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 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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