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The Yogapedia Podcast

The Yogapedia Podcast is here to help you navigate life’s biggest questions through the lens of yoga. Every episode is filled with tips, secrets, and special knowledge that can help you live a healthier and more meaningful life.

Episode 8: Janet Stone - Yogini and Yoga Teacher 29.05.2019, 08:00
Episode 8: Janet Stone - Yogini and Yoga Teacher

<p dir="ltr">In the final episode of season one, Janet Stone tells us how yoga has shaped her life as a woman, mother, artist, environmental advocate and a yoga teacher. Stone shares how her yoga journey has led through deep, personal transformation on many levels. Listen as we discuss how the alchemy of Stone's own yoga journey through <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5013/bhakti-yoga">bhakti yoga</a> and the <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/7274/the-eight-limbs-of-yoga">eight-limbed path</a>.</p><br><p dir="ltr">Stone has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 1996, when she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather. Stone 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 San Francisco, Janet leads immersions, retreats, and workshops.</p><br><p dir="ltr">Janet grew up on a wonderful, slightly crazy hippie farm in Northern California, a childhood spent rescuing orphaned animals of every shape and size, eating a lot of tofu and homemade everything, cleaning rabbit cages, bailing hay, working hard, swimming naked, dancing around freely and feeling naturally connected to the planet, a feeling that continues to inform her life and teaching these days.</p>

Episode 7: Anodea Judith - Yogini, Author and Chakra Expert 15.05.2019, 08:00
Episode 7: Anodea Judith - Yogini, Author and Chakra Expert

<p dir="ltr">In todays episode, we’ll be hearing from Anodea Judith, one of the country's foremost experts on the chakra system and its therapeutic use. She is author of several books on the chakras, yoga, healing, psychology and social change. Her award-wining book <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.amazon.ca/Wheels-Life-Users-Chakra-System/dp/0875423205">Wheels of Life</a> has sold over 250,000 copies in the US with translations in 25 languages. She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in psychology and human health. Anodea travels the world teaching workshops and trainings for therapists, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5063/yoga-teacher">yoga teachers</a>, and leaders, with transformative techniques.</p><br><p dir="ltr">Anodea is a globally recognized teacher, speaker, healer, and writer on the intersection of personal and collective <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/10943/awakening">awakening</a>, her passion for the realization of our potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises—her fervent wish that we “wake up in time.” Anodea is a therapist with lifelong studies in somatic psychology, mythology, history, sociology, systems theory, and mystic spirituality. She is best known for her groundbreaking work reviving the chakra system of ancient yoga, and its profound correlation to human psychology, cultural evolution, and the downward process of manifestation. Her <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" rel="nofollow" href="https://anodeajudith.com/bestselling-author/?utm_source=Yogapedia&amp;utm_medium=Podcast%20Article">best-selling books</a> have gained worldwide recognition with over a million books in print in 25 languages, and won several awards.</p>

Episode 6: Barrie Risman - Yoga Teacher and Author 01.05.2019, 08:00
Episode 6: Barrie Risman - Yoga Teacher and Author

<p>In our episode today, we’ll hear from Barrie Risman, who is one of Canada’s most skilled yoga educators and teacher trainers. Barrie immersed herself in yoga practices while studying at the Siddha Yoga Ashrams in India and New York. She talks about the deep inner shift she experienced through daily practices of <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/4951/asana">asana</a>, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/4949/meditation">meditation</a>, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5452/kirtan">kirtan</a>, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/4950/mantra">mantra</a> and study of the wisdom teachings.</p><br><p>Risman has been teaching for over 20 years and is well known for her ability to convey the essence of the teachings of yoga with exceptional clarity and insight. Take a read through <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/contributors/barrie-risman">her articles for Yogapedia</a> and you'll understand why; she has a unique ability to explain complicated yoga philosophy and concepts with ease and simplicity. She has taught at yoga conferences and festivals and has led retreats and teacher trainings around the world. Risman also created an online mentoring program for yoga teachers called <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.skillfulyogi.com/?utm_source=Yogapedia&amp;utm_medium=Podcast%20Article">The Skillful Yogi</a>. Her new book <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.barrierisman.com/evolvingyouryoga?utm_source=Yogapedia&amp;utm_medium=Podcast%20Article">Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for Enlightened Practice</a> was recently released and is a great resource for any yogi looking to deepen their practice.</p>

Episode 5: Kia Miller - Yoga Teacher 17.04.2019, 08:01
Episode 5: Kia Miller - Yoga Teacher

<p><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.kiamiller.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Kia Miller</a> is a devoted yogini and yoga teacher. As model and filmmaker, Miller spent a lot of her life travelling around the world. Yoga is what helped keep her centred. She is a certified <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/4979/ashtanga-yoga">Ashtanga</a> and <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5431/flow-yoga">Vinyasa Flow</a> teacher, as well as a <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5024/kundalini-yoga">Kundalini Yoga</a> teacher, and has trained with world-renowned teachers in India, Europe and the US. Miller's teaching style pulls from her vast knowledge and experience of multiple yogic disciplines.</p><br><p>In this episode, we talk with Miller about how yoga influenced her as a young adult. She shares how the yoga guided her, centred her and helped nourish her throughout her careers as a model and a filmmaker. She also talks about her relationship with various types of yoga and how she connects with them all. This conversation explores not only how yoga can influence our physical body, but our mind and spirit as well. Listen as we discuss how yoga is not only a path to explore our <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5043/inner-self">inner selves</a>, but also a way to elevate our <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/4955/consciousness">consciousness</a>.</p>

Episode 4: Colleen Saidman - The 'First Lady of Yoga' 03.04.2019, 08:00
Episode 4: Colleen Saidman - The 'First Lady of Yoga'

<p>Colleen Saidman Yee is one of the most revered and recognizable women in the world of yoga. She has been an international fashion model since 1980 and teacher since 1998. Along with her husband Rodney Yee, Saidman Yee leads teacher trainings at their studio, Yoga Shanti, in New York City. Together they developed the <a rel="nofollow" href="https://uzit.urbanzen.org/">Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Therapist Program</a>, a worldwide initiative with Donna Karan in 2010 that's designed to transform care in hospitals around the world.</p><br><p>In this episode, we talk with Saidman Yee about her intimate journey to yoga. She shares the tumultuous path of uncovering self-worth as a young fashion model amidst the staggering pressure to conform to expectations of the industry and those around her. She explains that through these early challenges of self-criticism and doubt, she tried to outrun her fears until finally she was faced with no choice but surrender.</p><br><p>This is a raw and authentic conversation about discovering your enough-ness, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/2/7036/self/self-love/finding-happiness">cultivating peace and contentment</a>, and finding the daily practices that draw you back to yourself. Today Saidman Yee shares the power of breath, meditation and movement as a way into vulnerability, acceptance and resilience.</p><br><p>Saidman Yee also shares with us the inspiring vision and profound work of the <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" rel="nofollow" href="https://colleensaidman.squarespace.com/urban-zen">Urban Zen Projec</a>t. Her collaborative initiative trains members of healthcare and yoga communities on treating the patient, not just the disease.</p><br><p dir="ltr">For more information about Colleen Saidman's work you can purchase her book: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Life-Journey-Inner-Freedom/dp/1476776784">Yoga For Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom</a></p><br>

Episode 3: Dr. Marjorie Woollacott – Professor of Neuroscience at University of Oregon 20.03.2019, 06:01
Episode 3: Dr. Marjorie Woollacott – Professor of Neuroscience at University of Oregon

<p>Dr. Marjorie Woollacott has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and has been a neuroscience professor at the University of Oregon for more than three decades. She's also been a meditator for almost 40 years. Dr. Woollacott's research includes both neuroscience and exploring the efficacy of meditation and other alternative therapies for improving attention and balance in adults. Her award-wining book, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.amazon.com/Infinite-Awareness-Awakening-Scientific-Mind/dp/144225033X/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind</a> is both the memoir of a scientist and a research survey on human consciousness.</p><br><p>In today’s episode, Dr. Woollacott shares her story about the <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/10609/kundalini-awakening">awakening</a> of <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/10382/kundalini-energy">Kundalini energy</a> in her <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/9818/subtle-body">subtle body</a>. This awakening began a life-long fascination into the deeper study of consciousness and spiritual awakening through a neurological lens. In our conversation with Dr. Woollacott, we hear about how yoga, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5/mindfulness">mindfulness</a> and meditation affect the brain and, in turn, the health and well-being of our bodies.</p>

Episode 2: Amanda Giacomini – 10,000 Buddhas Mural Artist and Yoga Teacher 06.03.2019, 07:01
Episode 2: Amanda Giacomini – 10,000 Buddhas Mural Artist and Yoga Teacher

<p></p><br><p>We're excited to bring to you Episode 2: Yoga as Art, with special guest <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" rel="nofollow" href="http://10000buddhas.com/">Amanda Giacomini</a>, also known as 10,000 Buddhas! Giacomini is a yoga teacher, artist and co-founder of Point Reyes Yoga in California. Giacomini and her partner Nicholas, known as MC YOGI, are a dynamic duo, who travel the world sharing their creative talents and their experience of yoga.In this episode, we talk with Giacomini as we sit in front of a collection of her paintings at her yoga studio, which is nestled in the rural coastline of Point Reyes. Giacomini first met yoga after a health crisis in her late teens, which manifested as a rare autoimmune disease. Through our conversation, she shares her intimate and powerful healing journey in yoga and how her painting project became her practice. </p><br><p>Giacomini has been teaching yoga for over 25 years. She has taught yoga across the world, including The White House and the Forbidden City in China. Giacomini has been an artist for almost the same amount of time. Inspired by ancient Buddhist artwork in the Ajanta caves of India, Giacomini lead a mission to paint 10,000 Buddhas. Now with more than 10,000 Buddhas painted across the world, 10,000 Buddhas is a highly sought-after art project that includes large-scale murals and fine art paintings.</p>

Episode 1: MC YOGI – Hip-hop artist, Author and Yogi 11.02.2019, 18:00
Episode 1: MC YOGI – Hip-hop artist, Author and Yogi

<p dir="ltr">In today’s interview we’ll hear from MC YOGI, a renowned Yogi and musician (aka Nicholas Giacomini).</p><br><p>MC YOGI is a revolutionary who draws on the power of music, yoga, art and activism in a new genre of conscious hip-hop. In this conversation, we dive into MC YOGI’s journey into yoga. A master storyteller, he shares with humility, great wisdom and humor - and spontaneously breaks into poetry and rap.</p><br><p>Today, MC YOGI is an international hip-hop artist and one of the most well-respected yoga teachers in North America. Yet, his journey to success took strong will and direction. MC YOGI was a juvenile delinquent, who was sent to live at a group home for at-risk youth, was arrested for vandalism, and got caught up in a world of drugs and chaos. At 18, fate brought him to his first yoga class. After discovering yoga, MC YOGI devoted himself to the practice. From traveling to India to study with gurus to living and learning with many American yoga masters, MC YOGI soaked in the knowledge that would revolutionize his entire life and put him on the path to healing, wholeness and peace.</p><br><p>In 2008, he created an inspiring video in support of Obama for the election and he and his wife, Amanda, were invited to the White House by Michelle Obama to teach yoga and become Global Health Ambassadors.</p><br><p>Check out MC YOGI's recent memoire called <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Graffiti-Finding-True-Path/dp/0062572539" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">"Spiritual Graffiti,"</a> in which he offers his wisdom and inspiration.</p>