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Episode 131: Yoga as a Form of Radical Self-Care

Historically, during times of political and cultural strife, people become more interested in self-care. That means that right now, self-care is an incredibly important and popular topic (to the tune of 9 million hashtags on Instagram!). Self-care means different things to different people. It’s not all bubble baths and mani/pedis (although, there’s certainly nothing wrong with those!)

I think of yoga as a radical form of self-care because yoga builds self-awareness — of your unique constitution, your needs, your strengths, and the parts of you that require extra attention and shoring up. That’s why I decided to focus on self-care for this episode. It’s a live episode recorded at the prAna store in San Francisco, with yoga teacher and astrologer Susannah Freedman and nurse practitioner Caitlin Hildebrand.

We talk about:

* How remembering one’s purpose can be a motivation for self-care

* Teaching yoga as a form of self-care

* What yoga philosophy says about self-care and how we can apply that to modern life

* The line between self-care and self-obsession/narcissism

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Self-Care: A Working Definition from The New York Times

Episode 125: Yoga and Astrology – When the Stars (and Your Chakras) Align

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