What is Aerial Yoga? With Michelle Dortignac, Founder of Unnata® Aerial Yoga On some level, we are all constantly striving for balance. We continually navigate our way between our needs and wants, work and play, yin and yang, freedom and responsibility. Learning to FLAUNT! means putting aside expectations and boldly taking steps forward, regardless of the outcome. FLAUNT is about tuning in, trusting our own truth, and creating our own sense of balance. Today’s guest, Michelle Dortignac personifies this philosophy of balance in many different arenas. Shortly after graduating from college she heeded her inner voice and moved to New York, catching a ride in the back of a muffin van. Regardless of her parents’ assertion that they were not going to support her ambition to study dance and yoga in New York, she continued on, forging her own path, based on the calling of her heart. Fast forward 25 years, and Michelle is still in New York, and is the successful founder and creator of Unnata® Aerial Yoga. She is an E-RYT 200 certified Yoga instructor of close to 20 years, while during most of those years also being a professional aerial acrobatics performer.
Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #235 was recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts. Today we feature Radio Hour guest stalwarts Amanda Potluck on vocals and percussion and Dameron Midgett on mandolin, kalimba, acoustic guitar and didjeridoo. Mariam Massaro leads the session with her visionary songs on vocals, native flute, baritone ukulele, percussion, acoustic guitar and celtic harp, Craig Harris rocks the congas and the balaphone and Robert Sherwood plays piano. Today’s first number in support of Standing Rock is the Native American-influenced hymn “Never Give Up For All That You Really Are” featuring a fine duet between Mariam and Amanda. “Let’s All Be Free” is a sprightly folk number featuring thumb piano from Dameron and a flowing, inspiring lyric from Mariam. Mariam and Amanda duet again to great effect as the intensity slowly, inexorably rises. “Diamonds In The Rough” is another fine folk number from Mariam who leads on vocals and baritone ukulele. Craig lifts the energy with his dancing balaphone and Dameron digs in on the mandolin. After the break we proceed with “Black Moon In The Dark Of Night”, another hymn for the tribes of North Dakota, is a lovely and somber ballad with a flowing vocal from Mariam and hypnotic piano from Bob. As the song enters its coda, the stage is set for some fine native flute playing from Mariam. We ease into an extended outro section called “Days Gone By” and Mariam forms the basis for her gentle, beautiful “Rainy Day” with gentle, rich strumming on her celtic harp. Cadences both dissonant and beautiful from Bob’s piano give the piece direction and shape. Last up today is a fine reading of Mariam’s “Twin Flames” from the “Smooth Sailin’ Love Songs” cd.
Phyllis King, author of The Energy of Abundance: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom to Achieve Anything You Want In Life.Phyllis King, a common sense psychic and psychic comedienne who has mentored and advised individuals businesses and audiences will help you find ways to achieve abundance in every aspect of life, from relationships to income, peace of mind, and emotional health as we master the Universal Laws of Energy and play the Energy Game for success and well being. Phyllis says she was born with a heightened awareness of a kind. Sheryl like Phyllis usually describes her earlier life as being sensitive and aware of what others were not and was described as a sensitive child who felt and responded deeply to the emotions of others and situations where she could not be moved from her own sense of knowing what was best for herself and others.
Rose Elliot, author of I Met A Monk. Rose hosted a Buddhist Monk and 15 other novice mediators at her home for a meditation course and describes the many benefits derived from mindful meditation that became central to her ability to survive a tragic family situation. Rose Elliot will describe the monk’s teachings and the group’s reactions to them and includes in her book short meditations quick reviews and practices designed for those struggling or new to the practices and techniques of meditation which has been scientifically proven to be a means to relaxation, greater health, peace and self-discovery.
The Value of Having a Physician who Cares: A Conversation with Len Saputo MD Many people enter the field of medicine and become physicians because of the enhanced social standing and the money that can be made, but some physicians enter the field because they love people and really want to bring healing to them. Len Saputo is that latter kind of physician. In this conversation you will learn of his journey, and what he has learned in his 30+ years of patient-centered practice. A graduate of a Duke University Medical School and board certified in medicine, he did everything he could for his patients at the John Muir Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay area, but for 25 years was desperately unhappy – he realized that he was only treating the symptoms of people’s illness and not creating the kind of health and happiness he had dreamed of. It was then that his awakening took place and for the past 15 years, he has become a leader in the health/medicine movement, founding the Health/Medicine Forum, a non-profit educational foundation, and the Health Medicine Center, And Integrative Medicine Center located in Walnut Creek, California. In this very stimulating interview, you will hear his story, what changed his mind, and the healing tools he learned to bring into his practice. Dr. Saputo sees illness as being primarily an opportunity to learn. You’ll learn how Dr. Saputo treats pain as a message leading to the discovery of higher purpose, how he sees his primary purpose as care and support, and how he treats the people he sees as friends rather than as “patients”. You’ll hear how his wife’s illness awakened him to another level of practicing medicine and how important it was, he discovered, to understand that totality of his patients and how it led to what he calls his practice of “lifestyle medicine.” And you will learn how to provide these principles to your life. He’ll talk about his newest book, the 2010 Nautilus Gold Award Book of the Year in health and healing, “Return to Healing: Radical Healthcare Reform and the Future of Medicine.” He’ll share with us the level of dishonesty there is in medical research, the corruption in medical organizations, the greed of the pharmaceutical companies, and his other discoveries about why it is that we continue to have a healthcare system that is not at all focused on creating or preserving health. This promises to be a great interview – don’t miss it.
“I’ll Meet You at the Base of the Mountain” with Donna Visocky
Donna Visocky lost her daughter in 2003 at the age of 21, and then discovered what so many bereaved parents discover: her daughter was an advanced being, her brief life and death had been meant for Donna’s spiritual growth, and an amazing adventure was about to begin. Donna’s book, I’ll Meet You at the Base of the Mountain, is extraordinary and uplifting. Her spiritual journey is unforgettable.
Managing Chronic Stress and How to Become Stress Resistant
Join Leah Marie as she discusses different approaches and strategies to dealing with any situations that may cause chronic stress. She will share what things you can do that will enable you to become more resistant to the triggers that cause stress. Also, Leah Marie will be giving away 2 passes (a $99 value) for her upcoming online training webinar "Stress Management Boot Camp-Get Your Wellness ON for the holidays!"
The New Divine Feminine: Meghan Don
Embracing the archetypal truths of sacred womanhood with Meghan Don. Bringing forward Gnostic and mystical teachings, Meghan Don shows you how to work with the seven faces of the Divine Feminine: the light and dark aspects of the Daughter, Mother, and Crone, opening the way to one’s true enlightened nature.
Meghan Don is known for her keen insight into the human workings of the soul. Pointing towards the truth with compassion and humor, she allows others to witness and experience this truth for themselves. Meghan has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, Unity and New Thought Churches, and Episcopal and Methodist Churches. Her book, Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey Into The Sacred, won the Best Book and Author Award in New Zealand in 2006.
Brian Rusch Executive Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
For the last few days of the filming of the documentary, Mystery of the White Lions, we were joined in White Lion Territory by Brian Rusch who is the Executive Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. Apart from meeting all our extraordinary White Lions and learning about our re-introduction program, Brian took time to visit some of the StarLion Centres – local schools which we support through our StarLion programme. Due to the excellent timing of his visit, he witnessed the final release of Regeus, which completes our Akeru pride now living in relative freedom after three years of an intensive anti-poaching campaign which included the development of a state of the art electrified fencing project. Brian found loads of synergy between his work and ours – and was very happy to share his findings with One United Roar.
Brian was also delighted to share Peace3, a song created by Artists Tatu Vision and Stoney Creation, which he describes as the song that most clearly speaks to him at a heart level. Peace3 is a major youth peace initiative taking place amongst mostly high school and college students, driven by the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation under the leadership of Brian Rusch.
An Apprenticeship With Sorrow
An Apprenticeship With Sorrow Francis Weller returns to the New Lifeboat Hour to discuss with Carolyn the connection between grief and joy, what it means to have an apprenticeship with sorrow, and the difference our commitment to feeling our grief in a safe and support environment makes in our lives. What would our culture be like if we experienced that grief is our friend and that it is waiting to bring us many gifts on every level in our lives and communities? Don't miss this inspiring conversation with America's Grief Sage, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow.