Amy and Allie Middleton are the hosts of today’s podcast. Allie Middleton is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Author, Yoga Teacher & Certified Yoga Therapist. Allie’s focus has been to help with envisioning the future of Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Amy and Allie chat with Rachelle Pean a licensed social worker, LMSW. Rachelle tells us the journey of how she left her day job and became an entrepreneur who co-founded Root3d, a wellness space in Albany, New York for BIPOC people to heal. She also specializes in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as it relates to trauma, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

They discuss creating safe spaces for BIPOC individuals, how to move from a regular day job to becoming a full-time yoga and wellness professional, Rachelle’s background, and the importance of listening to your deeper voice and admitting to yourself what you are feeling.

They talk about the following:

Rachelle’s background and how she got started with Yoga
The power of listening & feeling, for self and clients
The turning point in Rachelle’s life/career
Early steps Rachelle took to get to where she is today
How Rachelle felt handing in her resignation and took the leap
How Root3d began and the vision behind it
Finding collaborators that share the same values
How Rachelle continues to gain the confidence to move forward
The importance of having safe spaces for black and brown people to heal

Today’s podcasts is sponsored by: Optimal State


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We have all benefitted from the ancient wisdom of India and her people, so it feels really great to be able to serve in this way. The Optimal State family has pledged on-going support of $500 per month, to go directly to KYM Mitra ( We will collect the monies and gift them each month. Please consider a recurring monthly payment to the fund. Even a small gift or intention makes a difference! If we make more than $500 in any given month, it will roll into the following month’s payment. The hope is that we can contribute for many years to come. If you even lose the link to donate, it is at the top of the homepage at also. I will be reporting on the website the progress; how much money is coming in at any given time and where we are in the process of getting this project off the ground.

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Book mentioned in the podcast

Yoga Radicals: A Curated Set of Inspiring Stories from Pioneers in the Field by Allie Middleton launching on the 19th of August 2021

Meet Rachelle

Meet Allie

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