Episode 14: In this episode, Tamika discusses the body positivity movement, her own relationship with her body, and how the movement is missing a crucial part of the picture — colorism. She gives a history on the changing views of what was traditionally accepted, including an overview of how colorism was seeded into American culture, and discusses how santosha — contentment — is a yogic approach of acceptance of self, which is different from desiring to enlighten. A meditation on healing follows.
In real and raw episode 13, Tamika reveals her personal story of overcoming adversity, discusses manifesting a life of design amidst trials and tribulations, and describes how the path is always being laid whether or not you realize it. She also discusses the importance of finding and maintaining a good set of friends and support system. A visioning, solar plexus chakra meditation follows beginning at 51:06.
Episode 12: In this episode, Tamika discusses the issue of consent and human touch--a response to the idea that no one can be touched appropriately when in a student-teacher or authority-mentor situation; #metoo and men; and how this relates to the concept of asteya--non-stealing. Following the reflection is a sacral chakra mediation on abundance and adequacy.
Episode 11: In this episode, Tamika shares her thoughts after having spent time in the mountains. She discusses how we are wild by nature and don masks because of conditioning. She reads from the book “Women Who Run with the Wolves” at the beginning of this episode and ends with an Ancestral Root Chakra & Grounding Meditation.
In this wine drenched and chocolate laden 2 hour special edition of Think Flow Grow, Tamika invites some of her friends, the Brujas, to chat about friendship in general, how to be a good friend during rough times, gaslighting, and what happens when you're evolving but your friends aren't. This is one to put on play and listen to all day long with a glass of wine or sparkling lemonade. Listen or share with friends, discuss, and message me to tell me your thoughts. With whom do you resonate? Guests include Joie: IG @miss_caston from "Challenge the Norm" on Afrovibes Radio, Sandra IG @wordsofayogi, Katy IG @casadorakitzuneyoga, and Jackie IG daydream.flow.
Episode 9: How do you go beyond the platitude of "letting go" to actually creating space for joy in your life? What happens when we hold onto situations and people beyond their expiration date in our lives? In this episode, I discuss the process of cleansing your life — the yogic concept of saucha — and clearing space for good, affirming relationships with others, jobs, and yourself to move beyond ways in which we suffer and to open the door to true joy. A throat & heart chakra meditation follows (min. 37)
Episode 8: In this episode, I discuss the isolation and elitism in the narrative about lineages of yoga as being a product of and indicative of the single storytelling that is done to compartmentalize complicated issues and people we choose not to see and/or understand. The term “lineage” is used in the context in reference to particular styles of yoga: Ashtanga, Baptiste, Bikram, etc., and the debate over which is better or more authentic is a pervasive, divisive, and ridiculous debate within the yoga community in which students new to the practice get caught in the crosshairs. Find the videos referenced on my IGTV @diva_transcending. A reconciliatory meditation on compassion begins at 31:25.
Episode 7: In this episode, River Davis, international creative director & community-builder, joins Tamika in a vibrant discussion on the history and implications of role-crafting, gender and gender roles, and the dualistic nature of the Divine as both feminine and masculine. Catch River and Tamika in the Red Tent at YOUniverSOUL Fest -- a one-day mindfulness festival empowering attendees to live their best lives through the nine limbs of YOUniverSOUL Fest: yoga, art, enlightenment, movement, music, healing, community, environment, and children. This episode's meditation will be uploaded separately as River and Tamika will be guiding an interwoven Yoga Nidra on wholeness.
Episode 6: In this episode, I examine sexual politics and their history; women as sexual, sensual, sentient beings whose consent is often forced; and how through the practice of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and self-awareness, one becomes the definer of one’s reality and the author of one’s truth.
The reflection is followed by a Sacral Chakra Meditation.
Episode 5: In this episode recorded after a weekend of tragic events in the US, I take a deep dive into history for context, the yogic philosophy and practice of pratyahara (turning inward) for guidance, and methods to finding our way out of dark times in life for the betterment of our mental health and society. A meditation on Connectedness follows.