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The Red Cheetah Yoga Podcast

The Red Cheetah Yoga Podcast

By Nikki McGowan
The Red Cheetah Yoga Podcast covers stories of transformation. The stories may not always be yoga related, and they will all have to do with some aspect of health, fitness, inspiration, and spirituality.
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Episode 5 Donato Helbling, Budokon Yoga and the Wim Hof Method

The Red Cheetah Yoga Podcast

Episode 5 Donato Helbling, Budokon Yoga and the Wim Hof Method

The Red Cheetah Yoga Podcast

Quarantine, Buddhism, Prosecco, and Weed
Nikki sits down with her long-time best friend, Alejandra, and discusses life through the lens of the Korean Buddhist film, “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring”. The conversation twists and turns around and through many different topics, and you get an insight into the deep conversations these women have on a regular basis. You can find Alejandra on her Instagram @theartistalejandra and Nikki at @nikkithefairy. For more info on our business and studio, visit @redcheetahyoga or for more information
May 18, 2020
Episode 20: Yettie Osorio, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Yettie goes into detail about what brought her to Miami from Nicaragua. Yettie speaks about the political crisis in her country, how CrossFit, fitness, and community keeps her and her business going, and the gym she runs down in Nicaragua.
November 26, 2019
Episode 19: NSFW Courtney Avery of Intimate Health Yoga
Courtney is the creator of Intimate Health Yoga, a yoga organization dedicated to the education of sexual and intimate health for men and women. Nikki and Courtney get pretty deep (pun intended) on what transformation can look like in the realm of sex, relationships, intimacy, and communication. Find Courtney at @intimatehealthyoga on Instagram and Books mentioned in this episode: Tanira by Osho and Coregasm by Debby Herbenick. Follow @redcheetahyoga and @nikkithefairy on Instagram and donate to the Cheetah Coalition Project on by clicking the “studio” tab. Any suggestions for our podcast, please email
November 20, 2019
Episode 18: Jenny Valdes of @xomiamigirl
Jenny Valdes is leading the way in women’s empowerment in Miami. Nikki and Jenny go deep into talking about Miami culture (is there a difference between espresso and cafecito?! And: how are croquetas made?!). Jenny shares about her background in studying film and what brought her back to Miami to stay, and what it means for women to empower each other in today’s society, and how social media has been and contributes to change the shape and face of empowerment and human connection. Mentioned in this episode: @lifestyle_miami @onlyindade @ladiesinmiami To donate to the Cheetah Coalition Project head to and click on “studio” or go to @nikkithefairy or @redcheetahyoga on Instagram and click on the link tree, and click on Cheetah Coalition Project.
November 15, 2019
Episode 17: Bill Ohlsen, Owner of CrossFit Wynwood
Bill Ohlsen shares about his CrossFit journey beginning when his son, Noah, got him to try some wods ten years ago. Bill goes into detail about his background as a collegiate athlete, how CrossFit has changed his life profoundly, and led him to owning his CrossFit affiliate in the heart of Wynwood in Miami. Mentioned in this episode: Podcasts: Chasing Excellence, The Team Soul Training Podcast, 7 Figure Box. CrossFit trainers mentioned: Ro. Orlando (@crossfitrobo), Noah Ohlsen (@nohlsen), Ben Bergeron (@benbergeron), Frank Obregon (, Danny Lopez-Calleja (@dannyxsoul), Shawn Ramirez (@shawn_theram), Jason Khalipa (@jasonkhalipa). Trainings mentioned: Strong Man Cert by Rob Orlando, NC Fit (on-line programming), CrossFit Level 1, The Gymnastics Course Find Red Cheetah Yoga at and click on “studio” to donate to the Cheetah Coalition Project, and follow @redcheetahyoga and @nikkithefairy on Instagram, link in bio to donate to the Cheetah Coalition Project. Find Bill at @daddyodowski on Instagram, CrossFit Wynwood at @crossfitwynwood, and call CrossFit Wynwood at 305-741-0730 and their address is: 56 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137. Check out CrossFit Wynwood on Saturdays at 9 or 10 am for a free trial class!
October 15, 2019
Episode 16: Dan Nevins, Army Veteran and Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher
Dam Nevins shares his experience being a combat veteran: how he chose his career in the army, what transpired while he was in the army, and how his experiences ultimately led him to three impactful private yoga sessions that would change his life forever. Dan shares about his experience being involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, how his life fell apart and back together again, and how he was inspired to become a yoga teacher even though he resisted it all through his first yoga teacher training. Be inspired by this episode and be sure to have tissues ready! Mentioned in this episode: Books: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Being of Power by Baron Baptiste, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. Tv show mention: The Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj, specifically the episode on fentanyl. Baptiste Power Yoga Level 1, 2 and 3 Courses: and @baptisteyoga on Instagram. Dan Nevins can be reached at and @dannevins on Instagram. Nikki can be reached at @nikkithefairy and @redcheetahyoga both on Instagram. To donate to the Cheetah Coalition Project please go to or head to and click on “studio”. Any questions, comments, concerns, or suggested guests please email Nikki at Nikki can also be found on Facebook at Nikki McGowan and Red Cheetah Yoga.
October 9, 2019
Episode 15: Megan Eastman of the Inspired Life Teacher Training
Megan shares about what her life was like before her experience with Baptiste yoga and the Baptiste training her and Nikki did together. Nikki and Megan search for the best definition for samadhi, and go into detail about Megan’s upcoming trainings in Miami and around the world. They also speak about fortunate coincidences and fate about how and where life has directed them and continues to direct them. Books mentioned: “The Path of the Yoga Sutras” by Nicholai Bachman. Find Megan at @meganeastman on Instagram, @theinspiredlifetraining on Instagram. for the website for more information about the 200 and 300 hour programs. Head to to donate to the Cheetah Coalition Project so Red Cheetah Yoga can open a studio and give veterans free membership: we are curing PTSD with yoga and meditation and taking 21 suicides/day down to 0. Follow @redcheetahyoga and @nikkithefairy on Instagram. @ommovement ( hosts Nikki’s crystal bowl meditation Oct 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Enroll on their website or show up to class
October 7, 2019
Episode 14: Sam Reynolds of Café Namaste
Nikki sits down with yoga colleague and teacher/entrepreneur/photographer Sam Reynolds. In this episode, Nikki and Sam talk about the different types of photography she has done and does, the different places she has lives around the world, knowing where her life is going and, at times, not knowing, and her time she spent working with orphans and refugees in Rwanda. Sam also speaks to her time living in South Africa, how her life turned unexpectedly just five years ago, and how it all led her to create Café Namaste, Miami’s next and newest inspirational monthly yoga event. Here is everything mentioned in this episode: Books: The Jungle Book, The Tao Te Ching, Autobiography of a Yogi, The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Sam’s website: IG: @journeysforthesoul @cafenamaste_mia @thezentraveler @samreynoldsphoto @agahozoshalom (1 year program) @globalyouthconnect (3 week human rights program) @yogabirdstudio @africayogaproject @baptisteyoga Connect with Red Cheetah Yoga:, @redcheetahyoga @nikkithefairy and @inwardretreats and @ommovement . Please send all comments, suggestions, suggested guests and topics, and anything else you have to share to
September 30, 2019
Episode 13: Barry Rabkin of Raw Jūce
Barry connects with Nikki on this episode to talk all things plant-based. Barry shares his experience healing his body after a cancer diagnosis and how juicing literally saved and changed his life, how he met his business partners, and teaches about the significance of organic versus conventional produce. Barry goes into detail about the power of generosity in his business model, speaking to the ambassador program which Nikki is part of, and how much and often they get involved in community events and give away free juice. Barry is incredibly passionate about juicing and eating well, and this episode is packed with tons of nutrition information. Barry can be reached at @rawjuce (notice there is no letter “I” in juice!) on Instagram and Raw Jūce on Facebook. Nikki can be reached at @nikkithefairy and @redcheetahyoga on Instagram and can be emailed at Check out to get more information on Inward Retreats, the Cheetah Coalition Project (click “studio” to donate), and the Empowerment and Goal Coaching program (begins Oct 1). The book mentioned in this episode is called “Superfoods” and was written by David Wolfe and can be purchased on Amazon here: Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future If you have any questions, comments, concerns, suggested guests, anything at all, please email Nikki at and she will get back to you! Check out any of the 8 Raw Jūce locations here in Florida and to learn more about this amazing raw food company visit their website at
September 25, 2019
Episode 12: Carlos Escanilla, Tact Mind and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Nikki and Carlos get deep in today’s episode about mental health and fitness. Much of this episode consists of speaking to competitive athletics, and covers so much more beyond. Carlos is one half of the team behind the Tact Mind, the new therapy company Carlos has begun with former CrossFit Games athlete, CrossFit Soul athlete, and mental health counselor, Melisa Alonso. To reach out to Carlos he can be found at @tact_mind and @carlosescanilla_lmhc on Instagram. The book mentioned in today’s episode is “The Honeymoon Effect” by Bruce Lipton and can be found on Amazon here: The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth Follow Red Cheetah Yoga on Instagram at @redcheetahyoga and Nikki at @nikkithefairy For all questions, inquiries, suggestions, and feedback about anything on this podcast and/or and not limited to the programs we promote, please find us at and give to the crowdfund campaign for the Cheetah Coalition Project at Help us bring 21 to 0: eradicate veteran suicide and PTSD through yoga and meditation.
September 24, 2019
Episode 11: Jessica Bergman, Owner of Downtown Strength and Conditioning & CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
In this episode, Nikki and Jessica talk about Jessica’s history with fitness, from bodybuilding to ellipticals, yoga to CrossFit, as well as Jessica’s transition from being a coach at CrossFit Muscle Farm to owning Downtown Strength and Conditioning. Jessica also meets Sparkles the Unicorn Dog for the first time ever (whom she has stalked for some time on Nikki’s Instagram account), and talks about one of her biggest business inspirations and mentors who tragically passed away a few years back, and how she still uses what he taught her in running her gym.
September 18, 2019
Episode 10: Valerie Gangas, author, spiritual teacher, and public speaker
Valerie and Nikki get deep into talks about spirituality and meditation and how meditation radically transforms life. Valerie shares her inspiration for her first book, Enlightenment is Sexy, and goes into her second book, expects out in the next year or two. Be sure to tune in to this episode, you will learn a lot from it! Here are the links in today’s episode. For Valeria book click here: For the Red Cheetah Yoga crowdfund page click here: For Red Cheetah Yoga’s contact for inquiries about Inward Retreats click here: To connect with Valerie Gangas check out her website at Valerie can also be found on Instagram at @valeriegangas and Nikki can be reached at @nikkithefairy , and Red Cheetah Yoga accessed at @redcheetahyoga all on Instagram.
September 16, 2019
Episode 9: Santi Callejas, CrossFit trainer and owner of Riptide CrossFit
In this episode, Nikki and Santi talk all things CrossFit, from when he started as her athlete back in 2010 to his evolution into a business owner, CrossFit Seminar Staff, and his step into adopting his son when he was only an infant.
September 12, 2019
Episode 8: Johnna Matthews, CrossFit Level 2 trainer
Johnna Matthews sits down with Nikki in this episode and talk all things empowerment and transformation. Johnna goes deep into her experience with poor eating habits, body image, and her transformative view on what it means to be female within and without of the context of CrossFit. Johnna and Nikki also discuss mental health, fitness, life coaching, spirituality, religion, and the healing benefits of nature. Find Johnna on Instagram @isquatforpancakes and her website To view the Bob Proctor Abundance Meditation mentioned in this episode, go to:
August 29, 2019
Episode 7: RCY Owner, Nikki McGowan and the Cheetah Coalition Project
In this episode, Red Cheetah Yoga Owner and Founder, Nikki McGowan, gets on the air by herself to talk about the “why” behind the Cheetah Coalition Project. The Cheetah Coalition Project is a program being launched when the Red Cheetah Yoga studio opens and will have free membership for veterans. In this episode, learn the “why” behind the Project, why the studio will be a Baptiste affiliate, and what she aims to create with this project. To donate, head to and click on the “studio” tab or head to and search Red Cheetah Yoga. You may also find the link on Instagram on the bio for both @redcheetahyoga and @nikkithefairy If you have any further questions or inquiries, feel free to contact Nikki at
August 28, 2019
Episode 6: Anthony Ferraresi, CrossFit Soul Coach, USAW Coach
Anthony has been Nikki’s coworker at CrossFit Soul Miami for a couple years. Starting as a client at the gym, Anthony and Nikki talk about how he became a coach, how his mechanical engineering degree impacted his ability to be an effective coach, and how mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality play a role in coaching. This episode gets really interesting and has some great science and concepts in it, so enjoy! To get in contact with Anthony, his email is
August 22, 2019
Episode 5 Donato Helbling, Budokon Yoga and the Wim Hof Method
In this episode Nikki talks to Donato Helbling, mere weeks after experiencing his Wim Hof Method class at the Budokon Academy in Wynwood. Nikki and Donato talk all things martial arts, yoga, and Wim Hof Method and the science behind why it works. They also discuss powerful teaching and local yoga teachers in Miami. Find Donato on Instagram at @donatohelbling and the Budokon Academy at @budokonacademy . The Miami Ice Club is the WHM club that meets twice per week, and they can be found at @miamiiceclub . To enroll in the Wim Hof Method Foundations course at Budokon Academy in Miami that’s being held on September 22, please enroll here: Follow @redcheetahyoga on Instagram and Red Cheetah Yoga on Facebook for updates. Donate to to help us open our studio and launch the Cheetah Coalition Project and help our veterans cure PTSD.
August 12, 2019
Episode 4 Luis Jimenez: yoga teacher
Luis Jimenez is a powerful and prominent yoga teacher in Miami, FL. He is simultaneously Nikki’s friend, student, teacher, co-worker, co-facilitator, and employee. In this episode they discuss all things metaphysical, historical, yoga, and beyond. Product mentions in this episode: @malaprayer and @delixeleafcbd . Find Luis on Instagram at @luisinmotion
August 8, 2019
Episode 3 Tawanya Norwood @Th33besticanbe
Tawanya Norwood shares about her life as a female athlete, marine, and yogi who came up from living in Liberty City in Miami to being the first in her family to go to college, travel the world, and even own a car. She uses her Instagram account @Th33besticanbe to inspire people around the world, specifically young women who may not have many opportunities to succeed in life. Tawanya uses her own life story as she navigates serving in the Marines, and planning her next steps to impact the future.
August 7, 2019
Episode 2 Janine “Mama” Lutz of Lutz Live To Tell
Mama Lutz is the guest on the second episode of the Red Cheetah Yoga Podcast, and she has a story to tell! Mama Lutz and Nikki McGowan connected when Nikki was doing research about veteran PTSD and suicide in South Florida. Through tragedy, Mama Lutz has created a breakthrough program to help veterans assimilate back into society. For information on the Lutz Live To Tell program and the Lutz Buddy Up program please head to
July 31, 2019
Frank Obregon: CrossFit Coach, Gymnastics Course Instructor, Red Cheetah Yoga Teacher
In Red Cheetah Yoga’s first ever podcast episode, Nikki interviews Frank Obregon. Nikki and Frank cover Frank’s transition from the IT world into fitness, vegan food, what passion means and what it looks like, and all things yoga, CrossFit, gymnastics, and CrossFit Soul and Baptiste Yoga.
July 28, 2019