Navigating Stress: Yogic Philosophy, Polyvagal Theory, and Connecting to Our Bodies with Towani Clarke

Abundantly Curious

Sep 15 2022 • 54 mins

This week, we sit down with Towani Clarke, a yoga teacher and fashion designer who has taught more than 7,000 classes in 13 years. Tune in as we explore our human evolution and how yoga supports us in living with our foundational reptilian brain and it’s fight, flight, and freeze responses in modern times.

Time Stamps

05:56 - How the Subconscious Mind Prompts Us

8:28 - Yogic Philosophy and the 8 Facets of Yoga

13:48 - Yoga's African Roots and How We Evolved With It

17:31 - The Reptilian Brain & The Fight, Flight, Freeze Response

26:50 - Navigating Modern Day Stress Responses

38:02 - Deciding When to Lean Into Discomfort and When to Set Boundaries

About Towani Clarke

Towani Clarke was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia by a Zambian women’s rights activist mother and British satirical writer father. Her mother discovered yoga to handle the tension from both the black and the white community's resistance to their inter-racial marriage. The yoga seed was planted with Towani in the womb, and today she has taught over 1,000 students and more than 7,000 classes. She leads her online yoga studio to teach clients across the globe the healing power of yoga - healing through being more one with ourselves, other people, living beings and the planet.

About Geri Paige Butner

Geri is a leader in the art of personal freedom, working to create powerful catalysts for individual change and transformation. She serves through her work as a freedom-focused entrepreneur, speaker, coach and highly curious being who has learned that when we follow our curiosity, we're led to what lights us up and propels us forward. Geri is the creator of The Business Firestarter and The Liberated Life programs, where she guides people on their journey to create a life and work they love.

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