Healing Charlotte Podcast: Anna Egleston, Yoga Retreats

On this episode, we meet Anna Egleston, the Chief Zen Officer, of Above Yoga. She leads Yoga Retreats for adults. She has combined her love for yoga, travel, adventure, and professional background in corporate travel to cultivate a community of adults. Anna has lead international retreats to places like Ireland, Cambodia, and the South of France to name a few. She has trips booked for Croatia and Morocco this year and is looking to add domestic destinations in the near future.

Anna compares her retreats to “adult summer camp” because of the mix of yoga, culture, food, adventure as a way for people to meet and cultivate relationships in adulthood which can be challenging.

“We don’t get those kind of interpersonal experiences as adults.”

Anna has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training and is currently involved in her 300-hour training as well as finishing up her Master’s Business Administration. She loves having guests on her retreats who are new to yoga as well as experienced. It excites her to have people who are maybe new to international travel, group travel, or yoga and assimilate quickly and grow during the retreat. A differing factor of Above Yoga retreats are that Anna scouts the area at least a year in advance, develops relationships with the vendors, and familiarizes herself with the area to help her guests feel comfortable with it and her as the leader. While her retreats offer yoga, culture, and physical activity such as hiking or biking, Anna leaves it up to each guest to determine how they want their vacation to go.

Anna has been inspired by The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz after a friend gave it to her during a challenging time in her own life. She reminds herself of each agreement daily and as a way to feel confident in the service she is providing to others.

She discusses how a yoga retreat can help someone grow by the relationships and community formed on the trip. She speculates that it could take years of day-to-day life interaction to form the connections that someone can make during a week-long retreat.

Anna has been inspired by Jillian Longsworth of Noda Yoga. Jillian’s influence has been woven throughout Anna’s yoga journey. She attended her first yoga retreat with Jillian to Italy, completed her 200-hour teacher training, and has invited her to co-teach at one of her own retreats. She loves the inclusivity of her studio and the broad range of styles of yoga that she offers.

Healing Charlotte Podcast: End of Year Reflection Prompt

I created this prompt for a client several years ago and it has stood the test of time. It’s a way to simultaneously reflect on the year that is ending and look forward to the next year. If you feel drawn to utilize this prompt, I would encourage you to consider at least 3 examples for each one and go wild on the gratitudes prompt. We could all use more gratitude and it’s also fun to come back to that list over and over again adding more. I promise, with time, you will find more gratitude.

  1. Something I would like to happen in 2021
  2. Intentions/Goals for myself in 2021
  3. Something that was hard this year
  4. Something I am proud of myself for doing in 2020
  5. My favorite part of 2020
  6. Gratitude for 2020

I hope you find this prompt helpful and tune into the podcast for a more lengthy description of each one.

Healing Charlotte Podcast: Theresa Leskowat, Starting Mental Health Therapy

Today’s podcast features Theresa Leskowat discussing with Katie all the aspects of starting Mental Health Therapy. Together we discuss reasons to go, benefits, finding a Therapist, when to start, payment, and different types of therapy modalities. Theresa is a private practice owner at Clear Vista Counseling, where she works with adults in managing their anxiety.

Why go to therapy

Typically people start therapy during a life event or change, want to start a relationship with a therapist proactively, for self-improvement and growth, may have exhausted their own resources, or noticed familial patterns that they would like to break.

Benefits of therapy

Usually people will increase their self-insight, find that it’s an outlet to process their experiences, want a relationship that is not friends or family and to hear a perspective that challenges them, are looking for a confidential space to share things that may be difficult to talk about, will practice relationship and communication skills, and lastly appreciate a place to share vulnerabilities first.

Barriers to starting

Some people view going to therapy in that it signifies weakness but in actually there is a lot of strength in asking for help and receiving support. For some, they worry about vulnerability and talking about the hard things as it may open up the “flood gates” and dealing with difficult emotions. Lastly, some believe it means they have a problem.

When to start

The best time to start going to therapy is when you decide it will be beneficial. You can start during a crisis and it will be better to establish a relationship when things aren’t as challenging.

Frequency of sessions and duration

People usually start a weekly appointments to establish a relationship and can go down from there once things stabilize. Everyone is individual so it depends on what people come in with and when they feel like they have gotten out of it what they set out to do. Therapists do provide homework for those who want to work on things outside of sessions.

Finding a Therapist

All clinicians who do this work will have at least a Master’s degree in one of the following; Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and have requirements for continuing education. You can start by getting a referral from someone you know personally or professionally. Psychology Today is another place to start by entering the information you are looking for a various profiles of therapists will be available. Visiting the clinicians website could be a good way to start to get to know them and their areas of speciality. Lastly, a Google search may be another way to start getting some names.

Psychologists and Psychiatrists get mixed up quite frequently so to help in keeping that straight; a Psychologist usually does therapy, or Psychological testing, or both, a Psychiatrist has gone through Medical school, prescribes medication, and sometimes offers therapy but not often.

“We {therapists} are people too. If you go and you just don’t feel connected to them or you don’t feel they get what you are saying then maybe that’s not the connection you are looking for. That’s ok and they won’t be offended. It’s more important that you find what you are looking for.”


You can possibly use your insurance where you may have a copay or a deductible to meet. You will need to make sure the therapist you want to see accepts your insurance. Most therapists have private payment options and some offer sliding scale rates or rates based on your income. If finances are a concern, lower rates can be found by students working towards their degree or clinicians that are not fully licensed yet. Some companies offer EAP benefits as well. Most therapists will provide a no-charge consult session or phone call in order to meet before committing. Usually those sessions will be for discussing what you are looking for support around and to learn about the therapists approach to that particular area.


Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most therapists are providing telehealth sessions. With that, there are some pros and cons. Some of the pros are that it is convenient as it may be relaxing in your own home. Cons may be that there is the lack of energy exchange, technology issues, and it’s harder to pick up on non-verbal communication through a screen or phone.

Types of Therapy

When it comes to Mental Health Therapy, there are options for individuals, groups, families, and couples. Also, some clinicians are more seasoned in mental health vs. substance abuse so you will want to find someone who has experience in the type of therapy you are looking for. There are various types of treatment modalities that Therapist’s offer:

  • Rogerian – not a style particuarly but he emphasized that all Therapists should exhibit “unconditional positive regard” for their clients.
  • CBT – short for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is fairly common for Therapists to provide this. This type of therapy looks at unhelpful thoughts and unhelpful behaviors and works to reframe those thoughts which in turn helps with more helpful behaviors.
  • Psychoanalytic – not widely practiced anymore but will be a deep dive into the psyche.
  • EMDR – short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing which helps process and file unprocessed memories and traumas without talking about it.
  • Yoga & Mindfulness – many Therapists are now getting certified in Yoga. Helps bring the body into the therapy space as it really is a mind-body connection.
  • DBT – short for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which helps with emotional regulation, mindfulness, and relationships.
  • Experiential – this type of therapy is about “doing it” vs “talking about it.” This may include role play or movement.
  • Neurofeedback – this modality will train the brain to regulate itself. No talk therapy is necessary for this.
  • Motivational Interviewing – usually effective with addictions and teenagers and can meet people where they are even if they aren’t fully bought into therapy yet.

Some Therapists use a “bottom up” vs “top down approach to therapy. You will typically see this when the body and self-regulation comes into the therapy space instead of using the mind to thing about, process the situation, or modulate the body.

“With CBT we are talking about thoughts but a lot of times if we are really anxious it’s really hard to think clearly about those thoughts because it’s a different part of the brain and that Yoga can tap into that relaxation system so that we can make talk therapy more effective so that it can go somewhere and that we can use those coping skills.”


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb is a book written about a Therapist’s experience with her own life crisis, her own therapy process, and the process of her clients.

Brene Brown is a Doctorate of Social Work, Researcher, Author, Public Speaker, Podcaster, etc whose work focuses on vulnerability, authenticity, and shame. Many of the things that happen or are discussed in therapy!

Healing Charlotte Podcast: Melanie McIntyre, CBD Retailer

Today’s conversation is with Melanie McIntyre, the owner of Tru-Nectar, an e-commerce business selling CBD products. She started the business officially in February 2020 but had been working on researching the product and setting it up for a year prior. Tru-Nectar sells tinctures, gummies, topical, soft-gels, and dog treats all made with CBD. Melanie has always been interested and passionate about natural health for her own issues and found CBD. She did her own research on companies, tried various brands, and began to discover the benefits for herself.

Charlotte’s Web Company helped put CBD on the map without the stigma when in 2018 a Farm Bill was passed that made the cultivation of hemp legal in all states. Stipulations for how much THC, how it’s grown, and how it is cultivated. CBD comes from the hemp plant which is the same as marijuana. The difference is in how it’s cultivated. CBD can have up to .3% of THC(which is the psychedelic) and marijuana has 15-20% of THC. This product is not regulated currently by the FDA, so some CBD companies will do 3rd party testing to discover any possible pesticides or chemicals, the amount of CBD that is on the label is reflected in the product, and if there are any added ingredients. Not all CBD companies are the same so it’s important to research them and look into their 3rd party testing. Tru-Nectar products have a QR code to see the testing results for that particular batch and all have 0% THC.

Studies have shown that CBD can help with sleep issues, anxiety, stress, muscle and joint pain to name a few. For dogs, the products may help with anxiety; everyday or situation specific, and arthritis. Each of our bodies have an endocannabinoid systems that helps create overall balance. Our body produces it and sometimes could use more of it for balance which is where CBD supplements come in. Realm of Caring is a non-profit dedicated to research and findings regarding CBD products.

“It’s considered to be a supplement because our body already produces these chemicals but we may need a little more because we are in a high stress environment or we are struggling with sleep or we just have anxiety because we have a chemical imbalance or it’s just lifestyle so it just provides that extra support to create more balance.”

Melanie has been influenced by the Charlotte’s Web company which was started to support their daughter who had multiple seizures a day and found some relief with CBD. For natural health in general, Melanie has enjoyed information from Emily Schromm, a nutritionist with her website and podcast, Meathead Hippie. Melanie wants to heal Charlotte as she has been here for 16 years and see how high stress the environment is here.

“CBD is a product that can help that because it just helps to bring balance and that’s part of what Charlotte needs. You know people in Charlotte, we just need to find that balance between doing but also resting. Taking time for ourselves and not being all about this one thing but really paying attention to self.”

A healer in Charlotte who inspires her is Dr. Eric Goodman at Greenapple who is a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. Use code “healclt” at Tru-Nectar to take advantage of the 25% discount.

Healing Charlotte Podcast: Alison Pulito, Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique

Alison Pulito was a guest on the “Healing Charlotte” podcast 6 months ago and has now added Quantum Healing Hypnosis. Read about it below or book a session with her today!

As a Reiki practitioner for the past 7 years, I have worked with people presenting with an incredibly diverse range of experiences.  Through this experience I have seen how deeply our experiences shape us, from an early age all the way to a ripe old age, we are shaped by the experiences we have, positively or negatively.  It becomes like a filter or lens through which we view life and determines how we respond to experiences, we can grow or struggle through the same experience.  I have seen this pattern repeated in people through disease, chronic injury, relationships, and mental health, all of it creating a pattern which can be followed, like breadcrumbs showing and teaching us the nature of what happened to create that impact.  We are impacted by an energy that stays with us in the bio-field (the etheric field/aura) and in the psyche.  What we hold and view as experience has a direct correlation to how we are impacted by it.  I have noticed that putting on a new lens, a perspective on our life’s most meaningful events, and seeing the value in the experience, viewing the path with the value that followed experience, can shape and shift the impact of that experience, years even decades later.

In Reiki I was often shown the point of origin for a chronic problem, a pain, a relationship struggle, lack or limiting beliefs, forming a fairly solid foundational belief at some point in the life, even from a very early age, impressions about ourselves, others, the world.  I noticed that from an early age we are programmed which is a highly effective function of the subconscious.  It holds the algorithms the short cuts to our processing so we don’t need to think and process routine events.  It sets us up for success it can also set us up for a distorted view of reality, through which like a prism, it colors our experience by shifting the lens.  These programs are related to the energetic systems in the body through the chakra system and the auric field.  Our body’s energy system is the membrane through which we experience and are affected by the energy around us and by our own energy through thoughts and emotions. 

The biofield is ether, it’s highly charged and magnetic.  We think ether is empty space but researchers now know that ether is actually full, it’s information, like a storage vault for potential, past present and future data.  So this data is waiting for us to interact with it.  And we know that our thoughts, created in the mind, are highly energetic, they carry a charge just like an electronic device.  This charge sends a current of energy out into the biofield to match up with/plug in to that which we are creating in the mind.  This is good if we are conscious, it’s not easy if we have a busy mind filled with doubt, anxiety, trauma or pain.  We are also blessed with an electromagnetic heart.  Our heart has the strongest electromagnetic field in the body, it sends a signal that can be sent across the country.  This is how distance Reiki works and how prayers work.  And the heart is magnetic, so emotions, sent and received in the heart, are broadcast and become magnetic, they attract that which helps us to see them, to gain perspective of them.  There’s a lot going on in our biofield and a lot of us don’t even know it exists.

This mind body connection has been studied for centuries but never has it been as recognized and measured as it is today but we are just beginning to understand it.  With the recognition of quantum mechanics in the last few decades and the use of Kirlian photography, which measures the bio-field of all living things, showing us that we have an energetic template that interacts with our environment and with each other.  We know that the electromagnetic field, or template is a hologram of our body, that it exists as a reflection of our own energy.  We have evolved to know through the work of Carl Jung and more recently Dr. Joe Despenza, we know that there are life experiences that come to us as a way to learn, to master in a way of seeing ourselves from a more evolved state as we start to wake up to our own being, to see our own place in the world, a sort of waking up.

Over time working with Reiki I was drawn to QHHT, Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique, developed by the late Dolores Cannon.  Dolores worked and researched for 40 years on the topic of how we experience a lifetime and how we experience timelines (segments of our lives) and why this happens.  According to her reasearch and my belief, that we are here to learn, grow and evolve, it is really what we are here for, what our soul is here to express.  I have studied and become certified in QHHT and find it quite effective in helping people see and experience their lives in ways that help them gain perspective on their life’s experiences.  Imagine the impact to a 60 year old woman who under Quantum Hypnosis goes back to being a six year old, when she sees clearly (like a vivid dream), that her mother did not abandon her but was actively keeping an abusive man away form her by continuously keeping him away from the home.  That shift in perspective can help to heal a limiting belief such as my mother didn’t love me, she would always leave me alone on weekends and evenings, to my mother loved me so much that she shielded me from danger.  These stories have become the calling of my work, to help people see the potential in their lives, the shifts in consciousness that change the reality happen rapidly and easily using QHT.

I have also been working with coaching, as I have the gift of clairaudience and am able to read the lessons of the soul and help people to steer in the direction of their soul’s choice, providing perspective, clarity and understanding of some of life’s lessons.  This has become my life’s passion of teaching people to heal themselves through energy, understanding and perspective. 

I am working through Zoom and through the online classes I teach of Reiki, and 3 levels of Energy Mastery.

Visit her original podcast blog post here.