Mary Jennings - “Sub-Lease Yoga Studio Collective”

Mary Jennings - “Sub-Lease Yoga Studio Collective”

Mary Jennings is opening Fresh Coast Yoga in Houghton, Michigan with an alternative studio model she heard discussed on the show so J brought her on to talk about what she is doing. They discuss what it’s like to be a millennial MBA mother with a one-year old who wants to bring yoga to her community in rural America, the crowdfunding campaign, sub-leasing instead of profit-sharing, and the heart of a truly yoga-based venture.

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Gina Price - "Exploring Sociocracy"

Gina Price - "Exploring Sociocracy"

Gina Price, partner in the Sociocracy Consulting Group, talks with J about creating order out of chaos through the principles of Sociocracy. They discuss governance based on a decentralization of authority, finding common purpose through collaborative decision making, creating domains of autonomous responsibility and a hierarchy of function instead of power, and if yoga professionals are up to the task.

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David Dodd - "Organization, Anarchy and Yoga"

David Dodd - "Organization, Anarchy and Yoga"

David Dodd and J have corresponded for years but a recent email exchange about the Yoga Alliance prompted this discussion on the inherent problem of creating organizations around yoga. They discuss David’s background in coaching and working with large bureaucracies, the tension between an unbounded context for yoga and attempts at regulating it, and the practical wisdom of knowing when to do something and when to leave it alone.

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Rama Jyoti Vernon - "Great-Grandmother of American Yoga"

Rama Jyoti Vernon - "Great-Grandmother of American Yoga"

Rama Jyoti Vernon, one of the first yoga teachers in the United States, talks with J about her pivotal role in bringing yoga to the west. They discuss the LA yoga scene in the 1940’s and 1950’s, meeting BKS Iyengar and hosting him in America, founding both Unity in Yoga and the California Yoga Teachers Association which led to the creation of the Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal Magazine, and her laments and hopes for the direction of yoga.

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Norman Blair - "Yoga Teachers and Pay"

Norman Blair - "Yoga Teachers and Pay"

Norman Blair wrote an article about yoga teacher pay that caught J’s attention and led to this wide-ranging conversation about the monetary policies of yoga centers and the underlying economics that are fueling them. They discuss the emergence of a yoga teaching profession, hard numbers on yoga teachers rates of income, actionable steps to counter unhealthy trends, and the revolutionary power of yoga to help shape society.

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Amayu Ashtanga - "Reimagining a Yoga Tradition"

Amayu Ashtanga - "Reimagining a Yoga Tradition"

Scott Johnson, Greg Nardi, Emma Rowse and Jock Orton talk with J about the creation of Amayu Yoga and a reimagining of the ashtanga tradition. They take time out of a retreat together to discuss the state of the global Ashtanga community, reasons for creating an organization, the principles of ashtanga yoga, and their efforts to bring more accountability and safety by establishing clearer standards and a more horizontal collective.

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Frank Jude Boccio - "Mindfulness, Zen Naturalism, and Yoga"

Frank Jude Boccio - "Mindfulness, Zen Naturalism, and Yoga"

Frank Jude Bocci, author of Mindfulness Yoga, talks with J about his integrated approach to yoga and buddhist mindfulness. An early adopter, Frank was ahead of his time and had an impact on J without ever having met him. In this conversation, they discuss the yoga scene before it was a scene, studying with Thich Nhat Hanh, the freedom to challenge dogma, the marketing of yoga, and cultivating a truly self-empowered practice.

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Bernie Clark - "Your Spine, Your Yoga"

Bernie Clark - "Your Spine, Your Yoga"

Bernie Clark, author of Your Spine, Your Yoga, returns to the show to talk with J about his new book and the important perspective it provides. They discuss the notion of “neutral spine,” the myth of flexibility, understanding stability and strength, the concepts of stress and load, variation in our structures, the “anti-fragility curve,” functional movement, and how important it is for each person to develop their own sense of awareness.

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Seth Powell - "History and Philosophy of Yoga"

Seth Powell - "History and Philosophy of Yoga"

Seth Powell, founder of Yogic Studies, extended J an invitation to take his course and it led to this wide-ranging conversation about cutting edge research and his scholarship in yoga history and philosophy. They discuss Seth’s background and motivations for pursuing academic study, issues regarding the translation of ancient texts, commonly held misconceptions about the origins of yoga, and the benefits of expanding our perspectives.

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Rachel Brathen - "Instagram Yoga Girl on What is Real"

Rachel Brathen - "Instagram Yoga Girl on What is Real"

Rachel Brathen, creator of @yoga_girl, talks with J about how a bohemian lifestyle on the beaches of Costa Rica converged with the invent of Instagram and led to two million followers and a yoga career. They discuss the process of going from obscurity to recognized social media influencer, the evolution of her choices, misinformation in the social media sphere, and operating by principles that serve the people behind the hashtags.

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Annie Carpenter - "The Evolution of Yoga Teacher Training"

Annie Carpenter - "The Evolution of Yoga Teacher Training"

Annie Carpenter, veteran yoga teacher trainer from Yogaworks and creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, talks with J about the history of YTT’s, current industry trends, and transitioning from growth models to in-depth inquiry. They discuss Annie’s background in yoga, her opinions on conducting trainings and mentoring teachers, how things have changed over the years, and indications of a grassroots upswell for a return to core principles.

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Kerry Maiorca - “Inside the Yoga Alliance”

Kerry Maiorca - “Inside the Yoga Alliance”

Kerry Maiorca, founder of Bloom Yoga Studio and Chair of the Board of Directors for Yoga Alliance, talks with J about the inner workings of the Yoga Alliance and the Standards Review Project. Kerry and J are old friends and participated in the same yoga teacher training over twenty years ago, after some reminiscing they talk about how she became involved at the YA, the evolution of the organization, and the status of the review process.

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Tao Porchon-Lynch - “Opening the Gateway of Life”

Tao Porchon-Lynch - “Opening the Gateway of Life”

Tao Porchon-Lynch, named Oldest Yoga Teacher by Guinness World Record and author of Dancing Light, sits down with J a few months after her 100th birthday to talk about her life and the spirit of yoga. They discuss the morning class that J took with her, some of her childhood experiences, how she greets each day with the expectation that it will be the best yet and believes anything is possible, and the inspiration that Tao and her life instills.

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Neil Boyd - "Farming, Friendship, and Yoga"

Neil Boyd - "Farming, Friendship, and Yoga"

Neil Boyd, Board Vice-President of the Feathered Pipe Foundation, talks with J about his life as a farmer, his yoga, and how the two have informed each other. They discuss the connection between his work and the turn of the seasons, how he got into yoga, teachers that helped him, farm practices and yoga, Krishnamurti, the magic of the Feathered Pipe Ranch, and the simple wisdom of embodying kindness in your attitude and actions.

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Hauora Yoga Conference - “Yoga Therapy in New Zealand”

Hauora Yoga Conference  - “Yoga Therapy in New Zealand”

J moderates a panel discussion at the Hauora Yoga Conference with Katie Lane, Donna Farhi, Jac Wilson, Leanne Davis, and Felicity Molloy on the accreditation of yoga and yoga therapy in New Zealand. They discuss the current standards for Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand, the difference between yoga and yoga therapy, standardization and pedagogy, and the possibility of creating something uniquely Aotearoa

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Michael de Manincor- "Kaleidoscope of Wisdom and Science"

Michael de Manincor- "Kaleidoscope of Wisdom and Science"

Michael de Manincor, founder and Director of The Yoga Institute, is a student of TKV Desikachar that J met earlier this year and reconnected with for this conversation about the study and transmission of yoga, and the kind of science that supports it. They discuss Michaels trajectory, the PhD research he is doing, Patanjali, competencies for yoga teaching and yoga therapy, and the possibility of moving our understanding of yoga forward.

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Anne Jablonski - “Freedom, Agency, and the Mindful Unplug”

Anne Jablonski - “Freedom, Agency, and the Mindful Unplug”

Anne Jablonski, president of the Feathered Pipe Foundation, shares with J her love of Freedom Style Yoga and the magic that is the Feathered Pipe Ranch. They discuss Anne’s relationship to the teachings of Erich Schiffmann, what makes the ranch so special, teaching people to develop their own intuitive knowing, mindfully unplugging as an essential form of self-care, and the importance of connection in fostering the spirit of healing.

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Karen Rain - "Pattabhi Jois Was Not a Great Yogi"

Karen Rain - "Pattabhi Jois Was Not a Great Yogi"

Karen Rain talks with J about the lack of consent culture in yoga, and ways that people can change what they are doing in their own spheres to create a safer and more just society. They discuss the abuse and deception that Pattabhi Jois committed on her and others, deflection and denial from the community, and educating ourselves about power imbalances. Karen also turns the tables on J and holds him to account for his own culpability.

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Genny Wilkinson Priest - "Can Ashtanga Evolve?"

Genny Wilkinson Priest - "Can Ashtanga Evolve?"

Genny Wilkinson Priest joins J for this probing conversation about the impact of Pattabhi Jois’ sexual assaults on the ashtanga community and yoga world at large. They discuss Genny’s previous life as a journalist, her love of the ashtanga system, her process of evolving in light of the revelations about Pattabhi Jois, efforts being made to shift the culture going forward, hard adjustments and injuries, and the possibility of reformation.

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Gregor Maehle - "Truth and Reconciliation in Ashtanga Yoga”

Gregor Maehle - "Truth and Reconciliation in Ashtanga Yoga”

Gregor Maehle, founder of 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga, discusses the history of Patabhi Jois’ sexual assaults and the need for the Ashtanga tradition to evolve. He talks about the studies and motivations that led to his adoption of Ashtanga Yoga, direct experience of observing the abuse, injuries that led to his separation, deeper philosophical and evolutionary factors in the creation of stratified power structures, and how to sublimate and grow.

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