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Episode 16: The What is Yoga Series - Pranayama (All about the Breath)

Episode 16: The What is Yoga Series - Pranayama (All about the Breath)

August 21, 2019

Many yogis believe that the practice of pranayama is a way to connect the unconscious to the conscious, therefore integrating the mind, body, and spirit. There are numerous pranayama practices that manipulate the breath in a variety of ways: extending or shortening the lengths of inhalation and exhalation, suspending the breath, or contracting the breath. Pranayama can be part of a daily practice or used to achieve specific results. And it is often recommended that beginners practice more advanced pranayama practices under the guidance of a teacher.

**This episode is the fifth in a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**

The Eight Limbs of Yoga:

1. Yama : Moral principles
2. Niyama : Personal observances
3. Asanas : Physical postures
4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses
6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine (today’s focus)

Jamie’s Recommended Resources:

Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of Pratyahara, the 5th Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.

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Episode 15: The What is Yoga Series - Asana

Episode 15: The What is Yoga Series - Asana

August 14, 2019

Asana is probably the most recognizable part of yoga in the West – If you have ever attended a yoga class, you have done Asana! Most yoga classes have a series of physical postures in a specific sequence created by the teacher, usually to music, that lasts about one hour. You can find yoga classes everywhere – gyms, yoga studios, martial arts studios, outdoors, at big events.

Asana is often used to describe yoga postures. Join Jamie as she explores how Asana has evolved over time as well as her tips for implementing yoga postures in your life.

**This episode is the fourth in a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**

The Eight Limbs of Yoga:

1. Yama : Moral principles
2. Niyama : Personal observances
3. Asanas : Physical postures
4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses
6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine (today’s focus)

Jamie’s Recommended Resources:
Yoga with Adrienne - https://yogawithadriene.com/

Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of Pranayama, the 4th Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast!

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Episode 14: Yoga for Mental Health with Margie Pacher

Episode 14: Yoga for Mental Health with Margie Pacher

August 7, 2019

Join Jamie and her guest, Margie Pacher, as they explore some of the core aspects of yoga philosophy. Together they break down specific yoga principles into practical, easy-to-use strategies that you can use daily to improve your mental health.

This episode moves beyond yoga postures and into some of the yoga lifestyle techniques for mental wellness - you definitely don’t want to miss it!

A bit about Margie:
Margie is a yoga teacher and humane educator. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Humane Education. She contributes regularly to numerous yoga teacher training programs and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a YACEP (continuing education provider). Living in Sarasota, FL, she’s surrounded by crystal beaches and nature trails, where she spends plenty of time communing with nature. As a yoga teacher, she enjoys inspiring others to enhance their yoga practice through living ethically and sustainably in the world.

Margie’s Facebook:
www.facebook.com/margielouiseyoga

Margie’s Instagram:
@margielouiseyoga

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast!

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Episode 13: The What is Yoga Series - The Niyamas

Episode 13: The What is Yoga Series - The Niyamas

July 30, 2019

The Niayams are the second step on Patanjali’s 8-fold yoga path. These 5 observances are practices of self-training. They help us cultivate happiness and confidence. And just like the Yamas, there are opportunities to practice them every single day. The Niyamas include:

6. Saucha (purity)

7. Santosha (contentment)

8. Tapas (self-disipline)

9. Svadhyaya (sefl-study)

10. Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender)

In this episode, Jamie provides definitions and insight into the Niyamas and explores how you can infuse each one in your daily life.

**This episode is the third in a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**

The Eight Limbs of Yoga:

1. Yama : Moral principles

2. Niyama : Personal observances (Episode 13)

3. Asanas : Physical postures

4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana

5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses

6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness

7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine

8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine (today’s focus)

Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of Asana, the 3rd Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.

Jamie’s Recommended Resources:
Shiva Rea - http://www.shivarea.com/
Ashtanga Worldwide - http://ashtangayogaworldwide.com/
The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele - https://www.amazon.com/Yamas-Niyamas-Exploring-Ethical-Practice/dp/0974470643

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast!

Connect with me, grab helpful resources, and learn more about my work at http://jamiemolnar.com/

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Episode 12: The What is Yoga Series - The Yamas

Episode 12: The What is Yoga Series - The Yamas

July 24, 2019

The Yamas are the beginning of Patanjali’s 8-fold yoga path. These 5 universal codes form the foundation of the practice and are essentially moral, ethical and societal principles concerning how we approach both our internal world and the world around us. The word Yamas literally translates into “restraints” and includes:

1. Ahimsa (nonviolence)

2. Satya (truthfulness)

3. Asteya (non-stealing)

4. Brahmacharya (faithfulness)

5. Aparigraha (non-attachment / non-excess)

Rather than just a negative list of don’ts, these codes instead remind us that our fundamental nature is compassionate, generous, honest and peaceful.

Jamie provides definitions and insight into each Yama and explores how you can infuse each one in your daily life.

**This episode is the second in a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**

The Eight Limbs of Yoga:

1. Yama : Moral principles (Episode 12)

2. Niyama : Personal observances

3. Asanas : Physical postures

4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana

5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses

6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness

7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine

8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine (today’s focus)

Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of the Niyamas, the 2nd Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast!

Connect with me, grab helpful resources, and learn more about my work at http://jamiemolnar.com/

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Episode 11: The What is Yoga Series - An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy and the Yoga Lifestyle

Episode 11: The What is Yoga Series - An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy and the Yoga Lifestyle

July 17, 2019

Join Jamie in this episode as she shares some of her own personal yoga journey, a detailed description and definition of yoga, as well as what you can expect to learn in the What is Yoga series!

**This episode is the first of a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about the basics of yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**

Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of the Yamas, the 1st Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.

Jamie’s favorite resource on Ashtanga Yoga: http://ashtangayogaworldwide.com/

-Blog Series where you can read about Yoga:

http://jamiemolnar.com/what-is-yoga-intro/

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast! 

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Episode 10: Stress, Emotional Balance, and Mind-Body-Spirit Living

Episode 10: Stress, Emotional Balance, and Mind-Body-Spirit Living

July 10, 2019

What do you think of when you hear the word stress?

Where do you typically feel stress in your body?

How does stress affect your emotions?

Join Jamie as she explores what stress is, how it manifests in the body and mind, and how you can begin to restore emotional balance.

 

Check out Episode 3: How Negative Thinking Impacts Your Health...and What to Do About It.

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast!

Connect with me, grab helpful resources, and learn more about my work at  http://jamiemolnar.com/

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Episode 9: How to Stop the Cycle of Burnout: A Therapist’s Perspective

Episode 9: How to Stop the Cycle of Burnout: A Therapist’s Perspective

July 3, 2019

Alissa Vreeland is a mother, wife, therapist, entrepreneur, sister, daughter, and friend. Wow! She leads a very full life - and because of this, she understands how easy it is to resort to putting our own health and wellness on the back burner to take care of everything and everyone else.

Her life informs her work, and as a therapist she specializes in psychotherapy for stress and burnout, maternal wellness, and wellness at work and college. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness and has lots of really simple, helpful tips to share!

Join us in our conversation about mind-body-spirit living and how you can stop surviving and instead create a balanced, happy, healthy life.

Alissa has put together on awesome Busy Mama Mindfulness Guide and it is FREE for you here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fLnM8BLoF6-imk6VRiIDahkJYbwXNpz-/view?usp=sharing

Learn more about Alissa’s work here:

https://www.alissavreeland.com/

Find her on FB here:

https://m.facebook.com/alissavreeland.ncc/?view_public_for=271294373638776

Connect with her on Instagram here:

@alissavreeland.ncc

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast! 

Connect with me, grab helpful resources, and learn more about my work at  http://jamiemolnar.com/

Grab your copy of the Free Self-Love Guide: https://yourblissedoutlife.lpages.co/silence-your-inner-mean-girl/

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Episode 8: How to Fight For A Life That You Love with Warrior Girl Whitney Cox

Episode 8: How to Fight For A Life That You Love with Warrior Girl Whitney Cox

June 26, 2019

From Wall Street executive to breast cancer survivor, life coach and fashion designer in Colombia, Whitney has done and seen it all! This week she shares her incredible journey of adventure, change, and healing with you, as well as her favorite tips for how you can create a life that you love.

On the outside, she appeared to have it all - a fabulous life, prestigious career, and a killer shoe collection.

But on the inside, she was exhausted and burnt out.

So in 2015 left it all behind the adventure of a lifetime...and she never looked back!

 

If you are feeling stuck and are seeking fulfillment through more than just the conventional markers of success, this episode is definitely for you.

 

Connect with Whitney here:

Website: www.warriorgirlcoaching.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Warrior-Girl-Life-Coaching-with-Whitney-Cox-170313123657828/

Instagram: @whitneycox1

 

::Special offer alert from Whitney::

Connect with her today to get your Early Bird Retreat Price or the Warrior Girl Starter Kit Program, 3 1:1 Sessions for 3 people at a special price

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast! 

Connect with me, grab helpful resources, and learn more about my work at  http://jamiemolnar.com/

Grab your copy of the Free Self-Love Guide: https://yourblissedoutlife.lpages.co/silence-your-inner-mean-girl/

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Episode 7: The Self-Love Experiment with Brooke and Wilhelm: Part 2

Episode 7: The Self-Love Experiment with Brooke and Wilhelm: Part 2

June 19, 2019

Body positivity, self-love...and your sex life!

In Part 2 of the 2-Part series, we get super intimate with Brooke and her husband Wilhelm, hosts of the Power Couples Podcast, about the self-love experiment and how it impacted their relationship.
These two are the real deal. They are on a mission to help you turn up the passion and play by tapping into the amazing potential your partnership holds. In this episode, they are super open about their experiences and share insight that could be very helpful for you and your partner.

Learn more about Brooke + Wilhelm here:
Brookeandwilhelm.com

Watch them practice vulnerability in real time on Instagram as they learn about themselves, each other, sex and more on their Instagram account @brookeandwilhelm!

You can also check them out on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/brookeandwilhelm/

**This is a 2-part series! In Part 1 I chat with Brooke and in Part 2 I have a conversation with both Brooke and her husband, Wilhelm.
Check out Episode 6 for Part 1.

Link to Free Self-Love Guide: https://yourblissedoutlife.lpages.co/silence-your-inner-mean-girl/

Thanks for joining me here on the Be Your Best Self Podcast!

Connect with me, grab helpful resources, and learn more about my work at http://jamiemolnar.com/

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