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ROO #156: Karen Fabian on The Reality of Being a Yoga Teacher

In this episode, Karen Fabian, yoga teacher, writer, and creator of Bare Bones Yoga, explores the reality of being a yoga teacher. Karen describes her style of teaching and how she knew she wanted to teach yoga. She discusses the impact of social media on the evolution of yoga in the United States. Karen shares the story of following her dream of starting her own company, Bare Bones Yoga, and the financial challenges she faced along the way.

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ROO #137: Kevin Courtney The Medicine of Yoga, Music, and the Present Moment

“It’s medicinal to be so present. It’s medicine and wherever that student is, in that moment, they’re either able to swallow it and be like, ‘oh thank you,’ or it’s going to be so bitter, scary, and frightening that they need to go off and do some more work before they are really able to inhabit the present moment.” * In this episode, Kevin Courtney, yoga teacher and musician, tells the story of his musical background from playing guitar in his youth to exploring the healing power of shamanic ceremony music. Kevin recounts the first yoga class he ever attended and what drew him back to his mat. He discusses how his evolution as a yoga teacher has been centered on maintaining a spirit of openness, gratitude, and co-creation in a highly commercialized yoga world. Kevin reflects on his experiences teaching at Bonnaroo Music Festival and Wanderlust Yoga Festival. He shares the creative process behind his yoga music album “Nada Sadhana.” Lastly, Kevin provides insight on practicing presence in music, yoga, and everyday life.

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ROO #134: Demetri Velisarius on Training the Mind, Body, and Spirit

“What’s your training? What are you training for? Where’s your energy going? To evaluate the direction of your life, realize that the simplest movements can be profound.” * In this episode, Demetri Velisarius, creator of PranaDandaYoga, former competitive boxer, bicycle racer, social worker, experienced meditator, and Prana Flow Yoga teacher, shares about his experience leaving high school and immersing himself in the practice of boxing through owning Rocky’s Gym and his competitive boxing training. He discusses his return to school in his adulthood when he studied to become a social worker. Demetri traces his journey into training the mind through meditation, from his first meditation lecture to participating in a 108-day silent meditation retreat. He explores how boxing, bike racing, meditation, and yoga have all taught him to train the mind, body, and spirit. Demetri recounts his first meeting with Shiva Rea, his yoga teacher, now life partner, and the story of how they fell in love. He explains his development of PranaDandaYoga, a revolutionary movement practice that involves holding a five-foot staff while flowing through yoga sequences. Lastly, Demetri reveals his vision for PranaDandaYoga and his teaching journey.

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ROO #129: Ask the Yogi Runners 5 on The Power of Yoga in Setting a Marathon PR

“Sometimes the mind during a marathon will start drifting to other competitors and external situations, when really, you need to be focusing on holding your form and a relaxed state.” * Ask the Yogi Runners is a series on Running On Om hosted by Julia Hanlon and Susie Stephen. In this episode, Susie and Julia discuss their recent marathon experiences. In part one, Julia recounts her journey guiding Lisa, a visually impaired runner, in the recent Boston Marathon. Susie explores how she incorporated yoga practices in her preparation and race plan for the Eugene Marathon, including reciting mantra, goal setting, and running without a Garmin watch. They also answer questions on how to use yoga to create hip and spinal mobility in runners. In part two, just hours after crossing the finish line, Susie recaps her experience running the Eugene Marathon and how her yoga practices were put to the test. * We would love to answer your yoga and running related questions, email us at asktheyogirunners@gmail.com!

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