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Each week Stuart dives deep into a wide range of topics, all focused on inspiring humanity to evolve into a more balanced and harmonious existence. Stuart features on the podcast experts from all kinds of different fields. Movers and shakers that are opening hearts and minds in Yoga, health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality. These are raw and honest conversations with no script. With these conversations I intend to provoke, educate, inspire and empower you to discover, unfold and awaken your fullest potential.
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Join Jo and I for this conversation on designing your future. If you enjoy it, please  join us for many other conversations, meditations and practices over at Yoga Heart Mind.Download the Yoga Heart Mind app on any smart phone or at www.yogaheartmind.comWith love,Stu and JoSupport the show (
Jody Levy is an artist, designer, director, educator, entrepreneur, executive and investor. Jody is the founder, creative director and Chief Executive Officer of a handful of companies dedicated to empowering people to be as healthy and happy as possible. World Waters | WTRMLN WTR is a company and brand committed to redefining how and what we drink to nourish our bodies and sustain our ecosystem. The mission of World Waters and WTRMLN WTR is to educate people about why clean healthy eating is so important for the health and sustainability of our communities. NeuroPraxis is a digital app featuring NeuroScultping modules specific for overcoming pain, PTSD, stress, and symptoms associated with Biotoxic exposure including Lyme Disease, Mold disease, viruses, parasites, and more. LabElymental | The Milk Cleanse is a detox cleanse product made for alleviating symptoms associated with biotoxic exposure. A percentage of sales goes towards the awareness and prevention of parasites, Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.Jody Levy is a partner, advisor and investor in many category-disrupting brands and companies connected to the clean living, wellness lifestyle space that empower people to take care of themselves and optimize their happiness and purpose. This includes companies that focus on biohacking, clean energy, personalized medicine, alternative wellness, sustainable fitness, clean food and more.Stay in touch with Jody here:https://jodydlevy.com the show (
Tim Frey is the Founder and CEO of Helix Gym, an Australian premium training facility established in 2015. After working in college strength and conditioning in the USA, Tim not only found his passion in the health and fitness industry, but also established an entrepreneurial mindset, knowing from a young age he had what it took to take his knowledge, experience and drive to the market and make his mark.With a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science and his Master NLP Certification, this has allowed him the opportunity and expertise to (so far) coach over 2,388 clients, from ‘everyday joes’ to Professional Athletes across Australia and globally. A short 5 years after his journey in the industry began, Helix was born. Tim was 23 and he knew the investment in opening his own private premium training facility would allow him the opportunity to make a difference to more and more people’s lives, and did he ever, scaling to multiple six figures, Tim blew past all of his competition. Tim can be considered a world-renown strength & conditioning coach with a focus on holistic performance.After coaching over 2,000 clients, Tim has had the opportunity to work with clients of different ages and levels of health and fitness. Each client presents varied issues and opportunities to work with, which has given Tim the tools and ability to coach anyone who is dedicated to improving their movement, mindset, wellness and nutrition. This experience has been looked upon favourably and positioned Tim as an expert in his field, presenting an opportunity for Tim to coach athletes in the USA who subsequently represented their country at the Olympics, International events and NCAA champions.Tim knew early on that it was almost impossible to coach someone on their movement and nutrition without the ability to coach them on their mindset also. This resulted in Tim investing heavily in his own education and mentorship to be able to provide the best guidance and advice to his members for maximum results. Tim has been taught and mentored by legendary Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer Paul Elissio. As a Certified Master of NLP Training, Tim’s Helix Method allows him to work with his clients to cut through their own stories, limiting beliefs and stagnation with their current situation. This training has extended outside of the gym, with Tim hosting regular intensive mindset coaching camps internationally and 6-8 1:1 hour breakthrough sessions with his clients, allowing them to eliminate any barriers stalling their progress. Follow Tim here:https://helixsp.com the show (
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW, is an author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and founder of the 501c3 non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch teaches in a non-sectarian human being lineage using an adult education style based in the earliest non-dual wisdom traditions, modern science and psychotherapy. Loch is grateful to all his teachers and shares from his own experience that has given him great joy, freedom and love. Loch’s work is to help people access awakening as the next natural stage of human development. He offers in-person retreats, workshops, and online video and audio courses. He served on the New York Insight Teachers Council, studied extensively with Mingyur Rinpoche, and was invited to teach direct realization by Adyashanti.Loch has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. As a licensed psychotherapist, Loch has been teaching seminars, supervising clinicians and practicing awareness psychotherapy in NYC for 30 years. Loch is a graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological. He was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal from 1981-1982 and has studied with teachers from around the world. He studied Buddhism with Professor Lily de Silva at the University of Kandy, Sri Lanka, Insight Meditation with Godwin Samararatne and at the Theravada monasteries, Inter-Spiritual Contemplative Meditation with Fr. Bede Griffiths and Anthony de Mello, Advaita at Sri Ramana Ashram, and Dzogchen and Sutra Mahamudra with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in Nepal. Loch spent 10 years establishing homeless shelters and community lunch programs and working in a community mental health clinic in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as Coordinator of Counseling and Interspiritual Chaplain at Union Theological Seminary and worked extensively with families recovering from the trauma of 9/11. Loch currently lives in New York City with his wife Paige and their cat Duffy.Follow Loch via https://lochkelly.orgThis episode is sponsored by https://sacredtaste.comGet 10% off their incredible cacao with promo code QUIETMINDOPENHEARTPractice with Jo and I at https://yogaheartmind.comWith love,StuSupport the show (
Krishna Das is a world renowned Kirtan artist and masterful teacher. In 1994, he started leading chant at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC. Over the years, he continued chanting, developing his signature style, fusing traditional kirtan of the east with western harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities. The audiences have been ever growing. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD, has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  He has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time.KD now travels the world sharing his kirtan practice and wonderful stories of his life, of Maharaji-ji, of his life on the Path, and discusses bringing chanting into our lives through retreats and workshops.To date, KD has released 16 well received albums, including Live Ananda (released January 2012)  that was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.In February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA streamed online to millions of viewers. The award-winning film ‘One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das’ has been in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere.In 2014 the Kirtan Wallah Foundation was formed. This 501c3 is dedicated to spreading the teachings of KD’s guru and spiritual teacher, Neem Karoli Baba, Lovingly called Maharjji, his teachings can be summed up by his saying:‘Love Everyone. Serve Everyone. Remember God”For more information about the Kirtan Wallah Foundation, please click the button below.https://www.krishnadas.comSupport the show (
A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of Asana in his work.His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of the California coast, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere.His stunning repertoire runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, in an effort to help change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides each day.In Sturman's own words, "I often think of Rumi's words 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me." Sturman's honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2008 United States Olympics.Sturman has been the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.Follow Robert Sturman here:https://www.robertsturmanstudio.com love,Stu“I am confident that photographs are one of the greatest influencers on our planet. They truly have the potential to evolve humanity in a more positive direction and change the world. When I realized this, there was no turning back." — Robert SturmanSupport the show (
Heather Wertheimer is a kirtan artist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist who combines her special love of both music and yoga to lead devotional chanting internationally. With a rare ability to sing directly from the heart, she infuses sacred chanting with a powerful sense of peace and depth. Heather has toured in the U.S. and abroad with her husband Benjy, Steve Gorn, Manose, and Deva Premal & Miten. Heather’s debut CD with Shantala, Church of Sky, was named by New Age Retailer as one of the top ten albums of the year. It has been aired on radio stations internationally. Heather brings the richness of her healing background as a therapist and teacher of meditation and yoga into the practice of kirtan.Download Shantala's latest recording: and listen to this beautiful recording of Jai Gurudev: love and gratitude:https://shantalamusic.comWith love,StuSupport the show (
Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning musician, composer, vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist equally accomplished on tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar and keyboards, Benjy Wertheimer has performed and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and renowned bamboo flute master G. S. Sachdev. He has also opened for such well-known artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Benjy is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed world fusion ensemble Ancient Future.In addition to touring with Shantala, Benjy is a founding member of the sacred music ensemble The Hanumen (including Gaura Vani, John De Kadt, and Visvambhar Sheth of the Mayapuris) and has toured and produced two CDs with them since 2009.  Benjy joined David Michael and Grammy winner Nancy Rumbel to form the Confluence Trio in 2019. They released their first CD, Confluence, in May 2019.He began his musical studies at age five, starting with piano and later violin, flamenco guitar, and Afro-Cuban percussion. Benjy has been a student of Indian classical music for over 40 years, sitting with some of the greatest masters of that tradition, including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, and Z. M. Dagar. Along with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, he was a contributing composer and member of the Zakir Hussain Rhythm Experience. Trained in audio engineering at San Francisco State University, Benjy is also very much in demand as a producer, engineer, and studio session musician.Benjy has produced 18 CDs since 2000, which receive extensive airplay around the world, and his CD Circle of Fire went to #1 on the New Age radio charts. Benjy is also in demand as a scoring composer, having scored for such varied projects as NBC’s Santa Barbara series and the Emmy-nominated documentary SEED: The Untold Story. Making his home in Portland, Oregon, he now tours internationally with his wife Heather in the kirtan group Shantala.Click here to download Shantala's newest release, "LIVE2Love."\Click here to download "Voice of the Esraj" and all of Benjy and Shantala's albums: love,StuSupport the show (
Cam Fraser is a pioneer of conscious sexuality, organising and hosting sacred sexuality workshops and festivals. He has been honored by Lifeline WA with a community leadership award for championing the cause of mental health and emotional well-being. He has addressed audiences as a guest speaker at various universities and schools across America and Australia. As a World Association of Sex Coaches Certified Professional Sex Coach and an American College of Sexologists Certified Sexologist, Cam have also helped a diverse range of clients overcome their individual sexual struggles. Support the show (
Nadine Artemis is a true visionary in the fields of health and beauty. Nadine Artemis is the creator of Living Libations, an exquisite line of serums, elixirs, and essentials oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical health and beauty products on the planet. She is the author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums, a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets, and her products have received rave reviews in the New York Times, the National Post, and the Hollywood Reporter. Described by Alanis Morissette as “a true-sense visionary,” Nadine has formulated a stunning collection of rare and special botanical compounds. An innovative aromacologist, Nadine develops immune-enhancing formulas and medicinal blends for health and wellness; her potent dental serums are used worldwide and provide the purest oral care available. Her healing creations, along with her concept of “Renegade Beauty,” encourage effortlessness, eschew regimes, and inspire people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness. Nadine’s fresh paradigm for beauty and her natural approach to health presents a revolutionary vision; it allows the life-force of flowers, dewdrops, plants, the sun, and water to be the ingredients of healthy living and lets everything unessential, contrived, and artificial fall away.You can find Nadine at and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.This show was supported by which is truly the best cacao I have ever come across.With love,StuSupport the show (
Mama, teacher, bestselling author and Double Diamond leader with doTERRA, Elena has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into seven languages, and her second, Practice You, is a bestseller. Her SIMPLIFY course is beloved for bringing analog creativity to online coursework, and her third book, Being You, will be released in early 2021. Her spoken word poems can be found on Above & Beyond's Flow State albums.Listen to her renowned Practice You Podcast and get her latest book at, and practice with Elena on the show (
Mama, teacher, bestselling author and Double Diamond leader with doTERRA, Elena has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into seven languages, and her second, Practice You, is a bestseller. Her SIMPLIFY course is beloved for bringing analog creativity to online coursework, and her third book, Being You, will be released in early 2021. Her spoken word poems can be found on Above & Beyond's Flow State albums. Listen to her renowned Practice You Podcast and get her latest book at, and practice with Elena on the show (
Spring Washam is a well-known meditation teacher, author and visionary leader based in California and Peru. She is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities. She is one of the founders and core teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, located in downtown Oakland, CA.  She received extensive training by Jack Kornfield, is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for the last 20 years. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a shamanic practitioner and has studied indigenous healing practices for over a decade. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist  wisdom. Her writing and teachings have appeared in many online journals and publications such as Lions Roar, Tricycle, and She has been a guest on many popular podcasts and radio shows. She currently travels and teaches meditation retreats, workshops and classes worldwide.Be sure to check out Sping's class each Sunday. Here are the details:The Church of Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad CrewA weekly class bringing together Buddha Dharma AND Social JusticeLed by Spring WashamJoin their Facebook Group: episode was sponsored by Sacred Earth Medicine Ceremonial Cacao. They're also supporting our upcoming event on September 4th. Get yourself some their cacao here: join us on September 4th.With love,StuSupport the show (
Matthew Bruce is a former Australian soldier turned meditation teacher, facilitator, public speaker and all round inspiration.Matt joined the army at the age of 20 and spent 10 years there with deployments to Afghanistan. He spoke about 270 rocket attacks over a six month period and working while deployed, 10hr days for 13.5 days a fortnight "fifo on steroids". Eventually this led to being emotionally detached and being unable to give empathy or emotion. The loss of a relationship followed.He spiralled out of control over a few years dealing with his issues with porn, sex, drugs & alcohol.The best part is how he picked himself up, finding direction, using meditation, breath work and helping others find their way.Don't miss this one!Matt's book was released on June 27th, it's titled Warriors War. It's incredible and I highly suggest you get it and dive right into it.Follow Matt here: love,StuSupport the show (
David Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher, meditation guideand Emmy award winning composer and musician. David is a senior teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism.David has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), and Director of the Dharmadhatu Meditation Center in Los Angeles. He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs around the world and online, and also mentors individual students in person and via Skype. David has created and taught meditation teacher trainer programs for OM yoga, Empowered Yoga, Kaia Yoga, Metrowest Yoga, Samarasa Center, True Nature Yoga (Tokyo), and Journey Meditation. He has also been a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context – including including Balanced Athlete, Journey Meditation, The Center for Health & Healing, and Om Births, among others.He has been a featured writer and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. His book “Awakening From the Daydream: Re-imagining The Buddha’s Wheel of Life”, was released by Wisdom Publications in October, 2016. David has several online meditation workshops available through is also a well known composer, producer and guitarist – a four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee. He is the founder of Dharma Moon and 5 Points Records. He has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others. Among his many credits in records, film and TV, David wrote the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and composed the score for Christopher Guest’s film “The Big Picture”. As the Beyman Bros, he collaborated with Guest and CJ Vanston on an album “Memories of Summer as a Child”, and has produced multiple records for and periodically tours with Grammy nominated kirtan performer Krishna Das.Be sure to check out David’s latest book. You can buy it here.And his book Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life definitely needs a spot on your bookshelf.Follow David here:https://davidnichtern.com hope you enjoy my conversation with David Nichtern.With love,StuSupport the show (
Trudy Goodman, PH.D., is the founding teacher of InsightLA and cofounder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She has taught at universities and retreat centers worldwide for 25 years. Trudy has trained in mindfulness and Zen since 1973, holds a graduate degree in developmental psychology from Harvard, and is one of the senior Buddhist teachers in the U.S. Learn more about Trudy at Love,StuSupport the show (
David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe is the leading pioneer of the superfoods and longevity multiverse. The World’s top CEOs, ambassadors, celebrities, athletes, artists, and the real superheroes of our world—Moms—all look to David for expert advice in health, energy, peak performance, beauty, herbalism, nutrition, and chocolate! David’s nutrition work with Novak Djokovic helped return him to #1 in Men’s Tennis. Actor Woody Harrelson and David have worked together for 20 years. David is the co-developer of one of the world’s leading kitchen appliances: the NutriBullet™. Over the years, his innovative line of superfood, superherb and organic products have transformed healthfood stores and grocery departments all over the world.His Facebook page and Facebook videos and posts reach millions of people each week around the world with succinct powerful inspirational quotes, news, health information and education. David’s Facebook fan-base is over 12 million strong, making his influence one of the most widely commented, clicked, and shared in the world.David Wolfe is the President of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF), a nonprofit he founded in 2002. FTPF has planted over 1,000,000 trees and has a mission to plant 18 billion fruit, nut and medicinal trees around the world. David champions the ideals of spending time in nature, growing one’s own food, and making today The Best Day Ever. He teaches that inspiration is found in love, travel, natural beauty, vibrant health, and peak-performance.David has circumnavigated the Earth for decades seeking out the world’s purest foods, superfoods, superherbs, essential oils, and waters. Today he leads adventure retreats to some of his favorite places (please see is a gourmet chocolatier, organic & biodynamic farmer, beekeeper, and a vanilla grower. He is passionate about the beautifying, health giving and mystical qualities of dark organic chocolate.David is the author of many best-selling books, including: The Beauty Diet, The Sunfood Diet Success System, Naked Chocolate, Amazing Grace, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms and Longevity NOW. He has also appeared in numerous breakthrough documentaries and films including: Food Matters, Hungry for Change, GMOs Revealed and Discover the Gift.David is a highly sought after health and personal success speaker. He has shared the stage with success and business coaches like Anthony Robbins, Richard Branson, Brian Tracy, John DeMartini, John Gray, as well as acclaimed doctors and health researchers including: Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Dr Dave Woynarowksi and many more.David is a lead educator and presenter at the Body-Mind Institute and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. His popular Inner Circle Online Education & Mentorship Programs are open to all.Check out David's new film:https://1111iceland.comThanks to this episodes sponsor Baxter Blue! Get yourself 10% off by using the promo code 'STUART10' at checkout: with Jo and I over at or download the app on any phone.With love,StuSupport the show (
Julian Silburn is a Didjeridu teacher, healer and performer with a passionate interest in Aboriginal culture and music. Through teaching, healing and performing Didjeridu (Yidaki), Julian aims to share the spirit respectfully and to connect people with nature through the various rhythms, songs and nature calls. Over the last 20 years Julian has collaborated with several Noongar and Arnhem Land Yolgnu Elders, both musically and culturally, and he feels honoured to have their approval and blessing to perform, heal and teach. Julian has conducted healing sessions and performances throughout U.S.A, Canada, Europe and Australia.Listen to my first episode with Julian here: Julian here: love,StuSupport the show (
Sarah Barnes is a Yoga & meditation teacher, Soulful Consumer ambassador, workshop facilitator & live-interview host based in the UK and Bali.The most important message that Sarah shares is ‘Yoga should not be contained to the mat’.  The rich teachings and ethical grounding it offers is designed to be bought into the ‘real world’.Sarah applies her knowledge to activism, workshops, event organisation, teaching  classes (both virtually and online) and spreads tools of education for self-empowerment.Follow Sarah via instagram @impulseyoga_With love,StuSupport the show (
Join Jo and I as we dive into the gunas and ways in which we can balance our energies. To enjoy the rest of this conversation and so many more, download the Yoga Heart Mind app here: our journey here: love,StuSupport the show (
Comments (2)

Heather Sanders

As an early childhood teacher, I found this podcast so inspiring. It is such a good reminder to be constantly reflective in my practice, to teach from my heart space and remain open and connected to the children in front of me. Education should not be stressful - it should be a joyful and unfolding, playful journey built on mutual respect. thanks so much for sharing so honestly Gill. 🙏

Mar 11th

Heather Sanders

I am loving listening to these podcasts every morning on my way to and from work. Life gets super busy sometimes and these podcasts keep me grounded and connected to my yoga and spiritual practice on those crazy days when I need it most. Thanks Stuart for creating these amazing podcasts - so inspiring! Keep them coming!!

Feb 6th
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