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 285: On Being a Lifelong Seeker

TC 285: On Being a Lifelong Seeker

Well, here we are in the New Year! Happy 2016 to everyone in the Transformation Cafe Community! We genuinely hope that you are doing well wherever you are in the world. Here in beautiful Southern California we’re finally getting some relief from our long drought, but as with anything, sometimes you get more than you ask for. Mudslides and flooded streets are a problem here, and we’ve had 20 foot (6 meter) waves on the coast. But today it is clear and there’s new snow on the mountains. Update on Envisioning the Future and Following Your Intuition In this episode Robin Masiewicz and her guests talk about their progress applying the principles of envisioning the future. Amy tells a story about how she attended a ceremony for Army Reservists that...

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TC 284: Envisioning Your Future Self

TC 284: Envisioning Your Future Self

Happy New Year! In this week’s podcast, hosts Robin Masiewicz, Amy Frost, and the panel continue their discussion on techniques for envisioning your future self. This process can take many forms — from journaling, letter writing, meditation, mental visualization, vision boards, and other techniques. Using the power of intention and visualization of how you want to be in the future, the “optimal you”, helps you to make better decisions in the present, and enables you to take steps to achieve the future you imagine. Vision Boards Vision Boards have been around for quite a while. Creating a vision board will give you a clear picture of what is important to you and, will define for you what your goal actually looks like. Huffington Post has an...

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TC 283: Letters to My Future Self

TC 283: Letters to My Future Self

Ever wish you could talk to your future self? Can you imagine what your life will be in the future, in a month, a year, ten years? In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and her guest Amy Frost discuss writing letters to your future self. Amy describes how she came across the book “Letters to My Future Self” which is sort of a diary in the form of letter addressed to your self, recently featured as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2015. The book contains the following 12 letter prompts: These are my roots… Where I want to go… All the things I’d like to try someday… This is what I live for… It was an extraordinary day… I promise to myself… There’s no place like home… A pep talk for the future...

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TC 271: From Head to Heart

TC 271: From Head to Heart

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and her guests discuss the journey from “Head to Heart”. They share techniques for moving from feeling isolated, filled with worry, anxiety, self-doubt, and critical self-talk about who we think we are (the head) to recognizing your authentic self, increasing awareness, and moving toward what you truly want (the heart). Even if you don’t suffer from negative self-talk and other issues, living a head-centered life may prevent you from experiencing an abundant, deeply rewarding life. As Robin’s guest Amy Frost says, when she finds herself in times of stress and she’s not sure what she should do, she takes a step away from the logical/worrying part of herself and...

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