Episode 41: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things >> Guinea Pigging Green

Hi beautiful people!

Sorry for the mini hiatus of the show! I’ve left Korea and am currently travelling around Southeast Asia so it’s taken me a little while to find my rhythm again. But thanks for sticking with us and listening to the show today. It’s the first episode of the Guinea Pigging Green book club and we’re talking about a book that’s had a big impact on both of us, Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. You can find the show right here or by subscribing to us on iTunes

For anyone who doesn’t know, this book is a curated collection of advice columns – the letters and responses – from the Dear Sugar feature on The Rumpus that was written by Cheryl Strayed.

On the show we talk about lots of things, including:

  • the reasons we think this book is so beautiful and so meaningful
  • why the idea of the ghost ship that doesn’t carry us is so helpful
  • some of our very favourite quotes and concepts from the book, including ideas about real love, carrying the water yourself, and advice for recent graduates
  • the awesome, fabulous new podcast Dear Sugar Radio hosted by Cheryl Strayed and the original Dear Sugar, Steve Almond

If you’ve read the book, let us know what your favourite moments from it were in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram. Thanks for listening!


Episode 40: Hot Yoga 101

Hot Yoga 101 >> Guinea Pigging Green

Hey lovely people!

Thanks for tuning into the podcast today. We’ve got a great episode for anyone who’s always been intrigued by the idea of hot yoga but a little intimidated at the same time! You can stream it here or of course subscribe to us on iTunes.

This was a fun episode for us to record, because hot yoga is close to both of our hearts. That said, we had very different experiences falling in love with it. For Laura, it was love at first sweat, but I personally had a harder time adjusting. The heat is intense!

In the show, we talk about several different aspects of hot yoga, including:

  • our experiences falling in love with hot yoga at Power Yoga Canada
  • the intensity of the heat at the Yoga Lounge where Laura now teaches!
  • how to prepare for a hot yoga class
  • what to bring to the class
  • the fine line between listening to your body and pushing yourself to sit with it
  • some of the reasons why we actually prefer hot yoga to non-heated yoga

And lots more! Once again, find us here or on iTunes. Tell us what you think of the show in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram!

Thanks, as always, for listening. You’re a friend of ours.

Lots of love,


QOTW: Who Told You?

Melody Beattie Quote >> Guinea Pigging Green

When I was in yoga teacher training, we passed around Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie, under the common belief that this was a magic book.

No matter who held it, and no matter which page was randomly flipped to, Melody’s words always seemed to be exactly what the reader needed to hear.

My copy is bookmarked and slightly water-damaged. I keep it in my little meditation nook, reading it when I’m too sleepy to meditate, or when I’m feeling particularly in need of some advice.

This quote gets me. It gets me because I lived a large part of my life wondering what right I had to shine. At the end of the day, I have always been responsible for the intangible limits I’ve placed on my career, my relationships, and myself.

It’s strange to challenge myself to see how much further I could go if I really didn’t hold back. My first 23 years have been pretty sweet, so it’s rather exciting to think about yet another level of possibility.

Now is a time of light. It’s time for us to shine. 

Damn, Melody. Damn.

— Laura