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Bryan Kest has been practicing yoga since 1979 and has been teaching since 1985. He developed his unique, distinctive style of yoga, Original Power Yoga, in 1979. Over the years, this style, an amazing workout for the body, mind and spirit, has made him a well-known, popular teacher across the country and around the world.
His mainstream popularity is matched by an authentic foundation in the ancient practice of yoga and a long path of development as a yogi (a practitioner of yoga). At age 15, Bryan uprooted from his native Detroit home to make a life change in Hawaii. He moved to live with his father, a doctor, who understood the benefits of yoga. Like many of us, Bryan originally thought yoga was nothing more than strange contortions, but that changed when his father introduced him to a physical style of yoga called Ashtanga. This appealed to him immediately, and he soon observed great changes in himself, both physically and mentally. Yoga quickly became his passion, one that would take him to India for a year to study with the great yoga masters of the world, PattabhiJois. He has been continuing on his yoga path ever since.
Join Donna Freeman and guest Chelsea Roff, founder of Eat, Breathe, Thrive as we explore the relationship between yoga and eating disorders.
We'll shed light on disordered eating habits, what to watch for and how to create a supportive, accepting environment encouraging all to become more body positive. We'll examine the positive impact yoga can have to reduce anxiety, rebuild body awareness and promote body responsiveness.
Plus we'll look at some of the dangers of yoga and how a usually healthy practice may exacerbate body image issues and compound compulsive behavior.
Discover the key to helping create joy in your practice and a positive body image.
Arvind Chittumalla, producer and director of Yoga Maya, has been practicing yoga for the last 30 years. He moved to the US ten years ago. Since then, he has actively participated in the American yoga industry as a practitioner, teacher and yoga entrepreneur. He has owned yoga studios and produced many yoga festivals and conferences. He has often wondered why a vast and profound way of life such as yoga has been relegated to a primarily physical practice. After interacting with hundreds of yoga teachers, yoga businesses and students, he has come to the realization that there are many misconceptions of yoga in America, and it is these misconceptions that are preventing many people from embracing all aspects of yoga. In Yoga Maya, he wishes to shed light on these thought provoking misconceptions.
Carin Gorrell, editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal, is this week’s guest, and she directed the re-launch of the world’s leading yoga media brand, redesigning the magazine from cover- to- cover.
Beginning with the October 2014 issue, Yoga Journal and its website debut a cleaner, more modern design, new departments, engaging graphics, and easy-to-navigate content. The rebranding is all geared toward serving the needs and aspirations of today’s smart, sophisticated, and ever-growing diverse yoga practitioner. “The yoga community is growing and becoming more diverse daily, and with that growth, their needs and desires are evolving,” says Gorrell. “We want to better reflect and serve that community by delivering on their call for a more welcoming,inclusive voice; more accessible instruction that meets them wherever they are on the mat; and more timely news and trends.
The debut issue features on its cover internationally known yoga teacher and social media luminary, Kathryn Budig who now writes a weekly online Yoga Journal column "Find Your Inspiration."
Listen now and learn about yoga’s news and trends, the future of yoga, and even the more controversial issues that are happening in today's yoga community.
Melanie Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley share their remarkable, first-of-its-kind book Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body. The anthology's 25 contributors—including musician Alanis Morissette, internationally-recognized yoga instructors Seane Corn and Bryan Kest, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried—discuss how yoga and body image intersect. Through inspiring personal stories you’ll discover how yoga not only affects your physical health, but also how you feel about your body.
Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker and Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College. She is a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body, and co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. Web: http://yogaandbodyimage.com Twitter: @feministfatale
Anna Guest-Jelley, M.A., is the founder of CurvyYoga.com., a training and inspiration portal for curvy girls tht has been featured in The Washington Post, Yoga Journal, US News & World Report and Yoga International, among others.
Are you looking to grow your kids yoga business? Do you see other ideas and want to implement them in your community? Do you want to impact the lives of more children and work from a solid foundation?
Discover how two revolutionary kids yoga programs were created through collaboration. We'll chat with Grounded in Atlanta, GA, and Newark Yoga Movement in Newark, NJ, to find out how they combined their strengths to create the Atlanta Yoga Movement
Also hear how Zensational Kids and Radiant Child Yoga pooled their knowledge and expertise to offer training programs for yoga for differently abled children. Join hosts Donna Freeman and Karma Carpenter Shea (K-12 Yoga) with guests Cheryl Crawford, Debbie Kaminsky and Allison Morgan to find out how to energize your program through collaboration.
You'll learn what to takes to join forces, some of the pitfalls to avoid and ways to enhance your current kids yoga business.
Sara Ivanhoe is the Yoga Spokesperson for Weight Watchers, most recently releasing the “Weight Watchers Yoga Starter Kit.” She began teaching in 1995, shortly after graduating with honors from New York University. She has completed the Yoga Works teacher training, a specialized Therapeutics program and is also certified by Erich Schiffmann in his Freeform Style. Sara is the instructor for the "Yoga for Dummies" series, the "Crunch Yoga" series as well as the collaboration with Russell Simmons "Yoga Live." She had an extended run on Fit TV with "All Star Workouts" and on Exercise TV with "Yoga on the Edge." Sara was a regular on Vh1's "Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab" and has been featured on all the major news channels. She is highlighted in the acclaimed documentary "Titans of Yoga" and "Women of Bhakti." Ivanhoe is one of the few teachers certified by the Green Yoga Association to teach Yoga and Ecology. In addition, Loyola Marymount University has awarded Sara a Certification in Yoga Philosophy. This fall she will matriculate in LMU's Master's Degree in Yoga Philosophy program.
Sandy Gross is the co-author of the new website Hot Yoga Science whose mission is to educate and empower yoga teachers and students about the benefits, truths, and myths of heated yoga classes. She discusses what hot yoga studio owners and teachers need to know to keep their students safe and educated about the heat. This timely discussion follows LeBron James' recent challenge with complications from heat exhaustion and the controversies surrounding open-air CrossFit gyms. And as we enter into the hottest time of the year, be informed about playing summer sports and staying healthy in the heat.
Sandy is also the founder and director of Evolution Yoga in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sandy is the founder and director of Evolution Yoga. In her classes, she strives to meld the physical practice with mindful alignment, middle path thinking, inspiring music, breath awareness, relaxation and meditation. She has taught a variety of movement modalities since 1987 (dance exercise, weight training, water fitness, mobility training for athletes and yoga.) Her yoga training has been vast, but she chose teacher training with Cyndi Lee's OM yoga and completed the 200 & 500 hour level trainings. She also apprenticed with Cyndi for many years and credits the OM yoga's unique method of blending vinyasa with alighment and mindfulness, as her greatest influence.
Sandy is also the co-author of the new website, Hot Yoga Science, whose mission is to educate and empower yoga teachers & students about the benefits, truths & myths of heated yoga classes.
Yoga legend, Alan Finger, and his wife and business partner, Sarah Platt-Finger, join Jeff Bogart for a full-hour. Alan will discuss his inspiring journey from growing up in a yoga family in South Africa to becoming one of the world's most successful yoga entrepreneurs. He is living proof of the benefits of a life long yoga practice. He has been practicing and teaching yoga for just over fifty years. No doubt, this Kriya Yoga Master is a master's master. Sarah co-founded ISTHA Yoga with her husband and runs a highly renowned teacher training program in New York City. Together they travel the world teaching new generations the timelessness of yoga.
Laura Cornell, PhD, empowers women to heal body and soul, so they can contribute to healing the planet. She mentors Yoga teachers worldwide to leverage their talents for greater fulfillment, income, and service.
As Founder of the Green Yoga Association, Laura spurred a national movement towards Green Yoga studios, inspired thousands to move away from toxic Yoga mats, and produced two major conferences raising awareness about the connections between ecology and Yoga. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yogi Times, L.A. Yoga, and Common Ground Magazines.
Laura holds a doctorate in Religion and Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research on women, published in the book The Moon Salutation: Expression of the Feminine in Body, Psyche, Spirit, won a Distinguished Service Award from the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 20 years of recovery from acute drug addiction. Tommy is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds.
Tommy is the founder and host of the Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Online Conference and presents workshops annually at Esalen, Omega and Kripalu. Tommy’s first book, Recovery 2.0: Overcoming Addiction and Thriving through Yoga, Meditation, and the 12 Steps, is due out from Hay House in 2014. Tommy and his wife, noted yoga instructor, Kia Miller, live in Venice, California, where they teach yoga and grow organic vegetables in their backyard.
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