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Your Wellness Journey

Well, hi there and WELCOME! Here you will hear from me and other wellness experts from around the world as together we will uncover new healing modalities, learn about nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, your specific mind-body type, energy work, emotional health, green living, and we’ll review some of the fad wellness program and products along the way.

So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join thousands of listeners from around the globe as we listen in to some of your soon-to-be-favorite episodes.

Love and light – Marla

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Our Recent Episodes

#66: Using Power as Peace with Michael Arterberry

How can we find peace, use peace and rise from what is happening in the world right now? This week I sat down with Michael Arterberry, youth development expert and founder and executive director at Youth Voices Center Inc. in Connecticut.

As a leader and visionary in the Power of Peace Movement, working for over two decades with at-risk youths, and as a recipient of the 100 Men of Color Award, we looked at what has happened this last week since Mr. George Floyd was murdered, how to process this, and where to go from here.

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#65: Modern Homesteading & Permaculture with Bret James

In this episode, I sit down with Bret James of High Sierra Permaculture as we talk about his transition from a Denver-based computer programmer to living off the grid on the north shore of Kauai to homesteading in the California Sierra Nevada mountains.

Bret want me to share with you the link to one of his great online courses he teaches on permaculture. You can also find Bret on Instagram or on his website.

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#64: Climbing Mount Everest From Home Challenge

After the first month in isolation, I had melting into a place of homeschooling, letting go of my old routine and, well, scones. After a month of that, I was feeling pretty darn blah, sluggish, stagnant. I needed something to pull me back from the land of homemade scones, so I went online and found a couple guys doing this crazy thing call the Climb Mount Everest from Home Challenge. 

In this episode,  I share with you how I got started, how I am NOT letting the corona virus take my endurance, stamina or strength, and how this challenge has been more therapeutic for me that I thought it ever could be.

Here is the handy link to my tracker I have been using for this challenge.

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#63: Finding JOY with Tiktoks with Charmaine Jennings

At the beginning of 2020, Tiktok was a skyrocketing app that attracted people in the 13-29 age group. Then Corona happened and TikTok is now where you will find the most hilarious grandmas in their 80s, your cousin that SWORE she would never do the social media thing, and homeschooling parents that are making it trough each day sharing their ups and down. Join social media guru Charmaine Jennings and I as we dive into TikTok and what you might find there. 

To learn more about Charmaine, you can find her on Instagram at @hustleandcharm or online at http://www.hustleandcharm.ca.

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#62: Conversations with a Sage - Catching Up with Kevin Naidoo

In this week’s episode, I bring on Kevin Naidoo to discuss our lives in quarantine thus far. We talk about a lot of different subjects from the ego, to gratitude, to confrontation and communication in a pandemic. We covered a lot of ground, and my conversations with Kevin are always so enlightening. Hope you enjoy!

To learn more about what Kevin is up to visit him online at www.kevinnaidooyoga.com and on Instagram and Facebook @kevinnaidooyoga.

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#61: Longevity Nutrition to Your Door with Jennifer Maynard

In this episode, I invite Jennifer Maynard to talk about “longevity nutrition” — the best long-term nutritional habits you can have. Jennifer is the CEO and co-founder of Nutrition for Longevity Inc. — a company focused on giving people the tools to maintain healthy diets from “longevity regions” (places with the longest, healthiest lifespans on Earth).

We speak about her farm in New Jersey, food as medicine, soil health in farming, and the worst foods people can eat during self-isolation.

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#60: The 7 Things You Need To Know Before Starting this Immunity-Busting Battle

So, you’ve stocked up on your vitamins, have planned your day around the free IG live workouts available, and have committed to do that Climb Everest from Home challenge. You’re ready for this Take-That-Covid-19-You’re-Not-Welcome-Here battle, right?

Well, not so fast soldier. In this episode, you and I go through the 7 battles your systems is probably fighting on your behalf every day and we address how you can easily start working on these starting today.

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#59: Your April Wellness Update

So, WOW, April! If there ever was a month where we needed a bit of a okay-what-the-heck-is-going-on-and-how-can-I-navigate-through-this, it is probably this month.  In this episode, I went through:

  • the couple dates in April that might impact you,
  • some important things to think about when to bring items home form the grocery store,
  • and that FREE 28-page Food During Crisis resource I put together for you. 
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#58: Ayurveda when in Crisis

In today’s episode, I sit down with a dear friend and healer, Purnima Chaudhari as we dive into the oldest lineage of self-care on the planet: Ayurveda. We chatted about:

  • the three types of foods : smart food, dumb food and dead food
  • why oral health is so important
  • why energy workers can feel this crisis on a different level
  • how to make “Smart Water & what our biggest toxic enemy is.
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#57: Understanding How We React in a Time of Crisis

In this episode, Dr. Frenz and I speak about

  • the three parts of reacting: feelings, thinking and behaviour
  • what happens when our reaction time is shortened
  • why our feelings should never be ignored
  • why our feelings are never wrong
  • how to self-sooth ourselves at this time
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#56: COVID-19 & Your Wellness Plan when Emergencies Hit

In this episode we look at the four things that are adding to our global response and our individual response to this pandemic, heightening our reaction and the decisions we are making.

This week I was actually scheduled to talk to you about our root energy centre, which speaks to our safety needs and our fulfillment of security. We then go into my 7-step self wellness plan that you can start putting in place today to help you mentally, emotionally and physically move through this health crisis as well as any other emergency that you might experience.

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#55: Your Love Handles

In this episode, you and I chat about your relationship with your belly region, the 4 main reasons our intestines tend to distend and swell. I made up this handy little acronym “D.A.N.G. Girl” to help us remember. Then we go into the only one way that you can work to diminish your love handles if that is your goal, how you DON’T want to get rid of it (spoiler: it’s through dieting), and the only one way to prevent additional accumulation of tissue to that lovely midriff of yours.

 

 

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#54: The Lost Art of Hugging

Have you ever wondered why we hug or what it really does for us on a physical or emotional level. Why, like anything, there is a science and an art behind it. Let’s dive into today’s episode as we chat about:

  • what does hugging do for us
  • why we might not like to hug
  • what is a chakra hug
  • and how entraining plays a role
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#53: Wisdom from your REAL Fairy Godmother, Flossie Park

What do you need to know? What are the lessons you need to hear to get you through, to help you understanding what you are dealing with right now.

Well, I don’t have all the answers, but I know our Fairy Yogi Godmother does. Years ago I met one of the most profound wise souls on the planet. Unbeknownst to me, this crossing with Flossie Park would change everything for me.

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#52: The Balancing Act with Amelia Barnes

In this episode, I sat down with Amelia Barnes, the visionary, founder and day-to-day juggler of the eco-amazing lifestyle apparel company PranaVida. We talk about

  • how we (attempt) to do everything
  • being a plant-based parent
  • raising eco-kids
  • wearing all the hats as an entrepreneur
  • how to fit in some ME time everyday
  • and who Amelia looks to for inspiration
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#51: Willpower and Understanding Your Indulgences

In this episode you and I talk willpower, but first I need to take you on a little journey to your power energy center, your solar plexus, your digestive center because in order for us to talk about YOUR amazing willpower we need to understand where exactly it comes from (yep, willpower is born in a physical place in your body).

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#50: The Planet Doctor, Dr. Gregory Schwartz

In this WOW our 50th episode together, I am joined by The Planet Doctor, Dr. Gregory Schwartz as we talk about:

  • the Australia wildfires
  • what you need to know about the planet (and its link to your health) right now
  • the elephant in the room
  • being a plant-based athlete
  • tips on living with a non-plant-based partner
  • toxic masculinity
  • his 3 take aways on what we can all do starting today
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#49: Slow Tempo Food with Amy Nikkel from Adagio Acres

Everything is fast. Fast food. Drive there fast. I want it now. So what is slow tempo food and why is it gaining so much popularity? In this episode, I chat with Amy Nikkel from her family farm, Adagio Acres, in southern Manitoba, as we talk about what small, organic farmers in your own backyard are doing to help you and impact your health.

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#48: Ayurvedic Pulse Assessment with Purnima Chaudhari

In this episode, I sit down with Purnima Chaudhari, Ayurvedic healer and pulse assessment expert, who is helping take this specific lineage of ancient, lost healing wisdom to the next level. Purnima and I chat about:

  • What is pulse assessment
  • It’s relation to marma therapy and marma points
  • What can you learn through your pulse
  • What toxins are most impacting your health
  • What a typical pulse assessment would be like
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#47: Your December Wellness Guide

This time of year can be very taxing as we are all mentally taking stock of the past 12 months, packing our calendars with possibly over indulgent get togethers, and letting our self care routine maybe slip.

In this episode, I chat about my top 5 take aways from keeping you flyings high this holiday season, then I went with a special jolly-filled meditation focusing on what joy really is and how to let it embody our beautiful Souls.

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#46: The Moon Cycle & Your Period

Well, if I told you that a 30 minute podcast episode about menstruation and the moon we would talk about Asian elephants, Alice in Wonderland and Diet Coke, would you believe me? Ha! Well that is exactly what we did.

This truly is one of my FAVOURITE wellness topics, mostly because no one has ever told us the truth about menstruation.  We are not told about its link to our health, our emotions, our crazy Goddess capabilities. We are not told what is really going on and how to harness this awesome magically, biological tool. And you don’t hear how and why this is linked to the moons cycle and what that means.

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#45: Your November Wellness Guide

New month. New things you need to know about keeping the one and only you operating sky high on all wellness cylinders. November can be a tricky month for most of us health-wise. As the season turns, and everything around us – every tree, every little critter – changes so much, our thoughts, our beautiful bodies, really our every cell goes through a big change.

Let’s take a quick look at what you need to know now that it is November, how to ensure your health is flourishing, and you feel amazing. I even end with a specific November meditation for you to take you through these next 4 weeks.

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#44: Becoming a Cold-Fighting Ninja Warrior

So, it is cold and flu season. Someone coughs on you at a meeting at work. Your kids come homeroom school sick. You wake up and feel it. Shoot! You don’t have time for this. How do I get better ASAP.

In this episode, I go into three of my most important stories about what the heck is going on in your body when you are down and out and what you and do RIGHT NOW to get you back up on your feet before you know it.

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#43: Saying Goodbye - How to Get Through a Sudden Loss

Over the summer, I lost my Dad. There was no warning. No real hints as what was to come. He sent me a text the day before: “Talk to you soon, Sweetheart. Drive home safely”. We were coming home from a road trip early so I could teach at a yoga festival. That was the last thing he said to me.

Unfortunately, we have all had to deal with someone we love deeply leaving us way too soon, totally out of the blue. In this episode, I share with you my journey through grief, loss, and healing as I share a few tips on what helped bring me solace during this time.

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#42: Plant-Based Athletes with Calle Alexander

Calle admits that he was the last person on earth that would consider going vegetarian, much less vegan. In this episode, Calle Alexander of American Ninja Warrior fame talk about:

  • What changed his mind on vegetarianism
  • Why he went from being vegetarian to vegan
  • How going plant-based turned out to be his performance game-changer
  • What being a professional plant-based athletes day looks like
  • His favorite plant-based meals
  • And his new ninja training facility in Miami.
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#41: Dealing with Death with Kenlyn Kolleen

Grief and loss impact us all, whether we have lost a close family member, friend, colleague or dearly loved pet. Our journeys through life criss-cross death so many times, that it can become difficult to determine who we are grieving for, what loss we are trying to come to terms with at any given moment.

In today’s episode, former attorney, Kundalini yoga teacher and transformational life coach Kenlyn Kolleen and I discuss how we deal with death, dying and what lies ahead.

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#40: Intermittent Fasting - Is it right for you?

If you are like millions of other people out there, chances are you are hearing more and more about intermittent fasting all over the place, but there are a few things that you might now know about this way of eating. In this episode, I cover:

  • what is IF and what does the science say,
  • what a typical IF fast day might look like,
  • how your body changes while intermittent fasting,
  • what is the one body type that IF works for,
  • and what to do if you are one of the other 2 body types, but want to give it a try.
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#39: Hypnotherapy with Amanda Carson

As the arena of mindfulness continues to explode with research studies documenting their far reaching benefits, there is a chapter in this discussion called hypnotherapy that is receiving growing interest. In this episode, I sit down with yogi, social worker and hypnotherapist, Amanda Carson as we discuss:

  • Amanda’s road to this healing modality,
  • what is hypnotherapy,
  • what issues does hypnotherapy help with,
  • what can you achieve with hypnotherapy,
  • and then we walk through what a typical hypnotherapy session might look and feel like.
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