Multidisciplinary movement, therapy, and contemplative practices for modern life.
Ep 034: The Connective | Building a Teacher Owned Cooperative from the Ground Up
The Connective is cooperatively owned and powered by teachers. We provide a sustainable livelihood for yoga and movement professionals and raise industry standards for quality, diversity, anti-racism, and accessibility. We offer students an online space to explore movement, build community, and discover new potential.
Our vision at The Connective is to ensure movement professionals have the tools to thrive, and make the practices of yoga, movement and fitness accessible to traditionally underserved and marginalized communities.
On this episode I spoke with fellow founding members Tonie Warner, Markella Los, Sangeeta Vallabhan, and Liz Buehler Walker about what it means to create a cooperative business structure from the ground up, and our visions for the future.
Find us on Instagram @theconnectivestudio, and practice with our teacher-owners on The Connective Platform.
We’re currently raising money for three endeavors to grow our business and expand our impact: Teacher Support + Advancement, Technology, and Community Programming. Please help support our mission by making a one time donation or a monthly contribution via our Patreon page.
Ep 033: Avita Bansee | Politics and Anti-racism in Pre- and Postnatal Yoga
Avita Bansee is a yoga teacher specializing in pre- and postnatal. The birth of her children and continued study in yoga philosophy, anatomy, pranayama and biomechanics inform her teaching and self-practice. Avita's group classes are centered on breath, strength and active rest while maintaining a sense of playfulness. Her work for the last seven years includes training private clients, aiding them with pain management, birth recovery or general well being through yoga and exercise.
In addition to teaching yoga, Avita has a Masters in Political Science from the New School of Social Research and is a passionate advocate of social justice, feminism and anti-racist activism within and beyond the wellness industry.
You can find out more about Avita and her work at avitayoga.com and on Instagram @yogawithavita. Check out her September workshop with Eleni and Liz on The Connective, Earth, Fire, Water. And find out more about her collaboration with Tejal Yoga and Social Justice at tejalyoga.com
The book Avita referenced, What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg can be found here.
Ep 032: Jenn Pilotti | Bodyweight Training & Awareness
Jenn Pilotti is a movement educator and personal trainer and has studied a variety of techniques, including strength and conditioning, yoga, Feldenkrais, bodyweight conditioning, MovNat, and dance/somatics. She has a B.S. in exercise with an emphasis in physiology from UC Davis, a M.S. in human movement from A.T. Still University and has taken a variety of courses and workshops in neuromuscular techniques and psychology.
For the last eighteen years, she has worked with people of a wide range of ages and abilities in a one-on-one setting. She is the author of the book, "Body, Mind, Movement: an evidence based approach to mindful movement."
Find out more about Jenn's work at jennpilotti.com follow her on Instagram @jenn_pilotti and check out her new book by clicking here.
Ep 031: Isidora Romantini | Seeing the Whole Person
Isidora is a Registered Massage Therapist, provider of Medical Contemporary Acupuncture, yoga and Pilates teacher based out of Toronto. She holds additional certifications in FRC and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. Her yoga teacher training program which we discuss in this episode and other educational offerings are through Modern Yoga Method. We’re cross pollinating podcasts with this interview as Isidora recently interviewed me on her podcast, Bent Over Wellness.
Find out more about Isidora and her work at modernyogamethod.com and on Instagram @isidora_romantini
Ep 030: Anietie Ukpe-Wallace | Body Literacy, Self-Care, and Pelvic Health
Anietie Ukpe-Wallace, also known as Tia, has had a life-long fascination with the human body and its inner workings. Beginning with a formal introduction to movement in college, she has continued that journey ever since. As a yoga teacher of 8 years in the Bay Area, CA, her practice morphed from one of structure and ego to one of humility and independent thinking. After her own struggles surrounding her pelvic floor, she has grown a love for learning and understanding this part of the body that is rarely talked about and sometimes even misunderstood.
Being a mom has also introduced her to the necessary world of self care. She is extremely passionate on the topic of self care being accessible and attainable to all and she has developed The Masterful Art of Self-Care’s 4 tenets: nutritional health, physical health/movement, mental health and pelvic floor/sexual health as being key components to everyone’s self care.
She recently graduated with a Doctorate degree in physical therapy in August 2019 and practices as an orthopedic and pelvic health physical therapist in Oakland, CA. She is a practicing Women’s Health Coach through the Integrative Women’s Health Institute and is also the host of her podcast, The Masterful Art of Self-Care.
Find out more about Anietie on IG @selfcarephysio and themasterfulartofselfcare.com
Ep 029: Nikki Naab-Levy | Bringing Your Teaching Biz Online
I sat down with Nikki to hear her thoughts on short and long term strategies for yoga and fitness teachers in a pandemic.
Nikki Naab-Levy PMA®-CPT is a Pilates teacher, licensed massage therapist, and certified functional strength coach with over a decade of experience helping clients build strength and overcome injury.
She holds B.S. in Exercise Science and B.S. in Magazine Journalism from Ohio University. Her fitness wisdom has been featured in Girls Gone Strong, The Seattle Times, and Men’s Fitness. She is a Master Trainer for the Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System and has presented for national conferences and educational organizations included Fusion Pilates Edu and the Pilates Method Alliance.
When she's not teaching a sneaky hard Pilates class, you can find her using her journalism experience to help movement teachers find creative and effective ways to market their workshops, classes, and online programs.
Find out more about Nikki at naablevy.com and follow her business page on Instagram @psbuymyshit
Caitlin always brings interesting and new insights when it comes to discussing the body, mind and spirit. And always from a knowledgeable and or inquisitive side. Her guests are just as demanding when it comes to facts and have great opinions that you may not have heard before. Highly recommended.
Caitlin is thoughtful, great at listening and lovely to listen to. 🙏🏽
Relevant, Necessary, Conversational
This podcast is very thoughtful, intelligent, and all about exploration and understanding what it’s like to be human. Caitlin is a movement teacher and becoming a doctor of physical therapy - which is where her lens (and her curiosity) begin. Enjoy!!!