The Prozac Yogi

Louise Claire Gates

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Episodes

Ep 10 - Dharma, Disalignment and Depression
Jan 22 2019
Ep 10 - Dharma, Disalignment and Depression
Today Louise invites Kitty from Kitty Talks to discuss the notion of disalignment with ones life leading to depression. After experiencing depression Kitty has learnt to dedicate her life to inspire and educate others to follow their path of bliss, so they too can reclaim their power and honor their soul’s calling. Mental illness travelling through generations to disalignment with our careers is dicussed and how this could affect our chances of experiencing depression. Kitty educates listeners on dharma, saying that when we understand dharma, it’s all about what you’re passionate about and using your talents to serve others. This is really Kitty's ethos and through her online courses and coaching work she supports people in following their bliss, one day at a time. It is Kitty's work to help others, along with herself, to feel and experience the reality of this potential. This is work that she loves! And it is a blessing to be able to share this discussion here on The Prozac Yogi. Happy listening and i'd love to hear from you to continue the conversation. All contact details can be found below. If you are suffering from any topic bought up in this episode please find a list of useful rescources below:   SAMARITANS Avaliable 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. 116 123   CALM An anonymous helpline for men. Open 7 days a week, 5pm till midnight. 0800 58 58 58   You can find me at @louiseclairegates on Instagram or at www.louiseclairegates.com   Come join the discussion. Let's live our best lives together!
Ep 9 - Laughter Yoga
Jan 15 2019
Ep 9 - Laughter Yoga
What is Laughter Yoga?! The most common question our host Louise receives when stating she is qualfied in teaching Laughter Yoga. To anwser this question and more, Lotte Mikkelson, your everyday laughing queen, is a guest on todays episode of The Prozac Yogi. Lotte and Louise discuss the history and benefits of Laughter Yoga as well as discussing the challeneges of making a unqiue practice such as Laughter Yoga become mainstream. Everyone wants health and happiness in their lives.  But instead they are getting stressed out , depressed, getting less sleep, more negative thoughts and feeling isolated. Does this sound like you? Are you someone who wants to move on and bring more laughter and joy into your life? You are in the right place. Laughter Yoga could be the answer. Laughter yoga provides a non-intellectual path to laughter. Laughter yoga approaches laughter as a body exercise that can easily be done regardless of mood. It helps counter stress and fear. Hearty laughter causes the brain to release chemicals that reduce stress within minutes. It is typical to measure a 70% reduction in stress indicators after just 10 minutes of laughter! The notion that Laughter Yoga could ease symtpoms of depression is discussed as an option. Laughter promotes a positive outlook. Hearty laughter quickly could counter depression and a negative outlook, especially when practiced within a group of peers. This is partly due to chemicals released by the brain and partly caused by a powerful emotional response to the group dynamics of laughter yoga. Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout. Developed by a medical doctor from India Dr. Madan Kataria and it has spread across 100 countries. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. This episode highlights a wonderful style of yoga and sheds lights of the mystery of this practice. Happy listening and i'd love to hear from you to continue the conversation. All contact details can be found below. If you are suffering from any topic bought up in this episode please find a list of useful rescources below: SAMARITANS Avaliable 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. 116 123   CALM An anonymous helpline for men. Open 7 days a week, 5pm till midnight. 0800 58 58 58   You can find me at @louiseclairegates on Instagram or at www.louiseclairegates.com   Come join the discussion. Let's live our best lives together!
Ep 8 - Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul
Jan 11 2019
Ep 8 - Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul
Season Two of The Prozac Yogi is here! In todays episode Louise talks with Simon Haas. We dicuss the differences between 'a dark night of the soul' and depression. Simon is a teacher of yoga philosophy who specializes in applying ancient wisdom to everyday life. Born in 1975, Simon Haas first became interested in the study of ancient wisdom traditions thirty years ago. As a young boy, Simon studied the sacred writings of India and spent ten years living in temples and monasteries in Mathura and Braj, the birthplace of Krishna, speaker of the Bhagavad Gita. He apprenticed for sixteen years with an elderly master practitioner in the Bhakti tradition, within an unbroken line of teachers that dates back thousands of years. Simon graduated with honours from the University of Cambridge. Currently, he focuses on making the teachings of ancient India widely accessible to contemporary readers and audiences. He lectures and gives seminars and workshops internationally on the philosophy of yoga and the transformative wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita. Simon is author of the bestseller "The Book of Dharma: Making Enlightened Choices", which shares practical teachings on how to consciously direct our life, by improving the quality of our choices. His most recent book, "Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul: The Soul’s Journey to Sacred Love", translates the yoga teachings of the Bhagavad Gita for the contemporary reader. Louise quizzes Simon on his most recent book and suggestions for navigation through a 'dark night of the soul' utilising a yogic approach are discussed. Happy listening and i'd love to hear from you to continue the conversation. All contact details can be found below. If you are suffering from any topic bought up in this episode please find a list of useful rescources below:   SAMARITANS Avaliable 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. 116 123   CALM An anonymous helpline for men. Open 7 days a week, 5pm till midnight. 0800 58 58 58   You can find me at @louiseclairegates on Instagram or at www.louiseclairegates.com     Come join the discussion. Let's live our best lives together!