November 28, 2012
This week’s topic: Staying Healthy Through the Holidays
until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.
Andrea Marcum, yoga instructor and owner of UStudio Yoga
Jacki Carr, Recruitment Manager at lululemon athletica
Dr. Pedram Shojai, founder of well.org and producer/director of “Vitality”
Om Mani Padme Hum, Mercedes Bahleda
Om Mozart, Dave Eggar Quartet
Sat Narayan Wahe Guru, Dev Suroop Kaur
Carry Me, Peter Kater & Snatam Kaur
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i had originally planned to call the episode: “surviving the holidays”, then realized that it had a somewhat negative connotation — like the holiday season is something we should dread. while it should be a time of visiting with friends and family, exchanging of gifts and warm wishes, and partaking of delicious food and drink, there’s a chance we’ll be trying to figure out how to squeeze all those visitors into a tiny one-bedroom apartment, squeeze the parties, shopping, and work into a few short weeks, and sadly, squeeze ourselves into our jeans once the merrymaking is all over. see what i mean?
trying to put a more positive spin on it, i decided to call on some friends to talk about their tips on minimizing stress during the holidays.
andrea marcum is a yoga teacher and owner of U studio yoga in LA. she’s written a number of articles for various websites, with her most recent one about santosha, or contentment, at greenster.com: Secret Santa-tosha: Finding Peace for the Holidays
during the course of our conversation, i mentioned to andrea that i had just found out that the flight i was booked on to visit my family in the philippines was going to take a whopping 30 HOURS when it usually should take almost half the time (i should mention that it was booked using airline miles, so it ended up being the maximum inconvenience for the minimum cost)! she then shared her tips on surviving a long plane flight (there’s that word “survive” again) and later sent me the article she wrote about it, also on greenster: Return to Your Upright Position – Yoga Takes Flight
jacki carr has worked with lululemon athletica for a number of years now and has moved up in the ranks from sales associate to recruitment manager. she travels a lot for her job and has moved from one city to another a few times since i first met her. jacki also leads workshops on goal-setting at yoga conferences, so having her on the show to share her experiences seemed like a perfect fit.
on the show, jacki and i talked about making realistic plans and about how trying to aim for goals that initially seem out of reach may not necessarily be a bad idea. by the way, contrary to what i said on the show, jacki IS back in LA. i keep forgetting that she lives just a few miles from me because i rarely see her… and we’ve vowed to fix that 🙂
dr. pedram shojai is the founder of well.org and the producer/director of a new documentary on living well called “vitality“. i had heard about him when yogaworks screened his film earlier this month at their main street studio. “vitality” talks about the current healthcare system, which focuses on treating diseases rather than preventing them. so i invited pedram to talk about his thoughts on health and vitality, and later in the conversation, we found ourselves talking about the depression that’s sometimes triggered during the holidays.
all the music on the show were new “gifts” that i’m sharing with all — either from demo CDs or free downloads from websites, thanks to white swan records and spirit voyage:
– “path to bliss: chants of tibetan heart yoga” by mercedes bahleda
– “meditative massage music: healing instrumentals for peace & quiet” by various artists
– “essence” by dev suroop kaur
– “heart of the universe” by peter kater & snatam kaur
let the holiday merrymaking begin!