TC357: The Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi – Harvard Medical School

TC357: The Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi – Harvard Medical School

The week we are pleased to welcome Elaine Brovont, a certified trainer of “The Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi” based on the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi by Peter M. Wayne, PhD and Mark L. Fuerst. Elaine is the first person certified to train this program on the West Coast. She describes this work as “Translating the Eastern concept of Tai Chi into Western language and bridging that gap.” Elaine describes how she originally got into Tai Chi, and then how she became connected with the Harvard research program of Dr. Peter Wayne. Can you apply it to your daily life? “You can change the energy in a room by changing your posture, and your demeanor, and passing positive energy into a negative environment.” The Eight...

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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 247: Let there be Tea! Interview with Louise Carruth

TC 247: Let there be Tea! Interview with Louise Carruth

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe Podcast, I welcome my friend Louise Carruth, owner of the Little Candle Tea Company in Las Vegas, Nevada, to talk about the little known facts about tea. I met Louise a few years ago through my sister Amy and we’ve been friends ever since! Did you know that the fragrance of tea, just like wine, plays a large part in its taste? So make sure to enjoy the aroma as you sip your tea! Is Herbal Tea really Tea? Technically any drink you make from an infusion of herbs, spices, or other plants – but doesn’t contain tea leaves – is called a tisane (tea-zahn). These drinks are distinguished from true teas like green, white, yellow, and oolong, which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant...

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TC 245: Self-Care/Soul-Care

TC 245: Self-Care/Soul-Care

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and regulars Jamie and Gloria discuss tips for nurturing our self (little “s”) and our Self (big “S”). Robin refers to this work as Soul Care. Our Higher Self will communicate with us in various ways: through intuition, hunches, sudden unexpected life changes, etc. We may or may not choose to listen or act on those communications. 5 Tips for Soul Care Breath work – The breath is our anchor. Practices such as Qigong and Yoga combine breath work with movement, and are highly recommended. We recently featured an interview with Kiyomi Kagiyama, Qigong instructor and artist, and Lauren Rovira, yoga teacher and owner of Source Studio in Riverside, California....

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TC 235: Healthy Holidays

TC 235: Healthy Holidays

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and regular diner Mr. Jamie discuss tips for aging gracefully and dealing with stress. Robin refers to information contained in articles from MindBodyGreen.com, a great website dedicated to helping people live a healthy lifestyle, and from Rebootwithjoe.com. From the article “The Secret to Aging Gracefully” 3 Steps that you can use to reframe stress and use it to your advantage. 1. Realize that not all stress is bad. 2. Realize that problematic situations can be seen as opportunities for growth. 3. Know your triggers and respond mindfully. Stress can come in many forms — physical, emotional, mental — and not all stress is bad. Eustress (“eu” means well or good in Greek) was a term coined by...

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TC 230: Optimal Health – Pillar One: Time

TC 230: Optimal Health – Pillar One: Time

In episode 223 of the Transformation Cafe, host Robin Masiewicz interviewed Dr. Ted Peña,  a practicing chiropractor for over 25 years, about the Seven Pillars of Optimal Health. In this episode Dr. Peña elaborates on the first pillar of optimal health: Time. Dr. Pena explains why he considers Time one of the pillars of Optimal Health. He offers insights into the importance of living “in the now”, and provides tips for how to apply this concept in our own lives. Time is one of those things that we never seem to have enough of, but we all have the same 24 hours in a day. How we use our time, and where we focus our attention, can make a big difference in the quality of our lives. Robin and Dr. Pena share their thoughts about this important concept. Dr....

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