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Interviews with leaders, elders and teachers from the yoga and wider wisdom community on eastern philosophies, consciousness studies, social justice, and the human spiritual condition.

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Interviews with leaders, elders and teachers from the yoga and wider wisdom community on eastern philosophies, consciousness studies, social justice, and the human spiritual condition.

    Alex Auder on Socialist Yoga (#115)

    Alex Auder on Socialist Yoga (#115)

    Alex Auder, recently hailed by the NYTimes as “Yoga’s Instagram Provocateur” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/style/yoga-instagram-alex-auder.html) is a native New Yorker, who grew up in the Chelsea Hotel, where she lived with her mother, the Warhol Superstar Viva, and her sister, the actress Gaby Hoffmann. Besides for being hailed as one of America’s “most influential” yoga teachers, Alex is an actress (you can find her as a recurring character in HBO’s High Maintenance) and writer (currently working on a memoir about growing up in The Chelsea with Viva). She and her husband/co-collaborator have a podcast called “15minutes with Alex.”
    Teaching for over 20 years, she has developed a keen eye and a genuinely authentic, irreverent, and original voice. Her classes are known for the graceful integration of clear and precise alignment cues, intelligent sequencing based on stability and functional movement, somatics, and vedantic philosophy.
    Alex has been interviewed and quoted in The New Yorker for the article about guru predators called: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/yoga-reconsiders-the-role-of-the-guru-in-the-age-of-metoo .
    When the pandemic landed, she closed down her brick and mortar studio on Philadelphia and now teaches two weekly live classes and has an extensive On Demand library of classes.

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Lama Rod Owens on Love & Anger (#114)

    Lama Rod Owens on Love & Anger (#114)

    In this episode we discuss:
    The utility of righteous anger in activism
    Spiritual practice as an expression of disrupting violence in the world
    Discomfort as the place where realization and freedom arises from
    Orienting to the collective - holding my needs and the needs of the collective together 
    The necessity of a commitment to practice for to create change
    Dharma as a path to freedom, liberation, complete 
    Becoming yourself to free yourself

    Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Has been published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and offers talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Nkem Ndefo on Trauma & Resilience (#113)

    Nkem Ndefo on Trauma & Resilience (#113)

    In this episode we discuss:
    Trauma as the root of most of our suffering 
    Common misperceptions about trauma and stress 
    6 principles of a trauma-informed approach
    Incorporating neuroscience and a return to ancient practices
    What is resilience? 
    Embodied activism - an everyday activism
    Making space for healing

    Nkem Ndefo is the founder and president of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit, a model that promotes embodied self-awareness and self-regulation in an ecologically sensitive framework and social justice context. Licensed as a nurse midwife, Nkem also has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies. She brings an abundance of experience as a clinician, educator, consultant, and community strategist to innovative programs that address stress and trauma and build resilience for individuals, organizations, and communities across sectors, both in her home country (USA) and internationally. Nkem is particularly interested in working alongside people most impacted by violence and marginalization.

    • 57 min
    Greta Gaard on Mindful Ecofeminism (#112)

    Greta Gaard on Mindful Ecofeminism (#112)

    Greta Gaard began practicing Vipassana meditation in 1995 at Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN. An early proponent of ecofeminism, Gaard has written extensively to illuminate the linkages of race, gender, sexuality, species and environmental justice, publishing six books and over 90 articles on ecofeminism, including several that articulate a mindful ecofeminism: "Beyond Gary Snyder: Buddhism's Influence on U.S. Environmental Literature." (2013), “Mindful New Materialisms” (2014), “Mindful Ecocriticism” (2020), and “(Un)Storied Air, Breath, Embodiment” (2021). Her presentation on “Humans, Animals, and Non-Harming,” is available on the Dharma Voices for Animals website, and her most recent book is Critical Ecofeminism (2017). As a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Gaard uses both mindfulness pedagogy and happiness practices in all her writing classes.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Georgi Y. Johnson on NonDual Therapy (#111)

    Georgi Y. Johnson on NonDual Therapy (#111)

    In this episode we discuss: 
    Contemplating death, existence looking at non-existence
    Trauma, dissociation, suffering and spiritual emergency
    The mysteries of perceptions through mind, heart, and body
    Taking emotional responsibility through spiritual healing
    Nondual Therapy, the psychology of awakening, in contrast to traditional therapy 
    Ways of responding to fear and anger from the lens of non-dual therapy 
    Passion and finding sense of purpose within suffering 

    Georgi Y. Johnson graduated from Oxford University with a determination to explore the mysteries of perception through mind, heart and body. Together with her partner Bart ten Berge she has an international teaching and healing practice in Nondual Therapy and Spiritual Psychology.

    Georgi is author of several books, including I AM HERE – Opening the Windows of Life & Beauty (a study of the nature of consciousness), and Nondual Therapy – The Psychology of Awakening. She is presently completing a new book: Nondual Medicine –The Physiology of the Soul.

    All Georgi’s teachings arise out of the realization of the primacy of resonant experience in the movement toward wellbeing, health and happiness. In this, her approach is radically holistic, working with the vibratory field of the felt sense as prior to physical, psychological can mental manifestations. Implicit in this is the liberation of consciousness from the inherited conditioning of beliefs.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Todd Norian on Unreasonable Happiness (#110)

    Todd Norian on Unreasonable Happiness (#110)

    In this episode we discuss:
    Unreasonable happiness as a way to engage in this time of crisis 
    Todd’s personal experience of spiritual awakening 
    The fall from grace of two beloved gurus
    Betrayal, resentment, grief, healing and forgiveness with boundaries as an act of self-love
    A new student-teacher relationship and the foundation of Ashaya Yoga
    Seeing everything in life as a path of awakening
    Non-duality, integration of all of it - this is the spiritual practice

    ​Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, seeks to awaken others to their inherent potential for healing and joy by integrating the body, mind, and heart through yoga and meditation. Believing that yoga is a gateway for self-discovery and spiritual growth, Todd founded Ashaya Yoga in 2012 to guide his students through an alignment-based, heart-opening practice that builds strength and flexibility while giving them access to the universe of power within. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd brings advanced biomechanical knowledge, Shaiva Tantra philosophical teachings, and an unapologetic sense of humor to his international workshops and trainings. As a classically trained Jazz musician, Todd created several music albums for yoga and relaxation, including Bija: Soothing Music and Mantras for Yoga and Meditation. Learn more by reading Todd’s book, Memoir of a Jewish Yogi. For a listing of Ashaya Yoga Certified Teachers near you and a schedule of Todd’s upcoming teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats, visit ashayayoga.com. Practice with Todd online at www.yogainternational.com.

    • 1 hr 38 min

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