If You Like Yoga…
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Weekly Radio Show, All Things Yoga & Wellness

ABOUT THE SHOW – each week, Lucas brings expert guests, nutritional research, and answers questions from listeners from around the world. From best-selling authors and medical doctors to yoga misfits and mind-body researchers, the show is always through-provoking and focused on helping you live a healthy and successful life.

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EPISODE 242: HeartMath: How to Listen to & Train Your Heart
with Howard Martin

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Most people assume that a healthy heart is beating slowly and steadily. The truth is a healthy heart is agile, highly variable, and changing with every inhale and exhale.

The measurement of your real-time, beat-to-beat variance is called, Heart Rate Variability, and it’s something every yoga student should learn. In a matter of minutes, you can “see” what’s going on in terms of your nervous system and emotional self, and more importantly, you can breath and visualize to change it when needed. On this week’s show, you’ll meet, Howard Martin, a leading voice at HeartMath.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How a heart-based approach to daily living can create positive change to meet global challenges
  • The importance of neuro-cardiology, the study of the heart’s own nervous system
  • How the heart is sending more signals to the brain than it receives
  • Why the heart is an electrical organ, the strongest source of bio-electricity (40x’s more than the brain) and projects its electromagnetic field 3-4 feet around you
  • How emotional activity can impact your electromagnetic field
  • Why “coherence” is a state of psycho-physiological balance, the goal of much of our mind-body wellness
  • How heart rate variability (HRV) can tell you more about your nervous system status and emotional health
  • 3 steps to heart-based breathing

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Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath and has been with the organization since its inception in 1991 serving as a key spokesperson and executive.

In 1999 he co-authored with Doc Childre, The HeartMath Solution. Howard is also a contributing author of the new book, Heart Intelligence, Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart. During his career with HeartMath and the Global Coherence Initiative, Howard has delivered educational programs to tens of thousands of people including: Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, and school systems in over 50 cities on four continents.

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EPISODE 241: Secular Meditation
with Rick Heller

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Almost every style of meditation I’ve learned has been presented as “secular,” but very quickly there is a Hindu chant, a photo of some old guru with a beard, or some other paraphernalia that looks and feels a lot like organized religion to me. I’m very interested in all world religions, but when I’m learning to meditate, I’d rather do that on its own.

If you feel the same, you’ll enjoy this week’s Yoga Talk Show with author and meditator, Rick Heller.

Listen & Learn:

  • How problems with Rick’s vision and chronic pain spurred his initial interest in meditation
  • How “mindfulness” can be defined as paying attention to what is going on in the present moment with an attitude that is welcoming and non-judgmental
  • Why “loving kindness” meditation can be a great starting point for people who struggle to calm their mind
  • How to differentiate meditative activities like gardening or walking from meditation practices and meditation as a skill
  • Why meditation classes are often empty while yoga asana (pose-based) classes are usually full

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Freelance journalist and meditation instructor Rick Heller has reported for the Lowell Sun and other New England newspapers and has been published in Buddhadharma, UUWorld, Tikkun, Free Inquiry, Faith Street, The Humanist, and Boston magazines. He has contributed short stories to Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Rick is the facilitator of the Humanist Mindfulness Group and has led meditations sponsored by the Humanist Community at Harvard since 2009. He has also attended workshops and retreats at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Insight Meditation Society.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

His book, Secular Meditation, is available on Amazon.

Learn more at: www.rickheller.com

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