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Start in Your Own Backyard
With open, honest and raw beauty, Gurmukh shares why yoga not only brings us into connection with the elements, but IS connection to nature itself. She reminds us that the role of morning practice on the mat is simply to prepare us to be of service throughout our day and gives us practical guidelines for living a natural, kind and impactful life.
About Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Gurmukh, along with her husband Gurushabd, is a Legacy Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She studied and served directly with Yogi Bhajan from 1970 until he left his body in 2004, directing the Golden Temple Restaurants in Santa Fe and Los Angeles, pioneering his first Yoga Center in Los Angeles in the early '80s, sitting at his feet for the Teachings for many years in Los Angeles and New Mexico. Gurmukh attended the Khalsa Women's Training Camps with Yogi Bhajan from 1972 until he left his body. For more than two decades they experienced the White Tantric Yoga Courses and Solstice Gatherings that he presided over in person. In his household and in public they served him directly. Their Mission is to do what their teacher Yogi Bhajan did: foster students to be teachers 10 times better than they are. goldenbridgeyoga.com
Healing Trauma from the Subtle Body
In this inspiring interview, Seane teaches how trauma gets lodged and stored in the subtle body, and then reactivated by events throughout our lives. She shares her own ways of working with and discharging this energy as it arises so she can continually meet the demands of working for equal rights for all populations.
About Seane Corn
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Featured in commercials, magazines, NPR, and Oprah.com, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. In 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the “Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award.” Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa working with communities in need- teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised roughly $4.5 million since 2007, getting the yoga community involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe. seanecorn.com
About Yogarupa Rod Stryker
Rod Stryker is widely considered 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. parayoga.com
Cultivate Your Inner Teacher with the Mandala of Yoga
In this interview, Shiva shares the importance of listening to the inner heart guru and allowing your inner voice to guide you in your change and evolution. She addresses living yoga through sacred activism, the path of mothering and creating your own mandala of practices that support your unique needs and way of being in the world.
About Shiva Rea
Shiva is a yogini and mother, yogadventurer, founder of pranavinyasa & global school for living yoga. She is passionate about helping people awaken to the untapped energy that is available to us all. shivarea.com
Lessons from the Jungle
In this special satsang, Pujya Swamiji shares how his early years in the jungle shaped his understanding of living a life of great service. He teaches three keys to seva (selfless service) that allow one to have great impact and make a difference for others and the planet.
About H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji
H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s motto in life is, “In the Service of God and humanity.” Selflessly dedicated to the welfare of all, He leads, directs and inspires numerous, wide-scale service initiatives. Touched by the hand of God at the tender age of eight, Pujya Swamiji left His home to live a life devoted to God and humanity, spending His youth in silence, meditation and austerities high in the Himalayas. At the age of seventeen, after nine years of unbroken, intense sadhana, He returned from the forest—under the orders of His guru—and obtained an academic education to parallel His spiritual one. Pujya Swamiji has master’s degrees in Sanskrit and Philosophy as well as fluency in many languages. H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji is the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, a true, spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the lush Himalayas. pujyaswamiji.org
Stop Waiting. Wholeness is Who You Are
In this moving satsang transmission, Anand Mehrotra shares the power of tuning into your Self as pure, loving consciousness as you heal through the many layers and levels of your being. He offers wisdom for understanding our modern challenges and dis-ease, and how a holistic approach to yoga as a total lifestyle brings the wholeness we are seeking.
About Anand Mehrotra
Anand Mehrotra is a world renowned visionary master, evolutionary thought leader, and entrepreneurial and social change trailblazer. He was born and raised in Rishikesh, India – the birthplace of yoga. Combining the ancient wisdom of his upbringing with a lighthearted rebelliousness, Anand’s unique brilliance appeals to modern audiences in both the East and West. He is the founder and Master Teacher of Sattva Yoga – a holistic, ever-evolving practice that combines asana, pranayama, meditation, kriya, and wisdom. Sattva Yoga inspires students to experience freedom, radical aliveness, and their most authentic Selves on every level.
Surrender to the Nature of Reality
What is nature teaching us? Join Matt Kahn for a powerful conversation on the nature of reality and how to surrender more and control less. Matt shares laser insights into the personal and collective healing journey we are on, and the opportunity this planetary moment provides us for our evolution.
About Matt Kahn
Matt Kahn is the author of the best-selling book "Whatever Arises, Love That," published by Sounds True. He is a spiritual teacher, and highly-attuned empathic healer who has become a YouTube sensation with his healing and often humorous videos. His 9.5 million True Divine Nature YouTube channel viewers are finding the support they seek to feel more loved, awakened, and opened to the greatest possibilities in life through the invitation to join the "Love Revolution That Begins with You." Matt's spontaneous awakening arose out of an out-of-body experience at the age of 8, and through his direct experiences with Ascended Masters and Archangels throughout his life. Many spiritual seekers have experienced amazing, unexplainable physical and emotional healings, and have awakened to their true nature through Matt’s profound, loving, and precisely-timed often funny teachings, and transmission of timeless sacred heart wisdom.
Energy Practices to Shift Your State of Consciousness
In this moving conversation, Kia shares the power of energy practices to shift you from a state of suffering and mental spin to an ever-expanding state of freedom and self realization. She challenges us to “play enlightened” so that we raise the bar for ourselves, anchor ourselves in our power and ultimately change the world in all the ways we desire.
About Kia Miller
One of the most well known Kundalini teachers in the West, Kia has an ability to translate the subtle teachings of Kundalini Yoga in a highly accessible way. Kia's study of yoga began when she was 15. She is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini and teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world. Kia is a devoted Yogini and teacher who imparts her wonderful passion for life and well-being in her teaching. Her style pulls from multiple yogic disciplines, and is both intuitive and steeped in the traditional aspects of yoga. Her classes focus on breath, alignment and the interconnection between mind, body and spirit, allowing students to work at their own pace in a safe and transformational environment. Kia’s mission in life is to inspire, elevate and educate as many people as possible, to encourage all to live to their fullest, most creative and most joyful potential! kiamiller.com
The Multidimensional Path of Addiction Detox
Join Tommy Rosen as he gives a brilliant overview of the holistic journey of healing from addiction — from the gross to the increasingly subtle dimensions of detoxification — and what yogic practices support us at each of these layers. Tommy guides us in how we can experience the “natural highs” of life that fulfill us on the deepest levels of our being.
About Tommy Rosen
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 24 years of recovery from acute drug addiction. Tommy is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds. He teaches regularly at yoga conferences and festivals, including Wanderlust, Hanuman and Sun Valley Wellness. He is the host of the Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Online Conference and teaches annually at Esalen, Omega and Kripalu. tommyrosen.com
About Sianna Sherman
Sianna Sherman is an internationally renowned yoga teacher, community activator, evocative storyteller and a passionate speaker at festivals throughout the world. She is the catalyst of Rasa Yoga, founder of Mythic Yoga Flow® and co-founder of RITUAL dedicated to the empowerment of women as community leaders. As a globetrotting yogini, she offers high vibration gatherings, teacher trainings, workshops, sacred site retreats, and pilgrimages wherever she goes. Sianna is an innovative, visionary spirit with a deep devotion to Soul Alchemy. Her life mission is to Ignite Magic!
Temptations & Discipline in the Digital Age
In this conversation Amy shares the sobering reality of our addiction to social media and technology, and how to find balance so we can use the gift of technology to serve our evolution and the healing of the planet. She also reveals the importance of returning to community, over and over again, as an answer to the challenges of our times.
About Amy Ippoliti
Amy Ippoliti is known for bringing yoga to modern-day life in a genuine way through her clear instruction, intelligent sequencing, and engaging sense of humor. Amy shares her passion for health, earth conservation, and yoga with her writings for Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Mantra Magazine, Mind Body Green, prAna Life, and Elephant Journal. She is is the co-author of the new book, The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga. She has appeared on the covers of Yoga Journal and Fit Yoga Magazine and has been featured in Self Magazine, New York Magazine, Allure (Korea) and Newsweek. Her underwater yoga images with marine animals have been featured on the front page of Yahoo.com and GrindTv.com. Since the age of 14 she has been a passionate champion of earth, ocean, and animal conservation. amyippoliti.com
Surrender...All is Coming
In this illuminating conversation, Annie shares her perspective on the evolution of a yoga teacher, and why it is so important to deepen your own practice of surrender and the capacity to show up no matter what life brings you.
About Annie Carpenter
Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment. Based in northern California, Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. Practicing yoga since the 70s, Annie continues to be a dedicated student (geek!) of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy. Annie is the author of RelaxDEEPLY, a CD of restorative yoga, and Yoga for Total Back Care,” a DVD produced by Yoga Journal, and several SmartFLOW manuals. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie leads 200/500 trainings and workshops globally. anniecarpenter.com
About Janet Stone
Janet Stone's studentship began at 17 under the meditation teachings of Prem Rawat. His reverence for simplicity and finding joy in the rise and fall of life live on in her practice and teaching today. In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Janet blends the alchemy of her own practice with decades of studentship. She aspires not to teach but to allow the practice to emanate from her, letting awareness blend with movement and breath. Based in Bali and San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops and more.
About Saul David Raye
Saul David Raye is known for his unique and transformational approach to yoga, and spirituality. Saul’s teaching draws on 25 years of study and practice in yoga, Bhakti& tantra other forms of universal light, love and wisdom. His teaching is authentic and empowering, it comes from the heart, allowing students to connect deeply with their own inner power and light. Saul's teachings are grounded in a deep love and respect for Mother Earth and the great Spirit that flows through all of life. Saul shares this work through teacher trainings, workshops, classes, and sacred journey's.
The Layers of the Soul - Practice with the Koshas
With laughter and poignant insight, Gina takes us on a journey through the Pancha Koshas, the 5 sheaths or layers of the soul. She offers practice and teaching tips for how to increase your awareness and capacity to experience each of the koshas through asana practice and lifestyle habits, and how this journey brings us into deeper connection with the essence of who we are.
About Gina Caputo
Gina Caputo is the founder and director of the Colorado School of Yoga which is dedicated to elevating yoga education and fostering community amongst yoga teachers. She is the creator of Integrated Vinyasa™ Yoga which emphasizes the fusion of alignment and flow, anatomy and energetics, focus and release, work and play. She is an passionate and inspired teacher with a deep reverence for roots and lineage and a keen appreciation for science and this evolutionary journey of being a human!
Fusing East & West to Create Yoga Medicine
Join Tiffany as she shares insights into the power of fusing western medicine and yoga for herself and her students. With all the stresses of modern times, Tiffany returns again and again to the message of simplicity and approaching the physical body as the gateway to the deeper practices.
About Tiffany Cruikshank
An international yoga teacher, author and health & wellness expert Tiffany is known as a teacher's teacher and is the Founder of Yoga Medicine, a community of yoga teachers focused on fusing the best of anatomy & western medicine with the traditional practices of yoga to serve the medical communities. With her training in Acupuncture & Sports Medicine her classes are guided by a strong anatomic focus, using movement as medicine. Yoga Medicine is a thorough, anatomically based training system developed by Tiffany that informs and trains teachers all over the world to work more powerfully with their students. yogamedicine.com
The Body is a Map of the Psyche
Tune in as Ashley Turner shares how the psyche reveals itself through the body and vice versa. She offers tips, practices and wisdom to untie the knots of energy stuck in the subtle body and guides us in understanding psychology concepts that are foundational for any yoga teacher or facilitator working with individuals and groups.
About Ashley Turner
Elevating personal growth as a lifestyle, Ashley Turner, M.A., MFTI (#62103) is a yoga/meditation teacher, registered Marriage + Family Therapist Intern, writer, speaker and Initiated Priestess. Deep, witty, and laser focused, she draws on the source texts of yoga while incorporating the best of neurobiology, Jungian Psychology, ayurveda, tantra, shamanism and priestess work – vigorously challenging students and clients from the inside out. She is known for her ability to translate complex themes into practical, real-life tools accessible to all. She is the Co-Founder of Urban Priestess and Founder of Yoga. Psyche. Soul.
Creative Self Mastery in the New Era
In this interview, Guru Jagat shares practical wisdom for navigating the turbulence and cataclysmic change we are experiencing on the planet at this time. She reveals the antidote to spiritual tourism, highlighting with humor and optimism the power of yogic technologies to bring us into our creative, sovereign, revolutionary power.
About Guru Jagat
Guru Jagat is the founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology with locations in Venice, California; Mallorca, Spain; and New York City, and the author of the bestselling book Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, The Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life. Guru Jagat first met Yogi Bhajan in 2002 and that encounter crystallized her prior spiritual explorations and launched her on the path of a Kundalini yoga teacher. As the Piscean patriarchal energies fade into history, Guru Jagat has emerged as a leading global figure helping to create, delineate and refine the new feminine matriarchal archetype. ramayogainstitute.com
Subtle Body & the Heart of Yoga
Paralyzed from the chest down since the age of 13, Matthew has a unique approach to yoga that is relevant to everyone, no matter the state of the body. In this interview he shares the unity consciousness and compassion that springs forth from practicing with the awareness of the subtle body, and how this practice will indeed change the world.
About Matthew Sanford
Matthew Sanford’s inspirational story begins at age 13 when he survived a devastating car accident that killed his father and sister and left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down. Now 45, Sanford is a public speaker, healthcare pioneer, award‐winning author, and nationally recognized yoga teacher who has inspired and enhanced the lives of thousands. Sanford shares his philosophy on the importance of the mind‐body relationship and our inner capacity for strength, growth and transformation in his critically acclaimed book WAKING: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence. In 2007, Waking received both a Minnesota Book Award and Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and is fast becoming required reading for medical and rehabilitation schools and yoga teacher trainings. In 2002 Sanford founded Mind Body Solutions, a non‐profit 501c(3) dedicated to transforming trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body. matthewsanford.com
About Juan Pablo Barahona
Juan Pablo Barahona has been submerged in spirituality, shamanism and healing since the age of 9 when his brother started with epilepsy and he traveled with his family to different healers around the world. This ignited his passion for deepening the sacred arts and led him to certify in different schools of Yoga, Holistic Nutrition, Tantric Philosophy, Energy Medicine, Master Reiki, Sound Healing, Shamanism, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Therapies and Healing Arts. He has been teaching in different countries and festivals for more than 15 years and is the co-director of Lamat, School of Yoga, Healing and Conscious Living, where he has been sharing classes, workshops, immersions and trainings for 12 years. He is the director of Yoga Lamat Teacher Trainings 300 and 500 hours and Conscious Living Trainings 200 hours. kawoq.org
Relax: There is Nothing to Fix or Change
In this candid conversation, Ashleigh shares her evolutionary journey from numbing and resisting her sensitivity, to greater ease, relaxation and presence in all the intensity of life. She offers key insights for the healing journey — not as something to fix or change, but to rest into the wholeness that you already are.
About Ashleigh Sergeant
Ashleigh Sergeant is the Head of Yoga Content for Gaia.com, co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga, spent five years as the Global Yoga Trainer for adidas and was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world. Ashleigh’s yoga videos are featured on Gaia.com, Grokker and ShriTV. A regular presenter at the Wanderlust Festival, Ashleigh has contributed to Mind Body Green, YOGANONYMOUS, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal. Ashleigh is a true embodiment of the teachings of yoga. Her life, presence and vibrant way of being in this world, radiate the effects of her dedicated practice. Steeped in a breadth of knowledge and depth of lived experience, Ashleigh has the unique gift of being able to guide her students in a clear, effective and inspiring way.
Mayan Shamanism and The Power of Ceremony
In this profound teaching, Miguel reveals the healing of physical, emotional and spiritual dis-ease through Mayan shamanism. He shares the journey to become a shaman, and the tools, instruments and philosophy that guides the ceremonies that create the experience of miraculous healing.
About Miguel Angel Vergara
Miguel Angel is a Maya Wisdom Keeper and Master Teacher who lives and works in Yucatán, Mexico. He studied with a Maya Elder for 17 years and continues to work with Elders who are keeping the Maya Sacred Wisdom alive. Working with Iluminado Tours and Casa K’in since 2004 he has guided groups to the ancient Maya Teachings in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize and has shared his knowledge in workshops throughout the world, in Canada, USA, Europe, Taiwan and China. The ancient Maya are often shown in various yoga positions and recently Miguel Angel and Kat Tudor have collaborated to bring the essence of the Maya wisdom back to life through the creation of Halach Uinik Yoga, which is an important part of the Halach Uinik Training, a gift of Transmutation, Transformation, and Realization from the ancient Maya. Miguel Angel humbly and sincerely weaves a path to the pure authentic essence of the Maya cosmology and creates a space with beautiful ceremonies and stories where you can transform yourself and find your true Spiritual Path. He is the author of "The Sacred Knowledge of the Maya."
Ceremonial Earth Activism
In this beautiful interview, Kat shares stories of sacred ceremony in the tradition of the indigenous peoples of North American and the Yucatan that have the power to heal not only ourselves, but the earth. Tune in to hear her recent victory in a Supreme Court case that has set a precedent for our rights as citizens for a clean environment.
About Kat Tudor
Kat Tudor is the visionary behind SunWater Spa, Sun Mountain Center, and the Smokebush Foundation for the Arts in Manitou Springs, Co. Her gift is bringing the arts and the healing arts together in inspiring classes, unexpected collaborations, and community projects. She’s been teaching art, dance, yoga, aqua yoga, and improvisational arts since 1979 in Colorado and around the world ranging from local happenings and installations (The Uncle Wilber Fountain: an interactive and whimsical fountain in Colorado Springs co-created with husband Bob, The Tesla Toaster), to international ceremonies (Aqua Luz: a planetary project for healing Earth’s water with crystals, Yogic Spirals for Peace). Most recently, she’s been collaborating with Miguel Angel Vergera, Mayan Wisdom Keeper and Scholar on Halach Uinik Yoga - Transmutation, Transformation, Realization - which comes from the teachings, glyphs, and secret practices of the Mayan.
Ecological Urgency & Embodied Feminine Spirituality
In this poetic and paradigm-shifting interview, Sofia shares the primary focus of hatha yoga as a feminine embodiment practice designed to purify the body and our awareness so we may experience the flowering of our perception into the realization of yoga - union with what is. It is in fully inhabiting our bodies and cultivating our subtle feeling capacity that will enable us to address the ecological challenges we face as a global community.
About Sofia Diaz
Sofia Diaz is a hatha yoga master, a lineage holder in the Balasaraswati lineage of the South Indian temple arts and a recipient of numerous meditation empowerments in both Tibetan and Shakta Tantric traditions. She turns the body wisdom practices she is empowered in into accessible teachings and practices for the modern western mind. Being an inspired woman practitioner, the rigors of her practice have resulted in great clarity and expertise in the domain of Feminine Spiritual practice, which she has been generously teaching for 27 years. She has published writings on yoga and sacred movement in both academic and popular journals and travels frequently, teaching women’s yoga intensives throughout the world. sofiayoga.com
In the Flow in Yoga, Business and Life
In this interview Mary Clare discusses the importance of meditation and the capacity to slow down amidst the fullness of life. The owner of 6 yoga studios with a full social and family life, MC shares tricks that she uses to stay centered, happy and inspired on the path.
About Mary Clare Sweet
I intend to play! Energetic vibrations of fun run deep in my veins. My yoga practice began when I read a yoga book and begged my mom to teach me what she knew. I have been practicing for over 15 years and to this day, it is the anchor of my life. I own Lotus House of Yoga, vinyasa studios in Nebraska and High Vibe Cafe, a raw, vegan hot spot. The classes I lead are fun, challenging and filled with love. I am fascinated with the alignment of the physical and energetic realms. My godfather is ashtanga and my sister is rock and roll. Music is integral to the asana classes I lead. My play-lists are funky and always fresh. In my class you will find the ancient and the modern, a whole lot of soul, and a commitment to the present. Gracefully tip toe along the fierce edge of your practice, expect sweat, love, and OM. maryclaresweet.com
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About Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Ph.D was raised in an American family in Hollywood, California and graduated from Stanford University. She was completing her Ph.D. when she left America in 1996 to come and live permanently at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India. She has been living there for the last twenty years, engaged in spiritual practice and dedicated service. She was officially initiated into the order of Sanyas (monastic renunciation) in the year 2000, by her Guru, His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. She is Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, President of Divine Shakti Foundation and Director of the annual world-famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth. Sadhviji is a renowned speaker who gives keynote addresses at large forums, on a wide variety of topics ranging from conscious business to science and spirituality to sustainable development to the keys of happiness and peace in life to all aspects of yoga.
About Nataraja Kallio
Nataraja Kallio has been a student of Yoga since 1989. He is a professor, storyteller, and director of the Yoga Studies degree program at Naropa University. Seven years of study in India provided the initial foundation for his learning. There, he immersed himself in the contemplative traditions of Sri Vidya, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo, and the Hatha Yoga lineages of Krishnamacharya and Swami Sivananda. His teaching integrates the breadth of Yoga, from its meditative foundations, to its rich history, mythology and philosophy. As director of the only undergraduate Yoga Studies degree program in the U.S., Nataraja focuses on translating yoga to the west in a way that honors it's roots and its integrative spirit. Nataraja lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. naropa.edu
About Sreedevi K. Bringi
Raised in India within a family lineage of spiritual teachers, Sreedevi Bringi received training in hatha yoga, raja yoga, Vedantic meditations, and Sanskrit from her family elders, swamis and yoga teachers of the Bihar School of Yoga, Vivekananda Kendra and Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Mysore and Bangalore. She enjoys sharing her rich background in the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Vedanta along with the Divine Feminine tradition of Shakti Tantra and the contemplative practices of Kashmir Shaivism Tantra. Sreedevi also offers advanced training in yoga nidra mediation and classical Patanjali yoga meditation. Bringing her musical training background from India, she also guides Sanskrit chanting, mantra reciting and melodious kirtan/bhajan. She currently serves as faculty in Yoga Studies and Hinduism at Naropa University in Boulder, CO and Director of the Shree Shakti Institute and offers training in Yogic Meditations, Sacred Sanskrit, Hinduism and Yoga Teachings.
Beyond Aversion & Desire ~ Let Go into Yoga
With deep yogic understanding, Meg shares how to discover the natural state of being that is yoga. In this interview she offers in the moment practices to help you consciously rest into the state of yoga and to let go into your experience (no matter what is arising), instead of unconsciously slipping into the habitual push/pull of aversion and desire.
About Meg McCraken
I have always been an avid lover of life and particularly, life in the mountains. However, after years of rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding, mountaineering and surfing, I turned to yoga to mend my young, but failing body. What started out as a purely functional, physical practice, grew to so much more. As my body became rejuvenated, my heart opened and mind cleared, the stresses of life (big and little) began to simply roll through me and effect me less. My life became more vibrant and inspired than ever. Now, thanks to yoga, I continue play in the mountains with a renewed sense of passion and grace, excelling at the activities that once took such a toll on my body. Currently, I lead 200HR Wanderlust Yoga Teacher Trainings and am on the esteemed faculty of The Avahana School and lead trainings for our 200HR teacher trainings as well as advanced 300/500HR programs. megmccraken.com
Breathwork for Trauma Release & Healing
Inevitably the practices of yoga and life itself stir up emotions and sensations that don’t feel good. In this interview, Giten Tonkov shares how and why he created Biodynamic Breathwork Trauma Release System — a powerful technique for moving stuck energy and creating a more integrated and joyful life experience.
About Giten Tonkov
Giten Tonkov, is a creator and developer of BioDynamic Breath & Trauma Release® and a founder & director of BioDynamic Breath & Trauma Release Institute, a worldwide learning entity, and co-director of European Institute of Body Oriented Healing Arts based in Poland. Born in Ukraine and living in New York for 24 years, Giten is a licensed Massage Therapist (Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in NYC) since 1994, and certified Breath & Body Oriented Therapist (Diamond Breath School at Miasto Meditation Institute, Italy) since 2000. Giten has been trained in a variety of meditative and healing modalities at Multiversity in OSHO Meditation Resort, Pune, India, where he later became a staff therapist. 25 years of learning, personal exploration, life experience and working with countless clients and groups lead him to create BioDynamic Breath & Trauma Release® System, a revolutionary body-oriented breath therapy approach, which he now teaches worldwide. biodynamicbreath.com
Subtle Body Practices of Sound & Mantra
Join in this potent conversation on the power of sound to bring us deeply into the subtle realms and the pulse of life force that lives at the center of our being and guides us in every moment. Anandra shares an approach to mantra and a practice that orients towards resting in spaciousness and receptivity so we can train ourselves to live less from stress and more from the bliss that is our true nature.
About Anandra George
An internationally respected mantra teacher and sacred musician, Anandra is a pioneer in the global yoga community, re-introducing the ancient practice of sound as a fundamental practice. She created the world’s first registered yoga teacher training based entirely on the transformational power of sound (including Sanskrit, mantra, Indian classical vocal meditation, and non-violent communication for everyday life). American by birth, Indian by soul, and global citizen by expression, she helps people transform their limiting belief systems and cultivate their most fulfilling contribution to the world. truefreedomcoaching.com
Bhakti and the Medicine of Mantra
Join Jaya Lakshmi as she discusses the power of mantra and kirtan in the context of personal practice and performance. In this interview Jaya Lakshmi shares some of her challenges in staying true to her dharmic path of offering the medicine of mantra to the world.
About Jaya Lakshmi
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists and yoga teachers in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion). In their 6+ years together, they have released 8 albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently. They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats. Jaya Lakshmi’s largest influence in the realms of mantra, kirtan and bhakti came from her connection with the Guadiya Vaishnavs, otherwise known as the Hare Krishna’s. She was initiated in 1992 by Srila Govinda Maharaj and lived on and off in ashrams and likeminded communities for years afterwards. Jaya Lakshmi began sharing her beautiful kirtans in 1992. jayalakshmiandananda.com
The Power of Sadhana to Start Your Day
In this interview, Ananda shares how commitment to daily sadhana purifies the consciousness so that you can go into your day radiating and magnetizing the experiences you deeply desire. Ananda also gives insight into the path and practice of Bhakti as the devotional icing on the cake of practice.
About Ananda Yogiji
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists and yoga teachers in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion). In their 6+ years together, they have released 8 albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently. They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats. Known for his meditative voice and transformative transmission, Ananda Yogiji offers Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with live music provided by Jaya Lakshmi (and other musicians if available). He has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 2006. Ananda Yogiji has studied under the guidance of master teachers Gurucharan Singh, Gurmukh, Guru Singh, Krishna Kaur, Ravi Logan and many more. He spent 4 years learning with Viriam Singh and Kaur in Eugene, Oregon. jayalakshmiandananda.com
Reclaiming the Sacred Masculine
Listen in as Anton shares his passion for cultivating consciousness in men, and how yoga is the perfect access point for men to open up and access their vulnerability. Anton’s mission is to uplevel the way men are showing up — to reclaim the role of true support of the feminine and ultimately bring balance to the world.
About Anton Mackey
Anton Mackey is an experienced Vinyasa Yoga teacher based out of Phoenix, Arizona. He came to yoga in search of stress relief, and what he found was the spiritual practice he had always been searching for. He is grateful that this passion for yoga has allowed him to travel around the globe teaching workshops and teacher trainings, presenting at festivals and leading retreats. His teaching method blends a deep understanding of the anatomical body with a variety of spiritual practices, giving students the space to withdraw their senses and journey inside. Anton skillfully bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual, guiding students into a deeper connection to their soul and the Divine. The intention of his class is to create a space for students to experience the beauty of the divine feminine grace and inner masculine strength. Anton holds a degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University, and continues to be a student of many different yoga styles and spiritual traditions. antonyoga.com
Yoga Nidra, Mudra & The Feminine Art of Listening
Join Uma in this potent conversation illuminating the subtle flow of feminine energy and why the practice of listening is essential to attune ourselves to the peace and radiance that lives at the core of our being. She shares the art of balancing the masculine way of form with the feminine intuition of the formless to create a yoga practice that deeply serves our ever-changing needs and desires.
About Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Based in the UK, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli met yoga in 1969, at the age of four, and fell in love. She’s been practicing ever since, and teaching yoga since 1994. A yoga therapist with special expertise in yoga therapy for women’s health, Uma is a mother of two sons and one daughter, all born at home in her yoga space, and she has written four books on yoga for women, including the definitive guide to pranayama for pregnancy, birth and mothering, Mother’s Breath, and the massive women’s yoga bible Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom through yoga and Tantra. Uma works internationally, sharing yoga retreats, trainings and empowerments that support the natural arising of prana shakti: the power of life. Since 2001 she has trained a total of over one thousand specialist teachers in Total Yoga Nidra, Women’s Yoga (womb yoga for all stages of women’s lives), and therapeutic yoga for pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery. wombyoga.org