This podcast for yogis, yoga teachers and wellness professionals provides cutting edge practical living and business wisdom for vibrant health combining ayurvedic philosophy, raw foods, wild edible plants, conscious business practices and practical tools for optimizing your healthcare and business for you and your modern yoga family.
Progressive and informed from ancient evolutionary wisdom, Cate Stillman conducts expert in depth interviews with experts in yoga, ayurveda, conscious entrepreneurship, eating raw, living foods and progressive family living. This podcast is packed with Cate's passionate workshops, conversations and uber practical yoga classes that makes an impact on how you feel, what you do, what you think and talk about and ultimately how you show up in the world! Join the Yogahealer community at yogahealer.com
Psychedelics, Ayurveda, and Your Next Identity Evolution with Todd Caldecott
Podcast Intro: In clinical research settings around the world, renewed investigations are taking place on the use of psychedelic substances for treating illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. The microdosing community swears by it, claiming that it has increased creativity, energy, and a sense of well-being, as well as reduced depression levels.
However, despite the rise in popularity of microdosing in recent years, there was little scientific data to back up the claims made by microdosers. Although official research into the use of psychedelics to treat mental health disorders is still in its early stages, growing evidence suggests that these drugs may benefit some people with certain symptoms, especially when other treatments have failed.
In this episode, Todd Caldecott, medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda for 25 years, talks about emerging research on psychedelics for therapeutic purposes as adjuncts to psychotherapy, counseling for mental illness, or treatments for chronic diseases. Todd has been using psychedelics for roughly 20 years in his practice. And, for the most part, it's to help with the ego dissolving process, and one of the compounds he utilizes the most is a treatment that contains magic mushrooms. Now that psychedelics are marking their way from the street to the clinic, from PTSD to palliative care, it’s not inconceivable that many studies will emerge in the near future.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
How Psychedelics approach facilitates the ego dissolution process The emotional and rational differences between men vs. women Why Plant medicines have more profound healing properties than conventional medicines How Psychedelics experience can improve neuroplasticity, neuroregeneration, and cognitive enhancement Links/CTA:
Take Cate’s Free Ayurveda Starter Course Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine Love, Death, and Magic Mushrooms by Tod Caldecott Microdosing LSD - Citizen Data Highlights:
Cate ran a study about psychedelics having an effect on autoimmune disease Cate shares her excitement about Todd’s research on Ayurveda and Psychedelics Cate explains the correlation between the legalization of plant medicine and the rise of pharmaceuticals. Timestamps:
02:15 - Facilitating the “Ego Dissolution State” 14:52 - Psychedelics as “Appetite Suppressant” 17:15 - Brain Patterns on Psychedelics in Men vs. Women 23:06 - Ego Dissolution Experience 25:52 - Recreating the World through Imagination 32:25 - Legality of Plant Medicine 37:51 - Developing the Microdose Extract 47:29 - Evolution of Human Culture Quotes:
“A lot of our problems can be rooted from having hard boundaries of our ego, and we lose the flexibility and flow in our life. We identify too much with the external, not so much with the internal flowing process.” “If you have a difficult time with boundaries generally, then it can manifest anywhere on that spectrum from a psychosocial, emotional, all the way down to a more physical expression.” “Once those boundaries of individuation dissolve, we find that we have all these interconnections with the natural world. And we begin to see patterns that weren’t evident previously, regardless if we see them in our individual reality.“ “We begin to see patterns that we weren’t able to see before because we’re so locked into this very individualistic perspective. So it’s a very healthy experience to have this sort of ego transcendent state.” “As we get older, we see and learn how the world works. Our ego gets consolidated within the tamasic experience or perception. That’s why the psychedelics can be helpful for it to return us back to that childlike state of just pure imagination, where we see that the veil of reality can get ripped away, and we can see that there are depths to the reality that we weren’t even aware of.” Guest: Todd Caldecott
Todd Caldecott has been a medical h
An Evolutionary Perspective on The Intermittent Fasting Revolution: The Brain Science with Mark Mattson
Most of us believe that eating three meals a day with a few snacks is the typical, healthy way to eat. But that is not always the case. Human bodies and minds developed to function well in circumstances where food was only available intermittently. In the primitive era, when we examine our ancestors' eating habits, we can see that intermittent fasting was common—but eating three meals a day was not. In fact, Dr. Mark Mattson, a well-known neuroscientist, demonstrates that intermittent fasting is not only normal but also beneficial to our health.
Intermittent fasting has become increasingly fashionable in recent years, and scientists have been studying its long-term implications on physical health. In this episode, Dr. Mark Mattson joins us to talk about his studies on metabolic switching, calorie restriction, and the cognitive benefits of intermittent fasting. He also provides information for physicians and parents, as well as practical guidance on how to follow an intermittent fasting eating pattern.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
What is intermittent fasting? How does intermittent fasting affect the body and brain? What can someone expect to experience when they adopt an intermittent fasting eating pattern?
The Intermittent Fasting Revolution by Mark P. Mattson Diabetes in Control - Mark Mattson
Obesity impairs cognition and increases the risk for some psychiatric disorders and dementias. Maternal and paternal obesity predisposes offspring to poor cognitive outcomes by epigenetic molecular mechanisms. Neural signaling pathways that evolved to bolster cognition in settings of food insecurity can be stimulated by intermittent fasting and exercise to support the cognitive health of current and future generations. Metabolic switching stimulates neural signaling pathways that bolster cognition.
02:48 - 03:15 - Cultural Evolution and Human Brains Size Changes in the last 10,000 Years 04:29 - 05:04 - Food over Consumption 38:28 - 40:41 - How Pharmaceutical Drugs are Advertised and Perceived by the General Public
“Similar to exercise, intermittent fasting takes time to adapt so that you'll actually feel very good. Many people, if they get in shape, they'll feel really good as long as they keep exercising. If they stop, their mood will start to go down.” “Physical exercise and intermittent fasting have similar effects on the brain and body. Obviously, exercise has a more beneficial effect on your muscles and cardiovascular system. Then, from the standpoint of the brain, those intermittent fasting and exercise, improve learning and memory and protect the brain against dysfunction during aging” “Based on many studies, fasting for 16 hours is enough to engage or stimulate cells to go into this stress resistance, conserve resources mode. So people have breakfast, lunch and dinner and a snack. They're not fasting for 16 hours because the only time they're not eating is when they're sleeping.” Guest Bio: Mark Mattson
Mark Mattson is the former Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging and is now on the faculty of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research has advanced an understanding of the cellular signaling mechanisms that control the formation and plasticity of neuronal networks in the brain, and cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders. His research has also elucidated how the brain responds adaptively to challenges such as fasting and exercise, and he has used that information to develop novel interventions to promote optimal brain function throughout life. Dr. Mattson is among the most highly cited neuroscientists in the world with more than 900 publications and 180,000 citations. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received many awards includ
Gut Immune Connection with Dr. Emeran Mayer
Immunity refers to an organism's ability to withstand a specific virus or poison through the use of specialized antibodies or sensitized white blood cells. We prefer to sacrifice healthy selections for the sake of saving time in this fast-paced atmosphere where fast foods are abundant. On the other hand, what are the negative consequences of these actions?
With many businesses competing with one another, and with the high demand for food relative to the continuous growth in population, companies are now churning out processed and cheap food rapidly. The lack of education and the rise of daily expenses on necessities, such as food, allowed people to compromise. Now, the pandemic accelerated and made things worse. What are the factors and effects that unhealthy food consumption leads to? Tune in as Dr. Emeran Meyer discusses the gut-immune relationship in this episode.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
What is the “One Health Concept” What is the importance of the soil microbiome for plant and human health What are the mind-gut microbiome system and its role in health and disease What is the key to longevity and good health How the microbiome determines the strength of your immune system and your immune resistance. How to increase the abundance of microbes in your gut. How lifestyle determines your chances of surviving pandemics that are about to come in the future. Links/CTA:
Emeran Mayer, MD Instagram: @emeranmayer Youtube Channel: emeranmayermd The Mind Gut Connection book, Harper Wave 2016 The Gut Immune Connection book, Harper Wave 2021 Highlights:
Cate talks about the case of Covid and an Elderly with regards to Microbiome Cate talks about perspective, our beliefs influence how we think and how we solve problems. Cate talks about the direct correlation between chronic systemic inflammation and the severity of symptoms Timestamps:
12:26 - Metabolic Syndrome 16:14 - Science and Practice of Mind-Body Interactions 22:23 - Cytokine Storm 27:10 - The “Gut Immune Connection” by Emeran Mayer 28:55 - Why do people fear when they hear “virus or bacteria” 33:41 - Scientific vs. Empirical Evidence 37:05 - Ancient vs. Modern Concepts 40:53 - Learning from the Ancient Sages Quotes:
“The fact that today, we see this increasing prevalence of autoimmune diseases and allergies and food sensitivities. Many people think it has a lot to do with the altered interaction we have, as infants in a much more sterile environment. Where we have banned microbes from the time of deliveries, or C sections and sterile hospital environments, to antibiotics early on, prematurely born babies ending up in intensive care units being loaded with antibiotics for four weeks sometimes.” “Early in life in terms of the natural exposure, Homo sapiens have had to their environment, including going through the birth canal, and picking up some of the good bacteria in the birth canal, which helps start to build the baby immune system is even like upon injection, right from the mom’s body to then what we do. And if we look back, historically, there was a lot of skin-to-skin contact with newborns. There’s a lot of mixing of the environment with the infant. And that helped create a baseline immune system, an innate immune system that was stronger.” “When we look in any indigenous culture, usually there’s some relationship with a specific type of traditional fermented foods. And so in ayurvedic medicine, it was always considered to pacify Vata, which is the wind force, which creates the issues primarily in the nervous system first, and then the digestive system second, and it’s like the nerves that upset the digestive system, like just being nervous, being anxious, being worried more of the people that are on the lighter side have less consistency with digestive capacity.” “The immune activation happens in the gut. So, these microbes are only microns away from immune cells. And it’s the only separation
Katie Silcox on Ayurveda, Healing, Trauma, Inflammation + Spiritual Repair
Life is magical, mysterious, and unique but fragile. Humans can easily succumb to external influences and sometimes forget the sense of self and independence. That’s why we experience trauma in our lives. Our fragility and our failure to understand and establish that we are fragile beings are the main reasons we can be corrupted easily. Whether it’s a disease, emotions, decisions, etc., we must learn how to “repair” our spiritual selves.
Thus, we must fully understand how our spiritual, religious, and physical life works. We must achieve a higher state of being to help ourselves from being thoroughly affected by harmful external influences. In this episode, Katie Silcox explained how people develop traumas and why it’s important to learn how to repair them. She also explained why humans are intrinsically delicate and how you can incorporate femininity into spiritual practice! Tune in to learn more!
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
Why does spiritual repair matter and how does it correlate to past experiences? What is healing vortex vs. trauma vortex? How does the Five Kosha Model affect humanity’s potential? Why are humans intrinsically delicate beings? What is the purpose of our spiritual life? What does the ancient teaching say about Pranamaya? How can femininity be incorporated into a spiritual practice? Why does chronic inflammation affect you from accessing the higher state? Shakti school - Ayurveda School…. Group starting in January. January 12: Final registration deadline.
Katie Silcox - Shakti School Body Thrive Books mentioned: Gospel According to Jesus The Gap and the Gain Katie Silcox’s Shakti School Highlights:
Cate explained how the current US population in both adult, children, and adolescent categories with chronic diseases heavily relied on a doctor’s medication and that it has no “soul” or “spirit.” Cate explained why some people couldn’t get out of the “gap thinking” based on the book written by Dr. Ben Hardy Cate explains how to unblock our “bodies” through sutras. Cate described how the “virome” operates as it enters the human body. Timestamps:
1:03 - Spiritual Repair 4:36 - The Soul of Medicine 7:31 - Humanity’s Intrinsic Trait 9:30 - Healing Vortex vs. Trauma Vortex 14:29 - Gap Thinking 21:39 - The Purpose of Spiritual Life 28:36 - Pranayama 35:53 - The Feminine 45:50 - How “Christ” influenced Katie and her practice 52:28 - Chronic Inflammation 1:05:44 - Accessing the Light in the Spiritual Realm Quotes:
“The most challenging thing in the world that we seek is to find stability and admit the truth that we are fragile but resilient.” - Katie “The entire world right now is being activated by unconscious trauma response, and it makes sense. I have tons of compassion for it because I came out of it, and I experienced it myself.” - Katie “Christmas is the time to cultivate the most amount of renewal for our mind and body. It’s our samsaric way of seeing, being, and thinking, radically altered to a new vision. This is the message of Christ, and the message of Christmas.” - Katie “Humans have been going through plagues and pandemics all of the time. There tends to be a beginning, a middle, and an end to history. We are at the end of the beginning, and we're entering into the middle period. “ - Katie Guest BIO: Katie Silcox
Katie Silcox, M.A. is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of the book Healthy, Happy, Sexy - Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. Holding a Master’s Degree in Hinduism and the Ayurveda Sciences, Katie is an internationally-recognized teacher, mentor to women, and inspirer of hearts and minds. She is renowned for her depth of study, her ability to present the complexities of ancient wisdom in a practical, life-affirming manner, as well as her unique capacity to distill the teachings with southern-belle humor and grace.
Her signature teaching style is Body Yantra™, incorp
Regenerative Leadership + Regenerating Thinking, Building, Living with Jaime Hogan
Harmony with the natural world.
Place Philosophy provides services and programs that seek to inspire and empower collaborative leadership and wellbeing in urban professionals, to enable personal and planetary thrive. Our belief in both inner transformation and systemic and cultural change guides everything we do.
Our programming is an invitation to embark on a transformational journey to regenerative leadership. Through workshops and ongoing immersive experiences, we embed wellbeing in all we do and explore the design of a new paradigm and the leadership attributes needed at this time.
How can we increase our collective capacity to become active regeneration agents in our communities and ecosystems? Undoubtedly, we live in a time marked by great upheaval and volatility, and all political and business leaders are being forced to cope with rising challenges.
We can see an organization’s place within its surrounding environment, its ecosystem. Suppose we apply living-systems logic to product design, organizational culture, and our being. Embracing this regenerative approach to leadership won’t change things, and it requires patience, practice, and compassion for ourselves and others. We invited Jamie Hogan to discuss his approach that values every life and a new leadership logic where organizations flourish, ecosystems thrive, and people feel alive is what Regenerative Leadership is all about.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
How does Jamie get into the whole regenerative movement? What is the death of a hero? Upscaling people - a catalyst in the community The connection between dharma and regenerative design -
ecology What is a regenerative living roadmap Design skills to bring regenerative design and thinking into your work, What is regenerative leadership? How can you build a better, stronger, smarter ecosystem of business? Links/CTA:
Place Philosophy Highlights:
Cate and her team developed passive leadership to help others get better at leadership. Cate explains why yoga health coaches needed more experience to accomplish their job. Cate shares when she developed Pbook in July, she tried to help people in determining what is waste and what are waste products. Timestamps:
08:06 - Regenerative Leadership Space 09:49 - Localization of Ecosystem 15:17 - Regenerative Landscape 24:02 - Integrating Nature and Art 29:24 - Regenerative practice designing the conditions for life 31:59 - “Transplanting” Culture 45:11 - System Thinking Level 46:24 - System Alternatives Quotes:
“There are so many amazing people who have these visions for a better world, but we’re not supporting them to actually be able to stay in those professions.” “You kind of want to set up the intelligence of the system that then self-perpetuates and continues to be creative and evolve so that you could if you needed to step out, and the system has the intelligence itself.” “It becomes self-perpetuating, like the life of the culture becomes a thing of its own, and it wants to find other places to grow.” “We start with the habits. You will spend a whole year learning how to think in the living systems context. And to start, we’ll start with ourselves because it’s the easiest way to start.” “If you’re not a yoga teacher, then don’t try to be a yoga teacher. Be what you are because you’re needed in your community, to serve your community and not the other communities.” Guest Bio: Jaime Hogan
Jaime has a diverse spatial and policy skillset having worked across architecture, urban design, and strategic planning in government and private organizations around Sydney. Jaime has designed and delivered sustainable solutions in bespoke residential architecture, prepared complex structure plans to guide inner-city renewal in some of Sydney’s most recognized centers, and prepared strategic plans and policies for the Local Government. Jaime is activ
Nourish Your Holidays with Ayurveda + Yoga with Myra Lewin
Podcast Intro: Our habits begin with the things that our family does. Eventually, those things are firmly embedded. To truly make a difference requires time, focus, and a shift in energy inwardly. Reconnecting with our bodies is a must.
The process by which behaviors become habitual is known as habit formation. Habits can arise without a person's knowledge, but they can also be cultivated—or eliminated—to better suit one's particular objectives. But how does one go about changing a bad habit? With acclaimed yoga teacher and author Myra Lewis, this episode will discuss how to nourish your holidays through a holistic approach.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
How our Habits are influenced by our family and environment How our Perspective in Life is essential to our general well-being How our Negative Thoughts generate negative vibrations into our Bodies Links/CTA:
Hale Pule - Ayurveda & Yoga Facebook: Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga Instagram: @hale_pule Youtube: @yogaandayurveda Blog: Staying with your Path Blog: Nourishing yourself in whole and healthful ways Podcast: Hale Pule Highlights:
Cate discusses a workshop on Emotional Eating Cate talks about self-healing before the Dharma. Cate explains how classic holiday recipes have been extensively replicated and have grown unhealthy. Cate discusses her wrong pattern of overeating and then exercising. Timestamps:
[06:03 - 06:43] “What we call cause and effect is we take action and there's a result. And we've been taught to pretty much ignore that when it comes to everything outside of us. I'm going to do these things because it seems pleasurable. But tomorrow, I'm going to feel like crap. The foundation of this is we start to see that there's cause and effect. I have control over that, or I can have control over that. ” [15:52 - 16:20] “Follow your path rather than following everybody else. And it doesn't mean you can't be with them. Perhaps, it takes some inner focus to do that, but then you show up as a light in that environment. That's very different from just being part of the crowd and going along with whatever's happening there.” Quotes:
"The most essential thing is that we reconnect with our bodies. Many of the things we think, "Oh, it's my body doing this or my body doing that," are actually done by our mind." "The level of impressions produced, or wounds that occur in the early stages of life is the most powerful piece in terms of modifying our relationship. That relates to our bond with our mother. And whether you think it's amazing or dreadful, it's simply the nature of it, and how you're reacting to it at this time in your life." "You'll always find out when there's a bad motive. Something that will lead us away from ourselves rather than toward ourselves. And so you have all that success on the surface, and you're empty on the inside." Guest Bio: Myra Lewin
Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) and Ayurveda Yoga Therapist (AYT), Myra Lewin is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500). As a master yogini, Myra has amassed more than 50,000 hours of Yoga teaching experience spanning 30 years of practice. She’s also the author of two books, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food and Simple Ayurvedic Recipes, and is the host of two awesome podcasts on holistic healing, “Everyday Ayurveda and Yoga at Hale Pule” and “Spark Your Intuition”.
Cate’s the best!
And so smart. Love love this podcast.
My favorite podcast
This is my favorite podcast! I adore Cate!! I have her books as well. I just love her down to earth way of explaining everything Ayurveda. She is incredible! This podcast is a must!
If you’re an Ayurveda or even a wellness seeker, do give Cate Stillman a listen. She modernizes Ayurveda and makes it more accessible. She’s amazing