017. Collin Johnson : Trauma to Dharma

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. 

  • How we can heal with sound
  • The power of mantra 
  • Healing from an autoimmune disease
  • Uncovering childhood trauma 
  • Healing from trauma 
  • Turning pain into purpose 
  • How our trauma creates our fetishes
  • “The Body Keeps the Score”

How to connect with James 

Instagram –  Give A Shift  

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Collin

Instagram – Collin Johnson

Facebook – CollinIntro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

016. Verbatum Jones: Not Praying For Likes But Living An Authentic Spiritual Life

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.

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • How to connect with God
  • Staying true to who you are while creating music
  • Getting kicked out of his church
  • How doubt and struggle strengthens our faith 
  • The pressure that religion can put on us
  • Trying to be perfect in the eyes of God
  • The ups and downs of being a rapper  

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift 

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Verb

Instagram – Verb’s IG

Twitter – Verb

Facebook – Verbatum Jones

Soundcloud – Listen Here!

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

015. Gurumittar Khalsa: How To Stay Open and Keep The Chi Flowing

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. 

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • What is chi?
  • The basics of acupuncture
  • Importance of self care
  • Growing up in a yogi family
  • Boarding school in India
  • Finding Yourself
  • Community and Connection
  • The five elements of acupuncture

How to connect with James 

Instagram –  Give A Shift  

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Gurumittar Khalsa

Website – Purest Potential

Facebook – Gurumittar Khalsa

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

014. Dr. Somer Nicole: How To Stay Grounded While Being A Healer

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.  

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • How to ground yourself as a healer
  • Craniosacral therapy 
  • Hypopressive breathing 
  • Low-Pressure Fitness
  • Healing Trauma
  • Somatoemotional Release
  • Reiki Healing
  • How Somer healed her gut

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Somer

Website – Yoga Doctors TV

Instagram – Dr. Somer Nicole

Free Core Assessment & Intro To Hyprossive Breathing

Facebook – Somer Nicole

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

013. Kevin Minogue: Ayahuasca is Not the Answer… Connecting With Your Inner Guide’s Is The Way

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
  • What is shamanism
  • The importance of healing our trauma
  • We all have trauma
  • The danger of Ayahuasca
  • Being in an open relationship is bullshit 
  • The shame and guilt that come with religion
  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • Laugh, dance and sign

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift  

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook –James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Kevin

Facebook – Kevin Minogue

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

012. Geenie Celento : How to Reconnect to Your True Self Through Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology

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. 

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • How Geenie overcame an autoimmune disease
  • Ways to reconnect to our true self
  • The importance of community 
  • How disease begins in the body and the mind
  • How to work with the energy of the moon
  • What to do when mercury is in retrograde
  • Stepping out of the victim mentality
  • Getting in touch with your strengths
  • How to live in a toxic world

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift 

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Geenie

Instagram –  Botanic Alkhemy

Website – Geenie Celento

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

011. Shabad Avtar : How To Pave Your Own Path

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! 

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • Numerology
  • Being 10x greater than your teacher
  • Learning from our fathers
  • High school dropout
  • Breathwork > Drugs
  • Trying to find God in drugs 
  • Healing together as men
  • The Power of Magic
  • Marrying into a spiritual family 

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift 

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Shabad Avtar

Facebook – Shabad Avtar Singh

Instagram – Shabad Avtar

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

010. Casey Chibirka : The Big Experiment of Love, Life Without Big Pharma and Trusting Your Intuition

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.

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • Fading away from the cool kids
  • Finding herself in the arts
  • Almost losing her sister at a young age
  • Being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Taking her health into her own hands
  • Falling in love with James
  • Constantly changing and experimenting 
  • Cold therapy 
  • Kundalini Yoga

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift  

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook –James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Casey

Website – Casey Chibirka Photography

Instagram – Casey Chibirka

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

Pranayam (Beginning Breathe Work) –Ego Eradicator

009. Pavanjeet: Tapping Into Our Emotions & Learning To Trust Yourself

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.

Topics that will be covered

  • Discovering his body through yoga 
  • Let’s stop saying sorry for everything
  • Joining the club & drug scene in NYC 
  • Responding to wake up calls
  • Losing his father at a young age 
  • Seeing the brilliance in everyone 
  • Tapping into fear
  • Uplifting one another in a relationship 
  • Spending five months in India
  • Beginning to trust yourself 

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift  

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to connect with Pavanjeet

Website – Pavanjeet

Instagram – PavanjeetSK

Intro Music – Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan

Pranayam (Beginning Breathe Work) – Ego Eradicator

008. Casey Trautwein: Lifelong Friends Reconnect In Alaska

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)

How to connect with James 

Instagram – Give A Shift 

Yoga IG Account-  We The Shift Yoga

Facebook – James Arthur Rogers III

How to Connect with Casey

Instagram –Casey Trautwein

Intro Music –Palm Trees – Verbatum Jones feat. Kenneth Sullivan