Marla Barr & Co
owning your wellness
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owning your wellness
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In this episode, I walked you through a recent spirit animal journey I had so you can see what this type of practice might bring your spiritual journey as we search for wisdom, peace and healing. In this journey a handful of the pieces of wisdom we were shown include:
I also put together the following resource for you so you can see what Your Solar Noon might look like depending upon where you are on the planet and the time of year.
For nearly a decade I would have called myself a very happy coffee addict. My two cups of morning coffee was sacred, a critical piece of my selfcare, practically a religion really, then everything changed.
In this episode I take you through my journey from coffee addict to matcha Momma and we look at the benefits of each, why you might consider switching over, how my first few days and weeks went in the transition and what changes I noticed pretty much immediately.
I bet you have never thought of a witch as a selfcare expert. Well, maybe it is time we change that. Since we are well into the fall and Halloween is right around the corner, I thought it was fitting to look to our cackling, cauldron-stirring sisters for some wisdom on how to take our selfcare up a notch.
In this episode, I did chat about some of my favourite cauldron concoctions (I am talking about my root chakra nourishing soups), so here is my mini eCookbook I promised I’d share with you witches out there. Do make sure to message me on Instagram @marla.barr and let me know which recipes were your fav.
A few weeks ago, I received a question from one of you about the challenges of raising plant-based kids when those around you are not. I get it. I feel you. My two, that are 7 and almost 10 now, have been plant-based since before they were even born. In this episode, you and I chat about the big questions that I get most often:
At mile 9.5 I walked to the side of the road. I took my shoes and socks off, and I quit. There was no way I was going to finish this half marathon. I’m not a runner. What was I thinking when I registered for this four months back? That was a few days ago and even though my feet haven’t fully forgiven me yet, somehow I am sitting here holding my finisher’s medal.
In this episode, I’ll walk you through the journey of this run and highlight a new selfcare term: forest breathing. What is it? How to do it? And why it can be beneficial for you.
What is the difference between your emotional health and your mental health? Aren’t they just the same thing?
In this episode I walk you through how and why they are totally different topics and both deserve your time and attention. I walk you through a simple emotional check-in practice that I do with my clients, family and friends all the time. We chatted about how there is actually no such thing as a positive or negative emotion and and I walked you through the emotions that reside in our first energy center, our root center.
As we are hitting the height of the summer heat, how are you feeling? Are you loving every minute of this, or are you finding yourself a little more out-of-sorts than the norm and craving for that cooler weather that rights around the corner?
Whatever you answer is, there is a reason behind it and it has a lot to do with your specific wellness type. Join me in this episode as I walk you through the identifying with wellness type you are and what to do if you (or someone you love) is not naturally thriving in this heat wave.
June is here and my producer Matt asked me on to a program over on DeanBlundell.com to talk about this podcast, health, what we might have experienced during the pandemic, and how to shop.
Many of these subjects were discussed in depth in my previous episodes, but with a whole new audience coming on board, we thought we would offer some of the top line information.
Mother’s Day is a day that has the potential to rouse so many different emotions in everyone; everything from elation to heartbreak is possible depending on who you’re speaking to. This day can offer an opportunity to celebrate, honour, and show our appreciation for the women who have shaped us.
May is the month of transformation, on which some people thrive, while others hold on for dear life. Let’s honour each other and our experiences by opening ourselves to others’ stories of all types, whether they’re happy, heartbreaking, or otherwise.
When your heart and mind start to race and you know you need a bit more TLC, what do you do? In this episode, I walk you through the 5 selfcare elements and how you can use them to help you when you do feel you are starting to spin and step away from your place of balance.
Together, we walk through your Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether elements.
Do you eat food? Seems like a crazy questions, right? But the answer to this question might come as a shock to you. Plus, what is a food-like substance anyways and if it isn’t food, what is it?
In this episode, you and I head to the grocery store. We walk the aisles and we explore how our food once upon a time started to change into food-like substances.
So are you ready to add a new layer to our selfcare routine? Do you naturally gravitate to things that are sparkly? Or do you want to bring in million-year-old earthing grounding tools into your healing environment. Well, let’s look no further. In this episode, I go through my top three tips for anyone wanting to dive further into the world of crystal collecting. Here is list of some of the resources that I mentioned in this episode:
I think we have all felt a significant transition or emotional switch over during the past year for a boatload of reasons. One of those reasons may have been written in the stars millenniums ago as we recently moved into the Age of Aquarius.
What is this age? What does it mean for you? How is this currently impacting your day-to-day life? This is what Matt Taylor, karmic astrologist, I discussed in this episode for you.
Nearly 30 years ago psychologist Elaine Aron coined the personality type “Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”. Since then we have seen that almost one in five of us fall into this gifted group on individuals.
But how do you know if either you or something you know is an HSP? Join me in this week’s conservation with Julie Staub, holistic wellness coach, HSP and HSP mentor and facilitator.
Well, spring is officially in the air, so are you ready? Does this season made your heart SING or are you more of a “blah” for springtime?
Well, there is a reason for that. In this episode, you and I look at the wellness body mind types and how each of them move and flow into this season.
We chat a bit about the two chakras that tend to SHINE for you the time of year, then I lead you through 3 selfcare things we can all easily do to make sure that we are ready for all of those springtime feels.
John Rush is a professional football player. He is the embodiment of a “man’s man” – naturally athletic, loves his pups and the outdoors, probably someone you can imagine having steak and potatoes for dinner most nights of the week. And he was, until four years ago when his coaching team asked him to do something he hadn’t done before.
In this episode, John and I chat about:
How do you speak to yourself? What do you say when you look in the mirror? What has society confidences you “beauty” is and do you fit into that definition.
I don’t. Actually, I don’t know anyone that does. In this episode I sat down with the GREAT Teri Hofford – body image and mindset coach, boudoir photographer, and author of the new book The Geode Theory.
Teri and I chatted about why we look at our bodies the way we do, where that stems from, her farm life, to teaching in Korean for a few years, to working in the diet culture ironically to today, where she stands in front of thousands of women helping them see the gold within.
I am often asked this question “I want to work on my selfcare. What is the one thing I need to do first?” Oh, Honey, I’ve got you, because there is one thing that is HUGE. It doesn’t have anything to do with food, drinking water, meditating, doing yoga, sleeping well, working to stay away from too much technology.
Nope, it doesn’t have to do with taking supplements, pills, powders, actually it doesn’t cost a penny to do. And it only takes a minute to do and you only have to do it once in your life. Curious? Let’s chat about the 1 thing you can do for you selfcare today.
In this episode, I also chatted about what my goal weight is – or more accurately what it was – and how to better understand what is behind our goal weights to help empower you to let yours go.
I had been practicing yoga for over 20 years before I started to dig into the rich stories and history of each pose. What were they individually trying to teach us? What little pieces of wisdom were hidden in between the “rise up through your crown” and the ” twist as you exhale” moves.
In today’s episode I wanted to look at yoga and helping you through those times when – GRRRR – you are so angry you could kick something, so you and I are about to walk through a 6-pose yoga poser story of rage, revenge, regret and figuring our how to approach what gets us most angry and dealing with those times like a yoga warrior.
Well it has been about a year since we checked in with one of our favourite doctors, none other that Dr. Gregory Schwartz, THE Planet doctor. As Dr. Greg has told us before in the last episode we taped with him, the health of the planet and your personal health are joined at the hip, so let’s dive into this episode and get caught up with what has been shaking down on planet Earth in 2020 while we were all focusing on the pandemic and the US election, as there is a LOT to cover.
To learn more about Dr. Gregory, you can visit his site www.theplanetdoctor.com, on Instagram at @theplanetdoctor, of you can check out his new book Bright Green Future (cowritten with Trevor Decker Cohen) and preorder it like I did!
What time is that big meeting you have today? And why are you hungry now? And when do you need to start powering down at night?
In today’s episode, I walk you through a full day from the time you peak open those cute eyes in the morning until you head to bed at night as we chat about the natural energy cycles that take us all through the day.
You will look at planning your days in a whole new light after this helpful episode.
Ready to set your goals like a yogi? With New Years Eve right around the corner and resolutions and your goals for 2021 top of mind, I wanted to walk you through the 12 yogi goal setting areas which work up through your seven main chakras or energy centres.
This is YOUR resource so whenever you find yourself in a place where you are ready to take stock of where you want to go and where you are now, you always have this handy check-in and yogi goal assessment at your fingertips.
How many best friends do you have? One . . . maybe two . . . or heck maybe five (those are lucky duck friends to all have you).
Whatever that answer is for you, I want you to add 265 to that number, because you actually have 265 more best friends that are there for you 24-7, they always have been and always will. So who are these 265 long lost friends you might ask? They are your emotions.
In this episode, you and I will pick one of those emotions that are fluttering through your heart and mind right now and we will take it out for coffee. We will sit down across the table from it and – yep – we will talk to it. See what it’s been up to. See if there is anything it wants us to know.
Today we are doing something a little different. I am switching out my yoga pants for a cute 2-piece suit as I need to look the part for you. Today, I am going to be your real estate agent as I give you the grand tour of your “house”.
No not that house – YOU! You are the house, your heart, mind, body, Soul! That house.
I want to take you through a tour of the seven most important areas or rooms of your home and YES that means we will be walking through your 7 chakras.
I have the key in my hand. Are you ready to step through the door? Let’s begin the tour . . .
What is the one word for you that describes how you are feeling right now? Take everything that has been 2020, add it to a pot, stir it up, and look down. For me the word unhinged seems to fit.
What does that mean, how can we understand this, and most importantly, how to we remain stead as we continue to weather this storm together. Let’s dive into this episode together and find solace for a moment.
At the end of this episode, I walked you through a special protective meditation with light that I use in situations where the collective energies are weighing on you and you need to form a barrier of love and kindness to protect your beautiful heart and mind.
Growing up we heard it a million times: “Milk does a body good!” We would see advertisements with our favourite movie stars or athletes sporting a milk moustache with that logo. We believed it. How could we not?
But even way back then, scientists and researchers were working in the background and their work pointed toward something very different. In this episode we look at when we started to drink cows milk, why it happened, what it does to your body and why we were fed the line “Milk does a body good” for so long.
It’s that time of year where our thoughts turn to the holidays, our favourite dishes, and who might or might not be able to celebrate with us this year. As much as I LOVE to bake, I don’t always like what my belly is telling me the next day as some of the ingredients in those GOODIES may not be behaving so good in my belly.More and more we are seeing grocery store aisles lines with foods labelled as gluten-free, dairy-free, or GMO-free.
In this episode, I sat down with Brittany Baker, lawyer turned gluten-free Goddess of the baking world as we talk about her transition to gluten-free, her company FOMO Baking Co., her love of cookies, and how the food industry is changing for good AND for the good. For more info on Brittany, visit her at FOMO Baking Co. or on Instagram.
It’s morning. You peek over at the clock. Yep, time to get up. We stretch and reach for our housecoat when we stop. “Yuck, what’s that taste?”
The story of what goes on in that gorgeous mouth of yours all night long on a cellular basis might look like an epic thriller of heroes and villains, wars and truces. I won’t spoil the grand finale for you, but I promise you’ll never look at those pearly whites the same again.
In this episode, we dive into my morning selfceare oral routine. In that chat I reference a few of the items I use. Here are their links:
There are so many types of meditation styles, some calm you, some rejuvenate you, some – let’s be honest – put you to sleep. I have been mediating regularly for 30 years now using every style I have come across. In this week’s episode I wanted to share something really special with you as I introduce you to a meditation style that is more of a journey than a “clear your mind” type.
Today we will look at what spirit animal meditations are, and what they are like as I walk you through my most recent S.A. meditation. We dive into the world of animal guides and wisdom we can receive through this mode of connecting with yourself and the world around you.
So let me take you on a journey through the woods. The winds are howling around us. The sun is about to fall below the horizon. We pull our sweaters close around us as we hear the leaves crunch under our feet. We see something ahead. There is someone special that the spirit guides wanted us to meet. Let me take you into this week’s episode.
Chemical Engineer turned nano-mineral superhero? Yep, that pretty much describes Barton Scott and what he found out about your lovely locks of hair. In his yearly 20s, Barton had everything. He was an athlete, an accomplished scientist, and had a promising future paved at his feet. But something wasn’t right. His memory started to get fuzzy. He couldn’t react as sharply as he did just a few year earlier.
Barton’s story of how he figured out what was wrong and how to easily fix it using his research background has gone on to impact and help thousands of people all over the word. So what is your hair telling you about how you’re feeling. Join me in this chat with the wellness industry’s real Mr. 007, Barton Scott, and find out.
One of Tim’s best friend’s received a terminal diagnosis. He was willing to do anything he could to help him. When he asked Tim to come to Florida with him for a month to try something different, he jumped at the chance.
His journey lead him not only to helping his friend completely heal from his diagnosis, but turned Tim’s life around and opened his eyes to the role chemicals are playing in our bodies today. The VIDEO is below.
What does September mean to you? Do comforting thoughts of pulling out your sweaters, turning on the fireplace, pumpkin spice lattes and homemade soup start flooding your mind, or goes it make your heart say “Oh, no! Not yet!”
In this episode we look at how you – your beautiful, perfect body and mind – transition into the fall months. Some people love it! Others have a really hard time. There is a reason why.
In this episode on electro magnetic radiation and our health, I sat down with Ayurvedic expert, Purnima Chaudhari to look at:
For more about Purnima and the work she does, her website is here. You can listen in below or watch the live taping youtube link.
Carole Tetreault is a healer, spiritual guide and is also known as Blue Thunderbird Woman. In this episode, the two of us journey through Shamanism which was enhanced by a book by Don Miguel Ruiz called the Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. Since then, Carole has worked with Shamanism as a form of healing – which includes ancestral healing where the pain from your past lives’ are addressed. In this episode, you will find out what is involved in a Shamanic practice, how to connect with your spirit guide, determining your spirit animal and returning the happiness that may have fled because of trauma.
For more about Carole and the work she does, her website is here.
Sometimes we forget that our journey to where we are right now is packed with beautiful stories. For this – our 2 year podcast episode – I thought I would share one of mine with you.
I have been plant-based or vegetarian or . . . well, I get to that in a moment here . . . for 37 years. It didn’t happen all at once and there were a boatload of both tiny and huge gifts that shaped the decisions I made.
In this episode, I talked about a handful of the most profound ah-ha moments in my life and their role in this whole vegetarian thing. I also went through the five reasons why I don’t consider myself a vegan.
What can you accomplish in a breath? We inhale, exhale, repeat, and don’t think about it. But depending upon our breathing style, we can do so much more.
In this episode, Natalie Suppes, a certified PAUSE breathwork facilitator and Crohn’s wellness coach, and I explore this style of breathwork. After over a decade of battling Crohn’s disease, Natalie looked for answers to help her body and mind heal. Along the way, Natalie found this breathwork technique that transformed the trajectory for her health.
Is it time to take shock of where you are and how you are doing? So many of us feel that we are off course, stuck in jobs or relationships that are not helping us get to where we should be. Stopping once in a while to check in and see where you are is critical in moving you forward.
In this episode, I sat down with Maurice Thibodeau as we chatted about his Life Inventory Assessment and how it can give you a beautiful picture of where you are and what you should be focusing on in your life (and where you can let it slide). I took Maurice’s online assessment in just a few minutes and we went through some of my results live.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
In this episode, Dr. Frenz and I speak about
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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).
In this WOW our 50th episode together, I am joined by The Planet Doctor, Dr. Gregory Schwartz as we talk about:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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