These W.O.W. Chats are candid, clear and concise Words Of Wisdom gathered from people I respect and admire; professionals and friends that I have connected with throughout my travels across the globe in 2017. This compilation is Part 2 of 4 of the 2017 interview collection of brilliant and binge-worthy tidbits of insight, information, life lessons, and more.

Hope you enjoy!




Is All Exercise Therapeutic (PT Prescribed or Not)? A Great Debate!

A fun and heated interaction!


Dr. Scotty Butcher, professor at the University of Saskatchewan, School of Physical Therapy, engages with Shelly about whether all exercise is inherently therapeutic. Is it time we drop the word ‘therapeutic’ in ‘therapeutic exercise?’ Can a non-professional prescribe an exercise that has a beneficial therapeutic effect? Hear what Scotty has to say about it!

Scotty Butcher W.O.W. Chat HERE

Time: 7:46



Even the “Experts” Have Their Moments: On Finding (and Using!) Your Voice

Current and engaging.


Jules Mitchell, massage therapist, yoga teacher, and educator, opens up about her own personal challenge establishing a voice amidst a sea of brilliant and inspiring women and educators in the field. She reflections on how to continue to speak our truth, even when it’s not aligned with those of the people we admire and how to stay focused and keep doing the work.

more about Jules work:

Jules Mitchell W.O.W. Chat HERE

Time: 3:03



Prime of Life Prime: Prime Time to Practice Yoga

Succinct and real.


Dr. Larry Payne, founder of Prime of Life Yoga and co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, discusses how our needs change as we get older and the importance of finding a class or a teacher that’s a good fit. He offers simple advice (“If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it!”) and shares his opinion on the key to staying passionate about life.

more about Larry’s work here

Larry Payne W.O.W. Chat HERE

Time: 2:10




When “More” is Too Much and the Problem of Professional Burnout

Heartfelt and relatable.


Author and professor, Dr. Staffan Elgelid, offers a different perspective on Dr. Larry Payne’s urge to keep learning. He talks about the epidemic of ‘doing too much’ and professional burnout—an increasing trend among friends and fellow colleagues, and Shelly opens up about her own addiction to ‘chasing knowledge.’ Hear Staffan’s compassionate yet powerful words on the topic.

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Staffan Elgelid W.O.W. Chat HERE

Time: 7:41



The Meaning of Life: How (and Why) to Stop Seeking

Powerful and inspiring.

Marlysa Sullivan is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and associate professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She explores the philosophical angle of “the meaning of life,” but not without offering ways that we can work with these concepts in our yoga practice. How do we “allow meaning to arrive naturally in our circumstances,” versus seeking out meaning based on our accomplishments.


more about Marlysa’s work:

Marlysa Sullivan W.O.W. Chat HERE

Time: 5:24


Check out Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4 compilations for more insightful and fun W.O.W. Chats!!