Yoga and ayurveda conversations for smart, compassionate practice with Kathryn Anne Flynn. Featuring wisdom + resources for curious yoga teachers and students to cultivate kind minds and smart hearts.
A conversation about yoga conversations with Carol Horton, PhD, including the early days of the yoga blogging community, how the change in tone in the yoga community has prompted some changes in her work, and staying focused on being of service to others.
- Carol’s academic background, even her dissertation, on politics and race in Political Science, and her current shift away from yoga writing toward political writing
- Her earlier career in the non-profit sector looking at class and inequality in early childhood, and then moving into a sociological context of modern practice
- The Yoga Service Council’s work on racial issues, outreach and accessibility of yoga, including the criminal justice system, for veterans, and an upcoming book on sexual trauma survivors
- Seeing the zeitgeist of yogic inquiry in the yoga community and academics, including the history of yoga coming to America
- Early yoga blogging community in about 2010, connecting with other yogis, and why she wrote Yoga PhD and co-edited The 21st Century of Yoga
- The current conversations that need to be had in the yoga community, including the rising nationalism and use of yoga as a political tool by Prime Minister Narenda Modi
- Why it’s a good thing that your reading list will never be entirely read
- The shift toward a more politicized dynamic and the pull toward a desire for concrete answers, and how that can be difficult in the context of spiritual inquiry that are always in process (thus resist absolute)
- Some of the aggressive nature of online conversation in the yoga world that errs toward polarization and the disincentives to moderate voices in social media
- Identifying as a yogi within your life as a whole and figuring out how to keep growing as a human being and being of service to others
Find links to Carol’s work on the show notes at www.intelligentedge.yoga
Let's talk about mental health and yoga teachers, since so many people who turn to yoga are seekers or individuals looking for greater wellness. Kim McNeil from Calgary, Alberta and I open the conversation - imperfectly, compassionately, and honestly.
Interested in plant medicine? This conversation with Amber Westfall of The Wild Garden offers practical advice for integrating plant medicine into your life, and reveals the potency of what we can find in our local environment.
The difference between CBD and THC, what marijuana does to the brain, how we receive it from an Ayurvedic perspective, and what you may want to think about before you host a marijuana and yoga event.
Trains of thought on being in the teacher's seat. Inspired by my recent conversations with yoga teacher trainees, we talk about a few questions around facilitating yoga classes - including whether to gently awake sleeping students in Savasana.
Heart and Bones is the result of Brea Johnson's heart work and a long relationship with yoga and inquiry, particularly into anatomy and movement as it applies to teaching asana. She joins me to wander through a bit of her history as a faciliator and studio owner, her yoga existential crisis and resulting content, and what it's like to move online.
A yogi mama with a diversity of experience in the yoga-Ayurveda world, Jennifer Hardy-Berthiaume (Jenny Bee), recently published her first book on using Ayurveda to parent with greater ease and for greater health and harmony in the household.
This week I talk about what it means to have healthy bowel movements by modern healthcare's definition, as well as Ayurveda. We learn all about what's reasonable to expect, some interesting facts about feces, the anatomy of defecation, and some practical advice for pooping well.
Part 2 of a conversation with the poetic Ayurvedic practitioner Balaram Chandra das, where we dig into some of the challenges of being a responsible teacher, models of education and how they work (or don't) in yoga and Ayurveda, as well as multiple Ayurvedic concepts, including springtime Ayurvedic concepts and care.
Meet Balarama Chandra das, one of my teachers from Ayurveda school, who is a fascinating person wonderfully capable of expanding on philosophical and Ayurvedic concepts with poetic commentary.
Exploring Sun Salutations and their mythology, we talk about how when we know something well, it brings certain good qualities and other challenges. I offer some thoughts on evolving our approach to Sun Salutations, including different approaches to cues, sequencing, and how to approach plank, wrist stability and spinal articulation in cobra.