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Hi and welcome to the Movement and Mindfulness Podcast with me – Erica Webb of Erica Webb Yoga & Pilates. In this podcast I, along with my guests, will explore what it means to move as an act of self-kindness and self-discovery. We’ll look at the ways movement, mindfulness and mindset support us to be and do the things we so desire in the world. I truly believe that movement has the ability to expand our capacity to show up for the things that are important to us. And I’m here to help you embrace the idea of movement as a powerful tool for wellness, rather than just another thing you think you should be doing. I’m thrilled you’re here. Let’s do this.
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Resistance. You know that feeling, right? You decided that you want to do more yoga/meditation/walking/whatever and you feel great and motivated ... until you don't. All of a sudden you're like 'I don't feel like it' or 'I don't want to' or 'I have no time'. Resistance. Ooof.Moving through resistance can be one of the kindest things you can do for yourself but - and it's a big but - the way you move through it matters. Will you move through with kindness or as an act of punishment? In today's episode of The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast I'm sharing with you how moving through resistance in a punishing way might look and feel and how you can, instead, do so with kindness. Tune in to hear more!Then come find me and share your thoughts. You'll find me on my website, Instagram and Facebook. Want to know more about me and how I help people move well? You can find that information right here and read more about how we can work together 1-1 here.
Today I am beyond thrilled to introduce my guest, Lisa Petersen to The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast!Lisa is my somatics teacher and someone who has had a profound impact on my life as both a movement teacher and human. In our chat together, Lisa shares:> what somatics is, explores and supports> the value of mixing modalities (and why somatics is often her movement tool of choice for clients experiencing pain)> Why she ultimately sees what she does as 'teaching people to trust themselves'> the role of agency and how somatics allows us to tap into that to help ourselves> the important distinction between the collective experience and our individual experiences - and why getting in touch with the latter is key to changing our experience of things like pain and tension> what embodied anatomy is and how it can support our movement practice. Tune in to hear our full conversation! About Lisa:Lisa Petersen is a Yoga Teacher, Therapist, and Somatic Movement Educator based in Ireland. With nearly two decade’s teaching experience and a BSc. (Hons) in Communications, Lisa is known for her clarity, presence, humour and passion. She offers workshops and teacher training in Yoga, Somatics and embodied anatomy internationally. You can connect with Lisa via her website. Also find her on Instagram.Mentioned in this episode:> The work of Donna Farhi> Thomas Hanna and Hanna Somatics> Amy Matthews - Embodied Asana Connect with Erica via her website, Instagram and Facebook. 
Ok, so you're looking to move your body more frequently, but the HOW and WHAT is proving elusive. So you look to see what others are doing for inspiration. Some of them swear by getting up at 5am. Some are hard-core believers in 'the plan' (e.g. putting it in the calendar). Others have their own proven method that is guaranteed to work. But are any of these 'right' for you?There's a fine line indeed between watching what others do for inspiration versus allowing it to fuel a guilt and shame spiral when you don't find it to be a good fit. So how do we find our own best fit? That's what we're talking about today! Tune in to find out why it helps to expect resistance when we're trying something new, and why it's important to navigate the distinction between resistance and a poor fit. Connect with me, Erica, on Instagram and Facebook.Interested in learning more about working with me 1-1? Head here to read more. 
Today I'm welcoming Natalia Walker from Inner Creative to The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast to talk all about unlocking our inspiration and the 'doubly smart' approach to setting goals that make us happy.What really excited me about my conversation with Natalia was her approach to goal-setting that centers self-care around the goals themselves, rather than the traditional techniques that often rely on (or result in) push, punishment, guilt and shame.Specifically, Natalia shares with us her unique take on SMART goal setting (it's not what you think and Natalia's take on this is INSPIRING!) and how ensuring that we are supported (internally and externally) in our pursuit of what makes us happy is vital in the process.Natalia shares:> why self-kindness doesn't equate to laziness> why knowing what makes us happy is important (but maybe also not immediately obvious)> the importance of starting small when it comes to moving toward our goals> the role of creating a 'container' to support our goal pursuits> how we can work with our 'resistance to starting' and her approach to failure (it's not the end of the road)> how we can use our body as a barometer and the importance of noticing how we feel.All this and more! I loved chatting with Natalia and am thrilled to share this conversation with you.More about Natalia: Inner Creative is all about empowering you to harness your creativity and inner wisdom, so you can create a life or business that feels more inspired and authentic to you. Live and work to your fullest potential! You can find out more about Natalia and her work via her website.Find Erica on her website, on Instagram and Facebook.
Lots of us are used to doing THE MOST or at least believing we have to do THE MOST when it comes to movement and exercise for it to count. And, while I'm all for a focused movement and exercise session, believing that this is the only way can really do us a disservice when it comes to living with less tension and more ease.What I'm talking about today is a perspective shift around movement and exercise - one that takes into account how important regular movement is, EVEN when those regular movements are small or take very little time.We talk about how these ideas, of doing a lot OR a little can coexist happily, and why we might want to subscribe to that approach. After listening, you might find yourself scrambling over the rocks on your next walk or finding fun movement opportunities while your kids play mini golf ... Tune in to hear more! Visit the Erica Webb Yoga & Pilates website and come connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.Find out more about The Mindful Movement Virtual Studio here. The doors are currently open to new members and we'd love you to join us! Doors close Sunday 11th July 2021.
So happy to welcome Jessica Patching-Bunch back to The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast! Jess joined me back on episode 70 to talk all about stress resilience and today we're picking up the conversation and talking about the internal stress we experience from self-judgement. Self-judgement is a thing. Do you do it? I do. And it can be incredibly stressful. So, what can we do about it?In this episode I chat with Jess and she shares with us:> how self doubt, shame and blame impact our ability to trust that we can manage external threat and stress> how our nervous system 'learns' from our reactions to stress (and how we can use this to our advantage)> the importance of understanding what variables we can manage and how to use the breath to help us manage both our psychology and physiology in response to stress> why practising in the 'off season' can help us in times of stress> why we want to complete the stress cycle daily (and how to do that)> why small windows of time and simple practices count!Tune in to hear our full conversation, then come connect with us and share your thoughts!Find Jess via her website and Instagram and tune into her podcast - Brain Body Resilience and tune into our previous episode of The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast (ep 70)Find Erica via her website, Instagram and Facebook.
If you're anything like me, even as an adult, you often feel like you need 'permission' or validation or confirmation that you're 'doing it right' when it comes to movement and self kindness and self-care. For whatever reason, we have this way of outsourcing the assessment of our capacity to do something (a great example is waiting for the yoga teacher to tell you to inhale or exhale while you patiently hold your breath ...)And yet, we also know that WE are the ultimate authority when it comes to our self and our body. We know we want to and CAN foster our capacity to listen and respond to our body. But how? And how do we balance this with seeking direction and advice from professionals and teachers we trust?In this episode I talk about why we might want to get a little bit more comfortable with the idea of doing things without guaranteed results. Yep, we're talking about experimenting with movement. Mentioned in this episode:Simple Shifts to Mindful Movement Habits Newsletter. Click to sign up.The Mindful Movement Virtual Studio. Doors are opening at the end of June 2021. Head here to join the waitlist and be among the first to know!Find me (Erica) on my website, Instagram and Facebook.
Today Lori Curran of The Humble Nook joins me to talk about motherhood and how it has changed us, challenged us and transformed us (and continues to do so!) In our candid conversation we chat about:> the impact of our own expectations - what we told ourselves we should be doing, feeling and achieving> how feeling scrutinised impacts our experience> feeling lost and how we each navigated this> the impact of post-baby (and pre-baby) body-image> the ways movement and exercise sometimes hindered us from feeling good in our bodies (and the times they helped)> the impact of feeling 'not enough'> understanding the role of agency and choice and being honest about what we really need.It should be noted that this conversation is potentially triggering and is in no way intended as advice or therapy. If you are struggling and need support, you can contact the following organisations:Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636PANDA (Perinatal mental health): 1300 726 306Learn more about Lori and her work on her website and Instagram.Find Erica on her website, Instagram and Facebook.You can also tune into episode 54 of The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast when Lori was a guest for the first time.Remember - your subscriptions, ratings and reviews mean so much! You can leave one on Apple Podcasts and subscribe wherever you tune in.
Comparison. It's a trap! Comparison can take multiple forms, but it consistently robs us of:> staying present with what is true for us> moving in the direction of what we want and how we want to feel (rather than striving to catch up with the comparison)> things that have the potential to bring us joy (but we never get started because ... comparison).Tune in to find out how these four types of comparison can get in our way:> comparison with others> comparison with what we think is 'better'> comparison with our past self> comparison with what we 'wish' for (and how this is different to a goal)Plus, we'll talk about what to  do instead of following that comparison-itis down the beaten track.Loved it? Share it with a friend! And remember to leave a rating and review (and subscribe!).You can come find me - Erica - and share your thoughts with me via my website, Instagram or Facebook.
Consistency. It's like the thing we aspire to, but that can feel so far out of reach. But, there's a reason consistency is so important ... when we're consistent it means that we're doing something frequently over time. It doesn't mean we do it at 110% every single day, it actually means we've found practical and sustainable ways to make it work in our real lives.Today on The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast we're talking about consistency from two angles:1. What it means to be consistent and how we can support ourselves to that place and, 2. Why stopping, pausing, taking a break or evolving can be PART of our consistent practice, not evidence of our inconsistency.Tune in then come share your thoughts and ideas with me. You can visit me at my website, on Instagram or Facebook.And remember: if you're enjoying the podcast, I'd so appreciate it if you took the time to subscribe, rate and review the show!Thanks for being here, friends.
Selflessness. Is it something you aspire to? It's certainly something we, as a society, have put on a pedestal as something to aspire to. But is there a chance it's actually getting in our way and holding us back? You bet. I've got a fire under me about this one because in one breath we're told to be selfless and in the next we're told to look after ourselves. How?So, in this episode of The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast we're talking about:> how this supposed 'virtue' stops us before we even begin when it comes to self-care and self-kindness> how selflessness is standing between you and feeling good> how to use your yoga and movement practice to explore stepping out of this paradigm> why I'm inviting you (and I) to stop contributing to the narrative that to be selfless is to be praised.Tune in and then come share your thoughts with me! I'd love to hear them.You can find me at my website, on Instagram and Facebook.Mentioned in the episode:Movement as Self-Kindness: A WorkshopSaturday 5th June 2021 in Blackburn, Melbourne (Australia). Click here for more details and to book.
Um, can you believe it? We're at episode ONE HUNDRED of The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast! That's bonkers-bananas!I ummed and ahhed about how to mark the occasion. I asked my Insta-crew what I should do. The most common suggestion was a 'get to know Erica' episode. I felt weird about that, so I've melded a bit of 'get to know you' with 5 (transferrable) lessons learned from 100 episodes of podcasting.In this episode I share:> Why jumping in is often a wise move> The importance of commitment over motivation> The important distinction between commitment and punishment and why it's important to know when to change gears> The role of joy> Why 'Just keep going' is so valuableAs well as 5 things you might not know about me. Things that influence my WHY and HOW around teaching movement and self kindness. They include:> Why I've always been willing to take a different path> The role of words and dreams> My personal experience with self-kindness (it didn't start from self-love)> How 'not fitting in' supported me to carve my own path> The traditional yoga practices I don't teach or practice myself.Like the podcast? I'd be so grateful for your ratings and reviews! Know someone who might like it too? Share it with them!Find Erica:WebsiteInstagramFacebook
In today's episode I have the absolute joy and pleasure of chatting with Rochelle Trudo -  a licensed professional massage therapist who has been working with humans and their bodies for 21 years.  Over the years, Rochelle developed a desire to understand the deeper meanings behind the pain and illness of not only herself, but also wanting to teach her clients how to do that as well. After completing cancer treatment and claiming a thriver status, she knew there was a new chapter to her journey as a bodyworker. This led her to seek more education and expand her scope of practice as a yoga teacher and mind body therapy practitioner. Today, Rochelle is going with the flow and working with clients who are navigating big life changes such as cancer. She creates her nature filled life with her four children and her creative wife.“These are things I know to be true for me… Follow my heart, embrace change and share my light.” Rochelle TrudoIn our chat, Rochelle and I talk about:> using sensation as a way of sorting through our thoughts> strengthening the muscle of 'allowing' and learning how to be> how cancer offered Rochelle an opportunity to move into more of who she is> the importance of staying true to oneself> and so much more.Tune in for the full conversation. Find Rochelle at her website: www.rochelletrudo.comOn Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rochelle.trudoDocumentary/Movie featuring Rochelle: https://www.amazon.com/Cancerpants-Rochelle-Poulson/dp/B00HN1IKP6Rochelle's book group community on Mighty Networks: https://embrace-change.mn.co/feedFind Erica:Website, Instagram, Facebook
What you believe about movement is 100% impacting if and how you show up for it. And ... you might not (yet) even know what those beliefs are. So, that's what we're talking about today! Some of the most common beliefs that tend to stand between us and our yoga/movement practice and how we can move beyond them.It's not unusual to hear ourselves saying 'I don't have the time' or 'I don't know what to do' or 'I just don't feel like it' ... but what beliefs are driving that? And can we change them so that they truly support us to do the things that will help us feel the way we want to feel.Tune in then come share your old and new beliefs with me! I'd love to hear them. You can find me on my website, Instagram and Facebook.
What is natural podiatry? What's so good about barefoot shoes and why should we care? Well ... today I have Andy Bryant, natural podiatrist, here to answer these questions and more.Andy is a podiatrist with over 20 years experience who is passionate about the barefoot movement and natural footwear. He is a forever student of the Foot Nerd Program with The Foot Collective, an international group of health educators focused on better general health outcomes starting with the feet.In this episode, Andy chats with me about:- the impact conventional footwear can have on our foot's natural movement- the role of orthotics and how this can be problematic- the process of transitioning to natural footwear and going barefoot- and more.You can find Andy at https://www.mountwaverleypodiatry.com.au/ and on Instagram.Loved this episode? Come share your thoughts with me - Erica - via my website, Instagram or Facebook. And remember to lave a rating and review - they are so gratefully received!
When it comes to fitting in yoga (or any kind of movement or self care practice) it can be one of the last things we try to slot in among everything else. And so ... it’s often the first thing to go when life gets busy.Buuuut, it’s often these very practices that keep us functioning and feeling better in our own skin.So finding a way to make them an integrated part of our life is important.In this episode I talk through three questions that might help you make your way to your yoga mat (or movement modality of choice) more consistently.Because while forming a habit of moving mindfully regularly isn't always easy, there are certainly ways we can make it EASIER.Tune in to hear more, then come share your thoughts with me! You'll find me on my website, Instagram and Facebook.
Today, I'm thrilled to Welcome Laura Jean from Dietitian Values to the podcast to talk all about living a values-based life.In this episode we talk about:What values are and how they are different from what we valueWhat it means to 'show up in other people's values' and how this impacts how we show up in our livesHow to discover your own values (and why it's important to understand that they will change)Why listening to your body can help reveal your valuesWhy 'should' is a red flag (and what to do instead)Why imperfection is a reality (and ok!)The importance of self-compassion (the closest thing to a magic wand Laura can offer)What we need to know about how the 'system' holds us backTune in to hear more!About Laura:Laura Jean is a nondiet dietitian passionate about liberating women from diet culture AND liberating dietitians from the 'business as usual' status quo. Laura is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 18 years experience working across community health, health promotion, non-government, defence and private practice. Her mission is to support dietitians (and other health professionals) to build values based businesses where they, and the humans they work with, can flourish. You can find Laura on Instagram and on her website.Liked this episode? I'd love you to take the time to leave a rating and review! It helps others to find and enjoy the podcast too.Come share your thoughts with me - Erica - over on Instagram, Facebook or via my website.
We've all heard the common yoga class phrase 'listen to your body'. But what does it mean? And is our real issue that we don't know how to listen or that we don't trust what we hear?Hm ... a big question, yeah? Well, get ready for questions because in today's episode we're going to ask a lot of them. This is an episode to get you thinking about these ideas and, while I don't have any hard and fast answers for you to this question, I have got some tips to help you develop more self-trust. So tune in to find out more!We're also celebrating the ONE YEAR anniversary of The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast! Say what?! This past year, while tricky and crazy on so many levels, has been filled with amazing conversations and for that I am incredibly grateful. I have interviews with some amazing humans. If you've missed some, take the opportunity to trawl back through the archives. There's gold to be found there!I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic of trust and listening to your body. Come find me over on Instagram, Facebook and on my website. Love the podcast? Leave a rating and review. I'd be SO grateful!
Flexibility and yoga go hand in hand, right? Well, yes, perhaps. But today I want to talk about a different kind of flexibility than the kind that leads you to touch your toes. Let's talk about mental flexibility and the reality that our practice (whether it be on the yoga mat or anywhere else) HAS to be flexible enough to respond to our changing needs.Yet we know that structure and routine also play a huge role in helping us to create movement habits that support us in our day to day. So how do we balance out the need for both?Let's talk about it! Tune in to hear more, then come share your thoughts with me. You'll find me over on Instagram, Facebook and on my website.Remember, if you want to join me for our free 7 Day Shoulder Reset starting on March 27th 2021, just head here to sign up. Seven days, 7 movements, 7 minutes (or less). Join me!
Oh the weight of the world can feel like it's resting on our shoulders, hey? Shoulder tension is something I think we can all understand and relate to. Whether you find yourself persistently tense or experience it from time to time, it can be a right ol' pain to manage. Today on The Movement and Mindfulness Podcast, I'm sharing some of the reasons why tension might be there in the first place and how we can see that tension is often our body working FOR us rather than against us. I also share 3 simple movement practices you can do simply and easily to start shifting tension. Remember, if you want to join me for our free 7 Day Shoulder Reset starting on March 27th 2021, just head here to sign up. Seven days, 7 movements, 7 minutes (or less). Join me!
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