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"Heartbreak Kids" is a podcast where we explore the meaning of “why” we show up to yoga how it helps us into our lives. I believe the practice of yoga brings about huge shifts in people's lives.

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"Heartbreak Kids" is a podcast where we explore the meaning of “why” we show up to yoga how it helps us into our lives. I believe the practice of yoga brings about huge shifts in people's lives.

    Chandana Bhowmick

    Chandana Bhowmick

    I started my exploration of Yoga in the year 2000.At first, it was all about asanas, until 2009, when I decided to quit my corporate job in banking and insurance, to delve deeper into my yoga studies.



     It was in 2010 that I found my calling – Ashtanga Yoga. One class in a festival in Rishikesh was all it took to convince me to book my tickets for Mysore, to study with my Guruji Shri R Sharath Jois.
    I’ve been studying under his guidance ever since, and received my Level II Authorization in 2016. I now run my own Mysore program in Pune, and regularly travel and teach Mysore rooms and workshops in other Shalas.
    Along with yoga I have completed my certificate course in nutrition from Ashworth College, USA. Being an ardent dance lover, I have practiced jazz, contemporary and ballet dance forms, and have attended various workshops at Broadway Dance Center, NYC and New York City Ballet.

    • 51 min
    Mathew Darling

    Mathew Darling

    Matthew Darling has been in pursuit of the yoga lifestyle to support mental physical and spiritual balance since 1994. Ashtanga Yoga and Transcendental Meditation have been his main practice. Matthew has studied with skilled teachers observing many ways to support yoga’s healing transformation with daily practice. Matthew’s main focus it to meet and serve individuals where they are at without overwhelming them. Finding rhythm, skill and responsibility in the relationship of understanding the true nature of oneself.  Matthew is a creative musician and a metalsmith. Also he has been in recovery from drugs and alcohol since 1987. He lives with his wife and daughter in Royal Oak Michigan and runs a daily yoga program at Ashtanga Michigan www.ami.yoga as well as a teacher and board member for the Yoga by Design Foundation. 

    Contact him at md@ami.yoga

    • 50 min
    Day Christensen

    Day Christensen

    The Heartbreak Kids: Season 2.30




    Drawn to the elusive peacefulness and glow that so many yoga practitioners seemed to have, while connecting with yogic philosophy, Day Christensen took up the practice of yoga in 2004. Starting out, she took classes that fit her schedule, but quickly became drawn to the Mysore style practice of Ashtanga yoga, where students were taught in a relatively silent room with one on one instruction. There, in this environment, she recognized that the student’s potential for growth super-ceeded what she had experienced in other styles of yoga that utilized the more typical “guided” method of teaching.

    It was then that she began to schedule around her yoga practice, and her life of late nights and unhealthy habits did a 180. After immersing herself in Ashtanga and the Mysore method, taking trips to Mysore, India to study where the practice was born within the lineage of those who created it, on her third trip to India, Day was given the blessing to teach as an Authorized Level 2 teacher.

    However, shortly after that time, suffering from persistent back pain, Day found that the system with its hierarchy of postures and repetitive movements could actually be more harmful than helpful. Through the process and years of learning to heal and recover from back pain, Day finally was able to break free of the cookie cutter method of giving all students the same sequences of postures meant to be learned and repeated 6 days a week, sometimes for years and years on end with no variation in asanas or movement patterns. With this new perspective due to her own pain caused by repetitive movement, she recognized that the system of learning yoga asanas can be improved: groups of asanas should be given according to each student’s current and developing postural needs. “The how” being the Mysore Method of one on one instruction where each person in the room is able to work according to their own needs, ability, and pace, was and is the most effective way to learn and grow. But “the what” of specific series and order of postures MUST be re-assessed. Thus, The DAY1YOGA Method was born: A tailored and customizable practice, minus posture- or series-hierarchy, (zero delineation between “advanced” and “beginner” students), just students, people with issues, all there for the healing and strengthening modality that yoga should

    • 58 min
    Dean Hollingsworth

    Dean Hollingsworth

    The Heartbreak Kids: Season 2.29




    I stumbled into my first yoga class just as I was sobering up after a decade-long heroin addiction. I didn’t stay clean then and I didn’t maintain my practice. However, the seed was planted, and it has always been synonymous with getting my life together. Initially, I just loved the way it made me feel. I loved discovering new possibilities. I loved overcoming adversity with dedication to my practice. I needed the disciplined approach of consistency in my life. I loved the sounds of breathing in the room, the smell of work being done, and the absence of distracting noises. I loved that I was developing a regular time to get to know myself in this new way. I loved the quiet, content state of mind that a good practice leaves me with. I loved the compassion that I feel for others as a result of being more in tune with my self.
    I decided that I wanted to share the practice with others who were suffering from addiction issues, and this began my journey of holding space. Along the way, I found ashtanga to be the practice most therapeutic for me. I made a decision early on that I wanted to learn directly from the source, so I embarked on the first of many trips to Mysore, India to study with my teacher to- be, Sharath Jois.
    In 2016, I received the first of my teacher’s blessings. Again in 2018, I was honored with my teacher’s trust in me. This time in the form of level ii authorization.
    Along with my wife Sarah, we have now come to dedicate our path to preserving this traditional ashtanga practice for the local DFW community. We hope to have the opportunity to share our passion for this profound practice with you all.

    • 46 min
    Hilaire Lockwood

    Hilaire Lockwood

    The Heartbreak Kids: Season 2.28



    Many of us think we are healthy and indestructible, and while we know bad things happen, we think they won’t happen to us. I learned in 2004, they do.


    I was sitting in meditation one morning when one hand was pulled to touch the left side of my neck, the other, the front of my neck. The meditation became quite scary: full of darkness, illness, and fear. Something was definitely wrong, very wrong.
    I am forever grateful for my meditation practice for giving me the insight to see what doctors couldn’t see. While I knew something was wrong, I was repeatedly sent home by different doctors and denied a referral to a radiologist. After finally begging a radiologist to see me without a referral, I was officially diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma. My first treatments involved a full thyroidectomy and lymphectomy (removal of the thyroid gland and surrounding lymph nodes), ablation, and radioactive iodine. However, we soon found my cancer cells were resistant to the radioactive iodine, and my case was severe enough to put me among those with a one percent chance of surviving the cancer.


    On top of all of this, between my third and fourth surgeries my little brother went missing. About two months later, pieces of him were found in the Grand River. No one teaches us to process such brutal loss. I was trying to stay alive, and now I was left wondering how I was supposed to wrap my head around the brutality of his murder and even more importantly, live without him.


    After all that I have been through, I do know this, with every piece of my being: without my yoga practice, I would not be here. For 15 years before my diagnosis, I stood on my head every day, flushing a space riddled with cancer with fresh life, blood, and breath. Mentally, without my meditation, I don’t know that I would have found my cancer in time. I don’t know how I would have processed my brother’s death or the idea of my former self without the silence of meditation. The whole point of yoga is to heal, to bring us closer to our authentic self and be aware of what that means. Yoga enables us to see inside ourselves, including our ugliness, sadness, and trauma, and find a way to process this reality so that we can heal and experience joy.

    • 44 min
    Shaun Jones

    Shaun Jones

    The Heartbreak Kids: Season 2.27



    Shaun Jones is a yoga teacher and public health researcher in San Antonio, TX. Shaun moved to San Antonio to finish a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and after attending a few Ashtanga led classes, he signed up for his first Mysore class during Taylor Hunt’s workshop in the spring of 2016 without even knowing what a Mysore class was. After flirting with the practice over the next several months, he committed to a six-day a week practice on December 1st. He has since traveled to Mysore and NYC to practice with Sharath Jois and has traveled to Columbus and other cities to practice with Taylor. A dedicated yoga practice helps him manage anxiety and also develop a deep focus for his work.

    Shaun recently completed his Master’s in Public Health, studying health promotion and behavioral science.  During this time he completed a thesis on people who practice Ashtanga to support their recovery from substance use disorder.  He uses his public health skills to help evaluate the Trini Foundation’s programs. He currently works as a research scientist at the UT Health San Antonio on a large state-funded project to deliver evidence-based treatment to people with opioid use disorder.

    On top of all of this, Shaun also teaches Mysore class 4 days a week at Hamsa School of Yoga and Ayurveda. His philosophy to teaching is simple: Just showing up on your mat every morning is the practice.  Everything that happens after that is a bonus.

    • 50 min

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