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February 2018


Episode 19: Body Respect with Anna Hearn

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In this episode I chat with Anna Hearn from Haven Wellness Anna is in the middle of launching her own fitness studio; a unique mirror free space to encourage women to FEEL how they move and enjoy movement for the sake of pleasure, not for changing their shape and size.

Anna has come from a place of overcoming body dysphoria and her fitness journey has led her  to fall in love with the skin she’s in.

She ​believes ​that ​honouring ​the ​body ​we’re ​in ​now, ​learning ​to ​respect ​& ​nourish ​it ​from ​within ​(rather ​than
externally ​consulting ​a ​diet ​book) ​and ​moving ​for ​pleasure ​& ​health ​(rather ​than ​to ​force ​it ​to ​look ​a ​certain ​way)
gives ​our ​body ​the ​freedom ​it ​needs ​to ​regulate ​it’s ​own ​weight ​and ​caloric ​needs ​- ​and ​is ​a ​much ​kinder ​and
more ​fun ​way ​to ​live!

All in all, Anna is a fun and bubbly person to chat to, and I’m really excited about the projects she’s working on.

Connect with Anna:

Haven Wellness Women’s Fitness & Yoga Studio, Summer Hill, Sydney | |

A special, body-positive, non-diet space designed to help women cultivate a peaceful relationship with their bodies through fitness, yoga & pilates and self-compassion.​ 

Upcoming Haven events: 
  • Yoga for All Bodies Workshop – Sat 24th Feb 
  • Honour ​- a ​women’s-only ​retreat ​focusing on body respect & self-compassion. Yoga, walking, fitness meditation & self-reflection. April 20-22nd 2018, Kenthurst, NSW 
  • Embrace– The Body Image Movement documentary screening March 5th, Dendy, Newtown Sydney 
  • Eating ​& ​Body ​Image ​Reboot ​5-Week ​Course ​- March 12th 2018



Episode 18: Exploring Personal Trainer Myths with Alex Harvey and Shane Reid

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Every so often on Polkadotsi I have a guest who I just have to invite back on the podcast because their ideas are so fantastically mindblowing.

Alex and Shane Harvey from Muscle Potentiation were one of those guests.

It’s uncomfortable being challenged on ideas you hold as truth, and being put into a position where you have to investigate, break down, and question everything.

Coming out of the other side of our interview, I was really excited to explore perhaps WHY a quadriceps stretch isn’t so fantastic…. what are we actually doing when we stretch our hamstrings, and why is it most gym-goers have such a short lifespan in the gym.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get in touch with Shane and Alex. As a trainer, or as a client who wants to work on pain management.