How does our trauma shape our life’s purpose? How do we find the courage to step out of the darkness and into the light? We all have pain, so how do we turn that pain into purpose? While we cannot change what has happened to us, we can choose how it will transform us. We can choose what happens next.
Collin has made a choice to not let his past define him. His reliasancy is inspiring. His story shows us how we are all connected and we are not alone in our suffering. This interview is raw and vulnerable. Collin is an ayurveda student and sound healer. He has healed himself from an autoimmune disease and he has made the transformation from a victim to a hero.
Spirituality has become a trend. Consciousness and awareness are the new buzz words. But what does it mean to have faith? Who is God and how do we access her or him? We are brought up to believe God is judgemental. Images show us a white man sitting in the sky, condemning us to heaven or hell.
Verbatum Jones isn’t here for any of this nonsense. He was raised with a deep spiritual background and came to connect with God on his own terms. He started preaching at a young age but when he stopped cutting his hair and started growing dreads he was kicked out of his church. But all of the struggles and hardships only strengthened his faith. Verb still preaches but not in the church anymore. He spreads the light through his raps and shares his vulnerability with his rhymes.
Sometimes, life can be difficult and intense. Especially in these times of major shifts. We are currently in mercury retrograde and we are also beginning to shift into the winter season. The holidays are quickly approaching. It is time to go inward, which can be overwhelming and frightening. So how do we stay open? When all we want to do is shut down, eat a bag of chips, smoke some weed and drink a bottle of wine.
There are so many ways to stay open. It looks different for all of us. Connection is huge. Call someone, talk to a friend, reach out to your auntie or uncle. Take a bath, meditate, get acupuncture, invest in yourself. And even when you find yourself closing off and making mistakes. Forgive yourself. Meet yourself with love.
In this interview, Gurumittar and I talk about how to stay open when all that we want to do is curl up in a ball and give up. Gurumittar is an acupuncturist and third generation yogi. She spent 10 years of her childhood life at Miri Piri Academy. A school where they would wake up at 5 in the morning to do yoga and meditation. We discuss what it’s like to grow up in a yogi family and how Gurumittar was able to find her path when she came back to the US. We get into the depths of chi, the importance of community and connecting with others.
At some point in our lives, we all need help. We need somebody to lift us from the darkness and show us the light. We need a friend to believe in us when we have lost hope. When I was living on Kaua’i, Dr. Somer was the help I needed. I was stuck in my trauma and I was overwhelmed by my bipolar diagnosis. I found Somer at one of the lowest points in my life. She was my first Kundalini Yoga teacher and after class, she told me all about studying Kundalini in India with Gurmkuh. Six months later, I found myself in India, completing teacher training with Gurmukh.
After taking a class with Somer, I learned that she was so much more than a teacher. Somer is a doctor of physical therapy, cranial-sacral therapist, somatic and emotional release and reiki energy healer. I began working with Somer to heal my old traumas and reconnect to my inner truth. During one of our sessions, I remember lying down on the table and suddenly my body jolted up into a seated position, I looked at her in the eyes and said, “I am not bipolar anymore. That was just a phase of my life.” It was over two years ago that I made that statement. Since then I have not had a manic or depressive episode.
In this episode, you will get a taste of all that Somer has to offer. Her knowledge in the healing arts is profound. We talk about the importance of staying grounded as a healer. Somer teaches us about hypopressive breathing and low-pressure fitness. If you are a yoga teacher or healer of any kind this episode is a must. She talks about the benefits of uddiyana bandha, one of the three body locks in yoga. She even gets into how it took her two years to restore her gut health. This is an action-packed six-minute conversation where you gain a lot of knowledge.
Kevin Minogue is a shamanic counselor. Before that, he was a businessman, trading soybeans for big bucks. It took him three years of sickness to finally connect to his true calling. At first, he was resistant to make the big shift. But after writing his will and preparing for his final hour, he realized, “what the fuck am I doing.”
In this conversation with Kevin, we don’t shy away from anything. We start with the simple question, “what is a shaman?” Most shaman’s these days cost big bucks and hand out Ayahuasca and other plant medicine like it is candy. Kevin isn’t afraid to call bullshit when he sees it. We also get into porn, masturbation, being in an open relationship, religion, childhood trauma and everything in between. This episode will have you captivated from beginning to end.
Topics Discussed in this Episode:
How Kevin made the switch from businessman to Shamanic Counselor
Geenie is a wizard, a modern-day Dumbledore. Dumbledore never tried to make Harry Potter great. He simply reminded him of who he was. He woke him up to his infinite potential. He helped him connect to his innate gifts. Like the greater Professor, she does not try to fix people or change them. She helps them reconnect to their true selves.
Geenie is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Vedic Astrologer. In this interview, we cover a range of topics from the stars, the moon, gut health and where disease begins. Geenie’s knowledge and insight will help guide you on your path. Even though Ayurveda is an ancient science it still is able to help people in the toxic society that we live in today. But how do we connect to our truth and intuition when we are so disconnected? Where do we begin? Listen up and so you can begin to start peeling back the layers to connect to your inner guide.
The name Shabad Avatar means incarnation of God; here to bring a new language. And that’s what happens in this conversation. We are creating a new path for men. Two strong, sensitive men being vulnerable and sharing their knowledge and wisdom. This is the shift we have been waiting for. Conscious men who have learned to balance out their masculine and feminine energy. Men who aren’t afraid to share their struggles and talk about their emotions.
Shabad Avatar is a coach, kundalini yoga teacher and a master of numerology. Numerology is like astrology but instead of using science and the planets, they use math and numbers (your birthday.) Shabad Avatar was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and ended up being a high school dropout having to rely on drugs to connect with God. What was his wake up call? How did he heal the wounded child? I can’t tell you everything. Listen up and enjoy this conversation!
The day has come, Casey Chibirka, my incredible fiancé has gifted us with her presence and her incredible story. This is the first time I was nervous about an interview. I felt like a schoolboy, falling in love all over again.
This interview with Casey is vulnerable and raw. She takes us through her story of how she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome at a young age. So how did she respond? Well, she started by becoming a potato chip, hoagie loving vegetarian. But she continued on the healing path, making major lifestyle changes and eventually she left the pharmaceuticals behind. Spoiler alert, they were damaging her liver and destroying her vision.
Casey and James talking about the night they fell in love and how they continue to grow and evolve as individuals and within their relationship. They share their story of traveling to India together where they both fell in love with the teachings of Kundalini Yoga.
Charging your battery, learning to trust yourself, building community and tapping into fear. Pavanjeet takes us through his life story of how he was able to lift himself from the darkness through developing a daily practice. Pavanjeet is a kundalini yoga teacher, sound healer, and astrologer based in Boulder, Colorado.
Growing up as a queer boy in a conservative family in Texas, Pavanjeet moved to New York City after high school where he found himself emersed in the club and drug scene. It wasn’t until his father died that he realized he needed to make a change. So he packed his bags and headed to India in search of reconnecting with his true self.
Pavanjeet teaches us how to tap into our emotions and listen to our body instead of our mind. He talks about the importance of building a community and creating a daily practice. Throughout the entire interview, Pavanjeet gives up tips and insight on how to bring vitality and new growth into our lives.
Casey Trautwein is a photographer, man of the sea (he works on boat’s) and traveler. But more than that, Casey is my life long friend and old neighbor from Barclay Road. The boat life has brought Casey to Seward, Alaska. Casey has spent the last two summers living and working in Alaska.
In this interview, Casey takes us into his travels from working with elephants in Thailand to sailing the sea’s of Alaska and getting to know the killer whales and bald eagles of the land. We talk about the importance of community and how to create a community wherever we go. We also discuss how running has played a major role in our life.
Topics Discussed in this Episode:
What makes Alaska special
Working with elephants in Thailand
How to create community
Growing up in Philadelphia
Barclay Road (Our childhood neighborhood)
The gift of running
How to breathe when running
Bursting your bubble (getting out of your comfort zone)