Kathryn Bruni-Young grew up in the yoga community and has been teaching for over a decade. Inspired by her own life’s journey and a passion for helping all people feel more capable and confident in their bodies, Kathryn created Mindful Strength, a method that synthesizes mindfulness, strength training, yoga, movement, mobility, and body acceptance, to inform a well-rounded, embodied practice. This podcast is dedicated to sharing knowledge and fostering curiosity. Kathryn's conversations with unique and inspiring guests explore the ever-evolving narratives that are yoga, movement, and health. Join us!
Lizette Pompa: Progressing Through Bodyweight Strength Training
Kathryn and Lizette dive into all facets of beginning to train and progressing along - as well as how to make the work encouraging and sustainable. They round out the discussion by exploring pull-up training specifically and key strategies to keep in mind. Together they answer questions like why pull ups are so hard and how to begin a hanging practice. They also talk about grip strength and why your hands are likely the weakest link when it comes to pull-ups.
Rocky Heron: New Paradigms and Possibilities of Practice
Kathryn welcomes Rocky Heron onto the Mindful Strength podcast to chat about his teaching career and practice evolution. Rocky shares how strength training and bodybuilding has helped to expand his thinking in movement – moving beyond some of the dogmatic approaches to teaching yoga. The conversation rounds out by discussing the uniqueness of his isometric training and how that can help build strength & body awareness.
Christopher Bourke - Building Emotional Strength with Energizing Movement
Kathryn and Mindful Strength teacher Chris Bourke talk about his new class Mindful Energizer on the Membership, as well as some of the rationale behind it. This is a really interesting conversation that offers new ways to consider practicing mindful awareness outside the usual contexts of quiet solitude and relaxation. Chris shares how the class is a fun, energizing exploration that can help folks shift states of stress, boost confidence and increase their ability to experience rest + relaxation.
Bonus: How much weight should I be starting with?
This is the question we get more than ever, how much weight should I be starting with? There is no one right answer for everyone, but Kathryn and Kyle definitely have advice on how you can approach your strength training. Most people either start too heavy and get discouraged, or start really light and never progress. This is your chance to hear how both Kathryn and Kyle approach this common question.
Catherine Cowey: Everything you need to know about hypermobility
Catherine Cowey is a researcher and personal trainer with extensive professional (and personal) experience with hypermobility. Kathryn and Catherine discuss the full spectrum of joint laxity to hypermobility to other conditions like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Catherine helps to dispel many of the common misconceptions related to these conditions and how beneficial strength training can be for everyone, including folks who are clinically diagnosed with hypermobility disorder.
Bonus: Why are single leg squats so hard?
Kathryn and Kyle talk about what makes the single-leg squat so challenging, and what you can work on starting now. From ankle range of motion to basic alignment and loading patterns this mini-podcast will help you assess what your body needs. They talk about the top-down and bottom-up approaches, as well as how you can use a set of stairs to work on your ankle mobility.
Tons of great conversations to hear
This covers so many different aspects of body/mind practices and is a chance to explore really broadly. Well worth listening.
Interesting, thought-provoking, variety, easy to absorb
I love listening to this podcast. The variety of topics is interesting and I find that I either learn something new or have a new idea for contemplation. Thanks for hosting Kathryn and Kyle!
This podcast is a real deal!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while and what a gem it is! There’s so much out there but Kathryn always finds the most knowledgeable and authentic people to interview and does it from a place of curiosity and practically which is so important for movement enthusiasts and professionals alike. I really appreciate what you do, Kathryn!