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Passion + Creativity as a Recipe for Happiness with Kathryn Budig

I was so happy to catch up with my good friend, Kathryn Budig on the podcast this week. Kathryn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher, author, and innovator whose most recent project is her online community, Haus of Phoenix. Every offering on Haus has Kathryn's passion and creativity infused into it from her recipes to her moving mythology yoga classes to her Inky Phoenix book club. We talk about the wisdom and guts that come with age and the vitality and inspiration that comes from following your passion and creativity.

Go to the shownotes page for links to Haus of Phoenix as well as my previous interview with Kathryn and her book, Aim True: Love Your Body, Eat Without Fear, Nourish Your Spirit, Discover True Balance!

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    More than a decade ago, Sarah Gardner was a yoga teacher with a dream: She wanted to bring a thousand yogis together at Gillette Stadium in Boston to raise money for Boston Children's Hospital.Years before, Sarah's son had spent seven life-saving weeks in the NICU at Boston Children's. After experiencing the love, care, and devotion that the doctors and nurses gave to her family, Sarah knew she wanted to give back. She has spent more than a decade doing just that -- rallying the yoga community each spring to gather at Gillette Stadium to do yoga for a cause. To date, her organization, Yoga Reaches Out, has raised more than 4 million dollars for Boston Children's Hospital. The money raised helps fund the program Until Every Child is Well, which offers dog therapy and art therapy, helps families with food vouchers, hotel stays, vouchers, and more. Hear Sarah's inspiring story, including lessons she's learned along the way.PS: Jason and I are headlining this year's Yoga Reaches Out even on April 28th and we would love to see you there! You can find information about how to join here: If you can't be there in person but would like to donate, go to and type Team Yogaland in the search box.
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