CBP #1 - Cathy Gamba
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Episode #1 - Cathy Gamba
On this episode I speak with the woman who introduced me into mindfulness and meditation; Cathy Gamba. Cathy is a Yoga teacher, Mindfulness advocate, owns the most beautiful yoga studio one could imagine (called Pause Yoga) and has a passion for human anatomy and psychology. This was a lengthy, content filled conversation and even still Cathy emailed me wanting to add some more information which I've added below.
You can find out more about Cathy and her studio by clicking the links below.
Video times stamps/Audio time stamps
00:09:00/ 00:12:00 - Running
00:22:00/00:25:00 - Tiffany Cruikshank
00:41:00/00:44:00 - The breath
00:42:00/00:45:00 - Default mode network
00:46:00/00:49:00 - Mindfulness Teacher
00:54:00/00:57:00 - Back injury
00:58:00/1:01:00 - Hydrating discs
00:1:02:/1:05:00 - Self study
1:08:00/1:11:00 - Meditation summarised
1:12:00/1:15:00 - Pain
1:15:00/1:18:00 - Beliefs
1:22:00/1:25:00 - The Mind
1:28:00/1:31:00 - Spongebob
1:29:00/1:32:00 - Stretching
1:51:00/1:54:00 - Vagus nerve
1:52:00/1:55:00 - 4/8 Breathing
1:59:00/2:02:00 - Questions
Extras from Cathy
- It is a secular practice to train your brain to focus on what's happening in your life right in this very moment. It helps you get out of this constant fog we all get trapped in most of the time.
- The repeated returning of attention is the training of awareness. So every time you get distracted and remember to disengage from the distraction and return to the breath, tell yourself you are doing it just right. You are doing a rep for your brain.
- It's a never ending learning road - prepare yourself for that and be okay with it
- Why is it important? Well, it is quite simple, it is because it is about living your life as if it really mattered, moment by moment by moment by moment. So that when you are on your death bed, you know that you have been totally engaged in this one life of yours, totally present in the thick and thin, not absent or on auto-pilote for half of it. I do believe that we are not destined to respond the same way emotionally to the same old triggers and that with a little mind training, we can chart new pathways. With neuroplasticity, you can change how you respond emotionally to the ups and downs of life. And this is where I think it links to the practice of meditation in yoga.