mind/body

Brick by Yoga Brick: Romy Phillips on Building the Mind/Body Connection

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Romy Phillips is a true Renaissance woman - from her beginnings as an art historian, to dance and movement, right up to today as an interdisciplinary yoga instructor, her focus has been building the mind/body connection within herself and within others.

Find out more about her story and strategies, and her new book in this insightful episode!


Meet This Episode's Guest

Romy Phillips

Romy Phillips, founder and creator of Yogathology, has been teaching yoga since 2001. A former arts administrator from New York City, with a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Maryland Institute of of Art; an a MFA in Arts Administration, from Columbia University. She spent a decade serving a number of roles at prominent arts organizations in New York City, namely the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. In time, the pressures and stress of work and city life led her by chance to Los Angeles in 1999, where in spite of her artistic pursuits, a life devoted to health took over. She walked into City Yoga one spring day in 1999 and her life took a dramatic turn which led her on the path to becoming a yoga teacher. Now she is a certified yoga instructor who has taught in a number of studios in the Los Angeles area and leading teacher trainings in Tokyo, Japan, China, and Vietnam.

Romy has background in dance and studied ballet, modern and jazz in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City. She has also completed a number of teacher trainings including Anusura and Yoga Works (Lisa Walford & Birgette Kirsten). She has assisted three 200 hour trainings at Yogaworks and has lead five Yoga Works 200 Hr. Teacher Trainings in Tokya & Osaka, Japan (2012-2017), Beijing (2015) and Shenzhen (2016). She has lead the first 300 Hr in Beijing in June/July 2016. Romy has developed a 30 Hr Yoga Forma Intensive that was taught four times at First Ship in Tokya & Osaka. Her first published book was released in July 2018: Yoga Forma: A Visual Resource Guide for the Spine and Lower Back.

Check out Romy’s website Yogalthology here!

Get her book Yoga Forma on Amazon!

 
Photo by David Gordin

Photo by David Gordin

Creating a Healing Path: Changing How We Think About Pain with Evelyn Hecht

Evelyn Hecht sheds light on pain: What is it and what can we do about it? She explains the difference between initial pain and chronic pain, and how we can retrain our brain to develop different patterns of response, thereby creating a path toward pain healing, a big step beyond pain management.

In her book "re.lieve: Solutions for Chronic Pain," Evelyn lays out simple tools, such as sleep, diaphragmatic breathing, and stretching exercises to help you take charge of your pain healing. “Listen to your symptoms, don’t fight them, have positive thoughts!”

Evelyn believes each person has the inner skills to create a healing path. “What are you saying to yourself about your pain?” she asks. How we answer that question can tell us much about how we relate to our pain and what we can do to change it.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Evelyn Hecht

Evelyn Hecht, PT ATC, is the owner of EMH Physical Therapy, specializing in pelvic floor & spine and all chronic pain for over 25 years.  She designed the pelvic health course for both NYU and Stony Brook University’s Department of Physical Therapy and taught  for 7 years.  

In 2014 she designed and launched an app, PelvicTrack, currently free on iTunes store, to help anyone suffering with pelvic floor dysfunction learn some basic exercises and track symptoms.

In 2017 she authored an e-book: “re.lieve: solution for chronic pain, self-help program” based on the modern science of pain with a guided self-help program to guide people suffering with chronic pain on their healing journey.

She earned her BS in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training from Brooklyn College and received her BS in Physical Therapy from Hunter College).

Check out EMH's website, Facebook, and YouTube channel for more information or to work with her in New York City!

Download PelvicTrack here!

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Activated & Present: A Fresh Perspective on Mindfulness Training with Paul Pitsaras

Our guest Paul Pitsaras (right), and Mitesh Raniga (left): cofounders of The Open Mind Institute

Our guest Paul Pitsaras (right), and Mitesh Raniga (left): cofounders of The Open Mind Institute

Coming to us from Brisbane Australia with good news about mindfulness is Paul Pitsaras of TOMI (The Open Mind Institute). "ACTIVATE YOUR POTENTIAL" is the slogan and a passion for self-development and helping others is the fuel that set Paul and his partner Mitesh Raniga on the road to create TOMI.

A lot of people are entrapped, stressed out, bombarded by technology and a world of instant gratification, their potential out of reach, or simply forgotten. TOMI wants to bring people the mental tools to help! Using core techniques such as critical thinking, mindfulness practice, resilience, emotional intelligence, metacognition and attention control, TOMI offers workshops, one-on-ones and Skype sessions.

Paul reminds us that mindfulness has now been scientifically proven to be effective, and it’s been in use for thousands of years. So between science and ancient history how can you not give it a try?


Meet This Episode's Guest

Paul Pitsaras

Paul completed double Bachelor degrees in Law and International Business in Brisbane before moving to London where he completed a legal practice diploma at the College of Law. Whilst in the UK, Paul was employed by a leading Chambers UK law firm where he was assigned to a number of high profile/ cost cases at trial across various jurisdictions.

Paul was admitted to practice in NSW in 2006 and has since held posts at the DPP, a number of reputable private practice firms in Melbourne and Brisbane (specialising in criminal & civil litigation) and a further 7 year post as a senior lawyer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, where he recurrently appeared across all Courts advocating on behalf of his clients.

In early 2014 Paul moved back to Brisbane returning to private practice as a senior civil litigation lawyer where he appeared in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts on a frequent basis. In his tenure as a lawyer Paul has managed and mentored junior lawyers and run training seminars and workshops to members of the profession, university students and bail justices.

In 2016 Paul co-founded The Open Mind Institute (TOMI) with a colleague from law school in light of their passion for bringing out the best in others. TOMI delivers presentations, workshops, one-on-one coaching and cutting-edge mental training (i.e. critical thinking, resilience, mindfulness, leadership & management training) to non-for-profits, educational institutions and professional services firms.

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