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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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Now displaying: April, 2019
Apr 27, 2019

Stylist, author, self-proclaimed vintage junkie and proud mom, Barri Leiner Grant has an artful eye and clever hand for the unexpected. For nearly three decades, Grant has established herself in the editorial and commercial markets—prepping, propping and conceptualizing everything from well-curated trend stories and books to memorable interior design shoots, and shows, ideation and product branding. She is tapped by leading architects, photographers and designers including brands like Crate&Barrel, Cynthia Rowley, SC Johnson, Huggies and Ulta among others, who call on her “trend-spotting” expertise. Grant translates her forward thinking vision into well-curated collaborations. Her background in yoga and meditation ignite a spirited vision to her work and the world around her.

I love to call attention and admiration to the smallest and most unexpected details – it's my secret stamp. – Barri Leiner Grant

Leiner Grant and her partner Marie Moss have created a jewelry company based on their love of vintage. The duo have amassed 1,000s of vintage charms where they customize bracelets that tell the sterling story of a life - one charm at a time. Clients include Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts and have been featured in The New York Times and Elle among others.

Leiner Grant (@blg) has crafted Memory Circles, where those who have experienced grief can gather and share stories of loved ones lost. She lost her mom Ellen in 1993, and has been doing work in this space, including Unmothered Mother's Day classes.

2:30
Barri’s path. Making fun out of what you love. Helping people tell their stories.

3:49
Cell phones and kids. Not being the mum that always says no. Trusting. Untangled book by Lisa Damour

8:33
The death of Barri’s mother Ellen.

11:35
Do we somehow know when we’re dying?

12:38
Ellen’s photo albums and her love of travelling.

14:12
Being grateful to know that Ellen treated herself well in her last days.

15:15
Ellen being a single mum, getting it all done and yet also making it an adventure.

16.30
How Ellen and her friend created a jobshare.

17:52
Seeing the inside of people’s houses. Who lives in a house like this?

20:27
Assignment:
Look around your house and make sure it tells your story. Anything that doesn’t, set it aside with a big thank you. If you feel you need more things to tell your story, write down a list of things that would mean something to you.

21:30
How Barri created the jobs of her dreams.
Be curious. Get excited. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s room.
Wouldn’t it be great if.../What’s missing? See if you can make a job out of that.

26:35
Sankulpa.

28:30
On being where you need to be, with all the help you need. Wanting to make her Mother proud.

31:20
Writing down intentions. Keeping a list of dream jobs.
The Memory Circle A place to tell grief stories.

34:39
How talking about the hard things together is the only antidote.

35:24
Knowing you’re exactly in the right place. Getting to the other side of heartache and sharing your truth with others to help.

37:00
Divorce. On not speaking negatively about your ex-husband to your children.

39:15
Writing Books. Flea Market Baby . Flea Market Fidos. Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous.

45:30
Being open to the making, even if it doesn’t make sense yet. Make it an adventure. Keep your eyes open.

46:37 Loneliness. Connecting in person. People just want to be seen and heard.

48:20 Favorite view. Connecting with her sister.

49:55 Meditation practice. Sitting and clearing for what’s next.

51:30 Don't be afraid to say what you want and go after it.

RESOURCES

http://barrileinergrant.com
http://thememorycircle.com/
Amy Owen - Yoga Teacher
The Smell of Rain and Dust by Martin Prechtel
Belonging by Toko-pa Turner
Flea Market Baby
Flea Market Fidos
Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous

Apr 13, 2019

Former Navy Pilot and co-founder of Walkabout Yoga Liz Corwin on the victories that emerge from perceived failure, the choice to prioritize practice, and the ultimate walkabout.

Liz Corwin is world traveling yoga teacher, storyteller, and creator of Walkabout Yoga Retreats & Teacher Trainings. She is also a 15-year US Navy Officer and former F-18 Navy jet pilot. Today, she still serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves supporting the Naval War College. She began teaching yoga to the military community while on deployment in 2008 aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sharing her practice and experience with other pilots and friends. Since then she has continued traveling the world teaching yoga to both our military community and civilian population as a way to bridge the divide of understanding. Liz's teachings and storytelling focus on deep inner shadow work, redefining strength and the warrior ethos, and embracing vulnerability as we uncover true self-acceptance, self-love, and healing.

She has recently been featured in the New York Times & Yoga Journal Magazine, is the creator of “Walkabout Yoga” Yoga Retreats and the free online video series “Yoga for Military Warriors” in partnership with Gaiam and The Give Back Yoga Foundation, cover model for Beryl Bender Birch’s book “Yoga for Warriors” and ambassador for the woman-owned yoga brand KiraGrace.

Length: 45:09
Timecodes:

0:43
Introducing Liz Corwin. The complicated nature of being thanked for serving.

3:57
What motivated Liz to join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at aged 21.

6:30
What brought about Walkabout Yoga. Finding Yoga.

7:50
The intense criticism during Aviation training. Flying under the radar.

10.00
Being a woman in flight school.

10:39
Being broken down to be stronger. How much it requires of you to turn down pieces of yourself.

12:18
Moment of reckoning during a mid-air collision.

18:30
Appreciating moments for what they are, because they might be the last.

19:08
Self-forgiveness. On discovering what self-love really is.

21:02
The aftermath of delayed anger and shame.

23:30
Finding Bamboo Yoga with Ann Richardson Stevens

24:38
Walkabout Yoga. Returning home. Teaching on Military bases. Travel. How it evolved.

28:09
Yoga Teacher Trainings. Nargiza Farrell. Combining Ashtanga and Anusura yoga.

31:07
Discipline was actually: how do I let myself off the hook and stay open?

33:45
Rob Schware
Warrior Yoga Series, free videos for military

36.07
The Salute. Gunnery Sergeant Smith.

40:18
Assignment part 1:
Find someone you emulate and find yourself in them. What part of you looks like them?
Write down the qualities you know you embody or you know that you can embody.

41:28
Favorite view. Future Self meditation. Peter Opperman

43.00
Assignment part 2:
Find that one thing that makes you see and feel your vision for a moment. How can you quickly get back to that feeling again and again?

43:42
Prayer as surrender.

RESOURCES

Upcoming Walkabout Yoga Retreats
www.walkaboutyoga.com

New York Times Article "Yoga & Veterans - A Different Kind of Warrior"
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/us/yoga-veterans.html

Ann Richardson Stevens

Give Back Yoga

Warrior Yoga Series free videos for military

Peter Opperman

Apr 6, 2019

On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins.

On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins.

About Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s New York Times best selling memoir, Inheritance, was recently published by Knopf.

Dani's essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Salon, n+1, Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life.

Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast “Family Secrets” in collaboration with iHeart Media. The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.

She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Length: 48:46
Timecodes:

0:44
Devotion. On questioning identity and forming a new relationship to Judaism.

2:07
Hourglass. What is it to walk with another human being over time?
Virginia Woolf quote: “[...] to feel the present sliding over the depths of the past, peace is necessary.” Meditation practice.

7:44
Finding compassion for our younger selves.
Assignment: Go back to an old journal, read and locate some compassion for your younger self. Then write a poem detailing that compassion.

11:36
Inheritance.The story of how this book came about. Discovering that Dani’s father was not her biological father.

18:35
The unknown known. The longing she felt growing up that she didn’t understand.

20:54
How quickly the story unfolded, following the genealogy test.

25:25
Recognizing her gestures in her biological father.

26:16
On shying away from certain terminology in donor-conceived world.

27:43
Modern smoke signals.

29:30
How everyone has tried to do the kind thing. What do we owe each other in these situations?

31:43
What it’s like to experience people’s vulnerability and courage at Inheritance book tour events.
The end of secrecy of this kind.

35:35
Difference between sharing a story and crafting a story.

36:20
Returning to yoga.

38:01
Dani’s favorite view in Italy.

39:25
What prayer means to Dani. Sylvia Boorstein: an expression of a wish.

43:10
Reading from Inheritance. Dani’s Aunt Shirley’s words to her as a pure manifestation of love.
No one is an accident of history.

46:10
To be born into a human body is the rarest thing.

Show Notes

danishapiro.com
Hourglass
Inheritance
Devotion

Family Secrets Podcast

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