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The Body Awake is a show for people interested in health and the human body, in a conversation beyond "body as machine." It's about what we're made of, how we move, how illness, injury and healing happen, and how we can use that information to live better lives.

The Body Awake is a show for people interested in health and the human body, in a conversation beyond "body as machine." It's about what we're made of, how we move, how illness, injury and healing happen, and how we can use that information to live better lives.
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The Body Awake is a show for people interested in health and the human body, in a conversation beyond "body as machine." It's about what we're made of, how we move, how illness, injury and healing happen, and how we can use that information to live better lives.




Our Interconnected Bodies, Trauma & What Now with Peter Levine — ep 49

Peter Levine founded Somatic Experiencing, a body-oriented approach to healing trauma. In this interview, we hear about the origins of that work, and a lot about what's now, and what's next, for this pioneer. Find Somatic Experiencing, and more of Peter Levine's bio, at


Full Moon : Third Anniversary Episode

Happy third anniversary, friends 💛 Links My “how to start a podcast” guide My interview with Donna Martin My interview with Angelo Coppola


Connection, Audience and Being Real on Social Media with Ryan Orrico — ep 47

I started following Ryan's page on Instagram. I was nearly immediately put on edge by some of his posts. He, at least a lot at that time, was playing a bit of a villain, challenging me and anyone else reading to put ourselves out there in a way I'd been, and to a large extent still am, uncomfortable with. This episode is really about communication, how we talk to ourselves and others alike. It's a challenge to find the passion in the work you're doing. (There's a line about midway that's...


Clarification, Patience and the Ocean With Patty Townsend

Patty Townsend has been teaching yoga since waaaaaay back in the day when there were only a couple yoga studios in LA. That alone would give her lots of credit to be on this show ... And so it's such a bonus that she offers her experience with a refreshing humility and clarity. We go into what teaching yoga in the States in the early 80's was like, the distinction between purification and clarification (this one's good), even a really sweet — if not super disarming — tip for teachers on how...


New Moon : Season 3 Orientation

Welcome back 💙


Interconnectedness and Darkness: ep 44

In this episode, we wrap up Season 2 of The Body Awake with a mix of retrospect, looking around and some personal sharing from me. Here's that poem I mention at the end. With love, LB


Towards an Inclusive Somatics with Don Hanlon Johnson — ep 43

Don Hanlon Johnson has had his interest at the intersection — or perhaps mutual expression — of "taking care of your body stuff" and "political, social and taking care of the environment stuff" for a long time now. We cover a lot of ground. I was delighted to join him, an early pioneer of what we now consider the broad term of "embodiment" practices. == DHJ's new book, authored by a wide array of body types and lineages, is called Diverse Bodies, Diverse Practices: towards an inclusive...


Reaching for Blackness with Holistic Resistance — ep 42

This episode, after a long time considering and reckoning myself with some of this material : “Reaching for Blackness” with Aaron and Jennie of Holistic Resistance. You can find their website here. Cheers to all of our inquiries, rich and personal, on our own paths. Love, LB


A Body Electric : Try This at Home with David Fleming — ep 41

Our guest this go is David Fleming, a bright and thoughtful practitioner whose work spans bodywork, lifestyle shifts and movement, and is informed by research into fascia, bioelectricity, the healing potential of the earth and more. This episode has a great big dose of little potential experiments that fall into the category of “Try this! It’s cheap or free, is not complicated, has no downside and may have a huge upside in your life.” One example is spending some time barefoot on the...


Start with Science, End with Poetry with Tatjana Mesar — ep 40

When teaching, "I start with science, but hopefully I end with more of the poetry of the movement." This is one of my favorite lines from this episode's guest, Tatjana Mesar. Tatjana is a teacher and practitioner, a smart thinker and deep feeler, like so many of you. And we dive into some big guiding questions: what is tradition, what is modern, what is fusion of ideas and, ultimately, what is outside of the erosion of time? You can find Tatjana's school, and some of her writing, in...


Q & A

I love a good question. I also love the attentive space it evokes in me to come up with an answer. And so with that, hopefully this is a win-win as I present to you five listener-powered inquiries, ranging across a decent spread of body-related topics, and my corresponding responses: Cheers, love, Liam


Living Your Body's Intelligence

Living your body's intelligence ... Oh, what that could mean! To get a feel for what it is, let's point to what it's not. It's not blindly following every bodily desire that arises. (Only one donut orgy per month, alright?) Nor is it forever perfecting your internal compass without moving in its direction, paralyzed by the potential — and inevitable — messiness of life. It's something else, something that is both of these end ranges at the same time. Pay attention, try, move, keep...


Sex, Touch and Naming What's There — ep 38

This was one of those interviews where I thought we were going to talk about one thing, and we ended up talking about another. It is real, intimate (and happening in relatively real time, depending on when you listen to this) as we discuss the power of sex, touch, and being predator and prey, both in and out of the context of bodywork. Glad to have you tuning in, as always. Love, LB SHOW NOTES Kimberly's website (with her latest writings, etc. also, to get her "guide to the pelvic...


The Limbic Brain and Biology of Emotion

In this episode, I'm reading "The Limbic Brain and the Biology of Emotion," which is a chapter from Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit and Sexy — Until You're 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. This could be a great chapter to share with parents or grandparents in your life. (My reading starts at 6m 10s.)


The Vagus Nerves and the Social Nervous System with Stanley Rosenberg — ep 37

I was quite excited when Stanley agreed to this interview. His book on the autonomic nervous system — including but not limited to the vagus nerve — includes detailed anatomy and self-help exercises and was easily the best $20 I've spent in a long time. I loved it. Here, I ask Stanley questions about the notion of our "social nervous system," and some detail around his self-help exercises which can be, if they work for you, an astoundingly simple way to reorient your basic sense of...


Online Embodiment and Curating Virtual Space with Lisa Elliott — ep 36

Join Lisa Elliott and I for a dive into the inner workings of someone who, in my experience, curates beautifully a space often known for its disembodiment and unkindness: a facebook forum. Hers in the Vagus Study Group, linked below. This is a great episode for anyone who curates space, whether teacher, facilitator and anyone who works with clients. Enjoy. Love, LB + TBA SHOW NOTES The Vagus Study Group on facebook "How I've Come to Think of the Vagus" (an expanded definition of the...


Effortless Attention: A Guided Meditation

By listener requests, and my delight in the fulfillment, here's one of what may be a few led meditation / awareness / embodiment exercises. Questions, feedback, requests: please do shoot me a line. Love, LB


Being a Good Student — ep 35

It used to be: good information was hard to find; good teachers and teachings were rare. The onus, in many ways, was on the teacher. Now, of course, that’s still true in a certain respect. But also true now more than ever, I reckon in this age of near-infinite material being but a click away, is the importance of being a good student. What makes a good student? • You are willing to learn, and also willing to stop learning and practice what you’ve learned. • You don’t think you know...


Irene Lyon Returns for More on Perception, Intuition and Raising Our Kids Well — ep 34

Welcome back to Irene Lyon for our second chat on TBA. We pick up largely where we left off from our first interview (ep 17), namely into this question I had — and have — around okay, so we're aware of this trauma thing ... what do we do about it? Wondrous, deep territory. Plus the pitfalls and joys of teaching online (newly on my mind as well). Also, here's that 15-min neuroception exercise. Love, LB. Get this, as always, on iTunes et al, or download direct here.