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Today is part 2 of our reclaim your health and resilience series where we explore the practical tools and skills that you can use anywhere anytime to influence your own health. There are 4 aspects we’re discussing. Last week was sleep, this week we’re looking at movement. I use the word movement on purpose instead of exercise because sometimes exercise can have a very prescriptive connotation. And because the body can’t really tell the difference between a walk on a treadmill at the gym and a walk around the block with your dog, we can include any and all activity as a valid choice to improve our overall health. Movement of all kinds is a powerful influencer on all aspects of our health including of course our mighty nervous system. The reason of course is because all movement is accepted by the nervous system as a kind of challenge. And practice rising to that challenge in relative safety like with purposeful movement or exercise builds resilience across all bio-psycho-social-spiritual connections.
Now you might think that you don’t personally have a trauma story or that your stress levels are never that bad. But while most of us might not experience the kind of intense and prolonged trauma that is associated with combat and full blown ptsd, we need to remember that the NS can be affected by anything. Because of that, without a release valve, it can be overwhelmed by anything. And the health issues related to resilience and an overwhelmed nervous system are subtle at first.  They're so subtle that most of the time we don’t take action until those problems become raging, medically significant health issues.  Like Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety and others. The kinds of diagnoses that demand action.There are 4 pieces or pillars that we touched on in last week's episode that play a critical role in reclaiming health and resilience that are completely within our control. Movement, nutrition, sleep and connection. We’re going to talk about each one of those over the next 4 weeks. And hopefully start to untangle some realistic ways that we can start to take back and reclaim our own influence over the quality of life we want. Hopefully some of the things that come up will help you reframe the way you see yourself, the body you live in and maybe, just maybe find some ease in that relationship.Today I want to kick off our series by looking at sleep. I like to think of sleep as the canary in the coal mine. Often (not always) it’s the first thing we notice when we’re stressed. It’s an easy thing to gauge. How well do you sleep on a regular, consistent basis? 
Jason Sapp is a retired Army sergeant and Iraq war combat veteran (03-04 &0607), now a Certified Professional Life Coach, Jason guides people to more holistic, alternative resources to wellness with a focus on those that have struggled with physical, emotional and spiritual trauma, faltering relationships, abuse, anxiousness and stress. Jason also coaches others in business & entrepreneurship as well as marriage & relationships. Jason learned how to face and then eliminate the darkness he acquired from childhood abuse and during his years in the service. Through his transitional coaching programs, he’s talking the talk after having walked a very long walk back to a healthy, happier life as father, husband, son and friend. His aim is to give people solid tools, tips and techniques to move into the future with a renewed sense of hope to achieve their goals and dreams. Jason earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He is the author of Fortitude, Rising Out of the Trenches of Trauma into a Life Free from Fear, Pain, Shame and Suicidal Thoughts, Journal to Freedom and he coauthored the book The Miracle of Essential Oils, Harnessing the Power of Botanicals to Ease Physical, Emotional and Psychological Trauma with Ryan Watson, M.Ed. You can learn more at One of my goals on The Work IN is to try to use these conversations to help normalize the experience of trauma so that people don’t feel so alone and so that when we encounter someone in a traumatized state we can hold space for them and extend some grace, maybe even savage grace.My guest today is a beautiful example of using his own experience to help others.Jason SappSavage Grace Yoga + Coaching
They say that if you're not growing, you may as well be dying. As harsh as that sounds it may be true. Especially when it comes to continuing education in the wellness space. Health, fitness, wellness, nutrition, medicine, mindset; all of those fields are constantly changing. We learn new things every day about the body that we live in and it takes time for that new understanding to filter out into the general population. Fitness and wellness professionals are a big part of how that information gets out. But only if we make an effort to go and collect it, curate it and then translate it to our peeps. Our population, our community. And in that process we can influence the health and wellbeing of our people in powerful ways while still staying within our scope of practice.Savage Grace Coaching
How many certifications do you need? What makes a good certification? What does being certified tell your clients?  All this and so much more in this weeks Work IN with my guest Carri Uranga!Carri has been teaching yoga and fitness full time for 15 years. She has led 22 retreats and trainings around the globe, has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, spent one year backpacking in Central and South America and lived in Europe for 18 months. She has seen 54 countries and 48 States in her 50 years and stays young in spirit by having as much fun as possible and resting harder than she works. She is a lifelong learner passionate in her study of yoga and continuing education and has literally worlds of experience to share about life and business in the wellness industry.We discuss...- How to choose a Yoga Teacher Training- In person v. online pros & cons of continuing education-Cultivating compassion and patience through curiosity -Certification as procrastination-Translating the letters and numbers after the name-Carri's introduction to Yin in a trial by fireAnd so much Grace Coaching trauma release exercise programs
I've been hacked! This is my story of how I lost my Instagram account and tips about how to navigate social media society.Warning: this is partially a rant with possible strong language
There is NO trick to unlocking resilience. No one skill or tool or practice will guarantee that you will never be overwhelmed by stress or trauma. We can’t trick our body’s survival system. And I don’t think we want to even though people try all the time.There are 3 things that make something feel stressful or traumatic to your nervous system. And you can apply these to situations, relationships, memories, thoughts or injuries, pretty much any experience you’ve had long or short term, present, past or future. Isolation, uncertainty and lack of control. It could be any one of those things or any combination of them.The good news is that knowing those three components of stress and trauma, we can customize our own behavior to build the kind of unshakeable resilience that so many people are looking for. But it’s not a trick.
Resilient culture specialist with decades of experience in the corporate world. She helps businesses successfully navigate the constant challenges and competing priorities in the modern workplace by building a corporate culture of resilience  that extends from leadership to the individual level. Jodi believes that resilience is the key to long term collaborative and productive success in every business organization.I'm particularly interested in this topic because as many of you know I worked for 12 years in corporate fitness. As part of that contract we taught multiple classes through the lunch hours and what I noticed was that certain departments gravitate towards certain types of classes. I had a lot of IT people in yoga and HR tended to show up in the high intensity kickboxing classes.  It seemed like the more exposure they had to people the more stress. It was a fascinating phenomena in that particular corporate culture. As a fitness professional I and my fellow trainers were there as part of their health benefits package. Exercise as part of an overarching resilience program, I’m not sure that was even a thing. But the more we understand the nervous system and how it affects every aspect of physical and mental health the more important that becomes.For all you fitness professionals out there who are looking for ways to scale your business and market your growing value, this will be an important discussion.www.jodiwoelkerling.com
Todays solo episode discusses ethical communication, understanding intention and trusting your inner  voice in your business and personal life. ... sometimes in our desire to make the “right” decisions in business is sometimes rooted in our fear of making a “wrong” decision, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by too many voices. The loudest voices are sometimes the last ones who matter. They’re the folks who aren’t your ideal client, have no skin in the game, have no idea what you do or why you do it and usually don’t know you at all. Occasionally the opposite is true also, loud voices can come from people very close to us who are afraid of change and or are trying to keep you safe.There are a lot of decisions that need to be made in any business. (hence the black turtleneck) When you’re just getting started it’s really difficult to sift through all the advice out there. We all want to do the right thing. And no one wants to make a mistake. Especially one that will cost you beaucoup dinero.But listen, there is no decision that you can make that can’t be changed. That includes what you say and how you say it. 
Hey fit pro’s today we’re going to be spending some time at the intersection of burnout and business. We’ve talked about burnout in the past where it comes from and how you can recover on an ongoing basis but we haven’t really looked at the effect of burnout on your fitness business and how it can affect our bottom line. Many of us start as independent contractors in the fitness industry and struggle to break into a sustainable long term business model before crushing burnout and overuse injuries ends our career. Today we’ll be diggin deep into how fitness businesses can support their fit pros and how individuals can find a balance between financial success and self care. If you’re a fitness professional as soon as you get that certification you are an entrepreneur. Maybe even before that. That business is you. It’s an integral part of you. Even if you don’t have a brick and mortar shop, studio or gym. I would say especially if you don’t, you need to take extra care to burnout proof yourself because if your body fails your business fails. I know how overwhelming all things business is for fit pros in the wellness space. There’s a lot to know and as independent contractors very little support from certifying agencies. And that can lead to trying to do all things and be all things to all of our people. That’s a recipe for burnout no matter what your business is.So lots to discuss today and my guest today has lots of experience and wisdom to share.Dr. Lance Knaub, Best Selling author of The 4% Break-Thru, helps entrepreneurs with 6 figure businesses to avoid overwhelm and burnout, and instead create the life they love while they are scaling by developing a leadership team and creating a self sufficient business that is an asset. Lance founded Breakthru Physical Therapy + Fitness which is now operated by a fearless leadership team. You can Download a free workbook companion guide to Lance’s Best Selling bookAt’s start our work IN with Dr. Lance Knaub
What's your real job?

What's your real job?


Last week we talked to Rachel Brenke and in that conversation a couple of themes came up that  I'd like to revisit and reinforce.  We talked about getting clear about what you want your life to look like in order to figure out how your business is going to serve you. We talked about how using that awareness is important in protecting ourselves from burnout and overwhelm and we discussed a little bit about how important it is to be ok with discovering maybe entrepreneurship isn’t for you.These are things that are missing from most general fitness certifications and if you've been around a while you may have learned the hard way but do you really believe that everyone needs to learn the hard way? Because I don’t think that’s necessary.The Well resilience retreatSavage Grace Coaching
My guest today is Rachel Brenke, she is a multifaceted entrepreneur Lawyer and a Team USA triathlete. Aside from her extensive career Rachel is a military spouse and mother of five. As an entrepreneur, Rachel created Brenke brands, which includes Fitlegally the law tog and Rachel Brenke. She's also the author of seven books hosted the Real biz podcast and founded a boutique niche law firm. Her belief that you can create a business that allows you to live the real life you dream of living is a lot has allowed her to travel the world with her family while creating a successful empire. We cover several really important topics for fitness professionals and entrepreneurs to understand.Getting clarity around what you want your life to look like.How to build (and batch) content with strategy to avoid burnout.The 3:1 rule when planning your time.Quick & dirty legal checklist for entrepreneurs in fitness industry.www.fitlegally.comSavage Grace CoachingThe Well Retreat
My original intention with this podcast was to speak specifically to fitness professionals however what I’ve found is that many of our issues overlap no matter what industry you work in. (get it Work IN?) That makes sense because we’re all human and we each have our own Work IN to discover better ways to deal with our internal state so that we can be better humans, better friends, better employees and better employers. And the source of all of that personal and professional improvement and development starts with an understanding of where we are in our own state. So I think that’s why there’s so much overlap in our discussions here. And today will be no different.Last week we heard from Dennis Harhalakis money coach from Cambridge money coaching about how emotions connect to our money behavior. If you missed that episode it came out of February 21 and is # 65. Check it out when you get a chance.Today I wanted to talk about money baggage. During our conversation last week Dennis brought up the point that a lot of how we treat money, how we feel about money and business and our behaviors around money are rooted in our childhood experiences or lack of experience and influenced by how we saw others handling money.That’s our money baggage. And that baggage can weigh us down and hold us back financially in both our professional and personal lives. It becomes a subconscious filter through which we make all our money decisions including how we save, how we spend, how we invest, IF we invest, and how we price our services.The Work IN is sponsored bySavage Grace CoachingandThe Well retreat series
Hey everyone! Welcome!This is the first episode recorded in my new space! Bear with me as I work out the audio quality.Today we discuss a few tips for skilled communication for instructors and anyone who is looking for ways to understand and be understood
Please welcome Colleen Jorgensen back to the podcast. She is an osteopath, a therapeutic Pilates yoga and Somatics teacher and a graduate of pain care U.'s professional pain care program. Colleen is  the owner and founder of Stillness in Motion, where she combines manual therapy and current neuroscience research with creative embodied movement mindfulness awareness, self regulation practices and a distinctive compassionate approach to pain care. Living in chronic pain herself for over a decade has given Colleen an invaluable first person perspective on the day to day challenges those in pain face. That perspective inspired her creation of Discover to Recover: Move from pain to potential, her six week online pain care program to empower people with knowledge, awareness and practical tools. Colleen is a brilliant compassionate instructor who loves teaching and offers many courses, workshops and teacher trainings and embodied anatomy, somatic movement and compassionate creative pain care. And that's why I thought she would be a fantastic resource for us on the work in for today's conversation, because we're taking a deep dive into communication, specifically how instructors communicate, but not just instructors also on the student side, how we can help our clients and students receive that communication.Colleen appeared on The Work IN previously on the Work IN in our 4 part chronic pain series in early 2021.  Episodes 13, 14, 15 + 17The Well Day RetreatElemental Kinetics Free pain care ebook: media links: TO DTR - Creative Pain Care for HCP and Movement Teachers (Regularly $19.99, free between Nov 29-Dec 3) TO RECOVER - Creative Pain Care for HCP and Movement Teachers 4HR recorded courseRegularly $198, 25% off from Nov 29- D3c 3rd ($148.50)
ABC's of Resilience

ABC's of Resilience


Last week on the podcast we met Kim Basler. We talked about the long term effects of living in chronic stress, over exercise and disordered eating. And how common that is in the fitness industry. Of course this isn’t limited to fitness industry professionals. No matter what your profession it’s important to understand that just because you do what you do well and have done it for so long you can do it in your sleep, that doesn’t mean you’re not under toxic levels of stress. It doesn’t matter what you think is going on with your stress levels, what matters is the nervous system response.Often we think that trauma and stress injury only happens when the nervous system is overwhelmed all at once, too much too soon. And yes that can happen. But Too much for too long can lead to the same chronic stress and trauma symptoms we see in full blown ptsd. I speak from experience because there was a period of about 15 years where if you had asked me if I was stressed I would have told you no way. Even though I never slept, I suffered with excruciating gut pain, anxiety, depression and panic attacks as well as hormone dysregulation. So much so that I felt angry all the time and lost my temper at the drop of a hat. And this went for so long and started so subtly that I believed this was just my personality. I’m so glad it’s not.I’d like to highlight some things that came out of our discussion that could help prevent the kind of overwhelm that leads to burnout and turnover that we see all too often in a space that’s supposed to be based on wellness. And then talk about some specific things that employers and managers can do to support their wellness contractors.
Hey there, everyone and welcome back to the work in. I'm your host Ericka and today I'd like to introduce you to the 2021 Canfitpro New Presenter of the year Kim Basler. Kim is a food freedom and mindset coach, speaker and co author of the best selling book Owning Your Choices, stories of courage from inspirational women around the world. Her global reach has allowed her to support 1000s of women with self love, finding peace with food and their bodies and igniting the fire within to go after their dreams. After sharing her passion for health and well being at Canada's largest fitness company chain, Kim shares the truth about her 30 year long battle with disordered eating, body image over exercising and burnout that required her to surrender to her inner struggles and begin to heal from the inside out. And now through her certification in eating psychology and Mind Body nutrition, as well as the hundreds of hours she's devoted to her own self development, her mission is to empower women around the world to go deeper than another diet, learn to love the woman that they see in the mirror and cultivate their intuition to take care of themselves unapologetically. So let's dive into our work in today with Kim Basler. Alright, welcome Kim Basler to the work and thanks for joining me today.Kim and I discuss diet culture, the effect of chronic stress and body image issues on even the strongest wellness professionals, and what it takes to heal the body, mind and spirit as well as the boundaries we need to help our young fit pros set so they can have a long and fulfilling career in the fitness industry.
How to leverage free without devaluing yourself, your business or the industry you love.One of the most challenging things to do in any wellness business is to price your service. How much is our time worth? What about the space we’re using? How much does that cost? Some of these things can feel so arbitrary and then we’re left with what the going rate is.How much are other studios charging for similar services? What does the local big box gym charge for their unlimited membership or individual classes? And then there’s all the free stuff that’s available online, on youtube, facebook, instagram and your local car dealership or health fair. How can you compete? Last week Rebecca Sebastian and I discussed this quite a bit. So if you missed last weeks episode be sure to go back and take a listen. Rebecca is such an inspirational mentor in the industry and really said some amazing things.Today I’d like to take a deep dive into leveraging free and how to do it in ways that respect the value of what you do and protect and support the industry. And how to leverage “free” without slipping into the mudslide of exploitation.The Well Networkshop + Retreat
Happy New year! We're kicking off season 2  with a deep dive into the yoga side of the fitness industry to discuss all things value related.The value of what you offerThe value of who you are as a humanThe value of what you know as a certified instructorHow the business of yoga and fitness values all those things and so much more...Rebecca Sebastian is a 20-year yoga teacher, 10-year yoga therapist, yoga studio owner, yoga non-profit founder, leader, and host of the new podcast Working In Yoga.  She is a woman on a mission to up level the business skills and savvy in the yoga industry so we can create the socially and morally ethical and nourishing businesses yoga professionals deserve.  I can’t think of anyone better to talk about some of the value conflicts that we as fitness professionals face in the fitness industry as a whole and especially in the yoga space. Now If you’re not a fitness professional don’t x out just yet. Because believe it or not the instructor that you love, that’s up in front of your favorite class, that always shows up for you and rarely takes a day off,  they’re just like you and have most likely been right where you are at one point. They struggle with the same things you struggle with. So  whether you stand up front, back of the room or front row, we’re all either our own boss or we work for someone else and we are all students of life. I know you’ll find just as much value from the perspectives we’re sharing today..
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