ep 45 + ep 46: harry potter yoga parts 1 and 2

What do the magic of Harry Potter and yoga have in common? We discuss commonalities between the books and the way they portray magic, as well as the first half of a conversation about pedagogy (teaching methods) and Hogwarts.

Episode one of two! The journey continues with the next episode.

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podcast ep 35: the universe doesn't have your back... but it's OK

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Yoga philosophy does not characterize the universe as a glorious place designed to fulfill all your wishes if you ask it nicely. That doesn't mean goal setting is bad - quite the contrary - but this is a cheeky exploration into the difference between new age spirituality pop religion and yoga philosophy. We go into some psychology on willpower and self-control, too!

Give that it's the new year, we talk about...

- Where the phrase "the universe has your back" came from and Gabrielle Bernstein (who is a heck of a lot more popular on instagram than I am)

- How heavily influenced by latent Christian culture new age spirituality can be, including evangelical movements

- How this differs from yoga philosophy, which does not see the universe as omniscient and providing

- Why goal setting is a good thing for yogis to do and participate in, and some interesting facts about willpower from The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

And more!


Heart rate variability from Harvard

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

You can listen below, and you can also listen in iTunes and Google Play and pretty much anywhere else podcasts are played, including Spotify!

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.


Find Hali on the web at www.yogahali.com


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

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Yoga explores the faultiness of perception, and Ayurveda provides the path to maintaining sensory perception, clarity of thinking, and ease of vehicle (body) for our spirit, but we are often still wrong. Preferences, limited experience, lack of opportunity, systemic bias – all of these coalesce to cloud our vision. For our pursuit of self-awareness and clarity of perception, there are three ways we can know something...

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