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Nov 4, 2019

Emily Harman, the host of Onward Podcast, interviews Chris Parkison, a recovering lawyer and a E-RYT 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered yoga instructor who leads the RYS 200 hour Teacher Training Program at VIDA Fitness at The Yards in Washington, DC.  Chris is also the creator and host of the DC Yoga Podcast. In this episode, Chris talks about the importance of training the mind and body to lead healthy and happy lives. He shares how he made the decision to stop practicing law and start a career in health and fitness. Chris shares how practicing yoga can help us break bad habits by making us more conscious.

Episode Highlights: 

  • Emily Harman introduces Chris Parkison
  • Chris Parkison talks about being a lawyer for 10 years. 
  • What can happen when you live an unhealthy lifestyle? 
  • How did Chris get involved in becoming a yoga instructor? 
  • Was it difficult transitioning from being a lawyer to becoming a yoga instructor? 
  • What advice would Chris give to others like him? 
  • How and when did Chris detox on his own?
  • How can we calm our mind? 
  • In what way does yoga help us break bad habits?  
  • How often should we practice yoga? 
  • Why is yoga becoming more popular? 
  • There is no good and bad in yoga, only an experience and what you learn from it. 
  • How did yoga personally benefit Chris?


3 Key Points:

  1. When you don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat well, and don’t exercise, it can lead to uncontrollable emotions, raw interactions with people, not thinking before you speak, not understanding other people, and selfish behavior. 
  2.  Habits are unconscious shortcuts created by our brain. Practicing yoga can help us break bad habits by making us more conscious.
  3. Yoga is so much more than the poses, more than an exercise routine. Yoga helps us calm our mind and become more conscious. When practicing yoga, if you become fidgety or bored, those are withdrawal symptoms. Keep practicing!

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “The way that it works in breaking habits is, habits are unconscious. When you bring habits to consciousness, then you can make a decision in the moment whether or not to do the habit or not.” – Chris Parkison 


  • “The best part of yoga is being able to see that pint of Haagen Dazs and say, “I don’t need that. My body doesn’t need that,” and go through that internal struggle. And once that urge passes saying, “Yeah, I just did that.” – Chris Parkison


  • “If you are going to jump into a fitness career, you can’t make enough money just teaching classes.” – Chris Parkison

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