podcast ep 25: cannabis yoga, what it might be and what we must consider

The difference between CBD and THC, what marijuana does to the brain, how we receive it from an Ayurvedic perspective, and what you may want to think about before you host a marijuana and yoga event.  

- What are the different types of marijuana products, and are they more for working with pain symptoms or for achieving a high
- What are the physiological influences of marijuana on our systems? How does it effect our brains and what are the outcomes?
- Considerations for if you were going to host a yoga and cannabis event
- What yoga philosophy and Ayurveda have to say about marijuana use
- Feedback from my yoga community on their thoughts about cannabis yoga events
- A snippet from Elena Brower on her recovery from marijuana addiction from the Wanderlust Speakeasy
- Why it's not something that's for my practice and my teaching

LINKS
Learn About Cannabis with the BC Government’s Mental Health Programing
Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System
What is the Role of the Hippocampus?
The Location of Your Cerebellum
Does Long Term Cannabis Use Stifle Motivation?

Legal age for marijuana use should be 21, say top public health officials
Research discovers how marijuana affects the way the brain processes emotional information
Veterans Group Push for Medical Marijuana to Treat PTSD
Elena Brower on Addiction Recovery
Elena Brower’s Wanderlust Speakeasy Spoken Word on Recovery

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podcast ep 23: open source yoga: brea johnson from heart + bones yoga

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Heart and Bones is the result of Brea Johnson's heart work and a long relationship with yoga and inquiry, particularly into anatomy and movement as it applies to teaching asana. She joins me to wander through a bit of her history as a faciliator and studio owner, her yoga existential crisis and resulting content, and what it's like to move online. We also discuss...

- What it's like to focus your yoga teaching more online, what you gain and some early perspective on what you may lose
- The cyclical nature of teaching to be inspired and needing to be inspired to teach
- The surprising difficulty of tiny movements that are good for you
- Brea's yoga existential crisis and how she moved away from and back toward yoga after incorporating a more diverse approach to yoga asana
- Yoga leadership, which includes boldness, walking a path that hasn't been trod, and being OK to stumble on that path
- The co-creation of yoga in a "post guru" era
- Collaborative approaches to yoga - open source yoga! - and balancing owning our own authority
- Being comfortable and even enthusiastic about owning a yoga business and marketing your work
- Resisting the pressure to play down your goals and desires to incorporate a leadership style that's ethically guided and professional
- The living tradition of yoga and how we walk our path to inspire people to do the "heart work"

LINKS
Brea Johnson on Instagram
Heart + Bones Facebook
Heart + Bones Online Studio

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podcast ep 22: a yogi mama's guide to yoga, Ayurveda and your child: Jenn Hardy-Berthiaume talks her new book

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Listen to this week's conversation with Jennifer Hardy-Berthiaume. Jenny teaches in Montreal and runs the popular collective blog A Yogi Mama’s Guide. She lives with her Vata-Pitta daughter and Kapha-Pitta son and husband. Her new book, A Yogi Mama's Guide to Yoga, Ayurveda, and Your Child, is perfect for yoga teachers, parents, and anyone participating in the raising and care of kids or people who care for kids.

LINKS + RESOURCES
A Yogi Mama's Guide, Jenny's collective blog with resources for yogis and parents
Jenny Bee Yoga
A Yogi Mama's Guide to Yoga, Ayurveda and Your Child on Amazon.ca

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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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