We had the good fortune of connecting with Yerasimos Stilianessis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yerasimos, before we get into your story, can you tell us what your favorite podcast is and what you like about it.
My favorite podcast by far is the Unslaved Podcast hosted by Michael Tsarion and David Whitehead. Now, it’s a paid membership podcast/website and for me, the value is totally worth it because it explores a range of topics that inspire me and fascinate me, covering psychology, philosophy, alternative historical research, symbolism, and other esoteric subjects. Personally, I love challenging my own established beliefs and diving deeper into internal and external truths and this podcast fuels that exploration more than any other content I have come across. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, though it’s had a powerful impact on me, my work, and my approach to living as a human being on this planet.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is called “Healing with Yerasimos,” though within that there are many different elements that can support a person on their journey through life. After many years of study and my own transformational experiences, I’ve created the True Health Blueprint which is my signature program over a 3 month or 6 month period that helps motivated individuals understand and connect to themselves more deeply, overcome patterns of self-sabotage, and experience true health on all levels. I individually tailor my program depending on the client’s needs, though the 3 pillars on the pathway to true health are: 1) Self-Knowledge 2) Freedom from Self-Sabotage 3) Awakening Somatic Intelligence. Within these pillars, there are many different tools, techniques, and philosophies that I utilize to support each person’s unique process of healing and transformation. I’m also focused on doing “men’s work,” and I’ve created my own full-day event for men that takes place in Venice, CA: Somatic Freedom: A Pathway to True Health. During this event, I guide men through various powerful exercises and modalities that integrate both ancient and modern understandings of the human form, helping to release stored trauma, excess stress/tension, and toxicity from the body and nervous system so that each man can move closer towards living a life with more mental clarity, emotional balance, and physical self-awareness. I’ve also collaborated with mindset coach Gavin Masumiya in creating: “The Somatic Flowmasters Virtual Experience for Men”. This event is all about inspiring men to get deeply present with themselves, work through their fears, and transform their mind, body, and spirit. We had started developing a 3 day men’s retreat to offer to the public, though due to the quarantine we decided to change gears and create something that each man can experience from the comfort of their own home. Our first event was a success and our plan is to hold one every month. Anyways, that’s the work I do in a nutshell. It’s been a wild ride of ups and downs and ins and outs, though there have been so many lessons through it all and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
To be honest, I’m a bit of a homebody that loves to cook and 95% of the food I eat is homemade. That being said, I would definitely take them to the Mar Vista and Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets for local and organic produce to bring back home. As my wife and I live in Santa Monica near the ocean, I would say that outside of spending quality time in our home over delicious, healthy meals, we would be venturing often to relax at the beach (near Ocean Park) or at one of the nearby parks. If they wanted to give me a break in the kitchen, we’d probably go out to eat at True Food or Flower Child in Santa Monica, though if everyone was up for a quick and easy top-notch burger, HiHo would definitely be the spot! Other than that, I think a lovely coastal ride up the PCH would be the cherry on top of a nourishing and relaxing time spent here on the west side of LA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to several people that have had a major influence at different points in my life’s journey (in chronological order):
-My mother and father first and foremost for bringing me into this world and providing unconditional love.
-My brother George who has always believed in me and supported me.
-Jason Bennett for first helping me open up my eyes and mind to my potential as a creative, ever-evolving individual and for first waking me up to certain truths in the world.
-Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone for their psycho-spiritual work in helping me have a solid foundational understanding of my own inner world.
-Joshua Rosenthal who first brought me to a deeper place of understanding of how what we eat and how we live impacts our health, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
-John Dapolito for helping shine a light on my unique niche in life as a creative being.
-Alexander Dunlop for showing me and teaching me what is “in the cards” for me in my life, and the power inherent in knowing that.
-Angel Evans for planting powerful seeds of manifestation in my consciousness.
-Christopher Maher for showing me the power of true transformation through the physical body.
-Sophie Fletcher for being the most amazing wife and for helping me move even closer towards being the man I’ve always wanted to be.
-Jason Christoff for inspiring me to be an advocate for the truth and for helping me get more clarity around what it takes for someone to experience freedom from self-sabotage.
-Michael Tsarion and David Whitehead for opening up my mind to even greater internal and external truths and for inspiring me to live an even more heroic life.