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Episode 33 – Your Body is Stressed — Here’s How to Find More REST! with Meghan Johnston

Meghan Johnston (AKA “Yoga Meghan”), is a certified yoga instructor living in Ottawa, Canada with her partner Eric. Together, they’re on the pursuit of a healthy, holistic lifestyle that fuels them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Not too much to ask from this life, right?

Meghan says not. And I’m with her 100%. I love the curiosity she brings to her life; constantly searching and exploring for new ways to find joy and gratitude.

We’re talking in depth about the connection between the mind and the body in this latest episode, specifically in relation to the perception of others, finding your voice and confidence, and coming back to the idea that we are already “whole.”

Here’s a look at what you can expect to hear in Episode 33 with Meghan Johnston:

Influence of Relationships

  • Meghan and her partner Eric are passionate about living a healthy, holistic lifestyle that fills their souls not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually
  • find people who are as curious as you are!
  • the influence of all relationships in your life, from your partner to your friendships and your “community”

Perceptions of Others

  • often our perceptions of others make them seem more impressive or more intimidating than they really are
  • what does the title of “yoga instructor” conjure up for others?
  • and how does Meghan work to ensure that we all experience fear and insecurity
  • if you think someone has all the answers, you’re wrong
  • we try to push past our fears and hide our vulnerabilities, when really, vulnerability is perhaps our most relatable trait

Yoga & Meditation

  • there’s a misconception that meditation “fixes,” when really that’s not how it works
  • ““Meditation is a constant journey of coming back to ourselves”
  • “The journey of yoga is one of learning how to continually come back to our centre. and I think sometimes there’s this perception that yoga

Sharing Your Voice & Managing Polarization

  • Meghan discovered that teaching was her calling, but how did she become comfortable with sharing her voice?
  • it does get easier as your experience and confidence grows
  • we have a negativity bias, meaning we hold more weight on negative comments vs. positive ones
  • so how can we remind ourself of the good feedback, and allow that to grow our confidence?
  • you’re not going to be “right” for everyone, in any field
  • Meghan shares a personal example of getting feedback during one of her teachings

Finding Your Place in the Industry

  • Meghan shares that she was the youngest in the yoga community during her training
  • her experiences were often invalidated by others
  • we need community in order to share our experiences and feel at home
  • feedback from others will always be important, but the inner voice and sense of self will guide you above all else
  • “the most powerful feedback is going to come from me”

Mind and Body Connection

  • Meghan’s journey of yoga started from a time of being disconnected to the body
  • “How are you doing in your physical body? Your emotional body? Your spiritual body?”
  • the practise of yoga tells us we are already “whole”

Links to Mentions from This Episode:

The Art of Money by Bari Tessler
Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

Connect with Meghan:


Episode 33 – Your Body is Stressed — Here’s How to Find More REST with Meghan Johnston

“It’s not magic, it’s science. But it feels really magical that I can affect my mood and what’s happening in my body by breathing differently…”

Meghan Johnston is passionate about living a healthy, holistic lifestyle that fills her soul not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Meghan is also a certified yoga instructor with a MASSIVE knowledge of the inner workings of the body and mind.

I’ve been picking up insightful nuggets in her 8:20pm yin yoga class for the last year or so, but this episode is a concentrated dose designed to help fill in some of the gaps in your knowledge of mindset, meditation, and the physical effects of stillness and rest.



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