The Next Layer Podcast™: an interview with Hali Schwartz on remembering who we really are, trusting our true self + why understanding consciousness is so important right now

“…effort is not necessarily struggle; effort is the continuity of your endeavour, the continuity of your faith & the continuity of your acting based on that faith…

Hali Schwartz is a yoga educator who teaches yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, yoga, chanting + meditation in various teacher training programs around Toronto. Hali has been immersed in the world of yoga for most of her life + has lead several pilgrimage voyages to the Himalayas, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Varanasi, Rajasthan, New Delhi + Mumbai. She is passionate about the subject of yoga and has truly found her calling in sharing this love {and her deep knowledge} with us.

The first time I met Hali Schwartz was during my yoga teacher training at Octopus Garden here in Toronto; she captured my attention {and my heart} from the moment she began teaching us how to speak Sanskrit + the true depth of yoga’s history. I had never met someone who felt so undeniably perfect as a messenger for the knowledge they were sharing; if you listen to Hali closely + long enough, you feel as though you might learn the secrets to life itself or at least the secrets to your own life.

For real.

Our interview really touches on a way of being + a state of awareness that I believe is missing from conversations about power, peace + potential for women + for humanity… when Hali says I think of all beings as me + me as all beings” I am reminded of our capacity to not only be more for one another, but to be so much more for ourselves.

Thank you for it all Hali.


In this episode we explore:

  • our limitless inner resources
  • the simplest explanation of meditation I’ve ever heard
  • the importance of women connecting in community
  • the imposter complex
  • conquering your fears + one of her biggest fears
  • the reason why I named this podcast The Next Layer™
  • and so much more…

to download + listen to this podcast anytime click here

To connect with Hali Schwartz:

  • you can visit her website here
  • you can follow her on instagram here
  • you can purchase her book One Without A Second: The Seeds of Yoga Philosophy from Root to Sprout here

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light on enlightenment

Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it’s not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time; not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.

— Adyashanti

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10 big things to think about from Chatelaine’s The Big Dish


…keep wanting to make a difference in a positive way.

{Chef Lynn Crawford}


…women need to rewrite the narrative on entrepreneurship and self-care.

{Petra Kassun-Mutch}


…we talk about our lives when we talk about our food.

{Tara O’Brady}


…food is tied to my identity; I use food to talk about where I’m from – wherever I am.

{Shayma Saadat}


…cultivate your own identity with food; your instinct is better than anyone else’s on what you should eat.

{Meghan Telpner}


…cooking teaches my kids the strength of their own hands.

{Tara O’Brady}


…we haven’t been taught how food has changed; we’ve evolved with it – but we don’t really understand it.

{Lulu Cohen-Farnell}


…you need to stop and celebrate who you are and how far you’ve come so you can know how to ask for what you want.

{Crystal Luxmore


…our food tethers us to the earth.

{Joshana Maharaj}


…women are not a special interest group; they are half of the d*mn population.

{Joshana Maharaj}

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On Sunday October 29, I was a guest of Chatelaine’s first ever The Big Dish — an event celebrating the innovative, gutsy and creative women in the world of Canadian food. Between the dynamic keynote speakers, intriguing panel discussions, delicious food and awesome feminine energy, it’s hard to say what I loved the most… it was all so so so good.

I learned so much from the lineup of chefs, activists, entrepreneurs, farmers and others excelling in their fields. So much of how we learn and grow comes from sharing our stories; to see the world through the eyes of another woman is not only how we become better humans, but also how we become better allies and conduits for change.

As someone who looks at women and food through the lens of mindfulness every day, it was important for me to ask questions about our relationship with food… to tie it all back to the way food teaches us what we need, tells us who we are and transforms the way we feel.

Thank you Chatelaine for creating this gathering of powerful women to remind us that we are all connected and that we truly are what we eat.


For more information on The Big Dish event click here.

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