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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.

Yoga Is Vegan Skodis Podcasting

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 39 Ratings

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 56- Sina-Shalbaf

    Episode 56- Sina-Shalbaf

    Sina is a senior Dharma Yoga teacher and a direct disciple of the Yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra. Although he does pull from many lineages and teachers, his goal is One. He is dedicated to exploration so he may share the Universal Teachings that lie in the hearts of all beings. He is the co-founder of Dharma Temple, a destination yoga, meditation, conscious events, and boutique in Vancouver, British Columbia. where he shares the high vibe yogic lifestyle to his community. He is also the founder of the Temple Yoga Teacher Training programs. A father to his daughter Berlin and an avid animal lover. Sina has recently moved to Salt Spring Island with his family to create an eco-center where plants, animals, and humans can live harmoniously. For more information about Sina, visit www.thedharmatemple.com.

    In this episode, Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Sina Shalbaf discuss the following:

    Dharma Mittra's teaching and the permission he gives students to make yoga your own
    Veganism and what it means to be an activist
    Developing a consistent practice to harness your energy for change
    The Sattvic Diet
    Adopting and caring for male baby goats. (GoFundMe link below)
    Sina's teacher training with Fabio Filippi
    Connect with Sina:

    Website: thedharmatemple.com
    Instagram: @yogasina
    GofundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/giving-baby-male-goats-a-chance-to-live

    For information on Sina's Online Teacher Training Mentorship visit sinashalbaf.com

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 55- Tabay Atkins & Sahel Anvarinejad: Finding Your Dharma at Any Age

    Episode 55- Tabay Atkins & Sahel Anvarinejad: Finding Your Dharma at Any Age

    Tabay is the youngest certified yoga teacher in America and a vegan chef. He has been in the kitchen with his mom helping her cook since he was 5 years old. He has graduated from High School (3.5 years early), with a 4.0 GPA (all A’s and A+’s), and is now focusing on his yoga and vegan cooking career.


    At just 6 years old, when Tabay saw how much yoga helped heal his mom from the effects of chemo & cancer, he decided he wanted to become a yoga teacher so he could help other people heal through the practice of yoga, the way he say it help his mom. He has 7 specialty yoga certifications and is now working on his 8th, becoming an RYT-500.


    He has donated 100% of all the money he has made to help people who have cancer. His passion and mission is to spread yoga and veganism to as many people as he can. He teaches yoga and cooking classes all over the world and also teaches on his website, tabayatkins.com.


    He is a Kashi ambassador and has helped co-create their new cereals and snacks. He is on the cover of this year's March/April issue of the Yoga Journal Magazine.
    He lives part-time in Maui and part-time OC, Cali with his mom, Sahel Anvarinejad.

    Sahel is Tabay Atkins’ mom. She is a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer survivor, a chef, and a yoga studio owner & yoga teacher. Sahel has 16 specialty yoga certifications & specializes in teaching kids yoga. She opened up the first kid's yoga studio in Orange County, California called CARE4YOGA.
    Since she first became certified in 2012, she made a policy that anyone that has cancer, had cancer, or had a family member going through it, she would never charge them. She has kept that policy and helped many people in need.

    Topics discussed in this episode:

    Sahel & Tabay's experience finding yoga during Sahel's recovery from cancer.
    Tabay & Sahel's vegan journey
    What the Health Documentary
    The Game Changers
    Jason Crandell's teacher training
    Shana Meyerson teacher training
    Gentle World Vegan Community
    Tabay and Sahel's Cooking Classes
    Connect with Tabay:
    Website: tabayatkins.com
    Instagram: @tabayatkins

    Connect with Sahel:
    Website: care4yoga.com

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Episode 54: Dharma Yoga Center's Pam & Andrew Jones Part 2

    Episode 54: Dharma Yoga Center's Pam & Andrew Jones Part 2

    Pam was born and raised in London. In the midst of completing an MA at The Royal College of Art and feeling very lost in the crazy world of fashion was the beginning of a journey, the search for meaning. She took her first yoga class at Jivamutki London and having been trained as a dancer in her early years, she loved the physicality of yoga but soon realized there was so much more. On a fortuitous day in 2007 she walked into a small studio in New York City and found her Guru Sri Dharma Mittra. A few months later, she moved to NYC to study with him and has never looked back since. In 2013 she met her future husband Andrew who was also studying under Sri Dharma Mitta. He initially came to New York to work for the advertising world and after several years felt something was missing. He too, fortuitously walked into the Dharma Yoga Center and after meeting Sri Dharma Mittra felt he found somebody that had Real answers. They have practiced together for many years at the Dharma Yoga Center and have served Sri Dharma Mittra as faculty in many ‘Life of a Yogi’ teacher trainings.

    One of the key foundations of yoga is compassion, to see yourself in others. That is why they are so honored to be part of the Yoga is Vegan podcast.

    Pam is also a Vegan chef and has led many vegan food workshops across the globe. She believes that diet has a huge impact on how we think, move and feel. A daily yoga practice together with a healthy Vegan diet creates a strong mind and body so we can be a service to others. She hopes her workshops will inspire people to be creative in their own kitchen so they can share with their loved ones and continue a peaceful path for our bodies, the earth and all the animals. Andrew is very happy to be her guinea pig to taste all her vegan creations before they go public!

    In part 1 of this 2 part conversation Dharma Yoga Center's Andrew and Pam Jones discuss the following with Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis:



    Pam’s vegan cheese and dessert workshops
    Psychic development
    The mantra for purification and mantra for unification
    800-hour LIfe Of a Yogi Teacher Training
    The art of learning to let go of achieving poses
    Teaching with Sri Dharma MIttra on the road Teaching to just one person is as important as a large group Don’t get caught up in the numbers.
    Psychic experiences with Sri Dharma Mittra
    Connect with Pam & Andrew Jones:

    Website: www.karmacoco.com
    Instagram: @karmacoco

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 53: Dharma Yoga Center's Andrew & Pam Jones

    Episode 53: Dharma Yoga Center's Andrew & Pam Jones

    Pam was born and raised in London. In the midst of completing an MA at The Royal College of Art and feeling very lost in the crazy world of fashion was the beginning of a journey, the search for meaning. She took her first yoga class at Jivamutki London and having been trained as a dancer in her early years, she loved the physicality of yoga but soon realized there was so much more. On a fortuitous day in 2007 she walked into a small studio in New York City and found her Guru Sri Dharma Mittra. A few months later, she moved to NYC to study with him and has never looked back since. In 2013 she met her future husband Andrew who was also studying under Sri Dharma Mitta. He initially came to New York to work for the advertising world and after several years felt something was missing. He too, fortuitously walked into the Dharma Yoga Center and after meeting Sri Dharma Mittra felt he found somebody that had Real answers. They have practiced together for many years at the Dharma Yoga Center and have served Sri Dharma Mittra as faculty in many ‘Life of a Yogi’ teacher trainings.

    One of the key foundations of yoga is compassion, to see yourself in others. That is why they are so honored to be part of the Yoga is Vegan podcast.

    Pam is also a Vegan chef and has led many vegan food workshops across the globe. She believes that diet has a huge impact on how we think, move and feel. A daily yoga practice together with a healthy Vegan diet creates a strong mind and body so we can be a service to others. She hopes her workshops will inspire people to be creative in their own kitchen so they can share with their loved ones and continue a peaceful path for our bodies, the earth and all the animals. Andrew is very happy to be her guinea pig to taste all her vegan creations before they go public!

    In part 1 of this 2 part conversation Dharma Yoga Center's Andrew and Pam Jones discuss the following with Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis:

    Andrew's experience getting sick and recovering from what most likely was COVID-19
    Living in New York during Coranavirus lockdown
    Pam & Andrew's experience finding yoga and meeting Sri Dharma Mittra
    Dharma Yoga Center's Life of a Yogi (LOAY) Teacher Trainings and their role as mentors
    Pam & Andrew's experiences going vegan.
    Connect with Pam & Andrew Jones:

    Website: www.karmacoco.com
    Instagram: @karmacoco


    Pass the Om Fundraiser: Legendary Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra will post a beautiful OM on FB/IG/twitter at 2.15pm Wed May 6th Eastern US time to help raise funds for the Covid 19 Response Fund.

    Please create your own OM and pass it on to your community and ask them to do the same. Before you pass the OM donate a $ or more to Carers in need.
    Donate to https://covid19responsefund.org/
    Help us create an eternal OM around the entire planet to send positive vibrations and love to all those affected by the Covid 19.
    Please add the below tags:
    #OMThanks
    #oneworldtogetherathome
    #worldhealthorganization
    #nato
    @dharmayoganyc
    @glbctzn
    @world.health.organization_
    Virtual VEGAN TREATS Workshop🍰 with Pam Jones

    Saturday 9th May 12:30-1:30pm est

    Get your apron on and Learn how to make Quick and Simple delicious vegan treats including Raspberry frangipane tarts, Halva, snickers bar, Key lime pie and more! You are welcome you to join me in making at least one of them. I’ll will be demoing step by step. You will be able to ask questions through the chat. A 60 min workshop that will help you and you’re family create quick, fun scrumptious vegan treats. $15 via zoom. To sign up please email pam@karmacoco.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 52- Patrick DeNicola on Optimizing Sleep

    Episode 52- Patrick DeNicola on Optimizing Sleep

    Patrick DeNicola is a sleep efficiency, functional movement and breathwork coach. He works with his clients in a four-fold method using awareness, intention, internalization, and connection.



    Patrick’s journey to holistic wellness living started under the guidance of his father who through practices of nutrition, meditation, karate, tai chi, and knowledge of ancient history and philosophy helped him lay a foundation towards self-realization. Though hidden underneath, this foundation grounded him after a health scare and pushed him towards transformation.



    Through yoga, meditation, and self-inquiry he was able to heal. Now Patrick guides others into similar studies of the self, helping them along their path

    In this episode, Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Patrick DeNicola discuss the following:

    Sleep optimization
    Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
    Epstein Barr Syndrome & the role of inflammation
    The Medical Medium
    Uforia Science- At-home kit to discover your nutrient deficiencies through DNA swabs
    Yoga Nidra
    Kamini Desai Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep
    Dharma Mittra For more information on his Yoga Nidra classes please visit the Dharma Yoga Center
    Connect with Patrick:

    Instagram: @patzensleep
    Website liveplena.com
    Email: Lifeadventures@patrickd@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 51- Dolly Vyas Ahuja: The Land of Ahimsa

    Episode 51- Dolly Vyas Ahuja: The Land of Ahimsa

    Dolly Vyas-Ahuja is an Ahimsa animal activist and a voice for the voiceless. Her mission is to spread awareness and education about the cruelty of the Dairy Industry. She comes from a Gandhian family and is the granddaughter of a Freedom Fighter for social justice in India. One of her main objectives is to have Indian temples pledge to be cruelty-free and ban the use of dairy products. She also frequently speaks at Jain temples and various vegan events to stress the importance of switching to a plant-based diet for animals, the environment, and human health. She was honored to speak at the World Vegan Conference in New Delhi, India. Her goal is to create a world where everyone lives their essential nature of practicing compassion. She hopes her upcoming film, The Land of Ahimsa will inspire those to incorporate pure Ahimsa into their daily lives.

    In this episode YIV's Holly Skodis & Dolly Vyas-Ahuja discuss the following:

    Taoist meditation
    Gary Yourofsky- The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear
    Victoria Moran Yoga Is Vegan Episode 16
    Thomas Wade Jackson Yoga Is Vegan Episode 33
    Dr. Will Tuttle World Peace Diet Episode 7
    Jainism
    Dolly’s mission to get Indian temples to get rid of dairy

    Dolly's documentary The Land of Ahimsa
    Robin Singh Yoga Is Vegan Episode 18
    Rowdy Girl Sanctuary
    Dolly’s life growing up with her Freedom Fighter grandfather and his experience with Mahatma Gandhi

    Connect with Dolly:

    Facebook:@thelandofahimsa
    Gofundme: The Land Of Ahimsa Documentary
    Website: www.landofahimsa.com

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Ingobingo2011 ,

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Thank you Holly and everyone who you interview for these amazing podcasts!😍 I love listening to these when The mind is a little down because they truly help me fill back up with the reminder that love is everywhere! 😍

Compassionate Gardener ,

Great Podcast

I thoroughly enjoy learning more about yoga through this podcast. Holly has a gentle voice and manner and her guests are interesting. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or a novice like me and wherever you are on your plant based journey, I think you’ll find something of interest.

yogagirlsrf ,

Excellent and enlightening podcast!

Holly does an amazing job interviewing a wide varitey of inspiring vegan yogis! Her podcast sheds light on the true meaning of ahimsa, non-harming, and how we can apply it to our diet and lives. Every episode is informative and is filled with wisdom I highly recommend it to everyone who practices yoga and who is interested in creating a compassionate world for humans, animals and the planet!

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