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Bonus Episode: Depression will talk. You don’t have to listen. (And other lessons I’ve learned about depression.)

I put together this episode after the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The loss of both of these talented, successfully, beloved people in one week was tragic. A few days after it happened, I read two great stories that talked about how important it is to tell our stories about getting through depression. When the news media focuses on a suicide and how it happens, it can lead to contagion. But when people tell their personal stories of getting through depression or suicidal thoughts or attempts, it helps people in the midst of a crisis see that they can survive.

In that spirit, I offer up the things I’ve learned from surviving depression, as well as how I got through it. I hope it helps you or someone you love. I’m posting links to the two articles mentioned on the shownotes page, which you can find here: yogalandpodcast.com/bonusepisode


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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

USA Today: Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture
At My Darkest Moment, I Reached Out for Help and Chose to Live
Episode 161 of Rosie Acosta’s podcast, Radically Loved
Yogaland episode 49: A True Story of Overcoming Depression, Panic, & Shame

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Episode 35: Kelsey Crowe, PhD on What to Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love

On this episode, I talk to Kelsey Crowe, the co-author of the book, “There is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love.” Although it’s not a “yoga” book written by yogi authors, so much of the approach and the advice reminded me of things we practice in yoga, that I was inspired to share it. For me, this book is part empathy primer and part emotional intelligence manual. It’s funny, it’s written with zero judgment, and it’s filled with helpful and achievable ideas that can help all of us connect to each other more and to support each other when life gets tough.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
There Is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love
Help Each Other Out
Emily McDowell Studio

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David Szesztay — Welcome Home
David Szesztay — Sweet Water

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Episode 31: Bo Forbes – Self-Care for Empaths (A Neuropsych Extravaganza)

Hello everyone!

This week my guest is the effervescent, beautiful human Bo Forbes. Bo spent years as a practicing psychologist and is now a yoga teacher with a keen interest in neuropsychology. Every time I talk to Bo, I’m pretty much stunned by her depth of knowledge, her insight, and the lovely way she has about her. This conversation was supposed to be about her step-by-step system for helping people who are overly empathic. BUT, well…I just couldn’t help but ask her about so many different aspects of her life, her training, and her teaching, which is why I’m calling this episode A Neuropsych/Yoga Extravaganza. We talk about:

* Her early childhood on the Seneca reservation and how it informed her sense of interconnectedness at a young age
* How she started incorporating mindfulness practices into her clinical practice and how her clients responded
* Default mode — a system of wiring in the brain pioneered by Norman Farb that governs our tendency to ruminate or judge the past, present, and future.
* Direct experience mode — how meditation and mindfulness practices can help us recognize default mode when it’s happening and experience the present without judgement
* Empathy — why so many yoga teachers consider “empathic distress” and how to establish boundaries
* How connective tissue work helps her reset and come out of empathic distress

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Bo’s Online Courses: Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, the Body, and Contemplative Practice & Integrative Yoga Therapeutics
I Feel Your Pain: An Empath’s Guide to Staying Balanced by Bo Forbes
Bo’s Fascial Release for the Trapezius
Happiness Toolkit: Bo’s Simple Belly Massage

MUSIC
Shana Falana — Cloud Beats
Ryan Cullinane — Beach Vibes with Drums
Ryan Little — Wonderstruck

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