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Welcome to the Stretch Therapy Method, hosted by Kit Laughlin and Olivia Allnutt.

The Stretch Therapy Podcas‪t‬ Kit Laughlin

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Welcome to the Stretch Therapy Method, hosted by Kit Laughlin and Olivia Allnutt.

    What stops people from becoming more flexible?

    What stops people from becoming more flexible?

    Kit Laughlin and Ian MacLeod discuss what stops people becoming more flexible at the Nirvana Strength “Strength and Flexibility Summit".

    • 55 min
    How to meditate | 20 minute introduction

    How to meditate | 20 minute introduction

    This short twenty-minute set of instructions is designed to get you meditating today. It is an excerpt from the full discussion at "Why your meditation practice is not working – Kit Laughlin with Yusef Smit‪h.

    In one sense, meditation is simple: gently hold your awareness on something you have decided will be your “meditation object”, and see what happens! If you notice yourself being distracted by a thought, gently bring your awareness back to the object. You will need to repeat this! Noticing a distraction and bringing the awareness back to your object IS meditation. Suitable objects are discussed in this brief introduction.

    • 12 min
    Why your meditation practice is not working – Kit Laughlin with Yusef Smith

    Why your meditation practice is not working – Kit Laughlin with Yusef Smith

    So many people want to start meditating, but agonise over what school of meditation, or what lineage, or even what type, with what goal. In this two-hour discussion between Kit Laughlin and Yusef Smith – from Propane Fitness – detailed instructions for how to start meditating are given, and the show notes below will help you find any section of interest.

    Time stamped show notes:
    00:00 – Intro
    00:45 – Yusef mentions “Stretching 2.0”
    01:45 – we are here today to talk about meditation
    03:00 – what kind of mediation is best?
    04:00 – basic instructions on how to start meditating
    05:30 – learning styles have changed
    07:10 – learning from written word
    08:15 – follow along stretching programs vs recipe programs
    10:15 – I have been meditating for ~35 years
    10:50 – the need for simple, follow-along meditation programs
    11:00 – what exactly is meditation?
    11:45 – the Four Postures of meditation
    12:15 – Yusef talks about the Daniel Ingram podcast
    13:00 – Yusef talking about Daniel’s approach
    13:45 – Yusef talk about shortening of attention span in modern era
    14:15 – the “Six-second Abs” approach to meditation
    14:45 – Kit asks Yusef, “What do you think the meditation project is?”
    16:10 – Yusef talks about The Big Picture Medics podcast
    17:00 – a surface take on different approaches
    19:00 – “Undoing the illusion of self!” and the superficiality of modern takes on meditation
    20:00 – “a McMindfulness approach is still better than no approach!”
    21:00 – inhabiting the body to develop awareness
    21:45 – Yusef talks about the unpredictability of psychedelics
    22:10 – Kit: let us go into the detail
    23:45 – get started in two minutes!
    25:00 – “feel your body” does not connect, for many people
    25:50 – Yusef describes his experience with Vipassana retreats
    26:30 – most meditator’s primary experience on their first retreat is pain
    26:30 – the basic instructions continue
    27:45 – the “meditation object”
    28:15 – “feel the movements in your body we call ‘breathing’”
    29:00 – meditation is an *embodied* practise
    30:45 – ‘one-pointed’ awareness as alternative; ‘open awareness’
    31:05 – “what is happening now?”
    31:45 – as you breathe in, what do you feel?
    32:00 – a thought will come into your mind
    32:45 – “a bad meditation session”
    33:30 – “hold your awareness GENTLY on your meditation object
    34:30 – “be nice to yourself!
    36:30 – stickiness
    37:25 – “unsatisfactoriness vs ’suffering’”
    38:30 – experiencing sensations IS being present
    39:45 – paying attention to what’s actually happening (not what you think is happening!)
    41:10 – your body only has one language
    41:50 – we are not trained to attend to sensations
    42:15 – the most important things in this life are what the body experiences
    43:30 – thought as a ‘time stamp’
    44:20 – “I’m not a meditation person”
    45:50 – “I’m speaking to an audience of typical Westerners”
    46:45 – “There’s no such thing as a ‘bad training session’”
    49:00 – “I’m a knowledge worker”
    49:45 – Kit’s recommendations for Yusef’s practise
    50:15 – lying relaxation/meditation
    51:20 – why Kit recommends a lying practise
    51:45 – learning meditation is about unlearning many habits
    53:00 – Kit’s first insight
    53:45 – relaxation is just another habit
    55:20 – humans are more dog-like, than cat-like
    56:45 – Yusef on how being relaxed can become the new norm
    57:15 – the thought stream
    58:45 – Kit’s experience on retreat in Berkeley
    1:03:05 – why it’s so important to be able to relax
    1:04:05 – “I don’t have to be, or do, anything”
    1:07:00 – a few quick questions
    1:08:00 – pay attention to *what’s actually happening now*
    1:11:30 – importance of comfort in stretching
    1:13:30 – life-changing skills
    1:14:3

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Olivia Allnutt on the Range of Strength podcast with Lucas Aaron and Jeffrey Wolf

    Olivia Allnutt on the Range of Strength podcast with Lucas Aaron and Jeffrey Wolf

    The hosts of the Range of Strength podcast, Lucas Aaron and Jeffrey Wolf, engage Olivia Allnutt in a long discussion on a great many topics, including the Stretch Therapy *approach* to stretching, why adult bodies are more resistant to becoming more flexible than children’s, and how little most strength coaches know about flexibility training!

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Kit Laughlin & Thomas Emerson On Cultivating Awareness

    Kit Laughlin & Thomas Emerson On Cultivating Awareness

    Kit Laughlin chats with Thomas Emerson, founder of Praksis (Canberra), about the inescapability of the mind, the fundamental importance of cultivating awareness, and much more. In the first half of the talk, they discuss how our minds filter reality and thereby condition how the world is presented to us in every moment. In the second half, Kit explains how cultivating awareness of that fact makes it possible for us to experience reality more directly, with greater clarity and with less interference from the pesky ego.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Kit Laughlin chats with Janine Robertson from Arthritis NSW

    Kit Laughlin chats with Janine Robertson from Arthritis NSW

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    • 1 hr 5 min

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