Do you come from a family that always self-criticizes and compares their bodies? How can yoga bring about an energetic shift? What significance does your imagination have in helping you empathize with yourself? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks about The Heart, Mind, and Body Connection with Hema Vyas.


Hema Vyas is a renowned speaker on heart wisdom, human consciousness, spirituality, health, energy medicine, and Ayurveda, a healthy lifestyle system. For almost thirty years she has been practicing as a psychologist and life leadership mentor. Clients credit Hema with providing needle-turning solutions to the previously unsolvable and sometimes invisible problems they face. Hema works with individuals, corporates, start-ups, and diverse global audiences to bring about an alignment in heart, mind, and body intelligence for optimal creativity, critical thinking, and cohesion. Visit Hema's Website. Book a complimentary 20-minute Discovery call and explore how you can bridge the gap between where you are and your most expansive potential for your startup, team, organization or for yourself. Book Hema as an Inspirational Speaker or for Leadership Development programs. Connect with Hema on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook


  • Breaking generational patterns
  • Connecting to your heart through meditation
  • Reconnect to your child

Breaking generational patterns

If you come from a family where people constantly criticize themselves or others, that self-dislike mentality can be taught from generation to generation. The first step to stopping these patterns and changing the narrative is to: 1 – Realize that not all these thoughts are your own.
[You] may have adopted them and [you] may have taken them on board and [you] may have accepted them, but they are not all [your] thoughts, so disengage … from those thoughts. (Hema Vyas)
2 – Clear the energy around you. Try:
  • Yoga: helps you connect to your body
  • Meditation: calms your mind and allows you to distinguish between your thoughts
  • Deep breathing: calms your nervous system
These things can help you to change the energy and help you to shift yourself out of an energetic environment that is negatively triggering you or keeping you stuck in unhelpful thought patterns.

Connecting to your heart through meditation

When we use a combination of imagination and what we already know and you bring it together because meditation doesn’t have to be silent. It can definitely be a very powerfully vivid and … active experience … it can [help you] really focus on how you want to feel … using your imagination to create that sensation of feeling what you’re feeling will absolutely drop you into your heart. (Hema Vyas)
Meditation helps you to bring the left and right brain hemispheres together; marrying the logical brain with the imagination and creative brain. This helps you see the fuller picture of how you think you feel alongside how you feel, and what it looks like in your mind and heart. Using the imagination to visualize how you are feeling is a golden key to getting close to your heart, and helping you feel empathetic and connected with yourself.
Unhappiness doesn’t come from those external things. Unhappiness comes from our story around it, our narrative around it, and we can change that. (Hema Vyas)
Mediation and imagination help people to expand their awareness, and in the meditative space, people can ask important questions to get closer to the root cause of their struggles. Use this ability to your advantage. Meditation can be:
  • Walking in nature
  • Stroking your pet
  • Doing the dishes
Because mediation is switching off some of the constant chatter and coming to stillness and quietness in the present moment. Anything you genuinely love to do is mediation.

Reconnect to your child

Be childlike, not childish. Find and relish simple joy, take pleasure in the small beauties of life and see them as grand, and marvel at them. Wear your favorite clothes because why would you wear anything else? Be outside, sit in the sun, run through the puddles, laugh at life, and let go of some of the seriousness. Adults would do well to remember that they were once children, and remember that sometimes one of the wisest stances you can take in moments in life is to, for a moment, be a child again.



I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!


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