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Living in this Queer Body

A podcast about barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves

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Marlee Grace on Learning the Body Again and Again, and More all the time

Marlee talks about coming out to herself in her 30's, learning the body again and again, unpacking addictive behaviors, body pain and navigating embodiment as a public artist/creative/person.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

41mins

15 May 2019

Rank #1

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Adrienne Maree Brown: Let the hard shit be hard AND Look for the pleasure, look for the joy

We discuss navigating food and nourishment, sex education and consent, chair dancing and twerking, Adrienne's introvert and queer nature.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

1hr 1min

10 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Your Curiosity Will Save You with Cindy Crabb

In this episode we talk about dissociation, choice and consent, gender as "all kinds of ways," life before punk, how adrenaline and traumatized bodies interact and the dull and repetitive conversations that led her to live life as a writer. Cindy Crabb is the author of the long-running feminist autobiographical zine Doris and compilation book Encyclopedia of Doris. She edited the zine and book Learning Good Consent. She is a somatic experiencing trauma therapist living in Pittsburgh. Cindy wrote her zine, DORIS, like she is figuring out the human condition. She makes writing about the simplest and most common things - playing music, childhood, cooking, or sex- resonate with universal understanding. She helps us make sense of more complex things like the satisfaction of doing useful work, natural curiosity, the ability to use logic, gender dynamics, introspection, the need for challenge and change, combating depression, and creating art and literature. She shares and explores the emotions that go along with having an abortion, rape, dealing with the death of family, or sexual harassment in a context that is enlightening and personal, feeling like a close friend opening up to you. What's most impressive though is that she relates these things into every article in her zine seamlessly. You can find out about all the amazing things she does at: www.cindycrabb.com http://www.dorisdorisdoris.com/ @cindy_crabb https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/1212/ LITQB Podcast: This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another.   Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody  The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator  Queering the Holidays Virtual Workshop  December 8th:  https://www.livinginthisqueerbody.com/virtual-group-workshop  SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody   Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

49mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Somatic Witch: Andrea Glik

I was so glad to sit down and talk with Andrea Glik. They are so many things including the creator of the wildly popular and deeply resonant instagram account @somaticwitch, where they give us frequent doses of wisdom about the nervous system and working through trauma. Andrea Glik, LMSW is a psychotherapist, somatic healer, sex educator, and witch living and practicing on occupied Lenape territory (NYC). Andrea specializes in treating trauma and PTSD for queer & trans folks, using body based and feminist therapy practices to help clients come home to themselves. insta: @somaticwitch website: www.andreaglik.com workshops for purchase: https://www.andreaglik.com/shop LITQB Podcast: This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody The Host:  Asher Pandjiris  Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator Finding Pleasure in Purposeful Movement with Ilya Parker January 14:  https://www.livinginthisqueerbody.com/findingpleasure SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

49mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Jenna Wortham on Finding Peace Beneath the Skin

We discuss the priority of supporting the body, Jenna's history with disordered eating and overwork, their anxious brain, what they are learning from their morning body/mind assessment ritual, the importance of rest and WHY the ceramic french press is a game changer.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

1hr 3mins

26 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Frankie Baker: Provocation and the Intimacy of Healing

Frankie opens up about their journey with disordered eating as a way to manage dysphoria and the things they are finding to assist with anxiety without extreme orthorexia. Their relationship to rigidity has evolved as a result of their study of Chinese Medicine along with giving themself permission to speak openly about their body’s experience. Frankie breaks all sorts of rules in the spirit of providing an open and safe environment for queer, trans and non binary patients.  Frankie is an acupuncturist and herbalist with a focus on trans affirming health practicing out of Brooklyn. They offer a sliding scale for People of color, trans people and sex workers. You can find out more about their practice @yarrow_medicine on instagram.  I hope you enjoy our conversation and find ways to support this podcast and the very important work Frankie is doing in the world. They speak about a NYC community health resource for trans healthcare: Apicha @apichachc  LITQB Podcast   This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody.  The Host  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator  Virtual Workshops available every month:  https://www.livinginthisqueerbody.com/virtual-group-workshop SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris   Audio Production: ganym3d3.com and https://talkbox.studio/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

50mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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I am the Site of Possibility: Shira Erlichman

In this episode, which was recorded many months ago, Shira and I talk about what it means to not be able to “outrun” her Bipolar diagnosis and the long process of acceptance that followed this confronting reality. Shira shares about her early childhood growing up in Israel, noticing as a radical act, the mind as queer and a lot more. I am a such a fan of Shira’s book, her poetry and most recently I have taken such pleasure in watching her daily instagram stories in which she prepares iced coffee. Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist. She was born in Israel and immigrated to the US when she was six. Her poems explore recovery – of language, of home, of mind – and value the "scattered wholeness" of healing. She earned her BA at Hampshire College and has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by the Millay Colony. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed Reader, The Rumpus, PBS NewsHour’s Poetry Series, The Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times, among others. Her debut poetry book, Odes to Lithium, came out in September 2019. She is also the author and illustrator of the picture book Be/Hold. When not on tour, she lives in Brooklyn where she teaches writing and creates. @sheer_awe and https://www.officialshira.com/in-surreal-life DISPATCHES FROM OUR QUEER BODIES IN PANDEMIC TIMES I hope everyone is finding ways to access ease and comfort in this pandemic time. If you haven’t already, there have been some beautiful mini episodes in the Living in our queer bodies in pandemic times series. Most recently, my friend Cassie shared what they learned in the process of recovering from Covid-19. If anyone would like to join this project, just record a one to two minute voice memo and email it to me at livinginthisqueerbody@gmail.com LITQB Podcast: This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

57mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Against Purity with Jade Marks

Jade and I speak about abelism, transphobia and purity discourses in herbalism, thoughts on unlearning binaries in the wellness world. They speak eloquently about permission to heal, within multiple, subtle and complex modalities (and at your own pace!).--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

48mins

23 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Prentis Hemphill: There is a Brilliance in These Bodies

In this episode we discuss generative somatics as an activist and healing practice, the power of reclaiming our bodies, complicating queer belonging, the spiritual and disruptive possibilities of queerness and Prentis's particular focus on being authentically oneself.  Prentis Hemphill is movement facilitator, Somatics teacher and practitioner, and writer living and working at the convergence of healing, individual and collective transformation, and political organizing. Prentis spent many years working with powerful movements and organizations, most recently as the Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter Global Network. In 2016, Prentis was awarded the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Soma Award for community work inspired by Buddhist thought. Currently, Prentis is a teacher of Somatics with Generative Somatics, which is focused on bringing a politicized Somatics practice to movement building organizations, and with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, a training program for Black organizers throughout the US, and works as a facilitator and consultant for organizations and groups looking to center healing justice and transformative justice into the very core of their work to build more well and self-determined communities. Prentis has served as a board member for National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN), a network for connecting communities with representative mental health practitioners and an effort at bringing frameworks of healing justice more soundly into current mental health provision models; and on Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM), an organization committed to removing the barriers for Black people to receive mental and emotional care. Prentis is also a deeply committed practitioner and healer who utilizes Somatics methodology, intuitive and ancestral practice into their work to heal trauma, and unlock the unique brilliance and contribution of each person, body and being they work with.  https://prentishemphill.com/ @prentis.h  LITQB Podcast:  This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody.  The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator  Queering the Holidays Virtual Workshop December 8th:  https://www.livinginthisqueerbody.com/virtual-group-workshop SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody  Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

50mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Lindsay Mack This Wild Body

Lindsay talks about pelvic pain, her relationship to queerness as a cis woman married to a cis man, forgetting aspects of her sexuality, navigating the specificity of her boundaries as a public figure and her experience with termination.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

1hr 3mins

29 May 2019

Rank #10

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Living in the Gray with J Aprileo

We talk about how J found community on youtube, their gender feels, the morality discourses we place on fatness, finding accessible forms of movement and more. J is a nonbinary fat activist passionate about trans advocacy and making the world a little more accessible for people of size! They believe in self compassion and the power of a good laugh. J writes about their experience as a fat nonbinary person out in the world over on Patreon (patreon.com/comfyfat) and shares resources for the plus size community on social media.” @comfyfattravels LITQB Podcast: This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator Register for EMBODIED TESTIMONY: A 3 month LITQB Program Intensive SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

50mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Merging Bodies: Savannah Knoop

This is a special interview with a creative, inspiring and deeply insightful artist and human. In this episode we talk about their wild life as JT Leroy, their passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Savannah’s complex relationship with their mom amongst other things. Savannah Knoop is a New York-based artist engaging in writing, performance, and object-making. From 2009-2016, Knoop co-hosted the monthly queer audio-visual party WOAHMONE. They received their BA at at Cuny under the mentorship of Vito Acconci, and their MFA at Virginia Common Wealth University in Sculpture+ Extended Media. They have shown and performed at the Whitney,MoMA, the ICA Philly, Movement Research, Essex Flowers Gallery, and ACP in Los Angeles. In 2007, they published the memoir titled "Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy" (Amy Scholder, Seven Stories Press) cataloguing their experiences of playing their sister in law's writing persona and avatar JT Leroy.  With director Justin Kelly, they adapted it into a feature length film starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. Savannah has studied dance and martial arts for over twenty years. They are currently a purple belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu under Marcelo Garcia. Savannah Knoop https://www.savannahknoop.net/about @savette A TRIP TO THE RUSSIAN BATHS WITH ARTIST AND NOW FILMMAKER SAVANNAH KNOOP https://www.culturedmag.com/savannah-knoop/ JT Leroy Film https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/j-t-leroy/id1458164572 LITQB Podcast:  This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another.  Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody. The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator Queering the Holidays Virtual Workshop December 8th:  https://www.livinginthisqueerbody.com/virtual-group-workshop SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody  Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

50mins

17 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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To be in the middle of what is here: Susan Raffo

In this episode, recorded in the midst of a global pandemic, we explore, with such tenderness and fierceness, what it means to be in the middle of what is here.  Susan talks about mutual aid initiatives as "collective nervous systems" and emphasizes the importance of acknowledging what is unfinished in us (intergenerational trauma or other complex traumas that many of us hold in our bodies) while we work towards shared liberation. Susan and I talk about how death rests right alongside our embodied aliveness and much more. Susan Raffo is a queer bodyworker with ancestry in both the colonized and the colonizer. She has studied craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute, the Milne Institute, and with Body Intelligence. She is also informed by Global Somatics, a practice that emerged out of Body Mind Centering and by a range of nervous system integration models. For the last 16 years she has focused her work on the connection between what happens in systems and communities with what happens within individual bodies both through work with the US Social Forum movement, as well as most recently through the People’s Movement Center. Based in Minneapolis and from Cleveland, Ohio, Susan happily lives with her partner, Rocki, and their daughter, Luca.  To find out more about her work, go to www.susanraffo.com SEND ME A VOICE MEMO for the Dispatches from our Queer Bodies in Pandemic Times livinginthisqueerbody@gmail.com or ANCHOR https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris LITQB Podcast: This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

58mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Fuck Diet Culture with Meg Bradbury

Meg Bradbury (she/her) is certified as a holistic anti-diet nutritionist, Body Trust Provider™, Accessible Yoga™ Teacher, and registered Yoga Alliance™ yoga and meditation teacher. Meg is in private practice working with individuals, groups, and families, advocating for body acceptance, eating disorder/disordered eating/body shame recovery, freedom with food, joyful movement, and stillness/breathwork. Meg’s work is guided by the principles of Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size ™, and the Ellyn Satter Institute through a social justice and intersectional feminist lens. Meg’s practice is fat positive, weight neutral, and Q/T/GNC affirming. As an eating disorder and exercise bulimia survivor, Meg’s work is centered in the tenants of Relational Cultural Therapy; she holds space for clients of all ages with compassion, empathy, and humor. Meg is a member of the Association of Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) and the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). Meg lives and works in the Los Angeles area.   *** the audio quality of this episode isn't great, but it is such an important conversation**   @lamplight.space   In this episode Meg and I talk about her journey with disordered eating, queer life in 90's San Francisco, the punk scene in LA and her current enthusiasm for advocacy around body acceptance, fat acceptance and queer body eating disorder healing.  Link to the video Meg references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPYRZCXjoRo&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

58mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Rage Kidvai: You and Your Body are Enough

In this episode we talk about queerness, body shame, disordered eating, Islamaphobia, pregnancy, questions around activism and self care and so much more. Rage does a million rad things and it was truly an honor to interview them in the midst of their last moments of pregnancy.  I am inspired by them and all they do, truly.  I hope you enjoy this episode. Rage is a queer Muslim migrant from Karachi, Pakistan. They’re a public defender and organizer around the criminal punishment system and prosecutor accountability with Court Watch NYC and 5 Boro Defenders. Since moving to Brooklyn almost a decade ago, Rage's work and activism has focused on queer and trans liberation, immigrant justice, and prison abolition. They are also a visual artist, media maker, hair stylist and co-host/co-producer of the podcast Bad Brown Aunties (@badbrownaunties)  LITQB Podcast: This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody  The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator  Finding Pleasure in Purposeful Movement with Ilya Parker January 14:  https://www.livinginthisqueerbody.com/findingpleasure SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

1hr 11mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Wolf Medicine Magic on the Body as Student and Teacher

Regina, a lifetime dancer, talks about ALL the embodiment tools she has gathered to help her own body, and those of her students (Breathwork, yoga, Barre, Ayurveda), navigate trauma, toxic masculinity and other barriers to embodiment.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

55mins

8 May 2019

Rank #16

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Decolonizing Fitness with Ilya Parker

We discuss medical gatekeeping and experiences with transphobic trainers/providers, queer life in the Southeast, the challenging intersection of body positivity discourses and the lived experience of gender dysphoria and the power of purposeful movement for trans/GNC people.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

59mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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Dispatches from our Queer Bodies in Pandemic Times (Part One)

 I hope these LITQB podcast alumni voices are soothing during this time.   More to come! Thank you Adrienne Maree Brown, Meg Bradbury, CJ Miller, Adele Jackson-Gibson, Leah Jo Carnine and Ilya Parker. Please excuse the volume issues.  This is like a mixtape--- made with love, but not expertly edited. SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

9mins

20 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Pa'Lante: Alynda Mariposa Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff

I hope this interview brings you something good in this time of quarantine.  I recorded this episode quite a long time ago so the content is not directly reflective of the time in which we are currently living.  Visit Alynda on instagram @hurrayfortheriffraff to learn more about what she is doing (singing to us! + much more, as always) in this current wild wild time. Alynda was one of my dream guests when I imagined this podcast.  I love the way her music rests in such beauty, the traveling life and all the wisdom it holds, political clarity and much more. Alynda Mariposa Segarra is the Nuyorican songwriter, activist and visionary behind Hurray for the Riff Raff. Alynda was born in the Bronx and has been writing and singing since she was a child. Inspired early on by classic musicals, punk, and beatnik poetry, she was always drawn to the artists and radicals of the world. She explored the underground of New York City and was educated in squatting, train riding, and radical politics at a young age. At age 17 she left home and traveled the U.S. by freight, eventually landing in New Orleans where she helped form a hobo band of 7 called The Dead Man Street Orchestra in which she played washboard and sang. At age 19 she began to record and write her own songs under the moniker Hurray for the Riff Raff, with the intention of using her knowledge of folk music to write songs from her own unique queer latinx feminist perspective. Now at age 32, Alynda has recorded 9 albums and has traveled the world playing her songs. She released the critically acclaimed album "The Navigator" in 2017 which featured her anthemic love letter to the Puerto Rican diaspora: "Pa'lante". Alynda has spent 2019 working on new music, healing and growing. She is inspired by plant life, the ancestors and the global community of protest music. Also this video.  Pa’Lante! Alynda would like to remind everyone to remember those suffering in ICE jails at this moment. We must demand that during a worldwide pandemic ICE stop their raids and release those still in detention. Alynda’s links to New Orleans based and nationwide orgs doing great work: New Sanctuary Coalition in NYC, https://www.newsanctuarynyc.org/ Voces Unidas in New Orleans https://www.facebook.com/vocesunidaslirc/ Isla Immigration in New Orleans, https://www.islaimmigration.org/ Freedom For Immigrants nationwide network. https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/ SEND ME A VOICE MEMO for the Dispatches from our Queer Bodies in Pandemic Times livinginthisqueerbody@gmail.com or ANCHOR https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris Host:  Asher Pandjiris Website: livinginthisqueerbody.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

1hr 2mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Recovering from Covid-19 (Dispatches from our Queer bodies in pandemic times part 6)

In this episode, Cassie Peterson @cassmastery returns to tell us about recovering from Covid-19. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

9mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #20