Episode 131: Yoga as a Form of Radical Self Care

This is where the subhead goes where we talk about how you need to do your research and two other things 

Andrea Ferretti in a yoga pose, photographed from above

Caitlin Hildebrand quote saying "Yoga class is a combination of a gym and a bar. I get to be healthy and unwind. It's also a church where people connect to something much deeper than themselves."

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

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