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CHITHEADS from Embodied Philosophy
Interviews with leaders, elders and teachers from the yoga and wider wisdom community on eastern philosophies, consciousness studies, social justice, and the human spiritual condition.
Jun 8, 2021
Shreena Gandhi on White Supremacy (#134)
Shreena Gandhi is a part of the Religious Studies Department at Michigan State University, where is primarily teaches classes on religion and race in the Americas. She is currently finishing up edits on a manuscript, A Cultural History of Yoga in the United States, which looks at the impacts of race, gender and class on how yoga is practiced and commodified in religious and secular spaces. She is also collaborating with 4 other scholars of South Asian descent on an article titled Feminist Critical Hindu Studies in formation. Dr. Gandhi has presented her work nationally and internationally and is committed to intersectional scholarship and meticulous research grounded in facts. In this episode we discuss: Whiteness, white supremacy, and cultural appropriation. Honoring the roots of yoga. Colonialism, capitalism, and war and their relationship to white supremacy. Understanding orientalism and yoga. Unrooting westernization and white supremacy in the studies of philosophy and religion. Reflecting on privilege. An affirmative vision of the project of the United States. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 25, 2021
Isa Gucciardi on Birth & Initiations (#133)
In the mid-nineties, Isa Gucciardi began developing Depth Hypnosis as she entered into clinical practice. Her studies, both in academia and in the field of cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology formed the basis of her approach with clients and students. As the body of work that grew out of her clinical practice became larger, she began teaching others so that more people could benefit from the techniques she had developed. In order to accommodate the number of classes that grew out of this process, she co-founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, which is now a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, serving hundreds of students each year. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and she has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the books Return to the Great Mother and Coming to Peace. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries. She is the mother of two children and lives with her partner in San Francisco. To receive future special offers, exclusive discounts, course announcements, and featured content, subscribe to Sacred Stream’s email list today. New subscribers will receive a free guided meditation download, delivered straight to their inboxes. As a free gift to Chitheads listeners, download Isa's Great Mother Meditation with the coupon code: EPMother. In this episode we discuss: The birthing process and how it has changed historically and become a site of socio-political significance. Relating to the Great Mother as a compass and guide. The significance of ceremonies and rituals as initiations that help to support significant moments of change in life. The seven initiations (as Isa outlines them in her book): birth, puberty, menses, sexuality, birth, childbirth, menopause, and death. Preparing for death. Applied shamanic journeying. Taking refuge in the creative power of the earth. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 5 min
May 11, 2021
Richard Katz on Indigenous Psychology and Allyship (#132)
After receiving his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard, Richard Katz began a journey beyond the confines of psychology, into a world of experiences nourished by Indigenous knowledge and its emphasis on spirituality. He traveled in 1968 to the Kalahari Desert to work with the Ju/’hoansi, Indigenous peoples who, as primarily hunter-gathers, offer a view into the fundamental evolutionary roots of our human behavior. He experienced how their spiritually-infused healing energy expanded and became renewable, so, in a synergistic manner, the healing of one became the healing of all. Over the past 55 years, Katz has lived and worked with other Indigenous healers, experiencing that same spiritually nourished healing energy pervading daily life. They asked him to bring their teachings to Western health care so as to make it more appreciative of diversity, more committed to social justice, and more respectful of the importance of community and spirituality in health and healing. Katz stresses that while Indigenous knowledge is always offered freely – it cannot be sold on a fee-for-service basis – there is a cost. That knowledge has been nurtured by Indigenous peoples through centuries of colonization and oppression. To share in that knowledge we must commit ourselves to a path of service, not ego-enhancement or power; and give back to those who have been its guardians. Katz’s latest book, Indigenous Healing Psychology: Honoring the Wisdom of the First Peoples is a culmination of his work. Author royalties from that book will be given back to the Indigenous elders and healers whose teachings animate the book. Katz is presently a Professor Emeritus at the First Nations University of Canada, he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org In this episode we discuss: Contemplative practices, popular approaches to alternative wisdom, psychedelics and indigenous healing. The irreplaceable role of community in spiritual transformation. Comparing western concepts of psychology to healing from indigenous points of view. Notions of cultural appropriation and procedures for the transmission of teachings. Orienting our purpose in passing on teachings and performing ceremonies in a context of service. Principles of allyship. The roles and responsibilities of elders. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 15 min
Apr 20, 2021
Françoise Bourzat on Consciousness Medicine (#131)
Françoise Bourzat has been bridging the divide between western psychology and indigenous wisdom for the past 30 years in collaboration with healers in Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico, on the optimal applications of the psilocybin-containing mushrooms for healing and growth . She is the Founder of the Center for Consciousness Medicine and is the co-author of Consciousness Medicine. Françoise was part of the advisory board for Oregon Prop 109 initiative. She is currently collaborating with the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in an FDA approved research study on psilocybin assisted therapy for Covid related grief in Los Angeles. She has a Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology and is Hakomi trained. Françoise has taught at CIIS in San Francisco, is a counselor, and runs online courses and lectures in various institutions. She is a sought-after keynote speaker that has traveled the world sharing her message, along with the Mazatec tradition, to international audiences around the globe. In this episode we discuss: Plant medicine journeying as therapy - incorporating expanded states into our growth process. Psychedelic Psychotherapy Renaissance and the Neo-shamanistic movement. The importance of rooting in lineage, indigenous context, the thread of permission, and respectful sharing. The spiritual dimension of healing and avoiding spiritual bypassing. The relationship between pain and suffering; and the role of meaning in the transmutation of suffering. The role of fear and what it is that we’re afraid of. Françoise's five-part holistic model: body, mind, spirit, community, and environment. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 9 min
Apr 6, 2021
Prentis Hemphill on Healing Justice & Queer Spiritual Purpose (#130)
Prentis Hemphill is a movement facilitator, Somatics teacher, and practitioner, and working at the convergence of healing, collective transformation, and political organizing. Prentis has spent the last 15 years bridging wellbeing and power building as a part of movement building organizations, most recently as the Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter Global Network. In 2016, Prentis was awarded the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Soma Award for community work inspired by Buddhist thought. At present, Prentis is the co-founder of Resilient Strategies, a project intended to deepen movement practice and understanding of politicized healing. Prentis is also a teacher of Somatics with Generative Somatics and with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity. In this episode we discuss: What is healing? How do we heal? How does somatics shift the paradigm of traditional therapy? What is healing justice and how does it differ from other approaches to social justice? Recovering pre-colonial practices in a post-colonial context through the lens of somatics. Healing individual and collective trauma. Critiques of the wellness industry and the structures that deny access to healing for everyone. Queer spiritual purpose, supporting repair and stretching the parameters of belonging. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 9, 2021
Vineet Chander on Hindu Chaplaincy (#129)
In this episode we discuss: The roots of pastoral care and chaplaincy Incorporating the frameworks of Vendantic, yoga philosophy in Hindu chaplaincy Contemplative dimensions of pastoral care, bringing radical compassionate presence in spiritual accompaniment Obstacles to cultivating spiritual health and the epidemic of loneliness in the globalized westernize world The three elements of Sādhanā: Tapas, Svādhyāya, Īśvarapraṇidhāna Building inner resilience Intimate and personal experience of the Supreme Vineet Chander is the Coordinator for Hindu Life and Hindu Chaplain at Princeton University and a Religious Life Leader at the Lawrenceville School. He has also served as an adjunct professor, attorney, and communications consultant. His areas of specialty include Bhakti theology, models of pastoral counseling, and the Hindu-American diaspora community. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, and he is co-author of Hindu Chaplaincy (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 2017) and co-editor of Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019). A student of His Holiness Radhanath Swami for more than two decades, he is a sought-after speaker and teacher in his own right— particularly known for his ability to infuse ancient wisdom with humor, relevant examples, and avenues for application. He has spoken at a number of conferences and educational institutions, including the American Academy of Religion, the Global Dharma Conference, the Global Chaplains Conference, Yale University, Cornell University, and the Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University. In addition, he has offered wisdom teachings in a number of temples, ashrams, and yoga studios, including the philosophy portions of YTT courses at Gratitude Yoga (Princeton, NJ), Prana Yoga Shala (Princeton, NJ), and Onyx Yoga (Warren, NJ). He is a regular speaker at, and past board member of, the Bhakti Center (New York City). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 7 min
Feb 23, 2021
Zhenevere Sophia Dao on Sexuality and the Transgender Necessity (#128)
In this episode we discuss: Post-Daoism as a philosophy reinterpreting depth psychology, qigong, and Daoism MogaDao as a practice at the intersection of somatic, queer, and socioerotic inquiry Socially imposed self-images versus deeply personal mythopoetic self-images The democratization of desire in all forms and socio-erotic experiences Spiritual significance of sex, sexuality, and desire as authentic expressions of a soul’s original virtue Consumeristic paradigm of sexuality as another attribute of power The importance of trans people in society as leaders in and examples of radical authenticity Zhenevere Sophia Dao is a poet, novelist, playwright, and the director of the SACRa Theater Company. She has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and has published fiction with Penguin Books. An independent scholar, she is the founder of the philosophy of Post-Daoism and the practice tradition of MogaDao, which incorporates original “mythosomatic” qigong forms and meditations, and spiritualized asana, in combination with academic studies in mythopoetics, comparative philosophy and religion, Depth Sexology, socioerotic and sociopolitical inquiry, and queer studies. A transgender woman, she is also the founder of The Transgender Necessity, a platform for public discourse which underscores the cultural necessity of transgender individuals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 20 min
Feb 9, 2021
Tracee Stanley on Yoga Nidra (#127)
In this episode we discuss: 1. The philosophy of yoga nidra, the goddess of yoga nidra and the four states of consciousness. 2. Yoga nidra as a state and as a systematic guided relaxation. 3. Obstacles to rest in our culture. 4. Working with trauma and the importance of safety in moving toward rest. 5. The science of yoga nidra, accessing the place of healing and rejuvenation. 6. The relationship between liminal space and creativity. 7. How to set up a supportive yoga nidra nest. Tracee Stanley was introduced to the practice of yoga nidra in 2001. She immediately recognized it as a healing salve for the world and began to incorporate it into her life and her yoga teaching. She left her high-stress career as a Hollywood film producer to delve deeper into the study of the practices that were empowering and rejuvenating her, so she could share them with others. With over 20 years of experience practice and teaching in the Himalayan Tradition, Tantra and Sri Vidya, she also understands the demands of life as an entrepreneur, wife, and stepmom. Her effortless way of sharing ancient teachings in accessible ways is her superpower. She travels extensively to offer yoga nidra, meditation, self-inquiry, teacher trainings and workshops. As a gift to all of our listeners, Tracee is offering a 30% discount on her book “Radiant Rest” which is now on pre-order from the publisher’s site with the code RR30 until 3/31/21 at https://www.shambhala.com/radiant-rest.html. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 12, 2021
Tias Little On Practice as the Path (#126)
In this episode, we discuss: How yoga communities and the industry have changed during the Covid pandemic. The inspiration for Tia’s new book “The Practice is the Path”. Being comfortable living with uncertainty. Identity and attachment. The significance of dreams and the role of the dream state in breaking the spell of the everyday life. Emphasizing the “not doing” and shifting the default mode to be one of rest Yoga and the art of seeing - the role of being seen and heard in relationship and healing. About Tias Little: Tias Little’s unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching are influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long-time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Tias earned a Master’s degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. Tias is the author of four books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, Yoga of the Subtle Body, and The Practice is the Path. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 4 min
Dec 29, 2020
Shailla Vaidya on Yoga for Stress & Burnout (#125)
In this episode, we discuss: Growing up Indian in a majority white culture, shame and the impact of disconnection from culture. The value of yoga and mindbody practices in medicine and education. Stress, trauma and burnout, and ways in which embodied practices can help. The impact of the pandemic and isolation on us as social beings and the value of yoga and stress relief in times of Covid. Practicing compassion, stress relief, and strategies to generate compassion for self and others. Yoga and the importance of taking into consideration who you are and where you’re at; reducing harm with a better understanding of yogic practices. Cultural appropriation of yoga and Indian culture and how to honor lineage and context. Shailla Vaidya, MD MPH CCFP(EM) C-IAYT is a Physician/Yoga Therapist practicing Mind-Body Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. She studied Medicine at Dalhousie University, did her residency in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and completed a Master’s in Public Health (Management and Policy) at Harvard University. She has also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Vaidya grew up in a cultural tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda and has been bridging Eastern Wisdom with Western Medicine throughout her 20 years of medical practice. She completed her yoga teacher training and yoga therapy training with the Mohans and the Svastha Yoga Therapy. She is the creator of the Yoga of Stress Resilience Burnout Recovery Program, and the Reconnect Concussion program, both of which combine the path of yoga with the science of human function for healing and recovery. As a “Compassion-it” Change Agent, she is effecting change within the health care system by healing our healers and by bringing a more holistic approach to the management of stress-related illnesses. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 15, 2020
Kulreet Chaudhary on Sound Medicine (#124)
In this episode, we discuss: Understanding the culture of Contemporary medicine and medicine as an industry. The Ayurvedic approach, addressing the physical, energetic and mental realm. Quantum biology and the Siddha texts - healing from the inside out. Role of intuition as it informs mastery in healing and any field of work. Science of Sound, biological translation to energy and meaning. The distinction between mantra and aphorism; using mantra and devotion to connect to your soul’s intention. Alzheimer’s as a mutable disease and alternative practices to support conditions. Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s combined expertise in both modern neurology and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda has uniquely positioned her as an expert able to pull from the broadest possible base to treat her clients. She is passionate about raising awareness for the need of a paradigm shift in contemporary medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health-based (rather than disease-b…
1 hr 2 min
Dec 1, 2020
Swami Swatmananda on Diwali, Vedanta & Shiva (#123)
In this episode, we discuss: Invocation as a tool to invoke the divinity from within us. The celebration of Diwali and the purpose of celebrating festivals. Idols as means to connect to the God within us. Chanting mantra, contemplating deeper truths, and the main sadhana of Kali Yuga. The many names of Shiva - infinite expressions of infinite glories. How to understand karma and taking responsibility for your life. Spiritual practices for facing challenging times with strength and clarity. Swami Swatmananda is one of the most dynamic leaders of Chinmaya Mission. An Acharya of Chinmaya Mission-South Mumbai, he completed the Vedanta Course from Powai from 1998-2000. He has been serving in Chinmaya Mission Mumbai since 2000. He expounds the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta through talks on the Bhagavad Geeta, Upanishads and other texts of Vedanta & bhakti through camps, meditation retreats, interactive sessions and discussions for youth & adults. Chinmaya Pradeep is one of its kind outd…
Nov 17, 2020
Alberto Villoldo on Shamanism (#122)
Medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, which trains modern shamans in the practice of energy medicine. He directs the Center for Energy Medicine in Chile, where he investigates and practices the neuroscience of enlightenment. Over the course of two decades with the shamans in the jungles and high mountains of the Andes, Villoldo discovered a set of sacred technologies that transform the body, heal the soul, and can change the way we live and die. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 20, 2020
Daniel Simpson on the Truth of Yoga (#121)
In this episode we discuss: Daniel Simpson’s upcoming book, The Truth of Yoga. Daniel shares his intention and inspiration behind this comprehensive overview integrating contemporary history with scholarly history Differentiating yoga history and yoga philosophy as evolutionary systems of ideas Debunking commonly misunderstood concepts and myths of yoga evolution Connection points to tradition within modern practices Postural practice and being definitive about the unknown Reinterpreting yoga traditions, cultural appropriation and exploitation of yoga The nature of ultimate and relative truths in yoga Daniel Simpson teaches yoga philosophy at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, on teacher trainings and online. He earned his Masters degree in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS (University of London), the home of the pioneering Hatha Yoga Project. He is the author of The Truth of Yoga, a comprehensive guide to the history of practice, which will be published in January by Farr…
1 hr 5 min
Oct 13, 2020
Philip Goldberg on Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times (#120)
In this episode, we discuss: Co-sustaining spiritual practice and effective social action. Tips for carving out time for practice/ finding your core practice. Yogananda’s balanced, spiritual and responsible life. Sacred citizenship vs. the myth of rugged individuality. Practice as a wellspring for creativity. Harnessing imagination in the service of recognizing modes of our own experience. Knowledge of theory as it contributes to experience in practice. Philip Goldberg has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years. He is the author or co-author of some 25 books published in more than a dozen languages. His book American Veda was named by Huffington Post and Library Journal as one of the Top 10 Religion Books of 2010; it was followed in 2018 by the popular biography The Life of Yogananda. He blogs on Spirituality & Health and cohosts the Spirit Matters podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 15 min
Sep 15, 2020
Chris Walling on Yoga Therapy Research (#119)
Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, SEP, C-IAYT has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry. He is a Clinical Research Fellow in the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at the Kinsey Institute located at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Walling is the current President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, the hub of somatic psychology. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuropsychotherapy, affect regulation, and somatic psychotherapy. Dr. Walling is the former Executive Administrator for the UCLA Longevity Center and Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. He currently serves as the Vice President of Education at the Alzheimer’s Re…
Sep 8, 2020
Mirabai Starr on Feminine Mysticism (#118)
Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was named one of the “Best Books of 2019” by Spirituality & Practice. Mirabai is on the 2020 Watkins List of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People of the World.” She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 14 min
Aug 25, 2020
Lisa Danylchuk on Yoga for Trauma Recovery (#117)
Lisa Danylchuk is a licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher trainer whose specialty is bringing yoga into trauma treatment. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, Lisa is the founder of the Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery and creator of the Yoga for Trauma Online Training Program. She has authored three books, serves on the UN Task Force for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is also a contributing editor for Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans, published by the Yoga Service Council. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 12 min
Aug 11, 2020
Jeffrey Kripal on Flips of Perspective (#116)
Jeffrey J. Kripal is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Programs in the School of the Humanities and the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is also the Associate Director of the Center for Theory and Research and the Chair of the Board at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Jeff is the author of eight books, including, most recently, The Flip: Who You Really Are and Why It Matters (Penguin, 2020), where he envisions the future centrality and urgency of the humanities in conversation with the history of science, the philosophy of mind, and our shared ethical, political, and ecological challenges. He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in the sciences, modern esoteric literature, and the hidden history of science fiction for the University of Chicago Press collectively entitled The Super Story: Science (Fiction) and Some Emergent Mythologies. There he intuits and writes out a new emerging…
1 hr 21 min
Jul 21, 2020
Alex Auder on Socialist Yoga (#115)
Alex Auder, recently hailed by the NYTimes as “Yoga’s Instagram Provocateur” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/style/yoga-instagram-alex-auder.html) is a native New Yorker, who grew up in the Chelsea Hotel, where she lived with her mother, the Warhol Superstar Viva, and her sister, the actress Gaby Hoffmann. Besides for being hailed as one of America’s “most influential” yoga teachers, Alex is an actress (you can find her as a recurring character in HBO’s High Maintenance) and writer (currently working on a memoir about growing up in The Chelsea with Viva). She and her husband/co-collaborator have a podcast called “15minutes with Alex.” Teaching for over 20 years, she has developed a keen eye and a genuinely authentic, irreverent, and original voice. Her classes are known for the graceful integration of clear and precise alignment cues, intelligent sequencing based on stability and functional movement, somatics, and vedantic philosophy. Alex has been interviewed and…
2 hr 3 min
Jul 14, 2020
Lama Rod Owens on Love & Anger (#114)
In this episode, we discuss: The utility of righteous anger in activism. Spiritual practice as an expression of disrupting violence in the world. Discomfort as the place where realization and freedom arises from. Orienting to the collective - holding my needs and the needs of the collective together. The necessity of a commitment to practice for to create change. Dharma as a path to freedom, liberation, complete. Becoming yourself to free yourself. Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Has been published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle a…
1 hr 6 min
Jul 7, 2020
Nkem Ndefo on Trauma & Resilience (#113)
In this episode we discuss: Trauma as the root of most of our suffering Common misperceptions about trauma and stress 6 principles of a trauma-informed approach Incorporating neuroscience and a return to ancient practices What is resilience? Embodied activism - an everyday activism Making space for healing Nkem Ndefo is the founder and president of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit, a model that promotes embodied self-awareness and self-regulation in an ecologically sensitive framework and social justice context. Licensed as a nurse midwife, Nkem also has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies. She brings an abundance of experience as a clinician, educator, consultant, and community strategist to innovative programs that address stress and trauma and build resilience for individuals, organizations, and communities across sectors, both in her home country (USA) and internationally. Nkem is particularly inte…
Jun 30, 2020
Greta Gaard on Mindful Ecofeminism (#112)
Greta Gaard began practicing Vipassana meditation in 1995 at Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN. An early proponent of ecofeminism, Gaard has written extensively to illuminate the linkages of race, gender, sexuality, species and environmental justice, publishing six books and over 90 articles on ecofeminism, including several that articulate a mindful ecofeminism: "Beyond Gary Snyder: Buddhism's Influence on U.S. Environmental Literature." (2013), “Mindful New Materialisms” (2014), “Mindful Ecocriticism” (2020), and “(Un)Storied Air, Breath, Embodiment” (2021). Her presentation on “Humans, Animals, and Non-Harming,” is available on the Dharma Voices for Animals website, and her most recent book is Critical Ecofeminism (2017). As a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Gaard uses both mindfulness pedagogy and happiness practices in all her writing classes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 11 min
Jun 9, 2020
Georgi Y. Johnson on NonDual Therapy (#111)
In this episode we discuss: Contemplating death, existence looking at non-existence Trauma, dissociation, suffering and spiritual emergency The mysteries of perceptions through mind, heart, and body Taking emotional responsibility through spiritual healing Nondual Therapy, the psychology of awakening, in contrast to traditional therapy Ways of responding to fear and anger from the lens of non-dual therapy Passion and finding sense of purpose within suffering Georgi Y. Johnson graduated from Oxford University with a determination to explore the mysteries of perception through mind, heart and body. Together with her partner Bart ten Berge she has an international teaching and healing practice in Nondual Therapy and Spiritual Psychology. Georgi is author of several books, including I AM HERE – Opening the Windows of Life & Beauty (a study of the nature of consciousness), and Nondual Therapy – The Psychology of Awakening. She is presently completing a new book: Nondual Medici…
1 hr 20 min
Apr 21, 2020
Todd Norian on Unreasonable Happiness (#110)
In this episode we discuss: Unreasonable happiness as a way to engage in this time of crisis Todd’s personal experience of spiritual awakening The fall from grace of two beloved gurus Betrayal, resentment, grief, healing and forgiveness with boundaries as an act of self-love A new student-teacher relationship and the foundation of Ashaya Yoga Seeing everything in life as a path of awakening Non-duality, integration of all of it - this is the spiritual practice Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, seeks to awaken others to their inherent potential for healing and joy by integrating the body, mind, and heart through yoga and meditation. Believing that yoga is a gateway for self-discovery and spiritual growth, Todd founded Ashaya Yoga in 2012 to guide his students through an alignment-based, heart-opening practice that builds strength and flexibility while giving them access to the universe of power within. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd brings advanced biomechanical knowledge, Shaiva Ta…
1 hr 39 min
Apr 14, 2020
Mary Reilly Nichols & Kavitha Chinnaiyan on Bhakti (#109)
In this episode we discuss: The spirit of Bhakti Breath as a supreme principle, relating to the Divine through breath - a delivery system of love The power of mantra Bhakti as the fuel for practice and the importance of digging in one spot to reach a depth Cultivating a relationship to deity The relationship between Bhakti and Tarka and the process of falling in love with awareness Your own signature Bhakti Mary Reilly Nichols is the Director of Nalanda Institute’s Yoga, Mind & Spirit and has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. She offers teachings through the lens of non-duality in the Upanishads, Advaita Vedanta, as well as in the Tantric methods of Kashmiri Shaivism and Kundalini Yoga. She holds a BA in anthropology from Harvard University, and completed five years of residency in the ashrams of Swami Muktananda both in India and in the US. In addition to workshops, weekly classes, corporate and teacher-trainings, Nichols teaches stress management in psychiatric settings and…
1 hr 5 min
Apr 6, 2020
Shambhavi Sarasvati on Expanding our View (#108)
In this episode we discuss: The nature of reality as wisdom and compassion even in the face of obstacles Spiritual challenges we are facing in the Covid19 pandemic Staying in our spiritual practice even in the face of existential threats Leaning into fear and finding refuge in God and nature Building the Ojas, immunity and the bridge between the ordinary love and universal love The teaching of Ananda, holding the absolute and relative reality at the same time Reconciling the teaching of the naturalness of death with the commitment to stay engaged and to help others Accessing the heart as a gateway to unconditional wisdom Shambhavi is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism (a.k.a. Kashmir Shaivism or Shaiva Tantra) and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet. She has also studied meditation with teachers in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. Her root Guru is Anandamayi Ma. Shambhavi is known for making complex teachings a…
1 hr 11 min
Mar 31, 2020
Nina Rao & Hari-kirtana das on Bhakti (#107)
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1 hr 29 min
Mar 25, 2020
Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory (#106)
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal T…
1 hr 25 min
Mar 17, 2020
Coronavirus Contemplations with Miles Neale & Isa Gucciardi (#105)
Jacob Kyle speaks with Miles Neale and Isa Gucciardi about the corona virus, how we can skillfully respond to the situation, and why contemplative practice is so important at this time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 17 min
Feb 5, 2020
Neil Dalal on Vedanta & Self-Inquiry (#104)
In this episode, we discuss: Neil’s documentary film, Gurukulam, which explores a living Advaita Vedanta lineage through sensory ethnography What brought Neil to his path Triple process of study for knowledge - listening, logical reflection, contemplative understanding Experienced hunting, the need for a teacher and reflections on the current state of "Gurus" The Western concept of Karma yoga vs. the way it is traditionally defined Cultural appropriation, academia, yoga practitioners, the market of yoga and how we are manifesting these issues Neil Dalal is Associate Professor of South Asian Philosophy and Religious Thought at the University of Alberta, where he teaches in both the Philosophy Department and Religious Studies Program. He received his PhD in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas at Austin where he specialized in Sanskrit and Indian philosophy, and an MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dalal’s interests ex…
1 hr 31 min
Jan 28, 2020
Joakim Vindenes on Virtual Reality (#103)
In this episode, we discuss: How can we make interactions with VR meaningful VR as a support for contemplative practice The parallel between VR and Hinduism as an understanding of the world as dharma Using VR to define reality – Who are we with all these possibilities? What would we like to experience? Wouldn’t we prefer to have surprises in life? Therapy facilitated by VR to expand healing possibilities The potential for both positive and negative effects of VR and how we will have to make personal and existential choices about how to use this technology Joakim Vindenes is a PhD Candidate at the University of Bergen, Norway, where he is researching VR technologies. At his spare time, he runs Matrise — a blog focused on the intersections of VR, Consciousness, Science & Philosophy. Matrise has lately increased in popularity and discusses VR technology in relation to topics such as psychedelics, Hinduism, Existentialism, Meditation and Non-dual states. See omnystudio.com/listen…
Dec 24, 2019
Andrew Holecek on Dreams & the Primary Delusion (#102)
In this episode we discuss: Dreams from the perspective of Eastern tradition What is the non-dreaming state Spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming, including the development of psychic power Physical and psychological therapeutic benefits of lucid dreaming Tools to navigate nightmares Principles and strategies to begin a practice of lucid dreaming (intention and meditation as foundational practices) Preparation for a lucid dreaming practice by developing good sleep hygiene and establishing a more honored and treasured relationship to the dreaming state Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition; Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress; The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy; the audio learn…
1 hr 22 min
Dec 10, 2019
Christine Caldwell on Bodyfulness (#101)
In this episode we discuss: Christine Caldwell's new book, Bodyfulness: Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, & Waking Up in This Life Bodyfulness happens when you look at embodiment as physical, psychological, and contemplative 8 principles of Bodyfulness and the 4 aspects in the practice of Bodyfulness Difference between the stories that the body would tell and the verbal narrative we have laid on top of it Bodyfulness is activism at its most basic level and how it can shift forms of activism Obstacles to Bodyfulness include the oppression of the body by many societies, making our bodies and other bodies "wrong", and Bodylessness, in which the body is seen as a project An enlightened body and body wakefulness - being "awake" is a bodily experience not just in the mind Dr. Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA, where she taught coursework in somatic c…
1 hr 23 min
Nov 26, 2019
Vanamali on Sanatana Dharma & Religious Fundamentalism (#100)
In this episode we discuss: How religious fundamentalism is problematic Many gods and choosing one god to workshop The key to finding heaven here and now is the recognition of an omniscient God that is available to everyone at all times and in all spaces Distortion of the Hindu way of life by colonialism and the spread of a more open-minded approach to the divine Yoga of constant union Defining features of the Vedic way of life Being in an age of darkness and transition Vanamali Mataji resides in Vanamali Ashram, Rishikesh. Vanamali is one of the names of Lord Krishna and she is an ardent Krishna Bhakta. Mataji always dresses in lavender as that is the colour of Krishna in transcendence. She has published many books on the Hindu gods - The Complete Life of Krishna, The Complete Life of Rama, Shiva - stories and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana, Hanuman - Devotion and Power of the Monkey God, The Science of the Rishis, In the lost city of Krishna, Nitya Yoga - (Essays o…
1 hr 2 min
Oct 29, 2019
Amit Goswami on Quantum Activism & Archetypal Living (#99)
In this episode, we discuss: Quantum physics is an astounding entry into consciousness and puts trans-personal psychology on the map. Why spiritual teachers talk so much about quantum physics. Key features and principles of Quantum Physics and the role of the observer, quantum collapse, quantum entanglement, and downward causation. How we actually live according to the quantum worldview and manifest our reality. How archetypes are our internal stimuli, the divine waiting for us to act, and the lifestyle of living around a certain archetype. Creativity, the power of intention and what comes next. What is a quantum activist and how do we become one. Theoretical Quantum Physicist Dr. Amit Goswami is a retired full professor from the University of Oregon’s Department of Physics where he served from 1968 to 1997. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness,” an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe, where he also sol…
1 hr 7 min
Oct 1, 2019
Susanna Harwood Rubin on Pilgrimage, Kali & Cancer #98
In this episode, we discuss: Yoga’s evolution in New York City immediately following 9/11 and how Susanna found a yoga practice rooted in an intelligent spiritual worldview Does everything happen for a reason? How Karma and Lila (divine play) interact in our lives. Yoga of cancer as a deep inner conversation with the body rather than the language of battle. What is pilgrimage? Can we engage in pilgrimage even if we can’t travel to spiritual sites? Susanna’s pilgrimage with Kali, the Mother Goddess who represents all possibility. Choosing who to walk through your (inner) life with. Susanna Harwood Rubin is the author of Yoga 365: Daily Wisdom for Life On and Off the Mat. She is a yoga teacher, writer, and artist whose work is rooted in South Indian Philosophy. Based in NYC, Susanna teaches internationally and speaks on yoga, meditation, and Hindu myth. Her spiritual home is in Chidambaram, at the great Nataraja and Tillai Kali Temples. She teaches Devi Soul Yoga, combining yoga…
1 hr 13 min
Aug 13, 2019
Ekabhumi Ellik on Sacred Art (#97)
In this episode, we discuss: What is a deity and the spectrum of deities Different ways to approach deities (as a person with whom you have a personal relationship or an impersonal supreme that is beyond names and forms) The role of sacred art in nourishing our spiritual nature How to discern which type of sacred art to use Eka's recent work on altars and having a place of divinity in your home What a simple deity altar would include Main misrepresentations and appropriations and why this matters as a practitio Ekabhumi Charles Ellik is an award-winning poet, author, illustrator, yoga instructor and arts educator with 18 years of international teaching experience. Through a ritualized and meditative creative method, he makes artworks for ceremonial and educational use that help people deepen their spiritual practice, recognize the divinity of common experiences, and find meaning in the beauty of our world. His artworks may be found in yoga studios, private homes, and on altars…
1 hr 14 min
Jul 23, 2019
Sally Kempton, Judith Blackstone, Rae Johnson, Scott Lyons and Tara Judelle on Somatics and Spirituality (#96)
This episode of the CHITHEADS podcast is from a previous panel discussion hosted by Embodied Philosophy on the intersection of somatics and spirituality. Featuring esteemed teachers Sally Kempton, Judith Blackstone, Rae Johnson, Scott Lyons and Tara Judelle. DR. SCOTT LYONS Dr. Scott Lyons is dedicated to teaching embodiment as a way of exploring human development, healing and transformation. Scott is the co-creator of Embodied Flow™, a Clinical Psychologist, and Mind-Body Medicine practitioner. Additionally, Scott is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Visceral Manipulation Therapist, Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Movement Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness-based Executive Coach, and Focusing Practitioner. TARA JUDELLE Tara Judelle is a world renowned yoga facilitator moved by bringing humans into their innate sense of freedom and purpose. After 30 years experimenting in all forms of moveme…
1 hr 50 min
Jul 9, 2019
Nevine Michaan on Yoga as Practical Mysticism (#95)
In this episode, we discuss: How the world and yoga are open sourced. Vocabulary and framework of Daoist vs Indian yoga. The yoga technique doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is well done, that you have the skills and get it all into integrity (mind, body, breath). Useful metaphors and maps to define, understand and explore the territory of our bodies. Mystical practices, such as yoga, are practical and pragmatic. Participate in the awe. Speak the language of the spirit, play with math; the universal language that transcends the cultural. Music is math. Yoga is music. Visit https://www.katonahyoga.com/about for the resources referenced in this podcast. Nevine Michaan, Founder and creator of Katonah Yoga possesses a gift for teaching the physical and esoteric aspects of yoga. Many consider her a philosopher, a poet; a seer. Her teaching methods are articulated intelligently with meaning and metaphor. Nevine's practical approach entwines the body, the breath and the imaginati…
1 hr 12 min
Jun 17, 2019
David Regelin on Teaching & Yoga Nonsense (#94)
In this episode, we discuss: How David found yoga, his evolution as a teacher, and the teachers who have influenced him. His current view on his 2012 interview in New York magazine: David Regelin's Unorthodox Style of Yoga Yoga skepticism Yoga as a human science A few principles from his Geometry of Yoga The 200-hour yoga teacher training model David Regelin is a traveling yoga teacher based in New York City. Sought after for his workshops and teacher's intensives, his unique talent for simple yet precise articulation of form and technique, echo in the bodies and minds of his students. As a young teacher, David was at the forefront of what became a popular trend of choreographed vinyasa classes to the sound of live music. He created the "Multi-Intenso" experience, a class that garnered a cult following in New York City. "Multi-Intenso" is a technique based, athletic and dynamic style of yoga centered around handstands. Over time, David's reflective nature and incessant persona…
1 hr 22 min
Jun 4, 2019
Oneika Mays on Privilege and Incarceration (#93)
In this episode, we discuss: Yoga as activism in the context of freedom and agency How her contemplative practices have shifted her relationship to racism and how anger isn’t the only way to create change The many tracks of activism and how can we work together What a practice looks like in the context of a correctional facility or rehab facility Impact of meditation and yoga and how they can address the unique challenges that folks who are incarcerated experience Privilege and reparations around race, indigenous peoples, homophobia, sexism and poverty Our relationship with social media – are you “meditating” on Facebook? People referenced in the podcast are: Erika Hart, Rachel Cargle, Adrienne Maree Brown and Susan Barataki Oneika Mays (LMT, E-RYT) transitioned to yoga and meditation from a career in corporate retail over 10 years ago. Oneika used that experience to support social justice non-profits and teach meditation and yoga inside jails. As Training Director at Libe…
1 hr 9 min
Apr 16, 2019
Jill Purce on the Healing Voice (#92)
In this episode, we discuss: Symbol of spirals and the journey of the soul How forms come into being Morphic resonance and how working with sound relates to Rupert Sheldrake's theory Western culture's loss of relationship to sound and the effects of externalizing sound as entertainment The human body as a wind instrument Reclaiming our voices through the use of the voice as a meditative tool Hear a sample of Jill’s overtone chanting - a magical, meditative technique Untangling the web of ancestral fields to heal families and ancestors Jill Purce is recognized internationally as the pioneer of both the sound & the ancestral healing movements. In the1970’s she introduced the teaching of overtone chanting throughout the world & the spiritual potential of the voice for healing & meditation. In the early ‘70’s she lived & worked with German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen exploring the spiritual dimension of music. She learned overtone chanting in the Himalay…
1 hr 13 min
Mar 19, 2019
Julie Brown Yau on Rage and Trauma (#91)
In this episode, we discuss: Whole body / whole brain approaches to addressing trauma through the body, mind, intellect, imagination and spiritual practice Trauma that happens to us when essential needs are not being met (what we don’t receive, what doesn’t happen to us) Inter-generational trauma from gene expression, between mother and father, birthing process and developmental stages The role of anger and rage in the process of healing Spiritual practices and addressing trauma Her book The Body Awareness Workbook for Trauma, coming August 2019. Julie Brown Yau, PhD, has a 30-year background in psychological, somatic and spiritual traditions providing her with a unique depth of knowledge and direct experience. Julie’s unified approach for addressing developmental and complex trauma, includes the latest neuroscientific & psychosomatic findings, depth psychology, & Eastern wisdom. Julie is an author, speaker, and has a private practice in Laguna Beach CA. She has a pa…
1 hr 1 min
Feb 19, 2019
Rupert Sheldrake on Materialist Assumptions (#90)
In this episode, we discuss: Obstacles to the science of spiritual practice - limitations of a materialist view Engagement with the Indian tradition and how it helped him return to Christianity Intention of a pilgrimage and how it differs from being a tourist The interplay of form and energy and the common ground with a Trinitarian view Human genome project - what we know and don't know (e.g. shape, form, instincts) The brain as a mediator and not the cause His book Science and Spiritual Practicesand how science helps validate seven practices on which all religions are built and spiritual practices in a secular world Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than eighty-five technical papers and eight books, including Science and Spiritual Prcatices, and the co-author of six books. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Frank Know Fellow at Harvard. He worked in India as Principal Plant Physiologist…
1 hr 23 min
Feb 12, 2019
John Greer on Perennial Philosophy (#89)
In this episode, we discuss: Role of his travels and his perennial philosophy Using metaphors to make sense of non-duality (e.g. “hole in the cheese”) Position of the status of education in this country from the perspective of his perennial position (occupational oriented vs. wholeness as a person, process of individuation as children) Exile and Return Verifiability Wonder and the extraordinary beauty of life John Greer has spent nearly twenty years inquiring deeply into sacred texts and teachings of the world's traditions, spurred by his own spiritual search. He is a dedicated practitioner of meditation and has taught insight meditation for over a decade. John Greer holds a Ph.D. in education from Pennsylvania State University, and in three decades as a professor at the University of Memphis published numerous articles, co-authored several books on education and special education and was a recipient of the university's highest award for distinguished teaching. He also served for…
1 hr 23 min
Jan 12, 2019
David "Davidya" Buckland on Stages of Consciousness (#88)
In this episode, we discuss: His continual journey of awakening 7 stages of consciousness Awakening inside and outside of a tradition Chasing experience “Feeling value” and its role in the process of awakening Personal and impersonal - changing focus Ethics and awakening - three folds of the ego Rising of the consciousness in our modern world David Buckland is a former IT consultant who lives on Vancouver Island in the temperate rain forest of SW Canada. He began his spiritual journey in the mid-70's. On a long retreat soon after, he began witnessing full time and refined perception clicked on with a bang. He has now been meditating and exploring consciousness for more than 40 years. Soon after awakening in 2007, he began writing online under the nickname "Davidya." The name and related blog (Davidya.ca) soon took on a life of its own. In 2011, he earned an MA in Vedic Science, studying Vedic literature, Sanskrit, and world religions. He has observed and spoken with many people…
1 hr 31 min
Jan 8, 2019
Judith Blackstone on the Realization Process (#87)
In this episode, we discuss: Embodied nonduality – Judith’s definition of embodiment and nonduality Fundamental features of the Realization Process and the 2 main exercises (inhabiting the whole body and tuning into the subtle vertical channel) Her new book Trauma and the Unbound Body Realization Process techniques that contribute to trauma work Importance of inhabiting the body and the space of consciousness before releasing trauma Judith Blackstone, PhD, developed the Realization Process, a method of embodied psychological and relational healing and nondual spiritual awakening. She is the author of Trauma and the Unbound Body, Belonging Here, The Enlightenment Process, The Intimate Life, and The Empathic Ground. An audio series of the Realization Process is available from Sounds True. For information on Judith's teaching schedule, visit www.realizationprocess.org. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 1, 2019
Kenneth Rose on the Brain, Mystical Experience & Religious Studies (#86)
In this episode, we discuss: Commonality between mystical experiences Expressing difference vs. unity and our ability to communicate with each other; difference doesn’t exist without sameness New essentialism - what are the general ideas that allow us to speak from our various silos and communicate with each other Practitioner hat and the scholar hat (fetishization of the particular) Mysticism and neuroscience Spiritual basis of life expresses itself in multiple registers - physical, psychological, and metaphysical levels Meditation as the fundamental tool to discover these realms and experience Kenneth Rose, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, and emeritus professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He teaches and publishes in the areas of comparative religion, comparative mysticism, religious pluralism, and the philosophy of meditation. He developed and lead the online course “Wisdom fr…
1 hr 24 min
Dec 23, 2018
Rae Johnson on Embodying Social Justice (#85)
“Unless we transform the wounds of oppression in our own bodies and then by extension into our own embodied relationships with others...no amount of macro-sociological institutional legislative change will last because we keep producing the inequities at the grass roots levels.” In this episode, we discuss: Personal experience always emerges out of socio-economic context Importance of joining the personal with the professional Moving past oppressors vs. oppressed and finding a common ground about our pain Somatic literacy and illiteracy, cultivating somatic intelligence Not all yoga is somatic – feeling yourself from the inside out Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of several books – including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice – Rae teaches and trains internationally on embod…
1 hr 13 min
Dec 12, 2018
David Loy on Nonduality (#84)
In this episode, we discuss: Ecodharma Being grounded through a spiritual practice as an activist 5 types of non-duality Interpreting history from a place of “lack” Placeholders we use in our culture to represent the sacred Importance of internal and external practices to manifest sustainable social change David R. Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, and a teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. His books include Nonduality: a study in comparative philosophy [originally published by Yale University Press]; Lack and Transcendence: the problem of death and life in psychotherapy, existentialism and buddhism [a second edition just released by Wisdom Publications] and Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (forthcoming in January 2019). He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. In addition to offering academic lectures, workshops and meditation retreats, he is one of the founders of the new Rocky Mountain E…
1 hr 16 min
Dec 10, 2018
Nikki Myers on Yoga for Recovery (#83)
An accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme ‘the issues live in the tissues’, Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are now available throughout the world and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, and CBSnews.com. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was named as a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and honored as a recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visio…
1 hr 1 min
Dec 3, 2018
David Bullard on Sex, Trauma and Intimacy (#82)
David Bullard, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been practicing individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco for over 30 years. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was affiliated with the Human Sexuality Program and the Behavioral Medicine Unit, hosted international symposia on sexuality and medical conditions, and taught courses to medical students, nurses, interns, residents, faculty, therapists and other health care providers. He currently consults with the Symptom Management Service (which provides outpatient palliative care) at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Group, Spiritual Care Services, Clinical Pastoral Education Program at UCSF. David is a guest teacher at San Francisco Zen Center's City Center and Green Gulch. David’s practice a…
1 hr 20 min
Nov 26, 2018
Bo Forbes on Diseases of Disembodiment (#81)
Bo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, embodiment guide, urban contemplative, and research collaborator in the science of well-being. Her paradigm-bending work explores the body as an essential part of transformation and the inextricable links between individual and collective well-being. Bo’s work is interdisciplinary, and integrates emerging research in science, psychology, somatics, and contemplative practice with decades of experience on the front lines of somatic education. Since the 1990’s, her experience in the field of trauma and social epigenetics has included inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, private practice, organizational consulting, somatic therapy, and scholarship. She has a unique perspective on embodiment: she works intimately with the body in relation to trauma, and has also experienced, written about, and spoken publicly about sexual assault and harassment. Her mother was a prisoner of war in World War II who between the ages of 7 and 12 was forced to…
1 hr 25 min
Nov 12, 2018
Philipp Maas on the Pātañjala Yogaśāstra (#80)
In this episode, Philipp and Jacob discuss his research on classical Indian literature and the historiography of yoga. You will learn about: The role of British colonization and yoga history The Patanjali Yoga Shastra (Yoga Sutra) authorship and its connection to other texts The attempts to translate the text The difference between the original authorial intention and our contemporary relationship to it The relationship of the modern asana practice and the Yoga Shas Philipp André Maas is currently a research associate at the Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig and was previously an assistant professor at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his M.A. (1997) and Dr. phil. (2004) degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany, where he studied Indology, Comparative Religious Studies, Tibetology and Philosophy. His first book (originally his PhD thesis) is the first critical edit…
Nov 2, 2018
Pranada Comtois on Culturing Wise-Love (#79)
In this episode, Pranada and Jacob discuss Bhakti philosophy and theology. You will learn: The connection of Vedanta teachings with Bhakti teachings. What is Wise Love (Bhakti Vedanta) and the difference between the love with others? The relationships with others as a vehicle to fully express highest love with each other and as a practice for our individual relationship with the Supreme. The acknowledgment of the small self and the creation of a dynamic, magical, spiritual, irrevocable and strong connection with source. How the yoga system provides tools to control the mind and go beyond the mind to transcend the platform of self. The difference between faith and belief. The important distinction between the divine feminine and the feminine divine. Pranada’s work on gender inequality and education, the absence of gender in the concept of soul, and everyone’s equal access to the full spiritual realm, practices, and services regardless of gender. The harmonization and oneness of th…
1 hr 8 min
Oct 1, 2018
Amy Matthews on Embodied Learning & Developmental Anatomy (#78)
Amy Matthews, CMA, IDME, BMC Teacher, RSMT/RSME has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a movement therapist and yoga teacher. Amy leads the Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga and the Embodied Anatomy and Yoga BMC℠ programs in the United States. She co-taught with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Berkeley, CA for five years and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for ten years. She has taught embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in New York, Philadelphia, Berkeley, and Nebraska, and internationally in Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Israel, Slovakia and Japan. Amy co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy, and together Amy and Leslie teach The Breathing Project's Advanced Studies courses. Amy also works privately as a movement therapist and yoga teacher, integrating Laban…
1 hr 11 min
Aug 28, 2018
Mauro Zappaterra on the Cerebrospinal Fluid (#77)
Mauro Zappaterra graduated from Harvard Medical School with an MD and PhD and now specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a particular focus on regenerative medicine, neuro-rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, musculoskeletal medicine, and pain. He completed his PhD doing work with neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in the adult. He is published in numerous scientific articles on the CSF and his work was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron Journal. He is also featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in teaching medical students about living with life threatening diseases and in Psychology Today on an article titled “Joy: The art of loving life.” Dr. Zappaterra was nominated by his peers and staff to be Chief Resident at the UCLA / VA Greater Los Angeles Residency Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and won the Outstanding Senior Resident Award. He will be working as Directo…
1 hr 10 min
Aug 8, 2018
Phil Hine on the Chakras & Western Esotericism (#76)
Phil Hine is an independent researcher and occult practitioner of over 40 years. Initiated into both Western and Indian Spiritual traditions, he has practiced a hybridised form of Tantra for over twenty-five years. His writing has appeared in a wide number of Journals and anthologies, including Abraxas, Chaos International, and Pagan News. He has three books in print - Condensed Chaos, Prime Chaos, and The Pseudonomicon and has just released three chapbooks in a series exploring the history of the Chakras. He lives in London with his partner Maria. His current writings can be found at http://enfolding.org. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 21 min
Jul 23, 2018
Lama Tsultrim on the Mandala & the Empowered Feminine (#75)
Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala, located in Colorado. She traveled to India in her late teens and at the age of twenty-two, was the first western woman to be ordained as a Buddhist nun. After living in the Himalayan region for several years she returned her vows and became the mother of three, while continuing to study and practice Buddhism. She has been awarded the international “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” by a panel of distinguished scholars and practitioners in Bangkok, Thailand. She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons and her new book Wisdom Rising: A Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 13 min
Jun 22, 2018
Swami Brahmananda Saraswati on the Yogi Code & Deep Mindfulness (#74)
Swami is an atypical monk. He trained as a monk in Himalayas for 20 years then came to USA and studied physiology & health then went on to medical school and is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University studying business with focus on entrepreneurship, healthcare management and organizational leadership. Drawing upon his diverse Background and unique set of experiences Swami designed Deep Mindfulness Training for high performance and work life harmony. Swami takes a very hands on no-fluff, engaging and fun approach to help his clients develop high performing cognitive abilities, emotional and social intelligence, deep motivation and resilience. Swami believes that all individuals, teams and groups of people are unique and have unique needs and learning aptitudes. Therefore he creates customized DMT programs with hand selected training tools, frameworks and strategies to maximize clients performance and satisfaction. Deep Mindfulness Training is a custom mix of mindful…
1 hr 45 min
May 25, 2018
Kavitha Chinnaiyan on Shakti, Mahavidyas & the Direct Path (#73)
Kavitha M. Chinnaiyan, MD, is the author of Shakti Rising: Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness. She became drawn to the Direct Path through the teachings of Greg Goode and Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon. She has studied yoga, Sri Vidya Sadhana, Vedanta, and tantra through Chinmaya Mission and the teachings of Sri Premananda, Sally Kempton, and Paul Muller-Ortega. Chinnaiyan blends her expertise in cardiology with her knowledge of Ayurveda, yoga, Vedanta, tantra, and the Direct Path in her program for patients to discover bliss amid chronic illness. She is an integrative cardiologist at Beaumont Health System, and associate professor of medicine at Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, MI. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 18, 2018
Wlliam K. Mahony on the Vedic Imagination (#72)
William K. Mahony is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion and Chairman of the Religion Department at Davidson College, where he teaches courses on the religions of India. He also teaches workshops, trainings and retreats on yoga philosophy across the US and abroad. His books include The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination (1997) and Exquisite Love: Heart-Centered Reflections on the Narada Bhakti Sutra (2014). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 6 min
May 3, 2018
Andrea Jain on Cultural Appropriation and Essentializing Yoga (#71)
Andrea R. Jain, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, editor of the Journal of American Academy of Religion, and author of Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014). She received her doctorate degree in religious studies from Rice University in 2010. Her areas of research include religion in late capitalist society; South Asian religions; the history of modern yoga; the intersections of gender, sexuality, and religion; and methods and theories in the study of religion. She is a regular contributor to Religion Dispatches on topics related to yoga in contemporary culture and co-chair of the Yoga in Theory and Practice Group of the American Academy of Religion. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 27, 2018
Ian Whicher on the Integrity of the Yoga Sutras (#70)
Ian Whicher is a Professor and Head of the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He specializes in Hinduism and the Yoga tradition and is the author of scholarly books and numerous articles including, The Integrity of the Yoga Darśana (SUNY Press), and coeditor of Yoga: The Indian Tradition (Routledge Curzon). Dr. Whicher has a new book coming out soon, titled Essays on the Yoga Sutra: Engaging the World in Freedom and is currently writing a book on The Yoga of Intelligence. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 19 min
Apr 12, 2018
Swami Umesh Yogi on Jyotish & the Vedic Worldview (#69)
Swami Umesh Yogi is a personal disciple of Shri Baba Ji Maharaj and Maharashi Mahesh Yogi. He was born in a Brahman family in Central India. He began his pursuit from a young age and started his Sadhana with his Sat-Guru Shri Baba Ji Maharaj. 100,000 students have come through his doors to study Yogic concepts in Rishikesh. Swami Ji has taught across India and Europe, sharing the teachings passed to him from his masters through classes, workshops, meditation, Satsang and social work. (to read more about Swami Umesh Yogi Ji's lineage and work, go to: www.swamiumeshyogi.org. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 8 min
Feb 19, 2018
Deborah L. Johnson on Polarization and LGBT Spirituality (#68)
Rev. Deborah L. Johnson is the founding minister and president of Inner Light Ministries, an Omnifaith outreach ministry dedicated to teaching the practical application of Universal Spiritual Principles to all of life’s circumstances. She is also the founder and president of The Motivational Institute, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in cultural diversity serving the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to community based organizations. She is a dynamic public speaker, known for her ability to bring clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues. A life-long social justice activist, Rev. Deborah is the successful co-litigant in two landmark cases in California – one set precedent for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the state’s Civil Rights Bill, the other defeated the challenge to legalizing domestic partnerships. A voice for compassion, equality, and reconciliation, her primary focus has b…
Feb 12, 2018
Tias Little on the Subtle Body (#67)
Tias’s unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching…
1 hr 7 min
Feb 2, 2018
Mark Singleton on Yoga Body (#66)
Mark Singleton gained his Ph.D in Divinity from the University of Cambridge. He has published extensively on the history of yoga, including the books Yoga in the Modern World, Contemporary Perspectives (ed., 2008); Yoga Body, the Origins of Modern Posture Practice (2010); and Gurus of Modern Yoga (ed., 2014), as well as many book chapters and articles. Most recent is the book Roots of Yoga (2017, with James Mallinson), a unique compendium of yoga practice texts translated from Sanskrit and several other languages. He taught for six years at St John’s College (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and was a Senior Long-Term Research Scholar at the American Institute of Indian Studies, based in Jodhpur (Rajasthan, India). He was a consultant and catalogue author for the Smithsonian exhibition ‘Yoga the Art of Transformation’ in 2013. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London, where he works on the European Research Council-funded Hatha Yoga Project (hyp.soas.a…
Jan 18, 2018
Andrew Harvey on Sacred Activism (#65)
Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, and teacher, and the author of over 30 books, including the critically acclaimed Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, as well as Journey to Ladakh, The Return of the Mother, Son of Man, and The Direct Path: Creating a Journey to the Divine Using the World’s Mystical Traditions. He is also coauthor of the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. His work has been honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award (both for Mary’s Vineyard: Daily Readings, Meditations, and Revelations, with photographs by Eryk Hanut), and the Christmas Humphries Award for A Journey in Ladakh. And recently, he co-authored “Savage Grace: Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe”. Born in south India in 1952, Harvey studied at Oxford University and became a Fellow of All Soul’s College in 1973. He is Founding Director of the Institute for Sacred Activism, which will be offering…
1 hr 2 min
Dec 22, 2017
Riccardo Manzotti on the Spread Mind & Modern Physics (#64)
Riccardo Manzotti has a PhD in Robotics and degrees in The Philosophy of Mind and Computer Science. He teaches Psychology of Perception at IULM University, Milan (Italy), and has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at MIT. He has specialized in AI, artificial vision, perception, and, most of all, the issue of consciousness. After working in the field of artificial vision, he focused his research on the nature of phenomenal experience, how it emerges from physical processes and how it is related to objected perceived. His book The Spread Mind has just been published. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 24, 2017
Jude Currivan on the Cosmic Hologram (#62)
Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. Having grown up as the daughter of a coal miner in the north of England, she has since journeyed to nearly seventy countries around the world and for the last nearly twenty years has lived in the sacred landscape of Avebury. She has experienced multidimensional realities since early childhood and worked with the wisdom keepers both incarnate and discarnate of many traditions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 10, 2017
Bob Thurman & Isa Gucciardi on Peace & the Dalai Lama (#61)
Jacob Kyle sat down with Bob Thurman and Isa Gucciardi at the 2017 Science and Nonduality Conference in San Jose, California, after attending their workshop, "Shamans and Siddhas". Scroll down to listen to their wide-ranging conversation on peace and the Dalai Lama. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 25 min
Oct 28, 2017
Richard C. Miller on Yoga Nidra (#60)
Founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors Integrative Restoration Institute Richard Miller, PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology. Among his mentors were Jean Klein, T.K.V. Desikachar and Stephen Chang. Richard is the founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT. He is also a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and a senior advisor for the Baumann Foundation for the study of Awareness and its impact on well-being. Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a research consultant studying the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol that h…
Oct 13, 2017
Laura Amazzone on Goddess Durga and Female Empowerment (#59)
Laura Amazzone is a teacher, writer, intuitive healer, yogini and initiated priestess in the Shakta Tantra and Kaula Sri Vidya traditions of India and Nepal. She is the author of the award-winning book, “Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power.” She has published numerous articles within the fields of Hinduism, Tantra and Women’s Spirituality in many different encyclopedias, anthologies, journals and also online publications. Laura teaches in the Yoga Philosophy Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She offers a diverse array of authentic and undiluted lineage-based rituals and spiritual practices as well as pilgrimages to Nepal that promote spiritual empowerment and divine embodiment. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 6, 2017
Dean Radin on Parapsychology and the Science on Superpowers (#58)
Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF INTEGRAL STUDIES(CIIS). He occasionally gives lectures in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University and has served on doctoral dissertation committees at Saybrook University and CIIS. His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For three decades he has been engaged in frontiers research on the nature of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Prince…
Sep 29, 2017
Constantina Rhodes on Invoking Lakshmi, Prosperity and Intuition (#57)
Constantina Rhodes is an acclaimed scholar of Sanskrit and the spiritual traditions of India, as well as a Certified Intuitive Consultant and Certified Instructor of Intuitive Development. Constantina holds a doctorate in South Asian Languages and Religions from Columbia University. She was a full professor with tenure at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida before moving back to New York City, where she teaches in the Program in Religion at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has served on the steering committee of the Society for Tantric Studies; was an inaugural member of the Tantric Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion; and has held prestigious elected office as President of the American Academy of Religion. Constantina has practiced yoga and meditation for most of her life. She spent two years living and studying in India, and over the course of several decades she has received mantra initiation in the lineages of Transcendental Meditation, I…
1 hr 15 min
Sep 16, 2017
Christopher Key Chapple on Ritual, the Elements and Sanskrit (#56)
Dr. Christopher Key Chapple is the Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His research interests focus on the renouncer religious traditions of India: Yoga, Jainism, and Buddhism. He has published several books on these topics with SUNY Press, including Karma and Creativity (1986), Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993), Reconciling Yogas (2003), and Yoga and the Luminous: Patanjali’s Spiritual Path to Freedom (2008). He has also edited and co-authored several books on religion and ecology, including Ecological Prospects: Religious, Scientific, and Aesthetic Perspectives, Hinduism and Ecology, Jainism and Ecology, Yoga and Ecology, and In Praise of Mother Earth: The Prthivi Sukta of the Atharva Veda. His most recent books are Poet of Eternal Return and Sacred Thread. Chris serves as academic advisor for the International Summer School of Jain Stu…
1 hr 41 min
Sep 8, 2017
Jonathan Dickstein on Vegetarianism in Classical Yoga (#55)
Jonathan Dickstein is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara. He researches South Asian religions, Animals and Religion, and Comparative Ethics. He earned a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Jonathan is currently working on two projects. The first is a comprehensive study of the figure of Īśvara in the Pātañjalayogaśāstra, and the second looks at violence and the moral standing of nonhuman animals in Indian Philosophy. Jonathan is an Intermediate level Iyengar Yoga instructor who offers classes and workshops on philosophy and ethics in addition to āsana and prāṇāyāma. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 9 min
Aug 31, 2017
Ken Wilber on Waking Up, Growing Up and the Religion of Tomorrow (#54)
With 22 books on spirituality and science, and translations in more than 25 countries, Ken Wilber is now the most translated writer on consciousness studies in the United States. He is seen as an important representative of transpersonal psychology, which emerged in the sixties from humanistic psychology, and which concerns itself explicitly with spirituality. For the fundamental and pioneering nature of his insights, he has been called "the Einstein of consciousness research”. His debut The Spectrum of Consciousness (1977) established his reputation as an original thinker, who seeks to integrate Western and Eastern psychology. No Boundary (1979), which summarizes this work, is one of his most popular books. His core works The Atman Project (1980) and Up from Eden (1981) cover the territories of developmental psychology and cultural history respectively. In his recent work, especially the voluminous Sex, Ecology, Spirituality (1995), he has criticized not only Western cul…
1 hr 38 min
Aug 25, 2017
Jonathan Edelmann on Evolution, the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Vaiṣṇava Theology (#53)
Jonathan Edelmann is an Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Florida and an Affiliated Faculty member at the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California – Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Science and Religion from Oxford University, and Ph.D. (D.Phil.) from Oxford University in Religious Studies and Theology. While at Oxford he was affiliated with Harris Manchester College and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 14 min
Aug 18, 2017
James Mallinson on Hatha Yoga History, Philology and the Khecarīvidyā (#52)
James Mallinson is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He took his BA in Sanskrit and Old Iranian at the University of Oxford, followed by an MA in Area Studies (South Asia), with Ethnography as his main subject, at SOAS. His doctoral thesis, submitted to the University of Oxford, was a critical edition and annotated translation of the Khecarīvidyā, an early text of haṭhayoga. Dr Mallinson has published eight books, all of which are editions and translations of Sanskrit yoga texts, epic tales and poetry. His recent w ork has used philological study of Sanskrit texts, ethnography and art history to explore the history of yoga and yogis. His most recent book, written in collaboration with Dr Mark Singleton, is Roots of Yoga, which was published by Penguin Classics in 2017. From 2015 to 2020 Dr Mallinson will be leading a European Research Council - funded research project on the history of…
1 hr 12 min
Aug 11, 2017
JP Sears on JP Sears, Creativity & Vulnerability (#51)
JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, YouTuber, author, international teacher, speaker at events, world traveler, and curious student of life. His work empowers people to live more meaningful lives. JP is the author of “How To Be Ultra Spiritual,” which was published by Sounds True in 2017. He is very active with his online videos where he encourages healing and growth through his humorous and entertainingly informative videos, including his hit Ultra Spiritual comedy series, which has accumulated over 100 million views. You can learn more about JP and his work at AwakenWithJP.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 4, 2017
Isa Gucciardi on Shamanism, Depth Hypnosis and Integration (#50)
Isa Gucciardi is the Founding Director and lead teacher of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. The workshops and training programs of the Foundation are part of her larger vision for helping people who are interested in stepping into greater consciousness and leading happier lives. Her primary focus is on teaching, writing, and curriculum development. Isa is also the creator of the groundbreaking therapeutic model, Depth Hypnosis, which is born from her studies in transpersonal psychology, cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, hypnotherapy, and transformational healing. Isa has lived in eleven countries and she speaks five languages. The mother of two children, she is a potter and gardener, a stained glass artist, a piano enthusiast, and an herbalist. In addition to her busy teaching schedule, she has an active Depth Hypnosis counseling and consulting practice in San Francisco. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 7 min
Jul 28, 2017
Marianne Garneau on the Social Justice Warrior & Progressive Politics (#49)
Marianne Garneau lives in New York City, where she is a graduate student in philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She is a "stay-at-home" mom, who devotes most of her time to labor organizing for industrial workers of the world, and part of her time to writing articles about politics. She also works as an editor. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 15 min
Jul 21, 2017
Swami Sarvapriyananda on the Upanishads & the Hard Problem of Consciousness (#48)
Swami Sarvapriyananda was appointed as Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York, and assumed his duties there on January 5, 2017. He served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 13 months, beginning on December 3, 2015. Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in 2004. As assistant minister, Swami Sarvapriyananda gave regular evening classes in the Hollywood Temple, assisted Swami Sarvadevananda with major pujas, delivered Sunday spiritual talks at each of the Southern California centers, and led monthly retreats at Vivekananda House. He also gave retreats here and at centers throughout the U.S. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami served as an acharya, instructor, of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math. He has served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary…
1 hr 21 min
Jul 13, 2017
Vera de Chalambert on Interspirituality and the Dark Night of the Soul (#47)
Vera de Chalambert, MTS, is a spiritual storyteller and Harvard educated scholar of comparative religion. She speaks and writes about spiritual culture, mindfulness in the modern world and the Divine Feminine and has been a speaker at the Science and Nonduality Conference in the US and Europe, Sister Giant in Washington DC and other gatherings around the world. Vera holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School where she studied comparative mysticism and a Bachelors degree from the University of Florida in Religion and Literature. Her work explores the meeting place of creativity, psychology and spirituality and is informed by insights from both Eastern and Western philosophies. Vera is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and has been a student of Jason Shulman's Nondual Healing work. She is deeply influenced by Buddhist and Kabbalistic lineages and is a lover of the world’s great wisdom traditions. Vera's recent work has been on the topic of Holy…
1 hr 13 min
Jul 7, 2017
David Vago on Contemplative Neuroscience (#46)
David Vago is Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an associate professor in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He also maintains an appointment as a research associate in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. He has completed post-doctoral fellowships in the department of Psychiatry at BWH, the Utah Center for Mind-Body Interactions within the University of Utah Medical School, and the Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological & Social Psychiatry. David has previously held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute and is currently a Mind and Life Fellow, supporting the Mind and Life mission by advising on strategy and programs. He received his Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from the University of Roche…
1 hr 10 min
Jun 30, 2017
Jeffrey Lidke on the Goddes, Nepal and the Sri Yantra (#45)
Jeffrey S. Lidke earned his M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) in South Asia Religion and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado (1990). He was a Fulbright Dissertation Fellow to Nepal in the 1996-97 academic year. During his graduate years, Lidke devoted himself to Sanskritic languages, both classical and vernacular, with training from several teachers, including Gerald Larson, Nandini Iyer and Sthaneshwar Timalsinsa. Currently, he is chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry College where he has taught since 2003. After two years as editor for the Southeast Review of Asian Studies (SERAS), Lidke is now attending to the publication of his recent research on the neuroscience of contemplative practice as well as three book projects: the long overdue The Goddess Beyond and Within the Three Cities: Śākta Tantra and the Paradox of Power in Nepāla-Maṇḍala a textbook for Cognel…
1 hr 25 min
Jun 22, 2017
Angela Warburton on Chinese Medicine (#44)
With her extensive background in health sciences, including studies in nutrition and dietetics at McGill university, degree in Psychology and extensive and ongoing training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Angela pulls from a diverse background to offer the wisdom of traditional medicines combined with the most up-to-date, relevant and impactful options available for her patients and students. Angela has additional training in applied mindfulness based mediation, and runs a weekly mindful meditation group out of her clinic in Toronto. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 18 min
Jun 16, 2017
Loren Fishman on Yoga as Medical Treatment (#43)
In over two decades of practice, Dr. Loren Fishman has gained an international reputation as a back-pain specialist, a diagnostician and a pioneer in the treatment of many disorders, including piriformis syndrome, scoliosis, osteoporosis and rotator cuff tear. He has authored more than 90 academic journal articles and 10 books. A past president of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Fishman is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia Medical School. He has recently published an innovative book about electrodiagnostic testing, published by Springer, and the book on yoga cures Healing Yoga. His books on osteoarthritis and osteoporosis guide the workshops he teaches nationally and internationally. Dr. Fishman studied yoga in India with BKS Iyengar, uses it in his rehabilitation practice and has written extensively about yoga as an adjunct to medical treatment. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 25, 2017
Nina Rao on Kirtan, Hanuman and Devotion (#42)
Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. Her childhood was spent living in and moving between many countries around the world and when she settled in New York her working life began in the banking world, switched to organizing and leading photographic wildlife safaris in Africa and India, and now for many years, is Krishna Das' business manager and assistant. Nina tours with Krishna Das, playing cymbals and singing with him, and was honored in 2013 to accompany him at the Grammy Awards webcast performance. In 2007, she recorded the track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD "Flow of Grace - Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa". In January 2013, she released her debut album, "Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts". The double CD includes devotional kirtan, bhajan, and a variety of Hanuman Chalisa melodies includi…
1 hr 24 min
May 4, 2017
Chris Grosso on Compassion, Recovery and Spiritual Materialism (#41)
Chris Grosso is a public speaker, writer, director of education at Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited and author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster), Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of it All (Sounds True) and Dead Set On Living (Simon & Schuster/New World Library-Spring 2018). He writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Huffington Post, and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, and has spoken and performed at Wanderlust Festival, Celebrate Your Life, Yoga Journal Conference, Sedona World Wisdom Days, Kripalu, Sun Valley Wellness Festival, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 12, 2017
Livia Cohen-Shapiro on Yoga as Somatic Psychology (#40)
Livia is a pioneer in the intersection of yoga and psychology with a dedication to embodiment. She is known for weaving together yogic teachings, disciplined asana and somatic psychology in clear and meaningful ways inspiring teachers and students alike towards greater safety, trust and the discovery of their own truth. She is known for her wit, humor and fierce-love as well as her ability to actually “teach” yoga so you make it your own. A scholar-practioner, her passion for learning and irreverent reverence is infectious. Her methods of teaching straddle old school lectures and new school unconventional experiential models. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 5 min
Apr 7, 2017
Igor Kufayev on Spanda, Quantum Physics, and the Role of the Teacher (#39)
An artist, Advaita Tantra master and founder of the Flowing Wakefulness community, for over a decade Igor Kufayev has been serving as a conduit of transmission for awakening towards the new era of heart-centered consciousness. Speaking from direct realization of Oneness, he inspires all seekers of truth to recognize the fullest potential present in human birth. Many have been touched by Grace and awakened in his presence, as he continues working towards building a global community to serve as a container for exploring possibilities for alternative, consciousness-based culture. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2 hr 6 min
Mar 23, 2017
Hari-kirtana das on Yoga Philosophy, Bhakti Yoga, and the Path to Self-Realization (#38)
Hari-kirtana das: A lifelong student of yoga, meditation, and Eastern spiritual philosophies, Hari-kirtana das lived full-time in devotional yoga ashrams and intentional spiritual communities from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1995 to 1998. He was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaisnava lineage of Bhakti Yoga in 1978. Hari-kirtana is an E-RYT 500 registered yoga teacher and received an 800-hour training certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School. He began teaching contemporary yoga classes in 2009 and has since gone on to develop Yoga Teacher Training courses and is a sought-after guest teacher for numerous Yoga Teacher Training programs. He leads yoga workshops, offers presentations for personal and professional development, and regularly takes students on yoga adventures to India. He currently lives and teaches in Washington, D.C. You can learn more about Hari-kirtana by visiting his website: hari-kirtana.com. You can also find his new book on CreateSpace.com See omnys…
1 hr 16 min
Mar 17, 2017
Dr. Kelly Brogan on Holistic Psychiatry, Integrative Healing, and a Healthy Gut (#37)
Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the book, A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is on the board of GreenMedInfo, Functional Medicine University, Pathways to Family Wellness, NYS Perinatal Association, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Mindd Foundation, the peer-reviewed, indexed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and the Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation. She is Medical Director for Fearless Parent and a founding member of Health Freedom Action. She is a mother of two. See omny…
Mar 11, 2017
Steven Peterson on Taoist Alchemy (#36)
Steve Peterson started Taoist Alchemy and Chi Kung on the recommendation of his family doctor. The practices both had a dramatic effect on his health and set him on a new spiritual path. He now teaches it to anyone and everyone who wants to learn. In his day job, he manages software projects. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and family. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 17, 2017
Richard Smoley on Western Mysticism, Scientism, and God (#35)
Richard Smoley has over thirty-five years’ experience studying and practicing mystical spirituality and philosophy. His latest book is The Deal: A Guide to Radical and Complete Forgiveness. Other works of his are Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition; The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe; Conscious Love: Insights from Mystical Christianity; Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism; The Essential Nostradamus; and Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions (with Jay Kinney). Richard is the former editor of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions. Currently he is editor of Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America. His Web site is innerchristianity.com. Richard’s latest book, How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible, was published in June 2016. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 10, 2017
Spring Washam on Ayahuasca, Healing and Meditation Practice (#34)
Spring Washam is a well known meditation and dharma teacher based in Oakland, California. She has studied numerous meditation practices and Buddhist philosophy since 1997. She is a founding member and core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center located in downtown Oakland. She has practiced and studied under some of the most preeminent meditation masters in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. She has completed a 6 year teacher training program under the guidance of Jack Kornfield and is now on the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices to diverse communities and is committed to creating opportunities for disenfranchised people everywhere. She is also the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, a Retreat company that connects Ancient Medicine to Buddhist wisdom. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 20, 2017
Eddie Stern on Ashtanga, Indian Thought and Injury (#33)
Eddie Stern is the co-founder of Ashtanga Yoga New York, the Brooklyn Yoga Club and the Broome Street Ganesha Temple. He studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India, for 18 years. Eddie has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Astanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois’s 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. He co-founded the Urban Yogi program along with Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford, which introduces inner-city youth to yoga and meditation, teaching them powerful transformative tools that they can bring back into their communities, with some of the youth becoming teachers themselves. Eddie also leads a team that writes health and wellness curriculums, based on yoga and mindfulness, for under-served public school districts, which has been implemented in over 100 schools. His school wellness protocols have been studied by the University of San Diego, Long Island University and Stanford University, showing increases in GPA, attendance and physic…
1 hr 26 min
Dec 16, 2016
Jeffery D. Long on Reimagining Religion, Hinduism, & Spiritual Pluralism (#32)
Jeffery D. Long is Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania. He is associated with the Vedanta Society, DĀNAM (the Dharma Academy of North America) and the Hindu American Foundation. A major theme of Long's work is religious pluralism, a topic he approaches from a perspective informed by the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and which he refers to as a "Hindu process theology." Dr. Long has authored three books, A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism, Jainism: An Introduction, and The Historical Dictionary of Hinduism. He has published and presented a number of articles and papers in various forums including the Association for Asian Studies, the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and the American Academy of Religion. He is currently working on three manuscripts: Indian Philosophy: An Introduction, a book on Hinduism in America, and another on Swami Vivekenanda and his teachings. See omnystudio.com/li…
1 hr 3 min
Dec 9, 2016
Sally Kempton on the Divine Feminine, Deity Yoga & Spiritual Pragmatism (#31)
Sally Kempton is a master of meditation, yoga philosophy, and practical tantric philosophy. Her retreats and workshops are known for creating breakthroughs, born of her ability to help people turn sublime truths into lived, and life-shifting, experience. Sally spent 20 years as a swami in a Vedic order, and has been studying and teaching spiritual wisdom for 40 years. She is the author of Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga and Meditation for the Love of It, a seminal book on basic meditation practice, and writes the popular Yoga Journal column, Wisdom. Learn more at sallykempton.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 2 min
Nov 18, 2016
Rod Stryker on Tradition, the Goal of Practice, the Four Desires, and Politics (#30)
Rod Stryker (also known as Yogarupa) is widely considered one of the West's leading authorities on yoga, tantra and meditation. He has taught for more than thirty-five years, is the founder of ParaYoga® and author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. Rod has contributed to countless wellness publications and recently launched one of the most comprehensive online yoga teacher trainings in the world. At the forefront of integrating ancient yogic wisdom into a broad array of modern-day applications, he is a thought leader and mentor to thousands of ParaYoga practitioners and hundreds of teachers throughout the world. Rod lives in Colorado with his wife and four children. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 8 min
Oct 31, 2016
Shambhavi Sarasvati on Avatars, Devotion and the Wisdom of Reality (#29)
Shambhavi is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism, the classical Tantrik tradition of Kashmir, and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet. She has been fortunate to have trained with several great teachers in these and other nondual traditions. Shambhavi is a householder sannyasini and a devotee of Anandamayi Ma. She hopes to bring more people to an understanding of the breadth and depth of Ma’s teachings. Read more about Anandamayi Ma. Shambhavi has studied Ayurveda for self-care for the past 15 years. She is also a Vedic astrologer and expert diviner. She is the author of Tantra: the Play of Awakening (2012), Pilgrims to Opennness: Direct Realization Tantra in Everyday Life (2009), Returning (2015), and No Retreat: Poems on the Way to Waking Up (2016). In addition, she published an academic book, Avatar Bodies: a Tantra for Posthumanism. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Mills College and a Ph.D. in Modern…
1 hr 10 min
Oct 10, 2016
Mary Reilly Nichols on Ecstatic Experiences, Muktananda & Hatha Yoga (#28)
Mary Reilly Nichols holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University and completed five years of residency in meditation ashrams in India and the US. A devoted student of Muktananda, she has taught yoga and meditation in New York City for over thirty years. Her teaching combines Iyengar, Integral and Anusara styles of Hatha Yoga with the Upanishadic tradition of the wisdom and experience of non-duality. She offers frequent workshops on classical yoga philosophy and psychology, including Advaita Non-Dualism and the Tantric methods of Kashmiri Shaivism. Currently, Ms. Nichols teaches stress management in psychiatric settings and is involved in ongoing research on the mind/body benefits of yoga and meditation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 1 min
Oct 1, 2016
Jay Garfield on Non-Western & Western Philosophies (#27)
Jay L. Garfield directs the Smith's Logic and Buddhist Studies programs and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India program. He is also visiting professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, professor of philosophy at Melbourne University and adjunct professor of philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies. Garfield’s research addresses topics in the foundations of cognitive science and the philosophy of mind; the history of Indian philosophy during the colonial period; topics in ethics, epistemology and the philosophy of logic; methodology in cross-cultural interpretation; and topics in Buddhist philosophy, particularly Indo-Tibetan Madhyamaka and Yogācāra. Garfield’s most recent books are Minds Without Fear: Philosophy in the Indian Renaissance (with Nalini Bhushan, 2017), Dignāga’s Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet (with Douglas Duckworth, David Eckel, John Powers, Yeshes Thabkhas and Sonam Thakchöe,…
Sep 19, 2016
Matthew Remski on Eroticism in Yoga, Authority Structures and Accountability (#26)
Matthew Remski has been practicing meditation since 1996 and asana since 2000. He’s taught yoga, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda in Toronto and beyond since 2005. He maintains an active Ayurveda consultation practice from his home, which he shares with his partner Alix, and their son Jacob. He’s authored several books on yoga and related subjects, and is working towards completing What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? — an examination of pain, injury, and healing in modern yoga. His blog hosts an average of 20K readers per month: http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 36 min
Sep 9, 2016
Joe Loizzo on Meditation Research, Neuroplasticity and Contemplative Science (#25)
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that helps people build sustainable happiness, compassion, and leadership through integrating science-based contemplative skills into their daily lives. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 26, 2016
Sharon Salzberg on Faith, Meditation and Cultivating an Ethical Life (#24)
Born in New York City in 1952, Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. She offers non-sectarian retreat and study opportunities for participants from widely diverse backgrounds. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 19, 2016
Leslie Kaminoff on Yoga Alliance, Anatomy Maps, and Free Will (#23)
Our guest in this episode is Leslie Kaminoff. Leslie is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an internationally recognized specialist with thirty seven years’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He leads anatomy and yoga methodology workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in the world. Leslie’s book Yoga Anatomy, (co-authored with Amy Matthews), has been printed more than 12 times and has sold over 500,000 copies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 19 min
Aug 4, 2016
Anneke Lucas on Being Sex Trafficked, Trauma, and Liberation (#22)
Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. Aside from her duties as executive director , Anneke trains new volunteer instructors on site. She also teaches regularly at several of the eight facilities where LPY has weekly programs. She conducts trainings and workshops for yoga instructors, mental health professionals and NYC DOC and DOP employees, to bring yoga and mindfulness into work with traumatized populations. Anneke is regularly invited to speak at conferences and universities about the subject of trauma, incarceration, and sex-trafficking. In 2013, Anneke started two groups at the Woman’s Jail at Rikers Island for survivors of sex-trafficking. Anneke herself experienced and witnessed some of the worst atrocities known to humankind – before she reached the age of 12. Her background, the obstacles she overcame, and the insights she received into the nature of the human psyche on her journey to health are an inspiration to students inside and outside of priso…
1 hr 26 min
Jul 27, 2016
Dana Slamp on the Nervous System, our Cartesian Worldview, and Yoga Therapy (#21)
Dana Slamp is the Founder of Prema Yoga Therapeutics, an IAYT member school and the leading training facility for yoga therapists in NYC. She leads advanced teacher trainings at Pure Yoga in uptown New York, Yoga Vida in downtown New York, Three Sisters Yoga in Portland, OR, and the upcoming Ayurvedic Yoga Training at Pure Yoga July 13 - 31. Dana's presented at Columbia Medical University, the Telluride Yoga Festival, and several times at the Yoga Journal Conference. Dana's unique upbringing in a family of ministers and teachers led to a lifelong pursuit of spiritual truth, first in the arts through classical acting and writing, through her legal writing as paralegal, and through the teachings of yoga over the past two decades. Prema Yoga Therapeutics' training for yoga teachers and medical health care professionals can be found at prema-yoga.org. For a list of local classes as well as national courses and international retreats, please check our her personal teaching site at danasl…
1 hr 25 min
Jul 19, 2016
Ramesh Bjonnes on the Tantrik vs. Vedic Stream of History, the 4 Pillars of Tantra, and Environmentalism (#20)
Ramesh Bjonnes is a writer, yogi and workshop leader. Currently residing in the United States, he lived in India and Nepal in the 1980s learning directly from an enigmatic master of Tantra. He has practiced yoga and meditation for over 30 years and lectured on Tantra, yoga and meditation in many countries. The co-founder of the Prama Institute, a holistic retreat center, he is also the Director of the Prama Wellness Center, where yoga therapy, meditation, juice fasting and Ayurveda is used to rejuvenate people’s health and wellbeing. He lives and practices in an eco-village in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, USA. His is the author of two books on Tantra, Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (Innerworld, 2013) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India, 2014). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 14 min
Jul 1, 2016
Miles Neale on Buddhist Psychotherapy, Karma, & Nirvana (#19)
Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and contributing expert on mindfulness meditation for the BBC World Service. Miles earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has spent twenty years studying Buddhism under American Buddhist scholars Joe Loizzo and Robert Thurman as well as Tibetan masters Gelek Rimpoche and Lama Zopa. Dr. Neale’s approach to personal healing and transformation isinformed by contemplative neuroscience, an eclectic hybrid of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy, and the current neuroscience of trauma resilience. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 20 min
Jun 10, 2016
Kiki Flynn on the Early New NYC Yoga Scene, Ashtanga, and the Detriments of Plastic (#18)
Kiki is a renowned Ashtanga Yoga teacher, wellness consultant, and personal coach. With 34-years experience, she has pioneered a career at the strategic intersection of Wellness, Natural Lifestyle, Yoga, Inspired Living, and Organic Beauty. Kiki is a spokesperson and community builder with a dedicated YouTube and Blogging audience. Kiki facilitates and implements transformational programs for individuals and organizations. Her clients include Hollywood and Fortune 500 leaders as well as adults and children with therapeutic needs. She develops and executes Yoga and Wellness Programs for Spinal Cord Injury at The Axis Project as well as Independence Care Systems, providing Yoga for communities with disability. Based in New York City, Kiki also consults remotely with clients around the world. A Yoga educator, she teaches workshops locally and worldwide. Kiki Graduated with Honors from NYU with a BFA in Drama, and it is here she was introduced to Yoga. As an actress, she starred and co-…
1 hr 25 min
Jun 3, 2016
Philip Goldberg on Appropriation, Pragmatic Mysticism and the Americanization of Yoga (#17)
Philip Goldberg is the author and co-author of various books, including and most notably, American Veda. CHITHEADS and Jacob Kyle sat down with Philip to talk about his journey as a public speaker, spiritual counselor, workshop leader, and transcendental meditation teacher from his beginnings in the counterculture movement of the sixties and seventies. Philip lives in Los Angeles and writes often for Huffington Post. Considering himself a pragmatic mystic, he also leads Vedic tours in India, exploring the origin of the main gurus that visited the West, and is the co-host of the podcast, "Spirit Masters". Currently, Philip is working on a biography on Yogananda, set for release in 2018. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 23 min
May 31, 2016
Zachery Dacuk on Conscious Embodiment, Anatomy as a Story, and the 45 Minute Movement Rule (#16)
Blending body work, yoga and anatomy, Zachery Dacuk coined the practice of Conscious Embodiment. Chitheads and Jacob Kyle had the opportunity to sit down with Zach to talk with him about his 15-year journey into holistic healing where he developed an experiential practice that integrated postural analysis and fascia movement. Based in New York City, Zach provides an anatomy curriculum to students and renowned teachers all over the United States. Zach is a registered yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist, and since 2002 has built a successful and innovation bodywork practice that applies the teachings of yoga, Shiatsu, fascial manipulation and Kinesis Myofascial Integration. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 13 min
May 4, 2016
Matt Lombardo on Spiritual Bypassing, Cults, and Recent Yoga Scandals (#15)
Matthew Thomas Lombardo is a popular yoga teacher and teacher of teachers in New York City and Brooklyn. Besides his well attended public classes, he has a wide range of experience teaching asana and meditation to celebrities, senior citizens, kids, and is trained to teach yoga in prison. He has also worked with reinvigorating men who are returning to the workplace at Career Gear. He has been interviewed by the New York Times and Haute Living. In the Spring of 2016, he will be on a teaching tour through Prague, Bratislava, Munich and other European cities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 13 min
Apr 24, 2016
Christopher Wallis on Tantra, Non-Dualism, and Awakening to Your True Nature (#14)
Christopher, also known as Hareesh, was introduced to Indian spirituality at the age of seven and initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 25 min
Mar 17, 2016
Bob Doto on Yogalebrity Culture, the Babarazzi, and the Spectacle (#13)
Bob Doto is the owner and director of Church Avenue Yoga and Bodywork Center in Brooklyn, New York City. He is a yoga instructor and massage therapist, who has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of Eddie Stern. Bob is a prolific writer on body-centered spirituality. He is a founding member of The Babarazzi; was the Managing Editor of internationally acclaimed journal of religious studies, Parabola; and was a founding member of the elusive post-art-punk band SPRCSS. Bob received his MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University’s “Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics” in 2002, and is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 4 min
Mar 12, 2016
Nikki Costello on Integration, Mother India, and Experiences of God (#12)
Nikki Costello is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). For 24 years, her teaching has been influenced by annual trips to India including six visits to RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune), the study of philosophical and scriptural texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013, Nikki was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column” and in 2016 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America. Nikki is recognized as a thought leader in the global yoga community and shares her wisdom and expertise in yoga and meditation retreats around the world. When at home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she teaches public classes at Kula Yoga and Yoga Shanti and maintains a well-established private practice in New York City guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 36 min
Feb 12, 2016
Edwin Bryant on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, & the Multiplicity of the Absolute (#11)
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin's Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna's incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 23 min
Feb 5, 2016
Manorama on the Guru/Student Relationship, Sanskrit, and Renunciate vs. Householder Paths (#10)
Manorama D'Alvia is one of the leading teachers in Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy. She is the founder of both the Sanskrit Studies Method™ and the Luminous Soul Method™. Manorama evokes healing through the universal arts of language and conscious living. “Happiness,” she often says, “is the free flow of energy, and communication is energy. When we use our voices authentically and confidently, we create harmony between ourselves and others.” A renowned, highly respected teacher, Manorama offers Sanskrit Studies Method programs for yoga teacher trainings, as well as Luminous Soul Method trainings and retreats. She tours the globe, training students in the Sanskrit Studies Method and the Luminous Soul Method. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 12 min
Jan 29, 2016
Christopher Tompkins on Tantra, the original Chakras, and the Real Age of the Asanas (#9)
Christopher Tompkins is a Yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar specializing in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. His research focuses in particular on the ritualized practices of ‘Hatha’ Yoga as originally presented in the earliest surviving (un-translated) Tantras, which pre-date the later ‘Hatha Yoga’ manuals by centuries. He holds advanced degrees in Religion and Sanskrit and presents internationally on the history, practice, and philosophy of Yoga. In 2012, he founded the ‘Kashmir Shaivism Preservation Project,’ which seeks to preserve and to freely share the literary legacy of Kashmir Shaivism. To date, he has acquired over 24,000 pages of manuscripts, most of which have never been seen in the West, which span the vast subject range of Philosophy, Ritual, and Yoga representing the medieval Tantric tradition. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 17 min
Jan 22, 2016
Alex Auder on Counterculture, Critiques of a Commodified Yoga Scene, Vedanta and Facing Death (#8)
Alex Auder, director of Magu Yoga, was recently included on a list of America's 100 most influential yoga teachers (she was in the top 25!): sonima.com. Alex is a native New Yorker who grew-up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, Viva (an Andy Warhol Superstar), and her sister, the actress, Gaby Hoffmann. She is very excited to bring her 20 years of teaching experience (almost half of her life!) to Philadelphia. Known as one of NYC’s preeminent teachers, she has developed a keen eye and a genuinely authentic and original voice. She began her teaching career in 1996 at Jivamukti Yoga Center and at her own studio in Rhinebeck, NY (now Satya Yoga). During her years in Upstate NY, she studied closely with her Vedanta teacher, Shubraji, who continues to deeply influence her teaching and her practice. Over the last 10 years Alex had been teaching out of her own studio in the WestVillageYoga (critics pick in NY Magazine) and as a senior teacher at Kula Yoga Project until s…
1 hr 28 min
Jan 15, 2016
Michael Stone on Intimacy with Life and the Space of Non-Reactivity (#7)
Michael Stone (1974–2017) was a prominent and innovative Buddhist teacher, yogi, psychotherapist, and author. He was the founder and director of the Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, and he taught widely and had a large international following. He is the author of The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Yoga for a World Out of Balance, Freeing the Body Freeing the Mind, and Awake in the World. For more information visit michaelstoneteaching.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 17 min
Jan 6, 2016
Anodea Judith on the Chakras, Body Armor, and Global Transformation (#6)
Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is the author of eight best-selling books on 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 Psychology, is a 500 E-RYT yoga teacher, and has engaged in lifelong studies in psychology, yoga, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, evolution, and comparative religion. Her most recent book is Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga. She teaches worldwide. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 14 min
Dec 4, 2015
Jillian Turecki on Relationships from a Place of Abundance (#5)
Jillian Turecki is a New York based yoga teacher and certified coach who for over 15 years, has been studying the art and science of fulfillment. Through the practice and teaching of yoga, Jillian has explored in depth the radical impact changing one’s physiology has on a person’s psychology. More recently, she has taken her work beyond the physiology to include studying the way we think, the emotions we consistently experience, and the meanings we attribute to any given circumstance as massive clues to how we lead and experience our lives. Committed to understanding her own emotional patterns and how they have both helped and crippled her at times have been at the core of how she helps others. Under the masterful guidance of Anthony Robbins, Cloe Madanes, Magali and Mark Peysha, Jillian is certified by the Robbins Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention/Coaching, known for employing innovative strategic solutions to the most pervasive difficult problems. Jillian is expertly tra…
1 hr 7 min
Nov 17, 2015
Ralph De La Rosa on Neuroplasticity, Substance Abuse, and Myths about Meditation (#4)
My guest in this episode is Ralph De La Rosa. Ralph is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher living in Brooklyn, New York. He is the creator of The Mindfulness Sessions, a series of meditation classes held in Brooklyn. I got a chance to sit down with Ralph at his home in the charming Greenpoint neighborhood. We spoke about his thoughts on buddhism and his incredible life story extending from his years of drug abuse to the practices that healed him. We also discussed neuroplasticity and the exciting ways in which brain studies are making the benefits of meditation more known in the West. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 24 min
Nov 3, 2015
Gabriel Halpern on Iyengar, being a Ritual Elder and the Initiatory Transitions of Life (#3)
My guest in this episode is Gabriel Halpern, who is an Iyengar yoga teacher based out of Chicago. I first met Gabriel a few years ago, when I took his workshops at Kula Yoga Project in Williamsburg, NYC. Gabriel's therapeutic approach to asana was intelligent and illuminating, but what I found most inspiring were his elegant and thoughtful dharma talks, which drew heavily from mythology and philosophy. I immediately admired Gabriel as the kind of teacher that I myself would like to be someday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 31 min
Oct 16, 2015
Dhanurdhara Swami on Being Kidnapped, Mantra, Kirtan, and the Personality of Godhead (#2)
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1 hr 24 min
Oct 4, 2015
Rima Rabbath on Karma, the Middle East, and "Sama Darshana" (#1)
Rima Rabbath was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, but eventually traveled to Paris to pursue an undergraduate education in economics and later finished graduate school at NYU. In 2001, while pursuing a fast-paced career in brand management, Rima Rabbath took her first yoga class at the Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City, which changed the course of her life. In May 2005, Rabbath entered the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training. Since then, she has been teaching five days a week at the Jivamukti Yoga School, leading Jivamukti Immersions, and is very active in the apprenticeship program. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 19 min