TC 294: Posture, Technology, Starfish!

TC 294: Posture, Technology, Starfish!

In the Cafe Book Club we’re reviewing Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy, PhD, Social Psychologist and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In this week’s podcast host Robin Masiewicz and her guests discuss posture, the benefits of Yoga and dance positions, and what research tells us about high- and low-power poses. Let your body tell you you’re powerful and deserving, and you become more present, enthusiastic, and authentically yourself. -Amy Cuddy iHunch  – ruins your posture and can affect your mood Amy Cuddy discusses the effects of constantly hunching over a mobile device in this article. Research shows it can not only ruin your posture, but can have a...

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TC 293: Healing PTS through Yoga and Breath Work

TC 293: Healing PTS through Yoga and Breath Work

This episode continues our discussion of treating veterans that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Many veterans do not want to be treated with drugs or go to therapy, but until now there have been few alternatives to get the help they need. Presence and PTS We’ve been studying Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy in our Cafe Book Club. In chapter 7 Amy discusses how Yoga has been very beneficial in the treatment of PTS, when drugs and traditional cognitive therapy were not enough. She discusses Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. author of The Body Keeps the Score, and his work with healing trauma. According to Van Der Kolk “the goal of treatment of PTSD is to help people live in the present, without feeling or...

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TC 292: Cafe Book Club – Presence part 7: Pose for Presence

TC 292: Cafe Book Club – Presence part 7: Pose for Presence

In this week’s Cafe Book Club podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and her guests discuss chapter 7 of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy. In this section we talk about how research has demonstrated that your emotional state follows the actions of the body. If you smile, you’ll feel happier. If you furrow your brow and grit your teeth, you’ll start to feel angry. And, as we’ve already seen, if you assume a power pose you’ll feel more confident. “I don’t sing because I’m happy. I’m happy because I sing.” William James, the “father of American psychology” Can you imagine trying to sing the words to a sad song while smiling and doing jazz hands? I’ll...

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TC 220: Qigong – Cultivating Vital Energy

TC 220: Qigong – Cultivating Vital Energy

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast Robin welcomes Kiyomi Kagiyama , a Qigong instructor, artist, and teacher.       What is Qigong? Qigong (also known as Chi Kung) can be traced back nearly 5,000 in Chinese culture. The basic components of Qigong exercise include concentration, relaxation, meditation, breathing regulation, body posture, and movement. According to the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong exercise aims to achieve a harmonious flow of vital energy and regulate the functional activities of the body through regulated breathing, mindful concentration, and gentle movements. The word Qigong is made up of two Chinese words: Qi (pronounced chee) is usually translated as life force or vital energy. Gong...

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TC 212: The Intelligence of the Heart

TC 212: The Intelligence of the Heart

Does the heart have a brain? In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and Cafe regular Gloria have a lively discussion about evidence that the heart is part of a person’s overall consciousness, and has in effect its own brain. The heart has always been associated with feeling, consciousness, and awareness but scientists are finding that the heart is an information processing center that can learn, remember, and act independently of our cranial brain. It also helps regulate our perceptions and emotions. This study of the “thinking heart” is called neurocardiology. We’re featuring Howard Martin’s TEDxSantaCruz talk about the science of the intelligence of the heart in which he explains how it works and demonstrates it in real time with a...

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TC 209: Happiness and Energy Medicine

TC 209: Happiness and Energy Medicine

In this episode we reconnect with Amy Frost from Music4Life.us. Amy talks about her recent experience at the ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology) conference as both a presenter and participant. Amy met Jack Canfield, the author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul®” series. Jack was one of the presenters at the ACEP conference. Amy recounts meeting Donna Eden, and describes Donna’s work in the field of Energy Medicine. We’re featuring an interview Donna did that Robin and Amy discussed in the show, and also Judith Pinkerton’s TEDx UNLV talk. Scroll to the bottom of the post to listen to the podcast or download the episode.   Recently Amy was a presenter at inspire! Delivering Happiness event in Las Vegas.   Links...

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