I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a bit of an information junkie. I have what I like to call “mini obsessions” about a particular topic, and when I’m invested, I like to learn as much about this topic as I can. My latest mini obsession, Yoga, has become more of a “maxi obsession” (which has sprung up a few more mini obsessions of it's own) since I’ve begun my Yoga Teacher Training, and I’ve scoured the internet for as much information as I can find. At first I found it a little difficult - The main sources I knew of were web sites like Elephant journal, Yoga journal, Yoga dork etc, which are great, but don't really cater for me and my tastes. I prefer something a little “meatier” than another “8 Yoga Poses for a Strong, Firm and Sexy Butt” article.
I have managed to find some gems - I’m currently following 63 yoga related websites in my Feedly account, and 26 more on Mindfulness and Meditation, so I’m getting there. I do have a soft spot for podcasts though, and I managed to find a few that I regularly listen to. I thought I might list them here and let others know about the good stuff that is out in internet-land.
J Brown is a veteran yoga teacher who teaches out of his own studio in Brooklyn, New York. It’s great to hear the perspective of someone who has been teaching for many years. He is honest and self aware, and really shares himself with the listener, which I find quite inspirational. He has some amazing guests as well, such as Bernie Clark of Yin Yoga fame, and Carol Horton, author of Yoga PhD. His blog has many insightful pieces on the state of modern yoga. Check him out.
This is a recent discovery, and I’ve actually binged through a whole lot of episodes, which is easy, as they are only around half an hour long. He has had some fascinating guests including Tantrik Scholar Christopher Wallis and another Tantrik scholar Christopher Tompkins (Are all Tantrik scholars named Christopher?). Ashton Szabo seems like a fascinating teacher - he lived in Asia for a few years before heading back to the states, and has deep knowledge of Eastern Spirituality. He also makes the occasional foray into the telling of Hindu mythological stories, explaining the symbolism within them. There are sound effects!
The name might sound a little cheesy, but this is a great and informative podcast about the business of being a yoga teacher. Each episode Suzanne Moscovitch interviews a “Yoga crush”, ie a Yoga teacher she respects and admires. The conversations are on topics such as how to run an effective class, how to develop a community, how to create multiple revenue streams and how to avoid burnout. Some really good information there from experienced teachers. I definitely recommend.
Another recent discovery! Apart from the witty title, this is another interesting and insightful podcast with some Yoga greats such as Leslie Kaminoff (who literally wrote the book on Yoga Anatomy), Matthew Remski, and Anodea Judith (author of Eastern Body, Western Mind). There is some really good meaty stuff here, so give it a listen!
The following aren’t strictly Yoga podcasts, but are favourites of mine:
Erik Davis has long been one of my favourite authors, since reading his book “Techgnosis”, which is a winding journey through the history of the intersection between science, technology and the spiritual. The podcast follows a similar line, and sometimes delves into the weird and psychedelic. As well as the esoteric, they often cover topics around yoga and meditation, including an interview with David White, who wrote "The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography"
Douglas Rushkoff is another of my favourite authors, and Team Human is his latest foray into online media. The main topic of this podcast is “How do we make the world a better place?”. What could be more yogic than that? Topics covered include debt activism, environmental sustainability and building worker cooperatives.
I hope you get something out of these podcasts! If you have any more suggestions, please let me know in the comments!