Gary Kraftsow - "What is Viniyoga?"

Gary Kraftsow - "What is Viniyoga?"

Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, talks with J about his precedent-setting career in yoga and yoga therapy. They discuss his relationship to TKV Desikachar, why the efforts to create a national organization were thwarted, the story behind him using the name Viniyoga, TKV's son, healthcare and yoga, definitions of yoga therapy, and the true spirit of the teachings.

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Richard Miller - "Nondual Wisdom, Modern Adaptation"

Richard Miller - "Nondual Wisdom, Modern Adaptation"

Richard Miller, founder of iRest Yoga Nidra, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT, talks with J about his many years of study and his work integrating teachings for others. They discuss nondual philosophy, his relationship to TKV Desikachar, his use of Yoga Nidra in the military, making sense of the scandals, and the core principles at work in healing through yoga.

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R. Sriram - "Legacy of TKV Desikachar"

R. Sriram - "Legacy of TKV Desikachar"

R. Sriram comes to the Unites States of America for the first time to attend a celebration of his longtime teacher T.K.V. Desikachar and sits down with J for this conversation about the man and the legacy he left the world. They discuss Sriram’s early studies, T Krishnamacharya, his views on cultural appropriation and  the popularity of yoga, the scandal around T.K.V.’s son Kausthub, and the simple authenticity at the heart of the tradition.

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Faith Hunter - "Spiritually Fly"

Faith Hunter - "Spiritually Fly"

Faith Hunter, creator of Spiritually Fly, talks with J about the life events that fueled her commitment to yoga, some shared roots in NYC, and the course of her high-profile career. They discuss her early work with a national HIV/AIDS organization, the transition into teaching and owning a center, the breaks that enabled her to expand, how she came up with her Spiritually Fly Sutras, and the current state of the yoga industry.

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Jerome Armstrong - "History of Hot Yoga"

Jerome Armstrong - "History of Hot Yoga"

Jerome Armstrong, author of Calcutta Yoga, talks with J about his new book on the history of hot yoga. They discuss the largely untold story of Buddha Bose & the Yoga Family of Bishnu Ghosh and Yogananda, and how that led to Bikram Yoga. Jerome also speaks to both standard hot yoga and the more traditional teachings of Ghosh Yoga, and the crazy turn of events that led to the discovery of a rare document and a relationship to the family.

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Benjamin Lorr - "Exposing Bikram Yoga"

Benjamin Lorr - "Exposing Bikram Yoga"

Benjamin Lorr, author of Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga, talks with J about Bikram Yoga, how it lead to writing his tell-all book on the subject, and the aftershocks that are still being felt today. They discuss Benjamin’s first place prize in a yoga competition, paradoxes at work in Bikram Chaudry, power dynamics, larger cultural implications, and his new book project.

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Arundhati Baitmangalkar - "Modern Yoga Meets Bollywood"

Arundhati Baitmangalkar - "Modern Yoga Meets Bollywood"

Arundhati Baitmangalkar, founder and lead teacher of Aham Yoga and Bollyworks Dance, sent J a supportive email after hearing him speak about being accused of cultural appropriation, and J remembered some blogs that Arundhati had written on yoga in the west vs east, and it led to this wide-ranging conversation. They discuss Arundhati's first Power Yoga classes in India, moving to the USA, and how she made her own thing happen.

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Beryl Bender Birch - "The Original Power Yoga"

Beryl Bender Birch - "The Original Power Yoga"

Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and founder of The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, joins J for a look back at the earliest remnants of yoga in the west, its progression into the mainstream, and the role she played in shepherding it forth. They discuss what yoga was like in the 60’s and 70’s, teaching yoga for athletes and coming up with the name ‘Power Yoga’, Patabhi Jois, and her work with the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

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Kristen Fewel - "Yoga Center Reinvented, Invitation to Awaken"

Kristen Fewel - "Yoga Center Reinvented, Invitation to Awaken"

Kristen Fewel, author of The Gift of Awakening and founder of Full Circle Yoga & Healing Arts, reached out to say that she was inspired by some of the talks on the podcast to transition her yoga center away from the conventional way of doing business to a less extractive rental model so J invited her on to have a conversation about what she is doing and how it is working out. They also discuss her newly published book about the possibility of awakening.

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Erin Heisel - "Flow States and Play Spheres"

Erin Heisel - "Flow States and Play Spheres"

Erin Heisel is a podcast listener who reached out to J after hearing him talk about ‘flow states” which led to this conversation about her research into play and its relevance to yoga and beyond. First, Erin lays out a theoretical framework for play and then they discuss whether flow requires physical challenge, the elements that bring about flow or play spheres, and the relevance to how we practice yoga and engage ourselves in life.

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Joe Simek - "Small Yoga, Big Impact"

Joe Simek - "Small Yoga, Big Impact"

Joe Simek, co-owner of Dragonfly Yoga and co-founder of The Fiaria Project, reached out to J after hearing he was moving to PA and invited him to his studio where they started a conversation that continues in this talk. They discuss their common history in music, how Joe let go of his corporate life, his experience of becoming a foster parent and starting a non-profit to help others, and the realities of keeping things small and still making it work.

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Cheryl Urbanczyk - "Female Muslim Hijab-Wearing Yogi"

Cheryl Urbanczyk - "Female Muslim Hijab-Wearing Yogi"

Cheryl Urbanczyk, yoga-teacher-in-training and regular podcast listener, sent J an email that caught his attention and prompted this talk about her faith and yoga. They discuss Cheryl’s conversion from Catholicism to Islam, misconceptions about Muslims, how she came to yoga, and some of the unique obstacles that the Muslim community face getting exposed to yoga. They also discuss her plan to create women's only yoga classes.

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Andrea Ferretti - "Yogaland and Editorial Transparency"

Andrea Ferretti - "Yogaland and Editorial Transparency"

Andrea Ferretti, creative director for Jason Crandall Yoga Method and host of Yogaland Podcast, joins J to talk about their common experience of being both parents and podcast hosts in the yoga world. They discuss Andrea’s early avenues into yoga and publishing, her many years as an editor at Yoga Journal Magazine, her relationship to Jason Crandall, what it means to be a yoga family, and the mind-expanding challenge of producing podcasts.

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Prabha Sinha - "Turning Grief Into Giving"

Prabha Sinha - "Turning Grief Into Giving"

Prabha Sinha, founder of the Pratyush Sinha Foundation and Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival, sits down with J to talk about her journey from India to America and the story behind the foundation and festival she has dedicated her life to. They discuss misconceptions about yoga in the west, cultural differences and universal truths, the death of her son and how it led to her yoga, and the heart and soul that goes into making it all happen.

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Matthew Remski - "From Somatic Dominance to Trauma Awareness"

Matthew Remski - "From Somatic Dominance to Trauma Awareness"

Matthew Remski and J have a long-standing friendship and dialogue which carries into this talk about the rapid paradigm shift taking place in the yoga world around consent and authority. They discuss Matthew’s recent article profiling victims of sexual assault by Pattabhi Jois, the process that transformed WAWADIA into a consideration of somatic dominance, the line between cult-like and cult, and how we navigate unchartered paths.

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Sarai Harvey-Smith - "Beyond Mysore and KPJAYI"

Sarai Harvey-Smith - "Beyond Mysore and KPJAYI"

Sarai Harvey-Smith talks with J about becoming part of the Ashtanga Yoga community and how she is navigating her way in light of the revelations surrounding abuse by Pattabhi Jois. They discuss Sarai’s process of getting into yoga and becoming authorized at KPJAYI, her love of the practice and teaching, the reasons for her gradual transition away from the system, and her position statement for the AY community to heal and move forward.

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Scott Johnson - "Stillpoint Yoga London"

Scott Johnson - "Stillpoint  Yoga London"

Scott Johnson, founder of Stillpoint Yoga London, joins J for a continuation of the friendship and conversation that started between them when they met in London a few months earlier. They discuss Scott’s former life as an electrician, the importance of family, the motivations for his yoga and center, his relationship to the Astanga Yoga Tradition and feelings about the current crisis the community is facing. They also talk about alternative spaces.

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Kino MacGregor - "Conflicts and Confluences"

Kino MacGregor - "Conflicts and Confluences"

J interviews Kino MacGregor, founder of Miami Life Center and OMstars, about a few of the hot button topics at the forefront of yogaland. In this difficult conversation, they discuss the current situation in the Ashtanga Yoga Community regarding revelations of sexual abuse by Patabhi Jois, recent contract disputes resulting from the sale of Cody to Alo, and Kino’s individual perspective on the mainstream yoga industry.

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Tara Stiles - "Yoga Rebel circa 2011"

Tara Stiles - "Yoga Rebel circa 2011"

Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga, helps J get over some of his personal baggage regarding the Industrial Yoga Complex by giving him insight into her trajectory and teaching. Tara shares the story of her humble beginnings in a small town, the happenstance that led to a modeling career, the process of coming into yoga as a profession, and the trials and tribulations of having a high profile career. They also explore baggage about money.

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Peter Blackaby - "Intelligent Yoga"

Peter Blackaby - "Intelligent Yoga"

Peter Blackaby, author of Intelligent Yoga, talks with J about the newly revised second edition of his book and the implications it has on our ideas about yoga and ways in which we teach it. They discuss the fundamental premise that no living thing exists in isolation, how addressing pain is more about life than muscles, and the importance of developing attentive discernment and fashioning a healthy context for practice.

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