045 – Shannah Kennedy on Pivoting to Plan B.

Episode 45 with the wonderful Shannah Kennedy.

Shannah is the best selling author of The Life Plan. She is a coach, keynote speaker, wife, mother and author of numerous books including her newest, ‘Plan B. A guide to navigating and embracing change’.

In this episode we discuss her new book and some fundamental elements of adapting to change that the book guides the reader through. We gain some perspective into Shannah’s life, as someone who has managed chronic fatigue and depression for over 20 years. Shannah talks openly about these struggles, and does so to help others out there know that they are not alone.

We expand on tools to navigate through lockdowns mindfully, how we can look for the joy in every day tasks, using ‘no’ to protect our energy, training ourselves to come back to the breath, why we need to overcome our barrier to receiving, uncovering your purpose and getting clear on your values and much much more.

If you enjoyed today’s episode you are invited to connect with Shannah and your host, at @shannahkennedy and @stephsanzaro on Instagram.

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Enjoy this powerfully uplifting episode friends.

Your host, Steph xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, we are back this week with a deeply insightful episode with the lovely Shannah Kennedy. Shannah is the best selling author of The Life Plan. She is a coach, keynote speaker, wife, mother and author of multiple books, including her newest ‘Plan B. A guide to navigating and embracing change’.

In this episode we discuss her new book and some fundamental elements of adapting to change that the book guides the reader through. We gain some perspective into Shannah’s life, as someone who has managed chronic fatigue and depression for over 20 years. Shannah talks openly about these struggles, and does so to help others out there know that they are not alone.

This new book serves as a journal companion, asking poignant questions and asking you to reflect and to learn more about yourself. It is the type of guide that I myself wish that I had access to early last year as the pandemic was beginning and as I was very unwell and managing the loss of a loved one. At that time, there was so much change in so little time and nothing to help me through logically. This book aims to assist with those massive life changes and how to move through the stages of grief, introduce more self nurture, letting go and beginning to take the next step forward.

Together Shannah and I discuss:

  • tools for navigating lockdowns mindfully
  • why routine is an important part of life and productivity
  • how we can look for joy in every day tasks
  • reframing the ‘achievement junkie’ mindset
  • Shannah’s experience with depression and chronic fatigue
  • why we should allow ourselves to sit within our emotions
  • uncovering your purpose and getting clear on your values
  • why we should step outside our comfort zone and say ‘yes’ more
  • using the word ‘no’ to protect your energy
  • how you can help more people in your life by helping yourself
  • why we need to overcome our barrier to ‘recieving’
  • how you can start using affirmations today
  • why you should incorporate a journal practise
  • why it’s important that we understand the stages of grief and how they apply to any change
  • training ourselves to come back to the breath

An absolutely marvellous and uplifting episode ahead, I am so excited for you to listen!

Thank you for joining Shannah and I for todays episode, if you would like to connect with Shannah then you can find and work with her through her website shannahkennedy.com, or through Instagram instagram.com/shannahkennedy/, or purchase her new book Plan B. here https://www.target.com.au/p/plan-b-shannah-kennedy/65496855?utm_term=65496855&utm_content=plan-b-shannah-kennedy&utm_source=google&utm_medium=merchant-site&utm_campaign=merchant-site&gclid=CjwKCAjwuvmHBhAxEiwAWAYj-HX_plUuEbjdfKwmbaPlR2lHMLghi-29yZq73jmMfQmmlsJkv_2dfBoCWSUQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds.

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After purchasing my own knitted weighted blanket through them at the beginning of June, I immediately noticed the benefits after only one night. I slept all the way through, which is not something that happens to me very often at all. For a long time I have been a restless sleeper and would wake numerous times throughout the night, significantly impacting my energy levels the next day.

Before life with a weighted blanket, I was sleeping with a second doona and an extra two blankets on top, each and every night… I was desperately seeking weight on top, I just hadn’t realised it. I was so thrilled with the results of my weighted blanket that I decided to contact Koala Comforts to see if they would like to work together.

As most of you know, working with businesses with a strong sustainability and environmentally friendly focus is extremely important to me, and Koala Comforts ticked all the boxes. They use 100% organic and sustainable bamboo, recycled materials where possible, they plant a tree with every purchase (sequestering 101 tonnes of CO2 to date, see where they are planting trees here) and they also use carbon neutral delivery services. This was a massive reason behind why I chose to purchase my blanket through them (that’s right, it was not gifted – I purchased it on my own accord).

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Thank you again for joining us for todays episode.
If you would like to connect then you can find your host on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/stephsanzaro/?hl=en or send through any interview queries or sponsor requests via email to steph@stephsanzaro.com

Happy listening,

Your host xx

028 – Honouring Your True Self with Haley Madison

Episode 28 with Haley Madison, a transformational coach who is helping others make lasting impact. This episode is about retuning in to our sense of self and giving ourselves permission to show up just as we are. We discuss the importance of doing what serves you, why running away from our problems is counter productive, why we need to do less and be more present and the importance of reconnecting to our inner child. You can find more from Haley on instagram at @iamhaleymadison
Happy listening! xx

Episode 28 with the wonderful Haley Madison, is a beautiful message of hope for those of us out there who are existing without a true sense of self.

Haley is a transformational coach who guides other coaches and mentors to make the lasting impact they have always wanted to make. Her journey began herself as a health coach and changing the lives of her clients, through self love, understanding and health and wellness.

In this exceptional episode I am so excited to share with you the beautiful words of wisdom that Haley spreads, it is an episode that I believe will hit you in all the right places.

In this episode we discuss:

  • honouring your expression of who your are in that moment and giving yourself permission to change and evolve
  • how Haley’s self healing journey began with food and alcohol
  • growing up in an environment of addiction and depression and the patterns in can present in adult life
  • creating a safe environment for yourself and allowing yourself to thrive
  • wherever you are at, you can make your way to a greater place than where you are currently at and how you can get yourself there
  • honouring what ‘serves you’
  • why running away from your problems is counter productive
  • why letting yourself experience your day to day life just as it is, can help give you the permission to start accepting yourself just as you are
  • why you need to do less and be more present
  • why you need to start manifesting
  • understanding the ‘inner child’ archetype and why we need to reconnect back in to heal our soul
  • conquering the fear of being alone

This is an episode that I think you won’t long forget.

There are so many parts of this episode that I wish I could replay on repeat over and over for so many of you, to truly learn and understand how truly worthy you all are of living the lives you have been dreaming of living.

You can find more from Haley on her website here

Find her on instagram at @iamhaleymadison

Thank you again for joining me for such a spectacular episode with the ever lovely Haley Madison!

Haley and I would love to hear from you and to hear how this episode touched your lives in some way, so please do not hesitate to connect with us.

Big love,

Steph xx
@stephsanzaro

025 – Self Worth, Awareness and Growth with Tessa Lloyd

This week we are joined by Tessa Lloyd, the gorgeous Mental Health OT, Art Therapist and founder and creator of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth. This episode is all about learning to understand ourselves a little better, the importance of self reflection and awareness. We discuss Tessa’s experience with an autoimmune disease, her past of ‘running’ and the beautiful effects that art therapy and breath work can have. This is a beautiful and eloquent episode about understanding our mental health, you can connect with Tessa at @tessajlloyd on instagram – Enjoy, my friends.

Welcome to the Steph Sanzaro Podcast.

This week we are joined by the incredible Tessa Lloyd, a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Art Therapist, founder of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth.

Episode 25 is a very fluid and beautiful episode, carried by the enchanting voice of Tessa. Her episode highlights the importance of self awareness in helping us to recognise and understand ourselves and our emotions, thoughts and feelings.

Understanding ourself, can help to enrich our lives and relationships. It’s understanding why we say and do the things we do. In this episode we touch on how significant this is and how important it is to acknowledge and validate our feelings as a pathway to enhancing our lives.

This episode will take us through:

  • self care rituals during this uncertain season
  • Tessa’s self awareness and growth journey
  • developing an autoimmune disease and the unconscious ways it shaped the women she grew into
  • how our greatest pain can make us more empathetic and understanding
  • repeating the same patterns in relationships and it’s toxic cycle
  • the beautiful act of rebellion against societal norms to stop, sit and appreciate how far we’ve actually come on our journey
  • what is ‘holding space’ and why is it so important for ourselves and others around us?
  • the scientific and spiritual importance of the ‘Breath’ in helping to ground us in moments of anxiety or ‘monkey brain’
  • the beauty of Art Therapy as a healing mechanism
  • uncovering your true creative self
  • fear and shame, containing the expression of our highest self
  • believing we are unworthy of self care and self love and where to start with overcoming this feeling

What a wonderful episode! I loved talking to Tessa about her work and her passion for helping others with mental health, you can truly see that she is doing her ‘soul work’.

We are all at different stages of our self healing journey. Maybe you have just begun or perhaps you are months or years into yours. But no matter where we are, it’s important to sit and appreciate the awareness it takes to try and understand yourself and better yourself.

Where ever you are on your journey, it can be very helpful to have mentors, therapists and others to help and lean on. If Tessa is someone you would like to connect with and work with I will leave her details for you below.

Work with Tessa and connect via LinkedIn

Find Tessa and her graphics we discussed on Instagram

Connect into the Mind Rising program

Thank you so much for joining us today and sharing your time as we have this mindful conversation!

Stay safe and well my friends,

Steph xx




Should I Do Yoga Teacher Training In Rishikesh, India?

The answer to this question is found in this blog! Should you go to India to do your Yoga Teacher Training? Here you will find my daily schedule, what it was like, what to bring and how I found the whole experience!

YES. My short answer is a big fat yes.

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Let me take you back to the very beginning when this idea first crept into my mind.

You see, for years I have wanted to travel the world. To meet people and to experience a life outside of my small town bubble. But up until now I have been too scared and too anxious; too anxious to take the leap and travel the world by myself.

Anxiety can be crippling. It takes over you and it tells you to stay put and to stay where you know is safe. This might not sound like a problem, but it is when it stops you from following your dreams and living a life you have always wanted.

In 2017 a friend and I planned a trip to India. We picked out all the destinations and did all of the research and we planned out all of the things we wanted to see and do.

But when it came time to book, I made up every excuse under the sun as to why I couldn’t go. “I have a full time job, I need to stay here and support myself, pay for rent and my house here”. “I should go to uni and study first as I am getting older and will be in my late twenty’s before I have a degree”.

Any excuse you can think of? I used it.

So I never went. I continued to live my life, working full time, did some study, did all of the things that I thought I was ‘supposed to do’.

But for some reason I still didn’t feel content.

I still felt lost and a part of me knew that I was hiding away from all of the things that I really wanted to be doing, because of FEAR.

It took me a long time and a lot of inner work, to overcome that fear and to start tackling and taking on the things I was afraid of.

I decided that 2019 was going to be the year that I finally travelled!

At the start of the year I wrote a list of goals and planned things I wanted to achieve in this 12 month period, travelling was one of them.

In the early months of the year I began talking about travelling to India and doing the trip I had always wanted.

One day I was talking about it with 2 business owners of a Yoga studio in Geelong and I mentioned that it would be really awesome to complete yoga teacher training while I was in India, to add to my skills as a personal trainer. They said it would be a great idea and suggested that I talk to someone who works for them that completed their YTT in India as well. The women they were talking about was Mary Thomas (@mantrasandmangos).

I decided to message her and to ask her where she studied and what it was like. She told me she attended Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India and would suggest no other school!!

I started to feel extreme excitement and a sudden gravitational pull towards that decision, a ‘pull’ I can only explain as a gut feeling I just couldn’t ignore! I researched a few other schools, but internally I knew that I had already made my decision, I too was going to attend Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School.

After about 3 months of talking about it and saying it out loud (this is an important part of drawing the kind of life you want, to you) “I’m going to go to India to do my yoga teacher training”… “I’m going to go to India to do my yoga teacher training”… I finally mustered up the courage one night and booked it!

I paid the deposit and then knew that it was set… I was going to India!

This was a HUGE step for me, and the beginning of the best decision I could have made for myself.

I later purchased a one way flight to Delhi and a small domestic flight to Dehradun which is the closest airport to Rishikesh (I recommend doing this too as it is much more convenient than taking a car 8 hours from Delhi).

It was all set and locked in, once your flight it booked you really know it’s happening!

Below I will write my tips and everything I think you will need to know if you have been thinking of coming to Rishikesh, India to complete your Yoga Teacher Training!

The tips will be transferable no matter which school you choose, but I will give examples of what my training was like at RVYS, so that you can get a whole idea of what my experience was like!


WHAT WAS THE TRAINING LIKE?

Well first of all it was amazing.

Probably one of the best months I have had in my entire life!

But I suppose you don’t really want to just take my word for it, you probably want a few examples and reasons why, and I’m more than happy to oblige…

First off you probably want to know how much it was???

Well for one month of Yoga Teacher Training, with accommodation and food included it was $1300 USD or around $1900 AUD!!! Yoga alliance certification upon completion of the course as well, so its a pretty great price!!

My flight to India was $500 AUD one way and the flight to Dehradun was $110 AUD

And the entire time I was in my training I only spent $150 AUD and that was mostly on nuts and seeds, bathroom products, cakes and vegan treats and 1 pair of pants!

Sooooo YUP! It’s a cheap experience that I honestly cannot recommend more! 🙂

Here is a little ‘day in the life’ for you, so that you can understand what my experience was like!

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The basic daily schedule went a little something like this:


5.00am – Wake up

5.30am – 6.30am – Pranayama and cleansing class (this is where you learn breathing techniques and complete nasal and eye cleansing)

6.30am – 8.00am – Vinyasa flow class (this is your first practical class of the day)

8.00am – 9.00am – Breakfast (mostly fruits, porridge, legumes, toast etc)

9.00am – 10.00am – Yoga Philosophy class (theory class about the history and the meaning of Yoga)

10.00am – 11.00am – Anatomy class (where you learn about the body parts, joints, etc)

11.00am – 12.00pm – Break (study time or sometimes a nap)

12.00pm – 1.00pm – Lunch (usually 2 or 3 different curries, salad and rice)

1.00pm – 3.00pm – Free time for study and exploring Rishikesh

3.00pm – 4.00pm – Body alignment class (where you learn how to teach and correct yoga postures and do them correctly yourself)

4.00pm – 5.30pm – Ashtanga Yoga class (1.5 hours of learning the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga)

5.30pm – 6.00pm – Tea and shower break

6.00pm – 7.00pm – Meditation class (where you learn and practice different types of meditation)

7.00pm – 8.00pm – Dinner (curries, rice, chapatis etc)


That’s what an average day looked like!

It might seem like a lot, but there was more than enough time for some relaxation and down time.

On Thursdays we had excursions outside of the school, where we:

  • explored a nearby waterfall
  • a cave
  • did henna art
  • did yoga on the beach

Sundays were free days, so we had plenty of time to walk around Rishikesh and get to know the town like the back of our hand. We had learnt every single back road and alley-way by the time we had completed our month of training. We got to go out and eat at different places and try lots of amazing vegan food!

That’s a HUGE plus point for me, Vegan food everywhere! It’s more available than in my hometown in Australia! Truly amazing.


WHAT TO BRING:

I really tried to only pack the necessities in my backpack but somehow ended up filling it all the way to the brim! I will try and list all of the things that I believe are the most important and things that you simply must have.

  1. Your travel backpack (No way, Steph!)
  2. Passport and cash money (you need cash to finish your teacher training payment and its easier to bring it from home as ATM’s are rarely working)
  3. Plenty of Yoga pants, tops and bras and underwear (legit, bring heaps of undies)
  4. Long sleeve or warm clothes and pants for the cold mornings
  5. Thongs (flip flops) for you to wear in the shower (this helps to prevent getting plantar warts)
  6. A pillowcase and sheet are optional (I didn’t use mine, but some people did)
  7. Carabiners (super random but come in handy, I used them all the time to hang things off my bag, secure my keys etc)
  8. A small bag to take down the street with you (with tissues and hand sanitiser)
  9. Shoes with grip on the bottom (the roads are pretty rough and you’ll want good quality sandals that preferably strap up)
  10. A power adapter for Indian wall points (if you’re coming from Aus)
  11. A shawl to cover your shoulders (comes in handy when the wind changes and gets cold, you can buy here in India though)
  12. Your bathroom products are optional as you can buy them in organic stores here
  13. Casual type clothes for days off
  14. Electrolytes and diarrhea tablets (only take these as a last resort, always try and let it all come out naturally without medication but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do)
  15. A music player always came in handy or at least some headphones for music when you want to shut off and relax
  16. Little bags for your clothes to make packing simpler
  17. Bag locks (you won’t need these in your room, but while travelling to India you will)
  18. A travel towel (you can have one provided but I used both)
  19. Bathers and sunglasses (you will swim in the Ganga River if you choose to, I did heaps)
  20. Neck pillow for the plane (I wasn’t going to pack one, but I am so glad a friend gave one to me before I left! It saved me!)

Everything else is pretty unnecessary! For the whole month you are fed and housed and if you wanted to; you could spend no money at all outside of the payment for the YTT (Yoga Teacher Training)!

Oh except for toilet paper, you need to buy that!


WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN DOING YTT IN RISHIKESH, INDIA?:

  • Prepare to be challenged in ways you never have before
  • There are lots and lots of organic stores where you can buy seeds and nuts and vegan cakes
  • SO much vegan food! (It was insanely good)
  • Rishikesh is a holy city that is alcohol and meat free
  • In India you do not place toilet paper in the toilet, it goes in a bin next to it and you can use the bade if you feel comfortable
  • There are lots of cows and monkeys everywhere
  • There will be trash everywhere on the side of the roads, but that’s just a part of the charm!
  • The walk up to the Ashram will help you build that booty you have always wanted
  • You will make 20 new friends for life (no lie)
  • The teachers will become like friends and family to you
  • You will have to stick things in your nose every day (it’s really not as bad as you think it will be)
  • You might get sick but it won’t be from food in the school (only happened when we ate out locally)
  • In other parts of India it is very respectful to cover your shoulders and show less skin, but in Rishikesh it is very tourist focused and you can get away with wearing tank tops and shorts if you choose
  • You will experience lots of exhaustion from all the physical activity and brain power from learning, and you’ll need as much sleep as you can get (we went to bed at 8.00pm most nights and some of us had naps here and there)
  • You will learn so much about yourself and your old beliefs will be challenged

Below you will find videos of the types of cleansing we did every morning!

  • The first video is of the second type of nasal cleansing we did after the second week. This one looks gross and pretty rough… but after the first time it really became much easier and simpler! I got a little competitive with it by the end and tried to beat my time for how long it took me (haha!). I know you’ll be fine with it too!
  • The second one is Jal Neti – nasal cleansing where you pour salty warm water in one nostril and out the other. This one was super easy and honestly nothing to worry about! You will be a pro in no time!
  • The last one is Kunjal Kriya. We only did this once and it was an experience I am glad I had! You make a decision to take on board any challenge thrown at you when you begin this course and that’s exactly what I did! You begin by drinking as much salty water as humanly possible until your body rejects the water and then you start vomiting until you pass bile. This didn’t phase me very much, you’ll be the same 🙂

MY TIPS FOR COMPLETING YOUR YTT IN RISHIKESH, INDIA:

  • Go into it with an open mind and heart
  • Leave your ego at the door (it’s only holding you back)
  • Take it easy in your first week, don’t push your body too hard, too quickly (this is how injuries happen)
  • Arrive in Rishikesh a few days before your training starts so that you can rest and get over the jet lag but also so you can explore and get familiar with the place!
  • Leave Rishikesh a few days after your training ends so that you can relax and gather yourself before you head home or continue on with your travels
  • If you get sick, you get sick! So just rest as much as you can and come back to classes when you are better
  • If you get injured, REST! Do not push your body too hard or it will give out on you later in the future
  • If you are walking through the city, don’t carry food in your hands or monkeys will most likely take it
  • Always walk behind a cow, try and avoid going in front of it – as it can charge you, but it won’t step back into you (at least in my experience here)
  • Make friends and talk to everyone! Every person you meet is worth your time
  • Say YES to things, don’t hold yourself back
  • Don’t stay in the Ashram all the time, walk around the streets get to know where you are staying
  • Find Arora organic store and try the vegan chocolate cake (so naughty but so good)
  • Behind the Ashram there is a place called Tulsi restaurant and you have to try the Vegan Banana Nutella Pancakes!
  • Purchase chia seeds and nuts to place in your porridge in the morning for healthy fats
  • Eat Indian food when you explore and try lots of new things
  • Smoothie bowls are crappy in India but worth a try at least once
  • It’s possible to have ‘soy chai’ or ‘oat milk chai’ and it’s amazing!

MY EXPERIENCE AT RISHIKESH VINYASA YOGA SCHOOL:

Firstly, India is a world very outside of our own western culture. It is magical and it is beautiful, and it is completely worth seeing.

I personally feel that I have found a place that feels like a second home to me. I have become incredibly attached to Rishikesh, completing Yoga teacher training here is like a dream and I feel very blessed after my time at RVYS (Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School).

Your body will be twisted and turned like never before… you will sweat more than you ever have in your life… but most importantly you will be one step closer to the person you have always wanted to be.

There will be times when you will cry; when a meditation class will touch you in unexpected ways, when a pranayama cleansing class will force you to try things you never have before… but, you can do it all.

There is not one thing that Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School throws at you, that you cannot do or overcome. They’ve done this many times before and you are in very trustworthy hands.

The staff were more than happy to make vegan food every day, as half our class were all vegans! So you will not have a problem there!

In my own personal experience, my whole life has changed since completing this training. It sounds pretty cliché, but it’s true. I am more patient, happy and content.

And that is a fact!

Philosophy classes have reinforced in me the importance of being an observer in my life and not reacting or acting out. I have learnt that my ego can be a pretty nasty b*tch sometimes and that I am best served when I pick her up and place her outside.

I have learnt that sometimes I’m not going to be able to do all of the poses or be as flexible or strong as the person in the corner of my eye, and that that is okay. Your practice is your own, and you must listen to YOUR body.

You start your day with a big smile on your face, and you end it in the same way.

The only challenging part was finding the school on the back of the scooter on day 1! We had such a funny and hard time trying to find it! Follow google maps the best that you can but the school doesn’t have a sign out the front, so you’ll have to ask lots of people and go into a few places before you find it! It’s all a part of the fun, so don’t stress on your first day!

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I am truly so grateful for my experience here and will never forget it. It is an experience I could not recommend enough!

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If you have any questions or queries feel free to contact me, as I will be more than happy to help you!

Namaste

Steph x

007 – Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone with Your Host Steph Sanzaro

Welcome to my first solo episode. This week I take you through my crazy experience in the week just past, with the Unyoked project and a spontaneous yet transformative trip to the Grampians with a guy that was no more than a stranger a week before. This episode is about the crazy things the world presents you with when you start to step outside of your comfort zone and step into your fears! It’s time to open yourself up to all the possibilities the world has waiting for you!

In this episode I take the plunge and record my very first solo podcast.

It has taken me a while to get to this point where I feel comfortable sitting in front of the microphone and to talk about myself.

But it’s time to not be fearful anymore. It’s time to provide value and share some of the insights that I have come to learn over my life!

In the last week I have seen more of a transformation in myself, than I have in years… all from simply stepping outside of my comfort zone and doing something that would normally scare the absolute hell out of me.

I am not going to give you any spoilers but this episode is really about all of the wonderful things that the universe seems to present to you with when you decide to sit in the discomfort, step into your fears and stop letting your anxious brain control you.

The best things truly do come when you start to open yourself up to new experiences and new opportunities. It is a beautiful reminder that accepting help, is not weak. It is brave, it allows people in to your life and allows intimacy.

The people I have met and gotten to know over the past week have now shaped me for what is to come next in my life.

Each person and experience is a learning opportunity and provides so much space for growth and self awareness.

I hope you guys enjoy this episode and if you do, please feel free to tag someone who needs to hear this today.

Love Steph! xx

006 – Leading the Conversation with Gabe McClelland

In this episode I am joined by Gabe McClelland as he leads the important conversation around mental health. He shares his incredible story about anxiety and OCD, that has a truly inspiring message that will get you moving your body, having important conversations and being a good mate. This episode has the power to change lives.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today’s episode is a beautiful conversation with Gabe McClelland.

Gabe leads today’s episode with a discussion that I hold very close to my heart, a discussion about mental health.

You are going to be blown away by this episode, Gabe inspires with every single word.

His story is incredible and extremely relatable to many of us out there. We discuss anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and how he has managed to tackle and over power these things.

This episode offers hope to many people out there and I think will motivate and inspire you to get outside, get your body moving and get out of your head.

Sometimes our mental illness can feel like it consumes our entire life and seemingly, that is what Gabe’s had done to him. However he is now leading a run group called the Finishr with his partner Bree, that is encouraging movement and inspiring important conversations.

Conversation can change the world.

Talk to someone today. Have the tough conversation, man up and be a mate.

If Gabe’s story speaks to you, feel free to contact him through his instagram at Gabe_mcc

This episode has the power to change lives, I cannot wait for you to hear it.