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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: 2021
Dec 18, 2021

On practices of financial wellness, having healthy money conversations and creating habits that truly align with your goals.

Dec 12, 2021

On the confluence of creativity and empowerment, influential women in music, and consistent transformation.

Dec 5, 2021

On the evolution of global maternal care, birth justice and how our simplest advocacy can change the world.

Every Mother Counts (EMC) founder Christy Turlington Burns’ work in maternal health began after experiencing a childbirth related complication in 2003—an experience that would later inspire her to direct and produce the documentary feature film, No Woman, No Cry, about the challenges women face throughout pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Under Christy’s leadership, Every Mother Counts has invested nearly $21 million in programs in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States focused on making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.

Before founding Every Mother Counts, Christy received international acclaim as a model representing the world’s biggest fashion and beauty brands. She was the Founder of Nuala, a yoga lifestyle brand in partnership with Puma, co-founder of Sundari, a skincare based on the principals of Ayurveda, and author of the bestselling book, Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice.

Christy has been featured on thousands of magazine covers, was one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and Glamour Magazine’s 2013 Woman of the Year. In March 2016, EMC was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-For-Profit Companies.

Christy graduated Cum Laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Independent Studies and studied Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She currently serves on the Yale Nursing School Dean’s Leadership Council and the Smithsonian Institute’s American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI) Advisory Committee. Previously, she has served on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors and the advisory Board of New York University's Nursing School. Christy lives in New York City with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children.

Nov 20, 2021

On the reality of food insecurity, the stellar efforts of the folks in our midst who are making an actual difference, and how you can help.

Nov 13, 2021

On the real, daily work of falling in love with reality as it is.

Nov 6, 2021

On the kindness that changes everything, artful apologies, forgiveness, and the micro-gestures that heal it all.

Oct 30, 2021

On the smallest kindnesses, the biggest teachings, and the life that happens in between.

Oct 16, 2021

On the edge states of altruism, empathy, integrity, respect and engagement; the key elements of compassion, and the confluence of activism and stillness.

Oct 1, 2021

On the wisdom of trauma, the difference between healthy and unhealthy anger, our issues as our finest teachers, and the coping child within each of us. 

Sep 25, 2021

On generations of chronic injustice; the conversation that needs to be had regarding the First Nations people of Canada, and the healing needed in our time.

Sep 11, 2021

On creating connections of tangible service, giving voice to marginalized humans, loss and legacies of healing.

Sep 4, 2021

Answering your questions on topics from scheduling to sobriety, parenting to prioritizing steadiness, Elena and her collaborator Michelle Martello of Minima Designs celebrate the 100th episode of Practice You. 

Aug 14, 2021

On saturating your brain and body with bliss through your practice of meditation; meditation for kids; practice for extraordinary performance.

Jul 31, 2021

On the efficacy and legacy of Ayurveda in calibrating body, mind and mood; how tragedy can lead to true service.

Jul 17, 2021

On building relationships across points of difference, acknowledging the patterns of trauma we've inherited to reshape those relations, and remembering the practice as a way to honour those who've come before.

Jul 10, 2021

On locating and refining your intuition, with practices, prompts and new ways of seeing.

Jul 3, 2021

On vocalizing the pain of generations, standing up to ensure safe spaces, and crafting the conversations that need to be heard.

Jun 19, 2021

On managing reactions, creating structural compassion and walking the middle path.

Jun 12, 2021

On the ecology of your business; creating a world of your work that feels like a sanctuary for yourself and others.

Jun 5, 2021

On releasing rage, growing up, and the steady vibration of truth.

May 22, 2021

On being an architect of community, social entrepreneurship and creating businesses straight from your heart.

  • Permission to be creative [3:12]
  • Confidence. Creating products that are taboo [6:28]
  • Miki’s experience of being sexually assaulted [9:41]
  • Lessons learned from professional hurdles [18:30]
  • Launching Tushy. Three questions Miki asks herself before starting any business [31:21]
  • Conceiving and letting go [44:33]

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Miki Agrawal
Thinx
Tushy
Do Cool Sh*t, Miki Agrawal Disrupt-Her, Miki Agrawal Lauren Zander, Handel Group
Tribute.co
Wild

May 15, 2021

On resolving victimhood, transforming fear, freedom from resentment, curiosity as hope, and delivering deep love to yourself, no matter what.

  • The listening that is required to help others heal [4:21]
  • Empowerment in the face of life’s deepest hardships [8.31]
  • Creating family constitutions [15:35]
  • Forgiving yourself [17:09]
  • Nobody heals in a straight line [20:39]
  • Practicing your low frustration tolerance level [27:36]
  • The calamity theory of growth [30:52]
  • Living to enrich the present. How we speak to ourselves [35:17]
  • On never giving up [44:40]
  • Forgiveness [50:57]

A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just 16 years old in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous death camp. Her parents lost their lives there. She and her sister survived even though they were subjected to horrible treatment by Dr. Josef Mengele and survived the Death March in Austria. In 1949 she and her young family moved to the United States. In 1969 she received her degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso. She then pursued her doctoral internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas. She has spent much of her professional time working with members of the military helping them to recover from, and cope with, the ongoing effects of PTSD. Dr. Eger has always found ways to use her personal experiences to inspire, educate and help others. Dr. Eger has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California where she uses her past as a powerful analogy to inspire people to reach their potential and shape their destinies. In the fall of 2017 at the age of 90, her memoir The Choice, Embrace the Possible was published. In her book, she details how the synergy of working with, and learning from, her patient’s perspectives has enriched her life experiences and outlook. The book focuses on moving forward in-light-of hardship, has received excellent reviews, was a New York Times Bestseller, is Internationally acclaimed, and has been translated into more than thirty languages. The New York Times Book Review wrote: “Eger’s book is a triumph and should be read by all who care about both their inner freedom and the future of humanity.” Oprah said of the book “I will be forever changed by Edith Eger’s story.” As of March 2018, the book has received two book awards, one being from the national organization of the Jewish Book Council; the other The Christopher Award. Her second book, The Gift, Twelve Lessons to Save your Life was released in September 2020 and immediately became a best seller in the UK and Ireland. In this book she gives actionable advice to assist every person facing life’s difficulties in a positive and healthy manner. The Gift is being translated into more than thirty languages.

Resources

https://dreditheger.com/

The Choice, Dr. Edith Eger
The Gift, Dr. Edith Eger
On Death & Dying, Dr. Kübler-Ross
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
Love in the Void, Simone Weil
Management of the Absurd, Richard Farson,
Roshi Joan Halifax
Albert Ellis

May 1, 2021

On recalibrating your nervous system, dancing with fear, and the smallest acts of forgiveness.

Sah D’Simone is a spiritual guide, meditation teacher, international transformational speaker, and best-selling author who has dedicated his life to helping others to live in alignment and achieve their highest potential. He is pioneering a Spiritually Sassy, heart-based healing movement rooted in science-backed, tried-and-true techniques, in which joy and authenticity illuminate the path to enlightenment.

His infectious enthusiasm for healing is grounded in a masterful and revolutionary synthesis of ancient Tantric Buddhism, modern contemplative psychotherapy, meditation, breathwork, and integrative nutrition... all delivered in his own radiant, approachable, and playful style.

Resources

myhealingally.com

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