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podcast ep 21: pooping well for a kinder world, yoga and Ayurveda for healthy bowel movements

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This week I talk about what it means to have healthy bowel movements by modern healthcare's definition, as well as Ayurveda. We learn all about what's reasonable to expect, some interesting facts about feces, the anatomy of defecation, and some practical advice for pooping well.

After devoting a couple of yoga classes to eliminating well, I decided to bring it online to the intelligent edge yoga podcast community. We talk about...

- research into whether elimination aids like the Squatty Potty are effective or not
- what goes into poop? Literally
- what's the physiology of pooping? Why do an elephant and a human poop at the same rate?
- which Ayurvedic dosha is responsible for digestion, and what are the four types of digestion (agni) according to Ayurveda
- what the pelvic floor muscle is, and why it influences our ability to eliminate well during pregnancy and postpartum
- what pelvic floor physiotherapists are concerned about and when you may want to see one
- the Squatty Potty
- and more interesting, candid, calm facts about eliminating well

LINKS + RESOURCES
The Squatty Potty

The Scientific American The Physics of Poop

New York Times’ Everyone Poops

Using a toilet stool for improved elimination research

Pelvic floor anatomy and postpartum concerns

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podcast ep 20: supporting your timeline of transition, more on ayurveda with balarama chandra das

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Part 2 of a conversation with the poetic Ayurvedic practitioner Balaram Chandra das, where we dig into some of the challenges of being a responsible teacher, models of education and how they work (or don't) in yoga and Ayurveda, as well as multiple Ayurvedic concepts, including springtime Ayurvedic concepts and care.

• Balaram’s familial history of curanderos (healers), and how he’s stepping into his lineage as a healer through Ayurveda
•    Being introduced to Ayurveda through the food science of cooking for best digestion, and learning how to cook for his guru’s Ayurvedic diet
•    The unusual experience of his first encounter with an Ayurvedic practitioner
•    The impossibility of separating philosophy and practicality of Ayurveda, and the challenges of being a responsible teacher
•    Ayurveda’s holistic perception of your experience, including all of your abilities, limitations and culture
•    Giving clients the option of perceiving reality differently through consistent regular association and digestible amounts of theory
•    I ask Balaram for his “quick and dirty Ayurvedic springtime tips”, and he gives us a wonderful explanation of why there is no one prescription for springtime
•    He even carries it through to summertime Ayurvedic practices

 

LINKS
Find Balarama and his wife and partner in Ayurveda, Emma, on the web at www.bendayurveda.com

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podcast ep 19: cultivating something new or reforming something old, a conversation with balarama chandra das

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Meet Balarama Chandra das, one of my teachers from Ayurveda school, who is a fascinating person wonderfully capable of expanding on philosophical and Ayurvedic concepts with poetic commentary.

Balarama has many places in his beginning, and many places in his continuing story. Born Boaz Ramos in Arizona, he was driven by inquiry to study with his teacher in an ashram in San Diego, and ultimately followed him to India and then traveled the world with him.

So we hear how Balaram got on his path as it has taken shape the way I know him, but also how…

-    He questioned the utility of his official university education, and made peace with it once he was pursuing his spiritual education and came to appreciate what it offered him
-    The development of his perspectives on living a life of service, and how he got involved in activism in border issues near the Mexican/American border
-    How the anger from his activism had to be balanced and tethered to spiritual practice, and led him to realize he needed to do one with more enthusiasm
-    How we have two options: cultivate something new, or reform something that exists
-    Evolving as a student and assistant to his guru, who initiated him into his lineage and gave him his name
-    He drops a number of cool stories from his education and experiences into our conversation, including the differences between spiritual and material people, and how people see themselves as a part of the whole
-    The 3 ways in which we can learn things, including the power of stories
-    How we’re getting education too late, and the education that is specific to us happens later in life as early education is non-personal
-    There’s always 3s in the Vedic paradigm – and how there are 3 types of personalities

LINKS
Find Balarama and his wife and partner in Ayurveda, Emma, on the web at www.bendayurveda.com

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podcast ep 18: refresh your sun salutations

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Exploring Sun Salutations and their mythology, we talk about how when we know something well, it brings certain good qualities and other challenges. I offer some thoughts on evolving our approach to Sun Salutations, including different approaches to cues, sequencing, and how to approach plank, wrist stability and spinal articulation in cobra.

-      The story of Hanuman the monkey-faced god eating Surya, the sun God, and how the Sun Salutation became Hanuman’s offering
-    What grilled cheese has in common with the Sun Salutation
-    Taking something we think we know and changing it enough that we’re willing to explore it with fresh eyes
-    Why I don’t teach a breath-matched-to-movement approach to Sun Salutations
-    A bit information on how to integrate a little more stability into your hands, wrists and shoulders in plank posture
-    Our options for not doing Chaturanga and what we can do instead
-    How we approach Cobra, what we should call it, how we can cue it, and working on spinal articulation through our approach

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podcast ep 17: hali schwartz on yoga philosophy, her unusual introduction to yoga, and the one without a second

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Raised in Montreal by the original yogi-mama seeker, Hali Schwartz lives and teaches in Toronto, Canada and visits India annually. Devoted to living and sharing yoga through philosophy, chant and mantra, Hali is a dedicated practitioner who helps yogis add the philosophical framework of yoga to their path.

We talk about her unusual upbringing and how her mother met her guru, and then continue through various tenets of yoga philosophy and why bother - the remembering of our own divinity. We also talk on...

 - Why yoga philosophy if you're not interested in going down the rabbit hole
 - How the external practice influences our interior and vice versa
 - The chronic misunderstanding that enlightenment and "real" spirituality is devoid of emotion, when it has more to do with being present to emotions without being overwhelmed by them
 - We touch on the Hindu philosophical systems of Vedanta, Sankhya and Yoga and how these philosophies reveal that our perception is flawed
 - Using philosophy as a lens for self-discovery, and seeing students as fellow journeyers
 - The flow of money between teacher and students, in Indian ashrams and in our own Western satsang (community gathering)
 - The importance of personal Sadhana (practice) for being wrong with ourselves, but not "putting it all over other people".

What a fascinating woman - author, teacher, and musician.

LINKS

Find Hali on the web at www.yogahali.com

RESOURCES

Hali's book, and excellent yoga teacher training philosophy manual, One Without a Second

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