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ROO #143: Brogan Graham on Why You Should Show Up to November Project

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“This isn’t little. This isn’t like something you know. You do not know what this looks like and I don’t care if you’re a great athlete or not, if your listening to this, you have to experience it. It is not like your running club, it’s not like a boot camp cause it’s way fucking weird and it’s really hard.”

In this episode, Brogan Graham, co-founder of November Project (NP) explains why you should show up to the November Project and to your life. Brogan tells the story of his athletic background from how he began crew in high school to rowing at Northeastern’s DI Men’s Varsity Rowing Team. He reflects on his relationship with Bojan Mandaric, his November Project co-founder and what inspired them to start NP. Brogan recounts the story of how he met Goldie Graham, his now wife and ROO Podcast Interviewee #78, at November Project Boston. He discusses the growth of the November Project, including his partnership with The North Face to the 21 NP tribes across North America. Lastly, Brogan reveals his least favorite tattoo is, the role of yoga in his training, and the most memorable November Project workout he has experienced.

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* Podcast sponsored by Revolution Why! Revolution Why is a four-day retreat for millennials who want to challenge the status quo and question their relationship with their work, health, food, and other people. It will include workshops on deliberate living, plant-based cooking, yoga, and building your own business with opportunities for skill sharing and fostering life long friendships. Limited amount of spots available, so inquire now on revolutionwhy.com and lets start a revolution together!

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ROO #142: Ian O’Dwyer on The Emotional Factor in Athletic Performance

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Photo Design by Ethan Wright-Magoon of Bentforkz

“The emotional content, the emotional factor is something we have to bring back into an enjoyment. We have got to destress the body and allow the physical stress to start to melt. And once we can start to clear it, it’s amazing how the tissues start to respond.”

Ian O’Dwyer is a performance movement specialist, director of OD on Movement, and co-founder of PTA Global.

In this episode, Ian tells the story of his movement background, from raising horses throughout his childhood to playing Australian rules football. Ian discusses lessons learned from co-founding PTA Global, a leadership company focused on professional fitness development. He offers advice on empowering clients in the fitness industry to see themselves as their own healers. Ian reflects on the role of emotional stress in athletic performance, and in turn, provides insight on the importance of recovery in order to move and live optimally. Lastly, Ian reveals upcoming ideas and projects he is working on.

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ROO #140: Emily Saul on Discovering the Path of Play in Sport and Life

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“I couldn’t do a hundred strokes at a time, but I could do ten strokes at a time. I could create mantras or beliefs in my head that I could do anything for ten strokes and so, if all I thought about was just those ten strokes, I could do everything that I needed to.”

In this episode, Emily Saul, co-leader of November Project Boston and Lead Playmaker at Life is Good’s Playmakers, explores what is means to inspire others. She discusses how she was introduced to the mental techniques of sport psychology during her time as a Division I rower at the University of Tulsa, which later led her to receive a masters in Sports Psychology at Boston University. Emily reflects on her work as the Lead Playmaker at Life is Good’s public charity called Playmakers. She explains how her Playmakers work has lead her to believe that everyone yearns for play through engaging, connecting, and exploring one’s community and physical potential. She tells the story of how she found November Project Boston, a free fitness movement that Emily is now a co-leader of and how November Project demonstrates to her the importance of play for adults. Lastly, Emily reveals her own athletic goals.

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ROO #139: Tom Myers on Developing Body Intelligence

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“There are not as many people, at least I don’t meet as many people that understand the concept of work. And I don’t mean loading bales of hay or physical work. But, the understanding that you are going to have to have your hand on that plow for years, a decade, two decades, and during that time you are going to come across the most fatiguing delays, the most mortifying disappointments, and the presumptuous judgement of the ignorant on what you are trying to do. You are going to face those things and you have to keep your hand on the plow and go.” 

In this episode, Tom Myers, founder of Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration, discusses how he was first introduced to the power of movement in his undergraduate studies of theater at Harvard University. Tom recounts his exploration of different movement and spiritual groups in his nation-wide travels as a young adult. He explains his introduction to the structural integration work of Ida Rolf that eventually lead him to develop Anatomy Trains. Tom describes the journey of solidifying both Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration and his experience teaching these modalities. Lastly, he offers insight on developing body intelligence in an increasingly industrialized world.

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One Love Bowl

One of my favorite recipes from Rich Roll and Julie Piatt’s “The Plantpower Way,” is their One Bowls. The One Bowl allows for creativity, balanced nourishment, and is an easy-to-assemble lunch or dinner. One Bowl consists of five general categories, a legume, a grain, a green, a whole food, and a sauce. I was inspired to develop a One Love Bowl with my loves, Hilary’s Eat Well Root Veggie Burger and a new ROO sauce I have been enjoying.

One Love BowlIngredients:

  1. Handful of sprouted beans (legume)
  2. 2 Hilary’s Eat Well Root Veggie Burgers (grain)
  3. Handful of kale, sautéed (green)
  4. Beet and carrots, raw and shredded (whole food)
  5. Zesty Miso Tahini Sauce: (sauce) *Makes 1 cup, refrigerate for later use
    • 1/4 cup white miso
    • 1/4 cup tahini
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 teaspoon minced ginger

 

Recipe:

  1. Sauté the kale
  2. Shred the beets and carrots
  3. Prepare ROO’s Zesty Miso Tahini Sauce in a blender and set aside.
  4. Cook the Hilary’s Eat Well Root Veggie Burgers and make into hearts.
  5. Mix the kale, beets, carrots, sprouted beans, and root veggie burger hearts into one bowl. Dress with ROO’s Zesty Miso Tahini Sauce and feel the One Love!


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ROO #138: Karen Smyers on How Passion Beat Cancer and Ironman

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Photo Design: Ethan Wright-Magoon of Bentforkz

“I believe that you can fit everything in your life the way you want and still get better. It’s just how you structure your training to get better.” 

In this episode, Karen Smyers, world class triathlete, coach, mother, race director, and cancer survivor, tells the story of how passion allowed her to persevere through cancer, injury, and setbacks to have one of the most historic triathlon careers. Karen is the only woman ever to win the 1995 Hawaiian Ironman World Championship and the short course World Championship in the same year. Karen discusses her athletic background as a competitive swimmer and her introduction to running at Princeton University. She explains how she unexpectedly made the transition to professional triathlon. Karen provides insight on how the power of passionate positivity allowed her to overcome numerous setbacks, including a freak accident that sliced her hamstring, being struck by an 18-wheel truck on her bike, another bike accident during an important race, and her battle with thyroid cancer. She reveals her relationship with triathlon now, from the challenges she faces during a race to her experience as a triathlon coach. Karen reflects on the growth of triathlon in the USA and shares her upcoming athletic goals.

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ROO #137: Kevin Courtney The Medicine of Yoga, Music, and the Present Moment

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Photo Credit: Jaimie Baird Photo Design: Ethan Wright-Magoon of Bentforkz

“It’s medicinal to be so present. It’s medicine and wherever that student is, in that moment, they’re either able to swallow it and be like, ‘oh thank you,’ or it’s going to be so bitter, scary, and frightening that they need to go off and do some more work before they are really able to inhabit the present moment.” 

In this episode, Kevin Courtney, yoga teacher and musician, tells the story of his musical background from playing guitar in his youth to exploring the healing power of shamanic ceremony music. Kevin recounts the first yoga class he ever attended and what drew him back to his mat. He discusses how his evolution as a yoga teacher has been centered on maintaining a spirit of openness, gratitude, and co-creation in a highly commercialized yoga world. Kevin reflects on his experiences teaching at Bonnaroo Music Festival and Wanderlust Yoga Festival. He shares the creative process behind his yoga music album “Nada Sadhana.” Lastly, Kevin provides insight on practicing presence in music, yoga, and everyday life.

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