Welcome to Untangle, the meditation podcast. In this series, we introduce you to real people with extraordinary stories, along with experts who have devoted their lives to helping others through meditation.
New episodes every Tuesday.
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CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN - POLITICIAN AND AUTHOR OF A MINDFUL NATION SHARES WHY MINDFULNESS MATTERS AND HOW IT CAN LEAD TO POSITIVE CHANGE
Congressman Tim Ryan, Author of A Mindful Nation, shares why mindfulness plays such a big role in his life. He believes that honoring and valuing diversity, and listening to one another, can help us build empathy and find solutions that connect us, rather than divide us. His vision for an America 2.0 is one where our priority is truly taking care of one another.
NOAH LEVINE - LEADING BUDDHIST TEACHER SHARES ADDICTION AND RECOVERY STORY
Noah Levine is an author, Buddhist teacher, founder of Against the Stream and Refuge Recovery centers and is featured on Meditation Studio App. He believes that all individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction. His programs offer an alternative to theistic 12-step programs.
ALBERT FLYNN DESILVER - WRITING AND MEDITATION AS A PATH TO AWAKENING
Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, meditation teacher and author of the recent book, Writing as a path to Awakening. He shares how his rough childhood led him to writing, poetry and meditation. He believes that writing coupled with a meditation practice can help us unleash our own creativity and that we all have the potential to be great writers.
ENCORE EPISODE: PARNEET PAL - HARVARD-TRAINED PHYSICIAN FOCUSES ON MINDFULNESS AND LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT
Harvard-trained Physician, Parneet Pal, discusses her efforts to revolutionize healthcare by looking at prevention and "Lifestyle as Medicine." She shares her personal story and why she believes behavior change and mindfulness are our best tools to inspire a healthier mind and body.
CHRISSY CARTER - A THANKSGIVING MEDITATION: WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?
Meditation Studio app Teacher, Chrissy Carter, works her magic again as she shares this Thanksgiving Meditation. When we're stressed, overwhelmed and frenzied, we become disconnected from ourselves. Chrissy asks us to contemplate what we're grateful for and to let this fill us up with joy. We wish you a heart filled with joy and gratitude this holiday season.
TRACY COCHRAN - BELOVED MEDITATION TEACHER SHARES INSIGHTS ON THE CHALLENGES OF HOLIDAYS AND FAMILIES (AND MORE!)
Tracy Cochran is a popular meditation teacher and the editorial director of Parabola Magazine. She shares how a mindfulness practice can help us in our crazy, busy everyday lives. She also shares why holidays with families can often trigger us (sending us back to our 12 yr. old selves) and offers some tips on how to handle this as we head into holiday season.
ENCORE EPISODE: EMILY FLETCHER - MEDITATION TRANSFORMS LIFE OF BROADWAY ACTRESS
The talented and creative Emily Fletcher is a former Broadway actress who began suffering from insomnia, anxiety and graying hair at the age of 26. A fellow actress turned her on to meditation and it changed her work and personal life forever. She's now the Founder of Ziva Meditation and devotes her life to teaching meditation to others.
WAYLON LEWIS - ELEPHANT JOURNAL FOUNDER SHARES PERSONAL (FUN!) BUDDHIST JOURNEY
Waylon Lewis is the Founder of Elephant Journal, a popular digital publication that focuses on 'the mindful life.' Waylon grew up with Buddhist parents and learned meditation at a young age. He shares his journey as a 'conscious, but messy' human being, entrepreneur, author and talk show host.
ENCORE EPISODE: MICHAEL APOLLO - EXPERT SHARES INSIGHTS ON MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION AND BUDDHISM
Michael Apollo talks about Buddhism, mindfulness at work, and how to get started with your own meditation practice. Michael is an educator at the University of Toronto, and leads the Meditation Studio Meditation Essentials course. His teachings draw from neuroscience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence.
PENN HARRIS - SEVEN YR. OLD BOY SHARE HIS (ADORABLE) PERSPECTIVE ON MEDITATION
Penn Harris is the seven yr. old son of Shelby Harris, a psychologist and the flagship sleep meditation teacher on Meditation Studio. Penn shares how he has learned meditation at home and at school and how it helps to quiet both his brain and body.
LYNNE MCTAGGART - AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST EXPLORES THE POWER OF INTENTION TO HEAL OTHERS
Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist, science writer and bestselling author of several books on the power of intention. Her recent book, The Power of Eight, suggests interesting results when small groups of people gather to focus on a shared intention to heal others. She shares how she overcame her own skepticism.
VANESSA POTTER - MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS LEADS TO LIFE AND WORK TRANSFORMATION WITH A BIG DOSE OF MEDITATION AND BRAIN SCIENCE IN THE MIX
Vanessa Potter is the author of Patient H69, the Story of My Second Sight. She was a talented television producer until an illness caused her to suddenly become blind and paralyzed. She shares her recovery story and how the experience transformed her life. Meditation and brain science are central themes to her incredible story.
RACHEL COOK - MEDITATION RETREAT CHANGES THIS ENTREPRENEUR'S LIFE
Rachel Cook is a former stock trader turned CEO of Seeds, a social impact tech company that provides tools that allow companies to donate a portion of every in-app purchase to microloans for those in need around the world. She shares how her first vipassana meditation retreat was life-changing for her and how her practice continues to inspire her.
ENCORE EPISODE: STEPHEN BATCHELOR - INTRIGUING INSIGHTS FROM A SKEPTICAL BUDDHIST
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and author, best known for his agnostic and controversial approach to Buddhism. He's known as a skeptical Buddhist who questions the strict dogmas and beliefs of Buddhism while exploring and engaging in what's truly distinctive in the teachings. His insights are illuminating.
TINA STALEY - KINDNESS HAS THE POWER TO HEAL AND TO HELP OVERCOME NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
Tina Staley is a Social Worker, Author and Founder of the Kindness Action Network. Her Kindness In Action 12-step tool is designed to inspire positive change. She works with individuals, corporations, healthcare organizations, cancer patients, veterans and many others. Turns out kindness really does have the power to heal.
DANI SHAPIRO - BEST-SELLING MEMOIRIST SHARES HOW MEDITATION HELPS US UNCOVER THE STORIES IN OUR LIVES
Dani Shapiro is a bestselling Memoirist of books like Slow Motion, Devotion and her newest book, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage. She explores how we make meaning of what happens in our lives and how we shape our experiences into story. Meditation is a part of her everyday ritual to stay grounded and to tap into her inner landscape.
DR. SHELBY HARRIS - YOUR SLEEP AND INSOMNIA QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Dr. Shelby Harris is a psychologist, behavioral sleep medicine expert and flagship sleep meditation teacher on Meditation Studio. This episode is for anyone who struggles with falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night. She shares valuable advice for getting a better night sleep, plus great tips and tools for eliminating insomnia for good.
SUSAN PIVER - ENCORE EPISODE: HOW MEDITATION HELPED THIS BUDDHIST TEACHER WITH DEPRESSION AND MORE
Susan Piver is a Meditation Teacher, Founder of the Open Heart Project and New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. She shares her personal story and how meditation helps with fearlessness, creativity and joy.
ALONZO KING - BRILLIANT CHOREOGRAPHER SHARES HOW MEDITATION FUELS CREATIVITY, INTUITION AND JOY
Renowned Choreographer, Alonzo King, shares how finding stillness is key to fueling our creativity and intuition, cultivating the relationship we have with ourselves and tapping into our natural state of joy. He finds stillness and his own inner voice through yoga and meditation. He inspires his dancers to use heart and mind, in addition to the body.
ELISHA GOLDSTEIN - ENCORE PRESENTATION: TOP MEDITATION QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY LEADING EXPERT
Elisha Goldstein is a flagship instructor on Meditation Studio, Psychologist, Best-Selling Author and Co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living in LA. In this interview, he answers top questions and discusses his groundbreaking online course, A Course In Mindful Living. He shares why mentors and community can be the keys to sustaining a practice.
DAWN ESHELMAN - MINDFULNESS PROGRAMS OFFER A NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE ART IN YOUR FAVORITE MUSEUMS
Dawn Eshelman is Head of Programs at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. This amazing museum offers creative programs that pair meditation with art to explore a range of themes like listening, compassion, facing your fears and happiness. It's a beautiful way to enhance the art experience and to cultivate a 'real life' mindfulness practice
SARA LAZAR - HARVARD NEUROSCIENTIST EXPLAINS HOW MEDITATION CHANGES OUR BRAINS
Sara Lazar is a Harvard Neuroscientist and Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Mass. General Hospital. She shares results from her research that shows how a regular meditation practice changes our brains. There’s (happily) proof positive that mindfulness meditation can positively impact mood, focus, memory and stress.
WADE BRILL - YOUNG CANCER SURVIVOR SHARES PERSONAL STORY
Wade Brill was diagnosed with Cancer at the age of 21. Her mother died of Cancer 2 months later. Wade learned early that life can change in an instant. She shares how her meditation practice helped her through this challenging period and how it continues to sustain her so she can more fully connect with herself and with each moment of her life.
ANDREA LIEBERSTEIN - A MINDFUL EATING EXPERT ASKS "WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?"
Andrea Lieberstein is a nutritionist, mindfulness teacher and author of the new book, Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She discusses how important it is to nourish ourselves on many different levels, so we don’t use food for quick comfort or to fill in the missing pieces.
ROB DUBE - A FORBES "BEST SMALL COMPANY 2017" LEADER SHARES HOW MEDITATION HELPS HIS ANXIETY
Rob Dube is an innovative leader, entrepreneur and the President and Co-founder of ImageOne, a Detroit-based print company. Forbes recently named his company one of the best small companies of 2017. He shares how his meditation practice helps him with his anxiety and his leadership style. Rob is a true visionary with a passion to exceed.
JAMES FOX - ENCORE PRESENTATION: HOW YOGA AND MEDITATION TRANSFORM PRISONERS
James Fox is the founder of the Prison Yoga Project, an organization that teaches yoga and meditation inside prisons. He works with prisoners who've been impacted by chronic interpersonal trauma most of their lives. His goal is meet these prisoners with dignity and understanding and to inspire positive behavioral change.
SHARON GUSKIN - BESTSELLING AUTHOR INSPIRES REINCARNATION DISCUSSION
Sharon Guskin is the author of International Bestseller, The Forgetting Time, a story about a 4 year old boy who remembers his past life and keeps telling his mom ‘he wants to go home’. Sharon discusses the compelling research on reincarnation, what inspired her to write this book and how her buddhist and meditation practices influenced her writing.
LA SARMIENTO - GENDER FLUID MINDFULNESS TEACHER SHARES PERSONAL STORY
La shares a heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting and courageous journey as a gender fluid person. After years of depression and feelings of isolation, La learned self-love and deep acceptance from their first meditation teacher, Tara Brach (author of Radical Acceptance). La now teaches mindfulness and leads retreats for the LGBTIQ community.
ALEJANDRO CHAOUL - MD ANDERSON PRO DISCUSSES MEDITATION FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS
Alejandro Chaoul is Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He was the first to create their Connect with the Heart meditation program for cancer patients, has studied in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and deeply believes in the healing power of the breath and sound. He conducts research on these mind-body techniques.
AMY GROSS - FORMER OPRAH MAG EDITOR IN CHIEF TURNS MINDFULNESS TEACHER
Amy Gross is the former Editor in Chief of “O, The Oprah Magazine” and now fully devotes her time to practicing and teaching meditation. She shares the path that lead her to this choice and why she believes meditation has the power to free us from the kinds of reactions that cause stress and suffering. She shares what happiness now means to her.
JAMES COLQUHOUN - THE POWER OF REAL FOOD AND MEDITATION TO HEAL
James Colquhoun is a filmmaker of documentaries Food Matters and Hungry for Change and Founder of FMTV, the “Netflix” of healthy programming. James is devoted to giving people tools to take charge of their own health. He shares the story of how he healed his father’s mysterious illness with real food and a blend of spiritual practices
SHARON SALZBERG - REAL LOVE IS (MUCH) MORE THAN YOU THINK IT IS
Sharon Salzberg is a leading meditation teacher and author of 10 books, including her latest book called Real Love, The Art of Mindful Connection. When we redefine our current notions of love, she explains, we can connect more deeply with ourselves, others and life itself. She explores how meditation helps to cultivate our capacity for real love.
BILL DUANE - GOOGLE EXEC SHARES HOW MINDFULNESS PROGRAMS BOOST PERFORMANCE
Bill Duane is an engineer, meditation teacher and head of the Well-being and Sustainable Performance Learning Team at Google. His team’s mission is to help employees live and work in ways that allow them to be their most effective and happy selves. Bill shares how core mindfulness skills support google’s high performance goals.
STEFANIE GOLDSTEIN - A MOTHER'S DAY MEDITATION FOR COMPASSION AND LOVE
Stefanie Goldstein is the co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living in LA and a mother of 3 boys. She knows firsthand that being a mom can be one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of our lives. She created this meditation to help us find groundedness, compassion, and love within ourselves, even on the craziest of days.
JUDSON BREWER - ENCORE PRESENTATION ON ADDICTION AND HABIT CHANGE
Judson Brewer is an MD and Director of Research at U Mass Center for Mindfulness.
In this encore interview, Judson shares how mindfulness fits into the addiction cycle and how we can change our unwanted habits for good. He is a thought leader in the field of addiction and habit change and author of a new book called The Craving Mind.
CATHERINE BURNS - HOW STORYTELLING TRANSFORMS US
Catherine Burns is the Artistic Director for The Moth, the storytelling organization, and the editor of their new book, All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown. Catherine shares why stories have the power to change both the storyteller and the listener, giving us a way to be vulnerable and to connect more deeply with one another.
ELISHA GOLDSTEIN - CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH THIS MEDITATION TO CONNECT TO THE EARTH
Elisha Goldstein is the Co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living in LA. Enjoy this special guided meditation in honor of Earth Day. This simple breath meditation invites you to take a moment to connect to the earth and its many gifts. It also helps you to connect to your own heart and all living things on this planet.
SARAH KAUFMAN - PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING DANCE CRITIC TEACHES US HOW TO BRING MORE GRACE INTO OUR LIVES
Sarah Kaufman is the Washington Post, Pulitzer Prize-winning Dance Critic and author of the book The Art of Grace, On Moving Well Through Life. She defines Grace as a kind of physical, social and spiritual ease and teaches us how to enact it in our everyday lives. She also describes the similarities between Grace and Mindfulness.
DR. ANNE MARIE ALBANO - ANXIETY CHALLENGES & COPING SKILLS FOR KIDS, TEENS AND ADULTS
Dr. Anne Marie Albano is a Clinical Psychologist, an expert on anxiety and mood disorders and Author of You and Your Anxious Child. She describes the many different types of anxiety, what triggers it and why so many people suffer from anxiety disorders today. She shares her groundbreaking coping skills for kids, teens and young adults.
MARK KRASSNER - MEDITATION FOR ANXIETY DURING PREGNANCY AND FOR NEW MOMS
Emily Fletcher interviews Mark Krassner, Founder of Expectful, a platform that introduces meditation to pregnant women and new moms. Mark’s inspiration has been his own mom, who struggled with anxiety during her pregnancy and throughout his childhood. He’s shares how a meditation practice can positively impact both mother and child.
TRAVIS BARTON - LA LIFE COACH ASKS "WHAT IF HAPPINESS PAID THE BILLS?"
Travis Barton is a sought-after Life Coach who shares why it’s important to find your passion and purpose in life. He believes that doing what makes you ‘come alive’ can change you...and the world. He shares why meditation is a key to finding your best self and how it’s helped him personally.
DAVID GELLES - NY TIMES REPORTER SHARES MEDITATION STORY
David Gelles is a NY Times Reporter and author of Mindful Work, How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out. He started meditating as an anxious teenager, then spent a semester in India and has been a sporadic, but devoted, meditator ever since. David is convinced of the power of mindfulness to change us personally and at work.
ANN FRIEDMAN - PODCAST CELEB SHARES NEWBIE MEDITATION EXPERIENCE
Ann Friedman is a journalist, NY Magazine Columnist and Co-host of a VERY popular podcast, Call Your Girlfriend, where she covers politics and pop culture with Co-host Aminatou Sow. Ann started meditating last year, using Meditation Studio App, and shares her insights on the hilarious challenges of becoming a ‘good’ meditator.
MARK COLEMAN - SILENCING THE NEGATIVE INNER CRITIC
Mark Coleman is a top mindfulness teacher and author of Make Peace with Your Mind. He shares how mindfulness and compassion can free us from our inner critic -- the one that blasts us with messages that ‘we’re not good enough.’ Mark shows us, with wisdom and humour, how we can quell that inner voice and stop beating ourselves up...for good.
MELLI O'BRIEN - KNOW YOURSELF DEEPLY - LIVE YOUR LIFE FULLY
Melli O’Brien is a devoted meditation teacher and practitioner from Australia, known worldwide as Mrs. Mindfulness. Her mission is to help us lead more conscious and connected lives...with more peace and purpose. She shares wisdom from her program, The Art of Mindful Living, where she teaches valuable mindfulness tools that transform lives.
LODRO RINZLER - MEDITATION, HEARTBREAK & RESILIENCE
Lodro Rinzler, author of Love Hurts and Co-founder of MNDFL Studios in NYC shares the universal nature of heartbreak and how it connects us to one another. Whether we’re experiencing little everyday heartbreaks or the big, crushing heartbreaks, Lodro reminds us that it’s all part of the human experience, it will change...and we’re not alone.
EMILY FLETCHER - YOUR RELATIONSHIP & SEX QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Emily Fletcher, Ziva Meditation founder and Meditation Studio app teacher, shares how meditation helps us to be a more ‘present’ partner in our relationships and (bonus!) gives us a boost in our sex lives too. Spoiler alert? Don’t expect someone else to ‘complete’ you. It all begins with loving and accepting ourselves first.
CHRISSY CARTER - RELATIONSHIP MEDITATIONS IN HONOR OF VALENTINE'S DAY
Chrissy Carter, Meditation Studio teacher, offers two favorite meditations from our app Relationship Collection. The first is called Relationship Lessons and reminds us how relationships teach us what we need to learn, especially when they trigger us. The second is called Being Open to Possibility and reminds us that love is always possible.
ASHLEY TURNER - YOUR LOVE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Ashley Turner is a meditation and yoga teacher and a psychotherapist. She answers our biggest love questions. How does meditation help us in relationships? How does it help us to be more authentic and vulnerable? To forgive, let go and move on? To have compassion for ourselves and others? This interview is our Valentine’s Day gift to you.
JERRY COLONNA - BRINGING YOUR FULL HUMAN POTENTIAL TO THE WORK YOU LOVE
Jerry Colonna is an executive coach and the founder of Reboot, where he uses the skills that he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs. Jerry’s shares his story, from depression to buddhism and meditation to the programs he now teaches that combine practical skills, radical self inquiry, mindfulness and conscious leadership.
JEFFREY WALKER - MINDFULNESS PRACTICES IN LEADERSHIP, EDUCATION AND PHILANTHROPY
Jeffrey Walker is an accomplished executive, author and philanthropist with an eclectic background in music, finance and contemplative practices. He shares his passion for bringing mindfulness tools to business, education and philanthropy and for gathering people together to create solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face today.
STEFANIE GOLDSTEIN - MEDITATION IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S MARCH
Today, Stefanie Goldstein, mother, psychologist and mindfulness teacher shares a very special meditation to inspire us to connect to our hearts and to reflect on what matters most to each of us. It will give you a steady, strong and grounded foundation from which to show up this week and beyond...with love, kindness and compassion.
DEREK FLANZRAICH - FOUNDER OF 'GREATIST' SHARES LEADERSHIP STORY
Derek Flanzraich started Greatist, a health media company, just after college and 5 years later has over 10 mm users per month. We explore what inspired him to start the company and how he’s navigated some of the trickier challenges. He shares how meditation and taking time off every six months help him to be a calmer, more focused leader.
AGAPI STASSINOPOULOS - FINDING JOY EACH DAY
Agapi Stassinopoulos, author, inspirational speaker and adored sister of Arianna Huffington, shares how to be more joyful this year with insights and meditations from her new book, Wake Up to the Joy of You. She shares heartfelt wisdom on how to let go of what doesn’t work for you and open up to more joyful possibilities with each new day.
M.J. RYAN - TURNING NEGATIVE HABITS INTO POSITIVE ONES
Best selling author and Change Expert M.J. Ryan shares how to mindfully realize your goals this year. Her book, Habit Changers, is chock full of ideas on how you can permanently change your negative habits to positive ones to become happier and more successful. She shares simple and actionable strategies to kickstart the new year.