Yoga Is Vegan is a podcast focused on raising awareness of the non-harm principles in the yoga community. Each episode, Yoga Is Vegan's founder Holly Skodis, interviews yogis who have chosen the vegan path.
Episode 111- John Smrtic
John Smrtic, JD, Advanced Certification Jivamukti Yoga, teaches yoga and meditation internationally and believes in love as the divine reality, holding the power to unify and fully awaken the soul, the eternal connection to Source, in this lifetime, through devotional, compassionate, yogic living. He innovatively shares yoga as the technology to spark this Divine Re-membering, more recently focusing on the power of silence, stillness and devotional surrender through meditation to actualize the indwelling spirit soul. John leads an annual pilgrimage to India and teaches at premiere festivals including Bhakti Fest.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and John Smrtic discuss the following:
Yoga is Vegan Podcast Episode 67 with Banka
Michael Franti Yoga
Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David Life
Animal husbandry and the manipulation of the sacred feminine
World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle
Parallels to the pandemic and the treatment of animals
Jane Unchained Lunch Break Live Mung Beans & Rice Quesadilla with Holly Skodis
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Episode 110- Christina Gdisis on Compassionate Veganism
Christina is a Conscious Vegan Lifestyle Coach, Yoga and Meditation teacher, and an Activist. She has been vegan for over 8 years and in that time has explored the depths of compassionate living through plant based foods, social justice, animal rights, and the environment. She creates space for others through cooking classes, lifestyle programs, and retreats, to explore what it means to live consciously and how to live life more from the heart.
It is through yoga that she found a path of sharing what it means to be a conscious vegan – understanding that it’s not just about what we eat but more about living life in alignment with our ethics and morals. These guiding compassionate principles are what can make this world a better place. The actions and choices we make are not just for animals, but equally as much as this planet and people, acknowledging the reciprocity between Mama Earth, communities, and our body, minds, and souls.
She is a native New Yorker and 1st generation to Greek immigrants from her motherland’s mountainous farmlands. She received her training from the Bhakti Center in NYC, in Bhakti Yoga and Meditation. Currently she is training with the Prison Yoga Project through the lens of Trauma and Incarceration and hopes to soon serve prisoners in New York State.
When she is not working on her Conscious Vegan business, she spends her time immersing herself in Mother Nature and spending time with her partner and newly adopted dog, Louka.
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Episode 109- Cinda Lark- Finding Compassion with Veganism
Cinda is a former gymnast, dancer and diver, who easily connected to the physicality of the practice. Very soon after though, she realized that there was so much more to yoga. Cinda studied with Andrea von Behren for her 200 hour training. She continued her studies with Alan Haras at Hamsa Yoga and eventually went on to study with Sri Dharma Mittra for both the 500 and 800 hour Life of A Yogi teacher trainings.
Cinda is the owner of Evolve Yoga Studio and offers a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training program.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Cinda Lark discuss the following:
Sri Dharma Mittra
The Dharma Diet
Light on Yoga: the Bible of Modern Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
What's beyond the physical practice of Yoga
The connection to food and compassion
Teacher trainings and encouraging vegan diets
Evolve Go Vegan 21 day challenge
When is it appropriate to bring veganism into a yoga class
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Episode 108- Gabrielle Kali Om
Gabrielle has been teaching yoga since 2008 and has earned over 1200 hours of teacher training certifications in various styles and lineages including Dharma Yoga where she found her beloved teacher Dharma Mittra.
Gabrielle has been operating as the founder of her company and yoga school, Hatha Raja Yoga, since 2015. She leads yoga teacher trainings and retreats nationally and internationally. In addition, Gabrielle is a senior teacher and staff member in Dharma Yoga’s Life of a Yogi Teacher Training Program out of New York City where she serves as a teacher and mentor. She is also the lead facilitator in the non-profit VETOGA’s active duty and veteran yoga teacher training program- an organization founded to bring the physical, mental, and emotional healing aspects of yoga to the military community. Additionally, Gabrielle is certified as a holistic nutritionist and leads online courses in living a holistic lifestyle.
Recently, Gabrielle realized one of her visions and opened “Ojas Retreat Center” located in the Santa Rosa Plateau in Southern California, a retreat center welcoming groups of all kinds to recharge and reconnect with purpose.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Gabrielle Kali Om discuss the following:
Sri Dharma Mittra and the Dharma Yoga Center's Life of a Yogi Teacher Training
Tips for optimal sleep
The Ojas Retreat Center
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Episode 107- Erica Nicholson: Having Grace with Yourself & Others
Erica Nicholson’s mission is to demystify living a holistic lifestyle for all - by uncovering limiting beliefs, cultivating sustainable healthy eating habits and igniting personal transformations from the inside out. As a certified yoga teacher, plantbased coach, author, and award-winning speaker, she leads clients to nurture their bodies, release weight, boost energy levels, and become their own wellness advocates. She’s an avid reader, a culture aficionado, world traveler, and plantbased-vegan foodie.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Erica Nicholson discuss the following:
Okra Yoga's teacher training with Brooke Carlson
Atomic habits by James Clear
Fasting increases health and lifespan in male mice
Episode 106- Plant Chics' Jacque Tarlton
Jacque Tarlton, Certified Wellcoach® & Wellness Advocate, is passionate about improving health through fabulous, fun, and scientifically proven lifestyle changes. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and she practiced as a Registered Dietitian (RD) early in her career. She is currently a Certified Wellcoach®, Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator, & Corporate Wellness Trainer specializing in the power of plants to improve health & longevity for her clients, and ROI for corporations.
Jacque has studied nutrition, health, and fitness since 1986, and she was introduced to the power of plant-based nutrition in 1994. Jacque has always worked in the health field, and she has gone from deadly addictions to fabulously thriving! It is Jacque's mission to coach you through your unhealthy lifestyle habits to live your best, happiest, and most vibrant life. And the best part? It's never too late to start!
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Jacque Tarlton discuss the following:
Dr. Dean Ornish and his program for Reversing Heart Disease
The Yoga Way: Food for Body, Mind & Spirit by Swami Satchidananada
Fitness Training with Marzia Prince
Complement Plus Multivitamin for vegans and Plant-based eaters.
Dr. Will Bulsiewicz and The Plant Fed Gut Masterclass
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I love yoga, I’m vegan & I love this podcast.
I have done my own study & research to find veganism on my yoga journey & I still learn something new at each episode I listen to. Hope you will do the same!
Holly is amazing
Love this podcast!
So inspiring for yogis, non yogis, vegans and not vegans for everyone
Holy is a fantastic human being
She is doing her best to build a community and speak up through her podcast
Sharing amazing vegan experiences
Thank you so so much for creating it and for inspiring us