Health & Nutrition

A Sit with the Urban Monk

A Taoist monk, Dr. Pedram Shojai was faced with the decision between a life of isolation and meditation in the mountains, and one in which he was able to bring his practice back into the plight of modern society. We discuss the challenges of living in such a fast-paced Westernized culture, how to listen when life tells us to pull over before things escalate beyond repair, and how to truly bring your practice into everything from parenting to work to just being stuck in traffic.

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All the Juicy Details

As co-founder of LA-based juice company Little West, Cassandra dishes on her favorite juice recipes, superfoods, and healthy hacks, but emphasizes that at the end of the day, health is all about moderation. We talk about what it was like to start her own company, the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, the business challenges through which she’s grown, and how to trust your gut and the path that you’re on.

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Heather Prete

Who says holidays HAVE to be stressful? In this short Holiday Survival Guide BONUS episode – we are joined by DEN Senior Mindfulness Teacher, who you all know and love, Heather Prete. We were lucky enough to have so many of you send in questions and topics you’d like us to discuss, so the beauty of this episode is that it is all about YOU and we cover pretty much everything! Be sure to stay until the end as Heather shares a Self Compassion Body Scan which you can practice anytime.

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How to Be Your Own Guru

This week, we bring together a diverse panel of change-makers who discuss how they’ve worked through questioning some of the systems and beliefs they’ve learned over time, and what it really means to be a continuous seeker of truth as your own guru. Join us in a discussion about how to take a critical look at some of the philosophies and expectations we sometimes take for granted, and how to ultimately make your own decisions, form your own belief systems instead, and BE YOUR OWN GURU.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Founder and CEO of Shape House, an Urban Sweat Lodge, Sophie Chiche opened her first location 6 years ago, and since then has opened 10 locations in Los Angeles and New York catching the attention of celebrities, wellness influencers, press and all those in search of a more spiritual approach to wellness. Sophie opens up about her own personal journey that lead her to sweating, just 10 years ago she was 350 pounds! She shares with us her struggles, and how she began to listen to her own voice inside.

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Are Ya Ready for Ayurveda?

We welcome the magical Sahara Rose to DENtalks Podcast to talk all things Ayurveda! She’s the Best Selling Author of “The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda” and the upcoming book “Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary, Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook.” We go deep into Sahara’s own complicated journey with nutrition and spirituality. Her personal story is a fascinating one and very relatable, as so many of us have control issues when it comes to food. She eventually found the answers that she desperately needed in Ayurveda.

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Lights, Camera, ACTIVISM!

Sophia Bush is an actress, an activist, and a producer. You may know from her roles on One Tree Hill, Chicago PD, and John Tucker Must Die. She is also blazing the way for people to own activism as a major part of who they are in their own lives. She is also blazing the way for people to own activism as a major part of who they are in their own lives. She has a loud voice on social media and is fearless in her beliefs – whatever they may bring. She is an inspiration to many and she doesn’t get stuck in her fear.

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Homeless NOT Hopeless

LaRayia Gaston’s organization “Lunch on Me” pioneers new grassroots methods to empower the most vulnerable among us, LA’s homeless community. She refuses to give them something that she wouldn’t eat, and explains how one of the biggest problems is how we dehumanize this community, and by ignoring someone’s existence causes incredible damage. LaRayia teaches us how daily microgestures change the world, how we can all check our ego at the door.

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The Hardest Role: Motherhood

DENtalks Podcast welcomes actress Jordana Brewster for a candid conversation about motherhood, the pressures of Hollywood, and how meditation has helped her move through her anxiety. The mother of two, and star of Lethal Weapon and The Fast and Furious movie series, digs deep into how finding a spiritual practice helped her quiet her thoughts and helped her navigate her career. She speaks honestly about how parenting threw her off her practice and yet became the biggest reminder of how essential it is to hers and her kids daily balance.

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One Cleanse at a Time

We are joined by LA’s cleanse expert and top holistic nutritionist herself, Elissa Goodman! Elissa opens up about how her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma influenced her decision to take her health into her own hands, turning to the power of nutrition and self-love to heal. She gives us a snapshot of her daily menu and routine – take notes people – and shares advice on turning inward.

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