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YogiTriathlete and its co-founders, Jess and BJ, are waking up and shaking up the world of endurance sports. Their approach is anything but mainstream and they are known to go deep. Buckle up because jumping on this train has the power to change your life forever.

YogiTriathlete Podcast Jess & BJ Gumkowski

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8, 67 Ratings

YogiTriathlete and its co-founders, Jess and BJ, are waking up and shaking up the world of endurance sports. Their approach is anything but mainstream and they are known to go deep. Buckle up because jumping on this train has the power to change your life forever.

    Ben Kanute on Why A Calm Mind is a Fast Mind

    Ben Kanute on Why A Calm Mind is a Fast Mind

    This week we catch up with professional triathlete Ben Kanute.

    We first interviewed Ben for episode 43 back in November of 2016. We talked about Ben's roots in triathlon, the influence of one of his earliest coaches, and a detailed account of Ben's road to the Rio Olympics. At that time, he has just made the switch to his Coach Jim Vance. I highly recommend going back to have a listen to both of those podcasts; great information for life and sport.

    In this episode, we dive in with Ben to find out what's been going on with this US Olympian and 3x National Champion since we last spoke. BJ and I are excited to share our conversation today, thank you so much for tuning in.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    - why a calm mind is a fast mind
    - different states of flow
    - energy management
    - how yoga has informed his performance in triathlon
    - honing his fatherhood skills
    - the most powerful type of goals
    - Ben and Courtney's languages of love

    Speaking of love, if you're loving the pod, we'd love you to leave a review on Apple Podcast.

    Namaste -
    Jess

    • 53 min
    Davidji, Spiritual Warrior On Meditation For Those Who Embrace Fitness

    Davidji, Spiritual Warrior On Meditation For Those Who Embrace Fitness

    "We can hold our breath for six months or we can learn how to breathe" - davidji

    In this episode, we are joined by davidji, globally recognized mind-body health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author who found his way to a life of spirituality via wall street. He has early roots as COO of the world-renowned Chopra Center and spent a decade traveling the world with Deepak Chopra and David Simon sharing the teachings of meditation and spirituality. He went on to become the lead educator and eventually the first-ever dean of the center.

    davidji has educated millions of people worldwide to open their hearts, realize their power, and live the life they dream. He has an extensive free library on his website that he’s been regularly contributing to for many years. See show notes below to connect with davidji and check out the books he talked about during the episode.

    This conversation is packed with relatable wisdom that is immediately applicable to life. We hope you take loads away, share it with your communities, and come back for a repeat listens.

    In this episode we discuss:

    the man in a cardboard box
    living with the parking brake on
    The Bhagavad Gita
    coming out of incubation
    Garmin and the Buddha
    glimpsing the soul

    Thank you for tuning in. If you're loving the pod then we'd love you for you to leave a review on Apple Podcast.

    Namaste -
    Jess

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mary Knott on Thru-Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

    Mary Knott on Thru-Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

    A few months ago we put out a call to the YT community. We asked you guys who you wanted to hear on the podcast. Mary Knott came back as a repeated suggestion and today we are smacking down her 171.4-mile thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

    This five-peat guest is no stranger to traversing the unknown and I know we have all benefited from her experience and wisdom. Today she opens up to offer us a beautiful perspective on life and the lessons she learned along her trek.

    In this episode we discuss:

    her path to the TRT trailhead
    nutrition and bear canisters
    GEAR
    murder rocks and vulnerability
    swimming in the lake with leeches
    the magnificent beauty and power of the TRT
    mantras and more...

    Thank you for tuning in. If you're loving the pod then we'd love you for you to leave a review on Apple Podcast.

    Namaste -
    Jess

    • 58 min
    Ask the YTs on Nutritional Resets, Shoe Hoarding and Solo Adventuring

    Ask the YTs on Nutritional Resets, Shoe Hoarding and Solo Adventuring

    Thanks for tuning into our July installment of Ask the YTs today Beej and I get after it based on your generous questions. Covering all the topics that help us create the best versions of ourselves including:

    Nutrition:
    - a full-spectrum approach to balancing the microbiome
    - adopting a mindset of privilege when preparing food
    - mono eating
    - go-to pre-workout meals and one bowl concoctions
    - custom drink mixes vs pre-formulated

    Training and Racing:
    - on finding your shoe
    - hoarding shoes
    - solo adventures vs racing
    - developing the feeling of an athlete

    There is no wrong time to send us your inquiries, we're already compiling for next month. Thanks for tuning in, sharing the show and assisting us in creating a better world.

    Namaste -
    Jess

    • 50 min
    Ian Myers on Getting Out of the Safe Zone and Revealing our Shadow Self

    Ian Myers on Getting Out of the Safe Zone and Revealing our Shadow Self

    Ian Myers is back on the show this week with an up-leveled version of himself. In the spring of 2018, we sat down with Ian to share his epic transformation story, which began with living his first thirty years as vegetable-free. He was knocking on the door of lifestyle disease until he woke up to a strong desire for change. He left his job, his friends, and bad habits behind to restart his life in Colorado. This first chapter of his journey led to the birth of Ian Myers Wellness, and today we catch up to find him diving deeper to reach higher levels of health.

    Ian has been spending much of his time getting out of his headspace and into his heart space. He views himself and others in more expansive ways by being curious and brave to converse in a way that gets under the surface chatter. We catch up with Ian off the heels of an epic road trip, and he shares openly about the tenderness that he is experiencing as a result of shining a light on his shadow self and practicing the art of allowing.

    In all that is Ian Myers fashion, this conversation is deeply touching and heartfelt. We are grateful to have Ian in the YT community and to be able to share this episode with you all today. If you are local to San Diego or surrounding areas, make sure to join Ian for morning meditation at Moonlight Beach, we guarantee you won't regret spending time in his presence.

    Namaste -
    Jess

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Matt Russell Professional Triathlete on Being an Ambassador for Life

    Matt Russell Professional Triathlete on Being an Ambassador for Life

    Matt Russell is an American professional triathlete and veteran of the sport. He is dad, a husband, a man with strong faith, an Ironman Foundation ambassador, and a voice for the ALS community on account of very personal experience of losing him mom at a young age to the disease. Matt is a multi-time Ironman and 70.3 champion and is no stranger to racing the best of the best on the big island of Hawaii every October at the Ironman World Championship.

    Anyone queued into the triathlon world hears athlete after athlete talk about the power and the energy of the big island; Matt is also no stranger to this. His son Makaio was conceived on the island in 2016, and just one year later, while racing on the world's stage of triathlon, Matt almost lost his own.

    As he reeled down the road at 35 miles per hour on the backside of the bike leg, Matt had no idea that he would be riding the fragile line between life and death in an instant. As he approached an intersection, a car pulled out in front of him, and there was no time to stop. At that moment, the impact between him and the vehicle was imminent. He doesn't remember much about the accident, but what happened that day changed his life forever.

    His gratitude for life is acute and he makes a practice out of doing things that make him feel alive. Matt realizes that although triathlon fills his heart, he knows there is more to life than sport. Matt considers himself an "Ambassador for Life" and hopes that by sharing his story far and wide he will inspire others to be their best.

    In this episode, we discuss the accident and how life is different now. He shares his training philosophies as a triathlon coach and as a self-coached athlete. He admits that even after many years of competing he still learns something from every race. He emphasizes the importance of a positive mindset and the bond between happiness and good relationships.

    We feel blessed to share this heart-felt conversation with the YogiTriathlete community, and we are grateful that Matt's work in the world is not over; there's more in store for him, and we cannot wait to see what unfolds from here.

    We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for your support. We wouldn't do this with you!

    Namaste -
    Jess

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Washington Kat ,

Pure Gold!!

These podcasts are filled with interesting conversations and useful information about triathlon, ultra racing, meditation, harnessing the power of the mind for better performance, and increasing contentment. Highly recommended.

Lauren & Matt ,

The YTP is invaluable to me

I have began listening to the YTP in March 2017. I forget what the first episode was that I listened to, but I went back to the beginning. I LOVE Jess and BJ. They are passionate about mindfulness and the way they intertwine yoga principles and endurance sports is encompassing of my goals. Always positive and empowering, I always come off of listening to the YTP in a better place. ✌🏼💚🏊🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️
UPDATE 8/7/18 More than a year later, I continue to look forward to YTP drop day. Ask the YTs is one of my favorite installments, but their guests never disappoint. 👌🏼

Lupe Fernandez ,

Life changing!

Jess and BJ have forever changed my life for the better. This podcast has provided me with the tools I need to train my mind. Mindfulness has forever changed my everyday life. BJ is a great coach to my 10 year old daughter and Jess is helping be more in the moment and less reactive through meditation coaching. Keep up the great work guys and thanks so much for everything you do!

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