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


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.

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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!

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.