Practice You with Elena Brower

Practice You with Elena Brower Podcast

Navigate and master life's transitions with bestselling author Elena Brower. This is your invitation to PRACTICE YOU. On the PY Podcast, expect raw, real inquiries into relationship, lifestyle, healing, education, spirit, service, ancient practice, and modern wisdom. Expect explorations that uplift our understandings, stories to support our strengths, and lessons in compassion to amplify our love. Together we’ll elevate humanity to spark, share, and sustain wellbeing. Welcome to PRACTICE YOU.

Episode 85: Kathleen St. Ours
On resilience through harrowing childhood assault, sharing pain as a service to others and the medicine of the story....

Episode 84: Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor
RICHARD FREEMAN began studying yoga in 1968, focusing on hatha, contemplative Buddhism, and the Ashtanga and Iyengar methods. He teaches throughout the world, and his video series, Yoga with Richard Freeman, set the gold standard for modern Ashtanga Yoga. MARY TAYLOR has studied and practiced yoga since 1972 and teaches throughout the world. She co-founded the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado in 1988 with Richard. The importance of not casting people out of our hearts [3:12] Letting go of habitual patter...

Episode 83: Erin Clabough
On using neuroscience to raise caring, compassionate, creative humans. Creativity [3:04] Empathy and self-control [7:40] Stages of brain development [20:14] Using brain plasticity to parent better. Experiences as a toolkit [24:03] Offering choices to children [30:42] Parental scaffolding. Offering a framework to kids for any given scenario [33:45] Conflict resolution. Teaching your kids to communicate clearly [41:40] Role playing. Learning to set boundaries [44:23] Fostering compassion for the bully [46:43...


Episode 82: Marnie Nir
On evolving and resolving generational patterns and misunderstandings. On loving ourselves enough to be a safe space for others; on great communication. Inner.U LOVE. Writing dreams for love, relationship to self and body [6:07] Looking to yourself rather than blaming others [7:53] Noticing when we’re trying to make our partners more like us [10:32] Identifying the relationship sports you’ve been playing [12:42] How outing our issues can help others [15:16] Sex and relationships. Making a game out of likin...

Episode 81: Claire Ragozzino
On Ayurveda as a practice of deep listening, strengthening our ability to be resilient, present, and respectful of the rhythms of Nature. Claire Ragozzino is a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic counselor with a background in holistic nutrition and natural cooking. Her work is dedicated to bringing yoga, Ayurveda, and nutrition to a modern lifestyle. She is the author of the popular site, Vidya Living, and also writes and photographs for online and print publications surrounding topics of food, culture...

Episode 80: Quddus
On true allyship, the names we need to keep repeating, the necessary healings and breaking through Quddus (Q) is a veteran TV host, acclaimed celebrity interviewer and breakthrough media coach. Q is a former host of MTV’s iconic show Total Request Live (TRL), has produced projects with the likes of AOL, Yahoo, and YouTube, and worked in artist development for Interscope Records. Q has spoken for audiences at the United Nations and Global Citizen Festival but a trip to his father’s homeland, Haiti, inspired ...


Episode 79: Katie Hess
On the subtlety and majesty of the flowers, and their capacity to bring our human bodies back to Nature. Katie Hess is an expert of flower alchemy - using the healing power of flowers to awaken our true potential. She is the author of Flowerevolution and founder of LOTUSWEI, the world’s leading flower elixir apothecary. She travels in search of rare flowers with the healing qualities most needed by today’s world, from the forests of British Columbia, to sacred sites in India, rainforests in Costa Rica, hot ...

Episode 78: Dr. Anthony Lyon
On the harrowing reality from the hospital floor, two actions we can take to stop the spread, and the stories we craft to help us cope. Being open to learning. Basing recommendations on scientific data [06:08] Considering what it feels like to be unable to breathe easily [07:40] There are still no consistently effective treatments for Covid-19 [8:42] Why earlier hospitalization can make a difference [9:36] Dr. Lyon’s experience of treating Covid-19 patients [11:21] Doing what we can to protect others [13:5...

Episode 77: Kerri Kelly
On a new definition of politics, and caring for ourselves through this. Sustainability vs growth [3:26] Bridging personal transformation and politics [5:22] The origins of CTZNWELL [9:31] White supremacy and the wellness community [12:20] Reckoning. Staying curious. Expanding your practice to include staying informed [14:15] Questions to ask about the governance of wellness [20:45] Considering wellbeing on a national level [22:48] Holding uncertainty [25:05] Building communities that include political lite...


Episode 76: Judith Hanson Lasater
On the core of communication, and some myths we can release. Approaching yoga poses with questions rather than rules [1:50] Non-violent communication. Connecting with ourselves. Recognizing mutuality [8:33] Communicating as a parent [17:36] Trust. Telling the truth with empathy. Saying no while staying in connection [22:37] Self-empathy practice [27:24] A common yoga myth about the pelvis in seated twists [32:44] Body leading, mind following [40:36] Sweet Body poem reading [43:22] Judith Hanson Lasater, P...

Episode 75: Justin Michael Williams
Justin Michael Williams works at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice. With his groundbreaking book, Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. Ending Racism Manifesto [1:40] The five assumptions we make about why racism persists [8:33] Justin’s process of writing the Manifesto [15:40] Racism is learned [18:30] Questioning the idea that racism can not end [21:29] Race is not real, although the effe...

Episode 74: Julie Wald
On the vital ways in which we approach practice for mental health. Julie Wald is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, Inner Wealth: How Wellness Heals, Nurtures, and Optimizes Ultra-Successful People, and the founder of Namaste Wellness. Julie has over twenty-five years of experience as a clinical social worker, yoga and meditation teacher. She’s committed to serving not only Namaste’s elite clientele of high performing companies and families, but also to delivering complimentary wellness services to und...


Episode 73: Jodie Patterson
On womanhood, excellence, Blackness, and our crucial collaborations in parenting, partnership, and creativity. Rebirthing many times throughout life [3:57] Women, Southern culture and power [5:15] Demonstrating Black Excellence [12:10] Seeking out Black culture [18:14] Not letting the dominant culture confuse you [21:52] A different kind of leadership [24:55] Detaching from things that define us. Coming back different [29:51] Finding the upside of the split [38:11] Representation matters. How we treat peop...

Episode 72: Johanna Nichols and Martha McAlpine
On homeschooling as reclaiming learning, prioritizing in a busy household and the gifts of boredom. Making the decision to homeschool [2:03] Keeping rhythms with non-attachment [8:57] Being driven by children’s interest. Choosing. Focusing [12:31] Reclaiming our learning. Giving ownership to the children [21:48] Interoception. Subtracting and letting kids get bored [23:14] Surviving as a family. Choosing values and saying them out loud [27:15] Being generous with yourself so that you can be more generous [...

Episode 71: Latham Thomas
On the history of black maternal health, how we can change the story, and parenting our kids as actualized beings. The Black Maternal Health crisis [1:58] Gynecology and its origins in slavery [6:09] The need for a reckoning. Reenvisioning a holistic view and a service model [10:17] Ways to be involved [14:51] Mama Glow Doula professional training program scholarship fund [30:19] Learning and unlearning [34:07] Parenting teenagers. Leaning into resilience and using our tools [36:13] Named one of Oprah Win...


Episode 70: Reggie Hubbard
On compassion in the context of activism, building a culture of care, and cultivating enthusiasm to save our democracy. Being radically human [2:42] Sharing peace in a way that incites action [4:24] Our responsibility to each other. Information and discernment [6:21] Planting seeds of love and compassion [12:52] Changing our opinions over time [18:00] Immigration detainment camps. Focusing on human values [22:28] Leading with what inspires us [27:13] Operating from our humanity when we disagree [31:09] Wha...

Episode 69: Albert Flynn DeSilver
On showing up for your writing with devotion. On reading as writing; writing as reading. On humility as wisdom. Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, memoirist, speaker, master mindfulness meditation teacher and workshop leader teaching nationally at the Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, 1440 MUltiversity, Shambhala Mountain Center, the Esalen Institute, and at writing conferences nationally. Albert has read and shared the stage with International bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Ki...

Episode 68: Jody Levy
On clearing biotoxicity and creating work that heals. Biotoxicity [2:17] The Milk Cleanse [7:07] The genesis of NeuroPraxis [11:21] The importance of knowing your own body [19:46] Ayurveda and balance [23:10] Slowing down and appreciating time [23:43] Prayer [28:04] Jody Levy is an artist, designer, director, educator, entrepreneur, executive and investor from the Detroit area who lives between Denver and New York City. Jody is the founder, creative director and Chief Executive Officer of a handful of com...


Episode 67: Jacy Cunningham
On the life-changing conversations of race, the majestic presence of lineage, and the vital, daily work of loving yourself. The birth of The Jacy Method [2:15] On feeling alone in a community [7:01] The importance of expressing joy and showing up as yourself [9:39] Jacy’s morning marriage practice [16:42] On living multiple lives as a Black person [24:52] The opportunity to have conversations about racism [32:57] Eye gazing [39:01] Whiteness in the wellness space [41:50] Knowing what came before. Restoring...

Episode 66: Chloé Valdary
On transcending our instincts, practicing what scares us, seeing where we coincide, and choosing our state. After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth that uses pop culture as an educational tool in the classroom and beyond. Chloé has trained around the world, including in South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel....

Episode 65: Erin Douglas
Erin is a travel, culture and lifestyle documentary photographer, creative culture consultant, writer and founder of Black Burner Project. After discovering her love for photography on a solo trip the Philippines, she has placed travel photography at the center of her personal work. Erin's first experience of Burning Man [3:17] What moved Erin to create the Black Burner Project [10:01] The feeling of being one of few [14:08] Inspiring potential burners by making people feel seen [20:04] Erin's story about ...


Episode 64: Pixie Lighthorse
On connecting to Nature, our wisest innermost council, and our deepest compassion. Managing chaos [2:44] Understanding the need to project chaos outwards [6:23] Tools that Pixie is using and sharing right now [10:13] Asking for help and managing resources [17:07] Disassociation and discernment [19:04] Shamanic arts. Returning to the core of peace within [21:30] Building your council. Releasing control [27:59] What needs healing [36:54] Favourite view [38:09] Prayer [39:29] Death and grieving [41:49] Medita...

Episode 63: Jeff Burroughs
On the past as fuel for the future, the realities of race, and the magic of making records. Jeff's earliest musical influences [3:37] His first experience of racism [6:40] Creating his own blueprint for life [11:10] Speaking to his children about what it means to be Black in America [15:16] Favorite moments with Bad Boy [22:16] The night that Biggie was murdered [26:22] Artists Jeff is most excited about now [31:39] Favorite view [38:06] Prayer [40:01] Delivering art to shift culture [42:00] Resources Ka...

Episode 62: April Dawn Harter
On racism recovery as psychological, individual and collective healing. How April came to her work [2:35] Racism from a psychological perspective [11:12] Narcissism and codependency [18:43] White privilege. Complicity [23:00] Treating perpetrators. Defense mechanisms [26:08] Co-dependent racist savorism and anti-racist education on Instagram [33:19] Racist rejection of whiteness and cultural appropriation [57:51] Building trust and being trustworthy [59:50] Psychoanalysing racism and evidence-based practic...


Episode 61: Jesse Johnson
On scarcity in schools, committing to our edification, wealth as activism, and standing back to back as we heal. Jesse Johnson is a master sales and success coach, specializing in helping spiritual entrepreneurs build 7-figure businesses. An artist, activist, and educator, Jesse's career began with 12 years teaching math in NYC public schools. Frustrated by the limits of both bureaucracy and poverty, she founded her own personal development company and blew her own mind taking it to 7 figures in just 2 year...

Episode 60: Nadine McNeil
On the voyage of service, what still needs our attention, connecting to Mother Earth, and majestic remembrance. Nadine McNeil, is a yoga teacher, speaker, transformational coach and humanitarian whose mission is to ignite infinite possibility in people around the world and share yoga with diverse underserved communities. Over the last few decades, Nadine has travelled the world in service of the UN, UNICEF, Global Volunteer Network and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These and other ex...

Episode 59: Jeff Krasno
On whiteness in wellness, our responsibility, our clumsiness and our commitments. Creating Wanderlust [4:41] Spirituality and Civic engagement [16:30] Acknowledging complicity. The role of the wellness teacher [20:39] Black Lives Matter protests. Witnessing glimpses of Oneness [29:21] Grace for clumsiness. Taking moral inventory [36:33] Reframing the notion of separation [43:39] Shaping the world in small moments [47:59] Jeff attended The Hotchkiss School and received his BA in 1993 from Columbia Universi...


Episode 58: Kiese Laymon
On studentship, using your art to heal, and becoming heavy enough to hold it all. Kiese Laymon is the author of three books, most recently the NY Times bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir. He is a Professor of English born and raised in Jackson Mississippi. The places we stay [3:26] What inspired Kiese to write Heavy to his mother [5:05] The consequences of masking pain [7:18] How learning requires failure [11:31] Parenting and secrets [14:25] The importance of tender touch [18:25] What does it ...

Episode 57: Biet Simkin
On choosing conscious shocks, conscious suffering and crystallizing your commitment. The Fourth Way [1:30] The law of divided attention [8:28] The law of aim [12:20] The law of identification [15:12] The law of shocks [20:54] The law of three [27:05] The law of self-remembering [30:55] Unnecessary vs necessary suffering [33:06] Buffers. How much joy can you stand? [36:45] The law of death [41:39] The law of crystallization [46:50] Biet is the world-renowned meditation leader dubbed the "Lady Gaga of Medit...

Episode 56: Toko-pa Turner
On belonging, dreamwork, and welcoming aging as a privilege. Toko-pa Turner is an award-winning Canadian writer, teacher, and dreamworker who blends the mystical tradition of Sufism with a Jungian approach to dreams. In 2001 she founded the Dream School, from which hundreds of students have graduated, and she speaks internationally on the subject of dreams and belonging. Sometimes called a "midwife of the psyche," Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reciprocity with nature, honouring grief, ri...


Episode 55: Seane Corn
On the perpetual revolution of the soul, with the one and only Seane Corn. Becoming an elder [3:06] What Seane’s friend Billy taught her [8:12] The role of therapy in processing trauma, speaking out against injustice [15:33] Grief [29:50] Dismantling the systems within, creating social change [40:29] Seane's main mentors and guides [50:48] What Seane would say to a young yoga teacher [53:52] Resources https://www.seanecorn.com/ Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and...

Episode 54: Paavo Siljamäki
On music as medicine, listening carefully, and the relevance of surrendering. Paavo's early connection to music [2:37] Things that help Paavo in uncertain times [6:39] What inspired the making of the Flow State album [9:33] Questions about work life balance as an artist [14:34] Improvising [19:00] Not knowing and surrendering [21:07] What needs healing [30:08] Favourite view [31:03] Prayer [31:42] Preview of new Flow State meditations album [34:22] Paavo Siljamäki, one third of Above & Beyond, has been at...

Episode 53: Laura McKowen
On the road to sobriety, the questions we need to ask, and the ways we need to listen. Laura McKowen inspires people to say yes to a bigger life after addiction. She’s the author of the forthcoming memoir, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life (January 2020), and has been featured on WebMD, The Guardian, The New York Post, Bravo, and the TODAY show. She writes an internationally recognized, award-winning blog, is the host of two Top 100 iTunes podcasts, and leads sold-out retreats and co...


Episode 52: Sierra Campbell
On intentional death and dying, elder and hospice care, and the conversations we need to have to help our elders die beautifully. Over the past 20 years, Sierra Campbell has worked with the elderly suffering loss of independence through health crises such as illness, a fall, operations, and facing the great unknown, death. After a decade of owning and operating a successful home care agency, Sierra burnt out and took time to reflect on her time helping more than 100 (mostly elders) people through death and ...

Episode 51: IN-Q
On poetry that transforms our ways of seeing, listening and being. IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of the world's most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He's inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling worksh...

Episode 50: Elena Brower and James Benard
On communication in quarantine, with courageous openness. Prioritizing the team [1:47] Assuming that your partner's freak out is a coping mechanism [3:50] The importance of knowing yourself first [5:30] Moving together [7:01] Family meetings, being present [7:40] Checking in every day [12:14] Practicing courageous openness and mutual respect [19:07] RESOURCES Esther Perel podcast Hiro Boga The Mirror dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky The African Queen dir. By John Huston Angela Chambers Handel group Nurture Charle...


Episode 49: Nick Ortner
On the efficacy and daily magic of EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, to recognize, release and heal ourselves. Tapping as a way of letting go of the physical grip of old emotions [2:24] Nick’s early encounters with tapping [8:03] Making The Tapping Solution documentary [11:16] Tapping as a bridge to meditation [16:00] The power of acknowledging how we actually feel [17:48] The Tapping Solution App [23:49] Tapping session with Nick for anxiety [26:57] The practical insights that can be gained from tappin...

Episode 48: Scott Schwenk
A hybrid of laser-like practicality and cutting-edge visionary insight, Scott Schwenk has been catalyzing the inner evolution and leadership development of individuals, relationships, and larger groups and organizations for over 25 years. His work and teaching is a blend of stillness, unexpected expansion, laughter, discovery and potent actionable insights revealing dynamic inner freedom and a thriving outer life. Resources http://scottschwenk.com...

Episode 47: Kim Krans
Drawing as living energy [2:22] Turning towards the pain [4:44] The power of acknowledging and sharing our struggles [6:35] The characters of ‘Both’ and ‘And’ [12:48] The spectrum of addiction and handling infatuation [15:35] Drawing The Marquee [21:30] Honoring miscarriage through drawing, healing the Mother archetype [28:11] Mercy [31:25] Letter to the reader [37:07] Kim Krans is a visionary artist, author, and creator of The New York Times bestseller The Wild Unknown Tarot. Krans received her BFA in dra...


Episode 46: Desiree Mangandog
On boundaries, magnetizing prosperity, and practices for releasing blocks and renewing your relationship to abundance of all kinds. Desiree Mangandog is a Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist, author and Blue Diamond Wellness Advocate. She provides a unique perspective of essential oil usage by infusing ancient principles of Chinese Medicine. Her work holds a core philosophy that emotions are a significant factor in creating health or dis-ease. Boundaries for healers [2:18] Tools for accepting change [7:41] T...

Episode 46: Desiree Mangandog
On boundaries, magnetizing prosperity, and practices for releasing blocks and renewing your relationship to abundance of all kinds. Desiree Mangandog is a Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist, author and Blue Diamond Wellness Advocate. She provides a unique perspective of essential oil usage by infusing ancient principles of Chinese Medicine. Her work holds a core philosophy that emotions are a significant factor in creating health or dis-ease. Boundaries for healers [2:18] Tools for accepting change [7:41] T...

Episode 45: Justin Michael Williams
On the true history of "woke" culture, dismantling toxicity and meditation as a recipe for freedom. Justin Michael Williams is an author, speaker, and top 20 recording artist who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. By working at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. He has been featured by Billboard.com and Yoga Journal, shared the stage with Deepak Chopra, and presented at events such as Wand...


Episode 45: Justin Michael Williams
On the true history of "woke" culture, dismantling toxicity and meditation as a recipe for freedom. Justin Michael Williams is an author, speaker, and top 20 recording artist who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. By working at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. He has been featured by Billboard.com and Yoga Journal, shared the stage with Deepak Chopra, and presented at events such as Wand...

Episode 44: Lauren Zander
On seeing and healing our patterns in life and in love, and the choices we make in every dimension, with Lauren Zander. The Three Hs of love [3:24] Why we settle [9:06] Talking about sex [10:22] Knowing your patterns [13:19] Getting honest [15:53] Doing the work [19:10] Your thoughts will manifest [20:40] Parent patterns [24:09] Learning to talk about yourself [31:21] Practicing integrity [36:46] Traits [46:57]...

Episode 43: Gabby Bernstein
On relating to your intuition and your own innermost guidance. In Super Attractor, Gabby lays out the essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams. This book will show you how to co-create the life you want. You’ll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don’t have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you’ll feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll give off a presence of joy that elevates everyone around you. Gabby can speak on but is not limi...


Episode 42: Ask Elena Anything
On all the questions you're asking of Elena, from personal to professional; from skincare to reading, teaching to healing, clearing your space, creating your home sanctuary....

Episode 41: Practice You 2020 Vision Session
Ask questions, invite clarity, create meaningful practices, and author your prayerful reality for the coming year. Your downloadable guide for our session is linked below; honoured to serve you as you welcome yourself to 2020. https://elenabrower.com/practice-you-live-2020/...


Episode 39: Satya Scainetti
On the beauty and merit of hard work, and the gift and responsibility of creativity. On using your commerce to touch the lives of those in need, and the healing that comes with giving and receiving help. Satya Scainetti is the founder and designer of Satya Jewelry. A philanthropist, yoga teacher and Reiki healer, Satya lives a lifestyle dedicated to giving back to the world community. The name Satya, meaning “truth” in Sanskrit, inspires each person to find and live their individual truth. Satya has built a...

Episode 38: Andi Keh
On unraveling blocks in the body, the healing that wants to come through you, and the merits of staying curious. Andi Keh is an artist and natural fabric dyer in Brooklyn, NY. She is the illustrator of The Moon Deck. Born and raised in Southern Indiana, her love for creating began as early as she can remember. Painting murals on her bedroom walls and drawing after school was her favorite pastime. At 20, she traveled and worked in fashion abroad in Italy and France, then followed her heart to NYC, where she ...

Episode 37: Lisa Wimberger
On daily neuroliteracy, teaching your nervous system to listen expansively, and five profound yet simple steps to shift unintentional programs to intentional responses. Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership, and Certificates in Medical Neuroscience, Visual Perception, and the Brain, and Neurobiology. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear, and NEUROSCULPT...


Episode 35: Louie Schwartzberg
On Nature as healing modality and connecting force. On the magical mycelium all around us, and the greatest natural solution for climate change. An award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of natur...

Episode 34: Meggan Watterson
On the experience of being yourself, the ancient illusion of hierarchy, and true humanity--being both fully human and fully divine. MEGGAN WATTERSON is the author of REVEAL, The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy, The Divine Feminine Oracle, and Mary Magdalene Revealed. She is a feminist theologian with a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. MEGGAN facilitates the REDLADIES — a community of radical love—that lets h...


Episode 32: Gabrielle Lyon
On healing in all its forms; muscle-centric medicine, gut healing, evidence-based healing modalities and the importance of soul family. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a Washington University fellowship trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. Dr. Lyon works closely with the Special Operations Military as a part of the Task Force Dagger Foundation. In addition, her practice services, innovators, mavericks, executives, and anyone lo...


Episode 32: Gabrielle Lyon
On healing in all its forms; muscle-centric medicine, gut healing, evidence-based healing modalities and the importance of soul family. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a Washington University fellowship trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. Dr. Lyon works closely with the Special Operations Military as a part of the Task Force Dagger Foundation. In addition, her practice services, innovators, mavericks, executives, and anyone lo...

Episode 31: Ruth King
On racism as a curable heart disease, the ever-expanding gift of mindfulness, and what it means to stay awake and responsive in these times with care and wisdom. Ruth offers us an invaluable meditation to close. Ruth King is an Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author and consultant. She is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches insight meditation retreats nationwide. Recognized as a trainer of trainers and consultant to consultants, King teaches the Mindful of Ra...

Episode 31: Ruth King
On racism as a curable heart disease, the ever-expanding gift of mindfulness, and what it means to stay awake and responsive in these times with care and wisdom. Ruth offers us an invaluable meditation to close. Ruth King is an Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author and consultant. She is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches insight meditation retreats nationwide. Recognized as a trainer of trainers and consultant to consultants, King teaches the Mindful of Ra...


Episode 30: Julian Brass
On owning our anxiety as a sacred cue to wake up and remember ourselves. On becoming our own eternal support system. Practical tools to soothe and serve--yourself and others. Length: 56.10 Timecodes: Breathing. [2:38] Teachers and singing. [4:00] Using discernment to reduce anxiety.[4:45] Power of playing.[6:45] Planning your meals. [9:00] Surface level anxiety. Simple choices that can help. [9:45] Body as a gateway to the mind. Anxiety as a helpful sign to let you know something is out of alignment. [10:4...

Episode 30: Julian Brass
On owning our anxiety as a sacred cue to wake up and remember ourselves. On becoming our own eternal support system. Practical tools to soothe and serve--yourself and others. Length: 56.10 Timecodes: Breathing. [2:38] Teachers and singing. [4:00] Using discernment to reduce anxiety.[4:45] Power of playing.[6:45] Planning your meals. [9:00] Surface level anxiety. Simple choices that can help. [9:45] Body as a gateway to the mind. Anxiety as a helpful sign to let you know something is out of alignment. [10:4...

Episode 29: Amy Ippoliti
On the changing ecology of the yoga world, the importance of mentorship, and how we mature as teachers. Amy is a yoga teacher, author, and earth activist. Her caring approach brings ancient wisdom to modern seekers, both on and off the mat. She shares her passion for yoga, health, and earth conservation, through her writings for Yoga Journal, Organic Life, Prevention Magazine and others. She is a featured teacher on Glo.com and a pioneer for advanced yoga education, serving both students as well as fellow y...


Episode 28: Vanessa Cornell
On the real breaking points, perils and virtues of honest parenting, creating more time for adventure and more space to be ourselves. Vanessa Cornell founded NUSHU Society through a personal need for a soulful community of women interested in exploring the self through powerful ideas and practices. Through events based in New York, NUSHU Society creates a space where women can feel safe to connect deeply, try new things, have fun and learn. Our collective goal is to lead a passionate, authentic and joyful l...

Episode 27: Rebekah Borucki
On mothering as hosting a human, lessons learned from repeating history, and remembering that what we’re healing was never broken. Length: 43:02 Timecodes: Experience on Veria with Got Zen TV show. [1:44] Rebekah’s family. Understanding what it’s like to be an other. [3:53] Motherhood. Experience of race. Belonging. Finding our way. [7:30] Healing estrangement from our parents/children. Lauren Zander. Providing a soft place to land. Seeing your child as a child of the Universe passing through. [10:12] Fost...

Episode 27: Rebekah Borucki
On mothering as hosting a human, lessons learned from repeating history, and remembering that what we’re healing was never broken. Length: 43:02 Timecodes: 1:44 Experience on Veria with Got Zen TV show. 3:53 Rebekah’s family. Understanding what it’s like to be an other. 7:30 Motherhood. Experience of race. Belonging. Finding our way. 10:12 Healing estrangement from our parents/children. Lauren Zander. Providing a soft place to land. Seeing your child as a child of the Universe passing through. 19:10 Foster ...


Episode 26: Eileen Flannigan
On the education and empowerment of adolescent girls as one of the keys to the future of the world. Length:43:16 Timecodes: 2:05 How Girls on Fire Leaders was born. 6:24 Girls on Fire Leadership Camps. Samburu. The power of using your voice. 9:36 What drew Eileen to this work. Women and poverty. India. Kiva Fellowship (https://www.kiva.org). Manipur. Microfinance. Leadership potential. 15:40 Work with Shofco https://www.shofco.org/. Access to nature. Karura forest. Mind expansive experiences. 19:09 Partneri...

Episode 25: Jade Shutes
On aromatherapy as a path to activating our innate balance, understanding tissue states, and the study of Aromatic Medicine. Length: 51:05 Jade's first experience with essential oils.[2:21] Aromatherapy and massage in the UK. Marguerite Maury’s holistic approach. The oils’ potential to reduce the impact of stress on the body. [6:07] The Framework: Shifting the Paradigm, beginning with the heart: https://aromaticstudies.com/aromatic-studies-method/ [7:23] Acute intervention with the oils. Fennel and Digesti...

Episode 24: Julie Smerdon
On the confluence of effort and grace, the benevolent forces at play, and the electric walkway of this life....


Episode 23: Abbie Galvin
On ritualizing your practice, developing your interior world, and measuring up for joy, with Abbie Galvin, author of 'Home Practice' and founder of The Studio. Abbie Galvin is the owner of The Studio, a NYC based yoga studio, teaching Katonah Yoga. She has been honing this practice for the past 25 years and has a strong student-base from all around the world. Abbie's instruction is informed by her own creative process as a filmmaker and from her exploration of the therapeutic process as a psychoanalyst. She...

Episode 22: Gabrielle Hartley
Practical wisdom for separation and divorce; shifting internal narratives, prioritizing positives, taking the high road, and the importance of the long view. Length: 43:20 Timecodes: 0:43 Holding a state of being Better Apart by separating with the five pillars: Patience, Clarity, Respect, Peace and Forgiveness. 2:35 How divorce attorneys responded to the book. 5:35 Gabrielle’s work as a divorce attorney, and her experience of her own parents’ divorce. 7:40 Creating a safe environment within yourself. 9:10 ...

Episode 21: Kate Northrup
On the life-changing art of doing less, appreciating more, and savoring the cyclical nature of your life. As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital empire with her husband, Mike Watts, that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. They are committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Kate teaches data-driven and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving ...


Episode 20: Gemma Gambee Lewis
Artist and meditation teacher Gemma Gambee Lewis on the work that helps us share the most primary inner state, and taking meditation into our actions in the world. Gemma Lewis is a meditation and spiritual teacher nurturing the integration between the spirit and the mind. After a 20-year career in international fashion modeling, trend forecasting, and brand building, Gemma is most at home when sitting in meditation and teaching what this practice has generously given. She classically trained for more than t...

Episode 19: Sascha Lewis
Co-Founder of Flavorpill and EVRYMAN Sascha Lewis on creating community, leadership, the experiential evolution of what it means to be a man, and becoming full-spectrum humans. Length: 59:30 Timecodes: 1:25 Yoga on the Great Lawn. Flavorpill. Reggie Watts. Buddy Wakefield. 5:00 Yoga at MoMA. Pipilotti Rist exhibit. Michael Rothman. Art of Yoga at the Guggenheim. 8:48 How can culture be more accessible? Quiet Mornings at MoMA. 10:58 Evryman organisation. Dan Doty. Men from all walks of life. Permission to be...

Episode 18: Eddie Stern
On prioritizing the behaviors that lead to awakening. On the kindnesses, and the softening. On breathing as physiological healing. Length: 58:29 Timecodes: 0:45 One simple thing. Overcoming the divided self. Our untapped potential. 2:54 Hierarchies in yoga. The unknown. Yoga is a practice of knowing who you are. Listening so we know what to do. 6:52 Reading Siddhartha at 15. Who am I? What am I doing here? What do I do next? Self-referral. 9:35 Being established in your awareness. 10:28 Listening and priori...


Episode 17: Gabby Bernstein
Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional bestsellers. She was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabby to be part of the “SuperSoul 100,” a group of 100 people whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified her as “a new role model.” Gabby appears regularly as an expert on The D...

Episode 16: Lauren Zander
Lauren Zander, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group On refining our inner dialogue, personal integrity, transparency in relationships and parenting, letting your shortcomings be funny, and navigating the space between conditional and unconditional love. Lauren Handel Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology, The Handel Method®, is taught in over 35 universities and institutes of learning around th...

Episode 15: East Forest
On Nature as musical instrument, pauses as assets, honouring the elders, everyday ceremony. Includes a bonus track of Ram Dass x East Forest. Derived from the German translation of his last name, East Forest (aka Trevor Oswalt) creates a hypnotizing brand of music for old souls that blends achingly emotional wordlessness, ambience and contemporary classical touches with a touch of pop sensibilities and electronic flavors. Based in Boulder Utah, Oswalt performs internationally and is armed with a live show t...


Episode 14: Elena Brower
On the subtlest interior shifts we can make to conduct currents of sweetness within and around us....

Episode 13: Barri Leiner Grant
Stylist, author, self-proclaimed vintage junkie and proud mom, Barri Leiner Grant has an artful eye and clever hand for the unexpected. For nearly three decades, Grant has established herself in the editorial and commercial markets—prepping, propping and conceptualizing everything from well-curated trend stories and books to memorable interior design shoots, and shows, ideation and product branding. She is tapped by leading architects, photographers and designers including brands like Crate&Barrel, Cynthia ...

Episode 12: Liz Corwin
Former Navy Pilot and co-founder of Walkabout Yoga Liz Corwin on the victories that emerge from perceived failure, the choice to prioritize practice, and the ultimate walkabout. Liz Corwin is world traveling yoga teacher, storyteller, and creator of Walkabout Yoga Retreats & Teacher Trainings. She is also a 15-year US Navy Officer and former F-18 Navy jet pilot. Today, she still serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves supporting the Naval War College. She began teaching yoga to the military co...


Episode 11: Dani Shapiro
On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins. On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins. About Dani Shapiro Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, Hourglass, Still ...

Episode 10: Diego Perez / Yung Pueblo
Inward On meditation and the merits we carry as a result of our practice, engaging inward connections,  and cultivating heart community, with Diego Perez, the writer known as Yung Pueblo. Diego perez is the writer behind the pen name yung pueblo. The name yung pueblo means "young people." It serves to remind him of his ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. His favorite word, liberation, took on a deeper meaning once he started...

Episode 9: Ally Bogard, Nadia Narain and Elena Brower
On Rituals, Practices, and Good Listening On the occasion of the release of 'Rituals for Every Day' by Nadia Narain and and Katia Narain Phillips, we gathered to chat about our own practices of listening, praying and meaning-making. Nadia Narain is one of the UK’s best loved and most respected yoga teachers. For more than 20 years, she has taught everyone from professional athletes to, pregnant women to total beginners and yoga sceptics, how to take care of their outer bodies as well as their inner spirit, ...


Episode 8: Derik Mills
Glo founder Derik Mills joined me for a sweet, edifying conversation on my last trip to film at Glo. We touched upon the last ten years of digital evolution, the future of virtual practice and the heart of what we do together at Glo.com. Derik is the CEO/founder of Glo, formerly YogaGlo, a health and wellness brand that challenges people to live a fulfilling life. Glo believes in a world in which we all live our true potential. In 2008, Derik teamed up with his younger brother to found and self-fund Glo. Th...

Episode 7: Claudia Chan
1:11 How Claudia began. Watching her powerful, entrepreneurial Chinese Mother do it all. 2:16 Sex and the City. 2000s. Power of the media to influence Women’s values. 3.26 Half the Sky: https://amzn.to/2BuJqSk learning about the state of women and girls in the Third world, developing countries, maternal mortality and sex trafficking. In the US: the pay gap and gender inequality. 4:25 First SHE Summit. Showing women that they can become leaders and change agents. 5:35 Innovation means seeing the invisible. W...

Episode 6: On Parenting through Divorce, with Jonah Lyon
In this short episode, Jonah and I touch upon: - his experience of what we did well in our separation (we minimized fighting, always apologized, and shared stories of the trajectory in a loving way) - advice to parents for how to handle separation and divorce (no fighting, always apologize, and be kind) - not requiring eye contact with your kid - allowing the kid to open up more freely - our shared appreciation of Sex Education on Netflix - on sources of stress in his life - a friendly meditation challenge ...


Episode 5: Remembering Mary Oliver
On the occasion of Mary Oliver's passing, a reading of dear passages and poems. Mary’s work has informed mine since 1998; reading her words brings me back to the earliest days of teaching and learning to lead. Readings from: Thirst A Thousand Mornings Felicity Devotions A Poetry Handbook...

Episode 3: It’s All a Teaching, with Elena
Seeing difficult moments as evidence that it was always coming together. Length: 5:00 Timecodes: 2:00 Seeing that every difficult moment is a teaching. A Call For Revolution by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Seek evidence that it was always coming together Hold a state of peace within our hearts “...respond to terror with increased democracy, openness and tolerance” 4:15 May we be more gentle with our fear May we apply the tolerance, non-violence within our own homes May we look upon those closest to us (with ...


Episode 2: Collecting Difficult Moments, with Ally Bogard
On the energetic and practical wisdom of gathering difficult moments; seeing them as food for your journey. Length: 54:07 Timecodes: 0:00 Eternal Two Step by Mark Nepo, p.33, Things That Join the Sea and Sky 02:40 Collecting difficult moments like little gems. Don't try to avoid them; gather them up like fuel, food, treasures. 04:18 When you're a child, the imagination still reigns; there isn’t the impression of meaning just yet… the meaning of what's occurring is entirely open to our interpretation. Meanin...

Episode 1: Collecting Difficult Moments, Intro with Elena
Seeing difficult moments as our treasures. Strategies and perspectives for releasing stories and tensions. 0:00-1:40 Vanda Scaravelli quote: Tension is a theft. To be in adherence with the present moment. On the stories we’ve repeated in our minds to create tension “Notice the stories you hold in your mind. Let go of the ones that cause tension.” -Yung Pueblo 1:45 On our being accustomed to - and recreating a baseline neutral of tension… On the contradictions we’ve adhered to - and seeing them as the treasu...