real talk

The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed…The story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our jumbled experiences into meaning.

As I told my stories of fear, awakening, struggle, and transformation and had them received, heard, and validated by other women, I found healing.

I also needed to hear other women’s stories in order to see and embrace my own. Sometimes another woman’s story becomes a mirror that shows me a self I haven’t seen before. When I listen to her tell it, her experience quickens and clarifies my own. Her questions rouse mine. Her conflicts illumine my conflicts. Her resolutions call forth my hope. Her strengths summon my strengths. All of this can happen even when our stories and our lives are very different.

{Sue Monk Kidd}

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the next layer™: Bryonie + I: the heart of self-preservation

b.wise + a.mathlin

“…I realized that my fear of saying no to people was a reaction to my inability to say yes to myself…” {a.mathlin} 



moving parts

“…let’s just not hide anymore – in our asking and in our answering…” {b.wise}

Bryonie + I take a deep dive into self-worth; we explore its relationship with self-preservation + how to get better at saying no + listening to ourselves. This conversation came about after Bryonie publicly posed the question about how we as yoga teachers {or artists or creatives} are compensated for our work…which is really our hearts. She received a passionate response to her inquiry; her appeal for more transparent exchanges around work + money resonated with so many of you…thank you for sharing + requesting this exploration between us.

As always, we do our best to cover the heart of the matter + discuss ways for you to find more ease around the idea of preserving oneself in a loving, self-compassionate + truthful way.

we love you.
alicia + bryonie

In this episode, we explore:

  • the archetype of spiritual martyrdom
  • self-compromise vs. self-preservation
  • the importance of saying no
  • honourable tranactions
  • the dignity of choice
  • more…

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For more Bryonie Wise, you can connect with her…

  • on her website, by clicking here 
    {be sure to sign up for her beautiful newsletter – The He(art) Gospel}
  • on her instagram profile, @Heart_Roars, by clicking here
  • through her beautiful book, Heart Roar: A Book of Tiny Prayers, by clicking here
  • at one of her yoga classes {click here} or events {click here}

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the next layer™ interview: Kathrin Brunner

“…based on my experience and who I want to be in the world, how do I reach out to other people and make some type of impact that lifts us all up…”{K.Brunner}

Kathrin Brunner


“…start to spend a little bit of time with the emotions that make you uncomfortable…be okay looking at why you feel guilty, frustrated or upset…”

kb soap

{some of kathrin’s beautiful handmade soap}

“…health is being able to say to someone I don’t know what to do and I need help…”

wood + feathers

{collected feathers from her travels}

I have been a big fan of Kathrin Brunner’s for a long time. She has a way of captivating you with her knowledge in the most gentle + loving way. You come away from her richer, healthier + ready to make your own kombucha…from.scratch. {yup, seriously!}.

Kathrin invites you to explore your own layers by being so open + so honest about her own.


In this episode, we explore:

  • the importance of being honest with yourself
  • why asking for help is good for your health
  • holistic nutrition + why it’s better for you
  • the gut flora: what it means + why it really matters
  • the strength of vulnerability
  • the power of self-forgiveness
  • and so much more…

to download + listen to this podcast anytime click here

For more Kathrin Brunner, you can connect with her…

  • on her personal website, by clicking here
  • or attend one of her lovely workshops, by clicking here
  • or by taking one of her yoga classes, by clicking here
  • on her instagram profile, @fortheloveofbody, by clicking here
  • on her facebook page, by clicking here
see ourselves in all of our glory + all of our mistakes + value them both #wisewords from… Click To Tweet
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