Free Your Soma with Aimee Takaya
Every week exploring a range of SOMATIC topics, practices and philosophies from interviews with Somatic Healers and Guides from an array of fields.
Topics include Nervous System Regulation, Trauma Recovery, Whole Food Plant-based Living, Sacred Relationship Dynamics and a living, embodied experience of systems like Astrology, Human Design/The Gene Keys, Manifestation and other mystical methods and philosophies.
NEW EPISODES EVERYTHING THURSDAY @ 11 am PST
Free Your Soma with Aimee TakayaJun 01, 2023
Transforming Childhood Conflict With Laurel Pear
At the age of 30, Laurel Pear made a bold move to free herself and begin redefining herself.
After over a decade of being over-medicated and labeled by the her family and the medical field, she began to embrace her true self and her gifts. She began a path of self-healing, forgiveness and grounding into her physical body.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with Laurel somatically in my program last year and she shares her many insights as it relates to:
-how somatics has helped her BE in her body.
-forgiveness as a personal practice that leads to liberation
-what she really needed, instead of heavy medication
-her experience in energy healing -the way being a Human Design Projector impacts her life
and so much more!
Connect with Laurel on instagram @laurelpear to learn more about Ho’oponopono practice and her unique transmission.
Foraging For The Joy Of Being with Michelle Dowd
In this episode, we deep dive into:
-Her family history and militant upbringing
-The Vilification of Beauty
-Pleasure as an act of Reclamation
-"Mind Over Matter" and Systems of Control VS Interdependence and Connectivity
-How Somatic Practices Were Integral to her healing process
Michelle Dowd is a journalism professor and contributor to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The LA Book Review, TIME Magazine, The Alpinist, ORION, LA Parent Mag, Catapult, and other national publications.
She was the 2022 Faculty Lecturer of the Year at Chaffey College, where she founded the award-winning literary journal and creative collective, The Chaffey Review, advises Student Media, and teaches poetry and critical thinking in the California Institutions for Men and Women in Chino. She has been recognized as a Longreads Top 5 for her article on the relationship between environmentalism and hope in The Alpinist, nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and profiled on. Her popular Modern Love column in The New York Times inspired a book contract.
Michelle was raised on a mountain in the Angeles National Forest where she learned to identify flora and fauna, navigate by the stars, forage for edible plants, and care for the earth. As an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, she has been teaching students and training teachers in southern California studios since 2008. Michelle’s memoir, Forager: Field Notes on Surviving a Family Cult, showcases her life growing up on an isolated mountain in California as part of an apocalyptic cult, and how she found her way out of poverty and illness by drawing on the gifts of the wilderness.
Connect with Michelle on her website at www.michelledowd.com
A-432 Hz : The Round Resonance of the Universe with Steven Rubio
On Becoming Healthy Vegan with Javant
Javant was facing health problems that are common and a "normal" part of getting older and yet, he knew inside there must be a way to heal these issues. So he started doing his research and learning about reversing heart disease and lowering blood pressure through dietary means.
This meant embracing a NEW way of living, preparing food and engaging in family celebrations. While many of his family find his new health kick “weird”, he was determined to eat his way to better health.
Now, he shares amazing, delicious and healthy recipes to help others do the same.
In today’s podcast he tells his story of awakening to his food choices and how they affect his health and longevity.
We also explore:
-his inclusive approach to sharing vegan recipes
-why there’s a comparatively high percentage of African Americans going plant-based
-the unexpected shifts he experienced after changing his diet
-his love of food that still persists but has taken a radical new form.
He encourages you to get educated, get cooking and be willing to be “weird”.
Javant shares healthy vegan recipes at @heathlyveganeating on Instagram. Connect with him there to learn his delicious and nutritious way of eating and keep a look out for a full length cooking show that may be in the works!
Healing and Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship with Christina Gomes
Self-development and entrepreneurship tend to go hand in hand. This is because it takes a lot to be self-directed, self-motivated and consistently put yourself out there in the world.
When we take an even bigger leap, like starting a healing or coaching business, there is even more personal work that we are called to do.
Entrepreneurship then becomes a powerful journey in your own self-healing. Guides and mentors along the way are invaluable and worth the investment: you are not only investing in your financial freedom, but your personal, soul liberation as well!
Christina Gomes spent years "free". Traveling the world as a yoga teacher, musician and entrepreneur. It worked for a while, but when she ran up against health challenges and the reality of her finances she realized that something needed to shift: she was being called into the next level of her growth and development.
From living in a van to her mom's couch to becoming a sought after guide for soul-led entreprenuers, Christina shares her story of facing her reality head on, creating a vision for her life and getting the support and resources to truly make her dreams a reality.
-selling as a service
-finding freedom and facing limitations
-transforming your relationship to money
-the power of subtle practice VS big "peak" experiences
-handling triggers and boundaries as a coach/healer
-fulfillment beyond a dollar sign
and so much more!
Christina Gomes is a business coach for visionary leaders who are ready to raise their rates with integrity and sell high-value offers that raise the vibration of the planet. Connect with her on instagram @the.mystical.muse or check out her offerings at www.freeyourcreativity.org
The Shift from External to Internal with Aden B. Ascher
"Mr. Darcy lived a short distance from his body"
From a young age, many of us are conditioned to focus on ourselves and our bodies from the outside. We might focus on our appearance, how we look or seem to others. We might focus on what we can get from life by seeking sensation and experience by consuming rather than consciously creating.
There is nothing inherently wrong with this way of living, however it is not the full picture of what it means to be a human.
Aden Ascher spent many years "externalized". This showed up in the way he practiced bodybuilding. In the way he navigated his closest relationships. In the way he sought intense experiences and sensation through substances. It was a way being towards himself and his body that was ultimately unsustainable.
On today's podcast he shares his story of awakening to and the journey to honor his internal experience, out of the necessity of a near-death experience/health crisis.
We explore: childhood experiences that drew him to bodybuilding, notions of masculinity and cultural expectations, how the experience of dying opened him to living, the HOW you do something being as vital as the WHAT and so much more!
Aden B. Ascher is a Life and Nutrition Coach, Entrepreneur and a former competitive bodybuilder who advocates for nourishing and sustainable lifestyle practices. He serves clients locally in Santa Monica California and remotely online.
You can connect with him on instagram @adenascherofficial
Meeting The Love Of Your Life with Gemini Ferrie
Who is the greatest love?
THE ONE who will open your heart in miraculous and powerful ways?
Gemini Ferrie has been coaching women for the last 11 years on finding, experiencing, receiving and culitvating the greatest love of their lives: the love for themselves.
On the podcast today, she shares her personal story of awakening to her inner world and her path to understanding HOW to create love internally instead of endlessly seeking it externally.
We explore: childhood patterns that show up as relationship patterns, the pitfalls and blessings of being fiercely independent, meeting our own needs, the biggest challenges that women have for finding and experiencing true love, the source of insecurity and fear in our relationships and so much more!
Connect with Gemini on instagram @lovecoachforwomen or get a consult with her at www.lovecoachforwomen.com
Unlocking Your Magical Vessel with Seiji Oshenza
Seiji has been on a mission to help others become connected and whole through somatic education, emotional healing, menswork and embracing their authentic self-expression. He shares his personal story of growing up in Germany and contending with cultural notions of masculinity.
We talk about Hanna Somatics, Trauma as it relates to Karma, the power of Mentorship, Creating Freedom and Peace with others through Nervous System Regulation and much much more!
Seiji Oshenza is a certified Hanna Somatic Educator and an Authenticity Coach, he helps men and women find and embrace their true nature and discover healthy emotional self-expression. Connect with him on Instagram @oshenzaseiji
Gentle and Respectful Parenting with Mary Van Geffen
The Power of Inquiry with Kyle Mercer
Creating Gut Health with Plants and Love with Sarah Dakh
After experiencing several years of frustration, misery and fear regarding food after her Ulcerative Colitis diagnosis, Sarah Dakh finally found liberation and renewed JOY in eating again. Now she coaches and guides other people through challenging gut health issues and helps them fall in love with cooking.
Listen as Sarah goes over her timeline and puts together the pieces that explain why an otherwise healthy young person like her could experience such devastating gut issues.
We explore HOW dysbiosis (gut imbalances) arises and the practical steps you can take to begin to transform your health from the inside out! Follow
Sarah on Instagram @bareroot_
Eating For Life and Reversing the Disease Process with Dr. Joel Fuhrman
The Bottom-Up Approach to Healing with Parisa Frost
Living Magic of Astrology with Aeolian Heart
Rachel Capurso of Aeolian Heart is an expert in the realms of astrology, mythology, philosophy and pop culture. She has the gift of making astrology feel relevant to the current political, sociological and cultural climate. This innovation allows for a more embodied experience of otherwise very conceptual, mytho-poetic astrological download!
The Taurus-Scorpio Nodal Axis of Eclipse Season 2021-2022 and the gifts of deeper embodiment that its brought to humanity. The Polarities of the Signs: specifically Capricorn/Cancer synergy. The Reclamation of Somatics as a new awakening of humankind. The difference between wisdom and knowledge that is experienced vs merely mentally conceived and SO MUCH MORE
Check out Rachel's Patreon and receive weekly astrology forecasts (they are AMAZING!) and get special pricing or free access to her classes, workshops and more!
My Keto-Crazed Running Adventure and Finding Peace in Eating
So I did what I was used to doing most of my life: an extreme, restrictive diet and a bunch of exercise. I had lived most of my adult life eating vegetarian/vegan so going Keto was a radical move. But extremism when it came to eating wasn’t new to me. I was in a decade long habit of forcing myself to do things, especially when it came to food.
However, this time, I had a powerful somatic practice that had begun to change and shift my biology. And the knowledge I would discover after coming off this crazed keto rollercoaster would change my life and my body from the inside out.
For more info on the Radiance program and 3 Days to Radiance visit www.freeyoursoma.com
Got a story to share? Contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss being featured.
The Practice of Self-Healing with Brian Siddhartha Ingle
Subtle Plant Wisdom and Nourishment with Celena De Luna
Celena De Luna spent the first part of her life in a state of deep listening and in her late teens began her healing journey and started finding her voice. She is now a powerful, strong voice that is not afraid the challenge the status quo and share her discoveries.
She is a folk-herbalist and medicine woman, a kitchen witch who teaches on nourishment as a way of life.
In this episode, we explore subtle plant wisdom, redefine “medicine” and examine the biggest tenants of true healing : commitment, patience and consistency.
Listen now to hear her incredible origin story and tune into her unique way of connecting with life-giving plants as a way to heal.
Follow her on IG @ofthemoonmedicine
Living the Experiment with Danny Burke
Danny Burke has been living the experiment for the last 20 years. He's been healing his brain through movement as a Hanna Somatic Educator and healing his microbiome through a whole foods plant-based lifestyle. He is experiencing radiant health at 59 and watched his parents change their trajectory and thrive with these methods as well. His dedication and collaboration with his family is inspiring.
We explore the many benefits of somatic education and a healing diet as well as offer compassionate, practical tips for transitioning into a new way of eating for those curious about this way of life.
Danny is former weightlifter who has worked with powerlifters, equestrians and other athletes to somatically increase performance and decrease injury. He has also worked with pregnant women to ease childbirth and the postpartum recovery process.
He lives and practices in Covington, Louisiana. Connect with him on Instagram @lifesomatics
The Somatics of Human Design with Bella Krystal
The Path of Self-Regulation with Annie Brook
Trauma can be described as a strong and lasting experience of dysregulation in a person's nervous system.
For some of us, before we could think or speak, there may have been an intense interruption to our natural developmental process.
The Path of Self-Regulation is a journey to an experience of a whole, complete and contained self. A self that is free to engage in the world and respond to life as it occurs with balance and sophistication.
It's a lifelong practice that Somatic Therapist Annie Brook has been cultivating and sharing for over 40 years.
Join as we explore pre-cognitive trauma, birth trauma, the impact of adoption and the powerful ways to transform your life by meeting the darkness with guides, tools and experiential knowledge that healing is truly possible.
Annie has a 4 month deep-dive beginning Jan. 25th!
Get Annie's support to actualize something really important. Write that book! Launch that course! Do that deep inner work for better relationship!
Best Choice Best Action MasterMind
Follow her on Instagram
and sign up for her FREE PDF Library with articles for therapists, parents, couples, and general somatic skills
Manifestation through Healing with Jane Allen Chaisson
If you have a dream and vision for your life but are frustrated feeling that SOMETHING is in your way, but you're not sure what, this episode is for you!
Join me and Manifestation and Healing Guide Jane Allen Chaisson as we explore the connection between the inner and outer worlds and how we create our external realities through our internal experience. She offers some beautiful insights into the ways in which healing your relationship with yourself through body awareness and connection can bring about profound and miraculous changes in your lived reality.
She blesses us with a beautiful manifestation meditation and I am pleasantly surprised at the memory and feeling that arises in me afterwards!
Jane Allen's next round of her 3 month Manifestation immersion begins January 15th 2023!
Get more info at www.lovejane.org and follow her on instagram @lovejaneorg
Releasing My Forgotten Belly with Aimee Takaya
I hoped, in India I would find the magic teacher, the magic pose that would heal me.
What I found was a NEW way of experiencing yoga and my body. A far more somatic approach than I had ever known before. I began to realize how disconnected I was from a very important and yet triggering part of my body: my belly.
This is one my stories of somatic awakening, wherein I discover some deep unconscious patterns in my body and become deeply motivated to transform them.
In western culture, there has been a long-held perception that our bellies should flat, hard, tight, strong. Even within the yoga world you will find a focus and emphasis on having a strong core. Additionally, humans contract their stomaches automatically when stressed, in fear or sadness. Like a dog tucking it's tail under. We sometimes forget that belly and our breathing are fundamentally connected. We forget it's the home of our digestive processes and our microbiome. We can get so focused on the outside and meanwhile so much is taking place inside. 99% of it UNCONSCIOUS.
Why have we become so obsessed with these external markers of strength in this area of our bodies? And what does it really mean to have a strong core? Is it rigidity or is it dynamic function? Had I been using tight yoga pants and mirrors to feel safe and compensate for a lack of proprioceptive awareness?
Answers to these questions and much much more as I take you on a tour of India and my internal process 7 years ago.
To learn more about me, The Radiance Program and Hanna Somatic Education visit www.freeyoursoma.com or follow me on instagram @aimeetakaya
Free Your Soma! Liberation through Connection and Expansion
Takaya and her guests will be sharing stories of somatic transformation and self-discovery along with an exploration of intuitive and practical methods for healing our bodies and connecting to our deepest internal wisdom.
Aimee Takaya is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator who helps heart-led leaders become more somatically aware so they can release muscular tension and pain and guide others through the radiance of their own self-mastery.
New Episodes every Thursday exploring somatic practices, philosophies, embodiment and vital knowledge on healing our biological and energetic systems.
FIRST FULL EPISODE ON JANUARY 5th 2023!