Podcasting for Yoga Teachers

Teaching yoga can go so much deeper than just cueing a physical workout class — there is a certain way that a skillful teacher can use words and language and imagery to connect to  deep emotions and levels of awareness — It makes perfect sense that they could use their voices and the skill and this talent in the medium of podcasting.

~Andrea Klunder

Can podcasting change your teaching practice?

Even if you’re not a yoga teacher, don’t skip this episode. You are going to learn so much about positioning, niching and marketing your podcast from our panel of yoga teacher podcasters.

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This episode was inspired by Shannon Crow of The Connected Yoga Teacher, who appeared right here on episode 033 of Podcast Envy, talking all about how to use podcasting as a medium for social impact beyond the impact that you can have as a local yoga teacher.

This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart because I am also a yoga teacher and though I don’t do it full time anymore, I spent a lot of time and energy and money and frustration and exhilaration learning how to teach yoga and meditation and getting a full education around the ins and outs of yoga business.

So I reached out to a panel of four podcasters who have been also teaching yoga anywhere from 2 to 15 years, and who each have a very different type of show. I’m excited to introduce to you:

Gabby Orcutt from Soul Speak

Amanda Kingsmith from M.B.Om

Kathryn Nicolai from Nothing much happens

and Natalia Hastings from Flow With Me Yoga

One thing that these yogi podcasters all have in common is that they each have a very distinct origin story for their show. I shouldn’t be surprised by this because I know that excellent yoga teachers know how to weave stories into their classes from their own personal experience in such a way that it resonates deeply with their students.

So it should not surprise me that these women have awesome origin stories and tons of wisdom on the following questions:

  • How did your podcast come to be?
  • Why did you decide to focus on the specific niche you’ve chosen (guided yoga practices; the business of yoga; bedtime stories to help you sleep, discussions about yoga, pregnancy and self-care)?
  • Does your podcast directly support your yoga teaching business and if so, in what way?
  • How do you measure success with your show? 
  • How have you been growing your audience?
  • What has been your biggest podcasting challenge?
  • What is your best advice for a yoga teacher considering their own podcast?

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I’ve gotta be honest — hearing these success stories and strategies and ideas-– I wish that when I had a yoga studio business and was teaching yoga and meditation full time, I had made a yoga podcast!

In fact, I had a client who asked me if I would ever consider doing such a thing because she loved taking my classes, but I really did not at that time even know what the heck a podcast was and since they were available for free, I couldn’t figure out how you make money off of one (money I desperately needed.) So I just dismissed it.

I feel like if I would have done it things might have ended differently for my yoga business, but I don’t know. Maybe we are right where we need to be and things happen the way they’re supposed to.

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Shannon Crow, The Connected Yoga Teacher, on Social Impact and Podcasting

Shannon Crow from The Connected Yoga Teacher is with me on this episode to talk podcasting and social impact. Actually, she reached out to me originally to talk about impostor syndrome (one of my fave topics), so we cover that too!

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I LOVE what Shannon is doing with her podcast, and even more so with her community of yoga teachers, the hub of which is her Facebook Group.

In fact, you may or may not know that before podcasting, my primary work was teaching yoga and meditation. I even owned and operated my own studio in Chicago for FIVE years and ultimately had to close because I just couldn’t find a way to make the business profitable and sustainable with the resources I had available.

My experience and observation is that yoga is TOUGH business model, and most of us teachers get into it because we have a passion for the practice, and for helping other people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We get VERY little business or entrepreneurial training or guidance and then we bust our butts, struggling to make ends meet while running round teaching classes OR we make it a side hustle while holding down a full-time job or assortment of part-time jobs.

Shannon saw this gap and decided to do something about it. She’s hoping that what she can do to create a support network and resources for yoga teachers to have more sustainable business practices will ripple out to help so many more people through the classes and sessions those teachers hold.

Shannon Crow is definitely a podcaster using this platform to make a positive social impact. Whether you’re into yoga or not, there’s a lot you can learn from her. Listen to the episode to find out how she does it!

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This month, October 2018, over on my LinkedIn, I’m sharing podcasting tips, practices and fun all around a Halloween theme and I’m kicking it off with a Tarot Card spread for your Podcast Content Marketing Plan.

This is a nod to the nostalgic defining moment of my childhood when I won (or at least placed) in a costume contest at the public library for my gypsy fortune teller look. No tarot cards are NOT fortune telling but I didn’t know any better when I was 9!

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About Shannon

Shannon Crow is the host of The Connected Yoga Teacher podcast and a consultant for yoga teachers. She shares what she has learned (and continues to learn) as a yoga entrepreneur.

Shannon is passionate about this work so that yoga teachers have more time and energy to share the yoga that lights them up.

She became a yoga teacher in 2006 and continues to teach weekly group and private classes in Owen Sound, Ontario, with a specialty in Yoga for Pelvic Health.

Shannon is dedicated to helping yoga teachers define their niche and thrive at marketing. She thrives in a community that is playful, diverse, and supportive. This is what inspired her to create The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook group.

Shannon offers in person and online teacher training. She is the co-founder of the MamaNurture Prenatal Yoga School and developed the Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training.

In her spare time, Shannon can be found hiking or skiing on the Bruce Peninsula with her partner, Shawn and her three children. She enjoys time outside in the vegetable garden in the summer or skiing in the winter.

Shannon loves the quiet of morning with her tea, yoga mat and journal. She likes to laugh, visit with friends and family and ask a lot of questions.

067: Seek out tranquility, Kimberly Wilson, Tranquility du Jour

“The connecting thread for me is the idea of tranquility… it’s not because I have it all figured out. It’s because I’m always seeking it out too.” ~Kimberly Wilson


Yoga. Mindfulness. Eco Fashion. Writing. Podcast. Conscious Business E-course. Psychotherapy. A charitable foundation called Pigs & Pugs… Kimberly Wilson has created the multi-passionate lifestyle brand of my dreams! (only my foundation would be more like Sloths & Cats… doesn’t have the same ring…)

I’ve been following Kimberly ever since I was a struggling yoga studio owner in 2009 and I sought out her help through her Conscious business e-course and a private coaching.

She told me to start a podcast (among other things.) And years later, I did.

“Just because we made one decision doesn’t mean we have to stay in it forever. And if you do, it’s important to know are you growing within it, or do you feel stagnant?” ~Kimberly Wilson

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“I’ve been podcasting since before podcasts were really understood and I don’t think I really even understood what they were.” ~Kimberly Wilson

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Kimberly Wilson is a writer, therapist, and creative entrepreneur who founded Tranquil Space—named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure. She’s penned numerous books and holds master’s in women’s studies and social work.

With a passion for do-gooding, Kimberly co-founded Tranquil Space Foundation and is a cheerleader for animal rights. In 2008, she was honored as a New Leader in Philanthropy by Greater DC Cares and a top yoga teacher in 2011 by Washingtonian.

When not sipping tea, you’ll find her practicing yoga on a leopard-print mat, dreaming up new designs for the eco-friendly TranquiliT clothing line, or leading retreats globally. She has completed trainings ranging from Jivamukti to Yin to Mindfulness and brings a potpourri of inspiration to her teaching.

Her work has been featured in Fast Company, The Washington Post, US News & World Report, and various books. Indulge in musings on “tranquilosophy” through her blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Learn more at kimberlywilson.com.


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042: Come over and play

“There’s a very blurry line between making art and working when your art is your life and your passion is your art and your art becomes your business and your business is work… it’s a tricky cycle.” ~Andrea Klunder

Self-promotion & Play like Oil & Water? Maybe not…

When I was a kid, the other kids on the block would get frustrated because rather than just riding bikes together, I always wanted to creates some structure and do things like make them play traffic cop.

Not a lot has changed, in that even as an adult, I have a tendency to turn my creative passions into hard work.

But what happens when forces in your life, your community, your clients, and even your tarot cards conspire to get you out of your rut and just play?

Find out…

“At first I was like, “ugh, I have so much work to do this weekend, I don’t have time to screw around in the forest preserve, shooting slow motion video for what purpose I have no idea.”” ~Andrea Klunder

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Interview with Bree Noble on music, business and self-promotion, Episode 041

Interview with Jennifer Briney on Congressional Dish, Patreon, and asking for money from your listeners, Episode 039

Interview with Ruth Humphreys on storytelling, your inner child and play, Episode 043 coming soon!

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“And I thought to myself yes these women totally get it. This is what podcasting CAN be all about — an extension of your creative expression and art to be able to reach new audiences and build community around that creative spark — and invitation for others to come over and play with you.” ~Andrea Klunder


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040: All the things I am NOT

“I looked at everything I saw being done and asked: What else? What isn’t here? How could I do this differently? What is a way to approach this problem that only I can (or will?)” ~Andrea Klunder

Swimming my way out of the impostor cycle…

Last week I released a very fun, funny, insightful, inspiring interview with Jennifer Briney of Congressional Dish podcast and we both admitted to having imposter-y feelings independently of each other on the same day AT the same podcasting conference.

She was there to give a keynote about her brilliant listener supported funding model for her show in a month when her revenue had dipped to its lowest point in quite some time.

And I was pitched by her agent to interview her on my show in a month when my download numbers were abysmal b/c I basically hadn’t published an episode for 6 weeks.

She was thinking “Who am I to talk to all these people about getting listeners to fund your podcast?”

And I was thinking “Who am I to have a keynote speaker with thousands of followers on my dinky little show?”

The other day, I was teaching yoga to a group of my Kindergarten and pre-K students and one of the things that we do is toward the end, after they’ve gotten to run around in circles and make animals sounds and play crazy yoga games, we have quiet coloring time before our rest time (i.e. savasana.) I asked them to drawan animal of their choice playing however they would like and I took out some crayons to join them. 

I drew some water and a fish jumping out with a sunshine. And one kid said, “Why is that fish in the sky? Fish don’t fly.”  

And I said, “Oh, he’s jumping out of the water.”

Another kid said, “but a fish can’t stay out of water very long or it will die.”

And I said, “That’s true. But just like when you go swimming, if you go under water you hold your breath, a fish can hold it’s breath for just a moment when it jumps out and then breath again when it goes back under water.”

One kid said, “Yeah, and you can wear goggles under water so you can see.”

This seemed to satisfy them and so I drew a face under the water, to which one said, “Why is there a face under the water?”

I said, “Oh that’s me, swimming with goggles on. Doesn’t that look like me?” 

“No,” she said. You don’t even have a body. 

“I haven’t drawn it yet, “ I replied.

“And why is your mouth like that?” another one asked.

“I’m making a fish face.” I said.

“Why?”

“Because it’s fun!” I defended.

They considered my drawing skeptically for a moment, until one said. “That really doesn’t look like you and you should draw a bathing suit.” And they went back to drawing their own masterpieces. 

And I looked at my juvenile crayon drawing, thinking “Well I’m not an artist.” AND viscerally remembering the feeling in my cheeks of being ashamed and frustrated as a child when I couldn’t make my art look the way I wanted. Of fearing someone would laugh at what I made. 

AND I was also thinking, “Dang. Kindergarteners are mean!”

“Look at all those limiting beliefs and potentially missed opportunities I just created for myself. Simply by focusing on what I am not.” ~Andrea Klunder

 

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033: How podcasting & meditation saved me…

“I eventually came to a turning point where I realized that from here, anything was possible. I started listening to entrepreneurial podcasts, and financial podcasts, creativity podcasts and “how-to-podcast” podcasts… I was able to shift my view just enough from “no options” to “infinite options!” ~Andrea Klunder

How podcasting and meditation saved me from bankruptcy, depression and impostor syndrome…

I launched my first business in 2008. Infuse Yoga Spa was my vision for an urban oasis of holistic health, wellbeing and community in the middle of the concrete jungle of Chicago. I wrote a business plan, quit my “day job” of 8 years in arts administration and took the leap with confidence, energy, a little bit of savings and a generous loan from my parents and two uncles.

5 years later, in 2013, I locked the door to the beautiful vintage storefront for the last time, dropped the keys through the mail slot, drove the Zipcar packed with my last few personal items halfway to my new apartment and then pulled over underneath the el train tracks to sob uncontrollably, saying good-bye at last to my dream.

What followed was an intense period of mourning and probably the first time I have ever truly experienced depression. I was bankrupt, not eating well, at a loss for what to do next and, in fact, completely uninspired to do much of anything, especially teach yoga. Most days I just wanted to stay under the covers and hide.

One thing I was doing was listening to podcasts. It was a form of escapism that somehow felt more productive and less dismal than watching Netflix. Podcasts like Elsie’s Yoga Class and Tranquility du Jour with Kimberly Wilson helped me meditate on days I really didn’t feel like meditating and imagine the lifestyle I really wanted to create for myself (and had somehow missed the mark on with my yoga business.)

In fact, Tranquility du Jour is the first podcast I ever listened to (back before I even knew what a podcast was.) At the early signs that my business was in trouble, a friend and colleague recommended I check out Kimberly’s website because there was something about her multi-passionate brand that reminded my friend of me. See Kimberly is not just a podcaster, she’s a yoga teacher & studio owner in the DC area. She’s a writer, a fashion designer, a counselor and she leads these incredible retreats all around the world.

I used to listen to her podcast on her website (until I learned about the whole iTunes thing) and eventually, I purchased her Conscious Business e-course along with a 60min private phone coaching. Kimberly gave me a lot of ideas, one of which was to consider starting my own podcast so I could expand my business model outside of the confines of the brick & mortar yoga studio in Chicago and start building a global audience and potential client base. In fact, my meditation teacher, Elesa Commerse, had been giving me similar “get out of the yoga studio box” counsel for months.

But at that time, I was so busy just trying to keep the box afloat… launch a podcast?! Great idea, but not right now.

So what happened next? Listen to Episode 033 and find out!

“Of course, there’s always going to be challenge and risk and failure and now I can finally add to that something that looks like success to me.” ~Andrea Klunder

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As a bonus for my community, when you join, you will get her Reinvent Your Money Story course for FREE ($195 value) plus a free 20min consultation with me about how to get the most out of your mastermind Circle experience. 

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031: Your Shadow & Mine

“When you are operating from the acceptance of your whole self, YOU get to choose your path and actions freely, because there is nothing behind you from which you are running.” ~Andrea Klunder, on liberation from the Shadow

What are all the things about yourself that you would NEVER share on social media?

Ever since editing my interview with artist Sara Zalek in Episode 030, this topic of the Shadow Self has been nagging at me because it comes up a LOT in the type of work I do and I always THINK I want to explore it but…

 

This Shadow is also deeply complicit with impostor syndrome to stop me from working on creating new content or developing marketing strategies or recording episodes.

 

For example, these days, I tell myself I’m going to work on my forthcoming Podcast Envy training program and course in the evening and then I walk through the door and feel sleepy, my head is cloudy and all I can think about is dinner, a bath and snuggling up next to my kitty to CONSUME content (rather than create.) And I end stuffing down my own shadowy self watching a newly engrossing glossy TV series about OTHER peoples’/characters’ shadow sides on Netflix or HBO… (Big Little Lies anyone?)

 

And then I feel like a failure.

 

The thing I love most and also the hardest thing about entrepreneurship and sustaining creative ventures like this podcast is that you cannot do it (and keep doing it) without at some point having to really take a hard look at yourself, delve deeply into this shadow, understand it, learn to work with it and then… grow.

 

I remember lamenting to one of my best friends on the phone after a particularly difficult season of rejections and failures both of personal and professional nature… “God, haven’t I grown enough yet?! I’m sick of it. When do I just get to coast?”

 

So what is this Shadow of which I speak? Listen to Episode 031 and find out!

 

 

“It brought up ALL the insecurities, frustration, self-doubt and anxiety over every moment I have ever felt invisible in my life.” ~Andrea Klunder

Meditation questions to ask yourself

  1. What am I most afraid of right now?
  2. What have I been putting off doing and why?
  3. What would I never want other people to know about me?
  4. What would I never want to share on social media?
  5. What have I been criticizing OTHER people for doing or not doing?
  6. What are the qualities that I admire in other people?

Recommended Books in this Episode

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford

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024: Play Dress-Up – Darcie Purcell & Susan Marzano, Soul Love Fest

“We believe in magic and possibility… and pixie dust. A year and a half ago, I would have never said those things out loud. I was too ‘professional’ and now I say them every day.” ~Darcie Purcell

Be careful what you wish for because you WILL get it!

Culinary event planners Darcie Purcell and Susan Marzano are following their intuition and serving up an “amuse bouche” of nourishment for your soul.

In this episode, we talk about:

*How Darcie & Susan discovered their powers of manifestation doing urban vision quests in Susan’s Chicago apartment

*The spooky side of the law of attraction

*How to get in touch with what you really want and the origin of Soul Love Fest

*Why Soul Love Fest is different from other yoga or spiritual festivals — from martial arts real-life ninja Izzy Arkin to Self-Love for Real People (unicorns & rainbows not included) with Josh Becker to Peace & Play Yoga Nidra for Creative Clarity with Andrea Klunder (ME!)

*The dangers of “compare & despair” and how to get yourself out of that spiral

*Why authenticity is the remedy for “impostor syndrome”

*The magic of friendship, humor, retreats, self-care and Rocky

*How to make bold life decisions and take action by playing “dress-up” and choosing your destiny out of a hat

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“We were tired of food — it felt like work and we weren’t looking for that. We were looking for freedom.” ~Susan Marzano

About Darcie & Susan & Soul Love Fest

Darcie Purcell, Co-Founder of Soul Love Fest

Hi there,
If you have found your way here, we want to let you know right now that it is not by accident and we are so happy you are here! You might be wondering who we are, so here is a little background on the two of us.  Susan is from the South Side of Chicago while Darcie is from Hawaii. We couldn’t be more different on the surface but we are connected by our constant quest to live BIG lives. We have worked together professionally for over 10 years, planning events and building brands in the culinary world. All the while, we have had deep conversations about life and asking all of those big questions that come up as we grow up. We jokingly refer to ourselves as the “tribe of two”. We have weekly accountability calls, created homemade “urban vision quests”, and we have had many MANY starts, stops, detours and missteps along the way.

The journey has lead us to soul LOVE.

We believe there are more of us out there and wanted to create a space to pause, reconnect and nourish the soul and meet people wherever they are on their journey. Thank you for being a part of bringing our dream to life. Here’s to BIG lives, being scared and doing it anyway. We see you. ~Darcie and Susan

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Peace & Play Yoga Nidra is at 10:00am on Saturday!

“You have to start somewhere… it’s never going to be perfect, but then you take that step and you see where you are.” ~Darcie Purcell

Creative Space Retreat to New Orleans

NOLA Jazz

NOLA Jazz!

Our first retreat to one of my favorite cities in the whole world is in the works for March 2017! Get the inside scoop…


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.

The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

 


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021: Effort & Surrender, Mira Binzen, Children’s Yoga

“You just have to do a thousand experiments and if you call them mistakes or you call them experiments…it’s your choice.” ~Mira Binzen, Co-founder & Director, Global Family Yoga

MiraBaliFloweredit-214x300In this episode, I talk with Children’s Yoga Instructor & Teacher Trainer, Mira Binzen of Global Family Yoga all about children’s yoga, entrepreneurship and following your dream.

THINGS YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT…

Why is yoga important for children?

Do kids & teens experience impostor feelings? 

What’s it like to work with your family?

How do you keep moving forward when business drops unexpectedly and you can’t pay the bills?

And how do you keep it together when all your students turn their yoga mats into light sabers during class?

Get the full episode in iTunes!

Or listen on Stitcher (I’m looking at you, Android users…)!

Get more Mira!: MiraBinzen.com * Global Family Yoga * Facebook

“If you’re really going to share the practice of yoga, especially with children who can see right through you, you need to be practicing… and the heart of yoga is this balance of effort and surrender. You have to drive forward AND trust that there’s a flow and you’re an integral part of the flow.” ~Mira Binzen

LINKS & RESOURCES

How Yoga Helps – FREE 5 part video series on therapeutic yoga for children with specific conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Issues
  • Attention and Focus concerns such as ADD/ADHD

Chill Children CD – guided relaxations

Anxious to Awesome – An Individualized Online Program For Parents with Children ages 6 to 16

Global Family Yoga – Children’s yoga certification programs

iRest Yoga Nidra for Adults & Children

Creative Space Retreat to NOLA with Andrea! – March 2017

“Have a lot of faith in your dream and don’t spend so much time with people who poo poo it.” ~Mira Binzen

 


Mira Binzen

Mira is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level (E-RYT, RCYT), a certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and a professional Integrative Yoga Therapist (1,000-hour level certificate). She holds a degree in Child Psychology from The University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, with specialized study in Communication Disorders.  She has been training people to teach yoga to children since 2002.

 

More on Mira….

As a developmental therapist traveling through India in the mid-nineties, Mira was exploring Yoga for her own interest when an ‘aha’ moment changed the course of her professional work.

She discovered the practice to be an exquisite way for both children and adults to integrate their sensory experiences while cultivating awareness, balance and openness in both body and mind. This initial insight sparked a passion that continues to burn brightly as she shares the timeless teachings of Yoga with students of all ages and abilities.

Mira found her spiritual home (and spiritual name, “Mira”) with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers.  In January of 1999, she received her 200-hour Yoga teacher certification from this school in Kerela, India.  Later that same year, she found YogaKids International and became one of the first ten “Certified YogaKids Faciliators” (CYKF) in October of ’99. She went on to mentor and train hundreds of CYKFs for the next four years while working with founder Marsha Wenig to expand the training curriculum. Marsha commented on Mira’s time with YogaKids saying,

“Her commitment to excellence, her integrity, depth of knowledge in the field of Yoga and passion for its practice contributed to our program in immeasurable ways and I am grateful for her time with us.  Her strong connection to the spiritual aspects of Yoga along with its values and traditions were an inspiriation to us all.”

Before moving to Chicago in 2005, Mira was a Yoga therapist with the Integrative Medicine Program at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital – the first and largest integrative children’s clinic in North America.  (Click here to read a letter of recommendation from the founder/director of this clinic, Dr. Timothy Culbert.)

She continues to pursue the path through a dedicated personal practice and continuing study with Yoga luminaries Richard Miller, PhD, Yogarupa Rod Stryker and the spiritual leaders of the Sivananda centers and ashrams worldwide.

Her blend of playfulness and professionalism provides an engaging, safe and joyful experience for all. Her education, experience, and deep commitment to improving the lives of children and families are combined to create a training program of the highest quality.


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

016: Trust yourself, Amy Segreti

“Why do I have to go to this place where I’m called to write something but it hurts to do it because I’m really digging around in this tender place in my heart? I know that it’s me and that it’s authentic when it’s hard to publish, when it’s scary to publish.” ~Amy Segreti

In this episode, I talk with Amy Segreti of Live All of You, an online resource and coaching business designed to guide you on a creative path of self-inquiry and awareness.

Amy is also the creator of The Abundant Host, a resource for cultivating lifestyle freedom by successfully hosting travelers via Airbnb.com.

Things you’ll learn about…

  • how the secret to manifesting what you want in life is desire + belief + action
  • getting out of comparison and creating authentic work via self-inquiry & truly knowing yourself
  • the importance of surrounding yourself with teachers, partners and practices that can provide compassionate perspective and function as a mirror for you
  • holistic day design for productivity and authenticity
  • finding freedom and connection — welcoming magic into your life!

Get the full episode in iTunes!

Or listen on Stitcher (I’m looking at you, Android users…)!

Amy’s Websites: Live All of You * The Abundant Host * Purdy Purity (on Instagram)

Facebook  * Instagram * Twitter

“Knowing yourself and knowing where you’re at right right now in every moment as much as you can by doing your own self-work or self-inquiry… will help you manifest or help you create your reality way easier than if you’re trying to push yourself to do something that doesn’t feel like you” ~Amy Segreti

Links & Resources

Holistic Day Design with Amyproductivity packet

Cleaning Up!Amy’s book on successful hosting via Airbnb

Amy’s interview with John Lee Dumas on Entrepreneur on Fire!

Creative Space Retreat to NOLA with Andrea!

 

“If something heavy is going on in my life and I need an outside perspective, my teacher will always give me one that I have not thought of… which continuously amazes me because I like to think sometimes that I can think of everything!” ~Amy Segreti

Still not sure how to launch your new idea? 
Check out my e-course (new Spring 2016!):
This e-course designed to help you take those first few bold steps on your creative path no matter what!

Amy Segreti 

I’m Amy Segreti, and I help people communicate, expand and invite magic into their lives.

I’ve been a writer and editor rooted in the blustery world of journalism for 12 years. Fluent in Spanish and AP style, I’ve worked as everything from publisher to managing editor to news editor to reporter.

I’ve published hundreds of pieces internationally in print and online publications such as The Huffington Post, New Worker Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, elephant Journal, Thought Catalog, The Globe (NC), InMadrid (Spain), The Daily Camera (CO), Yellow Scene Magazine (CO), Maryland Life, Rooster Magazine (CO), Fortnight Journal (NYC) and The Washingtonian (DC).

I’m the founder and editor of Twine Magazine. “Twine” comes from a root desire: to intertwine play and purpose in our lives. The magazine showcases and supports storytelling as an integral part of our experience in the world.

I started Twine in Boulder, Colo. as a print magazine in April 2012 and grew it to an audience of 20,000+ readers in 40 cities—from San Francisco to New York City to São Paulo to Madrid. I moved it online in April 2013, to reach a wider audience and become more of a reflection (particularly in my personal life) for what it stands for—sustainability, creativity and freedom.

My #1 passion is writing. Whether I’m working on an investigative story, a narrative feature, a poem or a pun, I strive to be the conduit for a genuine connection between subject, reader and self. It’s a love-triangle hit for me.

I’m also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, in addition to being Level 1 certified in Reiki. I love exploring different modalities for healing and diving deeper into our Selves.

If you still want to know more about me, here are other things:

I have been known to sneak avocados into restaurants if I notice they do not have them on the menu. I have been reprimanded for this. And yet, I continue my life of crime.

I adore dance and authentic body movement; it is an integral part of my  self-expression. I’ve been on a salsa dancing team and love playing with different aerial dance modalities, including aerial silks, pole and cyr wheel, aerial hoop, in addition to hula-hooping and general booty shaking.

Movement is a huge part of my life; I’m a bicyclist, rock climber, Rollerblader, yogini, hiker, runner, and am working on activating my “Athlete” archetype. I have a Goddess pole in my home and I’m not afraid to use it.

I am a life connoisseur and believe that pleasure, breathing and dropping in are more important than grinding through anything. Creativity comes to those with soft space to receive it.

The work I do revolves around enhancing and beautifying communication—with ourselves and with others. I believe that self-inquiry is the way through to full self-expression—and that self-expression is the key to our happiness and vitality.

I highly dislike crappy writing in the “lifestyle entrepreneur” industry. I hate writing for SEO, and I hate when everyone sings the same song with no difference in rhythm, tone or beat. We all believe the same thing? Gorgeous. Groove to it in your own way.

I don’t understand when people have an answer that is not where they are currently living when asked the question: “If you could live anywhere right now, where would it be?” Go there. If you think you can’t because you have kids, read this. Have pets? Read this. No money? How about this. I’m going to be a brat about this one.

I’m a hipster-snob with foodie tastes best described as: “gourm-casj” (“casj” pronounced like the beginning of “casual,” drawn out for snooty emphasis). Quality is most important to me, irregardless of price. Therefore, you can potentially find me at Frasca one night and the Halal cart on 53rd and 6th the next.

I’ve thought about starting a coworking space many times because it is the brick and mortar equivalent of what I believe can change the world—a community of people with strongly aligned value systems around creation, receptivity and sharing. In the end, I joined one instead… and media-partnered with the Global Coworking Unconference Conference… and wrote a magazine feature piece about coworking…


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.