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Guest Occupation: Scholar of Extremism and Radicalization, Author
Guest Biography:

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss directs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab in the Center for University Excellence at the American University. Dr. Miller-Idriss is also a professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education. She has testified before the US Congress and regularly briefs policy, security, education and intelligence agencies in the US, the United Nations and other countries on trends in domestic violent extremism and strategies for prevention and disengagement.

Dr. Miller-Idriss is an award-winning author of the book, "HATE IN THE HOMELAND: The New Global Far Right."

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, News, Politics & Government, Society and Culture, Variety
Guest Occupation: Using tools grounded in positive psychology, personality science, neuroscience and quantum science, I help people raise their frequency and vibration + self-love.
Guest Biography:

How To Be Liberated from Suffering to become a Vibe Raiser?  My guest is Rev. Joya Sosnowski who is a metaphysician & sonic synthesis practitioner, devoted to expanding consciousness & the Higher Self. Having overcome severe trauma herself, she employs extensive trainings in mindfulness, healing with sound & voice, metaphysics, and spiritual psychology to assist people in releasing all forms of traumas and reconnect with their True Soul Self. In addition to her sound healing practice, Joya hosts singing circles, a spiritual study group on Sunday Mornings, and the Vibe Raiser Event, where people come together to raise the vibration of the collective consciousness through chant & dance. Her first book, Practical Spirituality: 15 Practices to Bring Heaven to Earth is due out this fall. 

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Music, Paranormal, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: First Due Firefighter at NY Telephone Fire and Deputy Assistant Chief of the FDNY Fire Academy
Guest Biography:

Dan Noonan, who was first due on 3 Truck to this deadly fire, has been a tireless advocate for awareness of occupational cancer and toxic exposure in the fire service, in particular the cancers and deaths sustained by many of the 699 FDNY members who fought this fire.

He is a featured Speaker at FDIC, Firehouse World and Firehouse Expo. Dan is an Awareness Ambassador for the New York Cancer Resource Alliance - First Responder, "Get Checked Now!" Program, and Campaigner for F.A.C.E. S (Firefighters Against Cancer and Exposures.)

Frank Leeb is a Deputy Assistant Chief in the Fire Department of New York and is the Acting Chief of Training. Frank has been a member of the FDNY since 1992, and holds a bachelor's degree in Fire Service Administration and a Master’s in Security Studies.

To honor the sacrifices made by these firefighters, Chief Frank LEEB has overseen FDNY’s plan to host a special ceremony, courtesy of the Fire Bell Club, and to install commemorative plaques at the Telephone Company building and at the FDNY Fire Academy.

 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, News, Mental Health
Guest Occupation: Executive Functional Health & Life Coach, Speaker & Educator.
Guest Biography:

Sergio is a dynamic and engaging speaker that immediately connects with his audience using vulnerability, story, and an experiential model of presenting. He inspires people to live a healthier, happier, more productive and fulfilling life in any environment. Your employees and your company both gain inspiration, action items and value... it's truly a Win-Win.

WORKSHOPS

Sergio's Experiential Workshops take learning to the next level. Tap in to both Personal and Professional development in the areas of Physical and Emotional Health, Self-Care, Productivity, Resilience, Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence with Sergio's half-day, full-day, or 2-day Workshops, which are customized to your team's needs and goals. 

COACHING & CONSULTING

Learning new skills takes implementation, feedback, and adjustments in order to reach the highest levels of success, whether it's with health, leadership, communications, or emotional intelligence. Align your leadership and team to your company's goals, vision, and mission with coaching and consulting.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Foot and Ankle Orthopedic and Podiatry
Guest Biography:

The Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) Alliance, a Nevada-based not-for-profit organization has announced it has successfully obtained a CMS-Medicare determination that confirms podiatric physicians will be reimbursed for the eligible services they provide when they participate in Medicare Connected Care, a CMS public education campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of its chronic care management (CCM) program. CCM services are generally non-face-to-face services provided to Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient. 

According to Lawrence Rubin, DPM, director of the LEAP Alliance, this determination enables the LEAP Alliance to begin forming a nationwide network of solo and small group practice podiatrists who will integrate their services with the services of collaborating primary care and specialty physicians. Together they will provide comprehensive preventive care and treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Dr. Rubin says the podiatry network goal is, "to have at least one podiatrist in a Medicare Connected Care provider team that helps save limbs and lives in every community in the country."

 

 

http://www.leapalliance.org

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Award winning producer, singer songwriter, composer and sound engineer
Guest Biography:

CHRIS BIRKETT

Chris Birkett is a multi-talented, award winning producer, singer/songwriter, composer and sound engineer. His music collaborations with A-list international artists like Sinead O’ConnorAlison MoyetDexys Midnight RunnersTalking HeadsThe PoguesBob GeldofQuincy JonesMel Brooks and Steve Earle have sold over 100 million records and earned four Canadian Junos, a Grammy, a Polaris Music Prize and three international AMPEX Golden Reel Awards for excellence in the music business.

Chris is no stranger to Canadian music, having co-produced five award winning albums for the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, including her comeback album “Coincidence and Likely Stories” (1992) and the Juno winning “Running for the Drum” (2009).

His career began as a guitarist, playing in London clubs before touring with Memphis artists Rufus ThomasAnn Peebles and King Floyd. At 23, Chris was performing with the pop group Love Affair, whose song “Everlasting Love” ruled the UK charts. The following year, he joined the band Omaha Sheriff who had just signed a major recording deal with Tony Visconti, manager of Good Earth Records and producer for David Bowie and the Moody Blues.

With Visconti as a mentor, Chris expanded his career to include producing, engineering and mixing many UK and international hits including Sinead O’Connor’s #1 song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. His London studio was a beehive of activity that was rated #2 in the world on Billboard’s top studio charts.

At the same time, Chris’ own single “Where Do We Go From Here?” was picked by Ed Bicknell (Dire Straits’ manager) to play alongside U2Peter Gabriel, Bob MarleyTears for Fears and Queen on Polygram’s “One Voice One Love” album.

In 1993, Chris left the UK for France and built a recording studio inside his chateau near Bordeaux. There he produced albums with the Buena Vista Social Club and other world-class musicians, including Etran Finatawa, whose debut album was nominated for a 2006 BBC Radio best world music award. He then moved his studio to Paris, where he released his second album, “Freedom” and received growing acclaim for his work with world musicians like Algerian sensation Ali Amran.

In 2012, Chris moved to Canada, opened a recording studio in Toronto and finished work on his third album “Be Creative” featuring performances from many talented Canadian artists including Glen Milchem (Blue Rodeo) and Rick Emmett (Triumph). Now a Canadian citizen, Chris’ credits include co-producer of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Polaris and Juno award winning album “Power in the Blood” (2016) and the recent Juno winner, Medicine Songs (2017), both for True North Records. In 2019 he released 11:11, his fourth album under the band name The Free Spirits.

Chris is currently creating new recordings for a range of talented Canadian and European musicians and is immersed in his own upcoming albums: Songs from the Kauai Hotel Room and a collection of fun-loving songs with his new collective, The Happy Campers. In February 2021, he released the single Precious Love for his documentary filmmaker wife Joan Prowse.

Among his many Precious Loves Chris enjoys performing his original music live at musical venues, clubs and online events.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Guest Occupation: Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer
Guest Biography:

PESHANG HAMA KARIM

Peshang Hama Karim is a motivated young man from the high mountains of Kurdistan, in Northern Iraq. His undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering has brought him knowledge and insights about civilizing a nation; particularly meaningful given his birthplace in a troubled region dear to his heart called Halabja. His love of land and its loss of cherished lives there lends him a special sensitivity to adversity and community and the desire to sustainably improve not only his homeland but lands worldwide.

Obtaining his Masters in Environmental Engineering in Warsaw, Peshang has a vision of a greener, safer, gentler world and bringing his sense of responsibility both environmentally and environMentally to the global home and future generations. He carries a personal quote dear to his heart; “I dream to raise social consciousness wherever I am and however I can. From presenting at seminars and media outlets to signing protocols with Authorities in my homeland, I will continue to do this and more because my mission is to save Humanity. To achieve this would be my greatest triumph. And to strive for this triumph would be my greatest achievement.”

Co-Founding and managing environmental organization “Jingedosty” (aka “Eco Friends”) allowed his homeland to enter a new era of social awareness regarding environmental issues. Jingedosty’s many national and international activities led him to participate in several important world-wide events such as the UN Youth Climate Summit and CAP 21 among others. Recently he was selected to participate in & represent the voice of youth in Iraq at the UN’s Climate Conference for Youth in Glasgow (COY16) during the COP26.

Launching his PhD. studies in Environmental Sciences in Warsaw provided Peshang an ideal opportunity to dive into an ocean of knowledge and experience many new scientific achievements in Poland, which he eventually intends to apply in his home country.

His many published articles about Climate Change and meetings with significant Influencers in his native country lend further meaning to his distinction as one of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leaders. Peshang’s love of cultures, communication, and cross-collaboration is a hallmark of his invaluable leadership voice.

Guest Category: Design, Beauty, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Science, Society and Culture, Technology
Guest Occupation: Comedian
Guest Biography:

JACKIE PRIMROSE MONAHAN

Jackie headlines at the hottest clubs, regularly appears on TV, and has a cult indie-film following. Voted comic-to-watch by Esquire magazine.

“Jackie Monahan is Unstoppable”

 

– Curve Magazine

“Queen of Deadpan and an absolute delight”

– Roger Ebert

Jackie’s dynamic presence both on television and on stage combines an unapologetic fearlessness and spontaneous combustion that will make you want to dance. Jackie won Time Out New York’s Joke of the Year and according to The Comedy Bible, “Jackie wins over the crowd with her contagious energy. Jackie is fearless and patient. She keeps the energy up with every joke and she always delivers. She shines when being herself which is silly, relatable and disarming. She embraces universal humor that is genuinely entertaining to all audiences.”

Jackie does stand up at all major comedy clubs all over the globe as well as at recovery centers, jails, hospitals, and institutions. You may have seen her on Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show”, Last Comic Standing, or Comedy Jam on Showtime.

Jackie Primrose Monahan has been called “The queen of deadpan” by Roger Ebert, “a f%cking genius” by Roseanne Bar, and “the funniest b$tch on the block ” by Amy Schumer whom Jackie toured with for 6 years.

Jackie starred in and co-wrote Madeleine Olnek’s beloved Sundance feature film “The Foxy Merkins” which was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Jackie was Zylar in Olnek’s Sundance hit “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” which received rave reviews from both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. She has professionally trained at UCB and Groundlings and she was born with a spot-on sense of timing and a unique look at life that cannot be duplicated.

“Jackie Monahan is funnier than 90% of the comedians out there”, says Jude the Comedy Dude from Now Hear This. 

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Comedy, Entertainment, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: LA comedian, director, actor and writer
Guest Biography:

BRIAN MORENO

Brian Moreno is an LA comedian, director, actor and writer that got his start at the House of Blues on Sunset as an emcee and their in-house comedian. He started House of Blues Comedy which became one of the hottest shows in LA until the House of Blues shut down.  From there the Hollywood Improv brought him in and taught him the ropes. If you have never seen Brian preform, he is one of kind with great energy, a smart sense of humor,  a wild perspective on life and some of the craziest stories you have ever heard. He is a must see.
 
Brian has had multiple viral videos most popular being True Comedian and Aliens & Comedy, where he matched HBO and the History Channel quality getting himself and these videos into multiple festivals. After that he decided to put down the short form and make the jump into feature film. His latest project is “Dreamland – A Storming Area 51 Story.” 

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Comedy, Entertainment, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Pianist
Guest Biography:

RYAN WISNIEWSKI

Ryan Wisniewski has been playing piano his entire life. Primarily focused on classical music, his repertoire ranges from Buxtehude and Bach to Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, with much in between.

 

Most recently, his performance of Prokofiev’s Suggestion Diabolique won the Gold Medal at the AADGT International Young Musicians Festival, with a winner’s concert this April held at Carnegie Hall.

Other recognition includes 1st Prize at the Global Musical Bridges (GMB) International Youth Piano Competition 2019 and 1st Prize at the Satori Piano Competition Prodigy-Level 2021.

With an undoubted influence from a strong Polish background, his performances of Chopin have received critical acclaim. Adam Gyorgy and Steven Spooner have described his Barcarolle as “well planned and greatly executed [with] ‘perfect’ moments! …This is very rare”.

His interpretations have also won 1st place in the SYMF Chopin Category in 2010 and 2021. Outside the Romantic era, he also performed in the pit band of musicals, being a part of the few musicians, hand-picked and invited. Legally BlondeA Chorus Line, and The Addams Family were all well received.

Ryan also plays organ and can be heard playing at the USC Caruso Center in weekly masses. “I love the range and power held in each stop and note. Elevating polyphony to the next level, having to add the feet is a unique and tiring challenge yet sometimes I cannot remove myself from the bench.”

Currently, he minors in musical studies in piano at the University of Southern California, given the opportunity to study under notable figures such as Thomas Ladd, Lucinda Carver, Alan Smith, and Stephen Pierce. 

None of this could have been possible without his teacher’s incredible and unmatched dedication and love of music, Margarita Markosyan. 

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Guest Occupation: Global transformer, Founder of EVOLving Leadership, academic, author, speaker, and artist
Guest Biography:

Mila Popovich is a global transformer. She is the voice of new standards and ethical leadership in the fields of science and technology, education, economy, and democratic systems. She is an academic, author, speaker, and artist. As a contributor and advisor on board of highest-ranking global organizations, she is ushering a new era of human development and leading the evolution of social values.

Mila is the Founder of EVOLving Leadership – program and consultancy for transformational leadership. She develops the potential of individuals, organizations and communities for superior performance. Mila is a Member of theExecutive Committee of the World Academy of Art and Science and the Chair of the Academy’s Nominations Committee. She is appointed the Head of Research andDevelopment on the project Global Leadership in the 21st Century by the United Nations Office at Geneva and the World Academy.

Mila’s work is sourced in three major domains: systems sciences and integral knowledge, psychology of transformation, and anticipation and future studies. In her workshops and transformational labs, Mila teaches the science of accomplishment and the art of fulfillment and designs distinctive synesthetic experiences for awakening individual and collective genius.

She draws on her cultural range from native Montenegro and resident USA for her artistic expression as an awarded performing artist in multiple dance forms, bilingual poet and experimental theater art director. She is an educational and social innovator and creative entrepreneur – a social artist sourcing her divers engagements as an academic, artist and activist to engender social transformation and systemic change for individual and collective thriving. 

Guest Category: Business, Education, Mental Health, Personal Development, Science, Self Help, Technology
Guest Occupation: Film Director and Producer - founder of The Rise & Thrive Movement
Guest Biography:

Standing mere feet from the first explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Jennifer suffered extreme physical and mental trauma. Told by medical experts she would never fully recover, she began an inspiring endurance run of her own, healing from the inside out. With vital guidance from mentors in mind/body/spirit, Jennifer finds a transformational path through the minefields of her memory catapulting her to seek purpose, meaning, and freedom. Hoping ‘’there’s got to be more to life”, she perseveres. As each inner milestone passes, she gains stride towards more strength, peace, and wisdom – building towards a life beyond her wildest dreams.

Jennifer is the Director and Producer of the transformational movie, theresgottobemoretolife.com, based on a true story of Jen’s journey of rising up from terrorism and childhood traumas where she went from barely surviving to thriving. She’s an Executive Producer of 2 Emmy and Telly award winning films, A New Leash on Life: The K9’s for Warriors Story and Freedom Isn’t Free: The Folds of Honor Story. She’s an inspirational speaker, best-selling author, award-winning results coach and founder of The Rise & Thrive Movement. Through Transformational Movies, Programs and Retreats, Jennifer is on a mission to inspire, encourage and empower people to rise, thrive and live their best life!

More about Jennifer and her work here:

http://www.theresgottobemoretolife.com/

https://jenniferkauffman.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkauffman/

https://www.facebook.com/riseandthriveproductions

https://www.instagram.com/jkauffman74/

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Physics & Metaphysics, Science, Self Help, TV & Film
Guest Occupation: Publicity Strategist & International Speaker
Guest Biography:

Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness, and Referrals.  She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed...Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic.  

Her latest book, Profit of Kindness went #1 in four categories. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace.  She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 25 years’ experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media.  

Jill teaches a virtual Publicity Crash Course, and consults and speaks all over the world. She has spoken on many stages with luminaries such as Tony Robbins.  She also helps authors to create book deals with major publishers and agents, as well as obtain foreign rights deals.

Guest Category: Business, Self Help
Guest Occupation: Author and Speaker
Guest Biography:

Eliana Gilad is a two-time TEDx presenter, motivational speaker, healing voice mentor, therapeutic singing trainer, composer/performer, and founder of Voices of Eden Ancient Wisdom and Healing Music Institute. Born in the United States, Eliana left for France in 1991 and then moved to Israel in 1994, where she held herself at peace despite bombings during three Middle East Wars, using healing empowering techniques she now teaches. 

Eliana has dedicated her life to reviving the conscious use of voice and rhythm as natural healing instruments, as they were used in ancient matriarchal times. This wordless healing sound modality helps people find their authentic voices and connect to their inner calm in the midst of change. It has been clinically researched in a neonatal intensive care unit, where it was proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate, increase focus, and improve the quality of sleep.

Through her Institute, Eliana researches and teaches the principles of thriving through uncertainty via online trainings and live retreats. She certifies healing professionals in the therapeutic singing model that is clinically proven to reduce anxiety and sets them up to use their creativity and charge for it.

Her new international bestseller, Emerge Triumphant: Thrive through Uncertainty helps readers understand that when they give their inner voice the ability and power to shine, limiting barriers can be broken and people can become their own leaders, opening themselves up to a world of new possibilities.
 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Self Help, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: Author and Speaker
Guest Biography:

Paul Levin is an Emotional Breakthrough Mentor, author, and speaker. He is a Certified Hypnotist, and Certified NLP Practitioner specializing in Belief Systems. 

Paul believes that we are all hurting from childhood and other traumas. When the pain of those traumas is resolved, you are empowered to manifest the life you want.  

Paul teaches how you can quickly and easily trade a life of emotional pain, frustration and struggle for a life filled with more smiles, inner peace, and being in love with every day.

Paul is the author of the book:

    “Your Life Sucks No More,

      The Ultimate Guide to Manifesting Your Perfect Life”

It is his mission to take away the emotional pain of the world.
 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Self Help
Guest Occupation: Teacher and practitioners of Reiki, contemporary shamanism, cross-cultural energy medicine and holistic mind/body wellness,
Guest Biography:

Deana Paqua, MA, LMT is a teacher and practitioner of contemporary shamanism, cross-cultural energy medicine and holistic mind/body wellness, who has served the community for over 20 years. She is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki master teacher, and an adjunct professor in the department of health promotion studies at Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury, CT. She offers private sessions, classes and training programs for those looking to transform overwhelm, trauma and stress through spiritual and natural healing methods that complement conventional Western medicine.

Akilah Barr is a Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leader (Y12SR), and Imani Breakthrough Project Facilitator. She's a passionate Yoga instructor, Shamanic Practitioner, and Reiki Master. She motivates individuals to discover their authentic and healthiest selves, incorporating her knowledge of the conventional and unconventional healing modalities.

 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Alternative Health, Energy Healing, Yoga, Spiritual, Meditation, Shamanism
Guest Occupation: U.S. Representative
Guest Biography:

Representative Adeoye "Oye" Owolewa is a proud Nigerian-American born in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents, born and raised in Nigeria, raised him with 2 guiding principles, a value in community service and an early exposure to science. This exposure became a love for science, culminating in him achieving a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. to practice in 2014. He currently resides in Ward 8 and has used his time in Washington, D.C. to get to know his community by becoming involved in local politics. He also volunteers at the neighborhood elementary school to get kids interested in STEM.

Rep. Oye has also advocated for DC Statehood since his inception in politics, and now as your newly elected US Representative for the District of Columbia, a millennial, advocate, and a first-generation American he will fight for equality for all Washington, D.C. residents by achieving DC Statehood.

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Variety
Guest Occupation: State Representative, Weld County Commissioner
Guest Biography:

As State Representative and today as Weld County Commissioner, Lori has been a champion for the people against progressive Marxists and “Republicans” who act like Democrats, and is running for Congress to fight for freedom against the Biden-Harris-Schumer-Pelosi Gang and their Socialist-Communist Agenda.

As our voice in the State House, Lori Saine bravely and boldly took on radical left-wing environmental extremists and defended our oil and gas jobs, our water rights and our Colorado way of life. In Congress, Lori will stand tall against Coastal Elites who do not understand Colorado and those of us who choose to live here.

With our open borders out of control, trillions of dollars printed and borrowed from China destroying our economy and an administration that hates our police, hates our freedoms and most particularly wants our guns, Lori’s courage and bluntness is needed now more than ever.

LORI SAINE WILL STAND UP FOR OUR AMERICA.

Lori and her husband Troy, a Marine veteran, raise and homeschool their daughter Belle in Dacono where they are members of the Rocky Mountain Christian Church.

Lori also volunteers for community charities and church ministries and served as coordinator and instructor for Constitutional Champions Kids Patriot Camp, a day camp teaching about the Constitution and American Patriotism.

America’s future is on the line.  It’s not enough to just elect a Republican to this new Congressional seat.  Colorado conservatives are looking for a champion. And her name is Lori Saine.

Guest Category: News, Philosophy, Politics & Government, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Sports Mom, Speaker, Author of 'Love & Inspiration from Mom'
Guest Biography:

Shelly Slocum is the author of Love and Inspiration from Mom. She has been a Real Estate Broker for 21 years and taught classes as an instructor for Dale Carnegie Training. Learning and growing in all aspects of life has been a passion for Shelly. She has a Masters Degree in Organizational Management and has attended countless trainings, seminars, and summits with the ultimate goal of helping her become the best person she can be in order to share her knowledge with others. Her desired outcome in everything she does is to help people move toward success and happiness. Life has come with many challenges and blessings. As a non-smoking Lung Cancer Survivor, Shelly believes she's been given the gift of time and has made it her mission to spread more love and inspiration in the world! www.loveandinspiration.org

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Life & Wellness Coach, Author of “The Aging Athlete
Guest Biography:

NSCA-CPT. Professional Speaker; Wellness Coach; Researcher; Author; Fitness Leader. All done with empathetic awareness, Lectures/Interviews can be done in English, Spanish, or French.

Sifu Slim has been a world traveler since 1978.

He has been a business traveler since working on the Paris Stock Exchange in 1983. He and his friends used to run through the streets of Paris and do push-ups and calisthenics under the outline of the Eiffel Tower and, in the summer time, jump right in the fountains at Trocadero to cool off. “We weren’t the only ones ‘les guardiens’ were after…” he confesses.

His European roots are important in his ethic of seeking the slower, old-school ethic. “When I look at my family’s home villages in Germany, Ireland, and Alsace-Lorraine, I see how people are still connected to the land. This is important in grounding ourselves, literally, spiritually, and emotionally. Being in the earth, touching it, working with plants and animals, being in nature–all of this is import for the natural order of things.”

As a young man, Sifu was also into resistance training with weights and machines three to four times per week, but, in his early 30s, realized that it wasn’t the way to continue for his lifetime practice. Too much sluggishness, joint pain, and muscle soreness. It also negatively impacted his practice of other sports like golf and tennis.

Sifu worked at special events as a professional mascot for 4 years from age 28 – 32. This was a lot of fun and helped him get super fit, but it also resulted in some repetitive stress injuries from doing hip-hop dancing in a heavy, cumbersome outfit. He found lots of help from his practice of Myotherapy–a series of techniques he learned in 1986 from a family of health and wellness practitioners who studied Bonnie Prudden’s “Pain Erasure.” Sifu now offers seminars and workshops in staff acupressure.

 

 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety