Lively conversations featuring tips and inspiration from smart and interesting people about all things fitness and wellness, including running, yoga, nutrition, and meditation. I’m Carolee Walker, a writer living in Washington, D.C., and the author of Getting My Bounce Back, which will be out in February 2018. It’s a hill, get over it!! We can do this!
Denise Barack: The Revolution Within - Women's Week at Kripalu
We’re at an unprecedented moment in history when women are so engaged and enraged we’ve never really held so much power to shape the future, according to Denise Barack, moderator and curator of The Revolution Within: Women’s Week at Kripalu, November 10-15. In our conversation, Denise talks about what to expect if you attend, because this is not your typical yoga retreat. It’s a call to action, Denise says, because for there to be change outside, it has to happen within first. Kripalu has long been known as a place to cultivate your inner resources in a nourishing environment that supports transformation. The 5-day program will feature some of the most prominent yoga teachers, civil rights activists, artists, and speakers, but the focus will also be on the diverse voices of participants with the ultimate goal of bringing about lasting collective change.
Nita Sweeney: How Becoming a Runner Helped One Woman Cope With Chronic Depression
In our conversation, Nita Sweeney, a writer and author of the new book Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running With My Dog Brought Me Back From the Brink, talks about how becoming a runner at the age of 49 has helped her feel good and battle the challenges and effects of chronic depression and bipolar disease.
Pop Up Book Club: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Welcome to my first Pop Up Book Club event! Whether you’ve read Michelle Obama’s amazing memoir Becoming or attended or heard one of her interviews during her book tour, you’ll enjoy our conversation about Michelle Obama’s journey and what inspires us. The episode, co-hosted by my friend and Washington producer Kathy Davidov and my Vassar classmate Karen Cox, was recorded at A Baked Joint in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Is there a book you’d like to discuss at our next Pop Up Book Club event? Send me an email at email@example.com or DM me on Twitter @Carolee_Walker. See you there!
Rabbi Jesse Paikin: Everyone Has the Ability To Change
I first met Rabbi Jesse Paikin, a rabbinic Fellow at the Sixth and I synagogue in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Good Soul services during this year’s High Holidays. I’m sure I’m not the only Jewish geek who attends services to hear the rabbi’s sermon, and the one Rabbi Jesse gave about the story of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry did not disappoint.
I stopped by Rabbi Jesse’s office in Chinatown at lunchtime where I had the opportunity to ask him about his background and about that sermon. Our conversation occurred a week or so before the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and while all of us are still processing that horrific event as well as the many, many gestures of support and solidarity throughout our communities, Rabbi Jesse’s words and especially his perspective on free will offer signs of hope, I think, for the future.
Dr. Chris Friesen: How To Learn To Crave What Is Good For You
Dr. Chris Friesen is a licensed neuropsychologist in Ontario, Canada, who specializes in helping athletes as well as high achievers, including executives, entrepreneurs, academics, and writers, improve their performance and productivity. He’s the author of Achieve: Find Out Who You Are, What You Really Want, And How To Make It Happen, which, I promise you, has something in it for everyone, even if you don't consider yourself a high performance individual. In our conversation, Chris offers tips on how to train your brain to get comfortable with the uncomfortable, making it easier to get in that workout without feeling like it’s a chore or something you dread. For more, check out Chris’s website at http://friesenperformance.com/.
Deborah Brooks: Confessions of a Mother Runner
Deborah Brooks is the author of the running and food blog “Confessions of a Mother Runner.” She’s the founder of her local chapter of Moms Run This Town (MRTT) and a Girls on the Run coach for the 8th straight year. Deborah didn’t start running until she was rehabbing from a knee injury when her children were little and since then, running has been a consistent source of empowerment – and joy – in her life. In our conversation, Deborah talks about her relationship to food, too. You can read Deborah’s blog at https://confessionsofamotherrunner.com.