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Exploring hippie culture and new age practices with a critical eye.

Interviews and monologues about what once was counterculture and is now becoming common culture, including...

Yoga, meditation, sound baths, veganism, reiki, healing crystals, float tanks, tarot, palm reading, chakras, breathwork, tantra, Burning Man, and yes - alternative medicine and drugs of all kinds.

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Exploring hippie culture and new age practices with a critical eye.

Interviews and monologues about what once was counterculture and is now becoming common culture, including...

Yoga, meditation, sound baths, veganism, reiki, healing crystals, float tanks, tarot, palm reading, chakras, breathwork, tantra, Burning Man, and yes - alternative medicine and drugs of all kinds.

    Can you stand 10 days of silent meditation?

    Can you stand 10 days of silent meditation?

    Before talking to Elize Todd, I've never met anyone who's attended a 10 day silent meditation retreat. So many surprises and delights in Elize's colorful storytelling of her first silent Vipassana meditation retreat in Burma. 

    We dive into what is silent meditation, the specific benefits of vipassana meditation, and recommendations for those looking to experience a very different type of meditation. 

    Resources mentioned...

    Satya Narayan ("SN") Goenka, who helped popularize Vipassana meditation through centers around the world. More background on him here in a post-humous write up. He died at age 90 in 2013. 

    Here's a Youtube video playlist of Goenka speaking after each of the 10 days of silent meditation.

    Oz recommends first timers to try guided meditation. He uses Headspace. He also loves poetic, produced meditations like Learning to Surrender by Sarah Blondin. 

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    You can find Elize's work as a UX Designer, Educator and Career Coach at elizeuxmakeovers.com and  her Youtube channel at: youtube.com/user/weezytodd/. 


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    • 42 min
    Benefits of Barefoot Movement with Shoe Entrepreneur, Mountain Chang

    Benefits of Barefoot Movement with Shoe Entrepreneur, Mountain Chang

    This episode is packed with interesting nuggets about the benefits and misconceptions about barefoot movement and barefoot shoes. I chat with Mountain Chang, a CPA turned founder of the barefoot shoe company, Carets. Carets makes classy high end dress shoes - think Allen Edmonds - but with barefoot features like a zero drop design and wider toe box.  

    (I don't receive a commission for this: you can use the coupon code 2019hippiecritical for $30 off if you shop at Carets.) 

    In this episode, we talk about...


    The interesting origins of barefoot movement 
    Benefits of barefoot movement and why barefoot shoes exist
    Why the "standard" approach to shoe design - cushioning, heels, space - is not designed for the human foot to have full range of motion. (Explains why higher heels are especially bad for the foot - not just for women.)
    Common misconceptions of barefoot running, such as blisters and places to run

    Other resources mentioned: 


    Book that started the barefoot running craze: Born to Run
    POSE method of running: Youtube video and Pose Method Website 
    Other barefoot shoe brands mentioned: Vivobarefoot, Lems, Softstar
    Ninja shoes ("Jika-tabi") and why they're often used by Japanese construction workers
    Upright Health Youtube Channel
    Mark's Daily Apple - popular and super informative health blog
    Join Carets Mailing List
    Check out Carets' interview (blog post) with Dr Emily Splichal, creator of Naboso Insoles.
    The Motor Quotient ("MQ")
    Carets donates 1% of profits to Heifer International, a nonprofit that provides "livestock and training in sustainable agricultural and business practices to create the most opportunity for...communities. 

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    Credits:

    Intro music: "Good Tone" by Nordgroove from Fugue 

    Outro music: "Sincerely" by Kevin Macleod


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Tantra is Not Just Sex - Interview with Liv Pavlov, Tantra Coach

    Tantra is Not Just Sex - Interview with Liv Pavlov, Tantra Coach

    What is tantra, anyway? Is it just a fancy way of saying slow, meditative sex, or is it something much deeper? 

    We answer these questions and more with Liv Pavlov, a sex, intimacy and tantra coach. In this episode, learn...


    The origins of tantra
    What a tantra session looks like with a tantra sex coach 
    Beginner recommendations for trying out tantra practices

    Tantra Resources:


    Liv Pavlov's tantra coach website
    Tantra definition on Wikipedia, which explains tantra meaning "loom, weave, system." The connotation of it being a practice or religious ritualism is a colonial-era European invention.
    International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), Wikipedia entry
    Guardian article: New York might legalize sex work
    Book recommendation (Oz): Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the 21st Century (2nd Edition)

    Intro music: "Good Tone" by Nordgroove from Fugue

    Outro music: "Sincerely" by Kevin Macleod


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    • 28 min
    Sound Healing for Beginners with Cassie Jaravata

    Sound Healing for Beginners with Cassie Jaravata

    Cassie Jaravata is a registered nurse, blossoming sound healer, and the force behind The Naturalistic Nurse.

    In this episode we discuss...


    What is sound healing?
    The experience of a sound bath
    Does sound or vibrations actually "heal?"
    Cassie's experience healing from eczema, with the help of sound
    How much does it cost to attend a sound bath?

    Resources mentioned:


    The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing Revised Edition by Jonathan Goldman - sound healing book for beginnres recommended by Cassie
    Masaru Emoto -  Japanese author who wrote The Hidden Messages in Water. He hypothesized that the molecular structure of water can react to positive and negative intention.
    Jamie Bechtold - Los Angeles Based sound healer and teacher

    Products mentioned:


    Remo Ocean Drum - Standard, 22"
    Children's Ocean Drum, 10''
    Tibetan Singing Bowl
    Quartz Singing Bowls - Set of 7 (Chakra Tuned)
    Sound Healing Chimes - Koshi Terra, Set of 4

    Looking into these products, they can add up to be hundreds or thousands of dollars in investment - not unlike how musicians can spend quite a sum on their instruments. 

    First timers can experience a sound bath, like the ones offered by Cassie, for a fraction of that price. 

    Or, as Oz mentioned, catch a sound bath for free at a transformational festival like Love Long Beach or Lightning in a Bottle. Or go super cheapo by playing with sound using a portable bluetooth speaker.

    Thanks for listening y'all!

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    Love,

    Oz


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    • 45 min
    What is Reiki? Chat with Reiki Master and Skeptic, Julia Albain

    What is Reiki? Chat with Reiki Master and Skeptic, Julia Albain

    Oz asks Julia Albain, Reiki Master, all sorts of newbie questions about reiki, including...


    What is reiki and what exactly goes on in a reiki session? How much does reiki cost?
    What is energy healing and what does energy "work" entail? 
    What, exactly is an aura? Energy field?  
    Reiki's therapeutic effects (placebo or otherwise) 

    This conversation was so refreshing because Julia's both a Reiki master and yet, lives in the space between curiosity and skepticism about reiki. 

    Check out JuliaAlbain.com for more info about her energy work and reiki sessions. 

    Transcript at: Hippiecritical.org

    Music credits:


    Intro music: "Good Tone" by Nordgroove from Fugue
    Outro music: "Sincerely" by Kevin Macleod


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    • 58 min
    [TRAILER] The Story Behind Hippiecritical's Name

    [TRAILER] The Story Behind Hippiecritical's Name

    Oz monologues about the inspiration for Hippiecritical, which includes...


    Two reasons for the podcast name
    How looking into "hippie" topics made him think of hippies in a different way
    The possibility of this podcast to spread curiosity, open-mindedness and community

    Music credits:


    Intro music: "Good Tone" by Nordgroove from Fugue 
    Outro music: "Sincerely" by Kevin Macleod


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    • 8 min

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