My Favorite Podcasts

I figured I’d lighten things up this week, give ourselves a little break from information and news about the “Virus that Shall Not be Named.”

I’m a big fan of podcasts. I love listening to them when I’m cooking or cleaning. They are especially helpful when I’m doing a project like organizing a closet or when driving around town.

Most of the podcasts I listen to are set up like a talk show with guests. Some are like “60 mins” or “20/20” where they’re true life or investigative stories.

My favorite type of podcast is the “Series,” a pod cast story that has a beginning and an end. All the ones I’ve listened to have been true stories.  Some were fantastic. Some were okay. But there are a few series podcasts that were so memorable I often think back on them and even re-listen to them.

I hear about new podcasts either by word of mouth or they are recommended on another podcast I listen to.  I’ll always check out a recommended podcast. Some I enjoy and listen to for a while. Other I give it a couple episodes and then I drop it. Most I get tired of and move on to something different.

But there are a handful of podcasts that I never tire of. I find myself going back to them again and again when I want to listen to something. And I thought, maybe you would enjoy them too.

I’ve put a link with each description that takes you to the website. But you can easily go onto your podcast app on your phone and search the title of the podcast and check it out from there.

So, without further ado, here are Heather the Yoga Nerd’s favorite podcasts. (In no particular order.) Continue reading My Favorite Podcasts

My Rant on how Happiness is Portrayed in Storytelling

Warning: Below there be spoilers. But, since the following rant involves the crappy endings of some books, movies, and TV shows, I can’t really help it. Please forgive me if I ruin something.

Years ago, I was happily reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. The millionaire Japanese man had seen through the plump frumpiness of the female apartment concierge. He saw through her pretense of being dimwitted so that people would leave her alone to devour art, literature, music and philosophy. He recognized the intelligent, beautiful woman hiding from the world. Because of this, she started to break out of her shell. He took her out on a wonderful date and treated her like a queen. She blossomed. (I was so happy. I love seeing someone grow and blossom. It’s one of my favorite things.) The next morning, the woman is still glowing from date the night before. Fantasizing about the future ahead of her, she leaves the apartment to go shopping, steps off the sidewalk, is hit by a truck and dies. The End.

Yep. I’ll give you one more minute to let that set in.

If I hadn’t been in public when I read the end of that book, I would have thrown it across the room. I was so very, very angry. This is a story-line that I see over and over again. Perfect moment of happiness when BAM! Hit by a truck and dead. Don’t believe me? Let me list a few more examples. Continue reading My Rant on how Happiness is Portrayed in Storytelling

What makes you YOU?

“For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way, and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now, I don’t.” – Meryl Streep

I’ve always loved Meryl Streep. And after reading this quote, I’m including her in the yoga nerd family. She doesn’t know that, unless she happens upon this blog, which would be SUPER AMAZING! I love her and she is always welcome in our family.

This advice she gives, to not worry so much about your weight, I talked about in a previous blog, the Wasted Energy of Weight Obsession.  In this blog I want to talk about the other half of her advice. Find your strength in what makes you different or weird. This is exactly the road I describe to healing. Only through discovering who we are, and loving who we are, will we find peace and happiness.

So first, we learn to appreciate what makes us different.

Actor Nicolas Cage April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

And here’s the thing, we are all weird and different. Think about how boring the world would be if we were all the same. For example, what if we all looked like Nicolas Cage? Continue reading What makes you YOU?

Thoughts on the Upcoming Movie “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

People keep asking me what I think of the Han Solo movie coming out. I rarely watch the Star Wars movie trailers as I don’t want anything spoiled. But there is so much hesitant buzz about this one that I broke my rule and watched the trailer.

Here are my thoughts: Continue reading Thoughts on the Upcoming Movie “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Why read my blog, Heather the Yoga Nerd?

First of all, what IS a Yoga Nerd?

According to the Urban Dictionary,  a Nerd is “an individual who: 1. Enjoys learning 2. Does not adhere to social norms.”

That about sums it up. A nerd is someone who is passionate about something so much that they are constantly learning about it and doesn’t care what other people think. So here’s the thing, I’m not just passionate about superheroes and light sabers, I’m passionate about yoga and healing.

Heather the Yoga Nerd is about being a nerd in your healing. We’re talking spiritual healing, as well as physical, mental and emotional healing. It is about wearing down the false outer layers until you find the real you. There is nothing better in the world than seeing someone grow and change right before your eyes. It’s even better than seeing Thor in all his muscular glory. It is about your healing and learning to love yourself for every bit of yourself.

Now, I’m not stuffy or overly serious about this self-growth and spiritual healing. Being a nerd means enjoying learning. You have to have fun along the way, right? That’s why I’m writing this blog. Healing can be fun. Yes, there are rough times when you have to look at the dark side of yourself. But, we don’t succumb to the dark side. We learn compassion for it. If we push it away, ignore it, or hate it we will succumb to the dark side of the force. Fear, Hatred, being completely unaware of the negative behavior patterns we have created is the life of the dark side. But I digress…

What makes healing fun is having group of like-minded people for support. You need like-minded people who can help you laugh and let go when you need. A group of people who will be as excited as you to try that new cauliflower taco recipe. Like-minded people who understand when you explain a bizarre healing experience or revelation you had that opened up a whole new door into your true self. A group of people who are going through the same experiences as you. Because, the other part of being a nerd is not adhering to social norms.

Now, we aren’t going to be so crazy that our family will check us into a mental health institution. But, as we change and grow, our behaviors change. Sometimes it throws people off and creates awkward situations. And anytime you make people uncomfortable you are walking outside social norms. But having a club gives us courage! And on the other side of that awkwardness is a lightness and peace that is the best feeling ever. I know because I’ve been there.

When I work with my wonderful clients, I am always sharing experiences from my journey.  Everyone starts at the beginning.  And the beginning isn’t always pretty! Along with sharing my stories, I am giving them tools to help them on their healing journey.  I teach them about the Enneagram and I provide energy healing. I teach them yoga and meditation. But not everyone lives in my city. Not everyone has access to one-on-one sessions with me.  SO! My hope is to take what I do in a session with a client and put it into this blog to help YOU on YOUR healing journey.

That is why I’m writing this blog – to share what I have learned on my journey. I want to share everything I’ve learned to help others heal. I want to help people discover how wonderful they are are fall in love with who they are. I want to help people find their inner healing nerd.

Where did your healing journey start? Was it an “aha!” moment? Or was it a difficult time in your life?  Feel free to share your story in the comments below.

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Movie Scenes that Wreck Me – Looking at what moves you as a path to self-knowledge.

There is a scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that took my breath away. I got a lump in my throat, a tightness in my chest and I wanted to cry. After seeing the movie a second time with the same reaction (Don’t judge! I know people who have seen it many more times than me!) I started thinking of all the movie scenes that wreck me. There are a handful that even talking about them I can get choked up. I started wondering if they had something in common. So I began watching a bunch of them on YouTube and I think there is a connection. Continue reading Movie Scenes that Wreck Me – Looking at what moves you as a path to self-knowledge.

Spreading the love of “I’ll Push You” – The Book and The Documentary Movie

Photo from I’ll Push You Facebook Page.

My best friend and I have become obsessed with the story of “I’ll Push You.” It is the true story of Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray who are lifelong best friends. They decide to hike the Camino which is a long trail in Spain similar to the Pacific Crest Trail. The catch is, one of them is in a wheel chair. Continue reading Spreading the love of “I’ll Push You” – The Book and The Documentary Movie