The Chaya Podcast is a sacred platform where Jewish Iranian change makers turn taboo topics into transformational opportunities for our community. The intention of this podcast is to support our listeners’ evolution by challenging the rules our community taught us to buy into for “the best life.” We invite you to decide from a more conscious place which practices you want to keep, which ones you want to let go of, and how you can own those decisions and ultimately thrive in more fulfilling and authentic life.

WTF is Chaya?

What is The Chaya Podcast? Why and how was it started? How can we begin to get more conscious as a Jewish Iranian community about which traditions we want to let go and which ones we want to keep?

What Makes a Couple, a Power Couple?

What makes a couple, a POWER couple?  What are their challenges? How do they make it work? What if the women is the more significant character in couplehood? What if the man is? And how do these couples define marriage?

Concealed to Revealed: The Journey to Becoming Your Authentic Self

 In this episode, Esther Amini talks about her book, Concealed, her journey towards being fully seen + how to get past the fear of losing our relationships when we become who we actually want to be. 

Taking The Diss Out of Disability

Dr. Zokaeem talks about patterns she’s noticed in how collectivistic backgrounds relate to disability and how to change our relationship to it so that we are more kind, more inclusive, and more integrated as a community.

Shame and Sexual Health

Dr. Danny Niku MD and Nicole Nowparvar talk about the importance of our generation taking control of our sexual health, how to pick a doctor that will hold the space for you, what type of birth control options are out there, and how to talk to your partner about getting tested for STI’s.

What Makes Something Taboo?

Nicole Nowparvar interviews Mastaneh Moghadam, a cultural expert and psychotherapist, to answer the questions: What are some of the biggest stigmatized topics in our community today and why is that so? Should our traditions be serving us or should we be serving them? 

Fertile AF

Nicole Nowparvar interviews Shady Zarnegin Rx and Dr. Ellen Goldstein MD on how to break the stigma around fertility in our culture for both men and women. We also dive into common experiences we have when freezing eggs, how to improve our fertility, and show up for ourselves or someone who is considering the egg freezing procedure

Image Vs. Identity

How would you describe your identity? What parts of your identity shine in different environments? How can we accept the parts of our identity we are ashamed of? How does identity change? What’s the difference between your identity, soul, and reputation?

From Outsider to Leader: A Conversation on Bullying

Nicole interviews Kevin Noparvar @how.kev.eats.it on being an outsider, being bullied and how he transformed into a leader.  What does adult bullying look like in the Jewish Iranian Community? How does it damage us? How can one rise above bullying and go from a victim to a victor?

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