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Be Mindful and Make a Positive Impact in the World with Victoria Cohen

By
Hannah Pinkerton
on
May 15, 2018

In this week’s podcast episode we discuss the role of yoga and food in activism.

The Guest

Victoria Cohen is an engineer turned marketer turned yoga instructor/blogger/activist. Her blog Almonds and Asana is part journey and part guide for being a more active citizen of the world through her two favorite pastimes: cooking and yoga.

In a past life she worked at PepsiCo and attended Southern Methodist University. She’s also the co-host of the Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast with Rajiv Nathan.

The Episode

Our episode today is all about using small changes to make a difference in the things you care about. Whether you have strong political beliefs or are concerned about global warming, Victoria makes suggestions on ways to reframe your thinking and use your day to day choices to make a difference.

Victoria shares her journey from the corporate world to becoming a yoga teacher. She talks about the moment she realized things had to change. We discuss using our purchases as a means of voting for what we support, and she suggests various small ways listeners can become activists for causes they are passionate about.

Victoria leaves listeners with the advice, “Do it. Volunteer or donate. Make those small impactful changes by the food you choose or the products you choose to buy.”

Topics Covered

  • Victoria’s past life as an engineer and then marketer for PepsiCo
  • Her journey to activism
  • Why she left the corporate world and became a full time yoga teacher and blogger
  • The sustainability of our food choices, both for ourselves and for the planet
  • Small steps everyone can take to make a difference
  • How we can vote with our purchases for what we want to support
  • Ways to cut down on food waste in your home
  • Dietary words of wisdom
  • Mindfulness and being present
  • How yoga can reduce anxiety and eco-anxiety
  • The effect of celebrating wins and gratitude
  • Advice on becoming an activist

Quotes From The Episode

“It seemed like I was solving all these problems just to move sugar water around. I didn’t feel passionate about what I was moving around.”
“It’s about being aware and taking steps in the right direction.”
“We all have to find where we settle in from a moral and health standpoint.”
“It’s not just about what you eat. It’s also about what your food ate.”
“Be more conscious and aware that our actions have an impact.”
“Stop throwing so much food out. Get creative.”
“If it’s plant based and mother nature made it, it’s probably pretty good for you.”
“What do you care about and how are you making choices that impact those things?”
“You only have control of your own actions.”
“Yoga has helped me to stop wishing my life away.”

Resources

Almonds and Asana Blog

Almonds and Asana on Instagram

Discover Your Inner Awesome Podcast

Imperfect Produce

Before the Flood documentary with Leonardo Dicaprio

 

Listen in Now, and make your positive impact in the world.

You can get this episode directly to your iPhone on iTunes, your Android on Stitcher, or on Soundcloud.

Hannah Pinkerton
Hannah enjoys spreading love in the world through travel, blogging, and teaching Spanish. Her hobbies include exploring in nature, taking naps, and spoiling her two dogs. She is proud to use her organizational and list making skills as an Executive Assistant for U30X.

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