A weekly podcast for everyone who is interested in the body as more than just a brain-taxi. The podcast contains in-depth explorations of embodied topics, and hosts guests from around the world. Speakers have expertise in diverse embodied areas from yoga, to martial arts, to body therapy, to dance, to theatre, to bodywork. The podcast is also full of practical tips and experiential exercises. It can sometimes be a bit cheeky and contains swearing so bear that in mind. With Mark Walsh of The Embodied Facilitator Course (http://embodiedfacilitator.com) and Embodied Yoga Principles (https://www.embodiedyogaprinciples.com).
Why we have emotions - With Dan Newby
Emotional literacy coach trainer Dan joins me to discuss Newfield, emotional intelligence, the “why” of emotions, mood, the “logic” of emotions, emotions as messengers, moods, cultural factors, competencies and navigating emotions, working with the body, classic mistakes, and how we impact others.
A fascinating, vibrant one.
Continuum - With Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz
Continuum Movement teacher Donnalea joins me to discuss Emilie Conrad, Haiti, fluidity, form vs freedom, practises, pleasure, “sounding”, online vs in-person, Stephen Porges, the passing of founders, the politics of the body, and cultural appropriation. A succulent feast of somatic exploration.
Reversed embodiment - With Alexander Bard
Public intellectual and philosopher Alexander joins me to discuss the music industry, “fuck off money”, technology as god, syntheism, Zoroastrianism, Freddy Mercury, Scandinavia, why we’re not just logos, language, the internet revolution, America and empire, sex and gender, “tonality”, and more! A wide-ranging deep one.
COVID Isolation Syndrome - With Adam Barley and Guy Sengstock
Conscious dance teacher A’dam Barley and Circling Founder Guy join me to discuss the COVID lockdown and unmet needs. We discuss health, co-regulation, trauma, Zoom vs in-person, isolation, risk, online intimacy, movement, novelty, holistic health, NVC, and grieving. We end with some helpful somatic practices to reduce CIS. A really important and slightly risky conversation that needs having now.
Mark's story. Experimenting, connecting and finding purpose - With Mark Walsh
Mark's story. Experimenting, connecting and finding purpose, passion and learning to make a living from it. Unscripted, unrehearsed real life story - with Mark Walsh from Purpose Black Belt.
Men, masks, emotions - With Ashanti Branch
Founder of youth development worker Ever Forward Ashanti joins me to discuss growing up without men, “more money more problems”, school and social issues, not having a language to get help, anger, boys and crying, the COVID pressure cooker, “behind the mask”, being “fully known”, being scary as a guy, validation, being assaulted and more. A touching and deeply important one.
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Wow amazing interview. Very relatable. How to manage unfavourable conditions that come into your life. You can be in charge rather then the situation. Love the exercises too !!!!
Fascinating interview/conversation between Mark Walsh and Miles Kessler, covering topics which I found really interesting. I think anyone interested in personal development, body awareness, embodied studies of all kinds, and Aikido, will enjoy it, too.
Spiritual development: leaving the world of materialism and immersing yourself in physical and spiritual practices for years, then "coming back to the marketplace".
Ethical marketing: holding onto what you have learned "on the mountain top" in the ordinary, practical reality of everyday life - while earning a living and engaging with other people, through work and relationships/marriage etc.
Aikido: the only martial art which is non-violent. Not only are you required to remain calm and centred while someone is attacking you, but you are also required to take care of your attacker! Also: Aikido as physical practice, as opposed to Aikido as embodied practice.
Form/structure/discipline, and freedom/creativity.
"Shadow": the importance of other people - mentors, friends, therapists - to help us to see our own shadow side. The importance of integrating all aspects of ourselves - doing the internal work, becoming whole, before trying to do external work.
Sharing your gift with the world. Using technology to reach more people.
And lots more!
I really enjoyed this. Thanks Mark and Miles!