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Françoise Bourzat has been bridging the divide between western psychology and indigenous wisdom for the past 30 years in collaboration with healers in Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico, on the optimal applications of the psilocybin-containing mushrooms for healing and growth . She is the Founder of the Center for Consciousness Medicine and is the co-autho…
 
Prentis Hemphill is a movement facilitator, Somatics teacher, and practitioner, and working at the convergence of healing, collective transformation, and political organizing. Prentis has spent the last 15 years bridging wellbeing and power building as a part of movement building organizations, most recently as the Healing Justice Director at Black…
 
In this episode we discuss: The roots of pastoral care and chaplaincy Incorporating the frameworks of Vendantic, yoga philosophy in Hindu chaplaincy Contemplative dimensions of pastoral care, bringing radical compassionate presence in spiritual accompaniment Obstacles to cultivating spiritual health and the epidemic of loneliness in the globalized …
 
In this episode we discuss: Post-Daoism as a philosophy reinterpreting depth psychology, qigong, and Daoism MogaDao as a practice at the intersection of somatic, queer, and socioerotic inquiry Socially imposed self-images versus deeply personal mythopoetic self-images The democratization of desire in all forms and socio-erotic experiences Spiritual…
 
In this episode we discuss: 1. The philosophy of yoga nidra, the goddess of yoga nidra and the four states of consciousness. 2. Yoga nidra as a state and as a systematic guided relaxation. 3. Obstacles to rest in our culture. 4. Working with trauma and the importance of safety in moving toward rest. 5. The science of yoga nidra, accessing the place…
 
In this episode, we discuss: How yoga communities and the industry have changed during the Covid pandemic. The inspiration for Tia’s new book “The Practice is the Path”. Being comfortable living with uncertainty. Identity and attachment. The significance of dreams and the role of the dream state in breaking the spell of the everyday life. Emphasizi…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Growing up Indian in a majority white culture, shame and the impact of disconnection from culture. The value of yoga and mindbody practices in medicine and education. Stress, trauma and burnout, and ways in which embodied practices can help. The impact of the pandemic and isolation on us as social beings and the value o…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Understanding the culture of Contemporary medicine and medicine as an industry. The Ayurvedic approach, addressing the physical, energetic and mental realm. Quantum biology and the Siddha texts - healing from the inside out. Role of intuition as it informs mastery in healing and any field of work. Science of Sound, biol…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Invocation as a tool to invoke the divinity from within us. The celebration of Diwali and the purpose of celebrating festivals. Idols as means to connect to the God within us. Chanting mantra, contemplating deeper truths, and the main sadhana of Kali Yuga. The many names of Shiva - infinite expressions of infinite glori…
 
Medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, which trains modern shamans in the practice of energy medicine. He directs the Center for Energy Medicine in Chile, where he investigates and practices the neuroscience of en…
 
In this episode we discuss: Daniel Simpson’s upcoming book, The Truth of Yoga. Daniel shares his intention and inspiration behind this comprehensive overview integrating contemporary history with scholarly history Differentiating yoga history and yoga philosophy as evolutionary systems of ideas Debunking commonly misunderstood concepts and myths of…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Co-sustaining spiritual practice and effective social action. Tips for carving out time for practice/ finding your core practice. Yogananda’s balanced, spiritual and responsible life. Sacred citizenship vs. the myth of rugged individuality. Practice as a wellspring for creativity. Harnessing imagination in the service o…
 
Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, SEP, C-IAYT has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation,…
 
Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai h…
 
Lisa Danylchuk is a licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher trainer whose specialty is bringing yoga into trauma treatment. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, Lisa is the founder of the Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery and creator of the Yoga for Trauma Online Training Program. She has authored three books, serves on the UN Task Force …
 
Jeffrey J. Kripal is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Programs in the School of the Humanities and the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is also the Associate Director of the Center for Theory and Research and the Chair of the Board at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Jeff is…
 
Alex Auder, recently hailed by the NYTimes as “Yoga’s Instagram Provocateur” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/style/yoga-instagram-alex-auder.html) is a native New Yorker, who grew up in the Chelsea Hotel, where she lived with her mother, the Warhol Superstar Viva, and her sister, the actress Gaby Hoffmann. Besides for being hailed as one of Ame…
 
In this episode, we discuss: The utility of righteous anger in activism. Spiritual practice as an expression of disrupting violence in the world. Discomfort as the place where realization and freedom arises from. Orienting to the collective - holding my needs and the needs of the collective together. The necessity of a commitment to practice for to…
 
In this episode we discuss: Trauma as the root of most of our suffering Common misperceptions about trauma and stress 6 principles of a trauma-informed approach Incorporating neuroscience and a return to ancient practices What is resilience? Embodied activism - an everyday activism Making space for healing Nkem Ndefo is the founder and president of…
 
Greta Gaard began practicing Vipassana meditation in 1995 at Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN. An early proponent of ecofeminism, Gaard has written extensively to illuminate the linkages of race, gender, sexuality, species and environmental justice, publishing six books and over 90 articles on ecofeminism, including several that a…
 
In this episode we discuss: Contemplating death, existence looking at non-existence Trauma, dissociation, suffering and spiritual emergency The mysteries of perceptions through mind, heart, and body Taking emotional responsibility through spiritual healing Nondual Therapy, the psychology of awakening, in contrast to traditional therapy Ways of resp…
 
In this episode we discuss: Unreasonable happiness as a way to engage in this time of crisis Todd’s personal experience of spiritual awakening The fall from grace of two beloved gurus Betrayal, resentment, grief, healing and forgiveness with boundaries as an act of self-love A new student-teacher relationship and the foundation of Ashaya Yoga Seein…
 
In this episode we discuss: The spirit of Bhakti Breath as a supreme principle, relating to the Divine through breath - a delivery system of love The power of mantra Bhakti as the fuel for practice and the importance of digging in one spot to reach a depth Cultivating a relationship to deity The relationship between Bhakti and Tarka and the process…
 
In this episode we discuss: The nature of reality as wisdom and compassion even in the face of obstacles Spiritual challenges we are facing in the Covid19 pandemic Staying in our spiritual practice even in the face of existential threats Leaning into fear and finding refuge in God and nature Building the Ojas, immunity and the bridge between the or…
 
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and th…
 
Jacob Kyle speaks with Miles Neale and Isa Gucciardi about the corona virus, how we can skillfully respond to the situation, and why contemplative practice is so important at this time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Di Embodied Philosophy
 
In this episode, we discuss: Neil’s documentary film, Gurukulam, which explores a living Advaita Vedanta lineage through sensory ethnography What brought Neil to his path Triple process of study for knowledge - listening, logical reflection, contemplative understanding Experienced hunting, the need for a teacher and reflections on the current state…
 
In this episode, we discuss: How can we make interactions with VR meaningful VR as a support for contemplative practice The parallel between VR and Hinduism as an understanding of the world as dharma Using VR to define reality – Who are we with all these possibilities? What would we like to experience? Wouldn’t we prefer to have surprises in life? …
 
In this episode we discuss: Dreams from the perspective of Eastern tradition What is the non-dreaming state Spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming, including the development of psychic power Physical and psychological therapeutic benefits of lucid dreaming Tools to navigate nightmares Principles and strategies to begin a practice of lucid dreaming (i…
 
In this episode we discuss: Christine Caldwell's new book, Bodyfulness: Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, & Waking Up in This Life Bodyfulness happens when you look at embodiment as physical, psychological, and contemplative 8 principles of Bodyfulness and the 4 aspects in the practice of Bodyfulness Difference between the stories that t…
 
In this episode we discuss: How religious fundamentalism is problematic Many gods and choosing one god to workshop The key to finding heaven here and now is the recognition of an omniscient God that is available to everyone at all times and in all spaces Distortion of the Hindu way of life by colonialism and the spread of a more open-minded approac…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Quantum physics is an astounding entry into consciousness and puts trans-personal psychology on the map. Why spiritual teachers talk so much about quantum physics. Key features and principles of Quantum Physics and the role of the observer, quantum collapse, quantum entanglement, and downward causation. How we actually …
 
In this episode, we discuss: Yoga’s evolution in New York City immediately following 9/11 and how Susanna found a yoga practice rooted in an intelligent spiritual worldview Does everything happen for a reason? How Karma and Lila (divine play) interact in our lives. Yoga of cancer as a deep inner conversation with the body rather than the language o…
 
In this episode, we discuss: What is a deity and the spectrum of deities Different ways to approach deities (as a person with whom you have a personal relationship or an impersonal supreme that is beyond names and forms) The role of sacred art in nourishing our spiritual nature How to discern which type of sacred art to use Eka's recent work on alt…
 
This episode of the CHITHEADS podcast is from a previous panel discussion hosted by Embodied Philosophy on the intersection of somatics and spirituality. Featuring esteemed teachers Sally Kempton, Judith Blackstone, Rae Johnson, Scott Lyons and Tara Judelle. DR. SCOTT LYONS Dr. Scott Lyons is dedicated to teaching embodiment as a way of exploring h…
 
In this episode, we discuss: How the world and yoga are open sourced. Vocabulary and framework of Daoist vs Indian yoga. The yoga technique doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is well done, that you have the skills and get it all into integrity (mind, body, breath). Useful metaphors and maps to define, understand and explore the territory of ou…
 
In this episode, we discuss: How David found yoga, his evolution as a teacher, and the teachers who have influenced him. His current view on his 2012 interview in New York magazine: David Regelin's Unorthodox Style of Yoga Yoga skepticism Yoga as a human science A few principles from his Geometry of Yoga The 200-hour yoga teacher training model Dav…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Yoga as activism in the context of freedom and agency How her contemplative practices have shifted her relationship to racism and how anger isn’t the only way to create change The many tracks of activism and how can we work together What a practice looks like in the context of a correctional facility or rehab facility I…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Symbol of spirals and the journey of the soul How forms come into being Morphic resonance and how working with sound relates to Rupert Sheldrake's theory Western culture's loss of relationship to sound and the effects of externalizing sound as entertainment The human body as a wind instrument Reclaiming our voices throu…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Whole body / whole brain approaches to addressing trauma through the body, mind, intellect, imagination and spiritual practice Trauma that happens to us when essential needs are not being met (what we don’t receive, what doesn’t happen to us) Inter-generational trauma from gene expression, between mother and father, bir…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Obstacles to the science of spiritual practice - limitations of a materialist view Engagement with the Indian tradition and how it helped him return to Christianity Intention of a pilgrimage and how it differs from being a tourist The interplay of form and energy and the common ground with a Trinitarian view Human genom…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Role of his travels and his perennial philosophy Using metaphors to make sense of non-duality (e.g. “hole in the cheese”) Position of the status of education in this country from the perspective of his perennial position (occupational oriented vs. wholeness as a person, process of individuation as children) Exile and Re…
 
In this episode, we discuss: His continual journey of awakening 7 stages of consciousness Awakening inside and outside of a tradition Chasing experience “Feeling value” and its role in the process of awakening Personal and impersonal - changing focus Ethics and awakening - three folds of the ego Rising of the consciousness in our modern world David…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Embodied nonduality – Judith’s definition of embodiment and nonduality Fundamental features of the Realization Process and the 2 main exercises (inhabiting the whole body and tuning into the subtle vertical channel) Her new book Trauma and the Unbound Body Realization Process techniques that contribute to trauma work Im…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Commonality between mystical experiences Expressing difference vs. unity and our ability to communicate with each other; difference doesn’t exist without sameness New essentialism - what are the general ideas that allow us to speak from our various silos and communicate with each other Practitioner hat and the scholar h…
 
“Unless we transform the wounds of oppression in our own bodies and then by extension into our own embodied relationships with others...no amount of macro-sociological institutional legislative change will last because we keep producing the inequities at the grass roots levels.” In this episode, we discuss: Personal experience always emerges out of…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Ecodharma Being grounded through a spiritual practice as an activist 5 types of non-duality Interpreting history from a place of “lack” Placeholders we use in our culture to represent the sacred Importance of internal and external practices to manifest sustainable social change David R. Loy is a professor of Buddhist an…
 
An accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme ‘the issues live in the tissue…
 
David Bullard, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been practicing individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco for over 30 years. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was affil…
 
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