The Flow Artists Podcast

Rane Bowen, Jo Stewart

Be inspired, uplifted and gain new perspectives with Jo and Rane from Garden of Yoga.

Every episode celebrates the diversity of yoga, meditation and movement teachers from Australia and around the world.

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Alex Haley is a meditation teacher and co-founder of Offering Tree. Offering Tree is an all in one package for yoga teachers and small business owners combining a website, booking system, email marketing and basically everything you need to get started running your own business. When Offering Tree reached out to us to become ambassadors, we took a deep dive into how their site worked and their values as a company. We were impressed! We wanted to talk to Alex here on the podcast, especially at this time of change and challenge within the yoga industry and world in general. Offering tree ended up being a fairly small part of this conversation, as we delved into topics around ethics, intentionality and a lot of the questions that have been on our minds lately. It’s a really great conversation! Links: Offering Tree: https://offeringtree.com/flowartists Rhonda Magee - https://www.rhondavmagee.com/ Tuere Sala (episode from 10% happier) - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/ten-percent-happier-with-dan-h-29179/episodes/the-opposite-of-schadenfreude-76904262 Ven Analayo - https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/en/personen/analayo.html Phillip Moffitt - https://dharmawisdom.org/

Oct 31

55 min 4 sec

Dr Kathryn Schmitz is a clinical exercise oncology researcher and has also had personal experience supporting her wife Sara through cancer, including multiple surgeries and failed reconstructive surgeries on her nose. Her latest book draws on both her professional and personal experiences to create an invaluable resource! Moving through Cancer gives very clear, evidence based guidance, but also heartfelt support for people living with cancer and their caregivers. As long time listeners of the podcast may know, in 2015 Rane was diagnosed with Stomach cancer, and later that year my stomach was removed. Yoga and other exercise played a huge roll in his recovery and even though he had a wonderful medical team, we were actually surprised at how hard it was to find out information on the right type of movement and exercise to help with his recovery. Our guest this episode, Dr Kathryn Schmitz has just published a fantastic book called ‘Moving through Cancer’ which is going to really help people feel as well as possible, for before, during and after treatment. Links: Moving Through Cancer: https://www.movingthroughcancer.com/ Receive a 10% discount when using the code MAKFLOW at https://makarlu.com

Oct 10

58 min 8 sec

Chris Cheers is a psychologist and educator who is passionate about creating accessible, accepting and safe spaces where people become empowered to reach their life goals. He is also dedicated to increasing community education around mental health, specialising in the arts and LGBTQI+ communities. We discovered Chris through instagram - he is able to distill some deep and helpful insights into a succinct message that is easy for people to access. We were grateful to expand on these and ask our own questions. So much happened in the week between recording and releasing this episode - complicated feelings about the roadmap release, riots and even an earthquake. We’ve personally found Chris’s insights in these challenging times, and we hope that you do too. LINKS AND RESOURCES Offering Tree: https://www.offeringtree.com/flowartists Chris's Website: https://www.chrischeers.com/ Chris's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrischeerspsychology/ Finding a therapist or psychologist: Find a Psychologist - https://psychology.org.au/find-a-psychologist Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/au Victorian Inclusive Practitioners Therapist Directory a list of therapists and health practitioners in Victoria, Australia, who have expertise, training, and/or lived experience in various marginalised social groups. This includes LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity, sex work, kink and BDSM, non-monogamy, immigrant and/or asylum seeker, disability, specific ethnicity and/or religion, and other elements of identity or practice. https://www.vicinclusivepractitioners.com/ Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) Equity Health Database: https://www.meaa.org/download/the-equity-health-database/ This therapist directory from Pola Psychology: https://polapsychology.com/therapist-directory/ Books and Podcasts mentioned: The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Master, by Dr Sarah Lewis (also featured on this podcast with Brene Brown) Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski (also featured on Brene Brown's podcast) Emotional Agility by Dr Susan David. Ted Talk on Shame by Brene Brown Chris Cheers Psychology Resources I’ve got a few resources on my website that might be helpful to check out. I’d suggest starting with Mental Health Guide for the Arts Community, my introduction to Mindfulness, an article on adjusting to the new (COVID) normal, and the Wellbeing Guide I put together for Melbourne Fringe. https://www.chrischeers.com/resources Finding a psychologist or therapist is not the only way to do therapy. A range of online programs are now available that offer free, effective and evidence-based programs for stress, anxiety and depression. Head to Health is great place to start searching. Some programs I’d suggest checking out include MindSpot https://mindspot.org.au/ This Way Up https://thiswayup.org.au/ MyCompass https://www.mycompass.org.au/ MoodMission https://moodmission.com/and MoodGYM https://moodgym.com.au/ When you need to talk to someone right now. Lifeline: https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or 13 11 14 (24/7) Trained counsellors offering crisis support and suicide prevention. Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Health Support: https://coronavirus.beyondblue or 1800 512 348 (24/7) Trained counsellors available and online resources. Rainbow Door/Switchboard Victoria: https://www.switchboard.org.au/rain or 1800 729 367. QLife: https://www.switchboard.org.au/qlife 1800 184 527 provide peer-driven support services, counselling and referral for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, their families, allies and communities. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline (1800 959 500) a free, confidential phone counselling service, available 24/7 to anyone anywhere in Australia who works in music, the performing arts or other creative industries.

Sep 26

1 hr 2 min

Use our discount code MAKFLOW at http://makarlu.com to get 10% off! In this episode, Rane and Jo share the books, projects and resources that are helping them navigate life in lockdown. These are challenging times, and we send out our support and solidarity to you all. Here are some of our favourites that might spark a little joy. What is helping your mental health right now? While these resources have been helping our state of mind, if you need support please call: Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Health Support. 1800 512 348. Lifeline. Crisis Support. 13 11 14. Rane: Learning Maori - Happy Maori Language Week! Korero Maori - Maori Made Easy: Scotty Morrison https://www.maorilanguage.net/maori-made-easy/ Waka Huia, Te Karere, view on the Maori TV app: https://www.maoritelevision.com/download-maori-plus Jo: Gua Sha - Sandra Lanshin Chiu TCM ​​https://www.instagram.com/treatmentbylanshin/ Chris Cheers Psychology - elevating mental health in the arts and LGBTQI+ communities. Helpful insights and suggestions like: ‘Notes from a psychologist trying to find a way through a lockdown low day’ https://www.instagram.com/chrischeerspsychology/ Em Swami - art + activism from an intersectional perspective. Jo just bought the ‘Stop imagining the apocalypse start imagining the revolution’ print. https://www.instagram.com/em_swami/ Danielle Coke - visual and poetic representation of social justice issues. A helpful, visual way to make sense of complex social issues. https://www.instagram.com/ohhappydani/ Christopher - a Brooklyn based Black, queer femme kween building - community through plants. Joy, sparkles, plant care and self care tips. https://www.instagram.com/plantkween/ Feel good viewing Jo: Beryl Shereshewsky, a youtube channel cooking and exploring foods from different cultures. https://www.youtube.com/c/BerylShereshewsky Pick Up Limes - a youtube channel sharing simple and inspiring vegan dishes, with lots of quick and low budget options. We love Sadia’s episode sharing Afghan dishes from her childhood. https://www.youtube.com/c/PickUpLimes Back to Nature: ABC Iview A journey through the Australian landscape and the unique stories of the land, deepening our connection with nature and culture. Beautiful scenery, insights from the original inhabitants of each location and creative guests. https://iview.abc.net.au/show/back-to-nature Jo’s recently enjoyed books: Taylor Jenkins Reid - Daisy Jones and the Six, Malibu Rising https://taylorjenkinsreid.com/ Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell https://www.davidmitchellbooks.com/ Justina Blakeney - Jungalow https://www.jungalow.com/pages/jungalow-decorate-wild-justina-blakeney Although buy from somewhere local or booktopia to save on shipping. Jivana’s new book - Yoga Revolution, it will be released in November (Jo was reading an advance copy for an upcoming podcast episode). Who is inspiring you right now? Online Trainings: Accessible Yoga Training Accessible Yoga Conference - September 22 https://www.accessibleyogatraining.com/ Asanas for Autism and Special Needs https://www.asanasforautismandspecialneeds.com/ Yoga for Humankind https://yogaforhumankind.org/ Jill Miller and Tom Myers rolling along the anatomy trains https://www.anatomytrains.com/product/rolling-along-the-anatomy-trains/ Rane: Youtube: patrickisanavajo https://www.youtube.com/c/patrickisanavajo Reservation Dogs https://www.finder.com.au/where-to-watch-reservation-dogs-online Jo: Aboriginal creator and story teller. Mermaid queen on Kariyarra country. Art, design, photography tips, celebrating Aboriginal women and families. https://www.instagram.com/bobbilockyer/ Inspiration from Fipe Preuss! https://podcast.flowartists.com/

Sep 12

41 min 29 sec

Dee Dussault is an internationally known yoga teacher, sensuality coach, and is the author of Ganja Yoga book. She also extensively promotes anti-racism work, so we were very interested to get her perspectives on everything from yoga, cultural appropriation, the racism inherent to the war on drugs, and much more. We have said that we are branching out from yoga-themed episodes, but we really think that the work that Dee Dussault is doing is very interesting and she is working with a side of yoga that has been relatively unexplored in the west. We know this is a topic that people may have strong opinions on and we would love to hear from you - you can comment below or join us on Facebook in the Flow artists podcast group - let us know your thoughts! Links Dee's website: https://www.deedussault.com/home Ganja Yoga Book: https://www.ganjayoga.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ganjayoga/ Offering Tree: https://www.offeringtree.com/flowartists

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Jul 19

46 min 20 sec

The podcast has been on an extended break lately. This was partly due to Rane's recent trip back to New Zealand. And what a trip it was! In this episode we change the format slightly - we hear Rane speaking with Jo about the chaotic events that occurred while he was in New Zealand - from calling the ambulance at 4 am for his father, to jetting around the country to visit various hospitals, and concluding with the funeral of another family member. Rane also shares about the sad but ultimately rewarding time he spent with his mother and his learning to come to terms with her dementia. It was a tumultuous journey with emotional highs and lows. Please enjoy...

Jun 21

1 hr 3 min

Fipe Preuss is a Polynesian dancer, an activist, a chocolate maker, a scuba instructor(!), and a business woman who also goes by the stage name Fipe Keanu. Fipe is of Samoan and German heritage and hails from both Samoa and New Zealand. We were really excited to talk to her in particular about what she is doing with her business Living Koko, combining sustainability, food sovereignty, cultural education, and chocolate! Fipe brought an amazing energy to our conversation, so we are excited to be sharing it with you today! LINKS Living Koko: https://www.livingkoko.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/living_koko/ Fipe's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fipekeanu/ Vaiusu: https://www.vaiusu.com/ Vaiusu on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vaiusu_melbourne/

Jun 6

57 min 9 sec

We recently recorded a live stream to celebrate our 100th episode live from the Rane Room! We get a little bit more personal in this episode and speak about some aspects of the yoga world that have really been on our minds. We also reminisce about some of our favourite episodes and we discuss where we are going from here.

Apr 26

53 min 2 sec

In our latest episode, we speak with Beata Heyman. Beata is a yoga teacher, a yoga teacher trainer, and the creator of Breath Circle. Breath Circle is a health and wellbeing organisation, teaching mindful breathing in schools to support emotional regulation and mental health in young people. They work directly with schools to empower students and teachers to use mindful breathing as a tool for self-regulating emotions and building resilience. Beata is doing amazing work teaching breathwork to children, teenagers, and their teachers so we were excited to get the chance to speak with her. Trigger warning: Beata’s story does involve a very intense memory of family violence, and the mental health of a family member. Her healing from this time really informs a lot of the work she does today, and we are honored that our guests trust us to hold space for this kind of sharing. Links Breath Circle: http://www.beataheymann.com/breath-circle Breath Circle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breathcircle/ Embodied Yoga Summit: https://learn.theembodylab.com/a/46268/AfQ2FeF9 Amazing Aerial Intro Pass: https://gardenofyoga.com.au/pass-purchase/amazing-aerial-intro Lifeline: https://www.lifeline.org.au/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Mar 21

59 min 57 sec

Jo started learning Ink Brush Painting from Richard Liddicut when she was about 7 and as you’ll hear, his classes were really an introduction to yoga and meditation as well. Richard has been practicing yoga for almost 50 years after discovering creative dance with Mrs Mangiamele at the iconic Mangala studios while he was at art school. We discuss the early days of Mangala studio, and how it has evolved, as well as Richards earlier teaching career. We also delve into the history and practice of Sumi - ink brush painting and calligraphy and it’s connection to Zen buddhism and meditation. Creativity, and the exploration of our true nature have always been central to Richards's movement and art practice. One of the topics we discuss is ‘The Unfolding Self’ workshop which combines yoga and brush and ink techniques, meditation, sound, and poetry to facilitate awareness of an inner, fluid, and interconnected world where the outer layers of the ego melt away to reveal our inner nature. Richard has an auditory processing disorder which makes him very sensitive to electronic equipment, which we speak about in our conversation. We’ve actually wanted to speak to Richard since we began the podcast and I’m glad we finally found a way that would work for him - so rather than an online chat or at our home surrounded by technology, this interview took place in his small garden studio, shaded by a huge jacaranda tree and lined with many, many years worth of paintings and calligraphy. We hope you enjoy the conversation! Links www.beholdart.com.au https://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/connect/beholdart/art_therapy/meditative-brush-ink-workshops Mangala Studios https://www.mangalastudios.com.au/ Green Monday Studios https://www.facebook.com/greenmondaystudios/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Mar 1

57 min 41 sec

This is a deep and powerful conversation that we were honored to share. Phil Kayumba is a Melbourne based trauma-informed Yoga teacher with a passion for shared community building and cultivating individual expression through collective movement and breath, hence his motto “Everyone, come as you are.” Phil's teaching is imbued with lessons from an extraordinary life, from leaving his home in Rwanda at the age of 10 for soccer and education in England to discovering yoga in India while his father worked as an ambassador. His travels through India continued to inform his practice and life, which only continued as he moved to Australia for study and became a father. Phil's resilience and compassion shines through as he shares about the effects of political violence in Rwanda, losing many much-loved family members, numerous assassination attempts on his father's life and becoming a refugee in Australia during his studies. While Phil touches on many difficult and painful topics, this is an uplifting and inspiring conversation, filled with many unexpected turns and layered with Phil's love for his son, the practice of yoga, and life itself. Note: This episode contains discussions of genocide, violence, mental health issues and other adult themes. This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

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Feb 15

1 hr 15 min

Chara Caruthers is a yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist and the author of the book “Eat like you love yourself: a guide to ayurvedic cooking and living”. Maria Kirsten is a yoga teacher, specialised teacher trainer and is the creator of Yoga for Grownups. Together they host the podcast "Live Like You Love Yourself", a podcast where they have conversations and interviews dedicated to uncovering what it takes to “grow up” in a way that feels balanced, authentic, graceful and juicy! We had a great conversation on their podcast last week (Link Below), and we are excited to get to know Maria and Chara a little better in this episode! We begin this conversation discussing the inspiration behind their podcast and their life philosophies. We explore how they have both navigated COVID-19, and the lessons it has taught them. We also discuss Maria's recent cancer diagnosis and the impact that has had on her life. Maria and Chara both have so much wisdom and humour to share, We know you'll enjoy listening to this one! Links Live Like You Love Yourself Podcast: https://www.blissbodyandsoul.com/podcast/#EP29 Chara's Website: https://www.blissbodyandsoul.com/ Chara's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blissbodyandsoul/ Maria's Website: https://www.yogaforgrownups.com/ Maria's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yogaforgrownups/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Jan 17

1 hr 1 min

Marsha Banks-Harold is an Electrical Engineer, a trauma-informed yoga therapist and yoga teacher, and the owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio, based in Alexandria Virginia, USA. We were introduced to Marsha through the Global Yoga Therapy Day conference, where she was on a panel alongside Rane in a discussion of diversity in yoga therapy. Marsha sees herself as an intuitive healer called to empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. She is the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way designed for clients who don’t believe they are flexible enough for yoga, who are afraid to get onto the floor, who are living with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains or those who have restricted range of motion. She thrives in creating a supportive, inclusive, diverse, adaptive and accessible yoga and yoga therapy experience for all. In this conversation, we learn about her background growing up in Alexandria VA, how she was introduced to yoga, and how it helped her cope with her high pressure job in Electrical Engineering. We learn about how her community was affected by the George Floyd murder, and her thoughts on the (then) upcoming US presidential election. Links Marsha's Website: https://www.piesfitnessyoga.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piesfitnessyoga/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PIESFitness This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Jan 4

59 min 55 sec

In this episode, we speak to Amy Weintraub. Amy is the author of Temple Dancer, a fascinating story about the tradition of the Deva desi, as well as the nature of creativity, sacred sexuality and two women living in very different times who’s stories intertwine. Amy Weintraub is also the creator of Lifeforce yoga - accessible yoga for anxiety and depression, so we also explore mental health and how it informs her writing. You may also know Amy’s other books which include Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists We begin by talking to Amy about her earlier life as an award-winning but depressed television producer, how she discovered yoga and how she is using these practices to help her navigate the challenges of 2020. We also discuss the inspiration and research that went into creating Temple Dancer. We have an in depth discussion about the themes of Temple Dancer, Amy’s research and creative process, including thoughts around writing about another culture. Links https://www.amyweintraub.com/ https://www.amyweintraub.com/temple-dancer/ https://www.facebook.com/amyweintraubauthor https://www.instagram.com/amylifeforceyoga/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Dec 2020

1 hr 3 min

Mark Workman has lived as a solitary Daoist monk for 16 years in Outback Australia and has followed a traditional Daoist path as well as living a Yogic lifestyle. In that time he practised yoga therapy, taught Yoga and Qi Gong and also taught various forms of meditation. Mark’s approach to Yoga is intensely practical. He has used Yoga to deal with major physical and psychological issues in his own life and is passionate about passing on what he has learnt to others. Mark had his leg amputated in 2017 and during a long stay in the hospital, he adapted yoga to the physical and psychological needs of amputees and people suffering mobility problems. In this episode, we learn about Mark's background growing up in Sydney, before he left for the outback at the age of 16. We hear how he cultivated an early interest in Zen Buddhism, Christian Theology and Daoism. We learn about the circumstances leading to his leg being amputated, and how he found he could use his knowledge to help other amputees. Links Mark's Website: https://yogaformobility.org/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmLyrY6-PvDEB-rUtwi8m_A Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/yoga4mobility/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Nov 2020

54 min 49 sec

Divya Kohli is a yoga teacher, a former newspaper journalist with a Masters in English Literature from Cambridge University, and the author of the book “Finding Peace in Difficult Times: grounding techniques for inner calm” For this episode, we spoke to Divya about strategies for maintaining peace of mind and helping your community during COVID-19. She also shared her journey to becoming a yoga teacher, including her training in Mysore, India, the commonalities of yoga and journalism and of course her wonderful book. LINKS Divya's Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087YY9ZJG/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_nsnxFbGMH5K58 Divya's website: https://yogawithdivya.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogateacherdivya/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yogawithdivya/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Nov 2020

1 hr

October marks 3 years since we started the Flow Artists Podcast with our episode "I'm a Yoga Teacher, Now What?", so we are celebrating! For this special anniversary episode, we are the ones answering the questions! We have questions from Jivana Heyman, Amy Wheeler, Alice Williams, Jesal Parikh, Cora Geroux, Taryn Siriana, Nicole Blythe, Gina Macauley and Gabrielle Boswell! It's a great episode, so check it out! We humbly acknowledge the true custodians of the land where this podcast is recorded - the Wurrunderi people of the Kulin nation. Links Garden of Yoga: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/ Thrive Northside: https://thrivenorthside.com/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Nov 2020

49 min 23 sec

In this episode we speak with Marlee Silva, the creator of the 'Tiddas 4 Tiddas' and 'Always Was, Always Will Be our Stories' Podcast, and the author of 'My Tidda, My Sister'. Marlee is a proud Gamilaroi and Dunghutti woman who combines her passion for storytelling and pride in her Aboriginality in her work by sharing stories of strength, resilience and inspiration. She is dedicated to uplifting others and demonstrating the diversity of what success can look like. We were excited to talk to her and learn more! In this episode, Marlee shares her childhood experiences of growing up in a predominantly white beachside town and how she often felt isolated. She shares how she developed a huge Instagram following, sharing Aboriginal Women's stories and achievements on her page 'Tiddas 4 tiddas'. Marlee also shares the dark side of life online and the cyberbullying that she has experienced. Links My Tidda, My Sister Book: https://www.booktopia.com.au/my-tidda-my-sister-marlee-silva/book/9781741177114.html Tiddas for Tiddas Podcast: https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/tiddas-4-tiddas/tiddas-4-tiddas/ Always Was, Always Will be Our stories: https://anchor.fm/marlee-silva War Collective: https://www.instagram.com/warrevolt/ Trading Blak: https://www.instagram.com/tradingblak/ Coming Out Blak: https://www.instagram.com/comingoutblak/ First Nations Fashion Design: https://www.instagram.com/first.nations.fashion.design/ Thrive Northside: https://thrivenorthside.com/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

Daisy Catterall is a queer Maori woman living on Gadigal land in Sydney. She is a yoga teacher who has created a wonderfully inclusive community in these challenging pandemic times with her offering Feel Free Yoga. In this conversation, we hear about Daisy's childhood growing up in the Gold Coast before moving to a remote town. She shares how her feelings of being isolated during her younger life encouraged her to use the internet as a powerful tool for creating an online community. Daisy shares her experiences taking her classes online - including how she uses language to create a welcoming and inclusive experience. One of the beautiful aspects of Daisy's teaching is how she weaves acknowledgement of country into the beginning of her classes. She also has sliding scale prices and an invitation for Aboriginal participants to practice for free. We loved hearing about how Daisy has worked to make these practices more accessible for the LGBTQI and BIPOC communities and she has some great advice for other teachers. For more from Daisy, check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daisybossybaddy/ and her website: https://www.feelfreeyoga.space/ Find more episodes like this at http://podcast.flowartists.com or support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast

Oct 2020

53 min 12 sec

Shawnee Thornton Hardy is a Certified Yoga Therapist, Educational/Behavior Consultant and the author of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs. Shawnee specialises in working with neurodiverse children and adults and we were pretty excited to speak with her on this topic - It’s just one of the aspects of yoga we have started to learn more about. In this episode, we learn what neurodiversity means and what drew Shawnee to working with neurodiverse children and adults. We discuss the ways Shawnee structures her classes to accommodate diverse needs and how her techniques can be useful in all yoga classes. One of the things we learned was how much in common Shawnee's approach had with the trauma-informed approach to yoga. This lead to a conversation about what yoga really is. Links Website: https://www.asanasforautismandspecialneeds.com/ Blog: https://asanasforautismandspecialneeds.wordpress.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asanasforautismandspecialneeds/?ref=hl CALMM Yoga toolkit: https://www.asanasforautismandspecialneeds.com/#!product-page/p0o2r/8fe8f05f-951e-1563-b917-88adf8284543 Shawnee's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Asanas-Autism-Special-Needs-Self-regulation/dp/1849059888 Thrive Northside: https://thrivenorthside.com/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Sep 2020

58 min 21 sec

Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco need very little introduction. Ana is known as a unique and independent yoga teacher who has forged her own path and educated many prominent teachers along the way. She speaks openly about her past trauma and the healing experiences she has had through living with Native American communities, which she weaves into her teaching today. Jose has also learned from Australian Aboriginal culture which he shares through music and ceremony. Before COVID-19 Jose and Ana travelled the world teaching, now they are living on Orcas Island and about to launch an online training program. They share with passion and humour and are not afraid to laugh at themselves at times. Links Website: https://www.forrest.yoga/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forrestyoga/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Forrest.Yoga/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

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Aug 2020

1 hr 5 min

Mariko B. Ryan is the author of Infinite Threads: 100 Indigenous Maori Insights from Old Maori Manuscripts. "Infinite Threads" is an incredible book which reinterprets the manuscripts of Maori Tohunga (sages) in a way that has incredible relevance today. Rane and Jo both found the book full of wonderful insights which described aspects of Maori culture in a way that parallels mindfulness and yogic practices and philosophy. In this episode, we learn about Mariko's background growing up in Auckland, New Zealand and how Maori culture influenced Mariko's upbringing. We learn about the role of the Tohunga or sage in Maori culture, their oral tradition, and how they came to write down their knowledge to prevent their traditions from being destroyed. Mariko tells us about how it took her many years to find the courage to write the book, and the wonderful reception it has received. She also tells us how she ensured that the book made sense to both Maori and non Maori audiences. Links: Mariko's website: https://www.marikobryan.nz/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Jul 2020

1 hr

Alice Williams is a Yoga Teacher, writer, and the author of "Bad Yogi: The Funniest Self-Help Memoir You'll Ever Read". In this episode, we speak with Alice about her process writing the book as well as her experiences in yoga teacher training. We also learn about how Alice dealt with an eating disorder and the commonalities between her yoga teacher training with the 12 step recovery program. We discuss perfectionism in the yoga world and talk about what being a bad yogi really means. Please be advised that we discuss sexual abuse in the yoga community and an episode of indecent exposure. This content may be triggering for some. Links Website: http://alice-williams.com/bad-yogi/ Book: http://alice-williams.com/bad-yogi/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alice_v_williams/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 2 min

Cora Geroux is a yoga teacher, former studio owner, and the host of the Teaching Yoga podcast. Cora originally hails from Canada and is now based in Sydney, Australia. Cora has been teaching yoga & leading yoga teacher trainings since 2009. Before which, she obtained a BA in psychology from Simon Fraser University. Cora was also the co-owner of two small yoga studios for 3 years, before she left to create her current business that truly aligned with her values of integrity, inclusivity and accessibility. In this episode, we learn about how Cora discovered yoga and what lead her to become a yoga teacher. We also speak about her work now, mentoring teachers and producing her podcast. We have an important discussion about issues in the yoga industry that devalue teachers and also create challenges for studio owners. We also speak about how the advent of COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the yoga industry. Links Website: https://www.corageroux.com/ Teachers club: https://www.corageroux.com/theteachersclub Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/corageroux/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

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Jun 2020

1 hr 7 min

Jordan Ashley is a yoga teacher and the founder of Souljourn Yoga. Souljourn Yoga Foundation is a non-profit that raises awareness and funds for girls education in lesser economically developed countries by teaming up with both local and international non-profits. They have hosted retreats in Rwanda, Morocco, Peru and more. Souljourn co-designs retreats with their partner organizations on the ground by weaving in local practices of tradition, meditation, and movement so that it's a culturally contextual experience of equality, not hierarchy. In this episode, we hear about Jordan's childhood growing up in Southern California and how she discovered yoga with her mother. We also hear about her career in journalism and how that informs her worldview today. We learn about the goals and philosophy of Souljourn Yoga and get some insights into running global retreats and working closely with local communities. Finally, we discuss how COVID-19 has affected her life and the Souljourn Yoga project. Links Souljourn Yoga: http://www.souljournyoga.com/ Jordan's TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLXAxOnJs2A This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Jun 2020

58 min 14 sec

Cate Peterson is a yoga teacher, activist and the driving force behind LovEarth, YogaHive and Get Off Your Asana. Cate has done a lot of work around building relationships between the yoga community and the Aboriginal community in Australia, helping with projects such as Yoga on Country and the Reciprocity Action Plan group in collaboration with Yoga Australia. In this episode, we hear how Cate discovered yoga, how she became involved in activism and community work. We talk about how yoga and social justice are inextricably linked, and how Cate practices self-care while juggling all of these different projects. Links LovEarth: www.lovearth.com.au How and where to drop off mats: https://www.lovearth.com.au/donationprogram IF you are in Melbourne: Enviroshop phone number: 03 8395 3030. EnviroShop: 253 High St, Northcote. Join YogaHive ! https://www.yogahive.com.au/new_studio_requests/new Join Get Off Your Asana https://www.getoffyourasana.com.au/ Yoga on Country https://www.facebook.com/Yoga-on-Country-108921913921514/ Reciprocity Action Plan: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/about-us/reciprocity-action-plan/ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/534220424045146/?source_id=210164949003832 This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

May 2020

58 min 52 sec

We've been seeing all sorts of conspiracy theories posted online lately - from 5g causing coronavirus, to the Plandemic film and more. So we decided to have a chat with Matthew Remski. Matthew Remski is a yoga teacher, a writer and an activist. He has written extensively about cult dynamics in yoga, but recently he has turned his attention to the huge amount of conspiracy discourse that has been spread on Social Media lately. As well as learning about some of the factors that feed into conspiracy discourse, we get Matthew's point of view on the future of the yoga industry post COVID-19. Links: Matthew's Website: http://matthewremski.com/ Article about Qanon: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/ Conversation between Barbara Cecil & Dahr Jamail: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/last-born-in-the-wilderness-2/e/64642058 Earthrise Podcast conversation with Derek Beres, Julian Walker & Matthew Remski: https://www.earthrisepodcast.com/health/87-conspiracy-theories-cult-dynamics-with-matthew-remski-and-julian-walker/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

May 2020

59 min 22 sec

Ria Tirazona is a yoga facilitator/education and licensed Psychologist from Manila. She manages a branch of a local yoga studio brand, YogaPlus. As a self-confessed emotional eater, Ria struggled with weight issues for most of her life. Through yoga, she found that she deserved to celebrate her body and treat herself with love and compassion. This is what she wants everyone to also discover. Her passion as a yoga facilitator and therapist is to support and empower others in discovering their personal path to wellness through trauma-informed, accessible, mental health aware practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She likewise wants to let people know that indeed, yoga is for EVERY BODY. Ria draws from her clinical psychology training in working with beginners, the older and less active students, and people with injuries, chronic illnesses, and weight, emotional or mental health concerns. Her nurturing yet playful classes are relaxing yet surprisingly challenging. She emphasizes building strength and functionality in movement while harnessing softness in the body and mind. In this episode, we learn about Ria's background growing up in Manila and what drew her to yoga. We learn about the yoga scene in the Philippines and how it has been affected by COVID-19. Ria fills us in on some of the economic realities of life in Manila and we also learn about how The Philippines has the highest social media engagement in the world! We also talk about how social isolation may lead to emotional eating, toxic productivity and toxic positivity. Links Ria's website: https://yogaplus.ph/ Ria's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biggerbodyyogaph/ Nurturing Yoga and Pilates Video Course: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/learn/nurturing-yoga-and-pilates/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

May 2020

52 min 38 sec

Kelly DiNardo is a Yoga teacher, studio owner, podcaster, writer and author of the book Living The Sutras. Living the Sutras is an accessible and fun guide to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The sutras contain teachings on how to deal with loss, pain, dissatisfaction, and alienation as well as providing guidance on how to cultivate joy and lead a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. We feel that they are more important than ever. As well as learning about Kelly's background growing up in New York, we hear how she discovered yoga, how she became a writer and what inspired her to write Living the Sutras. We also discuss Kelly's book 'Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique', a fascinating biography of burlesque performer Lili St. Cyr. Links Kelly's website: https://kellydinardo.com/ Living the Sutras: https://kellydinardo.com/books/living-the-sutras/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Apr 2020

49 min 58 sec

In this episode, we speak to the amazing Aleisha Leonard about kirtan, yoga, trauma-informed practice and LGBTIQ+ Leadership. A lot has changed since we originally spoke to Aleisha for the podcast, so we begin the episode with a quick check-in from her current residence in London. We learn how Aleisha found a love of yoga despite initially finding it boring. We hear how she discovered kirtan and talk about the process of leading a sound meditation. We also learn about her participation in Victoria's LGBTIQ+ Leadership program and how she made lifelong friends during that time. We also announce our Mentoring and support program - learn more about it here: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/learn/mentoring-and-support/ This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ Links Homesong's Website: https://www.homesong.love/ Homesong on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homesong.love/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Apr 2020

55 min 43 sec

In this episode we speak to Dr Gail Parker. Gail Parker is a psychologist and a certified yoga therapist. She is a nationally and internationally renowned media personality, educator, author, and thought leader.   Dr. Parker is the author of the upcoming book Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma, and current president of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) Board of Directors. Her broad expertise in behavioural health and wellness includes forty years as a practising psychotherapist. We speak to her about how she weaves together knowledge from these different fields in her book, the parallels between her psychology practice and restorative yoga teaching, and how she appeared on the Oprah show seven times! Dr. Parker is a lifelong practitioner of yoga and is well known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance, and contribute to the overall health and well-being of practitioners. This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ Links Gail's Website: https://www.drgailparker.com/ Gail's Book: https://www.drgailparker.com/book The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Mar 2020

1 hr 4 min

What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of aerial yoga? Is it a thin young woman, lithely moving about in an aerial hammock, maybe dangling upside down in some weird pretzel shape that barely resembles anything with the name yoga attached to it? Is it something more akin to a circus performance, with tricks and flips and a silk fabric digging into god knows where? To borrow a phrase from Morpheus of the matrix films, what if I were to tell you, that everything you know about aerial yoga is wrong? Well perhaps not wrong, but just not the full picture. This is why we were so excited to speak with Renae Stevens for this episode. Renae is a senior yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, a certified yoga therapist and holds her master's degree in art therapy. In our opinion, she is the foremost aerial yoga teacher in Australia. She helped bring aerial yoga to Australia way back in 2011, being a senior trainer for antigravity - the organisation founded by Christopher Harrison. This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/yogaaustralia/ Links Aerial Yoga Workshop: Break Free from Your Chair: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/aerial-yoga-workshop/ Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Foundations Training: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/aerial-therapeutics/ Renae's website: https://www.creativebodyflow.com/aerial-therapeutics/ The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.

Mar 2020

52 min 33 sec

In the second part of our two-part special on hands-on assists, we go a little bit deeper! We hear how a trauma-informed context may change our approach to assists from Mei Lai Swan, then Amy Wheeler tells us about transference and countertransference and what role they might play when teaching yoga. We learn how culture, race and gender can change perceptions around touch from Jesal Parikh, Gail Parker, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Tim Seutter and Anu Fox. Finally, we hear some conclusions from Leigh Blashki, Matthew Remski and Dominique Salerno. While creating this episode we gathered over 4 hours of audio, which will be available on our Patreon page for free! For more details go to: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast Links Dominique Salerno: https://australianyogaacademy.com/ Leigh Blashki: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/yoga_user/leigh-blashki/ Matthew Remski: http://matthewremski.com/ Jesal Parikh: https://www.yogawallanyc.com/ Tim Seutter: https://yogafire.tv/ Michelle Cassandra Johnson: https://www.michellecjohnson.com/ Gail Parker: https://www.drgailparker.com/ Anu Fox: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/yoga_user/anu-fox/ Queer and Trans Yoga: https://www.facebook.com/queerandtransyoga/ You can hear part 1 at: https://podcast.flowartists.com/episodes/making-adjustments-pt-1/ Thanks to Danielle Lara Woolley for the cover photo: https://www.instagram.com/this.wild.soul/

Feb 2020

52 min 56 sec

In this very special episode we ask the question - Are hands-on assists in yoga ok? We decided that this subject was just too big for one guest, or even one episode, so we have a whole range of speakers and we have divided the show up into two parts. In part one, we cover the different types of hands-on assists and some of their benefits, we learn some of the history of hands-on assists, we speak about the importance of consent, and we raise the issue of safety when performing adjustments. We have some incredible guests this episode - including Leigh Blashki, Matthew Remski, Jesal Parikh, Jivana Heyman, Claire Cunneen, Dominique Salerno and Gina Macauley While creating this episode we gathered over 4 hours of audio, which we are making available on our Patreon page for free! For more details go to: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast Links Dominique Salerno: https://australianyogaacademy.com/ Leigh Blashki: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/yoga_user/leigh-blashki/ Matthew Remski: http://matthewremski.com/ Jesal Parikh: https://www.yogawallanyc.com/ Jivana Heyman: https://accessibleyogatraining.com/jivana-heyman/ Claire Cunneen: https://www.getfitwhereyousit.com.au/ Gina Macauley: http://www.yogahara.com.au/ For more on this topic check out the Evolution of Yoga Summit: https://evolutionofyoga.org/ Look out for part 2 in a week! Thanks to Danielle Lara Woolley for the cover photo: https://www.instagram.com/this.wild.soul/

Feb 2020

48 min 35 sec

Tristan Rose is a yoga teacher, military veteran and the founder of Blind Tiger Yoga. Blind Tiger Yoga focuses on helping members of the Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their broader communities, through yoga and meditation. Tristan discovered yin yoga, yoga nidra and meditation as powerful tools for managing pain from multiple injuries he sustained while on deployment overseas and he has trained with remarkable teachers such as Bernie Clark and Paul and Suzee Grilley. In this conversation, we learn how Tristan became involved in the military, and how he completed two university degrees while maintaining a full time job overseas. We learn how Tristan discovered yin yoga after accidentally walking into the wrong class, and how it changed his life. We learn what lead Tristan to teach yoga and some exciting plans that he has for the future. Warning: Some of the content in this episode may be disturbing or triggering for some listeners. Links Tristan's website: https://tristanrose.com.au/about-tristan-rose/ Blind Tiger Yoga: https://blindtigeryoga.com/ Tristan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tristanrose.com.au/ Makarlu Masterclass: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/makarlu-masterclass/

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Feb 2020

1 hr 10 min

For our first episode of 2020 Jo and Rane speak with Michelle Cassandra Johnson. Michelle Cassandra Johnson is a writer, yoga teacher, social worker, activist, and author of Skill in Action. Skill in Action is an unflinching look at power and privilege, oppression, liberation and suffering, and invites readers to take steps to make changes in their lives to create a world that allows all of us to be free. It incorporates yogic philosophy, poetry and personal practice as a path towards dismantling racism. In this episode, we learn about Michelle's background growing up in Richmond, Virginia, how she discovered yoga and the inspiration for writing the book Skill in Action. Also, Rane was surprised to learn that he was selected as one of 20 Teachers of Colour to Watch in 2020! https://www.yogawallanyc.com/blog/2020/1/9/20-yoga-teachers-of-color-to-watch-in-2020 Links Michelle's website: https://www.michellecjohnson.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skillinaction/ Skill in Action: https://www.michellecjohnson.com/skill-in-action-book Makarlu Masterclass: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/makarlu-masterclass/

Jan 2020

1 hr

Carla Mullins is an ex-lawyer turned pilates and movement teacher and creator of the Makarlu Lotus. In our conversation with Carla, we hear about how she discovered pilates while dealing with some serious health issues and how this has inspired her to help others. We also hear about how her partner had a severe cycling accident and how this inspired the creation of the Makarlu - a versatile tool for self-massage, stability and proprioception exercises. Carla tells us how the makarlu has great applications for aiding people with peripheral neuropathy or other neurological conditions. Finally, we learn the amount of work it takes to bring a product such as the makarlu to market. Hint: a lot. Links Use the code MAKFLOW to get a 5% discount at https://www.makarlu.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_makarlu_/ Makarlu Masterclass at Garden of Yoga: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/makarlu-masterclass/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast

Dec 2019

57 min 23 sec

Claire Nettley is a yoga and meditation teacher, former president of Yoga Australia and a prolific writer, having her work featured in Women’s Health Magazine, Australian Yoga Life and more. In this episode we discuss Claire's background growing up in the Salisbury region of England, and we learn about her professional life working in marketing. We hear about how Claire was introduced to yoga after a back injury and what lead her to do her yoga teacher training. We learn about her time as president of Yoga Australia and how her expertise in marketing and PR moved the organisation forward. Throughout this episode, Claire gives great advice on marketing your own small business, from defining your audience through to working out what channels might work best for you. This episode is released in partnership with Yoga Australia, and December marks the 20 year anniversary of the organisation. Happy Anniversary Yoga Australia! Links Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ Claire's website: https://www.clairenettley.com/ The Makarlu Lotus: https://www.makarlu.com/aff/7/ Use the code MAKFLOW for a 5% discount. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast

Dec 2019

56 min 27 sec

Ella Noah Bancroft is a Yoga teacher, artist, sexuality coach and an environmental and indigenous rights activist. In our conversation with Ella, we hear about her life growing up the daughter of a famous Aboriginal artist, and how she was raised on country in New South Wales after relocating from Sydney. We hear how Ella weaves together Indigenous philosophy with her yoga practice, while remaining authentic to both traditions. We hear about her perspective navigating the world as a queer black woman and how it has shaped her philosophy and approach to life today. Ella is passionate about sustainability and has created a fashion label (YHI creations) that reflects her values. Finally, we hear about The Returning, a festival/retreat inspired by the concept of sacred women's business and how she makes this event sustainable on an environmental and community level. Links Ella's Website: https://www.ellanoahbancroft.net/ Ella's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ellanoahbancroft_/ The Returning: https://www.thereturning.com.au/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast

Dec 2019

41 min 3 sec

This episode is released in partnership with Yoga Australia to celebrate their 20 year anniversary! We sat down with co-founder and former president of Yoga Australia Leigh Blashki while on retreat at Continental House at Hepburn Springs. This is the second time we've spoken with Leigh for the podcast and this time we had the chance to learn more about the history of Yoga Australia, including some of the organisation's most pivotal moments. We also hear some of Leigh's hopes and dreams for the organisation, and why he believes that Yoga Australia is essential for the future of yoga and the yoga teaching profession in this country. Rane also shares some of his plans for the future of the podcast and asks for your submissions, opinions and feedback about hands-on assists/adjustments. Links Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ Leigh Blashki: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/yoga_user/leigh-blashki/ The Makarlu: https://www.makarlu.com/aff/7/ Use the discount code MAKFLOW to receive a 5% discount!

Nov 2019

39 min 2 sec

It's been an unbelievable 2 years since we started the podcast, so we are celebrating! Hear us talk about what the last year of the podcast has been like, and hear questions and contributions from some of our favourite podcast guests. There are juicy questions on the role of podcasting for industries such as yoga, the relationship between the hosts and guests, as well as more lighthearted questions such as: What have been our most inspiring moments? What are the most embarrassing things we have ever said? Leigh Blashki, Gina Macauley, Mei Lai Swan, Jivana Heyman, Sarah Harry, Janet Lowndes, Amy Bell and Jo Buick all contributed to this episode! We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has appeared on the podcast, as well as you the listener and especially our Patreon Supporters. Thank you so much! Links Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast Free Shoulders Self Massage Guide: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/free-shoulders-guide/

Nov 2019

58 min 50 sec

Jose Goossens was the first President of Yoga Australia when it was known as the Yoga Teachers Association. In this conversation, Jose tells us about her background growing up in Holland before moving to Australia. We hear how Jose discovered yoga and she tells us how it took her 3 times going to a general yoga class before she truly decided that yoga was for her. We learn a little about the Melbourne yoga scene in the 70s and finally, Jose discusses the early days of the Yoga Teacher's Association, and some of the challenges and successes of the nascent organisation. This is another of our episodes released in partnership with Yoga Australia. Links Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast

Nov 2019

41 min 10 sec

Tejal Patel and Jesal Parikh are yoga teachers and the hosts of the Yoga is Dead podcast. In their own words: "Yoga is Dead is a revolutionary podcast that explores power, privilege, fair pay, harassment, race, cultural appropriation and capitalism in the yoga and wellness worlds. Join Indian-American hosts Tejal + Jesal as they expose all the monsters lurking under the yoga mat." Jo and Rane love the podcast and were super excited to catch up with Jesal and Tejal! Yoga is Dead has taken the yoga world by storm with their honest yet humourous approach to these important issues and were eager to find out more about the women behind the podcast. In this conversation, we learn about Tejal and Jesal's backgrounds growing up in the suburbs of Massachusetts and Michigan in the United States. We learn about some of their motivations in starting the podcast, how they chose the name and whether they have an end goal in mind. There is a great conversation on cultural appropriation, and we ask them whether Mark Singleton's book Yoga Body is a form of whitewashing. Links Website: https://www.yogaisdeadpodcast.com/support Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogaisdeadpodcast Podcast Instagram: @yogaisdeadpodcast Jesal's Instagram: @yogwalla Tejal's Instagram: @tejalyoga Podcast Twitter: @yogaisdeadpod Yoga Fire workshops with Tim Seutter: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/yoga-fire-workshops/ Buy Accessible Yoga by Jivana Heyman: Book Depository (free shipping): https://www.bookdepository.com/Accessible-Yoga/9781611807127 Waterstones (UK): https://www.waterstones.com/book/accessible-yoga/jivana-heyman/9781611807127 Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Accessible-Yoga-Poses-Practices-Every/dp/1611807123/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=accessible+yoga&qid=1571080722&s=books&sr=1-1

Nov 2019

1 hr

This episode is released in partnership with Yoga Australia. Leanne Davis is the current president of Yoga Australia. She completed her first Yoga Teacher training with the Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Forest Academy in South India in 1988, and in this conversation, we learn about how she discovered yoga, how she went on to learn Ayurveda and Chinese medicine and how she weaves these together in her work today. We learn about how Leanne became involved in Yoga Australia - first working as a volunteer at the state level before joining the executive committee at the national level. We asked her questions about cultural appropriation and authenticity and how to make yoga more inclusive. Finally, we ask what are some of the biggest challenges for Yoga Teachers today, and what can Yoga Australia do to support them. Links Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/yoga_user/leanne-davis/ Leanne's website: https://www.viniyogaaustralia.com/ Accessible Yoga Book Giveaway: https://www.facebook.com/flowartistspodcast/photos/a.1599824873441010/2589033167853504/ Flow Artists Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast Adrenal Healing with Gina Macauley: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/adrenal-healing/

Oct 2019

53 min 50 sec

Teruki Nakano works as a Geriatric Psychiatrist and Yoko Nakano is an anesthesiologist. They are both yoga teachers and the founders of Medcare Yoga. They translated Jivana Heyman’s Accessible Yoga course into Japanese, and it is their mission to bring accessible yoga to Japan. 25% of Japan’s population is over the age of 60, and that figure is growing, so bringing a form of yoga to an increasingly aging population is very important in my opinion! In this episode we learn about Teruki and Yoko's backgrounds and how though skeptical at first, Teruki noticed that yoga was helping with Yoko's health issues. After doing his own research, Teruki realised the many benefits of yoga, and encouraged Yoko to become a Yoga teacher before doing so himself! We hear how Teruki was becoming burnt out in his career as a surgeon, and how a life-changing event - the Fukushima earthquake made him realise that medicine was his calling. Finally, we learn Teruki and Yoko's mission to bring Accessible Yoga to Japan, and some of the unique challenges that yoga teachers face in Japan. Links Medcare Yoga: https://medcareyoga.com/en/ Accessible Yoga: http://accessibleyoga.org/ Accessible Yoga Book Giveaway: https://www.facebook.com/flowartistspodcast/photos/a.1599824873441010/2589033167853504/ Fire Yoga Workshops with Tim Seutter: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/yoga-fire-workshops/ Buy the book Accessible Yoga! Book Depository (free shipping): https://www.bookdepository.com/Accessible-Yoga/9781611807127 Waterstones (UK): https://www.waterstones.com/book/accessible-yoga/jivana-heyman/9781611807127 Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Accessible-Yoga-Poses-Practices-Every/dp/1611807123/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=accessible+yoga&qid=1571080722&s=books&sr=1-1

Oct 2019

42 min 13 sec

This episode is released in partnership with Yoga Australia. Shyamala Benakovic is a Yoga teacher and the CEO of Yoga Australia. If you heard our episode with Michael de Manincor, he stated that the hiring of Shyamala as General Manager was his greatest success, which really speaks to Shyamala's talent, passion and incredible work ethic. In this episode, we learn how Shyamala grew up in Malaysia before moving to London and later relocating to Australia. She tells us about her early family life and how being raised in the Hindu tradition informs her practice and teaching today. We hear about her background as a Management Consultant, and how this, along with her passion for yoga lead to her being hired as General Manager of Yoga Australia. We also hear about the challenges in running a national organisation that is largely made up of volunteers, and some of the systems she has put into place to help support the goals of Yoga Australia. Finally, Shyamala shares her hopes and dreams for Yoga Australia moving into the future. Links: Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ Adrenal Healing Workshop with Gina Macauley: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/adrenal-healing/ Aerial Theraputics Training: http://www.creativebodyflow.com/aerial-therapeutics/

Oct 2019

43 min 22 sec

Manoj Dias is a yoga and meditation teacher, and the founder of A-Space meditation centre in Melbourne. In this conversation, we learn from Manoj what it was like growing up in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Sri Lanka before relocating to Australia as a child. We learn about his struggles with anxiety in a high flying corporate career and how finding a very special and compassionate teacher brought him back to meditation. He also tells us how he began teaching yoga and meditation, founded A-Space and continues to teach in Australia and internationally. We have a deep and far-ranging conversation that includes issues of accessibility, cultural appropriation, the potential abuse of spiritual practices in the corporate world and self-care. Links Manoj's Website: https://www.manojdias.com.au/ Manoj's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/manojdias A-SPACE meditation centre: https://a-space.com.au/ Last chance to book in to "Guiding Inner Journeys" with Amy Bell: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/guiding-inner-journeys/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast

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Oct 2019

57 min 17 sec

Swami Shantananda AKA Mataji (Mother) was the second president of Yoga Australia, back when it was known as the Yoga Teachers Association and she was known as Jani Baker. This episode is the second of our collaboration with Yoga Australia, and it contains some great insight into the early days of the organisation and its grassroots nature. In this episode, we learn how Jani Baker struggled with her catholic upbringing, and how she dealt with depression as a young adult. We learn how she discovered meditation and yoga and came to teach them. We also hear how she became involved in the Yoga Teacher's Association and her motivations for doing so. We also discuss her writings on the yoga sutras, philosophy and her personal practice of Kashmiri Shaivism. Links: Swami Shantananda's blog: http://www.swamishantananda.com.au/ Notes from Mataji: https://podcast.flowartists.com/news/notes-swami-shantananda/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast

Oct 2019

58 min 1 sec

Emily May is a Melbourne based Yoga and Meditation teacher and Reiki Master. Emily does a lot of work around anxiety which is the topic of this episode - and anxiety is an issue that affects many of us day to day. We would like to point out that none of us in the recording are mental health professionals, so if you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please consider seeing someone who can help you - we added some links below. In this episode we learn about Emily's background growing up in Melbourne and how she believes she discovered the effectiveness of healing yourself through chakras from an early age. We learn about how Emily discovered yoga and how she came to teach it. We learn about anxiety, some of it's causes and symptoms and how yoga may help. Finally, we learn about how yoga teachers can sequence and use language to make things easier for people struggling with anxiety. Links Emily May's Website: https://www.mayyoga.com.au/ Emily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayyogawellbeing/ RUOK Day: https://www.ruok.org.au/ Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au Books: Lost Connections by Johann Hari: https://amzn.to/312ikwP First, we make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson: https://amzn.to/2N047wT My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel: https://amzn.to/2N03DXB

Sep 2019

59 min 30 sec

Gabrielle is a yoga teacher, a yoga therapist and director of the Bhava Yoga and dance centre in Warrendyke, Victoria, Australia. Gabrielle is also on the board of Yoga Australia. She is a highly respected teacher, and Rane got to know her a little better through satsangs he attended, hosted by Leigh Blashki and Janet Lowndes. She has a wealth of wisdom and knowledge, and always contributed with her many deep insights to the conversations, so we really wanted to speak with her for the podcast. In this episode we learn about Gabrielle's background, growing up in Melbourne and how she developed an early interest in physical movement. We hear how she moved from a career in Insurance after finding joy in yoga and wanting to share that experience with the world. We learn about her philosophy of yoga and how she has recently developed a rich and deep regular meditation practice. Finally, we learn about how yoga, meditation and even the process of teaching yoga have helped her traverse the ups and downs of life. Gabrielle's calm and peaceful nature permeate the entire episode, so you'll definitely want to give it a listen. Links Bhava Yoga and Dance centre: http://thebhavacentre.com/ Buddhi Mind: https://buddhimind.com/ Buddhi Mind on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buddhi_mind/ Community Classes at Garden of Yoga: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/classes/community-classes/

Sep 2019

56 min 37 sec