Learn Mental Toughness Tips From Elliot Waksman of Portland Sport Psychology

Our LIVE interviews are zooming right along! I so appreciate all of our interviewees, and all of YOU for tuning in and asking great questions! This week, I’m excited for you to meet Elliott Waksman, director of Portland Sport Psychology.

Elliott has worked in the field of sport & performance psychology since 2010, helping individuals and groups boost their mental toughness. He has had the unique opportunity to collaborate with high achievers ranging from Olympic athletes, student-athletes, coaches, Special Operation soldiers, dancers, and physicians. His time in the trenches with those elite performers, confirmed his philosophy that developing mental skills, like resiliency, optimism, focus, and confidence helps everyone perform better, regardless of the stage.

Elliott loves this work because he wants to make the world a better place. He finds fulfillment when clients enjoy healthier relationships, better self-awareness, and more productivity – on and off of the field.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Elliott was a recognized three-sport athlete at Lincoln High. He often incorporates both his personal sport experiences and sense of humor in his mental training sessions.
Tune in live with us this Saturday at noon to learn Elliott’s mental toughness techniques. This is sure to be a fun and thought provoking conversation!  

Use this Zoom link to tune in, you may join us with your audio and video on or off, and you may ask questions live “in person” on by typing into the chat box.

Meeting ID 847 0380 6987

Meeting Password 024620


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*LIVE* Interview With State Farm Agent Dimitri Kondos Saturday May 30th

Have you met our local State Farm agent Dimiti Kondos? His office is on Milwaukie, just south of Bybee, and you have probably seen this lovely mural on the side of the building.

I’ve gotten to know Dimitri through the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance meetings, and love how connected his is to our community. These are uncertain times, and he is here to give us peace of mind. When your basement floods, or your car gets dinged, do you have a special person you can call who will talk you through the process, advise you as to your deductible, and whether or not to file a claim, and refer you to contractors, or other service providers that you can trust? If Dimitri is your agent, you do!

During stressful times I like to gather facts. By focusing on the things that are under my control, I feel less stressed and out of control. Join us Saturday to learn why now is the perfect time to double check your policy, and what you can do to fill in any holes.

  • Do you have the proper insurance coverage?
  • Do you know what your policy covers?
  • Do you know the amount of your deductible?

Contact Dimitri this week and you will feel safe and secure with your home or auto insurance policy.

Kondos Insurance Agency, Inc.

7304 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202 Bus 503.206.6035    Fax 503.719.6125



Licensed: Oregon, Washington & California

MLO #973632 NMLS #139716

*LIVE* Interview Saturday May 23rd with Chi Running Instructor Alice Diffely

Thanks Alice for sharing your insights on running form and safety! Check out our live interview below.

I first met Alice during one of her Chi Running workshops years ago. As you may have experienced, being coached by someone else, and then videotaped while you move gives you a whole new insight into whether “your” reality matches “the” reality. Spoiler alert – I was surprised to learn that I was not in fact swinging my arms and legs like she had instructed me, even though that is what it “felt like” I was doing.

In addition to running and walking coaching, Alice is a Registered Yoga Instructor, Certified TRE® Provider, and Original Strength® Certified Coach. She has lots of tools in her tool box that all lead to one point, improving your body awareness. She shares with us her tips on running safety (yes or no to masks, best practices for running outdoors) in these strange times.

If you suffer from knee, back, or hip pain after running or walking, Alice is here to help.

Alice shares some of her upcoming offerings:
• I’m available for virtual gait analysis. You can download the Coach’s Eye app and have a friend or family member use that to shoot a quick clip of you running or walking. It helps to get a sideview, and well as front & back views. E-mail me the video clip, and I’ll send you my analysis along with a few personalized form focus tips for your to work on.
• I’m available for Zoom sessions in yoga. I have a lot of experience teaching Yoga for Runners & Walkers, as well as Yoga for Athletes. For their past 4 competitive seasons, I’ve taught yoga to the Portland Winterhawks. I’m also available for Zoom sessions in TRE®, which stands for Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises. It’s a movement-based technique that enables your body to shake off accumulated stress and tension in order to down-regulate the nervous system and help bring it back into balance. Due to the pandemic, many of us are experiencing unprecedented stress on a variety of levels. I look forward to sharing this highly effective self-care tool with more individuals to help them find greater calm and more resilience during this challenging time.
• I’ll be offering Zoom classes through Portland Community College’s Community Education/Recreation & Wellness Department during their Summer Term and Fall Term. My Summer Term offering will be Yoga for Teen Athletes, intended for 12-17 year olds. My course proposals for Fall Term include Yoga for Runners & Walkers, a new course offering called TRE® & Yoga for a Calmer Nervous System, and potentially another section of the Yoga for Teen Athletes class.
• I also recently became an Original Strength® Certified Coach. The philosophy behind OS is that by revisiting movement patterns that we progressed through early in our lives, we’re able to press reset to rid ourselves of unhelpful movement habits and regain our ability to move in a more fluid, natural way. I integrate OS principles into a lot of my yoga teaching, and I look forward to offering some Facebook Live events or Zoom sessions soon to share this innovative approach with more clients.

Head over to Alice’s website here or facebook page here for more info.

*LIVE* Interview with Sam From Zen Focus Tech

On Saturday May 9th we chatted with Sam from Zen Focus Tech about how to get the most out of your technology right now!

Does your screen freeze during Zoom calls? Are you maxing out your system with you, your kids, and your spouse, all on the internet at once? Check out our latest interview to learn how to improve your internet speed, improve your productivity, and reduce your stress while you work from home.

Sam Rodriguez shares his tech tips for working from home

About Sam: Sam is a trained engineer with 16 years’ experience in IT, and 7 years’ experience teaching martial arts to teenagers and adults. This combination allows him to bring quiet, expert determination to IT systems, and to take on a variety of roles. His work as an IT consultant integrates his knowledge of technology with his desire to serve – driving clients’ business passions with 21st century technology.

My goal with these free interviews is to help you reduce your stress, connect with cool, smart, knowledgeable people, and learn something new. You may tune in with your video on or off. I’m not judging your Saturday hair or pajama look.

Who do you know who would benefit from this? Can you send this info to your special person?

*LIVE* Interview With Heather Stewart – Why Structure Is Important In These Uncertain Times

Saturday May 2nd, we talked to Heather Stewart about the importance of structure during these uncertain times. She shares her tips on how and why to stick to a schedule that includes healthy eating, movement, and coordinating with the other members of your household so that everyone feels successful. Thanks Heather!

Next up – Saturday May 9th we chat with Sam from Zen focus Tech about how to get the most out of your technology right now. To get the link to tune in live with us Saturdays at noon, make sure you are signed up for my newsletters. Scroll down to that box down there on the right and enter your email address. If you decide after reading a few of these that they are not for you, you can easily unsubscribe yourself.