Julie Buckner - “Closing InYoga” - Writer, Public Affairs and Marketing Consultant, CEO of InYoga

Julie Buckner - “Closing InYoga” - Writer, Public Affairs and Marketing Consultant, CEO of InYoga

Julie Buckner and J had been emailing back and forth for months, but only when the final word came down that she was definitely closing her yoga center did they sit down and talk about the state of affairs. They discuss hard realities facing independent yoga centers vs standardized scaled models, successful but not profitable, and even a bit of national politics. More than anything, they look to each other for support and inspiration.

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Eddie Stern - “Ashtanga Yoga” - Brooklyn Yoga Club, Namarupa, Yoga Mala, Teach Wellness

Eddie Stern - “Ashtanga Yoga” -  Brooklyn Yoga Club, Namarupa, Yoga Mala, Teach Wellness

Eddie Stern, esteemed Ashtanga Yoga teacher, invites J to The Brooklyn Yoga Club to talk about the old days and current incarnations of his yoga and teaching. They discuss his early practice, formative times in the NY yoga scene, the entrance of Patabhi Jois into the US, the birth of “vinyasa” as a hybrid style, bringing yoga into schools, and whether or not Ashtanga Yoga is injurious.

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Sam Chase - “Yoga to the People” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Co-owner of a Yoga to the People studio

Sam Chase - “Yoga to the People” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Co-owner of a Yoga to the People studio

Serendipity brings Sam Chase, author of Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness, and J together in this intimate back and forth about the parallels in both their early beginnings and current life situations. They discuss the lonely aspects of being a yoga teacher, Sam’s dual yoga personality, vinyasa yoga’s identity crisis, the evolution of Kripalu Yoga, and the origins and purpose behind Yoga to the People.

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Michael Lee - “Phoenix Rising” - Master Educator, Author, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Michael Lee - “Phoenix Rising” - Master Educator, Author, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, talks with J about the origins of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and its defining characteristics. They discuss creating safe containers for practice, identifying what’s going on in your body and in your life based on both experience and psychological principles, the thin line between yoga and yoga therapy, changes in the professional yoga landscape, and being true to who you are.

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Hareesh (Christopher) Wallis - “Tantra Illuminated” - Sanskrit Scholar/Practitioner, Teacher, Author

Hareesh (Christopher) Wallis - “Tantra Illuminated” - Sanskrit Scholar/Practitioner, Teacher, Author

Hareesh (Christopher) Wallis has a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He talks with J about the art and science of translating Sanskrit, the influence of Tantra on modern yoga, and the removal of conceptual overlays to reveal inherent wonder and awe in life.

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Jennilyn Carson - “Yogadork” - Writer, Editor, Innovator, Yoga Teacher, Doula, Cat Lover

Jennilyn Carson - “Yogadork” - Writer, Editor, Innovator, Yoga Teacher, Doula, Cat Lover

J sits down with Jennilyn Carson, long time friend, editor in chief of Yogadork, They rode the wave of yoga into the mainstream together and reminisce over some of the sign posts and stories that marked the way. The conversation also covers Jennilyn’s interests in woman’s cycles, cats, social justice, and yoga culture. The two commune on the silver linings, and J explains why he decided to have this be the year anniversary episode.

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Pamela Tanner Boll - “A Small Good Thing” - Academy Award-Winning Producer, Director, Artist, Writer, Activist

Pamela Tanner Boll - “A Small Good Thing” - Academy Award-Winning Producer, Director, Artist, Writer, Activist

J talks with Pamela Tanner Boll, award winning producer and director of the documentary films A Small Good Thing and Who Does She Think She Is? They discuss her earlier work and formative times in life that shaped the themes running through her movies, including the pressing issues addressed in her recent work that spoke to J deeply and inspired their conversation. They touch on the challenges so many are facing and being curious, not furious.

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Judith Hanson Lasater - “Restorative Yoga Queen” - Yoga Body, Relax and Renew, What We Say Matters, Living Your Yoga

Judith Hanson Lasater - “Restorative Yoga Queen” - Yoga Body, Relax and Renew, What We Say Matters, Living Your Yoga

Judith Hanson Lasater is a seminal figure in the yoga world. She talks with J about the earliest times for independent yoga teachers, her experience with BKS Iyengar, reasons for withdrawal from the Iyengar organization, and the inspiration behind what she teaches now. They discuss the privilege of teaching and, understanding psychological projection, and mirroring back the inherent goodness and inner wisdom of the student.

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Kerry Porter - “Hindu Facebook Justice” - Political Activist, Yoga Student & Teacher, Fellow member of a Facebook group with J.

Kerry Porter - “Hindu Facebook Justice” - Political Activist, Yoga Student & Teacher, Fellow member of a Facebook group with J.

Kerry Porter joins J to discuss some of the comment threads they have participated in together as mutual members of a Facebook group, and the implications they share with broader issues in our politics. They talk about the decolonizing of language and culture, listening to the voices of injustice, the marketplace of exploitation, appropriated yoga, and how to stop perpetuating oppressive power imbalances through reparatory justice.

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Diane Bruni - “Ashtanga Unveiled” - First Ashtanga Yoga Teacher in Canada, Cancer Survivor, Whistleblower

Diane Bruni - “Ashtanga Unveiled” - First Ashtanga Yoga Teacher in Canada, Cancer Survivor, Whistleblower

Diane Bruni was the first ashtanga yoga teacher in Canada. She stopped by J’s yoga class in Brooklyn and they sat down afterwards to talk about her story of yoga’s entrance into the mainstream, yoga injuries, and the new directions that are being forged. Diane shares about her unconventional instruction in Iyengar method, controversial exit from the Ashtanga community, cancer diagnosis, and her current movement research.

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Bernie Clark - “Yin Yoga” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Your Body - Your Yoga, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

Bernie Clark - “Yin Yoga” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Your Body - Your Yoga, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

Bernie Clark has intimate knowledge of one of the most popular forms of yoga practice today, Yin Yoga. He talks to J about where it comes from, how he got to it, and what distinguishes it from other styles. Bernie answers some of the most common questions about Yin Yoga, including whether or not you can stretch a ligament, what happens to a fibroblast when you hold a pose for longer periods, and other aspects of the approach.

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Anneke Lucas - “Abuse of Power” - Liberation Prison Yoga, Writer, Survivor of Child Sex-Trafficking, Corrector of Injustice

Anneke Lucas - “Abuse of Power” - Liberation Prison Yoga, Writer, Survivor of Child Sex-Trafficking, Corrector of Injustice

Anneke Lucas was sold into a child sex-trafficking network at the age of six. Now she teaches yoga in prisons through her organization, Liberation Prison Yoga. J sits down with Anneke to talk about her journey of healing trauma and expanding consciousness, being groped by Pattabhi Jois, the Jivamukti scandal, a panel discussion on power in the yoga world, trauma sensitivity training, and how to create safer spaces and better support.

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Neil Pearson - “Pain Science” - Founding Chair of Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Science Division, Yoga Therapist, Expert Educator, Life is Now Pain Care

Neil Pearson - “Pain Science” - Founding Chair of Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Science Division, Yoga Therapist, Expert Educator, Life is Now Pain Care

Neil Pearson has spent over 30 years in the field of physiotherapy and pain management science.  J talks with him about the difference between awareness and self-regulation, prescription vs process, the intertwined nature of pain and suffering, how the medical system teaches us to give power over to someone else, and recognizing things as safe or dangerous. The conversation explores where science and yoga are coming together.

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Dianne Bondy - “Yoga For All” - Social Justice Activist, Educator, Trailblazer, Yoga Teacher and Writer

Dianne Bondy - “Yoga For All” - Social Justice Activist, Educator, Trailblazer, Yoga Teacher and Writer

Dianne Bondy has become a leader in encouraging greater diversity in yoga. J talks with her about his own blinders, her move from fitness to yoga, drinking the Anusara cool-aid, being DIY on and off the mat, the power of language to either empower or disempower people, and ways in which yoga can move us into fuller acceptance of ourselves and others. They also discuss being a spokesperson and go back and forth about practice.

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Hari-kirtana das - "Krishna Consciousness" - Bhakti Yogi, Teacher, Theologian

Hari-kirtana das - "Krishna Consciousness" - Bhakti Yogi, Teacher, Theologian

Hari-kirtana has gone by many names depending on the different lifestyles he's led. J talks with him about being a member of "the mother of all cults", the Hare Krishna movement, participating in Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training, separating the teachings from the teacher, comparative yoga philosophy regarding non-duality, and the inherent duality of bringing theology and realization to the modern marketplace of ideas.

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Matthew Remski - “Downregulated Yoga“ - Writer, Ayurvedic Consultant, WAWADIA, Threads of Yoga, Family Wakes Us Up

Matthew Remski - “Downregulated Yoga“ - Writer, Ayurvedic Consultant, WAWADIA, Threads of Yoga, Family Wakes Us Up

Matthew Remski has become known for his provocative, sometimes controversial, and inspiring writings on pressing issues in the yoga world. J talks with him about his early experiences and how they have shaped the course of his work, the current status of his ongoing WAWADIA (What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?) project, the recent flap regarding Jivamukti Yoga, and the grey zone between the mystical and the wounded.

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Pleasance Silicki - “Lil Omm” - Teacher, Coach, Magic-maker, Author of Delight

Pleasance Silicki - “Lil Omm” - Teacher, Coach, Magic-maker, Author of Delight

Pleasance Silicki started out in the DC Public School system working with inner city youth before she forged a path as a yoga teacher and founder of Lil Omm. J talks with her about how she ended up in the yoga world, her experience of opening and closing a yoga center, the changes that have happened in the last ten years and her new book, Delight, that was born out of her need to embrace change and move forward.

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Mark Whitwell - "Heart of Yoga" - The Promise, Yoga of Heart, T Krishnamacharya, UG Krishnamurti

Mark Whitwell - "Heart of Yoga" - The Promise, Yoga of Heart, T Krishnamacharya, UG Krishnamurti

J finally has the guts to bring Mark Whitwell, his most influential teacher, on the podcast. They trace Mark’s life in yoga from his early years before teaching to his experience meeting Krishnamacharya, Desikachar, and the Krishnamurti’s, and his travels around the world. The discussion is wide ranging as they reminisce about their shared past, changes in the yoga industry, and the directions they see things going in the future.

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Jared Hirsch - “Jahvocado” - Yoga Teacher, Dad, Graffiti Artist, Ulcerative Colitis Survivor

Jared Hirsch - “Jahvocado” - Yoga Teacher, Dad, Graffiti Artist, Ulcerative Colitis Survivor

Jared Hirsch is an old friend who shares a mutual teacher with J. In this talk, they reconnect after more than 10 years and commune on how things have happened as time has gone by. They discuss early days as young upstarts, differences between teachers aligned with the TKV Desikachar tradition, graffiti art, the ins and outs of dealing with ulcerative colitis, and the blessings of partnership, family, and friendship.

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Carol Horton - “Yoga Ph.D.” - Writer, Educator, Activist, Yoga Service Council, 21st Century Yoga

Carol Horton - “Yoga Ph.D.” - Writer, Educator, Activist, Yoga Service Council, 21st Century Yoga

It’s not always easy to make sense of what is happening in the broader yoga world and society at large, but Carol Horton can sometimes help illuminate and clarify the issues so we might stand a chance. J talks with Carol about her transition from political science professor to yoga writer and thinker, her work in the Cook County Jails, the heyday of the yoga blogosphere, the books she’s published, the pioneering work of the Yoga Service Council.

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