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A Healthy Curiosity

Exploring self-care strategies, personal evolution, Chinese Medicine, and what it takes to be well in a busy world. You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., is an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, as well as a teacher and practitioner of qi gong, meditation, yoga, lifestyle and diet counseling who tries to walk her talk about health and mindfulness as a recovering Type-A, parent, and business owner. You'll find interviews with fellow experts in Chinese Medicine and natural health care about the conditions we treat and strategies we use clinically; simple self-care tips to help you feel calm, centered, and energized; and personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully.
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Now displaying: May, 2017
May 31, 2017

There are two equally valid paths to healthy living: there’s health evolution, and then there’s health revolution. Which one is for you?

 In Episode 49 of A Healthy Curiosity, host Brodie Welch, L.Ac. talks with Lenny Gale, a former finance and accounting consultant who went from the busy (and often less than healthy) life of a yang addict to Mr. Vitamix and founder of Life is NOYOKE. A transformed man, Lenny now spends most of his work hours answering questions, teaching about the power of plants, and creating in the kitchen with his wife, Shalva.

 

In this episode, we explore:

  • Transformation: yang addict to health inspiration
  • Different types of habit change
  • Morning routines
  • Smoothie recipes!

 

 

Resources:

Lenny’s website: Life is NOYOKE

The Life is NOYOKE Facebook Page

May 24, 2017

Content warning: non-graphic mention of sexual assault

 

Most people dig the idea of a full-body massage, but did you know you could DIY?

 

In Episode 48 of A Healthy Curiosity, host Brodie Welch, L.Ac. talks with Gin Burchfield, BS, CYT, LMBT, about the benefits of self-massage, known in the Ayurvedic tradition as Abhyanga. The benefits of massage are many and varying, and they penetrate all layers of our being: physical, mental, emotional, and sometimes spiritual. Listen in as Gin and Brodie discuss the ways that Abhyanga has helped them as a modality of both healing and self-care.

 

In this episode, we explore:

  • What is abhyanga? What does it do?
  • How do you perform abhyanga?
  • How might an Ayurvedic newbie build up to abhyanga?
  • A Sanskrit inspired chant to go along with your self-massage practice

 

Resources:

Gin’s Website

E-mail Gin

May 17, 2017

Dolphins and lions and bears, oh my!

And don’t forget the wolves. In Episode 47 of A Healthy Curiosity, host Brodie Welch, L.Ac. talks with Dr. Michael Breus, author and Clinical Psychologist, about what we can do to get good sleep. The USA is totally yang-addicted: we prioritize action and doing and achieving over rest, relaxation and recuperation, but at what cost? Dr. Breus shares his top five tips for getting good sleep, plus some warnings about what could happen if you’re deprioritizing rest in your life.

 

In this episode, we explore:

 

  • What is good sleep?
  • Sleepy driving vs. drunk driving
  • What is a chronotype?
  • Does our screen time affect the quality of our sleep?
  • Sleep myths

 

Resources:

May 10, 2017

Do you know what your brain is capable of?

In Episode 46, Brodie talks with Shonte Taylor, Author and Neuroscientist, about what our brains are capable of when we take good care of them. Neuroscience tells us that things like sleep, healthy eating, and meditation can literally grow the part of our brains that helps us stay calm and make good decisions. Meanwhile, poor sleep patterns, processed sugars, and excessive stress can grow the amygdala (remember the lizard brain encouraging fight or flight responses to things as simple as asking for time off from our bosses? Not helpful…).

 

In this episode, we explore:

  • The amygdala brain vs. the pre-frontal cortex brain
  • The fight or flight response
  • The best foods to feed your brain
  • Learning to change and control the way your brain responds

 

 

Resources:

Shonte’s Website

Shonte’s Facebook

May 3, 2017

What do tantra, wisdom, bliss, and Jesus have in common?

In Episode 45 of A Healthy Curiosity, host Brodie Welch, L.Ac. talks with Katie Silcox, Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda Practitioner, and New York Times Best-Selling Author of Healthy, Happy, Sexy: Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women, about tantra and making the wisdom of the ancients accessible in our modern lives.

 

In this episode, we explore:

  • What is tantra?
  • What do tantric teachings have to do with Jesus?
  • Moving out of your brain and into your body
  • How do you access the bliss body?

 

 

Resources:

 

Katie’s website

Katie’s Book, Healthy, Happy, Sexy

Brodie’s newest offering, Eleven Weeks to Level Up Your Life

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