044 – Rachael Nickel – The Philosophy of Wow!

Rachael Nickel

Being present and conscious of yourself and the world around you…

Rachael NickelRachael Nickel, yoga instructor, joins Julie Chan in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

Finding yoga and Reiki, a cellular biologist makes and impression, and when Nickel’s head explodes

Rachael NickelNickel discusses how she met Chan at gentle yoga session in Queens, NY, growing up without spirituality, the time she says Jesus Christ came to her, wanting to go into a Catholic church as a result, having a spiritual longing, a difficult time as a teen, being self destructive in the 1980s, and then finding yoga. Then meeting a predator yoga teacher, learning Reiki, assisting people during the dying process, learning from a nun who was an amazing healer, then Nickel had children and stopped healing, feeling as if perhaps she was not a legitimate healer. She recalls hearing from a cellular biologist who had a near death experience and went to the other side and heals at a cellular level, came home, cried, and stalked the healer—who then invited Nickel to train for a week—which has turned into three summers of training. What it is like when Nickel’s “head explodes”, hearing a rabbi talk about four ways of praying — one of which was a feeling of Wow.

Awesome Wonder, the concept of Wow, and reprogramming your mind

Rachael NickelThe space of Awesome Wonder, the incredible ways our bodies can move, telling your body you love it, the need to feel the joy and “wowness” of our own experience, we cannot heal as humans. Then hurting her back with yoga postures, resulting in the apparent inability to do yoga any more, then finding new ways to move her body. And the importance of remembering what we really are, the way out of the nightmares we live in, and we are all love embodied. The way animals are so present and joyful, “Wow” as a concept, and falling love with everything by saying you’re in love with everything. Reprogramming your mind by creating a mantra with new information.

System confinement, dogmas, and creating an awakening

Rachael NickelAbuses of power, and how it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Why Nickel doesn’t want to be confined by any system, how it is not always about love, acceptance and equality, and it can be human nature. Why things shouldn’t be stagnant—as in “here’s how you’re supposed to do things”. Following one dogma or another, how traditions can be honored and allowing foundations, but different people need different systems. Plus, how it is in the cells that healing takes place, and creating an awakening.

028 – Booker – Leaning In and Taking Practice Into Action

Social justice, yoga and mindfulness…

Leslie Booker (profile) (a.k.a. Booker), who brings her heart, wisdom, and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga, and mindfulness, joins Julie Chan in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

An inclination to help, working with vulnerable populations, and three poisons

Booker discusses mapping that went back to Ronald Reagan, seeing people experiencing homelessness, and how her heart is inclined toward needs for help. How sense of groundedness and peace in yoga and meditation fits into helping with issues. How meditation helps bring things up and to our truth and gives us tools to work with. Work with vulnerable populations, making note of when body comes to rest, creating boundaries to take care of ourselves, working with staff now, training others to do what she was doing, activism because of crazy world, and how we live in a culture founded on the three poisons — hatred, greed and delusion.

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017 – Chia-Ti Chiu of One Love Wellness – Poetic Peacefulness

Yoga, wellness, and mindfulness…

Chia-Ti Chiu, founder of One Love Wellness (Customized Wellness Services in New York City – bio), joins Julie Chan for a mini-intuitive reading and discussion on yoga, wellness, and making the world a better place. Recorded at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

The spoken word, Asia and India, and working with teens

Chiu shares her Taiwanese background, teaching classes in New York City, and her international retreats, how she was spoken word artist, living in Asia and backpacking and studying in India, her first experience in yoga, and following intuition and getting involved in yoga. Being inspired by India, and the larger plan, using yoga for wellness, trauma treatment and social justice, working with youth, how trauma affects the adolescent brain, and how yoga can be a tool to calm nervous system and foster confidence, peace and creativity, which empowers young people to make healthy choices for themselves.

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