Study Guide + Resources

If embodiment and awareness are of interest to you, here are some resources for further study. My practice and teaching are influenced and enhanced by so many teachers, but these are the ones who I come back to again and again. May these resources serve.


Tara Brach – American Buddhist teacher and psychologist.

Audios + Video




Bliss + Grit Podcast – My spiritual mentor, Brooke Thomas, is one of the hosts of the podcast. If you do listen, start with Episode 1 and move forward.


Dharma Ocean – Somatic Meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist lineage, led by Reggie Ray.

Somatic Meditations

Podcast with Reggie Ray


Adyashanti – Spiritual teacher without a religious affiliation. He talks about “awakening” or enlightenment. Any Youtube video will be great but the one below is good to start. This work is a bit more esoteric and heady but it’s relevant and still easy enough to digest.


Interview on Buddha @ the Gas Pump

Book: “Way of Liberation


Judith Blackstone – Clinical psychologist and creator of the Realization Process, a somatic meditation practice.

Audio Course

Interview with Judith on Liberated Body


Liberated Body – Interviews with and for Body Nerds: movement enthusiasts, manual therapists, anatomy geeks, and anyone interested in the bodies we live in. Hosted by my mentor Brooke Thomas (a prolific podcaster, to be sure).

Liberated Body Podcast


Kiran Trace – No-B.S. teacher who focuses on the body. I like her older blogs the best.

Free eBook

Kiran’s Blog


Pema Chodron – Buddhist nun and phenomenal teacher. Any book is sure to be wonderful but the one I loved is linked below.

Book: “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change”


On Being with Krista Tippet: “On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.”



Love Notes from Valerie

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