The Work IN to move out of stress, tension & anxiety

Ericka Thomas

The Work IN is for fitness professionals and refugees from the body brand nation who are ready to make trauma informed instruction the gold standard of professionalism across the industry. You'll find mentorship and professional perspectives to help fitness professionals and wellness educators who want to set themselves apart using a creative, trauma sensitive approach so that they can get lasting results for their clients and avoid burnout for themselves.

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Sep 17 2021
6 mins
Holistic hope from the other side of trauma and PTSD with Jason Sapp
Jason Sapp is a retired Army sergeant and Iraq war combat veteran (03-04 &0607), now a Certified Professional Life Coach, Jason guides people to more holistic, alternative resources to wellness with a focus on those that have struggled with physical, emotional and spiritual trauma, faltering relationships, abuse, anxiousness and stress. Jason also coaches others in business & entrepreneurship as well as marriage & relationships. Jason learned how to face and then eliminate the darkness he acquired from childhood abuse and during his years in the service. Through his transitional coaching programs, he’s talking the talk after having walked a very long walk back to a healthy, happier life as father, husband, son and friend. His aim is to give people solid tools, tips and techniques to move into the future with a renewed sense of hope to achieve their goals and dreams. Jason earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He is the author of Fortitude, Rising Out of the Trenches of Trauma into a Life Free from Fear, Pain, Shame and Suicidal Thoughts, Journal to Freedom and he coauthored the book The Miracle of Essential Oils, Harnessing the Power of Botanicals to Ease Physical, Emotional and Psychological Trauma with Ryan Watson, M.Ed. You can learn more at jasonsapp.com. One of my goals on The Work IN is to try to use these conversations to help normalize the experience of trauma so that people don’t feel so alone and so that when we encounter someone in a traumatized state we can hold space for them and extend some grace, maybe even savage grace.My guest today is a beautiful example of using his own experience to help others.Jason SappSavage Grace Yoga + Coaching
1w ago
44 mins
How to maximize your credibility using continuing educationHow to select and curate meaningful yoga certifications with Carri UrangaHackers, Firewalls and Scorched EarthThere's no trick to resilienceStress and resilience in leadership and corporate culture with Jodi Woelkerling
Resilient culture specialist with decades of experience in the corporate world. She helps businesses successfully navigate the constant challenges and competing priorities in the modern workplace by building a corporate culture of resilience  that extends from leadership to the individual level. Jodi believes that resilience is the key to long term collaborative and productive success in every business organization.I'm particularly interested in this topic because as many of you know I worked for 12 years in corporate fitness. As part of that contract we taught multiple classes through the lunch hours and what I noticed was that certain departments gravitate towards certain types of classes. I had a lot of IT people in yoga and HR tended to show up in the high intensity kickboxing classes.  It seemed like the more exposure they had to people the more stress. It was a fascinating phenomena in that particular corporate culture. As a fitness professional I and my fellow trainers were there as part of their health benefits package. Exercise as part of an overarching resilience program, I’m not sure that was even a thing. But the more we understand the nervous system and how it affects every aspect of physical and mental health the more important that becomes.For all you fitness professionals out there who are looking for ways to scale your business and market your growing value, this will be an important discussion.www.jodiwoelkerling.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/resilient-culture-consultant/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK33Zq1qaMAjqzVhgXiKORQ
Apr 4 2022
49 mins
Standing for your own ethical voiceSuccess is not an accident: Profitability pitfalls and strategies for fit pros with Dr. Lance Knaub
Hey fit pro’s today we’re going to be spending some time at the intersection of burnout and business. We’ve talked about burnout in the past where it comes from and how you can recover on an ongoing basis but we haven’t really looked at the effect of burnout on your fitness business and how it can affect our bottom line. Many of us start as independent contractors in the fitness industry and struggle to break into a sustainable long term business model before crushing burnout and overuse injuries ends our career. Today we’ll be diggin deep into how fitness businesses can support their fit pros and how individuals can find a balance between financial success and self care. If you’re a fitness professional as soon as you get that certification you are an entrepreneur. Maybe even before that. That business is you. It’s an integral part of you. Even if you don’t have a brick and mortar shop, studio or gym. I would say especially if you don’t, you need to take extra care to burnout proof yourself because if your body fails your business fails. I know how overwhelming all things business is for fit pros in the wellness space. There’s a lot to know and as independent contractors very little support from certifying agencies. And that can lead to trying to do all things and be all things to all of our people. That’s a recipe for burnout no matter what your business is.So lots to discuss today and my guest today has lots of experience and wisdom to share.Dr. Lance Knaub, Best Selling author of The 4% Break-Thru, helps entrepreneurs with 6 figure businesses to avoid overwhelm and burnout, and instead create the life they love while they are scaling by developing a leadership team and creating a self sufficient business that is an asset. Lance founded Breakthru Physical Therapy + Fitness which is now operated by a fearless leadership team. You can Download a free workbook companion guide to Lance’s Best Selling bookAt denaliconsultingteam.com/resourcesLet’s start our work IN with Dr. Lance Knaub
Mar 21 2022
48 mins
What's your real job?Real Business Savvy for Real Life Seasons with Rachel Brenke of FitlegallyUnpack that Money Baggage
My original intention with this podcast was to speak specifically to fitness professionals however what I’ve found is that many of our issues overlap no matter what industry you work in. (get it Work IN?) That makes sense because we’re all human and we each have our own Work IN to discover better ways to deal with our internal state so that we can be better humans, better friends, better employees and better employers. And the source of all of that personal and professional improvement and development starts with an understanding of where we are in our own state. So I think that’s why there’s so much overlap in our discussions here. And today will be no different.Last week we heard from Dennis Harhalakis money coach from Cambridge money coaching about how emotions connect to our money behavior. If you missed that episode it came out of February 21 and is # 65. Check it out when you get a chance.Today I wanted to talk about money baggage. During our conversation last week Dennis brought up the point that a lot of how we treat money, how we feel about money and business and our behaviors around money are rooted in our childhood experiences or lack of experience and influenced by how we saw others handling money.That’s our money baggage. And that baggage can weigh us down and hold us back financially in both our professional and personal lives. It becomes a subconscious filter through which we make all our money decisions including how we save, how we spend, how we invest, IF we invest, and how we price our services.The Work IN is sponsored bySavage Grace CoachingandThe Well retreat series
Feb 28 2022
25 mins
Taming the money lion: Emotions and money behavior with money Coach Dennis HarhalakisUnfiltered CommunicationCommunicating permission, exploration and play in pain care and trauma with Colleen Jorgensen
Please welcome Colleen Jorgensen back to the podcast. She is an osteopath, a therapeutic Pilates yoga and Somatics teacher and a graduate of pain care U.'s professional pain care program. Colleen is  the owner and founder of Stillness in Motion, where she combines manual therapy and current neuroscience research with creative embodied movement mindfulness awareness, self regulation practices and a distinctive compassionate approach to pain care. Living in chronic pain herself for over a decade has given Colleen an invaluable first person perspective on the day to day challenges those in pain face. That perspective inspired her creation of Discover to Recover: Move from pain to potential, her six week online pain care program to empower people with knowledge, awareness and practical tools. Colleen is a brilliant compassionate instructor who loves teaching and offers many courses, workshops and teacher trainings and embodied anatomy, somatic movement and compassionate creative pain care. And that's why I thought she would be a fantastic resource for us on the work in for today's conversation, because we're taking a deep dive into communication, specifically how instructors communicate, but not just instructors also on the student side, how we can help our clients and students receive that communication.Colleen appeared on The Work IN previously on the Work IN in our 4 part chronic pain series in early 2021.  Episodes 13, 14, 15 + 17The Well Day RetreatElemental Kinetics Free pain care ebook:https://www.colleenjorgensen.org/free-ebook-iiSocial media links:https://www.instagram.com/_stillnessinmotion/https://www.facebook.com/stillnessinmotionwithcolleenhttps://www.youtube.com/c/ColleenJorgensenStillnessInMotionINTRO TO DTR - Creative Pain Care for HCP and Movement Teachers (Regularly $19.99, free between Nov 29-Dec 3)https://embodiaapp.com/courses/990-discover-to-recover-dtr-creative-pain-care-for-health-care-practitioners-colleen-jorgensenDISCOVER TO RECOVER - Creative Pain Care for HCP and Movement Teachers 4HR recorded courseRegularly $198, 25% off from Nov 29- D3c 3rd ($148.50)https://embodiaapp.com/webinars/461-discover-to-recover-dtr-creative-pain-care-for-health-care-practitioners-colleen-jorgensen
Feb 7 2022
1 hr 10 mins
ABC's of Resilience
Last week on the podcast we met Kim Basler. We talked about the long term effects of living in chronic stress, over exercise and disordered eating. And how common that is in the fitness industry. Of course this isn’t limited to fitness industry professionals. No matter what your profession it’s important to understand that just because you do what you do well and have done it for so long you can do it in your sleep, that doesn’t mean you’re not under toxic levels of stress. It doesn’t matter what you think is going on with your stress levels, what matters is the nervous system response.Often we think that trauma and stress injury only happens when the nervous system is overwhelmed all at once, too much too soon. And yes that can happen. But Too much for too long can lead to the same chronic stress and trauma symptoms we see in full blown ptsd. I speak from experience because there was a period of about 15 years where if you had asked me if I was stressed I would have told you no way. Even though I never slept, I suffered with excruciating gut pain, anxiety, depression and panic attacks as well as hormone dysregulation. So much so that I felt angry all the time and lost my temper at the drop of a hat. And this went for so long and started so subtly that I believed this was just my personality. I’m so glad it’s not.I’d like to highlight some things that came out of our discussion that could help prevent the kind of overwhelm that leads to burnout and turnover that we see all too often in a space that’s supposed to be based on wellness. And then talk about some specific things that employers and managers can do to support their wellness contractors.
Jan 31 2022
22 mins
The push, pull and fight in the fitness industry with Kim Basler
Hey there, everyone and welcome back to the work in. I'm your host Ericka and today I'd like to introduce you to the 2021 Canfitpro New Presenter of the year Kim Basler. Kim is a food freedom and mindset coach, speaker and co author of the best selling book Owning Your Choices, stories of courage from inspirational women around the world. Her global reach has allowed her to support 1000s of women with self love, finding peace with food and their bodies and igniting the fire within to go after their dreams. After sharing her passion for health and well being at Canada's largest fitness company chain, Kim shares the truth about her 30 year long battle with disordered eating, body image over exercising and burnout that required her to surrender to her inner struggles and begin to heal from the inside out. And now through her certification in eating psychology and Mind Body nutrition, as well as the hundreds of hours she's devoted to her own self development, her mission is to empower women around the world to go deeper than another diet, learn to love the woman that they see in the mirror and cultivate their intuition to take care of themselves unapologetically. So let's dive into our work in today with Kim Basler. Alright, welcome Kim Basler to the work and thanks for joining me today.Kim and I discuss diet culture, the effect of chronic stress and body image issues on even the strongest wellness professionals, and what it takes to heal the body, mind and spirit as well as the boundaries we need to help our young fit pros set so they can have a long and fulfilling career in the fitness industry.https://www.instagram.com/kimbasler_foodfreedom/https://www.facebook.com/kim.basler/https://calendly.com/kimbasler/discovery-call-45minhttps://elementalkinetics.com/the-work-in/
Jan 24 2022
1 hr
Free milk and a cash cowIndustrialized Yoga: Exploring value with Rebecca Sebastian
Happy New year! We're kicking off season 2  with a deep dive into the yoga side of the fitness industry to discuss all things value related.The value of what you offerThe value of who you are as a humanThe value of what you know as a certified instructorHow the business of yoga and fitness values all those things and so much more...Rebecca Sebastian is a 20-year yoga teacher, 10-year yoga therapist, yoga studio owner, yoga non-profit founder, leader, and host of the new podcast Working In Yoga.  She is a woman on a mission to up level the business skills and savvy in the yoga industry so we can create the socially and morally ethical and nourishing businesses yoga professionals deserve.  I can’t think of anyone better to talk about some of the value conflicts that we as fitness professionals face in the fitness industry as a whole and especially in the yoga space. Now If you’re not a fitness professional don’t x out just yet. Because believe it or not the instructor that you love, that’s up in front of your favorite class, that always shows up for you and rarely takes a day off,  they’re just like you and have most likely been right where you are at one point. They struggle with the same things you struggle with. So  whether you stand up front, back of the room or front row, we’re all either our own boss or we work for someone else and we are all students of life. I know you’ll find just as much value from the perspectives we’re sharing today..https://www.sunlightyogacenter.com/https://www.instagram.com/sunlight_yoga_center/https://www.pinterest.com/sunlightyogaapothecary/_created/https://www.sunlightyogacenter.com/working-in-yoga-podcast
Jan 10 2022
1 hr 13 mins
Happy Birthday! Fit pro party favorsGive up goal setting and find your WHY