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The Science and Soul of Living Well is a podcast hosted by clinical psychologist, educator, trauma-informed mindfulness, meditation and yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic doula, Dr. Melissa Ming Foynes. Melissa and her guests dive deeply into ways to integrate evidence-based information from psychological science and complementary and alternative medicine into our daily lives so that we can cultivate resilience and live with more meaning, purpose and alignment with our values in all life domains (e.g., relationships, parenting, career, physical, mental, and sexual health and well-being, spirituality, identity) even in the most stressful and darkest of times.

The Science and Soul of Living Well Dr. Melissa Ming Foynes

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

The Science and Soul of Living Well is a podcast hosted by clinical psychologist, educator, trauma-informed mindfulness, meditation and yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic doula, Dr. Melissa Ming Foynes. Melissa and her guests dive deeply into ways to integrate evidence-based information from psychological science and complementary and alternative medicine into our daily lives so that we can cultivate resilience and live with more meaning, purpose and alignment with our values in all life domains (e.g., relationships, parenting, career, physical, mental, and sexual health and well-being, spirituality, identity) even in the most stressful and darkest of times.

    Ayurvedic care that promotes holistic healing in postpartum and beyond

    Ayurvedic care that promotes holistic healing in postpartum and beyond

    In today's episode, I speak with Ameya Duprey (@ShaktiCare), board certified Ayurvedic practitioner, massage therapist and Ayurvedic postpartum doula about 5 key pillars of Ayurvedic wisdom ("eat, heat, sleep, love, and repeat") that can guide postpartum care that truly nurtures the birthing parent in the immediate aftermath of birth and for many years beyond.


    Ayurveda is a rich and complex holistic preventative medicine system originating in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda can promote recalibration in times of stress, transition, and imbalance, and there are specific recommendations and healing modalities that can be particularly beneficial in the postpartum period, regardless of how the birth unfolded and the birth parent's unique mental and physical constitution prior to pregnancy. Ayurvedic postpartum care is well beyond the scope of one episode, so we hone in on some concrete takeaways you can share with others and implement in your own life.


    Ameya has been helping postpartum mothers fully heal from birth for over a decade. Her works include her published postpartum cookbook Mama’s Menu: Ayurvedic Recipes for Postpartum Healing, her signature postpartum recovery program Fully Healed Mama, and her postpartum care blog, ShaktiCare.com


    Check out Ameya's FREE masterclass How To Fully Heal From Birth Without Feeling Stressed & Exhausted at https://shakticare.com/heal. To learn more about Ameya or to connect with her further, visit her website, full of resources include a rich and comprehensive blog: https://shakticare.com


    Additional Resources & Information



    If you're interested in personalized support that integrates Ayurveda in addition to other tools from evidence-based psychology and ancient wisdom traditions, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit is right, apply today to join the waitlist for 2022: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program





    If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, feel free to email me at 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series





    Check out the free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" (https://melissafoynes.com/perfectionistic-tendencies) and the accompanying 3-part perfectionism series on the podcast (Episodes 28, 29, and 30).





    Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and thriving with the support of Ayurveda and its many practices.




    Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Learning about yourself through the lens of Ayurveda

    Learning about yourself through the lens of Ayurveda

    In today's episode, I share some pearls of wisdom from Ayurveda, a rich and complex holistic preventative medicine system originating in India over 5,000 years ago. One translation of the word "Ayurveda" means "the science of life."


    Ayurveda can deepen your understanding of your unique mental and physical constitution in ways that can help you cultivate and craft your life in ways that promotes recalibration in times of stress, transition, and imbalance. Ayurvedic healing modalities include food, nutrition, and spices, specific physical activities, addressing thought patterns and actions, lifestyle practices, pranayama (breathwork), meditation, bodywork (e.g., abhyanga (warm oil massage), marma therapy), detoxification practices, daily and seasonal rituals and routines, and more. This body of wisdom is well beyond the scope of one episode, so today's focus will be on a few key nuggets.


    In addition to sharing more about what Ayurveda is and what personally drew me to Ayurveda, I share some key Ayurvedic principles (e.g., various Ayurvedic modalities, 5 elements, tridoshic theory, impacts of daily and seasonal rhythms) and offer some tips for self-study that can help you learn more about yourself through the lens of Ayurveda. I also describe examples of specific pranayama (breath work) and meditation practices that from an Ayurvedic practice can bring you more into balance depending on what is happening for you mentally, physically, seasonally, etc.


    Additional Resources & Information



    If you're interested in personalized support that integrates Ayurveda in addition to other tools from evidence-based psychology and ancient wisdom traditions, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit is right, apply today for one of my final 2 spots for 2021: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program





    If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, feel free to email me at 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series





    Check out the free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" (https://melissafoynes.com/perfectionistic-tendencies) and the accompanying 3-part perfectionism series on the podcast (Episodes 28, 29, and 30).





    Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and thriving with the support of Ayurveda and its many practices.




    Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Setting and Maintaining Boundaries as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    Setting and Maintaining Boundaries as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    In today's episode, I briefly review what "high sensitivity" means. I also discuss different kinds of boundaries and containers that can help you thrive as an HSP. I also share examples of common barriers that many HSPs face in cultivating lifestyles that support boundaries and containers. I also offer some concrete tips and actionable strategies for for setting and maintaining boundaries as an HSP, including 1) ways to stay balanced in your life and consistently implement meaningful self-care practices that keep high sensitivity in mind, 2) ways to regularly tune into your inner landscape of thoughts, emotions, and sensations, 3) ways to use your inner awareness to identify what you need/want in terms of boundaries/containers, 4) ways to articulate and skillfully communicate to others what you need/want when it comes to boundaries/containers.


    Additional Resources & Information



    Because HSPs are so attuned to the external environment and tend to be highly conscientious, they can at times struggle with perfectionism. If this sounds like you, download free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" (https://melissafoynes.com/perfectionistic-tendencies) and check-out the accompanying 3-part perfectionism series on the podcast (Episodes 28, 29, and 30).





    If you're interested in personalized support in understanding and navigating high sensitivity in a compassionate way that nourishes your unique needs and strengths, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit is right, apply today for one of my final 2 spots for 2021: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program





    If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, feel free to email me at 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series





    Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and thriving as a highly sensitive person.




    Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Recovering from criticism as a highly sensitive person (HSP)

    Recovering from criticism as a highly sensitive person (HSP)

    In today's episode, I describe the trait of high sensitivity and share some key research that is helpful in understanding high sensitivity. I also discuss how cultural values, families of origin, life experiences and relationships shape our perceptions of high sensitivity. The judgment and criticism that highly sensitive people (HSPs) often face from others can result in an internalization of these harmful messages and profound self-judgment. Because this self-judgment can really erode self-esteem as an HSP, I share several examples of concrete ways we can both individually and collectively work on reframing how we think, talk about, and treat high sensitivity. I conclude by sharing key principles and actionable steps for facilitating your recovery from criticism and invalidation as an HSP.


    Additional Resources & Information



    Because HSPs are so attuned to the external environment and tend to be highly conscientious, they can at times struggle with perfectionism. If this sounds like you, download free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" (https://melissafoynes.com/perfectionistic-tendencies) and check-out the accompanying 3-part perfectionism series on the podcast (Episodes 28, 29, and 30).





    If you're interested in personalized support in understanding and navigating high sensitivity in a compassionate way that nourishes your unique needs and strengths, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit is right, apply today for one of my final 2 spots for 2021: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program





    If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, feel free to email me at 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series





    Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and thriving as a highly sensitive person.




    Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Breaking the cycles of perfectionism

    Breaking the cycles of perfectionism

    In today's episode, I focus on actionable ways that you can break the cycle of perfectionism and shift perfectionistic tendencies. I highlight various principles that I think are important to keep in mind as you go on this journey, as well as some helpful strategies and tips that I have found to be useful in addressing perfectionism in my own life and in the lives of the clients with whom I work. I start off by sharing a definition of perfectionism derived from decades of research, and then discuss the importance of identifying what motivates you, on a personal level, to let go of perfectionism. We'll then talk about how to draw from any fears and hopes that underlie your perfectionistic tendencies to affirm your process of letting go of perfectionism and help you stay motivated, as well as help you flip the script on any harmful narratives about perfectionism and your worth. I'll also talk about ways to practice imperfection in a way that is accessible and can be easily integrated into a busy lifestyle, and share some ideas for learning ways to practice admiring and celebrating imperfection. I also share tools and strategies for shifting your relationship to mistakes. I close by talking about both self-compassion and self-forgiveness and ways to practice both in your life. I'll also highlight the reasons that the practices of both self-compassion and self-forgiveness are so essential to letting go of perfectionism. I loved doing this whole series and hope you tune into the final part of it! 


    Additional Resources & Information



    Download the free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" that accompanies this 3-part perfectionism series: https://melissafoynes.com/perfectionistic-tendencies





    If you're interested in personalized support in understanding and breaking through patterns of perfectionism, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit is right, apply today for one of my final 2 spots for 2021: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program





    If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, feel free to email me at 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series





    Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and addressing perfectionistic tendencies.




    Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Signs of perfectionism: A guided self-assessment

    Signs of perfectionism: A guided self-assessment

    This week's episode is the second episode in a three-part series on perfectionism. This episode is intended to give you an opportunity to dive more deeply into different domains of your life (e.g., physical appearance, physical fitness, profession, hobbies/vocation, parenting/mentorship, relationships, sexual life, physical environment, vulnerability, relationship to time and space, relationship to success, self-worth/beliefs) and to thoughtfully and non-judgmentally consider some of your tendencies and ways in which they may rise to the level of perfectionism, even if in subtle ways. Reflecting on perfectionistic patterns and ways they both do and don’t serve you helps you live more intentionally. With this increased awareness and insight, you then have the power to make changes in any areas of your life in which perfectionistic tendencies no longer serve you. Don't forget to tune into the third and final part of this series for some concrete strategies on breaking through cycles of perfectionism.


    Additional Resources & Information



    Download the free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" that accompanies this 3-part perfectionism series: https://melissafoynes.com/perfectionistic-tendencies





    If you're interested in personalized support in understanding and breaking through patterns of perfectionism, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit feels right, apply today for one of my final 2 spots for 2021: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program





    If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, please feel free to email me at 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series





    Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and addressing perfectionistic tendencies.




    Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Kris Hillberg ,

Incredible Guest and Lovely Host

Melissa is a magical human with so much knowledge to share with the world. I loved having her on my show and just as much enjoyed being a guest on hers. She is a woman who brings light and love into the world and blesses those who come in contact with her. Thankful we crossed paths.

kaylad&polly ,

Melissa's podcast means having support and reflection tools in my pocket

Wow. So many times I have looked to Melissa podcast and library of amazing episodes for support, insight, guidance. Melissa is a wam voice, a friendly and supportive hand on my back, a podcast that provides a hug emotionally. I have concluded each episode feeling lighter, more emotionally in-touch, freer in my body, and more compassionate in my heart and mind. Melissa helps remember that event the toughest emotions sometimes have something to teach us. She is exemplifies the idea that self-awareness, self growth, are great and radical acts of service that we can do for our selves, others who we love, and the broader collective of our world. Melissa, from my heart, thank you. This is a gem and you have so generously offered your heart, mind, spirit, and expertise in a way that I and so many appreciate.

jac cart ,

Deep & Thoughtful

Dr. Foynes brings around a wide range of people as her guests and deep dives into powerful conversations with each of them. She is an excellent listener and I really love her thoughtful responses that she reflects back to what people say. She brings so much love and information to each podcast and is so generous with her gift of knowledge and she shares that so beautifully and freely with us in the podcast.

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