What do you do when you have everything you were ever supposed to want and then discover that none of it is making you happy?
In this episode, Jodi and Adina speak with Henry Yampolsky, an immigrant from the Ukraine, who came to America and set out to fulfill the American dream for the child of an immigrant family. However, as soon as he checked off all the ‘American Dream success boxes,’ he felt empty. None if it made him happy.
At the right time, Henry met Anand Mehrotra, a spiritual teacher, yogi, and founder of Sattva Yoga who asked him the question: What would you do if you were not afraid? Henry could have turned away from the question and continued on the path well traveled, but he paused and allowed himself to absorb the power of this question.
Listen in as we travel with Henry on his journey of exploring this Game Changing Question.
As always, we would love to receive your feedback and comments.
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Henry Yampolsky Bio
Henry Yampolsky is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based mediator, collaborative lawyer and conflict coach, passionate about holding space for people in conflict. After more than nine years as an attorney and partner in larger firms, he founded Yampolsky Law, P.C. – Conflict Transformed, a holistic law firm focused on mindful practices of Mediation, Collaborative Law, Family Law and Labor and Employment Law.
Henry is also the co-author (along with Annette Birkmann) of Dis-Solving Conflict from Within (www.dissolvingconflict.com), an innovative four-step process of self-inquiry into our direct experience of conflict. Dis-Solving Conflict from Within enables people to respond to conflict with clarity, compassion and presence instead of reacting to it with fear, avoidance and aggression.
An International Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 200), trained in Rishikesh, India, Henry utilizes the techniques and wisdom of yoga in his conflict resolution practice. Henry is the co-founder and President of Sattva Yoga America, Inc. (www.sattvayogaamerica.org), a non-for-profit corporation tasked with spreading the practice of Sattva Yoga, developed by Henry’s teacher, Anand Mehrotra, throughout North America and the world and especially with bringing yoga to underserved and underprivileged communities.
Henry is a sought-after speaker, facilitator and workshop leader and has presented programs on mindfulness, compassionate communications, restorative justice, mediation and client empowerment in the practices of mediation and collaborative law. Through his affiliation with the New York Peace Institute, Henry serves as a community mediator, restorative justice facilitator and conflict coach. Henry is also one of the coaches for the Peace Institute’s Basic Meditation Training (BMT) and teaches mediation and conflict de-escalation skills to NYPD.
Thank you for this gift of a podcast. I’ve known Henry for some time since his days as beginning motorcyclist. He’s been a friend, mentor and confidant and it was lovely to hear how far he has come and how he is using his personal journey to enhance, improve and inspire the journeys of others (myself included). Great work and continued success.
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