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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 #130: Krista Lester on How Bunnies and Buddhism Saved Her Life

“I can tell you, unequivocally, if I did not have my yoga and my meditation practice, I would not have made it.” * In this episode, Krista Lester, creator of Bunny Buddhism, writer, music teacher, suicide survivor, yogi, and meditator, tells the story of how bunnies came into her life from her childhood fascination with them to owning her first bunny as an adult. Krista reflects discovering the healing powers of meditation during a long battle with depression and anxiety. She explains how the tenderness of bunnies and the wisdom from Buddhist philosophies intersected in her seated meditation practice to create the concept of Bunny Buddhism. Krista recounts the experience of tweeting one quote a day and its evolution into her book, “Bunny Buddhism.” She explores how yoga and meditation continue to provide solace in the grieving process from her husband’s suicide.

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ROO #83: Missy Carter on Writing a Spiritual Autobiography

In this episode, Missy Carter, author, spiritual teacher, and career counselor, offers her spiritual autobiography, explaining where her interest in spirituality came from. She discusses how meditation has helped her both personally and in her work with career counseling. Missy describes the journey of developing her book Living Lines from a monologue to a dialogue and the three essential questions of the book. She provides insight on how to open up to life through being vulnerable. Lastly, Missy reveals details on her upcoming book.

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