Kathryn Bruni-Young grew up in the yoga community and has been teaching for over a decade. Inspired by her own life’s journey and a passion for helping all people feel more capable and confident in their bodies, Kathryn created Mindful Strength, a method that synthesizes mindfulness, strength training, yoga, movement, mobility, and body acceptance, to inform a well-rounded, embodied practice. This podcast is dedicated to sharing knowledge and fostering curiosity. Kathryn's conversations with unique and inspiring guests explore the ever evolving narratives that are yoga, movement and health. Join us!
jamilah malika: Towards an Embodied Understanding of Power
Kathryn welcomes jamilah malika back on the podcast to expand the discussion of anti-racism and anti-oppression in the movement world. jamilah provides a clear framework for unpacking power in an embodied way and how that may be more accessible to people than dialogues about privilege. The conversation weaves together important threads of trauma-aware teaching, space management strategies, and theories of accessibility that will help guide your practice towards greater social change.
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela: Race, Feminism and the Origins of Fitness in America
Natalia is a historian and university professor at the New School in New York; her research focuses on the origins of fitness in North America. In this episode, Natalia reveals how fitness emerged at the turn of the century from “exercise as performance” circuits and how they were tied to white supremacy, eugenics, and racism. She offers a critical look at how physical activity has emerged as a priority within North American culture, and yet there are many socio-economic barriers to accessing fitness.
Kevin O’Connor: Fascia Science and Embodied Anatomies
Kathryn and Kevin examine what is known about fascia and how much is still unknown (and in disagreement) within the scientific community. Kevin shares unique insights from his doctoral research and movement studies within his Dance Lab at the University of California, including how anatomy knowledge is shaped by the tools used to research or dissect a body. He goes on to show how different anatomies can impact how we feel our body moves.
Carly Stong: Genuine Accessible Movement in Online Spaces
Kathryn welcomes Carly Stong back to talk in greater depth about accessible movement. Carly highlights how accessibility in movement can become a buzzword and co-opted to attract audiences. She shares insights on how studios can genuinely create accessible spaces through resources, education, setting clear expectations, and descriptions of what classes are like. They discuss how accessible movement has transitioned into the online world, including the barriers virtual practice eliminates and may create.
Dr. Rima Thapar: Power, Authority, and Self-Advocacy in Health Education.
Kathryn and Dr. Rima Thapar engage in a multilayered conversation on holistic healthcare, patient self-advocacy in the medical system, as well as the ways in which spiritual bypassing shows up in the wellness world. Rima shares her own personal story as a physician and a patient navigating authority in healthcare settings. Kathryn and Rima also unpack systemic racism plays out in treatment decisions and the delivery of one-size-fits-all medical care.
Laura Baehr: Pain science and the core
Kathryn welcomes physiotherapist and rehabilitation science researcher Laura Baerh on the podcast to talk about movement as expression, pain science, and the biopsychosocial model. Laura explains the importance of expectations and language, as well as other socio-structural factors that may cause or aggravate a person’s pain experience - beyond the biomedical model. They also discuss the idea of the “core” and the central nervous system’s role in assessing “core” functionality.
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Excellent info, easily digestible content
Every podcast episode is fabulous. Well thought out, well designed, with excellent guest interviews time after time. Engaging, interesting, and in many ways, life changing! Highly recommend for just about anyone.
I love this podcast'
Kathryn is very knowledgeable and personable at the same time.
She picks interesting topics and interesting guests for her show.
I find myself always checking her newest podcasts so I. An learn more.
I especially loved the podcast she did with Kylesharing the way you technical aspects of filming videos and putting them online.
I would love to listen to more podcasts on that topic because there is s so much to learn about creating and hosting a good quality membership and online course.
A great resource!
Every time I listen to Kathryn’s podcast I learn something new. I appreciate the way she integrates such a wide range of topics as well important conversations going on in yoga rooms and beyond. Kathryn draws us in to her sphere of curiosity and takes us on a listening journey rather than simply sharing her knowledge or talking at us. She is a curious, positive and insightful voice in the field of yoga and movement.