Ciara's Podcast



Wholly Aligned comes to you from Ciara Jean Roberts to share her lived experiences with her kidneys and also inspire you to live a life in alignment with your desires. Having worked a number of years in private banking, she decided to change her life and trained as a nutritionist and yoga teacher and birthed her Wholly Aligned business. She has never looked back. A key message is to encourage you to awaken your inner physician and tune into your own unique needs. It is a gift to truly know yourself.


  • Mike: Kidney transplant surgeon, father and runner

    29/10/2021 Duration: 48min

    In episode 4 of Integrating a holistic approach to kidneys, Ciara speaks with Mike Stephens. Kidney transplant and vascular access surgeon. Part of the leadership team in Cardiff,  Wales. I first spoke with Mike, about 3 years ago, when a burgeoning interest in the wellbeing of medics working in a dysfunctional system became a passion I wanted to understand more about. Mike was open in the challenges he felt. Which was very refreshing for me to hear. Now here we are in October 2021, Mike speaks with experience and humility. A calm perfuses through his sharings throughout.A wonderful treasure of a conversation covering vulnerability, to pressured schedules, to being part of a team. So many gems in this. A valuable dialogue especially for those working in surgery or indeed considering it.Enjoy.Ciara Jean Roberts 

  • Vivien. 25 year friendship through dialysis, transplants, pregnancy, love and laughter

    08/10/2021 Duration: 48min

    Episode 3 in the series 'Integrating a holistic approach to kidneys'.Ciara talks to one of her closest friends Vivien, who has a working transplant for over 25 years now. Ciara and Vivien met in the St Helier dialysis unit when they were both young students at different universities. And over 25 years later, they remain firm friends. Through the rollercoasters of their own unique journey with their kidney transplants, their friendship has been a solid through line  of soulful solace,  honest conversation, adventures, true kinship to rely on through highs and lows. What a gift to have these gems in our lives.A truly beautiful conversation where the pulse of deep friendship shines through.What does it ignite in you? Ciara Jean RobertsFounder of Wholly Aligned. Author, speaker, holistic kidney expert, yoga teacher and naturopathic nutritionist

  • Sharlene: Beaming out Kidney Beam

    29/09/2021 Duration: 38min

    Episode 2 of Integrating a Holistic Approach to Kidneys features another brilliant human.Dr Sharlene Greenwood is a Consultant Physiotherapist at King’s College Hospital, an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London, and a NIHR post-doctoral research fellow. She co-chairs the UK Kidney Research Consortium, and Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership (KQuIP), and is the President of the UK Kidney Association. Sharlene is an advanced clinical practitioner with 15 years of experience as a specialist renal physiotherapist. She leads one of the only commissioned renal exercise services in the UK, which includes renal rehabilitation, weight management, and specialist kidney transplant exercise clinics. Sharlene has a keen interest in holistic management and has recently developed Kidney Beam  in partnership with Kidney Research UK and a medtech company Beam.  Ciara chats to Sharlene about her passion for Kidney Beam,  what it means to play to her strengths and the vision she has

  • Anoushica: Sibling kidney donation and the healing power of receptivity

    23/09/2021 Duration: 40min

    In the bright start of a brand new series,' Integrating a holistic approach to kidneys', Ciara chats to her good friend Anoushica.Including the very turbulent rollercoaster with her kidney transplant following a serious fungal infection that left her in hospital for over 3 months this year. Including days in intensive care.We cover the ache of her brother wanting to give her a kidney, her feelings of responsibility as the older sibling to him. Her eventual recognition that he was a grown man, wanting her to be alive and well. So that was the gift back to him. Reciprocity. We talk of the healing power of receptivity. As women especially, our willingness to receive. And how our healing journey happens in a. spiral. There is a divine timing - the courage too to cultivate self awareness. Always ongoing and evolving.And end with visioning a dream for the future. Get uplifted and join us in this intimate chat.A beautiful and honest conversation. Enjoy!The Harmony Hour video from November 2017:  https://yo

  • The Zambia years. The blessings of Africa

    29/05/2021 Duration: 48min

    In our fourth episode, Marley and Ciara talk about memories of Zambia. The change in dynamic, as now the memories include her daughters. The previous 3 episodes, were before children, or when both daughters were still very young.Zambia is a beautiful country in southern Africa. Hear more in this episode of a family moving abroad. Very fortunate to live an expatriate life, with a big house, yet also with the deeper experiences of growing together as a family. The sending away of both daughters to boarding school. The loss of their own elders, as they began to pass beyond the veil.Come join us in these containing sacred conversations.To find out more about Ciara:

  • The Cork woman moves to Africa with her English husband

    21/05/2021 Duration: 32min

    In episode 3, we travel with Marley leaving London, soon after marriage to Philip. On their first adventures living in another land, to South Africa.Arriving in an apartheid Johannesburg. The reality of this meant certain workforces were trained in use of firearms as standard (my Dad included) and being stopped by the police for having our nanny Emily riding upfront. Such white hierarchy.Nonetheless, Marley discovered a deeper relationship with yoga, going on to train as a teacher. And met lifelong friends. Bringing all this back to 1977 Ireland! Alongside her practical knowledge of nutrition. Can you see where the yoga and nutrition seed might have been planted for me, Ciara - her daughter?!The mother/daughter conversations continue (bear in mind you don't hear the edits!!) and we land in Lusaka, Zambia in the next episode. 

  • In Sacred Conversation with Marley: Farewell Cork. Hello London

    07/05/2021 Duration: 30min

    It's episode 2 of Ciara and Catherine. Mother (Marley) and daughter. Sacred conversations in the now. To be remembered in the generations to come.In this episode, we've travelled from Marley growing up in 1940s Cork (check out episode 1 if haven't yet) onto her brave journey into London. So young. Arriving in 1961 at just 19 years old.From the localised domain of Cork to exploring the wider world. Not only did Catherine as a very young woman experience friendship, kindness and great synchronicity in London, she also travelled further afield to Italy and back to Dublin before a longer period in London.Where she met the man she went on to marry.Join us in these intimate conversations. And may they spark great fondness and possibility in you.In the next episode, we travel onwards with the young married couple, to Africa. Find out more about Ciara and her work:

  • In sacred conversation with my Mother: 1940s Cork

    30/04/2021 Duration: 32min

    One of the great boons of this past year for me, has been the depth and vulnerability of conversation with my mother. These sacred women in our lives.In this new series on the Wholly Aligned podcast, Ciara lands in sacred conversation with Marley (as she calls her mother). Catherine Roberts turns 80 this year, 2021. Increasingly I have found her capacity to remember dates, names, places as if they were only yesterday, so rich. She is a storyteller and it feels time to share those stories. For posterity. For the next generations to come.And to plant seeds in you to reconnect with your ancestors. The sacred conversations you hold dear.Stay tuned for the next episode where Catherine arrives as a young, wide eyed woman, into the big smoke of London.

  • Darryl Edwards: Movement is medicine

    17/03/2021 Duration: 56min

    Darryl Edwards is a movement coach and author of the 2018 bestselling book, 'Animal Moves'. His Tedx talk, 'Why working out, isn't working out' has almost 830k views at time of recording (March 2021). Darryl sojourned from software engineering in the investment banking world, to creating primal play. Hear more about his story of transformation on this Inspiring Souls episode.  A very honest, well articulated and vulnerable sharing.He is also bringing his passion for inclusion and diversity, as a trustee for British Association for Holistic Medicine and Healthcare.To explore more about Darryl's work, check out his Primal Play Method and blog pieces. You can also find his wonderful Tedx talk there too:

  • Janey Lee Grace: Happy Healthy Sober

    16/02/2021 Duration: 35min

    In this episode, Ciara chats with Janey Lee Grace in the week her latest book 'Happy Healthy Sober' is released. Janey speaks with honesty and clarity around her own journey with booze and where that has now lead her to as a strong advocate of Sobriety Rocks!Janey is an author, commentator, and co-presenter on the UK’s biggest radio show, BBC Radio 2’s  Steve Wright in the Afternoon.  She has written five books on Holistic living including the #1 Amazon best seller Imperfectly Natural Woman and currently writes columns for many magazines, and runs training workshops and consultations on Media Breakthrough for holistic businesses and solopreneurs.  Check out her excellent Tedx talk: explore more about The Sober Club: https://www.thesoberclub.comThe Alcohol Free podcast as a free resource can also be found on The Sober Club website.

  • Imelda Almqvist. Shamanic Sacred Living. The power of imagination.

    18/01/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    Ciara enjoys a deep exploratory conversation with Imelda in this episode. Imelda's shamanic work extends across working with children, holding sacred space for deep group immersions into the ancient teachings. Alongside a formidable brain, Imelda's heart shines through as a mother of three boys, an artist of shamanic wisdom as well as a brilliant writer. Highly recommend signing up to her newsletter as that is magic alone!Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of Sacred Art and Seidr/Old Norse Traditions (the ancestral wisdom teachings of Northern Europe). She has published three books: Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young  people of all ages) in 2016, Sacred Art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit  (Where Art Meets Shamanism) in 2019 and Medicine of the Imagination - Dwelling in possibility (an impassioned plea for fearless imagination) in 2020. She has presented her work on both The Shift Network and Sounds True. She appears in a TV program, titled I

  • Isabel Firecracker shares her decision to be child-free

    15/01/2021 Duration: 38min

    Ciara in her brand new ' Inspiring Souls' podcast series, chats with Columbian born and raised Isabel Firecracker. A world traveler, avid kitesurfer, and childfree intersectional feminist, Isabel describes herself as a pragmatic, no-nonsense coach for childfree women who struggle with feelings of anger, insecurity, shame, and guilt that surround their choice to not have children. She has designed her coaching programs specifically for this end: to help childfree women evolve and grow into the very best version of themselves.Isabel is also the host of The Honest Uproar podcast, a space for childfree women to gather and tell their #childfreestories. It was created to foster a stronger sense of community and to connect empowered women around the World. Look for it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more!Website and social media

  • How to nurture your wellbeing fund. Feel better!

    04/06/2020 Duration: 19min

    Ciara chats about her Wellbeing Fund analogy. Allow yourself to reflect on the 6 different areas of your health fund. Where's off - where's in balance. Small changes, make differences. 1. Nutrition - what and how much we eat2. Sleep - how much and how deep3. Activity & movement - running, swimming, walking, jumping, anything?4. Purpose - sense of fulfilment5. Wealth - access to money and basic needs fully met6. Support - friends, family, community, work environmentCiara Jean Roberts

  • A guided 20 minutes of coherent breath (6/6 breathing)

    01/04/2020 Duration: 22min

    Ciara brings you a guided breath practise. Very useful for self-regulation and physiological recalibration. The breath has a profound impact on our emotions. This breath technique moves the body/mind into a safer state. During times of intense stress, this is so helpful. Be gentle in your exploration. Let go of the need to 'get it right'. It all comes with practise. Don't give up.  Any questions, just reach out.Ciara Jean Roberts

  • The Childhood Years: Wholly Aligned, Wholly Alive

    24/06/2019 Duration: 40min

    Ciara, an expert in kidneys and a published author, shares with you the first chapter from her book in this podcast, 'Wholly Aligned, Wholly Alive: Awakening your Inner Physician'. The book launched 25th June 2019.You can get your own copy through: https://www.whollyaligned.comSign up for Ciara's mailing list there too to receive nourishing and practical advice every fortnight! Enjoy. To connect directly with Ciara to discuss consultation or 1:1 yoga, drop her an email:

  • The Peruvian Medicine Wheel.

    09/02/2019 Duration: 15min

    In this episode, Ciara Jean Roberts talks about her experience in Peru learning more about the traditional wisdom of the Andean medicine wheel. using the cardinal directions and the symbolism of totemic animals, we dive into the beautiful nature of this ancient wisdom.