Taucha Post: Yoga & Post It® Notes [Top 10 Replay with Bonus Update]Sep 04, 2023
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Welcome back to my special Top 10 Replay series, where I’m re-releasing 10 interviews that really stood out to me and have stayed with me in some particular way — either because of the topic, or the conversation, or the feedback I received from listeners. I’ve chosen 10 episodes that I feel deserve a replay — so hopefully if you missed this one the first time around you’ll get a chance to hear it, or if you listened to it when it originally aired, I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it again.
This week I’m re-releasing my interview with Taucha Post, which originally aired as Episode 18 in March of 2021.
I reached out to Taucha because she was on Instagram as @adhd.yoga and I wanted to talk about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness when you have ADHD — and we do talk a lot about that — but what really stayed with me after this conversation was her vulnerability as we talked about school and work and difficulties balancing multiple tasks and the different ways that has affected us in our lives. Taucha is so delightful — I instantly fell in love with her and I know you will, too.
Make sure to stick around because the end of the episode, I check back in with Taucha to get an update on her life since the original interview. Not only is Taucha a mom now, she and her husband bought a house, and she is a newly-certified ADHD coach. We talk about her decision to go into ADHD coaching and her plans for the future! I’m so excited for Taucha’s new path and for all of her future clients — she’s a real gem!
Taucha Post 0:00
Because pre diagnosis, I had no other explanation as to why it was late all the time. I started internalizing that I started thinking like, maybe I just don't care about anybody, like, and I've hurt, you know, like, people would say that to me, you don't care about anybody, but you. And I would feel like deep down. That's not true. Cuz I hate being late and I was embarrassed by being late. And I was ashamed when I was late. But, I mean, if I really cared, wouldn't I be there on time? It's not that hard. So I heard
Katy Weber 0:33
Hello, and welcome to the women and ADHD podcast. I'm your host, Katy Weber. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 45. And it completely turned my world upside down. I've been looking back at so much of my life, school, jobs, my relationships, all of it with this new lens, and it has been nothing short of overwhelming. I quickly discovered I was not the only woman to have this experience. And now I interview other women who like me discovered in adulthood, they have ADHD, and are finally feeling like they understand who they are and how to best lean into their strengths, both professionally and personally. Welcome to week three of my special top 10 Replace series where I'm re releasing 10 interviews that really have stood out to me and have stayed with me in some particular way since this podcast began. Usually it's because of the topic or the conversation we had or some of the feedback I received from listeners at the time. And even though every single one of the 150 interviews I've aired so far hold a special place in my heart. I've chosen these 10 episodes that I feel deserve a replay in the hopes that if you miss this one the first time around, you'll get a chance to hear it with my endorsement. And if you did listen to it when it originally aired, hopefully you will enjoy listening to it again along with the recap. So this week, I'm re releasing my interview with Tasha post it originally aired as episode 18. In March of 2021. I reached out to Tasha because she was on Instagram as ADHD yoga. I immediately fell in love with her content. And I wanted to talk to her about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness when you have ADHD. And we do talk a lot about that. But what really stayed with me after this conversation was touch his personality. Her vulnerability, especially as we talked about school and work and the difficulties we had balancing multiple tasks and how that has affected our lives in different ways. Tasha is so delightful. I am one of her biggest fans, and I'm sure you will be too after you hear this episode. And make sure to stick around because at the end of the episode, I check back in with Tasha to get an update on her life since the original interview. Not only is she a mom now she and her husband also bought a house and she is a newly certified ADHD coach. So we talk all about her decision to go into ADHD coaching and her plans for the future. I am so excited for Tasha his new path and I'm so excited for her future clients because she is a real gem. Okay, without further ado, here is episode eight teen with Tasha post. Tasha is a certified yoga teacher and registered speech therapist. She teaches yoga to empower fellow ADHD ears through breath movement, and the occasional F bomb. Tasha was diagnosed around three years ago at the age of 31. After listening to an episode about ADHD symptoms in women on the current on CBC Radio, since then, she has spent a lot of time figuring out what that means to her. Now because we both love yoga, and we're both instructors, we do spend a lot of time talking about yoga and geeking out over the ancient philosophies behind the practice and why they are so beneficial to ADHD brains, I think you'll really find the conversation interesting. I know I did a beyond yoga, we also dissect the differences between your public persona and your private persona. When you have ADHD and just the sheer exhaustion of keeping up appearances of normalcy and competence. When deep down you feel like a hot mess and a terrible person. I really love Tasha, his perspective on all of this. She has a great story. You're gonna love this episode. So without further ado, enjoy. So I have, gosh, where do I want to start? Because I feel like I have so many different questions for you. But I will start with what how I usually start with guests, which is asking you about your own personal diagnosis. You were diagnosed three years ago, right?
Taucha Post 4:41
Yeah, somewhere on that. I'm 35 now Yeah, so a little like three and a half years ago. Yep.
Katy Weber 4:46
Okay. And kind of what led up to you thinking you had ADHD and what led up to the diagnosis itself.
Taucha Post 4:55
So for like, pretty much my entire childhood. I I felt a little off. Like I felt like things were like different for me than for other people. But I could never pinpoint it. But I just had like my whole childhood thinking like, everything's harder because like, I did not do well in school for such a long time. And I didn't start doing well in school until pretty much gave up any other facet of a whole complete life like friend, you know, all I did was study that is all I did. And that's the only time I started doing well in school. And I couldn't really like, like watching my peers, like, be able to balance like having friends having a social life, and doing well in school just baffled me, I did not get it. Like it was like this huge mystery. And I had no idea what could possibly be wrong. But I just had like this, this vague feeling of different Enos. And then I started, you know, I went through university and grad school and started working. And I guess the only way I could make sense of like my life because I, I always felt dumb, but I had good grades. The only way I could make fun of making sense of it and reconcile with it was that I was just a dumb person who worked really hard. Like I thought I overcame my stupidity by by working hard, like, that's the only way I couldn't make sense of like the patterns I had seen. So I went to work. It was tough, really hard to keep up, really the boring admin stuff, like scheduling my appointments with my clients, getting to those appointments on time, keeping up with my notes, all the boring stuff was really, really hard. And again, nobody else seemed to have that much difficulty with it. And I thought initially, it was just that I was a new clinician, but then the clinical stuff got easy, like seeing the clients preparing for appointments and you know, getting good conclusions, blah, blah, blah, and good recommendations. But all the admin stuff stayed hard. And I had an assistant who worked with me, her name was Sarah, and she's a very, very good friend of mine. And she had worked with other speech therapists before me and had made comments to me about weird things that I did that she'd never seen anybody else do. And so it kind of put back on my radar that Yeah, okay. Like I'm, I'm not really quite normal. Like, there's still I got back to like that I'm, something's different about me, but I don't know what feeling. And then, you know, CBC Radio, of course, because you're Canadian. And we had a, there was a show the current playing this one day on my way to work on their interviewing there. It was just an episode on women and ADHD, and about why women with ADHD get diagnosed later. And usually what circumstances are usually diagnosed in, which is usually that their son is going through the process getting diagnosed, and they're like, oh, this sounds like me. And so I was listening to this episode. And I was like, Oh, my God, this woman sounds exactly like me. Like she was a journalist. She had a good career, she'd always done well on work, but always felt like she kind of had to hide like her struggles. And she just kind of described like, what goes on in her head and all this kind of stuff. And then I was like, This sounds like me, this is crazy. This, I had never ever considered ADHD. Before that point, I just had like this different this feeling. So ADHD was the first time that I came across, in my mind, but I thought that maybe I was just making it up in my head for like an excuse. Like, I just wanted a reason, like a way to explain why stuff was hard, or why I'm lazy or why I'm stupid. Like, I just wanted something outside of me to make sense of it. But then I was going to an appointment with my colleague, Sarah, the my assistant. And she's like, Hey, did you listen to the current yesterday? And I was like, yeah, and she's like, sounded a lot like you. And I was like, fuck. Totally, right. That was so that was like, such a liberating feeling. Because like, it was, I like I was like, it felt really nice to have somebody who has like No, no agenda, no other reason to look for an explanation other than she observed, objectively observe my behavior. And notice the similarities between somebody else with a diagnosed problem. You know, like, I wasn't making this up. It wasn't a scapegoat. I wasn't looking for excuses. This is somebody else who has no, no reason, no agenda behind just telling me what she thought. And that was really, really nice to hear.
Katy Weber 9:25
I think the nice thing about that, too, is the fact that we so often get met with like, well, everybody does that, or you know, as tau so relatable. So here's somebody who was close to you who didn't say, Well, I related to that she thought of you.
Taucha Post 9:38
Yeah, yeah, she wasn't just like, Oh, yeah. Isn't I like I feel like that sometimes. Like she was like, That was you that was you. Like, yeah, but even so, even after that, I think it took me like, another three or four years before I actually got diagnosed. Because I think I think I was again so I did start looking into it a little bit more like Eventually, I like read a book. And I listened to some podcasts. And I was like, Yeah, this really does sound like me. But then I go through phases where I was like, I'd have like a good couple of weeks, then I would like, think like, oh, those past couple of weeks were just because I was having a hard time or because I was going through this point of transition, or because I got a new caseload. And it was just more on my plate or whatever. Like, I could rationalize away things being hard before when I was doing well. And then when I was doing bad, I had no energy to do anything about it. And I didn't know where to even begin finding professionals to get me a diagnosis I like everything about it sounded so tough, like, like having like, just like so many steps. Finding the clinicians getting the money to pay the clinicians filling out the paperwork, being on the waitlist, following through with whatever appointments they forced me to go to, because you don't really have a choice, when you see a specialist, you just need to work around whenever they say they're going to see you. And all of that was just, it's just seemed like too much. But I was getting to a point with my work where I was just not functioning anymore. Like I just like, even my like, I couldn't hide it anymore. Like before, I could always kind of like keep it under wraps. I had this like facade of confidence, this facade of capability. And underneath, I was just like, weeping, I was just a mess. Like I was just like, had this constant state of like, low grade nausea. This constant fear of being found out like I would get like, like, my boss was the kindest person ever. But if he like asked to see me in his office, I'm like, I'm done. I've been found out better pack up my desk, this is the end. And it was just like this constant state of fear. And it got to the point where my colleagues were asking me if I was okay. They're like, noticing you've been really bad lately, like, I'd be crying at my desk. Because I'd be overwhelmed from the number of notes I needed to write, like, couldn't find in my schedule a time where I could sit down and write them. Or I'd have to like, clear my schedule, not book any appointments and be like, today's the day I catch up on notes, and then get distracted by like my filing cabinet for the entire day. Like that's the important thing to do. Like, what the hell am I doing and just beat myself up at the end of the day, because the thing I had planned to do that was causing all this stress, I still couldn't make myself do it, it was just just wearing away at me. There were like points where my husband would he wasn't my husband at the time, my fiance would be really worried about makes him and I work together. And he's like, you can't go to work today, you're a mess, you need to just rest. So I'm like, This is bad. There's a lot of people who are seriously worried about me, I should probably get some help now. Like really fast. And thankfully, I had had a I had a friend who was an occupational therapist, who also thought she had ADHD. So she had been like looking around for resources. And she found this pilot project in North van, of an adult ADHD clinic. And it was paid for. It was like already, it was funded by public health. And it just had a waitlist of like two months. And I'm like, Alright, this is my chance. This is that was the only one in Canada. And it just happened to be where I lived. And I'm like, if there was ever a time where I'm actually worried, like, enough of the steps had been minimized that I can do this. It's right now. So yeah, I got my diagnosis. And the rest was history. No, it was a big process.
Katy Weber 13:41
But it feels like there's so much serendipity in that whole process for you. Because like, you know, when you get to that point where you're like, people are worried about me, I need some I need to do something I need to take action. I can't stay where I think that's where like 99% of us get misdiagnosed with depression and anxiety and what are they on that route? And so I you know, I think I've been thinking so much about my own history with depression and anxiety, my own history with medication, and how much of that, you know, they talk about it, like it's a comorbidity, but it's more than that, like it's, it's, it's like the accumulation Exactly. Like you can't have one without the other. So much of it comes back to being unlike not being diagnosed. And like, you know, I've I've so often said, like, I feel like the diagnosis is the treatment for a lot of us. Yeah, in that and not to undermine medication and all of the other ways in which we really need to structure our lives around this diagnosis. And, but I feel like so much of the healing just comes from the knowledge of that diagnosis itself.
Taucha Post 14:44
Totally. Yeah, you're totally right. Actually, I never really thought I think the thing is, is I still owe a lot to that episode of the current where they talked about ADHD because that's what put it on my radar like if I had because I would have gotten to that point of like, falling apart whether I knew about that or not, but because ADHD was already on my radar, I was waiting to get a diagnosis for ADHD. I had been researching ADHD and I knew it fit me. And if I hadn't done that, I would have just gone to a psychologist or psychiatrist and gotten a diagnosis of anxiety or depression. And that would have been the end. And I'd still wonder why the heck, everything's so hard. You know, like, I've got all my answers. I have depression, I have my meds. Why is this still hard? X because I would have had just one piece,
Katy Weber 15:34
I think there was probably a subconscious part of you when you heard that, that episode, that like realize that this is what you needed to do. It's like you saw subconsciously you saw the solution. And that's when it started to everything started to break down because you weren't taking Yeah, sure. You know what I mean? Yeah.
Taucha Post 15:49
Isn't the body funny like that, like that, Oh, my God, it's so funny. Because it's like, oh, you're not going to take care of yourself, you're not going to slow down, I'm going to make you, you know, I will make you so we're breaking down now. And I will not be repaired until you get the right help. And I'm gonna sit here until you figure this out.
Katy Weber 16:11
So much. So much of the work I do too, is in the is in the gut. And you know, following the gut, and I work a lot with like preteen girls, or at least I did before that I haven't done anything since the pandemic, but I was working with preteen girls about, like the importance of that, that other brain, you know that there's a brain down here. And it never lies to this brain. It lies a lot. Yeah, you can't trust it all the time. But this brain always tells the truth. And so like, how can you tune into that brain? And so I feel like you know, a lot of the that's one of those things on this long checklist of like ways in which I kind of intuitively started coming up with hacks to deal with ADHD before I even knew what to call it, or even what it was. Yeah. And now I'm just like, oh my god, that voice is so strong in decision making. Yeah, and I give it the the props it deserves now.
Taucha Post 17:00
Yeah, that's awesome. Yeah, you're totally right. I think that things probably, yeah, fell apart because my brain cuz something deep down really didn't know that this was the answer. And now you need to act on this. Yeah,
Katy Weber 17:13
I totally relate to that idea of feeling like something was wrong. Throughout my Yeah, I often had said, like, I think I had an undiagnosed learning disorder. And so I was often like, I related a lot to some of the dyslexia literature, which is interesting. Do you have dyslexia, right?
Taucha Post 17:29
I'm not officially diagnosed. But I'm like, looking back at my report cards when I was getting diagnosed with ADHD and being a speech therapist and learning about literacy development. I'm like, Oh, this is why, like, my learning to read didn't look like any, like a typical trajectory of learning to read. And, and I have all the other things like the left and right, that's very much a dyslexia thing that struggles with left and right and any of every other aspect, but not officially, but I'm very convinced I'm dyslexic.
Katy Weber 17:57
Well, even just the rereading of paragraphs over and over again, and having any, you know, so many of us struggle with the idea of like, you get through, you get to the end of the page and realize you were thinking about everything else, but what was on the page, but you were still reading it. Yeah. And that's such a common thing with ADHD. And I think I had such a difficult time reading and focusing, especially in university. And you know, I had that same, I had that same experience where it was like, the only way I'm gonna get through this and graduate is if I sit in the front row center of every single lecture, and like I devote my entire life to studying, you know, and that was the only way I could do it. I so I meant to get back to that and said, totally related to that idea of like, how can people socialize and go out and drink and then get up the next morning and go to their classes? Like, I've just seen
Taucha Post 18:43
just as well as me? How do you?
Katy Weber 18:52
I know, right? It's like I Why am I the only one who saw God? Or gods? Yeah. Oh, yeah, that's a great way of describing it. When people talk about like, how we have to work 10 times harder than anyone else to do the same thing. That's when I think that's what I think of like I had to, I had to give something if I really wanted to achieve I had to give it absolutely all I had, you know, really had to pull myself up by the bootstraps. And so those are those moments where you realize, okay, well, I can do it. And that's when you start to get down on yourself when there's these moments of, you know, not being able to do things and then you feel, you know, you're like, I know that I can be productive. And so yeah, I've said before, like, I feel like my entire life, it was just this trajectory of laziness and failure. And I would have these brief moments where I could pull myself together to get things done. I wrote a book, you know, I've graduated I, I, when I did go back to university, I ended up on the Dean's list because I had no other life except for this one thing. And, and so these moments of like, I can get my act together, but I have no idea like what factors lead me to actually do those things and so You know, you generally feel like your default state is laziness. Yes. And, and why, you know, so many of us have such a hard time with rest, you know, because we feel fundamentally lazy. And so I wanted to talk to you about that, because I feel like yoga is so I mean, yoga is one of those things that I discovered in university. And it was like, euphoric, and it's been part of my life for so long. And then I got my teaching certification. I started last September. And so halfway through the certification, we ended up having to go remote, finished the last certification remote. And it was interesting to me, because it just brought so much home in terms of like, my own relationship with rest, and how I had such a difficult time being okay with it, you know, before my diagnosis, and I think now, so much of my self talk has changed in terms of like, why I need to rest and be like, Well, no, you're you're crashing, because you just spent like three straight days researching monolithic, prehistoric structures in Scotland, or whatever it was, you were hyper focusing about that day. So like, I, I feel like my relationship with rest has changed drastically. That's my diagnosis. So I wanted I don't know what my question I think I want to talk to you about yoga in general. And what is your relationship in over the years pre and post diagnosis? How did you discover it? How did it become such a big part of your life?
Taucha Post 21:42
So I've been practicing yoga for about 15 years now. I think I started when I was in my second year of university. And I was a mess, because, like, the way I adapted in high school to get good enough grades to get to university was to just work my ass off. And then in university that goes up, like tenfold. So I wasn't eating, I wasn't sleeping, I lost so much weight because it just was not eating. And it wasn't like an eating disorder. It was just like, I don't have time I have shit to learn. I cannot take a break for food. It was just such a waste of time in my head to eat or sleep. And my dad, my dad was like, You should probably try yoga, you need to calm the hell down. And I was like, yoga, like in my because I was my family is very my dad's like this stoic German. And we're like, very science based. And you know, like, we're not touchy feely. And to me, yoga seemed like a very touchy feely thing. So it was super weird to me that my dad would suggest this super odd. But because he suggested it, I was like, there must be something to it, then. Because if my dad is willing to believe in touchy feely stuff, there must be something to it. So I started going. And, you know, honestly, it wasn't, it wasn't like a huge breakthrough type. Like, it was like in the basement at the University of Guelph in this carpeted weird area. It was a super weird atmosphere. It was odd. But it was actually the first time I had carved out an hour of time to myself, and kept to it time to do something other than study that move my body and made me breathe. And that made a big difference in itself. And then I moved to Vancouver, and Vancouver in Canada's like the yoga capital of the country. And it was just kind of I kind of started taking yoga in Vancouver, like in just, you know, like, when in Rome, like I might as well like, just fully dive into the West Coast stereotype. So I did and yoga over there was like, there was a lot more theory to it, there was a lot more philosophy to it, there was a lot more emphasis on the breath, and everything else. But I was still coming from a very skeptical perspective. So for the longest time, it really was just exercise. That's all it was, to me was just exercise. But I happen to be good at something like the challenging poses, or imbalances and stuff, which was super fun, and nice and competence building for me, which was important because I had no confidence. I was pretty convinced I was pretty shitty at everything. And it was nice to have something that like I thought I was good at. And then I did my time. This is a big tangent. This is not an easy answer. This is a whole tale.
Katy Weber 24:41
This is really interesting to me because I was thinking like I've often said like if I wasn't naturally flexible, I never would have stuck with yoga because I tend to have that relationship with things if like I'm not immediately good at them. Oh saying yeah, I dropped them and so I'm you know, and so so many people who are like, I'm not flexible. I don't like yoga and you're like you're actually the person who should be taking yeah Yeah, so it's interesting. I've never made that connection before, like how important it is to feel good at things. Yeah. When do you have ADHD? Because yeah, often feel
Taucha Post 25:12
so bad. Yeah. And it was nice to feel, you know, like a natural like I know, because that now my understanding of yoga is so much deeper, I realize how inaccurate that statement is to be a natural at yoga, because there's so many other facets, but to be good at the physical practice helped me build some confidence. And it again helped me carve time into my schedule that was really just for me. And then I did my Master's on mindfulness and stuttering. So I had a case study, and I did mindfulness practices with for my master's degree. And that was my first introduction to mindfulness in a way that broke it down in a in components I could understand. And that's when I started actually taking a look at the other aspects of yoga and understanding that it isn't just exercise, actually, that's a very teeny tiny part of yoga. And yoga as a whole is really a whole lifestyle. So I that gave me more respect for the other, like fluffier aspects of yoga that I always like rolled my eyes at before. And then I started learning about ADHD. And I learned about the benefits of like, bringing your attention back to the present moment, and making time for exercise and creating self awareness so that you can feel your emotions starting to bubble up before you act on them. And realizing like all of the stuff that they were talking about as like holistic, non medicinal ways to manage your ADHD, were also all the pieces of yoga. And then I decided to do my training, which then just confirmed to me all the things I had just getting an inkling of all along. Because in yoga, there's like the eight limbs of yoga. And the first two are just the first two limbs. So there's different pathways to like, to a yogic life to being like enlightened as they would say, I guess, which can mean whatever to so many different people, different things to different people. But the first two limbs The first is Yamas, which are restraints and how to behave with others and yourself. And then the yet the next one, our observances is how to have self discipline so relevant and resonated so much with ADHD, like the very first fundamental one is a Ahimsa, which is non harming. And that's not even just not physically hurting people. It is not mentally hurting them like and not mentally hurting yourself. Like that's, like CBT cognitive behavioral therapy is about being aware of your thoughts and noticing what's true and what's not, and how they're hurting you like that's a Ahimsa that's non harming. And in order to observe like an order to behave kindly and patiently with people around you is to make sure that you're also coming from a place of kindness, and at shears are so good at beating themselves up and we are so good at punishing ourselves so good at it. Because for the longest time, we think that that's the only way we can get our asses in gear to do frickin anything. And the only way we'll learn any lessons, you know, like I the only way I'll learn from this is if I hold it over my head forever. So if I ever doubt that I don't need to write this down or I don't need to whatever. I have this proof to show me what a mess up I am. You know, like it's so mean. But we do it. And then yoga like I said like the very first thing they teach is a Ahimsa non harming. That's the fun, everything else is based on top of that. And then the next is Satya, which is truthfulness, which is being not just not lying, but knowing who you freaking are, and showing up as the same person no matter the context. And ADHD years, we are so good at masking, because we think we have to hide. So we think that we have so much that is worth being ashamed of. And then when we hide that we're not being truthful. That's not Satya. So when I did my training, I was just like mind blown after mind blowing its situations and like this is so relevant to ADHD, and so many ridiculous ways. We need to know. Yeah, and that was only like I did my training and from 2018 very recent 2018 to 2019. So I was like I had my diagnosis by then I had more information about ADHD I had more information about strategies, and then to see how at how yoga fit into all of that just blew my mind day after day after day after day.
Katy Weber 29:43
The Niyama the one that I related to the most was Sentosa because that was another that like I had so many mind blowing moments with that one but just in terms of you know, contentment, being at peace with what is and you know that just like total acceptance, which I think is so important to me and my, you know, I incorporate yoga a lot with, with my clients in terms of just body acceptance, and kind of bringing yourself back to the body and just reminding yourself that there's something below your neck, you know, even when I was talking about the gut as that other brain now it never occurred to me before that, like, why that is so important to me is because maybe my brain and how it works has always kind of felt betray, you know, I felt betrayed by it. And the so this is like this one thing. Everything below the neck is something that is trusting, you know, trust or is trustworthy, and it's just all it's doing, is trying to heal you. And, like all you know, it's one job is to, like, make you feel better, and to help you and no matter how much shit you pour on yourself, or whatever toxins you're putting in your body, or whatever you're doing, you know, all of these ways in which you keep hate upon your body. It's like, oh, this is like, I'm just gonna keep chugging. I'm just gonna keep peeling. I'm gonna keep going. I never thought about the how important that was as a concept to me living with a brain that really just sort of feels defective. Yeah, so that was like Sentosa was one of those mamas. And I was just, like, felt deeply.
Taucha Post 31:19
Yes, I know. I'm going through them right now in my classes. So like, I have a book. So I'm like, every week read, I've read this book, like two or three times already. So I'm going through it like a fourth time and every time I'm just like, you know, but yeah, it's and it's, that's funny, because like, it's 1000 like that wisdom is like 1000s of years old. But the themes echoed in those teachings are like in every frickin self help book I've ever read. And they're talking about them. Like, they're new ideas. And they're not, we just, you know, our attention with other shiny or things. I guess at that point, we kind of forgot all these important lessons that were discovered. And we
Katy Weber 31:58
just needed to be reminded over and over and over and over again. And that's something else that I sort of feel like I'm okay with now. Now that I understand. Yeah, that's the like, working memory and how that is how that operates. And how I'm like, okay, no wonder I need to, you know, have certain like, you know, it's kind of nice, because you can you can reread things, if you were actually get to I know that's really hard for us to go back and reread anything, because it's not new, but like the way in which things can occur to you for the first time in such a novel way. You're sort of like, I guess everybody else knows this. But like I suddenly right now, today, it's like I get it. Yeah,
Taucha Post 32:38
yeah, totally. We're even like, because of our memory. Like even stuff that we did get before we do have, like you said, like, we just have to relearn it. I joke with my husband. I'm like, so excited. I'm discovering the same things. For the first time all the time.
Katy Weber 32:57
Short term memory man from SNL. Tom Hanks used to have this character that was called Mr. Short term memory where he just immediately forgot everything. And it was the best skits because he'd be like, whose wallet is this? And his friend is like, it's yours. And he's like it is now.
Taucha Post 33:17
Anything that Tom Hanks touches?
Katy Weber 33:20
All right, so yeah. So now you market your you do online classes, and you sort of market them as ADHD friendly classes, which I love and what I think about, you know, when I think about like, what I like, in a yoga class, when it comes to postures, like I like to be told ahead of time, what's coming up? Yeah. And so like, when I'm teaching, like, I always, you know, I have a hard time when you're just sort of like, some teachers will kind of tell you like, as you're moving into this pose, what you're doing, and I get very confused and frustrated, and like, I lose my balance. And so I like to be told, like, Okay, coming up, we're going to be doing XYZ, yeah. And I saw I noticed, like, I do that when I'm teaching, and I get really frustrated. I'm not really frustrated me, I'm still in the flow, but like, what I like to have sequences, left and right, fairly quickly, you know, like, I don't like when there's too much happening on the left side, and then we do something else and then we don't go to the right side either. Like I feel like I'm very particular about flow and, and so I'm like, now realizing that like, Oh, I see now why I have those peculiarities or particularities when it comes to like my flow and so I'm what is what is ADHD friendly yoga to you?
Taucha Post 34:32
Well, to me, like it's being more authentic to the original teaching of yoga like trying to weave in more of that philosophy as it relates to people with ADHD. So I try to relate the yamas and niyamas I also tried to put a lot of emphasis on creating body awareness, you know, because like we like we're sometimes like so in our head, like you said, like we forget there's anything from the neck down and to draw people's attention back to the present moment, feeling things they that they're supposed to feel in their body. And also creating a space or like, doing it differently is okay, like, here are some options because like, as ADHD years, we have to do so many things differently. And to not have shame around that. So like giving them options for poses and using props and using blocks, and like not making that mean anything, this is just what your body needs. And that's it, there's nothing wrong with that. What I was taught in my yoga teacher training is to always have like a teaching like to have a theme that's called, we call that the centering. And so I usually teach some kind of like life lesson I've learned in my journey of ADHD and relate it to a philosophical teaching of yoga, and then tell them how they're going to feel that in their body, like, you know, today is about, like, I'll tell them about a lesson I learned about being courageous, and what courage feels like in my body, and then how we're going to create courage in our body by building up to this pose, or by creating, you know, giving poses that pull into midline that make you feel stable and strong, you know, like, I try to physicalize the concepts, so they can feel them and bring them out of their head and into their body, or vice versa. So that's how I tried to make the, like ADHD classes, and relate them to the struggles that we very commonly go through. Yeah,
Katy Weber 36:30
I like that. I think even with I talk a lot about breath, too, and especially the extended exhale, I think the extended exhale is like, so central to my life, it's helped me so much with my anxiety and sort of again, like, I just think I just really like geek out about the science about the extended exhale, and the vagus nerve. And like how you can kind of really, like, actively trick your body into thinking it's safe when it's decided, something has decided that you're having an anxiety attack that you can actually be like, No, I'm at the wheel. And this is how we're gonna fix it really quickly. And so I love that. And the other thing I talk a lot about is that is meditation and being in the present tense, and how I think some people with ADHD tend to exist in the past or the present, or the past in the future at all times, either regretful, and we're ruminating, and we are beating ourselves up over something that has happened, or we're having anxiety about the future. And like, none of those negative emotions exist in the present tense. Yeah, it's such a like, lovely, simple concept to me and I so I feel like I go back to that a lot. Yeah, just building the present tense muscle. Yeah, yeah, we're having like, just like you would build any muscle like this is, even if you only spend a few moments here each day, it's like, each time you go back to the present tense, you're building that muscle that you can you can find that piece. Yeah, much faster the next time. Yeah,
Taucha Post 37:59
totally. Yeah. Oh, you said something that like triggered something. Something I wanted to say. Now, I don't remember it was.
Katy Weber 38:09
What was it about the it wasn't about breath? Or was it about?
Taucha Post 38:12
I think it was? I think, I think it was just, it was I was? Oh, no, we both are, it's fine. It's kind of what we do. But that was, I think when you said like 80 issues, we spent a lot of time in the future, or the past. And I feel like we also spent a lot of time in other people's business. You know, like thinking about like, what other people how other people are interpreting the things that we do and how they misinterpreted this and let you know, like we're in other people's heads, not even just ours. We're trying to jump in other people's and that causes so much distress to,
Katy Weber 38:44
I think that goes back to just generally feeling so misunderstood through life. And back to what we were saying earlier about, like feeling like you somehow need to manage how people are relating to you or reacting to you because it just always feels like something is going wrong.
Taucha Post 39:00
Totally or you have to explain because like, I was late for things all the time still am I just have fewer places to be because of COVID now, so I'm never late, always exactly where I need to be. But before before all of this, like I was late all the time, and I would see so many things on like people would post things on Facebook. I don't like memes, I guess like somebody who's late doesn't respect your time. They don't respect you as a person. Like she'd like that all the time. And because pre diagnosis, I had no other explanation as to why I was late all the time. I started internalizing that I started thinking like maybe I just don't care about anybody like and I've heard you know, like people say that to me. You don't care about anybody but you and I would feel like deep down. That's not true. Because I hated being late and I was embarrassed by being late and I was ashamed when I was late, but I mean, if I really cared, wouldn't I be there on time? It's not that hard. So I heard, so I internalize that a lot. I And before my diagnosis, I had no explanation for it at all.
Katy Weber 40:04
I do the same, I often felt that way when it came to conversations because I also struggle with feeling like a terrible friend with anyone who is not immediately in front of me, or like in my life on a regular basis. And so, and I really, really value one on one conversation. But I also knew that like, I tend to talk about myself as a way to relate to whatever's happening. And I think a lot of us have struggle with feeling like why do I always talk about myself? Why am I always bringing this back to myself? Because you do you see people pleasers, you do see those comments where it's like, oh, this person talks about themselves all the time. And they're so self centered. And so, yeah, I did feel like am I? Am I self centered? Am I do I just find myself so interesting that I have to interrupt people all the time. And I'm like, No, it's like, it's the journey. It's the conversation. And the exploration, that is so amazing. And yeah, I get excited about everything.
Taucha Post 41:02
And I'm trying to show you that I totally understand where you're coming from. I'm trying to empathize. Oh, yeah, I got that too. Because that I remember my very first boyfriend, he had a close friend, who made a comment to him about me who said, this was like, my early 20s. And his, his friend was like, she really talks about herself a lot. And he told me that, and it killed me. Like it just I spend so much time caring about other people. And to hear someone say that, Oh, like it killed me. And now and it's still gotten to the point like now ever since then, whenever I'm at a party, and whenever, especially if I'm at a party, where I'm meeting a lot of people for the first time, I become hyper aware of how much turn taking I am taking up to the point sometimes where it interrupts me being able to follow what they're saying. Because I'm like, make sure you take a turn, make sure make sure that you give them a turn, make sure that you don't interrupt interrupts, you know, and I'm just trying to be a decent person who doesn't just talk about herself all the time. And now it gets to a point where I have like this coping strategy, I guess, of like, when I feel my turn has been too long. I'll say, anyway, we were talking about you saying this. Let's do that now. And I've traced it back to that guy, who told us my boyfriend that I talk about myself a lot. It left a mark.
Katy Weber 42:28
Yeah. Well, that's interesting. I know, I have the same issue with these with these interviews, because I feel you know, the whole reason I started this podcast was an excuse to have intentional conversations with people I find interesting, like, it's totally selfish, I will admit, is selfish. And then I just put it out there, and I hope it I hope people listen. But you know, I'm very conscious of this is their interview. This is their moment, I am asking questions, I have the journalist how, why am I still talking about by university, if
Taucha Post 43:02
I did the same, I do the same. I think so many ADHD ears do because I think at some point, we've all been kind of accused of like, being self centered, in one way or another, whether it's not, whether it's about our punctuality, or, you know, like the environment that we share with other people that we're not keeping tidy, or the amount of conversation we dominate, I think we've been accused of that. Definitely.
Katy Weber 43:23
And there's no scent, and there's a sense that there is appropriate behavior. And we don't naturally come by that. And so we have to, like put all of our energy, and we have to really be like, Okay, this is a, this is a situation where I need to act appropriately. It's not a safe place, like home. So I have to put all of my mental energy into like being socially appropriate. And I think that's why this, you know, the, the conversation of masking is so interesting, too, because it's so wide ranging in terms of how people mask and, and I know, it's also sensitive in terms of some of the serious masking that happens in like the Autistic community. And, you know, there's this whole sense of like ADHD, or CO opting terminology. And I don't know how I feel about that. But
Taucha Post 44:09
I don't have an opinion about that at all. Yeah, I don't really know much about that. I'll have to look more into that. But well,
Katy Weber 44:15
I had, I had made a post about masking and I ended up taking it down because I was like, I don't really I'm just talking out of my I don't know what I felt like I was like, I felt like masking was something that I related to and I sort of saw these moments in myself. But I also realized that this is like a big research topic that I have no idea what I'm talking about. And you know, I also have ADHD. So I tend to think I'm an expert in things after researching for an hour. So but it is, you know, thinking about, like, I think at the crux of it is really that idea of like what is that there's a sense of what is appropriate and a sense that like we don't necessarily naturally do that. And so we really have to be mindful and like concentrate
Taucha Post 45:00
Yeah, and that takes so much energy, like so much cognitive load. Yeah.
Katy Weber 45:04
I mean, I yeah, I have a tendency to like burst into laughter at incredibly inappropriate times like funerals. Or, you know, if my kids like, you know, if my kid injures himself or herself like in the playground, my nervous reaction is to laugh. And yeah, you know, and for a long time, I just thought it was a psychopath. Realize that there was any sort of neurological reason for this.
Taucha Post 45:29
Yeah. It's funny, like how, like, before we had the explanation of ADHD, how we made sense of the world, we were in how we made sense of ourselves in the world that we're in, right, just like, yeah, like, Oh, I must be a psychopath. Oh, I must not care about anybody. Oh, I must just what was my I must be just a stupid person who works hard.
Katy Weber 45:47
And then you're like, why do we have such self esteem issues? Oh, my God, like,
Taucha Post 45:51
Why? Why do I respect myself at all? let myself go to bed at a decent time. You know? Yeah, totally. Why is this an issue?
Katy Weber 46:02
Yeah. All right. So so you do tap yoga classes? And you can how can somebody sign up for your classes? How can somebody find more about you or reach out to you in the world?
Taucha Post 46:13
Yeah, I have a website, ADHD, yoga.ca, or ADHD yoga.com. Their lead to the same place. I have an online membership. I have a huge library of classes. And I also am building a tiny little library of little mini classes for specific like ADHD issues like digestion and sleep and things like that. And then I teach live classes as well. Oh, and I also teach private classes if you want to chat with me, or if you want to have like a more specific, customized class. So my website is ADHD yoga.ca. And if you want to just find me as a person, you can find me on Instagram at ADHD dot yoga. You'll find me there doing weird stuff, I guess.
Katy Weber 46:56
Weird stuff with stickies?
Taucha Post 46:58
Yeah. My post it notes. Classically. Yeah. Yeah. That came out of not knowing how to use Canva that was a day where I tried to learn Canva had a meltdown and thought never again, going back to paper.
Katy Weber 47:13
Oh, I love that. Because I feel like I feel like people with ADHD have a deep connection to post it notes. Totally. That's totally Yes. It's like there's you know, there's multi layers to using the post it note and you're Oh,
Taucha Post 47:26
yeah. Oh, I totally did. I'm like, oh, cuz, you know, what I went to, I went to counseling was so many of us do and this is with my diagnosis, but it wasn't going for. I like the person I was with didn't have a an ADHD background. She didn't understand it, really. And I explained to her at her first appointment that I have ADHD and explained her what that meant to me. And she was like, Well, have you tried using post it notes? Like, are you kidding me? Like, of course I have. And of course, my entire apartment is plastered in them. Yes, I've used post it notes. But that's like, that's kind of the joke just like just like ADHD and like our distractibility with like getting distracted by the squirrel, like the squirrel joke is like this kind of joke. This ongoing joke the ADHD community has and feel like post it notes at the same deal. I think you're totally right. That's why I kept them. That's why they're
Katy Weber 48:20
so right. For those of us who were who decided we wanted to stop writing on our hands.
Taucha Post 48:25
Yes. Oh my god. That's how I survived University. No, right. I ran out of space. Yeah. Everyone knew my business and what I should be doing.
Katy Weber 48:34
Yeah. Like, you know, you're an adult when you've transferred from writing on your hand to using post it notes. Yeah.
Taucha Post 48:39
Portable paper. Yes, that will stick to things. Yeah, totally. That's the transition.
Katy Weber 48:47
But that reminds me the one thing I do have, which is like a fairly new question that I want to incorporate into these episodes is the number four if you work could rename ADHD to something else. What would you call it? Did you have something prepared?
Taucha Post 48:58
I had a couple I was like really thinking about it? Because I was like, do I just want it like I was really thinking about it. So one is creativity, surplus disorder. Just an abundance of tangents and creativity and every direction, I felt like that really captured it. Creativity surplus disorder. The other one just to be more accurate in terms of like the to counter like the taboos that so many women especially have to like, have to dress or encounter when trying to get a diagnosis. Like we're not diagnosed often because we're not hyperactive. That's everybody's picture in their head is that hyperactive little boy who's jumping around and most of us don't have that. And there's the misconception that it's just really about attention. We don't have a deficit. We have a we have inconsistency. Like we have plenty. It's just in many directions and it shows up at unpredictable times. So a number of emotion like there's no like emotional regulation isn't in the definition at all. Oh, and it's such an important piece. So what I came up with was emotion and executive functioning disorder. It is nothing fancy, but it'd be EFT. And I thought that captured it that was more like clinically accurate, but it's not very fun. But I felt like that would get rid of some of the tap the taboos that are not the taboos, the misunderstandings that come with a DD or ADHD
Katy Weber 50:26
will add is just so. So on Google bubble. I don't know why anybody came up with that acronym to begin with I the only reason I'm like very pro ADHD is just because it's easier to Google.
Taucha Post 50:37
It's easier to Google Yeah, to that. The thing I don't like about the ADHD is that it makes like the hyperactivity part, like it makes it sound like that's a necessary piece. And it's not
Katy Weber 50:51
Well, I think it's not until you make the connection of where your hyperactivity is, you know, your brain or your body. Exactly. And so once I started thinking about hyperactivity in terms of like, Aaron thoughts and rumination and conversation in attentiveness, you know, like, what, once I started realizing that that was just like one of the many spokes in the wheel of hyperactivity, I was like, oh, yeah, of course, I have all of those things. I just have the like, cocaine addict from the 1980s. Feeling about me.
Taucha Post 51:21
Yeah, like bouncing my leg up and down, and like playing with pens like crazy. I know. But yeah, it's true. That's true. Like the hyperactivity. It's like it's brain or body. And I definitely now because I've always been a chatty kid. So many conversations, like if I talk to somebody on the phone, to somebody new, like a new friend, usually our first conversation on the phone ends with them being like, Wow, I've never talked to anybody on the phone for this long. You're right, that is totally a piece that is not an easily understood piece to anyone who went who who doesn't look any deeper than the name. Yeah.
Katy Weber 51:58
Yeah. It took me years of being suggested by my therapist that I had ADHD, where I was like, Yeah, I don't think that's it, because I'm Yeah, correct. And you hear that over and over and over again? Yeah, totally.
Taucha Post 52:09
What name would you alternative name? Have you come up with?
Katy Weber 52:15
Oh, I have a diet. So that quit? I don't know. Just started asking the question. I'm, like, you know, I'm doing research. I feel like even the term disorder, I struggle with disorder. And I know, I'm struggling with that, too. Yeah, I struggle with this. I mean, I talked about this with my therapist, because she's like, You have to honor the fact that this is a struggle, and that you've had to work hard. And she talks about it as the brick, you know, on my ankle. And, you know, you have to like honor that you can't just sort of always talk about this, like, super, it's a superpower. Because then you start getting into this sort of toxic positivity element. Of like, There's nothing bad about this, this is wonderful. And sometimes that can be off putting, and you know, and then you can start, we've have so much self doubt anyway, when it comes to whether we even have it, you need medication, you know, it's like being at an eye doctor, where they're like, is this one clear? Is this one clear, and you're like, to the first 1am I gonna get the wrong glasses. You know, like, there's so much self doubt. So I think, I don't think of it as a disorder. But I'm also realized, I'm in like, the honeymoon phase of feeling like, Oh, my God, Everything makes sense now, and I'm so happy, like, I haven't really gone back to a sense of like, okay, how can I really deal with some of the things I haven't been able to manage? That led me to get the diagnosis in the first place? You know, because there's a lot there. I think there's another name, I think there's another word that we need to come up with that encompasses all of that,
Taucha Post 53:46
you know, makes you I know, I really thought about it for a long time. And I'm like, I don't know, like, and that was trying to think like, what is it about ADHD that I don't like? And that's why I included like, an emotional regularity. And dysregulation. There we go. And executive function. Because those, like all like, I mean, attention is just one piece of executive function. And so like, why is all the attention on attention? Hmm, like, why? Because there's so much more to it than that. I mean, it's not fancy. It's a pretty boring sounding thing, but I think it gets the job done. Emotion executive functioning disorder disorder. Again, I'm like, I'm not sure how I feel about that word. But I mean, there were definitely stages if pre diagnosis were, I was in bad shape. And it felt like a disorder, for sure. And it's taken a toll, that's for sure, too. Yeah, stuff that you have years. We have years to sort through and make sense of after.
Katy Weber 54:43
Yeah. And I think that's why there's been such a proliferation of diagnoses this during the lockdown because literally, so many of us our life got tossed up in the air and all the pieces fell and all of the all of the ways in which we had been managing it, unbeknownst to us Life was out the window. And suddenly this sort of light hearted, light hearted relatable memes were like, oh my god, I really need some help.
Taucha Post 55:08
Yes, I saw another meme. I saw it somewhere on somewhere on Instagram that said, either ADHD ears need to be less relatable, or I need to make an appointment with my doctor. Has 100% has happened to a lot of people during COVID? They would like saw notice the struggle, they couldn't avoid any more they had to face them.
Katy Weber 55:31
Yeah, I know. Well, and I think also just in talking to so many other women about this topic, since being diagnosed, I think that that really kind of the delineation between whether you have it or whether you don't have it kind of like you were saying with the with the current episode, you know, like, I would have felt so validated. If somebody else had said, I saw you in that, you know, we struggle so much with whether we actually have this because so many people relate to so many things about it, you know, and then there's always the response of like, well, you know, you have ADHD, if these issues really, really affect you negatively, and then I'm like, do they affect me now? I don't know. And so, you know, does that mean? I don't have it if I'm actually managing it, you know? And do I not have it if I don't feel like I need medication, you know, all these questions we ask ourselves all the time. And so if I've decided that, like, if you start researching ADHD, if you read a book, like Driven to Distraction, or you start listening to these podcasts, and you feel for the first time in your life, like deeply seen and validated in a way that feels like revolutionary, then I'm like, that's usually a tip off. Yeah, yeah, habit. If you're just sort of like, Haha, I forget my keys moving on. Yeah, you know, then it's relatable. Alright, well, thank you again, so much for meeting with me and chatting with me. And yes, delightful. I had loved getting to know more about you and
Taucha Post 56:55
I had so much fun.
Katy Weber 56:58
Well, thank you for listening to that episode with Tasha. As I mentioned at the beginning of the episode, here is my update with Tasha post to see how she's doing now. So here we are, again, Tasha. Thank you for joining me again. I'm so excited to check in with you. Actually, you know what, before I even started this, I should have double checked as to when your episode aired.
Taucha Post 57:21
Like it was a long time ago, it
Katy Weber 57:23
was a very early episode I had really like just started out at Holy moly. March 1 of 2021. So two and a half years ago. That's okay, so it may be have been really early in 2021 that we spoke. But one of the reasons I think your episode has stayed with me so much was it was really fun. And I you know, I love talking about yoga with you. Because I also had the yoga background. And I just feel like yoga was so fantastic for ADHD brains for so many days. And I knew we were going to talk about that. But that's actually what has stayed with me so much from that conversation was all of the conversations that we had about school and learning. And I think it was the first time I had really explored that idea of like, only being able to do one thing, and not being able to jump back and forth and how that affects us. And so like, now that I'm back in school, it's like I know that right? So I'm like, I know that I can only do school on like school days, like I've been really intentional about dividing my time. Because I know that now and I really feel like that was our conversation that like was that light bulb moment for me where I'm like, Yeah, it's so true. So we were talking about like, you can have friends, or you can study like you can.
Taucha Post 58:47
Oh my God, that's totally what felt Holy crap. Yeah, I don't have like any friends. It was so funny actually. Because I went I did my undergrad at the University of Guelph, and some one of my followers told me that her nephew is going to that school and she's like, is there anything you can tell me about the town? I was like, nope. My dorm I know nothing about the city. Campus is great.
Katy Weber 59:15
But I think we also talked about it in relation to work too. And then you think about like even parenting and now that you're a mom, which I want to get into like, you know, there is that feeling of really needing to reduce distractions in all parts of life and how like important it is to really simplify what your tasks at hand. So let's recap since our since the interview. You have you've moved you bought a house. You had a baby? Yeah, who is how old now? He's like a toddler now, right?
Taucha Post 59:49
Yeah, he's, he'll be two in November. So he's like 21 months if that means anything to anyone. He's so cute though. Yeah, but he'll be two in November.
Katy Weber 1:00:00
Oh, yeah, this is the age where you really just have to, like, follow them speaking of focusing on one thing at a time, right, you really just have to follow them around or they will kill themselves like pretty much. And you've pivoted in your career recently, which you just, you are now an ADHD coach, certified to gratulations. I just saw
Taucha Post 1:00:23
the email today. Yeah. Very fresh.
Katy Weber 1:00:28
So, how did that come about?
Taucha Post 1:00:31
Well, that has been actually the dream the whole time. Pretty much as soon as I got diagnosed, because I was a clinician, before I was a speech therapist before, I knew I wanted to be in the field of helping people but being in public health and in the inefficiency of the system. And just like feeling like I don't have a lot of autonomy, having to do so much paperwork, all of that stuff. Like, it just wasn't a good fit for my ADHD brain. But I still wanted the element of helping others. And I also wanted the added element of actually being able to, like totally empathize with people because I was a speech therapist working with nonverbal people who needed alternative communication systems. So sometimes there were like recommendations of mine that I like, all the times were recommendations of mine that I only knew worked in theory, but in practice, just didn't work in their life. But I just couldn't wrap my head around it, because I couldn't really relate. So after I got diagnosed with ADHD, and everything, like my whole career, and all the struggles, I had started making sense, I decided that a good fit for me would be an ADHD coach, because all the things that I struggled with would not go away. But I mean, I would have more control over those things. And I can empathize with the people more on like a life level, not just like a theoretical level. And that was really exciting for me. So I got diagnosed in 2017. So it's been the dream since 2017. And I knew I wanted to add elements of yoga into my coaching. So that's why I did my yoga training. I did that first. Because I just didn't really even know where to look to get ADHD coach training. And I also wanted to receive coaching first, I also wanted to know what it was like to be like on the vulnerable side of coaching so that I could really understand when I was coaching others like what they were experiencing, like, why they might be shutting down right now. Because like, I've been there, you know, and I still get coaching, I think that's really important. It wasn't as sudden as it seems it's been the plan since 2017. It just came to fruition in 2023. Which is insane for an ADHD or that I stuck with it that long. So here we are.
Katy Weber 1:02:41
I always love looking back at all the different decisions that led me to where I am today, right? Like and I go on these larks where I've like, oh, yeah, I got my yoga teacher training certification. Have I ever taught a class? No. But it was like, it's shaped who I am and how I think and how I approach things. And all these different random businesses that I had had over the years all come to this, like, you know, one moment of who we are the patchwork quilt?
Taucha Post 1:03:07
Totally. Yeah, totally. I think we talked about a little bit but like when I transitioned from being a speech therapist to being a yoga teacher, that was really hard, because there was all kinds of stories in my head about like wasting my education. And now I'm just a yoga teacher, you know what I mean? And it took me you know, and it didn't help like other people's reactions to the change, either. Like that wasn't super helpful, because some people just told me straight to my face. It was a waste of my education. So hard to deal with. But like you said, like, I really had to work on reframing it. But I learned so much about myself getting my master's and being a clinician for seven years, that I wouldn't have learned if I hadn't done it. Like I really had to do it to realize it wasn't a good fit, but also it helped me see like, what kinds of skills I was really good at, like, what I got right with that job. And what I didn't like the bureaucracy, the inefficiency, like that was just not a good fit for me. I'm good being my own boss. I'm good at making my own hours. I'm good. I'm really good at helping people. And if I do say so myself, but I'm really good at it. So I'm glad I got that right. But I had to go on those detours to really solidify those things. So it wasn't wasted all
Katy Weber 1:04:26
Yeah, yeah. So who would you say is your ideal client? I feel like I've got I feel like I've job interview for you right now. But I get asked that all the time. So I'm gonna throw that to you as a new coach Who's your ideal client?
Taucha Post 1:04:41
My ideal client I love working with like the perfectionistic overachievers, who have just like burned themselves out and, and really also feel like they're responsible for other people's emotions, because it's so liberating to realize you don't need to do things perfectly and like to start to build that evidence. But you don't need to do it perfectly. It's so much fucking fun. Oh, sorry. It's so much fun. And to, you know, to just see the relief in people's like just posture and mannerisms, when they can just like, take their time to do something and not have to pull an all nighter to get it all done. And do it perfectly overnight. You know, because we as ADHD are just like, we need to do it perfect. And we need to do it now. And when we can learn how to like break things down and to be kind to ourselves, and to be compassionate when we make the inevitable mistakes, like, it makes life so much nicer. And it's so nice to see in people. So I think that's my ideal client is like that the overachieving perfectionist overthinker Fun.
Katy Weber 1:05:48
Fun at parties. Yeah. All right. I know, I always joke that I'm like, when I feel like clients come to me, and they're like, help me do all the things. And then I'm like, how about we not do all the things? I try? Yeah. Oh, I'm so excited for you, I just think you will be. So I don't know if you ever get any clients already. But I just think you're so fantastic. I'm such a huge fan. I can't wait for what this new future holds for you and your house being a mom.
Taucha Post 1:06:20
Oh my gosh, it's such a whirlwind. It's so fun. And so hard. But talking about like, not being a perfectionist anymore, like I have really, really, really intentionally simplified my life after being a mom, like I have the lowest of low expectations. And I don't mind at all. Because what I've shifted like that, leading up to being a mom, I really thought I had to, like, get my shit together in order to be a good parent, like a clean house laundry, like cooked meals every day. And I'm like that stuff. It's bullshit. Like, that's not important. I want to connect with my kid, I want to deal with his emotions without losing my mind. I want to give him good memories. I want to make them feel safe. And if that means that we eat crackers and cheese and oatmeal for dinner in order to do that, then then that's fine.
Katy Weber 1:07:09
Right? I feel so true. Pick kids don't care, they just want to be next year. That's like the biggest life lesson, right? They don't care about that stuff. They just love you so much. And I'm like the one thing I always tell my kids is like, I've never done this before either. Like I'm like with my with with my 16 year old. I've always like I've never parented a 16 year old. I don't know what I'm doing either. Right? So we're doing this together. And I think it makes us feel like we're a team more than anything else. That and my favorite phrases. Let's google that. Yeah, like just I'd never pretend I have any idea what I'm doing.
Taucha Post 1:07:45
probably really good. That's really, really good. That you met modeled that for them as well, too. That's
Katy Weber 1:07:54
well, and it's true. Like, I think that, you know, it's one of the things that I always find appealing about you and your your stories and your just us have such a sense of humor about imperfection, right? And I think that's so wonderful. Like, and I think it is a great, it is a great way to model for other people, right? Especially our kids, which is like, we're a mess, right? And yeah, life is wonderful, but it doesn't take away from it doesn't minimize what is great about us, right? Like we're buying we're all those things we're whole human beings
Taucha Post 1:08:23
are thanks for saying that. Because perfectionism was like, such a barrier before. So that's nice to hear. Thank you.
Katy Weber 1:08:30
Ah, well, I'm really excited. So are you keeping ADHD yoga as your Instagram handle? What are you going to do? Or do you know yet?
Taucha Post 1:08:37
I'm gonna change it eventually. I don't know. Like, for now I'm on keeping it. So my coaching business is called truly ADHD. So it's truly adhd.ca. And
yeah, the website is a total mess right now. It's a work in progress. I'll give it a like,
I have the handle on that or the domain and that's it. But yeah, my coaching business is truly ADHD on Instagram that's taken. So I have to find some kind of like derivative of that. But yeah, yeah, I'll change it. But yeah, right now on ADHD dot yoga on Instagram. For now.
Katy Weber 1:09:18
I know, right? That's the other thing. How many times have I my business has pivoted a few times with the same ADHD or with the same Instagram account. I'm like, if you want, you can scroll way, way down to the beginning of my Instagram account and just like count all the different iterations of my account.
Taucha Post 1:09:35
By now I feel like that's such a record like an excavation of the journey. It's so fun, like our own archeological dig.
Katy Weber 1:09:48
So how did you choose the name truly ADHD?
Taucha Post 1:09:51
It's funny, like when I did my yoga teacher training, we did a lot of journaling and words that kept coming up were like authenticity, humor and empower meant. And so I really wanted something that like captured authenticity because I really just feel like, that's such a big part of like ADHD coaching is like just learning how to be your true authentic self like not trying to be like fake being neurotypical, not trying to hide your ADHD not trying to cure yourself, you know, that kind of thing, just like really embracing who you truly are. Because I feel like that's, that's really the healthiest way to be. So that's how I came up with truly ADHD. I mean, I had a million iterations of all kinds of keywords, but that one felt good. That one
Katy Weber 1:10:33
No, it's brilliant. I like it, because it also has been like double entendre just sort of being like, this is truly a truly ADHD moment,
Taucha Post 1:10:44
like showing up 30 minutes early to this interview.
Katy Weber 1:10:52
Well, I'm just excited to get a chance to check in with you. And I also just do thank you for the interview we did have so many years ago, and how much it stayed with me and I got so much wonderful feedback the first time around. So I'm glad to get a chance to hopefully get some more people to listen and, and get to the you know, experience the wonderful truly ADHD. Tasha. Thank you.
Taucha Post 1:11:18
I'm so honored to be in like, a top 10 I'm like so touched. Thank you. Thanks for being here.
Katy Weber 1:11:25
Yeah, well, it's my pleasure. Thanks.
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