After Class is a podcast by Citizen Yoga, a yoga studio that strives to be a safe space with a focus on creating a community that supports mental health. This podcast is where we delve deeper into philosophy as well as discuss topics and share stories that relate to and come from our students, teachers, and wider community.
How to Be an Inclusive Yoga Teacher
How do you create a yoga culture that is more reflective of what yoga is all about — healing, justice, and anti-oppression? In this episode, Avery Kalapa (they, them), a community weaver, wellness organizer, and a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, eRYT500, YACEP, BFA, unpacks identity with clarity, inspiration, and affirmation to empower yoga practitioners and students to create more welcoming and inclusive places for everyone. From starting with an analysis of what makes a space exclusive to inner and outer work that frees ourselves from social conditioning, together we can help shift how we relate to each other so everyone can come as they are.
Preconception Health: It's Common, Not Normal
Growing up in an active, health-conscious family, Dr. Maren always knew that she wanted to practice a more holistic and integrative version of medicine, but this took a turn when she suffered from miscarriages and pregnancy complications. She struggled to understand what was "wrong" with her body when she has always taken care of herself and experts didn't have any answers. She eventually came across functional medicine. As a patient she finally got answers to her health issues and as a physician she was able to fuse traditional and integrative practices. Listen to Dr. Christine Maren, D.O., IFMCP and Kacee discuss the complexities of preconception mental health.
Relieving the Pressures of Social Media
In 2005, 5% of people used social media. Now that number is almost 80% and we spend an average of 2 hours and 24 minutes on social media each day. Unpack how social media has changed how we communicate and contributed to loneliness with Kacee and Jessica Malek, who has almost 10 years of experience in the social media industry. They'll leave you with tools to minimize your technology usage and truly connect with those around you.
Reigniting Joy In Your Life
In this episode, Kacee sits down with Kerry Biskelonis, founder of Reset Brain and Body in Plymouth, Michigan. As a former Type-A who glorified being busy herself, Kerry saw first hand the benefits of yoga and meditation on her mental and physical health. Kerry then decided to work more directly with her chronically stressed peers after completing her 200hr yoga teacher training. Listen to them explore topics around social anxiety, social media, and how to reignite joy in your life, especially after the pandemic.
A Mother's Journey through Grief
Monni Must, Kacee's mother, tells her life story. Monni details her own childhood abuse, its affect on her as a mother, and how she healed the trauma of losing her own child to suicide 12 years later. It is a story of hope and vulnerability. They're also joined by Cricket Alexander, Clinical Director at BLND health, who explains how EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapy can help heal trauma and who it could benefit.
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The Journey to Authenticity
In this episode, Kacee continues her conversation with Angela Wisniewski, the owner of Coup D'état, a design gallery in Michigan that curates one-of-a kind vintage and antique pieces form artisans around the world. Listen to their honest conversation on authenticity and how Angela expresses herself in a way that is true to who she is.
After Class has been a sliver of peace and stability during this chaotic era of COVID. Kacee leads vulnerable and down to earth convos with such insightful guests. These episodes make YOU reflect and think. Just love what citizen yoga stands for and the safe space it has created.
This podcast is a 10 out of 10 in my book. 🥰