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A Grateful Life

English, Sciences, 1 seasons, 33 episodes, 1 day 1 hour 21 minutes
A Grateful Life Podcast with Dr Lauren Tober. Conversations of life, gratitude and spirituality.
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Living a Life of Meaning and Purpose with Anand Mehrotra

Join Dr Lauren Tober (she/her) and Anand Mehrotra (he/him) for this intimate conversation, recorded live in a yurt at the Sattva Sanctuary on Bundjalung country in Australia.Hear Anand speak about his journey in becoming a yoga teacher and spiritual leader, the role that he sees yoga playing in mental health and how we can live a life of meaning and purpose.If you listen right to the end of the interview, you will also hear Anand’s answer to Lauren’s question about cultural appropriation and his thoughts on non-Indian yoga teachers sharing the wisdom and practices of yoga.Just a few small topics!Anand Mehrotra is one of the youngest known spiritual masters in the world to develop and present the Himalayan yogic tradition in its pure and raw form. He has dedicated his entire life to bringing the original teachings of the Himalayan yogic tradition to the world and does so in a unique and powerful way. His Sattva Yoga teachings come from the
28/11/202355 minutes 17 seconds
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The Essence of iRest: A Conversation with Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota

In this enlightening episode, I sit down with Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota (she/her), a renowned expert in iRest Meditation, to explore the profound impact of yoga on mental health and delve into the transformative philosophy behind iRest. Fuyuko's vast knowledge and experience offer a unique perspective on how iRest can support healing and empower individuals from all walks of life.We begin by delving into Fuyuko's personal journey of how yoga has played a pivotal role in transforming her own mental health. With candid insights, she shares the ways yoga has nurtured her inner life to create peace and resilience, inspiring us to discover the potential yoga holds for our own lives.As the conversation flows, Fuyuko introduces us to iRest, an evidence-based meditation technique that has gained prominence over the years, and a practice that I personally love! Fuyuko guides us through its principles and practices, in
04/08/20231 hour 44 seconds
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Kate Pippos - On yoga, mental health and boundaries

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Kate Pippos, the Head of Yoga at Virgin Active, to talk about all things yoga, mental health, parenting, boundaries and consent.Kate is also a Mental Health Aware Yoga graduate, and you will hear her talk a little about what stood out for her most from the training, and how she’s bringing this into her teaching and leadership at Virgin Active.The online Mental Health Aware Yoga training is opening for registration on Monday 26th of June 2023, so if you are a Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist, then you are wholeheartedly invited to join us for the next online Mental Health Aware Yoga training, before registration closes on Friday the 7th of July.Or if you are listening to this before or after registration is open, jump on the waitlist instead and download our free ebook.Find out more and sign up to the <a href="" target="_blank" rel
21/06/202343 minutes 23 seconds
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Dr Elise Bialylew - On meditation and mental health in 10 minutes a day

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Dr Elise Bialylew from Mindful in May to hear about her journey from working in a psychiatric hospital setting to running a global mindfulness campaign, as well as how much meditation we actually have to do to start feeling the benefits.Dr Elise Bialylew is the author of the #1 bestselling meditation book, The Happiness Plan and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign that teaches thousands of people each year to meditate while raising funds to build clean water projects in the developing world.A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater well-being and flourishing.
24/04/202344 minutes 48 seconds
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Lissa Rankin - On Sacred Medicine

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Lissa Rankin to talk about sacred medicine and healing.Lissa Rankin, MD, is a mind-body medicine physician, author of 7 books, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and mystic who researches radical remission, trauma-informed medicine, and spiritual healing. Her TEDx talks have been viewed over 5 million times, and she starred in two National Public Television specials- Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine and The Fear Cure. Lissa’s interest in the link between loneliness and disease led her to spearhead her latest project, Heal At Last, a non-profit organization which aims to bring effective trauma healing and spiritual healing methods to anyone ready for the deep dive of healing.Find out more about Lissa at .Find out more about Awake Psychology at
13/07/202258 minutes 7 seconds
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Dr Lauren Tober - On Listening Well

Dr Lauren Tober is going solo on the podcast for this episode, talking about how to listen well.We’ve all been through SO much over the past few years. And sometimes it just feels like it just keeps coming!We all have a real human desire to be seen and heard, and to share our stories, our experiences, our grief, our heartache and our joy.But how do we listen to others when they’re sharing with us?How do we get out of our own heads and into the world of another, so they feel like we really care?Join Dr Lauren Tober for this episode where she explores what gets in the way of listening well, and three very do-able techniques for effective listening, so we can show up for our communities and the people we love in time of need.Download the free Blissful Sleep Meditations and the Deep Mindful Relaxations at
03/05/202219 minutes 23 seconds
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Stephen Cope - On Living Your Dharma

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Stephen Cope to talk about dharma and living a life of meaning and purpose.Stephen is a best-selling author & scholar specialising in the relationship between Eastern contemplative traditions & Western depth psychology. A Scholar-in-Residence at the Kripalu Center for 30 years, Stephen is the Founder & former director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, and named as one of the most influential thinkers, writers & teachers on the current American yoga scene by Yoga Journal.This interview was recorded as part of the 2022 Mental Health and Yoga Summit, but we loved it so much that we wanted to share it with you here on the podcast.
15/02/202255 minutes 5 seconds
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Anneke Sips - On Digital and Mental Health

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Anneke Sips.Anneke is a psychiatric nurse, a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and the founder of Network Yoga Therapy in Amsterdam. In this episode they speak about Anneke’s less than straight-forward journey marrying yoga with psychiatry, how we seek health and get lost in cures, the challenges with the mental health system, the role of the so-called ‘expert’ and the importance of digital health and wellness.
09/11/202156 minutes 19 seconds
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Kate Reed - On Sister Circles

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Kate Reed to talk about sister circles, her journey from a mainstream education to working the spiritual realm, why it’s so important for women together with intention and the important ingredients of a women circle, in case you would like to hold one yourself.
12/10/202142 minutes 53 seconds
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Erin Lovell Verinder - On healing with plant medicine

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with herbalist and nutritionist Erin Lovell Verinder. Erin is the author of some truly wonderful books on plant medicine, including Plants for the People and The Plant Clinic. In this episode you’ll hear about Erin’s own journey and recovery from burnout, her Six Pillars to Thrive, Erin’s go-to suggestions for plants to support with healing from exhaustion, as well as anxiety, and some practical tips on dried vs fresh plants, and just how many times you can pour water over the same herbs in your tea pot.
28/09/202146 minutes 8 seconds
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Dr Renee Cachia - On nurturing parents

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Psychologist Dr Renee Cachia to talk about her new book, Parenting Freedom. They explore why it’s more important to nurture parents than it is to provide them with parenting advice, and dive into a discussion around meditation, intuition, self compassion and co-regulation.
22/08/202141 minutes 3 seconds
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Robin Grille - On Parenting for a Peaceful World

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Psychologist and author Robin Grille, to talk about the relationship between gut health and mental health, the evolution of parenting, how the way we parent our children changes the world, what needs to happen on a society and policy level to really make changes for children and families, and the ecological benefits of parenting well.
06/06/202159 minutes 8 seconds
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KC Baker - On the power of women’s voices (and growing a tail)

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with KC Baker to talk about how public speaking helped her to rediscover her self confidence after she lost it as a young women, why it’s so important that women’s voices are heard in the world, and KC shares some very practical, and fun strategies for speaking up, whether it’s in the workplace, on stage or having a difficult conversation with a loved one.
03/05/202149 minutes 17 seconds
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Edo Kahn on music, depression, spirituality, living and dying.

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Edo Kahn to talk about music, depression, life, death and spirituality.Edo is an acclaimed musician, social entrepreneur and yogi, and is passionate about transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities. He’s the co-founder of A Sound Life, an Australian charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs, and in this latest episode episode we talk about his journey through music, depression, opening to spirituality and his guru in India, how this supported him when his wife Jo died of cancer a few years ago, and much much more.
30/03/202156 minutes 21 seconds
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Dr Arne Rubenstein - On Rites of Passage

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Dr Arne Rubenstein to talk about rites of passage. Arne is a father, medical doctor, the CEO of the Rites of Passage Institute and the author of ‘The Making of Men’. In this episode, we talk not only about the importance of rites of passage for young people in our communities, but also about rites of passage at all ages, the three key elements in rites of passage, the stages we move through from youth, adult to elder, and what to do if your adult partner is stuck in what Arne calls ‘boy psychology.’
21/02/202150 minutes 14 seconds
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Deb Roberts - On normalising mental health

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Dr Deb Roberts, a writer, speaker and yoga teacher who is committed to normalising mental health challenges. Deb is an Adjunct Faculty member at Monash University in Australia and an ambassador, writer and speaker for Beyond Blue, an Australian mental health service.In the interview, Deb speaks about about her journey with depression and anxiety during her teenage years and into adulthood, how yoga has been supportive for her in overcoming mental health challenges, the role that medication and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) has played in her life, and what we can do, as a society to reduce the stigma of mental illness and improve mental health.
12/01/202153 minutes 53 seconds
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Annalee Atia - On fierce advocacy for birthing

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Annalee Atia to talk about pregnancy, birth and beyond. Annalee is a producer, co-founder of the non-profit PBB Media, the current National President of Maternity Choices Australia and is a fierce advocate for women, and human rights in childbirth. In this intimate conversation, Annalee shares her own birth story in Israel, where her parents had an illegal home birth, and we discuss pregnancy, birthing, continuity of care, advocacy and trusting your own body and intuition in the process.
14/12/20201 hour 1 minute 40 seconds
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Zenith Virago - On Death, Dying and Living a Good Life

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Zenith Virago, to talk about death, dying well, what happens after we die, and living a life well lived. Zenith is a deathwalker, the co author of the book The Intimacy of Death and Dying, and the subject of the documentary, Zen & the Art of Dying. Zenith has been at the forefront and a leading pioneer of dying well, family led body care, meaningful and appropriate ceremony, and informing and educating communities to reclaim and be empowered before, during and after death.
30/08/202050 minutes 4 seconds
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Ella Noah Bancroft - On Decolonising the Mind, Returning to Country and Overcoming Racism

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Ella Noah Bancroft, talking about decolonising the mind, returning to country and overcoming racism. Ella is a Bundjalung woman based in the Byron Shire in Australia. She is an artist, storyteller, director, mentor and founder of The Returning. Ella is a poetic feminist, passionate about re-wilding the world and the feminine force from the multifaceted lens of culture, heritage, gender, politics, identity and sexuality. Her work discusses themes of identity, intersectionality, culture, the feminine force and living a life of integrity, connection and creativity.And at the end of the interview, Ella reads to us her favourite poem from her new book It Takes Courage to Tell the Truth, called A Letter to My Daughter.
10/08/202040 minutes 20 seconds
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Chara Caruthers - On Yoga, Ayurveda and Living Like You Love Yourself

Dr Lauren Tober sits down with Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner Chara Caruthers to talk about her journey from working as an Engineer to teaching yoga, and why it’s not such a big jump! We also speak about the science of Ayurveda and how to figure out your own ayurvedic constitution, her number one tip for bringing the teachings and wisdom of ayurveda into your daily life, and why it’s so important to eat like you love yourself.
24/07/202037 minutes 20 seconds
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Correne Wilkie - On Postnatal Depletion, #metoo in the Australian Music Industry and Super Bloom Festival

Tune in as Dr Lauren Tober sits down to chat with Correne Wilkie, long time manager of the iconic band The Cat Empire, and co-creator of Super Bloom Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Correne talks about the family gathering that set her on a new career path, how the #metoo movement affected her in the male dominated music industry, postnatal depletion, real equality in relationships and how she manages to do it all.
03/07/202056 minutes 49 seconds
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Amy Weintraub - On Depression, Yoga and Gratitude

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and founder of Lifeforce Yoga on depression, yoga and gratitude.
26/07/201938 minutes 42 seconds
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Dr Oscar Serrallach - On Postnatal Depletion, iRest Yoga Nidra, Sleep and Gratitude

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Dr Oscar Serrallach, Integrative Doctor and author of the Postnatal Depletion Cure. Listen in as they speak about identifying, preventing and overcoming Postnatal Depletion, as well as iRest Yoga Nidra, Sleep and Gratitude.
22/03/201959 minutes 28 seconds
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Gemma Perry - On Mantra, Mental Health and Gratitude

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Gemma Perry on the science and spirituality of mantra. Gemma is a yogi and a PhD candidate at Macquarie University in Australia, where she’s researching the effects of mantra on mental health and wellbeing.
26/11/201829 minutes 53 seconds
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Rick Hanson - On Neuroscience, Self Compassion, Meditation and Gratitude

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Rick Hanson, Psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, New York Times best-selling author and a guest teacher on Lauren's online course A Daily Dose of Bliss.In this interview, Rick and Lauren go on a wild adventure, speaking about deeply personal experiences, about psychology research and neuroscience, about self compassion and gratitude, and how gratitude for a tomato can take you into to a vast connection with the cosmos. You will not look at the humble tomato the same ever again after listening to this episode.
22/08/20181 hour 4 minutes 20 seconds
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Rachel Zinman - On Yoga, Diabetes, Gratitude and Practicing Yoga in Your PJs

Dr Lauren Tober interviews international yoga teacher Rachel Zinman on yoga, diabetes, gratitude and practicing yoga in your pajamas
21/05/201834 minutes 23 seconds
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Elena Brower - On Addiction, Recovery, Yoga, Gratitude and Parenting

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Elena Brower, Author of Practice You and founder of Teach.Yoga about addiction and recovery (and parenting through it all), cultivating a regular morning yoga practice and (of course) gratitude.
27/02/201826 minutes 21 seconds
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Judith Hanson Lasater - On Gratitude, Yogic Parenting and dealing with the fact that we're all going to die

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Restorative Yoga Queen Judith Hanson Lasater to talk about gratitude, yogic parenting and dealing with the fact that we're all going to die
17/09/201754 minutes 5 seconds
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Lizzie Lasater - On Gratitude, Contentment and the Joy of Slowing Down

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Restorative Yoga advocate Lizzie Lasater on gratitude, contentment and the joy of slowing down
31/08/201740 minutes 25 seconds
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Richard Miller - On Gratitude, Meditation and San Francisco in the 70s

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Clinical Psychologist, Yogic Scholar and the founder of the Integrative Restoration Institute, Richard Miller to talk about gratitude, meditation, San Francisco in the 70s and how enlightenment could happen to any of us at any moment.
06/07/201729 minutes 11 seconds
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Don Miguel Ruiz Jnr - On Gratitude, Domestication and Unconditional Love

Dr Lauren Tober interviews internationally acclaimed author Don Miguel Ruiz Jnr to talk about gratitude, domestication, unconditional love and raising our children to be authentic and loving human beings.
27/04/201744 minutes 29 seconds
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Ben Lee - On Gratitude, Death and Living in the Mystery

Dr Lauren Tober interviews internationally acclaimed musician Ben Lee to talk about gratitude, death and living in the mystery.
02/03/201718 minutes 37 seconds
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Jono Fisher - On Kindness, Gratitude and Presence

Dr Lauren Tober interviews Wake Up Project founder Jono Fisher to talk about kindness, gratitude and presence.
07/01/201743 minutes 18 seconds