Practice You with Elena Brower

Content and conversations for times of transition and change. Join me in discussion with renowned luminaries and dear friends to explore life's myriad transitions, our understandings and our responses. What does it mean to be present, to shift our perceptions, to engage with the world meaningfully, with dignity and care? With respect for the ancient practices and the modern wisdom that continue to inform and elevate our exchanges, each episode is an invitation to Practice You.
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Dec 21, 2019

On the beauty and merit of hard work, and the gift and responsibility of creativity. On using your commerce to touch the lives of those in need, and the healing that comes with giving and receiving help.

Satya Scainetti is the founder and designer of Satya Jewelry. A philanthropist, yoga teacher and Reiki healer, Satya lives a lifestyle dedicated to giving back to the world community. The name Satya, meaning “truth” in Sanskrit, inspires each person to find and live their individual truth. Satya has built a devoted global following as she creates beautiful, inspiring and meaningful jewelry that resonates with each customer’s own personal journey. Satya’s background in social work and passion for early childhood education sparked the creation of the Satya Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides children all over the world with hope, change and the opportunity to fulfill their destinies. Satya lives in New York with her twin sons and her dog Vishnu.

Satya Jewelry is created with simplicity, style and global consciousness. Semi-precious gemstones renowned for their ancient healing properties are combined with 18kt gold plate, sterling silver and sacred symbols to create jewelry that brings peace and hope. Rooted in its mission to inspire each person’s own individual truth. Satya Jewelry is designed for your own individual journey.


Dec 14, 2019

On unraveling blocks in the body, the healing that wants to come through you, and the merits of staying curious.

Andi Keh is an artist and natural fabric dyer in Brooklyn, NY. She is the illustrator of The Moon Deck.

Born and raised in Southern Indiana, her love for creating began as early as she can remember. Painting murals on her bedroom walls and drawing after school was her favorite pastime. At 20, she traveled and worked in fashion abroad in Italy and France, then followed her heart to NYC, where she received a degree in Textile/Surface Design in 2005.

She married her love, William Keh, and became a full time mama of Ruby and West. She worked from home while also pursuing spiritual practices and yoga studies. She was certified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher through Yogamaya NYC, and taught family and private yoga classes.

Divine timing led her to co-create The Moon Deck in 2014 — a world renowned oracle set of 44 illustrated cards + guidebook. Graphite drawing, watercolor painting and natural fabric dyeing with flowers and plant extracts are her mediums and techniques of choice.

With the ebbs and flows of life and recently healing beyond breast cancer, her greatest intention is to use art as a means to share love, awakening and healing.

Length: 44:16

  • Andi's healing from Breast Cancer [2:15]
  • The stress we have held since childhood. The wisdom of seeking help [6:33]
  • The healers that Andi worked with [9:14]
  • Andi's family [16:15]
  • Words for those who are healing [19:03]
  • Illustrating The Moondeck [20:24]
  • Working with silks [26:38]
  • What needs healing [32:09]
  • Favourite view [33:07]
  • Prayer [34:35]
  • Reading from Pixie Lighthorse [35:22]
  • Reading from Tanya Markul [37:24]

Ben Brown
Louise Amar
Benard Creative
Ramit's Money Rules
Pixie Lighthorse, Prayers of Honoring
Tanya Markul, The She Book

Dec 7, 2019

On daily neuroliteracy, teaching your nervous system to listen expansively, and five profound yet simple steps to shift unintentional programs to intentional responses.

Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership, and Certificates in Medical Neuroscience, Visual Perception, and the Brain, and Neurobiology. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear, and NEUROSCULPTING: A Whole-Brain Approach to Heal Trauma, Rewrite Limiting Beliefs, and Find Wholeness.

As the Founder of the Neurosculpting® modality, Lisa runs a private meditation practice in Colorado teaching clients who suffer from stress disorders, and she is a faculty member of Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Center, the Law Enforcement Survival Institute, Omega Institute, and 1440 Multiversity.

  • Lisa’s experience with seizures [2:14]
  • The impetuous behind NeuroSculpting. Learning the language of the body [6:02]
  • Physical practices. Neurogenic Tremor release [10:45]
  • The method of NeuroSculpting [12:20]
  • Step one. Priming the nervous system to be listening in a parasympathetic, rest and digest way [13:45]
  • The two different ways into the nervous system [17:14]
  • The physical practice of shaking or Neurogenic Tremoring to regulate the nervous system [18:33]
  • Step two. Enhance focused attention. Prefrontal cortex. The value of benign novelty [20:29]
  • Step Three. Increase activity between the analytical and the intuitive self [23:08]
  • Step Four. The body has portals into our psyche. How the brain values synchronicity [28.19]
  • Step Five. Bookmarking an experience with a word [33:19]
  • Lisa’s vision for the future [36:44]
  • What to do after a fight with someone you love [40:11]
  • Hand gestures [44:33]
  • Children’s book. The Monster Under Your Bed [46:10]
  • Lisa’s work with refugees [48:36]


NeuroSculpting by Lisa Wimberger
NeuroSculpting Institute
The Monster Under Your Bed by Lisa Wimberger
The Polyvagal Theory by Stephen W. Porges
Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine
Neurogenic Tremor Release by Doctor David Berceli
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
The Warrior One Neurosculpting course for Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers
Girls on Fire leaders

Nov 23, 2019

On Staying Present for Yourself and Your Business

  • Relationships. Crystal Clear Communication. Using “I feel…” [4:30]
  • Healthy is liberating. Melissa’s healing crisis. Being unapologetic about self-love and self care [19:22]
  • Wealthy is not a dirty word. Melissa’s experience with doTERRA. Being able to give back [29:02]
  • Investment in yourself, mindset, business and virtual presence. Conscious consumerism [35:41]
  • What needs healing [40:42]
  • Favorite view [43:57]
  • Prayer [44:45]
  • Daily meditation practice [46:02]
  • Network Marketing and residual income [47:30]
Nov 16, 2019

On Nature as healing modality and connecting force. On the magical mycelium all around us, and the greatest natural solution for climate change.

An award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places.

Louie’s theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker; the documentary, Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, and America’s Heart and Soul for Walt Disney Studios.

His latest feature film, Fantastic Fungi, which explores the world of mushrooms and mycelium and illustrates how this fascinating organism can provide sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems, from curing diseases, to saving the bees, and cleaning the atmosphere will be released in theaters fall, 2019.

Louie has also directed the Soarin’ Around the World; a motion simulator ride film, one of the most popular attractions at Disney Theme Parks worldwide.

His Netflix series, Moving Art, was renewed for a third season and will be premiering in September, 2019. Designed to inspire, educate and evolve our perspective on the world, each episode immerses viewers in the natural world, taking them on a journey through time and scale.

Louie’s TED talks have gone viral with over 54 million combined views. His Gratitude Revealed series of shorts were launched on Supported by the Templeton Foundation, with science and analytics by the Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, the series explores the multifaceted virtues of gratitude.

Louie is the only filmmaker to be inducted into the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation’s Invention Ambassadors Program.

For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – we protect what we love. That is the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.”

Louie is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Directors Guild of America and on the board of Earth Day Network.

  • Time-lapse photography of decomposition [2:58]
  • The role of mushrooms. Recycling [3:58]
  • Mycelium network [7:38]
  • Greatest natural solution for Climate Change [10:25]
  • How everything is connected [14:19]
  • Magic Mushrooms [16:58]
  • Mushrooms as immune boosters for bees [25:55]
  • Penicillin [29:19]
  • The beauty of nature as a healing modality. Mahameru flower [31:01]
  • What needs healing [37:34]
  • Favorite view [39:40]
  • Prayer [40:40]


Fantastic Fungi
Wings of Life
Paul Stamets' Ted Talk oil 6 Ways Mushrooms can save the world.
The Master Game by Robert S. De Ropp

Louie Schwartzberg - Practice You Podcast

Nov 9, 2019

On the experience of being yourself, the ancient illusion of hierarchy, and true humanity--being both fully human and fully divine.

MEGGAN WATTERSON is the author of REVEAL, The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy, The Divine Feminine Oracle, and Mary Magdalene Revealed. She is a feminist theologian with a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. MEGGAN facilitates the REDLADIES — a community of radical love—that lets her preach about female saints, mystics, gurus, and poets who inspire and teach us to live in service of love. She leads retreats and workshops on Mary’s gospel and the soul-voice meditation. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Marie Claire. She lives with her beloved son and his exuberant goldfish, Bob.

  • Feminist Theologian. [3:20]
  • The misperceptions of Mary Magdalene. Early Christianity. Intrinsic goodness of all regardless of rank.[5:35]
  • The acts of Paul and Thecla.[11:30]
  • How stories of Christ became more divine and Mary became more human. [14:30]
  • Thecla and Paul. Courage meeting courage. Initiating herself. [17:01]
  • Mary Magdalene’s Gospel. An understanding of a love that renders us all equal.[23:25]
  • Attempted destruction of Mary’s gospels. Egyptian christians refusing to destroy the gospels. [24:20]
  • Christ called for us to become true human beings. Fully human and fully divine. We are meant to be both.
    Nous. The eye of the heart. The Seven egoic powers. [25:10]
  • Meggan’s first calling as a feminist theologian. The body never lies. The erasure of women’s voices.[29:40]
  • Judgement towards women. Ignorance. Unconsciousness. We must stop oppressing ourselves. [31:45]
  • The Red Spring at Glastonbury. Mary 9:14. Learning to discern between the soul and the ego.[35:12]
  • Bring love where it has never been before. Feeling rage and acting from love. [38:16]
  • The Crypt in Saint-Maximim. Illusion of seeing others as more worthy. Love renders us all equal.[41:47]
  • What needs healing. Worthiness. Resting in trust that you are worthy. [46:35]
  • Favorite View.[49:32]
  • Prayer. Gnosis. [50:18]


Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson
Reveal by Meggan Watterson
Divine Feminine Oracle by Meggan Watterson

Oct 21, 2019

The Ritual of Recovery: Elena's first spoken word piece to honour her five years of sobriety.

Oct 19, 2019

On healing in all its forms; muscle-centric medicine, gut healing, evidence-based healing modalities and the importance of soul family.

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a Washington University fellowship trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. Dr. Lyon works closely with the Special Operations Military as a part of the Task Force Dagger Foundation. In addition, her practice services, innovators, mavericks, executives, and anyone looking to level up their health. Dr. Lyon brings unparalleled results to her patients with personalized advanced nutritional interventions, metabolic and genetic testing, and behavioral action implementation.
She leverages evidence-based medicine with emerging cutting-edge science to restore metabolism, balance hormones and optimizes body composition with the goal of a lifetime of vitality.


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Oct 12, 2019

On racism as a curable heart disease, the ever-expanding gift of mindfulness, and what it means to stay awake and responsive in these times with care and wisdom. Ruth offers us an invaluable meditation to close.

Ruth King is an Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author and consultant. She is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches insight meditation retreats nationwide. Recognized as a trainer of trainers and consultant to consultants, King teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program to teams and organizations, supporting an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential through a mindfulness lens. King has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is the author of several publications including The Emotional Wisdom Cards, Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible, and more recently Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. For more information, visit

  • Mindfulness as a way to reprogramme our nervous system, as we deconstruct our minds. [3:00]
  • How Ruth came to this work. [6:38]
  • The gap between our good intentions and what we do. [8:45]
  • Cultivating presence so that we can bear witness. [9:40]
  • Waking up to white privilege. Helping white people shift from the idea of being a good individual. Making this issue a collective priority. [10:45]
  • What it would be like if white people were talking to their children about race. [14:13]
  • Connecting the dots between what we read and the subtle shifts we make in our lives. [17:58]
  • The six hindrances. [20:35]
  • Internalised oppression. Representation and scarcity. [22:01]
  • Stars and constellations. Looking through the lenses of individual and collective. [30:00]
  • How white people can teach other people about whiteness. Racial affinity group work.
    Understanding our racial conditioning. [32:14]
  • Cumulative impact. Generational fatigue. [36:50]
  • Prison industrial complex. [39:08]
  • Can we mobilize a collective consciousness around our racial conditioning so that we can see what’s happening? [44:46]
  • Prioritizing kindness no matter what. [45:33]
  • Ruth King leads us in a ten minute guided meditation. [45:55]
  • The 5-5-5 rule and Mindfulness practice. 5 mins a day, 5 days a week, 5 weeks.[56:00]
  • This work is messy and it's the work of a lifetime. Deep inner work.[56:36]
  • Prayers from Mindful of Race. [1:01:36]


Mindful of Race by Ruth King
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis

Mindful of Race Training - The Mindful of Race Training Program supports an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning through a mindful lens.

The Emotional Wisdom Cards - This 50 card deck is ideal for individuals, couples, communities, work teams, support groups and other relationships seeking understanding, connection and ease.

Oct 5, 2019

On owning our anxiety as a sacred cue to wake up and remember ourselves. On becoming our own eternal support system. Practical tools to soothe and serve--yourself and others.

Length: 56.10

  • Breathing. [2:38]
  • Teachers and singing. [4:00]
  • Using discernment to reduce anxiety.[4:45]
  • Power of playing.[6:45]
  • Planning your meals. [9:00]
  • Surface level anxiety. Simple choices that can help. [9:45]
  • Body as a gateway to the mind. Anxiety as a helpful sign to let you know something is out of alignment. [10:44]
  • Watching for the after effects of toxicity in your life. [14:28]
  • Being mindful of the music you choose. Jai-Jagdeesh.[17:49]
  • Tiny choices that contribute to anxiety.[19:17]
  • Choosing your self-talk.[20:18]
  • Becoming your biggest fan. [21:00]
  • Visualization. [22:49]
  • Creating Art as therapy. [28:10]
  • Ending negative relationships. Developing a more positive relationship with yourself. [31:06]
  • Wanting to live a better life. [35:00]
  • Volunteering. Donating resources.[37:40]
  • What needs healing. [0:25]
  • Favorite view. [47:31]
  • Prayer. [49:03]

Julian Brass is an international keynote speaker, yoga teacher, anxiety coach, and author of the book Own Your Anxiety - 99 simple ways to channel your secret edge.

His personal journey of learning to shift his relationship with anxiety while being the former CEO of the number one media company for millennials in Canada. Prior to the launch of the book, Julian has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, Global, and Now it can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Costco, Amazon, and over 100 Hudson’s Airport Booksellers.


Own Your Anxiety includes 99 easily digestible tips for shifting your relationship with anxiety. Split mindfully into three sections; own your body, own your mind, own your soul - this book has valuable tips to assist anyone through their healing journey. For a small investment, you can have the tools that can change your life.

The book is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Costco, Indigo, and over 100 Hudson's airport sellers.
Follow Julian's journey @julianbrass on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Sep 21, 2019

On the changing ecology of the yoga world, the importance of mentorship, and how we mature as teachers.

Amy is a yoga teacher, author, and earth activist. Her caring approach brings ancient wisdom to modern seekers, both on and off the mat. She shares her passion for yoga, health, and earth conservation, through her writings for Yoga Journal, Organic Life, Prevention Magazine and others. She is a featured teacher on and a pioneer for advanced yoga education, serving both students as well as fellow yoga teachers. In 2012 she co-founded 90 Monkeys, a professional development school that has enhanced the skills of yoga teachers in 65+ countries internationally. In 2016 she co-authored the book, The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga, which has become a staple in yoga teacher trainings around the globe.

  • Yoga in New York in the 1990s. Amy’s desire to help new yoga teachers thrive. [3:14]
  • Yoga Teacher Mentorship. Asana and personal coaching off the mat. [6:53]
  • Anusura yoga. [10:42]
  • The future of yoga. Bringing meaning to each class. [13:30]
  • What needs healing right now. [18:16]
  • Favorite view. [19:50]
  • Prayer. [22:05]
  • Amy's future in teaching. Environmental activism.[24:05]


The Art of Studentship and Yoga Mentorship
Come of Age by Stephen Jenkinson
Stasher Bags
Wild Aid
Blue Sphere Foundation

90 Monkeys Teacher Training programs - The mission of 90 Monkeys teacher training programs is simple: To change the world through providing yoga instructors and studios the tools to be the gold standard for yoga in your community.

"The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga" book - This indispensable and inspiring book guides both new and established professionals toward maximizing their impact as teachers and achieving their career goals.

Practice You Podcast with Elena Brower - Episode 29: Amy Ippoliti

Sep 14, 2019

On the real breaking points, perils and virtues of honest parenting, creating more time for adventure and more space to be ourselves.

Vanessa Cornell founded NUSHU Society through a personal need for a soulful community of women interested in exploring the self through powerful ideas and practices. Through events based in New York, NUSHU Society creates a space where women can feel safe to connect deeply, try new things, have fun and learn. Our collective goal is to lead a passionate, authentic and joyful life. Other passions include surfing, rock climbing, wine and contemporary Japanese ceramics. Vanessa lives in New York with her husband and five children.

Length: 46:54

[1:46] - Bringing people together.
[2:32] - Maternal health. Christy Turlington. Every Mother Counts.
[5:30] - On maintaining her identity and honoring her voice, as a mother of five.
[12:02] - Paying attention to your needs as a small act of rebellion.
[15:09] - Founding Nushu. Gathering women together. Allowing space for vulnerability. On going first.
[21:33] - On noticing what underlying values are at play: achievement vs. resting.
[23:14] - Energy Medicine and kids.
[26:48] - Bedtime with family.
[29:33] - Spending time apart from kids.
[30:38] - What needs healing. On loving our whole selves.
[34:30] - Favorite view. Finding flow.
[36:13] - Prayer as a connection to source. Meditation.
[40:06] - Surfing as a way to feel alive. Fear vs physical sensation.


Nushu Society
Every Mother Counts
Energy Medicine by Dr. Jill Blakeway
Calm app

Episode 28: Vanessa Cornell on the Practice You Podcast with Elena Brower

Sep 7, 2019

On mothering as hosting a human, lessons learned from repeating history, and remembering that what we’re healing was never broken.

Length: 43:02


  • Experience on Veria with Got Zen TV show. [1:44]
  • Rebekah’s family. Understanding what it’s like to be an other. [3:53]
  • Motherhood. Experience of race. Belonging. Finding our way. [7:30]
  • Healing estrangement from our parents/children. Lauren Zander. Providing a soft place to land.
  • Seeing your child as a child of the Universe passing through. [10:12]
  • Foster parenting. How we are all brothers and sisters. Giving your children autonomy. [19:10]
  • Communicating directly and concisely with your partner. Lauren Zander. Radical truth. Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower’s ICBD: Intentions, Concerns, Boundaries, Dreams. [20:55]
  • On writing Managing the Motherload.<
    Celebrating all the small things that go well in parenting. [25:25]
  • What needs healing right now. [31:44]
  • Favorite view. [32:54]
  • Prayer. [34:00]
  • Relationship between action and prayer. Activism. Time. Talent. Treasure. [35:36]
  • Handel Group. Truth as liberation. [39:34]


Rebekah “Bex” Borucki is a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, birth doula, and author of You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life: Simple 4-Minute Meditations for Inspiration, Transformation, and True Bliss (Hay House 2017) and her brand new book, Managing the Motherload: A Guide to Creating More Ease, Space, and Grace in Motherhood (Hay House 2019). Her mission is to make mental health support and stress management tools accessible to all. For more information, visit

Managing the Motherload:
Private Facebook community:
You Have 4 Minutes to Change your Life by Rebekah Borucki
Voice Lessons for Parents by Wendy Mogel Ph.D.
Getting to Hell Yes by Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower
Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson
Handel Group and Lauren Zander

Episode 27: Rebekah Borucki on the Practice You Podcast with Elena Brower

Aug 24, 2019

On the education and empowerment of adolescent girls as one of the keys to the future of the world.


How Girls on Fire Leaders was born.

Girls on Fire Leadership Camps. Samburu. The power of using your voice.

What drew Eileen to this work. Women and poverty. India. Kiva Fellowship ( Manipur. Microfinance. Leadership potential.

Work with Shofco Access to nature. Karura forest. Mind expansive experiences.
Partnering with other organisations. Community involvement.

High numbers of HIV among adolescent girls. How leadership programs decrease these numbers.


doTERRA Healing Hands foundation is matching donations to Girls on Fire Leaders before September 15th 2019.

Workshops with boys. How do we lead with empathy and love?

Makesh teaching classes using Practice You book.

Leadership in community. Girls on Fire Leaders asking important questions.

Outcomes of Girls on Fire Leaders since 2014. Vision. Design thinking.

What needs healing. Voice.

Consider how the trauma you endured as a child could become your greatest teaching in your work.

Favorite view.


Ways to be involved.

The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp.

Aug 17, 2019

On aromatherapy as a path to activating our innate balance, understanding tissue states, and the study of Aromatic Medicine.

  • Jade's first experience with essential oils.[2:21]
  • Aromatherapy and massage in the UK. Marguerite Maury’s holistic approach. The oils’ potential to reduce the impact of stress on the body. [6:07]
  • The Framework: Shifting the Paradigm, beginning with the heart: [7:23]
  • Acute intervention with the oils. Fennel and Digestion. [12:00]
  • The body's innate ability to heal. Helping the body through the use of essential oils, to help the body do what it wants to do. [15:08]
  • Essential oils and pharmaceuticals. [18:41]
  • Reawakening our relationship with aromatic plants. Altering perception. Reconnecting to nature. [20:15]
  • [How herbs and oils can co-exist. [26:15]
  • Respect for the potency of the essential oils. [29:13]
  • Our intuition as a valuable resource. [32:07]
  • Western Herbal Energetics. Six tissue states: dry/moist, tension/laxity, heat/cold. Using essential oils to support the body in returning to homeostasis. New language beyond treating pathology. [34:18]
  • What needs healing right now. 40:45]
  • Favorite view. [42:42]
  • Prayer. [44:30]
  • Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course [45:24]


Foundations of Aromatherapy Course
Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course.
Marguerite Maury's guide to Aromatherapy.
Shifting the Paradigm:
Thomas Easley of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine.
If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie


Save 25% off of Aromatic Medicine with code ebrower

Aug 10, 2019

On the confluence of effort and grace, the benevolent forces at play, and the electric walkway of this life.

Jul 27, 2019

On ritualizing your practice, developing your interior world, and measuring up for joy, with Abbie Galvin, author of 'Home Practice' and founder of The Studio.

Abbie Galvin is the owner of The Studio, a NYC based yoga studio, teaching Katonah Yoga. She has been honing this practice for the past 25 years and has a strong student-base from all around the world. Abbie's instruction is informed by her own creative process as a filmmaker and from her exploration of the therapeutic process as a psychoanalyst. She has learned over and over that truly participating in any formal process of self-exploration leads to transformation whether it be physical, psychological or intellectual. Her goal is to engage students of yoga in the dialogue between their conscious and their unconscious selves because it is through that effort that we potentiate ourselves. It is her intention as a teacher to cajole each student in that most rigorous effort to be grounded, to grow upwards, and to participate in the creation of their best self.

Length: 45:44

Home Practice Book. Ritualizing your home practice, gaining insight.

Abbie’s home practice and time management.

Longevity practice. As you get older, your interior life expands.

The interior shift of mind to the body’s intelligence.

Cocooning yourself in your own breath. Being kind to yourself and using ritual to elevate your experience.

Grounded being practice as an antidote to the doing culture.

Ties between the interior organs and the peripheral.

Kidneys as battery.

Practical details for setting up a home practice.

Creating a community of shared public space, with mats facing each other.

Why there is no Shavasana at the end of a Katonah class.

Middle of the practice.

Readings from the Home Practice book.

Time knows everything. It is through time that you become yourself.

What you’re doing in the silence of the postures to heal yourself.

Fluency practice.

Longevity practice.

Staying with yourself.

Magic Square on the palm of the hand.

Nature’s intelligence is seen through its’ patterns. There is a technique for joy.

What needs healing right now.

Favorite view.

Prayer as a capacity to be with yourself.


The Studio
Come of age by Stephen Jenkinson
Katonah Yoga Home Practice Book

A home practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, wellbeing and long life. A home practice is a commitment to self-care, a ritualized modus operandi for one’s participation in a technical integration of mind, body and breath. Engaging in a home practice is a way of addressing the manner in which one personally organizes one’s self; developing a determined life, setting goals and following through. Our home practice book will guide you through developing your own home practice.

Jul 20, 2019

Practical wisdom for separation and divorce; shifting internal narratives, prioritizing positives, taking the high road, and the importance of the long view.

Length: 43:20

Holding a state of being Better Apart by separating with the five pillars: Patience, Clarity, Respect, Peace and Forgiveness.

How divorce attorneys responded to the book.

Gabrielle’s work as a divorce attorney, and her experience of her own parents’ divorce.

Creating a safe environment within yourself.

Seeking help if someone is unable or afraid to leave.

Shifting your internal narrative.

Finding a counsellor or meditator to set up interim living situations.

Patience. Slowest is fastest.

Clarity. Asking for precisely what you need. Acknowledging what you brought to the table.

Peace. Reconstructing your separation/divorce as a sanctuary of possibility. Peace as a practice.
Creating a mantra for yourself.

Respect for yourself and others. Creating stronger boundaries. Spending more time with things that you happy.

Forgiveness as a gift to yourself. Recognizing your own humaneness. From contraction to expansion.
Acknowledging the reason you came to this person in the first place.

Masterclass based on the five pillars.


Jul 6, 2019

On the life-changing art of doing less, appreciating more, and savoring the cyclical nature of your life.

As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital empire with her husband, Mike Watts, that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. They are committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Kate teaches data-driven and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress. Kate has a membership of over 1,000 entrepreneurs called Origin® Collective that’s about infusing more feminine energy into your business and reclaiming your time, and she has also helped over 5,000 students heal their relationship with money with her signature Money Love Course. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages, and her second book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms, is now available wherever books are sold. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Wanderlust, The Huffington Post, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughters in a cozy town in Maine.

Length: 45:56

Money a Love Story

Do Less Self-worth and how we interact with commodities such as time and money.

The only way to create a new system is to be it.

Knowing which actions are the 20% that will yield 80% of your results.

How motherhood can help us care less about what others think.

Identifying and prioritizing actions that lead to your biggest wins.

On the cyclical nature of things. Using the four predictable energy phrases, to honor how you feel and organize your time.

On trusting that your body is your home.

Assignment: Think about someone with whom you have felt deeply at home. Describe in detail. Consider that you could potentially feel that way within your own body.

Menopause, Adolescence in reverse. The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup.

Reverse engineer your schedule to reflect your core values. Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu.

Receiving help. Making it a practice. Asking in advance.


Identifying energy leaks.

Magic of sleep.

What needs healing. Prioritizing pleasure.

Favorite View.

Prayer as trust.


Jun 29, 2019

Artist and meditation teacher Gemma Gambee Lewis on the work that helps us share the most primary inner state, and taking meditation into our actions in the world.

Gemma Lewis is a meditation and spiritual teacher nurturing the integration between the spirit and the mind. After a 20-year career in international fashion modeling, trend forecasting, and brand building, Gemma is most at home when sitting in meditation and teaching what this practice has generously given. She classically trained for more than two decades in the traditions of Yoga, Bhakti, the Vedas, Vedanta, and Kashmir Shaivism. When she is not meditating, she's wrapped up in other creative pursuits like drawing, painting and deep-diving brand strategy work in the fashion, art, design, and film industries.


Jun 22, 2019

Co-Founder of Flavorpill and EVRYMAN Sascha Lewis on creating community, leadership, the experiential evolution of what it means to be a man, and becoming full-spectrum humans.

Length: 59:30

Yoga on the Great Lawn. Flavorpill. Reggie Watts. Buddy Wakefield.

Yoga at MoMA. Pipilotti Rist exhibit. Michael Rothman. Art of Yoga at the Guggenheim.

How can culture be more accessible? Quiet Mornings at MoMA.

Evryman organisation. Dan Doty. Men from all walks of life. Permission to be raw and emotional.

Men’s work at highschool, prisons, military. Aaron Blaine.

Me Too movement. How are we going to evolve? Men learn by doing and experiencing.

Committing more time to family. We yearn for presence. Full spectrum human.

Difficult moments. Slowing down. The power of knowing that we’re heard.

Creating the container for this work. It’s a practice.

Co-ed groups. Wanderlust Wellspring. Beautiful displays of humanity.

Collective healing journey. Evolution.

World War II. Trauma. Fathers.

Critical work. Meaningful connections. Change is in our hands.

Unravelling micro-traumas. How are you really feeling?

Men are leaning in. All denominations. Support and accountability.

Self-worth. Work statements. What is your edge?

Favorite view.

Prayer as a sense of reverence.

Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT). Esther Perel.


Evryman organisation

Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT)

Wanderlust Wellspring

Yoga at MoMA

Jun 9, 2019

On prioritizing the behaviors that lead to awakening. On the kindnesses, and the softening. On breathing as physiological healing.

Length: 58:29

One simple thing. Overcoming the divided self. Our untapped potential.

Hierarchies in yoga. The unknown. Yoga is a practice of knowing who you are. Listening so we know what to do.

Reading Siddhartha at 15. Who am I? What am I doing here? What do I do next? Self-referral.

Being established in your awareness.

Listening and prioritizing.

Eight limbs of yoga as responsibilities. Spontaneous behavior of an awakened person.

Distracted mind is not a bad thing.

The energy that is watching.

Reorganization of the brain and yoga poses.

Eddie’s daily practice.

Breath as the easiest way to move inwards. Resonance Breathing. Nostril Breathing.
The Breathing App

Strengthening and balancing the nervous system.

It is actually hard to be kind and peaceful. Why we need these practices.

The Vagus Nerve and heart health/ inflammation/ emotion.
Vagal Tone, the smooth flow of current to/from the brain and gut.
Dr Stephen Porges
Physiological basis for transcendence. Posture, Breathing, Vocalization and Behaviour.


Favorite view.

What Prayer means to Eddie. Invitation.


Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Dr Stephen Porges
The Breathing App
One Simple Thing
Episode 14, referencing some of our discussion
The Breathing App (it's free and brilliant)

Jun 1, 2019

Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional bestsellers. She was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabby to be part of the “SuperSoul 100,” a group of 100 people whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified her as “a new role model.” Gabby appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra. Her seventh book, Super Attractor, comes out in September 2019. For more on her work, visit

Length: 34:15

How Gabby inspired Elena during her recovery. May Cause Miracles book

Reframing. Re-aligning. Allowing rock bottom to be the place where the light enters.

If it isn’t real, it can’t be shared.

Being authentic and vulnerable, but also knowing when not to be.

The Universe Has Your Back. To teach is to learn.

Addiction Recovery. Spirit Junkie
How this book helped Elena to feel comfortable talking about Spirit.

Judgment Detox

Small steps can get you to where you need to be.

What inspired Gabrielle to create Spirit Junkie Masterclass.
Yogi Bhajan: "I am not here to create disciples, i’m here to create teachers."

When you earn abundantly for the work that you do, you can make an even bigger impact on the world.

Remembering that your healing is your message and your teaching.

Marketing as a way to provide help where there is a need.

How to be abundant doing the work you feel called to do.

How Gabby holds space as a teacher. Knowing how to open to the light, while also having boundaries.

Postpartum anxiety. Importance of seeking help. Postpartum Support International . The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook

Gabby's favorite view.

Prayer as conscious contact with a higher power of your own understanding.


May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
Postpartum Support International
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook
Learn about Spirit Junkie Masterclass

May 11, 2019

On Nature as musical instrument, pauses as assets, honouring the elders, everyday ceremony. Includes a bonus track of Ram Dass x East Forest.

Derived from the German translation of his last name, East Forest (aka Trevor Oswalt) creates a hypnotizing brand of music for old souls that blends achingly emotional wordlessness, ambience and contemporary classical touches with a touch of pop sensibilities and electronic flavors. Based in Boulder Utah, Oswalt performs internationally and is armed with a live show that is continually evolving; sometimes performing solo, sometimes with a string section, and often with theatrical elements and cinematic projections. With experiences offering music in a hospice, as well as backpacking explorations throughout the wilderness of the world including the Amazonian jungle searching for spiritual answers, his music is a connected journey that's been dubbed "a revelatory excursion in sound" (Under The Gun) that invites listeners to "go on a journey of self discovery" (Earmilk). He's been featured on NPR's Second Stage and Tiny Desk Contest, and shared the stage with artists ranging from Trevor Hall to Crystal Bowersox (Amer. Idol), Bluetech to Moby. His 2016 collaboration with MC YOGI, Ritual Mystical, went #1 iTunes Electronic, #8 Billboard Dance and #2 Billboard New Age.

EAST FOREST's newest release, "RAM DASS" is a full length album releasing in collaboration with the acclaimed spiritual teacher. In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Maui to record brand new teachings from Ram Dass. After capturing these words of wisdom East Forest returned to his studio to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. Covering topics such as dark thoughts, nature, the soul and so much more, these songs are full of inspiration. The album will release in four “chapters” throughout 2019, culminating in a full length release on August 9, 2019. Trevor Hall and grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das are among the featured artists who make guest appearances on the 14-track album.

How Trevor began making music to recreate the feeling of infiniteness from experiences with Psilocybin.

Recognising plants and fungi as tools that are there for us.

Work with Ram Dass on album

Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba. Ram Dass. Krishna Dass.

Chapter 2, Your Guru. Ram Dass. Relevant teachings. Love everyone. Tell the truth.

What it was like recording with Ram Dass. The Spiritual Whitehouse. No one is on the outside.

The importance of witnessing and honoring the elders.

Ram Dass’ Trust and Devotion. Loving awareness.

Live concert as an opportunity for ceremony. Planting seeds in people’s consciousness.

Building bridges. Making things attainable for anyone.

Forgiving himself. Being ok with it all.
Ease. Maybe there’s really nothing to do. Being conscious is enough.

It’s all sacred. It’s all prayer.

Meditation courses scored by East Forest.

I am loving Awareness track closes out the podcast.

Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence Audio Meditation Course
Art of Attention Audio Meditation Course

May 4, 2019

On the subtlest interior shifts we can make to conduct currents of sweetness within and around us. 

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