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117 Sara Lyon on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

SARA LYON: Helping Your Partner Help You & What To Expect the Second Time Around (The Birthing Series)

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If you hope to be pregnant some day, we understand your anticipation and anxiety. If you’re pregnant right now, we get that you’re nervous, excited, and just want to feel prepared. If you’ve lost your little one, we feel your pain which never goes away and want to help heal your broken heart, and if you were neglected, we want to take up for your cause. This is “The Birthing Series” on That’s Total Mom Sense where I’ll be speaking with experts on labor and delivery, loss, and advocacy.

Today’s guest is Sara Lyon.

Sara Lyon is a renowned birthing expert, doula, founder of Glow Birth & Body, a prenatal and postpartum massage therapy practice serving Oakland and Chicago Glow® which has supported more than 10,000 families since its founding in 2010, author of The Birth Deck and You’ve Got This: Your Guide to Getting Comfortable with Labor. Upbeat, quick-witted and empathetic, Sara delights and entertains as she educates.

Sara is a Licensed Massage Therapist in New York State and holds Diplomas of Remedial Massage Therapy (2005) and Oriental Therapies in Australia (2006), where she graduated from Endeavour College and Shiatsu Australia. As a proud Wolverine, Sara achieved a BA in medical sociology from the University of Michigan (2004) with focused research in women’s health and integrative medicine. Sara is a wife and mother of two and her family split their time between bustling New York City and the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

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116 Bhavna Shyamalan on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

BHAVNA SHYAMALAN: Trusting Your Sixth Sense and Helping Humanity

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We all know and love M. Night Shyamalan as a world renowned director, producer and actor who was labeled “the next Spielberg” by Newsweek in 2002. His films have grossed over $3 billion globally with cult classics like The Sixth Sense which received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Signs, The Last Airbender, and The Unbreakable Series.

We may also be fans of Saleka, his daughter who is a singer songwriter and wrote an original song for his recent release, Old, with a voice smooth as silk reminiscent of old school R&B.

But today, I’m honored to interview M. Night’s wife, Bhavna Vaswani Shyamalan, who is the silent strength of the family and is the glue who is keeping it all together.

For more than 15 years, Bhavna Shyamalan, PhD, has served in her role as co-founder and vice-president of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. The foundation focuses on discovering and supporting grassroots leaders around the world who are moving depressed communities out of poverty and oppression. These global leaders are empowering their communities by supporting social justice, equality, and access to basic needs such as food, water, and education.

A deep belief in human-dignity and freedom as a birthright, as well as in our joint responsibility to become participants in the fight for social equity and justice, have been Dr. Shyamalan’s driving force in creating and steering the efforts of the foundation. With an international upbringing and global perspective, Dr. Shyamalan has developed a keen awareness of the power of poverty to determine the life course of individuals, families, and communities by severely limiting opportunity and choice. The foundation leaders work to eliminate those barriers. More recently, Dr. Shyamalan has focused her foundation on helping the most disenfranchised communities; the forgotten and “disposable’ people entrapped and exploited by modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Although born in India, Bhavna was raised in Hong Kong before her family moved to the U.S. An immigrant herself, Dr. Shyamalan is keenly aware of the challenges posed to immigrants in any new country. Having travelled widely, however, her exposure to different people and cultures has not only reinforced her belief in the gift diversity brings, but also deepened her commitment to valuing each individual life.

Dr. Shyamalan oversees the foundation’s international grants, the implementation of its vision and mission, strategic growth, fundraising, and overall operations.
Additionally, DR. B (as she is known in the fitness world) is co-owner at Vibe Vault Fit, a boutique fitness & wellness studio in PA, and has been teaching Dance Fitness classes since 2011.

Dr.B’s believes working out can be inspired, and should address health and fitness in all aspects, including body, mind, spirit. In addition to teaching dance fitness classes, Dr. B also manages the “mind” and “spirit” side of Vibe Vault Fit, running workshops, and talking about how to uplift our lives through the Vibe Vault Fit podcasts and blogs. Her vision for Vibe Vault Fit is to promote a warm community, that will walk together toward a healthier, more fulfilling, and extraordinary life. Dr. B sees wellness, like happiness, as a mindset. Her goal is to help you make your own wellness a priority and claim the life that is waiting for you.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Shyamalan worked as a therapist in the counseling centers of Swarthmore College and St. Joseph’s University. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and her B.A. in psychology from New York University.

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116 Shannon Lee on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

SHANNON LEE: Leading A Legacy

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Martial arts is a metaphor for life. Did you ever think about that? It requires a fine balance of the body, mind, and spirit – a keen understanding of people and their intentions, skill, flexibility, wisdom, focus, anticipation, practice, and after you are hit to the ground with this challenge or that level of adversity, you muster up the courage and willpower to stand up and fight again. That is what living is all about.

Today, I am joined by a woman who lives by this philosophy more than anyone I know. She is Shannon Emery Lee.

She’s famously known as Bruce Lee’s daughter but she is SO much more than that and is carving her path and place in this world in such an authentic way. Across the globe, billions revere her father who made his mark as an incredibly talented martial artist, filmmaker, actor, and philosopher. But to her, he was simply Dad. To say she had big shoes to fill is an understatement, and to think her father’s shoes were never worn again when he died at the age of 32 and little Shannon was just 4 years old.

Shannon has been a keen martial artist throughout life in her own way. She’s also an American singer, actress, producer and entrepreneur. After her father’s death, her mother Linda Lee Cadwell left Hong Kong and raised her in California along with her brother Brandon Lee, who also died far too young during an accident while shooting for a film.

People tried to tell her that acting was not good for the family but Shannon decided to maintain the legacy of her father and learned martial arts from his students. She then made her debut into film and TV with movies like Enter the Eagles and Martial Law. She endeavours to preserve and promote her father’s legacy as the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation and Bruce Lee Enterprises.

Her book Be Water, My Friend pays homage to her father’s life and teachings, and her most important role is being a dedicated mother to her daughter Wren.

Welcome to the show, Shannon!

Let’s bow in ceremoniously to this interview so that we are both aware and present.

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115 Eram Siddiqui on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta.jpg

ERAM SIDDIQUI: Embracing Her Roots and Paying it Forward

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As you all know, I am an organization aficionado. I am a minimalist and believe in buying things of good quality and store them in a way that’s functional and aesthetic.

That’s why I am LOVING the brand Hudson+Bleecker. They provide storage solutions for your daily needs from cosmetic bags to suitcase storage to garment bags. I became fast friends with the founder Eram Siddiqui and am excited to have her on this IG PODCAST LIVE today.

Eram Siddiqui brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience as Founder and CEO of Hudson+Bleecker, the premier travel and lifestyle accessories brand focused on thoughtfully designed and functional accessories for women on-the-go. Launched in 2011, Hudson+Bleecker is one of the fastest growing travel accessories brands for women in the country, with over 500 global retailers including Nordstrom and REVOLVE. Hudson+Bleecker has also been featured on QVC, Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Today Show, Newsweek and has a following of notable beauty, travel and style influencers.

Eram started her career in Public Policy advising two female United States Senators on banking, finance and international trade and then moved on to providing legislative guidance to financial institutions. She loves to travel, hike, cook and spend time with her family as well as support not-for-profit and philanthropic causes. Eram is a Board Member of the Sundara Fund, is Founding Member of Imapct100NYC and supports The Floating Hospital with annual donations of hygiene kits to survivors of domestic violence and women living in NYC shelters. Eram received her B.A. at the University of California, Irvine in Political Science and International Studies. She lives in NYC with her husband, Anees (pronounced Uh-nees), her son Raif (pronounced Rayf) and daughter, Inara (In-ara)

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Milestones with Nanit - Meet Sarah Dorsett

Milestones with Nanit: Meet Sarah Dorsett

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Milestones with Nanit

Milestones with Nanit is a special podcast and video series on “That’s Total Mom Sense” sponsored by Nanit, a family tech company that specializes in smart baby monitors and sleepwear. CEO, Sarah Dorsett and I talk about her journey as an executive in leadership, as a mother, and we hear from the Nanit team and community. Parenting is tough, especially in the early years when you’re getting the hang of things. We are here to support you through the growing pains and to celebrate your babies’ milestones along the way.

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113 Avani Patel on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta.jpg

AVANI PATEL: Advocating for Black Women + WOC Through Media

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Avani Patel is the Chief Operating Officer at ESSENCE. In this role, she leads the Technology, Finance, and Human Resources functions. A veteran of the technology & business consulting industry, her career spans product launch, management/operations and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. She intends on fulfilling ESSENCE’s mission of serving Black Women deeply by a continued focus on the company’s digital landscape and business growth. Patel previously led technology at Sundial Brands/Unilever, as well as professional services at Verizon/Totality Corp.

Avani is also a PMP (Project Management Professional) and Six Sigma Black Belt. She recently completed the Women in Leadership Program at Oxford University. A true Jersey Girl by heart, Avani was born and raised in Sayreville, NJ and went on to attend Rutgers University.

Avani is an award-winning Indian folk-dance choreographer and former television host for a South Asian network. Coming from a large family, Patel learned to be organized and vocal from a young age; these are the skills that became the greatest asset to the launch of her career. She continues to lean on the skills and values inherited from her Gujarati family to help guide her, both personally and professionally. When not strategizing for ESSENCE, Avani travels the world with her children, Lucas, 15 & Lara, 14 with the hope that they will, one day, become model global citizens.

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112 Ian Kerner, Ph.d. on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

IAN KERNER: How to Have Your Best Sex Life

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Isn’t it ironic and kind of sad that having kids can wreak havoc on a marriage and your sex life? Today, get ready to get your mojo back and rekindle the spark with your spouse thanks to renowned licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized sex counselor Ian Kerner.

Ian Kerner, who is a PhD and LMFT specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and working with individuals on a range of relational issues that often lead to distress.

Ian is regularly quoted as an expert in across all media outlets. He’s a regular on the Today Show and in CNN HealthThe Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist and NPR. He gives lectures on sex and relationships, with recent presentations at NYU, Yale, Princeton, the Ackerman Institute and TED 2021. Ian is the New York Times best-selling author of She Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into over a dozen languages.

His new book, So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex was recently published by Hachette. Ian lives in New York with his wife, two sons and two dogs. He maintains a private practice in NYC dedicated to honoring the centrality of sexuality in his patients’ lives.

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Nandana Dev Sen on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

NANDANA DEV SEN: Poetry, Power, and Parenting

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Today’s show delves deep into motherhood, how it’s intergenerational and we are birthed from the mothers before us. Their love, their thoughts, their dreams live on in us. I am thrilled to have Nandana Dev Sen on my show.

Nandana Dev Sen is an award-winning actor, writer, and child-rights activist. Daughter of the world renowned economist and philosopher Amartya Sen and the famous Indian poet, author, and academic Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Nandana was destined to pursue a career in the arts. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University (where she won the John Harvard Scholarship and Elizabeth Agassiz Prize each year) and studying filmmaking at the USC School of Cinema-Television, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a script doctor, a poetry translator, a short film maker, and just for fun, as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland.

Nandana grew up in India, England, and America, and has acted in over 20 feature films from all three continents (and in multiple languages). She is the Ambassador for Child Protection for Save the Children India. Nandana has worked closely with children and grown-ups at UNICEF, RAHI (India’s first organization for survivors of child sexual abuse), Apne Aap (ends sex-trafficking by providing education and preventing intergenerational prostitution), and Operation Smile (transforms lives of children with cranio-facial deformities), as an Ambassador and advocate for child protection. In 2019, Nandana was awarded the Last Girl Champion Award for her campaign against human trafficking and child abuse, and her tireless fight to empower marginalized girl children.

Nandana is the author of six children’s books, In My Heart (Penguin Random House, 2019), The Monkey Who Wanted to Fly (Italian: La scimmietta che voleva volare, Fetrinelli Kids, 2018), Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm (Penguin Random House, 2017), Not Yet! (Tulika Books, 2017), Kangaroo Kisses (Otter-Barry Books, 2016), and Mambi and the Forest Fire (Puffin, 2016), as well as Youthquake, a fiction series for young adults (published in The Wire, The Telegraph, and Youth Ki Awaaz). Nandana‘s first book Kangaroo Kisses was selected by 320+ UK nurseries as a “Book of Excellence”, and her interactive workshops have been loved by more than 30,000 young people, in person, across the world. She frequently writes for newspapers and journals, and has edited and co-authored a bilingual book of her translations of her mother Nabaneeta Dev Sen’s Bengali poetry, Make Up Your Mind. Her latest book, Acrobat, is a collection of her mother’s poems translated from Bengali by Nandana and is published by Archipelago Books.

Nandana lives with her husband John Makinson and daughter Meghla with homes in New York, London, and Kolkata. She loves to eat, bike, rhyme, dance, and argue.

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Brooklyn Book Festival
DATE: September 27, 2021
TIME: 7 pm
VENUE: South Street Seaport, 4 Fulton Street, NY 10038
DETAILS: Come hear Nandana speak and read her poetry at the Brooklyn Book Festival, which is New York City’s largest free literary festival, happens over 8 days, and has the credo “hip, smart and diverse.”

Nandana’s event, called “Private and Public Lives in Poetry,” is planned in-person as of now, and will be hosted by Mcnally Jackson Books. For updates, please visit brooklynbookfestival.org and www.mcnallyjackson.com.

Acrobat Book Launch in London, UK
DATE: September 30, 2021
TIME: 5 pm GMT (1 pm EST, 9:30 pm IST; virtual event).
VENUE: Virtual. You can watch it live on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the YouTube Channel for the Nehru Centre London.
DETAILS: Nandana will be in conversation with the celebrated poet Bhanu Kapil, who in 2021 was awarded the prestigious T.S Eliot Poetry Prize for her book, How to Wash a Heart. For updates, please visit www.nehru-centre.org.

Meet & Greet in NYC
DATE: October 9, 2021
TIME: 4 – 5 pm
VENUE: WordUp Bookstore, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10032
DETAILS: Come see Nandana in person at the legendary Word Up bookstore in New York City, for an interactive reading and book signing of AcrobatYou can learn more at: www.wordupbooks.com.

Dr. Alpa Patel on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

DR. ALPA PATEL: Clean Beauty That Heals Your Skin From the Inside Out

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Dr. Alpa Patel is a pediatrician, who has retired from clinical practice, a biochemist, mother of 2, and now, CEO & CoFounder of Luvanya. After completing her Bachelors in Biochemistry, Alpa worked as a biochemist for a short time, learning to identify and separate chemicals in pharmaceutical waste for recycling, before going on to medical school and a pediatric residency. She and her husband, an Internal Medicine physician, settled in CT after marriage and started their family medical practice together. Unfortunately, during the 15 years she spent growing her medical practice and raising her two children, Alpa also dealt with rare, chronic medical conditions. After suffering for years with severe health issues, chronic illnesses, surgeries, and treatments, she was forced to close her pediatric practice over 4 years ago and move her family across the country.

Once she realized that the treatments were doing more harm than good, and were also damaging her skin, she turned to researching botanicals, natural oils and ayurvedic ingredients to treat herself. By adopting a holistic lifestyle, using meditation, and nutrition Dr. Alpa regained the strength she needed. She used ayurvedic and plant based ingredients in both topical form to rejuvenate skin, as well as in homemade juices, to revive her health at the cellular level. By utilizing her biochemistry background, not only was she able to turn her skin back to life, but she was also able to formulate simple, safe skincare solutions for all of her family. That’s when she knew she had something to share with the world, and there came the birth of Luvanya, a 100% clean, vegan, non – toxic skincare brand, made for the health of your skin, which combines Science with Nature for the most visible and effective results! Other than her efforts with Luvanya, Dr Alpa enjoys painting, meditating, spending time with family and spending time in nature.

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109 Prerna Gupta on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

PRERNA GUPTA: Getting Hooked — When A.I. Meets Storytelling

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In the digital age, we have the ability to create and consume content, namely stories be it fiction or nonfiction, around the clock at our fingertips and since this way of life is all that Gen Z has ever known, it’s important to understand what sticks. What do teens enjoy as a pastime? How do they communicate? What resonates most?

One such app which is revolutionizing the art of storytelling is Hooked and the mastermind behind it is Prerna Gupta.

Prerna Gupta is a female founder who has launched entertainment apps reaching over a billion people. She is currently Founder & CEO of Hooked, a storytelling platform reaching 100 million Gen Z viewers worldwide. Hooked has been the #1 app on the App Store and Google Play in 25 countries and has won numerous design awards for its innovative chat fiction format. You can read more about what led Prerna to found a storytelling startup in this article she wrote for Vogue.

Hooked investors include Sound Ventures (Ashton Kutcher), The Chernin Group, WME/Endeavor, MACRO (Charles King), Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Joe Montana, Anjula Acharia, Aasif Mandvi, Cyan Banister, Eric Ries, Cowboy Ventures, Founders Fund, SV Angel and Greylock, among many others.

Prerna has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company, and her writing has been featured in New York Times, Vogue, Forbes and TechCrunch, among others. Prerna graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University.

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