Podcasts are my cup of tea. They are a portable and free way to learn on the go. I don’t usually make time to sit in front of the TV, but I love good storytelling. So I’ll listen to podcasts on my commute, while cleaning house or during jogs.
When instructors at Soma Pilates began recording their own health podcast, I was thrilled. I’m very proud to work with such brilliant people. Hosts Nikki Naab-Levy and Janet Sunderland are incredibly smart and kind “Body Nerds”. They are passionate about wellness without being dogmatic about a right or wrong way to exercise.
Their podcast Results Without Pain is fantastic. It gives real, reasonable information about health and fitness without any hype. There are tips for athletes and non-athletes alike, all given in a fun and causal style.
If you want to feel better and move better, check it out.
In Episode 1 of Results Without Pain, Nikki and Janet discuss running. Whether you want to start a running program or want to improve your current race performance, this episode is for you. Learn about training progressions, cross training and injury prevention. And hear Nikki tell us why “running is the push up bra” of natural movement.
The topic of Episode 2 is pelvic floor health. Although many people experience some pelvic floor issues in their lifetime, this subject that doesn’t get much attention since it’s a taboo “below the belt” issue. Janet and Nikki delve into the benefits of a healthy pelvic floor, discuss dysfunction and suggest ways to optimize PF health through fitness and medical interventions. If you don’t know why you leak when you sneeze or why Kegels are controversial lately, this discussion is for you.
Enough of my gushing! In addition to our very own podcast, there are a lot of wonderful wellness and health podcasts out there educating and inspiring our instructors. Here are a few of our staff’s recommendations.
Nikki – Liberated Body with Brooke Thomas
In the Liberated Body Podcast, Brooke interviews in some of the most innovative minds in the bodywork, fitness and movement communities. She has a knack for asking the right questions and summarizing complicated science, so even if you aren’t a body expert, you can learn a lot about how to move better and improve your movement practice.
In this episode, Brooke interviews Gil Hedley, anatomist and theologian. I’ve been following Gil for a long time and I adore his positive and holistic view of movement and anatomy, which shines through in his conversation with Brooke.
This is a good one to listen to if you want a greater appreciation of how we’re put together and a deeper understanding of the fascial system.
Jules Mitchell is a biomechanics expert and experienced yoga teacher who did her masters thesis on the science of stretching. I loved this episode, because broke down some of the most current science of stretching and how it disproves some long held, but inaccurate flexibility paradigms.
This episode is a great one if you want to advance your knowledge of how to gain mobility, prevent injury and get the most out of your yoga or movement practice.
Vanessa – Rich Roll Podcast
The Rich Roll Podcast was recommended to me by a friend who knows I like running, plant-based food and intriguing stories. Rich Roll has dedicated his life to becoming one of the fittest men in the world while living a plant-based life. He is an ultra endurance athlete and the author of two books; Finding Ultra– an inspirational account of mid-life transformation and self discovery and The Plantpower Way– a plant-based (vegan) lifestyle guide and cookbook co-written with his wife Julie Piatt.
Rich Roll’s podcasts are always stimulating conversations between himself and an accomplished guest. His interviews inspire his guests to reveal more, go deeper and share more nuggets of wisdom and experience. These are not short conversations either. Most episodes are almost two hours long, and many times I will listen to his podcasts bit by bit throughout the week until I have listened to the episode in it’s entirety. The time goes fast, and usually I want to hear more once the episode is over.
A few weeks ago I started listening to Episode 218 with author and adventure journalist Adam Skolnick. He tells the story of how he came to write his book, One Breath; The Spiritual Allure of Free Diving Through the Life and Death of Nick Mevoli. The episode was so compelling that as soon as I finished listening to it, I immediately started listening to it again!
I love Rich Roll’s podcasts so much because I get to learn from people I might have never even heard of otherwise. Instead of a speech or lecture, which can sometimes feel dry, listeners get to learn through interesting stories and warm conversations. This podcast helps me feel connected to the bigger picture, and motivates me to do my own great work. So check out The Rich Roll Podcast! There are literally 100’s of episodes availablewith subject matters as unique as the guests.
Rebecca -Tara Brach
A few years ago I set a goal for myself to mediate regularly. But I realized pretty quickly that I needed guided mediation recordings to keep my practice on track. After a trial and error, I found Tara Brach and her podcasts. I highly recommend them.
Tara’s voice works for me and her imagery is effective and not so “granola” as to be distracting. Her podcast includes guided meditations and lectures on Buddhist philosophy so you can learn more about theory or just practice the art of meditation by itself.