Yoga Radio: Cultivating Creativity with Susanna Harwood Rubin

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Creativity is an essential and natural part of being human, yet for many people it is something that has been repressed or pushed aside. For others, art in any form, including writing, is an aspect of life that evokes passion and helps them process change.

This conversation with Susanna Harwood Rubin is touching, full of beauty, and addresses how each of us can bridge the world of yoga with creativity. Indeed, yoga is an invitation to creative expression.

In one of my favorite parts of the interview Susanna describes traveling to India with her teacher, Douglas Brooks. There is much to learn here, and many places to find delight!

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Yoga Radio: Cultivating Creativity with Susanna Harwood Rubin
Recorded on April 17, 2012.

Guest Bio:

As a visual artist, writer, and recently resigned Certified Anusara Yoga teacher, Susanna infuses her classes with creativity, interweaving myth, poetry and philosophy to offer students an experience of intensity and grace. She has spent the past decade studying Rajanaka Tantra with Dr. Douglas Brooks, traveling regularly with him to South India. She is based at NYC’s Virayoga and is a founding member of Yoga Coalition.

Susanna has exhibited internationally, and spent years lecturing and writing for MoMA, including co-authoring “Looking at Matisse and Picasso.” She now takes delight in distilling complex yogic concepts into clear and vivid language so that her students can readily access their inner beauty. She writes for Elephant Journal, Origin Magazine, Social Workout, and teaches Writing Your Practice through the Yoga Teacher Telesummit. She has been profiled by FIT YOGA magazine, YogaSleuth, YogaCityNYC, and is 1 of 100 “inspirational women leaders” featured on ClaudiaChan.com.

Check out this blog to find out more about Susanna Harwood Rubin and her upcoming retreat.

I also highly encourage you to watch the video here of Susanna introducing her Telesummit class, Writing Your Practice.

This is my artistic offering to you and your yoga practice: Yoga for Dragon Riders. It truly is a call to creatively BE who you are. Click to visit the website, learn more about the book, download the first 2 chapters and get free yoga videos. 🙂

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Yoga Radio: Navigating the Cycles of Change with Sianna Sherman

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Do you see the cycles of life as they flow around you and within you? Do you find yourself in awe of the blossoming of Spring, glory of Summer, beautiful transition of Autumn, and quiet of Winter? Do you become fearful when you see things break down and die, or do you see how this gives way to new beginnings?

Recognizing and working with these ever flowing cycles are the key to understanding life and thriving! Yoga, as well as the archetypes of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali, have much to teach us about the cyclical nature of life. Enjoy this magnificent show which is an exploration into these cycles with one of the world’s top yoga instructors, Sianna Sherman.

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Navigating the Cycles of Change with Sianna Sherman.
Recorded LIVE on April 26, 2012.

Guest Bio:

Sianna Sherman is an internationally recognized Anusara® yoga teacher who delights in sharing her teachings with poetry, stories and expressive insight. Sianna teaches at festivals and holds workshops and retreats around the world. She is a regular contributor to YogaGlo online yoga, Origin Magazine, Yoga Journal, the Poetry of Yoga Project and other multimedia expressions, and wishes to serve students with accessible information that helps them in the true transformation of their lives.

Be sure to check out Sianna’s remarkable new DVD, Pranam.

You can find out more about Sianna and her offerings at opentograce.com

Here is the meditation at the end of this Yoga Radio show:

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Yoga Radio: Yoga for Kids of All Ages

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Photo from www.GoGrounded.com

Do you have little ones, or children of any age?

Growing up has its challenges, including wild hormones and emotions, pressure from school and social circles, and physical changes.

Kids of all ages are finding yoga to be immensely helpful. In fact, there are studies with children who have been labeled ADHD showing that yoga improves their ability to focus and harness their own emotions in positive ways, and helps them perform better in school.

In this show I’ll be speaking with author Maryellen Murphy Ruggiero, author of The Little Lotus Learns About Wellness, and Grounded Yoga teacher and co-founder Cheryl Crawford. Listen in and learn how yoga can be an empowering practice for all ages!

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Yoga Radio: Yoga for Kids of All Ages!
Recorded LIVE on April 19, 2012

Guest Bios:

Maryellen Murphy Ruggiero

Maryellen Murphy Ruggiero is the author and illustrator of The Little Lotus Learns About Wellness. She received her B.A. in Wellness and the Healing Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is passionate about yoga, the arts and the benefits of a holistic lifestyle.

She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and the family dog, Lola.

A portion of all proceeds from The Little Lotus Learns About Wellness will be donated to TargetCancer, which funds research into rare and lesser known cancers.

Click to learn more about Maryellen and The Little Lotus Learns About Wellness book at www.HipHealthyAndHolistic.com.

 

Cheryl Crawford

Cheryl Crawford, mother of triplets and Certified Yoga Teacher, is the co-grounder of Grounded Yoga. She’s been teaching her whole life. First to her stuffed animals and to her younger brother (when he sat still) and then in later years to the children of Atlanta in Fulton County Public Schools where she worked as an Elementary School Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator.

Cheryl began her yoga journey soon after her three daughters were born, and as her practice evolved, it became clear to her that she had to blend and balance her new dedication to yoga with her lifelong passion for teaching. She is committed to sharing her experience of artfully finding the balance between serious alignment and playful expansion. Cheryl listens to the wisdom of the children and teaches from her highest self.

Learn more about Cheryl and Grounded Yoga at www.GoGrounded.com.

 

Delight the child within and take an adventure in Yoga for Dragon Riders. Click here to explore the website where you can download the first 2 chapters of my book, and get 2 free yoga practice videos. 🙂

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Yoga Radio: Change the World by Challenging Yourself

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Do you want to change the world?

What about your own lifestyle? Is there something about yourself that you’d like to improve? A skill you’d like to learn or hone, a physical or financial change you’d like to make, or an attitude improvement that has been a long time coming?

Change is inevitable, so you may as well choose changes that help you get where you want to go.

Often, challenging yourself to commit to a specific goal for a specific amount of time is the best approach to making real change. The classic quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” rings true every time.

This episode of Yoga Radio will help you get focused, call on your emotions to support your personal growth, and give specific tips to get where you want to go.

Just like practicing yoga every day helps support health and happiness, you can apply that consistency to everything else in life. Tune in this week and find out ways you can get clear and take actions to make the changes you want in yourself, and also contribute to making the world a better place.

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Yoga Radio: Change the World by Challenging Yourself
Recorded LIVE on April 12, 2012.

You might also like these blog posts:

How to Get Focused and Stay Focused

Change the World, Change Yourself . . . And Be Generous While You’re At It.

If you like an adventure, check out my Yoga for Dragon Riders website where you can read the first 2 chapters of my book, and get 2 free yoga videos. 🙂

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Yoga Radio: Shaman’s Wisdom with Tony Samara

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Have you noticed yourself opening up to new ideas because of your yoga practice or other things that have happened recently in your life? Have you heard of shamanism or had any experience with shamanism?

My guest, Tony Samara, is a kind, wise, and internationally celebrated spiritual teacher who will be speaking about shamanism and the simple yet profound message it holds for us. Tony has written four books, including the new eBook, Shaman’s Wisdom.

In the show we address some of the most pressing concerns we’re facing today, and some of the ways we can shift ourselves to heal or dissolve those problems.

I especially enjoyed this conversation because many people don’t realize how many similarities shamanism and yoga share, so it is fun to gain insight from Tony’s vision and experience. Be sure to tune in for this one!

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Yoga Radio: Shaman’s Wisdom with Tony Samara
Recorded LIVE on April 5, 2012.

Guest Bio:

Tony Samara, author of ‘Shaman’s Wisdom,’ ‘From the Heart,’ ‘Different Yet the Same,’ and ‘Deeper than Words’ was born in England, grew up in Egypt and also in Norway where he discovered the “Zen Buddhist philosophy”.

Tony Samara

This discovery eventually led him to the “Mount Baldy Zen Center in California, USA” where he learned the spiritual teachings of “Kyozan Joshu Sasaki.” He had curiosity to explore further the essence of spirituality and thus went to live and learn with shamanic communities around the globe including a period of time spent with some highly influential shamans in the Amazon River region and the Andes Mountains.

Now people from all over the world visit Tony Samara to take spiritual guidance and experience being in his presence. His main countries of activity are in Europe yet with the assistance of the Internet is attracting a Global audience through frequent online interviews and live satsangs.

His function is as a Spiritual Teacher who encourages all to lead their lives actively in a noble way in order to realize the evolution of human consciousness. Tony Samara is a mirror of what is possible, a shining reminder of the continuous possibility of being human.

You can learn more about Tony at www.TonySamara.org, and order his books including Shaman’s Wisdom on Amazon.com.

Walk between worlds in my book, Yoga for Dragon Riders. Click here to explore the website where you can download the first 2 chapters of my book, and get 2 free yoga practice videos. 🙂

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Yoga Radio: Going Deep into Yoga with Desireé Rumbaugh

Desiree Rumbaugh

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Have you ever seen someone in a crazy pretzel yoga pose and wondered how they do that? Or perhaps you seek inspiration in different ways, like wanting to get the most from a simple practice in yoga and go deep into how it can translate to supporting you off the mat.

My guest, Desireé Rumbaugh, is a world renowned yoga instructor who can not only get into those crazy-awesome advanced poses, but is well known for her light-hearted approach to bringing the depths of yoga to anyone, no matter what their level of practice.

I really enjoyed this conversation, especially the “Love is Stronger than Fear” message she brings so clearly to us. We got into talking about Avatar too… Des and I both loved aspects of that movie and how much it reflects some of the fundamental elements of yoga. Get ready for a fun discussion with this incredible woman!

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Yoga Radio: Going Deep into Yoga with Desireé Rumbaugh
Recorded LIVE on March 29, 2012.

Guest Bio:

Photo from www.DesireeRumbaugh.com, photographer Jack H. Davis

Desireé Rumbaugh is an internationally recognized yoga instructor who has inspired people on and off the mat through her classes and workshops, as well as articles in publications like Yoga Journal.

She excels in leading people into deeper, advanced poses, yet she also guides many yoga therapy courses which are focused on shifting the patterns of pain into a state of ease and freedom.

Her Yoga to the Rescue DVD’s present yoga from a therapeutic perspective that you can do at home, and you can find the Yoga to the Rescue DVD’s on Amazon.com, as well as more info on Desiree including her workshop schedule at her website www.DesireeRumbaugh.com.

Dive deeper into your practice and understanding of yoga with my book, Yoga for Dragon Riders. Click to explore the website where you can download the first 2 chapters and get free yoga videos. 🙂

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Yoga Radio: Yoga for Headaches, Shoulder, Neck, Wrist and Back Pain

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Do you spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or desk?

Some of the most common complaints people have with pain happen because of hours spent sitting and working in less-than-optimal alignment.

In this show we’ll take a therapeutic perspective and talk about different problems we tend to run into when working at a desk or computer such as shoulder and neck tension, headaches, back pain and wrist problems. And, of course, I’ll give many suggestions of how yoga can help you find relief and freedom if you’re experiencing any of these very common issues.

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Yoga Radio: Yoga for Headaches, Shoulder, Neck, Wrist and Back Pain
Recorded LIVE on March 15, 2012.

Core yoga practice at Swan River studio in one of the places I call home, New Orleans.

 

Here is the meditation at the end of this Yoga Radio show:

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Yoga Radio: Yoga for Dragon Riders – Making Your Practice an Adventure

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Do you wish life had more magic to it? Have you been on an epic journey of transformation lately?

It seems that most people have been riding the waves of life, sometimes with flow and sometimes barely treading water. I know, I’ve been there too. And I’ve written a book to help guide you through the ocean of alchemy!

My book, Yoga for Dragon Riders, has just been released and I’m going to take you through some highlights of this magnificent adventure in yoga.

Why Dragon Riders? Well, Dragons have incredible transformative powers, and becoming a Dragon Rider is a wonderful metaphor for merging the Universal and Individual, which is what yoga is all about.

Listen in to readings from the book where you’ll find out more about this enormously creative book and how it can inspire and guide you to surf the waves of life with more joy and skill than ever before.

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Yoga Radio: Yoga for Dragon Riders – Making Your Practice an Adventure
Recorded LIVE on March 22, 2012.

Click here to order the book: Yoga for Dragon Riders. You can also download the first 2 chapters and get free yoga videos. 🙂

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Yoga Radio: Breathing Freedom ~ The Power of Your Breath

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

What happens if you sit up tall and take a deep breath?

How does the way you feel change?

Is there a difference even in the way you look at the world, or yourself?

In this Yoga Radio show we’ll be talking about the power of your breath and how each inhale and exhale can effect your health and overall wellbeing. You’ll learn ways to dance with your breath and use pranayama (breathing practices) and different techniques to move energy that can help you access the clarity and freedom we each desire.

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Yoga Radio: Breathing Freedom – The Power of Your Breath
Recorded LIVE on the VoiceAmerica network March 8, 2012.

This beautiful image and meditative poem are from my Doses of Delight Art and Meditation Set.

Breath Meditation from the end of this Yoga Radio show:

This meditation invites you into the space between your breath. By focusing on the gaps where your inhale turns into the exhale and the exhale turns into the inhale, you may find yourself also entering the gaps between your thoughts. Even if that’s not the case, it doesn’t really matter. Just see what your experience is, knowing that just the practice of sitting and breathing in a relaxed and mindful manner has so many benefits!

Invite your posture to become more beautiful and spacious…
Receive your breath by simply expanding and letting it enter you more deeply and joyfully…

Isn’t it amazing how something that subtle can feel that good?

In this short practice, you are given the opportunity to observe the space between your breaths, and how entering into that awareness can shift your state in a profound way!

The Space Between the Breath

Sit beautifully, settling into your hips and lifting up through your spine.

Take a few moments to simply observe your natural breath, noticing how your ribs expand and your heart rides upon the rise and fall of your diaphragm.

Think of your breath as a gift you receive as you open from the inside, allowing its waves of life energy to cycle through your body and being.

Once you are more in tune with the natural pulsation of your breath, begin to pay particular attention to the space between each inhale and exhale.

You don’t need to direct your breath at all, but just by focusing on these gaps you may notice that they become broader and more accessible.

Continue to feel and watch the top of each inhale and the bottom of each exhale.
What effect does this have on your mind and emotions…

How does it feel physically to focus on these spaces of transition?

Ride the waves of your breath as long as you’d like, enjoying the spaces in between.

Whatever your practice of pranayama, may it be a blessing of joy and peace that leads you further into the heart where all things become one.

Enjoy the meditations and dance with your breath in the book Yoga for Dragon Riders. Click here to explore the website where you can download the first 2 chapters and get 2 free yoga practice videos. 🙂

The free Yoga for Dragon Riders videos include one Deep Healing Yoga class and one more vigorous Align and Flow Yoga class.

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Yoga Radio Story Time: Archetypes and Ganesh the Elephant God

In this episode of Yoga Radio with Katrina Ariel:

Once upon a time… Ready for a story?

Learn how Ganesh was born and what he can do for you. If you aren’t familiar with Ganesh, he’s the large bellied, elephant headed Lord of Beginnings, the Remover of Obstacles, and the Deva of Intellect and Wisdom.

The different gods and goddesses you see in yogic traditions are all archetypes that teach us about the many attributes of the one energy that we otherwise have a hard time describing in its infinite forms. Archetypes also are present within each of us, so be sure to tune in to learn about how Ganesh can help you clear out what’s getting in your way and welcome new beginnings.

Listen to master storyteller, Manoj Chalam, explain the significance of Ganesh and how to work with archetypes. I’ll also lead you through a mantra, or chant, that carries the energies of Ganesh, who is well-loved worldwide.

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Yoga Radio Story Time: Archetypes and Ganesh the Elephant God
Recorded LIVE on the VoiceAmerica network March 1, 2012.

 

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

 

This mantra invokes the loving assistance of Ganesha, who is the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles. He is also the Deva of Intellect and Wisdom. This song is a celebration of a fresh cycle, a flowing life, and a welcoming of blessings.

My book Yoga for Dragon Riders has an entire section dedicated to mantra and the yoga of resonance. Visit the website where you can download the first 2 chapters and get 2 free yoga videos. 🙂

The free Yoga for Dragon Riders videos include one Deep Healing Yoga class and one more vigorous Align and Flow Yoga class.

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