorite Quotes: “It’s more consciously entering the portal thats taking you into the next season.” - Jessica Robinson “You’re setting yourself up for constant evolution instead of more of the same.” - Jessica Robinson “It’s not a stop, drop and detox.” - Jessican Robinson

Guest BIO:

Lynne Taillefer, A.K.A. Mama Lynne lives in Québec, Canada  with her husband and their two young boys. She offers educational yoga and Ayurvedic workshops for yoga instructors and Yoga Teacher Trainings, who wish to deepen and continue their evolution as teachers and students. Lynne is a Certified Yoga Health Coach and she teaches an 11 week course as well as a 7 month Yoga Immersion course to help revitalize and rejuvenate other mothers and their families.


The YogiDetox Transformation with Grace Edison

Sep 25, 2018 33:49


The YogiDetox experience is one that involves complex emotions and challenges. While its rewards can be astounding, it is definitely not an easy journey. Grace Edison explains that before her detoxing experiences, she was not in touch with her emotions and their influence over her actions. Subconsciously experiencing an emotional trigger would lead to her eating comfort food without understanding why.

A detox from things we are addicted to can aid us in realizing why we actually seek these comforts in the first place.

Grace and Carly discuss that YogiDetox is not a one size fits all journey. When it comes to Grace’s experiences, she has tried to do it differently each time. Although we often want to go all in, these kind of challenging experiences are better handled when we customize the experience based on our needs. It is important to realize to ask for help and to accept that self-care can also include stress.

A detox experience is a challenge, and just like in yin yoga, we can reach a higher level of vitality and thrive if we put ourselves through a controlled amount of stress. The YogiDetox allows for an outstanding opportunity for us to reset and prepare for the future to come. For everyone out there, no matter the circumstance, there is always a wonderful reason to detox.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why stress is good for detoxing How to be flexible during cleanses How to handle emotions on a detox


Common Links: YogiDetox Webpage  Your Seasonal Detox Style  Ayurvedic Spring Detox And The Doshas With Alex Biondo 
Show Highlights: 3:05 - By cleansing, we make new space in our bodies. Often, if we splurge after the detox process we find we have become hyper-sensitive to what our bodies do not handle or process well. 9:30 - Detoxing can help us reach a level of clarity about our feelings that we may normally have trouble finding. This clarity can help us identify things like why we are eating and what we are actually looking for? 22:45 - Sometimes what we need to reach a higher level of thrive is to experience a controlled level of stress. Yin yoga encourages stressing our bodies in order to cleanse them, just as YogiDetox encourages some strict habits that can make us uncomfortable and cause initial stress.

Your Favorite Quotes: “We take on this perspective of curiosity.” - Grace Edison
“If you want to find out why you’re doing something, stop doing it.” - Grace Edison “Doing these detoxes allows for a reset and reflect and an opportunity to sit and celebrate what's happened in the past and calibrate for what’s going to happen in the future.” - Cary Banks


Host BIO:

The Body Thrive path led Carly to a new and exciting world where all can be accomplished with ease. Adding YHC certification training to work and parenting is proving to be easy, with the right tools. Carly’s shattering old patterns and false beliefs about herself, to become the person that she and her family deserve.  Connecting? Connect and hear more about how Carly juggles life as a busy mom at Nourished living.


Guest BIO:

Grace Edison lives in British Columbia, Canada. She’s a mom of twin 8 year olds, a Yoga teacher, studio owner, and Yoga Health Coach — and she also works for Cate Stillman in Admissions at Yogahealer! More than anything, she loves to make people laugh and has a not-so-secret dream of doing stand-up comedy. Grace has a strong passion for empowering others to take their health and wellness into their own hands. She loves building authentic relationships, making people laugh, and creating supportive communities. After a long-standing relationship with severe depression, Grace has found deep relief through the habits of Ayurveda — and much credit is due to Cate and her Body Thrive program. After taking Body Thrive several times and jumping into Yoga Health Coaching, Grace came aboard the Yogahealer team.

Infertility and Millennials: Ayurvedic Advice for Virility + Fertility with Vrinda Devani

Sep 19, 2018 34:58


Fertility is a strong reflection of the health and resilience of our bodies. In today’s population, especially in millenials, we are seeing an increase in infertility. With a modern environment that constantly provides a plethora of stimuli and stressors, it is easy to lose the space that our body requires to reproduce. Vrinda Devani, OBGYN, explains how infertility is often a sign of an underlying health imbalance in individuals.

When our ojus, the element that creates homeostasis and immunity in the body,  is imperfect, so is our fertility.

Cate and Vrinda discuss how the critical health issues and infertility of millennials can be interpreted from an Eastern perspective. Poor breathing and stagnation, especially in the lower body and hips, is prevalent in modern society. Although this lack of natural space in the body can drive infertility, a Western perspective ignores this connection. By doing simple things such as getting into nature, singing, a changing out diet and even our makeup products, we can strongly enhance our fertility without unnatural interventions such as progesterone.

There are many avenues to explore to address fertility issues, and Cate encourages us to explore and optimize the practices that work for us.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to solve infertility Why infertility is an issue How millennials can increase thrive

Common Links: Body Thrive Book YogiDetox Webpage  Body Thrive Course Webpage Connectivity, Ojas + Productivity: Ayurvedic Chats With Dr. Claudia Welch The best question for emotional detox with Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta


Show Highlights: 2:45 - When our ojus, the creator of homeostasis in the body, is off, so is our health and fertility. Poor digestion and absorption of food is a sign of this and can be addressed through practices that increase space and improve breath in the body. 8:45 - Stagnation is rampant in our modern environment, where we move less and snack more. This loss of activity is critically linked to the decrease in the space and fertility we may be finding in our bodies. 20:40 - With meditation, breathing practices, and other ayurvedic habits, we can seriously direct our consciousness and energy to other loci in our bodies. By learning how to direct this energy to our womb and fertility centers, we can restore the “juiciness” and vitality that was otherwise lost.

Your Favorite Quotes: “If you’re not fertile, what does that really mean?” - Cate Stillman “The level of stagnation in day to day movement is just at an all time high.” - Cate Stillman “Fertility is the creative power, and creative power only happens when there is space.” - Vrinda Devani

Guest BIO:

 Vrinda Devani, M.D.,  is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Vrinda Devani with a passion for women's health and empowering women towards vibrant health and living. As a physician, she utilizes a blend of complementary and allopathic medicine in an effort to empower women to obtain a higher level of health and vitality. Vrinda is also the research director for Banyan Botanicals, an influential Ayurvedic company that disseminates valuable information and products. She has studied Ayurveda extensively under Dr. Vasant Lad in addition to studying Ayurvedic medicine in Nepal with Dr. Sarita Shrestha. Vrinda possesses a passion for yoga and is a certified AyurYoga teacher. With a family that also practices Ayurveda, and a loving husband of ten years, she has a great support system. Vrinda emphasizes how Ayurveda has allowed her to “see how the body is in constant interaction with its environment, other souls, and, most importantly, the mind and spirit.”


Chinese Medicine Formulas for Better Sleep

Sep 8, 2018 42:15


When we are looking to feel better or to improve chronic health issues, we may turn to a range of remedies, including drugs or lifestyle changes. However, it is easy to lose hope when these remedies or changes do not work, which is oftentimes the case. Drugs are likely to target only symptoms of disease, and not the actual root cause. People following Ayurvedic habits may find they feel better, but that they can’t completely achieve the health transformation they seek in order to thrive.

Eric Karchmer has 20 years of education in Chinese medicine, and through his work at Dao Labs, he is bringing ancient wisdom back to modern times. Dao Labs offers herbal remedies for a variety of health issues, and they are all rooted in the ancient teachings of Chinese herbal medicine.

Eric and Cate chat about what Chinese medicine has to offer to the modern world with knowledge regarding herbs and herbal combinations. The products at Dao Labs address common underlying health issues in the population, so more people can bring this great wisdom into their modern lives. We know that not getting enough sleep can cause a myriad of health issues down the road. Dao Labs offers two different sleep remedies based on different underlying imbalances.

Often, even with lifestyle changes, we need something more to really get at the imbalances in our systems in order to feel better, and thrive sooner. Chinese medicine can be that powerful missing piece that gets us headed in the right direction.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How Chinese medicine can improve your sleep Why it is important to combine herbs in remedies How to address underlying deficiencies 


Common Links:

Body Thrive Book The Mystical Powers of Your Internal Organs, A Chinese Medicine Perspective with Brodie Welch  Intuition and Herbal Wisdom: Gin Burchfield Asks Cate About Plant Medicine


Show Highlights: 8:30 - In our modern age, we have drifted from nature and lost contact with the plants around us. By utilizing traditional Chinese medicine, we can see how different plants and herbs powerfully interact to treat a wide range of underlying health issues and deficiencies. 19:50 - Dao Labs advertises two formulas to help with sleep, which is something many people struggle with across the world. Each one addresses separate underlying deficiencies which manifest as different symptoms. One of them might be right for you. 27:20 - Even if we are following profound lifestyle habits such as those taught in Ayurveda, this may not be enough to overcome underlying physiological imbalances that plague our health. An herbal formula taken regularly for a period of time can correct these imbalances and take you to the next level.


Your Favorite Quotes: “As soon as it gets to complexity, people are already overwhelmed.” - Cate Stillman “There’s a certain ways of thinking about plants and their properties and how they work together that is very helpful” - Eric Karchmer “There is this huge respect for the intelligence for these plants.” - Cate Stillman “Anything made in a lab denatures your pallet.” - Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Eric Karchmer’s interest in Chinese medicine began when he visited Taiwan to teach English 30 years ago. He holds both a PhD in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Medicine from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. His research focuses on modern developments of Chinese medicine in China. With over 20 years of education in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Eric Karchmer develops DAO Labs’ proprietary herbal formulas.

As a respected academic thought leader and practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Eric designs the most efficacious mix of herbs to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit. He has published several academic articles and is currently working on the final copy of his new book, Double Truths, Postcolonial Transformations in Chinese Medicine.

In addition to regularly teaching at Appalachian State University, Eric can also be found helping clients using Chinese medicine at his clinic in Boone, North Carolina. At his clinic, he practices both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. His wife and three children are, not surprisingly, big fans of Chinese medicine as well.

Website link:

Instagram Website

The YogiDetox Experience with Miranda

Sep 8, 2018 12:03


Being a nurse, Miranda was apprehensive when she first heard of detox growing in popularity. After having gone through YogiDetox herself, however, Miranda has seen first-hand the massive benefits detoxing has had on her health. Grace and Miranda chat about the transformational experience that this program has brought to so many people. Often in our busy modern lives, it can be really great for us to take a step back from things that aren’t serving us. Detoxing allows us to remove ourselves from our everyday lifestyles, so we can more easily cut out foods that we don’t realize are negatively impacting us.

Additionally, it encourages stricter adherence to practices and habits that serve us well, such as going to bed early. Cate Stillman has designed YogiDetox so that you have the power to design your own detox and do it how you want. Miranda emphasizes how it is less about increases stress through strict adherence to guidelines, and more about doing the things that you know serve your health best. Detoxing allows us to get back into alignment and balance with ourselves, and YogiDetox provides the support we need to get there.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why detoxing can be so transformative Why you should do YogiDetox What eliminating certain foods can tell us


Links Mentioned in Episode: Body Thrive Book  YogiDetox Webpage  Body Thrive Course Webpage  Intermittent Fasting, Detoxing And The Ayurvedic Clock The Detox Path of Deep Nourishment with Deanna Minich   
Show Highlights: 3:38 - Miranda discusses with Grace how YogiDetox is designed for participants to design their detox to fit what they need at any given time in their lives. It is powerfully transformative to take a step back from things that aren’t serving you, and to do little experiments in your lifestyle and diet to see the changes that result. 5:50 - YogiDetox allows you to go about your detox individually while also having access to a community of people going through the same experience. While Miranda detoxed more on her own, she underscores the value of the Facebook community for answering questions, providing support, and showing how others are handling the detox journey. 11:45 - Miranda emphasizes looking at our local environment, including local plants that grow, to see how we can utilize these resources to feed our health. Invasive weeds can serve as abundant sources of local nutrients that connect us with what our environment is providing for us.


Favorite Quotes: “Reexamining things to do little experiments on yourself to see how you feel when those things are taken out of your life - I think it's very valuable.” - Miranda “It is very valuable that we start looking at what’s around us and how it’s supposed to be helping us.” - Miranda “How are we feeding ourselves in other ways?” - Grace Edison   Guest BIO:

 Gale’s life has always been anchored in a committed physical practice. Practicing ballet from the age of 3, and highland dancing from the age of 4 into her adulthood, she went on to study dance in university. After exploring other career choices, her passion for movement therapies became her apparent life dharma- Committing to a life of learning and sharing empowering life practices. Gale studied hatha yoga under Meghan Currie and Sridaiva with Desi Springer and John Friend, and Yoga Tune Up’s Embodied Anatomy with Trina Altman. The most influential teacher in her practice is Dana Skoglund, her teacher who has a background in Anusara and Sridaiva yoga, as well as ayurveda. Through yoga and ayurveda Gale strives to facilitate a newfound sense of self-empowerment, self-accountability and gratitude for life in all those who practice in her community. Check out her website and contact on facebook page.

Integrating Indigenous Wisdom in Our Lives with Caroline Putnam and Annie Barrett

Sep 5, 2018 47:56


In our enculturated western lives, we often neglect our relationships with nature. There is a lot we can learn about this relationship from the Andean people, who follow indigenous wisdom regarding their interactions with the Earth. Our ancestors all over the world lived as land stewards in harmony with their ecosystems and with the cycles of nature. The Andean people not only value their relationship with the Earth, but also those within their communities.

In the Andes, the Andean people practice Ayni, or sacred reciprocity which keeps life in balance. Ritual offerings, such as the sharing of coca leaves and offerings to the Earth, are beautiful means of connecting to the sacred in everyday life. Their ancient traditions are both practical and transcendent. Weavers literally weave sacred symbols into the mundane clothing and materials used in their everyday lives.

Cate, Caroline, and Annie discuss how we can learn from the Andean people by integrating indigenous wisdom into our modern lifestyles. A great place to start is through the practice of Ayni - honoring reciprocity in our relationships with people and the land. By additionally honoring and aligning to cyclical rhythms of nature and creating offerings, we can improve our connection to the land. These Andean ancestral tools grant us solid connections to each other and to the Earth, which deepens our ability to thrive.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How Andean wisdom can inform our lives How to become a successful land steward Why Anyi - sacred reciprocity - is so important


Links Mentioned in Episode: Vibrant Peru Journey: Annie Barrett, MA, E-RYT, CHC
Ayurvedic Wellness + Yoga Yoga Immersions and Teacher Training Programs


Common Links: Body Thrive Book 2018 Schedule Peru Retreats/Courses Wisdom of the Andes Related YH Podcast Permaculture And Conscious Evolution Of The Human Species On Planet Earth With Maddy Harland  Integral Permaculture + Learning from Nature with Stella Strega,  
Show Highlights: 7:45 -  The Andean people have a dynamic and beautiful relationship with the earth, called Pachamama. Through practice, we too can develop a deep intuitive awareness that allows us to hear the Earth’s messages that we easily miss in our enculturated, modern lives. 14:50 - Being a land steward involves the practice of Ayni, or sacred reciprocity. By listening to the land and engaging in offering, we participate in a reciprocation of respect with the land, which becomes the basis of a balanced interaction and lifestyle. 29:20 - Traditions like weaving in the Andes show us how something can be at once practical and transcendent. Weavers literally weave the sacred into the mundane by the conscious act of weaving the sacred symbols of each community into their everyday clothing and materials.


Your Favorite Quotes: “How can we model our current way of living with indigenous wisdom so that as people come and experience it, they can bring that out into the world.” - Caroline Putnam “That reciprocity becomes the basis of a balanced interaction” - Caroline Putnam “The land instructs us.” - Cate Stillman  



Guest BIO:

Carolina Putnam is a Louisiana native- and the founder & director of Reviveolution. For the past 6 years she has lived full-time in the Sacred Valley of Peru with her Q'ero Family, dedicated to sculpting a middle path between ancestral wisdom and modern innovation. Through sharing experiential education in retreats and courses, serving by her maestro's side in traditional ceremony around the world, and sharing Earth stewardship practices through ancestral arts & native nutrition, her work aims to support individuals and communities in healing and purposeful living.


Annie Barrett  is the founder of and Vibrant Living School. As an educator, public speaker, certified yoga health coach, yoga teacher, consultant, and teacher trainer, she models and teach folks how to thrive in body, mind and spirit, and how to live a purposeful and passionate life with Ayurvedic and Yoga wisdom and wellness. She has walked the householder yoga path for twenty five years, and has a gift for making the wisdom teachings of yoga fresh and accessible. She guides folks into knowing themselves more deeply, embracing themselves more fully, and evolving into a state of well-being and expansive freedom. As a Certified Yoga Health Coach, she is trained and practiced in the daily habits and health principles of Ayurveda. She coaches and guides individuals into up-leveling their health and reaching your full potential with proven habits for vitality, health and happiness.Her family spends their time between the evergreen forest on the edge of Olympia, WA and the Andes mountains of Pisac.


Intermittent fasting for Yogis

Sep 3, 2018 32:52


Intermittent fasting is more than a way to eat. It is a lifelong journey of refining and creating space in your mind and your body. Cate used to experience challenges with her weight, food sensitivities, and her overall health. In our modern complex world, we often feel stressed, rushed and overwhelmed. Through intermittent fasting, Cate discovered a way to bring back a rhythm into her life that allows her to do so much more with much less. Cate and Jessica discuss how establishing a regular rhythm in our diets allows our bodies to function based off of cellular hunger. This way, we are capable of eating more effectively for what our cells actually need at that time, allowing us to be more resilient and less sensitive, allowing us to Thrive.

Cate discusses how the Body Thrive course is a great way of escalating our commitment to a more rhythmic path due to the support from other people that are going through the same transformation. These peers are capable of holding us accountable for the goals set in Body Thrive. By learning how to automate habits through the course, we can apply these skills to make changes in all other aspects of our lives.

Why should we consider Intermittent fasting?
- How to transition to Intermittent fasting rhythm?
- 3 must for Intermittent fasting?
- What is Cate's story with her intermittent fasting lifestyle (challenges, breakthroughs)?
- How to adopt this rhythm during traveling season? - Tip-sheet for insipiration:


3 Bullet Points/What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Why intermittent fasting is so transformative What rhythm has to do with diet and digestion. Why escalating commitment is transforming


Links Mentioned in Episode:

Body Thrive Website



Body Thrive Book Related YH Podcast
Intermittent Fasting, Detoxing And The Ayurvedic Clock
Mindfulness + Intermittent Fasting: A Womens’ Perspective With Jenn Diamond
Q&A with Cate: Sussing Out Shakti, Augmenting Agni, + Firing Up Fasting
Get Intermittent-Fasting Tip-Sheet


Show Highlights:

4:35 - The three doshas in Ayurveda are vata, pitta and kapha. They are movement, transformation, and regeneration, respectively, which are the three energies of our physiology. 12:30 Cate sticks to a primarily fluid diet for most of her day. In her smoothies, she includes seasonal, highly nutritive produce, especially in the morning when she breaks her fast and sets her intention for the day.   22:20 - We can only achieve transformation in our lives if we actually escalate our commitment. Body Thrive is a great way to ensure this by providing a group of people going through the same journey who can provide support and serve as accountability partners.  

Favorite Quotes:

“With greater rhythm comes greater resistance.” - Cate Stillman “You are designed to become more resilient over time.” - Cate Stillman “Yoga is the path where you need less to do more.” - Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Jessica Graham Robinson is a yogi, mama, bodyworker, and a Yoga Health Coach (in training). She is owner of Sacred Space Healing Arts in Wyoming, where she homeschools her two children in the foothills of the mountains. Jessica is thrilled to be using the wisdom of Ayurveda to be guiding other mamas (with or without children) on the transformational journey from the dull and painful land of stagnation and resentment into the Kingdom of Thrive where they become Rhythm Champions!

You can find Jessica through her website, follow her on Instagram, and on facebook.


The Art of Relationships with Acharaya Shunya

Aug 27, 2018 22:55


Relationships are a vital part of our lives. Acharya Shunya struggled with her relationships with others and with herself for years. Through ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, she learned valuable pointers that have caused profound transformations in her relationships. Now, she hosts retreats and events for people around the world so that she can share this powerful wisdom with as many people as possible. Cate and Acharya chat about how often we feel stuck in stagnant relationships. This doesn’t mean, however, that we have to keep feeling this way. Through hard work and practice -especially by attending one of Acharya’s retreats - we can truly transform our relationships. Acharya found that by being straightforward in her interactions with others and maintaining tranquility, she was able to increase the quality of her interactions with those around her. By improving our communication with Ayurvedic wisdom, we can significantly increase our satisfaction and growth in all of our relationships.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to create strong, intimate relationships How to improve relationships using Ayurvedic wisdom Which Ayurvedic practices grow emotional intimacy


Links Mentioned in Episode:
Acharya Website Acharya Events Discover more about the Body Thrive Body Thrive book YogiDetox Fall
Show Highlights: 5:00 - Acharya says that in life, we stumble into three types of relationships that we experience differently. These include relationships with inanimate objects, other people, and ourselves. 12:00 - Along with being straightforward, Acharya recommends four ancient communication points; being non-violent, staying truthful, speaking pleasantly, and ensuring your words benefit the others. 18:00 - It is not abnormal for us to feel stuck in our relationships. Acharya explains that that pain is a cosmic reminder that we have introspection and work to do in these relationships.



Favorite Quotes: “There’s so much to being able to retreat and to practice and to go apply it.” - Cate Stillman “There is a degree of mindfulness in what we share.” - Acharya Shunya “Everything we speak stays in the planet and becomes a vibration.” - Acharya Shunya


Guest BIO:

Acharya Shunya is a master teacher of Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual mystical teachings from India, which are the crowning philosophy of the Vedic tradition, one the most ancient surviving spiritual traditions on the planet today.She is founder of Vedika Global, a wisdom and international spiritual community, which has its world headquarters in Northern California. At Vedika Global, Acharya Shunya teaches the profound awakening teachings of the enlightened sages of ancient India, including the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Brahma Sutras.

A rarity today, Acharya Shunya was born into the home of her Guru, and grew up studying the Vedas. She spent 14 years perfecting her learning under her Guru, Acharya Ayodhya Nath – a renowned Vedic Guru of his time, who was the disciple of his Guru (his father) Acharya Paramatman Shanti Prakash, another renowned master of his time. Under her ancestors’ direction, the lineage reached great heights and undertook memorable Vedic scholastic and humanitarian activities. The title “Acharya” means spiritual preceptor, master, or Guru in the Vedic tradition.

Through her teachings, Acharya Shunya touches hearts and awakens seekers from the dream of a separate, powerless, and joyless existence. She extends the invitation to awaken to consciousness and health. Acharya Shunya has received prestigious awards in the United States and India, including the Award for Distinguished Service in Vedic Sciences from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and being named amongst the top 100 Ayurveda and Yoga Trailblazers in the U.S. by Spirituality & Health Magazine. She has also received an Award of Excellence in Education by the Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America. Acharya Shunya is the author of the bestselling book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom(Sounds True, 2017), highlighting the Vedic path of mind, body, soul health and healing, which has been licensed to be translated and printed in six different languages and countries. Check out her website and facebook page.

My Path towards A Life Of Thrive with Lea Horvatic

Aug 20, 2018 18:09


Lea Horvatic spent years of her life helping and healing others as a nutritional therapist, naturopath, and homeopath. Through her extensive reading into Ayurveda, she became very knowledgeable in holistic and healthy lifestyle habits. Her career path allowed her to disseminate this knowledge and advice to those around her. It was not until she started her journey with Body Thrive, however, that she realized that she was having trouble listening to her own advice and sticking to habits that could help her thrive. Lea goes on to explain her realization of how far she had fallen out of integrity with herself and how she fixed this on her Body Thrive journey. 

Jessica and Leah discuss the true extent of the impact that the Body Thrive course has had on Lea’s overall health. They discuss the development of getting to bed early as Lea’s keystone habit, and how it grounded the rest of her habits, allowing everything to fall into place. Cate helped Lea to realize her true identity as an early riser, and how that led her to finding a refreshing, abundantly healthier version of herself. Lea describes how she utilized Body Thrive to kindle abundant energy, productivity, creativity, effective digestion and more. Listen in to hear how starting a journey with Body Thrive can lead to an abundance of compassion and clarity in your own life. 

  What you’ll get out of tuning in:  How to truly realize your identity for personal growth. How Body Thrive improves clarity, confidence and overall health. Why commitment to key habits can help you to thrive   Links: Discover more about the Body Thrive Body Thrive book YogiDetox Fall    Show Highlights: 1:50 - Even people who know what’s best for themselves and others have a hard time putting in into practice. This disconnect between knowing what we need and doing something different leaves us feeling out of integrity with ourselves.  4:50 - Identifying and committing to a keystone habit, such as going to bed early, can have a profound influence on grounding the rest of our Body Thrive habits.  9:45 - The Body Thrive habits are amazing at transforming all the areas of life, ranging from confidence to creativity and even to our relationships with others. 
  Favorite Quotes “I was helping other people and knowing what I wanted to be doing, what I should be doing, and I wasn’t showing up that way. I was feeling a complete lack of integrity.” - Jessica Robinson  “I’ve got hours to just leisurely indulge myself  at the same time as having this crazy productivity.” - Lea Horvatic  “The group dynamic and the whole support of the community has been amazing.” -Lea Horvatic  “I also feel like I have much more compassion towards myself, but also towards others.” - Lea Horvatic
  Guest BIO:

In a very unlikely series of events, Lea discovered yoga at the age of 9, cigarettes at 10, and vodka by 12. What ensued was a magnificent, epic journey leading to an inevitable destruction by the age of 20, and eventually the radical change in trajectory that saved her life. These experiences led her to the path of helping others heal with the aid of yoga, herbs, proper nutrition, homeopathy and the magic of flower essences. Fully “walking her talk” evolved as soon as Lea embodied the habits of yogis as learned from Yogahealer’s Cate Stillman. Lea now helps others optimise their health and wellbeing by guiding them in automating these same Ayurvedic Habits and attuning to greater freedom and ease on all levels of their being.

Liminal Thinking with Dave Gray

Aug 15, 2018 44:40


Dave Gray had me at “Assume that you are not objective. If you’re part of the system you want to change, you’re part of the problem.” That teaching intensified by the basic exericse of writing down my beliefs about a challenging situation I found myself in and then coming up with 3 or 4 alternate beliefs, both plausible and outlandish, proven useful immediately.

My new favorite book is Liminal Thinking. Dave Gray is this crazy cool mix of design thinking, business team strategist, writer, and enlightened illustrator. I was sort of shocked he agreed to the interview. Then I found out that he is really interested in the results of us ordinary people reading his book and doing the exercises.

He was surprised I did the exercises. He said most people don’t do them. So, I invite you, before you listen to the rest of this show, press pause. Write down a challenge you have. Now. “Assume that you are not objective. If you’re part of the system you want to change, you’re part of the problem.” Write down the core belief or beliefs inherent in the way you wrote down the your challenge. The more outside your box the better. I’ve found that diametrically opposite beliefs are very insightful here. That’s it. You are thinking beyond your threshold. Welcome to liminal thinking. Press play.

Create the change you want by changing the way you think


I rap with Dave Gray about the Changing the Way We Think How to ““Hold your theories loosely” Why do we assume we’re objective, when we’re usually not? Where meditation fits into liminal thinking Why travel, moving + new relationship arrangements, and true leaders stimulate liminal thinking


What you’ll get out of tuning in:     How this plays into current politics How Gandhi stimulated the masses into liminal thinking Understanding the relationship between beliefs and needs


Links: Liminal Thinking Xplaner Check out the 9 practices of Liminal Thinking from Dave Gray Join our Facebook group


Favorite Quotes:


Assume that you are not objective. If you’re part of the system you want to change, you’re part of the problem. Empty your cup. You can’t learn new things without letting go of old things. Stop, look, and listen. Suspend judgment. What’s going on? Create safe space. If you don’t understand the underlying need, nothing else matters. People will not share their innermost needs unless they feel safe, respected, and accepted for who they are. Triangulate and validate. Look at situations from as many points of view as possible. Consider the possibility that seemingly different or contradictory beliefs may be valid. If something doesn’t make sense to you, then you’re missing something. Ask questions, make connections. Try to understand people’s hopes, dreams and frustrations. Explore the social system and make connections to create new opportunities. Disrupt routines. Many beliefs are embedded in habitual routines that run on autopilot. If a routine is a problem, disrupt the routine to create new possibilities. Act as-if in the here-and-now. You can test beliefs even if you don’t believe they are true. All you need to do is act as if they were true and see what happens. If you find something that works, do more of it. Make sense with stories. If you give people facts without a story, they will explain it within their existing belief system. The best way to promote a new or different belief is not with facts, but with a story. Evolve yourself. If you can be open about how change affects you personally, you have a better chance of achieving your aims. To change the world, you must be willing to change yourself.



Dave Gray is a leader and manager with a background in design. He has worked with many of the world’s largest companies, as well as mid-sized businesses, startups, executives and individuals.

He is the founder of XPLANE, a strategic design consultancy, and co-founder of Boardthing, a collaboration platform for distributed teams.

He is the author of two books on design, change and innovation: Gamestorming: A playbook for innovators, rule-breakers and changemakers; and The Connected Company.

His area of focus is the human side of change and innovation, specifically: How can you get people to adopt new ideas? How can you win their hearts and minds? How can you get people, including yourself, to change deeply embedded habits and behaviors? How can you transform a business strategy from a good idea to a living fact in the real world? Connect with Dave on his website and facebook group.

Skin Protection for Safe Summer Sun with Sam Norman

Aug 7, 2018 25:25


Sam Norman joins us today to share some of her wisdom on the hot summer sun, sun exposure, and skin protection. We talk about Sam’s backgrounds in both Ayurveda and nursing and what they say about safe sun exposure and how to stay healthy this summer season. We naturally absorb vitamin D from sunlight and there are huge benefits of this vitamin, such as preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder, decreasing fatigue, and increasing our immune system. However, too much of this vitamin has it downsides as well. We rap about lotions and sunscreens and how they can be more detrimental to our skin than advantageous due to the chemicals used in these products, and other healthier alternatives for skin care. We also discuss the importance of balance and how too much of anything can bring us out of a state of balance and make us toxic.

Tune in to today’s podcast to gain some helpful tips and insights on skin protection and sun exposure this summer!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What are the advantages and disadvantages of Vitamin D from sun exposure? Is sunscreen helping or hurting our skin? Which oils work as natural sunscreen?


Links Mentioned in Episode:
To look up lotions and skin products and their effects on your skin   Find a recipe for making your own sunscreen Sam's facebook Discover more about the Body Thrive Sign-up for the FREE live Living Ayurveda Masterclass series now!


Favorite Quotes: “ I myself have experimented with coconut oil for the past two summers and I have not gotten a sunburn.” - Sam Norman “None of us can come on here and say this is the doctrine, this is the way, and this is the only way.... It’s going to be like every other part of living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, it’s going to be individualized.” - Sam Norman “The coconut oil is more repairing for sun damage or sun exposure to our skin.” - Jessica Robinson


Guest BIO:

Sam Norman created Family Healer in the winter of 2017 after the birth of her daughter and a deep desire to raise her with the habits that have healed Sam. After a lifetime of allergies, asthma, auto-immune dysfunction and antibiotics, she felt a pull towards studying medicine. Sam became an RN in 2001 focusing her career in pediatrics and kidney dialysis. Her health continued to get worse and in 2011 she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. After years of doctors looking at her like an interesting case and never actually being able to heal her, Sam turned to a naturopath and was thus introduced to natural healing remedies.

In 2013 Sam began to study Ayurveda at Spirit Path Ayurveda School in Anchorage, Alaska. During her studies she learned that the answers to her wellness were deep inside of her. As she worked and studied Ayur (self) Veda (knowledge) she began to see how disconnected from self and nature she had become.

She is proud to say that since focusing on her wellness and becoming her own healer she is cancer, asthma, and auto-immune dysfunction free! Sam is confident that no matter what state of health you are in now, she can help you to start listening deeply and living in better balance with you. In creating our own healing journey we learn to become healers for ourselves and our family's, and Sam would love to help you along that healing path. Connect with Sam on her facebook page.


Show host BIO:

Jessica Graham Robinson is a yogi, mama, bodyworker, and a Yoga Health Coach (in training). She is owner of Sacred Space Healing Arts in Wyoming, where she homeschools her two children in the foothills of the mountains. Jessica is thrilled to be using the wisdom of Ayurveda to be guiding other mamas (with or without children) on the transformational journey from the dull and painful land of stagnation and resentment into the Kingdom of Thrive where they become Rhythm Champions! You can find Jessica through her website.

Your Yoga Path with Sri Dharma Mittra

Jul 30, 2018 51:57


On today’s Yogahealer Real Life Show, I have some powerful, inspiring and heart opening conversation with Sri Dharma Mittra, a Brazilian yogi who has dedicated most of his life in service to humanity and teaching yoga. We dive deep into pain and suffering and why these unpleasantries are essential to human life in order to move through our karmas and develop a lifelong learner perspective. We discuss wonderful topics such as the realization that we are all in the driver’s seat of our lives, the evolution of consciousness on the planet, and the simple pleasures of life such as sitting and just being.

I ask Sri Dharma how he encourages his students not to get stuck on their lower samadhis and how to not plateau at the spiritual intoxication of asana. He gives us insight gives us into the eight limbs of yoga, why we practice certain poses, and what they help us and challenge us to do. We discuss the power of love and compassion and feeling empathy for others at very subtle levels.

Today’s podcast is chalk full of incredible grounding information on yoga, asana, and the spiritual realm and is worth listening to again and again!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is a reason for our pain in suffering? What are the most important asanas and why? What are the benefits of practicing the eight limbs of yoga?

Links Mentioned in Episode  Sri Dharma Mittra’s website  Sir Dharma Mittra's facebook page Discover more about the Body Thrive Sign-up for the FREE live Living Ayurveda Masterclass series now!
Show Highlights: 1:05- I chat with Sri Dharma Mittra about what is the purpose of pain and suffering in the world. He tells us that it has to do with our karmas, or previous actions, that allow us to learn lessons in order to purify our minds and bodies. He says we all experience the same amount of pain and suffering, but it is how we choose to deal with the pain and knowing why we have this pain, that makes all difference. 12:00- Cate asks Sri Dharma Mittra about how he teaches his students to transcend their lower chakras and how to not plateau in their spiritual work. He talks about encouraging them to know about the gunas, the mind, the eight limbs of yoga and to be aware of the pitfalls of attachment and the ego. 21:50- How do yoga poses give us power? How do the poses represent a state of consciousness in the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and bliss bodies? 27:00- Cate inquires about Sthira, or stillness. How do we acquire stillness in our lives when everything outside of us is telling us to do more and go faster? Sri Dharma talks about meditation and technology in regards to slowing down. 39:30- The more we dive into the practice of compassion, the more we feel empathetic to what others are feeling and the more we feel at a subtler and subtler level.

Favorite Quotes: “The reason for the pain and suffering for all creation is for the cleaning of the mind and the body and then we are ready to enter the kingdom of God. If we are able to understand the pain and pass through it with understanding, automatically one develops a strong desire for liberation.” -Sri Dharma Mittra “When this suffering goes deep into the heart, you learn, you understand and you taste your own medicine. Then you are not able to cause that to someone else.”  -Sri Dharma Mittra “As the mind becomes calm, the heart becomes steady.”  -Sri Dharma Mittra “Whoever is really enlightened with some real knowledge, they can not be actionless. They have to share the way with others.” -Sri Dharma Mittra “We keep increasing our divine perception in order to be able to experience the subtle manifestation of existence.” -Sri Dharma Mittra. “Sit quietly for 5 minutes and rest your mind on the infinite. Be a good parent, be nice to your pets and to your guests.” -Sri Dharma Mittra  

Guest BIO:

Sri Dharma Mittra has dedicated most of his life in service to humanity teaching yoga, the ancient knowledge of how to attain radiant health and develop spiritually. Since 1967, he has been teaching Classical Yoga: advanced postures, Yama and Niyama and how to lead a content, simple and happy life.

Sri Dharma was born in 1939 in the small, remote village of Pirapora, Brazil and was raised Catholic in a poor family of 5 children. In his early teens, he became involved in esoteric teachings and yoga through books his younger brother was studying. From 1958 through 1964, Sri Dharma served in the Brazilian National Air Force and practiced bodybuilding, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He had only practiced yoga through books in his late teens when his younger brother Sattya went to New York City to meet and commence studies with their future Guru.

Sattya eventually asked Sri Dharma to come meet his guru in NYC and in 1964, after leaving the airforce and selling his bodybuilding gym he flew to the United States. The very next day, Sri Dharma had a private consultation with the Guru with his brother serving as translator. After meeting his Guru, Sri Dharma immersed himself in intense study and practice of the classical Eight Limbs of Yoga and dedicated nine years of his life to the full-time practice of Karma Yoga. After three years, Sri Dharma was initiated as a Sannyasi (one who renounces the world in order to realize God). During his years as a renunciate, he had the esteemed honor of being the personal assistant to the Guru, attending to all his needs.

In 1967, Sri Dharma was asked to teach intermediate and advanced classes in Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) at the Yogi Gupta New York Center both for his fellow disciples and the general public. He was also involved with preparing food, manning the juice bar and was the main handyman. Sri Dharma was demonstrated Yoga Asana at the lectures the Guru offered to the public in the ’60’s and ’70’s in hotel ballroms all around New York City. With Yogi Gupta’s blessings, Sri Dharma left the Ashram in 1974 to found the Yoga Asana Center in 1975, currently known as the Dharma Yoga New York Center.

Sri Dharma left the Ashram to live his destiny — a life dedicated to sharing and spreading the truth, knowledge and light of God through yoga in the most humble and quiet of ways. Connect with Sri Dharma on website and facebook page.

Body Thrive Experience with Traveling Yogi Sydney Doolittle

Jul 23, 2018 21:33


Sydney’s adrenal glands were worn out from years of being overly active, constantly moving, and always wanting to push herself a little harder. She needed to slow down and make a big life change in order to get healthy, gain her energy back, and bring herself into alignment. However, changing her entire life all out once to make this happen seemed far too overwhelming and difficult. Taking the step to join one of Yogahealer’s first Body Thrive courses, in order to learn how to make incremental changes week by week in a group setting, seemed much more doable.

Sydney and Jessica talk about Sydney’s Body Thrive experiences over the past 4 years, why they are so transformative and healing, and how Sydney continues to use the techniques she has learned in her life as an active travel guide. They discuss what habits anchor us and bring us back to a grounded place, as well as how we can use these habits to cultivate and develop our intuition within the body. Working in a group setting to deepen your knowledge about health and wellness and how to bring your body back to a state of ease and balance is so powerful and so healing. It is truly an experience everyone should be a part of at least once in their lives in order to grow, transform, and use the help of others to be propelled into a healthier, more awake and aligned version of yourself.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How can BT habits help you to thrive? Why is it so helpful to work in groups? Why are Kaizen habits so important?


Links Mentioned in Episode Sydney's facebook page Sydney's Instagram page Discover more about the Body Thrive Sign-up for the FREE live Living Ayurveda Masterclass series now!


Show Highlights: 00:45- Sydney and Jessica discuss Sydney’s first experience with Yogahealer’s Body Thrive course and what big life shift made her want to jump into BT 4 years ago. 12:00- Sydney tells us how her life is different now since she has incorporated the BT habits, how she applies the habits to her life, and what habits anchor and ground her the most amidst her movement based lifestyle. 17:35- So many people look at trying to become healthy as a huge life change that can stress them out and make them feel overwhelmed. The BT habits are meant to make our lives less stressful and more easeful, giving us the tools to make small adjustments to our habits and move into healthful living one step at a time.


Favorite Quotes: “To be able to communicate makes all the difference.” -Jessica Robinson “These habits bring me more grounding and they allow me find time in my life to sit in stillness and meditate.” -Sydney Doolittle  “It’s about finding the time to take a moment to myself, to sit for 5 minutes, or to do yoga for 10 minutes...For me now it’s about being able to sit and digest the experience I just had.” -Sydney Doolittle  


Guest BIO:

Sydney Doolittle has been an avid yoga practitioner since she was a young girl. As a former gymnast turned coach, sharing her love of yoga by teaching others, was a natural transition. She obtained an Anusara based yoga certification at Vital Yoga in Denver, CO in 2013 and in 2016, her yoga pursuits took her to India where she studied in Rishikesh to obtain her 300 hour yoga teacher training certification. Sydney has taught in some obscure places, leading retreats with the Life Force Project in Salento, Colombia and on a yacht in the Mediterranean with Sun Fun You Fitness Voyages. Sydney recently returned from Bali where she studied Clarity Breathwork and is now certified as a Breathwork Practitioner. She currently studies Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, with the hopes of becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner in the near future. She currently works as a Tribe Scribe for Yogahealer and has worked as an active travel guide for Backroads for the past 5 years, leading hiking and biking trips worldwide. She has a passion for the outdoors, hiking, snowboarding and immersing herself in the natural world as much as possible.

Connect with Sydney on Facebook or Instagram at travelingyogi108.


Show host BIO:

Jessica Graham Robinson is a yogi, mama, bodyworker, and a Yoga Health Coach (in training). She is owner of Sacred Space Healing Arts in Wyoming, where she homeschools her two children in the foothills of the mountains. Jessica is thrilled to be using the wisdom of Ayurveda to be guiding other mamas (with or without children) on the transformational journey from the dull and painful land of stagnation and resentment into the Kingdom of Thrive where they become Rhythm Champions! You can find Jessica through her website.  

The Truth about Turmeric with Dr. Shivani Gupta

Jul 4, 2018 33:18


Dr. Shivani Gupta and I have a wonderful podcast for you today on herbs, spices, and their healing properties. We get deep into the benefits of Turmeric and its’ active ingredient, Curcumin. Did you know that Turmeric not only helps fight inflammation in the body, but is also an antioxidant, supports the immune system, helps decrease stress and diabetes, strengthens the ligaments, and reduces pain when taken in larger doses?

Dr. Gupta talks about her childhood and being raised by traditional Indian parents with a lot of knowledge in the world of herbs. They used herbs to cook, to heal wounds, and to fight illness, just to name a few. Shivani ‘s interest in spices and herbs at such a young age drew her to use them to aid her in childbirth, to help in raising healthy children, and in cooking for her family. She discusses her passion for cooking, and we learn that consciously prepared herbs, spices, and food are our medicine and can be used to replace drugs.

Shivani teaches us that the preparation of food with love and compassion allows us to slow down and to shift into deeper alignment with ourselves. When we take the time to learn about these important herbs and spices, we are able to shift our perspectives on food and medicine, changing ourselves and the way we live our lives for the better.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What are the real benefits of Turmeric? What is the right dosage of Turmeric? How and why to combine herbs?


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Show Highlights: 1:00- Shivina tells us about her experience growing up in an Indian household and how they used herbs and spices in many different ways: for food, as medicine, or to heal a wound. 5:00- Understanding plants and herbs, such as turmeric, and what each piece of them can be used for. The benefits of the herb or spice in its full form vs. its ground down form. 13:45- What happens behind the scenes when we create curry with Turmeric? What are the benefits of turmeric and why should we eat it? What is the proper dosage of turmeric and what are its contraindications? And Curcumin or Turmeric as a replacement for IBuprofen and painkillers! 28:00- Cooking with love! AND what is the truth behind cooking with curcumin and black pepper vs. cooking with curcumin and oils, ghee or fats.  


Favorite Quotes: “We put the spices in in a certain order so that their aromas released but also so that their benefits released….It’s an investment into your own health with every dish that you cook.” -Dr. Shivani Gupta “I don’t reach for pain killers anymore, I reach for Turmeric. If the whole world reached for turmeric instead of painkillers, we would have a whole different planet. ” -Dr. Shivani Gupta “I am here to nourish and love my family, I want us all to be peaceful happy people. I’m going to cook with that in mind.” -Dr. Shivani Gupta  


Guest BIO:

Dr. Shivani Gupta was born and raised in Houston, Texas to a loving traditional Indian family. Throughout her entire life, her father taught her about healthy eating, organic foods, effective supplements, and fortifying the body to have the best health. Shivani took this knowledge to the next level, backing inherited wisdom from her family with modern science.

Dr. Gupta interned in the biochemistry lab at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre. She later proceeded to continue her own study, obtaining a PhD in Ayurvedic studies focusing on herbology and anti-inflammatory herbs. Shivani recently published her book Conscious Pregnancy Spiritual Practical Approach, that shares her deeply personal experience of integrating conscious practices into her pregnancy and later into raising her two kids and teaching them to adopt healthy habits early in life. Check her website and facebook page.

Permaculture and Conscious Evolution of the Human Species on Planet Earth with Maddy Harland

Jul 3, 2018 27:53


Today Maddy Harland and I dive deep into some fascinating conversation on permaculture, the sustainability of Planet Earth and conscious evolution of the human species. Maddy is the editor and co- founder of England’s Permaculture Magazine and the author of Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope. We discuss permaculture, human growth and consciousness as a paradigm shift, sustainability, and interconnectivity. We talk about the awakening of human beings to the climate crisis and all the positive, life enhancing and creative ways of living that can reverse the disintegration of our ecosystems.

We chat about being able to connect deeply to our bodies in order to become more deeply connected to Mother Nature and the planet we live on, allowing us to thrive. Our Earth is alive. It is full of energy and abundance and the life of the planet is the same life that flows through us; we are all one. If we destroy our earth, we are essentially destroying ourselves. Listen in to this mind expanding podcast and learn a bit about how you can help the future of human life and the future of our planet Earth.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is permaculture and why is it important? What does it mean to raise the awareness of the planet? What can you do in the realm of sustainability and permaculture to help our planet?


Links Mentioned in Episode: Maddy's Facebook Maddy's Website Sign-up for the FREE live Living Ayurveda Masterclass series now!


Show Highlights: 2:30- Cate and Maddy chat about permaculture and human consciousness on our planet Earth. Cate asks Maddy what drives her, how she got into this world of conscious evolution, and what she thinks about our personal body connection in regards to our connection to the planet. 10:00- The primordial soup of the planet. Maddy assures us that while there is greed, short sightedness, and ignorance, there are also good people who hold high values and have high hopes for our species and our planet. We hear a bit about England’s, David Attenborough, an extraordinarily influential BBC broadcaster and naturalist. 17:00- What is permaculture and what is a regenerative system? Why are these important terms and how can you use them in your everyday life to help us become more sustainable?


Favorite Quotes: “Something happens when we make a transition and become more immersed in the natural world…we sense that what we are in our essence, is the essence of the whole landscape and the world around us...the remarkable experience of oneness. ” -Maddy Harland “Everything was energetic and everything had an animate life to it and that life was the same as the life that flowed through me, and actually there was no separation.” -Maddy Harland “Guiding principles: Integrate, don’t segregate. And appreciate biodiversity.” -Maddy Harland “We have to hold our center in our hearts and work with that compassion and that


Guest BIO:

Maddy Harland is editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine, an international quarterly in print, digital and online at Maddy co-founded Permanent Publications in 1990, a publishing company, and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, once a military base, and now a thriving immersive learning centre. Maddy is a Visiting Knowledge Exchange Fellow of the Institute of Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester in the UK. She is an adviser to the Ecosystem Restoration Foundation and Common Earth, a joint initiative between the Cloudburst Foundation and the Commonwealth, a climate action program aimed at supporting member states to adopt integrative approaches to address climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. She is the author of Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope. She loves to grow food and wildflowers, keep bees and camp out in wild places. Connect with Maddy on her website and facebook page.

How to Handle your Kids Summer Break with Health and Ease with Kirstin Pinit

Jun 25, 2018 22:45


On today’s podcast Jessica Graham Robinson and Kirstin Pinit rap about how to keep you and your family healthy and happy this summer. Summers can be tough; the days stay lighter later, the kids are out of school, and they don’t have a consistent schedule, which in turn can wreak havoc on the parents schedules. It’s important to realize that you, as parents, have the power to decide what you want summer to look like for you and your family. Perhaps the summer routine looks completely different from the school year routine, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, healthy, satisfying, and nourishing all the same. Jessica and Kirstin give us tips on how you and your family can create parameters to stay on course and keep the daily rhythms and habits that are essential for health and stability. Learn to involve your kids in your own Body Thrive habits and enjoy a summer of easeful living!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How can you take care of yourself while taking care of your kids? What are your keystone habits for yourself and your family? How to deal with summer travel in a healthy way


Links Mentioned in Episode:
Have a conversation with Alex! Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive Stay Hydrated with Copper H20 Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne 



Show Highlights: 4:20- Ideas for how to keep your family on course and keeping a healthy routine during the summer months. Keep your kids healthy and happy by keeping yourself healthy and happy! 14:15 - Keystone habits for your kids and yourself tied in with summer travel. What habit will anchor you and your family no matter where your summer takes you? 19:15 - Let your kids be bored! Why it is so important to slow down, relax and just let your kids chill during the fast paced summer months.


Favorite Quotes: “Moms, you’re the Queen of the house, you set the tone!... We get to decide what we want our summer to look like.” - Jessica Graham “I feel really empowered by the fact that I have a lot of say over how our family runs.” - Kirstin Pinit “ When you’re really off schedule, pick a keystone habit, one or two things your just going to do no matter what because you know other things are going to slide.” - Kirstin Pinit


Guest BIO:

Kirstin Pinit is a Yoga Health Coach, an artist, a student of yoga and massage therapy. She believes that life is more interesting when we seek and find meaning in small moments and go about our everyday routines with love and reverence. Kirstin practices and teaches how to use simple daily habits to unleash a joyful, sensual, creative life Kirstin shares her journey to becoming True Self on her Instagram. Find out about her upcoming courses and collaborations at her website.


What Habits Help You Experience Confidence in Your Body?

Jun 18, 2018 13:13


Jessica Graham Robinson talks with us today about loving our bodies, body integrity and feeling comfortable in our own skin. It is SO important for us to feel good about the bodies that we live in, not just so that we feel good in a bathing suit, but also so that we continue to make life choices that are in alignment with who we are. Jessica chats about some Ayurvedic habits that help us to make choices from a place of confidence and to take good care of our bodies, so that we continue to be confident, grounded, strong, and in alignment with our true selves.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why is it important to feel confident in your body? What habits make you feel integrous in your own body? How do we gain confidence from the inside out?


Links Mentioned in Episode:
Have a conversation with Alex! Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive Stay Hydrated with Copper H20 Jessica's website


Favorite Quotes: “‘I’m talking about caring about yourself enough that you make choices that support you feeling confident, you having integrity, regardless of whether or not your body is ‘perfect’.” -Jessica Robinson “I believe it is important for everyone to experience confidence in their bodies.” -Jessica Robinson “The choices you make for your life, your career, your relationships really are not the same choices you would be making if you were coming from that place of stable, confident you.” -Jessica Robinson

Guest BIO:

Jessica Graham Robinson is a yogi, mama, bodyworker, and a Yoga Health Coach (in training). She is owner of Sacred Space Healing Arts in Wyoming, where she homeschools her two children in the foothills of the mountains. Jessica is thrilled to be using the wisdom of Ayurveda to be guiding other mamas (with or without children) on the transformational journey from the dull and painful land of stagnation and resentment into the Kingdom of Thrive where they become Rhythm Champions! You can find Jessica through her website.

How to Hydrate Right! With Alex Biondo and Gale Edison

Jun 11, 2018 16:40


We all know that hydration is important and absolutely essential for our survival. But did you also know that water makes our skin look lustrous and supple? Or that water lubricates our digestive tracts and makes us pooping champions? Or that it gives us energy and vibrancy and helps us to look healthy, shiny, and radiant?

Listen in on this podcast with Alex Biondo and Gale Edison and learn about the importance of hydration. Shift your perspective and your drinking habits; instead of drinking water to survive,  drink water to Thrive!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why is it important to hydrate? How to hydrate well What’s the deal with carbonated water?


Links Mentioned in Episode: Have a conversation with Alex! Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive Gale's website Gale's facebook page Stay Hydrated with Copper H20  
Show Highlights: 1:00- Alex and Gale share their hydration stories. 4:00- Whats the ‘why’ behind hydration? Why should we drink 8 glasses of water per day? What is water really doing for you? 6:45- Ways we can hydrate and the difference between hydration and flushing. 12:30- Carbonated water-- is it good, is it bad? What’s the deal?


Favorite Quotes: “How can I make this fun and interesting so I am going to remember and want to hydrate?” -Gale Edison “Notice how you’re feeling and ask yourself, ‘did I drink enough water?’ and see if there’s a connection.” -Alex Biondo


Guest BIO:

Gale’s life has always been anchored in a committed physical practice. Practicing ballet from the age of 3, and highland dancing from the age of 4 into her adulthood, she went on to study dance in university. After exploring other career choices, her passion for movement therapies became her apparent life dharma- Committing to a life of learning and sharing empowering life practices. Gale studied hatha yoga under Meghan Currie and Sridaiva with Desi Springer and John Friend, and Yoga Tune Up’s Embodied Anatomy with Trina Altman. The most influential teacher in her practice is Dana Skoglund, her teacher who has a background in Anusara and Sridaiva yoga, as well as ayurveda. Through yoga and ayurveda Gale strives to facilitate a newfound sense of self-empowerment, self-accountability and gratitude for life in all those who practice in her community. Check out her website and contact on facebook page.


Host BIO:

Alex Biondo is a Colorado mountain girl who recently relocated to Wisconsin. She’s a Certified Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher and single mom to an awesome teenage girl. She’s the founder of the Life On and Off the Mat Blog and the Vibrant Life course. She’s an enrollment coach at Yogahealer as well. Alex is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health and lives. After years of letting life happen to her, she is now intentionally creating the life she wants for herself and her daughter. She’s an avid skier, music lover, cook and writer. In the summer, you can often find her dancing at an outdoor concert. You can find her all year-round at her website.

Take a Moment of Mindfulness and Breathe with Jill Novak

Jun 4, 2018 21:56


Slow down. Pause. Take a deep breath. Ask yourself, “What do I need right now?” Notice how much more present, centered, and in touch with yourself you feel.

Sometimes we move so quickly through life that we forget to take the time to enjoy deep, calming breaths…. And they are so important! When we restrict our breath or forget to breath, we hold onto feelings of tightness, stuckness, or fear. When we bring prana or life force into our bodies we feel more in tune, intuitive, and whole and the more our awareness expands.

Tune in to today show with Jessica Robinson and Jill Novak to learn more about the breath, what it does for your overall mental and physical health, and how it can heal and transform you on all levels!


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How can your breath change your life? Why is it important to get in tune with your breath? Tips to be more in tune with yourself and your breath


Links Mentioned in Episode
Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks Jill Novak website


 Show Highlights: 7:00- We underestimate the power of our breath. It is so important to bring more awareness to our breathing to allow it to flow, to heal, to release, and to bring presence to our lives. 14:10- Tips to help us breath more throughout our day. Start with breath body practices in the morning to set the tone for the whole day! 20:00- By taking deep breaths, we are allowing our breath access to the cells of our body so that they can be unlocked and tightness, fear, a restriction can be released.


Favorite Quotes: “If you let your breath define the edges of your container, then the more we let our breath be fluid and strong and smooth, then the bigger our container can be.” -Jill Novak “Start to expand your container by unarmoring your breath.” -Jill Novak “When your body is in fear, your breath is held. When your body is not in fear, your breath flows.” -Jill Novak “We underestimate the amount of healing that can happen if we just breathe!” -Jill Novak


  Guest BIO:

In 2009 JIll Novak took her first 250 hours of Teacher Training with the Yoga Studio College of Canada, with great emphasis on alignment and accessibility for all bodies. For the last year she has been training and practicing Yoga Therapy. She loves the concept of working toward what is right for your body regardless of what the pose looks like on the outside; it is how it feels on the inside that counts. She believes that if  we can connect people to that feeling then we are starting to live more firmly in our bodies; this is yoga.

You can get in touch with and learn more about  Jill Novak on her website.

Bowspring Yoga To Promote Healing

May 30, 2018 19:21


Many people come to yoga for the purpose of healing and the practice of Bowspring yoga is no exception. Bowspring yoga, founded by Desi Springer of Vital Yoga in Denver, CO, has re-created many yoga poses that are meant to realign our bodies and promote healing, specifically in our hips and low backs. This form of yoga teaches contradictory alignment to what we’ve learned in yoga thus far and puts a great deal of emphasis on the sacrum and increasing the arch in our low spine.Bowspring is more of an opening and expanding technique as well as a therapeutic postural alignment tool. It is not a form of asana that you need to use exclusively, but it can be very balancing to have this practice in your tool box whenever your body is craving something different. Check out for some more information on this yoga technique and some great Bowspring flows.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is Bowspring yoga? Why is it helpful? What does Bowspring tell us about postural alignment?


Links Mentioned in Episode:
Bowspring Basic Training Course TINT Yoga The Healing of Consciousness by David Frawley Gale's website Gale's facebook page Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive
Show Highlights: 1:05- Gale tells us about her background as a dancer, the pain she experienced in her body, and her transition into Bowspring yoga. 10:00- The importance of Ayurvedic self care habits that allow us to get into balance with ourselves and notice what we need right now.


Favorite Quotes: “As a society we’ve lost the curve in our lower back.” - Jessica Robinson “Having that daily practice with yourself, it will naturally bring you into a more aware, intelligent and sensitive state where you can be more intentional with your focus. “ -Gale Edison 


Guest BIO:

Gale’s life has always been anchored in a committed physical practice. Practicing ballet from the age of 3, and highland dancing from the age of 4 into her adulthood, she went on to study dance in university. After exploring other career choices, her passion for movement therapies became her apparent life dharma- Committing to a life of learning and sharing empowering life practices. Gale studied hatha yoga under Meghan Currie and Sridaiva with Desi Springer and John Friend, and Yoga Tune Up’s Embodied Anatomy with Trina Altman. The most influential teacher in her practice is Dana Skoglund, her teacher who has a background in Anusara and Sridaiva yoga, as well as ayurveda. Through yoga and ayurveda Gale strives to facilitate a newfound sense of self-empowerment, self-accountability and gratitude for life in all those who practice in her community. Check out her website and contact on her facebook page


Guest BIO:

Jessica is a yogi, mama, bodyworker, and a Yoga Health Coach (in training). She is the owner of Sacred Space Healing Arts in Wyoming, where she homeschools her two children in the foothills of the mountains. Jessica is thrilled to be using the wisdom of Ayurveda to be guiding other mamas (with or without children) on the transformational journey from the dull and painful land of stagnation and resentment into the Kingdom of Thrive where they become Rhythm Champions! You can find Jessica through her website and her facebook page

How to Heal our Ancestral Wounds with Lynne Taillefer

May 28, 2018 33:15


Genetic hereditary patterns, that we often do not recognize, can influence our lives in many ways. Many of the persistent negative emotions we feel such as heaviness, anxiety, worry, fear and depression, may be due to that ancestral patterning that we hold onto. In our podcast today, Lynne Taillefer and I discuss what it means to deal with ancestral patterning, how it can show up in our lives, and what it feels like once we release it. When we do this deep work, the wisdom we uncover can bring us from understanding and processing our lives on a gross level to a subtle level. Our sense of beingness becomes more and more grounded and we accept ourselves and others with so much more love and compassion. The more we do this work of ancestral healing as a global culture, the more we will help our descendants heal and see change in future generations.   


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why is it so important to process and digest our past experiences? How to process ancestral healing Can ancestral healing affect our DNA?


Links Mentioned in Episode:  Lynne facebook page Lynn’s website Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive

Show Highlights: 1:10- Lynn tells us her story and about the death of her father and how she is currently working through this ancestral healing. 18:15 - We all think our ancestral healing is personal, but it isn’t! We all go through it. We talk about the process of ancestral healing being an identity evolution and loving the process in order to let it go. 26:30 - Where does your intuition bring you? Slow down as emotions arise to allow them to surface and to be present.  And in this presence, the light of awareness digests it. Feel the emotions of ancestral healing and then notice how deep, heavy feelings start to change.


Favorite Quotes: “Heal for humanity.” -Cate Stillman “Detoxification is so much less about how clean your liver is and so much more about how awake we are and how free we are.” -Cate Stillman “We have to love it to let it release. We have to love it to let it go.” - Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Lynne Taillefer, A.K.A. Mama Lynne lives in Québec, Canada  with her husband and their two young boys. She offers educational yoga and Ayurvedic workshops for yoga instructors and Yoga Teacher Trainings, who wish to deepen and continue their evolution as teachers and students. Lynne is a Certified Yoga Health Coach and she teaches an 11 week course as well as a 7 month Yoga Immersion course to help revitalize and rejuvenate other mothers and their families.

Habit Evolution For A Better Intimacy, Sensuality and Love Energy

May 21, 2018 34:47


On today’s podcast, Neve Grace Fletcher and Jessica Robinson share a juicy conversation about intimacy, sacred sexuality, and loving relationships. They discuss practices of self love and simple self care rituals in order to love yourself and your partner more deeply. They also discuss how to bring sacred energy into our everyday lives in order to live with more meaning and passion. The most important thing we can do is love ourselves; when we love ourselves we are able to show up for others, to love others and to give back to our full awareness. Our ultimate goal is to increase our capacity to love everything.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What does your constitution have to do with intimacy and love? Why is it so important to love yourself first, before entering into a partnership? What it means to bring the sacred into your everyday


Links Mentioned in Episode: 
Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive Neve Facebook Page
Show Highlights: 5:00- Your constitutional imbalances can show up in your intimate relationships and affect the ways you act and show up for your partner. 7:10- Embracing the habits of the Body Thrive course and experiencing a deeper level of intimacy within yourself. Add in self massage, meditation, and sacred sexuality practices to embrace your own body and gain a deeper sense of self love. 20:15- What you can do on your own that will give you a deeper level of intimacy to bring to a relationship, now or in the future. 24:10- Bringing the sacred into the everyday; how to make rituals around habits to bring greater meaning and intimacy to everyday activities.


Favorite Quotes: “When I embrace the habits of the Body Thrive course, I have experienced a deeper level of intimacy within myself.” -Jessica Robinson “If you can’t be present with yourself, if you can’t love yourself, if you can’t care for yourself and nourish yourself, how can you really do that with another person?” -Jessica Robinson “Anything can be sacred when you are present.” - Jessica Robinson


Guest BIO:

Neve Grace Fletcher has been a yoga practitioner off and on since 2003. After several car accidents, it became apparent to her that she would be practicing yoga the rest of her life in order to maintain her health. She received her RYT 200 teaching certificate in Hatha alignment-based yoga at Health Advantage Yoga Center. Neve has studied many different styles of yoga under various senior teachers.  She is drawn to Ayurveda and Tantra as they teach all of life is sacred. She also loves practicing acro-yoga and slack-lining. With 14 years of teaching experience, Neve enjoys guiding her students along the yoga path of self-discovery. Her classes tend to be playful in nature yet with an element of reverence for the Divine. Connect with Neve on her facebook page.

OMG! - Do I have Ama? What is it and How do I heal it?

May 14, 2018 29:26


Do you wake up feeling groggy, sluggish, unclear, or ready for more sleep? Do you feel stuck, weighed down, or lethargic? Or perhaps your clothes don’t fit quite as well as they used to? If you said yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance you have ama in your system and need to clear it out. ‘Ama’ is undigested material (food, emotions, issues) that sticks around in our physical and mental bodies, weighing us down and making us feel foggy and tired, instead of light and clear. Ama blocks the flow of consciousness, making us less awake and present in our daily lives. Jessica Graham Robinson and I talk about what ama looks like in our bodies and minds, what creates it, and how we can rid ourselves of it. Listen in to this juicy podcast for some serious detoxifying information that will help you to thrive and live an ama free life!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is Ama? How does it affect me? How do I heal it?
Links Mentioned in Episode: Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Body Thrive ELD challenge Jessica website's




Show Highlights: 1:45- Rebecca talks about ‘Ama’. She tells us what ama is, how we accumulate it and what it feels like. 10:15- We tie the conversation into the 10 Body Thrive Habits and how the habits start to digest the ama and rid our systems of it. 20:30- How effective the group dynamic is when we are trying to shift habits and live more in alignment with our bodies natural rhythms that allow us to thrive.


Favorite Quotes: “Ama is not something that you get rid of, it is something you digest.” -Cate Stillman “Ama blocks the flow of consciousness, it blocks the flow of intelligence.” -Cate Stillman “We become much more liberated as we become more integrated.” -Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Jessica is a yogi, mama, bodyworker, and a Yoga Health Coach (in training). She is the owner of Sacred Space Healing Arts in Wyoming, where she homeschools her two children in the foothills of the mountains. Jessica is thrilled to be using the wisdom of Ayurveda to be guiding other mamas (with or without children) on the transformational journey from the dull and painful land of stagnation and resentment into the Kingdom of Thrive where they become Rhythm Champions! You can find Jessica through her website and her facebook page


Ayurveda, The Yoga Business Model, and Staying Whole, Healthy and Connected with Pleasance Siliki

May 7, 2018 34:51


On today’s Dharma and Dollars show I rap with Pleasance Siliki about her life in the yoga world in D.C., owning her own business, raising a family, and staying healthy and rested through it all. We chat about starting your own business and the importance of feeling successful, integrous, and aligned with your core beliefs in the process. We discuss daily rhythms and habits, dosha types, Ayurveda and how this important ancient Indian practice shows up everywhere in life. We discuss the utmost importance of getting sound sleep, simplifying our lives, and letting go of old habits and beliefs that no longer serve us.  We tap into the realization that we are truly all connected on this planet; we are whole, we are one, and we are more alike than we are different. And once we understand this idea, we can all live happier, fuller, more interconnected lives.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to grow your own business aligned with your beliefs Why we need to better our habits in order to balance our lives Why the group dynamic and a sense of ‘Oneness’ is SO important


Links Mentioned in Episode: Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching lilomm Yoga - website BiZ/ Teachings Blog Lifestyle/ Personal Writing Delight: 8 Principles for Living with Ease and Joy


Show Highlights: 1:40 - Pleasance tells us her story of living in DC, working for Lululemon and transitioning into a successful business owner, yogi, and mom. 10:10 - What does it take to design a business model that people resonate with and want to use? 26:35 - We are more the same than we are different on this planet. We are more connected, integrated, whole and at one with each other than we are separate. Once we realize this, life will become much easier. 29:30 - What does ‘healthy’ actually mean? How to best nourish and feed yourself and your family, intuitively and without stress!  


Favorite Quotes: “20% of your results are going to go towards 80% of your income.” -Cate Stillman “Where can you fall into rhythm, and in falling into rhythm, fall in love with your life?” -Cate Stillman “A well rested mind makes really different choices.” -Cate Stillman “We are more the same than we are different.” -Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Pleasance Silicki is an author, teacher, speaker, mentor, creator, dreamer, and magic-maker. As the founder of lil omm, a wellness lifestyle community she created THRIVE and online self care class and community filled with wisdom and wellness practices. Silicki is passionate about inspiring others to live creative and meaningful lives and has been a teacher in various forms for over 17 years from yoga studios to public and private school classrooms, and conferences. Pleasance is the author of Delight: 8 Principles for Living with Joy And Ease which was published in 2016 and the host of the upcoming podcast, Soulful SelfCare. As the co- founder of The National Kids Yoga Conference and Septima Clark Public Charter School, Pleasance has thrived on teaching, coaching, and supporting women and families using yoga, meditation, and well-being practices. She loves living in Washington DC with her husband and two children where she spreads love, magic, and lightness to an incredibly over scheduled and stressed out metropolis. Connect with Pleasance on her facebook page and her website.

How long does it take to Dial in Ayurveda Habits?

Apr 30, 2018 32:38


On today’s podcast with Alex Biondo, we look at how long it takes to dial in our Ayurvedic habits and why it’s important that we create these lifelong routines for ourselves. Many of us who participate in detoxes, cleanse groups, or my Body Thrive group, know what it is like to experience the light, clear, balanced feelings that come from eating cleanly and taking care of our bodies on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. But what happens when we aren’t a part of a detox or Body Thrive group? What happens when we are living our everyday lives without an accountability partner and without automated habits? This is when we tend to revert back to old tendencies and outed ways of eating, exercising, and living. Listen in to our conversation and learn techniques to stay on track with your Ayurvedic habits that keep you feeling radiant, energized, vibrant, whole, and in the flow of your life.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How long does it take to dial in long term Ayurvedic habits? Why it is important to take responsibility for your own habits? What is pulling you away from upleveling yourself and your habits?
Links Mentioned in Episode:
Body Thrive Book Body Thrive Course YogaHealer


Show Highlights: 2:50- Cate tells us about her starting point in terms of diet, nutrition, Ayurveda, and Ayurvedic habits. She has come a very long way on her Ayurvedic journey from where she was then to where she is now! 8:30 - Understanding that partnering in right relationships is key in order to uplevel ourselves and our habits. 14:50- What to do if you don’t have the support or the structure of accountability to help you to uplevel your habits. 21:35- The behavioral science piece of deep desire; why we choose to follow through with some things and not others.


Favorite Quotes: “It’s our habits that are determining our experience.” -Cate Stillman “Energy is naturally more connective in collaborative. We are not meant to do it alone.” -Cate Stillman “The yogic path is this path of taking responsibility, where we increase our ability to respond on subtler and subtler levels.” -Cate Stillman “We’re not designed for giant leaps forward. Our nervous system is designed for incremental change.”  -Cate Stillman

Why We Need Accountability Partners

Apr 23, 2018 22:45


Jessica Graham Robinson and Neve Grace Fletcher share their experiences having accountability partners in a group setting and why this can be so crucial and life changing. The women share their stories about meeting each other and working together one on one to help shift each others perspectives, let go of old habits, and transform into more radiant versions of themselves. If you find yourself in a new situation where you are hoping to grow and uplevel yourself, having a buddy in this process is invaluable! An accountability partner is there to help you to become more in tune with who you are and more integrous in your life. They can help you to show up, to shift, to stand in your truth and push you towards action. So make it easier on yourself in your life and get an accountability partner.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What is an accountability partner and what do they do? Why do you want an accountability partner? What happens when you lose track of your path?


Links Mentioned in Episode: Neve Grace Fletcher YogaHealer Body Thrive Book Jessica's website Jessica's facebook
Show Highlights: 3:35- Neve talks to us about what it means to have an accountability partner, her own experience with it, and the power of connection. 6:00- Why do we want an accountability partner and what they can do for us. How it helps us to stand in our own integrity and realize that we are heard. 12:30- The resistance and fear that can come with reaching out and asking for an accountability partner. 16:30- Seeing yourself in others, using those around you as a mirror, and learning to use whatever experience you have to learn and grow.


Favorite Quotes: “Just stepping out and asking for an accountability partner is starting on the road to deeper integrity.” - Jessica Robinson “When you think of everyone as a reflection of you, then it’s like whatever is showing up for you is showing up for me in some way.” - Neve Grace Fletcher “In any situation everyone is mirroring something.” - Neve Grace Fletcher


Guest BIO:

Neve has been a yoga practitioner off and on since 2003. After several car accidents, it became apparent to her that she would be practicing yoga the rest of her life in order to maintain her health. She received her RYT 200 teaching certificate in Hatha alignment-based yoga at Health Advantage Yoga Center. Neve has studied many different styles of yoga under various senior teachers.  She is drawn to Ayurveda and Tantra as they teach all of life is sacred. She also loves practicing acro-yoga and slack-lining. With 14 years of teaching experience, Neve enjoys guiding her students along the yoga path of self-discovery. Her classes tend to be playful in nature yet with an element of reverence for the Divine. Connect with Neve on her facebook page.


Guest-host BIO:

Jessica Graham Robinson is a yogi, mama, bodyworker, and a Yoga Health Coach (in training). She is owner of Sacred Space Healing Arts in Wyoming, where she homeschools her two children in the foothills of the mountains. Jessica is thrilled to be using the wisdom of Ayurveda to be guiding other mamas (with or without children) on the transformational journey from the dull and painful land of stagnation and resentment into the Kingdom of Thrive where they become Rhythm Champions! You can find Jessica through her website, follow her on Instagram, and on facebook.

Winning tactics for intentional creating of your dream lifestyle

Apr 16, 2018 35:34


Ashley Logsdon, creator and author of “Mama Says Namaste” podcast, has lived on the road in an RV with her husband, their 3 children, and their dog since 2016. The traditional lifestyle was not suiting them and they decided that now was the time to follow their hearts and do something different. Ashley and l chat about what it looks like to intentionally create the life you desire to live and the feelings you desire to have, right now. Ashley brings up a question that makes us think about our life paths, “Why do we have to wait for ‘one day’ for these feelings to happen? Why can’t we choose to create experiences that allow for these feelings now? “ Listen in to this podcast and learn about what it looks like to take small steps of intention everyday in the direction of your dreams. Discover what your triggers are that make you react in certain ways, learn what values you hold high and how to live up to those values. Life isn’t based on who you have been, but instead on who you are and what you are choosing to do with your life, now.


I rap with Ashley Logsdon about creating the life you love: Create your own reality and live your own unique life journey Functional education, a life-long learning approach without strict parameters on how, where, or from who we can learn Personality profiles and DISC; learn who you are, how you learn, and your unique strengths


What you’ll get out of tuning in:     Understand your unique value- Are you living in alignment with your own unique value code? How you can grow, learn, and be inspired by anyone of any age How to intentionally create the life you want to live, now.


Links: The Growth Mindset Coach Ashley’s website Body Thrive Book


Show Highlights: 2:25- Ashley and I chat about Ashley’s family and their life on the road since 2016. She discusses how to be intentional about creating the life you want to live, now. 13:00- Understanding our unique values and codifying our code within our clans. Learn to live in alignment with your own value code within your family and friend groups. 23:05- Personal Profiling; learning who you are, your unique strengths, what kind of learner you are, and what values you hold high. Learn why these things are so important and helpful for us to understand in order to thrive.


Favorite Quotes: “We support each other’s growth path... You don’t need to be who you were yesterday for me.” - Cate Stillman “Sometimes the best way you can support and encourage one another is by backing off and giving space for them to grow process and develop into who they can be.” - Ashley Logsdon “They [her kids] have the power to learn from a 2 year old and an 82 year and everyone else in between.” - Ashley Logsdon

Guest BIO:

Ashley takes families from surviving to thriving by helping them uncover how "the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us". She guides parents through identifying their strengths - and also their triggers - to live with intention and not simply reaction to the chaos of an ever-growing family. Through her podcast, blogging, coaching and personality "snapshots", she provides tools and action steps to aid families in creating a life they love to come home to.
Ashley, her husband (and podcast co-host), three unschooling daughters, and dog have been RVing the States full-time since 2016. They focus on authenticity, awareness, and embracing love in the present moment. Connect with Ashley on her facebook page or on her website.


Ayurvedic Spring Detox and the Doshas with Alex Biondo

Apr 12, 2018 20:42


Take a moment to stop what you are doing and ask yourself how you feel right now? And then ask yourself, how do you desire to feel? Notice how those two answers differ. On today’s podcast, Alex Biondo and I discuss seasonal detoxing and detoxing for your dosha type. As you head into spring, you may want to let go of excess heaviness and weight. If you are moving into winter season then you want to feel more grounded and nourished. Perhaps you want to rid yourselves of the vata imbalances that you have acquired from season to season. Or maybe your looking to get back into sync with your bodies natural rhythms, slow down, rejuvenate, and learn some self care techniques. By detoxing our bodies and minds, we learn to fully digest not only our food but also emotions, excess doshas, toxicity, old habits and traumas. We shift our metabolism and move from superficial to deep digestion, and once we’re in this place, our attraction to the things in our lives that are superficial and unnecessary fall away naturally.

If you are interested in doing a detox, check out the Yogi Detox with Yoga Healer each fall and spring at!

What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to detox and how detoxing supports your body type What is my Ayurvedic dosha type? How do doshas fit in to detoxing?


Links Mentioned in Episode:  Spring Yogi detox Have a conversation with Alex Biondo Check out the Body Thrive course to automate your habits of seasonal rhythmic living Body Thrive Book



Show Highlights: 00:45- How do you feel right now? And how do you want to feel? What things are disrupting the natural rhythm of your bodies? Disruption in rhythm = disruption in Vata 9:00- We talk about the 2-3 days transition into the detox that is essential for us to deeply, nourish, heal and evolve ourselves 11:20- The specificities of detoxing for each dosha type 18:15- Learn about the year long Body Thrive course beginning in May, that teaches us to automate habits of deeper rhythmic daily living

Favorite Quotes: “There are these sacred transitions in the seasons where we give ourselves permission to under do, to unwind and to deeply nourish.” -Cate Stillman “The doshic imbalances that are trying to clear that will speak themselves through desire.”  - Cate Stillman “If I were to upgrade or reset my system and my habits, what would be better right now?” -Cate Stillman


Guest BIO:

Alex Biondo is Head of Admissions at Yogahealer. She is also a Yoga Health Coach and 200 hour RYT certified Yoga Teacher. Every day, Alex talks to people who are interested in thriving at new levels of health and business. She coaches and guides people into finding their best path to reach for their dreams. Growing, preparing and sharing and writing about nourishing and delicious food is Alex’s passion. She’s a busy single mom with a vibrant teenage daughter. Connect with Alex on her facebook page  or contact her at to book a strategy session!

Ayurveda, Self Love, and Deep Nourishment with Talya Lutzker

Apr 6, 2018 37:05


I have an inspiring conversation today with Ayurvedic Practitioner and founder of the Nourishment School, Talya Lutzker, about Ayurveda, nourishment, support, and self-love.

We rap about shedding outdated habits and perspectives by adding in more of what we desire, rather than taking away that which we need less of. We discuss deep nourishment and how it shifts our minds and bodies and allows us to be available for next big change or growth period in our lives. We talk about slowing down in order to fully receive from a more grounded, satiated, fulfilled, nourished, and peaceful place.

Slow down, be open and willing to accept support, and be present. When you accept these deep desires into your life, you will awaken to the upleveled version of yourself that you are pulled to be next, and you will soar!!


I rap with Talya Lutzker about outdated habits: We rap about shedding outdated habits and perspectives  We discuss deep nourishment and how it shifts our minds and bodies  We talk about slowing down in order to fully receive 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to embrace and create new, upleveled habits, routines and perspectives in order to shed the old What it means to give ourselves self-love and feel fully nourished How to slow down, digest our emotions, and soak it all in  


Links: April Yogidetox link  - Sign up and bring a friend! Body Thrive Book Connect with Talya and Cate on Ayurveda Summit 

The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen: Finding Harmony Through Food

Talya's Kitchen Connect with Talya on Facebook


Show Highlights:

1:30- Learn about Talya’s Nourishment School, what deep nourishment is, and why it is so important for us all to embrace.

9:00- Talya talks to us about self love and how we can bring it into our lives to combat our egos’ negative self talk.

15:00- Hurrying and scurrying through life vs. slowing down, soaking it all in, and being open to receive support, nourishment and self love.

22:00- Learn to give yourself space and time to digest emotions and embrace how you feel. Draw inwards, slow down, and allow whatever needs to digest and arise to do so.

33:00- Ask yourself, who do you have the desire to be next? And move consciously into that space.

  Your Favorite Quotes:

“Nourishment shifts us and has us be available for the next change in our lives.” -Talya Lutzker

“It’s hard to receive when you’re in motion, and it’s not necessary.” -Cate Stillman

“What things do I actually need to do that lead to the results that I actually want to experience?” -Cate Stillman

“What’s hard about slowing down is that you have to feel things that when you’re hurrying and scurrying, you don’t.” - Talya Lutzker



Certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner in 2003, Talya Lutzker found her passion and purpose when she turned to Ayurveda for her own healing and experienced radical physical, emotional, and mental transformation.  She’s helped thousands of people skyrocket their radiance through her Ayurvedic consultations, online cleanse programs, and her year-long Ayurvedic self-care academy, Nourishment School. Talya is the author of "The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen", along with 2 other cookbooks and she’s committed to spreading the life-changing power of Ayurveda across our world.  Connect with Talya on Facebook

Intermittent Fasting, Detoxing and the Ayurvedic Clock

Apr 3, 2018 23:56


Today Alex and Biondo and I rap about intermittent fasting, bi-annual detoxing, and why these methods are so important in keeping us healthy, clear, and vibrant.  Intermittent fasting, a tool historically rooted in ancient wisdom traditions, orients us towards biological efficiencies by taking the stress and overload of food off our metaphorical plate.  It allows us to have more time to process food, emotions, and experiences and gives our bodies a slower, cleaner burn. Learn to use your body as a science experiment. Play with intermittent fasting and detoxing to allow yourself a break from eating and see how much clearer, lighter, more productive, energized and nourished you feel.

I rap with Alex Biodo about intermittent fasting: Meal spacing and eating to maximize our bodies efficiencies Who will benefit from intermittent fasting? Fat metabolism and storing excess fat Detoxing twice a year to uplevel your physiology

What you’ll get out of tuning in:     How efficiently is your system functioning? Why does not eating for 16 hours a day awaken our physiology? What is gray fat and why is it good for us? Why should we detox our bodies and minds every year?


Links: April Yogidetox link  - Sign up and bring a friend! Brown fat vs. White Fat Body Thrive Book


Show Highlights: 6:45- Fat metabolism and intermittent fasting. Who should be intermittent fasting, how many hours is appropriate to fast, and what is it doing to your physiology? 10:50- The difference between white fat (ama) and gray fat (good fat). 17:05- Why we do yogi detoxes twice a year and how much easier it is to cleanse as a community. Join our Yogahealer detox this April!


Favorite Quotes: “How efficiently is your physiology functioning?” -Cate Stillman “Am I carrying my yesterday’s into today?” -Cate Stillman “Toxins over time are going to increase your experience of chronic disease.” -Cate Stillman “I want to feel empty, I want to feel light, I want to feel efficient, I want to feel what true hunger is again.” -Cate Stillman


Alex Biondo is Head of Admissions at Yogahealer. She is also a Yoga Health Coach and 200 hour RYT certified Yoga Teacher. Every day, Alex talks to people who are interested in thriving at new levels of health and business. She coaches and guides people into finding their best path to reach for their dreams. Growing, preparing and sharing and writing about nourishing and delicious food is Alex’s passion. She’s a busy single mom with a vibrant teenage daughter. She lives, gardens, cooks and practices in Boulder, Colorado. Connect with Alex or contact her at to book a strategy session!

From Surviving to Thriving with Peter Crone

Mar 29, 2018 34:40


Today Peter Crone and I have some fascinating conversation about Ayurveda, human psychology, behavior, and interaction. Peter tells us about his first experience with Ayurveda and how he immediately adopted the science into his life and work. As a physicist, he has always been interested in who we are as humans, why we do what we do, how things work, and the principles of mother nature. We chat about why humans act, react and think in the ways that we do. We discuss how the wisdom of Ayurveda can help to open up a new world of connection and understanding, allowing us to change our old beliefs and habits. We talk about the importance of stillness and taking the time to sit, digest, assimilate and just BE. We discuss intuition, the psychology of humans, and the importance of accepting others and loving ourselves. Listen in and learn how these topics can be better understood with an Ayurvedic perspective, and learn to love and accept yourself in the process.


I rap with Peter Crone about Ayurveda and human potential: Giving people permission to be human and to be themselves The gift of Ayurveda combined with human behavior and intuition Availability and connection to the moment, to ourselves, and to each other Protection vs. vulnerability


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    How to assimilate the wisdom of Ayurveda with your next step in life What it means to fully accept who you are Our harmonious relationships with reality Why it is so important to sit still, to digest, and to assimilate experiences


Links: Peter Crone’s website
Cate’s April Yogidetox
Show Highlights: 1:00- Peter Crone tells us how he got into the practice of Ayurveda and how he uses it in his life and work today. 8:20- The practice of the group presencing practice, “circling”, coming from a place of love, and giving people permission to have their humanity. 11:40- The mindset shift that is available to us when it comes to being non-judgmental towards ourselves and others. 18:00- The importance of digestion and of sitting in stillness in order to feel more integrated and in touch with ourselves.


Favorite Quotes: “That’s one of the greatest assets that I bring when I’m working with people, is allowing people to be who they are and not make it a big deal.” - Peter Crone “I no longer buy into the self judgment of ‘I’m supposed to be someone else, Im supposed to be somewhere else.” - Peter Crone “How available are we to the moment, how available are we to each other?” - Cate Stillman “With good digestion medicine isn’t necessary. With bad digestion, medicine doesn’t work.” - Peter Crone’s favorite shloka



Peter Crone is a thought leader in human potential and performance as well as the founder of Be Alive. He devotes his life to sharing insights and strategies to live an inspired life and thrive by awakening new levels of awareness. Peter helps redesign the subconscious mind that drives human behavior, performance, and ultimately all results. He has worked with entertainers, more than 200 professional athletes across multiple sports, as well as leaders of global organizations. Peter’s commitment is to sharing his pioneering perspective that inspires the realization of a new way of living… to go from a life of surviving to one of thriving.

Ayurveda, Food, Cooking, and the Gunas with Kate O’Donnell

Mar 27, 2018 43:44


Kate O’Donnell, author of the new, yet to be released cookbook, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind talks with me about the three gunas: sattva, rajas and tamas, in relation to who we are on this planet and our bigger life goals. We dive deep into the patterns of Ayurveda, the food we choose to nourish ourselves with, and the connections between human beings and the planet. We talk about health evolution, the expansiveness of our minds and bodies, the process of self nourishment and how we can connect with seeds, plants and the earth. When we connect with the foods that we eat, we can awaken our own psyches and pacify our monkey minds. In this way we can learn how to nourish ourselves properly and fully, in order to become clear in mind and body and uplevel our lives. Tune in to this expansive episode for some sustaining and juicy conversation on one of the most important aspects of our lives and something that we all need and love: food.


I rap with Kate O’Donnell about Ayurveda, food, cooking and the gunas: Kate’s newest cookbook, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas- what are the gunas and what it means to keep them in balance Ayurveda, food, and their connection to our universe Gaining deep intuitive strength, alignment, and energy through eating properly  

What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

How do you want to design your next experience in life? How food can keep you in a balanced, sattvic place in life How to gain more awareness to connect to higher goals and to your true self


Cate’s April Yogidetox  The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind Kate O’Donnell’s Website  Kate O’Donnell on Yogahealer Show Kate O’Donnell on Yoga Health Coaching Podcast and Blog


Show Highlights:

6:00- Kate talks to us about sattva, rajas, tamas and the mental energies of the mind. 13:30- We discuss life transitions and how to move into a place of more awareness and more design capacity in the future. We dive deeply into sattva, rajas and tamas and tie the gunas into our life goal setting. 19:40- The process of evolving in our self nourishment, healthy foods and recipes and Kate’s Ayurvedic cookbooks! 29:40- The time aspect to nourishment and food preparation. 



Favorite Quotes:

“Like the doshas, these energies (the gunas) are also necessary and omnipresent and useful, it’s just a matter of keeping them in a relative state of balance.” - Kate O’Donnell “The problem we run into is when we lose that awareness and when that mental energy takes you on the ride and the sense of self falls by the wayside.” - Kate O’Donnell “There is magic in how nature does its thing.” - Cate Stillman “Packing the prana into the food we eat is going to bring us to a state of dharma.” - Kate O’Donnell


Guest info:

Kate O’Donnell is the author of two Ayurvedic Cookbooks, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind 100 Sattvic Recipes. She is a nationally certified Ayurvedic Practitioner an authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher based in Boston, and travels to India annually for study. 

After years of dedication to the Ashtanga system, Kate has experienced great benefit from this practice and was authorized by her teacher Sharath Jois to teach the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga. She currently stewards a morning yoga program in Boston.

Kate also specializes in Ayurvedic education, cooking skills, and cleansing programs, offering online programs, residential immersions and trainings, and individual consultations.  Her Ayurveda and yoga offerings aim to help others come closer to their true nature.

Connect with Kate on her FB and Instagram pages, and find more info on her website.



Ayurveda + Sound Therapy with Daniel Bastacky

Mar 23, 2018 32:55


On today’s show I talk with Daniel Bastacky about Ayurveda and Sound Therapy. Daniel works with sound bowls and other instruments of sound to relax, heal, and balance people on physical, mental and emotional levels. Sound bowls produce a high quality energy and vibration which can penetrate deep into a person’s physiology, shifting stagnant energy and opening up areas in the body that have felt blocked.


Daniel and I chat about the clarity and feelings of wholeness and nourishment that can come through sound therapy. When we feel this nourishment on a subtle level, our needs and our stress levels decrease and we feel full, open, and interconnected. Listen in and learn how you can bring sound therapy into your life in order to deeply nourish your cells, calm your nervous system, relieve stress, and create unity consciousness for the betterment of all.

I rap with Daniel Bastacky about Sound Therapy:

How sound quiets the mind, relaxes the body, and moves energy The experience of unity consciousness and the physical and spiritual benefits of sound bowls Three different ways in which we take in sounds and why we can sometimes feel sound in our nervous system

What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

How sound bowls and sound therapy work within our bodies and energy fields What happens when you tune into the subtle elements of your physiology    How to create your own sound therapy and use it in your everyday life


Daniel Bastacky’s website- [ ]

Free 15 minute treatment from Daniel Bastacky for those in the Atlanta area!

Cate’s April Yogidetox - [ ]

Show Highlights:

2:00- Daniel talks about his first experience with sound therapy and sound bowls; he discusses how vibration from sound can actually move through you, shift your energy, and penetrate deep into your physiology.

4:00- We discuss the experience of ‘unity consciousness’ and the higher vibrational benefits of sound bowls.

8:15- Daniel plays the sound bowls that resonate with the heart chakra to show the difference between ‘resonance' and ‘dissonance’.

18:45- Daniel describes the path that led him to sound healing. He talks about how becoming a sound therapist affected his physiology and how sound healing has lead him to a stress free life.  

Favorite Quotes:

“It’s a very powerful experience having a bowl on you and to feel that vibration move through you and shift your energy.” - Daniel Bastacky

“On a higher level you are connecting to a world of vibration, energy, and movement.” - Daniel Bastacky

“There’s this different level of subtle nourishment that happens from sound attainment and sound vibration.” - Cate Stillman


Daniel Bastacky is a Sound Therapist, Hatha Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Educator. He uses therapeutic sound to deeply calm the body, to calm the mind, to reduce pain and stress and to move energy through the body's energetic channels. Some of the tools he uses in his work are Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, Tuning Forks, the Energy Chime, Tingshas and a Cymatherapy machine. He is a certified Health Educator from the Chopra Center and is a  member of Cate Stillman’s Living Ayurveda course. Daniel currently lives in Atlanta where he practices sound therapy to relax, to heal and to bring you back into balance.

Ayurveda, the Change of Seasons, Your Metabolism, and Your Appetite

Mar 20, 2018 18:11


In today’s podcast Alex BIondo and I talk about our digestion, our appetite, our habits and how the change of seasons has an effect on our physiology and our bodies rhythms. When we live out of tune with the seasons, we cause ourselves disease; when we live in tune with the seasons, we choose flow, harmony and easeful living.


Alex and I dive into detoxing and discuss what a nourishing process detoxing truly is on all levels- physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. We talk about how our bodies aren’t meant to carry old energies of the past into future seasons and how to let those old energies go.


If you have been wondering how you can feel healthier, lighter, more energized, more integrated and in tune with yourself, then this podcast is for you. Learn to age gracefully and live in integrity with yourselves and your bodies by following seasonal rhythms and integrate what your body wants to become next!

##I rap with Alex Biondo about the change of seasons:

Vata dosha and how we are affected as we transition from one season to the next How we partner with our body and how we respect our digestive fires Basic tips that help us to let go of the old and move excess out of our systems The Ayurvedic term, “Ritucarya” , which means seasonal rhythm or the routines to be followed in different seasons

##What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

How you can relate and tune in to nature’s seasonal rhythms   How can we detox our bodies and minds in between seasons The importance of doing seasonal detox’s in order to let go of old habits and create new ones

## Links:

Cate’s April Yogidetox - [ ]

Earlier, Lighter Dinner Challenge- Text ELDCHALLENGE to 3344 to get into the Earlier, Lighter Dinner Challenge

Sign up for a Body Goal’s Session with Alex Biondo - [ ]


##Show Highlights:

2:30 - Our digestion tends to get confused through the change of seasons; we discuss some ways that we can we deal with our digestion and appetite through the seasons.

7:15 - The body is so smart that it doesn't want to carry the energy of one season into the next. What does this mean for you?

9:15 - Learn the why behind the bi-annual Yogidetox. We chat about why I started it, why I continue to lead it, and how seasonal detoxing helps us to let go of outdated patterns and habits.


## Favorite Quotes:

“The body is so smart, it doesn’t want to go into the next season carrying imbalances from the past season.” - Cate Stillman “There are times when it is really hard to change a habit or a pattern and there are times when it is really easy to change a habit or a pattern.” -Cate Stillman

## BIO:

Alex Biondo is Head of Admissions at Yogahealer, a Yoga Health Coach, and 200 hour RYT certified yoga instructor.  Alex’s main role with Yogahealer is to talk to people who are interested in thriving at new levels of health and business. She coaches and guides people into finding their best paths and reaching for their dreams.

Growing, preparing, sharing, and writing about nourishing and delicious food is Alex’s passion. You can read about her gardening adventures on her blog, The Thriving Kitchen.

Alex as a busy single mom with a vibrant teenage daughter. She lives, gardens, cooks, and practices in Boulder, Colorado.

How easy can you make your Earlier Lighter Dinner?

Mar 16, 2018 14:17


On today’s podcast I talk with Alex Biondo, our director of Sales and Admissions at Yogahealer about the first habit in Body Thrive: eating an earlier, lighter dinner. We rap about why this habit is so challenging for so many people and how we can make it less challenging and more doable.  Some of the most common reasons people want to adopt this habit are to lose weight, to sleep deeply, to have more energy tomorrow and wake up feeling great! And guess what?! This is all within reach and totally possible when we commit to this first habit.

You can live your life in alignment with how you desire to feel today, tomorrow, in 6 months, in a year, or in ten years, by automating this earlier, light dinner habit.  


I rap with Alex Biondo about Earlier Lighter Dinners: Why do you want to have an earlier, lighter dinner? What is standing in your way? Kaizen your habits by running small doable tests to see if they will work in your life Use your body as a science experiment


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

What does it mean to have a “lighter” dinner? What is your motivational “Why” for wanting to make your dinners earlier and lighter? How do you want to feel tomorrow and what are you willing to do to make that happen?


Alex Biondo Earlier Lighter Dinner Challenge Bring a friend for FREE to the April Yogi Detox


Show Highlights:

3:10- What is your “Why?” Our reasons for wanting to make eating earlier, lighter dinners a lasting habit. 6:10- Use the Kaizen approach when it comes to eating an earlier, lighter dinner. Make small continuous improvements over time to give you the greatest efficiency and lasting effects.   9:45- How does experimenting with the earlier and lighter dinners make you feel? Your body will give you instant results!


Favorite Quotes:

“You set yourself up for failure if you try to make a big change here.” -Alex Biondo “See how you feel! See what difference it makes to you...use your body as a science experiment.” - Alex Biondo “It feels great to wake up feeling great!” -Alex Biondo



Alex Biondo is Head of Admissions at Yogahealer. She is also a Yoga Health Coach and 200 hour RYT certified  Yoga Teacher. Every day, Alex talks to people who are interested in thriving at new levels of health and business. She coaches and guides people into finding their best path to reach for their dreams.

Growing, preparing and sharing and writing about nourishing and delicious food is Alex’s passion. You can read about her gardening adventures at her blog, The Thriving Kitchen.

She’s a busy single mom with a vibrant teenage daughter. She lives, gardens, cooks and practices in Boulder, Colorado.

How to Voice our needs and Ask for Support

Mar 13, 2018 25:37


As you are changing and upleveling your habits, it’s a good idea to inform others. Not only does this help you stay accountable to yourself by letting others know, but it also gives your people a heads-up. On today’s show Alexandra Epple and I talk about how you can feel best supported as the person you want to be, how to voice your needs, and how to ask for support from the people in your life that are closest to you.

We all need guidance, space, and time in order to change and become the next level of ourselves. In asking for help, we are humbled. We admit that we are interdependent, not isolated, and that we affect each other. In this episode we show you the simplest, most effective ways to mobilize support in order to help yourself and others along your growth paths, how to accept support, and how to relax and expand into feeling of being supported.

I rap with Alexandra Epple about voicing our needs, as women: How to ask for support and how to voice our needs in a society where we aren’t accustomed to ask for help How do you want support? Do you feel supported in being the person you want to be? Who in your life can support you in the different areas of your life? Who can you talk to about your business, about your family, about problem solving, or about having fun? What do you do when those people say they cannot support you?


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    How to have a 5 minute conversation with the people in your life about changing your habits and feeling supported How to communicate what you need clearly If you feel unsupported, how do you realize that you feel that way, and what is the need behind the feeling that is not being fulfilled? How to build a new habit loop - determining the habit you want and asking for support  
[Body Thrive Book]
Read the Chapter: How to Change Your Habits in Relationship Sofia -- put in---Link to How to Ask for Support and Habit Evolution Cate’s April Yogidetox

Related podcasts: This podcast mish-mash includes some tips on how to hydrate in the winter.

Show Highlights: 2:00- Alexandra and I discuss questions that continually come up in conversation- How to we voice our needs as women, how do we notice that we have unfilled needs and what do we do when we don’t get the support we need? 5:45- Certain people in our lives give us support us in certain ways and we can request support in those specific areas from those people. Not all of the people in our lives are meant to support us in every area of our lives. 9:50- How much do you in invest and where are you investing in support? 12:50- When we are wanting to change something, there is a way of breaking that down into habits and breaking that down into triggers. We can then discover the needs that are not being fulfilled behind our strong emotions. 17:00- How to ask those around you if they are willing to support you in becoming the next level of you.


Favorite Quotes: “What would it feel like for you to have more support than you can dream of?” -Cate Stillman “Support is all out there, but am I actually tuning into the right frequency where that need can be met?”  -Cate Stillman “You are actually more supported than any human in the history of the world.” -Cate Stillman “Strong emotion = need not being fulfilled.” -Alexandra Epple



Alexandra Epple is a community health educator, health coach, an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Thai bodyworker. She supports and empowers women to transition through menopause and midlife with ease and grace. She is trained in yoga, Ayurveda, and other Eastern medical traditions and teaches people how to dive deep into their body’s wisdom in order to feel as good in the second half of your life, as they did in the first. She has completed Yoga Health Coaching with Cate Stillman and is currently a Yoga Health Coach and a mentor in Cate’s Living Ayurveda course.

Wellness Pro Burnout: Why it happens & what to do about it

Mar 9, 2018 32:10


Grace and I rap about wellness pro burnout, why it happens to us and to you, and what we can do to combat it. We chat about the ‘zone of genius’, our current purpose, and whether we are living in integrity with ourselves by pursuing our passions.  We talk about taking ownership for ourselves, our lives, and our careers and how to appropriately give and receive feedback.

Listen in on today’s Dharma and Dollars show to find out if you are you spending enough time in your zone of genius to light you up, give you energy, and keep you healthy. Find out how to connect to your mission, your dharma, and how to live in integrity within yourself and your career.


I rap about Wellness Pro Burnout with Grace Edison:

What are the different kinds of burnout and why does burnout happen? Continually learning and reigniting your passion for your business regularly The concept of “Svastha”, or ‘Health’ in Ayurveda, and what it means to be ‘seated in the self’

What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

Learn how to take ownership of your life and what happens when you do What is your zone of genius and how do you design your career to spend more time in that zone? How to appropriately give and receive feedback along your growth path



Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willis and Leif Babin

Related podcasts:

This podcast mish-mash includes some tips on how to hydrate in the winter.

Show Highlights:

4:30 - Grace talks about the different types of burnout, what burnout looks like, and how to navigate it 6:35 - We discuss taking ownership for what happens in our lives and allowing others to take ownership in their lives 12:20 - Perception of the self, giving of ourselves and how the self relates to all things 16:00 - We chat about being grounded, having an access to a deeper energy, and how to unlock your manifest and unmanifest potentials 22:15 - Build a grounding meditation exercise into your daily routine 25:10 - 10 tips on how to hydrate in the winter and keep your body healthy!

Favorite Quotes:

“It’s like you’re driving faster than you have energy coming in to burn, so you burnout.” -Cate Stillman “If we’re burnt out, there is a level of disconnect from mission.” -Cate Stillman “Be open to hearing to where it’s broken where maybe you didn’t think it was.” -Grace Edison


Your Ayurvedic Body Habit Evolution Trajectory

Mar 5, 2018 11:46


Today I let you in on some free body habit secrets from my Body Thrive course when I discuss body habit evolution trajectory! I talk about letting go of outdated habits and inviting upleveled practices into your life. I discuss toxicity in the colon and what affect this has on other areas of your life. I chat about the monetary value of your suffering and what poor health is costing you over time.

What outdated habits do you need to let go of? What values will new body habits bring you? What is the new trajectory of your habit evolution in 3 months? In one year? Two years? Ten years? Find the answers to these questions and more, in this body habit evolution podcast.


I rap about:

Benefits and side effects of becoming a pooping champion   How to save money by changing your habits Taking the time to notice all that you’ve accomplished and upleveled


What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

What were your old outdated habits truly costing you? What is the monetary value of your new habits? What are the other values, aside from financial gain, of your new habits?



Body Thrive Book
Read the Chapter: How to Change Your Habits in Relationship Earlier Lighter Dinner Challenge


Show Highlights:

2:25- Reflecting on the trajectory of your habit evolution 5:00- What is the effect of low energy over time and what that is costing you 7:45- Take a look back over old habits vs. new ones and noticing the cost savings for the diseases that you are avoiding truly dealing with 9:00- Take a pause and notice what habits you’ve already evolved

Favorite Quotes

“The more I’m thriving, the more it’s easy to step into potential.” -Cate Stillman “Take this as a pause and reflect on what you’ve already done.” -Cate Stillman “Part of digestion is taking time to assimilate how your choices affect your experience.” -Cate Stillman

I don't have enough time to do what is most important!

Mar 2, 2018 32:39


In talking to wellness pros, we often hear, between the lines, “I don’t have enough time to do what is most important.” In this Changemaker Challenge episode, Cate and Grace discuss the importance of strategy, organization and project management in pro healer career success.

Overwhelm is a choice. While you might just think you’re really busy, and you might think everything is working, the fact is that if you’re not leveraging your time, if your business isn’t scalable, if you don’t have enough time on any given day to do what is going to make the biggest difference for you and your career months or years down the road, you’re just spinning your wheels and and setting yourself up for more overwhelm.

Learning or creating a good strategy is the key to stepping out of overwhelm. Once you have a good strategy, you need to know how to implement it and make it real with time, attention, and rhythm. The first step is to identify which of your activities are optional, which are enjoyable, and what is scalable. Talk to Grace. She can help you identify the leaks in your time and energy and put you on the path to doing what is most important.

  What you’ll get out of tuning in: What’s at stake when we don't have a way to efficiently meet our goals. How to managing your big goals. What tools work best for goal and project management.


Links: Have a Conversation with Grace Detox with us this spring Body Thrive Catch Your Dream to Live Your Life at the Next Level Show Highlights: 4:30 - Overwhelm doesn’t always seem like overwhelm. Sometimes overwhelm looks like multiple streams of income. But if those multiple streams of income are keeping you from living the life and having the lifestyle you want, it’s not working. 7:40 - When things aren’t working that well, and you’re experiencing a loss of integrity, you need a better strategy. YHC is a better strategy. 9:30 - Scalability is increasing your level of impact and income without increasing the amount of energy you’re expending or the amount of time you’re working. With yoga health coaching, it’s possible to increase impact and income while decreasing the amount of time you spending working. 11:20 - While YHC teaches Cate’s strategy for scalability, Awake Living teaches you how to develop your own strategy. 15:00 - Once you have a good strategy, you need to know how to implement it and make it real with time, attention, and rhythm. 17:00 - Your strategy needs to be simple and you need to use the right tools for the right job. 18:40 - Time blocking and using a project management tool is crucial to the success of the implementation of your strategy. 22:20 - YHC finds the “leak” in your time faucet and teaches you to focus on activities that will allow you to scale your business. Schedule a conversation with Grace to get started!   Favorite Quotes: “When you have a loss of energy over time, you have a loss of integrity to the structure.” --- Cate Stillman “Don’t be scared of what’s real. . . . You know how to do what you’re doing.” --- Cate Stillman

How to Build a System or Leverage another System for Rapid Evolution + Career Development

Mar 1, 2018 30:37


In today’s Dharma and Dollars show, I connect with Dana Skoglund, about building a system for your own career or leveraging the system you already have in place. There are people whose strength lies in creating their own system and building it from the ground up and there are others whose natural talents are better used to reinvent someone else’s system. If you’re wondering which type of person you are, this episode is for you.

We rap about being lifelong learners and experimenters by being open and receptive to new ideas and new systems. Is it your natural genius to build and create your own system or not? Are you open to changing your paradigm and learning what you truly want to learn in the process?  What are you learning right now that you need to turn around and teach others?

Find out the answers to these questions and more, as well as how to best uplevel yourself and your system for rapid evolution and career development, in today's podcast.


I rap with Donna Skoglund about systems and leverage:

The system of Bowspring yoga, its challenges and its benefits Why it is so important to be open to new ideas, to drop our expectations and our ego and to always be experimenting Dynamic dharma, what is working and not working and how we can constantly improve ourselves and our systems


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Why yoga is essential in our fast paced, movement based lives The difference between someone whose innate talent is to create their own system vs. someone who’s natural abilities are in improving a system that’s already in place   How to get yourself to your desired goal, faster



Dana Skoglund’s website Tint yoga with John Friend and Desi Springer Wealth Dynamics


Show Highlights:

5:05- The system of Bowspring yoga and changing your paradigm to evolve yourself 16:05- How we can build or leverage our own system and realize our natural genius 20:30- What are you learning right now that you need to teach in order to integrate what you’ve learned? 21:10- Tools for developing and refining systems to get you to your end goal faster 25:30- Creating language, streamlining concepts and being able to express an idea simply 28:20- Always be learning, always be pushing your growth edge, always be experimenting

Favorite Quotes:

“Being open to change your paradigm of what’s proper alignment.” - Dana Skoglund “How open are you to learning what you really want to learn? “ -Cate Stillman “What are you learning right now that you need to turn around and teach?” - Cate Stillman “It takes about a year for people to get to habit automation.” - Cate Stillman


Dana Skoglund- Dana is a certified Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher and a mother of 2 rambunctious young boys. She has been studying yoga since 2000, teaching since 2004 and has over 1000 hours of training (in the styles of Jivamukti, Anusara and Sridaiva/bowspring). Eventually Dana’s desire to take her health and wellbeing into her own hands and to learn how to keep her family healthy led her to Ayurveda in 2011. After implementing the daily routine of Ayurveda and noticing the profound impact it had on her energy and happiness, she began coaching clients into these better body habits in 2013 after her Yoga Health Coach training. She aims to inspire others about the importance of healthy habits in crafting the life of their dreams.

Ayurveda on CBD Oil, Alcohol, + Dynamic Relationships with Dr. Stephen Cabral

Feb 26, 2018 37:14


Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Stephen Cabral, a naturopathic doctor and founder of the Cabral Wellness Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. We discuss Ayurveda, CBD oil, alcohol, bio individuality, functional medicine, and dynamic relationships.  Dr. Cabral shares his story of his “mystery illness” diagnosis in high school and being unable to find any cures or answers with conventional medicine. He began to study everything he could find in the realm of functional medicine and healing the human body with natural measures. He traveled the world searching for answers within Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Chinese medicine, and other holistic modalities until he was able to heal himself. Today, Dr. Cabral firmly believes that there is not a person alive today that cannot achieve wellness with the proper healing measures.


I rap with Stephen Cabral about Ayurveda, CBD oil, alcohol, and human connections:

CBD oil, or cannabidiol, and what ailments and diseases it can alleviate and cure The belief that as you age you need less sleep, is a myth Alcohol, Blue Zones and how community involvement leads to more overall life enjoyment and connectivity


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

A greater understanding of CBD oil, where it comes from, what it is used for, and why it is beneficial for everyone The importance of keeping a balance in your body through the change of seasons and throughout your life The benefits of surrounding yourself with a tribe that will help propel your forward on your path towards health and thrive



Dr. Stephen Cabral’s website Dr. Cabral’s Facebook page


Show Highlights:

7:30 - CBD oil, the stigmas behind it, and its incredible benefits 13:00 - What is integrated medicine and how does it takes into account all factors related to health-  sleep, diet, emotional balance, age, seasons, and your constitutional type 17:00 - What is the end goal with the medications we are taking and with our overall health? 19:45 - CBD oil implants and sublingual dosages for deep mineral absorption 28:40 - Alcohol from the Ayurvedic perspective and what removing it from your life can do for you


Favorite Quotes:

“ I am convinced that there is not a person alive right now that cannot get well.” -Stephen Cabral “ The more we can understand the nature of our own patterns, the more we can optimize our life, including our health.” - Cate Stillman “ I have the deep understanding of Ayurvedic medicine because I believe it is the truth.” - Stephen Cabral “Think about what it is like to be with people who light you up, make you thrive, and help you grow.” - Cate Stillman


Dr. Stephen Cabral is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor and founder of the Cabral Wellness Institute and At 17 he was diagnosed with a life-altering illness and given no hope for recovery. It was only after he traveled the world and discovered how to combine Ayurvedic healing practices with Naturopathic & Functional Medicine did he understand how to fully rebalance the body and re-energize it with life. Today in his online and Boston practice he uses Functional Medicine lab testing and Personalized Wellness Plans to help people rebalance their mind and body to recover from autoimmune, thyroid, fatigue, hormone, weight gain, digestive, childhood, mood, skin, and dozens of other hard to treat health conditions. His mission is to help people understand that there is always a reason why you have not achieved your ideal wellness or weight loss goals and that you can and will get well again!


Stories from the Pro Healer Path

Feb 22, 2018 52:34


I chat with my homegirls, Grace Edison, Bridgit Danner, and Rachel Peters, about our life journeys on our pro healer wellness paths.  In discussing our unique stories and how each of our paths has led us to our current wellness careers, we realize one thing we have in common is the passion we each feel towards holistic wellness and healing.

Grace, Bridgit, Rachel and I discuss the sense of risk that comes with change, our wellness setbacks, and what we’re most excited for in the future of our pro healer journeys. We have each experienced fear, failures, life changes and transitions on our paths. As wellness professionals who have felt strong callings to raise the consciousness of the planet and to better the overall health of humanity, we realize that each of these bumps in the road are part of the journey and are totally worthwhile.


I rap with Grace, Bridgit and Rachel about:

The passion or calling wellness pros feel towards the healing path and how worth it is, even when there is a chance of failure What it means to give ourselves permission to step into our own potential and do what we truly want in life Integrity, the sense of risk that comes with change, and what it takes to give up a job you don’t like in order to pursue what you love Knowing that when the pain of staying the same and staying small surpases the fear of what’s to come, then it’s time to move on


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How you can transform your current career and lifestyle into a healthier, happier, more balanced life Why the transition into a holistic based lifestyle can be scary, but totally worth it What it means to go deep in one area of your life verses stay on the surface



Bridgit Danner’s website Rachel Peters’ website Grace Edison’s website How I Built This podcast with Guy Raz  Yoga Health Coaching  

Show Highlights:

3:20 - Cate chats about her experience transitioning from her “real job” working in energy conservation into a full time pro healer role in order to raise the consciousness of the planet. 7:30 - Rachel talks about her role as a yoga teacher and her work in nature based education and how the two correlated and propelled her on her path towards Yogahealer and Living Ayurveda 15:35 - Grace chats about teaching yoga and her “big girl job” as a financial advisor. She talks about the transition from her well paying career into her current lifestyle as a holistic financial coach   20:15 - Bridgit tells us about her life working as an acupuncturist, owning a yoga studio and clinic, health coaching, and helping with women’s wellness. 28:30 - We talk about our attachment to jobs with “benefits” and how they may not actually benefit you 33:45 - Grace, Bridgit, Rachel and I discuss what we’re most excited about now in our own work as prohealers and what we have to look forward to


Favorite Quotes:

“Access to wild places is access to ourselves.” - Rachel Peters “The easiest way to learn faster is to try to teach something.” - Cate Stillman “There is a reward to the grit and the follow through that we may have a sense of, but it feels really different when we arrive there.” - Cate Stillman “There is a sequence to the way energy flows, there is a sequence to unlocking consciousness, there is a sequence to growth.” - Cate Stillman “What are you willing to give up through this transition?” - Bridgit Danner


Grace Edison:

Grace Edison teaches and guides people to get out of their own way with courses that are primarily focused on re-claiming your innate power to heal and be in control of your life, your time, how you feel and how you show up in the world. Formerly a full time financial advisor and part time yoga instructor, she has expertise in the areas of health and wealth and the relationship between the two. Grace is a mom of 8 year old twins, owns a yoga studio in Northern BC Canada, runs retreats, is an up and coming Yoga Health Coach, works for Cate in admissions and is leaning into new levels of leadership.


Bridgit Danner:

Bridgit has always had a love of nature and a desire to serve others so her desire to study acupuncture at Chinese Medicine School felt very natural.  She became a licensed acupuncturist in 2004 and a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner in 2015. She established a multi-disciplinary wellness center in Portland, OR in 2007 as well as the organization, Women's Wellness Collaborative, in 2015. Women's Wellness Collaborative sponsors online health education events for women, and hosts a weekly podcast called Women's Wellness Radio.

Rachel Peters:

Since 2001 Rachel has been supporting others through body, mind and heart-based yoga classes, trainings, mentoring and workshops. Her goal is to share how these practices have helped her shift into a more conscious, vibrant and easeful relationship to life and to support anyone who is ready to do the same. She’s been a serious practitioner and student of yoga from a young age and has thousands of hours of teacher training, immersions, workshops and retreats with phenomenal and inspiring teachers. In 2011 Rachel answered a deep calling and began her studies of Ayurveda with Cate Stillman at Yoga Healer. That same year, she began intensive studies with Paul Muller-Ortega of Blue Throat Yoga on the practice and theory of meditation and embraced a daily meditation practice that changed her life. These simultaneously launched her into a clear vision and daily approach of what she needed to do in order to thrive in the modern world. She now offers Ayurvedic Living immersions to help you to get light in your body, clear in your mind, and thrive in your life.

Vata, Ayurveda + Trade Pain for Rhythm with Mary Sullivan

Feb 19, 2018 30:02


On today’s podcast I promote a woman from inside our Yogahealer community.

Mary Sullivan, who has walked the self healing path in full with Yogahealer and is an amazing mentor in my Living Ayurveda course,  joins me to discuss Vata and Vata imbalances. Learn what it means to have Vata imbalances and how to deal with them by coming into deeper integration in your pranic, physical, mental, emotional, and intuitive bodies.

Mary and I rap about Vata, the force of movement and rhythm in our lives. There is an excitement, a spontaneity and a limitlessness to this Vata force, but when it is out of balance, it can take up too much space and block our productivity. An out-of-whack vata dosha can show up in the form of insomnia, gas, sciatica, or a scattered mind, to name a few. When we have these issues, we are losing so much energy and are so distracted that we cannot be productive. Our natural rhythm is creativity and productivity, not pain and disease. We are here to grow and thrive; this is the nature of our being.

Tune in to this episode to learn how to listen to your body, align your vata dosha, relax, receive, and thrive.


I rap with Mary Sullivan about the Vata dosha:

Vata as the main force of movement and rhythm in all our lives Experiencing the subtleties of Vata imbalances that can manifest into larger issues Simple, at-home remedies for Vata imbalances


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

What it means to listen to your body and notice signs of out-of-balance vata How to embrace structure to embrace flow in life How to learn to relax and receive



Mary's website Living Ayurveda course


Show Highlights:

8:00 - Vata moves and directs the other two doshas. Without aligned vata, we feel out of sync with our natural body rhythms. 9:45 - The two main forces of vata are primary downward force and secondary upward force. In order to keep yourself aligned, you need to pay attention to these subtleties of vata. If you ignore subtle feelings in your body, they can create large mental and physical issues over time. 15:10 - Vata can get so dry that it becomes isolated. When vata loses rhythm, it turns negative, and draws more roughness and more isolation until a person doesn’t feel connected to anyone or anything. 16:25 - Put structure in place to support the direction you want to go in life. When you don’t have structure and direction, you impair your ability to manifest what you want. 19:30 - There are lots of imbalances in our bodies- dry skin, scattered thoughts, distancing of relationships, bloating, insomnia. We need to ask ourselves how these energetic pattern arose, and how to dissolve and resolve these patterns. 25:00 - Learn to relax and receive...recieve your cat, your bed, the air.


Favorite Quotes:

“Vatas love to drive the car, they just doesn’t know where to go or how fast and how much to drive.”  -Mary Sullivan “Embrace structure to support flow” -Mary Sullivan “You lose connection to our own spirit when you stop believing in your own inspiration.” -Mary Sullivan “Fear is like high test gasoline for Vata.”  - Mary Sullivan “Calm your head, and go to bed cause when you wake up, it’s a different story. You’re looking at the world from a different space.” - Mary Sullivan “Allow Vata to first, again, go down before the inspiration can rise up.” - Cate Stillman



Mary Sullivan is an Ayurvedic yoga specialist, avid student of the Ayurvedic Living Course, amateur herbalist, canner, fermenter and cook. She teaches classes on meditation, self-care, health and food. She worked for over 20 years in the chemical industry as a chemist, engineer, manager and director. Her job disappeared when the company was sold; she lost her purpose and had a big hole in her identity. In early 2000 she began an odyssey of change and learning. She immersed myself in the study and practice of yoga, and became a yoga teacher in 2005. She began to study Ayurveda and yoga therapy, and became a certified yoga therapist and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She now has a new respect for the impact that Ayurveda, yoga, and consistent care is having on her life and health. Mary offers cleanses, classes and workshops in Ayurveda, food and wellness care & Lyme support to share her knowledge and practical experience in building a loving relationship with yourself, building routines that support your growth goals and maintaining self care as a cornerstone of a healthy vibrant life.

Your Pain, The Puzzle + the Role of the Practitioner with Australia's Pilates Pro Raphael Bender

Feb 15, 2018 36:17


On today’s show I have my pilates buddy from down under, Raphael Bender. We’ve decided we have these evil twin powers, he’s the pilates dude and I’m the yogahealer. His company is Breathe Education, the largest pilates company in Australia. He has a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology, and he knows so much about pain science. He’s writing a book on it (it’s not out yet).

In this episode I talk to Raphael about my wandering joint pain. It’s super fun. Listen in, and I promise you that you will have insights about where your pain comes from. Also, share this episode with those you know in pain so they can learn.

The goal isn’t to live a pain free life.


I rap with Raphael Bender about:

Why you want to know the story behind pain Where practitioners go wrong in trying to help patients/clients with pain A case study of an opiode abuser unlocking her pain puzzle


What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

The surprising easy wins in lessening chronic pain What role empathy plays in unlocking the pain puzzle How to listen and receive clients so that deep trust is built



Breath Edu.


Related podcasts:

This podcast mish-mash includes some tips on how to hydrate in the winter. Core Strength from a Centered Body with Donna Farhi


Show Highlights:

2:33 – Pain has physical, emotional, and cognitive components. A holistic view is becoming more and more supported by scientific findings. 6:39 – Tune in here for the other points that need to be considered in understanding the roots of pain. 14:45 – When we ask clients for their story and listen, we create space to deeply receive their truth and reflect back to them in a powerful way. 21:59 – We can’t solve someone’s learned helplessness, but we can use certain tools to help clients empower themselves


Favorite Quotes:

“Until the 1960s there was this mechanical conception of pain as being an inevitable consequence to some kind of damage to some part of the body. From the 70s til now, we have a more complex and nuanced understanding of what pain is” – Raphael Bender “We know exercise is good and everyone should be doing it, but it only accounts for 20% of the symptoms of pain” – Raphael Bender “We solve the puzzle together. I don’t tell you what’s going on.” – Raphael Bender


Principal Trainer Breathe Education

MA Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehab)

PAA Principal Trainer

Raphael Bender is a PAA Principal Trainer and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation).

He has a particular interest in clinical Pilates, and especially evidence-based approaches to working with persistent pain, which he has studied with Peter O’Sullivan in Australia and Bill Miller in the USA.

Raphael is Principal Trainer for Breathe Education, a PAA Education Body based in Melbourne, and delivering evidence-based Pilates courses nationally.

Top 10 Winter Immune Tips from Ayurveda

Feb 12, 2018 27:57


I don’t know about you, but so many people around me are sick, and I find myself giving unsolicited advice all the time. I know you all who are fans of Yogahealer and are podcast listeners might want some more insight into the particular ways to care for your immune system in the winter.

If you listen and this is helpful, please send us an email to let us know how they impacted you.


Nighty nite tea or ashwagandha with hot water at night.
Decrease your stress so you can sleep. Realize what you can get done in a day and let it be. Don’t burn the candle at both ends in winter of you’ll set yourself up for autoimmune issues. Seriously.
Wind down early
Sleep more in winter or you will get sick. We’re on an annual sleeping rhythm.

Eat early to wind down early

Take Hanah or Chavanprash

Live Well Lubed - do self massage
Find out your body type and get a good oil from Banyan -
Lubing helps your lymph filter germs. Dry skin invites germs to take over.

Carry a thermos. Sip hot water every 20 minutes. Take hydration very very seriously.

Keep your house cool and dress warm

Take cold showers. It works. I take 2-3 short ones per day

Eat soup. It’s easier to digest. Eat soup at night, maybe for lunch too See tip #2.
Take ashwagandha. It’s a winter herb - an adaptogen. Have it with dinner, with breakfast. Add it to your beet smoothie.

Eat beets. I use beets in smoothies. My favorite winter smoothie is grapefruit, beets, celery, pear and ginger with a few beet greens at room temperature.  Thin your bile. Heavy food is everywhere in winter. Beets help you poop
Never be constipated. When you'll constipated your lymph shuts down. Then you become susceptible to germs.

I rap about:

Why it is so important to get enough sleep in the winter What staying well-oiled means for lymphatic health in the winter Simple daily steps that don’t seem intuitive until you clue in to the Ayurvedic reasoning behind them

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Understand how sleeping, de-stressing, skin care, and more help you thrive in winter Practical, simple steps for adjusting your daily routine to maximize the integrity of your immune system


Show Highlights:

2:34 – During winter we build up our sleep bank. If you change nothing else in winter, change your sleep. Tune in here for why and tips for how. 13:47 – Most people don’t realize how much drinking warm water in the winter is deeply hydrating until they’ve tried it. 20:21 – Struggle with constipation or overindulgence in winter comfort foods? Tune in here for a simple step to aid your digestion

Favorite Quotes:

“Often in winter people don’t realize they’re dehydrated because they are drinking cold or room temperature water” – Cate Stillman “Some of your more neurotic emotional cravings start to fall away when you start to live more in tune with the weather” – Cate Stillman


Parkinson's, Ayurveda, + Dharma with Disease in Young Adult with Tatiana Wolfe

Feb 8, 2018 50:06


On today’s show, I talk with Tatiana Wolfe, who has been in my Awake Living course both times the course has run. She has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 30. In this episode, you will learn more about Parkinson’s from an Ayurvedic perspective and from the lived experience of someone who knows about Ayurveda and has a solid meditation and yoga practice.

I’ll also let you know in this episode about some free Ayurveda training that is geared towards helping you use the language of Ayurveda more readily in your internal dialogue as well as in speaking with others.

I rap with Tatiana Wolfe about:

The subtle levels of vata imbalance that end up building and creating dis-ease in our nervous system The importance of strengthening agni, digestion, so that our tissues and organs can receive deep nourishment, which helps the system cope with the vata aggravation that is at the root of diseases like Parkinson’s

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

A powerful understanding of the yogic and Ayurvedic teaching of a life-positive attitude towards tuning in to the perfection of every moment Understand how to build habits around transforming fear into love in our daily life Understand the deep relationship between physical nourishment and vata aggravation – when we don’t take care of our digestion, we water the roots of our dis-eases



Parkinson's Disease (Kampavata): Understanding the Ayurvedic Approach


Related podcasts:

Ayurveda for Health and Disease Detox, Rejuvenation + the 3 Causes of Disease


Show Highlights:

12:00 – Nerves, vata, dharma, yet, yet, yet, we get where we need to be by deepening our understanding of the innate perfection deep inside; the stillness supports the movement 16:33 – Tune in here for an understanding of how the vayus and chakras lead to the rise of a vata imbalance like Parkinson’s 26:35 – Part of the trick with diseases like Parkinson’s is taking care of digestion so that the tissues are thoroughly nourished 31:20 – When focusing on proper nourishment, we need to be mindful of the signals of improper digestion


Favorite Quotes:

“When the nerves are scattered and you get that racy mind and the feeling that there’s nothing to hold it together, that’s the bhavana of dis-ease. We are looking for the opposite vibration in everything, allowing it to be felt in every moment.” – Cate Stillman “The nutrition has to get all the way through without a vata aggravation.” – Cate Stillman


The Journey to Health and How It Influences our Kids with Grace Edison and Carly Banks

Feb 6, 2018 24:22


Carlie and Grace talk about and reflect on what has been coming up for them in terms of their progress and journey with their own health integrity and how it affects their families.

They provide examples of how they apply the what they have learned from their own practices and Yogahealthchoaching and how they apply it in their own journey as healers and parents.  


I rap with Grace and Carly about:

Being honest about your own lack of knowledge when it comes to raising kids. How we have to grow in order to teach to our children. Showing up the same way for us than we do our group members The introspective process and how it changes our kids.


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Teaching children about cause and effect. How not to be hard on ourselves when we don’t make the right decisions. How to peel back the layers and understand what we can do differently to move forward. How to find authenticity when telling your story.



Dharma and Body Integrity Webinar Have a conversation

Show Highlights:

4:30 -  How to teach children about introspection and cause and effect. 6:23 -  Our reactions and their effect on our children, how not to be hard on yourself and. 7:00 -   It starts with the self and how this will affect others around us. 7:58 -   How being part of a community helps you get out of negative loops. 8:56 -   We have to lead by example, the importance of telling your story. 10:50 - The importance of practicing what you preach. 13:11 - Coming from a place of love. 15:40 - Why people want to give our kids treats. 20:22 - Next steps

Favorite Quotes:

“It's not about the finger wag, its about going through the process ourselves that makes a difference” - Grace ¨It’s about showing them about that cause and effect, looking at the law of Karma” -  Grace “It’s not about stopping and not drinking wine, it’s about being given a choice to go, ohhhh noooo that actually is causing something” - Grace “I realized I can’t give somebody what I don’t have, we can’t teach them what we don’t know” - Carly “When we are not in balance, people around us can feel it!” - Grace “You can tell the difference when you go through this transformative process” - Carly “Information does not equal transformation” - Carly



Carly Banks
The Body Thrive path led Carly to a new and exciting world where all can be accomplished with ease. Adding YHC certification training to work and parenting is proving to be easy, with the right tools. Carly’s shattering old patterns and false beliefs about herself, to become the person that she and her family deserve.  Connecting? Connect and hear more about how Carly juggles life as a busy mom at Nourished living.

Grace Edison
Grace Edison lives in British Columbia, Canada. She’s a mom of twin 8 year olds, a Yoga teacher, studio owner, and Yoga Health Coach — and she also works for Cate Stillman in Admissions at Yogahealer! More than anything, she loves to make people laugh and has a not-so-secret dream of doing stand-up comedy. Grace has a strong passion for empowering others to take their health and wellness into their own hands. She loves building authentic relationships, making people laugh, and creating supportive communities. After a long-standing relationship with severe depression, Grace has found deep relief through the habits of Ayurveda — and much credit is due to Cate and her Body Thrive program. After taking Body Thrive several times and jumping into Yoga Health Coaching, Grace came aboard the Yogahealer team.

How to Grow a Million Dollar Coaching Business

Feb 1, 2018 26:24


I’m here today with a mentor from my Awake Living course, Dana Skoglund (check her out at Dana is reading High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, and in it, Burchard talks about how to figure out the 5 steps that will take you to your Wildly Important Goal (or WIG, as he calls it). He emphasizes talking to someone who has reached that goal and asking them what steps they took to get that goal.

So Dana asked me what my 5 steps to achieving a million dollar coaching business were, and in this episode, Dana and I discuss my 5 steps to building Yogahealer.

I rap with Dana Skoglund about:

The 5 drivers of success at Yogahealer and how we look to those drivers to reach for our goal for 2020 The importance of being willing to let your ego feel the burn of identity evolution The approach to leadership and community that goes on around Yogahealer and its importance to the success of the coaching model

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Understand how to leverage some of the strengths and concepts used at Yogahealer to grow your own coaching business Understand the importance of getting clear on who you are - your own strengths and the uniqueness of your offering An example of how to separate ego out in order to allow space for identity evolution; coaching business growth and identity evolution growth are deeply interlinked.


Related podcasts:

Persistence + Timing with Cate Stillman What it Feels like to Break Your Income Barrier


Show Highlights:

2:38 – When figuring out your business, it is important to know the difference between ‘drivers’ and ‘steps’ 3:22 – Curious what the 5 drivers of success at Yogahealer are? 10:16 – The rise and growth of yoga health coaching was part of Cate’s process of realizing her unique offerings and creating space for them to grow in response to the needs of the community 13:28 – Observing how the brand shows up and spreads helps you leverage your strengths and grow your acculturation tank


Favorite Quotes:

“Who you are and what you bring to the table, that’s important.” – Cate Stillman “The more somebody is onboarded before they begin a course, the quicker I can get them results.” – Cate Stillman

Ayurveda Pro Healer Journey With Alexandra Epple

Jan 30, 2018 27:01


I’m here with Alexandra Epple who is a pro-healer mentor in our Living Ayurveda course, and also teaches Ayurveda in the California College of Ayurveda. Today we wanted to talk about the process of learning Ayurveda.

We’ve known each other since 2003 and now we are so much wiser, we look great and feel great. So today we talk about our ahas both on our daily experience of Ayurvedic wisdom and your perspective of wisdom and insights that come over time.


I rap with Alexandra Epple about: How long it takes to truly understand Ayurveda The process of learning Ayurveda Alignment and the gravitational pull to rhythm The broken down points of connection


What you’ll get out of tuning in:     What questions to ask to go deeper into your understanding of the practice. How to create, design and experience your own rhythm of ease. Learn where you are creating dysfunction and disconnection and how to stop to make your life a little easier. Why  Inquiry is important in the journey of Ayurveda. How to stop doing things that harm me, how to become a saint for your body.   Favorite Quotes: “You learn something about Ayurveda and you have it at this level and then you look at it again and it goes a little bit deeper, then you look again and it goes a little bit deeper”. – Alexandra Epple (Ayurveda) “It’s such an experiential, energetic, subtle experiential system of what Ayurveda is, It’s the ground that we stand on,  It’s the air between us, It’s the space within us, it’s that experience and how we actually connect with it” – Cate Stillman “If we get pulled back into rhythm, there is a level of depth and ease and capacity that starts to expand”. – Cate Stillman   BIO:

 Alexandra Epple CAS, CMT is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, yoga instructor, Yoga Health Coach, bodyworker and Midlife Coach. Her approach to health is super practical and down to earth. She supports mature women through menopause and midlife so they come out the other end feeling better than they ever have; vibrant, joyful and luxuriously healthy. She is the founder of Women Gone Vibrant, the podcast to revolutionize the way you think about your body and unapologetically create the next you. Download her FREE Better Menopause Video Series to get the scoop on a natural, easeful menopause.

How Much Sleep do I Need (for Healing?)

Jan 29, 2018 13:28


I’m often surprised at how much lack of awareness there is on how much sleep the body needs. If you’ve been in sleep deprivation mode for awhile, and your body breaks down - your immune system breaks down, or your mental or emotional body breaks down - and you’re wondering how long it is going to take to reset your system, to get to a place that’s better than you’ve ever been before and is sustaining, this is the podcast for you.

I’m really excited about these little incubators for the habits of body thrive that we’ve been developing and playing with. Right now we have one going on the first habit, Earlier, Lighter Dinner. It’s 14-days, free, and you will be amazed at how much better you feel waking up in the morning. You can join at You will get more of the kind of information in this podcast if you join.

I rap about:

How most people don’t even notice or recognize the effects of sleep deprivation in ourselves or loved ones The importance of not overfilling or ignoring our “energy bucket,” or how much experience, food, and stimulants we put into ourselves and our days.

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Understand how energy works from an Ayurvedic perspective and be better equipped to manage your sleep to manage your energy & health Gain a better sense of the impact of sleep on our ability to digest, our ability to repair and maintain our cells and immune systems, and our ability to maintain solid energy without stimulants


Related podcasts:

Soup with Cate Stillman Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Millenial Sahara Rose Ayurveda for Health and Disease Fit Not Thin Webinar


Show Highlights:

2:42 – There is a serious epidemic of sleep deprivation in this country & it has serious ramifications, including more car accidents 6:28 – In order to understand the importance of sleep, understanding the Ayurvedic perspective on energy and energy management makes a big difference 11:10 – Without resetting our sleep cycle, we cannot maintain the health of our bodies, it is possible for all of us to better tune into the subtle energy of restful sleep and when the system gets off kilter


Favorite Quotes:

“The crazy thing about sleep deprivation is people don’t realize that they have it. They don’t realize all the effects they are living with.”  – Cate Stillman “Immune integrity in Ayurveda is when every cell knows the boss, when every cell works together, and we end up with an energy surplus” – Cate Stillman “Until we take the time to reset the rhythm on sleep, we don’t get to experience immune integrity” – Cate Stillman

Identity evolution + the #1 Ayurveda Daily Habit, Earlier Lighter Dinner

Jan 23, 2018 11:22


I am currently running a series to help the tribe, you all, my fellow collaborators, on how to help engage with the habits of Ayurveda that help us align our life, that sink us into a deeper rhythm, that allow us to experience the ease of a life aligned.

The #1 habit in Body Thrive is earlier, lighter dinner. Today’s episode is on identity evolution and this #1 Ayurvedic habit that helps set us up for the next day.

##I rap about

How our identity intertwines with our dinner habits How to go about thinking about how to make an identity shift to eat dinner earlier The immense value of eating an earlier, lighter dinner

##What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Understand how to investigate your identity to better move towards feeling how you want to feel A taste of how Cate teaches Ayurvedic wisdom for successful lifestyle change

## Related podcasts:

Habit Evolution + Power of your Constitution Productivity + Connectivity Tips for a Dharmic Life ## Favorite Quotes

“The question is, what are you going to believe about yourself to evolve this habit?“ – Cate Stillman

Using Self-Assessment + Your Peeps to Set More Realistic Career Goals

Jan 18, 2018 32:46


I talk today with Grace Edison, an enrollment coach here at Yogahealer and Yoga Health Coaching. We talk about setting the right goals for your next phase of growth (easier said than done, I know). People set goals, but they are often not the right goals.

It is really interesting how that happens. People either set goals that are way beyond their skill level, that are too challenging. Then they feel out of integrity with themselves, they feel awful, and they often don’t know why they didn’t hit their goals, they don’t take time to analyze that. Or people set the wrong goal, a goal that doesn’t build the right competencies to get to where they want to go next. Today we are going to talk about that process of building the right short-term goals that build toward the long-term goals.

I rap with Grace Edison about:

Taking a realistic and regular look at what strengths you have, and what strengths you’ll need to leverage and build How to use awareness of time and habits to structure solid goals The importance of knowing how to use your community to help you get clear


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Understand how to tell when the goal is too big, and how to adjust Insight onto how to use your relationships to get clear on what is realistic A ton of tips and tricks on how to re-train your awareness for realistic goals


Related podcasts:

Perserverance + Investment on the Road to Holistic Career Success + Lifestyle Design



Show Highlights:

7:20 – Part of setting realistic goals is knowing how to take advantage of the strengths of the people in your inner circle 12:28 – Assessment of our movement towards are goals is like downward dog – we didn’t get it right at first, but we can keep refining 15:54 – We all have to make time-budgeting questions a key part of the process


Favorite Quotes:

“Don’t worry about getting this right. You’ll get it more and more right each time you do it. It’s an organic, dynamic experience” – Cate Stillman

“The first thing you do, is talk to people who have done it” – Cate Stillman “Before you increase your time and money investments, you want to really make sure it’s the right goal” – Cate Stillman


Earlier, Lighter Dinner - How to Evolve This Habit to Feel Great!

Jan 16, 2018 25:36


I’m here with Yogahealthcoach and Awake Living mentor Dana Skoglund and we are going to talk a little bit about what happens post holiday and how people have the opportunity to feel amazing but it’s usually not how they think, so what I want to talk about is a habit, the Earlier, Lighter Dinner habit that we have. It’s the first and the number one habit in Yogahealthcoaching and Body Thrive. After the holidays people have this desire to feel better! They want to lose weight, to get on track, to experience more energy, to dial in their self care and you very often hear: “This is the year I’m going to take care of myself” and often there is a disconnect and us yogahealthcoaches are really aware of this, how there is this disconnect in knowing how to do that in a way that gains traction over time with habit evolution and doing what is like a magazine or tabloid version of the latest fad diet. When you understand the habits of yogis it’s so much different because it’s less about what your eating and it’s so much more about the when and to some degree the how your eating.

Dharma Workshop with Cate Stillman

Jan 12, 2018 01:34:52


Welcome to the dharma workshop, To Align Your Body and Your Life. I believe this is the 5th annual workshop. One of my values is to raise my own bar, align my own actions, and own my results. So whenever I do something again, which I do frequently, because as a curriculum creator and community-builder, I’m often asked to do the same thing again and again. So for my 5th time through this workshop, I think I did raise my own bar, aligned my actions, and owned my results, and I promise you, today’s workshop is my best thinking and my best effort in creating and offering this workshop on aligning your body, your dharma, and your life for the next phase of your growth.

Thank you so much to everyone who shared this workshop with their friends. There has been so much discussion on our Facebook group, Yogahealer. It is a private group, but you are welcome to ask for an invitation, and jump in to the conversation arising from this workshop.

I also want to say, for a workshop, one of the things I really love is a pad of paper, pen, and colored pens. So if you want to take a second before diving in to grab what materials will support you in this workshop, I invite you to do so, it’s a great way to access different ways of thinking.

I rap with workshop participants about: Digging in to questions important to the process of lifestyle design How to approach building a strategic mindset into the journey of dharma What I’ve learned along the way as I follow my dharma and study my own life as well as the lives of my students


What you’ll get out of tuning in:   A space for yourself, to tap in to your deepest desires and begin to work through what is holding you back from achieving them An understanding of some of the skills you will need to build, to give yourself the tools to reach the next level Insights into how to begin to change your own mindset and awareness so that there is genuine growth


Link: Yogahealer Facebook


Show Highlights: 20:22 – It is possible to understand how to use clear sight and thinking to enter, maintain, and gain serious momentum on the flow state when certain principles are understood and applied. 30:07 – There is always a next level. And when we see that as innately okay, ease and efficiency come into play in terms of achieving our desires and alignment to the life we want. 47:38 – In asking yourself where you are going, you have to be deeply self-honest about your relationships. 57:24 – Ok, we’ve done our deep thinking and digestion, now it is time to build a strategy around our new awareness and vision


Favorite Quotes: “The biggest mistake I see people make is not investigating their lessons learned. They don’t investigate the challenges or critical issues--the deeper levels of it. They don’t investigate their strategy.” – Cate Stillman “Lessons learned are learned the hard way. If it’s an easy lesson learn, there’s probably another one to dig for.” – Cate Stillman “There is so much potential. You get to choose! You can opt out of your old habit patterns and opt in to growth.” – Cate Stillman “Some of these questions, you are going to want to give yourself an hour to really drill into and  think about.” – Cate Stillman

Ana Forrest + Jose Calarco: Ritual, Rhythm + Reconnection to Live your Deeper Dream

Jan 8, 2018 01:04:00


In today’s show I am thrilled to offer you Ana Forrest and her partner Jose Calarco. Many of you know Ana from her life’s work in yoga and her book, Fierce Medicine. For those of you who don’t know her life partner, Jose, he is a pioneer in world music, from Descendance Aboriginal Dance Theatre in Australia. These days, they are combining their work. They are combining their yoga and their music and the traditions from aboriginal tribes. They are inviting wisdom leaders from various cultures to come and do a ritualistic practice.

This is a super fun conversation. We go all over the place from ritual to diet to breath practices. I think for those of you who’ve followed Ana’s work, you’re really going to enjoy this conversation, and for those new to her and new to Jose, enjoy!

Ana Forrest’s New Book

In Fierce Medicine, Forrest tells her own story of healing from the scars of abuse and physical handicaps, and reveals the proven practices that enabled her to move beyond her past into a life committed to helping others reconnect with their bodies, cultivate balance, and start living in harmony with their Spirits.

In her unique, powerful, and inviting voice, Ana Forrest reveals how to:

Learn to stalk fear and break free from it instead of running from it. Be attentive to your body, discovering its own inherent healing properties. Speak and act from a place of honesty and compassion. Cultivate an open heart that is feeling, responsive, and reflexive and able to embrace change. Harness your intuition and the courage to live in alignment with your Spirit.


I rap with Anna Forrest and Jose Calarco about:

Their experiences creating a space for spirit to come to life in our lives through using music, yoga, and ceremony to connect to the “continuity of consciousness” The various ways we can use kinesthetic orientation to cleanse a space and experience so that clients can be ready to create their own healing The value of beginning a yoga class with sacred ritual--the value of blending spiritual exercise with physical exercise with emotional/mental exercise.


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Tap into a deeper understanding of the ability for rituals and yoga practices to breath life into our lives and open us to letting go of the toxic and embracing the beauty of life. Understand the value of experimenting with traditions and being open to what is possible so that we can better serve. Gain a sense of the power of ceremony and its tools – yoga, breath, music, ritual, sensory experience.



Ana Forrest Yoga Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit


Show Highlights:

14:00 – From connecting with the first peoples such as aboriginals, we can re-learn how to live in balance with nature and gain maturity as individuals and as a people. 16:42 – There is a spiritual bereftness to people today. This can be changed through ritual, ceremony, and bringing alive ancient traditions. 19:41 – Tune in here for Jose’s drawing a connection between the “Aboriginal Dream Time” and Universal Consciousness and savasana. 26:58 – Ever wondered why rooms are smoked out with incense or other offerings? 30:52 – One of the most value parts of spiritual practices such as yoga and sacred ceremony is the development of deep focus that we can use to cleanse our systems and find freedom in how we direct our awareness in our lives. 40:06 – Ceremony reminds us to be on our best behavior...but how do we keep reconnecting to ceremony to make that deep change?


Favorite Quotes:

“We are going back into the past of these ancient peoples and trying to bring the spiritual connection which is lost in this middle class nothingness” – Jose Calarco “We often start doing yoga from a superficial place, but all of a sudden, we start to wake up.” – Cate Stillman “It’s amazing to me how many of our people carry this deep, toxic belief system that’s poisoning them from the inside.” – Ana Forrest “We try to make it so people walk out with a sense of hope and a spring in their steps. And we do it religiously. Every time, we are trying to create that experience.” – Jose Calarco “With yoga, do it every day, it is your time to sit in ceremony, and that allows you to make deep changes in your life.” – Ana Forrest




Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for nearly 40 years.  An internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life’s trauma and experience.  With thousands of licensed practitioners around the world, Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical, internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.

By teaching asana, breath and an awareness of the movement of energy through the body, Ana teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche.  With her meticulous guidance, Ana’s students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, resulting in an exhilarating journey into self-discovery, cleansing and healing.  For Ana, this is her intent.  “In teaching Forrest Yoga, I am doing my part to mend the hoop of the people - to inspire people to clear through the stuff that hardens them and sickens their bodies so they can walk freely and lightly in a healing way, in a Beauty Way.”

Ana took her first yoga class at age 14 on a dare and became a certified instructor at age 18.  Her extensive study and clinical application of healing modalities, including homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, anatomy, reflexology, pressure point therapy, craniosacral therapies, Shiatsu, chiropractic, polarity and hands on healing, always informs her work.  In her life-long pursuit of becoming a better teacher and healer, Ana has undertaken intimate studies in Sweat Lodge, Pipe Ceremony, Vision Quest and Sundance with various Native American and African healers.

Ana is an ordained practitioner of Native American Medicine, a Reiki Master, a Certified Regression Therapist, and a graduate of Anthony Robbins Master University.   She is a Faculty Member at The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and sits on the Boards of F.A.R.E. Play (Foundation for Athletic Research and Education) and Earth & Sky Circle (organization for Native American Ceremony).  She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation recognizing her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community, the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini.  Ana is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and a consultant to the USAF 48th Fighter Wing (RAF Lakenheath, UK), Exalted Warrior Foundation (Tampa, FL) and (Newcastle, UK).

Ana has generated extensive worldwide media coverage.  She continues to teach throughout the year around the world.  Her book, Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit, (HarperOne) was released May 2011.

Ayurveda on Fertility, Conception, Postpartum + Miscarriages + the Story of You

Dec 28, 2017 45:24


Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I chose to release this episode during the week we celebrate Christ’s birthday because there is a lot that goes into birthing a new human being. If you listen from a place of understanding your own conception story, your own preconception story, your own postpartum story - if you are a mother. If you go back through those experiences with every offspring that you’ve had, if you go through each of those stories, those experiences, then you are going to get so much out of this episode.

I talk with Grace Edison, a member of the Yogahealer Tribe, who talks with a lot of the tribe members. She’s got her finger on the pulse and she brings me these great questions from what is arising in the community. Again, happy holidays and I hope you enjoy the show.



For Uttara Basti Recipes: Women's Power to Heal: Through Inner Medicine by Maya Tiwari Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by  Jocko Willink + Leif Babin Self-Massage Tipsheet

Ayurveda's Slow Beauty with Shel Pink

Dec 25, 2017 31:14


I hope over the holidays you have time to tap into you, and your self care. Today, to inspire that, I talk with Shel Pink, who built the brand, Spa Ritual, a self-care product brand based in Ayurveda. She’s recently launched a book, Slow Beauty, which shares rituals and recipes to feed the body and nourish the soul. It’s a beautiful book, very inspiring, and very down to earth Ayurveda--it is very accessible to those who are not - yet - very into Ayurveda.

  I rap with Shel Pink about self care: Tune in to the ease, simplicity, and lack of barriers of an Ayurvedic self-care practice Understand how to build in the seasonal and fluid nature of self-care rhythms and rituals   What you'll get out of tuning in: Slow Beauty as a form of meditation / The “Spiritualization of Beauty” “How To” – Slow Beauty mapping Daily/weekly/monthly rituals to form your slow beauty practice Anti-anti-aging – Holding youth rather than growing old   Show Highlights: 9:02 – Do you read the labels on your skin care products such as sunscreen?  12:53 – Self care is for everyone. Price should not be a barrier to self care and the philosophy behind Slow Beauty.  17:00 – Cate and Shel discuss mapping a seasonal and changing self-care practice.  21:12 – How do we deal with overwhelm as we try to align to the stately, slow beauty of self care in the high-paced modern world?   Links: SpaRitual Slow Beauty FREE WEBINAR: 
Align Into the Next Level of Integrity in Body & Dharma for 2018 with Cate Stillman


Favorite Quotes: “I think people globally are feeling the pinch of stress, anxiety, depression, and entrepreneurs in the health and wellness fields are launching brands that speak to that need. And consumers are waking up and realizing that they can make purchasing decisions that meet their own needs.”  – Shel Pink “All for wellness, wellness for all. It is our birthright.” – Shel Pink “I really recommend a seasonal approach to self-care practice. To connect to nature and to realize the fluid and changing nature of reality.” – Shel Pink “It’s these slower practices that are going to help us reduce stress and anxiety.” – Shel Pink

Align Your Solstice for Your Annual Strategic Planning

Dec 21, 2017 25:46


What’s happening for people who are more awake and aligned heading toward the solstice? This time of the cycle for those in the northern hemisphere is about the deepest of reflections and planting of seeds, it’s not about doing, it’s about reflecting. It’s about mindful, deliberate selection of which seeds to plant. For those heading towards the summer solstice, it is a time for harvesting what was planted last winter.

Even though as a global culture, we’ve moved away from planet-based rhythms, and have habits and customs around that run counter to this, we can still find ways to align to the deeper rhythms and the abundance of nature.


I rap with Grace Edison about Aligning Your Solstice

Agni during winter is at its deepest. Winter solstice is an incredibly powerful opportunity to reflect, digest, incorporate how the choices of the past year played out It takes work to stay aligned to our values when culture values are strong, such as around holidays, but doing so during winter plants powerful, powerful seeds that we will harvest in the coming year


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Understand how to align to the stillness and reflective nature of winter solstice See how you can incorporate winter solstice reflection into your seasonal rhythm Understand the inner power and potential we develop when we stay aligned to our values and seek reflection during winter solstice



Related podcasts:

Winter Solstice Rituals and Conversation about Depth of Connection with Kids and Teens with Jeanie Manchester

Show Highlights:

6:04 — Deep winter holds the deepest agni. It’s now that we can thoroughly metabolize the past year 10:18 — The power of reconciling, taking a deep look at our behavior and digesting it, is the solstice practice. 15:44 — Staying aligned to our values can be more challenging when cultural values are in peak states like during the holidays, but we have the capacity to stay aligned to ourselves and our values

Favorite Quotes:

“There’s an absolute, undeniable opportunity this time of year to reconciling to the choices we’ve been making and ways we’ve been spending energy” - Cate Stillman “Winter solstice is the practice of using the dark to look at the light” - Cate Stillman

Outside the Box Parenting: Intense Children, ADHD, Dyslexsia + Innovating The Template

Dec 18, 2017 39:18


I had a great conversation with Elaine Taylor-Klaus, who has done an amazing job creating an online resource for parents raising kids with LD, anxiety, ADHD, and related challenges, Parents and coaches who work with complex kids often find themselves really loving her work.

Complex can mean a whole host of things, from Indigo children, to anxiety, to neurological issues, to you name it. What is important about supporting complex children (for that matter, all children) is figuring out how to meet them where they are.


I rap with Elaine Taylor-Klaus about:

Adopting a coaching mindset for raising complex kids Mindset and perspective shifts for breaking the parenting mold The power to shift culture that comes from shifting our parenting to meeting children where they are

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

How to break your own parenting mold Naughty vs. Neurological behavior The Value of articulating your values



Touch Stone Coaching



Related podcasts:

Awake Modern Families with Child Mindfulness Expert Ian Hoge


Show Highlights:

3:42‒Tune in here for the differences between therapy and coaching 10:58‒Cate and Elaine explore how mindset and perspective can be used to break the parenting mold 12:42‒Is this behavior naughty, or neurological? Hop in here for the value of asking what’s really happening with my kid in this moment. 20:42‒Tune in here for a hit of the power to change the world from raising conscious children 28:58‒Elaine and Cate discuss the power of parenting confidence and family values

Favorite Quotes:

“We often talk about parenting from a place of inspiration, not desperation” ‒Elaine Taylor-Klaus “What’s driving naughty behavior? What do they really want? Because kids don’t want to be ‘bad’”‒Elaine Taylor-Klaus “Where does this kid feel like they fit into the whole? Now that they’re connected, where are they able to connect and help the culture move forward?” ‒Cate Stillman “We are all born with values. We have thousands of values. We have a dozen or so ‘lead’ values. 9 times out of 10 what brings an adult to coaching is they are out of sync with their own values.” ‒Elaine Taylor-Klaus


Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC, and Diane Dempster MHSA, PCC, CPC, co-founders of, an online resource for parents raising kids with LD, Anxiety, ADHD, and related challenges. Parent educators and certified coaches with 6 complex kids between two families, they are internationally recognized for their realistic and effective "coach-approach" to parenting complex kids. ImpactADHD's award-winning blog and programs teach Parent Management, providing training, coaching and support for parents to confidently raise independent & successful kids. Authors of Parenting ADHD Now: Easy Intervention Strategies to Empower Kids with ADHD, they help parents reduce stress and enjoy raising complex children.


How to Put your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to Work for your Dharma

Dec 15, 2017 31:55


I talk about what the energies of vata, pitta, and kapha are in the human system and how to put them to work for you. You can tap into your next level of rhythm, flow, and efficiency when you tap into your doshas. So if you’re wanting your doshas to work for your dharma, this show is for you.

Once we really understand how vata, pitta, and kapha work, then we can really tell when they are out of balance, then we can use our understanding of them to bring more balance and ease to our lives. For example, a person without a lot of ‘flow’ or water in their lives, needs to be mindful of that and build habits around flow. Dana Skoglund and I dive down into the founding ideas of Ayurveda for a practical take that you can begin to use right away.


I rap with Dana Skoglund  about:

How to live in alignment with the energies of vata, pitta, and kapha: action, vision, and surrender The value of seeing and playing with the rhythms in our lives


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

See how living in alignment with doshic energies minimizes chaos, stress, and fear responses Understand how to test for rhythm efficiency to live a more fulfilled, and productive life

Related podcasts:

How Your Doshas Support Your Dharma Doshas, Koshas, Chakras + Your Cellular Memory Does Your Career Work for Your Dosha? Unearth Your Dream with Cate Stillman The Wisdom of Rhythm, Integrity + Dharma with Acharya Shunya Productivity + Connectivity Tips for a Dharmic Life


Show Highlights:

10:59--Cate discusses the value of the iterative process of self-evolution and its vata nature 16:23--The return to rest and easefulness, the kapha nature of life, matters 19:54--Tune in here for the importance of studying nature and universal energy


Favorite Quotes:

“Energy can move in energy direction, that’s vata, but we can start to see that certain channels are worth developing, and that’s empowering.” -Cate Stillman “The more I wanna tune that juice up--within its natural pulsation--all I have to do is refine the rhythm” -Cate Stillman “You have to earn this level of surrender and how you earn it is rhythm” -Cate Stillman “If you can’t cultivate that identity of, this is who I’m becoming, then the actions and behaviors won’t follow” -Dana Skoglund

Persistance + Timing with Cate Stillman

Dec 11, 2017 20:25


As we wind down the year we are often in a place of reflecting on what went down in the past year. Today’s show is on persistence and timing. I talk a bit about what went down for me in 2017 and the power of persistence. Many of you might have read The Power of Grit, by Angela Duckworth, and one of my favorite quotes from that book is, “Enthusiasm is common, endurance is rare.” 2017 was all about endurance for me, and that is a lot of what I talk about in this episode.

I rap about:

Angela Duckworth’s The Power of Grit, and the power of endurance and truly overcoming something The very real struggle that is working towards our dreams The importance of giving yourself permission to feel deeply into *whatever* is arising


What you’ll get out of tuning in: 

Understand that in order to get what we want, we have to change Re-direct your beliefs and habits about your own success and orienting towards goals Understand the importance and practice of extreme ownership--owning everything that happens in your life


Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance William James: Habit Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Related podcasts:

Conscious Daydreaming is How You Connect to Your Future with Summer McStravick JJ Virgin and the Miracle Mindset: Overcoming Life’s Hardest Lessons How Fear Disqualifies Us from Stepping into Potential: with Yoga Health Coach Grace Edison My Best 10 Career Tips to Grow Your Wellness Practice Get Out of Your Box & into Your Journey with Allie Van Fossen Exponential Growth + Collective Leadership: A conversation with Tracey Duncan The Wisdom of Rhythm, Integrity + Dharma with Acharya Shunya


Show Highlights:

4:23 - Cate discusses the need to embrace self change 14:20 - Tune in here for the discussion on ownership of one’s experience

Favorite Quotes:

“Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.” - William James: Habit “Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.”  ― Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
“Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They'd rather show the highlight of what they've become.”― Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance “I learned a lesson I’d never forget. The lesson was that, when you have setbacks and failures, you can’t overreact to them.”― Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”― Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

What it Feels like to Break Your Income Barrier

Dec 7, 2017 36:09


Today we’re going to talk about what happens when you break through an income barrier. I feel like there are usually a lot of setbacks that happen along the way; usually it is up and down and often feels horrible. Gay Hendricks, in The Big Leap, really translates yogic concepts into pop psychology terms. Our nervous systems are trained to hold a certain amount of energy. When we practice yoga, we expand the amount of energy we can contain. Money is a form of energy, and like yoga, requires awareness and attention to the flow of energy in our lives and between us and our clients.

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Understand the energetic exchange that occurs between you and your clients so that you can better manage how your energy best benefits your clients and yourself See how shadow work, right relationships, skill sets, and resources play a role in breaking income barriers Understand the importance of acculturation in making the mutual decision to work together as client and holistic wellness practitioner Feel into the beauty and importance of pointing expansive awareness to your financial capacity

Related podcasts:

Barbara Stanny: Women’s Path to Power through Money Busting Glass Ceilings on the Dharmic Path with Grace Edison Make More Money in Your Wellness Career

Favorite Quotes:

“There’s a conditioning of some sort in the holistic wellness industry that making money is just not ok” --Grace Edison “The skillset actually changes the mindset” --Grace Edison “Marketing is attunement.” --Cate Stillman “We as holistic healers are the changemakers, and we need to figure out how to run a functional business, so that we can be bigger leaders” --Cate Stillman “When you don’t own what you do, people can’t find you, can’t trust you, can’t work with you” --Cate Stillman

Soup with Cate Stillman

Dec 4, 2017 19:39


I am going to talk with you guys today about soup.

Yup. Soup.

Because here in the northern hemisphere, many of you are heading into the holiday season, and people tend to overeat. People tend to eat too heavy and too late. In order to live in rhythm with the daily cycle winter we need a lot of hydration, and the hydration needs to be warm. Warm and liquid in the winter is much more energy efficient. With soup, you have an ideal medium for delivering nutrition to balance out the cold, dry season.


I rap about:

Why soup is a great regular meal choice for the winter The importance and ease of making your own stock or broth 3 quick recipes you can riff on to start to automate soup-making


What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

A host of tips and tricks for quick and easy stocks, broths, and soups. Understand the Ayurvedic perspective on soup’s massive benefits during the winter season



Cate’s Living Soups by Body Type Recipe Tipsheet


Related Podcast:

This podcast mish-mash includes some tips on how to hydrate in the winter.


Show Highlights:

5:37--Cate gives the Ayurvedic perspective on how broth is amazing for a host of reasons
6:43--Start here for a quick and easy soup recipe
13:41--Cate describes her French onion soup recipe
17:41--Jump here for a non-stock-based vegetable soup if you didn’t have time to prep a stock


Favorite Quotes:

“When you simmer nutrients, you get a different level of absorption” --Cate Stillman “When you eat soup in the winter, your craving for heavier, denser food just falls away” --Cate Stillman “The fresher the food, the better the food” --Cate Stillman

How to be Awesome with Your Time with Pete Mockaitis

Dec 1, 2017 41:56



On today's show I interview Peter Mockaitis who I met at Podcast Movement (who I really liked) because of he’s super fun personality, is super relaxed and he knows a LOT. You can usually catch him working with CEO’s on strategy and helping them organize their teams, he talks a lot about critical thinking and collaborative training a lot of the stuff that I’m more and more interested in all the time. So that is why today’s episode is titled “How to be awesome with your time!”

We are going to talk about scheduling, meetings, priorities, and a bunch more. You can find out more about Peat at Awesome at your Job and his podcast “How to be awesome at your job”


“Stop reading so much and go think.”

Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance


Let’s talk about thinking and thinking time.
I find if I don’t schedule in thinking time - i end up being task driven rather than strategy driven….


When do successful CEO’s schedule this is?

* How to prioritize and focus on what really matters.

* How to waste less time


What's one thing you could do in your business, such that by doing it, everything else becomes easier or un-necessary?


What are you pretending not to know? Why?

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Improved use of thinking and collaboration practices (up 10%)* Acceleration of analyses in arriving at answers (24 minutes per person per week)* Reduced time wasted in meetings (1 hour per person per week)* Financial payback occurring in under one year*


I rap with Pete Mockaitis about:

how to prioritize and focus on what really matters how to waste less time


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Learn how to be more efficient in collaboration Understand how to better manage your thinking



Pete Mockaitis [Muh KITE iss] is an award-winning trainer who helps brilliant professionals perform optimally at work.

He’s delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 clients hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, McKinsey & Company, the United Nations, Goldman Sachs, and Apple), 50 countries, and every Ivy League school.

He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at your Job podcast at AwesomeAtYourJob. The show receives over a million downloads from 160 countries and has ranked in the top 5 within the iTunes Careers podcast charts.

Becoming A Yoga Writer With Ntathu Allen

Nov 28, 2017 29:49


On today’s show I talk to author and meditation teacher Ntathu Allen. Ntathu originally trained as a probation officer working in a demanding inner-city borough in South-East London, supervising adult and young offenders in custody and in the community. Yoga inspired her to make a big career shift. Now, she has written more than seven books that are for sale on Amazon.


One big reason I brought her on the show is because I know many of you are wondering about Kindle/Amazon, and I’ve also recently been offered a publishing deal. So, there’s a lot going on in the publishing world! For many of us who want to write from our souls, there can be the question of how to use our writing and our creativity in a way that can reach more people and that can also lead to our own personal abundance. That’s where our Dharma and Dollars show heads today!


I rap with Ntathu Allen about: Transitioning into a Yoga career How Ntathu published seven books for Kindle… and what she’s choosing next for publishing Hiring our kids to work in our businesses


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Learn the benefits (and see Ntathu’s process as an example) of making a career change Understand the importance of marketing and why outside help can be essential in navigating the publishing process See why you should write your profit book before you write your passion book


Links: Body Thrive Book  Try the Changemaker Challenge  Yoga Inspires Ebooks  Yoga Inspires Ntathu's Facebook page Plan Your 2018 Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World


Related podcasts: Lucky Breaks + Hard Work to Become a NYT Best Seller with Ayurvedic Author Katie Silcox Maya Tiwari on Dharma, Power, Writing Books, + Healing Benjamin Hardy on Writing Online


Show Highlights: 2:00 — Ntathu outlines her career path and explains how her Yoga practice made her realize she was dissatisfied with what was going on in her life. She reached a state in her life where she wanted to follow the calling in her heart and take a leap of faith. Yoga inspired her to spread her essence of peace to more people and spurred her to make a career change. 8:20 — Ntathu explains the process of “going public” and uploading her first book to Amazon. It was scary, and she struggled with marketing, but interest in her material steadily grew. Getting assistance with marketing and promotion via a publisher was an important facet behind the attention her books have been getting. It allowed her to get her work heard in an effortless way so she could focus on writing. 13:50 – Ntathu shares her advice for people who have a manuscript waiting to be published but are nervous about taking the next step toward publishing. At first she was worried because there were already so many Yoga books out there, but she realized there weren’t any Yoga books from her. That realization while she was becoming a Yoga writer helped her understand the value in her perspective and voice. 17:35 — Find out how to get kids involved in your business and your creative process. At almost any age, there’s something they can do to help. One important thing to do is figure out ideas that we can help them pursue, and then let them decide how they want to participate. 22:45 — Cate discusses her experience with the publishing process and provides tips on developing a leverageable business model with the book as the product.


Favorite Quotes: “Follow your heart. I know it sounds trite...But I really do believe in following your heart.” –Ntathu Allen “There are two levels to writing.” –Ntathu Allen “I want people to be moved and inspired through my words.” –Ntathu Allen “Usually the author is not the expert in the independent publishing process.” –Cate Stillman “There are lots of books out there, but the book by you isn’t out there.” –Ntathu Allen “Writing is the easy part.” –Ntathu Allen “You can write your passion book, or you can write your profit book.” –Ntathu Allen



Ntathu Allen is a yoga and meditation teacher and author of more than 7 books.

She inspires and supports busy women to experience more pleasure and delight in

their lives. She offers simple yoga exercises & breathing meditation techniques you can do at home or at work to help you relax, reduce stress and find moments of calm in your busy day.

Mindfulness + Intermittent Fasting: A Womens’ Perspective with Jenn Diamond

Nov 28, 2017 37:55


Seven years ago, intermittent fasting for fat loss was a controversial it seems everyone is doing it. The problem is no one wants to lift weights - which is the KEY to success as far as my experience has shown. I brought Jenn Diamond, a leader of a women’s group on Facebook that experiments with IF, onto the show to take a look at intermittent fasting from a woman’s perspective.

As we all know, it takes work to sift through what the experts have to say in order to find what works for us. The Yogahealer community really zeroed in on IF. I continue to get all kinds of questions on process and what are the best options - particularly for how to adapt to what is unique about women’s physiology. The Leangains 16/8 method which is what I and Jenn base our food/exercise rhythms on, is really about body re-compositioning--for those who want to lose body fat and add lean bulk. In this episode we get into what to consider in order to adapt an IF method like Leangains into your routine.


Intermittent Fasting for fat loss, which was a controversial topic seven years ago when I first discovered it, has become as mainstream as Atkins or the South Beach Diet - it seems everyone is doing it now. The problem is no one wants to actually lift weights - which is the KEY to success as far as my experience has shown.

Read that you enjoy the Leangains 16/8 method. When did you first discover it and why did you decide to try it?

Are you still following the Leangains method?

Do you also strength train to the degree Martin recommends for both men and women? If not, why?

What about different body types?

Make a plan and stick with it for a month before you will know if it will work for you. The purpose of these macros, as I follow them, is to lose body fat and add a little lean mass. If you want more of a bulk, increase your protein requirements and subtract from carbs and fat respectively. Leangains-style of IF is more of a body re-composition program.


I rap with Jenn Diamond about:

how she finds ease in balancing exercise, IF, career, and family how being in fat metabolism leads to a more chill lifestyle all around staying away from the female athlete triad by making IF about listening to your body’s needs how important strength training is to reshaping the body


What you’ll get out of tuning in:  

Understand how IF adds to easeful living and frees up energy for other things Gain new insights into how to make IF work with your life and your lifestyle Understand how crucial mindfulness and intuition are to being healthy about experimenting with IF



Fitness Safari BMI calculator Leangains Method


Favorite Quotes:

“Stop thinking about food!”--Jenn Diamond “All this crazy mind-blowing stuff happens when you’re not eating all the time” --Cate Stillman “Cooperate with and observe your metabolism” --Cate Stillman “You want to change your body--especially for us ladies over forty--you have to do resistance training” --Jenn Diamond



Mother, wife, surfer, & writer who discovered weightlifting and IF about 7 years ago. NASM-Certified Personal Trainer with a Fitness Nutrition Specialization and she currently works for the U.S. Navy as a Fitness Coordinator at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, NJ.

Unboxing the 4 Yogic Aims of Life with Acharya Shunya

Nov 24, 2017 52:06


A key concept in Yogic scripture and Ayurvedic practice is the four proper goals or aims of a human life. The four puruṣārthas in order are

(1) Artha: roof over your head, money in the bank

(2) Kama: feeling good, having fun

(3) Dharma:  awake to a bigger purpose

(4) Moksha: perpetually getting out of your own box


I rap with Acharya Shunya of Vedika Global about the dynamic pulsation between moksha and dharma in the modern age:

Why The concept of life purpose (purushartha) in ayurveda and why that matters for health How is dharma changing with technology, and societal freedoms?  


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

To live your dharma, you need regular access to moksha, your freedom. Acharya says, “if you don’t claim moksha, which to me is moment-to-moment claiming of our selves, then you start living a script, and scripts are toxic.” Today we have such a gift of wealth of tools and choices for pulsating between “the moksha moment” and what we are called to do next. Tune in to hear Cate and Acharya rap about moksha and dharma in the modern age with our abundance of technology and cultural habit of trying to push through murkiness rather than sink into it. Tap in to acknowledging your deeper desire for spiritual freedom from listening to their discussion of how dharma is changing with technology and societal freedoms and how moksha creates inner space for decrystalizing our illusions and boundedness.

If you want to watch Cate teach on this - she has a video on YouTube. Start it at minute 3:09.  The video is a quick dive into an innovative practical interactive approach to the 4 Aims of life teaching – the purusharthas.

Awake Living + The 4 Aims Of Life


Show Highlights:

14:00—Acharya breaks down the Sanskrit of moksha to show the process of finding where we are “bound” by beliefs or culture or some other lack of tuning in inwardly. 20:10—Can we honestly confront the sleepwalking behaviors of modern society within ourselves? Are we living in right relationship to the technology and tools available to us today? 27:30—Looking at Oprah’s life, we get to realize how many models are out there who are tuned in to self-invention as a regular practice. 30:12—We can tap our intuition to lean in to always being a bigger version of ourselves by letting go of our selves and what we think we already know. Cate and Acharya rap about their personal exponential growth through decrystalizing the illusions and boundedness. 34:30—Cate and Acharya explore the discomfort around pausing to accept that being unclear can be okay, and trying to push forward through obligation is trying to follow a script. There is a bridge to explore between knowing and not-knowing.

Favorite Quotes:

“There’s a stress that comes from when moksha isn’t experienced and dharma is” --Cate Stillman “From a moksha place, what will dharma do with me next?” --Cate Stillman “Moksha is not an event. It’s a journey, and we can’t have a one-time episode of remembering our spiritual bigness.” --Acharya Shunya “With more moksha, there’s more potentiality for what’s possible.” --Cate Stillman “I’ve become a first-class passenger through life, and I’m still waiting and pausing to decrystalize that illusion as life keeps presenting itself to me.” --Acharya Shunya “Trying to push through the darkness is inefficiency. I’m slowly learning to recognize when I’m not clear and waiting for the moment to present itself for when movement is ready.” --Cate Stillman “Do your work with utmost sincerity. Leave the results up to the God principle. It enables me to be a free actor on the world stage.” --Acharya Shunya


Acharya Shunya is an internationally recognized lineage-based spiritual teacher who awakens health and consciousness with Vedic spiritual teachings and Ayurveda lifestyle. She is the founder of Vedika Global, a wisdom school and spiritual community in California, and President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.

She is a designated advisor to the Government of India, Ministry of Health (AYUSH), on Yoga and Ayurveda. She was named amongst the top 100 Ayurveda and Yoga trailblazers by Spirituality & Health Magazine. Acharya Shunya is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote addresses to audiences including: World Ayurveda Congress, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, University of California, Berkeley.

Breaking Through Your Gratitude Glass Ceiling

Nov 20, 2017 16:31


I’ve been using Gay Hendrick’s book, The Big Leap in teaching the Awake Living Course. Awake Living is all about upleveling your experience of the five elements from Ayurveda to become who you want to become.

We use many tools from many teachings and teachers. I synergize the tools into a system that walks my members through upleveling the elements (ether, air, fire, water, and earth) in their day to day lives. It works. We have breakthroughs left and right.

I practice what I preach.

I’m always a course member, which still being the head coach.

I’m really good at kickout out pedastals and experimenting with my members.

In today’s episode I tell a personal story about what is happening as I break through my own upper limits. I give you a very real life example of how I break through my gratitude glass ceiling.

Happy thanksgiving!


“By extending your ability to feel positive feelings, you expand your tolerance for things going well in your life.”

“I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.”

Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

“Letting yourself savor natural good feelings is a direct way to transcend your Upper Limit Problem. By extending your ability to feel positive feelings, you expand your tolerance for things going well in your life. In”

Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level


“The goal in life is not to attain some imaginary ideal; it is to find and fully use our own gifts.”

Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level


“Your capacity expands in small increments each time you consciously let yourself enjoy the money you have, the love you feel, and the creativity you are expressing in the world. As that capacity for enjoyment expands, so does your financial abundance, the love you feel, and the creativity you express.”


If you focus for a moment, you can always find some place in you that feels good right now. Your task is to give the expanding positive feeling your full attention. When you do, you will find that it expands with your attention. Let yourself enjoy it as long as you possibly can.”


“What important feelings am I not letting into my awareness?”

“The art of getting beyond our Upper Limit Problem has a lot to do with creating space within us to feel and appreciate natural good feelings. By natural, I mean good feelings that are not induced by alcohol, sugar and other short term fixes. Letting you savor natural good feelings is a direct way to transcend your Upper Limit Problem. By extending your ability to feel positive feelings, you expand your tolerance for things going well in your life.”  -Gay Hendricks


Discovering Your Inner Goddess Potential via Habit Optimization with Cate Stillman

Nov 13, 2017 01:10:56


Welcome to this Inner Goddess Workshop! I was a little apprehensive to call it that because there are certain words, like “healer” and “goddess,” that are becoming more common and normal. And that’s great! Most of you who know me well enough, though, know that I’m not the most effeminate woman. So I don’t often talk about the Inner Goddess type of experience.


However, a few people on my team and I were talking about this next phase of empowerment in what’s happening within the courses I’m teaching and within my life and what I really want to share. We just decided to call it like it is: the Inner Goddess Workshop. Today’s podcast is a recap of that Inner Goddess Webinar. Get ready to wrap your awareness around what’s going on with your time, your life, and your desires — for now and for the future.


I rap about:

The big issues of time and its impact on identity evolution Why it’s important to befriend your Ayurvedic constitution How balance in the five Ayurvedic elements helps us pursue our potential and make connections How to maximize your true potential


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn how to pinpoint when your body wants to change behaviors and how to make those changes Find out why habit optimization can help you get in tune with who you want to become in the future See ways to regain a sense of control over your own identity evolution and reach a sense of release in the process Understand the importance of a pacified nervous system and how it relates to our control over ourselves and our bodies



Body Thrive Book Have a Goal Conversation


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Show Highlights:

4:00 — Cate discusses her “before and after” with identity evolution to provide listeners with a better idea about what the process might look like and help them see how they can relate. Many people feel a loss of control over their time, but regaining a sense of time is a massive step in redefining who we want to be — our identity evolution. 13:11 — Consider the biggest challenge in your life. It could be anything, like a relationship, your personal integrity, or your food choices. Many other people are experiencing the same challenges, and understanding this is huge in realizing the need to move to the next level of integrated living. 18:05 — There are five elements in Ayurveda — ether, air, fire, water, earth — and each one has a related experience to it. They’re essentially universal laws based on deep, ancient wisdom concepts of how reality actually works. This fundamental system can help us connect more and experience our potential. 26:15 — We often don’t know how to “run” our bodies because we aren’t fostering the right habits. We get toxified and dehydrated and desensitized. Our bodies need more emotional processing and less pollution, whether it’s internal or external. 39: 50 — Without habit automation, it’s really difficult to focus, live into our dharma, and find more time. We can make some progress without having the habits, but with them, we’ll go leaps and bounds in terms of taking back control over our time. We can learn and evolve continually. Once the habits are automated, they’re automated for life. 47:00 — There is a distinct, systematic way to review the strengths we want to develop once we automate our body habits. But we can also make changes outside of ourselves. It’s important to rarify the physical space around us, too — it can actually give us more time. 58:10 — A Q&A with webinar listeners begins.


Favorite Quotes:

“There are more possibilities with living in tune, living in rhythm, and living in a place where we’re supported by time instead of feeling friction.” –Cate Stillman “Can we just get amazing at being who we want to become next?” –Cate Stillman “Who you desire to very much linked to your physiological constitution.” –Cate Stillman “When people have the baseline habits to thrive, all of a sudden they’re able to have more control of their space, of their time.” –Cate Stillman “What we need to actually do is increase our skills to experience the flow.” –Cate Stillman “If we’re out of sync with the elements in ourselves...we’re going to be experiencing disease.” –Cate Stillman “The way that we use time is incredibly strategic for connection.” –Cate Stillman “The physical constitution that we have is totally synchronized with our dharma, with our purpose.” –Cate Stillman


Perseverance + Investment on the Road to Holistic Career Success + Lifestyle Design

Nov 9, 2017 23:07


The road to success is always bumpy and has detours. If you take on the mindset that your career is your spiritual path — and that your spiritual path gives you protective armor and tools for learning and growing through whatever you encounter — then by golly, you’ll be successful beyond your wildest dreams.


Perseverance to reach a goal, without attachment to how you’ll get there or how easy it’ll be, is key. Being willing to invest appropriately for a scalable return on investment is another goal. Both keys are tackled head-on in today’s episode.


The other very big concept here is that you're after continual evolution of your lifestyle design. Or maybe I’m projecting. I’m after continual evolution of my lifestyle design while I hit increasingly challenging career goals. I’m upping my impact and my days off, and my zone of genius days on, simultaneously. I’m having more fun than ever.

I know this is what we all sense is possible. Getting there is a question of wanting it enough to grow through the shadow issues that tend to surface when you get real about your career. And don’t forget — once you have the right business model, all your past investments will start to pay off. You’ll be able to properly offer your unique services and all the experience and education that you already possess!


I rap with Grace Edison about Perseverance and Investment in Lifestyle Design:

How to make past career investments work for you in the future What John 1:2-4 has to do with your holistic career success How to leverage a new strategy to propel yourself and your business forward

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Learn what LLs are and why you need to experience them before you experience an accomplishment See why you actually want to set yourself up for multiple failures in quick succession to enjoy incredible success Learn a cohesive strategy for synthesizing your skills and investments to see amazing business growth



Try the Changemaker Challenge!

Plan Your 2018 

Free DISC Score Test 

Body Thrive Book

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Working Online vs. In Person in Your Wellness Career with Rachel Cook and Amanda Cook Training: Redesign the Front + Back Ends of Your Yoga and Wellness Career Special Career Episode 2: Getting Seen + Heard in Your Wellness Career Superheroine Dharma Workshop for Pro Healers, Yoga Teachers, & Wellness Pros


Show Highlights:

1:40 — We’re all familiar with the concept of planting seeds and having some of them sprout into large plants. Others might be latent and not sprout for years. That’s how investments in your career may be, too. Those career seeds may not produce growth until later on, but they still need to be nurtured. 4:15 — It’s natural to become frustrated with the hard times. But when we learn the lessons and learn a leverageable business model that works with our lifestyle, we relax into the realization of the true benefit of taking a wellness pro career on as a spiritual journey. 9:10 — Many wellness pros often don’t have the right strategy, and it’s hard when you have too many bits and pieces of information but don’t know how to synthesize them. A solid business strategy helps those pieces come together to increase profits, both monetarily and in the ways you can help people. 16:40 — There aren’t many wellness pros out there who have had sales training. Many of them have invested in a lot into their careers, but sales isn’t part of that for them. It’s a piece of training that all of them will need, and it’s important to invest in, even though it might not click initially. Making and nurturing that investment are key.


Favorite Quotes:

“There’s certain things we can do to get our seeds to sprout sooner to get the results that we’re wanting sooner.” –Cate Stillman “There are ways we can cause things to line up.” –Cate Stillman “When we know that the deep desire of what we want to do is aligned, and we accept our career as our spiritual journey, we accept that we are going to have strong desires to do things. They’re going to bring us into a fierce learning path.” –Cate Stillman “Failure is freaking awesome! We. Want. To. Fail! If we want to get somewhere we’re not currently, we want to set ourselves up for multiple failures really fast.” –Cate Stillman “There’s a gotta be a baseline to get people to results. And there’s a lot of fun things you can do to make the journey a little more unique and true to you.” –Cate Stillman “Don’t write yourself off.” –Grace Edison “Just do a few things really well, and your people will thank you.” –Cate Stillman


Q&A with Cate: Sussing Out Shakti, Augmenting Agni, + Firing Up Fasting

Nov 7, 2017 37:18


I’m all fired up for a shakti, agni, and Ayurveda question and answer session! For those of you who went to and recorded your questions on SpeakPipe, I get to a lot of those questions on today’s show.


We really dive into the energies. What is shakti? What are shiva and the tantric philosophy? We’ll talk about agni and intermittent fasting. We’ll talk about frozen foods and canned foods and Ayurvedic “rules.” We’ll talk about postpartum and deep, deep energetic recovery for when things go...not well. We’ll also talk about stress, shifting from stressful living to easeful living, and what that’s all about in terms of healing your energy body. Are you ready? Let’s get to the first question!


I rap about:

How shiva and shakti are related and the ways that we can use them to live in alignment with energy to experience more Ways that freezing and thawing can impact pranic foods and still promote organ health The importance of cooperating with the energies of our physiology and the cosmos to design the physiologies we want


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn how to empower yourself by understanding your energies and live in alignment Gain a better understanding of cooperating with your physiology and digestive fire by shifting your habits See how devoting yourself to your natural rhythms can make intermittent fasting and meal spacing easier for you — it just takes time!



Record Your Question Get in the Body Thrive Group Perfect Health for Kids by Dr. John Douillard  Body Thrive Book


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10 Tips for Intermittent Fasting with Ayurvedic Wisdom Owning Your Emotional Eating by Transforming Your Fat with Intermittent Fasting Productivity + Connectivity Tips for a Dharmic Life Birthing Yourself with a Sacred Postpartum Experience in Ayurveda with Reena Jadhav


Show Highlights:

1:10 — Alyssa asks about shakti. She isn’t quite sure what it is, but thinks it’s more of an attitude or energy of surrender as opposed to forcing something to happen. We have fluctuations in energy, and we have the ability to observe the energy as it changes. Cate gets in depth about what these impulses are, how shiva and shakti are related, and how we can turn our awareness toward what the quality of our energies can become. 4:34 — Joh asks about ama and whether or not we’re completely able to get rid of it. What does it mean for our digestion? We do want to get rid of most of our ama, but we don’t need to become obsessed with it. It’s really hard to stay away from low-quality foods, but most people just don’t have the habits of an ama-free lifestyle. Those habits are what’s important to cultivate, as is eating pranic foods. 11:45 — Kim asks about the pranic value of frozen foods. She’s heard Cate talk about freezing gathered plants for later use, and she also wants to know if hunting for meat and freezing it is more ethical or sustainable. Does freezing the food destroy the energy and nutrients? Short answer: not entirely. Nature freezes and thaws foods, and if we eat frozen foods within a 12-month cycle, they’re fine — often you can still feel their pranic energy. 15:50 — This listener has heard Cate talk a lot about intermittent fasting and wants to know what Cate recommends for a vata who needs to gain weight but is having trouble, particularly with digestion. People with high vata tend to disperse energy due to their shakti. Vata is mobile, and it can cause us to feel unstable. The real question is whether people with a vata (or any) imbalance can enjoy meal spacing, and there’s no one answer — but there are some key ways to get started. 28:10 — A listener asks if it’s okay for kids to do intermittent fasting. Although kids shouldn’t fast intermittently, they can benefit greatly from spacing their meals and by not eating snacks. 30:28 — Alyssa asks about healing during postpartum. What happens when you have a vata imbalance, even a year after giving birth? When a mom gets stressed out after giving birth, it sticks with her — it’s on her “record,” and it’s important for her to go back and re-nurture herself, immersing in healing energy.


Favorite Quotes:

“We become more adept at cooperation and cooperating with the energies we have.” –Cate Stillman “We live in a toxic food world.” –Cate Stillman “When the sun is highest in the sky, our digestive fire is hottest in our bellies.” –Cate Stillman “We don’t want to boost our metabolisms. We want to cooperate with our metabolisms.” –Cate Stillman “Have fun out there in those wild woods harvesting and putting food up in the way that people have in the past!” –Cate Stillman “When we’re wasting less energy trying to move more nutrients through and digest and absorb, the body can do more with what it’s got.” –Cate Stillman “We’re more in tune with our strength, our power, and our ability to make a lot out of a little.” –Cate Stillman “Our culture has a vata imbalance.” –Cate Stillman

The Abundance of Generosity: Tips for Overweight Kaphas

Nov 3, 2017 22:29


Hello, it’s Cate Stillman with and, and I’ve been asked to finish the series on overweight-ness in Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. So you may have heard the episode on overweight Vatas, or the episode on overweight Pittas, and not the episode on overweight Kaphas, because I hadn’t created it until right this moment.

Often, when someone is overweight, they assume they are Kapha. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, we think, “Hmmm, maybe. But maybe not.” And yet sometimes, the person that we’re talking to is indeed an overweight Kapha, that their prakruthi, their constitution, is Kapha, and that the nature of their imbalance, or vikruthi, is also Kapha. And that’s unusual. It’s unusual enough that I created the overweight Vata and the overweight Pitta episodes: That’s where you have an overweight Vata person – their prakruthi is Vata – and their imbalance also might be Vata-provoking Kapha. Or it might be an overweight Pitta, and the imbalance might be a Vata or a Pitta imbalance-provoking Kapha, or a Kapha imbalance.

But the thing is, Kapha imbalances are pretty unusual in this day and age. Tune in to find out why, and to find out whether or not your extra pounds are really the cause of Kapha.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: How to tell if your extra weight is really a kapha imbalance When and how much kaphas should eat in a day Where to leverage kapha strengths to your advantage


Links: Overweight Vata Podcast Overweight Pitta Podcast How to be a Kapha Tipsheet from Cate Thrive for each constitition Take a constitution test


 Show Highlights: 1:15 – Kapha imbalance is actually rare in this day and age! While this may seem strange because we have such a sedentary and heavy-diet culture, the vibration and pace of life is really quite hectic. 5:40 – Kaphas are strong, stable, faithful, trustworthy, and dependable. They naturally accumulate people, friends, money, and bodily tissue. In order to befriend your kapha constitution, you have to get in touch with this accumulation tendency. 11:00 – As a kapha, you can afford give away. As you realize how much you can give away physically, you become lighter, brighter, more inspired, and more mobile, and you realize how much service you can be to humanity. 12:30 – Kaphas really only need to eat 1-2 meals a day, which may sound terrible! But if you look at it from an energetic standpoint, you’ll realize that you’ll save so much time that you otherwise would have spent buying, preparing, and eating food. 17:00 – A Kapha’s deepest bliss is nurturing the people, the causes, and the projects they care most about. Learn to leverage those gifts through service and connection, rather than carrying that generosity in your physiology.



Favorite Quotes: “For a Kapha to befriend their constitution, it often means getting really in touch with their accumulation tendency.” – Cate Stillman “We’re meant to be relaxed, and attuned, and sophisticated in understanding the nature of who we are, in understanding our strengths and our weaknesses.” – Cate Stillman “You can stay strong and stable, and give away. As you do that, you become lighter and brighter, more inspired, and more mobile.” – Cate Stillman “Awaken this power of your own natural abundance.” – Cate Stillman “In giving away, you feel more and more fulfilled.” – Cate Stillman

Danielle LaPorte's White Hot Truth

Oct 30, 2017 53:30


When I started this show years ago — we’ve just passed episode 300, which is kind of mindblowing — I was talking with Ayurvedic specialists and other people in my field. People asked me to put those shows on the internet, so I turned them into podcasts. Hundreds of episodes later, I’m now able to talk to more people I really respect outside of the field of Ayurveda. One of these people is Danielle LaPorte. She’s on the show today.

Some of you may have heard of Danielle before. She created The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map. She’s educated tons and tons of amazing coaches out there. She’s one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 — a group who’s “uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters,” in Oprah’s words. Danielle also has one of the top 100 websites for women, as judged by Forbes. Millions of people visit her website every month for her Truthbombs.

What I love about Danielle is that she’s able to cut through the cultural clutter and find the deep truths from deep wisdom traditions. She’s able to interpret them in a poetic way that really reaches people at all stages and life situations. See why chatting with her is my dream come true in this episode!


I rap with Danielle LaPorte about keeping it real on your spiritual path:

How ambition and devotion are intertwined How we deal with anger and forgiveness while trying to be compassionate creatures Why and how to make a difference when you’re feeling overwhelmed

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn how simplicity can help you better serve others (and yourself) in deeper and wider ways Find out what the weightiness of presence is and why it’s important to live with See how to determine what you need to say no to in life to find your big inner yes



Body Thrive Book White Hot Truth Book FREE Chapter of White Hot Truth The Fire Starter Sessions Book The Desire Map Book  Danielle’s Website  Danielle’s Facebook  Take the Changemaker Challenge! Plan Your 2018 – Free Webinar


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Kathryn Budig on Aiming True in Your Life


Show Highlights:

9:00 — Much of Danielle’s work comes from experiential wisdom — experiential living driven from within, creating from within, exploring from within. There’s a lot that comes along with wisdom traditions — including cultural dysfunctionality. Danielle illuminates how her experiences and explorations of those traditions taught her that nothing can make you impervious to weaknesses and that dysfunctionality. 12:30 — Danielle explains her relationship to ambition and devotion. These concepts are related and can even be mistaken for each other, but they’re both part of living with fullness, expressing yourself freely, and even pursuing a career. 19:30 — Sometimes it feels like the world and the events in it are getting tougher to process, but it’s still important to be present — even for the negative things. We all have different ways of working through the feelings, but the important thing is that we do so, not how we do so, and that we face them instead of pushing them away. Recognizing them and feeling their weight — feeling the weightiness of presence — is the first step. 28:15 — Danielle describes the rhythm she finds in saying no to lots of things so she can focus on what she says yes to and get super-committed. Ask yourself what lights you up the most and if an option you’re considering is something you’re pumped about. Then, get feedback from others about how you can get there. 34:30 — Collaborating with others gives us the power to fast-track our journeys of creating the world we want to create. But it’s vital to be able to communicate what our strengths are so we can understand each other and work together.


Favorite Quotes:

“I’m all for creating the world that I want to live in.” –Danielle LaPorte “So much beauty. So many answers. So many things that are truly healing. So much real wisdom. It changed my life.” –Danielle LaPorte “I have to be my own guru.” –Danielle LaPorte “Devotion feels like something that comes so much more from the heart.” –Danielle LaPorte “The simplest things are the easiest places to find the sacred.” –Danielle LaPorte “The simplicity is the imperative to the bigger service.” –Danielle LaPorte “Scatteredness is a contemporary epidemic.” –Danielle LaPorte



Named one of the "Top 100 Websites for Women" by Forbes, millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what's been called "the best place online for kickass spirituality." A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington, D.C., think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.”

She’s the author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path—From One Seeker to Another, The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals with Soul — the book that has been translated into eight languages and evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries.

Prior to founding, LaPorte was Executive Director of The Arlington Institute think tank in Washington, D.C., a partner at Carrie & Danielle, Inc., and a communications strategist at The Next Level communications agency. She was also a regular contributor on business and career topics on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News Network show, Connect with Mark Kelley. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her favorite philosopher, her son. You can find her @daniellelaporte just about everywhere on social media.

Develop Yourself + Your Leadership: Edie Berg and The Strong Women's Club

Oct 26, 2017 37:31


One of my favorite topics is self-reinvention — the idea that we can create who we want to be next, and not only that we can but that we should. It’s a sign of an awake, connected, learning human being.

So, I invited my friend Edie Berg to talk about this topic. She’s a fellow podcaster and the founder of The Strong Women’s Club. She lives in Israel, and she and I have connected around this concept of being really fluid in our careers. That’s the main chunk of what we discuss in this episode, and you’ll hear about how Edie has taken experiences between jobs into new versions of her business.

As you listen, I want you to really think about who and what you want to become next. Can you be more fluid? Can you allow yourself to be Plastic Person so that who you’ve been in the past can be a toolkit that gently informs, but doesn’t determine, who you’re going to become next?


I rap with Edie Berg about developing your leadership skills:

What it means to transition niches Why flexibility of character makes identity evolution easier How it’s okay — and even an advantage — to switch careers or life paths as many times as you want to

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn how to translate your skill set to apply it to any role or life change you’re interested in Find out how to recognize when you’re no longer excited about your career or what you do each day and formulate a plan for change See how to make yourself available to what you’re interested in and learn easy ways to get started in being open to change


Body Thrive Book The Strong Women’s Club Edie’s Facebook Who Is Edie Berg? Take the Changemaker Challenge! Plan Your 2018 - Free Webinar Danielle LaPorte


Related podcasts:

The Yoga of Investing in Yourself: Cate’s Take on Breaking Plateaus Through Skillful Personal Investment

The Real Deal on the Dharmic, Passion-led Career Path with Jenny Fenig

Creativity, Career, + Lifestyle Design with Paul Jarvis


Show Highlights:

3:30 — It’s okay to take big leaps in your career and switch to something completely different. When you decide to make a transition to become the next version of yourself, there are many benefits to taking on a totally new role that fits with your shifting personality and your desires. 6:15 — Edie tracks her global career journey from physical therapy management to private catering to managing a prestigious cybersecurity company to starting The Strong Women’s Club, which she’s focusing on now. 13:00 — Sometimes fluidity in a career path is forced on women because of their life cycle and having children. Edie discusses how women seem to naturally accept and fall into this fluidity, but as career demands change, more men are using this opportunity and becoming more connected with family life, too. Barriers are dropping en masse in this day and age. 20:50 — It’s important to start opening yourself up to new choices. Take a fraction of what you want to do and start doing it. Edie discusses several ways to start helping yourself get excited about making the changes you know you need to wake up with a smile on your face and the knowledge that you’re enjoying life. 26:20 — Ask yourself what you’d rather be doing. Write down your answers. Block out time on your calendar to begin pursuing them. This is your starting point for your transition. 29:50 — You don’t have to be a natural leader to start leading. It’s something you can learn, and it’s attainable. You can be a leader of a different type of person. It doesn’t matter who you are; it’s a process, and ambition is what’s important. Try hanging around ambitious people to start awakening your own ambition.


Favorite Quotes:

“You’re a different person when you’re 25 years old or when you’re 45 years old — and all the time.” –Edie Berg “Whatever you need, you learn it as you grow.” –Edie Berg “Be open to opportunities that are kind of scary — the unknown. It definitely makes for a good time.” –Edie Berg “Our lives should be interesting. And if they’re not, we’ve got to take control of what is interesting next.” –Cate Stillman “You can’t just quit your job and start something new because you feel like it. It takes a lot of planning and knowing yourself better and better as time goes on.” –Edie Berg “What if what I want to do is what the universe wants me to do?” –Cate Stillman “Women leaders in all different fields have an inner strength that is unshakeable.” –Edie Berg



Founder and CEO of The Strong Women's Club: Podcast | Summits | Masterminds. Based in Israel, Edie empowers women locally and globally.

Physical Therapist / Speaker / Consultant.

Founder and Producer of The Strong Jewish Women's Summit.

Edie helps women in Israel connect and build their sports-based businesses, with local and global mastermind events.

Edie is a consultant to businesses who know that their employees' health and wellness are key to the company's success.

Your Intuitive Yoga + Meditation Practice with Miriam Hamui

Oct 23, 2017 49:19


Hello Yogahealer Podcast listeners! Today is one of those days where I shut myself in my gorgeous closet in Alta, Wyoming and I hit record and see what happens. In this episode, I talk to Miriam Hamui of Mexico City. Miriam and I met a few months ago, and I fell in love with her way of practicing and teaching, and what she's doing. She's written a few books, and she loves writing as a process to deepen her practice on the mat, on the cushion, and teaching in the classroom. This conversation is about deepening your practice through attuning to You and your intuitive body, as a way of guiding deeper into You.  


I rap with Miriam Hamui about the intuitive nature of architecture and yoga:

Both architecture and yoga can make you feel sensation, emotion, and thought on a subtle level As you upgrade your inner space through habit evolution, you may feel a natural desire to upgrade your outer environment By using intuition to create and design outer spaces like a building or a yoga practice, you can support your inner, more subtle space

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

How to create an environment that helps you thrive When to get rid of rules and create your own yoga practice for self-discovery How to create a meditation practice that doesn't make you dread hitting the cushion




Miriam's books: Yoga and Architecture: The Art of Dwelling (English and Spanish versions), Meditate From Your Body: A Somatic Guide Miriam's blog (in Spanish) Miriam's next retreat (in Mexico) Amazon Author page  Facebook URL  Website  Website for Miriam's teacher, Orit Sen-Gupta Yogahealer Your Inner Goddess Webinar  Yogahealer FREE Live Training for Career Planning your 2018 


Related podcasts:

Conscious Daydreaming is How You Connect to Your Future with Summer McStravick 

Designing Your Space with Ayurvedic Wisdom (with Vixi’s Ashley Dentino

Tiffany Cruikshank on Knowing Yourself with Yoga 

Unlocking Your Subtle Body Anatomy + Deep Time with Tias Little 

Show Highlights:


3:35 - The body is the most complex piece of architecture: it progresses through poses and bears its own weight easefully, accommodating itself with every movement. 9:00 - The experience of inhabiting a body is similar to inhabiting an architectural space: both have gross and physical aspects, and both inner and outer spaces have more and more subtle levels that influence sensation, emotion, and thought. 16:00 - As children, we feel into creativity, but lose this intuition as adults, instead thinking logically when building something. By bringing creativity back into how we architect our environment and our practice, we can support our subtle inner space. 21:50 - Often in modern yoga systems, our practice is overly scripted, and doesn't allow our intuition to create it: instead, we listen to what someone else tells us to do. Self-discovery is key to getting the most out of yoga and our own distinct practice. 27:00 - Ease into your meditation practice! Meditating for too long or with a rigid set of rules can make you dread hitting the cushion. If this is you, try sitting in silence without setting a timer. Go at your own pace while following a few basic principles: weight bearing, finding your axis, and breath work, and create your own practice. 39:00 - Because people are less inundated with information in Mexico compared to the United States and other western countries, when yoga gained popularity, people started teaching and learning it intuitively, rather than through a set of rules. This is something many of us can learn from to uplevel our own practices.

Favorite Quotes:

"As we're shaped by spaces outside of us, we also are shaped by how we design our internal space." - Cate Stillman "I wanted to convey it… so people could have a more clear understanding of the subtle aspects of inhabiting your inner space compared to the outer space and the universe." - Miriam Hamui "You can feel where you need to shift your weight, how you can create balance, and where you are needing more attention." - Miriam Hamui "There's some part of you that's connecting to the part that knows." - Cate Stillman "You're inviting people into their own mass, into their own physicality, into their own density, into their own space." - Cate Stillman "Find your specific way. And it's going to be unique to you." - Miriam Hamui



Miriam Hamui has practiced yoga since 2008, and taught since 2001. Originally an Architect, she has combined her notion of inhabiting spaces with her ever-growing sense of embodiment through yoga, which inspired her first book, Yoga and Architecture: The Art of Dwelling.

She further enhanced her acknowledged sensitivity by becoming a Somatic Movement Educator though the school of Body Mind Movement. This resulted in the publication of her second book: Medita Desde Tu Cuerpo (Translation: Meditate Through Your Body: A Somatic Approach).

Miriam continually integrates whatever arises from her body through her personal yoga practice and uses it to inspire her teaching and writing. She sustains a blog since 2013 and has contributed articles to several Mexican yoga magazines.

Closet Interview - Cate’s Life Story as a Wellness Pro (part 2)

Oct 20, 2017 48:32


Welcome back! This is Part 2 of my life story about becoming a wellness pro. It’s really sort of my own experience blended with some career counseling for those who are wanting to go down the pro healer path — yoga teachers, holistic practitioners. This episode sprang forth from an email from two interested, local gals in their mid-20s who wanted to ask questions about my life journey so they could make some decisions about pursuing wellness careers. Franni and Katie interviewed me in my closet! Listen as we get into the return on investment for wellness professionals and different lifestyle choices


I rap with Franni and Katie about ROI and my life story as a wellness pro:

How to define who you want to become and set goals to get there — what’s your next step? Why we need to make a conscious effort to get “back to basics” in our understanding of health and how our interactions with our community and ecosystem shape our wellness The ways education can and can’t help you determine the course of action you want to pursue

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Learn why we shouldn’t fear the planet or our bodies, even though we’re conditioned to Discover how to motivate yourself to grow by getting into integrity with yourself and your body See how to make choices about your future and your education — and how to determine what’s worth pursuing to you



Body Thrive Book Yoga Health Coaching Have a FREE Conversation Take the Changemaker Challenge


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My Best 10 Career Tips to Grow Your Wellness Practice

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Show Highlights:

5:30 — The Western mind has a tendency to dive into the specifics before it even understands the basics. Pausing and really looking to understand the fundamentals, starting from the ground up, can assist us in healing and thriving. We especially need to look at our relationship to the planet this way, even when it comes down to the plants we consume. 11:35 — There are millions of pieces to “the next steps” in focusing on what you love, making it your career, finding a community, and consistently honing your skills. 17:15 — Your earning capacity often reflects impact. When you can help people get results faster, your client base or business will grow. As you keep more results coming in faster, it works its way into your ecosystem and the potential for growth stays on a steadily increasing pattern. 25:45 — Education is very important, providing a basic infrastructure for the career you want to have. It can help you decide what you really enjoy, and you can look at what others have done to get to a spot where you want to be. There’s always a way to become deeply nurtured into thrive and create a completely abundant life. But it’s crucial to try new things and be willing to not follow the rules, even if it means not staying in school forever and not following what’s spelled out for you. 34:25 — Every wellness pro needs to look at how to get their people where they want to go in a way that’s fun, fast, and super effective. As long as that’s your primary concern — now how you’re going to fund things or make a living — then it’s so much easier to end up making money. Think in terms of who you want to help.


Favorite Quotes:

“What happens if you get your heart centered on how you can be useful?” –Cate Stillman “Humans and plants — that’s our history.” –Cate Stillman “We’ve been taught from a young age to fear the earth.” –Cate Stillman “Every modern healer has to ask themselves, ‘How do I exchange value in the marketplace?’” –Cate Stillman “The wellness path invites us into integrity.” –Cate Stillman “That’s one of the attributes of feeling great — time and space open up.” –Cate Stillman “Follow people whose lifestyles you want. Follow people you get sparked by. Get involved!” –Cate Stillman

Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda with Millennial Sahara Rose

Oct 16, 2017 27:35


I’ve talked to a bunch of millennials lately for the podcast about their wellness careers, and it’s great to see so many young women who are going into these professions. It makes me so happy! Having so many brilliant young women going into wellness really inspires me. Today’s guest is Sahara Rose, author of The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda. Isn’t that awesome? At just 26 years old, she’s aiming to connect with millennials and draw them deeper into all the benefits that come along with learning Ayurveda and getting in touch with their bodies.


I rap with Sahara Rose about:

Getting millennials interested in Ayurveda How deadlines can increase flow, balance you, and work to your benefit The importance of interconnectivity and becoming attuned to our ecosystems, the seasons, what’s growing outdoors, and our desires

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn how Ayurvedic principles can be applied — in your own way — to your diet (and just about anything) See how we can trick ourselves into thinking we’re being healthful when we’re really eating an unbalanced diet — and how to get back in balance Discover how to cut through information overload to connect with other generations



Body Thrive Book Get Your FREE Body Goals Session Jiyo App Eat Right for Your Mind-Body Type Sahara’s Website Sahara’s Facebook Sahara’s Podcast: The Difference Between Karma, Dharma, and Kriya and Why It Matters Sahara’s Podcast: How I Became My Highest Self and Wrote The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda


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Show Highlights:

5:50 — Sahara outlines the biggest takeaways and learnings from writing books and having to work up her pitta to get through deadlines. One thing that stuck with her was the beauty of having a deadline and how it pushed her to tap into creativity in unexpected ways. 9:15 — Sahara explains the health crisis that guided her to Ayurveda and why she initially resisted the idea before using Ayurvedic principles to tailor her diet to meet her needs. 16:00 — We’re mammals, and our bodies want to naturally attune to the seasons and the climate. It’s important to let them, because this helps us maintain connectivity with our environment and get into flow with ecosystem attunement. 18:30 — When people are living in a state of service and can understand why they were put on our planet — for specific reasons that only their souls can fulfill — they realize their true importance. They want to feel their best because they realize their purpose and see how their individual piece fits into the broader global puzzle. Getting in touch with this dharma is an important teaching for millennials — and everyone. 20:00 — Ayurveda is about interpreting and honoring each individual’s personal experience. When they understand why they naturally feel a certain way and have certain habits, they can see how following their natural rhythms encourages better health and a feeling of ease.


Favorite Quotes:

“When you’re in flow, things start moving really fast.” –Sahara Rose “People are getting to that phase of understanding that deeper nutrition and habit alignment are so we can do more. They’re simply more empowered as human beings.” –Cate Stillman “Ayurveda is a perennial wisdom.” –Cate Stillman “I started practicing hot Yoga and just feeling so much more connected to my body than I ever had before.” –Sahara Rose “Really feeling that mind-body connection showed me that it’s so much more than just the physical.” –Sahara Rose “It’s really important for people to find their truth. That’s sort of the predecessor to anything else.” –Sahara Rose “Figure out who you are, and the rest will just come naturally.” –Sahara Rose



Sahara Rose is the best-selling author of The Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda and has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra. She’s a 26-year-old Certified Ayurvedic, Holistic, and Sports Nutritionist; wellness blogger; and host of the Highest Self Podcast. Sahara's mission is to awaken people to their innate potential so they can share their gifts and fulfill their purpose on this planet.

Closet Interview - Cate’s Life Story as a Wellness Pro (part 1)

Oct 13, 2017 47:39


I received a couple interesting emails a few weeks ago, and two totally sweet women contacted me with their questions. Both ladies asked if I had time to talk about my profession over a cup of tea. They were wanting some career advice, and they happened to be local to my area. So, I emailed my assistant to get in touch with them and schedule some teatime chatting to answer their questions at my house. We ended up recording a two-part podcast episode together!


This week’s episode is the first part of that conversation, and we get a lot into the process of making choices. If you’re wanting to go into the wellness field or you’re already there and are wondering where to take your career next, both of these shows are going to be helpful to you. This first part is about my past history, about going to school, and about making career choices. You’ll learn a lot about awake living and making the right decisions for your future.


I rap with Franni and Katie:

How the different healing modalities fit together What the journey to a career in Ayurveda looked like for me The importance of life experience in the decision-making process What “user error” is in a career and how practice helps you prevent it


What you'll get out of tuning in:

Learn how to follow a career path that calls to you See how to assess your investment in education and how it’ll help you in a future career Discover how to provide value while getting practice in your field and making a living Learn how to hone in on the type of impact you want to make and set targets to get there



Body Thrive Book Awake Living Sign Up for the FREE Changemaker Challenge


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My Best 10 Career Tips to Grow Your Wellness Practice The Real Deal on the Dharmic, Passion-led Career Path with Jenny Fenig Creativity, Career, + Lifestyle Design with Paul Jarvis Uplevel Your Wellness Income + Impact with Rachel Cook and Amanda Cook


Show Highlights:

3:40 — Teatime visitors Franny and Katie are considering pursuing careers in the healing and wellness field, and they want to learn more details from someone who’s been through it all in the wellness world for the past 20 years. They’re both torn on how they should direct themselves to the careers they’re interested in. 7:00 — Franny and Katie ask questions regarding how Cate got where she is, who her mentors are, and who she really is. Cate was motivated to pursue Ayurveda after working for an organization dedicated to energy efficiency and management. It caused her to realize that there’s so much around us, so much interconnectedness that we’re unaware of. Ayurveda was a natural evolution toward increasing planetary wellness and awareness. 17:00 — Getting out in the field and spreading your name as a wellness pro can require some creative tactics, as Cate explains while outlining the method she used to start drumming up business with local clients at the very start of her career. 23:40 — The wellness industry is super-competitive, sure, but the market for these types of services is growing every year. The most important thing you can do is get good through lots and lots of practice. 31:30 — Many people don’t know how to invest in themselves to get the experience they want out of life. That’s where your skills as a wellness pro come in. Once we know how to do that, we need to teach other people how to invest — each step of the way — to get what they want. 39:50 — Being a wellness pro is part providing tools and information and part helping to create community-based infrastructure that can also provide these tools. It’s not just about supporting yourself and individuals, but about helping your community as a whole transform with an eye on planetary wellness.



Favorite Quotes:

“You get bitten by the bug, and it really becomes part of you — and you become part of it.” –Cate Stillman “My personal wellness path has always been tied to planetary wellness.” –Cate Stillman “Humans need to become more conscious.” –Cate Stillman “How much can I start to practice and use my skills so that I get better?” –Cate Stillman “Anyone can make it in anything… You can do whatever you want!” –Cate Stillman “What are you smitten by? DO follow your intuition.” –Cate Stillman “If you can’t thrive in your body, you can’t thrive in your relationships. You can’t thrive in your career. You can’t thrive in dharma, and you can’t make something incredibly amazing happen in your lifetime. You’ve got to start with your body.” –Cate Stillman

Rewild Your Primal Palate with the Wisdom of Weeds with Katrina Blair

Oct 9, 2017 52:48


Katrina Blair is a blessing to humanity. More than any guru, healer or spiritual teacher I’ve met, Katrina is an awakened embodiment of the bodhisattva vow. The plants -- in particular the wild weeds -- are her teachers.

In a world where we dump herbicides into our neighborhoods, into our own yards, into our fields… the wild weeds fight back to recover the soil to heal the ecosystems back into diversity and health. In this episode you learn how to re-enter a symbiotic relationship with the weeds and trees outside your door.  The problem - the weeds - are the solution.


I rap with Katrina Blair:

What Burdock taught Katrina Why you want to awaken your Primal Palate What the Pioneer Plants are… and what they are doing in your ‘hood Healing Depression and disconnection by connecting to the plants outside your door

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How common weeds can help realign human integrity What you can do to create organic lands and parks in your community What nutritional benefits wild plants have for us



The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival

Dandelion Festival Thistle Wild Edible Food Thistles: A High-Nutrient Weed Turtle Lake Refuge Connect on Facebook


Show Highlights:

03:00 - How to reconnect with nature when we feel we are out of control or disconnected 5:14 - Local wild plants feel different to us but they are full of nutrients and wisdom when we use them as teachers 07:00 - Depression is disconnection. Connection is uplifting. If we isolate our palette from our ecosystem there’s a level of connectivity we don’t have 08:50 - Cate and Katrina discuss the concept of rewilding and rewilding our palettes and how the wild plants have so much to teach us 11:00 - Cate and Katrina discuss thistle, what it is and how we can all parts of the plant for nutrients; for example it can regenerate liver cells 14:58 - Self care industry has an idea that “everything needs to be just right” but thistle shows us that that doesn’t need to be so 16:37 - Cate and Katrina discuss the concept of reconnection through wild plants to what we already know on a deeper level 20:13 - Katrina talks about her experience with Burdock root and Cate discusses Oregon Grape Root 30:00 - Katrina talks about how urban dwellers can connect to wild plants 44:15 - Katrina discusses what’s going on in her area in terms or creating organic spaces for the community

Favorite Quotes:

“When we start to eat the very earth from which we live, we become the earth” - Katrina “Depression … is a state of being that anyone can go into, but anyone can also get out of it” - Katrina “The degree of disconnection is the degree of palette distortion” - Cate “Everything that we need is right outside our door” - Katrina



Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.

In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. She teaches sustainable living practices, permaculture and wild edible and medicinal plant classes locally and internationally.

She is the author of a book titled “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep”, published in 2009 that focuses on the uses and recipes of the local wild abundance. Her latest book is "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival" published in 2014 by Chelsea Green.

The Yoga of Modern Marriage with Maggie Reyes

Oct 6, 2017 46:13


Cate and marriage coach Maggie Reyes talk about modern marriage. Maggie is a marriage coach and writer who helps people create more connection in a marriage based on the principles of nonviolence and self reflection. Maggie discusses the idea of teams and alliances in marriages, and Cate offers insight into the yogic philosophy of malas and how they play a role in relationships. Maggie offers a brief self-appreciation exercise at the end of the episode.


I rap with Maggie Reyes of Modern Marriage:

Why you should work on self-fulfilment in order to be more authentic in your relationships How marriage has evolved over generations How the principle of Ahimsa relates to marital relationships


What you’ll get out of tuning in: 

How marriage and yogic philosophies intersect Trends in modern marriages Family meetings as they relate to self growth and relational support  


Create Safety Marriage The Secrets to a Happier Marriage That Really Lasts Modern Married on Facebook Visit Modern Married here


Show Highlights:

02:47 - Maggie shares her theory that after leaving the womb, our whole lives are a quest for safety. 05:37 - Safety in a relationships start with our own needs and knowing how to honor them. 07:04 - Parallel with principle of yogic awareness and creating safety in relationships 08:45 - The meanings we assign to actions of others can be harmful or helpful. 09:26 - Cate talks about self-fulfilment or lack thereof in terms of relationships. 11:20 - Maggie shares a coaching exercise: Mental yoga. 15:17 - Cate and Maggie discuss the role of de-escaltion of violence in our everyday relationships as well as the principle of Ahimsa. 18:23 - Cate and Maggie discuss the yogic concept of malas 21:30 - Where are modern relationships and spiritual evolution going? To more connectedness and awareness. 26:53 - Maggie discusses her conscious choice not to have children and how her business, Modern Marriage grew from that so that she could articulate the evolving relationships in marriage as we redefine them as a culture. 30:08 - Maggie discusses the idea that in marriages there are teams and there are alliances. 35:48 - Cate and Maggie discuss longterm mating 42:10 - Maggie offers a self-appreciation exercise

Favorite Quotes:

“When we don’t feel safe, that’s when relationships break down” - Maggie “The way that we are violent to each other is so increasingly subtle as our relationships evolve” - Cate “Sometimes the most healing and the highest good is to end a relationship” - Maggie



Maggie Reyes is a Life Coach and Modern Marriage Mentor who helps high achieving women have happier marriages. Her romantic-yet-practical approach to love has appeared in Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings. She is the founder of ModernMarried.


Awake Modern Families with Child Mindfulness Expert Ian Hoge

Oct 3, 2017 51:23


In this episode I chat with Ian Hoge, a successful therapist, mindfulness teacher and author, about navigating our own personal journeys of transformation. We discuss the benefits of radical acceptance, and the importance of opening to difficult emotions in times of suffering with the knowledge that the suffering will pass. We talk about grief and how our practices can get us through. We talk about family meetings, the importance of parents in the lives of their children, and the way that children can often be our best teachers.


I rap with Ian Hoge about:

How healing yourself allows further transformation How our practice can help us in difficult situations including times of grief Family meetings Radical acceptance as practice

What you’ll get out of tuning in: 

How you can help your family grow with shared values What Cate takes from the work of Gay Hendricks Brain neuroplasticity


Get 1 month full access for free on Evenflow. Download the app and use the code: EvenFlow2017 Ian's website Gay Hendricks The Big Leap


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Show Highlights:

07:15 - Increased stress levels in schools and introduction of mind-body programs into school environments 09:23 - Cate discusses the work of Gay Hendricks and what she finds relevant to mindfulness, especially in relation to suffering 11:15 - How mindfulness brings up realities that we need to face (school, work, lifestyle, etc) -- and how that can be terrifying 13:01 - Ian talks about the importance of finding space for mindfulness in our busy lives, including for teachers and parents 16:45 - Parents are the key to creating mindfulness practices in families 18:12 - How family meetings can help create structure, routine and shared values 23:00 - Concept of “talking stick” or a physical object to give people space in groups to be heard and of “listening from your heart” 32:00 - Meditation helps you lean into the unknown; it’s a practice 34:10 - The brain and meditation and neuroplasticity over time 38:18 - Different approaches to grief 39:10 - DBT therapy - Dialectical Behavior Therapy 44:03 - Awe and bliss come from lifelong practice


Favorite Quotes:

“The most interesting thing is how can I help others” - Ian “Usually when change happens it is the death of something.” - Ian “The practice of being still is the best thing that we could possibly do.” - Ian



Ian is a Mindfulness Teacher at meditation app, co-Director of the Mindfulness Program at The Stephen Wise Elementary school in Los Angeles, and Mindfulness coordinator at PeakBrain institute. In addition he teaches Meditation, Mindfulness, and Yoga, both privately and in groups, to adults and adolescents in the LA area.

Ian is also a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a Masters in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Ian co-Wrote the book, 21 Days Of Enlightenments, with co-author, Bernadette Luckett. 21 Days of Enlightenments is a journey/discovery book filled with daily acts of service. He has also written and recorded two music albums about personal and spiritual growth available on itunes.

Evolving Ethics in Yoga Communities with Noah Maze

Sep 28, 2017 36:56


Noah Maze and I talk about the evolving ethics of yoga communities and how being a leader is both a vulnerable place and an opportunity to grow. Listen to how both of these community leaders have navigated their group evolution.


I rap with Noah Maze about:

Ethical considerations for yoga communities Exploring complexities of teacher-student and employee-employer relationships The lessons Cate learned from Monica Lewinsky

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Why creating an ethos around your community is important How Cate and Noah each work to evolve ethics in their individual online communities



Ethics Reconciliation Policy Noah Maze Website Wisdom 2.0


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Show Highlights: 

07:32 - Yoga ethics and how they fit into creating communities; how social media has changed the way we interact 10:18 - Cate discusses how she creates an appropriate space on her online forums 15:10 - The more you’re known, the more you open yourself up for being a target of others’ projections; also your actions and speech are ever more important 21:33 - The struggle of  yoga communities and intimacy in relation to the other parts of our lives 22:29 - Current political climate in U.S., a lot of people’s trauma and wounds are being triggered, especially for yogis who are more sensitive 26:02 - Cate discusses hearing Monica Lewinsky at Wisdom 2.0 and how that experience helped Cate see that opinions we form of people are our own, not necessarily reality 32:04 - Noah discusses the importance of having conversations around ethics of communities. How ethical case studies are learning opportunities

Favorite Quotes:

“We have a choice to shape the ethos [of our communities]” - Cate “They ‘Why’ for me is always bringing me back to the core. Core Values and Core Mission.” - Noah



Noah Mazé is papa to Madeleine and Oliver, and his fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined. Noah is best known for his clear and precise teaching style, tangible knowledge, and an ability to transmit with openness, curiosity, and wit.

Noah began a regular practice of hatha yoga when he was 14 years old. Early on, he was honored to study with Richard Freeman, Pattabhi Jois, and Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Manouso Manos among many others. Noah continues to be an avid student of yoga and various yoga teachers across styles and disciplines.

Noah is ever-advancing global conversation and curriculum in yoga education. In 2012 he co-founded his school, YOGAMAZÉ, with his wife, Tracy.  Together they have pioneered training content (both in person and online) to enhance skills of yoga teachers and studios in nearly every corner of the world.  

Noah is a faculty member at the 1440 Multi University and Esalen Institute, and a regular presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and Wanderlust Festivals.  He regularly contributes to the usual suspects of yoga publication.  In addition to creating and developing the entirety of YOGAMAZÉ’s curriculum, Noah serves as faculty on Wanderlust’s 300 hour trainings and acts as a consultant to corporations developing advanced yoga education programs worldwide.

In Los Angeles, Noah offers weekly classes and in-depth programming at his home studio, Wanderlust Hollywood. He is blessed to share life with his wife, Tracy, his two children, Madeleine (8) and Oliver (5), three rescued dogs, two kittens, and one goldfish.

Ayurvedic Healing Drinks + Charismatic Plants with Amadea Morningstar

Sep 25, 2017 49:49


Amadea Morningstar is a seminal figure in the world of Ayurveda. Anyone looking to studying ayurveda would benefit from getting to know her work, which include two cookbooks and an upcoming book on healing drinks.

Cate and Amadea discuss how beverages made consciously with seeds and other natural ingredients can have specific healing actions. They discuss the need to soak seeds and how that process allows for better absorption of nutrients. Amadea gives Cate some ideas for drinks she can make her daughter after a long day at school. Amadea gives quick recipe ideas throughout the show so be sure to listen to the entire episode!


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How tuning into nature’s rhythms can help us create healing drinks from herbs and spices. Remember the importance of seed soaking, and pick up a few quick recipes from Amadea!


Edible Weed Succulant: Purslane YH shop Spurge Amadea’s sneak peak eBooks


Show Highlights:


5:22 Late summer/early fall is an invitation for us to tune into our bodies 7:09 Beverages as mediums for bringing healing plants and herbs into our bodies for healing and overall nutrition 08:25 Soaking seeds for use in beverages; why the soaking process is important for accessing nutrition and protein in seeds 11:19 Cold-infusion toning tea recipe 15:44 Nourishing beverages for aging 18:30 Nature (and no electronics) can help us reset our nervous system including melatonin levels 19:23 Tart cherries are rich in melatonin. Cherry aquafresca recipe to help with sleep. 24:35 Sourcing your herbs from your local ecosystem + care for your ecosystem 27:15 Amadea describes spurge 30:00 The importance of cultural diversity and how language relates to seed conservation 38:37 Healing beverage ideas for kids after school 40:40 Fruit + herb drinks 44:45 Kitchen sadhana 47:15 Sneak peaks for Amadea’s new books - Ebooks


Favorite quotes:

15:26 “So many of the herbs are so fun and tasty so you might as well enjoy them” - Amadea 17:54 “Oftentimes I’m trying to lure people into nature at any age because that’s where the reset is” - Amadea 25:20 “I’m trying to rewild us as a culture” - Cate 37:00 “It’s OK to just let yourself focus and relax and ground in one reality at a time, whenever possible” - Amadea



Amadea Morningstar writes about healing and self care in Ayurveda. She’s the author of the new eBook series Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda with photographer Renee Lynn. Amadea directs the Ayurveda Polarity Therapy & Yoga Institute in Santa Fe, NM.


Yogahealer Internships with Hadlee Garrison

Sep 21, 2017 30:41


On today’s show, we talk all about internships. How do you develop an internship program? How do you become an intern in someone else’s program? How can you encourage someone who you think would be great at it to start an internship program? You’ll learn the answer to these questions and more in this chat with Hadlee Garrison, one of our Summer 2017 (and beyond!) interns at Yogahealer.


I rap with Hadlee Garrison about Internships:

How internships relate back to ancient wisdom concepts and practices Why an internship program needs to vibe with your interests How the exchange of information and skills in an intern-mentor relationship helps both sides get what they need


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn how to create, guide, and refine an internship program for yourself or your organization See how organizations and individuals can change when an intern starts working Learn how to get past the roadblocks that might be keeping you from hiring an intern



Body Thrive Book Body Thrive on Audible Yogahealer Retreat Banyan Botanicals Manduka Yoga Mats HANAH Life


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Back to School with Ayurveda Does Your Career Work for Your Dosha? Building Your Influence + Your Team with Your Values with Nor Franco


Show Highlights:

1:50 — Hadlee approached Yogahealer because she has a passion for health, nutrition, Ayurveda and self-improvement. She loved Yogahealer’s accessible, applicable, realistic vibe — it felt like a perfect match for her to pursue an internship here. That’s the feeling everyone should ideally get from a program. 6:20 — The way Yogahealer has always arranged internships is by positioning the program as an opportunity for greater learning and relationship development. It ties in with the ancient concept and foundational relationship of gurukula, or mentorship. 12:00 — When Hadlee approached us about becoming an intern, it was necessary to create and define a position for her — as it is with any program. We already have a vibrant work-study program, but the internships needed some finessing. Hadlee took over much of the work involved with producing Yogahealer Podcast materials as a result. 20:20 — Hadlee is also now working on developing the Yogahealer internship program and creating the guide, structure, and documentation that can help future interns step into the role. Not knowing how to hire and train interns is a big obstacle in people’s reluctance to develop internship programs in the first place. 22:40 — Hiring an intern can be very similar to hiring a contractor or hiring for a full-time position. It requires looking at paths to leadership, creating a job description, defining roles, and finding a personality type that fits. 24:15 — Hadlee shares her advice for millennial students who want to pursue internships but aren’t sure about how to approach their schools or find a program that works for them.


Favorite Quotes:

“It’s self-enhancement to the max!” –Hadlee Garrison “For anyone who’s self-employed and doesn’t have an intern, you’re kind of missing out on a really interesting exchange.” –Cate Stillman “You can make it so sustainable. Yes, you’re going to have to put in the work at first.” –Hadlee Garrison “Even just having an intern to create your internship program is going to be so helpful.” –Hadlee Garrison “Being a student vs. having a job was like night and day… If I had done some sort of internship, it would’ve given me a clue!” –Cate Stillman “When you’re actually applying the stuff that you’re learning, you learn it 10 times more quickly than you do studying theory.” –Hadlee Garrison “Exchange value for value at the highest potential level.” –Cate Stillman

Ayurveda for Health and Disease

Sep 18, 2017 01:31:28


I just put it out through email: what do you want to learn next? I love doing webinars, and I love talking about Ayurveda. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Cate Stillman. I started in 2001 as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist — basically as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Teacher. And I absolutely love having very practical, innovative conversations about Ayurveda.


So I put it out via email to ask what the community wants to learn next. Do we want to look at Ayurveda for constitutions? Do we want to look at health and disease? Do we want to look at Ayurveda for the season, and the season that we're going into? We had a lot of neck-and-neck responses; a lot of us wanted to learn about all of those topics. But the one that rose slightly above the other ones was on Ayurveda for health and disease. So that's what we're talking about today. I have a lecture that's about an hour long, and then host a Q+A session.

I rap about Ayurveda for health and disease:

How disease and healing work from an Ayurvedic perspective What healing actually is, and the importance of being in sync with nature How self-healers, family healers, and pro-healers can incorporate Ayurveda to more quickly get to the root of what’s troubling them Why you need to know what enstasy is



What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Learn what to do if your body or mind is experiencing “technical difficulties” Find out how to embark on your own self-healer path Learn the primary causes of disease and disintegration on a cellular level Gain a better understanding of the true costs associated with misunderstanding disease



Body Thrive Book Living Ayurveda Course


Related podcasts:

Detox, Rejuvenation, + the 3 Causes of Disease How to Heal Your Ancestral Patterns with Ayurveda with Sarita Rocco Siva Mohan on Ayurveda, Thyroid issues, + Wellness Epidemics Siddhis + Samskaras on Your Personal Wellness Journey


Show Highlights:

6:00 — We are our own test subjects when it comes to learning what works best for us, health-wise and in thrive. Finding out what works for our bodies is a process. We need to learn to run better experiments so that tomorrow is better than today, and so that we can not only help ourselves, but also help families and clients. 11:30 — There are costs of not understanding disease. These aren’t just costs involved with the country’s healthcare system or the supplement industry — costs that feed off a lack of deep, foundational knowledge. They are costs of not understanding how your body works, and not understanding Ayurveda. 17:15 — Many people’s entire lifestyles just aren’t working for them today. Our culture isn’t in sync with nature’s rhythms. And we’re covering this up with a range of “band-aids” in the form of pharmaceuticals and surgeries. We need to learn about the natural energies behind who we are. 21:50 — When thinking of disease and health, we must always remember Cause and Effect. We must remember that we frequently can’t see the causes, but we can see the effects — the disease. Understanding cause and effect is essential in finding clarity about changing our own causes to change our effects. 33:30 — We are wired for bliss and deeply satisfying intimacy in our relationships. That’s one of the roots of health. We have a responsibility to get to the root of dis-ease in relationships to break cyclical drama patterns. 45:30 — Eventually, a physical disease becomes metaphysical. We start to point our awareness inward, and we discover the roots of disease. And, while looking within ourselves, we start to discover our different bodies — there are so many more than just our physical bodies. 1:03:00 — The Q+A session with webinar listeners begins.


Favorite Quotes:

"I have a penchant for making the practical wisdom of ancient medicine a little bit more accessible for modern humans, just so we can have great lives, and raise our kids, and be a little bit more interconnected, a little bit more enlightened, and a lot more healthy than we might otherwise be." - Cate Stillman “Everything around us is the beauty of the universe that created us.” –Cate Stillman “You want to get to the root of what’s going on with you. You want to understand cause and effect with yourself.” –Cate Stillman “There’s a cost to not understanding the basic wisdom of Ayurveda. How much do you spend vs. invest in your body wisdom?” –Cate Stillman “We are nature. We are our ecosystems.” –Cate Stillman “The roots of disease are the same, and the roots of healing are the same.” –Cate Stillman

Ask Cate: Existential Opportunities with Carrie Seitz

Sep 15, 2017 33:07


On today’s show, I talk with a long-term course member and friend, Carrie Seitz. She messaged me and said she was going to be in the Tetons and asked if I wanted to go for a mountain bike ride. Of course I said yes, because she’s so much fun to hang out with. So the day arrived, and we were biking Mill Creek, which is a super steep, 2.5-hour trail.

As we got about a quarter of the way in, Carrie — who just signed up for Yoga Health Coaching — started asking me all sorts of questions. She wants to start working for herself, but she isn’t sure if it’s the right fit for her because she doesn’t really do or teach Yoga. Over the course of our bike ride, we fleshed out some deeper details and ended up having a coaching session after we got back. Today’s episode is a result of that big discussion.

You’ll find this episode super helpful if, while you’re listening, you’re trying to figure out your deeper dharma. Figure out how to tap into it and where you’re going in the next chapter of your life. I’ll guide you through a five-word exercise, and you’ll hear me coach Carrie through it to get a better idea of what it entails.


I rap with Carrie Seitz about Existential Opportunities:

Why a crisis isn’t too different from an opportunity, depending on how you look at it What bhavanas are and how they tie into the client experience Why how you show up in life matters How the four aims of Yoga help you get your needs met


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn how to shift from crisis mode into opportunity mode Find out the basics of designing a brand based on your personality Learn how to create experiences for clients based on your five guiding adjectives




Body Thrive Book Have a Wellness Career Conversation Living Ayurveda Course Take the Changemaker Challenge Emotional Equations by Chip Conley


Related podcasts:

Tap into the Power of Mentoring with Annie Barrett Conversation Skills for Influencers with Denise Green Corporate Coaching + Instant Implementation with Angus Nelson + The 5 Elements Reset with Wah! How to Run a Solid Business with Tina Forsyth.... for Yoga Teachers + Healers


Show Highlights:

5:15 — Carrie wants to help people thrive in their bodies, but she isn’t currently working in the wellness sphere. She has a vision about what she wants to start doing, but she wasn’t clear on how YHC could help her until she actually saw the program materials and understood what was involved in the steps. 6:15 — In Chinese, the written word for “crisis” is the same as the written word for “opportunity.” They can be one in the same, but it’s all in how we frame the situation at hand. When the universe is giving us a shake-up, it helps to start seeing it as an opportunity. Anything is always possible! 9:40 — When we start companies or start providing services, we start “branding” them based on our personalities — to an extent. When we’re at the helms of companies, we’re the faces of them. The experiences we consistently provide by being our best, unique selves are what draw people in. This ties into the feeling experience of bhavanas. 13:15 — In Yoga Health Coaching, there’s an exercise that involves choosing the five words that describe everything in your brand, from the experience to the communication. Carrie tries out the process. You can try this out by listing ≈20 adjectives and circling the five that you most identify with. These five words can drive your business decisions. 24:00 — What if everything you want is something the universe wants of you? Ask evolution itself what it wants to do with you and to lead you through desire.


Favorite Quotes:

“When we’re in an easygoing plane in life and things are working together, we keep doing the same things instead of seeing ‘Oh my gosh! I can do anything!... I can develop different habits!’” –Cate Stillman “The crisis actually brought me into searching out something that could help me get through it.” –Carrie Seitz “Halfway through the course, I realized, ‘This actually isn’t a crisis. It’s an opportunity for something else, something greater.’” –Carrie Seitz “If we’re not grounded in our body habits, those opportunities aren’t available… There’s not enough energetic integrity.” –Cate Stillman “Our nervous system needs to get away from it all so we can listen to what our mind, body, and spirit are telling us.” –Carrie Seitz “Go through an experiential process and be so much more able to guide people through going beyond their own comfort zones.” –Cate Stillman


Peira Moinester - Brooklyn Music Factory + Creating Musicians for Life

Sep 11, 2017 30:44


On today's podcast, we have Peira Moinester of Brooklyn Music Factory. I've tried to get her on the show for about eight months, or as long as I've known her. She helps kids learn music, helps families get into music, and runs all sorts of lessons and camps. She is based in Brooklyn, and is going online soon. Tune in to learn all about how she breaks the traditional paradigms of teaching music and embraces an innovative teaching environment to make students of every age and walk of life a musician for life.

I rap with Peira Moinester of Brooklyn Music Factory about creating musicians for life:

Music as a part of human connection, collaboration, and expression The connective power of family and community jam sessions Learning music through songwriting

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

What games to use to facilitate musical learning and collaboration Why Ayurveda describes vibrational sound as the place where the divine meets the physical world When to free yourself of judgment and just experiment with music





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Show Highlights:

0:45 - Our traditional paradigm of teaching music to children is not actually fun! By making music fun, we can make students want to practice more often, thus improving their musical talent and becoming a musician for life. 7:00 - The best thing for kids learning an instrument is to have the whole family involved! A family coming together through music builds a bond unlike any other experience. 11:00 - There is something about music that can lift a mood and inexplicably shift energies. In vedic wisdom, vibrational sound is actually where the divine comes to meet the physical world. By simply getting in touch with music, we can combat a multitude nervous system imbalances. 15:30 - Most children are kinesthetic learners, and should thus be taught by connecting motor skills with visual and audible stimuli. In our society, words are too often used to try to affect change: there are many other ways to teach that are often more effective and enduring. 20:10 - Learning through songwriting: instead of being confined to teaching with a specific song, teaching through songwriting allows you to teach musical fluency and increases student motivation and investment. 25:50 - For anyone looking to incorporate more music into life, leave the judgment at the door. Let yourself go, and embrace your creativity.

Favorite Quotes:

"Music is the thing I remember from growing up… it's the thing that impacted me the most." - Peira Moinester "This is a natural part of human connection, communication, expression, and play." - Cate Stillman "Anybody should be given the opportunity to make music." - Peira Moinester "The divine comes first through sound." - Cate Stillman "We are an instrument; we have a natural desire to express and create." - Cate Stillman "One of the most humbling things is to hear six-year-olds write a killer song." - Peira Moinester


Born in Brooklyn and raised in a family of educators, Peira Moinester has been making music and working with kids for over 20 years. Peira also spent many of those years playing in In Flight Radio, an NYC-based rock band. In 2009, she founded Brooklyn Kids Rock, a band program for kids that quickly blossomed into one of the leading band programs in the area. Then in 2011, she had the pleasure of joining forces with fellow musician and music educator Nate Shaw. Together they founded the Brooklyn Music Factory, which now serves over 350 families with it’s unique, game-based approach to learning. “I am excited to have found something that combines the things I love the most – kids, music, and the amazing community that is Brooklyn,” says Peira. “This is the program I would have loved to have had around as a child, and I am thrilled to be a part of creating this opportunity for the next generation.” Peira happily resides in Brooklyn with her husband and her two young children.

Body Thrive Book Finally on Audible Read by She Podcasts Star… Elsie Escobar!

Sep 8, 2017 01:02:54


Today's show is a bit about my dharma and Elsie Escobar's dharma. Elsie is a good friend and the co-host of She Podcasts, and we've also been podcasting together for years. We first met as Anusara Yoga teachers at trainings, where I noticed she was super cool and super fun — so I wanted to be friends with her!

Our paths kept crossing, and she's always had one of the most popular Yoga podcasts around. So, when it came time for me to make a decision about recording Body Thrive as a book on tape (or on Audible, in this case), I realized that I just didn't have the amount of time it required. When I found out that Elsie wanted to record it, I knew that was absolutely the right option. 

Enjoy a sneak peek of the Body Thrive audiobook and join us for a chat about everything from identity evolution to diversity in podcasting.


I rap with Elsie Escobar of She Podcasts:

Why it's important to develop and use your voice to get clear on who you are and feel empowered to deliver messages The first steps of redefining our identities How our culture's loss of the water element is affecting our ability to reflect inwardly and outwardly


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn the differences between talking to think and thinking to talk Understand the importance of having someone who's a truth-teller "hammer" in your life See how you can use incremental, kaizen steps to help shift identity evolution



Elsie's Website She Podcasts Elsie's Yoga Class Podcast Body Thrive Book Free Audible Trial and Audiobook Download


Related Podcasts: 

Habit Evolution + the Power of Your Constitution Matt Marr on the Dharma of Identity, Storytelling, and Connecting on Values


Show Highlights:

3:00 — Enjoy a clip of Elsie reading Body Thrive! 22:00 — Visuals can be great for delivering a message, but they're not always the best way to get information across. They're often distracting. Hearing things and giving life to our ideas with our voices can help us connect with each other and with information on even deeper levels. 30:20 — Identity evolution is always possible, even when we haven't chosen our own identities and they've been given to us by our communities or the world around us. We have to be willing to let these identities go to grow. 37:05 — So many people start off making changes when they're coming from a place of depletion, not a place of excess. The idea of being able to do something great feels out of reach, but incremental steps are so much more digestible and easy to implement when we know we need to make big shifts. 41:30 — Sometimes, we don't realize we're taking actions that set our bodies up for cellular confusion. We can start to recognize it when we notice we're craving things that hurt, not things that heal.  48:30 — Most sugar (and other) cravings are cured when we start meal spacing. Instead of worrying about what to eat, we should try eating at the same time every day. Our taste buds will slowly attune to what our bodies really need once our digestion gets more efficient through meal spacing.


Favorite Quotes:

"Beauty, at times, is not necessarily always a positive thing." –Elsie Escobar "We've gotten to a place where we need to evolve the identity that the world has given us." –Elsie Escobar "Willingness comes from when you've had it up to herewith yourself." –Cate Stillman "You have to have that source…that truth-teller in your life." –Elsie Escobar "If you need something, you have to ask." –Elsie Escobar "The what is so much less important than the when." –Cate Stillman "How do I create the habit of listening? How do I have this become a part of my life?" –Elsie Escobar



Highlighting the impact of podcasts in society and culture rocks my world. Taking the conversationbeyond podcast monetization and metrics to bring awareness to the future and growth of podcasting through the lens of cyber behavior, cognitive psychology, the impact of socioeconomic status, and diversity.

My desire is to drive dialogue in the podcasting industry with a focus on podcasts’ impact on society, diversity, and culture as well as their power to drive social change, personal development, and bring voice to support underrepresented communities and initiatives.

Focus on Fit, Not Thin Webinar

Sep 4, 2017 01:38:26


It's been a while since I've done a live webinar, but they're so much fun! To me, they're a casual way for us to connect around things that I've been thinking about and practicing. This webinar that focuses on being fit not thin has an underlying philosophy — we're swimming in this pool of how we're supposed to look. In many ways, this information is more predominant than how we're supposed to feel. As a not-so-secret result, many of us have been trained to ignore and override what and how our bodies are feeling.

Today, I want to rekindle your connection to how your body wants to feel and help you start taking direct action based on your own internal signals. We can all notice in our own heads and self-talk that there are often some really subtle ways that we're overriding even the most basic signals our bodies are sending us. It's time to get much more connected to how we want to feel and get more comfortable in our own skin. 


I rap with webinar listeners about becoming fit, not thin:

Our bodies' desire to orient toward movement as a species The satiation cycle of nourishment and the ways our bodies want to experience deeper satiation Radical self-love, cellular love and how to tap into them Why we need to make ourselves more "wild" again and play like kids at recess


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

How to bring more movement into your life and encourage your body to take over How to determine what "fit" means for your body and what role your Ayurvedic constitution plays How your habits and identity need to evolve for you to become a fitter person How to stop associating workouts with work



Body Thrive Book  Living Ayurveda Course
Free Body Goals Session Body Thrive Course


Related podcasts: 

Strengthen Your Digestion + Eat Wheat with Dr. John Douillard Eating Food for Summer + Boosting Digestion with Dr. John Douillard 10 Tips for Intermittent Fasting with Ayurvedic Wisdom Owning Your Emotional Eating by Transforming Your Fat with Intermittent Fasting


Show Highlights:

6:45 — There are two key behaviors related to a fitter you. One primarily involves movement, and the other is all about helping your body feel satiated and satisfied. Being fit is about physical experience and radiant longevity, not appearance. 11:00 — Our state of mind and emotional state of being directly impact everything that we do. If we aren't in a fit experience in our own bodies, we run into trouble in meeting our own needs and those of the people to whom we're most closely connected. 16:30 — One of the first steps in getting fitter is really getting in touch with your body and throwing off our culturally imposed limitations. What do you want for your body? How do you really want to feel? Give yourself permission to dream bigger and ignore the limitations. What would it do for you long-term to become that person? 22:45 — Instead of thinking about doing one main workout each day, we need to start thinking in terms of what movement we can do every couple of hours. How many monkeying-around recesses are you freely enjoying each day? Schedule them on your calendar if you're not taking four or five a day. Create a menu of movements you can do, and choose a few activities from it to start rewilding. 36:45 — Intermittent exercise makes a lot of sense, but intermittent fasting can seem difficult to adapt to. Open yourself up to experimentation when it comes to your diet! It's time to start honoring your metabolism. Giving it a break with intermittent fasting can help you reach and satiate your true, deep, cellular hunger. 52:50 — Are there people in your life who already embody the habits you're starting to adopt? Get into their realms and get motivated. When we don't know people who have these habits, we need to get into a community or group that does. Our habits are communal. What small behaviors do you need to change to become the person you want to be, and who can help you get there? 1:12:30 — This section of the show is a Q+A with webinar listeners to discuss a range of topics related to becoming a smarter, fitter, better version of yourself.


Favorite Quotes:

"There are no surprises, but if you're not doing these things, you're making your life more stressful." –Cate Stillman  "You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first." –Cate Stillman  "If we're not acting like smart monkeys…we're not going to be as fit." –Cate Stillman  "What do you want on the body level? Breathe that in." –Cate Stillman  "Do you feel like a wild-animal version of yourself, or do you feel like you've been hyper-domesticated?" –Cate Stillman  "Getting stressed out has a lot to do with not moving your body enough." –Cate Stillman  "Your thinking becomes much clearer when your physiology is energized." –Cate Stillman  "We are wired for bliss." –Cate Stillman "Our past habits have a momentum. That momentum is like a tidal wave." –Cate Stillman



Cate Stillman founded in 2001 to guide Yoga people into Ayurveda and Ayurveda people into Yoga. Built on the value of personal and planetary thrive and a deep connection to one’s ecosystem, community, and body, Yogahealer grew into a team of people, two podcasts a week, regular blogging, an arsenal of courses to guide people into their potential, and a professional community and certification program, Yoga Health Coaching. Cate wrote and self-published Body Thrive: Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Ayurveda, which helps people who dig Yoga take a giant leap forward in their wellness trajectories using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda.

Grow Your Career by Leading a Facebook Group with Katie Krimitsos

Sep 1, 2017 42:05


Katie Krimitsos is a blast. Biz women rock! Together we can rock the world is Katie's brand. She has a podcast where she plays rock and roll music and coaches women in rocking their business.

I met Katie at Podcast Movement a few years ago, and I got to know her work. A big part of her work is helping women use social platforms, and Facebook groups in particular, to help fuel the growth of their membership, their business, or their client base.

You might wonder if what you want to do -- whether it's social change in your community, your work in the world, etc. -- requires a Facebook group. Do you need something that is a way for people to connect, and if you do, how much of a time commitment is it to have one that actually does what you want it to do? This is exactly what today's conversation is all about. Enjoy!


I rap with Katie Krimitsos about using Facebook to reach business goals:

Attract people to become clients or course members through Facebook Groups Tips for a successful Facebook Group Use Challenges to attract potential clients

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How to maximize your effort and minimize your time by creating Brand Ambassador positions How to set up your group culture in a forum How to differentiate your paid forums from your unpaid ones



Katie's Facebook Katie's Website


Related podcasts:

Building Your Influence + Your Team with Your Values with Nor Franco  My Best 10 Career Tips to Grow Your Wellness Practice  How to Build a Better Online Course Experience with Eileen McGurty  How to Build Dynamic Groups with Cate Stillman 

Show Highlights:


3:30 - Use Challenges to attract potential clients to your community and get them hooked! This works because: It engages your core community It gives them something of value It deepens your "Know, Love, and Trust" Factor It can weave in ways for participants to share about you, your brand, and your message 13:30 - Create different groups when you find that a specific topic is only relevant to certain individuals who would benefit from diving deeper into that topic. BONUS: When you create a separate group, you will attract people interested in that topic who weren't in your general community before, introducing them to you and your brand! 15:35 - Tips for a Successful Facebook Group: Show up! Don't just create a group and then have an administrator run it. Maximize your effort and visibility in the group, and minimize your time by creating Brand Ambassadors: they will be in charge of starting conversations, commenting on posts and threads, letting you know if there is spam in the group, and reporting to you about important posts and conversations. 24:00 - Set up your group culture: do something to make sure a new person in your group knows how to act in it as soon as they join. 25:15 - You can either automate posts or post fresh content daily: showing up live can be beneficial, but so can automatically posting previously disseminated, high-quality content that you know was successful in the past. 33:45 - Differentiate your paid from your unpaid groups: Host video meetings to collaborate with the whole community Post video responses directly addressing individuals Give shout-outs to people for being active in the group, or reach out one-on-one to thank people for being a valuable member Create special challenges for your paid groups Provide insight to the behind-the-scenes of your business or personal life


Favorite Quotes:

"You can intelligently filter in ways to bring it back to your brand in an authentic way." - Katie Krimitsos "They're really fun, they're a great way to engage people, and they can be in line with whatever it is you do!" - Katie Krimitsos "They go sing it on the mountain... because you're helping them create results." - Katie Krimitsos "There's no doing it wrong, there's just a lot of different ways of figuring out how it's going to work." - Cate Stillman "It is hugely advantageous to be a powerful, valuable member of a group." - Katie Krimitsos


Katie Krimitsos is the Founder of Biz Women Rock, a community and education provider for business women around the globe who want to grow their companies. She is a business coach and growth strategist and provides virtual and live education to help purpose-driven and action-taking women get the tools they need to fulfill their business dreams! Her podcast Biz Women Rock provides personal business interviews, pertinent topics and actionable information that help her community thrive in their businesses. She is a lover of travel, animals (she has a pet parrot, Sammy!), the water and is amazingly in love with her very first child, Sedona and her husband, Chris.


Yoga, Your Healthspan + Empowered Elders with Dr. Baxter Bell

Aug 29, 2017 45:46


Where is western medicine part of the problem with stress and preventable disease

Can anyone actually promise practices that will increase longevity or how long you live? And if not, should we just do whatever we want and not worry about doing yoga or our taking care of our health?

Are there any paradoxes that you have discovered in working on the ideas of Yoga for Healthy Aging? (e.g. that restorative practices can actually assist in weight loss!)

Should yoga students just wait until they start to feel "old" or develop an age-related chronic illness such as high blood pressure before they start to learn these specific techniques?


And what do we do with the reality that we will all age, we will all suffer some period of ill health and eventually die? Does yoga offer us any ways to address this with an even mind and spirit?


I rap with Baxter Bell about healthy aging:

The six key factors for healthy aging The difference between what our society tells us about aging and the lived experience of people practicing Yoga and Ayurveda The increasing amount of older people practicing and becoming empowered by yoga


What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

Why you should focus on healthspan instead of lifespan How to use yoga for healthy aging Why collaboration is much more impactful than competition



Baxter Bell's Facebook Baxter Bell's Website  

Show Highlights:

4:30 - In the medical profession, the main social assumption is that we don't need to pause and reflect. This causes unaddressed stress for the people who are supposed to be taking care of the rest of us! 8:40 - While much of the mainstream media focuses on the next technology or drug, Yoga is permeating into the culture more and more, with more people than ever practicing yoga or interested in trying it in the near future, and with more people from western medicine and science advocating for it as well. 18:15 - In our modern society, the cultural norm is that as you age, you start to deteriorate. But that is simply not the experience for many people, which speaks to the importance of increasing healthspan, not lifespan: instead of trying to live as long as we can, let's try to live as healthfully as we can for the years we have available. 21:50 - Some of the key themes for healthy aging include building strength, flexibility, balance, and agility, developing cardiovascular health and brain health, maintaining independence, and practicing equanimity. 28:00 - Growing and expanding and creating with other people improves reach and impact much more than retreating into a competitive mindset. 33:50 - In many societies outside the western culture, there is much more respect for older people, which is reflected in the way older people live healthfully and easefully until late in life.


Favorite Quotes:

"It was one of the few times that my mind slowed down, stopped, reflected, and felt, as opposed to being on that treadmill of what's next." - Dr. Baxter Bell "Especially for males in a modern context, there's really no social acceptance of reflection." - Cate Stillman "Increasing healthspan, not lifespan… I want to be as healthy as I can for the years I have available." - Dr. Baxter Bell "That's not what we're being told by mainstream media. We're being told to expect problems, to get help, to be on medications, to expect that we’ll need help with everyday activities." - Dr. Baxter Bell "Know what you want out of it and aim for that. Then this whole other world is going to open, and you'll want different things in a few months or in a few years." - Cate Stillman "When people start to practice new ways of moving, and breathing, and relating to themselves, their integrity increases." - Cate Stillman "Maybe we're just okay, but we want to be healthier than we are right now." - Dr. Baxter Bell "How much is our expiration date a mindset?" - Cate Stillman


Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT500

Cofounder of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog and co-author with Nina Zolotow of the upcoming book "Yoga for Healthy Aging", Baxter is a medical doctor and medical acupuncturist, as well as a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Baxter practiced as a family physician from 1989 to 2000. Then, in 2001, he completed the 18-month, 680-hour Advanced Studies Program at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, with Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, Mary Paffard, and Patricia Sullivan. In 2000, he completed his 300-hour medical acupuncture training. In 2017, he was certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Based in Oakland, California, Baxter was director of the Deep Yoga Teacher Training at Piedmont Yoga Studio for seven years and is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member on teacher training programs and therapeutic yoga trainings around the country. He teaches locally in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering regular yoga classes to the general public as well as specialty classes for those with back pain and adults with disabilities, and teaches workshops and retreats worldwide with an emphasis on yoga for healthy aging and how yoga can be used therapeutically to improve health and well-being. He also combines his experience as a family physician with his training in medical acupuncture in his complementary medical practice in Oakland, where he focuses on acupuncture and therapeutic yoga. He is featured in the Yoga Journal: Yoga for Stress DVD as well as on the Practice Channel at To find out more about Baxter or to contact him, visit, and to view his instructional videos (including for many of the poses in his upcoming book) visit his YouTube channel “Baxter Bell Yoga.”

The Subtle Physiology of the Dharmic Path with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

Aug 25, 2017 38:55


Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s grandfather was the village doctor, known throughout the land. Two generations later Kulreet is a modern neurologist and an ancient wisdom guru. She was raised in the USA on the Ayurvedic lifestyle. She became both a modern neurologist and an ancient wisdom guru. She authored The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss.

Dr. Chaudhary was the Director of Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years, and remains a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is also a neuroscientist. She has participated in over twenty clinical research studies in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Her research includes groundbreaking work in stem cell therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS. She currently does patient consultations at The Chopra Center in San Diego, California.


In today’s episode we unpack her experiential path of dharma.

Cutting your teeth on the Dharmic Path with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary


I rap with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s  about her Path of Dharma

The Subtle Physiology Behind the Pain of personal evolution How to know if you're on the right track with Dharma The Heart’s role in Dharma


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

The concrete nature of beliefs Surrender is the gateway drug of dharma Risk-taking, breaking boundaries and entering the next plane of existence Evolutionary Habit Automation as a launching pad for Dharma The dharmic threads in your ancestry and relationships with your grandparents, parents and siblings



Dr. Kulreet's Facebook  Dr. Kulreet's  Website  The Gut IQ Quiz 


Watch the video of this episode:


Related Podcast:

How Fear Disqualifies Us from Stepping into Potential: with Yoga Health Coach Grace Edison

Show Highlights:


3:15 - You will make a much bigger impact on the world by listening to and working from the heart, rather than the mind. 10:00 - There is an intertwinement of the physical, the mental, and the emotional body. When ama blocks that intertwinement, it can cause a disconnect between your spiritual practice, your thoughts, your words, and your actions. 18:30 - Most of the time, people will not want you to change who you are as you experience identity evolution.Try not to be affected by their beliefs, as that might be what is holding you back. In fact, your shift in identity will most likely help them dissolve ama and go through their own evolution! 23:15 - Automate your body habits so you can reach a higher plane of consciousness! By firmly grounding your habits, you can delve so much deeper into your dharmic path. 29:00 - Where have you received messages through ancestral lineage? What valuable aspects of your ancestors were passed down to you? These are usually linked to your dharma!


Favorite Quotes:

"The heart has a capacity to reach people beyond anything you could imagine." - Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary "If you're willing to ride that thread of dharma, it will embroider within your heart the themes of all of humanity. It's a way of being stitched into the universal soul." - Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary "If you have a connection with your dharma, it becomes an anchor." - Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary "Interconnectivity shows you're on the right track." - Cate Stillman "Who does dharma want me to become next?" - Cate Stillman "The greatest, most selfless thing you can do is to choose to connect with yourself." - Dr. Kulreet "There is something about your dharma hidden in your ancestral lineage, and that's why you chose that family." - Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary



Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s combined expertise in both modern neurology and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda has uniquely positioned her as an expert able to pull from the broadest possible base to treat her clients. She is passionate about raising awareness for the need of a paradigm shift in contemporary medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health-based (rather than disease-based) medical system. Dr. Chaudhary is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, where her teachings about Ayurvedic medicine have been applauded by a national audience. She is also the author of The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss.

Dr. Chaudhary was the Director of Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years, and remains a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is also a neuroscientist. She has participated in over twenty clinical research studies in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Her research includes groundbreaking work in stem cell therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS. She currently does patient consultations at The Chopra Center in San Diego, California.

Feminine Leadership + Warrior Goddesses with Heatherash Amara

Aug 21, 2017 43:48


On today's show is HeatherAsh Amara, the author of the the best-seller Warrior Goddess Training, the The Warrior Goddess Way, and The Toltec Path of Transformation: Embracing the Four Elements of Change. She is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of world traditions. In our conversation today, we dive heavily into feminine leadership, into women and trauma and history, into judgment, judgment of others, and self-judgment, and into what's starting to happen in the realm of collective leadership. Stay tuned for HeatherAsh Amara!


I rap with HeatherAsh Amara about the history of women:

The disconnect between the freedoms women legally have in our society and the way we feel and are treated because of our history Why we, as women, think other people's desires are more important than ours Why we compare ourselves to other women

What you’ll get out of tuning in:  

Why we sometimes get caught in spiritual judgment, and how to step out of it How to truly befriend your body, mind, and spirit When to shed fears of exposure and step into leadership



The Warrior Goddess Way on Amazon  Warrior Goddess Training on Amazon  The Toltec Path of Transformation: Embracing the Four Elements of Change on Amazon  Daily Sparks, a tiny inspirational morning email to ignite your day HeatherAsh Amara's website  


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Deep Health = Kind Voices in your Head with Deborah Zucker Woman, The Emotional Wisdom of Women in Business with Katie Krimitsos  Feeling Your Eroticism, Love + Self-Love with Katie Silcox  Barbara Stanny: Women’s Path to Power through Money  Superheroine Dharma Workshop for Pro Healer, Yoga Teachers, & Wellness Pros  Busting Glass Ceilings on the Dharmic Path with Grace Edison


Show Highlights:

2:55 - In order to slow down and tap into your desires, you must have a practice that gives you tools to start coming back into yourself, and shift away from trying to be something else. 10:00 - From an early age, we are taught to compare ourselves to other women, and to be judgmental of them. By recognizing when we are doing this, and redirecting our thoughts with compassion for ourselves and for the other woman, we can take steps to heal ourselves and our future generations of this pattern. 14:00 - There are three things you can do to get in touch with the Self and live a more easeful, happy life: Desire: Do more of the things you love! Cleanse: With compassion, ask yourself what you are believing that isn't true. Then clean up the old behavior, change it, and start living in a new, more conscious way. Silence: Consciously bring more stillness into your life. 16:55 - Don't apologize unless you're actually sorry! Too many of us say 'sorry' more than we should, and this word undermines our confidence and self-worth. 23:20 - HeatherAsh shares two main psychological reasons women don't want to step into leadership roles: The dominant paradigm of leadership is that the leader has power over someone else and oppresses the other person. But leadership doesn't have to be that way, and in fact, the most effective leaders are co-collaborators! Stepping into leadership makes a person, and especially a woman, much more vulnerable. Our ancestral patterns tell us it isn't safe to be so exposed.

But women are absolutely needed in leadership roles, and we should step into them past the fear of being exposed, in a collaborative and co-creative way.

35:00 -Instead of separating ourselves from other people and other groups, we should respect our diversity and celebrate our interconnectedness.

Favorite Quotes:

"Desire is super intelligent! You want to pay attention to that stuff!" - Cate Stillman "The world is so busy, there's so much going on, that if you're not paying attention, you can look up and ten years has passed." - HeatherAsh Amara "Who am I now, and who do I want to be next?" - Cate Stillman "While we have tremendous external freedoms, we don't have the same internal freedom." - HeatherAsh Amara "We all need more stillness in our lives." - HeatherAsh Amara "More of us need to be willing to step into leadership. We're needed! Our voice, our experience, our perspective, is so, so needed." - HeatherAsh "We don't serve anyone around us when we stay small and safe." - HeatherAsh Amara



HeatherAsh Amara is the author of the bestselling Warrior Goddess Training, The Warrior Goddess Way, and The Toltec Path of Transformation. She is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of world traditions. HeatherAsh studied and taught extensively with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, and continues to teach with the Ruiz family. Raised in Southeast Asia, HeatherAsh has traveled the world from childhood and is continually inspired by the diversity and beauty of human expression and experience. She brings this open-hearted, inclusive worldview to her writings and teachings, which are a rich blend of Toltec wisdom, European shamanism, Buddhism, and Native American ceremony.

How to Become Part of A Team: From Disorganized Chaos to Collaboration with Amanda Hemmingsen

Aug 17, 2017 30:17


I met Amanda Hemmingsen at the Yogahealer Mexico Retreat in Feb. 2017. I knew Amanda as a member of Living Ayurveda Course. She’d impressed me with her unique digestion and expression of Ayurveda. She was perhaps one of the high ether element types I’d even met, who also had the gift of being able to put the formless into words.

Seeing her natural tendency to isolate (as is common for high ether Vata’s), I felt a strong desire to get to know Amanda and draw her deeper into the community.

When Amanda posted the following on Facebook - about her new job and the friction and chaos involved in becoming part of a team - I wanted her on the Dharma & Dollars Show.

“After 20 months of navigating the turbulent waters of organizational chaos, I think I can finally say that my job has been fully integrated into the team.

I have learned so much about personal and organizational chaos and about developing a kind of creativity that knows when to pick herself up from defeat, when to set a battle aside, and when to immerse in the celebration of small victories.

To everyone out there who has uncomfortable, life-affecting friction with their job...there is hope and possibility to influence things to the better, if you take the long view and find a support network that doesn't tolerate empty venting.” Amanda Hemmingsen


Understanding how to be a leader up echelon and laterally Understanding that every situation we are placed in is an opportunity to shed light on the inner reality Understanding the energetics of a bureaucracy and how to navigate culture and personalities to get something accomplished Thinking as an empath: understanding the difference internally between one's individual identity and one's group identity. What is anger before its anger? Fire. Learning to rechannel the fire rather than alternating between smothering it and watching it burn out of control. "In order to make correct decisions in your life, you must gain objective self-knowledge. This is not accomplished by exploring one's own dreams, attitudes, and opinions. These are useless in self-examination. Instead, contemplate your effect on the world around you. There you will find yourself."


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Letting go of the millennial need for quick fixes. Learning to speak one's truth and refining the process of effective communication in professional settings with people who don't think like me Developing a judicious understanding of how to tap into one's social support structure. The energetics of complaining. How the more we reject something, the more we end up clinging to it. (i.e., I used to reject being 'smart' and therefore needed lots of compliments to prop me up)



Ammanda Hemmingsen


Related podcasts:

Building Your Influence + Your Team with Your Values with Nor Franco Exponential Growth + Collective Leadership: A conversation with Tracey Duncan Lessons Learned In Strategic Planning For Personal Growth How to Build Dynamic Groups with Cate Stillman


Show Highlights:


3:40 - For the most part, modern jobs no longer consist of laborers performing their own separate tasks: most jobs today require a certain degree of teamwork. Therefore, in order to live your bigger dharma, it is important to learn how to collaborate in a team setting. 7:00 - For many companies, and especially growing ones, new positions are added frequently, and won't have an exact onboarding process. So, it's imperative for the new person to be able to listen to the group and adapt to it while also contributing fresh perspective. 10:55 - By actively listening to and learning from the dynamics of an already established team, you can figure out how to communicate with each person in order to create leverage for whichever task you need to accomplish. 13:35 - Learning to let go of your personal attachment to results allows you and your company to become more efficient: by delegating tasks instead of doing everything yourself, you can get more done with less stress. 18:00 - In many business settings, the personal and the professional are strictly separate. But bridging the gap of the personal and the professional can actually bring much more clarity to the capacities of a company based on its team members. 25:00 - When you get a new job, or adopt another role in your current one, you go through a shift in identity, which is inherently disorienting. But by aligning with the habits of yogis, even while being in this inner chaos, you can still be relaxed, accessible, and connective at the same time.

Favorite Quotes:

"That needs done, but it's not efficient for me to be the one to do it. So how can I help find the person who needs to do it?" - Amanda Hemmingsen "We can start to see the threads of our own dharma, and the more we can articulate that..., the more that becomes an asset to the organization. If everyone's doing that, we're really not in chaos at all any more: we're in higher systems collaboration." - Cate Stillman "In the professional world, you have your separate parts of what you can and cannot talk about, even though some of that other stuff matters." - Amanda Hemmingsen "What are ways that I can bring a little bit more of the whole person in?" - Amanda Hemmingsen "For me, I need the stillness. When I have the stillness, whatever the next piece is will come out." - Amanda Hemmingsen "Chaos is opportunity!" - Amanda Hemmingsen "How do you create a much more resilient nervous system? You can be in chaos and still be relaxed, and accessible, and available, and open-hearted, and connective at the same time." - Cate Stillman


Having dived deep into her own core being, Amanda has learned to build channels for her emotion energies to flow through her being and express in the world. An empath working for government bureaucracy, success has come from being the change.

Q&A with Cate Stillman

Aug 14, 2017 29:29



Today’s episode is an Ask Cate Show! Many of you have gone to and left me a message. You let me know what YOU want to know. In this episode I play your questions and answer them. We have all sorts of topics to check out, from questions about India to queries about amenorrhea. You’ll learn about what it means to have emotional amas since birth, too.

I’m going to spin a yarn, and I know you’ll get something good out of it because we’re talking about all sorts of things! Just a quick disclaimer here: I’m not giving medical advice. I’m just sharing with you what I know and my point of view. So take care of yourself and learn some new insights about the Ayurvedic perspective!


I rap about the answers to your recent burning questions:

What it was like studying Ayurveda in India, and what goes down at a rough-n-ready silent meditation retreat, India-style What malas are in Ayurveda, how they relate to amenorrhea, and why they aren’t “bad” waste products Why you need to heed the call of your natural cycles to gain depth of wisdom and power

What you'll get out of tuning in:

Learn why Yoga in the United States is a much more athletic experience than the spiritual, transcendent Yoga of India is Understand why amenorrhea happens — from an Ayurvedic perspective — and how a vata-pacifying routine can restore the energy needed for this process See what the subtle energetic patterns are behind allergies and how excess elements can impact your body

Show Highlights:

3:08 - Cate reveals what happened on her 2004 trip for studying Ayurveda in India. She went to study the Yoga of ancient chants and ended up totally rewiring her pranic body before having a strange panchakarma learning experience and enjoying some super no-frills meditation. 14:00 - Malas in Ayurveda are functional waste products/tissues that our systems create. They also play a big role in our bodies’ immune responses and cleansing processes. When women have amenorrhea, they lose out on the cleansing cycle that comes with menstruation. It’s a sign of energetic depletion, but deep-level ojas rebuilding is still possible. 22:37 - Allergies aren’t a one-size-fits-all thing. In Ayurveda, they can be symptoms of excess elemental energies — water, air, fire. We need to understand how these reactions impact our larger systems and how they relate to our overall health. At the end of the day, with chronic conditions, waste and energy are cycling through us and trying to get out in ways they normally wouldn’t. Favorite Quotes: “This whole life is about choosing your own adventure!” –Cate Stillman “Westerners are so good at asking the big ‘why?’ question.” –Cate Stillman “Fly by the seat of your pants and just go on an adventure.” –Cate Stillman “The natural cycle is always the most powerful.” –Cate Stillman


Ask Cate

Living Ayurveda Course Preview


Allergy Relief Workshop Body Thrive Book

Related Podcasts:

Strengthen Your Digestion + Eat Wheat with Dr. John Douillard Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary on Ama, Pharmaceuticals, and Practicing Ayurveda Today Detox, Rejuvenation, + the 3 Causes of Disease


Cate Stillman founded in 2001 to guide Yoga people into Ayurveda and Ayurveda people into yoga. Built on the value of both personal and planetary thrive and a deep connect to one’s ecosystem, community and body, Yogahealer grew into a team, 2 podcasts a week, regular blogging, an arsenal of courses to guide people into their potential, an a professional community + certification program Yoga Health Coaching.

Cate wrote and self-published Body Thrive: Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Ayurveda, which helps people who dig yoga take a giant leap forward in their wellness trajectory with Ayurveda.

Cate have had a blast innovating on the edge of a 5000 year old deep wellness wisdom tradition. Tapping modern culture into ancient traditions is what Yogahealer has always been about and continues to become next!


Joe Vitale on Collaborating with the Great Something

Aug 10, 2017 40:03


On today's show, we have Dr. Joe Vitale, globally famous author, speaker, musician, marketing expert, and movie, TV, and radio personality. His best-selling books include The Attractor Factor, The Key, Faith, Attract Money Now, and Zero Limits.

This show is so fun -- it was a blast talking to Joe. He talks about being the Michelangelo of your own life, and how you want to start sculpting your David right now.

He's also really into music right now, so we talk about the morphing of identity evolution and what we're both experiencing with that, as well as how quickly idea-to-manifestation occurs. So stay tuned to wake up!



Life’s Missing Instruction Manual: The Guidebook You Should Have Been Given at Birth #1 bestselling Nightingale-Conant audio program, The Power of Outrageous Marketing. “The World’s First Canine Concert” The Secret. Decoding The Secret Attract money now Connect with him on Facebook Website


Related podcasts:

JJ Virgin and the Miracle Mindset: Overcoming Life's Hardest Lessons Get Out of Your Box & into Your Journey with Allie Van Fossen  How Fear Disqualifies Us from Stepping into Potential: with Yoga Health Coach Grace Edison 


Show Highlights:

2:55 - Intention is a great way to set goals and fulfill desires, but because our minds can only declare what they want based on our past experiences and knowledge, it has built-in limitations. By receiving and acting on inspiration instead, we can be open to things we never could have envisioned in our own heads. 7:35 - Embrace and act upon inspiration, with the full knowledge that who you will become is not who you are now. This concept of Identity Evolution will lead you to become an improved, more expanded version of yourself. 12:50 - There are four stages of awakening: Victimhood: the belief that we have no control, and that things just happen to us and against us Empowerment: the feeling after receiving an empowering message through a book, movie, podcast, etc. that tells us we can control our own destiny Surrender: the realization that we can't control everything, and that we need to get into partnership with 'The Great Something' to co-create rather than trying to create and control everything ourselves Awakening: the recognition that we not only co-create with 'The Great Something,' but that we are 'The Great Something' 17:50 - In order to make something happen, you have to trust your inspiration, say yes to it, and then trust the baby steps you need to take to create it. Remember that you don't have to make it all happen at once: all you have to do is the baby step that is required today. 23:15 - The people around you are either going to help you or hinder you. You don't have to change the people who negatively effect you. Rather, as you change yourself, people who hinder your growth drop away, and new people with whom you can co-collaborate come naturally into your life. 33:20 - Purely resonant words register in the neuroplasticity of the brain: it is even important to listen to music that has a positive, life-giving message, rather than a negative or invalidating one.

Favorite Quotes:

"I'm a big believer in receiving inspiration, honoring inspiration, and being rewarded by inspiration." - Joe Vitale "I think we're all being sent these kind of messages, but we're blocked off, we're too busy… there are just so many distractions." - Joe Vitale "All the great success, all the juice of life, all of the stretching and the growing and the learning...  is right there when I say yes and follow the inspiration." - Joe Vitale "What we're here to do is awaken." - Joe Vitale "We can have, do, and be more, but only when we're in partnership with 'The Great Something.'" - Joe Vitale "We're in it together. There's no longer separation consciousness." - Cate Stillman "What does this moment require?" - Joe Vitale "Some thoughts will make you happy, some thoughts will make you sad. Some thoughts will make you angry, some thoughts will make you glad… Like a jukebox in your mind, you can change the song any time. Choose the thought that feels good. Choose the thought that makes you happy." - Joe Vitale's new song! "I say yes, I don't second-guess, and I get out of the way." - Joe Vitale



Dr. Joe Vitale is the author of way too many bestselling books to mention here. Some of them include The Attractor Factor, Life's Missing Instruction Manual, The Key, Faith, Attract Money Now and his latest is a sequel to his bestseller, Zero Limits which was officially launched in January 2014, entitled At Zero. Check out his latest release, The Secret Prayer! He's also recorded many Nightingale-Conant audio programs, to name a few, The Awakening Course, The Missing Secret, The Secret to Attracting Money, The Abundance Paradigm, The Ultimate Law of Attraction Library and his latest release is called, The Zero Point. Joe has also been in several movies, including the blockbuster The Secret. He's been on the following TV shows: Larry King Live, Donny Deutsch's “The Big Idea,” CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News: Fox & Friends and Extra TV. He's also been featured in The New York Times and Newsweek. One of his most recent accomplishments includes being the world's first self-help singer songwriter as seen in 2012's Rolling Stone Magazine®. To date, he has released 15 albums! Several of his songs were recognized and nominated for the Posi Award, regarded as “The Grammys of Positive Music.” He created a Miracles Coaching® program and helps people achieve their dreams by understanding the deeper aspects of the law of attraction and the law of right action. This man was once homeless but today is a bestselling author who believes in magic and miracles.

Desire + Fearless Over Fifty

Aug 7, 2017 41:09



Hello it's Cate Stillman with the YogaHealer Real Life Show. I am thrilled to bring to you today Desiree Rumbaugh, one of my friends, and Michelle Marchildon, who have both co-authored Fearless After Fifty. In this conversation today, we talk about how older yogis actually need to turn their practice up instead of being overly careful. We talk about being strong, and what needs to happen next in the aging population that's not really doing yoga yet.

For those who don't know Desiree Rumbaugh, she is an internationally recognized yoga teacher. I met Desiree when we were both teaching Agni Sara yoga. She travels the world full-time sharing her compassion and her joy with others interested in the transformational power of yoga. She has the Wisdom Warriors community, which has been incredibly successful, and she's attracted a lot of women to going much deeper into the strength of their body.

Michelle Marchildon is internationally recognized as the Yogi Muse. She's a long-time student of Des, and she's also an award-winning journalist and author. Fearless Over Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit, and Yoga.



Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga will be available in August, 2017.

We are happy to give away a book to the first three listeners who are in the continental U.S. We are unable to ship overseas at this time. The first 3 people to email will receive this offer.    

Wisdom Warriors page Michelle Marchildon's page Buy Finding More on the Mat on Amazon Michelle Marchildon's YogaDownload page


Related Podcasts: 

Tiffany Cruikshank on Knowing Yourself with Yoga Core Strength from a Centered Body with Donna Farhi Donna Farhi on Teaching + Practicing Yoga The Evolutions + Regressions of Intergenerational Relationships with Tom McBride  

Show Highlights:

6:25 While there are countless resources that encourage older women to play it safe in yoga and other movement, there aren't nearly enough resources to help older yogis stay strong and grow in their practice. 7:00 It all starts with a mindset evolution: because older women have been told that they should always play it safe, they need help realizing that while they should be careful, they are still incredibly capable in body and mind. 16:05 Even the smallest positive changes will improve health and wellbeing. By recognizing this concept of Kaizen, and not trying to drastically change habits which have been ingrained for decades, you can start to continuously change your habits without being overwhelmed. 29:15 A lot of us are probably going to live longer than our parents. By that logic, what 50 or 60 is now looks really different if you're going to live to 100 instead of living to 80. Healthy lifestyle choices will help to avoid feeling 'old' even longer. 33:40 It is a cultural assumption that as we age, we are supposed to get sick and decrepit. By recognizing this, you'll discover that it doesn't actually have to be that way! 36:10 As you age, be open-minded, try new things, and take risks!  

Favorite Quotes:

"It's mature women who've been around that are really fueling this whole exploration into wellness and into a more liberated way of living." - Cate Stillman "We have a body after 50 and 60 that is almost as strong, but we have a much better mind: We have a mind that is ready to be resilient, a mind that's ready to be persistent…, and a mind that's ready to be patient." - Michelle Marchildon "It's never too late!" - Desiree Rumbaugh "Whenever you start, you change the course of your aging." - Michelle Marchildon "The message is: 'you've got to take it easy, you don't want to hurt yourself.' And Michelle and I are giving an opposite message. We're saying 'well, you have to be careful, but you also have to work.'"  - Desiree Rumbaugh "Yoga is a path that once you root down and stand taller, you can stand taller in all of your truths." - Michelle Marchildon "I don't really feel what my chronological age is. I feel just like I always feel. And a lot of it is based on how I feel in my body. So if you can still do stuff, you're going to feel younger." - Desiree Rumbaugh "Let's see how good we can make this ride!" - Cate Stillman



Desiree is an international yoga teacher with an unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. Desiree travels the world full­time sharing her compassion and her joy with others interested in the transformational power of yoga.

She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being in order to bring the ancient teachings of wisdom into modern life.

Michelle Marchildon (PRONOUNCED MARSH­shil­dun) is known internationally as the Yogi Muse. She is a longtime student of Desiree's, and an award­ winning journalist, author and columnist. You can find her in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga and Health, Origin Magazine, Elephant Journal, and Sports Illustrated. Fearless After Fifty is her third book on yoga.

Tera Warner and the Cycles of Development + Identity and Relationship Evolution

Aug 3, 2017 44:17


Here today is Tera Warner! I was thrilled when she showed up on my schedule, I use to follow her when she was the head of the Rod Davies community and Wish Radio and then she disappeared for a while for a while so that is why in today's episode we talk about the cycles of development and evolutions, especially as woman mom entrepreneurs and what goes down and what takes priority. You’ll enjoy this rich and deep conversation, Terra leads a tribe of ethical troublemakers, her values and her brand are really all about authenticity issues and how she works as an authenticity agent and comunication ninja I think you will really enjoy the show so stay tuned.


I rap with Tera Warner about women's relational health:

Why you should allow others to help you When to put down the screen and observe your surroundings How to Detox Your Relationships for More Confidence


What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

How to Say What You Really Think Without Fear Why You Sometimes Get Stuck (Despite Your Best Efforts To Move Forward) Why you don't have to be who you were yesterday!



Tera Warner on Facebook                           Tera's Website Personal Toxicity Test Anita Moorjani Biography and Information "You are the Universe" by the Brand New Heavies

Related podcasts:

How Fear Disqualifies Us from Stepping into Potential: with Yoga Health Coach Grace Edison Deep Health = Kind Voices in your Head with Deborah Zucker Ayurveda for Women’s Mental + Emotional Thrive with Mary Thompson  

Show Highlights:

3:30 - One of the biggest barriers to your own success and happiness is thinking that you already know all there is to know: realize that your mistakes and downfalls might be a reflection of missing information and not of your own pitfalls as a person. Remain curious, and you'll continue to grow. 14:50 - Pull out your assumptions about yourself and about the world so you can decide whether you want to operate on those beliefs or start testing them to see if they're actually true. 18:10 - Life becomes much easier when we can lean on other people to help us: rely on others to tell you when something might be hindering you without your knowledge. 23:50 - People's lives are overwhelming: they need things to be clear and articulate, and they need to be met where they are in order to actually benefit from the help you want to give. 29:20 - Our current society produces excessive stimulation and communication, which causes more confusion and stress. Getting in touch with yourself and your direct environment can bring you much more clarity than something you find online. 36:15 - You don't have to be who you were yesterday: who you were ten years ago can and should be different from who you are now! Learning from your past and deciding you want to be someone different today allows you to experience identity and relationship evolution. Allow yourself and others to become someone different from yesterday, and decide together where you want to go next.


Favorite Quotes:

"I feel like I'm climbing one big ass mountain, and the view gets better the higher I go." –  Tera Warner "Everything feels easier when we're alone, but the actual truth is that we need each other to get through it." – Tera Warner "I understand… how clear and easy and helpful things need to be, not because we are wrong, not because we are stupid, but because we are overwhelmed." – Tera Warner "If we're going to help someone…, we've got to go through that pre-digestive process of: how easy can we make it?" – Cate Stillman "We lose our dreams because we just keep tripping and falling in the same spot." – Tera Warner "You are the universe. You are the field of support…. This is what intrinsic support feels like." – Cate Stillman "You don't have to be who you were yesterday!" – Cate Stillman



Tera remembers reading "Cinderella" when she was 3 years old.

At three, it was easy to believe in Prince Charming, happily ever after, and fairy Godmothers who sprinkle fairy dust when you're down in the dumps.

But 15 years ago, when life's rug fell out from under her, fairy dust was nowhere to be found. Newly pregnant and with a two-year old daughter, Tera was miles away from family and friends when her husband announced he wanted a divorce.

Stunned and reeling with loss, Tera began a series of small but courageous acts that would one day lead her to change her life completely, and touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of women all over the world.

With two babes by her side, a strong backpack and a truckload of courage, Tera got busy figuring out a few things about life. Along the way, she shared these things through her blog, podcasts, programs, and live retreats around the world.

Today, she's created a powerful community of truth-seeking trouble-makers who are committed to overcoming overwhelm and getting their happily ever after back on track.

You can access Tera's interviews and inspiring message through her website, podcast, articles, and more. If you'd like to work with Tera or one of her coaches, please fill out this Personal Toxicity Assessment here to take the first step.  

Someone will get back to you very shortly with a little sprinkling of fairy dust if you need it.

Don Jose Ruiz: Modern-day Shaman + Ancient Lineage Spiritual Teacher

Aug 1, 2017 37:49


I had a blast talking to Don Jose Ruiz! You can tell by listening that this modern-day shaman is so in it. Aside from authoring books, he teaches workshops and offers transformational journeys, and I have to say — just being with him, you really get a hit of ancient lineages and his spiritual training. He takes you there, even through casual conversation. In this episode, Don Jose Ruiz and I chat about ancient lineages and discuss what’s going on when people are addicted to their own suffering. Don Jose also reveals what his role as a messenger entails.


I rap with Don Jose Ruiz about being a modern-day shaman:

Why people are addicted to their own suffering What it means to be a messenger Getting comfortable in discomfort What makes mentoring so critical

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Learn how to attain true freedom See how to overcome your inner tyrant, let go of things that are eating you alive, and learn to grow Understand how your mind is the real Garden of Eden Find out how to let your thinking become like a wild horse



Find Don Jose Ruiz on Facebook Don Miguel Ruiz’s Website The Fifth Agreement PDF Living Ayurveda Preview Training Have a Free Body Goals Session

Related podcasts:

Visual Thinking + Spiritual Intelligence with Sunni Brown Mentoring Teens on the Habits of Yogis from Ayurveda


Show Highlights: 3:40 — There are certain things that our parents can’t pass onto us, but we still need to learn them. They can’t navigate our lessons for us, but they can give us tools from our ancient lineages that help us get through things and access truths. 7:00 — When we’re caught up in the midst of pain or heartbreak, we’re often unable to see why we’re there. We can’t look at it objectively. But once we pass it, we can understand everything and see why it was meant to be. This healing gives us teachings we can express later throughout life. 14:35 — Mentoring is increasingly recognized as one of the most effective ways of learning. Teaching and passing information forward promote connection on multiple levels to build community, and they also make it easier to remember what’s important. 21:00 — The Toltecs see all as family. This felt perspective promotes the ability to recognize and help others through pain while connecting with people on much deeper levels. 28:30 — Making the choice to consciously step away from suffering is an act of love that we can all benefit from. When you really want to make a change, the decision isn’t actually that difficult — and you’ll no longer be trapped in a cage. 33:20 — Symbols are important, especially when they’re open to our interpretation. We can use them to fulfill our dreams and manifest visions.


Favorite Quotes:

“We humans have strong intent. Always be careful what you intend — that might create a reality.” – Don Jose Ruiz “We cannot be there for somebody if we’re not there for ourselves first.” – Don Jose Ruiz “The peaceful truth doesn’t care to react; it just cares to be and witness everything.” – Don Jose Ruiz “Experience is the real teacher in life.” – Don Jose Ruiz “When we share something that was given to us, we’re not giving it to someone. We’re receiving it.” – Don Jose Ruiz “Once you wake up, you know the meaning of your life.” – Don Jose Ruiz



In 2010, Don Jose Ruiz released his first book, The Fifth Agreement, in partnership with his father, Don Miguel Ruiz. Following its publication, Don Jose began traveling around the United States, Mexico, and South America. Don Jose inspires people in many different ways, including through his book signings, lectures, and seminars, and by hosting journeys to Teotihuacan and other sacred sites around the world.

Don Jose's message has been heard all over the United States, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Israel, and South America. His journeys to sacred sites have also been translated into many different languages, including Spanish, French, and German. His message changes lives and brings people closer to themselves than ever before. His passion is to help children stay away from gangs and drugs by developing healthy outlets, such as music and other creative avenues.

Don Jose enjoys working with people of all faiths and cultures. He sees all men and women as equals and feels it's a blessing to be alive. He plans to continue to share the wisdom of his family lineage through his own life experiences.

Disrupting the Dysfunctional Medical Model with the Modern Country Doctor with Dr. Eric Grasser

Jul 20, 2017 43:24


A few years ago, Dr. Eric Grasser approached me to partner with him on the Ayurveda Summit. We had a blast together and have kept in touch since. He is a brilliant doctor who knows so much about so many things, but who is also incredibly humble and easy to talk to, and I so appreciate our friendship.

When we started collaborating, Dr. Grasser was not happy with the mainstream medical model he was using to run his complimentary allopathic, functional medicine, and ayurvedic practice.

Today, we talk about the return of the country doctor. Dr. Grasser talks about how he transformed from a regular practice to a non-butler concierge model. Why? This model incentivizes doctors to take preventive care of their patients. To me, this is the future of complementary medicine: finding what we should do next as collaborators of eastern and western medicine, transformative technology, and ancient wisdom.


I rap with Dr. Eric Grasser about a Better Doctor-Patient Relationship:

How he transitioned from a regular practice to a membership-based model Why his model better incentivises doctors to implement preventive care and educate their member and patients Readjusting our mindset into an evolving wellness model

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Rethink how doctors may re-enter the picture in your wellness future How to develop a community that nurtures its members Why you want to see an integrative doctor vs. an allopathic doctor Learn how to find this model of care near you!



Dr. Grasser's website: Sign up for Dr. Grasser's newsletter and receive his Top 10 Wellness Tips for free! Dr. Grasser's Facebook


Related podcasts:

Ayurveda for Guys with Dr. Eric Grasser


Show Highlights:

3:30 People are thirsting for a change to the traditional care model we practice in our western world, where illness is treated as it arises and where income is generated when a physician sees a patient. 7:40 With his new membership-based model, all of Dr. Grasser's patients have the following benefits: Enhanced access Members can directly communicate with Dr. Grasser via cell phone at all hours of the day or night If they have an urgent need, members can be worked into Dr. Grasser's schedule the same day or the day after Prolonged visit time Members have time to talk about their diet and lifestyle during visits Members have more time for prevention and education Membership Meetings Every couple of months, Dr. Grasser gives a lecture on a health topic that combines functional medicine, Ayurveda, and integrative medicine Members can participate in a Q&A following the lectures, which brings the members together and promotes a sense of support between them Access in emergencies Even when they are admitted to the hospital, members can be assured that Dr. Grasser will be there to take care of them Comprehensive members receive even more benefits: Access to Dr. Grasser's online courses Discounts on supplements Home visits 10:40 Switching from a traditional model to an integrative and collaborative membership model can help not only patients' individual Thrive, but also community and planetary Thrive. 17:20 The membership model is also a shift from reactionary to preventive medicine. Instead of paying every time to see a doctor, a membership fee provides access to them all the time, and that relationship nurtures healthy behaviors and establishes a healthier life with less affliction down the road. 24:35 Many progressive practices bring in health coaches and use the power of members as a peer group to follow up with each other and make sure they are making changes in their daily lives. This allows physicians to focus their skill set to its greatest capacity while also providing patients with support in transforming their health behaviors. 32:30 Look for concierge medicine practices or functional medicine practitioners to find a similar, membership-based model of care near you!


Favorite Quotes:

"This is what disruption looks like in the holistic paradigm. It looks like a lot of people connecting. It looks like not just information being exchanged, but support." - Cate Stillman "Patients want to talk. They want to be listened to. They want to be asked questions. They want education. They want options reviewed to them. And they want perspective." - Dr. Eric Grasser "It's easier to take care of 300 well people than 300 sick people!" - Cate Stillman "Western medicine is great for emergencies, but we know that it's been incredibly unsuccessful in chronic disease management, and it's been unsuccessful in prevention and lifestyle. And that's where Ayurveda shines." - Dr. Eric Grasser "Learn from whatever worked or didn't work yesterday and apply that today." - Cate Stillman "It's incredibly frustrating for patients to come in and have their doctor not know them." - Dr. Eric Grasser "Unfortunately, the way the western medical system is structured… is all about turning the person who is a whole, complete being, into just the sum of parts and a set of diagnoses." - Dr. Eric Grasser "People are on a wellness journey. It's not a stop." - Cate Stillman



Dr. Eric Grasser is one of the world’s foremost experts in the integration of Functional Medicine and Ayurveda. He supports his patients through his extensive experience in Western Medical practice as well as his deep knowledge of the alternative healing systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Functional Medicine.

Dr. Grasser is also a dad and a graduate of Stanford University and Dartmouth Medical School.

Advocating for Kids Riding Bikes with Kickstarter Book Launch

Jul 19, 2017 40:44


“Bike-a-bike-a-bike-a, bike-a-bike,
“Bike-a-bike-a-bike-a, bike-a-bike-a-bike.”

Indy made up this song around two and a half years old, scooting herself around the kitchen on her pedal-less toddler bike. Her bike was the center of her entertainment in the center of our house for two years. She sang that song hundreds of times, which you’ll hear me spontaneously perform live in this episode.

On today’s Dharma  & Dollars show  local Teton Valley Idaho resident, Jannine Fitzgerald talks about her family’s kids bike advocacy work in the world. She and her husband Scott are in the homestretch of their second kickstarter campaign to fund their second kid’s book which serves as a tool for bike advocacy.


Belief #1: Bikes are freedom machines that build experiences and values that become the foundation of lifelong success and happiness.

Belief #2: The # of kids riding bikes is declining.

Belief #3: Media drives beliefs and behaviors.

I rap with Jannine Fitzgerald about Kid’s Bike Advocacy:

The crisis in tech over wheels The doors that open for bicycle riders How bikers see the world differently


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Thinking about a kickstarter campaign for your book? Get an inside scoop. Getting books into shops, magazines, Amazon How to rent a car instead of a bike for your next trip!





In 2015, Scott and Jannine Fitzgerald decided to sell their shop, Fitzgerald's Bicycles, which they had owned and operated since 2002. While running the store, Scott and Jannine saw, time and time again, the positive impacts bicycles have on people of all ages, as well as communities as a whole.

What they came to refer to as 'the Power of the Bicycle', took hold of them over the years and led to the launch of Buddy Pegs, their new company.

Buddy Pegs was created to connect kids (and parents) to the building blocks of lifelong happiness through the power of the bicycle.

Their first product, a children's alphabet book titled B is for Bicycles, is their first foray into the media market. This children's book was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2014, and brought to life in 2015. 

The Fitzgerald's are now taking their passion for bicycle advocacy outside of their home in the Tetons (Jackson Hole, WY / Teton Valley, ID), and across the world. By creating bicycle experiences for kids, and their parents, Scott and Jannine plan on showing how the bicycle really can be a simple solution to the world's most complex problems. And just a lot of fun!

Daring to Be Real About Yoga + Motherhood with Rachel Brathen

Jul 19, 2017 41:45


Rachel Brathen is a famous yoga teacher who strives to keep it real. Raised in Sweden and now living on Aruba she walks her talk and brings you back to your mat. She is a new mom of a baby girl. In this show she raps about becoming “popular”, teaching teens, and how she connects with her students.


I rap with Rachel Brathen about Bringing Online Yoga to Your Home Practice:

How to bridge learning yoga online with a real relationship with a teacher and community Why your practice needs to evolve with time Best tip for Yoga Teachers to fill their retreats


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Connecting to the core values of the practice of Yoga Why teens start yoga Is yoga + Ayurveda a flash in a pan of modern popularity? Motherhood + Homesteader + the painting the perfect picture The humility of the path of yoga





Swedish native Rachel Brathen is a New York Times best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and international yoga teacher residing in Aruba. After graduating school in Stockholm she traveled to Costa Rica and it was here that she found the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Deepening her yoga practice and also taking her first steps towards teaching, she ended up moving to Central America where she spent years exploring the intricate studies of yoga and spirituality. After moving to Aruba early 2010 she started teaching yoga full time on this Caribbean island. Her classes are a dynamic Vinyasa Flow integrating alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. With over two million followers in social media, Brathen shares pieces of her life with the world every day and constantly travels the globe to connect with her community.

In addition to teaching worldwide, Rachel is the founder of; an online platform for yoga, meditation, and healing. As the most successful crowd-funded yoga project of all time, the platform is made up of a vast community of dedicated practitioners from all over the world looking to cultivate balance, create space for inner healing and deepen their yoga practice. With an amazing team of experienced guides and teachers, oneOeight offers heart-centered classes designed to fit the always evolving needs of both body, mind and soul.

Conscious Daydreaming is How You Connect to Your Future with Summer McStravick

Jul 17, 2017 32:23


Are you action-oriented, or more of a daydreamer? In today’s show, Summer McStravick unpacks the art of conscious daydreaming, which she calls Flowdreaming, to tap into a deeper trust and flow with the universe that created us.

We explore why it’s far more productive to let go of the conscious, problem-solving mind. In Flowdreaming, the payoff for the practice of conscious daydreaming is the lived, embodied experience of aligning the future to the present. That may sound “out-there.” In actuality, it’s refreshingly efficient, fun, and easeful.


I rap with Summer McStravick about Flowdreaming:

How to use conscious daydreaming to access higher states of flow and ease. Why we need to lose track of time to access a deeper plane of consciousness How to access a frictionless state of knowing

By Flowdreaming, you tap into your core state of consciousness, where you can emote and therefore create.

Take the time to ask a question and receive an answer, or receive an arising emotion. Check out Flowdreaming.

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Are you in  need of more action or more dreaming? Learn how to develop both aspects of yourself. How to make the most of conscious daydreaming How ultra-controllers can learn to let go Why you want to engage in pre-action rather than reaction



Flowdreaming: A Radical New Technique for Manifesting Anything You Want on Amazon [] Free Flowdreaming Kit Flowdreaming Blessings in Disguise Flowdreaming I Love Myself M.E. School


Related podcasts:

Unearth Your Dream with Cate Stillman Exponential Growth + Collective Leadership: A conversation with Tracey Duncan Why Meditation Opens Time, Ease, + Inner Trust Deep Health = Kind Voices in your Head with Deborah Zucker How to Focus into Flow States with Isaiah Hankel

Show Highlights:

5:10 Flowdreaming has two elements: Flow and Dreaming. Flow is a realization that life is a continuous flow of growth without resistance. Dreaming is the practice of conscious daydreaming, where we can connect to our consciousness and co-create through emotion and desire. 8:55 It's easier for some people to fall into nonphysical co-creation than others. If you are more action-oriented than preaction-oriented, you should schedule time for daydreaming. Spend 10-15 minutes a day connecting with consciousness. 11:40 You may naturally release into daydream when you engage in a repetitive activity such as riding a bike or taking a shower. When this happens, open up all the way and let free-form associations happen, and connect into flow and source. 15:40 Summer describes how flowdreaming helped her grieve her cancer diagnosis and find a state of bliss. 19:45 Mining regret daily creates constant healing and learning. By doing this, you release smaller losses and failures, and ensure that they won't build up to a point of overwhelming grief. 24:40 In today's western society, our masculine cognition and willpower is overdeveloped, while feminine intuition and desire is trained out of us early on. But our feminine intuition is really in charge of our actions and behaviors, and thus it is important for us to tap into and harness that power of desire.  


Favorite Quotes:

"We are expanding and adding to ourselves every single day." - Summer McStravick "There is a natural road that is frictionless, that doesn't have any resistance, that is you fully in your expansion, in your growth." - Summer McStravick "Emotion is the universal language." - Summer McStravick "Have a conversation with source, with flow, with future, with your greater self. Whatever! Emote, and therefore you're creating." - Summer McStravick "Most of the time, we spend our lives in reaction… if you want to be someone who is co-creating, who is manifesting, you have to get out of reaction. You have to get into preaction." - Summer McStravick "Whatever you're feeling or experiencing, you're actually creating." - Summer McStravick "There are multiple paths to God…, multiple paths to source. - Summer McStravick "After my diagnosis, I cried for three days straight... It was like a purge of old, blocked emotion. And I realized that I wasn't just crying for the diagnosis. I was crying for every crappy thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life." - Summer McStravick "This feminine power…, it's very connected to emotion, very connected to desire, very connected to full process: life and death, very connected to flow, and actually opens the gateway to collaborative forms of intelligence." - Cate Stillman


Summer McStravick, the woman who invented Flowdreaming, specializes in the architect of emotions – the language of the universe – which she helps people harness so they can program their future and experience unstoppable upleveling and personal growth in every aspect of their lives.

She’s known for having been hand-selected to work for Louise Hay, where she had the opportunity to dream-up and build Hay House Radio to what it is today. There, she produced major online seminars, CDs, and radio programs for people like Esther and Jerry Hicks (with Abraham), Suze Orman, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Doreen Virtue, and many other luminaries in the fields of self-help and spirituality.

It was while at Hay House Radio that Summer began to share her previously private practice for manifesting, which turned into Flowdreaming®. Recommended by her co-host Dr. Wayne Dyer, public demand for Flowdreaming exploded, so Summer wrote two books and recorded hundreds of audios, and began her life-changing journey teaching Flowdreaming to thousands.

Designing Your Space with Ayurvedic Wisdom (with Vixi's Ashley Dentino)

Jul 13, 2017 40:59


Ashley of first came to me as a Yoga student, and then she later reappeared in my life as an Ayurveda student. We became collaborative colleagues as she transitioned into developing Vixi, and since then, she’s gone into interior design in Manhattan after attending school. Ashley and I have this experience of both noticing the interweaving between living a life of thrive and developing our spaces to step into our potential. That’s what today’s show is all about!


I rap with Ashley Dentino about designing your space with Ayurvedic Wisdom:

Creating a space that brings you forward into what you want more of Easy ways to use color and materials from season to season Why it’s important to feel synced up with your environment and how to decorate to be better attuned to it

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Find out how to create balance in your life through home decor, especially when you’re living in the city and don’t have as many natural cues to draw from Learn how Ayurveda ties into interior decor, and how like increases like Discover how to decorate for your dosha



Vixi Summer Design Guide About Ashley Strategic Intuition Book Yoga Health Coaching Conversations Free Video Training


Related podcasts:

Ayurveda, Summer, + Living into Your Potential Seasonal Alignment with Kate O’Donnell


Show Highlights:

6:00 — Switching in new colors and materials — flowers, table linens, bedding, candles, even food — provides decorating cues throughout the seasons. Like increases like, and by minimizing “hot” colors during summer, you can avoid heating up too much with the weather. Bring in balancing elements instead. 9:45 — Different doshas need different types of interior design to harness their energies in the most effective ways and for their energies to be uplifted and mobile. Design can also change based on what the seasonal dosha is. 15:15 — Ashley discusses evidence-based design and how the colors, dimensions, and lighting of a space can impact us mentally and physically. We can create spaces to evoke emotions and functions within ourselves. 22:13 — Design is a feedback loop. It’s a reflection of what’s inside of us showing up in our spaces, but our spaces also deeply affect us. 26:30 — We need to think about what our goals are as people before we start thinking about what our goals are for decorating our spaces. Once we do this, we can create our spaces in a way that energizes us and propels us toward who we want to be in the future. 33:35 — We aren’t using our spaces unconventionally enough. Instead of a guest room, why not have a creativity room? We need to think about the square footage value of each room and how the things in these spaces are earning their keep. It’s okay to extract (and increase) the value of every room, but we can do this unconventionally to make the spaces more personal.


Favorite Quotes:

“Summer is so pared down.” – Cate Stillman “When we’re not in control of our space, we’re not in control of our time.” – Cate Stillman “A lot of people don’t like change in their space. And it’s hard.” – Ashley Dentino “Always say ‘Let’s just try it, and if we don’t like it we can move everything back.’” – Ashley Dentino “People don’t invest enough of their attention into creating a space at a high enough level of vibration that nourishes their potential.” – Cate Stillman “I see design as a feedback loop.” – Ashley Dentino “If we want to have clarity of’s entirely linked to the space element.” – Cate Stillman


Ashley Dentino is a New York-based interior designer dedicated to helping people apply timeless design tools and strategies to their homes to create a huge impact on their daily lives. Through her blog and online design programs, Ashley works with people who are design enthusiasts — they love and appreciate interior design but don't have the time, skills, or confidence to figure it all out themselves.

Ashley has always had an extraordinary fascination with interior design and the power it has on the way we think, feel, and operate. She wanted to figure out what exactly it is that makes a space come alive with its own energy and best serve the people who spend time there. Why do some environments feel cold and unwelcoming, while others feel effortlessly comfortable, functional, and uniquely beautiful?

After growing up with a father who builds luxury custom homes, working in the family business, and spending nearly a decade in the health and wellness industry, Ashley can say with confidence there's a major connection between the design of our homes and our human potential.

The Role of Love in Healing Trauma with Sex Trafficking Survivor Anneke Lucas

Jul 10, 2017 49:27


Yoga as a tool for healing the entire planet. Through yoga philosophy, meditation, conscious awareness, mindfulness, etc. and also the physical practice, lived spirituality can change the materialistic mindset that has the entire world in chaos. The current top to bottom paradigm is not working. As I've survived child abuse at the hands of several world

leaders, I know firsthand the darkness of society and my healing journey through yoga has brought me back to life.

The journey inward ­ is needed now to change the paradigm to a model of peace, much like John Lennon's future world in "Imagine." For this to happen, we have to remove the corporate greed and colonization out of yoga, and go back to its spiritual essence. With Liberation Prison Yoga, we bring trauma informed yoga ­ which would work for everyone since we are all traumatized from living in a world run by insane people.

“When relationships are integrative, the brain becomes integrated. This may sound too simple, but every bit of evidence suggests that it’s true. In other words, healthy relationships stimulate the growth of integrative fibers.” according to Dr. Daniel Siegel.

Our yoga programs also keep into account the fight-flight-freeze-collapse response in people suffering from P.T.S.D.


I rap with Anneke Lucas  about:

What trauma-conscious Yoga is and how it helps sufferers of painful, damaging events The role of inner power dynamics Why teaching Yoga doesn’t have to involve verbal commands


What you’ll get out of tuning in:   

Learn how Yoga teachers are trained to work with people who’ve experienced trauma See how trauma-conscious Yoga helps people navigate the issues of incarceration, and how anger, frustration, and depression are natural parts of the healing process Understand the ways in which intense trauma can transform into intense healing



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Show Highlights:

5:50 — Many survivors of trauma have spent much of their lives in fight or flight mode. This isn’t a true indicator of who they are, just how their brains have been forced to work. 8:45 — Trauma is all too infrequently addressed in Yoga teacher training, and trauma-conscious Yoga often requires complete retraining. There are no commands used at all in the language of these Yoga sessions. Students start in a circle and have a conversation to connect from their hearts before doing poses. 15:00 — We’re living in an inherently traumatic world where the people at the bottom — prisoners, those living in poverty — are carrying the biggest burden of pain for everyone else. But the more trauma a person has, the more inclined they are to not feel those painful feelings. 21:05 — Liberation Prison Yoga doesn’t focus on accountability like most programs do — it’s the last thing LPY looks at. Instead, the focus is on helping people get in touch with their pure, light, true nature. Guided meditation plays a huge role in this by helping people move beyond their physical experiences. 31:30 — Working through trauma requires going back to the origin and feeling the feelings of shock, disbelief, anger, and disgust. It’s physically taxing. The experience lands in the heart and causes pain and grief, but that’s where wisdom comes from.


Favorite Quotes:

“The people who look too good to be true in the beginning — the reality of them is the worst.” – Anneke Lucas


“When I discovered Yoga, I knew that it was very important as a healing modality.” – Anneke Lucas “Our genuine desire to be present is felt right away.” – Anneke Lucas “We all have trauma. We live in a paradigm that is inherently traumatic.” – Anneke Lucas “We focus on the person as a whole because we all were born that way. We all were born pure.” – Anneke Lucas “We all have feelings that are frozen.” – Anneke Lucas “From pain and grief comes the prize: the wisdom.” – Anneke Lucas


Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. As a survivor of child sex trafficking and extreme violence, she used elements of her own healing journey to develop programs based on how she would have wished to be treated in her young adult life. A close analysis of those people who were able to get through to her when she was shut down by trauma forms the cornerstone of LPY’s philosophy – for Liberation teachers to become those people; aware and unconditionally present for their students.

Anneke is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors. She started a petition for a bill to mandate trafficking awareness training for hotel and motel staff, as well for hotels to post signs with the National Trafficking Hotline in the lobby. Anneke is also a public speaker. She is writing a book about her healing journey, Seeds Beneath the Snow: Post Traumatic Growth and Purpose in Dark Times represented by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory.

JJ Virgin and the Miracle Mindset: Overcoming Life’s Hardest Lessons

Jul 6, 2017 26:52


When I first saw JJ Virgin’s work, I was impressed by her image and presentation. After The Virgin Diet was released and went straight to the top of the New York Times’ Bestseller List, I knew she had her act together as an entrepreneur.

When my assistant booked her on the podcast I was thrilled. I wanted to ask her all about her path as an entrepreneur.  Then, I dug into her most recent work — The Miracle Mindset — and found out what she had been through with almost losing her teenage son to a hit-and-run car accident.


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I rap with JJ Virgin about the Miracle Mindset:

How JJ’s mindset evolved as she grew her career and impact What her biggest mindset challenge was following her son’s tragic accident Why some people are more resilient than others

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Learn the surprising breakthroughs that come with forgiveness See why we all need to take risks to grow Discover which core mindsets you need for personal growth



JJ’s Website Miracle Mindset Scorecard The Miracle Mindset by JJ Virgin

Show Highlights:


3:45 — JJ discusses how mindset challenges make us better people and how we need challenge as a catalyst to realize what we’re truly capable of. When we’re coasting through life, we aren’t stopping to think about personal growth. 7:00 — There are so many ways we limit ourselves. Changing our mindsets expands our comfort zones and opens us to new possibilities while we learn to show up with courage and build resilience. 9:20 — The people who have made the most impact on the most people have gone through the most. They’re more stress-resilient. Life wasn’t easy for them, but they made their way through it. 13:20 — Your mindset is a muscle. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a multimillion-dollar company or trying to improve your home life; the skillset is the same. The decision to grow and expand your life is what’s most important. 19:00 — Holding grudges doesn’t serve us. We need to process each situation and really work through it to find forgiveness — not just hide the emotions away.


Favorite Quotes:

“When things are going well, that’s not when you went, ‘Gosh, I’ve really become a better person.’” – JJ Virgin “We’re never better than when we’re challenged.” – JJ Virgin “We go through things in life and we don’t realize the imprint they have and how much they can move us forward.” – JJ Virgin “Your ability to handle things expands to incredible degrees.” – JJ Virgin “I know...that I’m not playing big enough when I don’t wake up a little bit scared.” – JJ Virgin “Am I feeling a little Impostor Syndrome? I’m probably in the right place.” – JJ Virgin “Are you inspired? Are you willing to step outside your comfort zone?” – JJ Virgin “Think about how life would be if we all took responsibility for ourselves.” – JJ Virgin



Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin teaches clients how to lose weight and master their mindsets so they can lead bigger, better lives. She’s the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her memoir, Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, & Life’s Hardest Lessons, explores the powerful lessons in strength and positivity that she learned after her son Grant was the victim of a brutal hit-and-run accident.


JJ hosts the popular JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show podcast and regularly writes for Huffington Post, Rodale Wellness, and other major blogs and magazines. She’s also a frequent guest on TV and radio and speaks at major events. In addition to her work with nutrition and fitness, JJ is also a business coach who founded the premier health entrepreneur event and community, The Mindshare Summit. Find articles, recipes, helpful online programs, and more at


Ayurveda, Summer + Living into Your Potential Seasonal Alignment with Kate O’Donnell

Jul 4, 2017 52:07


What do two normal “Ayurveda people” talk about during the summer? Join me in a conversation with Kate O’Donnell and get a glimpse into our conversation as two pals hanging out. We talk about Ayurveda, summer, and the shift to how a Yogic path brings us closer into the Sattvic experience of deeper alignment, clarity, and peace. Learn some summertime tips about staying and feeling light in the hottest months of the year and some light, bright recipes you can make with plants from your local ecosystem.


I rap with Kate O’Donnell about beating summer burnout with Ayurveda:

Why just because a drink has ice in it doesn’t mean it cools your body! How you can feel what you’re eating and why you should listen to those immediate signals, especially with acidic foods How excess nerve activity and vibrations can spur summer burnout and overheating What a “walk to the mailbox” can do for your stress and enjoyment levels

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Learn which foods aggravate heat and how to eat for summer See how increases in fire in your body impact everything from your mood to your scalp Understand what occurs in your body when you’re experiencing summer burnout Find out how to chill out your internal fire with Ayurveda for summer



Kate’s Website The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook Living Ayurveda Preview Training Living Ayurveda


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Ayurveda for Summer with Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta Ayurveda for Summer Menu with Ashley Pitman  

Show Highlights:

3:30 — When we increase the water and fire elements in our bodies, we can feel them immediately on a cellular level and even in our appearance. This is especially true when we consume things like caffeine, cigarettes, and alcohol. 9:40 — If we pack on too much body weight or muscle mass, dehydrate, or get too salty or acidic, this is when we start to feel imprisoned in our bodies. We get irritated, reactionary, and edgy and start to create problems for ourselves — and it spreads from person to person. 17:40 — Shakti speaks to us with a voice of pure enjoyment when we let our senses engage with her and with her watery flow. Taking a moment to let her guide us — even if it means doing nothing — helps us back off of the stress that comes along with overheating. 24:25 — When we’re in rajas fire, like increases like. The energy with which something is done perpetuates that energy into the world in the same way a wildfire spreads. 26:30 — When we look at summer burnout, we have to look at ourselves internally and how we’re orienting to the moment. External influences like diet play a part, but are we perpetuating heat energy within ourselves too? We need to examine relationships and projects and how we’re responding to them. 32:00 — Summer menus don’t need complexity. That isn’t what Ayurvedic wisdom is about. We thrive when we eat from our ecosystems — and when we eat simple foods. Complexity isn’t a truth of our appetites. 43:15 — Kate notes that our attitudes around food are what need to be modified, and the foods we eat will follow those changes. We can enjoy the sattvic experience — more mental clarity — with simple eating and attitude shifts.


Favorite Quotes:

“Diet comes in as a very close second to stress for heating the body.” – Kate O’Donnell “Your nerves start vibrating like a high-tension bridge.” – Kate O’Donnell “You’re going to start to get inflamed, to get overheated, and to burn out from doing too much.” – Kate O’Donnell “Humans do not know the feminine, the receptive, the watery, the not-knowingness.” – Cate Stillman “Can we receive that desire and then allow it to happen?” – Cate Stillman “How shakti sounds when she speaks to us is different from how rajas sounds.” – Kate O’Donnell “Shakti doesn’t have an agenda” – Kate O’Donnell “The number-one summer tool is outdoor recreation...taking that time to enjoy.” – Kate O’Donnell


Kate O’Donnell is the author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well. She’s a nationally certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ashtanga Yoga teacher based in Boston, and she travels to India annually for study.

Kate began Yoga by accident in South India at age 20. More than a dozen extended trips to India and nearly 20 years spent studying the wisdom traditions of the subcontinent support Kate’s understanding of Ayurveda and Yoga.

After years of dedication to the Ashtanga system, Kate has experienced great benefit from this practice and was authorized by her teacher Sharath Jois to teach the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga. She currently stewards a morning Yoga program in Boston.

Kate also specializes in Ayurvedic education, cooking skills, and cleansing programs, offering online programs, residential immersions and trainings, and individual consultations. Her Ayurveda and Yoga offerings aim to help others come closer to their true nature.


Eating Food for Summer + Boosting Digestion with Dr. John Douillard

Jun 26, 2017 43:19


In this episode, I chat with John Douillard, one of my favourite Ayurvedic dudes out there — he’s amazing! He’s super down to Earth, he’s raised six children, and he's been a chiropractor and Ayurvedic Practitioner for decades. Dr. Douillard makes it a point to nail down the science behind things, so tune in if you want to get an earful on the inner workings and different processes that drive our biology.

We touch base on a multitude of different topics, such as ketogenesis, the paleo diet — including eating wheat or not eating wheat — and fermented foods. The overall gist of the episode is on tuning into your body this summer, what you need to do, and what you should be focusing on to experience improved connectivity in your physiology and digestion.

I rap with John Douillard about:
How to tune into your body during the summer — and how this supports seasonal eating with balanced summer foods Why holistic, ecosystem-connected ways of living and eating are important The role of seasonal microbiomes and the necessity of eating globally The role of hard-to-digest foods and digestive atrophy in overall health and our bodies’ ability to detoxify


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why you should tune in to your body this summer to figure out your personal path for connecting to your physiology and the season How to balance your doshas with the seasons and your stage of life How to navigate fad and high-fat diets and prevent digestive atrophy with hard-to-digest foods Links: LifeSpa 3 Season Diet Challenge Buy Eat Wheat by Dr. John Douillard Ayurveda 101 Course: Coupon code "jdouillard" for 15% off the course! Dr. John's Website Living Ayurveda Course


Related Podcasts: Should I Test for Food Sensitivities and Inflammation with Lila Ojeda  Strengthen your digestion + Eat Wheat with Dr. John Douillard The Paleo Diet Meets Ayurveda with Dr. Akil Palanisamy


Show Highlights: 3:30 — There’s a major lack of food variety in any given region, and it’s becoming increasingly necessary to eat globally to get the nutrition we need. 8:45 — Dr. John explains the importance of changing our microbiomes from season to season and how to ensure their diversity. Eating from our own gardens helps us get the diversity in our intestinal flora that we desperately need — these plants are the new probiotics. 10:00 — Hard-to-digest foods, like wheat, are critical for our bodies and for proper immune system function and protection. Scientific research suggests that people who can’t digest these foods have more mercury in their blood and fewer T-cells. This digestive atrophy is dangerous. 21:00 — We should be living in feast and famine cycles, not fad dieting. Our bodies have evolved to process all the beautiful plants coming from the ground during summer — not charred meats. Summer is the start of the feast season and a time of overwhelming nutrition to prep us for the famine of winter. 26:30 — Melatonin may be the most important hormone in our bodies. It’s the oldest, helping us sleep and detoxify. Our working lives now cause us to produce less melatonin, which means we produce less serotonin — leading to anxiety. 33:40 — High-fat and other restrictive diets are unsustainable, and they’re essentially starvation diets. This way of eating is great for springtime fat burning, but it’s not right for the entire year and is too harsh and acidic for long-term eating.


Favorite Quotes: "Part of what we're trying to do, from an Ayurvedic perspective, from a microbiome perspective, is change the microbiome from winter to summer to spring." - Dr. John Douillard "There are people walking around in our western world who have two or three strains of microbes in their guts. We're supposed to have thousands!" - Dr. John Douillard “If you find yourself taking stuff out of your diet because you're not digesting well, it's a temporary solution that never addresses the bigger problem — your inability to digest an immune-supporting nutritional palate." - Dr. John Douillard "We have to be able to detox the toxic world we live in." - Dr. John Douillard "Start thinking about what you can eat more of as opposed to what you shouldn't eat." - Dr. John Douillard "A lot of the big solutions are really simple: getting a lot more day lighting in your life, exploring your ecosystem, getting a little bit more organized about your gardening and your kitchen gardening, and bringing the sanity home." - Cate Stillman "What feels good is good." - Cate Stillman "Everyone's got a piece of the puzzle, but very few people have an idea about the entire puzzle." - Cate Stillman



Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of, a leading online Ayurvedic health and wellness resource with over 5 million views on YouTube. is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 800 articles and videos melding ancient wisdom with modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development and Nutrition Expert for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, the bestselling author of seven health books, and a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show who has been featured in USA Today, The LA Times, and dozens of other national publications. He has been in practice for over 30 years and has seen over 100,000 patients. Dr. John directs LifeSpa, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the Year in Boulder, CO.

How Fear Disqualifies Us from Stepping into Potential: with Yoga Health Coach Grace Edison

Jun 25, 2017 39:48


This is another amazing show with my good friend, colleague, and mentee Grace Edison. Grace helps and guides people out of their own way. This conversation explores how we disqualify ourselves based on our fears, and how there are lots of subtle limiting beliefs that can hold us back while convincing us that they’re true and real. In this episode, we talk about how to dig a few layers deeper. In doing so, we gain new perspectives on how we’re disqualifying ourselves from stepping onto our dharmic paths.


Tune in and find out how and where you’re disqualifying yourself.


I rap with Grace Edison about Making the Hard Choice to Step Beyond Fear

Common ways we disqualify ourselves from big opportunities Determining when a big choice is good for you Investing in yourself with bravery and courage Figuring out your “why”

What you’ll get out of tuning in

How to stop hitting your head against a proverbial brick wall and get out of your own way How to make decisions based on your future self that aren’t rooted in fear Ways to transform from a hot mess into an organized, thriving entrepreneur How to say “yes” to the things that scare you the most, face fears to do what you desire, and learn about your desires from your fears


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Show Highlights: 4:50 — Grace recounts how she became involved in Yoga Health Coaching through Body Thrive and discusses her journey along the way as a Yoga teacher who loves helping people. 13:05 — We need to change our patterns to achieve our desires — otherwise we’re stuck in a loop of discomfort and feeling sick and tired (a samskara). 16:35 — If we’re not growing exponentially, we’re out of the loop and don’t see how to get clear on our “whys.” We’ve disqualified ourselves from the growth curve because of limiting beliefs. And when we have wellness careers and we disqualify ourselves, we’re also disqualifying all the people we have the potential to impact. 24:40 — We need to learn how to leverage regret and make sure we don’t repeat our mistakes again in order to break cycles and experience growth. 29:00 — Where do you want to be in a year? Is your next choice getting you there? We are verbs, not nouns, and we need to make choices based on our future selves, not who we are presently. 32:50 — Readiness isn’t the feeling of certainty, but rather feeling right about something and simultaneously scared to fail at attempts to pursue it. 38:00 — We need to step into dharma to look at the ways we’re qualified to do what we most deeply desire. What are our advantages? Who makes up our support systems? Who believes in us?

Favorite Quotes

"How bad do you want it? Because the only one who's going to get in your way is you." – Cate Stillman “What do your fears have to tell you?” – Grace Edison "If you have the call, you gotta live the call." – Cate Stillman "The world needs you to get out of your own damn way so we can all do this together." – Grace Edison "You can't expect it not to be hard, so stop. And stop thinking it was easier for someone else." – Cate Stillman "There is no 'good time.' The time is now." – Grace Edison " not feeling certainty and knowing exactly how it's going to go — usually it's hair-straight-back terrifying, but damn it's exciting." – Grace Edison "We know deep down that it's right and that it's scary." – Cate Stillman


Grace Edison lives in British Columbia, Canada. She’s a mom of twin 8-year-olds, a Yoga teacher, a studio owner, and a Yoga Health Coach — and she also works for Cate Stillman in Admissions at Yogahealer! More than anything, she loves to make people laugh and has a not-so-secret dream of doing stand-up comedy.

Grace has a strong passion for empowering others to take their health and wellness into their own hands. She loves building authentic relationships, making people laugh, and creating supportive communities. After a longstanding relationship with severe depression, Grace has found deep relief through the habits of Ayurveda — and much credit is due to Cate and her Body Thrive program. After taking Body Thrive several times and jumping into Yoga Health Coaching, Grace came aboard the Yogahealer team. If you’re interested in applying for or discovering if you’re a good fit for the course, please contact her at to book a strategy session!

The 6 Human Needs + Your Modern Life Skills with Michael Kohan

Jun 22, 2017 49:16


Have you heard of the six psychological human needs? These are the needs that surface after food and shelter are checked off your list:


Significance Contribution Growth Love Certainty Uncertainty


In this show with Michael Kohan, aka Mukunda Chandra das, I dive into which human needs I’m dominated by. I tell all in hopes that you’ll have a better idea of the positive and negative needs and drives that are influencing your behavior.


I rap with Michael Kohan about Getting Your Psychological Needs Met with Positive Outcomes:

How understanding your human needs can help you live in integrity and with positivity The difference between drives and needs and how they affect each other The importance of knowing others’ needs and how this can help you understand friends and loved ones’ motivations on a deeper level


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Identify two dominant needs you have Learn which are the core needs or drives of the people you live with Find out why people take on spiritual names…and what to do when you or they do



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Show Highlights: 4:00 — Michael outlines the four ashrams, what’s typical of each stage, and how they coincide with different names people take on throughout life. 7:50 — The six human needs are our driving forces for all our basic functions: why we get up in the morning, how we behave, how we connect and interact with the world around us, and how we make our lifestyle choices. Each need complements the others. 15:00 — Sometimes people have needs to feel the six human needs, and sometimes they have drives to feel the human needs. When our needs mature and evolve, they become drives. 22:10 — There are natural dyads in the needs that can seem like conflicts or a competition. It’s important for us to find balance with our needs, which we can do when we understand them and find unique ways to fulfill them. 25:20 — Our dominant needs change at different stages of our lives. 34:20 — Michael discusses “weapons of mass distraction” and how they relate to self-improvement and fulfillment via the six psychological needs.


Favorite Quotes:

“If you take on a spiritual name, it calls you to a higher sense than your worldly name.” –Cate Stillman “Two human needs will be your driving force.” –Michael Kohan “When you understand it, then you can know how to live more harmoniously.” –Michael Kohan “When you understand what you need and what the people in your life need, you’re able to live more productively.” –Michael Kohan “How can I fulfill this human need in a positive way? How do I fulfill it in a way that makes the world better?” –Michael Kohan “Isn’t that what the whole point of being a spiritually minded person is? It’s to become integrated.” –Michael Kohan



Michael Kohan, or Mukunda Chandra das (affectionately known as Mukunda), is dedicated to helping his clients and students balance all aspects of their lives — their emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Mukunda is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified Life Coach, a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner who works with others to guide them to restore balance in their lives via healthier, more-conscious lifestyle choices. True harmony is achieved through developing balanced cooperation between mind, body, and soul.

Living in this world can be tough at times, but when we learn simple spiritual tools for healing and maintenance, life can be much easier. Mukunda’s goal is to help clients and students discover the skills that’ll help them move forward in all areas of their lives. Mukunda feels that his purpose is to serve others through his teachings by encouraging students and clients to become steadfast in their own practices while integrating spiritual and mindful living into their day-to-day lives.

Mukunda met his spiritual mentor, Guru H.H. Radhanatha Swami, and after several years of formal study under his Guru — which included systematic reading of spiritual texts, dedicated practice of mantra meditation, rising early for morning services, and regulating his cooking and diet — Mukunda received formal initiation into his spiritual lineage in 2013.

Women + Moon Cycle Empowerment with YouTube Yogini Kassandra Reinhardt

Jun 19, 2017 51:21


There are deep and longstanding benefits to aligning your Yoga practice with the lunar cycle. You can tap into the energetics and archetypes of the four main moon phases both on your mat and in your daily life.

Kassandra Reinhardt began to experience the power of attending to the archetypal goddess stages syncing with the moon cycles. Then, she began to guide a community of women through the process of self-empowerment via syncing their activities with their menstrual cycles, and syncing their menstrual cycles to the moon cycle.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: What Yin Yoga is all about and how it can help you slow down The power of aligning your Yoga practice to your menstrual rhythm The ways the moon cycle can impact your time on the mat


I rap with Kassandra Reinhardt about Women + Moon Cycle Empowerment: How Yin Yoga led her to her moon cycle What are the four stages and four goddess archetypes that represent the moon cycle How to tap into the power of the moon and the rhythm of your body Why women suffer from PMS...and how to stop the hurt   Links: Kassandra’s Website 7-day Yin Yoga Immersion Lunar Yoga Yoga Health Coaching Webinar Have a Conversation


Show Highlights: 5:40 — Because of its slowed, passive nature, Yin Yoga isn’t about building muscle or losing weight. It’s about building mental and meditative strength. 9:00 — The history of studying human anatomy focused on compartmentalizing each muscle and body part, but that’s fundamentally incorrect. Kassandra discusses how releasing that idea in favor of a holistic approach helped her open up. 14:00 — Many people are experiencing whole-body dissonance in today’s world. They’re engaging in the very bodily-Yin activity of sitting at desks, but mentally, their Yang is off the charts with stress and to-do lists. 27:20 — Women’s fertility and monthly cycles are no longer aligned with the lunar cycle. Somewhere along the way, they got out of sync with each other, but we can reclaim unification with these cycles. 30:25 — We go through four archetypes during our monthly cycle: the maiden, the mother, the wild woman, and the crone. Getting in touch with our intuition and connecting with these four archetypes can help us reclaim our femininity. 40:50 — Giving voice to your wild woman and channeling your sensitivity can help transform your PMS into a source of power. Favorite Quotes: “Nothing is separate in our bodies. Everything is interconnected.” –Kassandra Reinhardt “Yin Yoga has an emphasis that we’re linking the entire body together.” –Kassandra Reinhardt “The big shift that happened in my body was when I started to let go of the idea that everything is separate.” –Kassandra Reinhardt “When I feel the most at peace with myself is when I find that balance.” –Kassandra Reinhardt “As far as I go out, that’s as deep as I get to go in.” –Cate Stillman



Kassandra Reinhardt is an Ottawa-based Yoga Instructor on a mission to help others feel great with Yoga. She started practicing Yoga in 2008 as a way to become more flexible and learn to manage stress and anxiety. Little did she know that, in a few short years, she would have the privilege of becoming a teacher who’s passionately committed to sharing Yoga with others who, like her, were sick of feeling less than vibrant.

Before Kassandra started practicing, she barely had any energy. She couldn't quiet her mind for a single minute and always seemed to have aches and pains in her legs and lower back. Once she started practicing regularly, bit by bit she became stronger, calmer, and braver. Yoga is ingrained in her daily life in a fundamental way. It helps her meet any challenges she faces by teaching her to be present, focused, and receptive.

Kassandra believes that integrating just a little bit of Yoga into your life can help you make some drastic shifts. Whether that's going to class once a week, doing a few poses at home, or taking five minutes to meditate in your car, it's worth it. Her aim is to create accessible, easy-to-follow Yoga classes that students can do in the comfort of their own homes to make their well-being a priority.


Evolving Your Yoga Practice (+ Your Yoga Teaching) with Alexandria Crow

Jun 15, 2017 37:50


When Alex Crow and I hopped on Skype, I hadn’t realized she was one of the two  HardTail gals… For those who didn’t subscribe to Yoga Journal over the past decade- you wouldn’t recognize her side view or backside in various level 3 poses. Alex went through some asthtanga-based injuries before slowly her practice way down and teaching in her own integrity.

In this conversation with Alex you can eavesdrop on us on two seasoned yoga teachers discussing about the evolution of the practice and the teaching


I rap with Alexandria Crow about:

Why the sedentary lifestyle and intense practice lead to injury Where advanced teachers start co-creating the experience with their students Tips for Yoga Studios who aren’t serving advanced students or teachers How to teach with personal integrity








Alexandria Crow’s yoga experience has been a journey of transformation that has led to self acceptance and a sense of ease with herself and the world around her. The physical challenges of a rigorous yoga asana practice initially provided a natural familiarity for the former competitive gymnast, through injury and inquiry her practice and teaching has evolved towards sustainability. The study of the yogic philosophy has given her tools she uses to approach life with steadiness. Her practice has taught her the importance of accessing the present moment and how one’s thoughts are not an accurate representation of who each of us are at the source. With this clarity, she’s able to live life with more ease.

Alex shares her personal experience of the transformative nature of a yoga practice with her students. Her classes are unique in their style and are wisely designed and are based on the actual mechanics of the body and allow students to explore their personal range of motion and capabilities in relation to each class's focus. She asks her students to observe the roots of their actions  to know why they are making certain choices and to understand that while they can or cannot do something doesn't necessarily mean that they  should on either side.  She teaches her students to experience the impermanent sensations of the body while watching how those sensations beget thoughts and how those thoughts beget an action that may or may not always be wise or based in the present moment. Alex’s emphasis on paying attention and her insistence on each individual respecting their own uniqueness encourages them to love and celebrate who they are. It’s this love of their own unique perfection that creates true change in her students so they can connect with more grace to themselves, to others and to the world.

Alex is an internationally respected teachers’ teacher who leads teacher trainings and workshops around the world. Through her Yoga Physics methodology she aims to clearly explain in the simplest terms the what, why’s and how’s of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy making the practice approachable for everyone, of every level and of every walk of life. She shares this knowledge with her students and other teachers so they can practice and teach wisely, sustainably and mindfully. Her continuing education workshops train teachers to be better informed on yogic philosophy, the physical mechanics of the body and how they apply to asana. Her Yoga Physics mentorship program is helping teachers build on their strengths, develop their weaknesses while discovering their own unique voices.

The Innovative Intersection of Worldly and Yogic Paths with Rod Stryker

Jun 12, 2017 44:34


In the drama of modern-day hyperstimulation and overwhelm, any one of us can easily lose track of our dharma, our soul purpose. In the modern lifestyle — with all of its Vata aggravations of too much information and too many stimuli for our sense organs to process — it’s a wonder we even get dinner on the table.

We’re moving toward more mass confusion, not more mental clarity, as a modern species. Amidst this chaos I have a very sane, sound, and innovative conversation with modern guru Rod Stryker.

So, what’s the key to awakening to your dharma? Have a strong enough desire to pursue it. Bestir your desire by listening to Rod.


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

Why dharma ≠ profession Why innovating is the natural pattern of the brain The innovative intersection of the worldly path and the Yogic path


I rap with Rod Stryker about the Innovative Nature of Dharma:

How to discover your dharma’s shadow side: your vikulpa Find out if you’re exploring or exploiting with your brain How to attune to the the imperative of your soul



The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
Rod’s Homebase Awake Living


Show Highlights: 6:00 — We need to become both materially and spiritually fulfilled. You can have more than enough, materially speaking, and still be at a loss when it comes to having deep meaning. Do both types of work in earnest. 11:10 — Our brains are fundamentally creative organisms. They’re constantly looking to innovate. But under stress, they go into “exploitation mode” and recirculate old information, which causes us to live old patterns. 18:45 — We’re physically configured to innovate. Material and spiritual paths require this innovation to spur our own personal evolutions. But the process of innovation still requires us to be awake and aware and open to it to fully happen. 23:30 — If you approach the goal of self-mastery while honoring the greater good, the universe will support you. If you want freedom, live for the purpose — for living on the edge. 28:15 — Dharma is a chapter-by-chapter experience, not one main life purpose. It’s not what you do or how you make a living — it’s how you’re showing up as a person. 30:25 — Your dharma doesn’t change throughout your life, but its expression does. It’s up to you to figure out what material you need to bring along. 36:20 — A lot of us continue to do what we’re good at, not what we need to do. But we’re not using our full selves, and we need to find new paradigms.



Favorite Quotes:

“Innovating is the natural pattern of the brain.” –Rod Stryker “Freedom — svatantrya — is living on the edge.” –Rod Stryker “Dharma ≠ profession.” –Rod Stryker “You are born with dharma.” –Rod Stryker “If you always nurture dharma, dharma will always nurture you.” – Rod Stryker



Yogarupa Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He has taught for more than 35 years, dedicating his life to improving others’ lives through his lectures, writing, creativity, leadership, and service.

After decades of study, intensive practice, and apprenticeship with internationally renowned Yoga masters, Rod founded ParaYoga® to create a resource for the time-tested wisdom of the Yoga tradition. As part of ParaYoga®'s Master Training program, he recently launched one of the most comprehensive online Yoga teacher trainings in the world.

Renowned for his depth of knowledge, practical wisdom, and unique ability to transmit the deepest teachings to modern audiences, Rod is a leading spokesperson for living a life of purpose, fulfillment, and freedom on two fronts. On one, he offers accessible wisdom and practices to wide audiences — those who simply want to live more joyfully and effectively. He’s also a leading authoritative source for experienced students and teachers of Yoga and meditation. Rod is a mentor to hundreds of teachers and thousands of students worldwide.

Building Your Influence + Your Team with Your Values with Nor Franco

Jun 8, 2017 51:44


Last year I learned how to codify and lead to the values intrinsic in Yogahealer. I learned how to hire for values first and skills second. This learning enabled Nor and I to find each other and to get quick traction in leading the team at Yogahealer into the next phase of development together.

So much flack is thrown at businesses who have a global remote team. Terms like off-shore labor often bring dirty business practices and unethical leaders to mind. The idea of saving a buck at the expense of our humanity is where the conversation tends to go.

Nor and I show a whole other world that is happening simultaneously. A world in which we and zillions of other small businesses are having a truly evolutionary connection with remote global teamwork.  Like Nor says, “At Yogahealer we are a mini United Nations.”

Learn from what is working with us. Apply it to your family, your teams, your work.

I rap with Nor Franco about Leading + Managing with Values:

How values lead the way in leadership How  global remote teams can be life-enhancing for their people How to become a better leader and a better manager


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

You’ll diversify your perspective on teamwork + values The most essential skill of a manager




Show Notes:


5:45 — Working with a global group isn’t “dirty labor”; it’s helping to create an inspiring global marketplace that’s truly enriching lives. The personal ethics of small businesses create an environment where people from around the world can benefit from sharing each other’s skills. 9:45 — There’s a big difference in the mindset of “remote teams” versus “outsourcing.” The team is the most important component, and values can align whether or not the team is working remotely or in person — there’s no difference in terms of ethics. 14:40 — Company culture is what matters when it comes to letting a team of people fully harness their skills. People even get healthier together this way. 22:30 — It’s easy to get excited about work and about being on a team when the work is fulfilling and impactful and the team is cohesive with shared values. 29:20 — There are many ways to become an effective manager, but most important among them is knowing your core strengths. You have to manage yourself first! 33:25 — Just because you’re a good leader doesn’t mean you’re also inherently a good manager. But you can still learn — or outsource those tasks to other team members. 42:00 — When we work on teams, we pool our strengths. Our skills become each other’s skills, and this connection builds shared trust.


Favorite Quotes:

“When these teams come together online, they’re creating beautiful things.” “There’s actually no difference between having your people in the same room on the same floor of a building and getting to talk to them online with the technology right now.” “What really matters is that you’re developing a team that is actually cohesive. They actually value each other, and they actually are caring for the welfare of others.” “It’s just amazing — putting these people together in one place.” “Being able to build teams and build trust without needing to meet in person — these are the skills of the future.”




Nor is a Corporate Executive for more than 2 decades; and currently a Freelance Management Consultant and founder at He works with over 100 remote workers on various teams and business initiatives. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Agile Project Management, Business Process Improvement, Strategic HR, and Lean Management.

Experience Body Acceptance on the Cellular Level with Anna Guest-Jelley

Jun 6, 2017 43:09


Anna is big into Body Acceptance and I’m big into Body Thrive. In this episode we tease apart the levels and layers on the journey to deeply embodied living. Anna Guest-Jelley is the founder of Curvy Yoga, the author of Curvy Yoga: Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day. She and I have talked before on the show. I was curious about what happened since the last time we talked about the growth of Curvy Yoga and their curriculum development and her life at the helm of a growing yoga organization.

I rap with Anna Guest-Jelley about: Body Acceptance How Yoga works on Beginners Why the process of self- acceptance + cellular embodiment take time Is a support community a necessity to evolve?

From Anna “One thing that's really up for me right now is *how* we learn to listen to our bodies -- and particularly how yoga can help us with that. I think of body acceptance as an ongoing conversation with our bodies, so this listening skill is really key. We talk about both how this unfolds for us as students/practitioners as well as how teachers can help facilitate it.”


What you’ll get out of tuning in:


Links: Curvy Yoga Book Curvy Yoga Website Body Thrive Self Massage (Habit 6) How to Self Massage Tipsheet   Show Notes:


Favorite Quotes: “The goal is to move from Body Acceptance to Body Blessedness.  We are blessed to have a body. Not just accept it - but to deeply, cellularly embody the blessing.” Cate


Related podcasts: Unlocking Your Subtle Body Anatomy + Deep Time with Tias Little   BIO:

Anna Guest-Jelley is founder and CEO (Curvy Executive Officer) at Curvy Yoga, a training and inspiration portal offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, a virtual yoga studio and lots of love and support to people of every shape and size — all over the world.

Anna is a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance. Co-editor of “Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body” (Llewellyn), Anna has been featured online and in print at The New York Times, The Washington Post, xoJane, The Daily Love,, US News & World Report, Southern Living, Vogue Italia, Yoga International, Yoga Journal and more. Visit Curvy Yoga online.

The Dharmic Intersection of a Soul Journey, Autoimmune Healing Crisis + Start Up Entrepreneur with Reena Jadhav

Jun 2, 2017 50:03


I wanted to talk with Reena, founder of HEalerpedia because after she interviewed me twice about Ayurveda I got curious about who she was. Turns out she is one smart cookie - coaching Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in the success of their start-ups.  With one degree from Wharton and an MBA from Harvard Reena’s healing journey is of particular interest to me.

Her career path was interrupted a soul journey health crisis. After getting nowhere fast she took back her life into her own hands and found her healers, her doctors, her support team to help her regain her body. In the process she awoke to the crisis of health care and where start ups and venture capital can make a difference. She is at that cool start up place of whole, ready, and curious about where her dharma and the marketplace will take her.


I rap with Reena Jadhav about healing her dharma + healing her Autoimmune disease:

Earning a Masters in Self Health Care How an imbalance of surrender and control contributed to her disease pattern How she healed her CIPO Why it takes a team, not a doctor, to heal yourself




Related podcasts:

Live longer Postpartum experience Ama vs. Constitution



Reena is a tech entrepreneur and investor turned health crusader. she had her first health crisis with colon cancer at 35 years and a second health crisis in september 2015 which almost killed her. After 18 months of fighting ferociously to get back her health she is on a mission to share the truth she learned. The truth about why we are getting sicker and how we can get our health back, naturally. She may have gotten a harvard mba and graduated at the top of her class at wharton undergrad but the last 18 months proved to her that our education system is letting us down when it comes to owning and protecting our health. And without great health, life sucks. she has founded healerpedia as the directory for top doctors and healers in integrative, alternative and functional medicine. So everyone has a chance at great health!

Tiffany Cruikshank on Knowing Yourself with Yoga

May 29, 2017 40:56


In this episode, I visit with Tiffany Cruikshank, a global Yoga-teaching force in and of herself. We connect around how Yoga bridges the Eastern medicine energetics into Western Yoga students’ lives. See how she’s upleveling the physiology and anatomy training in the Yoga teachers she certifies.


I rap with Tiffany Cruikshank about Anatomy for Yoga Teachers: How Yoga is about noticing what works Longevity vs. short-term health Why teens need Yoga for discipline + dedication How Yoga Medicine came about How our Yoga practices have changed over time


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Why it’s important to get out of “pill and a bill” mode and into holistic care — looking at the whole person and who that person is — when you’re looking for or need to guide health improvements How looking at yourself and at illness like they’re trees can help you see the bigger picture of symptoms and wellness, from root to branches An understanding of what exponential value is in the scope of health and why it’s important What happens when East meets West in blending Yoga, Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda Why you need to leave room for inquiry in personal practice


Links: Yoga Medicine Site Meditate Your Weight by Tiffany Cruikshank   Show Notes: 2:39 — The “big picture” approach is the best way to look at yourself or someone you’re trying to help, and Eastern medicine can provide a blend of techniques that make doing this much more effective. 8:27 — The nature of healing and recovery is not a “quick fix.” They’re slow paths, and climbing out of the depths can take a long time — a speed we’re not accustomed to in this day and age. 13:34 — Tiffany shares her motivation, how she created her methodology, and how they both have morphed. 18:07 — We’re facing an overwhelming inundation of information these days, and it’s hard to know what’s really healthy and what works. We need mindfulness while we investigate. 24:10 — One of the most powerful things about Yoga is that it lets you live in the moment and focus on how you feel right now, not worry about how you felt yesterday. 30:24 — People get confused when they first enter the Yoga world. They want to know a cut-and-dry “right way” to do things, but it’s not that easy. For Tiffany, teaching anatomy and physiology to students, and letting them decide, is what Yoga Medicine is all about. Part of respecting each individual is not having a “right way” to do things. 32:21 — How do our practices and businesses need to change to support who we’re becoming next?


Favorite Quotes: “We can take some of these concepts from Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda that are really relevant to Yoga and our students to get back inside the big picture.” “We know when something’s wrong, but we often forget as things get better.” “Listening is a form of compassion.” “Healthcare providers always feel like we have to have all the answers and know everything. The reality is, we don’t know everything. Science doesn’t know everything.” “Can I take care of myself without ruminating and obsessing about it and still allow myself to appreciate the moment?”



Tiffany Cruikshank is an internationally renowned Yoga instructor who has  spent the past 20 years crafting  a methodology for teaching and practicing  Yoga. In these methods, the practice is melded with Eastern and Western notions of  medicine. Cruikshank’s teachings are held up by her work as a holistic health  practitioner, acupuncturist, and sports medicine expert. Based in Seattle,  Cruikshank teaches regularly for YogaGlo and travels extensively around  the world. She’s also the author of Meditate Your Weight.  Her approach has helped thousands of Yogis around the world see their  practice in a new light as a result of Cruikshank’s innovative thinking and  dedication to the practice.

My Best 10 Career Tips to Grow Your Wellness Practice

May 25, 2017 22:52


My first Ayurvedic Practitioner teacher was Mary Thompson at the California College of Ayurveda (CCA). Mary and I both ended up parking trailers on the land of dear Linsey Richards, who owned a beautiful lot an a tributary to the Yuba River. This particular creek has a spectacular 50 foot waterfall.

“I remember the first seeds of Yogahealer that you shared with me in your tiny trailer on Linsey’s property,” recalls Mary,  “I would like to share a small part of your story with the graduates of CCA and, if you have any words of wisdom for them, I’d like to share those, too.” Linsey Richards, a generous soul who was running the Pancha Karma Clinic for the California College of Ayurveda, took us in as Ayurvedic wanderlusters. She invited us to each park a trailer on her land above the waterfall.


What you’ll get out of tuning in: Get Cate’s best advice for your wellness pro career development Shortcut the hard lessons you learned as an Ayurvedic Practitioner Learn why you want to focus on results with your clients

I had the extremely good fortune to be nurtured and nourished by these two deep lovers of Ayurveda. I was apprenticing at CCA in the herb department and the Pancha Karma department under Linsey’s tutelage. We’d head back to the gorgeous spot Linsey owned above the Yuba River after work/school. We lived, breathed and conversed Ayurveda.

Mary recently contacted me to let me know that she is leaving her long time teaching position at California College of Ayurveda at the end of the year. CCA asked her to be the speaker at this year’s graduation. She reached out to me because of our strong connection back in 1999.  I was honored to hear what she had to say next:

“I want to leave the graduates with an inspirational message about some graduates of CCA and what they have done since their graduation.

I find the work you are doing out in the world to be inspirational.  Having known you as a student and to see what you have manifested since that time is certainly inspiring to me.  I remember the first seeds of Yogahealer that you shared with me in your tiny trailer on Linsey’s property.  I would like to share a small part of your story with the graduates and, if you have any words of wisdom for them, I’d like to share those, too.

I’ve been able to get some info from your website, but would love to hear any advice you might give to a new graduate.  Do you have any advice for the new graduate?  Imagine if you as who you are today could have whispered something to yourself during your own graduation ceremony, what would that have been?”

Mary’s question forced me to think about what I would say to myself if I could travel back in time from today to my past self at my time of graduation. When I graduated I already had started Last year, we did about $1.2 M in revenue and we have a team of 10. We have 55 workstudies on the team in mentoring and community leadership roles. To say I could have even dreamed this when I graduated school is a stretch beyond my imagination.


Here are the 10 steps I came up with in response to the question.

“Imagine if you as who you are today could have whispered something to yourself during your own graduation ceremony, what would that have been?”


1. Feel your care.
Tap into your desire to be of service, to help people, don’t focus what you’re getting, focus on what you’re giving. Get good at serving and the opportunities will follow.

2. Get experience + get results as quickly as you can.
Whittle away your 10000 hours, as Malcolm Gladwell would say. Don’t worry about what to charge people. Find out if you can provide value. Once you are providing value and getting results for people – you’ll have a much better sense of how you can exchange your value in the marketplace. As I learned from Greg Hartle, author of Ten Dollars and a Laptop, “You serve at the pleasure of the marketplace.”

3. Design a journey for your future clients. 
You can use emails, phone calls, videos, worksheets, checklists, quizzes, retreats, 1-1 time, group time and a mix of it all. Focus on where the people who come to you want to go -and design for that.

4. Invest in learning a better business model as an Ayurvedic practitioner.
I grew up semi-affluent. As a typical pitta-head I had a strong affinity for the finer things in life. I also have an ego the size of a mac truck. I wanted not just be good in my chosen career, I felt extremely driven to be great. I wanted to thrive, not survive, as a wellness pro. Implementing the right business model made the difference in income, and more importantly, it made the difference in impact. Most practitioners are unaware that they even have a business model for how they market, how they sell, how the deliver the experience of wellness. First, realize that there is a model out there that will lead you to your desired impact and desired results. Then, find it. I explain the model I use in this free training at

5. Find the people who want help.
Go to where the people who want help are already hanging out. Don’t try to get people to come to you. Don’t try to convince people they need your help. For starters, remember to who you were 3 steps ago on your journey to thrive. What questions were you asking? Where you spending time? What would have engaged you into investing in what you most wanted 3 steps back? The marketers who are really good at this focus on their unique niche with specificity. Start with an internal investigation into the past version of yourself(think 3 steps back). Based on what you discover, Write an outline for free talk. Deliver that free talk and end it with an invitation for people to have a conversation with you.

6. lnvest in your interests.
Notice your “aha’s. Pay attention to where your interests lead. Trust the shakti, the creative force of the universe, that arises as your own yearning to do what you want to do. Notice Who You’re Noticing. Notice whose work you’re attracted to. Get in touch with your own desire to be good at guiding people to thrive. Desire to be great and study those who are great. Journal on your desires and end each entry with an action step to make something happen, or to run a small experiment to see how deep that desire goes or where it leads next.

7. Form a pro posse.
Stick together. Form a mesh, form a mastermind, get stronger together. Help each other to get established and take off. For starters, do a little research on Mastermind groups. Then,  write a list of 4-6 people who are like you in wanting to develop their careers, and who are at about the same stage. Do a quick interview with each of them to see if they are a fit. Then, schedule your first meeting using a group scheduling tool like

8. Learn the Yoga of sales + marketing.
Don’t fall for the hype of the latest and greatest in how to grow your clientele. Learn the time tested essentials of sales and marketing. Respect the wisdom of the great teachers of sales and the great gurus of marketing. It’s the yogic path of the marketplace and it leads to having a deeper, bigger, and more long lasting impact. Learn how to market, how to sell, even before you know what you’re marketing and selling. Start now and you’ll be able to support yourself.

9. Befriend technology + hire a techie V.A.
Whether you want to make a living or make a fortune, you live in the age of the search engine. You have the power to design an original and uniquely valuable experience for the people you want to help. Search for yourself on the internet. Imagine someone has just heard your name for the first time? Google yourself…Is that the experience you want someone to have? They hear about your great work, then what? Improve the experience. Over the years I wanted my peeps to have a better experience, so I hired virtual assistants from to design the website, run the Facebook ads, take care of the customer service.

10. Become a better version of yourself.
Raise your own bar in how you can help people. Know who you are by studying your personality tests. Know your assets and grow them. Discover your native genius and develop that. But, whatever you do, don’t ever present yourself as knowing it all or having it all together. You’ll create more separation than connection, which will keep your clients from getting results. Not to mention you’ll feel like a fraud.


Links: Body Thrive Book Free Career Model Training



Cate founded in 2001 to guide Yoga people into Ayurveda and Ayurveda people into yoga. Built on the value of both personal and planetary thrive and a deep connect to one’s ecosystem, community and body, Yogahealer grew into a team, 2 podcasts a week, regular blogging, an arsenal of courses to guide people into their potential, an a professional community + certification program Yoga Health Coaching.

Cate wrote and self-published Body Thrive: Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Ayurveda, which helps people who dig yoga take a giant leap forward in their wellness trajectory with Ayurveda.

Cate have had a blast innovating on the edge of a 5000 year old deep wellness wisdom tradition. Tapping modern culture into ancient traditions is what Yogahealer has always been about and continues to become next!

Rewilding Ourselves + Our Kids with Sean Guinan, Holistic Pediatrics 101

May 22, 2017 42:33


Have you heard of rewilding? Rewilding means restoring ancestral ways of living that create greater health and well-being for humans and the ecosystems that we belong to. This is the topic of today’s show with Holistic Pediatric Doctor and father of four, Sean Guinan. We get into the real deal conversation in our own lives with how we are rewilding ourselves and our families, shaping our culture

I rap with Sean Guinan about Rewilding Ourselves:

Probiotics vs. good dirt Upleveling our perspective about what is normal, healthy, and natural? Forest Bathing for and HIIT for Mountain Bikers Why we own Trampolines instead of Playhouses Baby Steps in Rewilding Yourself and Your Family



Check out Sean’s new family training Sean’s website.  

Sean’s blogs on this topic:


Get Out of Your Box + into Your Journey with Allie Van Fossen

May 18, 2017 44:52


Allie left her corporate marketing job to get her soul back. Yoga was her key “get out of jail free card.” She stopped numbing herself and starting taking care of her body and her spirit. Soon, The Journey Junkie was born.

In this conversation, we talk about why the Yoga and mindfulness movement co-arises with the “follow your calling out of your cubicle” movement. We dive into how to be smart and brave and get the next chapter of your life on.

Allie writes, “Aha moment for me: that our physical Yoga practice isn't enough to help do the work, to help us ‘live our journey’ (this is my motto within my community). As Yoga teachers, we have to introduce mindfulness and healthy habits, speak from a place of authenticity, share our shortcomings, and also touch on integration.”


I rap with Allie Van Fossen about busting out of cubicles to enjoy transformation:


Getting out of the box into a freedom-based lifestyle Why we’re in a feedback loop of recycled ideas and inspiration Why we need to stop defining our roles based on narrow thinking — if we’re in boxes, we’re keeping ourselves there Why insurance for “staying safe” doesn’t provide actual assurance or security at all


What you’ll get out of tuning in:  

Learn why gossip gets phased out of the Yoga lifestyle Understand The Numb Path vs. The Growth Path See why real living always lands you in the unknown Learn how to focus on the next chapter of your life instead of the big wide open Find out to what degree you’re tapping into the capacities of your chakras




Show Highlights:

2:20 — Allie brings up a personal example to discuss how walking away from the box — the safety net — helps you get lit up with something you really love to do. 4:45 — We’re called to follow different people and ideas, but getting stuck in a workflow loop and sitting at a desk all day prevent that by leading to a rut of “absolute blah.” 8:30 — There’s intense responsibility in directing our own awareness, but many people are afraid to take responsibility for making the choices that’ll get them into a more creative, active zone. 14:25 — A huge shift occurs when you stop putting up with what you don’t like and say yes to what you do like. 19:00 — Have a willingness to recognize and let go of old habits and patterns. Take a deeper look at what isn’t serving you — like gossip. 28:05 — When we’re looking to grow and live our dreams, we need to focus on just getting to the next chapter — even if we don’t know what the chapter after it holds. It’ll appear when the time is right.


Favorite Quotes:

“I remember calling my mom and saying my soul was being sucked out of me in that cubicle.” “I think a lot of people — when they’re stuck in that desk job — it’s because they won’t force something else to happen. They won’t force function out of their choices. They don’t come up with the better ideas...and they wonder, ‘Why can’t I make the leap?’” “Once you start to peel away some of the layers of self-doubt and insecurity and start fueling your confidence through your entire lifestyle...the creativity starts zooming into your brain out of nowhere.” “What does your tongue like to taste? What cloth makes your skin happy?” “All these small life shifts start to happen and they’re tugging at you and they’re asking you and they’re really pulling at you. The more you tap into it, the harder it pulls and the better it feels to follow the pull.”



Allie is the creator behind the online Yoga and life inspiration community, The Journey Junkie. She strives to help others live their journeys through the practices of Yoga, mindfulness, healthy living, and sharing her personal story alongside her tribe. She’s also the soul behind the newly created podcast Truth + Dare, a community that's dedicated to female empowerment through living our truth and daring to change.

Core Strength from a Centered Body with Donna Farhi

May 16, 2017 01:02:59


In our obsession for a lean strong core we get injured. That is what world-class yoga teacher trainer Donna Farhi has discovered in injured yoga teachers that find their way to her classroom for healing. Donna’s newest release, Pathways to a Centered Body, coauthored with  Leila Stuart, and remarkably Illustrated by Sonya Rooney is the best book ever to be released on the yoga of healing back pain.

It’s also the best book to be released on the inner body exploration of core yoga. In this interview you’ll learn how your psoas has everything to do with your moment to moment experience. Whether you experience pain or pulsating bliss, you can trace the roots of your experience to the current state of your psoas. Your Psoas is your “hidden treasure” .

Most yoga teachers get giddy when talking about the psoas. In Pathways to a Centered Body Donna worked with Sonya Rooney to get the best illustrations to date for you to depict the pattern of your inner body.


I rap with Donna Farhi about Unwinding into Deep Core Strength and Back Bone Integrity

Donna + Leila’s 6 step Protocol to healing back pain WHat body part Donna calls the Industrial Strength Columns How our western language keeps us trapped in an unempowered physical experience What Yoga Sutras 46-48 have to do with advancing your core experience How do tap into the physical intelligence of your enteric nervous system


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

What is going on beneath your skin from the  long term impact of trauma Understand the connection between your nervous system and your spina Get how your psoas and diaphragm determine eachother’s reality



Other treasures by Donna Farhi:

The Breathing Book Yoga, Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship



Donna Farhi has been practicing Yoga for forty years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought-after guest teachers in the world leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Donna is the author of four contemporary classics: The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship is a curricular text for teaching trainings worldwide. She has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of our time, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. Her fifth book, co-authored with Leila Stuart, Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain and Moving with Ease, will be released in May, 2017. American born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand on a 30-acre farm with her partne r and her horses Santosha and Pavana.


Favorite Quotes

“We want the best teachers to have the best impact.” “Americans say  “He has a good head on his shoulders. In Japan they say, “His Hara is rising.” “Focus the mind on what is unchanging.” “Develop a high standard for comfort.”

People used to come to class with complaints such as neck tension, lower back pain, and stress that were the result of overall body stiffness and immobility. Gentle alignment-based yoga was an incredibly effective tool for healing these issues. Two decades later, Donna is seeing an alarming trend of Yoga practitioners attending her intensives with chronic and acute conditions and injuries that are the result of hypermobility rather than stiffness. It would seem the tables have turned. When did yoga change from being a healing modality to a harming modality? How can we reaffirm and restore the central values of yoga as a relevant, practical and healing art and science?

The writing of my new book, coauthored with Leila Stuart, "Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain, and Moving with Ease", was motivated by a desire to share ways of preventing and resolving injuries and developing the kind of core strength that builds sustainable practice.

Core fitness has become a catch-phrase, even in Yoga circles. What do we really mean when we talk about core? Why is it important to balance, release and lengthen the deep core muscles before beginning strengthening work?

Apart from the obvious physical benefits, what are some of the other benefits of focusing on centering, strength and stability in Yoga practice?

How are teachers contributing to the problem of competitiveness in Yoga and what are some of the ways we can encourage people to work within healthy constraints?

The myth "no pain, no gain" has now become deeply embedded in the worldwide yoga psyche. Why is this misguided?

Back pain is a huge problem in the general population, so it's not surprising that a large percentage of people coming to yoga class have preexisting back problems. How can focusing on core balance help resolve many of these problems?

Unlocking Your Subtle Body Anatomy + Deep Time with Tias Little

May 11, 2017 40:32


When we’re in the world of distraction we have a momentum that brings us to move distraction, to more overwhelm. He starts talking about the “almost a chakra” around your ear… and what happens when the temporal bone floats. This episode is a gateway into the subtle body experience via Tias’s transmission.

Meet Tias Little and his newest book, [Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga]( Of course, many of you have already been touched by the depth of Tias’s work. In this episode Tias describes his fascination with exploring and decoded the subtle body, and gives us a guidebook to know our own technology, our own unending interiors, and the great peace within.

I rap with Tias Little about the Yoga of the Subtle Body:

How the subtle Body unlocks a better human experience Becoming present through understanding your past as vibratory patterns + memories Discover the  Soundless Place within you Unlock time by opening space with the temporal bone around your ear Processing emotions in the present


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How Tias starts his day Why you want to start to sit and explore your breath What is happens as Tias grows older and wiser


Prajna Yoga Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga


Tias’s unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Tias earned a Master’s degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. Tias is the author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop
and Yoga of the Subtle Body.

Favorite Quotes:

“Time gets trapped in the body.” - Tias Little

“We can get trapped in time in the identifications we make about who we are.” - Tias Little

“The temporal bone around the ear is almost a chakra.” - Tias Little

Jason Nemer on AcroYoga, Trust, Connectivity, + the Small Powerful Communities

May 8, 2017 51:10


Jason Nemer was an acrobat before he co-founded Acroyoga. In this episode Jason and I have a natural conversation about Trust, Connectivity, + the Small Powerful Communities. We talk about what happens when we leave the solitude of our own mats and open the gateways to new levels of human connection, healing, and communication.

We talk about the evolutions in Acroyoga to acrofit, and what you can learn from your physical body and in your relationships... We also talk about the importance of developing skills in connection, compassion and communities on the path of Yoga.


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    


Jason’s evolving dharma + what the next phase of his growth is about What trust has to do with yoga What happens when shy yoga come to acroyoga Doing yoga together vs. alone- sensitivity to each other. the relationship between cause and effect between each other. what are the common big “aha’s” of your students? The potential to being an amazing partner What you can learn from the roles in the smallest community



Jason Nemer Interview (Full Episode) | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)


Jason wants to live in a world where strangers from different cultures can become friends through the joy of playfulness. Seeing people shift their beliefs about themselves, each other and the world is what motivates him. He is forever amazed at how a first AcroYoga flight can dissolve barriers of language and country, or how one improvement on a handstand can invigorate new possibilities of strength, balance, and progress.


About Acroyoga

AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek  means high, or elevated. Yoga in Sanskrit commonly translates to notions of union, or joining. The experience of taking flight with AcroYoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. By combining acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts, the practice of AcroYoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world.

AcroYoga International was founded by Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein in 2003. They were the first to codify the AcroYoga practice in 2006. Their work culminated into not only manuals, but also cultivated formalized educational paths that have promoted the highest levels of safety, expression, and straight up fun.

The Dharma of Ayurvedic Medicine Making with Todd Caldecott

May 5, 2017 47:38


Todd recently returned from taking a group to Nepal to study the Vajracharya tradition of Ayurveda. Vajracharya, and the transmission of Ayurveda as an expression of their Buddhist vow to alleviate suffering. Ever since, the Vajracharya lineage has maintained their original vows and served their community as skilled physicians, never once charging for a medical consultation.

“Working with Vaidya Madhu (Vaidya Mana’s son), particularly in difficult-to-treat or long-standing cases, I find that these remedies exist in a class apart from anything else I have tried in 20 years of practice. I have even compared these remedies to others that are supposedly the same or similar, but have learned there is no comparison to the 800 years of knowledge and experience that goes into making these medications.”

I rap with Todd Caldecott about the History of Ayurveda

The processes of making traditional medicines How he is connecting the Vajracharya with modern western Ayurveda practitioners The fetishism of importing formulas from India + Nepal The innovations of small batch medicine making where east meets west


Todd Caldecott The Buddhist Ayurvedic Tradition Hidden in Nepal


Todd's training as a clinician in herbal medicine began in 1992 during his search to resolve a chronic digestive disorder he acquired while traveling on the cheap in India. In his search for relief he tried many different things including modern medicine, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy and Chinese medicine, but nothing seemed to shift his health issues until he met an Ayurveda physician named Dr T. Sukumaran. His simple and informed recommendations, which essentially taught him how to take care of myself, sparked what has now become a life-long fascination and study with Ayurveda and traditional medicine. Since this time, he went on to complete his training as a practicing medical herbalist, studied Ayurveda in India, and later becoming director of herbal college and publishing a textbook in Ayurveda. He has been in clinical practice since 1995, and have practiced all over the world, working with a variety of health issues from the common cold to cancer (for his c/v please click this link). Tradition is his inspiration. He explain this in large part because he was born without any kind of tradition: his cultural heritage is a product of being a native of Vancouver, a city on the western edge of the Western world, where East becomes West, suffused and tempered with the raw abundance and beauty of the Pacific Rim.

Author of Food As Medicine.

The concept of 'food as medicine' is rooted in our most ancient of traditions, including Greek, Indian and Chinese medicine. If we consider the anthropological evidence it is very likely that our hunter-gatherer ancestors learned about medicinal herbs by observing wild animals deliberately eating certain plants in their diet as a way to treat different health issues. For all of nature and throughout the history of traditional medicine there has never been any real separation between food and medicine, and the present work aims to restore this connection. Informed by the theory and practices of Ayurveda and scientific research, Food As Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food provides a practical and lucid


Unearth Your Dream with Cate Stillman

May 2, 2017 27:36


Today I’m going to tell you how I tap into the Five Elements of Ayurveda to make every next chapter of my life simultaneously more dynamic, more on target, and more easeful — and it’s going to be a real eye-opener for you. The 5 Elemental Core Competencies is what this podcast is about. Either you’ve learned these competencies and are living a life beyond your dreams, or you need to uplevel specific elemental competencies.


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Which element (space, air, fire, water, earth) to start with) How to unearth your dream Why Your Intuition Needs Clean + Clear Space to be Perceived



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Cate Stillman is a tribe leader and small business owner who rose from a background as an Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and Environmentalist. A wellness professional turned curriculum innovator, she has built and nurtures her tribe toward her worldwide vision for healthier communities and healthier ecosystems since 2001.  

She holds a chair at the table of female business owners who have broken the $1 million mark in revenue. (Notably, less than 3% of all business owners, and less than 2% of female business owners crush this barrier.)  She leads a thriving virtual team at and with team members from 4 continents and 10 countries. Cate is a leader of an emerging business model based on collective evolution and collective collaborative leadership. She is continually expanding a workstudy program based on collective leadership with over 55 mentors. Yogahealer is on track to double both in revenue, course members and workstudy mentors by the end of 2018.

She is also mother to Indigo (age 9) and wife to Winston. Her family is lives bi-annually between the Teton Mountains of Wyoming and the Bay of Banderas in Mexico, where they stand up paddle river run, surf, ski, backcountry ski and mountain bike. Recently she funded the construction of an ultra-efficient modern house which her husband designed and built for their unique desires, which is now one of their homes.

In a nutshell Cate leads a lifestyle brand with a sizable, organic following of people who want to raise their own bar and live a creative, inspired and interconnected life beyond their current expectations.

Nurturing Relationships + Svadyaya as a Modern, Online Yoga Teacher with Mackenzie Miller Kozlowski

Apr 27, 2017 48:53


Mackenzie Miller Kozlowski (Miller) is a yoga teacher with over 300,000 social media fans. She has an intense travel schedule and a full portfolio of online yoga classes. On this episode of Dharma & Dollars she reveals the history of her career and future plans. If you'll a yoga teacher, don’t miss this episode.

I rap with Mackenzie Miller Kozlowski about Nurturing Relationships as a Yoga Teacher:

Making yoga a full-time and affluent career How to stay grounded in a career that is entered around the use of travel and social media Generational + technology differences in yoga teachers

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How MacKenzie was able to The power of svadyaya (self-study) on the path How she makes a living  + how that will change in the future



Donna Farhi On Teaching + Practicing Yoga MacKenzie on Instagram

Kathryn Budig on Yogahealer Podcast



MacKenzie is a certified personal trainer, international yoga instructor and lover of travel. Her teaching combines the thorough understanding of alignment and anatomy with the joy of balance and movement. Through the power of social media, words of honesty and authenticity she has grown a following of +300k.

Birthing Yourself with A Sacred Postpartum Experience Ayurveda with Reena Jadhav

Apr 25, 2017 43:13


Reena Jadhav, founder of HealerPedia, asks me about Ayurveda for postpartum women. What stimulated the conversation was this article: Chrissy Teigen Opens Up for the First Time About Her Postpartum Depression. We dive into the Ayurveda mentality and methodology on postpartum diet + rituals… and what happens when we don’t drop into the postpartum soup.



I rap with Reena Jadhav about Ayurveda for postpartum

Why not to bring lasagna to a postpartum woman Why weight loss is never the focus postpartum What is the name of the game postpartum? Find out...


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How to support a pregnant women through focusing on her postpartum plan Why postpartum massage is a necessity for 40 days What goes wrong Postpartum


Chrissy Teigen Opens Up for the First Time About Her Postpartum Depression Cate’s Free Mamabirthing Ebook HealerPedia  - Reena Jadhav’s Resource Site Ysha Oakes brainchild + postpartum doula community How to Heal with Ayurveda


Cell: 650-346-2500
Founder HealerPedia


Favorite Quotes:

“She is in the soup of postpartum.”

“In pregnancy she should be building her outer support team, so she can be in the soup of postpartum.”

“You’re not going to be educated by your doctor. You're not going to be educated by your yoga teacher. You're not going to be educated by your friends. You must educated yourself on postpartum.”

“As humans, we birth tribally. You need your mama - or a support team.”

The Yoga of an Effective Dharma Workstudy Program

Apr 21, 2017 37:52


Yoga has worked on the barter system since the beginning. “I’ll trade my service for your wisdom.” I’ve been part of workstudy programs since I started training as a teacher and a practitioner.

As a former yoga studio owner we had a dynamic workstudy program and even a live-in intern role.  In this show I talk with Rachel Peters  who is the Team Leader of the Yogahealer + Yoga Health Coaching workstudy program, which we call Paths to Leadership. Find out how Rachel stepped into workstudy with me and took over and grew the program with a team. We have 55 workstudies under contract and continue to grow the program.

I rap with Rachel Peters about Growing a Workstudy Program

How structure precedes evolution What Vulnerability looks like on the Dharmic Path The evolution of workstudy program into collective leadership



Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results How to Make CCF Tea


Rachel recently left an academic administrative position of almost twenty years to dedicate herself more fully  to helping others tap into their purpose, align their habits with their deeper wisdom while redefining their relationship with time.  She is super stoked to be the Coaching Team Manager for Yogahealer & Yoga Health Coaching. This merges her savvy admin skills with her love of conscious business.

She’s an entrepreneur, a mother, a wife and a lover of wild places. As a Certified Yoga Health Coach, with an MA in Environmental Studies, and Certified Yoga Teacher, she’s primed to provide another level of conversation at this dynamic intersection of yoga, ayurveda and living in alignment with nature.
Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, check out her Website and feel free to keep the conversation going through E-mail

Favorite Quote:

“Structure precedes evolution.”

History, Politics, Justice + the Evolution of our Collective Needs with Rick Hanson

Apr 18, 2017 46:52


I got to drill Rick Hanson on what is happening behind the scenes in our species evolution with collective leadership.  For those who don’t know Rick - you should. And you should listen. I took 4 pages of notes during the interview.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

 The dude gets neuroplasticity at the forefront of psychology and meditation. Our conversation moves from the personal to the political. From claiming truth for yourself to claiming justice for all. You’ll receive an earful, a heartful and a brainful from this episode with Rick.

I rap with Rick Hanson about social evolution, connection + leadership

Know your 3 needs and 3 brains How to come home to yourself quickly and thoroughly Advocating for our shared truth, shared welfare, shared justice and shared power/resources

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

A brief social history of our species that makes sense and rings true Why women are the driving force of social change What it means to feed the lizard, pet the money and


How to Master the Superpower that Builds All Other Powers with Rick Hanson

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time


Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

The Evolving Dharma of Advocacy with the Microphone with Elsie Escobar

Apr 13, 2017 51:19


On the path of awake living Dharma changes with time. Elsie Escobar, famous yogini podcaster, returns to talk about her evolving dharma with the mic.

Obviously we have more access to more conversations than ever before. We also have more access to better conversations. And we all have the ability to grab the mic and start the conversation we most want to be part of. Yogis have transmitted teaching via vibration, via audio. What happens when you invest your attention, your ears and your voice more consciously? Evolution happens. Advocacy happens. We become a bigger part of the living conversation that is evolution.

Who are you talking to? What are you advocating for? Who are you supporting? What feedback are you receiving? This is what Elsie Escobar unpacks in this call.


I rap with Elsie Escobar about Influencing, Advocating + Getting into the Best Conversations for You

Why Elsie is a massive audio proponent What happens when you listen vs. watch Is audio a medium that encourages more presence?


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Why yogis are suited to podcasts and podcasting. How do you decide what deserves attention



The Cyber Effect One of the World's Experts in Cyberpsychology Explains How Technology Is Shaping the Development of Our Children, Our Behavior, Our Values, and Our Perception



Highlighting the impact of podcasts in society and culture rocks my world. Taking the conversation beyond podcast monetization and metrics to bring awareness to the future and growth of podcasting through the lens of cyber behavior, cognitive psychology, the impact of socioeconomic status, and diversity.

My desire is to drive dialogue in the podcasting industry with a focus on podcasts' impact on society, diversity, and culture as well as their power to drive social change, personal development, and bring voice to support underrepresented communities and initiatives.

The Mystical Powers of Your Internal Organs, A Chinese Medicine Perspective with Brodie Welch

Apr 10, 2017 44:24


Brodie grew up in the shadow of her older half sister - Dr. Claudia Welch. Dharmically driven to her own path as a healer and TCM wisdom maven Brodie shares with us today how to develop a relationship with our internal organs.

Just take a moment and ask your kidneys what kind of day they are having. Ask your liver what it wants for dinner. Ask your lungs what they want to do next. One of my favorite ways to experience greater interconnectivity in myself is to go into a second person dialogue, what Ken Wilber refers to as the “I-thou” relationship. We can do this with any part of the self. And as we do, we tap our intuition into the driver’s seat of our experience.

In today’s episode with Brodie Welch, LAC, we get into the historic Confucian names and nicknames for the organs with a capital O. In grasping the insight from the nickname as well as the order of command we connect deeper into our own integrated experience as a human with a body.

I rap with Brodie Welch about Developing a Relationship with your Organs

Find out the nicknames of your organs What happens with your Liver gets overloaded How your Heart falls in the Hierarchy


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

Specific acupoints for nourishing Yin energy How to use essential oils with acupoints Why a deep breath makes all the different in your Free and Easy Wanderer...



Yin Organ Meditation


Brodie Welch is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert, and self-care strategist. She’s the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon, where she has been treating patients since 2003.

In addition to her clinical practice, Brodie shares her expertise to help caring, conscious women take care of themselves through innovative learn-from-anywhere courses and coaching programs on stress management, the bodymind connection, moving meditation, and Chinese Medicine. She’s also the creator and host of A Healthy Curiosity: the podcast that explores what it takes to be well in a busy world.


Favorite Quotes

As I was about to go look up all the official nicknames I learned in school, I realize that

while those names were helpful in remembering what does what on a subtle level, I actually thinking about the organs not as these Confucian bureaucrats like the "general of the army" or "the official in charge of the granary" but as deities. Like the Tantric conception of the Hindu deities, the Organs are these forces inside us that we can call on to support is the ways we need. We can pray to / worship / insult these internal deities with food, herbs, using acupoints, putting ourselves in postures that support them (yoga, qi gong), lifestyle, essential oils on points. Points are very potent altars.

And then that got me thinking about the voice dialogue work we did on the retreat --passing the mic around internally: which of your organs most needs to wield its power right now?

So maybe something like "The Mystical Powers of Your Internal Organs?" "Your internal organs pantheon: A quick guide" or Chinese Medicine on the Path to Consciousness?

Ancient Ayurvedic Superfoods for Biohackers, ultra athletes and yogis with Joel Einhorn

Apr 7, 2017 47:38


You know when an old friend you really like tells you that you need to meet their new friend? When they say your two worlds collide and line up in unexpected ways? Such was  my intro from the famous rockclimber Jimmy Chin to my new friend Joel Einhorn.

Joel is making Ayurvedic formulas, traditionally prepared, hip to the world of western Biohackers, ultra athletes and yogis. Based on an intersection on Chavanprash (an ayurvedic brain optimizing formula first documents in  the Charaka Samhita, the ancient Ayurvedic treatise[3] from the early first millennium BCE.

I used to have a hard time getting clients and course members to start taking Chavanprash. Hanah One creates no boundary with it’s handy dandy gel pack packaging and superfood labeling.  Lowering the barrier to entry into the world of Ayurvedic formulas is a good thing.

I rap with Joel Einhorn about Hanah One + Making Chavanprash into a Superfood:

What is next in the line of Ayurvedic superfoods You are also selling Ashwaganda - and bringing it more to a main stream market Sustainable supplements Herbs based in fats (bulletproofing our herbs for maximum slow absorption vs. popping capsules What  Biohackers, ultra athletes and yogis have in common


What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

How herbs are processed and formulated predict if your body can actually absorb their benefits How Superfoods are formulated in Ayurveda What is up with the Vechur Cows in Kerala, India



More on Chavanprash


In 2008, I was in a terrible bike accident. Western Medicine put me back together, but it was Eastern Medicine that nursed me back to health. I created HANAH ONE with the help of an Indian Ayurvedic Doctor and am excited to share it with the world.