sex, science, and self-transformation

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August 29, 2012

This week’s topic: Sex, Science, and Self-Transformation

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Interviews:
Lorin Roche, meditation teacher and author of “The Radiance Sutras”
William Broad, science journalist and author of “The Science of Yoga”
Meredith LeBlanc, yoga instructor and co-founder of Twitter Yoga Book Club

Featured Music:
Radha Ramana Haribol, The Kirtaniyas
Shri Ma Goddess Kirtan, Govindas
Jai Sri Radhe, The Mayapuris
Hare Krishna, Temple Bhajan Band

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i still can’t over the fact that august is just about over.

and what a busy month it was! — two back-to-back yoga festivals (moksha and the south bay yoga conference), a week-long stint at the KCRW pledge drive, evenings under the stars at the hollywood bowl, kirtans too many to remember, an art-inspired bike tour around santa monica, a backyard wedding attended by the movers and shakers of the westside yoga scene. and that’s not even counting the yoga classes i took. or wished i did.

with an eye to september, which happens to be national yoga month, and the upcoming labor day holiday, an inner voice told me that i needed to focus the show on different aspects of yoga and how it can be practiced at one’s leisure… which then led me to the topic of yoga books. but with all the yoga books currently on the market, which ones would i feature? hmmm…

two of the officiants at the wedding i attended (of the FOUR who married the couple!) were lorin roche and his wife camille. and their contribution to the celebration was a reading of one of the passages from lorin’s book, “the radiance sutras“. it was loving, and sensual, and joyous. who knew that ancient sanskrit texts could still be so relevant? it also happens that lorin will be leading a radiance sutra workshop at bhakti fest next week, so he made my short list of authors to contact.

sometime mid-august, william broad, author of the controversial (at least in the yoga community)  “the science of yoga” and the new york times article “how yoga can wreck your body“, tweeted about the upcoming release of the paperback version of his book. and i realized that i’d wanted to interview him on the show when the book was first released and never got around to it (yes, i tend to procrastinate. a lot). so i tweeted back that i wanted to interview him and he tweeted back that he was happy to; all i needed to do was send him an email request. so i did. and voila! he’s on the show.

there was another author i reached out to who couldn’t make it… and who will remain nameless until he’s available to be on a future show. yup, a cliffhanger.

short one guest, i reached out to meredith leblanc and her cohorts in the yoga book club — via twitter, of course — figuring that this would be the perfect time for a #YOBC update. she was happy to step in at the last minute and fill us in on the virtual group’s latest book, “fierce medicine” by ana forrest.

now for the music.

last week’s musical treats were all new releases from musicians who’ll be at bhakti fest next week. and they were all kirtans with a contemporary twist. so to provide some balance to my coverage of the bhakti fest kirtan offerings, i decided to include the more “traditional” musicians. i found quite a few in my CD collection: arjun baba, gaura vani, prema hara, SRI kirtan, govindas and radha, temple bhajan band, the kirtaniyas, and the mayapuris. while they’re all notably talented and inspirational, i had to limit myself to those with tracks that were short enough for radio play. all i can say is that if you want to hear the longer versions, you have to go to bhakti fest to experience them in their entirety. and yup, that was a plug. 🙂

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