Breaking Trail
Breaking Trail
Sep 27, 2021
#15: Career, Motivation & Spiritual Life | Jonathan Amantea
Play • 1 hr 12 min

In his younger years he was known as Firebird, a well-known personality in the nightclub hosting community in Toronto, Canada. At the time his life was seeking pleasure through late nights, intoxication and partying but when his health started to decline he figured that something had to change. He wasn’t happy and realized that the lifestyle he was leading wasn’t the answer.

In this episode we sit down for a chat with Jonathan who is currently a highly successful real estate sales person in Toronto, an outstanding long-distance mountain biker, a father - but first and foremost, someone who is leading and promoting a lifestyle of yoga meditation. We discuss the importance of having determination for achieving anything in life, how Jonathan and Balakhilya were and are still pleasure-seekers (the method to achieve it has changed though), and how to balance meditation practice with a busy career. Jonathan reveals his intriguing secret to a healthy back and shares the story of a six day and 500km fatbike ride through the snowy trails of the Durham forest last winter.


  • (18:44) Seeking the topmost pleasure
  • (31:53) Changing one’s life and desires through discipline and commitment
  • (42:43) Fun story about vegetarian diet and sports performance
  • (51:40) Stimulants, caffeine and mountain biking
  • (58:36) Chant no matter what and leave nobody behind; short story about real life changing values

Recorded on September 20, 2021. Read episode transcript on

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