Episode #61

Cara Bradley

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Author Of Best Selling Book "On the Verge"- Break Free From Your Busy Mind To Wake Up In This Moment, Fully Engaged & Ready

 

 

Guest Bio:

 

Cara Bradley is the best-selling author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine (New World Library 2016). With three decades of experience teaching movement and mind practices, Cara is now an innovative leader in the new field of body-mind intelligence. Her expertise includes integrating movement, breath, and mindfulness to stabilize mind and body and optimize well-being and performance.

 

Cara is the host of the weekly podcast series called On The Verge. She is a frequent blogger and contributor to The Huffington Post and Mindful Magazine and was recently named by Mindful as one of their “30 Mindfulness Thought Leaders.”

 

Cara is the founder of award-winning Verge BodyMind, a yoga and meditation center of 14 years located in suburban Philadelphia and offering 80+ weekly classes. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit, Mindfulness Through Movement offering yearlong programs to schools in urban Philadelphia. Cara teaches national and international body-mind retreats and workshops at acclaimed wellness centers such as The Omega Institute and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. 

 

Cara is a keynote speaker for corporate events and presents at national conferences including Mindful Leadership Summit, Mindful Life Conference, World Changing Women’s Summit, Social Venture Network Conference, National Alliance of HealthCare Purchasers Leadership Summit, Institute for Health Care Consumerism Conference and Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition.

 

She offers body-mind training to CEOs and corporations including Wells Fargo, Spectrum Enterprise, The World Bank Group, SAP, Fidelity Investments, and the National Parks Department and to universities including Yale University, Villanova University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

As a mental strength coach, Cara works with college sports teams and elite sports programs including Villanova University football and men’s basketball and soccer, Penn State University men’s basketball, Yale University women’s soccer, University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer, the Olympic Development Program and more.

 

Cara competed as a figure skater and turned professional at the age of fifteen. As a pro skater for Team Rollerblade, a performance group for Rollerblade Inc., she performed in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Cara created and starred in SkateFit: The Complete In-Line Skating Workout (ABA Productions, 1994) and co-authored In-Line Skate New England: The Complete Guide to 101 Tours (Countryman Press, 2003) with Cindy Copeland Lewis and Tom Lewis.

 

Cara graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a life-long entrepreneur having founded several businesses including Blade Skatewear and Camp Rollerblade. She completed a 1,000-hour Meditation Teacher Training Program with ClearLight Meditation Institute, is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance.

 

Most importantly Cara has been married to her husband Brian for 27 years and is a proud mother of her two daughters Christina (24) and Julianna (22). As new minimalists, Cara and her husband are now apartment dwellers in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.


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Show Notes

 

  • Introduction (3:15)

  • The difference between Meditating and Yoga and benefits (5:50)

  • Learning to breathe and what it does for our bodies (7:20)

  • What is flow and why she teaches it (9:15)

  • What does Cara recommend to start being more at peace and focused (18:40)

  • How to be fully present and not being distracted (21:59)

  • Cara working with different sports programs and athletes (25:30)

  • Cara's podcast and sitting in silence to hear yourself (33:16)

  • What are the proper steps to just getting started (45:00)

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