110 episodes

Join Sara Avant Stover, author, Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner, and pioneering teacher of women’s yoga, meditation, and spirituality for the past two decades, as she shares dharma talks and conversations with leaders and luminaries about a more feminine path to psycho-spiritual wholeness.

Born out of Sara’s own desire to hear Dharma talks (which are what the Buddhist tradition calls wisdom teachings) through the distinct lens–and voice–of the Sacred Feminine, this podcast highlights three of the core values we must embrace on the feminine spiritual journey (and which we all need more of at this time in history): truth, love, and beauty.

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Truth, Love & Beauty Sara Avant Stover

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

Join Sara Avant Stover, author, Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner, and pioneering teacher of women’s yoga, meditation, and spirituality for the past two decades, as she shares dharma talks and conversations with leaders and luminaries about a more feminine path to psycho-spiritual wholeness.

Born out of Sara’s own desire to hear Dharma talks (which are what the Buddhist tradition calls wisdom teachings) through the distinct lens–and voice–of the Sacred Feminine, this podcast highlights three of the core values we must embrace on the feminine spiritual journey (and which we all need more of at this time in history): truth, love, and beauty.

Welcome home. We’re glad you’re here.

    110 | Women's Yoga Teacher Training Alumnae Stories: Reise & Kathleen

    110 | Women's Yoga Teacher Training Alumnae Stories: Reise & Kathleen

    Today I’m doing something I haven’t done before here on the podcast: inviting a couple of women from our community for a conversation.

    Today you’ll here from Kathleen Browning and Reise Eiseman-Sanchez Tanner. Both of these women are alumna from last year’s 200-hour women’s Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training, which was the first time I offered this program both online and in the 200-hour format.

    Enjoy!

    Women's Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training: www.womensyogateachertraining.com

    Sara's website: www.saraavantstover.com

    Sara's newsletter: www.saraavantstover.com/#newsletter

    Sara on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saraavantstover

    Sara on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saraavantstoverauthor

    • 30 min
    109 | Preparing for & Making Sense of Menopause (for Women of All Ages) with Susan Willson

    109 | Preparing for & Making Sense of Menopause (for Women of All Ages) with Susan Willson

    Some of us have experienced it. Some of us are getting closer. For others, it still seems way out in the distance.

    Menopause. It's time for us all to have a deeper conversation about it.

    To guide us into this, I’ve invited Susan Willson, a Certified Nurse Midwife with 45 years of experience guiding all phases of women's health.

    Her new book Making Sense of Menopause: Harnessing the Power and Potency of your Wisdom years helps us to positively reframe this powerful time of our lives.

    Please note– this is not just a book or a conversation for women in or past menopause. It’s for women of ALL ages. The more we get in touch with the season of life we’re in, the more gracefully we will be able to navigate the biggest transition we’ll face before our deaths– that of menopause.

    Susan and I discuss why the cultural narrative about menopause being something we need to “fix” is so dangerous, how this time in a woman’s life is a real crossroads, why understanding early transitions in our lives as women will better help us navigate menopause, the (huge!) role stress plays in all of this, mid-life course corrections, and the archetype of the wise woman.

    It’s a rich conversation that I hope will illuminate some new things for you about your own journey and the arc of a woman’s life at large. Enjoy!

    Susan's website: www.makingsenseofmenopause.com

    Abortion Healing Kit: www.womensyogateachertraining.com/abortionkit

    Women's Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training: www.womensyogateachertraining.com

    Sara's website: www.saraavantstover.com

    Sara's newsletter: www.saraavantstover.com/#subscribe

    Sara on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saraavantstover

    Sara on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saraavantstoverauthor

    • 1 hr 7 min
    108 | Creating a Daily Practice You Actually Do (and Enjoy)

    108 | Creating a Daily Practice You Actually Do (and Enjoy)

    Today I'm sharing an excerpt of a dharma talk I gave on the final morning of my retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center this May.

    In it, I share practical ways to integrate these teachings and perspectives into your daily life– in ways that are both enjoyable and sustainable.

    May this be of benefit!

    Women's Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training: www.womensyogateachertraining.com

    Sara's website: www.SaraAvantStover.com

    Sara's newsletter: www.saraavantstover.com/#newsletter

    Sara on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saraavantstover

    Sara on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saraavantstoverauthor

    • 19 min
    107 | Embodying All of Your Parts through IFS with Crystal Jones

    107 | Embodying All of Your Parts through IFS with Crystal Jones

    As the second part in our series on Internal Family Systems, I've invited Certified IFS Therapist and the Assistant Trainer, Crystal Jones, to join us.

    Crystal and I speak about her upcoming summer sabbatical (which I find very inspiring and sense you will too), what it's like to be the second BIPOC individual in a leadership role within the Internal Family Systems Institute, how she wants to use that role to serve and amplify more voices of those like her, and what it looks and feels like when we aim to embody all of our parts.

    Crystal's joy and open-heartedness are infectious. I know you'll enjoy our connection as much as I did!

    Crystal's website: www.lifesourcecounselingcenter.com

    Abortion Healing Kit: www.womensyogateachertraining.com/abortionkit

    Women's Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training: www.womensyogateachertraining.com

    Sara's website: www.saraavantstover.com

    Sara's newsletter: www.saraavantstover.com/#newsletter

    Sara on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saraavantstover

    Sara on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saraavantstoverauthor

    • 57 min
    106 | Transforming Your Inner Critic & Perfectionist through IFS with Chris Burris

    106 | Transforming Your Inner Critic & Perfectionist through IFS with Chris Burris

    Over the next couple of months, I’m offering a focus on Internal Family Systems (or IFS) here on the podcast.

    IFS is a cutting-edge psychotherapeutic model that’s sweeping the world right now– if you haven’t noticed!

    More than being a very effective, gentle, and transformative model of therapy (that’s been both life-changing for me and my clients), it’s also a paradigm of living. IFS gives us the tools and framework to shift from living a fear-led life to an inspiration-led life.

    This month and next month’s interviews will feature some leaders in the IFS community. Now, as the first of this 2-part series, I’m welcoming Chris Burris, an IFS senior lead trainer.

    Chris and I speak about the IFS model at large, and more specifically about how to transform more extreme parts like our inner critics and perfectionists into allies (rather than going to war with them).

    Chris also leads us through an IFS meditation to help us get more in touch with the parts of ourselves that are most dominant right now and shares some inspiring and practical ways he uses IFS for daily self-care.

    May this conversation be of benefit!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    105 | Calling on the Divine Mother

    105 | Calling on the Divine Mother

    In this dharma talk, an excerpt of one I offered in my online feminine spiritual practice community, Women's House of Wisdom, in the spring of 2020, I speak on the importance of calling on the archetype of the Divine Mother at this time in history, as well as practical ways to do that.

    We touch on ancestor reverence, devotion, cultivating self-trust and spiritual authority, and more.

    On this Mother's Day, may this remind us of the mother within us all, and She who loves and cares for us all, always.

    France retreat: www.womensinsightretreat.com

    Sara's newsletter: www.saraavantstover.com/#subscribe

    Sara's website: www.saraavantstover.com

    Sara on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saraavantstover

    Sara on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saraavantstoverauthor

    • 2 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

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Found at the perfect time

This podcast is so rich with teachings! Found it at the perfect time and loving all the discussions for my own spiritual growth. Thank you!!

Danatel ,

Rich and Relatable Teaching for our Times

I look forward to listening to Sara’s podcast and teachings every time she publishes one. They are always exactly what I need to hear, and are included in my top resources that I return to regularly and share with other likeminded women in my life.

PhillySPC ,

Depth

All I keep coming up with is depth. Sara is intentional. I can feel when another human has put in the nitty gritty time of inner work. Because I want to hear her thoughts, and what she picks to focus on. This podcast is uncommonly enlightening.

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