Episode 33: About yielding, with Elissa

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my life is the importance of giving myself the space and permission to rest. After all, I was (and we are) taught to glorify hard work and busy-ness. But if we want to live a life that is in alignment with our truth, the most spiritual thing we can do is rest when we need to. In this solo episode, I’ll introduce a concept called yielding and share exercises to help you embody it. Yielding - which, is a term from Body-Mind Centering - is a process of finding the support to rest, and of trusting that new energy will arise when we do so. Having made it to the other side of January 2020, here’s my radical call to non-action for all of us: let’s spend February yielding and resting, and trust that is the perfect thing to (non-)do. 

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Show Notes:   


  • Elissa’s intro to the episode 0:40
  • Start of the original yielding podcast recording 6:03
  • Elissa shares about the death of her grandmother 8:13
  • Elissa shares the her grandmother’s story 10:20
    • When Madeline (Elissa’s Grandmother) met Fred (Elissa’s grandfather) 11:55
    • The New York Daily news published a blurb about Elissa’s grandparents reuniting after the war in NYC 15:06
    • Resting into the essence of who someone was during their lifetime 16:00
  • Speak Your Truth check-in 16:25
  • About the launch process for the annual Release Your Voice course 18:55
  • Dichotomy between accomplishing and resting  21:47
  • The concept of yielding 22:10
    • Yielding experiment 22:36
  • The hardest thing Elissa has ever learned in her life 26:43
  • The question Elissa’s been asking myself 32:21
  • Why is yielding so important? 34:44
  • Elissa looked back at her own journal during 2007/2008 (the time she lost her voice) 34:59
  • When we meditate we go from tumultuous currents of ocean to the calm 37:36
  • About Elissa’s meditation practice 38:00
  • Final thoughts on yielding and resting as it relates to comfort 41:55


The podcast episode with my Dad that I referred to: https://www.voicebodyconnection.com/blog/episode5 

The clipping of my grandparents from the New York Daily News (January 30, 1947):















Body-Mind Centering, founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen: https://www.bodymindcentering.com/

Curious about a meditation practice? Check out these podcast episodes: 

My meditation teacher Thom Knoles, who re-defined waiting.

My episode with Maya, in which we discuss relationships and comfort: https://www.voicebodyconnection.com/blog/episode26


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Our Assistant Producer is Suzie Masser

Our Editor is Eilise Bonebright

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Our Photography is by Sophie Mathewson

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