Healing power of mindful breathing is an organic conversation with trauma recovery specialist Julie Fernandez. I met Julie at La Maida Institute. She and Anjali Deva are two of my yoga teachers. Julie talks about the body’s natural wisdom and it’s ability to heal itself. The healing power of mindful breathing is also a big part of Vipasana meditation and releasing painful experiences that are held in the tissues of our bodies.
A few things became clear, as my conversation with Julie unfolded. Initially, after we admitted to initial nervousness on both of our parts, we were able to relax into an open discussion. Thus, I saw how Julie’s work is similar to Soma Miller’s work, and even the Wim Hoth method. Nature holds the key to wellness. Embracing nature is the reset button. Finally, after hearing Julie’s story, I was struck by how brave Julie is and I admitted to my concern for her own care. She illustrated clearly how she takes care of her physical and mental health through her own practice. This woman walks her talk.
From Julie Fernandez
My name is Julie Fernandez and I serve as a yoga teacher and breath-work coach specializing in healing trauma. Yoga and breath-work are tools I use to relieve individuals with symptoms of trauma in the body. This helps to regulate the nervous system. My compassionate approach centers on recognizing the strength within. Shedding judgement, guilt and shame that arise from unresolved traumas is the goal. Some of the conditions I work with include Complex, Developmental and Shock Traumas, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, as well as Eating Disorders.
My experience comes from working in domestic violence shelters, rape and sexual assault crisis centers. I also help those with eating disorders. Working in mental health clinics, and inner-city schools, with at-risk teenage girls and disadvantaged youth is rewarding to me. Currently, I work closely with psychiatrist, Dr. Omid Naim and an incredible team of practitioners at Hope Integrative Psychiatry in North Hollywood, CA and LA Resiliency Center in Burbank, CA. I am also fortunate enough to be a part of the team at La Maida Institute where I work to support the systems and operational structure so that our center can be a source of healing and transformation.
Additionally, I serve as the Southern California Program Manager for Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization which empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to reclaim their lives through the healing and grounding practice of yoga.
What You’ll Hear
- What a trauma recovery specialist is, and why did Julie become one.
- How emotional scars of past trauma can remain in our body.
- Why emotional scars are sometimes harder to heal than the physical scars.
- How this therapy actually works.
- How Julie takes care of herself, and “shakes off” the anxiety, like animals do in nature.
- The many similarities to Julie’s work and the Wim Hoff method.
- Breathing and nature’s healing power
Metta Healing Arts
Exhale to Inhale
La Maida Institute
This episode, Amber Gourley, the “disobedient dietitian”, is talking about Inflammation and Pain Management and how those two things relate to something called functional nutrition, and food sensitivity.
What it’s about:
There’s a lot of conflicting information about what you should eat on the internet. I’m doing an extended series about food facts and fiction. this is the first episode. I sought out registered dietitian Amber Gourley, to talk about inflammation and food. Here’s why food can effect you, give you chronic pain in your joints and other types of inflammation. We discuss the similarities between her ideas and the ancient science of Ayurveda Plus we talk about healthy bacteria and your body’s ability to heal itself over time.
From the Disobedient Dietitian:
“Everyone has an opinion about how to be ‘healthy’. There are the people who tell you not to eat carbs, while others tell you not to eat fat, and others tell you not to eat sugar. (what the hell are you supposed to eat, then?) Then there are the people who tell you to go vegetarian. And the people who tell you to go Paleo. And the people who tell you to go Paleo vegetarian. And THEN there are the people who tell you to cut your calorie intake, or exercise more, or take this medication and everything will be better. (There are even people who tell you that bacon is bad.)”
What you learn
- What is functional nutrition and how is Amber different from a traditional dietitian
- What is inflammation and how does it relate to Chronic illness and pain?
- Can you manage pain through nutrition alone?
- Fermented foods and why you should be eating them.
- Gut microbes and “good” bacteria
- What is food sensitivity testing & LEAP , who is it for and does it really help?
The Disobedient Dietitian Website
Nature’s healing power. This is a discussion with Men’s Coach Soma Miller, about nature’s power to heal illnesses like depression, and anxiety. We talk about violence in cities. We discuss my theory that something a simple as working out or resting in nature could hold a key to peace in our inner cities. Soma talks about Permaculture and integrating with nature and why trying to dominate and control nature is slowly killing us.
WHAT HAS EMERGED FROM THIS OFTENTIMES DISMANTLING WORK, IS A GROUND OF HUMILITY. IT’S A DEPTH OF SELF-LOVE AND A MASSIVE WELL OF COMPASSION THAT I EXTEND TO ALL THE MEN I WORK WITH.
This Show Is About…
The healing power of nature is something that I’ve experienced first hand. I’m not alone in this sentiment. Many people, throughout history, have pointed out nature’s healing power as valued and vital, to their mindset and well being. Henry David Thoreau said, “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”
On a slightly more political note Walt Whitman said, “Without enough wilderness America will change. Democracy, with its myriad personalities and increasing sophistication, must be fibred and vitalized by regular contact with outdoor growths – animals, trees, sun, warmth and free skies – or it will dwindle and pale.” In 2015 a Stanford University study said that 70% of humanity will live in cities by the year 2050. I believe that the increase in depression and anxiety in Western society is caused by a disconnection with the natural world.
I sought out men’s work coach, permaculture designer, and facilitator Soma Miller to discuss these topics on the podcast. Soma’s wisdom and integrity – especially regarding the topic of integration and living within the patterns of the natural world, have been valuable to me throughout the years. I hope that you enjoy this episode.
What you’ll hear on this podcast
- Why it’s particularly important for men to reconnect with nature.
- Doing retreats in nature as a group reveal a lot about us.
- A solo camping trip or even a hike alone are beneficial and help to ward off depression.
- Our theory that inner city urban violence is a direct result of a disconnection with ourselves and the natural world.
- Soma’s upcoming in-person and virtual workshops and men’s groups.
What This Episode is About
Lauren Alten spent decades bouncing from being overweight to obese, trying every diet under the sun. One night, she lay in bed with a racing pulse, gasping for air. She prayed the prayer of the desperate and made a vow that if she was shown the way back to health she would not only follow it, but she would light the way for others to follow. This is her story.
She has now found lasting solutions, lost over 60 pounds, achieved her ideal sized body, and maintains it long term. It is her mission to empower women to go from lives of quiet desperation, low energy and expanding waistlines to living their lives Slim Whole and Free.
What You’ll Learn
- Why counting calories or food points doesn’t work.
- The brain chemistry behind sugar and flour addiction.
- Why intuitive eating doesn’t work for a large portion of the population.
- Improving your gut health and restoring your hormone balance.
- Why too much exercise, when you are in weight loss mode, is counter-productive.
- The willpower myth (you really do have plenty of willpower, you just need to understand how to harness it!).
- Slow metabolism? Low thyroid function? Aging body? Bad genes? You CAN still lose weight! Lauren did it with all those factors in place.
- Finding peace and freedom in your ideal sized body.
Quick tips for lasting weight loss
What This Episode is about
This is episode #10. Is Ayurveda an ancient practice for modern living? This 5000 year old health practice is the traditional Indian system of medicine, promoting balance in bodily health. It uses diet, herbal remedies, breathing techniques, and practical advice for living. This system is over 5000 years old. Modern Ayurveda has brought this ancient medical system to life. It balances traditional wisdom with evidence based practices.
I recently attended a workshop on Ayurveda medicine and lifestyle at the La Maida Institute. This institute is housed in a beautiful old mansion that’s been converted into a center for healing the mind and body. La Maida Institute’s mission is to offer a new way of approaching healthcare; where the human experience, communal support, and spiritual development are central to the healing process. La Maida commits to delivering participatory and integrative programs that empower transformation and restore wholeness. It’s also less than a mile from my place, as a result – Hurrah for me!
The instructor Anjali Deva gave me useful information that I immediately put into practice – to my benefit. I wanted to share all of this with you, and Anjali was kind enough to answer my questions on this episode of the show.
About Anjali Deva
Anjali Deva is a NAMA-certified Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher in Los Angeles. She is fortunate to have been introduced to Ayurveda and Yoga at a young age by her father, Arun Deva. Her familial lineage is rich with the desire to preserve and maintain this healing art. To further her pratice, Anjali went on to train with Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Loyola Marymount’s Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program. with teachers both in the United States and in India. Her journey began in the kitchen with a desire to understand how the food we eat influences our bodies and minds. This passion has now grown to include helping people find their inner wisdom, clarity and health through the wisdom of Ayurveda. Through self-care practices she hopes to help people find their inner harmony and resilience.
What You’ll Learn
- What is Ayurveda?
- Why a modern person should apply this ancient practice to their lives.
- How to deal with health and mindset challenges, when you have little control over the circumstances.
- Anjali suggests, “Making food choices based on your internal awareness, instead of external information.” What does this actually mean to a person with little knowledge of Ayurveda? Anjali gives several examples.
- Contact Anjali here
- La Maida Institute
What This Episode Is About
This is episode #9 of Happy and Healthy Over 40, the show where we discuss, health, sex mindset, lifestyle, and relationships as we enter our 40’s and beyond. In this episode of the show, we ask, does your Paleo based meal plan help you meet your healthy goals? Some of you are new to Paleo or just too busy or can’t quite figure it all out. Busy health conscious people don’t have to rely on their same old boring dishes or tear their hair out finding new ones. You can try new foods and learn new tricks to add to your eating plan. It’s great to not struggle to figure out all of the metrics on calories, and macros when someone has already done it for you.
About Kirsty Briscoe
Kirsty is the founder of Paleo Folks; grain free baking mix company, health coaching agency, and curated meal planning service all in one! Their Paleo pancake mix and chocolate chip cookie mix are both top Paleo products at Whole Foods Market and on Amazon! Kirsty struggled with health, wellness, and her weight for most of her life, and Paleo changed it all for her. As a former teacher, sharing the Paleo diet in an easy to understand way is a deep passion for her! She specializes in Paleo for busy people, moms and kids, and budget conscious healthy eaters.
What You’ll Learn
- What is Paleo and why is it a good choice for a modern life?
- How people screw up Paleo, Vegan, or any other lifestyle and eating plan?
- What’s a curated meal plan and why that might be the smartest idea for you?
- Whole 30 Change Your Life – Change Habits. What that’s all about and how can people get a hold of you Kirsty and her delicious pancakes!
Paleo Folks Cheat Sheet
Mark’s Daily Apple
Mark’s Sisson’s books