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A Tonic Update

9/18/2018
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We're dropping into your feed to give you a little update about Tonic!

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[Encore] Episode 11: Womb Wellness

9/4/2018
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We're on a late summer break, so here is one of our favorite episodes from our archive. We'll be back with a new episode on September 18! On this week's episode we welcome our first guest host, Muneera Fontaine of Peaceful Earth Graceful Birth. With Muneera we talk all about womb wellness--from birth to menstruation to womb steams. We answer a few listener questions about doulas, advocating for yourself with your provider and when is the best time for a yoni steam. We end with the things...

Duration:01:06:35

[Encore] Episode 10: Dealing With Fear

8/21/2018
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We're on a late summer break, so here is one of our favorite episodes from our archive. We'll be back with a new episode on September 18! Does fear keep you from living the life you want to live? Do you struggle with depression? On this week's episode we answer a listener question about overcoming fear and how to find healing when you can't afford therapy. We also talk about navigating harm and maintaining relationships in movement work. We end with things giving us life--books, Will Smith...

Duration:01:07:37

[Encore] Episode 5: Taking Things Personally

8/7/2018
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We're on a late summer break, so here is one of our favorite episodes from our archive. We'll be back with a new episode on September 18! How do you care for yourself while remaining connected and caring? Do you struggle with not taking things personally? Are you an empath? On this week's episode we answer a question from a listener who struggles as an empath who also tries to live by the principle of not taking things personally, inspired by the Four Agreements. We also talk about astrology...

Duration:00:55:40

Episode 20: Identity-based Triggers

7/24/2018
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On this week's episode we answer a question inspired by a voice memo about dealing with identity-based triggers. We also talk about the idea of higher care, and our plans for our late summer break from Tonic. As always we end with the many things giving us life--yoga, podcast merch, music, performances, farms and design for the wellbeing of Black women. Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice memo to tonicpodcast@gmail.com. We're on break until mid-September but we'll be happy to...

Duration:00:58:16

Episode 19: Breastfeeding

7/10/2018
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On this week's episode we answer a question from a listener who struggled to breastfeed with her first child and is looking for guidance as she works through that experience in preparation for a second pregnancy. We also talk about our own experiences with family separation in the context of what is going on politically. We end with what is giving us life: cooking, cupping, World Cup dancing and friend support. Trigger Warning: In our first segment we address a number of topics that might be...

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Episode 18: Soul Loss

6/26/2018
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On today's episode we recap our adventures at the Allied Media Conference and answer a listener question about soul loss and soul retrieval. Richael offers a deep teaching about soul loss and trauma healing practices from different global traditions. We also discuss how to approach this kind of healing and finding the right practitioner to work with. We end with things giving us life: vent diagrams, music, academics, functional technology and supportive colleagues. Have a question for a...

Duration:01:05:32

Episode 17: Following Your Intuition

6/12/2018
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Do you struggle to hear your own intuition? On this week's episode we answer a listener question about trusting your gut, and why it can be difficult to leave challenging situations. We also talk about how to find the right healer for you, and the signs that a practitioner is the right fit. We end with things giving us life: teas, afrofuturist novels and floral tattoo artists. Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice memo to tonicpodcast@gmail.com. [Help us cover our costs for the...

Duration:00:52:57

Episode 16: Suppressed Emotions

5/29/2018
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We're back ya'll. On this week's episode we catch up on what's been going on for us since our live episode--including challenges, an engagement, silent meditation retreats and speaking gigs. Then we get into our deepest question yet, which touches on substance use, fear, isolation, disclosure and dealing with difficult emotions. It's a brave question and our answers offer many different ideas for intervention and support. We end with what is giving us life--ukelele dharma songs, Wakanda...

Duration:01:21:46

[Encore] Episode 4: Anxious Sleep

5/15/2018
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This week, we're bringing you back one of our early and most popular episodes. Does anxiety interfere with your sleep? Do you struggle with letting the day go in order to rest? On this week's episode we answer a question from a listener who has trouble going to bed, and thinks it might be related to anxiety. We've got a lot of suggestions for this issue, from sleep hygiene and rituals, to dealing with electronic and ambient pollution, to herbal assistance. We also talk about staying centered...

Duration:00:56:56

Episode 15: Tonic Live!

4/24/2018
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On this week's episode we share our very first live show, recorded in Washington, D.C.! It's a special one, where we talk about our own self-care practices post-election, get updates from four callers whose questions we answered on previous shows, and answer new questions live. We even get audience input for our what's giving you life? segment. Thanks to everyone who joined us at Potter's House! Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice memo to tonicpodcast@gmail.com. Show notes:...

Duration:01:10:10

Episode 14: Seasonal Allergies

4/17/2018
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Are your eyes watery and itchy? Is your nose congested? On this week's episode we answer two listener questions about coping with seasonal allergies. We also talk about cooking as a wellness practice and preventing burnout for high profile activists. Lastly, the things giving us life: radio stations, family connections, physical therapy and Wakanda orchestras. Join us at Tonic: Live! on April 22 from 2-4pm at Potter’s House in Washington, D.C. Get your tickets:...

Duration:00:53:38

Episode 13: Post-Concussion Sensitivity

4/3/2018
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On this week's episode we answer a listener question about lingering symptoms and extreme sensitivity after a concussion. We revisit the topic of surveillance and political manipulation of Black activism. And, as always, the things giving us life: self-guided retreats, queer television, drag and silent discos! Join us at Tonic: Live! on Sunday April 22 from 2-4pm at Potter's House in Washington, D.C. Get your tickets [now](https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tonic-live-tickets-44386328704)! Have a...

Duration:00:52:43

Announcing Tonic: Live!

3/28/2018
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We're hosting our first live taping of Tonic! On April 22 from 2-4pm at Potter's House in Washington, D.C. we'll be celebrating our first six months of podcasting, answering your healing questions live, and just doing our thing IRL! Go here to get your ticket: [https://bit.ly/2J0ixrC](https://bit.ly/2J0ixrC) We hope to see you there!

Duration:00:01:52

Episode 12: Herbs for Depression

3/20/2018
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Have you tried treating depression with herbs? On this week's episode we answer a listener question about working with herbs, especially St. John's Wort, to treat depression. We also hear about Karen's stay at an ayurveda healing village in India and talk about how spring is manifesting in our lives right now. We also revisit the question of how movements respond to conflict thanks to some listener feedback. Lastly we end with the things giving us life: music, drag performances, cookbooks...

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Episode 11: Womb Wellness

3/6/2018
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On this week's episode we welcome our first guest host, Muneera Fontaine of Peaceful Earth Graceful Birth. With Muneera we talk all about womb wellness--from birth to menstruation to womb steams. We answer a few listener questions about doulas, advocating for yourself with your provider and when is the best time for a yoni steam. We end with the things giving us life--Wakanda, anti-racist mistresses, endorphins and more. Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice memo to...

Duration:01:06:35

Episode 10: Dealing with Fear

2/20/2018
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Does fear keep you from living the life you want to live? Do you struggle with depression? On this week's episode we answer a listener question about overcoming fear and how to find healing when you can't afford therapy. We also talk about navigating harm and maintaining relationships in movement work. We end with things giving us life--books, Will Smith signing La Bamba and trans reclamation of naming ceremonies. Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice memo to...

Duration:01:07:37

Episode 9: Easing Leg Cramps

2/6/2018
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Do you wake up in the middle of the night with painful leg cramps? On this week's episode we answer a listener question about how to ease recurring leg cramps. We have physical tips, herbal tips, dietary tips and even a update from our listener about how the recommendations have landed for her. We also talk about tattoos as expression and forms of healing, and end with lots of things giving us life--music, meditation even figure skating. Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice...

Duration:01:10:14

Episode 8: Body-based Anxiety

1/23/2018
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Do you struggle with the physical manifestations of stress and anxiety? This week we answer a listener question about acne, and working to overcome the associated negative feelings and the urge to pick. We also talk about tarot cards and card-based divination. We end with a spirited conversation about the diverse things bringing us life: an airline commercial, young adult fiction, podcasts, music and other healers. Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice memo to...

Duration:00:55:13

Episode 7: The Nature of Becoming

1/9/2018
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On today's episode we discuss a listener question about being and becoming, inspired by Mark Nepo's Book of Awakening. We also talk about healing through play and joyful paths to spiritual growth. Have a question for a future show? Send us a voice memo to tonicpodcast@gmail.com. Show notes: [https://wp.me/p8WzbP-1R](https://wp.me/p8WzbP-1R)

Duration:00:55:25