MatChat with Mina Blair

MatChat with Mina Blair

Need a weekly wellbeing boost? Then this podcast is for you! We know looking after our physical and mental health is more important now than ever, and talking openly about what concerns or worries us goes a long way to lighten the load. Hearing other people's stories gives us perspective and reassurance. So, every week I invite a guest onto the "yogamat" to discuss what they have learned on their wellbeing journeys. The intention is to leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.

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January 11, 2022 37 min

I'm always curious when I sense - hear, feel or see - fear of change.  It's like we think that a state of things-must-stay-the-same is a safe, secure place, and that change is scary or dangerous.  Fear of change is actually fear of the unknown, the not-knowing.  But the reality is that change is happening constantly, it's something we can neither control nor resist or avoid.  And change is a good thing!
Life is therefore...

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I celebrate the start of a new year and my chosen theme for the year, resilience, by inviting fellow yogi Reva Myers onto the mat for a chat.  We met on Bali nearly five years ago where we shared an intense month on a yoga teacher training course, a life-changing experience for us both.  She returned to the US with a dream to live the life of a travelling yoga teacher, going wherever the spirit would take her in a yogified van!
Reva...

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December 28, 2021 11 min

It's the end of another year and a natural pause for reflection.  So this week I'm sitting on my virtual mat on my own and sharing some thoughts on the year that's gone.  What will you take with you into the new year?  What have you learned?  Do you need to make some changes to the way you behave, to what you value and to your attitude?  I think in the end it's about discovering your inner resilience, which is a pro...

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One of the key learnings in the ancient yogic scripture The Bhagavad Gita, is: "It is better to strive in one's own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another.  Nothing is ever lost in following one's own dharma."
Dharma is Sanskrit for purpose, for one's calling.  It's the thing you've come into the world to do and it resonates deeply in your heart.  It can be something obvious that you know from a ...

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Humans have been treating their ailments for thousands of years in one way or another, leaning into what Mother Nature offers.  Conceived in 1796 by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy joined the ranks of traditional (I don't like the word 'alternative'!) medicine and has been helping people heal ever since.
I ask Lone Pedersen what she has discovered during the 20 years she has been practicing as a Classic...

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Christmas is soon upon us with all the excitement and expectation that that implies!  It's a time of celebration and joy, of course, but it can also be a difficult time, of stress, as you strive to make it whatever you feel it needs to be.  If you celebrate Christmas, you will have developed a relationship with it over the years, and perhaps wellbeing tends not be on the (very long) seasonal to-do list!

I ask friend and fellow y...

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This week I'm exploring the gut with Nutritional Therapist Nicola Russell.  It's so much more than a 9 metre long tube where stuff goes in at the top and waste comes out at the bottom!  It produces more neurotransmitters than the brain.  It regulates and self-cleans itself.  It controls our mood.  We discuss all this and other interesting facts as Nicola takes us through her own gut journey overcoming IBS, and how she now e...

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It feels like we at times fear or fight change in principle, that we'd prefer things stayed the same.  And yet change is all around and within us constantly without our control!  Take the female body.  From the moment of birth, it's an ongoing growth that shifts into monthly cycles, pausing only for the 9 month wonder of pregnancy if and when that occurs, before it gears down into peri- and finally menopause.  It's quit...

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This is Part 2 of a discussion with Ciara Roberts, a holistic kidney expert with lived experience of dialysis and transplantation.  A yoga teacher and naturopathic nutritionist of 10 years, she is also the author of Wholly Aligned, Wholly Alive: Awakening your inner physician.

Having chatted about Ciara's health story in Part 1, our focus moves onto the importance of honest conversations about unhealthy habits and relationships...

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This is Part 1 of a discussion with Ciara Roberts, a holistic kidney expert with lived experience of dialysis and transplantation.  A yoga teacher and naturopathic nutritionist of 10 years, she is also the author of Wholly Aligned, Wholly Alive: Awakening your inner physician

Ciara shares her health story which started at the tender age of four, when a strep throat infection led to permanent kidney damage.  Over her growing years...

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The constant and relentless news headlines about violence between human beings, particularly by men against women, is hard to ignore.  What could be behind such an imbalance in human relations to manifest this level of anger?   How do we achieve wellbeing for all?  I put these questions to David Rogers, a yogi for over 30 years and a yoga teacher for ten, who offers helpful insight into the topics of male power and fear.  We discus...

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When I first saw a photo of Scott, aka the Yogibanker, on Instagram doing a yoga pose wearing a business suit on a street in the City of London, I knew immediately I needed to talk with him!  Fortunately for me, he agreed to a MatChat Podcast and to tell his yoga story.  Scott explains why he wanted to bring yoga into the office and put wellbeing on the corporate agenda.  What was the response?  Are more men finding their way to th...

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We spend a lot of time chasing, wanting and desiring things that we think will fulfill us and make us happy, don't we?  Well, sometimes the universe feels it needs to show us that this is not always true, that this is in fact a distraction that prevents us from understanding what really matters and who we really are.  My friend Kate discovered this when she lost her marriage, family home and job in a short space of time.  Find ...

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This MatChat podcast celebrates my one-year milestone post arm-breakage - last September I shattered my humerus bone in a freak horse riding accident which left me wondering whether I'd ever be able to practice or teach yoga again.  Fortunately, the universe sent me to physiotherapist and Pilates teacher Bill Potts of Perfect Motion Physio, who walked alongside me as I navigated the process of healing physically, mentally and s...

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This week I connect with Hannah Wallace whom I "met" online through a mutual friend.  She describes herself as a speaker, model, podcaster of the Finding Grace podcast, mentor, healer, priestess and writer.  I invited Hannah to chat "on the mat" with me about her inspirational wellbeing story which takes us through health challenges and loss but ultimately leads to self empowerment and finding joy.  Listen to Hannah...

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I've invited my friend Sarah back onto the virtual mat and we thought this might be a pertinent question to ask and discuss because a) it's important to thrive and b) the world does indeed feel uncertain these days!  It would be easy to fall into a state of high anxiety and feeling out of control, but there are things we can do to keep things in perspective and stay grounded.  As my mantra goes, "nothing is so bad that ...

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I'm delighted to be talking to my friend Diana this week about how she found the yoga mat along the busy path of being a physiotherapist.  She shares her learning from working with Olympic athletes to running yoga retreats - it turns out that everyone has to work with what there is, even the sports stars!  She explains why yoga will ultimately complement any other form of physical activity you do.
Find Diana: www.dianaperezpt.co...

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Can the body heal itself or is this just another alternative therapy "thing"?  I ask Kris Botterill this question, who, as one of Brighton's leading health practitioners with many years of experience in this field, is qualified to answer the question.  In her aptly named "Pamper Pod" she offers all forms of massage, reflexology and reiki to enable people to heal their mind and body.
Find Kris: @pamperpod, www...

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Sarah Seymour's path to a life working with the arts - painting, singing, playing instruments and teaching music - did not manifest according to a plan!  Rather, it was a winding road with many twists and turns, often unexpected.  She shares her story of self-discovery and how she learned to follow and trust, and ultimately to let go.
Find Sarah: www.sarahseymourart.co.uk

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Our lives are dominated by the power of visual imagery during most of our waking hours given the amount of time we spend looking at all forms of digital devices.  From selfies to artistic shots, whether you are in front of the camera or behind it, photography is a creative process that just keeps on giving.  With a camera lens on every mobile phone, everyone can now be a photographer.  I talk to keen amateur landscape photographer ...

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