Native Yoga Toddcast

Native Yoga Toddcast

It’s challenging to learn about yoga when there is so much information conveyed in a language that often seems foreign. Join veteran yoga teacher and massage therapist, Todd McLaughlin, as he engages weekly with professionals in the field of yoga and bodywork through knowledgable and relatable conversation. If you want to deepen your understanding of yoga and bodywork practices, don’t miss an episode!


April 15, 2024 73 mins

Cathy Louise Broda is an experienced yoga teacher based in Honolulu, Hawaii. With over three decades of teaching history, Cathy has a wide range of expertise in working with families, children, and babies. She is the founder of Purple Yoga and is passionate about sharing her love for yoga with others. Cathy's teaching style is influenced by her background in Ashtanga Yoga and her commitment to creating a supportive and empower...

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In this episode of the Native Yoga Toddcast, host Todd McLaughlin interviews Susan Marrufo on the topics of yoga, sacred sexuality, and death.
Susan shares her personal journey and how she discovered the connection between these three subjects. She explains that yoga, for her, is a system for self-realization and direct knowledge of the truth of being.
Susan delves into the practice of self-inquiry and the importance of q...

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Andrew Jones is a yoga teacher and practitioner who plays a vital role in Dharma Mittra's yoga teacher training. He met his wife, Pam Jones, at Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. Andrew has been practicing yoga for many years and has transitioned from working in advertising to dedicating his life to yoga. He has worked at Dharma Yoga Center, help running the studio and teaching classes, and has been involved in teacher train...

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Pam Jones is a yoga teacher and trained Ayurvedic chef. Originally from London, she now resides in Florida. Pam studies under Sri Dharma Mittra and is passionate about sharing her love for yoga with the global community. She is also a certified Ayurvedic nutritionist and enjoys preparing food as a therapeutic and meditative practice.

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Susi Amendola is a seasoned stress management specialist with over 30 years of experience, serving as a yoga therapist and passionate advocate for holistic wellness. Her extensive background includes the authorship of "The Centered Heart: Evidence-based Mind-Body Practices to Stress Less and Improve Cardiac Health," where she merges the worlds of conventional health wisdom and yoga's healing methodologies.


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In this thought-provoking episode, Todd engages with yoga teacher and champion Jordan Lydia Verla, uncovering her journey from beginnings in Utah to her transformational expeditions in Seattle and beyond. This conversation shares Jordan's story, exploring not only her personal adventures but also her deep connection to yoga's physical and spiritual aspects.

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Rich Ahlers is a multifaceted professional with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, particularly in the realms of acute care, cardiovascular neurology, and rare and genetic diseases. Rich is deeply involved with the WiseMen Project, a retreat-focused initiative aimed at optimizing men's health through alternative and holistic methods.

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Cindy Lusk is an experienced yoga teacher, author, and meditation instructor. She has a diverse background in yoga practice and has studied with renowned teachers such as Richard Freeman and John Friend. Cindy is the author of the book "Align and Refine: The Journey of Yoga and Meditation," which aims to make yoga philosophy accessible and easy to understand for beginners. She is passionate about integrating yoga philosop...

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Lily Winsaft is a renowned breathwork facilitator and energy healer. With a passion for helping individuals remember who they truly are and why they are here, Lily's work focuses on healing genetic defects and altering DNA codes to create a new reality. She is the founder of New World Harmony and has dedicated her life to guiding others on their journey of self-discovery and transformation. Through her breathwork sessions and ...

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In this enlightening episode, Benjamin Sears delves deep into his personal journey with yoga, sharing the transformative influence it has had on both his physical health and mental clarity. The conversation uncovers Benjamin's diverse experiences with yoga styles, from Kundalini and Bikram to Dharma Mittra and Forrest yoga, and his quest for balance and freedom in his practice.

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In this episode of the Native Yoga Toddcast, Todd interviews Marilyn Haifa, a professional yoga teacher and practitioner. Marilyn shares her journey into yoga, starting with her first Bikram yoga class in San Diego, where she immediately felt a deep connection to the practice.

She discusses the importance of grounding and finding purpose in the body and how yoga has helped her achieve that. Marilyn also talks about her in...

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Gil Hedley is a dedicated anatomy professional and teacher who has dedicated his life to studying the human body through cadaver dissection. He is known for his integral approach to anatomy, focusing on the interconnectedness of the body and the importance of understanding the whole person. Gil  has been teaching anatomy workshops and dissection courses for over 25 years. He is passionate about helping people develop a deep underst...

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In this episode of the Native Yoga Toddcast, Laura Rodgers joins as a special guest. Laura shares her journey with yoga and meditation, starting from her background as a dancer and how she found yoga as a pivot from dance. She discusses her initial experiences with yoga and how it evolved over time, incorporating meditation and mindfulness practices.

She emphasizes the importance of consistency in meditation and the benef...

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In this episode of the Native Yoga Toddcast, host Todd interviews Meredith Fogg Liebross, an Ashtanga yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. They discuss the unique path of becoming a yoga teacher and the stereotypes surrounding it. Meredith shares her experience studying with renowned teacher Annie Carpenter and the importance of finding a teacher who can pass down the wisdom of the tradition. They also touch on the challenges and joy...

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Robin Samples is the vibrant owner of Bare Feet Power Yoga located in Chicago. With a rich history of travel and residency across various states in the U.S., Robin eventually found her home in the Midwest.
Starting her journey in yoga through a Bikram class and later branching into power yoga, she founded her studio in 2012. Her business has thrived for over a decade, evolving with the community and the changing yoga scene.

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Rebecca Reagan, founder of Bunnyhawk, shares her journey into meditation and mindfulness. She discusses her early experiences with meditation and how it became a natural instinct for her. Rebecca also talks about her formal training in mindfulness meditation and transcendental meditation. She highlights the importance of daily practice and the benefits of meditation in navigating challenging life events. Rebecca also touches on her...

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Marko Mikkilä is a PhD student in philosophy at Turku University in Finland. He is also a yogi and a practitioner of Eastern philosophy. Marko has been practicing yoga for many years and has a deep understanding of non-dual philosophy.

During this conversation Marko  delves into the concept of non-dualism and its application in everyday life. He explains how non-dualism can help individuals heal from trauma and find a sens...

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Kassandra Reinhardt is a renowned yoga instructor and the founder of Yoga with Kassandra. With over 2.3 million subscribers on YouTube, Kassandra has built a successful online yoga community and is known for her accessible and inclusive approach to yoga.

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Keith Cini shares his journey into the world of healing arts, starting with his introduction to organ massage therapy through one of his kung fu teachers. He discusses his transition from martial arts to yoga and meditation, and how that eventually led him to pursue acupuncture school. Keith also talks about his experiences working at various wellness centers and his focus on concussions and migraines in his practice.


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John Denney is the Minister of Unity of Jupiter and a coach for Olympic-level athletes. He has been practicing The Harmony Exercise, a meditation technique, since 1985. John is also a paddleboarding enthusiast and has had the opportunity to surf with some of the world's best surfers, including Laird Hamilton and Kelly Slater.

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