S3, E3 – What a Small Town Yoga Studio is Doing to Improve Well-Being in Forgottonia – Interview with Lyndsey Larson, Manager of The Breathing Tree

On this edition of the Forgottonia podcast we’re sharing a conversation about mental health in rural America with our friend Lyndsey Larson, the manager of a local yoga studio in Canton, IL called “The Breathing Tree.” Lyndsey is also a native and recent returnee to Canton, IL where she lives with her husband and their surprise triplets!  

Lyndsey shared with us what The Breathing Tree is doing to make the practice of Yoga more available to folks living in rural communities. She also provides insight into the unique challenges of providing mental health resources to rural Americans.

Finally, we ask Lyndsey about her participation in the “Comeback Canton” video she helped produce as part of HGTV’s Home Town Takeover contest. Although Canton, IL unfortunately did not win, she shares how the experience united those who are passionate about making the community a better place.

Let us know what you think or if you have any questions for Lyndsey (see the resources below).

LINK #1 – Comeback Canton, IL HGTV Video

LINK #2 – The Breathing Tree

LINK #3 – Ted Ed: What yoga does to your body and brain – Krishna Sudhir

*Check out these past resources from the Forgottonia Project about rural health and well-being.

LINK #4 – Season 3, Episode 2 – Understanding the Rural Opioid Epidemic – Interview with Sue Tisdale, Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator

LINK #5 – S3 – Blog 01: Sociology and Self Care

LINK #6 – S1 – Episode 13: Media and Children’s Well-Being – How is Screen Time Impacting Our Kids?

LINK #7 – S1 – Episode 04: Well-Being: Are We Happier in a Small Town?

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