Let’s talk about how to practice purity in an impure world. Because the world is full of negativity and we can’t avoid it because it’s the world. And we live here. Luckily the niyama saucha (purity or cleanliness) gives us some direction. Also, stay tuned for a cleansing breath practice at the end of the episode.
I talk with Kaila Tova, a fellow podcaster, former health coach, and student of life, about marketing and feminism and what happens when people become the product, instead of being people. There’s also a brief but important note that fit bits are evil.
Kaila and I met as she researched her latest project, Your Body, Your Brand, which you can read all about here.
And just in case you're not a link-clicker, here's something from Your Body, Your Brand:
The Your Body, Your Brand podcast brings experts in sales, marketing, branding, feminism, and coaching into conversation with coaches, entrepreneurs, and diet consumers to ask:
Why do women keep dropping out of the workforce to sell diet/fitness/body image coaching?
Why do people keep getting invested in following "solopreneurs" with fitness/diet/body image brands?
Is becoming a brand based on your body ever a good thing?
The kids are alright, but the grown ups are a mess. In this episode we talk about gun violence, police violence and revisit a conversation about intersectionality. It's time to get uncomfortable and take a closer look at our own role in the system.
Today we talk about how unbalanced the world is and extoll the virtues of Dina Carya, the daily Ayurvedic routine. We run through an optimal morning as prescribed by ancient rishis - and how to adapt your routine for real life. We also talk about poop, but only for a second.
We chat about yoga and, in and of relationships. What tools come in to play and how important is it that your partner is on the path? Want to hear the musings of just some regular lady? Here you go.
In physics, the observer effect is the theory that simply observing a situation or phenomenon necessarily changes that phenomenon. Read more...
And also, here's that book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride, by Ethan Nichtern.
I'm incredibly excited to share this interview with Amy Day of Back Pocket Juju. We discuss what yogic Instagram would really look like, how to stop navel-gazing and put your good work out in the world, and how sharing tea with a stranger can change everything.
Please check out Amy's work at Back Pocket Juju. Learn more about her free monthly full moon call, here. And, for those of you in the creative space, she's currently offering a course specially made for you called Marketing For Mystics. She's very smart and I encourage you to check out her stuff.
In this episode we scratch the surface of Ayurveda’s perspective - not only on what to eat - but when and how. Quick clue: mindfully. We’re talking about how, when, and what to eat to be an efficient human machine whose goal is to attain liberation - not to look good in high waisted pants.
If you like this episode and want to hear more from me about Ayurveda, please check out the following shows.
In this episode we talk about how the body responds to anger, its evolutionary advantages, and systemic disadvantages. Follow a simple breathing technique to help your lower the volume on that hot, hot rage machine stoked by the flames of the GOP.
In this episode we talk about springtime, repeating patterns and being stuck on a loop. We also do a quick Ayurveda review and introduce some balancing breath work that claims to make our skulls all shiny.
This episode we discuss why a bumble bee would make a horrible partner on a teeter totter and somehow I manage to call the human skull an auditorium. Moreover, we talk about vata dosha and practice a breath to bring it all in.
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.
We talk a little bit about outrage and commitment to action. How do we respond when tragedy strikes? Where does our energy go? And how can we use it to fuel change when everything is on fire around us?
If you have not already discovered it, here is the link to Every Town, committed to ending gun violence.
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I'm also currently appreciating this article by Michael Ian Black, The Boys Are Not All Right.
Is The Hustle empowering? Or a distraction? We talk about why Hustle Culture might be so popular, dissect the language we use to glorify busyness and discuss an approach to escape the traps that keep us away from the present moment.
In this article I mentioned a few stats about millennials and side hustles, found here.
Happy One Year Anniversary to Us! We’re here to survive and to fight for the betterment of our own lives and the lives of those around us. In this episode we talk about the stress response and how we can breathe our way through to the other side of the shitty news.
We talk about the dangers of magic escapism in the form of “wellness” and then dive back into the Chakra System. Each chakra has its own personality, like Snow White’s 7 dwarves. They are inherently messy, sometimes fight with each other and cause trouble, but, at the end of the day, they love you very much.
And another discussing the third eye center in relation to Christian traditions.
Before Urban Outfitters starts selling meditation cushions to match your swadhistana, let's take a moment to explore a little background on what chakras are and where this ancient system comes from.
This is the first of a two-parter, but I don't end this episode with a cliff-hanger. Spoiler alert.
Also, here's a link to Robert Krulwich talking about bees and hexagons. Yes, it's relevant to this episode.
Welcome to another year of yoga and activism. This episode we discuss why self-care is necessary and why it’s not nearly enough. We talk about how no one should be able to OM their way out of taking action and, finally, I plead for your input on future episodes of the show.
Here's the episode of Codeswitch about "Going Off the Reservation."
Learn more about Refilling Your Well, with Priti Robyn Ross.
And this is my latest version of escapism, from the 188sqft folks.
Follow a simple guided breath practice to calm the mind and expand the lungs.
A brief introduction and guided meditation practice of tonglen - a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice of giving and taking.
A note here, tonglen uses visualization of taking in suffering - and then alleviating it. Be conscious of your capacity in this regard.
A brief introduction and guided practice of nadi shodhana, alternate nostril breathing, for balancing the body and mind.
A brief and simple guided body scan meditation intended to improve awareness and presence.
A simple introduction to kumbhaka, a holding breath pranayama, as well as a guided breath meditation focused on attachment and letting go.
In this series we focus on "just the practice." This episode introduces a brief guided meditation focused on being and having enough, letting go and letting it be.
The script for this meditation is by Michael W. Taft and can be found here.