it’s just yoga


October 17, 2012

This week’s topic: It’s Just Yoga

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

Brian Leaf, yoga instructor and author of “Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi”
Vanda Mikoloski, yoga instructor and comedian
Bryan Kest, yoga instructor

Featured Music:
Hey Ma Durga (Compassion), Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
Kali Durge, Michael H. Cohen
Saraswati Mata, Daphne Tse
Saraswati Bhagavati, Dave Stringer & Spring Groove

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sometimes we take our yoga practice too seriously.

some of us think of it as a religion where we need to commit our yamas and niyamas to memory and doggedly follow them if we want any hope of reaching enlightenment.

or we may think of it as a phys ed class where we’re constantly being observed by our teachers and graded based on how well we do our poses.

others think of it as a competitive sport where those who can perform the most complex backbending balance poses win fame and fortune.

and none of that is true; in fact, if your perception of yoga is any or all of the above,  all it will do is bring about stress and worry, which is NOT what practicing yoga should be all about.

so i decided to invite three yogis who clearly have their heads screwed on straight when it comes to yoga:

– brian leaf, author of “misadventures of a garden state yogi“, a light-hearted look at his yogic journey

vanda mikoloski, a yoga instructor and comedian who always finds a way to find the humor in our yoga practice

bryan kest, a well-known yoga instructor whose biggest gift to yogis everywhere is the concept of donation-based yoga classes. and not focusing on the perfect yoga pose — because god knows any pose i do will never be perfect!

since the show fell during the nine-day celebration of navaratri — a time when the divine mother is worshipped in her different forms, i selected chants that honored durga, her warrior aspect who destroys all our impurities, vices and defects, and saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, music, arts, and science. lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is her third form that is also revered at this time, but since i’d devoted all of last week’s music to her, you can listen to that episode here.

here’s the promo clip for brian’s book:

if you’ve never heard of kripalu before, here’s the link to their website: kripalu center for yoga and health

vanda and i talked about the humor of yogadawg during her segment — here’s the link to his website. if you’ve never heard of him before, it’s about time you did! my itchy third eye

we also talked about the inappropriate yoga guy whose videos went viral a handful of years ago. again, if you’ve never heard of him, you owe it to yourself to check this out:

and if you want to find out if bryan kest will be teaching a workshop near you (unless you live in LA and can easily get to his studio in santa monica), check out his workshops and retreats page. (i hope i gave fair enough warning about bryan’s somewhat spicy language during his interview; if not, my apologies!)

bryan also made mention of vipassana meditation; here’s a website with more information about what it is and where you can take a free course: vipassana meditation

and yes, i know; the word i was struggling to read during the show intro was in-ex-haus-ti-ble. i have no clue why i couldn’t seem to pronounce it at the time… but i just did! 🙂


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