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Podcast Episode 140: Meet Ai Kubo, the Scientist and Yogi, Whose Bringing Mindfulness To The Forefront of the World of Medicine

Three years ago, I saved a Yoga Journal with a remarkable scientist and yogi on the cover.

I’ve carried this copy from North Carolina, all the way to Virginia, and still have it in a special place waiting for it’s forever home (if the Army ever gets us there).

As a woman, who’s deeply grounded in science, mindfulness, and yoga, the work of Ai Kubo, spoke to me at many levels.

Her mission is clear: to wean her students off the busy and into the present, to reset their body systems so that harmony is reached, and to open them up the possibility of a truly vibrant life.

That she does this, through her classes, Mindful Cleanse program, and retreats is enough.

But, what truly blew my mind, was that this life co-existed in harmony with her full-time schedule as a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research, which is focused on the effects of mindfulness on cancer patients and their families.

The fact is her reach goes far beyond the mat, the walls of her classroom or even her own community.

This is the type of work that takes the very purpose of yoga and opens it up to universal need…

And, takes people to a powerful, emotional, and physical place when they need it most.

On this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Ai’s successfully integrated her background of science with yoga
  • Why she considers yoga as her “life saver”
  • The ways she’s teaching mindfulness to others (including cancer patients)
    and why she feels this work is so important
  • What Ai’s program, Mindful Cleanse, is all about and how she’s taking it to the
    masses
  • Her best tip for having a balanced life!
  • Why she loves hosting in-person events so much
  • My definition of the word “Empire” – and how it differs from the way others
    define it

With grit + gratitude,

Lisé

Podcast Episode 138: Meet Jordan Beinhorn, the Founder of Pilates on Traction and a Modern Day Healer Who’s Layering the Healing Arts Into Modern Day Pilates

Have you ever thought you knew someone really well…

Maybe just from something as innocuous as their incredibly beautiful and inspirational Instagram feed and…

One day you meet them and realize how truly little you’ve been blessed to see?

This is exactly what I felt like when I actually met Jordan Beinhorn.

She’s a classical girl, who shows off moves on pieces you don’t normally even see in most studios {hello, guillotine}…

And, she looks pretty doggone good doing them in her home based studio in LA.

But, that my friends, is barely scratching the surface of this healer and her realm of possibility.

Maybe it was her training in Reiki {after all, I’m the girl that brought my Reiki Master into the birth room}…

Or her exploration of healing arts and energetic work that she infuses into her classical Pilates training…

Or simply her willingness to call the work that we do, what it really is {yes, healing}, that made me fall in love with her.

*{Jordan, you may not be getting rid of me, my friend, ’cause this friendship’s going to be life long}*

But, this eye opening conversation of what we can bring to the table as we work with clients, in everything from visual to verbal cueing to the intimacy of sacred spaces in your studio to the powerful, life changing, healing work that Joseph Pilates AND his next generation of teachers brought to the table…

Well, it’s one you’re not gonna want to miss.

On today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Jordan’s dancing and figure skating career introduced her to Pilates
  • Why she chose an intimate home-based studio
  • How a health diagnosis led Jordan on a path of learning about the healing
    arts
  • The ways that the healing arts, combined with Pilates, has changed the
    life of her clients
  • Why you have to focus on both the emotional body and the physical body
    to make the real changes happen

With grit + gratitude,

Lisé Kuecker

Podcast Episode 136: Meet Michelle Long, Creator of The Practice and Founder of Bloom Retreat, A Holistic Women’s Healing Center That’s Building Sisterhood, Strength and Solidarity

I met Michelle by a chance encounter.

A mutual friend, who is a doyenne in the health and wellness space, connected us and I fell in love at first meeting.

She isn’t a typical yoga studio owner. In fact, she isn’t a typical anything. She’s redefined the boundaries of what it means to be a mother, entrepreneur, healer, dreamer, and thought leader.

And, she’d taken a whole lot of blessed people along for the ride.

Her studio, Bloom Retreat, which is nestled in the suburbs of San Francisco, is best described a wholeness center for women…

But, I can’t help, but think of it as a lifeline, a circle of sisterhood in the midst of an insanely busy world that unites women in their journey to become the healthy, vibrant creatures that nature intended us to be.

Under the umbrella of Bloom exists movement modalities {from yoga to small group training, to prenatal to their signature program, The Practice}, chiropractic care, mental health therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and holistic aestheticians.

It’s a carefully curated mix of dream practitioners on a mission… and clients have flocked to their doors.

Out of everything that brings me utter joy, not much beats The Practice itself.

This 10 week program walks women through a journey into self — you know that real self we’re all dreaming of, but rarely finding.

It’s meditations, journaling, creative expressions, and movement combine to form a deeply personal space for women to come into their own… I’m only dreaming of having this open on my side of the country.

And, that’s likely to happen sooner rather than later.

One of the best parts of this interview is delving into the teacher training program for The Practice that launches in September. This is a dream many teachers hold, but few bring to fruition. So hearing Michelle’s wisdom on timing and execution gave me inspiration for so many who dream of bringing their unique work to the world.

On today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Michelle’s vision actually came from her own struggles
  • How and why she went against the advice of others when opening her
    business
  • The way Michelle attracts the right employees
  • Why women can have a hard time showing up for themselves
  • We can’t love ourselves until this happens…

With grit + gratitude,

Lisé

Podcast Episode 135: Contractor Conundrums- Negotiating Buildouts, Expansions and Additions to Your Studio WITHOUT Losing Your Mind {or Your Wallet}

So you’re ready to…

Buildout your new space…

Expand your current space…

Or renovate the you-know-what out of your existing location

Who you gonna call?

Your favorite contractor {who sadly does not have a Hemsworth brother as a secretary… and if you haven’t seen the new Ghostbusters, trust me you’ve missed out}.

After renovating, building, and expanding businesses in three states, I’ve learned a thing or two about the elusive “amazing, honest contractor,” who I can attest exists in many places.

Finding him or her just comes down to a willingness to do your due diligence and make sure you have all your ducks in a row, cause I hate to say this, but most often when jobs come in over time and budget, it’s down to clients {and indecision or downright bad decisions}.

So take a listen as I walk through:

  1. What you need to know as you’re hiring a contractor {and no, a basic “they were good” reference isn’t enough, but don’t worry, I’m giving you the questions to ask}
  2. The number 1 was to finish early and under budget {and given I’ve done this the last three times, I think it may actually work pretty well}
  3. Every major category that needs to line itemed out. Yes, I said line itemed out, since you do need to know exactly what everything costs so you can make a clear decision.
  4. Where to plan ahead for future expansion {cause there’s nothing worse than ripping up all your new flooring since you need another bathroom ASAP}
  5. And, how to save 10% or more with a simple ask {hint: you can negotiate with your contractor on their management fees and save serious dollars}.

With grit + gratitude,

Lisé