“How do we allow our self to be the wild, the uncontrolled, the not-so-trimed, the not-so-perfect… We always say, what’s your nature, what’s your true nature? That’s nature: it’s uncontrollable.”
“A lot of people don’t have one single person to call, on good days or bad days.”
“Perfection shouldn’t trump connection.”
“Sometimes ‘no’ is the greatest word of love.”
Trine Veiss Mikkelsen is a menstruation activist, a women’s health coach, a photographer, and an entrepreneur. She’s also a dedicated practitioner of yoga since the early 2000s, and uses yoga therapy in her personal coaching practice.
It was quite refreshing and fun to exchange with Trine. On the day of our recording, a huge snowfall covered Montreal in white powder. It was a great icebreaker (although it did delay Mr. Scott a little in getting to the studio) and showcased one of Trine’s inherent skills: bridging the subtle and unpredictable natural aspects of life with the methodical practices one needs to be both a thriving entrepreneur and parent.
Trine divulged on which Montreal Cafe she cannot resist, as well as some of the nuances of Danish etiquette. We got to hear stories of the months she spent studying at Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, the ashram funded by one of Canada’s prominent yogis of the 20th century: Swami Radha.
Trine shared with us that one of her best businesses was a dog-walking venture, and also guided us through how she considers Nordic mythology to be an insight into the human relationship with nature.
“It’s a form of activism to love your bleed.”
Trine’s passion is making a difference in empowering women. Her current focus is to help dispel the stigma that surrounds menstruation, and to develop new traditions and rites of passage that will empower girls through their first period.
Trine And The ‘Bros
Trine was a delightful podcast guest and had insightful and entertaining answers to the broad scope of questions Scott and I brought to the mics. It’s quite beautiful to live at a time when voices like hers echo stronger than ever and are shaping a world in which the masculine and feminine support and strengthen each other.
Trine Veiss Mikkelson on the SpiritBros Podcast!
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[3:30] Trine has been off coffee for 26 days.
[7:25] What does it mean to be “hyper-Danish-ly responsible”?
[14:45] Trine on how her youth connects to her current calling.
[19:36] How does Trine approach business development?
[20:15] One of Trine’s, and her partner Jean-Michel, most profitable businesses over the years was a dog walking company.
[22:45] On encountering yoga and photography.
[24:15] Yasodhara Yoga and Swami Radha.
[33:45] What is the atmosphere like at Yasodhara Ashram. “There is no cool people.”
[36:15] “You get to be together with the opposite sex in a way that is stripped of all the tension, and that is quite a beautiful thing to experience. That everyone is actually together, just as people.”
[37:15] On the daily schedule at Yasodhara Ashram.
[40:05] In hindsight, what did Trine walk away with from her time at Yasodhara?
[40:35] “So that’s what attracted me to photography. That idea that you can unfold people and find a place and work through a process where they can relax enough that they can have their picture taken and be authentic. And that very easily translated into what I was doing with yoga, helping people get to their ‘aha’ moment.”
[42:15] Social media and celebrity Valentine’s Day gifts that become memes.
[44:25] On the difference between your yoga practice at home and your practice at the studio.
[50:15] Nordic mythology and fear of nature.
[52:05] “How do we allow our self to be the wild, the uncontrolled, the not-so-trimed, the not-so-perfect… We always say, what’s your nature, what’s your true nature? That’s nature: it’s uncontrollable.”
[53:45] How does Trine react when challenged?
[58:00] On her approach to choosing a school for her seven year-old daughter.
[1:00:15] Pete muses on transmitting practices from one generation to the next.
[1:08:25] Trine on motherhood and why she does not work as a postpartum doula anymore.
[1:14:45] “A lot of people don’t have one single person to call, on good days or bad days.”
[1:16:15] On places where community can gather.
[1:20:15] “Perfection shouldn’t trump connection.”
[1:24:15] “We don’t start any new contracts unless we meet and have coffee together.”
[1:27:15] “How to become a millionaire making podcasts in the Mile-End.”
[1:28:10] Trine on her current passion project: promoting menstrual health.
[1:32:45] On creating care packages for young women in preparation for their first period.
[1:35:45] On how first periods are treated throughout the world.
[1:42:15] On healing her endometriosis.
[1:44:30] “It’s a form of activism to love your bleed.”
[1:53:35] Communities that Trine finds resilience and inspiration in.
[1:57:25] Mentors in Trine’s life.
[1:58:45] “I think parenthood makes you a great entrepreneur. If you can have a kid stay alive, you can have a business stay alive, and vice-versa.”
[2:00:35] On her life’s biggest failure.
[2:02:05] “Sometimes ‘no’ is the greatest word of love.”
[2:05:00] What would be the message of Trine’s Ted talk?
[2:06:00] Trine shares two of her spiritual practices. One from the pagan tradition and one from the yoga tradition.
[2:09:25] En-lightning round.