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Welcome to Kimberly's Italy, a travel podcast focused on all things Italian. My love affair with Italy started with a move to Milan many years ago, and the enriching experience became part of my DNA. Our episodes highlight some of our own travels and the comical lessons we learned along the way. You can be the beneficiary of invaluable travel tips, and at the same time enjoy a few laughs. We share our passion of the Italian cuisine, history, art, architecture, and the welcoming nature of the ...
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Welcome to "The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast," a harmonious blend of ancient wisdom and modern science, brought to life by Amy's expertise in psychology and public health. With over 100,000 downloads, this podcast delves deep into the principles of yoga therapy, offering expert interviews, practical solutions, and profound insights into real-life challenges. From its inception, the first four seasons have been instrumental in elevating the domain of yoga therapy, emphasizing the pivotal role of ...
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Opening Summary: Welcome to The Yoga Therapy Hour Podcast! Today's episode features a special guest, Libby Walunas from Houston, TX, who brings a unique perspective to the table. Focusing on mental health and self-confidence, Libby discusses the traditional Top-Down approach used in mental health, which involves reprogramming thoughts through metho…
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We have more travel news and updates for 2024 and we also want to share some cautionary advice regarding the misinformation which is rampant online. There are thousands of self-proclaimed Italian Travel Experts and Influencers out there who are not as knowledgeable as they try to appear, yet they do look good in a bathing suit! There are new rules …
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In today's episode, we dive into the world of holistic healing for brain health with the esteemed Eve Adler. With a rich background spanning healthcare, wellness, and education, Eve brings a holistic approach to health and healing. As a Registered Nurse, Registered Yoga Teacher, Qi Gong Practitioner, and Brain Longevity Specialist, she offers a wea…
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This episode dishes out some travel news, updates and new rules implemented for 2024. Italy is trying to deal with the volume of tourists while maintaining it’s standing as the 4th most popular European country to visit. Venice has been faced with the possibility of being on Unesco’s World Heritage Danger list, so they finally implemented a 5 € ent…
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Welcome to a new episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour with your host Amy Wheeler. Today's guest is Kimberly Searl, a TedX speaker and the mind behind Integrative Sustainable Movement. Together, they explore the healing journey of yoga therapy for those facing the tumultuous path of a cancer diagnosis. This heart-to-heart conversation traverses the role…
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Tasting boards in Parma can’t be beat if you are a fan of ham or cheese, or both! To taste the difference between 24 or 36 month cheese is always a treat, but then throw in the various types of parma ham for meat lovers – pure heaven! Parma is capitol of the Emilia-Romagna Food Valley and it also boasts the honor of a UNESCO Creative City of Gastro…
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Introduction: In this special Valentine's Day episode of Yoga Therapy Hour & Beyond, we are thrilled to introduce our guest, Carla Marie Manly, a yoga practitioner and clinical psychologist whose distinctive approach to her work has been transforming lives. Carla's journey into the realm of writing is nothing short of extraordinary—she crafts books…
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Tommaso’s first time in the Italian city of Parma was basically Prosciutto Paradiso! The city’s historic center is very charming, colorful, clean and full of well dressed, and well-fed Italians. We entered every salumeria, cheese shop and combinations of the two, all of which made us both want to live in this sweet little city. The historic center …
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In this episode, we are delighted to have Kate Holcombe, founder of the Healing Yoga Foundation, as our guest. Kate shares her profound insights on yoga therapy at various stages of life, emphasizing the importance of adapting our yoga practices to meet the evolving needs of each phase. She explores how life's planned and unexpected changes, such a…
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Hopefully most of you know what a Fiat Cinque Cento looks like, however if not, they are the smallest cars imaginable, yet they are as cute as can be! Cinque Cento means 500 hundred in Italian, and when referring to a car, that means 500 horsepower. We rented two vintage Cinque Centos for the day in Tuscany, one from 1969 and one from 1974. It was …
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In this captivating episode, we are joined by the insightful Spring Washam, who takes us on a transformative journey through the realms of yoga, meditation, plant medicine, and ancestral connections. Spring's path to self-realization began with profound books like "Autobiography of a Yogi" and "Man's Eternal Quest for Meaning," but her personal jou…
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Tommaso finally gets to visit Nostra Vita in person! A small vineyard owned and nurtured by an incredibly creative family, is a little slice of Tuscan heaven. It is also an experience to treasure since everywhere you look, everything you see or touch or taste, was made by them. Annibale (the father and vintner) has been described many times as a pr…
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Introduction: Welcome to another enlightening episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour! I'm your host, Amy Wheeler, and today, we have a truly special guest joining us. Nydia Tijerina-Darby, a experienced Integrative Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist, and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, will be sharing her wealth of knowledge and insights on the topic of spinal…
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Our first night in Montepulciano was just going to be dinner at a small local ristorante, however duty called when our friend we were travelling with requested some much needed supplies from a pharmacy / farmacia. The timing was not opportune since the autumn harvest festival took over the entire village which made the drive comically challenging, …
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Our back road drive to Todi in Umbria was picture perfect, as was our stay in a renovated small castle. One wrong step off the road did result in a broken wrist for our friend, but she was a trooper and carried on to the medieval festival in Todi, along with lunch and aperol spritzs for pain management! Tommaso and Kimberly drove to the very old, a…
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Our day trip to Assisi proved to be more enriching than we all thought it would be. Most people go to see the Basilica of St Francis, but this sweet little city also offers a plethora of history. The Temple of Minerva from the first century BC, along with several other significant churches, and Rocca Maggiore, a 14th castle on the highest perch of …
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Our friend Suma recounts her recent multi-day hike through the Dolomites, which were so breathtakingly beautiful, “it almost seemed like they were in a movie”. She and her friends started in Innsbruck, Austria which was a good route to drive to prepare them for the stunning geography they would see for the rest of the trip. This episode delves into…
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Amy Wheeler shares her thoughts on self-doubt and the importance of trust, and faith in oneself and in higher forces. She emphasizes that building self-belief involves the ability to overcome tough situations, and to listen to our inner voices that affirm our potential. · Power of Daily Practice: Amy highlights the benefits of a regular yoga practi…
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It was our first time at the quintessential Tuscan dream dinner... one long table for 50 people, outdoors, at night, on the edge of the Arno River in Florence. The guests were from around the world, all gathered to celebrate our mutual friend Lolita. The table was topped with endless candles, flowers, wine bottles, etc., busy but beautiful. This di…
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Introduction: Welcome back to another enlightening episode of "The Yoga Therapy Hour." Today, we're delving deep into the world of yoga and self-acceptance with our special guest, Nyk Danu. Nyk is a yoga practitioner and therapist with a unique focus on helping those who feel like they don't quite fit into mainstream yoga circles – the misfits of t…
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A full day in beautiful Florence / Firenze included the perfect lunch in Piazza Santo Spirito, and then an energetic walk straight uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo to combat the amazing gnocchi, compliments of Osteria Santo Spirito. The view from the Piazzale did not disappoint, yet times have changed and that meant there was no more shade to beat t…
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In this episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour, our host Amy dives deep into the world of authentic marketing with guest Tristan Katz, a marketing expert in the yoga world. They explore the challenges of sharing one's offerings and gifts with the world amidst global crises and discuss the importance of self-care, content-based marketing, community-buildi…
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Our first night in Firenze was anything but mellow and relaxing. Instead, it involved a faulty jacuzzi and a cast of characters to fix it. Luckily, it all worked out in the end, and we had a new friend in Francesca and her colleagues, who treated us to a lovely lunch that turned out to be one of the best meals of the trip! Firenze was quite warm fo…
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Introduction: In this episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour, we dive deep into the transformative power of Yield Theory with our special guest, Dr. Christian Conte. Dr. Conte's dynamic energy, unquenchable passion, and unwavering compassion have made him a leading figure in the world of anger management and personal transformation. With level V anger ma…
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We were so lucky to spend a few days at a quintessential Tuscan farmhouse, but this one comes with a whole lot of dog love! 8 dachshunds and 1 yellow lab who luckily never left our side. Everything we ate and drank came from their property which is the definition of Zero KM. Besides the full of flavor meals and the hearty and delicious wine, we wer…
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Introduction: Background on Robert AF Thurman, the first western monk ordained by the Dalai Lama in 1964. A glance into Robert’s transition from a Buddhist monk to lay life. Introduction to the Menla Spa Resort in the Catskills of New York, co-run by Bob and his wife. Journey to Tibetan Medicine: Bob’s initial interest in Tibetan Medicine as a youn…
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We are back in the fabulous little city of Pisa and we genuinely want to convince you that you should spend hours in the Duomo and the Camposanto. There are many buildings and interiors that I hold dear, but the Camposanto is one of my absolute favorites! You will walk among centuries of history and be in awe of the design and attention that went i…
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In a deeply meaningful episode of The Yoga Therapy Hour, Amy Wheeler sits down with Anjali Deva from Rooted Rasa Ayurveda. The two discuss the transformative power of aligning one's life with intrinsic values, from the serenity of living close to nature to the stabilizing force of daily routines. Anjali sheds light on the importance of being with l…
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In this podcast, Tommaso informs our listeners about the delay in releasing a full episode of Kimberly's Italy due to an infrastructure problem with our hosting provider. This problem has affected not only podcasts but also banks, causing delays in deposits and ACH payments. Tommaso acknowledges the inconvenience and assures listeners that we will …
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Introduction: David Hanscom's impressive journey spanning over 33 years as a spinal surgeon. His personal struggle with decades-long chronic pain and surprising solution. His Personal Revelation: Discovery of the strong body-mind connection. Realization of the impact of repetitive unpleasant thoughts on his well-being. Recognizing the physiological…
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The famous tower that leans is why most people visit Pisa, however there is so much more to explore in this small and multi-hued city. The color palette is muted yet beautiful, and the architecture is a cohesive mix of Renaissance, Romanesque and Gothic. It's a walkable city that truly loves it's aperitivo hour! Don't do the day tripper concept tha…
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Key Takeaways: Impact on Autonomic Nervous System: Yoga plays a crucial role in balancing the autonomic nervous system. Catherine says, “The Autonomic Nervous System is everything.” Amy agrees! It can offer profound effects through simple practices. Pearl of Wisdom: The simplest practices in yoga often yield the deepest impact. It’s the simplicity …
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Introduction: In today's episode, we are joined by Emmy Vadnais, a Holistic and Integrative Occupational Therapist who has devoted decades to the development of intuition. Emmy offers fascinating insights into the confluence of yoga and intuition, enriching our understanding of their inherent connectivity. Key Points: 1. Intuition: Emmy shares her …
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