Episode 33: All the Faiths and all the Spirits with Rev. Cathy Whelehan

Cathy Whelehan is first and foremost a student of life, love and connection. She is most passionate about supporting students to develop personal practices that assist individual transformation and planetary evolution. Her yoga classes emphasize sound therapeutic alignment, integration with the cycles of nature and celebration of the heart. 

 

Cathy began practicing yoga twenty years ago during her first pregnancy in 1996 simply because she wanted to feel better and found that it helped her reconnect with her body. She has been teaching yoga for 10 years and has over 1,000 hours of training in Ashaya, Anusara and various therapeutic modalities. 

 

She has been teaching yoga out of her home since 2007 and was inspired to co-create Open Sky Yoga Barn (OSYB) in 2011 on her property in Redding, Connecticut to combine her love of yoga and service with family life. When Cathy is not doing the mom thing or teaching at OSYB, she can be found hiking in the woods with her dog Gracie, walking the labyrinth, dancing, singing, laughing, reading, writing, gardening and preparing healthy food.  

 

This is Freddie’s first episode to explore spirituality and faith. Cathy and Freddie discuss the number one item for your self-care list, finding God after difficult times, the role of faith while raising two chronically ill children, and possibly Freddie’s favorite answer to what it means to be beautifully broken.

 

**Highlights of our conversation:**

 

 – 1:23 – What does it mean to be an interfaith practitioner?

 – 2:49 – Why pursue the interspirituality ministry?

 – 7:12 – How interspirituality could change our world

 – 11:12 – Staying connected to your why

 – 15:01 – The #1 thing for your self-care list

 – 17:21 – Is it okay to only find God after times of loss, illness, or age?

 – 23:33 – What matters is how you show up

 – 24:47 – The role of faith while raising two chronically ill children

 – 35:11 – The essential need for community and faith

 – 38:30 – Getting connected to interspirituality

 – 40:49 – What does it mean to be beautifully broken?

 – 43:58 – Cathy’s challenge to the audience

 

**Connect with Cathy:**

 

 – Visit her website – http://www.openskyyogabarn.com

 – Follow on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/open_sky_yoga_barn/

 – Connect on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Open-Sky-Yoga-Barn-199200393469962/

 

**Connect with me:**

 

 – Check out my website – https://freddiesetgo.com/ 

 – Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/freddiesetgo/

 – Read my Favs – https://freddiesetgo.com/freddies-favorites/ 

 – Sing For Your Seniors – https://http://singforyourseniors.org 

 – Amp Coil – https://www.ampcoil.com

 

**About me:**

 

I’m Freddie Kimmel, a Functional Health Coach, Reiki Healer, Certified Personal Trainer, Gut Health Specialist, and proud cancer survivor. I help men and women eliminate brain fog, bloat and belly fat through gut health.

 

I’ve been featured in *The Wall Street Journal*, the Full Plate Podcast, An Excellent Example of Being Human, State of the Arts on LA talk radio and *Dance Magazine*. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Brockport, attended SUNY Fredonia, and graduated from the Institute of Functional Health Coaching.

 

I can be found in NYC living each day to its fullest and focused on creating more value then what I capture. Please stand back from the awesomeness that’s about to unfold. 

 

**Credits:**

 

 – Interview: Cathy Whelehan

 – Podcast edited and mixed by 51 features. Connect with Andrew at andrew {at} 51features {dot} com.