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Episode 1: Amy Ippoliti – Meditating with a Manta Ray

I am so thrilled to launch the very first episode of Yogaland! I’ve been wanting to do this since I was interviewing well-known yoga teachers almost daily as an editor at Yoga Journal. I would often get off the phone buzzing with excitement and wishing I could share the raw conversations.

So, here it is! And, it’s the first one — the first time my “ums” and “likes” can’t be erased the way they are in print. But I’ve decided not to wait until I get this perfect — I’m learning as I go and trust that you will practice compassion!

In honor of Earth Day this week, I talked to well-known yoga teacher and environmental activist Amy Ippoliti (@amyippoliti) about her project to raise awareness for marine life. Amy is known for bringing yoga to modern-day life in a genuine way through her clear instruction, intelligent sequencing, and engaging sense of humor. Amy’s writing has appeared in Yoga Journal, Mantra Magazine, Mind Body Green, prAna Life, and Elephant Journal. She has appeared on the covers of Yoga Journal and Fit Yoga and the underwater yoga images with marine animals that you see below have been featured on Yahoo.com and GrindTv.com. She is a pioneer of yoga education, cofounding 90 Monkeys, a school that’s enhanced the skills of yoga teachers in 64 countries. Since the age of 14 she has been a champion of earth, ocean, and animal conservation.

“It’s not about getting on my mat and getting a yoga butt. I do my yoga practice to benefit others—so that I’m a better person and a better leader. Ultimately, this is for something so much bigger. We need to stop the destruction and start getting people to appreciate the planet. That’s why I’m on my mat and that’s why I’m in the water right now.”
Amy Ippoliti


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Amy Ippoliti swimming with a bottlenose dolphin

Amy Ippoliti in Lotus with a whale shark

Amy Ippoliti swimming with a manta ray

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE
Amy and I talked about a few documentaries in this episode that are worth checking out:

Blackfish
The Cove
Racing Extinction

We also talk about her soon-to-be-released book:

The Art and Practice of Teaching Yoga: The Yoga Professional’s Guide to a Fulfilling Career

PEOPLE MENTIONED
Taro Smith
Shawn Heinrichs

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS
90monkeys.com
yogaglo.com
Six Ways Amy Wants You to Help with Our Oceans
Amy Ippoliti: Ocean Conservation and My Encounter with a 1500 pound Manta Ray
More photos of Amy on YogaJournal.com

LOTS OF GRATITUDE
Thank you to Amy and Taro Smith for permission to include these photos. A special thanks to Ali Zeigler for designing my logo and to DJ Bhakti Styler who helped me with the music for this episode. You can listen to him on soundcloud or, if you happen to be in Aspen, CO, you can check him out at Aspen Shakti Shala.

AND…THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!
If you like what you hear, please feel free to write a review on iTunes! If you share your URL, I’ll be able to get back to you and say thanks.

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