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Escaping Saṃsāra - Yoga and Meditation Podcast about practices that liberate us. Interviews with spiritual teachers from the yoga world and beyond. We are a group of friends dedicated to exploring the deep teachings of yoga and other spiritual traditions to see what unites them in their search for Truth and how each practitioner has danced with the Mystery. We want to learn from today’s elders about their paths and experiences. What has worked, what hasn’t and what is downright weird. From California psychedelic culture to Tantric Tibet we span the globe finding out what has helped people on their spiritual journey. We hope that it will be of benefit to our fellow truth seekers. OM https://escaping-samsara.com/donate/
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Glimpses Into the Sufi World. While most hippies in the 60' went to India to find spiritually Michael Sugich went to Saudi Arabia in search of a Sufi guru and spent his life in a lesser known area of the Arab world living the spirituality of Islam. New episode is out now! Link in the bio.Show notes- First spiritual experiences and escape from show business- Remembrance of God - Vikrala- On Islam as foundation of Sufism- The only certain thing- Sharia as a safety net- Importance of guidance of a spiritual master- Working with breath in Islamic tradition, Haḍra ritual- Litanies and spending time in the company of saints- Teaching children, expectations and the modern worldBooks & Contact Signs on the Horizons: Meetings with Men of Knowledge and IlluminationHearts Turn: Sinners, Seekers, Saints and the Road to Redemption Michael's FB - FB: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sugich-----Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
There’s been a lot said and written about the changes female yogis go through when they become mothers. Now, for the first time, we discuss Ashtanga Yoga and fatherhood. Our guests, Mark Robberds, Prem Carlisi, and Scott Johnson have about 80 years of practice and teaching experience between them, close to 100 if you include me. Mark and I are new fathers, Scott Johnson’s kids are teenagers, and Prem is a grandfather. It was really special to sit with a group of men and learn about realising the goals of yoga in family life. You can watch this episode on our Escaping Samsara Youtube channel https://youtu.be/gjKiJZQHpScShow Notes·        Becoming a father and how men experience having a baby·        How to continue a yoga practice while holding the responsibilities of family life·        How to maintain a quality relationship with your partner·        And the play of masculine and feminine in the yoga of relationshipCheck out our guests: https://www.markrobberds.com/https://stillpoint.yoga/https://www.ashtangayogabali.com/ 
Stu Girling is a yoga teacher, anatomy expert and author. He runs Love Yoga Anatomy online and on Youtube, and is the author of Illustrated Yoga Anatomy book. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions about yoga, ashtanga, avoiding injury and maintaining healthy bodies. We asked questions such as:How to return to yoga practice after pregnancy?How to do yoga asana with sciatica?Avoding ankle pain in lotus poseWhy should spiritual yogis care about anatomy?How crosstraining can stop you getting injuredWhat's with Setu Bandhasana? Find more from Stuhttps://loveyogaanatomy.com/Stu's book: https://illustratedyogaanatomy.com/Free yoga tips: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYmM9DXH1XC1ZypIDCaf1JA
Ben Goresky is a counsellor, coach and explorer of consciousness. He is involved in addiction recovery and working with men as part of the Samurai Brotherhood, a community I am also involved in. He hosts the Evolving Man podcast. As both recovered addicts we talk deeply about abuse, drug addiction and recovery. Then we delve into spiritual practices that have helped Ben on his journey before getting into the spiritual power of men's work.Find out more about Ben's coaching and online trainings here: https://evolvingman.com/
Ash Hope is a Brisbane-based Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher and a student of Nancy Gilgoff. Her fascination about the body’s self-healing abilities led her to study CranioSacral therapy with the Upledger Institute in Singapore. Ash explores the practice of meditation in the Zen tradition and teaches traditional Mysore style classes in her  shala in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.Show notesSpiritual longing: From Eastern Germany to IndiaDiscovering Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga system after an injuiryOn synergetic relationship of Primary and Intermediate seriesWeekly sequencing - thoughts on rotation of seriesMeeting Nancy GilgoffEvolution of Pattabhi Jois' teaching approachOn old-school Advanced A series, teaching methodologyAshtanga pranayamaMeditation practiceMixing practices from different schoolsVisit https://www.ashtangayogacentre.com.au/ to find out more about Ash and her teaching schedule.Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Michael W. Taft is a meditation teacher, bestselling author, and the host of Deconstructing Yourself podcast. From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty five years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist Vipassana and Hindu Tantric practice. Michael authored several books, including “The Mindful Geek, Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept”, and Ego (which he co-authored).Show notesSwitching between incompatible models of realityTaking it too farBuddhist modernismMahayana’s critique of Theravada traditionEmptiness and the Buddha natureOn Tantric practiceFeeling your way through uncharted territoryUprooting the seeds of the kleshasParallels between Tantric and Vajrayana practicesOn VipassanaMantra and deitiesTo find out more about Michael Taft visit Deconstructing Yourself website.Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Phil Mistlberger is an explorer of world's philosophic and esoteric traditions, transpersonal therapist, international seminar and workshop facilitator, and author with over thirty years of experience. Phil has written 7 books looking from different angles on wide variety of teachings and teachers. He has co-founded and founded schools and communities of inner work like Samurai Brotherhood, and traveled around the world to study and teach numerous courses and workshops.Show notesSpiritual experiences and Perennial philosophyMoving from one tradition to another21st century destructed mind's dark night of the soul problem3 Dangerous MagiOn Aleister CrowleyStudying with OshoBenefits of releasing generational rage and guiltOn addiction, ethics and generational contextPremature teachingOn conditioned culture, autonomy and reality tunnelsEncounter work and men groupsVisit http://www.ptmistlberger.com/ to find more about his work.Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Robert Moses has 50 years’ experience as a teacher of yoga and advaita vedanta. Robert served in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers for 22 years. He is a founder and co-publisher of Namarupa - Categories of Indian thoughts, a magazine about the philosophies and arts of India. He is leading annual pilgrimages to sacred places of India and offering classes on Pranayama, Bandhas, Kriyas, Mudras as well as exploration of Hatha Yoga Pradipika online.Show notesFirst glimpses beyond the physical plain of existence Intense yoga practice, meditation and fastingHitchhiking through Europe"Cry, The Beloved Country" - growing up in South AfricaThe "Continuum concept" (Jean Liedloff)"You can't just have bad people in the world raising kids" (Norman Allan)Bhakti practice, subtle forms of Tridoshas - Tejas, Ojas and PranaBrahmacharya in the context of househoder pathLooking behind the bandhas Udara - the forgotten bandhaAddendum: Where to fit a mudra practice?Discover Namarupa Magazine, classes and courses by Robert Moses.Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Thomas Van Breda is a scholar of religion specialising in the western esoteric tradition. He joins us to discuss notorious occultist Aleister Crowley and his contribution to the evolution of modern yoga. In 1901, Crowley travelled to Sri Lanka and studied what seems to be a mixture of Ashtanga and Shaivite Yoga. When he returned to the UK and started teaching. Is it possible that he was one of the first western yoga teachers ever? Or did his bombastic and strange personality only obscure these teachings?Show Notes We discuss the occult and rejected knowledge systemsCrowley’s problematic personalityHow Crowley saw enlightenment and how he claimed to have attained itWe respond to Mark Singleton’s 2010 book “Yoga Body: the Origins of Modern Posture Practice” that claims Crowley was a “black magician” who  obscured the message of yogaHow Crowley taught asana before Krishnamacharya, the old school wayCrowley’s experiments and achieving dhyana and samadhi statesCrowley's "Eight Lectures on Yoga" PDF: http://www.metaphysicspirit.com/books/Eight%20Lectures%20on%20Yoga.pdfHead over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Maggi Nimmo is an artist, healer and yogi based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She teaches physical Asana, Pranayama, Self-Awareness, Samatha techniques and further meditations.She also specialises in acute and chronic pain management and includes her client’s emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being as part of her solutions. She’s trained in The Bowen Technique, Sacro-Cranial Technique, Remedial Massage, Foot Realignment, Homoeopathy and Spiritual Counselling.Show NotesMaggi’s artworks especially sacred symbols and geometry What kingons and vedic concepts of gunas have in commonPattabhi Jois and Bikram back in the dayA non dual experience slipping into a riverHow the warrior poses are the same as walking70s Hairstyles and the subtle bodyHow “The body accepts whatever practice you choose”Different catagories of healingThe wisdom of working with the moonPranic and apanic breathing and moon daysAshtanga and aginghttp://magginimmo.com/Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
While his words are often like poetry and his photos stun you with their raw aesthetics, it is that space beyond the form and beyond the mind that Ty invites us to discover and out which his reflections are generously springing from. He is the wizard of most intricate thought castles, the faqir juggling heavy philosophical constructs with lightness and innocence of a child, while his fascination for exploring the ways of embodiment of the creative principle that animates all life is like a magnet that draws you deeper into inquiry in your own practice. We are absolutely delighted to have Ty on our show.Show notesFirst spiritual experiences, communion with the nature and longing for the sense of connectionIntellectual intoxication, vinyasas of thought and postures of mindSomatic exploration of breath wavesTerror of letting go of the sense of the self and the brilliance of Ashtanga VinyasaClinging to a particular idea of what your practice should beAsana as embodying the form that supports the liberated movement of creative energyFatherhood and daily practiceMixing traditions, following your heart, exploring synchronicitiesYear-long online immersion course "Into the Depth"Visit Yoga Workshop Online to find out about online classes, workshops and immersions offered by Ty. Also, check his website https://tylandrum.com/ to discover more about his teaching schedule, as well as some beautiful writing.Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Mumbai-based yoga practitioner and teacher, Deepa Rao shares her experience on Yoga and Meditation with us.Show notesDeepa's first spiritual recollectionsAmulets, yantras and experience growing up in a Brahmin familiyGoenka's Vipassana, practice and studies, aleviation of the fear of darknessEquanimity and challenges of daily lifeThe story behind Trivikramasana How knowledge of mythology can help unravel deeper layers in your asana practiceUsing mantras, themes and affirmations in your practiceOn Ayurveda and diet, prana and apana vayu Yoga in modern day IndiaPracticing with an American yoga teacher in IndiaIf you want to get in touch with Deepa - visit her Instagram accounthttps://instagram.com/therowdeeHead over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
We are very happy to present to you this interview with Gregor Maehle that was recorded around a year ago. Gregor’s path is a remarkable example of limitless determination to find the Truth. While not attempting to gain popularity and fame his ideas and views can be polarising, provoking and challenging. He dismisses authorities, hierarchies, guru worship and other unhealthy group dynamics. By doing so he is not only living out authentically one of the fundamental yogic attitudes of willing to know, rather than to believe, but also plays an extremely important social role that is becoming more and more scarce in today’s poisoned with political correctness world – by not sweetening up his words, pointing out things that are broken, views that are wrong and actions that are unethical he invites all of us to question our assumptions of reality, so that we can finally wake up from our ignorant slumber and experience the true joy of being.It is in sincere gratitude for his guidance on the path of Yoga that we release this interview.Show notesFirst glimpses of infinityDoer mentality, surrendering and graceWhat led Gregor to the practice of the 8-limbed YogaImmersing into teachings today vs in old timesTibetian Ngöndro, Six Yogas of Naropa, DzogchenPurification practices within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition and the mechanisms behind themWhy your meditation doesn’t workHappiness and robotic conditioningGregor’s spiritual practice and the sense of freedomBreath wavesExperience of Cosmic intelligence on different levelsThe differences and similarities of different spiritual pathsSvadharmaGregor’s observation of the modern Yoga landscapeTo find out more about Gregor’s teaching, learning materials, courses and in-depth blog article visit https://8limbs.com/Check out new book by Gregor Maehle: “How To Find Your Life’s Divine Purpose: Brain software for a new civilization”Head over to www.escaping-samsara.com to discover more episodes.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Buddhist teachings deep dive episode 2 with Leigh Brasington.  Buddhist suttas, stream entry, interpretations of the jhanas, Daniel M. Ingram, 32 body types contemplations and much more. If you think this description is geeky, check out the episode to see what geeky really means  🤓Show notesStudying Buddhist suttas and commentaries, Visuddhimagga and AbhidhammaStream entry, interpretation, importance and application of buddhist modelsPulling out mile markersLong-term practice, improvement and reduction of dukha and unshakable peaceOn Daniel M. Ingram's sub-jhanas, excitement about and usefullness of experienceContemplation on 32 body typesHead over to www.escaping-samsara.com for the full list of references from this interview.You can find many more great references on Leigh's website.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Leigh has been practicing meditation since 1985. He is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. He began teaching retreats in Europe and North America in 1997, and is the author of the book "Right Concentration - A Practical Guide to the Jhanas". This is first part of our in-depth exploration of different aspects of Buddhist teachings that Leigh generously took time and energy for. Show notesThe falling of the veil, spiritual hedonism and world tripThe story of Theravada nun Ayya KhemaWays to look at Pratītyasamutpāda - dependent originationFive skandhas, Eckart Tolle and taking a nap Emptiness or Śūnyatā, inherent existence and the deathlessImmortality projectLeighs process of studying the SuttasWhat are Jhanas or the stages of indestructible mindMorality, concentration, wisdomJhanas as a spectrum of concentration statesAs you go deeper the space of observer gets smallerDon't get fooled by your conceptsLeigh's and Nathan's take on the spiritual world of todayHow Buddhism translates into Western cultureHead over to www.escaping-samsara.com for the full list of references from this interview. You can find many more great references on Leigh's website.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Norway-born, Kathmandu-based KPJAYI authorised level 2 Ashtanga yoga teacher, co-founder of the first Ashtanga studio In Oslo, buddhist practitioner and scholar of Himalayan languages and Tibetan philology - Ellen Johannesen shares with us her fascinating life story as we change between buddhist and yogic perspectives exploring the path to liberation.Show notesFrom contemporary dance to yogaMovement patterns, innate animal logic and asanaThe act of balancing or playing with the forces outside of youYogic Yamas & Niyamas vs. Buddhist ParamisRegaining subtle body awareness through asana Relocating to Nepal and studying Buddhism, Himalayan languages, Tibetan philology How studying sutras and scriptures slowly changes youDependent origination and breaking the patternPractices aiming at removing samskarasReconciling Yogic and Buddhist perspectives100.000 prostrations in Bodh GayaMaking meritIf you ever in Nepal and want to practice with Ellen or just curious to find out more about her work - visit Ashtanga Nepal website.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
A lover of the ancient and obscure, Forrest Knutson is a yogi householder, writer and meditation teacher. He offers many great video instructions on Kriya Yoga and meditation on his YouTube channel, as well as through his courses and trainings.Show notesSearch for Truth, "Hamsa" meditation and first spiritual experienceJoining monastic communityLahiri Mahasaya and BabajiWondering up in the hillsKriyaEnlightenment equasion, samadhi, layman vs monastic practice"Remedial teacher", heart rate variability and "3 cardial rules"Kechari MudraAnalogies with buddhist Jhana practice7 Kriyasa of Lahiri, buddhist 5 breath statesCheck out Forrest Knutson's YouTube Channel, his website  and his book "Hacking the Universe: The Process of Yogic Meditation".Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
We are beyond excited to kick off the new year with these 2 beautiful guests - Deepika Mehta and Mark Robberds. Yoga couple, Ashtanga practitioners and movement specialists, teachers and successful Instagramers, humble and curious beings on the spiritual path - which of these labels come close to who they really are? Listen in - link in the bio!Show notesDeepika's path to spirituality Relationships, practice and parenthood Pareto principle in Mark's approach to maintaining the practiceAging: Flexibility means fragility? Movement exploration rooted in the yogic tristana Benefits of a set sequence and creativity, yoga and surfingHaṭhābhyāsapaddhatiPranayama, Breathwork and Wim Hoff?James Nestor and Simon Borg-Olivier Cultural appropriation and Mula Bandha underwearMark's Instagram journeyMeditation practice and personal challenges3 new online courses Deepika Mehta – https://deepikamehta.in/Mark’s website – https://markrobberds.com/Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Kashi Atlanta, a nonprofit urban yoga ashram that has served Atlanta for 21 years. She is an urban yoga monk, working to inspire people to live deeply, loving everyone along the way.Swami has studied yoga, pranayama (yogic breath), meditation, and healing in-depth since 1985. She took her monastic vows in the Saraswati lineage of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati and was given the title Yoga Acharya (master teacher of yoga) in 2007.She taught at the 2004 Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain, and was Grand Marshal of the 2015 Atlanta Pride Parade in recognition of decades of work with the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities. In our chat, we get deep on topics such as pranayama, kundalini and karma yoga.Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
Nathan is joined by Marc Kate and Chad Lott from "Scary Thoughts Podcast" to discuss Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now."Unless you've been stuck in a Twitter flame war for the last 20 years, you will know about Tolle's bestselling spiritual treatise. But is it a classic or a self-help rip off?  We discuss the book, it's flaws and strengths and come to some new conclusions.We also discover Marc and Chad's meditation practices, the effect of nihilism and find out what Eckhart Tolle and Charles Manson have in common.http://scarythoughts.org/ https://failingforms.bandcamp.com/Feel grateful and would like to support us? Thank you!Here is our PAYPAL or  PATREON account for contributions.
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