“I can tell you, unequivocally, if I did not have my yoga and my meditation practice, I would not have made it.” * In this episode, Krista Lester, creator of Bunny Buddhism, writer, music teacher, suicide survivor, yogi, and meditator, tells the story of how bunnies came into her life from her childhood fascination with them to owning her first bunny as an adult. Krista reflects discovering the healing powers of meditation during a long battle with depression and anxiety. She explains how the tenderness of bunnies and the wisdom from Buddhist philosophies intersected in her seated meditation practice to create the concept of Bunny Buddhism. Krista recounts the experience of tweeting one quote a day and its evolution into her book, “Bunny Buddhism.” She explores how yoga and meditation continue to provide solace in the grieving process from her husband’s suicide.
“Great athletes have amazing mind-body connections that allow them to do these incredible feats and for most people, they don’t really realize that we can actually work on this capacity.” * In this episode, Johnny Gillespie, creator of Balanced Athlete and yoga teacher, shares his athletic background from middle school track to competitive hockey. He discusses his journey into yoga from how yoga healed his injuries to the path to becoming a yoga teacher. Johnny offers advice for those interested in teaching yoga, including the importance of being a student and listener. He explains how he developed the revolutionary movement form of Balanced Athlete. Lastly, Johnny offers practices to become a balanced athlete in one’s everyday life.
“As soon as I started to use running as a means to support healing, by making it a mindful practice, then I was able to restore my health. And once I had my health back, then I was able to start to build my fitness back up again.” * In this episode, Elinor Fish, running coach, writer, runner, speaker, and mother, tells the story of how she discovered the freedom of trail running after many years as a competitive high school and collegiate runner. Elinor explains how her mindful running revolution was born out of a difficult recovery after racing the Leadville 100-miler. She discusses how to use running as a mindfulness practice and the impact this has had on the athletes she coaches. Elinor reflects on the female mentors she has in the trail community. Lastly, Elinor reveals exciting running retreats and projects for 2015.
In this episode, we discuss Giuliana’s relationship with yoga, her blog Lovely Healthy, and insight on how to be a mindful person in a modern world.