Practice Human

Practice Human

Dr. of Physical Therapy, Caitlin Casella speaks with professionals in healthcare, indigenous medicine, yoga, somatics, strength and conditioning, athletic training, bodywork, and mental health. Interviews focus on the overlapping layers of health and wellness with social, economic and environmental factors, politics, organizing at the community level, and equitable business practices. Questions that drive Caitlin’s work and curation of the Practice Human Podcast examine systemic factors which create barriers to care, and how health and wellness can only be partially left to the individual. She asks, "how does our wellness as a society depend on our collective care?"


January 15, 2023 96 min

Dr. Sarah Court is a physical therapist, movement mentor, and a yoga teacher trainer. She’s the creator of Quantum Leap Community, a continuing education online mentorship group that helps movement teachers methodically and clearly understand how to work with their more challenging clients while staying within their scope of practice. She teaches public workshops and teacher trainings online and in person, bringing together the wor...

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Dinneen helps active people with low back pain develop the holistic think, eat, move skills they need to confidently retrain their back pain with ease. A true “teachers’ teacher” with 23 years experience, Dinneen is the creator of Retrain Back Pain®. She is a Backfit Pro as well as a NeuroKinetic Therapist, a Craniosacral Therapist and a Certified Nutrition Counselor.

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Hey there! We're back on air. Listen in for a quick recap of why the Practice Human podcast began, how it has evolved, why the two year pause, and what I have planned for new episodes this fall. Thanks for being here and supporting the Practice Human community. Looking forward to continuing the conversation— 


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The Connective is cooperatively owned and powered by teachers. We provide a sustainable livelihood for yoga and movement professionals and raise industry standards for quality, diversity, anti-racism, and accessibility. We offer students an online space to explore movement, build community, and discover new potential.

Our vision at The Connective is to ensure movement professionals have the tools to thrive, and make the practices o...

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Avita Bansee is a yoga teacher specializing in pre- and postnatal. The birth of her children and continued study in yoga philosophy, anatomy, pranayama and biomechanics inform her teaching and self-practice. Avita's group classes are centered on breath, strength and active rest while maintaining a sense of playfulness. Her work for the last seven years includes training private clients, aiding them with pain management, birth r...

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Jenn Pilotti is a movement educator and personal trainer and has studied a variety of techniques, including strength and conditioning, yoga, Feldenkrais, bodyweight conditioning, MovNat, and dance/somatics. She has a B.S. in exercise with an emphasis in physiology from UC Davis, a M.S. in human movement from A.T. Still University and has taken a variety of courses and workshops in neuromuscular techniques and psychology.

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Isidora is a Registered Massage Therapist, provider of Medical Contemporary Acupuncture, yoga and Pilates teacher based out of Toronto. She holds additional certifications in FRC and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. Her yoga teacher training program which we discuss in this episode and other educational offerings are through Modern Yoga Method. We’re cross pollinating podcasts with this interview as Isidora recently interviewed...

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Anietie Ukpe-Wallace, also known as Tia, has had a life-long fascination with the human body and its inner workings. Beginning with a formal introduction to movement in college, she has continued that journey ever since. As a yoga teacher of 8 years in the Bay Area, CA, her practice morphed from one of structure and ego to one of humility and independent thinking. After her own struggles surrounding her pelvic floor, she has grown ...

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I sat down with Nikki to hear her thoughts on short and long term strategies for yoga and fitness teachers in a pandemic.

Nikki Naab-Levy PMA®-CPT is a Pilates teacher, licensed massage therapist, and certified functional strength coach with over a decade of experience helping clients build strength and overcome injury. 

She holds B.S. in Exercise Science and B.S. in Magazine Journalism from Ohio University. Her fitness wisdom has be...

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Over my January break, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Kenneth Axen who taught our exercise physiology class at Hunter College in my first year of PT school. We’d previously connected over a shared love of the great street photographers of the mid-twentieth century. Dr. Axen is a photographer, artist, writer, scientist, teacher, father and traveler. I was eager to hear more about his outlook on life, inspired by the “Ye...

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Aisha Fakhro is a yoga teacher, psychotherapist, and hypnotherapist. She teaches embodied movement practice blended with neuroscience to tap into the body and brain’s capacity to adapt, rewire, and transform to overcome difficulties. Her podcast, Soft Strength presents her philosophy for life on and off the mat—one lived with with insight and ease, that celebrates unique individuality, but also our deep interconnectedness.

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Erin has a degree in art and considers creativity in its many forms to be a core value in her life and work. In addition to writing and making music, teaching and movement have been a mainstay in her life since as a child she taught dance to her stuffed animals. She has been offering yoga & movement instruction and manual therapy to a wide range of ages and abilities since 2004.

In 2014 following the birth of her son and a delve...

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Unionize Yoga is a group of yoga and mindful fitness educators in New York City coming together to have a voice in the industry, raise industry standards, and create a more equitable and sustainable profession for all. Their goal is for employees, students, and business to thrive.

I sat down with Tamar Samir, Markella Los, and Liz Buehler Walker to find out more about what spurred their motivation to organize, where they currently s...

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In this episode, Keisa Parrish shares her stories of working as a dancer, artist, and fitness teacher in New York City while raising a child. Keisa writes about her experiences as a single parent making ends meet in the hopes that her story will help others navigate this challenging terrain and better manage stress. Find out more about Keisa on Instagram @singlemomdamncity and read her blog, Single Mom. Damn City. at www.facebo...

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Joe has a passion for teaching how the body works. He currently teaches yoga classes in New York City, offers private sessions, and teaches anatomy and physiology courses around the country and worldwide. A lifelong interest in biology and anatomy led Joe to study with several yoga anatomy teachers, and eventually to a master’s degree in applied physiology from Columbia University. He is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner ...

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After spending over a decade in corporate sales, Christine dropped everything to become a full time yoga teacher and business coach. She uses her vast business knowledge & experience to coach other teachers on how to build a sustainable and profitable yoga business. Her techniques are proven because she used them herself to build a successful yoga business in South FL that is still flourishing today.

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Sangeeta Vallabhan has been teaching yoga for over fifteen years in New York and around the world. She enjoys training new teachers, which she's been doing since 2009. Sangeeta currently teaches classes and trainings at Yogavida NYC. Her trauma informed yoga training, solemarch, was presented at Yogavida in July and will run again at The Yoga Loft in Bethlehem, PA in November

Be sure to read her piece, What It's Like Being...

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Anita grew up in Norway but spent 20+ years in New York as a Yoga and Fitness Instructor. Anita started her YouTube channel ‘Anita Goa TV’ in 2010 to extend her love of yoga, fitness and life philosophy to serve people all over the world.

Over the years she has developed a love for the Moon and started to design her yoga practices around the moon phases. Presently she is writing a Moon Phase Yoga, Fitness WellBeing Book.

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Susan”Lip” Orem began practicing yoga when the thrill of bench aerobics was gone. Her first teachers were Sharon Gannon, Dana Flynn and Cyndi Lee. Her checkered past as a dancer in Las Vegas revues, Off Broadway actress, Ringling Brothers clown and sign language interpreter left her no choice but to teach yoga. She was too old to be a cowgirl or an astronaut. She was first certified by Cyndi Lee before there was an OM Yoga. She has...

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Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath, and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential, is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms).

Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in Dance and Theater and became a Movement Analyst (CMA) from The Laban Institute in NYC. She has spent years ent...

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