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Practice You with Elena Brower

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Now displaying: November, 2020
Nov 28, 2020

On homeschooling as reclaiming learning, prioritizing in a busy household and the gifts of boredom.

  • Making the decision to homeschool [2:03]
  • Keeping rhythms with non-attachment [8:57]
  • Being driven by children’s interest. Choosing. Focusing [12:31]
  • Reclaiming our learning. Giving ownership to the children [21:48]
  • Interoception. Subtracting and letting kids get bored [23:14]
  • Surviving as a family. Choosing values and saying them out loud [27:15]
  • Being generous with yourself so that you can be more generous [32:10]
  • Recognizing developmental stages [38:42]
  • Working while homeschooling. Knowing your priorities. Love languages [39:56]

Johanna Nichols is a mama to 4, an artist and Waldorf inspired homeschooler. Professionally trained as a chef, everything she thought she knew about food changed when her first son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. Her life's work is creating ceremony and rituals that re-connect us to the earth, health and home. She is deeply focused on the empowerment of women and creates circles and courses that honor how we can lead and live in a way closer to the earth, her seasons and the lunar cycle. Children come to her house from blocks away for bandaids and know she is never too busy to apply lavender to a sting.

Martha McAlpine is a student, a listener, a leader. A homeschool mama, a Love, a professional yoga teacher. She has been a workshop facilitator, a multimedia producer, and an information architect for Fortune 500 companies during the .com boom. Her studies include a degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a master's degree in Experiential Curriculum Design from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She has practiced and taught yoga publicly and privately for over 25 years and leads the philosophy portion of the YogaWorks advanced teacher training in Baltimore. Her passion and purpose is to teach how to connect our self to our Self. Having traveled and lived around the world, she now lives with her kids outside of Baltimore, MD overlooking the Patapsco river.

RESOURCES

Martha McAlpine
Johanna Nichols
Guided Within Collective
You are your child’s first teacher, Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Waldorf Schools
Love Languages
Parenting Passageway

Nov 21, 2020

On the history of black maternal health, how we can change the story, and parenting our kids as actualized beings.

  • The Black Maternal Health crisis [1:58]
  • Gynecology and its origins in slavery [6:09]
  • The need for a reckoning. Reenvisioning a holistic view and a service model [10:17]
  • Ways to be involved [14:51]
  • Mama Glow Doula professional training program scholarship fund [30:19]
  • Learning and unlearning [34:07]
  • Parenting teenagers. Leaning into resilience and using our tools [36:13]

Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Celebrity Doula and Maternity Wellness Expert Latham Thomas supports women in embracing optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to empowerment. Latham is leading a revolution in radical self-care, guiding women everywhere to “mother themselves first.” Latham is the founder of Mama Glow a global women’s health and education brand serving women along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports women and families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Her book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen (Hay House) released on paperback on June 16, 2020.

Resources

http://www.mamaglow.com
Own Your Glow, Latham Thomas
The 1619 Project podcast
Black Maternal Momnibus
Irth App
Anti-racism daily

Nov 7, 2020

On compassion in the context of activism, building a culture of care, and cultivating enthusiasm to save our democracy.

  • Being radically human [2:42]
  • Sharing peace in a way that incites action [4:24]
  • Our responsibility to each other. Information and discernment [6:21]
  • Planting seeds of love and compassion [12:52]
  • Changing our opinions over time [18:00]
  • Immigration detainment camps. Focusing on human values [22:28]
  • Leading with what inspires us [27:13]
  • Operating from our humanity when we disagree [31:09]
  • What needs healing [40:37]
  • Favourite view [43:00]
  • Prayer [43:40]

Reggie is a leading activist, strategist, and teacher with experience in fields ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a senior political strategist for a leading progressive organization, a hybrid of communications, public speaking, strategy, relationship building, issue advocacy, mass mobilizations and electoral campaign work.

Reggie is also a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and author of a thesis entitled, "Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love." He has studied extensively with leading teachers such as Faith Hunter, Amy Ippolitti, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Sri Dharma Mittra as well as many amazing teachers along the way. He teaches Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, leading progressive organizations and individuals, sharing techniques for growing peace and ease as a foundation, not an afterthought in his teaching practice, Active Peace Yoga.

In July 2020, Reggie helped launch a grassroots campaign along with David Lipsius, Amy Ippoliti, Jack Kornfeld and Tara Brach called Buddhists and Yogis United. This is an effort to share information and inspire teachers and their respective communities to encourage active civic participation in the upcoming election and beyond. The times require our active engagement in social change - we must move beyond talk toward courageous and inspired action.

He holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale, and an international MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

Resources

Reggie Hubbard
Buddhist and Yogins United
MoveOn https://front.moveon.org/Rabbit Hole podcast
Ctznwell
http://www.activepeaceyoga.com
Op-Ed in The Hill about social justice after George Floyd:
Buddhist and Yogis United Initiative
spiritual activism with Ethan Nichtern and Dharma Vote

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