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Practice You with Elena Brower

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Now displaying: January, 2021
Jan 30, 2021

On the harrowing reality from the hospital floor, two actions we can take to stop the spread, and the stories we craft to help us cope.

  • Being open to learning. Basing recommendations on scientific data [06:08]
  • Considering what it feels like to be unable to breathe easily [07:40]
  • There are still no consistently effective treatments for Covid-19 [8:42]
  • Why earlier hospitalization can make a difference [9:36]
  • Dr. Lyon’s experience of treating Covid-19 patients [11:21]
  • Doing what we can to protect others [13:54]
  • Difference between N95 and surgical masks [16:59]
  • Schools. Protecting teachers and elders in three generation homes [17:55]
  • Why people want to believe false stories [20:10]
  • Finding ways to help [25:20]

Dr. Anthony Lyon is a Family Medicine physician, working as a dedicated in-patient physician or Hospitalist in New York for the last decade. He's also the former Director of The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine, where he specialized in uncovering root causes of patients' health concerns to resolve fatigue, chronic pain and overall imbalance.

Jan 23, 2021

On a new definition of politics, and caring for ourselves through this.

  • Sustainability vs growth [3:26]
  • Bridging personal transformation and politics [5:22]
  • The origins of CTZNWELL [9:31]
  • White supremacy and the wellness community [12:20]
  • Reckoning. Staying curious. Expanding your practice to include staying informed [14:15]
  • Questions to ask about the governance of wellness [20:45]
  • Considering wellbeing on a national level [22:48]
  • Holding uncertainty [25:05]
  • Building communities that include political literacy, action and care [26:17]
  • Why healing is political [29:30]

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her step-dad, a fireman, in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of yoga and mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing, but as a catalyst for collective change. Since then, Kerri has worked passionately to organize communities around the fight for justice and wellbeing.

A yoga teacher, public speaker and change-agent - Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. Her leadership has inspired a movement to democratize wellbeing that is actively organizing around issues of economic and racial justice, universal healthcare, civic engagement and more.

You can find Kerri on CTZN Podcast, a courageous conversation that is reimagining a citizenship where everyone belongs. And check out her TED talks for more about her story.

Resources

ctznwell.org
CTZN podcast
Kerri Kelly interviewing Robin DiAngelo
Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth
WELLREAD: FREE weekly toolkit with everything you need to get in the know, take action and stay well along the way.

Jan 16, 2021

On the core of communication, and some myths we can release.

  • Approaching yoga poses with questions rather than rules [1:50]
  • Non-violent communication. Connecting with ourselves. Recognizing mutuality [8:33]
  • Communicating as a parent [17:36]
  • Trust. Telling the truth with empathy. Saying no while staying in connection [22:37]
  • Self-empathy practice [27:24]
  • A common yoga myth about the pelvis in seated twists [32:44]
  • Body leading, mind following [40:36]
  • Sweet Body poem reading [43:22]

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, YACEP®, has taught yoga around the world since 1971. She is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, as well as the Yoga Journal magazine which is published in a number of countries. Ms. Lasater frequently trains teachers in virtually every state of the union and is often an invited guest at international yoga conventions. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers' Association as well as the author of numerous articles on yoga and health for nationally recognized magazines.

She was featured in Self Magazine in1998 as one of the outstanding yoga teachers in the U.S. In 2000, she was selected by Yoga Journal Magazine as one of the outstanding yoga teachers shaping yoga practice in America today. She was selected by Natural Health magazine, on the occasion of their 40th anniversary, as one of the five people in the USA who has had the most influence on natural health in America during those 40 years. In 2015, Yoga Journal Magazine selected her as "Editor's Choice for the most influential yoga teacher in the USA in the last 40 years.

She is the author of ten books, including: Yoga Myths: What You Need to Learn and Unlearn to Stay Safe and Happy on Your Yoga Mat (2020) Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation (2017, What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication (2009),YogaBody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana (2009), A Year of Living Your Yoga (2006), Yoga Abs (2005), Yoga for Pregnancy: What Every Mom-to-Be Needs to Know (2004), 30 Essential Yoga Poses: for beginning students and their teachers (2003), Living Your Yoga: finding the spiritual in everyday life (2000), and Relax and Renew: restful yoga for stressful times (1995), and Living Your Yoga: finding the spiritual in everyday life (2000).

RESOURCES

https://www.judithhansonlasater.com/
Poems by Judith
Yoga Myths, Judith Hanson Lasater
What We Say Matters, Judith Hanson Lasater and Ike K Lasater
Restore and Rebalance, Judith Hanson Lasater
Nonviolent Communication, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Lying, Sam Harris

Jan 2, 2021

Justin Michael Williams works at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice. With his groundbreaking book, Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness.

  • Ending Racism Manifesto [1:40]
  • The five assumptions we make about why racism persists [8:33]
  • Justin’s process of writing the Manifesto [15:40]
  • Racism is learned [18:30]
  • Questioning the idea that racism can not end [21:29]
  • Race is not real, although the effects of racism are [22:51]
  • Looking to real stories as evidence that people can change [28:50]
  • Widespread change has happened in short periods of time [35:10]
  • Solutions exist, but we all need to be ready and willing for them to work [38:35]
  • What you can do [48:02]

Resources

justinmichaelwilliams.com
Read the Manifesto and Sign the Pledge
Donate to The Dream Bigger Foundation
Listen The Turning, by Justin Michael Williams

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