August 15, 2018
This week’s episode is a heavy hitter that deals with an important and current topic- the mental health crisis of modern society. Jessica is joined by clinical psychologist Kristin Vikjord Paternotte, and they talk about Kristin’s work integrating holistic therapies like yoga and meditation into her clinical practice, and the trends of healthcare in Norway. The women discuss the pros and cons of the Western/Eastern medicinal approaches, as well as the importance of self-inquiry, shadow work, and learning how to understand our emotional bodies when dealing with mental health and happiness.
Kristin’s personal website
Book: The Body Keeps the Score by
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
August 8, 2018
This week Jessica chats with studio owner Tonje Naess about the membership model of offering yoga classes and the most challenging part of opening a yoga studio in Oslo. Next they talk about Tonje’s passion for shamanism and shamanistic energy medicine, and Tonje explains the belief and practice of soul retrieval. The women also talk about astrology and using natal charts as guides to help people navigate their lives. Tonje describes her favorite visualization/exercise to help her meditate every morning (as well as what she does before each healing session she offers).
Tonje’s personal website:
August 2, 2018
Jessica sits down to chat with Kate Murphy, who talks about what it is like to balance her spirituality and teaching yoga with running a tech company AND her successful green beauty blog, Living Pretty Naturally. The women talk about intuition, creating new patterns + behaviors using the idea of a sacred pause, and how these practices have informed Kate’s ‘Mindful Yoga’ classes. Jessica and Kate discuss their shared passion for green beauty/skin care, taking care of your skin, and why it is important to choose your body care and makeup products carefully. Kate shares her top 3 tips to help people transition into a more sustainable and natural body care routine. They also touch on women's lunar cycles, and how women in the wellness community are seeking + returning to more of a synchronicity with nature.
August 2, 2018
In this episode, Jessica talks with Karina about how she found Jivamukti Yoga in New York, why the practice speaks to her, and her definition of vinyasa yoga. Jessica and Karina talk about what it is really like to be a full time yoga teacher, and how to make the decision to quit your day job. Karina talks about how she chooses her themes and sequences for her classes. The women discuss the slippery slope of self-identifying too much with what style of yoga you teach, and how maintaining a beginner’s mindset is the way to combat this potential issue. The conversation leads into veganism, what that means, and why many yogis practice this lifestyle. They talk about how to set yourself up for success when making dietary changes, and the women discuss a possible Ayurvedic reason for not following a vegan diet.
August 2, 2018
Jessica is joined by two yoga teachers and Atman Yoga School graduates (who have never met!), Kristine Iversen and Astrid Salthaug, to discuss what yoga teacher training is all about. The women discuss how to choose the right program for you, what the first day nerves are like, how community is what it is all about, and how teacher training is a radically transformative experience. They also discuss fear, how to know when you are ‘ready’ to become a teacher, and the common ground all three women share- how none of them ever thought they would actually teach yoga.
August 2, 2018
Join Jessica and Krissa for the first episode of the podcast, where Krissa talks about what it is like to be a new mama for the first time, and how that impacted her yoga and pranayama practices pre/post natal. The women discuss the differences in teaching yoga in Norway versus the US or Hong Kong/Asia, and move onto the hot topic of navigating the intersection of commerce + spirituality. What role does integrity play in running a yoga business? Listen in as Krissa dishes out valuable business advice to new yoga teachers. Jessica and Krissa talk about the new yoga prop Krissa invented called the Dharma Strap, and why it is a game changer. Next up is the power of gratitude (hint, it's a practice!) and how that plays into choice.