Integral Yoga Podcast

Integral Yoga Podcast

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July 22, 2021 43 min

Moksha Sommer of the band HuDost sits down with Avi Gordon and discusses musical performance as a practice, the beauty of collaboration, and learning to laugh when things go wrong.


HuDost functions as a duo or as a band. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade-Hines.


They have been fortunate to have incredible performance opportunities throughout the years and have toured internationally since 2006 collaborating with...

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Vyasa Smith and Avi Gordon discuss gratitude, the advantages of getting away from the "hustle and bustle", and how enlightened beings treat others.


Vyasa is an Integral Yoga Teacher and resident of Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville. He currently serves as the Yogaville Academy Administrator. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and studying Jnana yoga.


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* I imagine that’s what [Nelson] Mandela was thinking: Ok,...

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Swami Asokananda and Avi Gordon discuss courage versus conformity, discipline, and moving towards loving unconditionally.


A monk since 1975, Swami Asokananda is one of Integral Yoga’s® foremost teachers—known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience while absorbing the wisdom of his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of yogic phil...

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Hamsa Cho and Avi Gordon discuss yoga in leadership and decision-making, and how to grow without "beating ourselves up".


Hamsa currently serves as the executive director for Integral Yoga Institute New York. She has 20 years of business and consulting experience. Bringing yoga to all adds excitement to her life.


* The path to where you’re going is only straight in hindsight.

* We’re all imperfectly perfect, so we’re just in ...

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Marisa Radha Weppner and Avi Gordon discuss accepting every moment, the path of bhakti yoga (love/devotion), and how "we're all going to graduate".


Mother, teacher, author, DJ, community organizer, life coach, podcaster, entrepreneur. Radha has taught yoga and meditation since 2002. Radha uses her graduate degree in transpersonal psychology and life coaching to bring a real-world mix of eastern and western spirituality a...

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Zac Parker talks about finding a life that reflects one's values, the "selfish selflessness" of serving others, and learning to balance discipline and lightheartedness.


Zac has been teaching Yoga since 2014. He is certified as an Advanced Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga instructor. Zac's teaching is a natural extension of his own practice. He approaches his teaching with a balanced blend of light-hearted ease and foc...

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Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price talk with Avi Gordon about activism and the healing that comes from seeing our interconnectedness.


"Courage" and "Seasons", two songs from the album Courage, appear at the end of interview.


H?ly River is founded by multi-instrumentalists Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price..This musical phenomenon has come to be known as Earth folk, a type of music inspired thematically by the natural en...

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April 22, 2021 62 min

Jaganath Carrera and Avi Gordon discuss the importance of wonder and attention, the nature of the mind, and the power of acceptance.


Jaganath Carrera is the founder and spiritual head of Yoga Life Society and its first Yoga Life Center in Woodland Park, NJ. He is a direct disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. Rev. Jaganath has taught at universities, prisons, Yoga centers, and interfaith programs. He established the Integral Yoga Min...

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April 15, 2021 39 min

Rita Pira and Avi Gordon discuss having the courage to follow our own path, and how what we consume and what we think creates our experience.


Rita is an intuitive holistic life coach and a raw/vegan chef. She is on a mission to help people heal their mind, body, and soul by, debunking their subconscious fears and getting out of their own way. She is also the host of the highly rated binge worthy podcast Trading Raw Stories.


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Daniel Levin shares a recent shift in perspective that’s left him seeking to be a “mailman” delivering love to everyone he encounters, and discusses nothing less than love itself in this great conversation with Avi Gordon.


Daniel walked away from an opportunity to run a billion dollar business, to hitchhike around the world to find happiness and inner peace. He studied in a seminary five years and left one day before becoming a Rabb...

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Rukmini Ando talks with Avi Gordon about how she got started with yoga, meditation and creating art, and how teaching gets her “out of the way”.


Rukmini Ando has been practicing Yoga since 2004 and has been teaching since 2010. She is certified in Advanced Integral Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Stress Management, Yoga of Recovery, and Raja Yoga. She currently serves as program development director, graphic designer, and Yoga teacher, and is ...

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Bhagavan Metro talks about finding a spiritual teacher, the importance of identifying that we aren't the body and the mind, and finding harmony with our surroundings.


Quotes from the Interview:

* If we think that we are the body and the mind, life really is hell, because the body is constantly in danger and the mind is constantly having a problem. So we need first, if we’re going to experience that life is for fun, to solve the...

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Mado Hesselink talks to Avi Gordon about yoga, envy, and the value of not knowing, among other things.


Quotes From the Interview:

* I think authenticity is essential, that we have to be real - even just with ourselves - in order to grow, because I think one of the biggest barriers to growth is denial.

* [In] all yogic practices I find that the formal practice is really a container to help us bring those attitudes and behaviors into ...

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Mitra Somerville and Avi Gordon discuss how we find peace, and the practical advantages that come from it.


Quotes From the Interview:


* Fortunately in yoga there's a lot of different techniques, and the more techniques that we know about and the more that we practice, then we can choose the right technique at the right moment.

* I like to get peace and listen to my inner guidance and just follow that, and let that deeper spirit wo...

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Hersha Chellaram talks about finding meaning in life, how to know the right outlet for our energy, and the importance of accepting our capacity.


Quotes from the Interview:


  • "[The pursuit of excellence] requires some balancing: I think it's really important to still pursue excellence, but then be very real with yourself as to what your capability and capacity is."
  • "Being able to witness your mind while you go through soc...
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    Oyámie Kali Ma'at and Avi Gordon discuss the practice of silence, the relationship between money and service, how to start practicing meditation, and the love that comes from facing pain.


    Quotes from the Interview:


    - "I started my journey because I read someone's story, and their story inspired me to take action. So I know that there's someone out there who's waiting to hear my story, so that they too can get moti...

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    Swami Ramananda of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco talks with Avi Gordon about adapting to conditions, how compassion follows naturally from meditation, and about what really makes us happy.


    Quotes from the interview:

    *I think compassion comes naturally when we touch deep enough inside ourselves.

    *In a way you could say our identity is a structure in the subconscious mind, and ultimately that structure is built on a fau...

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    Tom Callahan and Avi Gordon discuss what jobs "help people", how we relate to our egos in daily life, and gratitude.


    Quotes from the interview:

    * In a more lighthearted way I would say [Yogaville] was started by some hippies following their guru, who was the swami that gave the invocation to open Woodstock, and it's a great place with lots of fun, interesting people from all over the world in the middle of rural Virginia....

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    December 3, 2020 63 min

    Avi Gordon interviews Prajapati Swaine, who discusses spiritual maturation, the subtle purpose of Hatha yoga, and what experiencing the passing of his guru revealed.


    Quotes from the Conversation:

    * Maybe joy and awareness are just two different words for the same thing

    * Whatever life is, it's not bound up in skin and bones

    * If I had to say I "was" something, I guess I would say that I'm a yogi

    * Meditation is t...

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    Interview with Heike Farkas, where she and Avi Gordon discuss how to shift our attitude towards challenges, the practice of humility, and the importance of having fun.


    Quotes from the Conversation:

    * Don't ever be ashamed of anything.

    * There's no failure. Every mistake is a stepping stone.

    * Sometimes [I'm meant to] make a mistake for the other person['s benefit].

    * When we're willing to show vulnerable spot...

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