Connect with Your Own Knowing Through Yoga and Meditation with Jen Wilking (Episode #74)

Jen WilkingDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Jen Wilking, physical therapist, yoga and meditation teacher, and writer, to talk about connecting with your own knowing through yoga and meditation. She discussed different types of yoga, the importance of “the breath” or breathing and visualization in yoga, using affirmations to confront your inner critic, discovering your core values after trauma, and the two-way street of meditation and action. Jen even conducted a sample meditation exercise for you!

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  • Different types of yoga
  • The importance of “the breath” or breathing
  • Visualization in yoga
  • Using Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way affirmations or blurts to confront your inner critic
  • Affirmations through the chakras
  • Jen’s appendicitis, the series of complications, and finding pieces of joy
  • Discovering your core values after trauma
  • The two-way street of meditation and action
  • Meditation exercise for you

About Jen Wilking:

Jen Wilking grew up in a small town in Ohio with a large extended family and a neighborhood full of kids. She went to Ohio State for undergrad (a BS in Physical Therapy), Arizona State for grad school (an MS in Exercise Science), and Arcadia for her doctorate in physical therapy. For the past decade, she’s been blending physical therapy and yoga, teaching beginners and advanced students alike, leading anatomy workshops and teacher trainings, and developing a yoga program for a group of people with Parkinson’s Disease and their partners.

During the pandemic, she took all her teaching online, leading Zoom yoga classes and trainings and creating an online breathing course. She began to teach a yoga nidra series in the spring of 2020 that’s grown into an 8-week program called Meditation Meets Action.

Jen envisions a world where people feel safe to be themselves. Where dignity is honored even when we disagree. And where we work together to build more just and joyful communities.

She writes, teaches, and leads with this as her inspiration.

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Jen recently created a free email course called Optimize Your Breathing.

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The course helps you to develop a breathing pattern and posture that serve you well while clearing out old habits that work against you. You’ll learn to breathe efficiently with simple and accessible techniques to improve your mood, energy, and overall health. The course includes videos and guided meditations delivered by email daily for a week.

“Probably my most used affirmations are the chakras. So the focal points that were used in ancient meditation, they ran from the pelvic floor to the top of the head, and each of them has a focus. Starting at the bottom: 'I am safe. I am free. I belong. I am loved. I am true. I see clearly. And I surrender.' And when I use those from bottom to top, I’ll start those, like in meditation in the morning just to settle myself. So to me, those are very felt affirmations that just settle me right into where I am.” – Jen Wilking

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.