34 episodes

Walking Dharma focuses on helping you live your best life. This podcast dives into a wide variety of yogic and tantric texts with a non-dogmatic, courageous attitude. We candidly break down the central concepts within them to make them as digestible and delicious as possible in application to modern day living.
Topics covered range from activating intention and the power of manifestation, awakening inner strength, emotional freedom, and spiritual awakening through the power of being here now.
Your host, Kristen Coyle is a yoga teacher, writer, therapeutic bodyworker and energy healer. She integrates all that she has learned into her teachings and continues to seek deeper awareness, overflowing kindness, and adventure in all she does.

Walking Dharma Kristen Coyle

    • Self-Improvement
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Walking Dharma focuses on helping you live your best life. This podcast dives into a wide variety of yogic and tantric texts with a non-dogmatic, courageous attitude. We candidly break down the central concepts within them to make them as digestible and delicious as possible in application to modern day living.
Topics covered range from activating intention and the power of manifestation, awakening inner strength, emotional freedom, and spiritual awakening through the power of being here now.
Your host, Kristen Coyle is a yoga teacher, writer, therapeutic bodyworker and energy healer. She integrates all that she has learned into her teachings and continues to seek deeper awareness, overflowing kindness, and adventure in all she does.

    Episode 34: Do It Anyway: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    Episode 34: Do It Anyway: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    This week's podcast is called,"Do It Anyway: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome."


    Imposter syndrome comes from trying to mold yourself after someone else's vision, ideals, standards and definitions of what you should do, act like, look like, express and create.


    It often arises when we put ourselves out there with our work, our creative energy and our self expression. Imposter syndrome is what holds many of us back from doing our work/expressing whole heartedly as we fear rejection and failure. To overcome it we must understand where it comes from, how to identify it when it is arising and then navigate the art of doing what we want to do anyways, regardless of our fear and deep seeded lack of self worth.


    This episode features philosophy from the Bhagavad Gita and Buddhism. We use sloka 2:47 and 2:48 from the Gita as guiding principles in unpacking how to overcome imposter syndrome:


    "To work alone you are entitled, never to it's fruit. Neither let your motive be the fruit of action, nor let your attachment be to non-action."


    "Being established in yoga, perform your action, casting off attachment and remaining even-minded both in success and failure. This evenness is called yoga."


    We also unpack the three types of laziness as taught by Pema Chodron. They are- comfort orientation, loss of heart and couldn't care less.


    The original music at the end of the podcast is produced by @tecnicomusic (aka Karishtan) and can be listened to on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2KxarC2rELTvT6MSufxnbk?highlight=spotify:track:0mWK6fBUfPS4hmnuGFxnOZ

    • 56 min
    Episode 33: Transmuting Anger Into Insight

    Episode 33: Transmuting Anger Into Insight

    This week's podcast is called,"Transmuting Anger into Insight."


    We dive into anger and how it manifests, how to work with it, how to clear it and how to use it as fuel for motivation.
    Several Buddhist mind training slogans are explored in relationship with how to utilize anger as a catalyst for change.


    "Whatever arises unexpectedly, join with meditation."


    "Don't be swayed by external circumstances."


    "Always meditate on that which provokes resentment." - Buddhist mind training slogans


    The original music at the end of the podcast is produced by @tecnicomusic (aka Karishtan) and can be listened to on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2KxarC2rELTvT6MSufxnbk?highlight=spotify:track:0mWK6fBUfPS4hmnuGFxnOZ

    • 52 min
    Episode 32: How to (Actually) Surrender.

    Episode 32: How to (Actually) Surrender.

    This week's episode is called "How to (Actually) Surrender."


    We dive into the yogic principle of Isvara Pranidhana (surrender to God) through the lense of seeing God in all of life. Yoga Sutra 2:45 says,"By total surrender to God samahdi is attained."


    Surrender is often seen as resignation or giving up, but the truth is to surrender means to embrace unconditional acceptance for one's path, experiences and course of action. When we surrender to the Divine current in our lives we open our hearts to the oneness and equality that is the baseline of all existence. This perspective invites us to take a metaphoric deep bow to all circumstances, interactions and experiences as teachers guiding us towards the deepest essence of Self, the Supreme Self.


    Samahdi means 'absorption' and as the Sutra infers, by total complete surrender to the Higher Power our interconnectedness is realized. Our oneness becomes tangible and through this our compassion increases, our ability to stay connected with our own Highest Self becomes steady, and our ability to walk our dharma in deep trust and total surrender to what IS becomes a reality.


    This episode also dives into the Six Paramitas (Paramita = to the other shore) of Buddhism. We examine how the six paramitas allow us to trust the path of surrender, help align us to the vibration of love and serve whole heartedly.


    The original outro music at the end of the podcast is produced by DJ Karishtan. It is currently unreleased. Follow us on Instagram: @walkingdharma @djkarishtan @kristencoyleyoga

    • 42 min
    Episode 31: Face Yourself

    Episode 31: Face Yourself

    This week's episode is called,"Face Yourself," and it dives deep into the yogic philosophy of svadhyaya, self study.


    "By study of spiritual books comes communion with one's chosen deity." - Yoga Sutras 2:44


    Translated literally, svadhyaya means spiritual study as well as self study. At first glance, spiritual study and self study may seem like two seperate endeavors, but upon a closer look we realize self study IS spiritual study. We realize that any deity we believe to dwell outside of ourselves (somewhere far far away) is actually already dwelling within the core of our being. We just have to access it.


    How do we access this indwelling divinity? There is no magic solution, but many paths to guide us towards our own divine nature. Yoga exists for this reason. Religion, initiation rites, ceremony, vision quests exist for this reason. Every moment of our day to day life exists for this reason. They allow us to access our Higher Self. All methods of awakening share one common element, and this is the element of self study- the ability to look within and dig far beneath the layers of mind and ego and labels and discover the basis of our existence. They help us 'see' the root to our patterns and then personally use these observations as teachings to inform us, guide us and ultimately enlighten us.


    Self study (in yoga) is about observing our patterns, belief systems and cultural conditioning so that we may see beyond their limited confines and embrace our innate freedom. Freedom from needing to be any one specific way to receive and give love. Freedom from always trying to live up to certain expectations or images in order to function. Freedom to break through self limiting thought patterns that stop us from thinking big and living life at full volume.


    This podcast examines personal and universal examples of how we can be curious humans and understand how to clear old patterns that no longer serve us and awaken to what is underneath them, luminous yet in hibernation within our own souls.


    The original outro music at the end of the podcast is produced by DJ Karishtan. It is currently unreleased. Follow us on Instagram: @walkingdharma @djkarishtan @kristencoyleyoga

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 30: You Deserve to Take Up Space

    Episode 30: You Deserve to Take Up Space

    This week's podcast is called,'You Deserve to Take Up Space.' It dives into what it really takes to be out in the world living our truth, pursuing our dreams and thinking big in a way that is alignment with our highest truths and authentic self.


    This episode is guided by several entries in the Bhagavad Gita including sloka 2:52 which states,'When your mind has crossed the slough of delusion, you will achieve indifference regarding things already heard and things yet to be heard.'


    Innately we are born sensitive beings so it only makes sense that we care about other's opinions. In truth, there is no issue with this if we are willing to cultivate equal parts unattachment and equal parts willingness to learn and integrate the mirror that others can oftentimes present to us.


    The issues with listening too much to other's opinions arise when we either care so much about what others think that we base all of our decisions on how to constantly people please or be invisible, or we affirm to the world that we don't care at all and lose our ability to recieve input and the subsequent growth that often comes from honest feedback. A major key to living life according to our own inclinations and heart guidance is to understand that regardless of other's opinions, we are here to share our unique energy and gifts with those who are able to appreciate and recieve them/us.


    If we align ourselves with the idea - that we are here to share our gifts because we are being compelled - we are more likely to naturally align with the highest expression of ourselves and begin to create our lives based on that guidance. It calls our attention to the idea that we can do what we feel called to do in life and release attachment to the results. It is an invitation to do what compels us, to step up and face our fears and shatter every self limiting belief that ever attempted to hold us back. It's an invitation to lean into what is being channeled from within and express it freely, unhindered, authentically, originally in some way, shape or form.


    The outro music at the end of the podcast “Call On,” is original music produced by DJ Karishtan. It is available for download on iTunes and Spotify. Follow us on Instagram: @walkingdharma @djkarishtan @kristencoyleyoga

    • 52 min
    Episode 29: Accepting Pain as Help for Purification

    Episode 29: Accepting Pain as Help for Purification

    Accepting Pain as Help for Purification.


    This podcast episode dives into the yogic niyama (ethical observance) of tapas. 'Tapas' translates as 'to burn,' or 'to heat,' and it is the concept of accepting pain/discomfort as help for purification.


    Yoga Sutra 2:43 says, "By austerity (tapas), impurities of body and senses are destroyed and occult powers gained."


    Tapas manifests as our willingness to embrace challenging experiences, practices and relationships as help for purification through our understanding that we can endure discomfort and come out on the other side of it more self aware and more spiritually awakened. It is the art of undergoing 'suffering' to purify the mind and body so we may see things as they are with more clarity and sensitivity. It is the deep work of moving towards our own discomfort to learn from it, rather than continually running away from it....


    A few tangible examples of tapas are: Motivating yourself to get on your yoga mat and practice even when you would rather sleep in. Embracing the feeling of being triggered when someone insults you and still somehow finding compassion for that person (rather than returning the negativity). Tapas is stepping into your growth edge creatively, even when you don't feel ready or fully confident, and offering your best with impeccability regardless of your own resistance to being seen.


    Tapas is the conscious effort to slough off the impressions in the mind from the external world and clarify our own awareness through physcial practices, mental discipline and spiritual understanding so that every experience we have can lend itself to self realization.


    The outro music at the end of the podcast “Call On,” is original music produced by DJ Karishtan. It is available for download on iTunes and Spotify. Follow us on Instagram: @walkingdharma @djkarishtan @kristencoyleyoga

    • 40 min

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