Our health begins with our thoughts. Without healthy thought processes, it’s hard to ever enjoy or make meaning out of what we achieve in our lives. So let’s talk mind over matter - resilience, championing our inner selves, and personal growth. *Special thank-you to the DukeofEd Canada, Canada Corps and the Government of Canada for funding and sponsoring this non-profit passion project. Visit my website: thewellevated.com
Intentional Living & Navigating Friendships
Welcome back! Let's talk about SLOW & INTENTIONAL LIVING.
Akta is a former dentist and currently a youtuber & a full time creator who loves to spend her time writing, doing art, yoga, sipping on tea, watching FRIENDS and sometimes doing nothing at all - which is highly underrated. For most of her life, Akta was an overthinker and productivity addict which made it difficult to figure out what she really wanted in life. In this episode we’re talking about Akta’s story, philosophy behind slow and intentional living, how you can incorporate it into your life – and a little bit of a caveat, which was my favourite part – navigating changes in friendships in this thing we call life.
How to find Akta:
@aktavibes on Instagram, Youtube & Twitter
Akta's Website: https://www.aktavibes.com/
Move the Body, Heal the Mind with Dr. Jennifer Heisz
Welcome back to another episode!
Today, we have a special guest. Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz is an expert in brain health. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and directs the NeuroFit Lab, which has attracted over $1 million to support her research program on the effects of exercise for brain health. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (McMaster) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brain Health and Aging at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital (Toronto). Dr. Heisz's research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Many honors and awards recognize Dr. Heisz for her outstanding contributions to research including the Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario, the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, and the Canada Research Chair in brain health and aging.
In this episode we discuss:
- The connection between movement, brain health, and mental health
- How you can begin to move your body to heal your mind
- Benefits of movement for sleep, creativity and overall health
- How you can incorporate movement in your busy schedule
Dr. Heisz's website: https://www.jenniferheisz.com/
Dr. Heisz's book (Amazon): https://www.amazon.ca/Move-Body-Heal-Mind-Depression/dp/0358573408
Also available on Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/move-the-body-heal-the/9780358573401-item.html
How to Move Past Self-Limiting Beliefs & Build Confidence with Shawn Heshmatpour
Welcome back to a new episode!
Today we're sitting down with life coach and podcaster, Shawn Heshmatpour. Shawn teaches cognitive mastery and emotional ownership so that people can learn to create deep and powerful connections with people in their lives, confidently and unapologetically. From being shy and awkward to outgoing and fearless at social gatherings, dates, and in his own personal decision making, he now guides people one-on-one to discover who they are with no limits. There is nothing more desirable to Shawn than transforming people’s lives. Shawn is currently living in Massachusetts and seeing where life takes him next.
How to get in touch with Shawn:
See reference picture on my instagram: @thewellevated
How to Take Control Back in your Life with Kathryn White
Today, on the podcast, we have Kathryn White.
Kathryn White is a life-long learner and teacher. She has spent her career deep in her own education as well as educating others. She was a public-school teacher for almost 20 years until her world changed overnight with a cancer diagnosis. Not one to shy away from adversity, Kathryn rose to the challenge and spent all of 2015 embracing her diagnosis and believing that she could be healthy again, and she is! As part of her own recovery and reclaiming of her health and her life, Kathryn dug deep into learning about the impact of nutrition on health, becoming a registered 500-hour yoga teacher to heal her soul, and starting her own business to share what she has learned with others. In 2021, Kathryn received her certification as a Holistic Cancer Coach. She continues to be a teacher in the capacity of a Cancer Support Coach for others who are living with cancer and looking to not just survive in life, but to thrive in life. She has been married to her best friend John for 25 years and is the proud mother of two adult sons, Jackson and Joshua.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Kathryn's cancer diagnosis journey & how she took the control back in her life
- Kathryn's 3 tips to help you regain control in your life
- All things diet, nutrition, mindset & holistic health
Kathryn's website: https://www.kathrynwhite.coach/
The Science of Spirituality, Mindfulness & Connection with Dr. Mitchell Abrams (MD)
Welcome back to Season 2 of the podcast!
On today's episode we have Dr. Mitchell Abrams. Dr. Abrams is a Canadian Radiologist, keynote speaker, teacher and founder of NexGenHealth Ltd. Abrams completed his medical degree and radiology specialty from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, holds a subspecialty in Magnetic Resonance Imaging from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Abrams is an Associate Professor at Michael G. Degroote School of Medical Sciences and was Department Chair of Diagnostic Imaging at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
Early in his radiology career, Dr. Abrams was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, a disease that can lead to sudden cardiac death in seemingly fit and healthy young people. He required open heart surgery in order to prevent the worst-case scenario. Through his various roles as a patient, physician and department chair, he experienced the inner workings of our healthcare system first hand, and became acutely aware of the limitations and gaps in our current western model of care. This realization became a passion and drove him down a path of research and experiential learning with experts around the globe, looking at different approaches to healing. In particular, Dr. Mitch’s background in radiology and his understanding of physics, supported a deep investigation into the nature of who we truly are and how we thrive. The intersection between his life in science and this powerful experience with healing, provided the foundation of what his life-mission has become - to support and promote a more holistic model of healthcare. As part of his mission, Dr. Mitch initiated a social enterprise called NexGenHealth to bring forth a new paradigm in self-care, patient care, and community wellness.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Dr. Abrams' life story
- The intersection between science and spirituality
- Why meditation is a powerful tool for connection with self and others
- Why mindfulness is even more important now than ever
Get in touch with Dr. Mitchell Abrams:
Zoom meditation sessions Mon-Fri at 6pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89113664876
12 | reflecting on 2021: taking risks, grief & joy
Welcome back to our final episode of the season!
We are taking a moment to reflect on the past year, the last season of episodes & guests and I'm so happy to have you along on this journey. If there has been an episode that you have liked this season, please DM me on instagram or send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to know!
In this episode we talk about:
Some of my favourite guests from this season
3 lessons I've learned in 2021
Where to go from here
New season begins in February. Thanks everyone, for all your love & support. x