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The Science and Soul of Living Well is a podcast hosted by clinical psychologist, educator, trauma-informed mindfulness, meditation and yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic doula, Dr. Melissa Ming Foynes. Melissa and her guests dive deeply into ways to integrate evidence-based information from psychology and complementary and alternative medicine into our daily lives so that we can cultivate resilience and live with more meaning, purpose and alignment with our values in all life domains (e.g., relati ...
 
Author, speaker, empowerment coach, and psychotherapist Becca Clegg explores how we can reclaim balance in this grind culture world that is anything but balanced. Experiences of burnout, exhaustion, and perfectionism are at an all time high, and people need to create the life they want. Each episode introduces you to some of Becca's favorite healers and helpers through conversations about emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. Using the magic you already have within you, we will seek to r ...
 
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You're in for a treat... and a crash course in the vastness of you. Holistic coach Dr. Melissa Ming Foynes joins us to dive deep into the unique pathways to healing (a.k.a. what this WHOLE season of the Inner Alchemy Podcast is about!). She discusses how what we need changes over time, meaning we have the freedom and power to curate our individual …
 
Prepared to be "wowed." This week's guest is therapist, author, and podcast host, Monica DiCristina, and man, did she ever fill this episode with invaluable insights and mindset shifts. Monica and I spend our half hour together talking about how the lies we believe about ourselves sometimes become a source of comfort because they can be less scary …
 
Let's get to the heart of the matter. In this week's episode, Becca shares the experience of her own wake up call to the realization that we are Human Beings, not Human Doings. She discusses the harm in speaking about our feelings and experiences as good versus bad, the painstaking process of becoming a butterfly, and what to do when you need to do…
 
In this episode, I have a deeply powerful and inspiring conversation with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore (@grief_doctor), a grief educator, bereaved mother, tenured professor, best-selling author, and more. Dr. Jo started the first therapeutic carefarm in the world (@selah_carefarm) for traumatic grief which was recently featured on Oprah Winfrey and Prince…
 
We are joined on this week's episode by photographer and empowerment coach, Rupa Kapoor. Years ago, Rupa began what might be considered an unconventional photography business based on its tried and true mission: empower women to feel beautiful in their own skin. Through the power of vulnerability, Rupa has taught women what it's like to take baby s…
 
This week's guest is XChange facilitator, self-mastery coach and unofficial master mixtape maker, Adair Cates. Adair joins us to explore some pretty hefty questions like, "Can our pain expand our experiences?" and "How can grief be our greatest teacher?" Adair and I explore reframing the way we view our pain, returning to our breath as the anchor, …
 
I could not be more excited for you to join us for this conversation with life coach and trauma survivor, Kel Bauer, on the Inner Alchemy Podcast. I stumbled across Kel on Instagram after being drawn to one of his energetic and entirely human Instagram reels. I immediately knew this was someone I wanted to have on the show. Kel uses his online spac…
 
In this week's episode, I'm flying solo! I wanted to take a brief interlude from our usual episode structure and chat a little bit about something near & dear to my heart-- our culture. Or rather, how our cultural messaging has lead us to believe we humans are "broken" or needing "fixed." You see, as a therapist, I have seen clients come in, time a…
 
Y'all. What an enlightening conversation this was. I am joined by well-travelled and vulnerability-driven wedding photographer and creative business coach Kristin Sweeting (@kristinsweeting) on Season Two, Episode Two of the Inner Alchemy Podcast, and can I just say-- Get ready for some radical mindset shifts. We dive into how grief and vulnerabili…
 
The Inner Alchemy Podcast is BACK with Season Two, and I couldn't be more excited to kick it off with resident "Joy Coach" -- and one of my best friends-- Claire Pearson (@clairepearsoncoaching). Claire's story of reclaiming her role in the driver's seat of her life is better than your average bedtime story (and it even includes a fashion show!). I…
 
In this episode, I have a rich conversation with Becca Clegg (@beccaclegglpc), an inspiring author, psychotherapist, embodiment teacher, consultant, & speaker, about listening to & learning from your body's wisdom. Becca & I talk about what it means to live in an "embodied" way & why embodiment is so important. We also offer specific examples of ho…
 
In today's episode, I speak with Ameya Duprey (@ShaktiCare), board certified Ayurvedic practitioner, massage therapist and Ayurvedic postpartum doula about 5 key pillars of Ayurvedic wisdom ("eat, heat, sleep, love, and repeat") that can guide postpartum care that truly nurtures the birthing parent in the immediate aftermath of birth and for many y…
 
In today's episode, I share some pearls of wisdom from Ayurveda, a rich and complex holistic preventative medicine system originating in India over 5,000 years ago. One translation of the word "Ayurveda" means "the science of life." Ayurveda can deepen your understanding of your unique mental and physical constitution in ways that can help you cult…
 
In today's episode, I briefly review what "high sensitivity" means. I also discuss different kinds of boundaries and containers that can help you thrive as an HSP. I also share examples of common barriers that many HSPs face in cultivating lifestyles that support boundaries and containers. I also offer some concrete tips and actionable strategies f…
 
In today's episode, I describe the trait of high sensitivity and share some key research that is helpful in understanding high sensitivity. I also discuss how cultural values, families of origin, life experiences and relationships shape our perceptions of high sensitivity. The judgment and criticism that highly sensitive people (HSPs) often face fr…
 
In today's episode, I focus on actionable ways that you can break the cycle of perfectionism and shift perfectionistic tendencies. I highlight various principles that I think are important to keep in mind as you go on this journey, as well as some helpful strategies and tips that I have found to be useful in addressing perfectionism in my own life …
 
This week's episode is the second episode in a three-part series on perfectionism. This episode is intended to give you an opportunity to dive more deeply into different domains of your life (e.g., physical appearance, physical fitness, profession, hobbies/vocation, parenting/mentorship, relationships, sexual life, physical environment, vulnerabili…
 
In this first episode of a 3-part series on perfectionism, I define perfectionism and outline three key dimensions: 1) 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘮, which involves requiring perfection of yourself, 2) 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳-𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘮 which involves requiring perfection of other people, and 3) 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘮, which involves believing t…
 
In this episode, I speak with Kira Willey (@kirawilley), an award-winning children’s music artist, author, kids’ yoga & mindfulness expert, TEDx speaker, & creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs (read more about Kira below). Kira is an incredibly inspiring & passionate gem of a human, & she has dedicated herself so wholeheartedly to sharing the wi…
 
In this episode, I speak with Jesse Brisendine (@jessebrisendine), a best-selling author, award-winning speaker, and world-renowned expert who, in his words, works with individuals and organizations to "move beyond their limitations, unlock their greatness, & build their Camelot." We highlight different kinds of supports that can help us navigate i…
 
In this episode, I speak with Kristjana Hillberg (@kristjana_hillberg), founder of Your Freelance Friend and host of the Red Door Podcast, about growing up in a system of religion that did not resonate with her. Through heartfelt and inspiring anecdotes about her personal journey, Kris shares how she stayed connected to her intuition throughout man…
 
In this episode, I speak with Isabelle Havers, an intuition coach who helps women make themselves their own priority by learning how to cultivate more joy & ease in their lives. We talk about the pressures many of us face in workplace settings to overwork and over-perform in ways that lead to burnout and a disconnection from what we truly want and …
 
At the end of every episode, I ask my guests the same question: "What is one piece of advice or wisdom that you would give your 14 year old self?" Without fail, the answers to this question have revealed some of the most touching, insightful bits of advice, and I can think of no better way to conclude Season One of the Inner Alchemy Podcast than wi…
 
In this episode, I share a variety of concrete, actionable tools from evidence-based psychology and other Eastern and Western healing traditions that can help you respond more effectively and holistically to self-criticism in different domains of your life. I cover a variety of strategies including mindfulness-based approaches (e.g., RAIN meditatio…
 
My jaw was dropped for most of this week's episode with Francie White where we talk about exercise resistance and the valuable inquiry into our own consciousness, and you'll quickly be able to tell why. Francie joins us on the Inner Alchemy Podcast to discuss what's really going on in our psyche when our lack of motivation to exercise falls by the …
 
Amy Harman joins us on this week's episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast to discuss the toxic cycle of perfection and how normalized it has become in today's perfection-chasing culture. Amy is a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as the author of Perfectly Imperfect: Compassionate Strategies to Cultivate a Positive Body Image, and she h…
 
In this episode, I emphasize how essential it is to understand your relationship to self-criticism & the ways in which it shows up in your life. From this foundation of insight, you can then enhance your ability to respond to self-criticism more effectively, particularly with a compassionate stance, so that it becomes a less dominant force. I begin…
 
Unless you're an artist in a professional capacity, odds are good that you stopped drawing and doodling somewhere around middle school. Lauren Fabrizio joins me on this episode to talk about bringing that tool back as a way to process emotions and experiences when there are no words. Tune in to hear about your innate ability to create, the best pum…
 
We are joined on this week's episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast by fitness guru, hip hop enthusiast, and yogi, Shauna Harrison. Shauna joins us to chat about how the cultural relationship with movement has become distorted and motivated by self-loathing, and Shauna shares her own thoughts on how to get back to a place of joyful movement. We learn…
 
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Lori Brotto (@ubcshr), Registered Psychologist, Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia, Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, leading international expert on the topic of sexuality, & author of the powerful book "Better Sex Through Mind…
 
Our welcomed guest, Mary Lofgren, brings a healthy dose of 'real talk' to this week's episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast. Mary and I take a deep dive into the shame surrounding sensuality and eroticism and what it means to fully embrace your own sensuality. We discuss becoming more present in your body so that you can become more present in your …
 
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Jennifer J. Freyd, the Founder and President of the Center for Institutional Courage, Inc (https://www.institutionalcourage.org/), keynote speaker, author, and professor emerit of psychology with over 30 years of experience researching people and their relationships with institutions.) Dr. Freyd emphasizes how it i…
 
I am pleased to welcome Paula Scataloni and Rachel Lewis of the Embodied Recovery Institute to the Inner Alchemy Podcast. The body is such an inherent tool to healing, but we often ignore it for the cognitive instead. Rachel and Paula’s purpose work is to show others how to get back in touch with this healing resource, especially as treatment for e…
 
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Robyn Walser, a warm-hearted soul with so much wisdom to share, about ways we can change our relationship to painful life experiences in order to move more freely in our lives. We talk about how living life with vitality, rather than focusing primarily on getting rid of certain symptoms, can help us meet painful em…
 
It goes without saying that there are a number of BS stigmas surrounding motherhood. Whether it be perinatal mood disorders, postpartum depression, or even how freaking difficult it is to keep the kitchen clean after having a child, the lifespan of motherhood is hard enough without the high expectations we humans have of moms everywhere. I am joine…
 
We are so thrilled to be joined by Career Coach and Chief Joy Officer (what a great purpose work title, right?!), Maureen Sweatman, on this episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast. Maureen educates us on the significant differences between Career with a capital ‘C’ and purpose work, as well as a few tips to assessing if the career you’re in is truly i…
 
In this episode, I highlight different dynamics in our families of origin and ways they contribute to the development of certain patterns that help us survive and/or get our needs met, yet also can cause problems in our lives in adulthood (e.g., in terms of relationships, sense of self, responses to our emotions and ways of expressing them, etc.). …
 
You know that phrase "I feel seen right now"? Well, it's safe to say that I felt super seen during this interview with confidence expert and leadership coach, Barbara Churchill, on the Inner Alchemy Podcast. Imposter syndrome is a mindset that many of us have ascribed to, making us believe that we are unworthy and we constantly have to be striving …
 
In this episode, I speak with Laura Lu (@themindhealthspot) about patriarchy and capitalism and the ways in which we are all affected by these systems as well as concrete actions we can take to heal from their harmful effects. We highlight several core problems that we have observed in ourselves, loved ones, clients, and communities stemming from t…
 
In last week's episode, I talked about pandemic burnout and the effects that this time has had on our nervous systems. We're following up this week with Jamie Singleteary, Regional Outreach Manager at Monte Nido and Affiliates, to give you tangible tips on how to work through that pandemic wall. Jamie is well-versed in the art of navigating the men…
 
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 wh…
 
As we start to make strides towards a post-COVID world, but it still remains a very real thing that presents very real challenges, I wanted to chat a little bit about pandemic burnout. As humans, we are really skilled at adapting mentally, but our nervous systems are still feeling the effects of a pretty traumatic year. In this episode, we'll talk …
 
Many of us have heard people say things like, “try not to judge yourself so much” or “let go of your judgments." While we may intellectually recognize that judgments may not be all that helpful, we do not always feel well-grounded in why letting go of judgments is so important, or clear about what to do instead of judging. In this episode we talk a…
 
This episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast highlights the healing power of couples’ counseling with relationship coach and therapist, Mika Ross. Mika talks about the cultural disparity between the expectations of moms and dads, as well as the misconception that couples have to wait until the relationship is too far gone to seek help. She also shares…
 
In this episode, I focus on concrete ways we can find our center ~ ways we can access a grounded sense of safety, stability, security, & soothing ~ even in really difficult times where we may be overwhelmed with stress, grief, fatigue, and pain. While we can and do access grounding through our body, full grounding doesn’t just involve the physical …
 
I have been anxiously awaiting my interview with iconoclast and poet, Katie Vie, and it’s finally here! Katie joins me on the Inner Alchemy Podcast to discuss something I have always found so fascinating– archetypes. Archetypes are symbols that, whether you know it or not, have become engrained in your own life and ways of communication. Katie dive…
 
In this week's episode, I had the deep honor of speaking with Rona Fernandez, a 2nd generation Filipino-American, about her grief journey and the death of her beloved daughter Naima. She highlighted ways that various "containers" can support our grief process (e.g., space, time, nature, ritual, writing, art, sharing memories, social media, meaningf…
 
Amy Jaynes joins us on the Inner Alchemy Podcast to discuss the unique approach of emotionally focused therapy to the healing process. Emotionally focused therapy, or EFT as you might hear it referred to, has become the “gold standard” of therapy, and it’s easy to tell why after hearing Amy’s insight into the process. By establishing both a cogniti…
 
In this week's episode I discuss the gut-microbiome-brain axis and how it affects different aspects of our health and well-being. I begin by talking about the how the microbiome is one of the five natural defense systems in the body and ways that it is impacted by the foods we eat and how we digest them. I also highlight the impact of an imbalanced…
 
Our culture has created a damning narrative around how we feel about our bodies, and we are so grateful to Inner Alchemy Podcast guest, Heidi Lynn Andersen, for joining us on this episode to tell us more about reclaiming the true definition of beauty. Our bodies hold such a wealth of wisdom, but we are conditioned to ignore it entirely. This episod…
 
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