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Exploring the wisdom of the body, and the human capacity for healing, transforming and awakening to life, right here in the body, through the practices, teachings and real lives of our guests. Seeking out experts, luminaries, and everyday practitioners, who are living this truth and the health and happiness it brings. Marcela and Mat Wakeham are at the heart of the show, as a married couple and parents, learning and growing in connection with their guests and audience. The Body Knows mission is to broadcast conversations that inspire an understanding and return to a natural sense of wellbeing.

The Body Knows Podcast The Body Knows Podcast

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Exploring the wisdom of the body, and the human capacity for healing, transforming and awakening to life, right here in the body, through the practices, teachings and real lives of our guests. Seeking out experts, luminaries, and everyday practitioners, who are living this truth and the health and happiness it brings. Marcela and Mat Wakeham are at the heart of the show, as a married couple and parents, learning and growing in connection with their guests and audience. The Body Knows mission is to broadcast conversations that inspire an understanding and return to a natural sense of wellbeing.

    BONUS EP#013 | Unlocking Your Inner Wisdom | Marcela & Mat Wakeham

    BONUS EP#013 | Unlocking Your Inner Wisdom | Marcela & Mat Wakeham

    Hello Everyone, It has been a while since we have been in your ears, and it’ll be while yet until we return with a second season of the podcast.
    However we have this extra conversation we want to share with you, and it’s with us. We were interviewed on the "Be On Air" podcast from The Podcast Farm and we enjoyed it so much that we thought we would share it ourselves. It seems like the perfect mid-season break as it dives into both Mat and Marcela’s origin stories and how we began collaborating on mind-body healing, and on The Body Knows podcast together.
    In doing so we explore topics like understanding our mind-body connection and why it's important, as well as ways to ground yourself, the influence of western cultural systems, patriarchy, masculinity, self-love, as well as a couple of tips for successful podcasting and so much more.
    We’ve had a busy summer while the podcast has been on hold, running Temazcalli sweat lodges at the Good Vibrations festival together with the help of our dear friend Eddie from MangoMovement - https://www.instagram.com/mangomanmovement/ , for Marcela the Still Flowing Yoga and Somatics Teacher Training is taking place at the Yoga Garden in West Sussex. Her Cacao Spirit Initation with Maru Bibian Albor is underway and she’s cooking up new ancestral, somatic offerings with her dear friend Gemma Mallol. Mat has been building a mentoring program for men, helping to guide them towards a state of wholeness and divine masculine sexuality while continuing his bodywork training with Michelle Roberton. If you want to check any of what we are up to out the links to our personal socials are in the Instagram and Facebook bios for The Body Knows.
    Host of the "Be On Air" podcast, K-Lee Marks, brings his listeners on multidisciplinary conversations with extraordinary coaches, speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs that astonish, educate, and it was an honour to be guest on the show, which is all about using the power of your voice to amplify what you love.

    CONVERSATION OVERVIEW

    Introduction
    Mat and Marcela’s origins?
    Collaboration and beginning a journey together
    Why get into your body?
    How to ground with your body
    Western cultural system of patriarchy
    Ancestral trauma in our DNA
    The Body Knows Podcast
    Tips for other podcasters
    Group podcast coaching
    Podcast shoutouts
    Final messages


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Bonus EP#012 | Maru Albor Bibian | Cacao Spirit Initiation

    Bonus EP#012 | Maru Albor Bibian | Cacao Spirit Initiation

    Welcome to another bonus episode of The Body Knows Podcasts. These feature in-depth discussions with some wonderful individuals Marcela is working in partnership with to provide some upcoming somatic offerings. We’d like to think that no matter if you participate in the offerings or not there will be insights and wisdom in these conversation nonetheless.

    This bonus episode is very special for Marcela. She is speaking with Maru Albor Bibian, her ceremonial cacao teacher, about one of her core embodiment practices; the art of cacao ceremonies.

    Maru facilitates ancestral medicine ceremonies with Cacao and Rapé. She also provides both group and one-to-one healing sessions, as well as leading women’s circles with medicine songs and prayers, and is an energetic therapist, working with Reiki and chakra balancing too.

    Cacao ceremonies are one of the most beautiful ways to enter into deep inquiry of what is to have a body, and what is to have a soul and connect with the Great Spirit. It was actually through tapping into the wisdom of her body that Marcela awakened this ancient memory, this ancient medicine, coming from her indigenous background.

    Once this seed was awakened and begun to bloom she entered into a quest to find her initiation. In every indigenous tradition you must be initiated or have the sacred wisdom of the ancestors transmitted orally, encoded in the language. And this is how she found Maru. She gave Marcela the honour of transmitting to her the essence and life of the Tabasco Jungle where her teacher lives and tends his cacaotal. Both Maru and Marcela we were born and raised in the great city of Mexico Tenochtitlan.

    They are going to join forces to run an online initiation and transmission of the Cacao Spirit. This CACAO SPIRIT INITIATION will be four online ceremonies running – 17:00 - 21:00 GMT, Week One 10-11/07/21 and Week Two 17-18/07/21.

    We hope you enjoy this bonus episode about the art of cacao ceremonies. If you are interested in this initiation please follow this link - https://embodiedpractices.com/cacaoexperience/ Or you can always DM our socials; https://www.instagram.com/thebodyknows_podcast/ and https://www.facebook.com/thebodyknowspodcast/ or Marcela directly; https://www.instagram.com/embodied_practices/ and https://www.facebook.com/embodiedpractices/

    This is the final bonus episode Marcela has recorded about her upcoming offerings, and it's been good to use the platform as sponshorship for something near and dear to us but now it's time to rest and reflect on what's next for the podcast. We are sure our bodies will guide us in this. 

    However we’ll be releasing on more special episode soon too in collaboration with a podcasting partner, so please keep an eye on our socials for news about that. In the meantime, as ever, please share this episode with anyone you think it may be of benefit to and rate and review on Apple Podcast if it speaks to your heart. Thanks for you time listening and your on-going support of The Body Knows Podcast.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Bonus EP#011 | Still Flowing | Yoga & Somatic Training

    Bonus EP#011 | Still Flowing | Yoga & Somatic Training

    Welcome to this bonus episode to the Body Knows Podcast, which Marcela has recorded by herself between seasons.
    This bonus episode is about the upcoming Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training, and in conversation we have a former guest of the show; Gemma Mallol, founder of SFYTT, a Somatic Experiencing practitioner, Senior Yoga Teacher and Mindfulness teacher. Also Blanche Mullholand, Somatic Movement Educator, Body Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. And, Marcela Wakeham, Senior Yoga Teacher, Movement Therapist, and Experiential Anatomist. The three together are the principle teaching staff of the training, along with Neville Cregan, who delivers the history and philosophy of yoga
    The conversation touches into the core of Marcela's own somatic practice, as it is the journey of contemporary yoga teacher training in the field of somatics. And what is somatics? Well somatics is the body, the ability of the mind to be aware of the host. It is as well a guidance to follow natural patterns imprinted in cells and movement initiation from different tissues or body systems. Somatics is a returning to the natural intelligence which is vast and enriched ancestral knowledge.
    Like Emilie Conrad, one of the pioneers of somatic movement in the 60s, says: “The body can be seen as a resonation chamber in which the player of breath becomes a kind of music. The versatility of breath invites ranges of new sensations, responses – new awareness develop, new relationships are formed. The versatility of breath allows our organism to become more diverse, increasing our options to interact in new ways. Breath enlivens our internal functioning, allowing more to exist.”
    In the new ways we find ourselves living in our technological world it is so important to establish a direct contact with sensations, and to have a practice which encourages free expression, harnessing the natural development of inner wisdom.
    Yoga & somatics is a new trend that has been rapidly taking shape, and gaining popularity, but like most new trends it can have its pitfalls, and it is important find a truly qualified somatic practitioner, one who is not teaching form the head, and for that it takes years of experience, practicing the art of going in, as well as years of practice to make sense of how to teach it, paired with continuous self-actualization.
    Still flowing yoga Teacher Training was established in 2008, offering trainings internationally, a highly regarded as a pioneering program in integrating contemporary somatic insights and mindfulness with yoga. It is a 200 hour training accredited by UK Yoga Alliance and is delivered by us as experienced teachers, who are all highly respected in our field of expertise. The training will take place at The Yoga Garden in West Sussex in the U.K. A beautiful natural Centre, it is found within the 3,500 acre rewilding project that is the Knepp Estate. The training takes place in a handcraft yurt set within a wild flower meadow, accompanied by the chorus of uplifting birdsongs.
    For registration and enquiries contact blanche@somatic-alchemy.co.uk For more details about the course tutors please see our websites. Gemma Mallol http://www.stillflowingyogateachertraining.com. Blanche Mulholland https://somatic-alchemy.co.uk. Ana Marcela Wakeham https://embodiedpractices.com. 
    We hope you enjoy this bonus episode about the journey and integration of somatics into yoga teacher trainings, which goes hand by hand with the story and journey of us as teachers. We'll be doing another bonus episode next month too and as ever please share this episode with anyone you think it may be of benefit to and rate and review on Apple Podcast if it speaks to your heart.

    • 49 min
    EP#010 | Bruce Parry | A Voice From The Forest

    EP#010 | Bruce Parry | A Voice From The Forest

    This is the last episode of SE#01 of The Body Knows Podcast. Thanks to all who have listened throughout the series, to those we have met and spoken with, and who have reached out, inspired by what you have heard. This was our purpose in creating the show and makes our work worthwhile.

    Our final guest is Bruce Parry; English documentarian; indigenous rights advocate, author, explorer, and former Royal Marines commando officer. His documentary series for the BBC: Tribe, Amazon, and Arctic have shown Bruce exploring extreme environments, living with remote indigenous peoples and highlighting many of the issues on the environmental frontline. What started out as a simple desire for adventure for him developed into a profound love for humanity and nature that comes with having experienced first-hand what our way of life is doing in the world.

    He is best known for his time spent living with Indigenous Peoples, and for bringing awareness of the shamanic use of psychedelic plant medicine to the mainstream, as well as his investigations into globalisation and climate change. Bruce's latest film; “TAWAI – A Voice from the Forest, is about how humankind has shifted its connection to nature with devastating results and suggests how we might return to the egalitarian structures we lived in for 95% of our time on the planet before the agricultural revolution.

    This is a deep and wide ranging conversation taking in; awareness practices, psychedelics and shadow work, the nature of spirit and consciousness via the lenses of felt sense, indigenous wisdom, meditative awareness and scientific study and the possiblity for evolution through egalitarian revolution. We dive too into this vision for life informed by ancestral wisdom, through an innate, heart lead connection to the natural order, the peoples he has met who embody this and the importance of this in order to find something bigger than ourselves. Bruce outlines what the new cultural narratives and tools and could be in order for us to live truly grounded, and egalitarian lives beyond our Western, individualistic patriarchal power structures so that we might discover what it truly means to be fully ourselves.

    As ever if this last episode speaks to you we ask that you leave a review on Apple Podcasts, and to subscribe and share to your socials. If there’s one person you believe would benefit from the show please forward it to them. Supporting us in this way will help spread our message of the body’s innate wisdom and ability to heal. Please continue to do so in our absence and until we return later in the year.

    You can find Bruce online at https://www.bruceparry.com/ where there's more about his filmmaking, his talks and writing on pyschedelics, ecology, and power and reveloution as well as links to further interviews. There’s also an extensive, dedicated site for TAWAI with further resources, study materials and outtakes at https://www.tawai.earth/ Bruce’s social links are https://www.instagram.com/bruceparrytribe/ on Instagram, and on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXvXgseDKknhTknuuzlCtLA where, among a number of other extracts from his extensive travels is the full length TAWAI documentary.

    There is no somatic Body Knows Practice at the end of this conversation, but we have some special related materials to share on our socials later in the month. . Please follow us there if you don’t already do so Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebodyknows_podcast/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebodyknowspodcast/

    Thanks once again to you all. See you for SE#02 later in the year, and in the meantime remember to listen to the body because The Body Knows.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    EP#009 | Michelle Roberton | Tantra & Living Orgasmically

    EP#009 | Michelle Roberton | Tantra & Living Orgasmically

    This episode of The Body Knows Podcast comes with a * TRIGGER WARNING! * | 

    Our guest this month is Michelle Roberton; Tantric therapist supporting women, men and couples through releasing fears and limiting boundaries around intimacy, sensuality and exploring the true sense of being a sexual being. She is a licensed Councillor, specialised trauma therapist and body worker, certified by The Association of Somatic and Integrated Sexologists.

    Drawing on her own experience of extreme sexual abuse as a child, Michelle identifies and focuses on the disconnection and dissociation experiences of childhood sexual abuse and the developmental trauma created within the body. Michelle has shared with her work with many over the years, specialising in sexual trauma & intimacy as a tantric educator, bodyworker, trauma yoga teacher, and counsellor for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

    In 2013 she was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer, and both breasts were removed and later on reconstructed. Her passion stems from her own journey of discovering the healing medicine in the poison of her own experiences as she set it upon herself to reclaim her body, her breath, her sexuality and sensuality and express them in new, life enriching ways.

    Michelle very much believes that our mind can only take us so far into any release of body trauma and healing of our sexuality. The discovery of who we authentically are is not hidden in our thoughts but in the sensuality and home of our body. Her touch has been described by many as her gift to others, and her gentle, authentically honest & calming approach, a comforting breath of fresh air. 

    MICHELLE'S LINKS | 

    You can find Michelle online via her website; https://michelleroberton.com/ where she has many services and offerings available, both in person and online including courses, workshops and meditations. She’s also on YouTube as Michelle Roberton - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgK6XLb00lxIO22FWFR9WkQ/featured and Instagram as Michelle K Roberton - https://www.instagram.com/michellekroberton/ and has her own podcast, entitled Brighton Talks Sex - https://brightontalkssex.com/podcasts-blog/ . All full of clear, resonant, somatic teachings on how we might live an orgasmic life. Her book ‘Stepping Stones to You; A Journey of Body Love’, is available on Amazon also - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stepping-Stones-You-Journey-Body-ebook/dp/B07HVXSRL2 

    LISTENER SHOUT-OUT | 

    Our listener shout-out is a bit different this month as we’d like to show our gratitude to two special people, Ashley Whiting - http://ashwhiting.com/ and Orlando Cubbit - http://www.orlandocubitt.com/ , who respectively have both generously supported with audio mastering and video editing out of the goodness of their own hearts. We are both so grateful for your kindness and for the work, and above all for your friendship. 

    SUPPORT US | 

    As ever if this episode speaks to you we ask that you leave a review on Apple Podcasts, and subscribe and share to your socials. If there’s one person you believe would benefit from the show please forward it to them. Supporting us in this way will help spread our message of the body’s innate wisdom and ability to heal. 

    THE BODY KNOWS PRACTICE |

    This month’s somatic Body Knows Practice is at the end of the conversation, and is offered so that if time and circumstance permit you sit with it to orient yourselves to the felt- sense of the conversation and integrate it into your body-mind-system.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    EP#008 | Gemma Mallol | Still Flowing; Yoga, Mindfulness & Somatics

    EP#008 | Gemma Mallol | Still Flowing; Yoga, Mindfulness & Somatics

    This month we’re speaking with, Gemma Mallol the originating founder and creator of Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training. She is a senior yoga and mindfulness teacher, a somatic experiencing practitioner, and body orientated trauma therapist.

    What she offers in her teaching is in-depth somatic therapeutic experiences and process through Buddhist insight meditation, embodied journeying and movement practice in and with nature that cultivate resource and regulation in the mind-body-system.

    This conversation takes place at turning point, which its self is one of many, in the history of the teacher training - on which Marcela teaches Embodied anatomy & Physiology of movement - and we took this as an opportunity to tell Gemma’s story, and that of Still Flowing, as they map much of the evolution of yoga in the West from the late 90s onwards.

    Her teaching has many influences, Somatic and Scaravelli Inspired Yoga, Buddhist Mindfulness & Eco Dharma, and body oriented somatic therapy, movement and creative process, yet the roots of her own practice go back further; through the rise to mainstream popularity of Ashtanga in the 90s, mindfulness and Vinyasa-Flow in the 00s, and the trauma informed somatic methods of today, being there amid the birth of each of these emerging waves of health and wellbeing.

    Throughout them all, Gemma’s core interest has been understanding and connecting with existence, and this has been the focus of her 20 plus years of practice and teaching, and that is an enquiry has taken place through her body. We cover much of this in the conversation - and more too - taking in these personal, cultural and also hereditary factors and traditions that have informed Gemma, and Still Flowing, but which have never defined or held her in.

    You can find Gemma on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stillflowing/and her website address is http://www.stillflowingyogateachertraining.com/ where there are links to Gemma’s Zoom classes, courses and one to ones. If you want to know more about Still Flowing Teacher Training at its new home at The Yoga Garden in West Sussex, on the Knepp rewilidng Estate you can also go https://www.the-yoga-garden.co.uk/200hr-teacher-training where there’s information about the taster workshop taking place in March and the training is scheduled from June 30th 2021 to April 11th 2022.

    As with last month’s show we begin with a somatic practice, so we recommend that if time and circumstance permit that you sit with the practice to orient yourselves to the felt- sense ahead of listening.

    This month’s listener shout-out goes to Phil Greenfield. Phil is a body-worker of 20+ years, and educator, athlete and author of the amazing book ‘Unraveling - Letting Go, Getting In.’ We connected with Phil on a Buddhist meditation group - where we had shared EP007 of the podcast with Ajahn Sucitto - and where we had both commented with mindful embodiment tools for anxiety in response to a post. It speaks volumes to Phil that he was there sharing his wisdom freely and openly. You can find him on Instagram as https://www.instagram.com/philgreenfield/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/phil.greenfield.3 for his personal account, and https://www.facebook.com/CoreAlignmentBodywork where he has links to his book and his contact details. The book website is https://www.theunravellingbook.com/ too.

    As ever if this episode speaks to you we ask that you leave a review on Apple Podcasts, and subscribe and share to your socials. If there’s one person you believe would benefit from the show please forward it to them. Supporting us in this way will help spread our message of the body’s innate wisdom and ability to heal.

    • 1 hr 33 min

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Mat has been a big inspiration and a kind friend. Him and his wife have extensive knowledge regarding the mind/body connection...how we can use it to ground and heal ourselves. They’re experts in my eyes. Lots to be learned from listening to this material. Cannot recommend enough!

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Wonderful spiritual pod!

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