Yoga Therapy Hour with Amy Wheeler

Amy Wheeler

Welcome to "The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast," a harmonious blend of ancient wisdom and modern science, brought to life by Amy's expertise in psychology and public health. With over 100,000 downloads, this podcast delves deep into the principles of yoga therapy, offering expert interviews, practical solutions, and profound insights into real-life challenges.

From its inception, the first four seasons have been instrumental in elevating the domain of yoga therapy, emphasizing the pivotal role of lifestyle medicine in addressing both our mental and physical well-being. As we transition into Season 5, 6 & 7, Amy broadens the horizon, reaching out to the masses. Here, listeners will unravel how yoga therapy, when intertwined with lifestyle engineering, can serve as a powerful tool for holistic healing, touching the realms of the mind, body, and spirit.

Subscribe now and be part of a transformative journey that bridges the essence of embodied mental health with the spirit's depth. Join Amy in redefining mental and physical wellness. Also, leave us a review if you are enjoying the podcast and consider supporting us at the Optimal State & Yoga Therapy Hour Patreon page -https://www.patreon.com/yogatherapyhour


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Embodying Confidence: Transforming Mental Health from the Body Up with Libby Walunas
3d ago
Embodying Confidence: Transforming Mental Health from the Body Up with Libby Walunas
Opening Summary:Welcome to The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast! Today's episode features a special guest, Libby Walunas from Houston, TX, who brings a unique perspective to the table. Focusing on mental health and self-confidence, Libby discusses the traditional Top-Down approach used in mental health, which involves reprogramming thoughts through methods like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, Libby introduces a compelling Bottom-Up approach, emphasizing the importance of physiological changes through grounding, centering, and breathing exercises to enhance mental stability and control. This episode promises to be an enlightening exploration of how body and mind can work together to foster self-confidence and mental well-being.Main Discussion Points:Mental Health and Self-Confidence: Understanding the traditional perspectives and challenges.Bottom-Up Approach to Mental Health: Libby's training and perspective on improving mental health by altering body physiology and the felt sense of Be-ing.Grounding Exercises: Techniques and benefits.Centering Exercises: How they contribute to mental stability.Coherent Breathing Exercises: Their role in achieving mental control.The Connection Between Body and Mind: How physical stability leads to mental stability.Overcoming Anxiety: Why thinking alone may not be the solution.Tools for Grounding and Centering: Practical methods Libby uses with her clients.Embodiment and Trust: The journey to trusting oneself, the world, and life's process.Accessing Internal Wisdom: How self-connection enables sharing one's gifts with the world.Neurodiversity and Social Acceptance: Libby's insights on the authenticity and challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals.Closing Summary:In today's insightful episode with Libby Walunas, we delved into the complexities of mental health and self-confidence, challenging conventional approaches. Libby's Bottom-Up approach to feeling better in our skin provides a refreshing and effective way to handle anxiety, lack of confidence and self-doubt. Her tools for grounding and centering, coupled with the concept of embodiment, open new doors to trusting and understanding oneself. Thank you for joining us on The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast. Enjoy the journey!If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.To receive the research study that Libby mentioned in the closing, please choose Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthTopics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Find Libby Walunas in the IAYT Directory online:https://www.iayt.org/members/?id=69259366  Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com
Empowering Brain Longevity with Eve Adler
Feb 23 2024
Empowering Brain Longevity with Eve Adler
In today's episode, we dive into the world of holistic healing for brain health with the esteemed Eve Adler. With a rich background spanning healthcare, wellness, and education, Eve brings a holistic approach to health and healing. As a Registered Nurse, Registered Yoga Teacher, Qi Gong Practitioner, and Brain Longevity Specialist, she offers a wealth of knowledge on healthy aging and brain health. Eve offers a unique perspective on nurturing brain longevity and promoting overall health that comes from her training with the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation. As the founder of Help People Heal, she has touched many lives through her innovative approach to wellness. Join us as we explore the critical elements of healthy aging and the importance of maintaining brain health throughout our lives.Key Takeaways:·        Holistic Background: Eve combines her experience in nursing, yoga, and Qi Gong to advocate for comprehensive wellness.·        Brain Health: Discussing the 4 pillars of brain health, she emphasizes a plant-based diet and vital supplementation due to soil depletion.·        Cortisol's Impact: Eve explains the negative effects of cortisol on the brain's memory center and offers meditation techniques to help manage stress.·        Spiritual Fitness: She describes the benefits of secular spirituality, including social connections and volunteering, for improving life satisfaction.·        Exercise: Eve advocates for a balance of cardiovascular and strength training alongside mental challenges to keep both the body and brain in peak condition.·        Preventative Measures: The startling revelation that cognitive decline begins 20 years before symptoms encourages early and proactive engagement in brain health practices.This episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour is a treasure trove of insights for anyone looking to support their brain health proactively. Eve Adler's message is clear: the time to act is now, and by integrating the four pillars of brain health into our daily lives, we not only safeguard our cognitive future but also enhance our present well-being. Her practical advice, from diet to mental exercises, provides a roadmap for aging gracefully and healthily. Don't miss this transformative discussion with one of the leading voices in integrative health.  If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Find Eve Adler:Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adlereveInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/help_people_heal/Website: https://sites.google.com/view/help-people-heal/home?authuser=0 Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com
Embracing Healing from Cancer with Kimberly Searl
Feb 16 2024
Embracing Healing from Cancer with Kimberly Searl
Welcome to a new episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour with your host Amy Wheeler. Today's guest is Kimberly Searl, a TedX speaker and the mind behind Integrative Sustainable Movement. Together, they explore the healing journey of yoga therapy for those facing the tumultuous path of a cancer diagnosis. This heart-to-heart conversation traverses the role of yoga in the face of illness, the power of maintaining inner equilibrium, and life post cancer recovery, even with a persistent gene mutation.·        Meet Kimberly Searl: An introduction to our guest, her background, and her transformative cancer origin story.·        The Role of Yoga Therapy: Discussion on how yoga therapy aids individuals coping with cancer, focusing on the body's natural tendency towards homeostasis.·        Beyond Postures: Conversing about the less used tools and technologies of yoga, such as mindset shifts, deep relaxation techniques, affirmation, mantra, mudra and meditative practices that play a crucial role in cancer care.·        Realistic Outcomes: Evaluating yoga therapy as a complementary treatment to traditional medicine, emphasizing its stress-reducing benefits and empowerment of personal agency.·        Patience and Support: Delving into the difficulties of seeking support, the slow pace of healing, and confronting the reality of one's mortality.·        Reflections on Life Post-Cancer: Insights into the life-altering lessons of a cancer journey, from shifting communication to focusing on self-care and energy conservation.In summary, Amy and Kimberly's dialogue sheds light on the lesser-discussed facets of yoga therapy in the context of serious health challenges. This episode encourages us to rethink the conventional definitions of yoga and embrace its full spectrum of healing potential. As we reflect on the power of yoga to transform and heal, we're reminded of the courage it takes to face one's mortality and the strength found in vulnerability. Tune into this powerful episode for a blend of personal storytelling and practical wisdom that may change your perspective on health and healing. If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Find Kimberly Searl:https://ism.healthTedX Talk, What is Yoga Therapy? https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberly_searl_what_is_yoga_therapy Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com
Exploring Attachment Theory and the Joy of Imperfect Love with Carla Marie Manly
Feb 9 2024
Exploring Attachment Theory and the Joy of Imperfect Love with Carla Marie Manly
Introduction:In this special Valentine's Day episode of Yoga Therapy Hour & Beyond, we are thrilled to introduce our guest, Carla Marie Manly, a yoga practitioner and clinical psychologist whose distinctive approach to her work has been transforming lives. Carla's journey into the realm of writing is nothing short of extraordinary—she crafts books inspired by her clients' real-life struggles. Her first masterpiece, "Joy from Fear," initially conceived as a doctoral dissertation, took eight years to evolve into a book tailored for a broader audience. Join us as we explore Carla's unique perspective on Attachment Theory and delve into the concept of "The Joy of Imperfect Love."Segment 1: Writing from Real-Life ExperiencesCarla's unconventional writing method: Drawing inspiration from clients' challenges."Joy from Fear" - Transition from academia to accessible wisdom.The power of storytelling in healing and personal growth.Segment 2: The Joy of Imperfect LoveExploration of "The Joy of Imperfect Love."Rooted in Carla's clinical practice and client experiences.Imperfect love, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and rewiring for better relationships.Embracing wounds and nurturing strengths in relationships.Segment 3: Rewiring for Healthy AttachmentThe process of rewiring our brains for healthier attachments.Replacing shame and blame with curiosity about our wounds and relationship patterns.Self-attunement and attunement to loved ones for secure attachments.Segment 4: Attachment Theory and Self-ReflectionDeep dive into Attachment Theory.Carla's self-reflection exercise: Define love, caregiver definitions, safety, responsiveness, and attention to needs.Determining secure or insecure attachments from early experiences.Understanding how early patterns shape adult relationships.  Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com Contact with Carla Marie Manly: https://drcarlamanly.com   www.OpenHandInstitute.comwww.TherapeuticYogaWorks.comwww.NydiasYogaTherapyStudio.com
Embracing Change: Yoga Therapy Across Life's Stages with Kate Holcombe
Feb 2 2024
Embracing Change: Yoga Therapy Across Life's Stages with Kate Holcombe
In this episode, we are delighted to have Kate Holcombe, founder of the Healing Yoga Foundation, as our guest. Kate shares her profound insights on yoga therapy at various stages of life, emphasizing the importance of adapting our yoga practices to meet the evolving needs of each phase. She explores how life's planned and unexpected changes, such as caring for parents, dealing with illness, or going through a divorce, impact our practice. Kate highlights the flexibility of yoga, including the length of practice, timing, and integration into family life. She also reflects on her personal journey, from a college student under the guidance of TKV Desikachar to raising four children and overcoming breast cancer. Kate encourages us to be both accountable and gentle with ourselves in our daily practice, even if it means just one minute a day. Finally, she shares heartwarming stories about her relationship with TKV Desikachar and his wise counsel to prioritize family over asana practice, reminding us that yoga is here to support life, not the other way around.Key Points:Yoga therapy and its adaptability throughout life's stages.Individualized yoga therapy practices and how they can be used.Adapting practices to meet the changing needs brought by life's challenges.Flexibility in yoga practice, including duration, timing, and integration into daily life.Kate's personal journey, from her college days with TKV Desikachar to overcoming breast cancer.The importance of self-accountability and self-compassion in daily practice.Stories of Kate's relationship with TKV Desikachar and his emphasis on family first over a rigid daily practice.Flexibility is key to helping us to connect to our authentic Self.Kate Holcombe's insights into yoga therapy and its application across life's various stages are a source of inspiration for anyone on a yogic journey. Her emphasis on adapting our practice to life's changing circumstances and the wisdom of prioritizing family and self-care is a reminder that yoga is a dynamic and compassionate practice. Whether you have just one minute or an hour a day, Kate's words encourage us to embrace yoga as a support system for life, rather than a rigid routine. Join us in this episode to gain a deeper understanding of how yoga can be a guiding light through the twists and turns of our life's journey. If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com
Connecting with Ancestors through Yoga, Meditation, and Plant Medicine with Spring Washam
Jan 26 2024
Connecting with Ancestors through Yoga, Meditation, and Plant Medicine with Spring Washam
In this captivating episode, we are joined by the insightful Spring Washam, who takes us on a transformative journey through the realms of yoga, meditation, plant medicine, and ancestral connections. Spring's path to self-realization began with profound books like "Autobiography of a Yogi" and "Man's Eternal Quest for Meaning," but her personal journey was marked by hardship, witnessing suffering, addiction, and trauma. She found solace and liberation in the practices of yoga and meditation, learning to distance herself from the stories of her own mind. A pivotal three-month meditation retreat in 2007 shattered her old self, leading to newfound freedom from self-hatred, attachments, negative thinking, and habitual patterns. Her exploration took her to the mountains of California, where she encountered Ayahuasca and experienced profound healing. This experience led her to South America, where she learned from Indigenous elders, becoming a shaman herself. Through plant medicine journeys, Spring discovered that our ancestors live within us, and by healing ourselves, we can heal generations that came before and after us. Her journey also led to the creation of "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman," a book that is now helping countless people heal ancestral wounds and find their life purpose.Bullet Points:Spring Washam's journey from reading spiritual books to finding relief from suffering through yoga and meditation.The realization that identifying with one's thoughts can lead to suffering and how meditation helps create a gap for self-awareness.Transformative experience during a challenging three-month meditation retreat in 2007.Liberation from self-hatred, attachments, negative thinking, and habitual patterns of the mind.Exploration of Ayahuasca and healing old wounds, leading to Spring's training as a shaman.Understanding the connection between ancestral healing and plant medicine journeys.The idea that healing ourselves can bring peace to our ancestors and future generations.Spring Washam's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the creation of "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman."How "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman" is helping people heal ancestral wounds and discover their life purpose.Join us on this illuminating episode with Spring Washam as she shares her profound journey of self-discovery, healing, and connecting with our ancestors. Through the powerful practices of yoga, meditation, and plant medicine, Spring reminds us that we can transform our lives and heal generations that came before and after us. Her work, including "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman," serves as an inspiring testament to the possibility of profound healing and the fulfillment of life's purpose. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insight into the remarkable journey of Spring Washam and the wisdom she offers to those seeking a deeper connection with themselves and their ancestors.If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com
Exploring Therapeutic Yoga for Low Back Pain with Nydia Darby
Jan 19 2024
Exploring Therapeutic Yoga for Low Back Pain with Nydia Darby
Introduction: Welcome to another enlightening episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour! I'm your host, Amy Wheeler, and today, we have a truly special guest joining us. Nydia Tijerina-Darby, a experienced Integrative Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist, and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, will be sharing her wealth of knowledge and insights on the topic of spinal health, particularly low back pain.Episode Highlights:The Global Impact of Low Back Pain (LBP):In 2020, LBP affected a staggering 619 million people worldwide.Predictions estimate that this number will soar to 843 million cases by 2050, driven primarily by population growth and aging.LBP is recognized as the leading cause of disability globally, making it a crucial area for rehabilitation.Holistic Approach to Healing:Nydia Darby emphasizes her holistic approach to working with clients.She discusses how she conducts comprehensive assessments and utilizes therapeutic sun salutations for evaluation and treatment planning.The importance of assessing and teaching proper breathing techniques is highlighted in her methodology.Breath, Movement, and Meditation:Nydia explains how the integration of breath and movement can transition into a      meditative state, aiding in pain management.She shares her insights on addressing spirituality with clients who express an interest in discussing this aspect of healing.The Power of Community:Nydia stresses the significance of community support in the healing process.She offers both online yoga classes and in-person sessions at her studio in San Antonio, TX, fostering a sense of belonging and encouragement among her clients.The Role of the Nervous System:Nydia dispels the misconception that MRI scans are the sole indicators of chronic pain.She explains that pain resides not only in the physical structures but also in the nervous system and brain.Nydia outlines how breathing practices can effectively regulate the autonomic nervous system.Three Pillars of Health:Nydia shares her wisdom on what she believes makes the healthiest individuals.She identifies three key elements: a positive outlook, an active lifestyle ith ample movement, and having a higher purpose in life.Closing Thoughts: Thank you for tuning in to The Yoga Therapy Hour with our special guest, Nydia Darby. Her profound insights into therapeutic yoga for low back pain and holistic healing approaches have been truly enlightening. Remember, your journey to a healthier life can start with a breath and a step towards a more positive outlook.If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include:Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribeCheck out Amy's websiteVisit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses865-certified-yoga-therapist-programwww.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.comContact with Nydia Tijerina-Darby:www.OpenHandInstitute.comwww.TherapeuticYogaWorks.comwww.NydiasYogaTherapyStudio.com
Overcoming Self-Doubt and Building Trust In Self with Amy Wheeler
Dec 15 2023
Overcoming Self-Doubt and Building Trust In Self with Amy Wheeler
Amy Wheeler shares her thoughts on self-doubt and the importance of trust, and faith in oneself and in higher forces. She emphasizes that building self-belief involves the ability to overcome tough situations, and to listen to our inner voices that affirm our potential.·        Power of Daily Practice: Amy highlights the benefits of a regular yoga practice, using examples from students who've found greater clarity, self-awareness, and life perspective through consistent engagement with yoga. This practice helps to nurture a connection to self.·        Building a Foundation with Ayurveda: Ayurveda, with its focus on herbs, diet and lifestyle changes, can provide a strong foundation for the journey of yoga, making it accessible to individuals dealing with life's challenges.·        Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome: Using a personal anecdote from a women's workshop, Amy demonstrates how even successful individuals can struggle with self-doubt and imposter syndrome.·        Expression of Self-Doubt: Amy discusses an exercise where participants wrote down their thoughts during their introductions. This revealed shared feelings of self-doubt, which, when expressed openly, resulted in shared laughter and an understanding that self-doubt is a common human experience.·        Self-Doubt and Yoga Therapy: In her yoga therapy sessions, Amy often encounters clients who identify self-doubt as a primary obstacle. This underscores the importance of discussing strategies to overcome it.·        Using Patanjali's Yoga Sutra to Overcome Self-Doubt: Amy uses Patanjali's Yoga Sutra as a guide to overcome self-doubt. The Sutras serve as a reminder of our potential and the importance of conviction and trust in ourselves, our support systems, and the universe at large.·        Moving Forward: The episode concludes with the promise to further explore how yoga and Patanjali's Yoga Sutra can aid in overcoming self-doubt, building self-belief, and achieving a more fulfilling life.This episode explores the themes of self-doubt, trust, faith, and the transformative power of yoga. It is about recognizing and addressing our inner voices of doubt, while harnessing our inherent potential and strength. It's a journey of building new neural pathways and using the philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra to develop conviction about our potential and life path.
Embracing Yoga MisFits and Cultivating Curiosity with Nyk Danu
Dec 8 2023
Embracing Yoga MisFits and Cultivating Curiosity with Nyk Danu
Introduction: Welcome back to another enlighteningepisode of "The Yoga Therapy Hour." Today, we're delving deep intothe world of yoga and self-acceptance with our special guest, Nyk Danu. Nyk isa yoga practitioner and therapist with a unique focus on helping those who feellike they don't quite fit into mainstream yoga circles – the misfits of theworld. Nyk's journey started with anxiety and back pain, and she's nowdedicated to assisting others on their paths to self-discovery and healing.Segment 1: Embracing the Misfits Nyk Danu introducesherself and her mission, emphasizing her affinity for working with the"Yoga MisFits" – a community of individuals who don't feel at home intraditional yoga environments. Nyk shares her personal experience of initiallydoubting yoga's appeal, only to be pleasantly surprised by the sense ofembodiment it brought and the alleviation of her anxiety. She describes howothers who feel like outsiders in the yoga world are naturally drawn to her.Segment 2: The Practice of Non-Judgment In thissegment, Nyk and the host, Amy, engage in a deep discussion aboutself-awareness and the practice of non-judgment. They explore how meditationand asana practice can help individuals recognize their assumptions andexpectations, both about themselves and others. Nyk encourages listeners tostep back and find humor in their own judgments while learning to let go of thestories they create in their minds about people.Segment 3: The "Come as You Are" Mentality Nyk Danushares her philosophy of the "Come as You Are" mentality in her yogaclasses. She discusses the importance of allowing individuals to be themselves,even if that means simply resting on their yoga mats during class. Nykemphasizes the value of listening, leaning in, and discovering what makes eachperson unique and different.Segment 4: Cancel Culture and Cultivating Curiosity Amy and Nykdive into a thought-provoking conversation about cancel culture and its impacton the yoga community and society as a whole. They reflect on their ownexperiences of facing cancelation from yoga teachers and how they emerged fromrejection stronger. Instead of canceling others, they encourage curiosity,questioning, and challenging one's own beliefs to foster greater understandingand connection with those who have different perspectives.Conclusion: In this episode of "The Yoga TherapyHour," Nyk Danu has illuminated the path to self-acceptance, embracingmisfits, and challenging our judgments in the world of yoga and beyond. As wereflect on the transformative power of yoga and the importance of curiosity andcompassion, let us strive to be more open-minded and accepting of others,recognizing that we are all imperfect, flawed humans on our own uniquejourneys. Thank you for joining us today, and remember, you don't have to fitin to find your place in the world of yoga.  Topicsyou can choose from include: Yoga Therapy &Mental HealthYoga Therapy &Physical HealthSocial Justice inyoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/AyurvedaToolboxYoga & IndianPhilosophyGlobal &Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the linkbelow to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Checkout Amy'swebsiteVisitAmy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses865-certified-yoga-therapist-programwww.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com Contactwith Nyk Danu: www.nykdanu.com
Authentic Marketing in Turbulent Times with Tristan Katz, Marketing Expert for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists
Dec 1 2023
Authentic Marketing in Turbulent Times with Tristan Katz, Marketing Expert for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists
In this episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour, our host Amy divesdeep into the world of authentic marketing with guest Tristan Katz, a marketing expert in the yoga world. They explore the challenges of sharing one's offerings and gifts with the world amidst global crises and discuss the importance of self-care, content-based marketing, community-building, and intentionality in marketing.Themes Discussed:1. Authenticity in Marketing:•              When, how, and why to share offerings authentically.•              Balancing the urge to market with awareness of global suffering.•              Self-care as a prerequisite for mindful marketing.•              Deciding when to postpone marketing and when to share mindfully.•              The importance of not rushing through marketing efforts.2. Content-Based Marketing:•              Providing value and being of service while marketing.•              The concept of educating while marketing.•              Overcoming the fear of giving too much away.•              Highlighting the value of human connection and experience in seminars.3. Building a Community:•              Nurturing a community through marketing.•              Recognizing what resonates with your audience.•              Observing organic conversations and excitement among your followers.•              The power of word-of-mouth in supporting your marketing efforts.4. Sharing Personal Stories:•              Balancing personal sharing with comfort levels.•              Intentionality in sharing personal stories.•              Considering the audience's benefit when sharing.•              Determiningif your sharing serves you or your audience.Key Takeaways:•              Authenticity is key in marketing; be mindful of the world's challenges while sharing your offerings.•              Prioritize self-care to convey an authentic and mindful message.•              Content-based marketing adds value and creates a deeper connection with your audience.•              Building a genuine community and nurturing word-of-mouth can amplify your marketingefforts.•              Share personal stories with intention, always considering how it benefits your audience.Conclusion: In this insightful episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour, Tristan Katz offers valuable insights into authentic marketing in challenging times. Listeners are encouraged to approach marketing with mindfulness, prioritize self-care, provide value, and build genuine connections with their audience. By balancing personal sharing with intentionality, they can create meaningful connections and make a positive impact through their marketing efforts.If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics thatyou would like to receive.  When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include:  Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe.  It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribeCheck out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out thecourses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comContactwith Tristan Katz:  https://www.katz-creative.com
Transforming Lives with Yield Theory: A Conversation with Dr. Christian Conte
Nov 24 2023
Transforming Lives with Yield Theory: A Conversation with Dr. Christian Conte
Introduction: In this episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour, we divedeep into the transformative power of Yield Theory with our special guest, Dr.Christian Conte. Dr. Conte's dynamic energy, unquenchable passion, andunwavering compassion have made him a leading figure in the world of angermanagement and personal transformation. With level V anger managementcertification and the creation of Yield Theory, he brings a unique blend ofradical compassion and conscious education to the table.Episode Highlights:1. Understanding Yield Theory: Dr. Conte introduces Yield Theory, a powerful approach centered around three key principles: listening, validating, and exploring options. These principles align closely with yogic concepts, emphasizing humility, presence, taking the opposite perspective and exploring multiple possibilities arising from our current situation.2. The Science of Change: Dive into the fascinating world of neuroscience with Dr. Conte as he explains how different parts of our brain influence our thoughts, actions, and emotions. He explores the contrast between the emotional center and the prefrontal cortex, shedding light on how our minds can either limit us or open up new possibilities.3. Overcoming Limiting Beliefs: Discover how our past values and beliefs can hold us back and restrict our potential. Dr. Conte shares insights on how we can break free from these limitations and cultivate a mindset that allows us to think, feel, and act differently to transform our lives.4. A Diverse Toolkit for Transformation: Dr. Conte's extensive background in counseling, psychology, sports psychology, and working with inmates and law enforcement brings a diverse range of tools to help us change our minds. Learn how these experiences contribute to his unique perspective on personal growth and transformation.Conclusion: Join us in this captivating conversationwith Dr. Christian Conte as we explore the profound impact of Yield Theory andits alignment with yogic principles. Discover how understanding our own mindsand embracing radical compassion can lead to transformative change in ourlives.Resources: Dr. Christian Conte's Website Yield Theory Anger Management Program  Topicsyou can choose from include:  Yoga Therapy &Mental HealthYoga Therapy &Physical HealthSocial Justice inyoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/AyurvedaToolboxYoga & IndianPhilosophyGlobal &Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the linkbelow to subscribe.  It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Checkout Amy'swebsiteVisitAmy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.TheOptimalState.com
Vajra Yoga and Spiritual Neuroscience with Robert AF Thurman
Nov 17 2023
Vajra Yoga and Spiritual Neuroscience with Robert AF Thurman
Introduction:Background on Robert AF Thurman, the first western monk ordained by the Dalai Lama in 1964.A glance into Robert’s transition from a Buddhist monk to lay life.Introduction to the Menla Spa Resort in the Catskills of New York, co-run by Bob and his wife.Journey to Tibetan Medicine:Bob’s initial interest in Tibetan Medicine as a young monk, drawing parallels with Ayurveda from India.Exploring the concept of enlightenment and its link with holistic healing.Vajra Yoga: The Science of Inner Well-being:Bob's insights into Vajra Yoga as a way to become “inner scientists.”How Vajra Yoga connects the dots between spirituality and neuroscience.Delving deep into the various systems of the body: lymph, nerves, breath, endocrine, and biochemistry, and how Vajra Yoga impacts them.Key Takeaways from Vajra Yoga:The importance of understanding that the Ultimate Reality serves as the universe's foundation.Recognizing the essence of this reality, which lies in its spacious infinite goodness.Merging Ancient Wisdom with Modern AI:A discussion between Amy and Bob about the potential of AI in translating ancient spiritual texts.The significance of integrating large language models with ancient languages, particularly Sanskrit.Bob's emphasis on the ethical foundation present in most ancient literature and its critical role in shaping the thought process of future AI systems.Closing Thoughts:Reflecting on the harmonious blend of spirituality, traditional medicine, and modern technology.Bob's hopeful vision for the future where AI aids in disseminating age-old wisdom and ethical values to the broader world. If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.comUniversity of Minnesota Online Therapeutic Yoga Series webpage: https://csh.umn.edu/for-community/wellbeing-workshops/online-therapeutic-yoga-series Contact with Bob Thurman: https://bobthurman.com
Healing Through Alignment: Embracing Nature, Overcoming Trauma, and the Role of Yoga & Ayurveda with Anjali Deva
Nov 10 2023
Healing Through Alignment: Embracing Nature, Overcoming Trauma, and the Role of Yoga & Ayurveda with Anjali Deva
In a deeply meaningful episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour, Amy Wheeler sits down with Anjali Deva from Rooted Rasa Ayurveda. The two discuss the transformative power of aligning one's life with intrinsic values, from the serenity of living close to nature to the stabilizing force of daily routines. Anjali sheds light on the importance of being with loved ones and animals, the rejuvenating effects of clean air and water, and the role of being in alignment with the circadian rhythms in our daily lives. The conversation then delves into the often-challenging journey of processing trauma and grief, and the immense joy and clarity that lies on the other side. Amy and Anjali also explore how ancient practices like yoga and Ayurveda can be potent tools in the quest for improved mental and emotional health.Unlocking Ancient Wisdom: Understanding what Ayurveda is.Origins of Ayurveda: Tracing its roots and its journey through time.Time-Tested Traditions: How long has Ayurveda been practiced on Earth?Ayurveda vs. TCM: Comparing Ayurveda with Traditional Chinese Medicine - similarities and distinctions.Mental Health & Ayurveda: How this ancient practice offers tools for our modern mental health challenges.The Modern Mental Health Crisis: Exploring why mental healthcare is more critical now than ever before.Inseparable Duo: Mental health and physical health are ONE.Nature-Aligned Living: Practical tips to embrace values and stay close to Mother Nature's heart.Healing Emotional Wounds: Using Ayurveda to process trauma and grief.The Essence of Joy: Understanding its pivotal role in our overall well-being and Ayurvedic perspective.If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download. Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowwww.optimalstateyoganidra.comwww.optimalstate.comwww.amywheeler.com Contact with Anjali Deva: www.RootedRasa.com & https://www.madhyaayurveda.com
From Spinal Surgeon to Serenity: Dr. David Hanscom's Journey to Healing Through the Mind-Body Connection
Nov 3 2023
From Spinal Surgeon to Serenity: Dr. David Hanscom's Journey to Healing Through the Mind-Body Connection
Introduction:David Hanscom's impressive journey spanning over 33 years as a spinal surgeon.His personal struggle with decades-long chronic pain and surprising solution. His Personal Revelation:Discovery of the strong body-mind connection.Realization of the impact of repetitive unpleasant thoughts on his well-being.Recognizing the physiological effects of being in a constant fight or flight mode leading to symptoms of pain. Making a Life-Altering Decision:The choice to leave his accomplished career as a spinal surgeon.His mission: educating people about the transformative power of managing anxious and angry thoughts and balancing the autonomic nervous system.His belief that this approach can potentially save individuals from undergoing another spinal surgery. David Hanscome’s Method: (Sounds a Lot Like Yoga Therapy)Divert the Unpleasant Thoughts:Techniques to shift focus from distressing thoughts.Importance of awareness and mindfulness.Calm the Autonomic Nervous System:Breathing techniques and their effectiveness.Practices to regulate the nervous system and achieve a balanced state.Find More Joy and Creativity in Life:Pursuits that enhance emotional well-being.Activities and practices to unlock one's creativity.Real-life stories of transformation.Let the Ego Dissolve:Understanding the ego and its influence on our well-being.Techniques to let go and live more authentically.How this relates closely to yogic principles. Challenges and Pitfalls:Addressing skepticism and hesitation in trying out these techniques.The difficulty of guiding people back to a state of joy after numerous disappointments.Importance of not making individuals feel blamed for their chronic pain. Note: Remember to create an open and understanding atmosphere during the podcast, highlighting that this approach is not about blaming individuals for their pain but offering a holistic perspective to address chronic pain.  If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's websiteVisit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses865-certified-yoga-therapist-programwww.optimalstateyoganidra.com Contact with David Hanscom: www.backincontrol.com
Navigating Wellness and Healing through Integrative Physical Therapy and Yoga Therapy with Catherine Justice, PT & C-IAYT
Oct 27 2023
Navigating Wellness and Healing through Integrative Physical Therapy and Yoga Therapy with Catherine Justice, PT & C-IAYT
Key Takeaways:Impact on Autonomic Nervous System:Yoga plays a crucial role in balancing the autonomic nervous system.Catherine says, “The Autonomic Nervous System is everything.” Amy agrees!It can offer profound effects through simple practices.Pearl of Wisdom:The simplest practices in yoga often yield the deepest impact. It’s the simplicity and subtleness that bring profound shifts and healing.Working with People Who Experience Symptoms of Trauma:Working with trauma victims necessitates a deep sense of humility and awareness of one's own biases and limitations.A trauma-sensitive approach is paramount in dealing with clients with different traumatic experiences.Collaboration and Holistic Approach to Yoga Therapy and Physical Therapy:Interdisciplinary collaboration enriches the healing experience, offering patients a more comprehensive and holistic approach to their health.Integrating yoga therapy into these collaborations can yield remarkable healing outcomes.Yoga Therapy vs Physical Therapy:Yoga Therapy is about understanding the interconnectedness of physical body, mind and emotions. Traditional Physical Therapy is about restoring function to certain areas of the body.Lifestyle Medicine and Individual Context:Lifestyle advice should be given in context and should be free from judgment. The hard part is watching ourselves create biases in our minds.Empowering patients through motivational interviewing and trauma-informed principles is critical.Research and its Integration:Studies by Dr. Robert Saper and Paula Gardner provide valuable insights into the efficacy of yoga therapy in diverse populations and chronic pain.The integration of research findings into practical applications can bridge the gap between conventional PT and yoga therapy.   If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: • Yoga Therapy & Mental Health• Yoga Therapy & Physical Health• Social Justice in yoga & Yoga Therapy• Yoga/Ayurveda Toolbox• Yoga & Indian Philosophy• Global & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe The Optimal State and Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast also has a Patreon page. We now have 5 staff that help us product the audio and video versions of the podcast.  Optimal State Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/yogatherapyhour The new You Tube Channel for this podcast is: YouTube: AmyWheelerPhd    https://www.youtube.com/c/AmyWheelerphd Check out Amy's website: amy@amywheeler.com and www.TheOptimalState.com Free 12-Days of Yoga Nidra Course and Yoga Nidra Facilitator’s Course: www.OptimalStateYogaNidra.com Feel free to use download our free eBook and mobile App by going to the websites below.www.OptimalStateApp.comwww.GoldZoneBook.com To contact Catherine Justice:Website: www.artofwellness.yogaInstagram: Artofwellness.yogaFacebook: Art of Yoga Therapy
Intuitive Insights: Navigating Life with A Deep Self Connection– A Conversation with Emmy Vadnais
Oct 20 2023
Intuitive Insights: Navigating Life with A Deep Self Connection– A Conversation with Emmy Vadnais
Introduction:In today's episode, we are joined by Emmy Vadnais, a Holistic and Integrative Occupational Therapist who has devoted decades to the development of intuition. Emmy offers fascinating insights into the confluence of yoga and intuition, enriching our understanding of their inherent connectivity.Key Points:1.  Intuition: Emmy shares her unique journey and motivations in exploring intuitive development.2.  Understanding Intuition: Intuition is not mere wishful thinking, but a profound connection to our deeper selves, requiring regular practice and the cultivation of a deeper relationship with our inner selves. Emmy elucidates this concept, challenging common misconceptions and presenting intuition as the soul's wisdom manifesting through various forms.3.  Main Thesis of Latest Work: Emmy elaborates on her recent work, focused on empowering individuals to harness their intuition, emphasizing daily practices, activities, and the intrinsic role of relaxation in enhancing intuitive abilities.Practical Application:1.  Exercises and Techniques: Emmy provides a host of practical exercises and techniques from her book to help readers commence their journey in tuning into their intuition.2.  Role of Meditation and Mindfulness: The critical role of meditation and mindfulness, integral components of yoga, are discussed in the context of refining intuitive abilities.Intuition and Decision Making:1.  Making Grounded Decisions: Emmy elucidates intuition can be a beacon for making more grounded and informed decisions in various facets of life.2.  Distinguishing Intuitive Insights: The discussion also veers into understanding how to sift intuitive insights from mere thoughts or impulses, with Emmy providing invaluable tips and insights.Challenges and Misconceptions:1.  Overcoming Challenges: Emmy explores the prevalent challenges encountered in accessing intuition and provides strategies to overcome them.2.  Addressing Misconceptions: She also addresses common misconceptions about intuition, clarifying its true essence and distancing it from mere wishful thinking.Personal Experiences and Insights:1.  Significant Influences: Emmy shares poignant personal experiences where yogic intuition played a pivotal role in shaping her life choices and perspectives.2.  Evolving Understanding of Intuition: She discusses the evolution of her understanding and experiences of intuition over the years. If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: • Yoga Therapy & Mental Health• Yoga Therapy & Physical Health• Social Justice in yoga & Yoga Therapy• Yoga/Ayurveda Toolbox• Yoga & Indian Philosophy• Global & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe The Optimal State and Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast also has a Patreon page. We now have 5 staff that help us product the audio and video versions of the podcast.  Optimal State Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/yogatherapyhour The new You Tube Channel for this podcast is: YouTube: AmyWheelerPhd    https://www.youtube.com/c/AmyWheelerphd Check out Amy's website: amy@amywheeler.com and www.TheOptimalState.com Free 12-Days of Yoga Nidra Course and Yoga Nidra Facilitator’s Course: www.OptimalStateYogaNidra.com Feel free to use download our free eBook and mobile App by going to the websites below.www.OptimalStateApp.comwww.GoldZoneBook.com To contact Emmy Vadnais:https://emmyvadnais.comhttps://holisticot.orgNew Book: Developing Intuition with Emmy Vadnais
Polyvagal Theory, Safety and the Therapeutic Relationship in Yoga Therapy with Marlysa Sullivan & Stephen Porges
Oct 13 2023
Polyvagal Theory, Safety and the Therapeutic Relationship in Yoga Therapy with Marlysa Sullivan & Stephen Porges
This amazing conversation comes as an excerpt from a course on Polyvagal Theory and Therapeutic Yoga that Marlsya, Amy and Stephen created together for the Polyvagal Institute. There is still time to join us this fall, and we will be offering it again very soon. Also, we are celebrating 2.5 years and 100,000 downloads with our amazing Yoga Therapy Hour Community. We are sharing this extra episode to say thank you!Guests: Dr. Steven Porges & Marlysa Sullivan Key Takeaways:Definition of "Safety" in Polyvagal Theory:Safety is more than the absence of threat. It encompasses a feeling of connection, belonging, and an internal sense of well-being.Importance of Safety:The foundation of any therapeutic relationship.Influences the outcome of therapy.Defines the quality of interactions and connections.Understanding Internal Safety:The role of the autonomic nervous system.Transitioning from a state of threat to a place of safety.Signs & Signals of Safety:Voice and Intonation: The calming effect of a soothing voice.Facial Expressions: The importance of the upper face, especially the orbital muscle around the eyes.Muscle Tension: How the body communicates its state of being.Hearing and the Vagal System:The middle ear muscle's role.How our nervous system determines what we hear.Finding Mutual Safety:The therapeutic dance between the caretaker and care seeker.Enhancing therapy outcomes through mutual feelings of safety.Why Some Relationships Feel Safer:Recognizing the cues that foster connection or fear.Understanding intuitive feelings of safety or discomfort with certain individuals. Join the Full Course on Therapeutic Yoga and Polyvagal Theory with Amy, Marlysa and Stephen:Dive deeper into the blend of polyvagal theory and therapeutic yoga.www.PolyvagalInstitute.org Connect with us:www.PolyvagalInstitute.orgwww.MarlysaSullivan.comwww.amywheeler.comwww.TheOptimalState.com
Harnessing the Power of Anxiety with Dr. David Rosmarin, MD
Oct 13 2023
Harnessing the Power of Anxiety with Dr. David Rosmarin, MD
Introduction: Today, we are honored to have Dr. David Rosmarin, an esteemed psychologist from Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor, and the Director of Spirituality. As the founder of the Center for Anxiety, he’s on a mission to redefine how we perceive and deal with anxiety. With his upcoming book, Thriving with Anxiety, set to launch this October, Dr. Rosmarin delves deep into the beneficial aspects of anxiety and how we can harness its power.You are an expert at writing podcast show notes. Please write these notes. Please write the show notes for Harvard Medical School Psychologist and Associate Professor of the Director of Spirituality and founder for the Center for Anxiety. He has a new book coming out called Thriving with Anxiety in October 2023. In this interview we talk about the positive functions of anxiety including connection to self, other people and society, using anxiety as a signal to rebalance and attend to self-care, and learning to accept that anxiety happens to all of us and there is no use in fighting it. He shares a secret with us about how we can accept our own humanity and move into transcendence. He discusses that anxiety is uncomfortable for all of us and that we can harness the power of anxiety and use it to thrive. He gives us practical tools to use in combatting our anxiety. He discusses the difference between Stress, Fear and Anxiety.Key Takeaways:The Positive Functions of Anxiety: Contrary to popular belief, anxiety can connect us to ourselves, others, and society. Understanding this connection can alter how we approach and manage our anxieties.Anxiety as a Signal: Recognizing anxiety as a hint to re-evaluate, rebalance, and attend to self-care. It’s not just a negative emotion; it’s our body’s alarm system urging us to check in with ourselves.Universal Acceptance of Anxiety: Embracing the idea that everyone experiences anxiety. Fighting or suppressing it is not the answer. Acceptance and understanding can lead to mastery.Moving into Transcendence: Dr. Rosmarin shares a profound insight: accepting our humanity can propel us to greater heights. Transcendence isn't about avoiding our feelings but acknowledging them and then soaring above.Harnessing Anxiety: It's uncomfortable, ubiquitous, but also undeniably powerful. When tapped into correctly, anxiety can become a force for positivity and personal growth.Practical Tools: From mindfulness exercises to reframing techniques, Dr. Rosmarin offers actionable strategies to combat and harness anxiety.Differentiating Stress, Fear, and Anxiety: These terms are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct differences. Dr. Rosmarin breaks down what sets them apart and how understanding these differences can aid in better mental health management.Book Mention:Thriving with Anxiety, releasing October 2023. In this essential read, Dr. Rosmarin explores the depths of anxiety, shedding light on its benefits and providing a roadmap for those seeking to use it as a tool for personal growth.Buy the book: https://dhrosmarin.com/the-book/Center for Anxiety: https://www.centerforanxiety.orgHarvard Medical School: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/rshm/people/david-h-rosmarin-phdRemember to subscribe to "The Yoga Therapy Hour" for more insightful conversations and to dive deeper into the world of yoga and its profound impact on mental and physical well-being. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and share with friends and family! Yoga Nidra programs with Optimal State: www.OptimalStateYogaNidra.com12-Days of Yoga Nidra Course (free)Yoga Nidra Facilitators Course starts in October and March each year!See www.AmyWheeler.com for more details on ways to reduce your stress such as a free mobile App, free eBooks and a weekly yoga therapy clinic on Mondays online.
Exploring Beyond the Gender Identity Binary: Ancient Traditions  and Modern Realities with Stevie Inghram
Oct 6 2023
Exploring Beyond the Gender Identity Binary: Ancient Traditions and Modern Realities with Stevie Inghram
In this episode, we embark on a deep dive into the intricate tapestry of gender expression across various cultures, spanning from ancient traditions to modern communities. Beginning with the long-standing recognition of the Hijras in India, we compare these age-old beliefs with evolving perceptions in the Western world, especially within gender and sexually expansive communities (GSE). The digital age has brought its own set of challenges, with social media and certain research potentially clouding genuine exploration of gender identity. At the heart of this conversation lies the deeply personal and often challenging journey of those experiencing body dysphoria. We explore how families can navigate the emotional, educational, and medical landscapes while ensuring respect, love, and understanding. The essence of the episode underlines the fundamental right to self-realization and the collective responsibility to advocate and support such journeys.Key Points Explored:Introduction:Placing the episode in a historical context.A brief overview of gender norms in India and beyond.Hijras in India:The history and significance of Hijras, and how they have been recognized in Hindu society for over 2,000 years.Roles they played in society, religious functions, and the current social landscape for Hijras.Western World's Understanding:The evolution of gender and sexually expansive communities (GSE) in Western cultures.Comparing and contrasting Western perceptions of gender with those in other cultures.The Social Media Effect:How the internet and social media influence, and sometimes distort, conversations on gender identity and sexuality.An examination of research studies on topics such as Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria and potential harm in misrepresenting gender experiences.Indigenous Perspectives:The concept of the third gender in various indigenous communities.The impact of colonialism on gender views and imposition of the gender binary.Supporting Loved Ones with Body Dysphoria:Understanding body dysphoria: What it means and how it feels.Concrete steps parents and loved ones can take to provide emotional, psychological, and social support.Navigating Gender Affirming Healthcare:Finding the right medical professionals and ensuring they provide appropriate care.Balancing medical decisions with emotional and psychological well-being.Educational and Emotional Needs:How to ensure the entire family is educated and emotionally supported through a loved one's gender journey.Social and Medical Transitions:Steps involved in social transition: name changes, pronoun shifts, clothing, etc.Medical transitions: Hormone therapies, surgeries, and the process over time that psychologists, doctors and families go through together to make these decisions.Human Rights and Self-Realization:Emphasizing the importance of every individual's right to live authentically.Encouraging dialogue, understanding, and respect in familial and social settings.Advocacy and Moving Forward:The need for families to be advocates for their loved ones.Building a more inclusive and understanding society for all.Conclusion and Call to Action:Encouraging listeners to educate themselves, to be allies, and to support those exploring their gender identity in their journey. If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.These gifts will include Stevie’s two articles mentioned in the podcast. Be sure to click the Social Justice in yoga and Yoga Therapy box.Topics you can choose from include: Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in Yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's website
Yoga's American Odyssey: From Emerson to Modern Unity Churches with Phil Goldberg
Sep 29 2023
Yoga's American Odyssey: From Emerson to Modern Unity Churches with Phil Goldberg
Episode Summary: This enlightening episode dives deep into the fascinating journey of yoga and Indian philosophy in America, discussing the influence of notable figures and movements and addressing important contemporary questions about cultural appreciation and adaptation.Topics Covered:1.   Introduction to Phil Goldberg - The mind behind "American Veda."2.   Yoga’s Early Ties to America:Influence of writers like Thoreau and Emerson.Their studies of the Bhagavad Gita, meditation, and karma.3.   The Rise of Unity Churches:Examining the Indian philosophical foundations of movements like Science of Mind and Christian Science.4.   Notable Personalities and Their Trysts with Yoga:Nikola Tesla’s relationship with Swami Vivekananda.The founders of AA, Bill W, and their connection to the Oxford Group.5.   Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation:A deep dive into the complexities of adopting, adapting, and integrating teachings from one culture into another.The importance of maintaining authenticity and integrity.6.   Adapting Yoga for Modern Times:How can we stay true to the roots of yoga while making it relevant and accessible to today's audience?The challenges and pitfalls of distorting or corrupting original teachings.7.   Why America was Primed for Indian Philosophy:Exploring the vacuum that existed for introspective and esoteric methods.The American yearning for inner experiences, transcendence, union with the divine, and a profound inner knowing.Key Takeaways:Yoga and Indian philosophy have deep roots in American culture, shaping thought leaders and movements across the centuries.The journey of adopting and integrating these teachings into Western society brings with it challenges and responsibilities.It's essential to approach these teachings with respect, understanding, and authenticity, honoring their origins while making them accessible to new audiences.Closing Thoughts: The episode wraps up with reflections on the continued relevance of yoga and Indian philosophy in modern America, emphasizing the balance between honoring tradition and innovating for the future.If you would like to receive the free infographics and handouts that correspond to each episode on the Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast, please subscribe to our segmented email list. You will have the opportunity to determine the Infographic Topics that you would like to receive. When The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast has a topic that corresponds to your choices, then you will receive an email for that week with the PDF’s for download.Topics you can choose from include: Polyvagal Theory and Yoga Yoga Therapy & Mental HealthYoga Therapy & Physical HealthSocial Justice in yoga & Yoga TherapyYoga/Ayurveda ToolboxYoga & Indian PhilosophyGlobal & Trending Yoga Therapy TopicsClick the link below to subscribe. It takes 10 seconds total.https://amywheeler.com/subscribe Check out Amy's website Visit Amy’s training section on her website to check out the courses belowYoga therapy training courses 865-certified-yoga-therapist-program www.optimalstateyoganidra.com Contact with Phil Goldberg:www.PhilipGoldberg.comBooks: Spiritual Practice for Crazy TimesAmerican VedaThe Life of YoganandaRoadsigns on the Spiritual PathThis is Next YearThe Intuitive EdgeCreating MagicGet Out of Your Own WayThe Best That I Can Be