The Next Layer Podcast™: an interview with Dr. Nekessa Remy on taking ownership of your health, the powerful muscle of the soul + the foundation of your core

“…there is a lot of undoing that has to happen…

why do we – as women – accept living with pain?” {Dr. Remy}


Dr. Nekessa S. Remy is the owner of Mississauga’s The Chiropractic Office, a comprehensive injury management clinic focused on sports related injuries and women’s health issues. She also runs a practice in downtown Toronto, at Integra Health Centre where she works amongst other leaders in the health care field.

As a licensed Chiropractor and Medical Acupuncturist, Dr. Nekessa Remy has developed an approach to injury management that is based on current research and measurable patient outcomes.

My own journey into holistic wellness began in my late twenties when I found myself in the hospital for a week with an inexplicable {painful!} growth in my body. At the time, I was given a mixed {inaccurate!} diagnosis + was sent home with no prescription for – or understanding of – what had happened to me. I was treated so poorly that I vowed never to set foot in a hospital again. Alas, a year later I found myself in the hospital again, same problem, different doctor… thankfully, he took a genuine interest in my health + advised that my physical body would be fine, but my whole life would have to change in order to save it. He was right. It was the most challenging + painful time in my life but it was the beginning of the healthy + happy life I live now. I have been a student + teacher of that wisdom ever since.

Having a doctor that understood the connection between my physical body + my emotional well-being saved my life, which is why it brings me such joy to introduce you to Dr. Nekessa Remy in this episode of The Next Layer Podcast™.

Together we discuss what it really means to live a pain-free life + why taking ownership of our health is so important for the wellness of our mind, body + heart. We explore her journey as a wellness practitioner + how the advice she would give her younger self is the counsel she wants her patients to follow now. Lastly, we cover the often neglected – but all too important – muscle of the soul {the psoas} + the pelvic floor.

For women, so much of what we experience on a physical level can be tied to what we’re experiencing on an emotional level + I hope this conversation gives you some insight into the importance of that connection + how it might just change your life too.


In this episode we explore:

    • taking our pain seriously
    • giving ourselves permission to feel good
    • seeing through bad information presented in an official way
    • why you need to stop doing crunches
    • better kegels + whether or not you need to do them
    • tips to improve the psoas + the pelvic floor
    • and so much more…

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To connect with Dr. Nekessa Remy:

  • you can visit her website here
  • you can like her facebook page here
  • you can follow her on instagram here
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how to deepen your yoga practice

When I completed my yoga teacher training, I knew that after 500hrs of learning I was just at the beginning of my journey through this profound body of knowledge. Yoga has given me so much in the way of growth, health, forgiveness, self-compassion + body awareness.

I’ve learned that healing is non-linear; it happens through our bodies – yes, but also through feeling, perception, intention and consciousness. My yoga practice has softened the way I communicate, move, breathe, nourish + live… it has transformed my life for the better.

With every class I teach, I try to create space for my students to explore their own unfolding with every cue + through every breath. I guide them with reverence + gratitude in my heart for our shared experience + hope they leave feeling a little more aligned + a little more attuned inside.

Here are a few tips to deepen your time on the mat when we’re not together:

Listen to your body + respond with compassion: I tell my students to default to rest or embrace a modification that softens the pose; we don’t need to ignore how we feel {anymore than we already do} to achieve a pose, we need to deepen our breath + connect with what our body needs in the moment. Bālāsana {child’s pose} is always the right pose if you need it. Some days you can go further + other days maybe not; on both days you are an exceptional human being discovering an ever changing edge… please learn to rest + not to give up on yourself.

Understand that the pose comes from within: I encourage my students to stay focused on their own practice; there will always be someone in the class that can go a little further or bend a little more + you can use that for inspiration – sure, but please do not use it for comparison. You are where you are right now + wherever that is, is just fine. I invite you to be there fully + honour what is possible for you in the present. Listen. Respond. Deepen or hold steady. Find your own flow. You cannot look outside of yourself to measure or determine where you should be; pay attention to your own mind, your own body + your own heart. Train yourself to become the most powerful person in your life.

Try to breathe through your nose the whole time: It’s hard to imagine but the human body was designed for nasal breathing; most of us breathe at 10 – 20% of our capacity + this poor breathing contributes to a number of health problems {i.e. anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure etc…} but also, by decreasing our respiratory function we decrease our own energy levels.

“Breathing in and out through the nose helps us take fuller, deeper breaths, which stimulates the lower lung to distribute greater amounts of oxygen throughout the body. Also, the lower lung is rich with the parasympathetic nerve receptors associated with calming the body and mind, whereas the upper lungs — which are stimulated by chest and mouth breathing — prompt us to hyperventilate and trigger sympathetic nerve receptors, which result in the fight or flight reaction.” 

We were not meant to engage our flight or flight response to deal with our daily modern stressors. It’s purpose is to protect us from immediate or imminent danger, not an absent – or lacking – plan for self-care. I encourage my students to use their time on the mat to practice breathing well; I teach them that we disrupt + weaken our inner rhythms when we unconsciously hold our breath as a way to cope. When students find their edge in a pose, I ask if they can use their breath as a tool to go deeper, or if they need to rest to reconnect to the breathing that serves them most? During the more challenging moments on the mat – if we can develop a thoughtful inner dialogue – we strengthen our ability to respond to circumstance with mindfulness, rather than succumb to it without any awareness.

Meditate at the end of every class: Savasana feels so sweet at the end of a good class doesn’t it? I always feel bad having to ease students out of such a peaceful state… then to get them up + send them off into world – it all seems so unkind. I try to teach them not to rush but to just take a moment + notice their inner calm + notice their own powerful breathing. I believe that if you can be still for 1 – 5mins longer {time + space permitting} after your class, you have an opportunity to really integrate your practice… to really seal the time you have dedicated to yourself, so it’s not just a physical release but a spiritual {non-religious} one as well.  Your soul needs rest too.

You are capable of so much more than you know + a regular yoga practice is a useful, effective guide for that discovery.

Yoga gives us an opportunity to practice listening to ourselves with kindness + care. Practising builds up our inner strength, inner awareness + inner resourcefulness. By improving our breathing on the mat, we cultivate the ability to breathe deeply in our every day lives + to discover the power, peace + potential we all hold within + together.

I hope you’ll explore these ideas in your own practice.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback please send me a note or click the let’s talk button on the right.


p.s. you can learn + do yoga with me here

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The Next Layer Podcast™: an interview with Latham Thomas on owning your glow + the importance of reclaiming your self-care right now

“…accelerated living is affecting our bodies, our mental health, our emotional health…I’m asking women – in this book – to answer the invitation to slow down, to reclaim their self-care + use that as a pathway to empowerment…” {L.Thomas}

Latham Thomas, aka Glow Maven is a celebrity wellness/lifestyle maven and birth doula – transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 – an enlightened group of leaders elevating humanity with their work- Latham is helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power. She is the founder of Mama Glow a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas. A graduate of Columbia University and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham serves on the TUFTS University Nutrition Council. Latham is best-selling author of “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy,” a go-to wellness guide for expecting mothers endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr Mark Hyman, Christy Turlington Burns + more.

Latham Thomas changed my life. She is the reason I do the work that I do.  It’s with great pleasure + humility that I open the second season of The Next Layer Podcast™ with her wisdom + insight. Latham is releasing her second book this month – Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living + Crowning the Queen Within – in it she explores + teaches the art of purposeful self-love + self-care + how practicing the two every day makes us more powerful. I loved talking to Latham about the book, the freedom of standing in our truth as women, why it’s crucial to talk to young girls about their bodies + her personal journey from new mom to our very own Mama Glow.

This was my first remote interview{!} + needless to say, I started off a little nervous…well a lot nervous, but then I remembered some of the key lessons in her book + my heart whispered to my brain…”own your glow” …oh + you can hear exactly when I did.

Thank you Latham.


In this episode we explore:

  • looking at our internal resources
  • curating your social media to prioritize self-care
  • why we need to express a full range of emotions
  • why it’s okay if people don’t like you
  • insight into how to REALLY get things done
  • understanding the power in our bodies
  • and so much more…

to download + listen to this podcast anytime click here

To connect with Latham Thomas:

  • you can purchase her new book here
  • you can explore the book further here
  • you can learn about Latham’s company here
  • you follow her instagram profile here
  • you can like her facebook page here
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