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Ep 18: Annie riker

Artist, Creative, & Designer


Annie Riker is an artist and designer who loves exploring mountains, forests, coffee shops, and the unknown. She works from her home studio and lives with her husband and son in beautiful Asheville, NC. 

For 15 years, she served clients in design firms and ad agencies, and for a big nonprofit in Washington DC. After the birth of her son, she felt a strong desire to spend more time with him—but that meant making the tough decision to leave her big career behind, and it also made her realize how attached she had been to her professional identity. She spent the first year of her son’s life as the primary caretaker while trying to get in a little drawing time during his naps. As much as she adored her new beautiful baby, she felt a loss of identity and missed having time to create. Over time, she gave permission to herself to have both. With dedicated morning time to herself to create art, she feels like a better mother. And having afternoon time to play with her son makes her a better artist.

She’s currently working on a personal Asheville illustration project called “100 Reasons I Love Asheville,” which is self-initiated, but in tandem with a global creative movement called “The 100 Day Project.” #The100DayProject is open and free to anyone who wants to create and share something of their own choosing each day for 100 days.

Annie loves this 100 day challenge because the energy of knowing so many other people are participating keeps her accountable with a strong reason to follow through (which is hard with self-initiated projects!). While some might see posting daily as a lot of pressure, she feels a release of pressure to make something "perfect" because she just has enough time to keep making and see what happens and maybe edit later. This is Annie’s third year participating in the project. Last year, she created #AnnieChoosesJoy which was an inspirational handlettering project. The year before that, she created #PaintingsOfThingsIKept , a series of watercolor paintings of items that she and her husband kept in their house after going through a 6-month “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” decluttering process.

We discuss:

  1. The importance of sharing one’s story.

  2. Annie’s story of becoming an artist and designer.

  3. What it means to follow your heart in the design world.

  4. Owning the role of “expert” and what happens when you step into your greatness.

  5. The Joy of Stickers

  6. Balancing Motherhood and the Call of an Artist

Show Notes

The 100 day project is first known to have been started by a famous designer | Michael Bierut

Elle Luna, author of | The Crossroads of Should and Must 

NPCA Logo Project | See Logo Here

NPCA Magazine Cover | See Pictures Here

Franny’s Farm Goat Yoga | Learn More


Annie never thought she’d get into stickers so much, until she moved to Asheville and discovered it was part of the culture! It has been a really fun way for her to be able to share her art with everyone in an affordable way. And sharing her art brings her just as much joy as making the art. You can currently find them locally at:

Zen and Now | @zenandnow_asheville

Asheville Community Yoga | @ashevillecommunityyoga

Duncan and York | @duncanandyork 

ETC Consignment Asheville | @etcconsignmentasheville

Mountain Merch |@mtnmerch

Baked Pie Company | @bakedpiecompany

Badcraft Black Mountain | @badcraft828 

You can follow Annie’s latest work on Instagram @annieriker

Ep 17: Miranda peterson

Entrepreneur, International Explorer, Conscious Creative & Blogger


Owner and founder of Namaste in Nature, a brilliant Asheville based company that creates unique experiences that combine yoga, meditation, and hiking into one guided trip. Lauded by Forbes, Citizen Times, Mountain Xpress, and Romantic Asheville, as “the thing to do when you come to Asheville”. This ‘hippie job’ that Miranda created for herself is quickly becoming a household name in North Carolina and beyond. And that has everything to do with Miranda Peterson. She is a powerful manifestor and a savvy slash conscientious business owner. She’s passionate about creating mindfulness and yoga experiences for hikers of all levels. What better way to experience yoga for the first time than at the top of a beautiful mountain peak among some of the oldest mountains in the world, second only to South Africa's Barberton greenstone belt? And Miranda and her team take care of all the planning and details so all you have to do is show up, be present, and absorb all the healing benefits of being immersed in nature.

Before moving to Asheville and starting Namaste in Nature, Miranda was an art director at Whole Foods Market and an international advertising agency before that. She is currently an independent creative consultant, specializing in the natural & organic food industry, responsible travel/tourism and wellness/yoga. 

She loves cooking healthy, plant-based meals, international travel, volunteering and learning how to live a more mindful and sustainable lifestyle, which she documents on youtube,  instagram, and her popular Blog. You won’t want to miss a moment of this episode and be on the look out for this human because she is going places!

We discuss:

  1. Exploring the Self after burnout.

  2. Miranda’s Travels to India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Nepal, and beyond.

  3. Exploring the boundaries of one’s comfort zone and refining one’s intuition.

  4. Making Yoga accessible to everyone while benefiting from being in nature.

  5. The highs and lows of being a creative entrepreneur while following your curiosity.

Show Notes

Namaste In Nature | Learn More

Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing | Learn More

Bilateral Stimulation | Learn More

El Camino Asheville Trail | Learn More

Meaning of 11:11 | Learn More

Bear Symbolism by Tanya Casteel | Learn More

Asheville Yoga Center | Learn More

Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert | Learn More

How I Built This Podcast | Learn More

Where & How To Practice With The Top 10 Best Yoga Teachers in Asheville, NC

4 Free Yoga Videos with Miranda

Plan The Best Asheville Bachelorette Party, Birthday Party or Girls Weekend Getaway


Song Priestess, Osho Zen Tarot Reader, Yogini & World Ambassador

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Whether she’s serving as a cultural ambassador in Thailand, studying traditional Indian Classical Music in India, leading a song circle, or reading Zen Tarot cards at Earth Magick downtown, Meredith’s path is one that embraces wholeness and cultivates divination in the present moment.

In this interview we weave our way through a myriad of topics that permeate the human condition and invoke the truth about the sweet creature that is our body and the role of the mind as a hurricane like receptor of information that can sometimes dull the voice of the heart. In this open-ended conversation that occasionally morphs into song, we dive into our cultural devaluation of the body and deconstruct our conditioning about what it means to be a diviner and how a Zen Tarot reading can be another example of opening a portal to our wholeness.

Meredith shares what it means to work with the cards in the present, inviting us to be the question, rather than ask a question about our future. In this way, we are transported back home to ourselves while being held in Meredith’s nurturing poetic aura.

Meredith has worked intuitively with the Osho Zen Tarot Deck for 13 years. She is deeply influenced by teachings of Non-Violent Communication, Tantra Yoga, Thai Buddhism, and Nature Herself. You can bask in her glow most days from 2-7 at Earth Magick at 80 N. Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville.

We discuss:

  1. What Osho Zen Tarot Cards are and how you work with them.

  2. Being the question vs. asking the question.

  3. The joy of song and coming back to our wholeness.

  4. The healing power of the parasympathetic nervous system.

  5. Being still in order to know love.

Show Notes

Osho Zen Tarot Cards | Learn More

Wild Wild Country Documentary | Learn More

Osho International Response to Wild Wild Country | Learn More

Thailand Study Abroad Adventure with Meredith | Learn More

Philip Shepherd | Learn More

Human Design | Learn More

Meaning of Sawadee | Learn More

Zen Tarot Readings

Earth Magick | Learn More

May 2019: 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th & 30th

Time: 2 to 7 pm

Location: 80 N. Lexington Ave. Ste. B

Cost: $2.50 per minute, 10 minute minimum

To Book: email goddess(at)earth-magick(dot)com or call us at 828-707-7802


Connect with Meredith on Facebook to discover other locations.

Ep 15: joy resor

Author, Love Minister, Spiritual Mentor

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Joy Resor is a local author and founder of Joy on Your Shoulders (J.O.Y.S) is an evolving company dedicated to inspiring changes in ourselves to create changes in our world.

Joy healed into her given name after 53 years, and her being and work in the world are called to inspire peace, love and joy.

Her books are blessing readers all over the place - hooray! Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure, a book of essays and poems to inspire joy Go In Joy! Venture to Your Center - Journal Prompts to Enliven Your Joy and Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Heart, a fully-illustrated book of topical rhymes that are wise, rhythmic and fun!

J.O.Y.S. offers inspirational, handmade wares of cotton Batik with positive messages, which make wonderful gifts. Order by e-mailing, or through the website

On the site, you're invited to request the peace-filled, inspirational ebook of prose and poetry, Seven Ways to Jump Start Your Joy, to download as a free gift. You'll be glad you did!! You'll also receive a free subscription to Go In Joy!, a monthly e-zine to inspire you.

We discuss:

  1. The power of self-compassion.

  2. The joy of forgiveness & vulnerability.

  3. Connecting with your inner child .

  4. Joy’s story of embodying her namesake.

  5. How writing has ignited her creative passion for life.

Where’s Joy?

April 26th | Hands On! Children's Museum | 11 a.m. | Joy will share rhymes from Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Heart, and sign books you purchase.

April 13 & April 14 | 10 to 6 p.m.| Illuminate - Psychic and Healing Arts Expo| Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC | Joy will offer smiles, books and wares.

May 1 | 10am | Malaprop's Book Store | Joy will share rhymes from Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Heart, and sign books you buy.

Do you sometimes feel bogged down with life? Could you use a reminder that your deepest longing is to heal into the soulful person you are created to be? Would you like to evolve into a version of yourself filled with peace and joy? You’ve Absolutely come to the RIGHT PLACE. Joy on Your Shoulders ™ inspires joy through a humbling, joy-filled presence and offerings! May the words, images, and products here guide you to connect within and without, so you overflow with joy to pass along. Life is short...belonging to our unique lives deeply matters.

J.O.Y.S. gives inspiring talks, classes, workshops, and serves private clients as their spiritual/joyful mentor.

Show Notes

Artist’s Way | Learn More

Ep 14: sam kearney

Artist, Creative, Nerd, & Neurodiverse Human

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Sam Kearney a professional artist, nerd, and neurodiverse human who loves to cheer on other creatives! She believes the world always needs more beauty, more color, and more contrasting and interesting perspectives.

If you’re an Appalachian nerd hiker, you may know her work from Fox & Fir Design, an environmental project that helps support eco-non-profits across the Southeast.

After more than a few heartfelt coffee/tea chats with creatives from all different mediums and backgrounds, she noticed that there’s a lot of common themes that we as makers tend to grapple with.

So, drawing from years of personal experience, trainings, and therapy (again, not a therapist, different chair) she's excited to show you what she's learned that has helped inspire artists to work with their own inner demons in creative ways with her newest project Sharp and Squishy.

We discuss:

  1. The power of visualizing your inner critic.

  2. Life as an creative on the autism spectrum.

  3. Getting out of our own way.

  4. Doing the work you love despite your inner demons.

  5. How growth looks different for creatives.

Show Notes:

Fox & Fir Design | Learn More

ATATAT 2017 Edition Sticker | Get Yours Today

Sharp & Squishy Course | Join the Waitlist

Shining a spotlight on your deepest, darkest inner critic is the first step toward finding confidence and inner peace. Learn how to identify, visualize, and ultimately befriend your inner saboteur in this immersive, irreverently enlightening course!

Doors will reopen soon! Sign up for Sam’s mailing list for updates and your FREE guide on how to create your very own Sharp & Squishy!

Ep 13: Michael sitzer

Massage Therapist, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, and Nationally Approved CE Provider


Michael has been exploring and sharing exceptional bodywork for two decades... Starting his professional career with a ten year immersion at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA, he became a senior therapist in their Healing Arts department as well as a core faculty member of their School of Massage.  He is professionally trained in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Clinical Massage, Kripalu Bodywork, Traditional Thai Massage, Breema Bodywork, Positional Release Therapy and Yoga Therapy. His signature session is in ‘Thai Yoga Bodywork,’ which blends all these modalities into a creative and therapeutic healing art.

    Michael began his studies of Thai Massage in 1998 with an intensive offered by Ananda Apfelbaum at the Omega Institute. He then journeyed to Thailand to meet her teacher, master Pichest Boonthume. Michael has returned to Thailand nine times to further his practice. He has also worked closely with Kam Thye Chow.
   After leaving Kripalu in 2010, Michael relocated to Asheville to teach ‘Clinical Massage’ at AB Tech College and began offering continuing education courses.  Michael has developed a complete Thai Yoga Bodywork certification training including a manual, a DVD & an online video course which has been presented at Kripalu Center and across the country beginning in 2000. He is an approved continuing education (CE) provider, accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB # 451645-11). He also holds a N.C. massage license (#10273).
   Michael is well known and respected for his heart centered approach to his treatments, his workshops and his life. Michael's passion for therapeutic touch and inspirational teaching motivates him to continue to share this work around the world...

We discuss:

  1. The concept of Nam Jai - watery heart.

  2. The role of a retreat leader in Thailand.

  3. The four elements of a good Thai Yoga Bodywork Treatment.

  4. Thai Yoga Bodywork as a spiritual path.

  5. Finding Sabai Sabai within ourselves.

Show Notes:

Thailand Retreat Video | Learn More

Upcoming Training Schedule with Michael | Learn More

Bodhisattva Way | Learn More

Mala Dhara Retreat Center | Learn More

An interpretation of the meaning of Sabai Sabai | Learn More

Ep 12: Jessica chilton

Business Coach and Expressive Arts Therapist

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Jessica Chilton of SPARK ( is a Business Coach and Expressive Arts Therapist who has helped thousands of people around the world to love and liberate their truest self and unleash the work they’re uniquely designed to do. Through her signature program, Love Liberate Launch (, Jessica blends business building with spiritual growth, personal transformation, and creative expression to help rising entrepreneurs create the business they were born to lead. Her newest program, Love Liberate Lead (, is designed for the established entrepreneur who is ready for a pivotal year of significant transformation in their work, life, and leadership.

We discuss:

Jessica recently founded The Shift from Fear to Love community initiative because it represents the deeper mission of her business – to shift the world from fear to love, one liberated leader at a time. The 2019 live event takes place on March 31, 2019 at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville and is a blend of personal transformation, inspiring performance, community building, and leadership development. Join us at

Jessica’s passion for making the most of this precious life was activated by facing death and illness at an early age and radiates through her inspiring presence. Jessica has performed at TEDx, presented at Princeton University, collaborated on stage with singer-songwriter David Wilcox, and improvised on TV in her favorite tutu. She has been interviewed about spiritual entrepreneurship, soul-satisfying work, moving beyond fear, healing your money relationship, and liberating your leadership by a number of media outlets.

Jessica holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, an MA in Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy, and a Post-Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy.

Right now Jessica is offering her 5-day Online Mini-Course: “Unleash the Work You Are Designed to Do”, as a FREE GIFT for all who are ready to move beyond fear and say Yes to their greater calling. You can dive into this liberating experience right now at

Ep 11: ERIN & Caroline

Authentic Asheville: Digital Nomads

Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady are the team behind Authentic Asheville. They are Squarespace web designers, photographers and travel writers, advocates for National Parks and public lands, adventurers on the lookout for safe and friendly LGBTQ places and spaces, and trail runner enthusiasts with a penchant for craft beer. They love meeting new people. Say hey!

We discuss:

1. How Authentic Asheville came to be.
2. The best and worst of van life.
3. What it means to be authentic and LGBTQ life on the road.
4. Tolerance, Minorities, and Awareness.
5. Defining "family" and listening to your heart.


Here’s What Erin & Caroline Have To Say:


We are passionate about telling stories through images. Unlike many photographers, we’re not married to one particular style. We have worked for numerous businesses and shot photographs to match their brand vision.

On other occasions, we have been hired because someone is drawn to the way we shoot and edit for ourselves. Our style has been called honest, raw, gritty and timeless. We love the imperfections in a shot as much as we love perfection.

We’re not afraid to go beyond the parameters of a typical photo shoot. While on assignment, we have shot on boats, underwater, on muddy trails, while riding a bike, while riding a horse, at 11,000 feet and at even at night. We’ve also shot in a working bakery at 4 in the morning, in the middle of fancy restaurants and in breweries on a weekend night.


On our Travel Blog we are publishing new articles every week related to travel, van life, the National Parks, food, and Asheville. We have also put our writing skills to use in creating content for brands, businesses and individuals. To see some examples, please head on over to our Media Kit.


We offer everything from basic tutorials and crash courses on how to get started with social media to social media takeovers and brand partnerships.

You can find Erin and Caroline at

Want to follow along on Caroline and Erin’s adventures to California, Nashville, and beyond? You can find them on instagram at @authenticasheville, @carolineperdue and @e.mcgrady. If you’d like to meet them in-person, head on out to the free photography event they host in Asheville. Use the hashtag #AshevilleInstameet to find out more.

Ep 10: shea olinger

Massage Therapist & Healing Arts Practitioner

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“Humble, kind, grounded, intuitive, genuine, these are just some of the qualities that describe Shea. Receiving a massage from her is not simply bodywork. Shea is holistic in her approach in that she tends to both your physical needs as well as your emotional and spiritual concerns. Her touch is magical and her intuitive sense of knowing just what areas of the body are calling for attention and what’s needed during the massage is simply awe inspiring. From her use of hot stones, cupping as well as aromatherapy, you are so lovingly cared for, you feel as if you’re nestled in a very sacred womb; a womb of healing, revitalization and most importantly tender, nurturing care. I highly recommend Shea if you are considering a massage therapist. Five stars is simply not enough to rate the quality of care she provides and the heart-centered healer she is. ” ~ AMMA TANYA

In 2015, Shea became one of the founding therapists of Asheville’s well-known healing house, Blaizing Lotus. February 1st, 2018, she opened Metta Heart Healing Arts as a way to expand her practice, integrate herbalism on a larger scale and further develop her craft with Thai Yoga Bodywork as a foundational element in her practice. The work she offers as a licensed massage therapist is intuitive, yet technical. Skillful, yet organic. By blending techniques from many different massage and bodywork modalities, Shea creates a nurturing, grounding and therapeutic treatment. These modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Thai Yoga Bodywork and CranioSacral. Her repertoire consists of 100+ continuing education hours in Thai Yoga Bodywork and CranioSacral therapy.

We discuss:

  1. Shea’s story and how she came to Asheville.

  2. The magic of synchronicity.

  3. Doing the ‘shadow work’ on a path of self-discovery.

  4. What it means to change one’s name.

  5. Claiming one’s truth and identity.

  6. Thai Bodywork and the message of Metta.

You can find Shea at

Show Notes:

Blaizing Lotus Healing House | Learn More

Michael Sitzer & Thai Yoga Bodywork | Learn More

Light a Path | Learn More

The Meaning of Metta | Learn More

Ep 9: michÈle drivon

Alexander Technique & Healing Arts Practitioner

Ninja on a Mission for Connectivity


Chronic back pain and the desire to feel truly at home in her own skin led Michèle to take lessons and train to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique. This simple and proven education in the “how” of coordinating body-mind, increases ease of movement by redirecting excessive tension into useful energy. A common result is relief from pain and distress caused by everyday habits, accompanied by a simultaneous increase in awareness/sensitivity while reducing reactivity. Michèle completed the 3-year, 1600-hour training at The Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley, CA and has been teaching individuals and groups since 2009.

Michèle’s teaching is influenced by her personal exploration of embodiment and spirituality. Argentine Tango, time in nature, swimming, writing, and being married are favored opportunities to embrace F.M. Alexander’s vision of conscious evolution. She is a graduate of Landmark Education, a student of Abraham-Hicks, and currently enrolled in the Certification and Mastery Program for Extreme Freedom with PAX Programs International. An active member of her local teachers association, Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region, she served 4 years on the Board of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Ongoing study with more senior Alexander Technique teachers—as well as forays into Body-Mind Centering®, Ortho-Bionomy, and Open Heart Meditation—deepens her understanding and experience of fundamental movement patterns, consciousness, and living joyfully. She learns from every student who comes to her, and is consistently moved by their courage, insight, and potential on this collaborative journey of self-discovery.

We discuss:

  1. Describing the Alexander Technique

  2. Being available but not prepared.

  3. Wellness as an undercurrent of life.

  4. Who Was Frederick Matthias Alexander?

  5. Relationship as a verb

  6. Musicians and the Alexander Technique

You can find Michèle at

Show Notes:

Alexander Technique | Learn More

Michèle’s Class at Asheville Community Yoga | Learn More

Sneaky Cards | Learn More

Alison Armstrong | Author of Queen’s Code | Learn More

Musicians and the Alexander Technique | Learn More

Kyle Cease | Learn More

Ep 8: suzannah tebbe davis

Shamanic Medicine Woman, Community Activist


Suzannah Tebbe Davis is a contemporary medicine woman who weaves a diverse blend of mind/body/spirit offerings based on over two decades of study in indigenous wisdom traditions and western theoretical practices. Suzannah has also held key leadership positions in social justice issues and systems change. In addition to her private practice, where she offers workshops, retreats and ceremonies internationally for individuals and groups, Suzannah serves in a leadership role within Asheville Community Roots, a local grassroots movement which incorporates spirituality as a fundamental aspect of activism.

We discuss:

  1. Sacred Activism: Standing for the Rights of Nature

  2. Ñust`as: Healing Forces of Nature – England Training with Ellen Kittredge

  3. The body as a reservoir for memories.

  4. Blending Chakras and Shamanism

  5. Ayni - Sacred Reciprocity

You can find Suzannah Tebbe Davis at

Show Notes:

Sacred Activism For Modern Times | Learn More

Community Roots | Get Involved

Ellen Kittredge | Shamanic Practitioner | Learn More

Ñust`as | Indigenous Andean Healing Modalities | Learn More

Anodea Judith | Chakras & Activism | Learn More

Steve Norris | 10-day Fast and Prayer Ceremony | Learn More

Sumak Kawsay | Indigenous Teachings | Learn More

Pachacuti | Overturning of Space & Time | Learn More

Taripay Pacha| Age of Knowing Ourselves Again | Learn More

Ayni | Sacred Reciprocity | Learn More

Hoocha | La Limpia Ritual | Learn More


Ep 7: pripo teplitsky



A practicing Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in relationship issues, he works with individuals, couples, families and work groups. Pripo earned a master's degree in counseling/psychology at Goddard college. He has worked with thousands of couples and individuals over the last 15 years helping to improve their relationships while cultivating healthier communication and intimacy skills. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Pripo was a project manager in Fortune 200 and 500 companies with emphasis in the Japanese sector. He duel majored in Japanese studies/language and Social Science at Michigan State University and lived in Japan for one and a half years. As a counselor, Pripo offers a diverse practice that balances the connection between mind, body and spirit. He was a practicing massage and bodywork therapist for 18 years. He lived, studied and worked at the Esalen Institute, a renowned human potential learning center in Big Sur, CA, and is a certified Esalen massage practitioner. Pripo also teaches Professional Ethics courses and Somatic Psychology at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga. His main goal is to help support people to live in their truth and authenticity.

We discuss:

  1. Pripo’s Podcast Relationships, Let’s Talk About It

  2. Tapping into the body’s wisdom.

  3. The intelligence of the heart.

  4. EFT & Tapping Solutions

  5. Self-Compassion, Kindness, & Boundaries

You can find Pripo Teplitsky at

Show Notes:

Pripo’s PODCAST | Let’s Talk About it | Listen Here

Esalen Institute | Big Sur, CA |

Still Point Wellness | Robin & Corey Costanzo |

Heart Intelligence | HeartMath Institute |

EFT Tapping Solutions |

Ethics Online Course | Asheville School of Yoga & Massage | Register Here

"From the body, comes the TRUTH." ~Pripo Teplitsky