TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

This week host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost welcome Joyce Sportsman and Darwin Bosen, co-founders of Trauma Recovery Yoga. Established in 2016, TRY is a team of trauma-informed yoga teachers who are dispatched to service individuals who have experienced trauma or are living in crisis. Trauma informed yoga incorporates a series of meditation, strengthening postures, and breathing which magnify the mind-body-spirit connection after the experience of trauma. The effects of trauma Trauma is emotional shock that follows a deeply distressing or disturbing incident such as: war, crime, accident, assault, or natural disaster. While shock and denial tend to immediately follow a traumatic event, its long-term effects can include: unpredictable emotions,...

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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 237: Awake: The Life of Yogananda

TC 237: Awake: The Life of Yogananda

In this episode Robin and regulars Jamie and Gloria discuss the biographical movie “Awake: The Life of Yogananda“.  Paramahansa (a title of honor meaning “Supreme Swan”) Yogananda (signifying bliss, ananda, through divine union, yoga) was instrumental in introducing Yoga and meditation in the U.S. The young swami arrived in Boston in September 1920. His first speech, made to the International Congress of Religious Liberals, was on “The Science of Religion,” and was enthusiastically received. That same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Yogananda emphasized the underlying unity of the world’s great...

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TC 229: Yoga for Children

TC 229: Yoga for Children

In this fun and inspirational episode of the Transformation-Cafe podcast, Robin welcomes back Lauren Rovira, founder and owner of Source Studio in Riverside, California. Lauren describes her Little Lotus Yoga classes for children, who she calls her “little yogis”!  Little Lotus Yoga classes are for children ages 3-11 who want to experience the fun of creating the mind/body connection. Classes are positive and energetic, while still teaching youth how to calm their bodies and quiet their minds. Through games, music, stories and props, children learn and understand a wide variety of yoga poses in a loving environment with room to express and create. Find out how children as young as three learn about compassion, consciousness, and healthy living as they...

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TC 224: Meditation as a Way of Life: Interview with Alan Pritz

TC 224: Meditation as a Way of Life: Interview with Alan Pritz

In this special episode of the Transformation Cafe, host Robin Masiewicz welcomes Rev. Alan Pritz as her guest. Alan is an interfaith minister, meditation teacher, and spiritual disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. He is the author of Meditation as a Way of Life: Philosophy and Practice, a wonderful guidebook to meditation and spiritual practice that was just released this month. According to the book’s preface Meditation as a Way of Life “renders my acquired knowledge in a down-to-earth way to help people create a lifestyle grounded in spiritual disciplines and a meditative practice that is effective regardless of religious affiliation and is applicable to all faiths”. He is also the author of Pocket Guide to Meditation. Alan has been teaching...

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