Pro Mountain Biker, Plant-Based Athlete, and World Endurance Champion, Sonya Looney interviews inspiring leaders about vegan & plant-based nutrition, cycling and endurance training, mountain bike tips, sports psychology, adventure travel, mindset, personal development, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself. Find out more at: www.sonyalooney.com
My Return to Racing, 4WD Mode, and Traveling with 2 Kids
My return to mountain bike racing after having kids has been so much fun! It's also had its fair share of challenges.
I sat down with my husband, Matt to talk about what it's been like going from 1 to 2 children, traveling and racing with 2 small children, and the lessons we have learned along the way. We talked about expectations, how pre-race routines and rituals are now different (and messy), and what we are learning to make traveling with kids a little bit easier.
We also recapped my High Cascades 100 race (my first race back after kids) as well as the Emerald Mountain Epic. And now? I'm prepping for Breck Epic. It'll be my third time racing it although it's been 9 years since my last Breck Epic experience (and win!).
How to be More Happy and Optimistic with Dr. Sasha Heinz
Dr. Sasha Heinz is a developmental psychologist turned mindset coach. She has her own private coaching practice grounded in psychological science. Dr. Heinz teaches the tools to change lives for good, develop mental fitness and transcend stress, anxiety, and self-criticism. She teaches her clients the science of unstuck.
She was one of the first 33 people in history to receive a degree in Positive Psychology. She received her BA from Harvard, Master’s in Applied Psychology from University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia.
In this week’s podcast, Sonya and Dr. Heinz talk positive psychology, self-help, sitting with negative emotions, coaching vs. therapy and more.
The danger with self-help Self distancing PERMA model How to sit in your negative emotions Psychologically rich Coaching v therapy The STEAR map tool
Climate Change Solutions with Dr. Jonathan Foley
Dr. Jonathan Foley is a world-renowned environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author and public speaker, and the executive director of Drawdown. Drawdown’s mission is to help the world reach the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to decline as quickly, safely and equitably as possible.
Dr. Foley’s work focused on understanding the changing planet and finding solutions to sustain climate, ecosystems, and natural resources. He has been a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, NGOs, and business leaders globally. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles and, in 2014, was named a Highly Cited Researcher in ecology and environmental science.
He has also presented at the Aspen Institute, the World Bank, the National Geographic Society and more. He’s taught at major universities on climate change, global sustainability solutions, the food system and other major world challenges.
Dr. Foley has won numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, awarded by President Clinton; the J.S. McDonnell Foundation’s 21st Century Science Award; an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship; the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America; and the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. In 2014, he was also named as the winner of the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment.
Prior to joining Drawdown, Dr. Foley launched the Climate, People, and Environment Program (CPEP) at the University of Wisconsin, founded the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), and served as the first Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies. He was the founding director of the Institute on the Environment(IonE) at the University of Minnesota, where he was also McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. And he also served as the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, the greenest and more forward-thinking science museum on the planet.
In this podcast, Sonya and Dr. Foley talk about climate solutions, food and agriculture, deforestation and how you can make a difference.
Where do greenhouse gases come from The five sectors of climate solutions How to feel empowered with climate solutions The food and agriculture sector Deforestation Methane from cows/ruminants Fertilizers Things you can do at home
Positivity and Resilience with Olympian Lea Davison
Olympian Lea Davison began mountain bike racing in 2001. Since then, she’s earned a silver medal at the 2016 World Championships, a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships, and finished 3rd overall in the 2015 World Cup series. Lea competed in the 2012 Olympic Games where she placed 11th and also in the 2016 Olympic Games where she placed 7th.
Lea’s passion is getting the next generation of females riding mountain bikes, so she co-founded Little Bellas, a mentoring program on mountain bikes for girls.
Prior to her start in mountain biking, Lea competed as a downhill ski racer.
In this week’s podcast, Lea and Sonya talked about positivity, resilience, goal setting and the importance of family. Her dream was to get a medal at the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics, but she missed making the team. Now, she talks about resilience and how to deal with that disappointment.
How she stays positive How to be Resilient Why we should remain open Mentorship collaboration Goal-setting in her races Her kit at UNBOUND inspired by Athlete Ally Importance of family
How to Read Body Language and Maximize Connection with Mark Bowden
Mark Bowden is a body language expert, keynote speaker and bestselling author of the books Winning Body Language; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; Tame the Primitive Brain; and Truth & Lies, What People are Really Thinking. He’s well known for his TedX talk “The Importance of Being Authentic” and his YouTube channel and weekly show “The Behavior Panel.”
Mark has a system of nonverbal communication called GesturePlane™ that helps audiences maximize the power of using their own body language to stand out, win trust and gain credibility.
He is also the founder of a communication training company TRUTHPLANE®, where he offers presentation skills training with live sessions or online learning.
Mark trains business and political leaders and he is the go-to media commentator on body language of politicians, celebrities and public figures for CNN, CBS, and Global News, and he is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and GQ Magazine.
In this week’s podcast, Sonya and Mark talk how to be approachable when you walk in a room, body language, charisma and more.
Curiosity Agreement vs acceptance of others How to be approachable when you walk into a room Levels of understanding someone: phatic, data, evaluation, emotion, self reflection What is charisma Truth plane vs grotesque plane How you talk with your hands impacts energy
Talking Resilience with Leadership Coach Jamie Cohen [Updated]
On this week’s podcast, Sonya sat down with Jamie Mason Cohen, a resilience and leadership development expert. A Canadian native, Certified Leadership Coach, and a work history that includes Saturday Night Live, Jamie teaches resilience, wellness, leadership and communication to organizations.
Jamie works to cultivate resilience through unique performance assessment, the science of positive psychology and leadership strategies. He uses a “Speed Analysis’ process, where each person learns how their strengths serve an organization in 60 seconds.
He is also a commentator on CNN, Forbes and the Morning Show, and is often recognized for his TEDx talk on leadership.
Sonya and Jamie talk resilience, values, drive, handwriting analysis and more.
Real conversations and great guests!
I recently stumbled on Sonya’s show and can’t get enough of bingeing on her 5 years of episodes! This is a thoughtful and energetic show that dives into relevant topics especially for athletes, moms, and anyone who gets out there and cares about performance AND wellness. Nice work Sonya! I’m psyched about what your putting out into the world.
Fantastic Podcast 🔥🔥
I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken
So much effort and heart goes into Sonya’s podcasta
So many interesting topics, even if I am not a vegan. The thought and effort that obviously goes into each is palpable. These have helped me immensely to be a better athlete and to examine how I am reacting to different situations, whether in sports or in the rest of life.