The first It’s All Happening podcast of 2019 launches with the explosively brilliant Dave Stringer. Our conversation took form around the connection between consciousness expansion and mantra music (kirtan). Dave went deep as he explain how the various methods for self inquiry all share similarities in how they shift our awareness of the self’s relationship to universal consciousness. And that’s just scratching the surface. Dave is one of the most thoughtful practitioners of eastern mysticism in the west and also one of the finest musicians in the genre. Enjoy!
Intro rant – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her sudden and important impact on the American political scene
Dave Stringer is a Grammy™-nominated record producer and composer who has been widely profiled as one of the most innovative artists of the modern Yoga movement. He’s both an inspiring singer and a captivating public speaker, resolving neuroscience, yoga philosophy and music into a participatory theatrical experience. Stringer’s sound invokes the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel and the ringing harmonies of Appalachia. He is featured in the upcoming documentary films Mantra: Sounds Into Silence and The Power of Mantra and has toured extensively, leading concerts, workshops and retreats all over the world.
For music, tour dates and more visit www.davestringer.com
Episode 112 of the IAH podcast dives head first into the grace and wisdom found on the path of yoga. Shayna Hiller drops by the kitchen table to share her intoxicating, intelligent and refreshingly unique take on the science of yoga and shares her approach to teaching it. Our podcast covers some of the wisdom that she’s obtained from the completely colorful one-of-a-kind adventure that is her life. This is someone who spent years in the jungles of Costa Rica embarking on a monastic path of self inquiry that many great masters have done before her. Her reintegration back into the material world brings with her magic and energy that define the kind of wellness teacher she is. Our conversation went deep into all of this and more – Shayna truly is a remarkable soul who will break your soul open with light by just being in her presence!
INTRO RANT – Shyamdas – 5 years later
Shayna Hiller is a yoga teacher and certified Health Coach based in Venice Beach, California. She is the author of ‘Don’t Judge Me By My Cover‘. Travel nomad turned Health and Business Coach, her intuitive spiritual guidance coupled with offers her clients a comprehensive holistic method for reclaiming optimal health. Through years of professional training, her approach goes beyond mainstream coaching to reveal the root causes of various health and life concerns including emotional eating, anxiety, depression, relationships and career. She has the acute intelligence and articulation to discuss complex topics related to health, which is why many people benefit from her teachings. Her light-hearted, authentic approach to healing is truly one of a kind.
THE Super Yogi of Altered States of Intimate Consciousness – MARK WHITWELL – stops by the IAH podcast to go deep. Recorded live at Bhakti Fest ’17, Mark and I revisit some of the past of our relationship, the true origins of yoga in the west and mans struggle with intimacy. Mark’s wit, knowledge, intelligence and authentic wisdom is like no other. He is a yoga hiding out as a man.
Mark Whitwell – is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.
Mark has taught yoga for over twenty years throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and was the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book The Heart of Yoga.
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I’ve had a few yoga teachers on the podcast but there was something about this conversation with maha yogi Steve Ross that really sparked my contemplation and imagination like I hadn’t felt before. Sure Steve teaches “yoga” in the form of a pretty challenging asana class but he is really a portal into an entire world of knowledge, humor and very profound wisdom that come from his over 40 years of practice. We spent an hour talking about the differences between the western and eastern maps of consciousness, how to make sense of these confusing times, free will and the very essence of our place in the universe. Sounds pretty deep, right? It was. Steve is truly one of the great yogis practicing in the west today.
“Named “guru of LA by Vanity Fair, Steve Ross has practices and taught various styles of yoga and meditation for over thirty years. Host of the wildly popular yoga show on the Oxygen network, Inhale, Steve is also the author of the best selling book “Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There’s Nothing to Worry About.”
His diverse and unique background as having been both a vedic monk and professional rock musician, brings an authenticity and fun filled atmosphere in his classes, meditations and workshops.
Every now and then if you keep your eyes, mind and heart open you come across a teacher that will strike a chord of curiosity inside of you. Jai Dev Singh is that. Each time that I’ve seen him in person I clearly get some radiant transmission that’s telling me this guy is doing something that’s working. Really, go see for yourself. Our podcast went through a brief history of the Kundalini yoga tradition, an examination of the word itself, various meditation transmissions, the fusion of consciousness and practice and so so much more. Jai Dev really is a mystic doing great works in the world around us. Visit his website, watch his videos and most of all – enjoy this episode!
INTRO RANT: complacency vs. action, Martin Luther King
Jai Dev Singh is a yogi and teacher. His innovative Yoga and Ayurveda courses have been attended and studied by thousands of people throughout the world. His flagship teachings are offered through The Complete Course of Ayurveda, The Radiant Body Home Course and The Life-Force Academy.
Jai Dev is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and previously served as the Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurveda, as well as the director of the college’s Pancha Karma Center.
He is a Kundalini Yoga teacher, certified by the Kundalini Research Institute. Jai Dev serves on the board of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology. He is a partner at Floracopeia, Inc.
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Another episode that was recorded live from the “Open in Your Heart in Paradise” retreat in Maui with Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Jack Kornfield and more! Mirabai Bush has consistently been one of my favorite teachers at these retreats and was kind enough to sit down with me for an episode covering an exploration into the now famous “just like me” practice, mindfulness in the military, the need to dig deeper and uncover all sides of a situation and some of the early days of eastern exploration in the America. I just love being with Mirabai, hearing her talk and hanging out in her field. She’s one of the great wisdom keepers on the path today. Follow her work if you’re not already.
INTRO RANT: social media vulnerability
Mirabai Bush teaches contemplative practices and develops programs through the application of contemplative principles and values to organizational life. Her work with individuals and organizations includes entrepreneurial project management, compassionate staff-board relations, organizational leadership, public relations, communication, networking, and strategic relationship building all through the lens of contemplative practice in action.
When Philip Goldberg’s now seminal book “American Veda” came out sometime in 2010 I was immediately drawn to it in a way that I’m not drawn to most books. Finally there was something out there that put this entire scene I find myself a part of into a historical context. Phil stopped by the kitchen table to talk about this, the history of yoga in America, Emerson and Thoreau, taking a look at cultural appropriation, the evolution of yogic methodologies and so much more. If you practice yoga in America I highly recommend that you listen to this podcast. Phil’s wisdom, humor and straight ahead thoughtfulness will enlighten your worldview on not just your own practice but also to the practice as a whole.
Be sure to visit Phil’s site for a bunch of upcoming events including The Beatles Musical Journey to India and many other talks and programs.
Also, be sure to check out Phil’s amazing podcast Spirit Matters!
Philip Goldberg is the author or co-author of numerous books; a public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. He lives in Los Angeles and blogs regularly on Huffington Post and Elephant Journal.
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Have you ever wondered it’s like to be completely content, wise and truly happy? Spending an hour with Sharon Salzberg will give you a glimpse into that reality. On this episode we explore the nature of self inquiry, how to start a practice and integration into the material world. I’m truly grateful that Sharon stopped by the IAH kitchen table to do this podcast. What a gift.
Born in New York City in 1952, Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. She offers non-sectarian retreat and study opportunities for participants from widely diverse backgrounds. Sharon first encountered Buddhism in 1969, in an Asian philosophy course at the State University of New York, Buffalo.