In this episode, Leslie Salmon Jones, creator of Afro Flow Yoga, yoga teacher, wellness coach, and dancer, discusses her dance background, how she created Afro Flow Yoga, and issues of diversity in the yoga world. She reveals her journey to become a professional dancer for the Alvin Ailey Company. Leslie explains what is Afro Flow Yoga, how a trip to Africa inspired its creation, and the riveting story of the very first Afro Flow Yoga Class. Leslie provides insight on issues of diversity in the yoga community and the healing work that she is doing. She previews upcoming events for Afro Flow Yoga, including collaborations with the renowned Omega Institute. Lastly, Leslie offers her perspective on nutrition, from what she eats to advice for those interested in eating clean.
In this episode, Cara Gilman, yoga teacher, cycle instructor, and long-distance runner, discusses her relationship with yoga, running, and the integration of these movement forms in her life. Cara shares the stories behind how yoga and running came into her life and why she became a yoga teacher. She reveals how she overcame the fears associated with making her livelihood as a yoga teacher and how her students inspire her. Cara describes her three main self-care practices, including meditation, and how she fits these into her daily schedule. Cara offers advice for those interested in trying running or yoga and the benefits for those on either side of the spectrum. She provides details on her training for the 2014 Fall Chicago Marathon and her plans to become a running coach. Lastly, Cara explains why Gabrielle Bernstein inspires her and how her husband balances her.
In this episode Julie Piatt, healer, musician, yogi, plant-based chef, meditator, mother of four, and author, shares a wealth of information about practicing spirituality amidst living a busy life. She explores how she practices gratitude on a daily basis and what is means to lives yoga off the mat. Julie reveals the unique components of her Jai Release Meditation program and the experience of her meditation practice leading her to finding her voice as a musician. She discusses what it is like having her sons as her band. Julie provides insight from balancing her many roles and who inspires her now. Lastly, Julie offers wisdom on living as a spiritual being surrounded by others who don’t share the same mindset.
In this episode Dana Flynn, yoga teacher and co-creator of the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, shares the story of how yoga came into her life: from being a former stockbroker, owning a restaurant in New York City, to the spiritual journey that brought her to her mat. She describes the biggest challenge in her personal yoga practice and her inspirational Lotus community. Dana reflects on the intersection between music and yoga in her life and in Lotus Flow. Lastly, Dana reveals whats ahead for 2014: the upcoming Lotus Shakti Summit and exciting trainings and growth in the Laughing Lotus Center.
In this episode we explore Darren Rhodes, yoga teacher, director of YogaOasis, and founder of YogaHour’s yoga background from how it helped heal his scoliosis to how he began teaching at YogaOasis in 1997. He shares what yoga philosophy and postures currently inspire him. Darren discuses his experiences modeling and writing on over 400 yoga poses for his book, the Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook. Darren reveals whats ahead for 2014 and what he foresees as the future of yoga in the United States in the next 25 years.