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Living the Yoga Life

021 Dada Nabhaniilananda – The Monk Dude

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In this episode of Practically Conscious, I talk with Nabhaniilananda, also know as ‘the monk dude’.

Born in New Zealand, Dada had a profound spiritual experience at 19 years old that led him to become a Yoga Monk of Ananda Marga in 1979.  Dada currently lives in California and teaches meditation at such places as Google, Facebook, and UC Berkley.

I hope you enjoy hearing his amazing story, and there’s a lot we can learn from him!

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Dada can be found at:

www.themonkdude.com

 

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Living the Yoga Life

015 Markus and Karin – Teaching the Therapeutic Benefits…

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Markus Henning Giess and Karin Michelle Sang are the founders of

Yin Therapy.  Following successful musical theater careers – they met while performing in the musical Cats in Berlin, Germany – Markus and Karin became yoga experts.  Increasingly interested in the benefits of yin yoga, they now offer workshops and teacher trainings in Europe and Australasia focused on yin yoga and anatomy.

In this episode we talk about their transition from theater to yoga as well as their recent move from Markus’ home country of Germany to Karin’s home country of New Zealand.  We touch on how Bryan Kest’s teachings liberated their yoga practices and teaching, plus their challenge as dancers to pull back and not do too much physically.  Paul and Suzee Grilley’s yin teachings have had a profound effect on their yoga practice and their lives, teaching them to respect their own bodies.

Other topics covered include:

-Yin Yoga as a cure for back pain and as a tool to become mentally positive.

-How stress causes fascia, or connective tissue, to contract resulting in physical pain, and how stretching and relaxing through Yin Yoga helps to relax and rejuvenate the fascia.  This also results in reduced mental stress.

-How we “cheat” in yoga poses and ultimately that’s ok, it’s more important how the pose feels.

-How children can help with your yoga practice by keeping you in the present moment.

Enjoy!

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Useful links from the show:

www.yintherapy.com – Markus and Karin’s home on the web where you can find more about their teaching and upcoming trainings.

Paul and Suzee Grilley Yin Yoga The Foundations for a Quiet Practice DVD

Bernie Clark’s website www.yinyoga.com and his book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

Bryan Kest

Dr. Robert Schleip’s lecture on Fascia

German TV Documentary on Fascia (with English Voice Track)

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Living the Yoga Life

013 Justin Mccoy – Quietly Doing Big Things

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Justin Mccoy is an American Soto Zen Buddhist Monk

who grew up in and around Los Angeles.  After four years in architecture school, he left to become a monk.  Justin spends much of his time in quiet meditation, but he is also working to create the largest Zen Buddhist Temple outside of Japan.  In our conversation, we talk about cultivating happiness, the importance of natural learning for children, the paradox of the self being one with the universe, traditional Japanese building techniques, and much more.  Justin’s is a fascinating story… enjoy!

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Useful links from the show:

You can support Justin and the Soto Zen Temple project at tenpyozan.org

If you are interested in Soto Zen Buddhism, check out szba.org

The Institute for Humanistic Education and Parenting, Play Mountain Place

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Below are images of the design and construction of the temple:

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