The SlowDown

The SlowDown

By Maryam De Groef & Kym Nelson
Two British presenters living 4,000 miles apart provide engaging and lively conversation related to wellbeing. With tips, tricks, observation, humour, creative meditation and, ‘words to enlighten' with special guests. On the mic are Maryam De Groef, an essential oil educator and integrative nutrition health coach from Canada while Kym Nelson is a writer and creative meditation teacher from Belgium.
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Slowing down to recognise the superhero within!
We talk about how to feel good about yourself - the word often used is confidence! In this episode, we talk about power posing, putting confident thoughts in your mind and ditching the negative ones, writing prompts to get you analysing your own confidence, most popular essential oils that help people feel good and, why you should never have enough of hearing: 'I am enough! Our 'Words to enlighten' comes from Kimberley Hard Washington who is bringing virtual joy both as a yoga/meditation teacher and social entrepreneur. 
27:06
July 1, 2020
Words to enlighten - The Interview (Robert Fulton - Teacher of Sanskrit and yoga philosophy)
We talk about the ego in yoga, the humour of yoga (just listen to some of the incredibly long names for postures), the sound of 'OM and how it is a physical warming up of the vocal cords, plus the joy of Sanskrit (one of the oldest languages in the world). This is a passion of Robert Fulton, who has been teaching and translating Sanskrit texts, related to yoga, for nearly 20 years. Yes, we pack in a lot of content in this condensed interview! Currently, Robert is translating his version of the Yoga Sutras. 
18:27
June 23, 2020
Slowing down to be happy!
We talk about the world’s happiest countries, happy habits to adopt, happy foods, happy teachers and a happy meditation to get you in the mood. Plus our words to enlighten comes from yoga teacher and translator, Robert Fulton, who teaches Sanskrit and yoga philosophy. He enlightens us on the most misused word in yoga. 
32:15
June 22, 2020
Words to enlighten - The Interview (with Jan Mouton - breath healer)
Part of a new series of interviews showcasing, more at length, some of the wellbeing experts we interview for The SlowDown. First up is Jan Mouton, who specialises in a revolutionary breath and body therapy called Biodynamic Breath Trauma Release System®. He talks about how trauma can stay in the body, ways to remove it through breath healing and, triggers - an example is given at the beginning of the interview (unplanned!) which sparks a lively discussion.
14:42
June 11, 2020
Slowing down for alternative ways of healing (from stress or trauma)
We talk about where in the body we store trauma, anger, hurt and oppression, what you can do to release those emotions, breath healing and creative exercises to bring out your vulnerable inner child. Lots of ways to heal in this episode. Plus a healing exercise by Jan Mouton, an expert in trauma, soul and system healing.
34:51
June 9, 2020
Slowing Down for a higher grade on emotional intelligence
We discuss how many emotional experiences we have a day (it's way more than you think!), mindful and meditation exercises to try, why knowing your love language improves your EI and, what key skill has advanced the emotional intelligence of the most successful poker players. Plus our 1-minute SlowDown interview with Ellie Talebian from Eclectic Toolbox - an organisation which provides mental health training for the music industry. 
25:08
June 8, 2020
Slowing Down to make stress-free decisions
We take the headache out of making decisions and into a relaxing space. After this episode, decision-making will be a whole lot easier and maybe even fun! Plus our 1-minute SlowDown interview with Helen Slater an Autogenics teacher who gives her tip to instantly relax the body for better decision-making.
29:27
May 18, 2020
Slowing Down to discuss introverts & extroverts
Two podcasters - one an introvert, the other an extrovert discuss how they are keeping centred and their strengths locked in during the lockdown. Plus; how your sense of smell can be a vital source of comfort during this time and our 1-minute interview with Swedish zen artist Ingela Johansson. talking about kick-starting your intuition through drawing.
27:48
May 12, 2020
Slowing Down to be brave, bold and courageous.
An eclectic conversation about courage which includes; personal stories of courage,  how to exercise your courage muscle, blitz spirit and, effective visualisations which involves (embarrassingly) mermaids for one of the presenters! Plus our 1-minute SlowDown interview with Elizabeth Van Den Bergh, a voice coach who provides an effective swimming pool technique for public speaking. 
31:54
May 4, 2020
Slowing down to...write a letter to our fears
We talk about our own personal fears, how we've faced them and why writing a letter to your fear can be an empowering exercise. Plus our 3-minute SlowDown interview with Agni Larsen, a Chinese medicine practitioner who talks about where in the body we hide fear and exercises we can do to release that fear. 
26:39
April 26, 2020
Slowing Down for Mental Health Resilience
This SlowDown, we debate on the juicy topic of whether it's better to feel a state of calm or have an acceptance of chaos. What would you choose? Plus our 1-minute SlowDown interview with Stacey Cohen founder of London Jungle Runners who gives her tip for a more resilient mind. 
26:24
April 19, 2020
Slowing Down for Heart Health
The SlowDown on how to practice heart health through music, Chinese medicine, creativity and the contents of your fridge! Plus our 1-minute SlowDown interview with Oddny Edwards, award-winning chef and expert forager giving her tips on sustainable living.  
33:05
April 12, 2020
Slowing Down to practice Gratitude
The SlowDown on what gratitude is, different ways to show/practice gratitude, and boost our spirit.
26:24
April 5, 2020
Slowing Down to find Creativity
The SlowDown on being creative or reaching the other side of boredom. Plus our 1-minute interview with Kate Taylor, creativity and empowerment coaching who provides her tip for tapping into your intuition.
33:23
March 29, 2020
Slowing Down during Isolation
The SlowDown...in times of isolation. With glorious tips and techniques to get through self-confinement. Plus our 1-minute interview with Helen Sanderson, a mindful de-cluttering expert who provides her tip on creating a calm and more nurturing space.
36:28
March 22, 2020
Slowing Down for Inner Peace
The SlowDown to find our innerpeace (in a crisis) with tips and techniques to feel (more) calm plus our 1-minute SlowDown interview with children's author Alison Knowles who talks about controlling emotions.
35:46
March 15, 2020
Slowing Down to manage stress or burnout
Tips + techniques to manage stress or burnout, plus our 1-minute SlowDown interview with world renowned speaker and author on reprogramming the brain, Marisa Peer.
35:59
March 8, 2020
Slowing Down for Sleep
We discuss all things sleep related - good sleep hygiene, healthy sleeping habits, and tips and tricks for deeper sleep.
25:47
March 4, 2020