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Health & Wellness Podcasts

Need a weekly wellbeing boost? Then this podcast is for you! We know looking after our physical and mental health is more important now than ever, and talking openly about what concerns or worries us goes a long way to lighten the load. Hearing other people's stories gives us perspective and reassurance. So, every week I invite a guest onto the "yogamat" to discuss what they have learned on their wellbeing journeys. The intention is to leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.

Need a weekly wellbeing boost? Then this podcast is for you! We know looking after our physical and mental health is more important now than ever, and talking openly about what concerns or worries us goes a long way to lighten the load. Hearing other people's stories gives us perspective and reassurance. So, every week I invite a guest onto the "yogamat" to discuss what they have learned on their wellbeing journeys. The intention is to leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.

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United Kingdom

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Need a weekly wellbeing boost? Then this podcast is for you! We know looking after our physical and mental health is more important now than ever, and talking openly about what concerns or worries us goes a long way to lighten the load. Hearing other people's stories gives us perspective and reassurance. So, every week I invite a guest onto the "yogamat" to discuss what they have learned on their wellbeing journeys. The intention is to leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.

Language:

English

Contact:

07718581021


Episodes

Feel the vibe - bringing sound to the yoga mat with Zach Silver

6/28/2022
It's all about vibration. The universe is vibrating, this planet is vibrating and you/we are vibrating. Even rocks vibrate. All the time. Everything is in constant motion - some you can feel, like an earthquake, and some you can't, like the different frequencies in vibration of your internal organs. But it's all scientifically proven and measured. In fact, scientists tell us the universe vibrates at 432 hertz! But universal vibration is something that has been known in the spiritual world...

Duration:00:33:38

Producing food from the heart - a farmer's story with Pammy Riggs

6/21/2022
I must admit, in my ignorance I had always thought that "organic farming" was an alternative response to modern farming. But this week Pammy Riggs sets me and the record straight. The term "organic" is misleading. For thousands of years, human beings have farmed without chemicals - call that organic is you wish - and then in modern times the chemicals were invented to increase yield. Organic farming is simply farming like it's always been done. She should know - she and her husband bought a...

Duration:00:35:47

Lightening your karmic load with Sarah Cox

6/14/2022
What is karma? You're probably thinking that it's the thing where you do something bad, then something bad happens to you. "Getting your just desserts", as it were. That's part of it but there's a lot more. Yes, the energy created by a negative action sometimes causes a negative rebound, but it doesn't have to. Instead, it can roll over and accumulate, becoming a karmic burden. This week I chat to friend and fellow yogi Sarah Cox and ask her what her take is on this subject. It turns out...

Duration:00:22:46

Coming home - finding your true self with Gillian McMichael

5/31/2022
There is one thing we all have, and that is a story. Our own personal story. It begins the moment we are born, but we don't become aware of it until we develop cognition and memory as older children. We can be given a good story, such as "you are loved", "you are worthy", "you are valued". But unfortunately, some of us are given a heavy load to carry, such as "you're not good enough", "you're a failure", "you don't belong". Gillian McMichael - master coach, reiki healer, meditation teacher...

Duration:00:44:32

The joy of the full breath - the gift of pranayama with Devdas

5/24/2022
Apparently we breathe in and out about 22,000 times a day without thinking. It happens automatically, a bodily function we take for granted, along with the heart beating and the body digesting. But the ancient yogis discovered that there was much more to the breath when practiced consciously - what would happen if you paid attention when you breathed? Who better to ask than Devdas, lead pranayama teacher at Akasha Yoga Academy, who has taught pranayama for several decades including 12 years...

Duration:00:38:31

How letting go builds a business fit for the future with Carmela Martinez

5/17/2022
Carmela Martinez is no stranger to the concept of letting go on many levels. When she took over her father's printing business seven years ago in Montreal, Canada, she had some big shoes to fill. The company was organised on old school, patriarchal values which Carmela quickly realised didn't resonate with her management style. Enter: a challenging time of forging change that had her questioning her identity and her ability. What did she discover? To build a company fit for the future, you...

Duration:00:37:37

How detachment sets you free with Sarah Cox

5/10/2022
We spend a lot of time and energy clinging onto stuff, don't we! Just think about it. What are the things you are constantly striving for or fear losing - your looks? Money? Status? A relationship? It can get quite exhausting. And it's a timely subject given we're being forced to think about what we really need in the wake of current food/energy/petrol supply issues. I invite friend and fellow yogi Sarah Cox back onto the mat to chat (and laugh!) about why channelling non-attachment sets...

Duration:00:39:04

Why giving back and empowering women is a win-win with Connie Fogarty

4/26/2022
It's simply a fact that empowering others feels empowering! You've learnt some stuff in your life - specific skills, knowledge, and maybe you've had a few unexpected curve balls thrown at you that's given you wisdom and resilience - and now it's time to share that with others. To give a leg up to those finding their own way on their journey. It feels great, it feels right, making it all worthwhile. This is where my friend and ex-colleague Connie Fogarty is at. She has earned her corporate...

Duration:00:40:04

Staying curious about what makes us tick with Joff Brown

4/19/2022
There is a lot of discussion and information out there about the mind-body connection, isn't there. It's a big topic. But what does it mean? And what can cause disassociation, a disconnect, between the head and the body? So this week I'm chatting with Joff Brown, a Functional Neurology Practitioner and Pain & Performance Therapist, to find out more. He spends his personal time studying, and professional time treating people with, issues surrounding neural connections, movement and pain. He...

Duration:00:45:27

Empowering farmers and ourselves through progressive agricultural practices with Karen Seyersted

4/12/2022
Regardless of where we live in the world, what we believe in and what work we do, there is one thing every human being has in common: the need to eat. Most people have to buy food, making choices about what to put into our, and our family's, bodies. It's an ongoing routine that goes on automatic most of the time, I expect. And perhaps now, with a pandemic-induced health awareness, we think about those choices more. More veg/fruit/lean meat, less sugar and fat etc. But how about taking that...

Duration:00:33:55

Outrunning the demons - healing trauma through running with Phil Hewitt

3/29/2022
Phil Hewitt (UK runner, author and journalist) woke up to a sunny morning in Cape Town, South Africa and a day filled with his favourite sport, cricket. He was thrilled to have got tickets and make the journey. But by the end of the day, Phil's life had changed forever. A decision to walk back to the city on his own led to a near-fatal knife attack, his life miraculously saved by a passing pizza delivery man. Returning back to the UK, it became clear that Phil was suffering from Post...

Duration:00:44:28

Offering a new take on the "Mother Role" with Sarah Cox

3/23/2022
It's Mother's Day in the UK this coming Sunday, when we celebrate mothers, but it's actually a day that is difficult for many. You may have lost a mother recently/prematurely, or desperately want to be a mother but can't for whatever reason, or have a difficult relationship with your mother, or have lost a child and are no longer a mother. Yeah, it can be a pretty loaded day. I invite friend and fellow yogi Sarah Cox back onto the mat to chat about our society's general relationship with...

Duration:00:21:26

A lesson in contentment by a Sami reindeer farmer with Mina

3/15/2022
It's a solo episode this week as I share reflections on a recent trip to the Arctic! It's my second trip to Northern Norway but this time in mid-winter, when the landscape is covered in ice and snow. It's just as raw and rugged and awe-inducing as summer, but perhaps a bit more magical in the frosty glow. While there, I visited a Sami reindeer camp, where we could interact with the animals and learn about the Sami culture. It's quite the thing when you're in the same room with an indigenous...

Duration:00:13:56

Managing the loss of a parent to Alzheimer's and Vascular Dementia with Tobiah

3/1/2022
We arrive into this world and meet the people (or person) who are going to look after us, usually our parents. From that moment on we are dependent on them/her/him until we are old enough to take care of ourselves and establish our own lives. But this relationship, be it good or bad, easy or hard, joyful or painful - let's try to take the judgement out of it - remains part of our story. Regardless of the quality of that parental connection, the moment will come when they pass on, and...

Duration:00:39:17

Finding gratitude after serious injury and healing PTSD through writing with Katy Parker

2/22/2022
It was just another day until Katy Parker was crossing the road and got hit by a van only a metre away from reaching the pavement. Lying dazed on the ground but aware she had been badly injured, she was overwhelmed with a profound sense of gratitude. Gratitude that she was still alive, she could open her eyes and see the sky. Later in A&E, she was told it had been a very close call - a few inches further back and she could have been killed or paralysed. As it was, she was lucky to have got...

Duration:00:30:45

Can suffering be a catalyst for positive personal growth? with Baruch Zeichner

2/15/2022
To suffer is to be human, but this is a tricky question which might provoke an immediate "No!" for some or most people. Resisting or avoiding pain is understandable and perfectly natural! However, it's something I can explore with Baruch Zeichner who describes his life as a growth journey. After gaining a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from college in New Hampshire, US, Baruch began his own practice and teaching. A part time job as a DJ on local radio sparked his lifelong passion...

Duration:00:37:20

The risks and rewards of unconditional love - is it worth the ride? with Sarah Cox

2/8/2022
What is unconditional love? That's a big bite to chew, isn't it! And to tackle this universal, eternal key life question, I invite my friend and fellow yogi Sarah Cox back onto the mat. Loving should be so easy and effortless, I mean, we all have a heart, so what is the problem. Well, it turns out that love is a risky business involving heartache and disappointment, depending on who and what the object of our devotion is, and the cards we are dealt in life. We start the discussion by...

Duration:00:29:01

Building a bridge of trust to our herbal roots with Dee Atkinson

2/1/2022
Human beings have had a relationship with the plant world since we were formed. We rely on it for food, fuel and food for raising domestic animals which also sustain us. But we have also relied on plants and herbs for medicinal purposes and for helping us heal. Herbalism is a tradition found in every culture in the world, anywhere plants grow. Which is why I'm excited to chat with Dee Atkinson, a Medicinal Herbalist (of Napiers Herbalists in Edinburgh, est 1860) . Dee's journey to herbalism...

Duration:00:37:31

Why finding stillness and meditating is essential 'hygiene for the mind' with Burkhard Langemann

1/25/2022
I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds regular meditation challenging to maintain in all the busy-ness of daily life, but Burkhard Langemann is very clear that it's an essential practice we need to do daily. Like brushing our teeth. Hygiene for the mouth and hygiene for the mind, he says. Burkhard should know, he is a Psychologist by background and is currently a Yoga & Meditation Teacher Trainer. Ten years ago he co-founded Akasha Yoga Academy, which is where our paths crossed when I did...

Duration:00:55:40

Embracing change and growth through physical, mental and emotional movement - NLP explained with Nily Ron

1/11/2022
I'm always curious when I sense - hear, feel or see - fear of change. It's like we think that a state of things-must-stay-the-same is a safe, secure place, and that change is scary or dangerous. Fear of change is actually fear of the unknown, the not-knowing. But the reality is that change is happening constantly, it's something we can neither control nor resist or avoid. And change is a good thing! Life is therefore a state of continuous movement, as Nily Ron explains in this week's...

Duration:00:37:28