Category Archives: Books

Interviews with authors

girl power!

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February 27, 2013

This week’s topic: Girl Power!

Amy Dewhurst, author of “Heartbreak Yoga”
Pia Guerrero, founder and co-editor of Adios Barbie
Tatjana Luethi, co-creator of MERGE!

Featured Music:
I Got Love for You, Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sleeping Soul (Jiv Jago), Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits
Krishna Love (feat. Jai Uttal), MC Yogi
Township Krishna, Krishna Das

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breaking free

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February 13, 2013

This week’s topic: Breaking Free

Interviews:
Cyndi Lee, yoga instructor and author of “May I Be Happy”
Hala Khouri, yoga instructor and co-founder of Off The Mat, Into the World
Jodie Evans, co-founder of CodePink

Featured Music:
You Are More (Rock Om Mix), Will Blunderfield
Jaadu, Ustad Sultan Khan
Kali Durgai, Jim Gelcer
Break the Chain, Tena Clark

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transforming yoga one blog at a time

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January 16, 2013

This week’s topic: Transforming Yoga One Blog at a Time

Interviews:
Roseanne Harvey, blogger at itsallyogababy.com
Maria Santoferraro, blogger at dailydownwarddog.com
Jay Winston, blogger at yogaforcynics.blogspot.com

Featured Music:
Mad Happy, Dum Dum Project
Love Writes, Mirabai Ceiba
Flow High, DJ Drez feat. Marti Nikko & Marty Williams
Hanuman Chalisa (Windblown Version), Brenda McMorrow

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of monks, MILFs, and the big mind

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January 9, 2013

This week’s topic: Of Monks, MILFs, and the Big Mind

Interviews:
Erich Schiffmann, yoga instructor and author of “Have You Seen the Air Sparkle?”
Jessica Porter, author of “The MILF Diet”
Muni Natarajan, musician and author of “A Monk’s Tale”

Featured Music:
Satigur Prasad, Peter Kater & Snatam Kaur
Waheguru (Krishan Remix), Jai-Jagdeesh & DJ Krishan
Ma Chant (Kali), Wah!
Trance in Dance, Muni

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modern yoga

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November 14, 2012

This week’s topic: Modern Yoga

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

Interviews:
Carol Horton, co-editor of “21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice”
Colleen Saidman Yee, yoga instructor and Co-Director of Yoga Therapy, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program
Deepak Ramapriyan, musician

Featured Music:
Home, Odd Us
Let The Sun Shine Through, Avasa & Matty Love
Jaya Sita Ram, Breath of Life Tribe
Serendipity, Tina Malia

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another IOU. my sincerest apologies. in the meantime, click on the link to listen to the podcast 🙂

it’s just yoga

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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.

Interviews:
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! 🙂

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. 🙂