September 12, 2019
Join Jessica for the Season 3 Finale, where she talks about the life of death with yogi, energy healer, and Death Doula Leslie Conner. This episode is one that Jessica has wanted to record for a long time, and is a topic that is often hidden behind a veil of fear or uncertainty in the Western world. Leslie shares about how she was called to this work, and why working with an end-of-life doula can change the experience of dying for both the person transitioning and the loved ones and care takers left behind. She talks about the empowerment people can feel when they are given the choice of how to take control of their death narrative, rather than feeling like a “burden”, or not wanting to express emotions for fear of upsetting loved ones. The women discuss the differences between a Birth Doula and a Death Doula, and talk about how normalizing (and even celebrating death) can be healing for everyone involved. Tune in to this heavy hitter that will make you think about your own beliefs around death.
September 5, 2019
Tune in to this week’s episode for a dose of inspiration! Jessica chats with Tendai Angela Jambga, a Zimbabwean yoga teacher who now calls Norway home. The women discuss what spirituality means to them, how they hold boundaries as teachers and in life, about the importance of community, and the exciting work Tendai is up to in Africa. Tendai has brought yoga + meditation to a children’s home, and hopes to make a case study and proposal from the results she has seen in these abused and traumatized children — increased socialization, trust, and confidence, decreased anxiety and fear-based reactions, and greater connection to community, to name a few. Learn how Tendai wants to help these children (and others in 3rd world conditions) heal forward, rather than stay stuck in a pattern of just treating their trauma.
Founder of the Atman Yoga School™️
August 29, 2019
Whoa. This week, Jessica was called to speak on a topic that is serious and near to her heart, in hopes of inspiring new (and seasoned) yoga teachers to hold themselves and their communities to a higher standard. Hear real-world advice on how to protect yourself as a yoga teacher, in an unregulated profession that can be corrupted by power, sex, and money. Jessica illustrates why she is so passionate about this subject through some of her personal experiences, as well as offers her opinion on the ethical implications of recent events in the global yoga community. Tune in for a much needed, and possibly controversial, discussion as Jessica explains why she thinks the rational of “separate the man from the practice” is dangerous, and dismissive to victims of abuse in the yoga world landscape. Change starts now, and it starts with us!
August 22, 2019
Solo episode with Jessica! This week’s episode is also this season’s episode with just Jessica and no guests. Jessica gets a lot of questions about how to handle stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed, and in this episode she shares that her practice of saying no is a way to deeply nourish and support oneself. She dives into the topic of boundaries, and being aware of energetic exchanges with partners, friends, co-workers, and students/clients. This is a very personal episode where Jessica shares more of her “behind the scenes” of being a teacher and a yoga business owner.
August 15, 2019
This week, Jessica talks with her friend Lindsey Van about what it means to give of one’s self and to be of service to others. Lindsey shares her journey of winning 16 National Championships, to becoming the first women’s World Champion winner for Ski Jumping in 2009, and her subsequent leadership role as she and a group of fellow women ski jumpers sued the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for gender discrimination for not including women’s ski jumping in the Olympics. Lindsey, and the other female ski jumpers, eventually were allowed to compete in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But in 2011, in the middle of training to defend her World Title, Lindsey got a phone call that she was a perfect match to donate bone marrow to save an anonymous Leukemia patient. Lindsey didn’t think twice before saying yes, and going through the process of donating bone marrow not just once, but two separate times! Even at the risk of jeopardizing her athletic career, Lindsey felt that as a human, she had the moral obligation to save someone’s life if she was in the position to do so. As a yogi and a meditator, Lindsey shares her life philosophy on how everything and everyone is connected.
August 8, 2019
This week we dive deep into a conversation about the shadow self, and how to navigate darkness and pain in our life. Jessica is joined by Norwegian yoga teacher, studio owner, and author Vivian Midttveit to cover topics like survival mode, compassion, and self-forgiveness. Vivian shares how her practice of meditation is all about making love to the silence, and how to her, acceptance feels like love. The women talk about how it feels to be in a place of darkness and pain, and how we hold space as teachers and humans for our students and loved ones who are in this same place.
August 1, 2019
This is it! The episode many of you have been waiting for — Jessica talks with her first ayurveda teacher, Dr. Margaret Koblasova, all about ayurveda, dinacharya, and how we use ayurveda in our lives. Maggie talks about different meditation types for the three doshas, what jyotish is and what it is used for, what led her to become an Ayurvedic Doctor, and what she loves about being a doctor.
Also, stay tuned for upcoming announcements about Dr. Koblasova’s visit to Norway, and a co-hosted ayurvedic cleanse program in Oslo in June 2020.
July 25, 2019
Viggo Johansen is a Norwegian meditation and mindfulness teacher, and he joins Jessica this week to talk about the nature of the mind. Viggo shares his story of how he became a monk, what it was like being on spiritual retreats for months at a time, and what led him to eventually leave the monk-hood. This episode is all about meditation, compassion, and our right to evolve as spiritual beings.
July 18, 2019
On this episode, Jessica chats with Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula, Jenna Furnari, all about how to use ayurveda during the postpartum period of pregnancy. Jenna works primarily as an ayurvedic postpartum doula, and trains other women to do the same (Jessica took her training, it is great!). She talks about the importance of the first 42 days after giving birth — how a new mother needs to rest, rebuild ojas/balance vata dosha, and bond with her baby. An ayurvedic postpartum doula comes into a new mother’s home and helps prepare nourishing foods, can help with breastfeeding/lactation, helps support the mother with physical recovery after delivery, and is there to help with bodywork/self-massage/abhyanga, breath work, and meditation. It is this idea of using the principles of ayurveda for “mothering the mother” to provide loving and safe support to the new mama during an immensely transitional period in her life.
Check out more (and register for Jenna’s upcoming Ayurvedic Post-Partum Doula Training this fall) at www.jennafurnari.com
and on instagram at @jennafurnari
July 11, 2019
Jessica is joined this week by her breathwork teacher + acupuncturist Erin Telford. Erin shares about her journey into breathwork and becoming a healer, why she loves this practice so deeply, and how she continues to be inspired by its potency. The women talk about what happens when we show up with courage and vulnerability, and are willing to step into a space of non-knowing. Breathwork holds up a mirror to our self-limiting beliefs, trauma, and pain, and then allows for the grace of emotional healing. Listen in to learn more about this powerful + transformative practice!