Breathwork, Healing From Religious Trauma, and Cultural Appreciation with Eryn Johnson | #94

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My friend, healing artist and writer Eryn Johnson, joined me on the podcast for a beautiful conversation that traversed pain, purpose, and presence. Eryn has the most calming voice and soothing spirit, and I could listen to her talk for hours. I hope you'll enjoy our discussion as much as I did.

We discussed:

  • Who Eryn is and some of the ways she's choosing to create meaning in her life currently.
  • How we've both expanded the definition of “purpose” in our lives.
  • How Eryn got into breathwork and some of the ways you can use breathwork in your life.
  • Embracing flexibility in the practice of breathwork and all areas of self-care.
  • Eryn's experience of growing up in a Southern Baptist household and coming to a point of rejecting the church's teachings.
  • My own experiences growing up in a religious household with extremely religious parents.
  • What it's been like for each of us to try to stay in relationship with our parents knowing we're not fully accepted by them.
  • Eryn's witchcraft practice.
  • How Eryn works to embody cultural appreciation rather than cultural appropriation with practices that originated from communities of color.
  • Why it's inappropriate to deem yourself an expert on practices that don't come from your own cultural traditions.
  • The ways access and affordability keep people from being able to learn and teach their own cultural practices.
  • Eryn's love for pole dancing and what it means to her.
  • The need for pole dancers to honor the movement practice's origins in sex work and support the rights of sex workers.

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Eryn Johnson (she/her) is a Philly-based healing artist and writer. She facilitates somatic and energetic healing work to help others feel their feelings, invoke their innate creativity, and embody themselves. She also hosts the Living Open podcast for mystics and seekers, a storytelling project to support folks’ healing. Eryn is vegan, bisexual, a writer of poetry, and a pole dancer. You can keep up with Eryn on her website and Instagram.

Did you benefit from this episode? You can show your appreciation by supporting Eryn's work.  You can download either Eryn's free breathwork meditation for daily practice or Eryn's free breathwork meditation for ex-religious folks, and doing so will add you to Eryn's email list.

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