S1.E11: Myth-Busting Yoga History with Sati Chmelar

September 19, 2018

Yogis, settle in! This episode is both thoughtful and {possibly} a little earth shaking, in terms of questioning what we as yoga students and yoga teachers believe to be true. The women sit down together in Oslo, Norway to talk about Sati’s recent Master’s Thesis focused on  “myth busting” commonly-held beliefs about the history/origin of modern yogic practices. Sati explains how taking an academic or scholarly approach to understanding yoga radically shifted her connection to the practice, and why she thinks this is the future trajectory of modern yoga. The women also discuss the hot-button current topic of cultural appropriation in the era of modern postural yoga, and what it could mean for Western practitioners. This is an episode you are going to want to listen to more than once — the topics discussed have been lingering with Jessica ever since this conversation took place, causing her to ask questions about the practice of yoga that she has never asked before… maybe you will have that experience too?

Sati’s Website

S1.E10: Failure, Meditation + the Mind with Jeppe Aagaard

September 12, 2018
Jessica talks with Danish yoga and meditation teacher Jeppe Aagaard, and they go straight into talking about meditation, how the mind works, and what we feel during a meditation practice. Jeppe shares why, as a meditation teacher, he strives to guide his students into an emotional response to the practice. This is an interesting and thought provoking episode (notice the length of the episode — Jessica and Jeppe couldn’t stop the conversation, it was that good!). Jeppe also talks about how we retrain the patterns of the brain through meditation, and about his new project teaching meditation in high schools in Copenhagen. Finally, the conversation touches on failure, the lessons we learn from embracing setbacks in life, and how our perception dictates our experience of reality.
Jeppe’s website

S1.E9: Tantra Yoga + Living in the Now with Satu Tuomela

September 4, 2018
This week is a fun + lively episode where Jessica chats with Stockholm-based yoga teacher and studio owner Satu Tuomela. Satu talks about her deep love for tantra yoga, and the teachings of the practice to simply enjoy your life while mindfully living in the now. Satu clears up some of the misconceptions of tantra yoga, and shares her first experiences with the practice (which differed greatly from her current experiences of the practice!). The women talk about the exploration of stillness and softening in their personal practices of yoga, and Satu shares what freedom + liberation feel like to her. They also discuss how integrity is a core value for both of them — in their personal lives, as teachers, and as entrepreneurs running yoga businesses.
Pranama Studio Website
Satu’s Website
Book Recommendation — 
Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallis

S1.E8: Radical Self-Inquiry with Jessica Winderl

August 29, 2018
This week Jessica is doing a solo episode to talk about cultivating more intentional stillness + healing in our lives. She shares why One Sacred Pause is her personal manta, and the importance of slowing down and disconnecting from the distractions of the mind. In this very real and honest episode, Jessica talks about her experience of being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer at age 34, what she thinks about suffering and karma, and what she has learned about compassion from this experience. Jessica talks about why grace and integrity are so important for her in order to live her yoga off the mat, and how they inform her business decisions related to running her yoga school. Jessica ends the episode by talking about her daily routines, and why she loves the idea of “freedom through discipline”.

S1.E7: Yoga, Nuclear Physics + Spirituality with Anne Devismes, PhD, RYT

August 22, 2018
This week, Jessica talks with full-time yoga teacher, studio owner, and physicist Anne Devismes about science vs. spirituality, and how they actually have more in common than we might think. The women start by discussing topics related to choice + responsibility, the skill of learning how to be brave, and being held accountable for our own happiness. They also talk about their own experiences in the yoga world and running yoga businesses, and the sometimes ugly realties of the modern yoga industry. The ladies keep it real!
Next they dive into Anne’s research into what happened right after the Big Bang, and the evolution of the universe from nuclear matter. Anne breaks it down by explaining that her scientific work was driven by a desire to make life better by understanding it, which is basically the same inquiry yoga invites us to do —  ask the big questions — like where are we from and why are we here? Jessica and Anne talk about the linearity (or lack thereof) of energy, time, and experiences and Anne suggests one possible explanation of intuition as explained by quantum physics.
Anne’s website

S1.E6: Clinical Psychology + Yoga in Mental Health Settings with Kristin Vikjord Paternotte

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.

S1.E5: Studio Ownership, Yoga, Astrology + Shamanism with Tonje Naess

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: 
Tonje’s studio:

S1.E4- Panel Discussion: What is Yoga Teacher Training REALLY like?

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. 

S1.E3: Veganism + Jivamukti Yoga with Karina Kibsgård

July 26, 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.
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S1.E2: Green Beauty Blogging + Yoga with Kate Murphy

July 19, 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.
Show notes:
www.livingprettynaturally.com Kate’s website and online green beauty shop
Blog list of ingredients to avoid in skin care products www.livingprettynaturally.com/ingredients-to-avoid/ 
Clean beauty webshops in Norway: www.pureyou.no ; https://www.skinlove.no ; www.lovelula.com