WholeYou Podcast #9: Fourth Chakra (Anahata)

WholeYou Podcast #9: Fourth Chakra (Anahata)

Want to deepen your relationships with others and with yourself? Check out Episode 9 of the WholeYou podcast!

You can listen to the show (stream or download) on the embedded SoundCloud box on this post, or find it on iTunes of your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening! 

Fourth Chakra At a Glance:

  • Sanskrit Name: Anahata
  • Location: Heart area
  • Element: Air
  • Color: Green (also sometimes pink)
  • Issues: Love and self-love, relationships, intimacy
  • Goals: Balance, compassion, self-acceptance, connection
  • Basic Rights: To love and be loved

What we Discuss in Episode #9:

  • How to know if your fourth chakra is out of balance
  • Signs of a deficient and excessive fourth chakra
  • Love, self-love, relationships, and boundaries
  • Yoga poses, meditations, and pranayama to balance your heart chakra
  • Fourth chakra affirmations

Lauren and I are really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your comments. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and please take 1 minute to leave us a review on iTunes  — it helps us to reach more people, and we'd be so grateful! 

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WholeYou podcast #5: overview of the chakras

WholeYou podcast #5: overview of the chakras

Feeling a little spacey or up in your head? Listen to this episode for tips on how to know if your first chakra is out of whack, and what to do to get grounded. 

Thank you all for your comments and thoughts on our first few shows. We really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your thoughts. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and please leave a review on iTunes  — it helps us to reach more people!

In this "chakras 101" episode, we give an overview on the chakra system and how to work with it for more holistic wellness in mind, body, and spirit. If you've been to a yoga or meditation class before, you've likely heard references to the chakras. And if you're excited about this episode, lucky you! We have a whole series of future episodes planned to dive into each chakra in depth. 

Here's what we chat about in episode #5:

  • What the heck are chakras? 
  • What got each of us interested in chakras
  • Brief history of the chakra system
  • The name, physical location, and central issues/themes for all 7 chakras
  • How you can explore working with the chakras to benefit your wellness — so many ways!

We'd LOVE to hear your thoughts, so if you take a listen, please leave a comment on your thoughts, or any questions or ideas you have.

You can stream or download episode #5 via SoundCloud here on the blog (click "Read More" below), or search for WholeYou (and subscribe) in iTunes or your favorite podcast app. And if you love the show, don't forget to leave an iTunes review

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WholeYou podcast #4: translating the wisdom of yoga into daily life

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WholeYou is back with episode 4, and this time Lauren and I are talking all about yoga for mind-body-spirit wellness, and some of our biggest lessons and takeaways from yoga teacher training. 

Between the holidays, moving into a new house, and lots of traveling for Lauren, it's been a while since our last episode — but it was worth the wait! I hope y'all enjoy listening to this as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Audio Note: You’ll notice that the audio has a little bit of distortion at parts — it’s not too bad, but you might wonder if there are little gremlins whispering on the recording. ;) We did our best once we realized the issue, and will work on fixing it before we record next time!

Thank you all for your comments and thoughts on our first few shows. We really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your thoughts. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes for to never miss a show, and please leave a review!

In this episode, we chat about our experiences from our yoga teacher trainings. Lauren completed hers in Costa Rica at the end of 2015, and I started mine here in Nashville in September and finish up this spring. Lauren did a couple of great posts on the top lessons she learned from her trainings (see links at the bottom of the show notes), so we broke those down as a framework for our discussion.

Here's what we cover in Episode 4:

  • What “yoga” really means
  • It’s about much more than just the physical asana practice — more about some of the original purposes of yoga
  • The importance of finding your own personal practice and voice
  • Body diversity in yoga (and taking the Instagram yoga world with a grain of salt)
  • How moving slowly in your practice can benefit you
  • Respecting boundaries as a yoga teacher
  • Some key points about trauma-sensitive yoga
  • How yoga can help you learn to trust your body even more

We'd LOVE to hear your thoughts, so if you take a listen, please leave a comment, or any questions or ideas you have for future shows.

Stream or download below from SoundCloud, head on over to iTunes, or search for WholeYou in your favorite podcast app!

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Show Notes & Quotes:

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*Music credit for our mini theme song is Little Idea from Bensound.com. Thanks, Ben!

WholeYou episode #3 - dealing with difficult thoughts

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We're now on episode 3 of WholeYou!

Thank you all for your comments and thoughts on our first two episodes. We really appreciate you taking the time to listen and connect with us on these topics so far. If you like the show, remember to subscribe on iTunes so you don't miss one!

In Episode 3, we’re talking about how to deal with difficult or 'unhelpful' thoughts. Just like emotional literacy, this is stuff that we usually are NOT taught in school or as a part of growing up , which is why it’s such an important topic for channels like this podcast.

What we cover in episode 3:

  • Why we don't label unhelpful thoughts as "negative"
  • How avoidance can make things worse - "What we resist persists."
  • Does “thought-stopping” work?
  • Why you can't just “affirm” your way out of painful experiences
  • Physical, mental, and spiritual tools to help you “defuse” from unhelpful thoughts
  • The power of curiosity and just observing your thoughts
  • Lauren's experience in a float tank

We’re interested in how you relate to this topic and what resonates with you from this episode — so if you take a listen, please leave a comment with your thoughts, questions, or as always, ideas for future episodes. You can also share your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #wholeyoushow!

So, go ahead and take a listen:

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Things we mention in this episode:

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*Music credit for our mini theme song is Little Idea from Bensound.com. Thanks, Ben!

WholeYou podcast ep. 02 - morning routines & building habits

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Lauren Fowler and I are back for episode #2 of WholeYou: The Mind + Body + Spirit Show!

Thank you all so much for your support and comments on our first episode on body image and self-compassion. We really appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your thoughts. If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes to make sure you always get the latest episodes!

We decided to chat about morning routines for our second episode because this is a topic — and a self-care practice — that both of us are hugely passionate about.

Taking time in the morning (even just a few minutes) for self-care can be a powerful way to set up your day rather than rushing into emails and work first-thing. The beauty of it is that you can build a morning routine that will work for YOU and fits your unique needs and personality. So have fun exploring some of the morning rituals we mention, then create a routine that you enjoy!

Hop on over to Instagram and share an image of something from YOUR morning routine with the hashtag #wholeyou!

Lauren and I had a blast chatting in this episode about:

  • Our personal morning routines and how they’ve evolved
  • The power of movement in the morning
  • How to build a meditation practice
  • Why sleep is so important for morning routines
  • Why flexibility is essential for morning routines
  • How to build habits that work for you
  • How to discover your natural habit-building tendency – Are you a questioner? Obliger? Rebel? Upholder?

We’d LOVE to hear your thoughts, so if you take a listen, please leave a comment with anything you connected to or any questions or ideas you have. 

You can listen on SoundCloud below (streaming or download) or over at iTunes!

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Show Notes and Quotes

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*Music credit for our mini theme song is Little Idea from Bensound.com. Thanks, Ben!