002 - Olivia Roberson - Breaking false dichotomies; building self-awareness

By Michael Roberson

Show Notes & Links Olivia Roberson (Instagram | Lighthouse Yoga Website) is a budding yoga therapist and trained yoga teacher. Interested in starting Yoga or a mindfulness practice? I think you’ll enjoy this episode. We discuss Olivia’s journey, how she conducts self-assessment, practicing mindfulness, false dichotomies, digital yoga therapy, implementing new habits, monitoring your internal dialogue, strategies for approaching yoga, and strategies that we should steal from yoga. Olivia’s Offers (1) Subscribe to her newsletter at the bottom of this link to access her Nidra. (2) Contact her for a free hour-long digital, remote yoga therapy session. Take her up on the offer while it’s still on the table! Affiliate Links for Olivia’s Recommendations The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy by Mukunda Stiles Time Stamps [0:00:00 == Introduction to Olivia]………… [0:02:30 == Leaving Psychology for Yoga]………… [0:08:00 == Cortney Ostrosky (Instagram) https://www.instagram.com/cortney108/ (Website http://www.cortneyostrosky.com/), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo https://amzn.to/35RJLf2, and realizing that she needed to move on because of her visceral reaction to her textbooks. ]………… [0:10:59 == "This is your life, and you can’t live it for someone else, so if you’re going down a path for any reason other than that you want to go down it, it’s really not a good idea.” ]………… [0:12:25 == How Olivia conducts self-assessment]………… [0:15:45 == Realizing that “gentleness” was her superpower]………… [0:17:28 == Learning to listen to your body and stop living from the neck up]………… [0:19:45 == Crossover between yoga and jiu-jitsu (mindfulness in practice) ]………… [0:21:00 == Many routes to practicing mindfulness]………… [0:21:30 == Bruce Lee on reaching technical mastery to the degree of “no mind” ]………… [0:23:22 == When did yoga enter your life? ]………… [0:26:55 == Developing a sense of "mise en place” / equilibrium]………… [0:28:00 == “You might not even be aware of how anxious or bad you’re feeling day-to-day if you haven’t come to that state of balance.” ]………… [0:29:20 == How Yoga changed from “workout” to “therapy” ]………… [0:29:35 == "It’s not about the Asana” ]………… [0:29:55 == Yoga is an 8-limbed practice (more about philosophy and inner inquiry) ]………… [0:34:22 == What are the 8 limbs of yoga (not just about posture) ]………… [0:40:00 == When did you know Yoga was your calling rather than something you enjoy]………… [0:46:00 == False dichotomy between good and bad / really more between boredom and excitement]………… [0:47:35 == Gordon Ryan (BJJ) and mirroring Olivia’s experience with “no days off” ]………… [0:50:45 == 10 themes I observe in top performers]………… [0:54:20 == What is Yoga Therapy]………… [0:59:30 == Meeting the client where they are]………… [1:00:00 == Good candidates for Yoga Therapy]………… [1:03:00 == Remote/digital options for Yoga Therapy]………… [1:05:15 == Keys to implementing a new habit (consistency, surrender, and self-inquiry) ]………… [1:07:10 == Keeping your promises to yourself]………… [1:08:40 == Drink from the well every day “if you’re trying to do it that way, you’re missing the point.” ]………… [1:10:20 == Lower the bar and make continuous progress]………… [1:10:37 == Navy SEALs “Say goodnight to the sun” break your goals into tiny steps]………… [1:12:21 == Dan John and Pavel Tsatsouline: dial down intensity and amp up frequency]………… [1:13:40 == How to lay the groundwork for your Yoga practice]………… [1:15:00 == Embrace where you are when you start your journey]………… [1:16:20 == Don’t create a right/wrong duality; try not to judge]………… [1:17:38 == Monitoring your internal dialogue]………… [1:19:40 == The most important thing is to start; you’ll notice as you go along]………… [1:20:27 == KPIs for Yoga]………… [1:21:00 == Healing is not linear]………… [1:24:30 == When to ignore advice (unhealthy power dynamics) ]………… [1:26:00 == You are your own best teacher; listen to what the body needs; individualize your practice]………… [1:27:00 == Some signs of a good Yoga teacher]………… [1:28:30 == Resisting idolization and hero worship]………… [1:32:45 == How to understand our body’s proportions and their impact]………… [1:37:35 == How to combat misunderstandings]………… [1:40:50 == How to approach your Yoga study; where to spend your time]………… [1:43:50 == Important fundamental starting positions (Joint Freeing, Sun Salutation) ]………… [1:49:00 == How to adapt Yoga for weightlifting, back injuries, and general inflexibility]………… [1:55:09 == How to proactively manage your Yoga teacher’s expectations]………… [1:59:30 == How to ask questions without disrupting the class]………… [2:03:00 == Common stumbling blocks, discouraging times, etc. ]………… [2:07:00 == Reframe the good/bad narrative]………… [2:08:00 == How to downgrade your practice during times of stress to maintain consistency]………… [2:09:50 == A good option for a shortened practice: Sun Salutation & Restorative Yoga]………… [2:13:40 == Best investments]………… [2:13:50 == Book recommendations]………… [2:22:00 == Where to find Olivia]………… [2:23:00 == Closing thoughts]…………

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