The Steph Sanzaro Podcast is a space for open and honest conversation. Space for guests to lean into vulnerability and to empower and educate through thoughtful conversation. You will hear the inspiring stories of guests, as they take you through their incredible experiences and offer you their wisdom and insight. Your host Steph is passionate about raising awareness for important issues that enable the listeners to know that they are not alone in the world. Through this podcast it is the aim to normalise the conversation surrounding mental health. You can find more from Steph at @stephsanzaro on Instagram. Thank you for being here xx
043 – Mary Thomas – on Healing, The Expectations of Birth and Embracing Surrender
Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas.
Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening as these topics may be triggering for some.
Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother.
‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her Instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind.
The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength.
In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode.
You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro
Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off.
If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice.
Happy listening xx
042 – Finding Awakening In Every Moment with Ryan Mannix
Episode 42 with Ryan Mannix.
Hello and welcome to the first episode of 2021 and might I say… we are starting off the year with a magical conversation with the incredible Ryan Mannix.
Who is Ryan Mannix at a glance?
Rye was a pro athlete running for Australia, who after an unfortunate accident with a motorbike during a race was left with a lost sense of identity as everything he knew was upended by strenuous injury.
But this is only a small portion his journey, with so much greatness since and so much more to still unfold!
Rye stumbled upon yoga during his recovery and subsequently found his way into becoming one of Victoria’s most well known faces of mindful movement; teaching meditation and yoga, state and Australia wide and leading incredible running groups that cultivate a sense of community and collective growth.
This man is a wonder, with a passion for service and I am so excited for you to dive into this episode and into all of the incredible teachings he shares with us.
This conversation feels like magic. There is something so welcoming and calming about Rye’s presence and voice.
Rye talks to us about connecting into our bodies, our feelings and finding a greater sense of awareness in everything around us. He provides a very beautiful insight into how we can accept and even welcome anxiety. He graces us with countless philosophies from buddhism, yoga sutras and from the great teachers like Ram Das.
Rye is all about collective elevation and accelerating as a community and he leads by example by teaching from the heart here in this episode today, sharing from a place of genuine intent of helping elevate the consciousness of whoever finds this episode.
We touch on comparison, celebrating the wins of others, on the spot mindful practices, why values are important, running away from our problems, vulnerability and shared experience, and why it’s so important for us to ‘allow’ our emotions to just be.
If you would like to connect with Rye you can find him on instagram at @ryanmannix_yoga or at his new studio in Torquay – It’s All Yoga.
Connect with your host on Instagram at @stephsanzaro xx
041 – A Message From Your Host As We Close Another Year
Our final episode of 2020!
Wow, where did the time go?...
A massive thank you to each and every one of you, who took the time to listen to these episodes this year. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to you, truly I am so thankful.
In this final episode of the year, your host discusses the year that was. The learnings that came from deep contraction, as we enter this new phase of expansion. We talk about stepping into your power this holiday season and staying true to your values and protecting your energy. We walk through boycotting New Years resolutions and welcoming in SMART goals. Wrapping up the episode with some ways to maintain our mental health through the holiday season, before a loving goodbye for now, to you and 2020.
You all make this podcast what it is, thank you for being here. Love, Steph xx
Connect with your host on Instagram at @stephsanzaro
040 – An Open Letter to Grief Part Two – with Jo Betz
Episode 40 with the radiant Jo Betz in An Open Letter to Grief - Part Two.
This episode comes with a trigger warning for *Grief*. If you have lost someone that you love, I would firstly like to offer my deepest condolences and to tell you how deeply sorry I am. My love is with you.
Move through this episode mindfully; becoming aware of when it may be time to press pause, take a moment, regather your thoughts and validate whatever feelings are arising for you. The invitation to come back and finish this episode when you are ready is warmly welcomed, as I believe these episodes (Part One and Part Two) carry a lot of power in helping to normalise the conversation around grief.
In part two, Jo and I discuss why grief is not a check list we can complete, the benefits of seeing a psychologist in and outside of grief, the balance of grieving and parenting at the same time, the physical effects of grief, finding a spiritual connection to our lost loved one and grieving during a pandemic.
If you have any thoughts or messages, Jo and your host would love to hear from you! You can find Jo over on Instagram at @jo.betz and connect with your host at @stephsanzaro, happy listening xx
039 – An Open Letter to Grief Part One – with Jo Betz
Episode 39 with Jo Betz comes with a *trigger warning* for grief.
Please listen mindfully and become aware of what feelings this episode may arise within you. Take the time to set the episode aside if it feels necessary and to validate what is coming up for you. You are welcome to join us again at any time and listen back in to this wonderful conversation normalising grief.
Jo Betz is a wedding celebrant, author, speaker and blogger who suddenly lost her husband Craig 3 years ago to an asthma attack in the middle of the night. Jo shares her story here with us today to help normalise the conversation surrounding grief and to shine light into the areas of grief that society tends to shy away from.
As someone currently moving through my own grief, I can say how much I didn't realise I desperately needed this conversation. Recording it and being present during it helped to validate my grief and what I have been feeling in more ways that one and it made me feel like I was truly not alone.
We have divided today's episode into two parts, so make sure to hit the subscribe button so that you are notified when the second part airs.
I cannot wait for you to listen to this beautiful and raw episode, it was truly such a pleasure to be a part of. You can connect with Jo on instagram at @jo.betz and she would love to hear from you!
Connect with your host via Instgram at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx
038 – You Are Not Alone – Managing Anxiety, Miscarriage and Cultivating Self-Care with Bec Connolly
Episode 38 comes with a Trigger Warning for *Miscarriage*.
I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free to put down the podcast at any time and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick the podcast up again and to listen to this incredible story of hope.
Bec is the founder of Botanicals by Luxe, an incredible natural skin care brand taking Australia by storm. She is the proud mum to Ollie and Jack and wife to loving husband Nato. In this episode we discuss learning to manage anxiety and accessing mental health care, raising awareness for miscarriage, tools for self-care and slowing down, skin hacks for this season, building a business, 'mum guilt' and prioritising self-care and setting boundaries.
This is a powerful episode that encapsulates so much beauty and wisdom in only 53 minutes! That's just how incredible Bec truly is! You can connect with Bec via Instagram over at @botanicalsbyluxe.
You can find your host over at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx
What a beautiful soul!
I loved listening to these episodes throughout my travels. So much amazing and relatable wisdom from great people! Steph has such an infectious energy - highly recommend listening!
Hey Steph! Your latest episode was an incredible listen, thanks for sharing it. I was meant to go on my first solo overseas holiday to Sri Lanka and had worked my self up to the fact I would be alone, but was ready for the challenge and had planned the whole thing, Covid had then put this on pause but I’m definitely ready for when I can do this next. I’ve also learnt to catch myself out from self doubt/self negativity- when you caught yourself saying ‘....to someone like me’
Loving what you’re giving us so far x
Thank you Steph!
Thank you for creating such a well balanced beautiful podcast! I love the guests you have on and the ease of the wonderful informative conversations you host. I look forward to each and every one. Thank you! X