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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.

    Prentis Hemphill on Healing Justice & Queer Spiritual Purpose (#130)

    Prentis Hemphill on Healing Justice & Queer Spiritual Purpose (#130)

    Prentis Hemphill is a movement facilitator, Somatics teacher, and practitioner, and working at the convergence of healing, collective transformation, and political organizing. Prentis has spent the last 15 years bridging wellbeing and power building as a part of movement building organizations, most recently as the Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter Global Network. In 2016, Prentis was awarded the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Soma Award for community work inspired by Buddhist thought. At present, Prentis is the co-founder of Resilient Strategies, a project intended to deepen movement practice and understanding of politicized healing. Prentis is also a teacher of Somatics with Generative Somatics and with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity. 

    In this episode we discuss:
    What is healing? How do we heal?
    How does somatics shift the paradigm of traditional therapy?
    What is healing justice and how does it differ from other approaches to social justice?
    Recovering pre-colonial practices in a post-colonial context through the lens of somatics.
    Healing individual and collective trauma.
    Critiques of the wellness industry and the structures that deny access to healing for everyone.
    Queer spiritual purpose, supporting repair and stretching the parameters of belonging.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Vineet Chander on Hindu Chaplaincy (#129)

    Vineet Chander on Hindu Chaplaincy (#129)

    In this episode we discuss:
    The roots of pastoral care and chaplaincy 
    Incorporating the frameworks of Vendantic, yoga philosophy in Hindu chaplaincy
    Contemplative dimensions of pastoral care, bringing radical compassionate presence in spiritual accompaniment
    Obstacles to cultivating spiritual health and the epidemic of loneliness in the globalized westernize world 
    The three elements of Sādhanā: Tapas, Svādhyāya, Īśvarapraṇidhāna
    Building inner resilience
    Intimate and personal experience of the Supreme

    Vineet Chander is the Coordinator for Hindu Life and Hindu Chaplain at Princeton University and a Religious Life Leader at the Lawrenceville School.  He has also served as an adjunct professor, attorney, and communications consultant. His areas of specialty include Bhakti theology, models of pastoral counseling, and the Hindu-American diaspora community. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, and he is co-author of Hindu Chaplaincy (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 2017) and co-editor of Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019).

    A student of His Holiness Radhanath Swami for more than two decades, he is a sought-after speaker and teacher in his own right— particularly known for his ability to infuse ancient wisdom with humor, relevant examples, and avenues for application. He has spoken at a number of conferences and educational institutions, including the American Academy of Religion, the Global Dharma Conference, the Global Chaplains Conference, Yale University, Cornell University, and the Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University. In addition, he has offered wisdom teachings in a number of temples, ashrams, and yoga studios, including the philosophy portions of YTT courses at Gratitude Yoga (Princeton, NJ), Prana Yoga Shala (Princeton, NJ), and Onyx Yoga (Warren, NJ). He is a regular speaker at, and past board member of, the Bhakti Center (New York City).

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Zhenevere Sophia Dao on Sexuality and the Transgender Necessity (#128)

    Zhenevere Sophia Dao on Sexuality and the Transgender Necessity (#128)

    In this episode we discuss:
    Post-Daoism as a philosophy reinterpreting depth psychology, qigong, and Daoism
    MogaDao as a practice at the intersection of somatic, queer, and socioerotic inquiry
    Socially imposed self-images versus deeply personal mythopoetic self-images
    The democratization of desire in all forms and socio-erotic experiences
    Spiritual significance of sex, sexuality, and desire as authentic expressions of a soul’s original virtue
    Consumeristic paradigm of sexuality as another attribute of power 
    The importance of trans people in society as leaders in and examples of radical authenticity

    Zhenevere Sophia Dao is a poet, novelist, playwright, and the director of the SACRa Theater Company. She has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and has published fiction with Penguin Books. An independent scholar, she is the founder of the philosophy of Post-Daoism and the practice tradition of MogaDao, which incorporates original “mythosomatic” qigong forms and meditations, and spiritualized asana, in combination with academic studies in mythopoetics, comparative philosophy and religion, Depth Sexology, socioerotic and sociopolitical inquiry, and queer studies. A transgender woman, she is also the founder of The Transgender Necessity, a platform for public discourse which underscores the cultural necessity of transgender individuals. 

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Tracee Stanley on Yoga Nidra (#127)

    Tracee Stanley on Yoga Nidra (#127)

    In this episode we discuss:
    1. The philosophy of yoga nidra, the goddess of yoga nidra and the four states of consciousness. 
    2. Yoga nidra as a state and as a systematic guided relaxation. 
    3. Obstacles to rest in our culture.
    4. Working with trauma and the importance of safety in moving toward rest.
    5. The science of yoga nidra, accessing the place of healing and rejuvenation.
    6. The relationship between liminal space and creativity.
    7. How to set up a supportive yoga nidra nest.

    Tracee Stanley was introduced to the practice of yoga nidra in 2001. She immediately recognized it as a healing salve for the world and began to incorporate it into her life and her yoga teaching. She left her high-stress career as a Hollywood film producer to delve deeper into the study of the practices that were empowering and rejuvenating her, so she could share them with others. With over 20 years of experience practice and teaching in the Himalayan Tradition, Tantra and Sri Vidya, she also understands the demands of life as an entrepreneur, wife, and stepmom. Her effortless way of sharing ancient teachings in accessible ways is her superpower. She travels extensively to offer yoga nidra, meditation, self-inquiry, teacher trainings and workshops.

    As a gift to all of our listeners, Tracee is offering a 30% discount on her book “Radiant Rest” which is now on pre-order from the publisher’s site with the code RR30 until 3/31/21 at https://www.shambhala.com/radiant-rest.html.

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    • 57 min
    Tias Little On Practice as the Path (#126)

    Tias Little On Practice as the Path (#126)

    In this episode, we discuss:
    How yoga communities and the industry have changed during the Covid pandemic.
    The inspiration for Tia’s new book “The Practice is the Path”.
    Being comfortable living with uncertainty.
    Identity and attachment.
    The significance of dreams and the role of the dream state in breaking the spell of the everyday life.  
    Emphasizing the “not doing” and shifting the default mode to be one of rest
    Yoga and the art of seeing - the role of being seen and heard in relationship and healing.

    About Tias Little:

    Tias Little’s unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience.

    Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching are influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long-time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor.

    Tias earned a Master’s degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. Tias is the author of four books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, Yoga of the Subtle Body, and The Practice is the Path.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Shailla Vaidya on Yoga for Stress & Burnout (#125)

    Shailla Vaidya on Yoga for Stress & Burnout (#125)

    In this episode, we discuss:
    Growing up Indian in a majority white culture, shame and the impact of disconnection from culture.
    The value of yoga and mindbody practices in medicine and education.
    Stress, trauma and burnout, and ways in which embodied practices can help.
    The impact of the pandemic and isolation on us as social beings and the value of yoga and stress relief in times of Covid.
    Practicing compassion, stress relief, and strategies to generate compassion for self and others. 
    Yoga and the importance of taking into consideration who you are and where you’re at; reducing harm with a better understanding of yogic practices.
    Cultural appropriation of yoga and Indian culture and how to honor lineage and context.

    Shailla Vaidya, MD MPH CCFP(EM) C-IAYT is a Physician/Yoga Therapist practicing Mind-Body Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. She studied Medicine at Dalhousie University, did her residency in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and completed a Master’s in Public Health (Management and Policy) at Harvard University. She has also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and the University of Toronto.  

    Dr. Vaidya grew up in a cultural tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda and has been bridging Eastern Wisdom with Western Medicine throughout her 20 years of medical practice. She completed her yoga teacher training and yoga therapy training with the Mohans and the Svastha Yoga Therapy. She is the creator of the Yoga of Stress Resilience Burnout Recovery Program, and the Reconnect Concussion program, both of which combine the path of yoga with the science of human function for healing and recovery. As a “Compassion-it” Change Agent, she is effecting change within the health care system by healing our healers and by bringing a more holistic approach to the management of stress-related illnesses. 

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