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Yoga Wisdom in Modern Life: Conversations & Interviews on Yoga, The Art of Teaching Yoga, Wellness, & Mindfulness. Hosted by Val Spies & Melissa Carroll.

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Yoga Wisdom in Modern Life: Conversations & Interviews on Yoga, The Art of Teaching Yoga, Wellness, & Mindfulness. Hosted by Val Spies & Melissa Carroll.

    Love in Action with Bhante, the Loving Kindness Monk

    Love in Action with Bhante, the Loving Kindness Monk

    Val Spies & Melissa Carroll interview Bhante Sujatha, a Buddhist monk who radiates compassion and joy. He offers loving wisdom in this conversation, and how our spiritual practice is not "on the meditation cushion" but in how we live.

    Bhante is teaching an online workshop, "Life Lessons from the Pandemic" through The Lotus Pond on 3/25: learn more and sign up here (scroll down the workshop list)

    A portion of the proceeds from this event will support Bhante Sujatha's monthly project in Sri Lanka to provide essential food supplies to low income people.



    Learn more about Bhante and support his many humanitarian projects at https://www.bhantesujatha.org/

    • 24 min
    Grief, Empathy & Dharma with Dr. Jean Mulloy & Val Spies

    Grief, Empathy & Dharma with Dr. Jean Mulloy & Val Spies

    Thank you for listening to the Lotus PondCast! Please follow, rate, & review this podcast if you feel uplifted by these conversations. 

    HEARTSPACE with Dr. Jean Mulloy & Val Spies: https://www.yogalotuspond.com/heartspace.html

    • 25 min
    Yoga for PTS with Janel & Ray Norton

    Yoga for PTS with Janel & Ray Norton

    Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Janel & Ray Norton of Trinity Yoga in Trinity, FL. 

    We explore: 


    Yoga from a trauma-informed approach
    Bessel van der Kolk's research on trauma, the body, and the brain
    Janel and Ray's experiences as a combat veteran and first responder, and how they share the gifts of yoga, breathwork, and iRest with veterans and everyone who can benefit from these powerful practices (and, as we discuss, we all can benefit because we all carry trauma)

    YOGA TEACHERS: Janel & Ray are leading Yoga for Post-Traumatic Stress online & in-person at The Lotus Pond Center for Yoga in Tampa, FL from 9/18-9/20. Learn more about the yoga training for PTS and sign up here: https://www.yogalotuspond.com/teacher-training-workshops.html

    • 48 min
    Interview with Iyengar Teacher Karin Stephan: Insights from Teaching Yoga for 49 Years

    Interview with Iyengar Teacher Karin Stephan: Insights from Teaching Yoga for 49 Years

    Thanks so much for listening! 

    Val Spies & Melissa Carroll interview Master Teacher Karin Stephan, who's been teaching for 49 years. Karin studied closely with BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois in India and throughout Europe in the 1960s and 70s. Karin and Patricia Walden brought Iyengar to the United States when they opened the first Iyengar yoga school in Massachusetts. 

    Karin shares her love of art, her time in Paris in the 60s, what it means to be a yoga teacher in the age of coronavirus, and so much more. 

    You can learn more about Karin, and subscribe to her thoughtful newsletters at www.yogamacro.com 

    If this podcast inspired you please share it to help spread the word! 

    Learn more about The Lotus Pond Center for Yoga & Health -- a Yoga Teacher Training School & Center in Tampa, FL -- and practice with us in person or online

    • 51 min
    Astronaut Nicole Stott: Inner Space, Outer Space

    Astronaut Nicole Stott: Inner Space, Outer Space

    Don't miss this incredible conversation with NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, who shares her enlightening perspective on seeing earth from space -- and what it can teach us in today's environment.

    Melissa Carroll and Val Spies have an illuminating interview with Nicole, an American engineer who served as a Flight Engineer and Mission Specialist at NASA for 27 years.

    Nicole considers herself blessed to have had the opportunity to live and work in space and to have experienced the beauty of our planet from that incredible vantage point. She believes that sharing this perspective has the power to increase everyone's appreciation of and obligation to care for our home planet and each other.

    Nicole premiered on Will Smith's One Strange Rock series, originally on Netflix and now on Disney and can be found on Ted Talks as well.

    To practice yoga and deepen your own inner space adventure, visit www.LotusPondYoga.com to practice online.

    Connect with The Lotus Pond on Instagram!

    • 36 min
    Larissa Hall Carlson: Ayurveda for Immunity & Balance During COVID 19

    Larissa Hall Carlson: Ayurveda for Immunity & Balance During COVID 19

    We're thrilled to share this interview with Larissa Hall Carlson, whom shares her deep knowledge all over the world -- and whom teaches Ayurveda & Pranayama at The Lotus Pond in Tampa, FL. Larissa explains how Ayurveda helps you live in harmony with nature to boost your immunity, soothe the nervous system, and maintain vitality. She offers insight, LOTS of tips, and techniques to help you during this global pandemic and throughout your life.

    Larissa will be teaching Ayurveda & The Subtle Body online for The Lotus Pond April 24-26, 2020:

    Learn more & sign up here: https://www.yogalotuspond.com/teacher-training-workshops.html

    15 Yoga Alliance Credit Hrs, required session for LP 300HR students

    Learn more about Larissa here: https://larissacarlson.com/ 

    • 26 min

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