September 19, 2012
This week’s topic: Restore, Renew, Revitalize!
until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.
Larry Payne, yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Therapy Rx program at LMU
Mahankirn Kaur, yoga instructor and author of “Three Min Start”
Mary Shriver, facilitator of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises
Ganesha Sharanam, Jai Uttal
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung, Seda Bagcan
Ad Guray Nameh, Nirinjan Kaur
Que el Eterno Sol / Long Time Sun, Snatam Kaur & GuruGanesha with Gurmukh
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there seemed to be a major confluence of events coming up right around this week:
september is national yoga month.
september 16th is the start of rosh hashanah, the jewish new year.
september 19th is ganesha chaturthi, the elephant-headed deity’s birthday.
september 22nd is the autumnal equinox, when the day and night are of equal length. it also marks the end of summer and the start of fall.
add to that the oppressive heatwave that’s been lingering in the LA area, and it was clear to me that it was time to focus the show on something more restorative, something that would help calm mind/body/spirit and bring one back to balance. so that’s exactly what i set out to do.
and i’d like to think that i picked a winning team to be on the show this week!
first, i scored big time in landing larry payne, founding president of the international association of yoga therapists (IAYT) and the founding director of the yoga therapy certification course at loyola marymount university (LMU) here in LA.
i was also fortunate to bump into mahahkirn kaur, a kundalini yoga teacher i’d heard glowing stories about, including how she’d healed herself from a debilitating illness through the practice of bound lotus, and how she now teaches it to others to help them heal themselves. she’s also the author of a new book, “three min start” with simple techniques to help alleviate stress.
and to round off the collection of healers, i invited mary shriver, a tension and trauma releasing exercises (TRE) facilitator, to talk about how exercises that cause the body to shake can relieve pain, reduce anxiety, and increase energy. i mean, who knew? and as a great tie-in to the show, there’s a new TRE-yoga hybrid called neurogenic yoga. good stuff.
it’s believed that many of the kundalini mantras are for healing, so i filled the time between interviews with healing mantras from new CDs i’d picked up from spirit voyage artists: seda bagcan, nirinjan kaur, snatam kaur, and guruganesha singh. and since it was ganesha’s birthday, i started off the show with a chant to ganesha from jai uttal. besides, honoring ganesha at the start of anything is always auspicious!
and while i’m sure all the techniques they’ve shared will no doubt help me restore and rebalance from my whirlwind lifestyle, i don’t think there’s any way they’ll help me with surviving the heat. although i do know of one deity who’s known to remove obstacles… assuming, of course, that heat can be considered an obstacle!
*** update: mahankirn’s three min start apps have been approved and are now available for download. there are currently six in the series: office focus, quit smoking, stress less, calm heart, good mood, and good mood in spanish. click here to access the stress less app and here for the FREE good mood app.