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!
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.
Laura Khoudari: Lifting Heavy Things, Healing Trauma One Rep At a Time
Kathryn and Laura talk about using strength training to support people who are healing from trauma. Laura shares her personal story, and why she didn't always love going to the gym. They talk about back pain, deadlifts, and progressively building your capacity to be able to lift the heavy things that life throws your way. Laura and Kathryn also break down what a more mindful and trauma informed approach to strength training looks and feels like.
Bonus: Strength Training During Hard Times
In this episode, Kathryn shares more about why she got into strength training and gymnastics and how handstand training has helped her through recent stressful events. Progressing towards one task at a time is a great way to focus on something you can manage, especially when so many things feel out of your control. Working on something like a handstand is also a great way to streamline your practice, and avoid having to make too many decisions about what to do and when.
Invaluable resource for yoga instructors
The Mindful Strength Podcast is an invaluable resource for yoga instructors. I have learnt so much from the incredibly interesting guests and discussions that are had in each episode. This should be essential listening for yoga instructors to make them aware of ideas and knowledge that they likely didn’t cover in their 200 hour training.
Can’t recommend this podcast enough.I’m a yoga teacher and am always looking for ways to develop as a teacher.This podcast has opened my eyes in so many ways to different ways of working and to an immense body of learning and study.
It’s been quite life changing and a relief to find this.
Can’t thank Kathryn and Kyle enough for this podcast and it’s great content.
Keeps getting better
I started listening to Kathryn about a year ago whilst starting to see a shift in my own practice and teaching. The more conversations Kathryn was having, the more the mindful strength movement really made sense. Since then I’ve attended Kathryns workshop and signed up for her online trainings. This is a great podcast. Kathryn is very clear and concise. She seems genuine and has a deep interest in her subject. Topics are always varied, guests are always of a high standard. If your yoga practice seems to be shifting in response to the modern person this is well worth a listen.