In this episode, I have a heartfelt and candid conversation with Leslie Rangel (@newsyogi), a journalist and yoga teacher, about the ways in which high-stress jobs like journalism can disconnect us from our deeper sense of meaning and purpose. We discuss ways that we can promote self-care & healing in order to come home to ourselves, to remember who we really are and why we do what we do professionally. We highlight specific practices that can be integrated into our daily lives (e.g., yoga, breath work, mantra, work-life balance, mindfulness, cooking) that not only can prevent burnout, but also foster a sense of grounding that can help us understand how we’re really doing and ways to respond with compassion and nurturance. As Leslie says, “If you don’t know how your body is feeling, you don’t know what your body needs.” We talk about ways in which exposure to stress and trauma can show up in our bodies and the importance of acknowledging when we’re struggling, with acceptance and without judgment. Leslie also shares her personal journey regarding the ways in which yoga has helped her cope with stress and trauma in the workplace & heal her relationship with her body, emphasizing how this capacity for healing exists within us all.
Important Note: Our conversation about trauma and body image does include references to self-harm urges, so please listen at your discretion.
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