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ALTAR: The Podcast with Heather Briann

ALTAR: The Podcast with Heather Briann

By Heather Briann
Guided Practices. Life Explorations. Expansive Conversations.

A podcast for the open-minded spiritual seeker and mindful mover. Join Heather, founder of ALTAR movement studio, for guided instinctive meditation practices, life explorations in a variety of topics that will enhance your vitality and growth and expansive conversations with movers from across the globe.
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Season 2. Ep. 23 - Morning Meditation for Stressful and Busy Times
Beginning today’s morning meditation, Heather invites movement to release tension and soften the body. Transitioning into a space of rest, she encourages listeners to allow their mind to explore their to-do list in a meditative state, to say yes to all that they may need through breath, and to find a release of tension through vocal sighs. The podcast will be on a temporary hold as Heather takes some time to rest and rejuvenate this summer in preparation for the transition to van life. We look forward to returning in the near future as she continues her journey on the road. You can find us and continue your meditative practice in our virtual studio space, ALTAR DIGITAL. Follow this link to read more and to sign-up for only $1 for your first month of membership: LINK As always, we invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
22:35
June 23, 2022
Season 2. Ep. 22 - Morning Meditation for Mothers
This week, Heather invites mothers (and all other nurturers) to join this guided morning meditation. She creates a space of loving intention, to mindfully bring awareness and support to those you love. You’ll also be invited to give yourself permission to rest and to allow your brain to wander in moments of purposeful awareness. Return to this meditation when needed. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
25:10
June 16, 2022
Season 2. Ep 21 - Morning Meditation for Difficult Times (10-minute)
In this shortened meditative practice for difficult times, Heather invites listeners to explore the intensity of witnessing stress, to recall emotions that are uncomfortable and those that are peaceful, and to invite this duality into a safe space of practice. Heather encourages listeners to practice creating a union of intensity and peace, and invites listeners to return to this shortened meditation in difficult times. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
17:19
June 09, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 20 - Morning Meditation for Difficult Times (20-minute)
This week, Heather creates a safe space to explore a range of emotions through guided meditation. Encouraging the listener to envision intense, fear invoking moments in fictional scenarios, she actively works to acknowledge these emotions and evoke a sense of peace and comfort in the body. Join us in this space of flowing aliveness and return to this meditation in difficult times. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
22:42
June 02, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 19 - Meditate in May. Morning Meditation #5 (Guided Practice)
For our last week of ‘Meditate in May’, Heather invites listeners to participate in a spacious meditative practice. Revisiting teachings from the previous practices for ‘Mediate in May’, Heather explores the use of mantras, physical movement, pauses, permission, freedom, and reflection to conclude this monthly journey in practice. Join the Virtual Studio, ALTAR DIGITAL, for $1 this month. Use the code: MEDITATEINMAY at check-out. Follow this to read more and to sign-up: LINK We thank you for joining us this week and throughout our Meditate in May journey. We invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
23:06
May 26, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 18 - Meditate in May. Morning Meditation #4 (Guided Practice)
In our fourth week of ‘Mediate in May’, Heather guides another morning meditation practice. Revisiting some of the key themes and foundational tools explored this month, Heather creates a space for listeners to tune into their bodies and soul, to channel energy through mantra, and to embrace and question all that has accompanied this month-long experiment! We thank you for joining us this week and throughout our Meditate in May journey. We invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
12:40
May 19, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 17 - Meditate in May. Morning Meditation #3 (Guided Practice)
It is Week 3 of ‘Meditate in May’ and Heather is back to lead a short guided morning practice. She invites listeners to begin the practice with a physical undulation - to roll the shoulders, shake out the body, and lean into the body’s desire of movement or stillness. Returning to the use of mantras as a tool for daily meditative practice, Heather encourages listeners to come back to this practice throughout the third week of our “meditate in may” experience. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
11:25
May 12, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 16 - Meditate in May. Morning Meditation #2 (Guided Practice)
Heather leads a guided morning practice for Week 2 of Altar’s ‘Meditate in May’. She invites listeners to check in with their body and to embrace the use of mantras as a meditative tool. Use this episode as a daily guided meditation practice. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
17:23
May 05, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 15 - Meditate in May. The Ritual of Morning Meditation (Guided Practice)
Heather invites listeners to join her morning meditative practice. Explaining her experience with this lifestyle shift, Heather describes how morning meditations have been extremely foundational to how she is able to show up in the world. Heather leads a guided practice, hoping to inspire listeners to begin exploring daily meditation throughout the month of May - returning to this practice whenever needed. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
27:20
April 30, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 14 - Invitation to Meditate in May. Morning Routines.
Kicking off Altar’s “Meditate in May” series, Heather leads a solo episode this week sharing her experience with a morning practice routine. Inspired to explore this topic in response to numerous questions from students, Heather encourages listeners to view their practice time as an experiment, tapping into the curiosity of that lifestyle: What is possible for me to learn about myself in this time? What is coming up for me? What does this experiment enhance in my life? She shares that this mindset shift will unlock a new relationship with setting and sticking to routines. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
15:51
April 28, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 13 - Embracing the Inner Rebel
Heather and Tania discuss the importance of finding uniqueness and individuality in life and in meditative practice. Returning to the theme of freedom and permission, they invite listeners to challenge their self-contained rule books, to find their unique voice, and to move away from the desire to fit into certain spaces. In essence, they proudly proclaim the importance of being EMBOLDENED to be YOU! We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
24:51
April 21, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 12 - Memories of Love (Guided Practice)
Inspired by Lorin Roche’s Sutra 47, Heather guides the listener through a meditative inquiry into the memory of love. She creates a space to explore the melting, yearning, and merging delight of a loving memory. Heather reminds listeners that this form of sense memory can be a deeply nourishing meditation. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
19:55
April 14, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 11 - Freedom (Guided Practice)
Building upon their exploration of Sutra 7 in the previous episode, Heather and Tania lead a guided practice on freedom and inner exploration. They invite you to tap into your instinctive relationship with freedom as it exists in the body and beyond, to wander within and between these spaces and understandings in meditative practice. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
17:10
April 07, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 10 - Freedom + Liberation in Practice
Heather and Tania explore Lorin Roche’s Sutra 7, asking how we might invite a sense of freedom or liberation into a space of meditative practice. They discuss the possibility of freedom when letting attention glide and the inner self run wild, creating a space for liberation within practice. Tania invites listeners to consider the possibility that freedom is not solely an actionable process, but can also be attributed to a state of being. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
20:13
March 31, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 9 - A Space of Nothingness (Guided Practice)
In this week’s episode, Heather is solo and she invites you to join her on a guided meditative practice. You’ll be invited to practice a “do nothing” instinctive meditation technique in this 15 minute meditation. Use as a daily practice if it resonates and gifts you a sense of freedom, release and relaxation. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio.
16:21
March 24, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 8 - The Joy of Tension + Release
Considering the chakras through the lens of Lorin Roche’s Sutra 6, Heather and Tania discuss the energy of life that flows through the seven chakras. Particularly inspired by the notion of tension and release, they encourage listeners to stretch their capacity to pay attention, to allow tension to build, and give into the experience of release in moments of Tantra and meditative awareness. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
18:11
March 17, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 7 - Bodies Feed on Scents + Sounds
This week, Heather and Tania explore the complex and fascinating topic of human sensory experiences. Tania recounts her love of scents as a mode to unlock memories, while Heather describes the value of sonic cues in helping to experience a sense of calm or peace. They introduce the term Sukshma, explore the ability to find significance in seemingly insignificant sensory experience, and remind listeners of the importance of indulging in these senses especially during instinctive meditations. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR movement studio. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
19:16
March 10, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 6 - How to Cherish Your Life
Heather and Tania discuss the importance of cherishing and ‘holding’ breath. Inspired by Sutra 4 from ‘The Radiance Sutras’ by Lorin Roche, they consider the interwoven communication that occurs between breath and body. Throughout the episode they also consider the health benefits of deep breathing as it can be a tool for calming the nervous system in moments of stress. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
20:42
March 03, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 5 - Meditation is an Adventure
In this week’s episode, Heather and Tania consider Sutra 3 from ‘The Radiance Sutras’ by Lorin Roche. Through shared discussion, they invite listeners to be mindfully tuned to their rhythmic breathing, to cherish the moments when mind dissolves into heart, to sense life’s subtle vibrations, and adventure with breath. In essence, they consider the possibility of being ENGAGED with life when in tune with breath. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
22:46
February 24, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 4 - Meditation is Terrifying
Heather and Tania read Sutra 2 from ‘The Radiance Sutras’ by Lorin Roche and consider the pulsation of life between the internal and external. They invite listeners to be at play with this idea of oscillation, to tune into the various dimensions of life. Interwoven short guided breathing and meditative exercises encourage listeners to identify any emotions or misalignment that may be present. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
22:38
February 17, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 3 - Experience begins with Breath
This week, Heather and Tania read the first sutra from ‘The Radiance Sutras’ by Lorin Roche and invite listeners to step away from the boredom of breath centred meditations to a more expansive and playful approach. They consider the importance of being curious about this instinct and fostering an awareness of breath as nourishment in the body. Heather and Tania remind listeners that experiencing the breath can be awe inspiring and fun! We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital. Find Tania on her instagram at @taniakazi1.
20:48
February 10, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 2 - Instinctive Meditation is…...
Heather and Tania return to their discussion on instinctive meditation in this second episode of the season. Exploring a variety of techniques, Heather and Tania consider some of the ways in which meditation can alleviate the body from pain, calm the mind from stress and anxiety, and foster inner wisdom. They ask listeners to savor everyday moments both in and out of meditation; to consider life as dancing particles of condensed radiance. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
22:52
February 03, 2022
Season 2: Ep. 1 - Tania, our NEW Co-Host
Heather returns to this season of the podcast, joined by seasonal co-host Tania Kazi. Tania is a 500 hour YA certified Yoga instructor as well as a 500 hour YA certified Instinctive Meditation coach. Highlighting instinctive meditation and “The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight” by Lorin Roche, Heather and Tania introduce their future of podcast collaboration. In this episode, we meet Tania and begin to consider various perspectives on meditation, the importance of variety and self awareness in meditative approaches, and the value of instinctive meditation as a way to tap into your needs and desires. As Tania reminds listeners, with instinctive meditation, you don’t have to be anything other than who you are. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
15:34
February 03, 2022
Episode 7: Caroline Smith - EMBRACING WINTER
Introducing the first guest on the podcast, Caroline Smith! In this first collaborative episode, Heather and Caroline discuss a range of topics around the theme of winter. They consider how the body and movement practices shift during the winter months, how one could embrace this season, and how to lovingly winter-ize yourself. To introduce our guest, Caroline is a weaver, movement guide, student, poet, and fiber artist. Her work primarily relates to communing with land as they ask, the body as it allows, ancestry as a daily practice, plants as they teach us, and the subtle layers of self as is needed. You can find Caroline and her beautiful and poetic words on instagram at @carolineannsmith. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
29:28
December 23, 2021
Episode 6: CHOOSE A DOORWAY - The Meditation
Expanding upon the inquiries of meditation that Heather offers in Episode 5, this episode invites the listener to spend a few moments in meditative practice. Reading one of the Radiance Sutras written by Lorin Roche, Heather opens one doorway into meditation. If you are interested in reading the Radiance Sutras that Heather references, she recommends the book “The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight” by Lorin Roche. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
23:34
December 09, 2021
Episode 5: WHY MEDITATE?
Returning to the Radiance Sutras as written by Lorin Roche, Heather considers the question, why meditate? Bringing emphasis to the individuality of this experience, while offering a series of questions and a description of several meditative doorways, Heather encourages a space of inquiry to question the who, what and why of your meditative practice. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
15:23
November 25, 2021
Episode 4: BREATH - The Practice
Heather continues to explore the topic of breath this week with a guided breath practice. She invites listeners to become aware of their sensory experiences while nose breathing, tuning in to their body and the variety of senses tied to embodied breathing. Heather also introduces resonant breathing, guiding the listener through cyclical rhythms of breathing - 5 seconds in and 5 seconds out - inviting listeners to savour this time and space for their breathing practice. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
15:27
November 11, 2021
Episode 3: BREATH
This week, Heather explores the somewhat controversial topic of functional breathing, explaining some of the chemistry and biomechanics of the breathing process. Inspired by the work of Kathryn Bruni Young, Heather encourages listeners to find sovereignty in breathing practices. She explores the possibility of reducing breath and invites practitioners to limit their use of breath as a cue in guided movement practices. She reminds listeners, nose breath all day every day! Heather suggests that if listeners or yoga teachers want to further explore the power of breath and functional breathing techniques, they can read the book Breath by James Nestor or check out Robin Rothenburg. We thank you for joining us this week and invite you to leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
11:21
October 28, 2021
Episode 2: RADIANCE - The Meditation
Building upon the teachings of ‘RADIANCE’ explored in the first episode, Heather uses this episode to guide the listener through a meditative practice. Heather invites moments of inquiry asking, ‘What are these dancing particles of condensed radiance?’. She encourages the listener to drift into this mindful practice, to allow themselves to BE in their multi-sensory understandings of the world, and to grant themselves FREEDOM during this practice. For more guided practices and expansive conversations, visit our website www.altarmovementstudio.com or find us on YouTube at ALTAR Digital.
19:27
October 14, 2021
Episode 1: RADIANCE
Welcome to the first episode of Altar: The Podcast - a space that aims to evolve the practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness! This is a space dedicated to asking great questions of ourselves and our guests in order to weave a variety of tools into our lives that support our vitality and overall health and wellbeing. In our first episode, Heather introduces the text known as the Radiance Sutras, written by Lorin Roche, and asks the listener to consider the question, ‘What are these dancing particles of condensed radiance?’. Reading the Banter Verses 1- 6, Heather inspires curiosity and expansive awareness. Through guided meditative practices, ruminations about movement, and grounded mindful stories, Heather encourages the listener to find radiance in their existence, to welcome all of the parts of themselves, and to be in awe and wonder of all that life offers.
13:46
September 27, 2021
Welcome to ALTAR!
Welcome to ALTAR: the Podcast with Heather Briann. Together we will explore guided practices and intimate conversations with mindful movers from across the globe in order to inspire more movement in your life. Here, you are invited to evolve the practices of yoga, meditation and mindful living with us. Heather will use the text known as the Radiance Sutras, as written by Lorin Roche, teachings from Instinctive Meditation and the 19 years of teachings and experiential lessons she has absorbed from a variety of the most amazing teachers and guides from across the world as a foundation for all we move through together. You are invited to grow and learn to love deeper with us.
02:12
September 27, 2021