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Yoga as a practice, a discipline and a philosophy. Yoga for awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness. Yoga to be embodied, to move, to connect. We often step on the mat for one reason and keep coming for a thousand others. Whether the practice is more physical, mental, or spiritual for you, this interview based podcast will answer all your questions. You will find a wide range of highly respected yoga teacher and authors here to inspire you to step on the mat and carry your lessons off the mat and into your life.

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Yoga as a practice, a discipline and a philosophy. Yoga for awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness. Yoga to be embodied, to move, to connect. We often step on the mat for one reason and keep coming for a thousand others. Whether the practice is more physical, mental, or spiritual for you, this interview based podcast will answer all your questions. You will find a wide range of highly respected yoga teacher and authors here to inspire you to step on the mat and carry your lessons off the mat and into your life.

    Yoga competitions and staying connected to your life’s purpose, with Henry Winslow

    Yoga competitions and staying connected to your life’s purpose, with Henry Winslow

    For our 47th episode, I sat down with Henry Winslow. Henry is a dedicated yoga practitioner whose teaching is rooted in the Ghosh, Ashtanga, and Dharma Yoga traditions. In 2018, Henry took first place in the International Yoga Sport Federation's World Championships, and started to host his own podcast called Dharma Talk and in 2019, he launched the Henry Yoga app, a 40-day program for anyone looking to get serious about yoga, no matter their budget or schedule.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE
    1- The competition is about your mind vs your deeper sens of self. It's not about pinning yogis against each others.
    2- Never place limitation on yourself based on assumptions. You can have whatever you want in this life as long as your interested and engaged in the process.
    3- It's impossible to be out of your dharma. Dharma is an evolution of your life and your soul in this embodied life. Every step you take on your path leads to the next. 
    4- Yoga is a critical practice in understanding who you are. With steady practice, yoga helps you see the stories you create and recognize the conditioned patterns that you make up. 
    5- Yoga shows you what's important to you, helps to connect to yourself, and give you the tools to change the world around you. It tunes you on to your moral compass, awakens you to your problems and the solutions you want to bring to those problems and invigorates you to tackle them with renewed fervor everyday.

    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    You were the International Yoga Sport Federation’s World Champion in 2018, can you tell us why you got into these competitions?How do you balance preparing for competitions with practices of contentment or intentional living?What did it mean for you to win? What happens when you get to that level of mastery with the body? You were a competitive diver and an athlete, how is yoga as a sport different than other competitive sports? I think yoga, has an impact on our relationship with ourselves and others, what are some of the things you’ve learned about yourself and others in these competitions?You host the Dharma Talk Podcast, how do you define dharma and what would you say your dharma is?How does your yoga practice shaped your dharma?How can yoga help us live a life of purpose and personal significance? What are some of the greatest lessons you’ve learned from hosting this podcast?You also have an app called The Henri Yoga App. I know your mission is to make yoga accessible for all… How do you do that coming from such an advance physical practice?From the outside, it seems like your doing it all… Where do you go form here? How do you stay anchor in the present and at the same time continue to grow your business? Any tips for teachers that want to travel and teach?

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    Henry is a dedicated yoga practitioner whose teaching is rooted in the Ghosh, Ashtanga, and Dharma Yoga traditions. In 2018, Henry took first place in the International Yoga Sport Federation's World Championships, and in 2019, he launched the Henry Yoga app, a 40-day program for anyone looking to get serious about yoga, no matter their budget or schedule.
    To Henry, yoga is above all else a tool for cultivating clarity. He credits his practice for a

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    Chakras 101

    Chakras 101

    For our 46th episode, I sat down with Anodea Judith. Anodea is the director of Sacred Centers a teaching organization for yoga, psychology, and transformational wisdom. She holds a doctoral degree in Human Health, a Master’s in Psychology, is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. She is considered the foremost Western writer on the subject of the chakra system, with several best-selling books, including the classics Wheels of Life and Eastern Body-Western Mind. She teaches world-wide and is considered the go-to authority on the chakra system.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE
    1- The chakras are centers of organisation for the reception, assimilation, storage and expression of your life force energy. They are balancing portal between the inner and outer world.
    2 -They serve as a system that guide us in integration of mind and body within a spiritual framework, mapping the full spectrum of human potential.
    3- The chakras are a guide on human evolution and human history, mapping the development age of our society. We are nearing the end of the 3rd chakra era; the love of power and we are moving towards a more heart centered society based on the power of love.
    4- Chakra can be out of balance in excess by overcompensation or in deficiency by avoidance. Each chakra needs to be balanced by it self and they need to be balanced in relation to each other.
    5- Yoga, bio-energetic exercises, pranayama, mantras, mudras, mediation, visualization are all tools to balance and heal your chakras.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    How did you become passionate with the chakras?What are the chakras?Why should we learn about them?How do the chakras related to human evolution?How does the next level of evolution looks like?Can we do a quick overview of them their meaning, location, the element they are associated with, their characteristics?The chakras are usually taught from the bottom up, but you also teach them from the top down. What’s the difference?Do you think the chakras are personal and unique to each individual?Are there specific characteristics of over-active/underactive chakras?How can we ring them into balance?How do you choose which tool is the right for us and a particular chakras.Do you have any references for listeners to study this on their own?You teach healing, liberation through the chakras. Is that only a personal journey? Is there a way we can bring it into the collective?

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    Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is the author of nine best-selling books on yoga, psychology, spirituality, and social change. She is best known for her pioneering work with the chakra system, through the classics Wheels of Life and Eastern Body, Western Mind.
    She holds a doctorate in Human Health, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, and has engaged in lifelong studies in yoga, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, evolution, and comparative religion. Her most recent book is Charge and the Energy Body.
    Learn more about her:
    Website: www.anodeajudith.com
    Contact info: anodea@sacredcenters.com


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    Yoga, Meditation and Your Money, with Manny Weintraub

    Yoga, Meditation and Your Money, with Manny Weintraub

    For our 45th episode, I sat down with Manny Weintraub. Manny specializes in explaining investing to people who haven’t seriously considered it before. As an avid meditation and yoga enthusiast, he looks beyond Wall Street’s conventional wisdom and focuses on mindful investing. During his 30-year career as a Chartered Financial Analyst, Manny has looked after hundreds of clients and managed more than 1.5 billion dollars. 
     5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE

    Mindfulness helps you make clear decision about your money, stay out of the fear business, take action without over worrying and be less reactive to the market.Stay grounded in the present to make your money decisions. Base yourself on how things are now and not how they might be in the future, or they were in the past. Don't wait for the perfect market to invest. Do the best you can with what's available. Let go of your desire of perfection. Doing something with your money is better than doing nothing.Money is a energy exchange. Having money allows you to take care of yourself so you can give more to others. It then creates more choices in your life. With more money, you can have a greater impact on your community.Focus on the individual sectors or individual stocks to invest in companies that align with your values, and don't forget to chose a company that is profitable and offers a service that will still be needed in 10 years.
    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself including your yoga and meditation journey?What’s the link between mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and investments?What’s the fundamental lesson meditation has taught you about money & investing?Is doing something with your money always better than doing nothing?How do we shift our money mindset away from having to chose between making money and living a spiritual life.If we do want to invest, how do create a portfolio inline in your values?How do you know that your financial ad visor has your best interest at heart?How do you use the mindfulness and meditation to help support clients in their money concerns?Any tips for listeners? Where do we start if we do want to invest?If we want to invest in a company/stock that offers a high return on investment and has a beneficial impact globally, where do we start? How do we find them and know that they are in fact profitable?What are some common misconceptions around investing?Any tips about taking loss?
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    Manny Weintraub specializes in explaining investing (in plain English) to people who haven’t seriously considered it. As an avid meditation and yoga enthusiast, Manny looks beyond Wall Street’s conventional wisdom.
    During his 30-year career as a Chartered Financial Analyst, Manny has looked after hundreds of clients and managed more than 1.5 billion dollars. His unique approach focuses on mindful investing, retirement. He credits yoga with getting him through the 2008 financial crisis and wants to teach you how to eliminate the stress of making your money decisions.

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    • 39 min
    Yoga and Sanskrit, with Nicolai Bachman

    Yoga and Sanskrit, with Nicolai Bachman

    For our 44th episode, I sat down with Nicolai Bachman. Nicolai holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition. He has studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda since 1994. He has authored several books on Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy. Today, we sat down to talk about the importance of Sanskrit within the yoga tradition.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE

    1- To go deep in yoga you have to start learning Sanskrit. You have to include something more than posture. Not only does it shows you respect the practice and the tradition, but the name of the pose carry information about the intended experience.
    2- The pronunciation of the language is of the highest priority. The vibrating energy of the words expresses prana and carries the meaning of the word.
    3- When doing mantras, If you pronounce the words wrong it changes the intention, so make sure you pronounce it correctly and find a teacher that can help you.
    4- Rhythm is build in the language. Words are broken down in syllables. have long and short sounds. and are done at different tones (low to high) It breaks out the monotony and helps retrain and learn information.
    5- When studying the Yoga Sutras, learn the sound of the verses first. As you chant the sutras, all the information it carries will come forward. The sound is associated with the meaning.

    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    What is Sanskrit, where/when it originated… what should we know about it?Is it a dead language?How does knowing Sanskrit add to our practice?Do you think teachers in the west should use it more than they are?If people want to learn Sanskrit, where should they start? Why is Sanskrit pronunciation important?Does the placement of the tongue helps activate the energy channel?What are the most mispronounced words?What are the symbols that can help us know how to pronounce?Why is the musicality important?Do you believe it’s essential to do mantras in Sanskrit?In traditions like Kundalini Yoga, the chant and mantras are in Gurmukhi instead of Sanskrit. Does it matter?
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    Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and other related topics since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. Nicolai studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is eRYT500 certified. His ongoing studies continue to broaden his repertoire and inform all future classes.
    Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Yoga (Sounds True 2005), The Language of Ayurveda, and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to th

    • 28 min
    LEVITYoGA™: Subtle Body and Healing with Peter Sterios

    LEVITYoGA™: Subtle Body and Healing with Peter Sterios

    For our 43rd episode, I sat down with Peter Sterios. Peter is a yoga teacher, writer, architect, the founder of MANDUKA®, and the creator of LEVITYoGA™. He taught yoga at the Obama White House for First Lady Michelle's anti-obesity programs, and in 2018, was brought in by the Pentagon to share yoga’s therapeutic effects with the US Marine Corps. Today we sit down to discuss Peters new book Gravity & Grace, the evolution of his renowned instructional DVD selected as one of Yoga Journal’s top 15 videos of all time.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE

    1- Grace is the attraction between 2 bodies that occur at a level deeper than the physical body; in the subtle body.
    2- The connective tissue in our body wraps the muscles, joints, organs but also goes much deeper. We now know that it penetrates muscles and bones. It's the primary inhibitor of movement and it's a repository for physical and emotional trauma. 
    3- The most effective and powerful emotions to create flow in our energy and our bodies is gratitude and empathy.
    4- When you feel any kind of pain in the body it's an indication that something is out of balance either physically or psychologically. 
    5- The chakras don't exists until you visualize them in your body.

    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    What is LEVITYoGA™? What are the practice principles?Can you define the concepts of gravity and grave and how they apply to the yoga practice?Why soften and surrender particularly around the heart and the belly?I am fascinated with fascia. Why is it important for us to know about our connective tissue with our practice?How do we get in contact with the more subtle parts of ourselves? What can come in the way? 

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    Peter Sterios is a teacher, author, architect, founder of MANDUKA®, and creator of LEVITYoGA™. He taught yoga at the Obama White House for First Lady Michelle's anti-obesity programs, and in 2018, was invited to the Pentagon to share yoga’s therapeutic effects with the US Marine Corps. He lives in San Luis Obispo CA and leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops, and Retreats internationally. Peter’s first DVD “Gravity & Grace” made Yoga Journal’s ‘top 15 yoga videos of all time’ and his new book “Gravity & Grace” is available at leading booksellers. For more info, visit www.LEVITYoGA.com
    Learn more about him : 
    Website
    www.levityoga.com
    Facebook
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    www.facebook.com/petersteriosyoga/
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    www.instagram.com/petersterios/
    You Tube
    www.youtube.com/user/psterios
    YogaAnytime.com
    www.yogaanytime.com/videos-by/89/Peter-Sterios-Yoga


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    • 58 min
    Optimal Heath and Wellness, with Melina Meza

    Optimal Heath and Wellness, with Melina Meza

    For our 42nd episode, I sat down with Melina Meza, Melina is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. She is the author of Seasonal Health and Wellness and the Art of Sequencing as well as the creator of Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. Her teachings can also be found on Yoga Anytime, YogaUonline, and Gaiamtv. Whether it’s with individual clients, workshops or retreats, Melina teaches a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons.
    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE
    1- Ayurveda is a practical, experiment based, preventative health science teaching people to tune in with the flow of nature to address their needs in order to balance yourself with the elements.
    2- For optimal health, keep track of digestion of what you take in (food and experience), good energy levels, ability to focus, good sleep, creativity. 
    3- In fall, turn towards things that are warm, hydrating, nurturing, drawing your attention more inward and helping you slow down.
    4- For better sleep, avoid food late in the evening, self-care (oil massage, bath), writing down what you have on your mind, rest before bed, no screens 1 hour before bed.
    5- For optimal digestion, eat when you're hungry, stop when you're satisfied (before being full), avoid cold liquids around meal time, distraction while eating.
    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us about yourself and your journey through yoga, nutrition and Ayurveda?What is Ayurveda?In your opinion, what does optimal health and wellness looks like nowadays?Something I like about your book is that it’s simple. You don’t talk about the constitutions. Why not? Do you think we need to understand them to choose the best practice for us or is following the rhythm of nature enough?We are in fall now, what are the qualities of this season that we should keep in mind?Do you have tips for good sleep hygiene? Digestion is at the core of Ayurveda. Any general tips for better digestion?How should our movement practice look like in fall?If we look at meditation, what kind of practice would serve us best in fall?

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    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 42nd episode! We have other great guests lined up for you so make sure to subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to not miss an episode or get on my mailing list!
    As always, I really appreciate your support. So as you leave a review on iTunes or on your iPhone podcast app, you automatically enter a giveaway. Athleta was generously supporting this podcast in their effort to ignite a community of strong women who lift each other up, and is giving out a 75$ shop card! ​ The winner of this episode's giveaway is iTunes user .demilo.. Congrats! Email me at erika.belanger@gmail.com or DM me on instagram @erika.belanger and I’ll send you your shop card!
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