The yoga world is full of passion, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit. In this podcast Yoga Journal editors interview thought leaders, experts, teachers, and disruptors about the creative, practical, and spiritual issues flowing through the yoga community today.
Episode 25: Clean Beauty with YJ Makeup Artist Beth Walker
In the US, the FDA has only banned or restricted 11 toxic chemicals from cosmetics. Meanwhile, EU law bans more than 1300 from things like makeup, toothpaste, and shampoo — that are linked to cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm, and birth defects. Because the United States government favors businesses over global health, it’s up to us to do our research about what goes on our skin—which is our largest organ—and into our bodies. That’s where Beth Walker comes in.
Beth is a highly respected makeup artist and Yoga Journal’s resident artist for cover shoots. While attending holistic esthetician school and working at natural wellness boutique Pharmica, in 2014 Beth met some of the Yoga Journal staff who often shopped there. She’s worked on hundreds of faces including the revered Reverend Paula Stone Williams, author of the forthcoming book As a Woman: What I learned about power, sex, and the patriarchy after I transitioned.
We’re thrilled to welcome her to the show today. It’s a very special show, because it’s our last for a while — the Yoga Show is taking a hiatus. In the meantime, tune into our sister podcast, the Practice.
And don’t forget about Yoga Journal’s member exclusive experience, where you can find award-winning content from the world’s leading wellness experts. Learn more at yogajournal.com/activepass.
Episode 24: A Gratitude Ceremony with Christine Olivia Hernandez
This week, host Lindsay Tucker heads out to Topanga California to try a sacred cacao ceremony as part of Christine Olivia Hernandez’s Maltyox Method, a gratitude celebration for clearing the mind, opening the heart, and strengthening the body and soul.
The cacao bean, which was discovered by the Olmecs around 1500 BC, has been used by the Mayan and Aztect cultures for centuries as a sacred and ritualistic plant medicine.
Christine is a yoga teacher and writer of the book A Child of Magic, opened her home to share her maltyox method and teach us about the healing and uplifting properties of cacao.
Episode 23: The Matriarch Movement with Shayla Stonechild
Shayla Stonechild started the Matriarch Movement (matriarchmovement.ca) two years ago to turn the tide on the mainstream narrative regarding Indigenous women that objectifies their bodies and their culture. What started as a social media platform to amplify the voices of Native women and create a community for sharing stories of empowerment, prosperity, and resilience has in two short years become a full-fledged non-profit hosting wellness workshops and retreats specifically for Indigenous youth who don’t often see themselves reflected in the wellness space.
“I realized there was a lack of representation for Indigenous women in the state of resilience and excellence.” “We’re always deemed as missing, murdered, and vulnerable, and we’re always in a state of survival. And I thought, “The Matriarch Movement will be like a shift and a rise and a reclamation of who we are as Indigenous people, but specifically women.”
Today, there are more than 4,000 documented unsolved cases of missing and murdered Native women and girls in the United States and Canada, according to a 2020 report by the Sovereign Bodies Institute, a research nonprofit tracking gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people. And experts say these estimates are low, thanks to underreporting, racial misclassification, poor record keeping, and institutional racism affecting law enforcement and the media.
For this crisis to even begin to be addressed, Shayla says, Indigenous women must be respected and valued and perhaps first and foremost, be seen.
Episode 22: Decolonizing Yoga with Anusha Wijeyakumar
For decades, the practice of Yoga has been co-opted by white America. This has led to a commodification of the practice—of which the implications have been both harmful and far reaching. Yoga teacher and wellness consultant Anusha Wijeyakumar is one of the many voices calling to return the notion of yoga back to its roots and make the full practice accessible for anyone interested in learning the 8 limbs in a way that’s respectful and non-appropriative.
Episode 21: Yoga, Dating, and Data Science with Comedian Ginny Hogan
This week, Yoga Show host Lindsay Tucker chats with Ginny Hogan, a standup comedian and yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance who writes for outlets such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Vulture. After leaving a data science job in Silicon Valley, Hogan started a blog comedically analyzing data from her own dating profiles and online dates. Once she found her voice in comedy, Hogan also started down the road to health and wellness by quitting drinking and getting her 200 hour YTT certification. We caught up with her to talk about dating and YTT in the time of COVID, and how to kick a smartphone addiction—or not.
Episode 20: Teaching Yoga inside Arkansas’ Toughest Prison
Tracy Davis met Jerome Bargo after he won a years-long battle in federal court to allow practicing yoga in Arkansas’ prisons, which he’d escaped multiple times. His last escape, in 1988, earned him spots on America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. After being on the run for 15 years, someone recognized him from TV in a restaurant—and he was sent to Arkansas’ Varner Unit high-security state prison where he’s serving a 140-year sentence. In Varner he found yoga, and it changed his life. In this episode, Tracy joins host Lindsay Tucker to talk about how the practice is transforming the lives of our society’s most forgotten population: prisoners.
Episode 19: Discover Your Dharma with Sahara Rose
Sahara Rose experienced plenty of false starts and moments of self-doubt on her way to becoming an ayurvedic expert, bestselling author, and modern master of ancient wisdom. On her journey toward discovering her own dharma, she learned that feelings of unworthiness can have many voices, but overcoming all the reasons not to do something is crucial in fulfilling your life’s purpose. Sahara Rose (@iamsahararose) writes about this in her new book, Discover Your Dharma, A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose. It’s a friendly field guide for getting sh*t done, with tons of tips from Ayurveda.
Episode 18: Raising Your Vibration with Lalah Deliah
We chat with our January/February cover star Lalah Delia. Lalah is a spiritual writer and wellness educator, and the founder of VibrateHigherDaily.com, an online school that shares its name with her best-selling book, Vibrate Higher Daily, dedicated to all things high vibration, self care, and self empowerment. “Just because you feel lost doesn’t mean that you are. Sometimes you just have to relax, breathe deep, and trust the path you’re on.” Delia writes in the book. Because New Year’s is a time when we usually reexamine our paths and make resolutions for the future, we caught up with Lalah to talk raising vibrations and forging ahead through tough circumstances.
Episode 17: Yoga and Complex Characters with Actor Michelle Natalie Nunez
On the latest episode of The Yoga Show podcast, Lindsay chats with yoga teacher, mental health advocate, and actor Michelle Natalie Nunez. Michelle stars in Tyler Perry’s Ruthless, a fictional series that takes a hard look inside a bizarre sex-crazed Rakadushi cult — which has striking similarities to that of the Rajneeshpuram, led by the Indian guru Rajneesh (later known as Osho). Michelle’s character was introduced this past Thursday, in the show’s mid-season premiere. She joined us to talk about how she uses her practice to stay centered and grounded during grueling filming of complex, often triggering subject matter.
Episode 16: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities with Dr. Dean Radin
This week we talk with Dr. Dean Radin, a parapsychologist and researcher of psychic phenomena at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Radin has dedicated his career to understanding the effect of human consciousness on the physical world. From various Emoto-style water studies to Ganzfeld tests, both of which we’ll discuss in this episode, his often controversial research claims to demonstrate human ability to experience precognition, telepathy, and telekinesis. His book, Supernormal: Science, Yoga and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities examines whether yoga and meditation can unleash inherent supernormal mental powers, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition.
Episode 15: Tearing Down Oppressive Systems with Amber Karnes
In the latest episode of the Yoga Show, Executive Editor Lindsay Tucker (@linds.tucker) chats with November/December cover yogi, Amber Karnes (@amberkarnesofficial)—founder of Body Positive Yoga—about re-thinking oppressive systems and why yoga is for all bodies.
Episode 14: Introduction to Reiki with Master Lina Iorgovan
For the last episode in our healing series, we’re joined by reiki master and intuitive Lina Iorgovan (@linamassagetherapy) who walks us through the Japanese form of energy healing known for its powerful ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Plus—hear Lina do a special intuitive reading of host Lindsay Tucker (@linds.tucker) and show producer Aviv Rubinstien (@rambocalrissian)!
BONUS EPISODE! Guided Hypnosis with Mark Stephens
Practice along with us as meditation expert and hypnotherapist Mark Stephens teaches a hypnosis for releasing past traumas and letting go.
Episode 13: Healing Through Hypnosis with Mark Stephens
For the fourth installment in our healing series, meditation expert and hypnotherapist Mark Stephens joins host Lindsay Tucker to talk about breaking habits for a healthier, happier lifestyle through meditation and hypnosis.
Episode 12: What to do When You’re Having Trouble Conceiving with Rosie Acosta
For the third installment in our Healing Series, we chat with yoga and meditation teacher Rosie Acosta about about women’s reproductive health and the stigmas surrounding motherhood—and how she found her path toward wholeness after a tumultuous childhood and multiple miscarriages.
Episode 11: Embodied Activism with Nkem Ndefo and Rae Johnson
The theme of our September/October issue is Healing—and on the latest episode of The Yoga Show we chat with Rae Johnson and Nkem Ndefo, leaders of an Embodied Activism Course from Embodied Philosophy. Drawing on neuroscience, somatic theory and practice, liberation psychology, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive education, and lived experience, the course examines practical strategies to reclaiming, resisting, and interrogating the political realities of our everyday lives using the felt experiences of our bodies as the groundwork for social justice—so we can come at personal and community healing from the inside out.
This episode of The Yoga Show is sponsored by Say Your Peace. Say Your Peace aims to spark global change through self-transformation and community dialogue. Share your story by using #SayYourPeace and following us on Instagram and Facebook.
Episode 10: Healing Complex Traumas with Steven Medeiros
The theme of our September/October issue is Healing—a complicated task. physically, psychologically, emotionally. In some way, trauma finds its way into each and every one of our lives, and no one comes pre-programmed with a roadmap for how to overcome it. But with the help of our friends, family, our community, and professionals, we can start down the path toward feeling whole.This week’s guest is the subject of our cover story: Steven Medeiros. He’s an activist and advocate from the bay area who lost his leg to a motorcycle accident 17 years ago, and his mother to murder at age 12. He’s had a long, tough road to healing both physically and mentally from his past. And today, he uses what he’s learned in an attempt to help heal society at large, to push for much-needed criminal justice reforms, and to help prevent others like him from facing the same circumstances. (Stephen’s Book recommendation from the podcast: The New Jim Crow.)
Episode 9: Reclaiming your Energy with Dr. Pedram Shojai
We talk with New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Urban Monk, Dr. Pedram Shojai, about his new book, Focus: Bringing Time, Energy, and Money into Flow—a step-by-step plan for mastering your time by intentionally managing energy economics.
Episode 8: The Energy of Money with Clare Cui
For the final conversation in our Energy series, we hear from six-figure sales coach and yoga teacher Clare Cui about working with money’s energy to unleash life’s greatest possibilities.
Episode 7: Food Energetics and Classical Chinese Medicine with Nathalie Basile
As part of our four-part series on energy, we chat with Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner Nathalie Basile about how she uses Chi, the energy of all things, to help her clients find holistic well-being through tailored treatments and meal plans.
For more conversations on energy and its many functions for well-being, check out our July/August issue. Find Nathalie at alchemyasheville.com.
Episode 6: Energy Healing with Donna Eden
In this episode, we explore energy medicine with Donna Eden, author and founder of Eden Energy Medicine.
You can study with Donna in her online education courses with Yoga Journal: Energy Medicine Yoga: Transformation Through the Subtle Body.
Episode 5: Harnessing Positive Energy with Olympian Tianna Bartoletta
For the first installment in our four-part series on energy, we chat with three-time Olympic track and field gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta about overcoming health challenges, practicing yoga for athletic performance and overall wellbeing, and harnessing energy to bring home the gold.
For more conversations on energy and how to channel it when we need it most, check out our July/August issue—or visit yogajournal.com and @yogajournal on Instagram and Facebook.
Episode 4: Creative Yoga Solutions and the Future of Practice with Colleen Saidman Yee and Sean Porter
For the last installment of our four-part series on creativity, we chat with two industry leaders—Colleen Saidman Yee and Sean Porter—to find out how yoga practice is changing forever in the face of the pandemic. For more conversations on creativity, check out our May/June issue.
Episode 3: Tapping the Muse with Elizabeth Gilbert and Jen Pastiloff
We talk with bestselling authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Jen Pastiloff about tapping into your own muse and moving beyond fear into a creative life.
Episode 2: Creative Practice Through Yoga with Tracee Stanley
Executive Editor Lindsay Tucker talks to Tantra teacher Tracee Stanley about accessing our inner gifts through yoga. The former Hollywood producer also discusses yoga techniques for calming down and getting creative during COVID-19 and beyond.
Episode 1: Creative Manifesting with Sahara Rose Ketabi
We chat with Ayurvedic expert and author Sahara Rose about how to discover your dharma and kickstart your dream life—right now.
Read Yoga Journal’s January/February cover story on Sahara Rose.
Check out our other podcast—The Practice. Where Yoga Journal brings you accessible 5- to 30-minute meditation, pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and mantra practices from some of the world’s best teachers. All you have to do is tune in.