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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podcast ep 15: western insight meditation with Dawn Mauricio

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Western Insight Meditation and yoga teacher Dawn Mauricio brings her light, introspective approach to sincere meditation. We chat about personal practice and teaching, cultural appropriation in spiritual communities and spiritual bypassing.

We talk about the limitations of social media for authentic shares, and how/when to share your personal processes with your community. Dawn talks about her history with meditation and why she prefers to refer to Insight Meditation as "Western Insight", which leads to a chat about cultural appropriation in the Buddhist and yoga spiritual communities. We finally touch on spiritual bypassing - the avoidance of personal pain and interpersonal exploration for spiritual "heights" - and how doing interpersonal work is a required component of spiritual practice.

From Montreal, Dawn teaches and practices internationally, and you can join her in person or in her free 21 Day Meditation course, offered in partnership with Lole. See the show notes for details!

LINKS

Find Dawn on the web at www.dawnmauricio.com

21 Day Meditation Course with Dawn & Lole

RESOURCES

The quotation Dawn remembered: "If you want to know what you believe, ask the people you've taught." - C. Anthony Martignetti

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podcast ep 14: reducing fear in teaching hands-on

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Hands-on assists are a source of fear for a number of teachers who want to do the right thing for their students. I invited my friend dallas delahunt to come back and have a conversation with me about teaching hands-on.  We are both known for doing hands-on enhancements when we teach, and so we talk about why and how, and some strategies for moving forward with hands-on teaching.

 

LINKS

Find dallas on the web at www.dallasdelahunt.com

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