Welcome to Active Minds by Virgin Active Australia, a podcast dedicated to all things health and wellness. Join Virgin Active’s Global Head of Yoga and Pilates Mark Seeto, as he dives deep into exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, mental health, meditation and so much more. Each episode we’ll be talking to experts on the topics that truly matter to your wellbeing, giving you the answers that will help you thrive.
The Science of Sleep with Dr. Melissa Ree
In this episode we speak to Dr Melissa Ree about all things sleep – what is it, why do we need it and how do we improve the quality of it. Melissa has worked in the insomnia and sleep field for 19 years. She completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia in 2001. Following this training Melissa worked at the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. During this time, she worked on a treatment trial for Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Insomnia. She then returned to Perth and has continued to be active in treatment, training, and research into the psychological aspects of poor sleep, in which she has published a number of papers on the subject. Melissa is director at Sleep Matters, which is a clinic that specialises in providing evidence-based treatment for insomnia and related disorders, both in-person and via telehealth.
Google Scholar: Melissa J Ree
Yoga and Transformation with Kate Pippos
In this episode we chat to Virgin Active Australia’s Yoga Head Coach, Kate Pippos, about her experience with Yoga and personal transformation. In life, Kate is many things: yogini, mama, story writer, sunshine lover, nature seeker, and pleasure maker. When Kate isn’t sipping herbal tea, delighting in dark chocolate, walking forests or diving into the ocean, she is pondering the path to healing and wholeness in the bath. Kate found Yoga in her late teens during a time of intense healing spurred by a mental health crisis and is now the Yoga Head Coach for Virgin Active Australia. Kate has dedicated her life and career to sharing a practice which has helped and continues to help her grow as a human being, and in this episode, we explore this in detail.
You can find Kate Pippos on Instagram @katepippos.
Change management transformational toolbox
The REASON behind your desire for transformation?
RISKS involved in the transformation, if any?
RESOURCES required to deliver the transformation?
What or who inspired you to RAISE the transformation request?
What are the internal and external RETURNS to be received from the transformation?
Who is RESPONSIBLE for creating, testing, and implementing the transformation?
RELATIONSHIP between suggested transformation and other transformation?
Pilates and the Power of Tribe with Alice Scott
In this episode we talk to Virgin Active Australia’s Pilates Head Coach, Alice Scott, about her journey with Pilates and the importance of finding your support system, aka your tribe. Alice was introduced to Mat Pilates in her living room as a shy teenager, just 16 years of age. This first instance ignited her burning curiosity to learn more about the practice, leading her to complete four different Pilates training courses, a pathway to a Science Degree and gave her the opportunity to teach overseas. Alice resonates strongly with the ethos of Joseph Pilates, that everyone can enjoy movement no matter your capability, and is a strong believer in providing space to cultivate a willing mindset. Alice is also embracing life as a parent, enjoying the wonders and challenges of raising her two year old son with her partner Miguel.
Find Alice on Instagram.
The Power of Music with Rich Lucano
In this episode we chat with Rich Lucano and explore the psychology and emotionality of music, and the power and influence of music on exercise. Under his production moniker Phondupe, Rich creates a shadowy blend of warped, introspective electronica exploring the tug-of-wars of the mind. This fascination with the mind is driven by his work with The Indigo Project, the innovative mental health organisation for which he is the Music Director. In collaboration with founder and head psychologist Mary Hoang, Rich performs immersive sonic installations, and has showcased at the likes of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Vivid Sydney and most recently The Sydney Opera House. It's been a big start to 2021, with Rich releasing his debut album as Phondupe, titled ONYKIA, as well as a two-hour collection of original audio experiences to accompany the release of Indigo Project founder Mary Hoang’s first book, Darkness Is Golden. By day, Rich is a composer and sonic branding consultant, working with brands like Skype, Virgin and Absolut to craft sounds that enrich culture.
Find Rich at:
Darkness is golden: Audio Experiences (Death Mediation)
Eating and Nutrition with Krista Scott Dixon
In this episode we discuss diet culture, deep health, sustainable eating habits, why we fail, mental health, stress (and a whole lot more) with Krista Scott Dixon. Krista is the Director of Curriculum at Precision Nutrition which offers the world’s number 1 nutrition certification. She has a PHD from York University, she’s a trained counsellor, a personal trainer and has been coaching and teaching for over 20 years. She has written countless reports and articles on Nutrition and coaching and is a published author. She tackles the topic of disordered eating in her book Why Me Want Eat.
Her book Why Me Want Eat on Amazon Australia
Personal website: www.stumptuous.com
Neuroscience and the Brain with Paul Taylor
In this episode we chat with Paul Taylor about neuroscience and the brain, and the roles they play in all aspects of wellness including exercise, motivation, habit formation, achieving goals, being in flow, and the grand pursuit of happiness. Paul Taylor is a former British Royal Navy Aircrew Officer, Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, Neuroscientist and former adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. He is the Director at the Mind Body Brain Performance Institute which has delivered training with companies such as Google, NAB, CBA, PWC and more. He’s the founder and executive director of Ritualize which is a workplace wellbeing company, founder and former owner of the Personal Training Academy, widely published author as well as a national & international speaker.
Find Paul at:
The MindBodyBrain Project Podcast
Pseudoscience and astrology
Was looking forward to this…
Was hoping for genuine, practical health advice, science and a holistic approach to fitness especially while being in lockdown.
However the first episode I listened to began talking about Astrology, karma, auras and various pseudoscience.
Seems like it’s made for Bondi housewives.
Mmm, no thanks…