How to Escape the Crash/Recover Cycle with Christine Walker – SASM 102

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Sometimes you tumble and bruise a muscle. Other times you crash and break your brain.

So where do you turn when you need to recover from what life hurl at you?

If you're a physical therapist like Christine Walker, my generous guest for this episode, you start flexing your mindfulness muscles.

But she didn't always think like that. Christine continued the “go, go, go” life of her youth well into her first pregnancy and was confronted with a difficult reality: her mindfulness muscles were weak.

Her husband, dad, and friends all gave her permission to slow down. Yet nothing much changed until she finally gave herself permission to limit the constant motion of her body and brain.

That's when her dormant interests in yoga and meditation sprung from a fertile soil and helped not just Christine, but hundreds of clients in her private practice.

Now, this over-achieving and inspiring woman knows how to focus her striving mind into the rituals that support her holistic health. As you'll hear her explain, she knows a lot about the “Pentagon of Wellness” and is well-equipped to holistically support our journey toward vitality.

Want to kick your crash/recover cycle to the curb like Christine expertly kicks a soccer ball?

Press play and let's work together on our mental exercises, yoga poses, and reducing the fire hose of life to an intentional trickle.

You're about to Learn ...

  • What to do when your mindfulness muscles are weak.
  • How the “Pentagon of Wellness” works to heal you.
  • Why going fast is addictive in our brains and culture.
  • How to give yourself permission to slow the heck down.
  • How Christine used her microwave to save milliseconds of time.
  • Why a meditation practice may be more about others than us.
  • A surprising way to leap off the to-do list treadmill.
  • How to detach your “success” from what you achieve (or don't achieve).
  • The scientific differences between breathing with your belly and chest.
  • Why your aching muscles and joints often originate in your head.
  • Why we all have time to use some of our 600 million life-time moments to chill out.
  • How to permanently stop your crash/recover cycle.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode


  • The Simple Mamas (Christine’s Shared Blog)
  • Christine Walker Physical Therapy Practice



Podcast Episodes

Blog Posts

  • How to Start Meditating: Mindful Moment for the S.P.I.R.I.T.

Where to Find Christine Online

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Timestamps and Topics

  • [05:06] Christine's seeds of awesomeness
  • [11:39] How Christine was forced to slow down before her daughter was born
  • [19:39] How Christine gave herself permission to slow down
  • [22:16] How your daily feelings and actions change when you meditate
  • [24:10] What life without a traditional to-do list is like
  • [27:15] How to meditate with your S.P.I.R.I.T. in a mindful moment
  • [36:51] A personal case study about relieving sore muscles
  • [39:17] The “Pentagon of Wellness” for professional yoga therapists
  • [43:31] Difference approaches and obstacles to wellness for children
  • [46:42] How to stop the crash/recover/crash/recover cycle in your life
  • [48:58] Where to find Christine online and offline

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