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    Essential Skills when Teaching Yoga in Urban Schools

    in Education

    You're a kids yoga instructor who has been invited into an urban setting. There is a vast difference from teaching in your neighbourhood yoga studio and an urban school. Do you have the skills to meet the needs?


    Discover essential skills when teaching yoga in urban schools as Donna Freeman of Yoga In My School and Karma Carpenter of IASYM chat with Andres Gonzalez and Ali and Atman Smith of Holistic Life Foundation. Understand cultural competence, how to hold trauma sensitive classes and other challenges youth in our cities bring into class.

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    Bryan Kest: The Original Power Yoga

    in Lifestyle

    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.

  • 01:01

    Laughing Yoga, Laughing Matters

    in Caregiving

    For years we have heard that Laughter is the Best Medicine.  A doctor in India founded a movement of Laughter Yoga which has spread to more than 60 countries.  Got nothing to laugh about?  You can get the same benefits from faking it. “Fake it until you make it.”
    Sandra Boris-Berkowitz, M.Ed., LRC, is a Laughter Yoga Leadercertified by the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga. She is also a teacher and a licensed rehabilitation counselor.
    Over 25 years ago, Dr. Norman Cousins in his book Anatomy of an Illness described how watching Marx Brother movies helped him recover from a life-threatening tissue disease.
    "Is it possible," he wondered, "that love, hope, faith, laughter, and confidence and the will to live have therapeutic value?" Cousins made it a point to enjoy a hearty belly laugh several times a day. A few minutes of laughter gave him an hour or more of pain-free sleep.
    Scientific studies have proved that hearty laughter has a powerful and immediate strengthening effect on our immune system.
    Laughter quickly increases immunoglobulin levels that help fight infection and increases the number of Natural Killer Cells (NK cells) in the blood. Natural killer cells play a key role in cancer prevention. Dr Berk took blood samples from subjects watching humorous videos and found that natural killer cells increased significantly with laughter. The NK cells in blood samples from laughing subjects quickly killed cancer cells he introduced into the samples.
    There is medical evidence that laughter releases natural hormones (endorphins) which help you feel good.  Laughter reduces stress, increases energy, boosts the immune system, provides natural pain relief, and improves brain functioning.
    One minute of laughter is equivalent to 6-10 minutes on a treadmill.  Fifteen minutes of laughter a day can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • 00:31

    Kriya Yoga Spiritual Advance "The Aftermath"

    in Spirituality

    Hostess Lisa Winton and Swami Jayananda will talk about the retreat in Costa Rica and what they thought of the event. They will discuss the effects of the 36 week pilgrimage and share their personal results and possible challenges . Tune in to the dialogue about any changes in the curriculum for future events-- what they would do differently; and share the things that worked according to plan. Practice makes perfect only when practice is perfect. Join them as they recap the 36 week  journey Unity with the Divine; Kriya Yoga Spiritual Advance-- unite and stand. 

  • 01:01

    Bryan Kest: Original Power Yoga

    in Lifestyle

    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.

  • 00:31

    Summarizing the Kriya Yoga Spiritual Advance

    in Spirituality

    Hostess Lisa Winton and Swami Jayananda will talk about the upcoming retreat in Costa Rica and how to maximize your efforts. They will summarize the practices that are designed to initiate the process in development leading to Total Consciousness. This is week 35 and the final week before the actual retreat; what do you expect to happen? Are you getting the results or are you disappointed? These are important questions to be asking yourself as you progress on a Spiritual Journey. Practice makes perfect only when practice is perfect. Join them as they finalize the 36 week pilgrimage to Unity with the Divine; Kriya Yoga Spiritual Advance week 35 - unite and stand. 

  • 01:01

    Yoga Maya: An Inspirational Documentary

    in Spirituality

    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.

  • 00:31

    Yoga and Eating Disorders

    in Education

    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.

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    Valentine's Day Kriya Yoga Style

    in Spirituality

    Hostess Lisa Winton and Swami Jayananda will talk about romantic love. The story of Valentine is pretty complex and has taken many forms and shapes through the years but the gist of the day is romantic love. The Kriya Yoga spin on the dynamics of romantic love is explained by levels of consciousness and degrees of awareness. They will explain the value of a primary relationship with the Divine as a spring board to enrich intimate interpersonal relationships. They will discuss the differences between the individual's concept of love from various levels of consciousness-- not all we call love is True Love.  Desire is the fire but it all comes down to the fuel. Join the Kriya Yoga Spiritual Advance as they continue  with the development of a collective purpose-- employ your unique talent. 

  • 01:01

    Carin Gorrell: Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Journal

    in Lifestyle

    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.

  • 01:15

    Yoga & Body Image: Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body

    in Lifestyle

    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.  

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