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A Grateful Life

English, Sciences, 1 season, 43 episodes, 1 day, 11 hours, 7 minutes
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A Grateful Life Podcast with Dr Lauren Tober. Conversations of life, gratitude and spirituality.
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Stephanie Lopez - On Time and Spaciousness for Burnout Recovery

With so many of you reaching out to me to share your stories of deep fatigue and burnout, I’m delighted to share another episode on this very important topic.In today’s episode, you’ll hear a very personal conversation with a dear teacher, mentor and friend Stephanie Lopez. I met Stephanie around 10 years ago when she first came to Australia to teach an iRest meditation training, and it is not an exaggeration to say that this training with Stephanie and Richard Miller changed my life, both personally and in the way I work. Ten years later, it still infuses my understanding of yoga, psychology and how to be a human in the world.Stephanie (she/her) is the Senior Advisor of Philosophy and Learning, and a Senior Trainer at the iRest Institute. She’s also a Gestalt psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and world-leading meditation teacher who has presented meditation at Google, Spotify, UC Berkeley and more, and is a contributing author of Yoga Nidra Meditations.In our conversation today, Stephanie shares with us her own journey with burnout and recovery, and how surprising this was as a therapist and meditation teacher, and what really helped her to navigate these difficult times.Connect with Stephanie at https://www.irest.orgFind the dates for all our latest offerings at the Yoga Psychology Institute at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.com Find out more about my new book Mental Health Aware Yoga: A Guide for Yoga Teachers at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/book Join the 2024 Yoga Skills for Health Professionals training at https://www.yogaskillsforhealthprofessionals.comJoin the waitlist for the next online Mental Health Aware Yoga training, starting in October 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/online Join the waitlist for the next hybrid Mental Health Aware Yoga Training in Byron Bay in March 2025 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/hybrid Get started on the Meditation, Pure + Simple online course with Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.meditationpuresimple.com Find out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
6/17/202458 minutes, 19 seconds
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Leila Stuart - On Midlife Burnout and Recovery

With so much information at our fingertips these days, you would think that we would know a thing or two about self-care. But so many women I know are experiencing burnout in midlife.When I shared my own experience about coming a little too close to burnout for comfort last year, Leila Stuart reached out to me and shared about her own experience with burnout, chronic fatigue and recovery. So of course I invited her to come and share her wisdom with us all on the podcast!Leila is a clinical massage therapist, yoga teacher and yoga therapist, and as the co-author of the book Pathways to a Centered Body with Donna Farhi, and the author of a new book Experiential Anatomy: Therapeutic Applications of Embodied Movement and Awareness, she is really a pioneer in the field of embodied movement education. Listen in to this enlightening episode to hear Leila share about her personal experience of burnout in her 40s, an experience that took her around 15 years to recover from, and also about the big mindset shift that made all the difference in her healing journey. She also shares some hard-won recommendations for identifying and recovering from burnout, that you really don’t want to miss!Connect with Leila Stuart at https://leilastuart.com Check out the dates for all our latest offerings at the Yoga Psychology Institute at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.com Find out more about my new book Mental Health Aware Yoga: A Guide for Yoga Teachers at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/book Join the waitlist for the 2024 Yoga Skills for Health Professionals training at https://www.yogaskillsforhealthprofessionals.comJoin the waitlist for the next online Mental Health Aware Yoga training, starting in October 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/online Join the waitlist for the next hybrid Mental Health Aware Yoga Training in Byron Bay in March 2025 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/hybrid Find out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
6/4/202458 minutes, 45 seconds
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Susanna Barkataki - On Cultural Appropriation and Yoga

Am I contributing to the cultural appropriation of yoga? As a white yoga student and teacher, how can I do better?These are questions that I’ve been wrestling with over the past two decades of practicing and teaching yoga, and so I’m delighted to be speaking to Susanna Barkataki about them in this podcast episode.Susanna (she/her) is a teacher, coach, inclusivity promoter, yoga culture advocate, the founder of the Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and the author of Embrace Yoga’s Roots.In our conversation Susanna and I talk about where yoga actually comes from, the colonisation of yoga, cultural appropriation and its antidote, how we can honour the roots or lineage of yoga in our practice and teaching, even when there has been abuse in our lineage, and if it is ever appropriate to use the word namaste when teaching and practicing yoga (hint: it’s not a simple answer!).It’s such a great episode, and one that I would love all yoga practitioners and teachers to listen to, so I’m glad that you’re here!Connect with Susanna Barkataki at https://www.susannabarkataki.com Download the free Patañjali's Eight Limbs and Mental Health Aware Yoga ebook by Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/8limbsVisit the Yoga Psychology Institute at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.comFind the Yoga Psychology Institute on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yogapsychologyinstitute Find the Yoga Psychology Institute on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yogapsychologyinstitute Find out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at  https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
4/8/202457 minutes, 57 seconds
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Jivana Heyman - On Making Yoga Accessible

What does it mean to truly make yoga accessible?Accessible yoga is more than simply using yoga props in your classes or reminding your students that Child’s Pose is always an option.In today’s podcast episode, I’m joined by yoga teacher Jivana Heyman (he/him) from Accessible Yoga and we talk about how we can truly make our yoga classes accessible.Listen in as we explore accessible yoga as seeing ourselves and our students as whole and not in need of fixing, as diversity and representation in yoga teachers and imagery online, as teaching in a trauma-sensitive and mental health aware way, and about continuing to engage in thoughtful discussions with peers on the ethics of being a human and a teacher, in the world. Jivana also shares about the challenges that he faced as a young gay man in the midst of the AIDS epidemic, and the ways in which yoga was such a refuge for him during this time. We also unpack the ways in which yoga is taught, both traditionally with the guru system and more recently in the west in drop-in yoga studios, and the pros and cons of both.This is an episode not to be missed!Connect with Jivana Heyman at www.jivanaheyman.comJoin the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training starting 25th March 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/onlineVisit our Yoga Psychology Institute workshop and training calendar  https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.com/calendar Download the free Patañjali's Eight Limbs and Mental Health Aware Yoga ebook by Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/8limbsFind out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
3/17/202456 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ann Swanson - On Meditation for the Real World

Want to meditate, but don’t have the time? This episode is for you!In today’s podcast episode, I sat down with Ann Swanson (she/her) to talk about all things meditation. Ann is a yoga therapist and the author of the internationally bestselling book the Science of Yoga and the brand new book Meditation for the Real World.Listen in to hear us talk about the science of meditation, how Ann’s own mental health struggles led her to the physical aspect of yoga, and then eventually to meditation, why long formal meditation practices aren’t necessarily better than frequent shorter meditations and how to practice meditation in accordance with the seasons of your life and your menstrual cycle. As someone who has tried loads of different meditation styles, I love the way that Ann makes meditation so accessible, and really understands the science behind the why and the how of meditation.Connect with Ann Swanson at https://www.meditationfortherealworld.comSign up to the free How to Teach Yoga for Nervous System Regulation workshop on the 15th March 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/workshop Join the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training starting 25th March 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/onlineVisit our Yoga Psychology Institute workshop and training calendar  https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.com/calendar Find out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.auThis podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
3/11/202449 minutes, 37 seconds
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J. Brown - On God and Navigating Abuse in Spiritual Communities

In today’s podcast episode, I had intended to ask J. Brown about topics that I know him for, like ‘gentle is the new advanced’ and ‘slower is stronger’.But in this interview we ended up talking about how as a 16 year old he grappled with his mother’s cancer diagnosis, the promise he made to her before she died, what it means to receive a message or a download that guides your life, and where that message actually comes from.We talk about God, Christianity, the abuse in both Christianity and in yoga communities, if it’s possible to separate the teachings from the teacher when there’s been abuse in our lineage, and how important it is to engage in a non-hierarchical way as a teacher and with your teacher. We ask a lot of questions, and don’t necessarily have all the answers, but it’s this asking and exploring that I find so important, and so interesting.Connect with J. Brown at https://www.jbrownyoga.comListen to Dr Lauren Tober speak on J. Brown’s Yoga Talks podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-lauren-tober-the-frontline-of-mental-health-care/id1029751323?i=1000646835424 Sign up to the free How to Teach Yoga for Nervous System Regulation workshop on the 15th March 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/workshop Join the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training starting 25th March 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/onlineVisit our Yoga Psychology Institute workshop and training at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.com/calendar Find out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
3/4/202454 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sandra Palmer - On Living with Stage Four Cancer

Sixteen months ago, one of our beloved Mental Health Aware Yoga mentors, Sandra Palmer (she/her) was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and was told that it was likely that she had less than two years to live.In today’s episode, Sandra talks about what it was like when she was first given this diagnosis totally out of the blue, how she has navigated the landscape of grieving, treatment, the medical system, communicating to others about her diagnosis and learning to listen to her own needs, and how yoga has helped. Sandra told me that when she was first diagnosed she was seeking other people’s stories about living and thriving with cancer, and part of her reason for coming on the podcast was to share her own story to help others who are traversing similar terrain.As a psychologist and yoga teacher, Sandra also shares ways in which teachers and therapists can support their clients and students who are living with cancer through yoga.We are delighted that Sandra has returned to mentoring with us for the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training, and currently supports our students in New Zealand, USA and Canada.Connect with Sandra Palmer at https://www.integrativetherapy.co.nz Sign up to the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training starting on March 25th 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/onlineJoin our Mental Health Aware Yoga Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mentalhealthawareyogaVisit the Yoga Psychology Institute at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.comFind the Yoga Psychology Institute on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yogapsychologyinstitute Download the free Patañjali's Eight Limbs of Mental Health Aware Yoga ebook by Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/8limbsFind out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance.
2/19/20241 hour, 17 seconds
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Dr Kaitlin Harkess - On Psychoneuroimmunology and Yoga

Have you ever wondered why you tend to get sick after a busy or stressful period, and wished you could do something about it?I certainly do! If you joined me for the Mental Health and Yoga Summits that we held in 2022, you might have noticed towards the end of each of the week-long Summits that my voice was getting pretty scratchy. After each Summit I came down with a cold, and spent a few days in bed afterwards recovering.My guest today, Dr Kaitlin Harkess (she/her) researched yoga, stress and the immune system for her PhD thesis and is on the podcast today sharing about psychoneuroimmunology and yoga.Kaitlin is a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Teacher and the host of the wonderful Wisdom for Wellbeing podcast. She loves to help people develop the psychological skills they need to overcome burnout and change their life for the better. If you are interested in stress, spirituality, science, movement, health and living a good life, you are going to love this episode!Connect with Dr Kaitlin Harkess at www.drkaitlin.comSign up to the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training starting on March 25th 2024 at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/onlineJoin our Mental Health Aware Yoga Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mentalhealthawareyogaVisit the Yoga Psychology Institute at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.comFind the Yoga Psychology Institute on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yogapsychologyinstitute Download the free Patañjali's Eight Limbs of Mental Health Aware Yoga ebook by Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/8limbsFind out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance.
2/6/202453 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lissie Turner - On Addiction and Yoga

How can yoga help us to dissolve our addictive patterns?Today I’m joined by Lissie Turner (she/her), CEO of the The Prana Project, to talk about addiction recovery and yoga.In this moving interview, Lissie shares her own journey with transforming what she describes as a 22-year drinking career during her time as a presenter on Triple J Radio, into a thirst for a profoundly calmer and more humble life.We also explore a yoga therapy perspective on overcoming addiction and what we can all do to move through our addictive patterns.Connect with Lissie Turner at https://www.lissieturner.comConnect with the Prana Project at https://www.thepranaproject.comFind out more and join the 2024 online Mental Health Aware Yoga training today at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/onlineFind out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
1/23/20241 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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Anneke Sips - On the Dark Night of the Soul

Have you ever gone through a time that feels impossibly difficult? When you just can’t find a way out? I know I have. In today’s episode, I sit down with Anneke Sips, a psychiatric nurse and yoga therapist in the Netherlands, to talk about the dark night of the soul. In this episode Anneke guides us on how to prepare for a dark night of the soul, how to tell when you’re experiencing one, and some powerful ways to move through a dark night of the soul experience, when you’re right in the thick of it. Connect with Anneke Sips at https://annekesips.com Read my article on the Hero’s Journey at https://www.laurentober.com/blog/the-heros-journey/ Find out more about the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training and sign up today at www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/online Visit our Mental Health Aware Yoga Teachers Directory at https://shala.laurentober.com/mhay-directory/ Find out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.au This podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice or training. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance or come and join one of our programs at the Yoga Psychology Institute for professional training.
1/17/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 48 seconds
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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 Vedic tradition and merge with the pure Tantric roots as taught by the ancient Masters in the far reaches of the Himalayas.Anand was born and raised in Rishikesh, which is recognized as the yoga capital of the world. Rishikesh is one of the most sacred places in India. It calls thousands of pilgrims and spiritual seekers from around India and many countries of the world.Connect with Anand Mehrotra at https://anandmehrotra.inFind out more about the Sattva Academy at https://sattvayogaacademy.comDownload the free Patañjali's Eight Limbs of Mental Health Aware Yoga ebook by Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/8limbsFind out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.auVisit the Yoga Psychology Institute at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.comFind the Yoga Psychology Institute on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yogapsychologyinstituteThis podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance.
11/28/202355 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, including the teachings that iRest is based upon, Sankhya, Patanjali, Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Shaivism, and she sheds light on how iRest has become a promising approach for overcoming trauma.As a recent graduate of the Mental Health Aware Yoga training, Fuyuko also shares valuable insights from the program, and how she has skillfully integrated the principles of Mental Health Aware Yoga into her own yoga teaching since taking the training. Join us on this insightful episode as we dive deep into the transformative pathways of iRest Meditation with Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota. Discover the immense potential of yoga in enriching mental health, finding inner peace, and embracing a life of well-being and wisdom.Find out more about Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota at https://premayoga.com.auDownload the free Patañjali's Eight Limbs of Mental Health Aware Yoga ebook by Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com/8limbsFind out more about the Mental Health Aware Yoga training at https://www.mentalhealthawareyoga.com Get started on the Meditation, Pure + Simple online course with Dr Lauren Tober at https://www.meditationpuresimple.com Visit the Yoga Psychology Institute at https://www.yogapsychologyinstitute.comFind out more about our wonderful sponsor, Yoga Australia, at https://yogaaustralia.org.auThis podcast is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance.
8/4/20231 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 Mental Health Aware Yoga online trainingConnect with Kate Pippos on LinkedInFind out more about our wonderful sponsor Yoga Australia
6/21/202343 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.
4/24/202344 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 www.lissarankin.com .Find out more about Awake Psychology at www.awakepsychology.com.au.
7/13/202258 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 www.laurentober.com/giving-back
5/3/202219 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.
2/15/202255 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.
11/9/202156 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.
10/12/202142 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.
9/28/202146 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.
8/22/202141 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.
6/6/202159 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.
5/3/202149 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.
3/30/202156 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.’
2/21/202150 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.
1/12/202153 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.
12/14/20201 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.
8/30/202050 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.
8/10/202040 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.
7/24/202037 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.
7/3/202056 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.
7/26/201938 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.
3/22/201959 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.
11/26/201829 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.
8/22/20181 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
5/21/201834 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.
2/27/201826 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
9/17/201754 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
8/31/201740 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.
7/6/201729 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.
4/27/201744 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.
3/2/201718 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.
1/7/201743 minutes, 18 seconds