Keeping it real means keeping it light! Q&A with Bowspring Instructor Jonathan Boyd

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“I teach a style of yoga that demands that students pay attention completely.  If there is an opportunity to laugh within the instructions, there is even more reward for listening.  It’s important to keep it light-hearted.  The practice of yoga is serious is enough.  It’s nice to have a little fun!” How long have you been a yoga instructor, and what styles do you work with? I began teaching yoga in 2009.  I teach a modern alignment approach to yoga called Bowspring (www.globalbowspring.com) that focuses on functionality and accessibility.  My classes have hints of traditional hatha or vinyasa flow. Do …

Making yoga accessible, for everyone! An interview with Wellnest founder Eron Zehavi

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“Your yoga is always changing. It’s more then just your level of experience, but rather it incorporates how you are holistically in that present moment – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.” First things first, tell us a little bit about your service and where you got this modern idea? To know our service, it’s important to first know Our Purpose. The Mission of Wellnest is to cultivate a healthy, compassionate, and joyful world through community engagement, mindful living, and the practice of yoga and other healing arts. Coming from this place, we created an app-based marketplace to easily and affordably …

DJ RIA on the Inseparable Nature of Music and Yoga, and what’s to come in 2017!

DJ RIA

“I love the yoga scene so much because the people are so sensitive to what you play and they are in it until the end. There’s so much more focus and appreciation from the crowd. Music gets heard and the frequencies are felt!” – Rire Norman    You started practicing mindfulness and clean living at a young age as a result of the teachings and lifestyle of your parents. How do you think that helped you discover a deeper sense of what this world has to offer? What drives you to strive to share that deeper sense with others, and why …

Yoga Nidra, Indian Ragas, and the Essence of Music: Q&A w/ Stevin McNamara

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“[Music] can inspire us to great things, to a higher awareness of who we are. A true musician can transport us to another level of consciousness. Every note must live and breathe with that energy” – Stevin McNamara     Welcome Stevin! Your new album is titled Savasana Yoga Music – Healing Guitar for Massage, Sleep and Yoga Nidra…  and it is a truly beautiful work.  I’ll ask you about Yoga Nidra separately, but for now can you talk a little about your inspiration to record this collection and also the way you have presented it? It seems clear that your intention was …

Crazy About Moksha Yoga

by Alex King-Harris, CEO YogiTunes.com I stayed away from hot yoga for years because i’m allergic to the “next best thing” syndrome in a culture that feels rootless and in a mad panic to recreate itself every 5 minutes, especially where yoga is concerned.  Yoga has been around for thousands of years so obviously there’s no need to reinvent the karmic wheel right? Well, not exactly…. Upon deeper reflection, I began to realize that yoga has been evolving, growing and changing ever since it began.  However it is also rooted in some core concepts that never change and are an important …

Breath Awareness

Inhaling and exhaling effect our entire being in some very profound ways.  From improving heart function to increasing metabolism, all cells in the body ultimately benefit from deep, rhythmic breathing.  Without the life giving nutrients that is delivered to all areas of our body as we breathe we would quickly die, therefore it is important to fully understand the life giving nature of breath and how profoundly it can affect our over all state of being. I consider myself fortunate to have found yoga through a teacher who centralized breath in his practice.  For the first 6 months all we …

The Art of Being Sweet to Yourself

I’m not sure if you’re someone who has a reputation of being hard on themselves, but I sure am. People who really know me will often see that in the darker parts of my being lives a self-projected being that stands over top of me with a hammer just waiting for another reason to strike me back down to the ground. Enter the saintly messages of beings like Pema Chodron who teach the art of loving kindness to oneself, or Maitri in Sanskrit. Developing compassion for oneself, being loving to the parts that seem hardest to love is a profound …

Taking Yoga & Music on the Road

  An Interview with Michael Franti There are lots of new festivals sprouting up all over the world that combine yoga and music, but so far very few artists have made the connection and blended those elements into a tour.  As Michael Franti has been pioneering the conscious music scene for many years, has a strong yoga practice, and has been featured headlining many, many yoga & music related events, he’s the perfect person to pioneer such a ground breaking concept! We caught up with him on his new Soulshine Yoga & Music tour to ask him about what inspired …