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Episode 22: Rachel Brathen – Staying True to Your Values in the Face of Success

You might know Rachel Brathen as “Yoga Girl” on Instagram — she’s one of the original yoga insta-stars and has 2 million followers. Two million! That’s crazay! And yet, despite this quick rise to fame, Rachel is incredibly down-to-earth and not afraid to say that the superficial side of social media can suck the life out of a person from time to time. I wanted to know what makes Rachel tick, so I tried to dig into how she’s become the teacher (and student) she is today.

Rachel and I talk about:

* How a 10-day Osho meditation retreat changed the course of her entire life
* Her initial yoga practice, which was therapeutic and aimed toward healing debilitating back pain
* How pregnancy is changing her practice
* Why she has never started hocking products like yoga pants for other brands
* Whether or not she considers herself to be fearless
* The ingenious model behind her 109 Global Mission trips
* Her surprising advice for navigating social media as a yoga teacher

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Rachel’s book — Yoga Girl
Rachel Brathen Yoga Lifestyle
oneOeight
109world
Island Yoga
St. Pepper’s Friends

MUSIC
Gillicuddy — Adventure, Darling
The Polish Ambassador — Camino Rojo
Velella Velella — 3 to the 6 to the 0

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Episode 21: Holly Whitaker – Recovering from Addiction & Discovering Yourself

My guest on this episode is effervescent Holly Whitaker (@hipsobriety). Holly is amazingly sharp, articulate, rad human and I’m so happy to have her on the podcast! We talked about how Holly used yoga, meditation, self care, and self-reflection as her framework for quitting alcohol, pot, and cigarettes. For the many people who feel alone on their recovery path (and for those who love them), I hope this podcast helps you feel supported and connected.

Holly is a Kundalini and vinyasa teacher, a life coach, and meditation instructor. She’s the founder of Hip Sobriety, which aims to provide a modern, holistic, accessible and desirable path to sobriety, and to remove the stigma associated with addiction (and sobriety). She’s also the creator of Hip Sobriety School, an online program that helps individuals build holistic paths to recovery as either a complement or alternative to traditional modalities.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about:

* Why it’s important to de-stigmatize addiction by being vulnerable and talking about it
* Why there is not just one right way to get sober and why AA didn’t work for her
* Why Kundalini yoga was (and still is) so powerful for Holly’s recovery
* How abusing alcohol is a symptom — we use it to escape from what’s inside
* What drove Holly to try to escape through alcohol and how yoga helped her find a life that’s true to her heart

“Alcohol is a drug. It will kill 1 in 10 of us between 18-64. It’s the third leading cause of preventable disease. It’s such a dangerous drug, but we normalize it in our society. and we protect it.” — Holly Whitaker

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Holly’s Web Site — Hip Sobriety
Home Podcast
Hip Sobriety School: 8 Week Sobriety School & Group Coaching

Some great blog posts from Holly:
9 Ways Yoga Helped Me Recover From Addiction
You CAN Yoga Your Way Out Of How Fucked You Are
Why You Should Give A Shit About Kundalini Yoga
Twelve Fabulous(!) Things About Sobriety
9 Reasons I’m Not an Alcoholic

MUSIC
Gillicuddy — Springish
Derailed — Blue Dot Sessions
Jahzzar — Cold Like This

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Episode 20: Seane Corn – Activism for Yogis

Unless you’ve been living high up in the Himalayas without wifi, you’ve likely had moments of feeling despair, fear, perhaps even helpless about the current state of violence and discord in the world. I woke up a few months ago, after the Orlando shooting, and felt the weight of grief on my chest. I immediately thought to myself, “I want to talk to Seane Corn. I NEED TO TALK SEANE CORN.” And so this episode came to be.

Seane is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism and inspirational style of teaching. She utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to humanitarian issues—in 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®.

Seane is not a person to sit idly by wincing and worrying about things — she takes action. And she’s a complete salt-of-the-earth, damn good person through and through. I’ve seen that firsthand.

I talked to Seane about how she came to be an activist and how she mentors others to do the same. Along the way we covered so many other things including:

* Her childhood experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how yoga helped her (as a young adult)
* Why she uses the word God in her teaching
* The understanding that we are all connected, but we’re not all the same (not given the same opportunities, privileges, etc.)
* The six daily nonnegotiables for Seane that allow her to do her work and stay steady
* How we are often magnetized to causes that reflect our own trauma — and how to work with that
* Ideas for how the yoga community can have a powerful impact and create positive change

“To not be of service feels like I’m only recognizing a fraction of the power of this practice.” — Seane Corn

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Together Tour
Seane’s Web Site
Off the Mat, Into the World

MUSIC
ABSRDST — Chakra Reset Button
Ketsa — Always Late
The Polish Ambassador — Chill or Be Chilled

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Episode 19: Coral Brown – Geeky Fun With Hindu Deities

Hi everyone,

This week my guest is senior Prana Vinyasa Flow teacher Coral Brown (@coralbrownyoga). In her yoga teaching and in her one-on-one therapy practice, Coral draws on 20 years experience of in yoga, philosophy, and holistic counseling to provide fertile, open space for the processes of healing and transformation. Coral leads teacher trainings, retreats and workshops worldwide, she’s a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and has featured classes on Yoga Vibes and OneOEight.com.

Coral and I talked about one of her passions — the Hindu deity stories. She’s deeply knowledgeable about them and she’s also down-to-earth and practical in her approach, which I appreciate. She also (when appropriate) weaves them into her therapy practice, which I find fascinating. Here are some things we covered:

* How Star Wars is the mythology of our culture
* The comic book approach to teaching the Hindu deities
* Does including the deities in yoga teaching make your yoga class religious?
* The different ways that Coral incorporates the deities into her classes, workshops, and trainings
* Narrative therapy and the power of questioning and possibly rewriting the story that you grew up with
* How you can use the deities as an inroad for self-inquiry and self-discovery

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Coral’s Web Site
Awakening Shakti, by Sally Kempon
Hinduism: An Introduction, by Dharam Vir Singh

MUSIC
The Polish Ambassador — Tornado ft Matisyahu
Professor Kliq — Bollywood Blades
Josh Spacek — Soul Shaker

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Episode 18: Jason Crandell – How to Select a Teacher Training Program

Hi everyone!

We’ve gotten many questions recently about teacher training that we decided to do an episode that answers common questions. Doing a yoga teacher training is a huge investment — both financially and in terms of your time. It can be a wonderfully transformative experience, but it’s worth doing your research and thinking about what is going to best meet your needs.

Jason and I talk about:
* Whether you should stick with a local teacher or travel to do a training with a well-known teacher (his answer might surprise you).
* Considerations in terms of format — monthlong intensive? two week modules? six months of weekends?
* How vital it is to continue your education even after completing a foundational 200-hour training
* Are there different things to consider if you just want to deepen your practice vs. wanting to teach?
* Plus, we talk about what types of information and skills an advanced 300-hour training can provide.

Last thing: We are in the midst of content development and would love to know what you’d like to see more of, so we created a super quick 6-question survey. We’d love it if you’d spend a minute of your time offering us feedback! Take the survey here.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Jason’s 2017 Teacher Training in San Francisco
Jason’s Art of Yoga Sequencing E-Course
Jason’s Essential Anatomy E-Course

MUSIC
Jahzzar — Siesta
Cory Gray — House Arrest
The Polish Ambassador — Wonder Continental ft. Beatbeat Whisper

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