Episode 41 - The Kleshas, the Ignorati and the Goal of Yoga

We talk about what yoga is actually for, and go over the four not-so-simple steps to liberation set out by Patanjali. The idea of the Kleshas are introduced as well as the yogic concept of Avidya, ignorance. 

During the podcast, we reference the goal of Yoga: Sutra 2.2 states “The goal of Yoga is not to obtain something that is lacking: it is the realization of an already present reality. Yoga practice removes the obstacles that obstruct the experience of samadhi, or the state of complete absorption” (Jaganath Carrera, Inside the Yoga Sutras). 

 This translation is what was used. That link also contains some more information on the Kleshas for your reading pleasure.

Episode 40 - 360 Wellness with Lindsay Kellner

What’s the definition of freedom, how do we deal with dissent and what’s the best way to go do sh*t in real life? We talk to Lindsay Kellner, Sr Wellness and Beauty Editor at Mind Body Green and founder of the Well Aware show.

During the show we tried to assess how many yoga teachers there are in NYC. I couldn't find an accurate stat on that, but I did find this vague but fun bit of info:

As of December 2015, 52,746 teachers and over 18,000 yoga schools were registered with the Alliance, and there are two people interested in becoming a yoga teacher for every one teacher in the U.S. (Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance 2016). 

Episode 39 - From Hot Hot Heat to Kool And The Gang

When the season goes from ‘too hot to handle’ to ‘too cold to hold’, we shift our food and lifestyle to accommodate the change. Ayurveda teaches us how - so we'll go over some basic guidelines, I'll say some sanskrit you don't have to remember and we'll go along our merry way.

Here are the 20 Gunas, or qualities, if you're interested:

Heavy (guru)                    Light in weight (laghu)

Slow or Dull (manda)       Sharp, penetrating (tikshna)

Cold (hima or shita)         Hot (ushna)

Oily  (snigdha or sneha)   Dry (ruksha)

Smooth (shlakshna)          Rough (khara)

Dense or solid (sandra)     Liquid (drava)

Soft (mridu)                       Hard (kathina)

Static or stable (sthira)      Mobile or unstable (chala)

Gross or big (sthula)          Subtle (sukshma)

Slimy or sticky (picchila)   Clear or non-slimy (vishada)

Episode 38 - Avoidance, Denial and Suffering

We spend so much time trying to avoid what hurts. We dance around it, we look the other way. But when we ignore suffering, it just hurts more. So, what to do? The alternative to ignoring pain and suffering, is to meet it. We experiment with a brief Tonglen meditation - a Tibetan Buddhist practice focused on giving and receiving.

Episode 36 - Feminism, Broga and the Age of Aquarius

We talk about the pros and cons of gender domination and if we are, in fact, moving towards a more egalitarian future. Also, we unite the masculine and feminine within using alternate nostril breathing.

In this episode I refer to the research of Dr. Alice Eagly. This bio is from The Institute of Policy Research at Northwestern: "Alice Eagly is a social psychologist who has published widely on the psychology of gender and of attitudes, especially attitude change and attitude structure." And you can find the work I mention right here

Here is more information on the Age of Aquarius. I chose less didactic source material here, so enjoy.

Episode 34 - Nazis and Gandhi and The Importance of Knowing Who You Are

Nazis march with torches and the world is upside down. We’ve been here before and we try to figure out what to do about that kind of thing. How do we learn from our history, how do we move forward, and do we even try to look inside for the icky darkness in ourselves?

As we continue on our every day, and to look at our own place in all of this, please also listen to and amplify the voices of people of color and others. 

I found this article and its links helpful: White Feelings for Charlotte.

Read more about Black Lives Matter here

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