Q&A with Gary Stroutsos – The Beauty of the Native American Flute

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    Though Native American Indian flute sounds are not typically associated with yoga, it is a happy marriage. Perhaps a case of different paths taking us to the same transcendent place…   Your background as a young musician who grew up in Vermont was in Jazz and Afro-Cuban music;  what was it that lead your path to intertwine with the Native American Flute  ?     During my high school years I lived in both rural Vermont, my beloved state where I was born, and Michigan. When I attended college in Western Michigan I discovered UK progressive Folk Pop and later American Jazz …

Living and working in equal measure: Discussing self-care with Hala Khouri

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. “Music and dancing are my ultimate self care. When I am allowing myself to be moved by music, I know my life is in balance.”   .   Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us! We are thrilled to be connecting with such a well-respected thought leader from the yoga community! To start, why don’t you tell us a little bit about what you’re working on right now Well, a lot! In addition to managing my non-profit, I’ve gone back to school. I’m doing an interdisciplinary PhD program in Community Psychology, Liberation Studies …

Q&A with Gracy Obuchowicz: The Challenges and Importance of Self-Care

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“I love being flexible with myself and remembering that self-care isn’t about being perfect. Rather, I make sure that my habits serve my current state of life and just enjoy the process.” Gracy – thank you so much for taking the time to connect with us! Self-care is a hugely important part of the yogic philosophy and so we are very excited to share your thoughts with our community. When did you first gain interest in helping others improve their self-care practices? What made you want to commit to this level of personal service? I’ve always loved self-care. I remember finding …

Radical Self-Care: The Importance of Maintaining Your Lifestyle

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YogiTunes is exploring the subject of self-care and maintaining your optimal lifestyle as a yoga teacher. You have your toolbox, and you’ve been filling it with excellent knowledge and skills for helping others care for themselves. Are you making time to use these tools to serve your own mental and physical health as well? If not, it’s time to practice some radical self-care…   The word ‘radical‘ comes from the latin root ‘radix,‘ which means ‘root’,  while the word ‘maintain’ is ‘manu tenere‘ which means ‘hold in hand‘.  Therefore, radical self-care or self-maintenance can literally be interpreted as holding one’s own hand; …

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 …

The Medicine of Your Authentic Voice – Suzanne Sterling

The Medicine of your authentic voice

“I meet so many people who do not feel that they have the right to express themselves. If we live within this prison of silence we are safe…but we are also unable to feel the full range of our experience and the inherent creativity that is central to all humans.”   Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science The human voice is comprised of air and breath shaped into waves that move out into the world and affect (vibrate) all that they encounter. It is this vibrational initiation that causes sound to move matter. In fact, sound waves or pulses can have an …

Finding Your Voice Through Stillness

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“When I am fully engaged in mindfulness, self-reflection and meditation I am able to connect with a much deeper, incorruptible source of compassion and love, both for myself and for all that is around me”   Alex King-Harris CEO/Co-Founder YogiTunes.com   I’ve just returned from a 4 day Zen meditation retreat and felt inspired to write on the subject of mindfulness and how a meditation practice can help anyone on the path. Often times I’ve spoken with yoga teachers new to their craft who feel like their schedule is so full that they don’t have time to meditate, or have …

The Impact of Your Voice by Suzanne Sterling

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“Remember: your students do not need you to be perfect, but they do need you to be real.”   Continue to Heal Yourself The first part of the journey to finding your own voice is to look at your own fears about being seen and heard. The majority of people I meet have had some sort of wounding to their own voice and as a result have a very strong inner critic that silences their truth and authenticity. We may even have inherited this kind of silencing from our family and early conditioning. So begin to explore all that you …

5 Ways to Find Your Voice Teaching Yoga

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By accepting who you are and being compassionate towards yourself, you will find a greater freedom in expressing your gifts to the world.   This article starts with the premise that everyone has a unique way of bringing their gifts forward in life.  Our voice is a very powerful method of delivering these gifts.  But it can also be an inhibitor, as fear and anxiety can block one’s ability to speak truthfully from a place of peace and authority.  This article will explore 5 ways you can begin to explore and discover your voice both from a philosophical and technical …

Q&A with Jim Gelcer: Quieting the Mind and Opening the Heart with Kirtan

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“To me, all the stellar moments are connected to “letting go.” Letting go of all inhibitions and ego and just singing with wild abandon. And that can happen in a large or small group, in a live setting or even singing along with a Kirtan CD in your car!”   First of all, Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us and tell us about your work! We are so very excited to have recently welcomed you to the YogiTunes community. You have a diverse musical background – from Jazz to Klezmer to composing music for film and …