Behind the Body

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Andrea Cutuk and Anna Daltro

11 October 2023

1h 1m 49s

The Psychology of Strength: Dr. Mini's Transformative Journey From the Inside Out



Step into the extraordinary journey of Mini as she breaks free from a traumatic relationship and discovers her passion for psychology. From a shy and passive upbringing rooted in Punjabi traditions, she embarks on a path of self-discovery that stemmed from trauma and depression, leading her to recreate herself as an empowered woman. As Mini steps into the health and fitness world, she uncovers a love for its transformative power for holistic health. Now, she teaches her patients and others the same tools to enable their own empowerment.

In this episode, we will:

  • Discover the transformative power of embracing freedom and empowerment.

  • Learn how health and fitness can be a self-empowerment and personal growth journey.

  • Understand the importance of community and support in your personal development.

  • Overcome fears and build confidence in the gym.

  • Explore the intersection of psychology and fitness in overcoming trauma and depression and achieving holistic health.

Our special guest is Mini...

Mini is a remarkable guest on this episode of Behind the Body. As a close friend of the hosts, Andrea and Anna, and one of Anna's clients, she brings a unique perspective to the intersection of psychology and fitness in achieving holistic health. Mini's journey is inspiring, overcoming struggles, cultural expectations, and trauma to find her path. Growing up in a close-knit Punjabi family in Northern California, Mini experienced her family's love and protection. She pursued her education, graduating with a degree in psychology, and discovered her passion for helping others through volunteering at a women's shelter. Mini's story showcases the strength and ability to overcome trauma and depression and find personal fulfillment and empowerment through passion. Her insights will surely resonate with our audience.

Find Mini on IG @dr.mini_kaur &



The key moments in this episode are:

00:00:06 - Introduction

00:01:53 - Growing up in a close-knit Punjabi family

00:05:42 - Pursuing higher education

00:09:10 - Relationships and cultural expectations

00:14:26 - Embracing Culture and Making a Life in India

00:15:02 - Following Her Heart and Overcoming Inexperience

00:16:33 - Ignoring Red Flags and Rushing into Marriage

00:19:54 - Early Signs of Control and Jealousy

00:22:23 - Escaping an Abusive Relationship

00:34:36 - Starting the Fitness Journey

00:37:30 - The Importance of Fitness

00:38:56 - Self-Care and Psychology

00:44:23 - Discovering a New Challenge

00:45:01 - Falling in Love with the Stage

00:46:35 - Representing Her Culture

00:49:43 - Embracing Freedom and Empowerment

00:53:23 - Choosing Beliefs and Personal Growth

00:59:00 - Building Confidence in the Gym

00:59:28 - Transformation and Inspiration

01:00:16 - Ask Dr. Minnie on Instagram

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