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By Eka Meditation
The Radio Eka Podcast explores the science, history and philosophy of yoga; and discusses the benefits of yoga for physical, mental and emotional health.

We will delve into the various yogic practices - asanas, pranayama or breathing exercises, and meditations - and understand their effects on the physical body, the nervous system, and the mind.

You will hear from seasoned yogis and wellbeing experts from all over the world, and together we will seek to understand the true essence of yoga.

This podcast is brought to you by Eka, a yoga and meditation app from India.
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Learnings from the Bhagavad Gita | COVID Wellbeing - Ep. 5

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Healing from Trauma and Grief | COVID Wellbeing - Ep. 6
William K. Mahony, a professor of Religious Studies at Davidson College in the United States, shares his wisdom on how one can heal from deep grief, especially in the current times of COVID when we as a society have collectively experienced grief. He discusses "Dukha", as described in the yoga sutras, and wonderfully explains the theory of Koshas. A yoga practitioner for more than five decades, Bill has earned academic degrees from the Yale University and the University of Chicago. As a professor, he teaches courses on contemplative and devotional sensibilities of religions originating in India, with an emphasis on the philosophies of yoga. The recipient of a number of prestigious teaching awards and research fellowships, he travels to India frequently and has lived in contemplative settings for extended periods of time. He has also written books on a variety of subjects, and his recent book, Exquisite Love: Reflections on the Spiritual Life based on Nārada’s Bhakti Sūtra, consists of Bill’s extended commentaries on a 10th century Sanskrit text on spiritual love. You can learn more about William Mahony here: https://wkmahony.com/ In this episode, he is in conversation with Shruti Deorah, co-host of the Eka podcast. Shruti has completed her 200 hours TTC in Yoga, is a mom of two, and is dedicated to solving climate change with her work in renewable energy policy. This podcast is brought to you by Eka Meditation. Eka is a yoga and meditation app from India. Learn more and download the app from www.ekameditation.com and use the code 'RADIO' for a week's free access to the app.  Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ekameditation/
37:01
August 13, 2021
Learnings from the Bhagavad Gita | COVID Wellbeing - Ep. 5
Carlos Pomeda, a yoga practitioner and teacher for over 40 years as well as an academic scholar of Sanskrit and religious studies, talks about the essential learnings from the Bhagavad Gita for COVID times. He discusses the importance of cultivating a centered state of awareness through any of the various practices of yoga, expounds the idea of reincarnation, and narrates his favourite verses from the Gita.  Originally from Spain, Carlos spent 18 years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India. During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a book on the topic of “Karma and the Journey of the Soul”, as well as a new translation of the Śivasūtra, an important Tantric text of the Kashmiri tradition. You can learn more about Carlos Pomeda here: http://www.pomeda.com/ In this episode, he is in conversation with Shruti Deorah, co-host of the Eka podcast. Shruti has completed her 200 hours TTC in Yoga, is a mom of two, and is dedicated to solving climate change with her work in renewable energy policy. This podcast is brought to you by Eka Meditation. Eka is a yoga and meditation app from India. Learn more and download the app from www.ekameditation.com and use the code 'RADIO' for a week's free access to the app. Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ekameditation/
40:48
July 21, 2021
Dealing with fear and anxiety | COVID Wellbeing - Ep. 4
Saraswati Clere, an esteemed yoga teacher from the US, talks about the various practices to manage anxiety, particularly the power of tuning into our breath and slowing down our breathing. She also fondly reminisces the time she spent in India and how she is ever grateful for the practice of yoga.  Saraswati is the owner of Yogakula, a yoga studio in Berkeley, California. She is a 500 RYT Yoga Teacher Trainer and has for more than 30 years   studied and taught alongside some of the most experienced yoga educators in the US. Saraswati produced an award-wining documentary, narrated by Annette Bening that features 50 of the world’s leading experts – doctors, researchers and yoga educators. She is also the host of the "Wisdom of Yoga" podcast. You can learn more about her at: https://www.yogakula.com/ In this episode, she is in conversation with Shruti Deorah, co-host of the Eka podcast. Shruti has completed her 200 hours TTC at Yogakula, is a mom of two, and is dedicated to solving climate change with her work in renewable energy policy. This podcast is brought to you by Eka Meditation. Eka is a yoga and meditation app from India. Learn more and download the app from www.ekameditation.com and use the code 'RADIO' for a week's free access to the app. Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ekameditation/ References in this episode: Research articles by Dr Timothy Mcall http://www.drmccall.com/uploads/2/2/6/5/22658464/yam_117conditions.pdf http://www.drmccall.com/bio.html
26:49
July 10, 2021
Mental health - a psychiatrist’s perspective | COVID Wellbeing - Ep. 3
Dr. Raghav Shah, a highly accomplished psychiatrist from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, talks about the epidemic of mental health issues within the COVID pandemic. He then shares how one can identify a mental health issue, and what are some of the preventive approaches one can adopt in their daily routines. Dr. Raghav recommends a good routine and a healthy lifestyle as the cornerstone of good mental health.  Dr. Raghav has a DM in De-addiction, MD in Psychiatry, and he is the Director - CARe RHL (Centre for Addiction Recovery), Jaipur, Rajasthan. He is also the Director & consultant at Department of Psychiatry , De-addiction and Mental Health services at Rajasthan Hospital (RHL), Jaipur. You can follow him on https://www.instagram.com/raghavshah18/ or check out the website for Centre for Addiction Recovery - http://rhlcares.com/ This podcast is brought to you by Eka Meditation. Eka is a yoga and meditation app from India. Learn more and download the app from www.ekameditation.com and use the code 'RADIO' for a week's free access to the app. Follow us on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ekameditation/
33:36
June 25, 2021
Pranayama for COVID Recovery | COVID Wellbeing - Ep. 2
In the second episode of the COVID wellbeing series, we talk to Sudeepta Shanbhag about how pranayama is an excellent practice to include for strengthening the lungs and for recovering from COVID.  Sudeepta is an ERYT 500 who started practicing yoga in her early teens and has studied with teachers in India and the US specialised in different traditions. Her 900+ hrs of training include a Yoga Nidra 200hr training, Level 1 and 2 training in Special needs, Yin, Vinyasa and many more. She is a lead trainer in TTC programs and teaches asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra. Her interest lies in making yoga accessible to everyone and teaches children and adults with special needs like cerebral palsy, autism (motor skills, balance, changing behaviour patterns) and kids with cancer (pain relief, emotional resilience). She is a mother to energetic twin boys who help her appreciate the practice of sitting in stillness. In this series we speak to experts and bring you the scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom behind the various yogic practices and ideas that can help manage the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the COVID situation. This podcast is brought to you by Eka Meditation. Eka is a yoga and meditation app from India. Learn more and download the app from www.ekameditation.com and use the code 'RADIO' for a week's free access to the app.
31:36
June 11, 2021
Understanding immunity and how yoga helps | COVID Wellbeing - Ep. 1
In the COVID wellbeing series we speak to experts and bring you the scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom behind the various yogic practices and ideas that can help manage the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the COVID situation.  For the first episode we talk to Bernie Gourley about immunity, and how asana and yoga nidra are both amazing practices to boost the natural immunity of the body. Bernie is a writer and yoga teacher (RYT-500.) While he holds graduate degrees in International Affairs and in Economics, in recent years he has focused on studying the science of improved mind / body performance. He teaches asana and pranayama as a means to better health, clarity, and emotional stability. His website can be found at:  www.berniegourley.com This podcast is brought to you by Eka Meditation. Eka is a yoga and meditation app from India. Learn more and download the app from www.ekameditation.com and use the code 'RADIO' for a week's free access to the app.
19:51
May 28, 2021
The essence of Yoga| Origins of Yoga - Conclusion
Yoga is union - eka - with the universe. Hear the delightful explanation of the true essence of yoga in the concluding episode of this series.  "The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. This podcast is brought to you by Eka - a yoga and meditation app from India.  Please use the code 'radio' to get one week free access to the app when you download it. For further details visit www.ekameditation.com Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati's website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ She is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
09:19
May 14, 2021
The rise and fall of Tantra|The Origins of Yoga - Episode 6
In the final episode of this series, we explore the rise of Tantra and its eventual decline. Modern Hatha yoga has its roots in Tantra, and it will be interesting for you to learn how Tantra and its practices are still practiced by yogis around the world in the form of Hatha Yoga. "The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. This podcast is brought to you by Eka. For further details visit www.ekameditation.com Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati's website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ She is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
20:28
May 7, 2021
Arrival of Bhakti Yoga| The Origins of Yoga - Episode 5
In the fifth episode of this series, we explore the rise of Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga in around 300 CE, and the rise of Hinduism as we know it. We revisit the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna from the Bhagavad Gita, and understand a new synthesis of attaining moksha - the yoga of the heart, devotion, and that of doing one's work without a sense of entitlement or attachment. "The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati's website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ She is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
17:12
April 30, 2021
Jainism and Buddhism| The Origins of Yoga - Episode 4
"The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. In the fourth episode of this series, we explore the rise of  two most important religions in a period of about 6th century BCE in India that laid the foundation of spirituality as we know it. The Jains adopted non-violence or ahimsa or harmlessness to the self and to any other living being in a deep and absolute way. Vardhamana  Mahaveera showed the way to moksha or nirvana through friendliness and goodwill towards the whole universe. Jainism is still considered the highest form of belief by many in India. Around the same few centuries, Gautama or Siddhartha founded Buddhism. He went on a quest to find the unchanging and undamaged dimension of the human spirit and showed a unique way to attain nirvana. His teachings are still followed by more than 300 million followers around the world. The philosophies of Jainism, Buddhism, and Yoga - all emerged within the same few centuries - and have been unmatched since. Disclaimer: The dates and information in the series comes from the personal research of the author and may or may not match what you may find in history textbooks. We like to believe that the understanding of the ideas and philosophies is more important than the accuracy of these facts, and this also gives us a sense of "shruti" - the way knowledge was transmitted before it was written down. Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati's website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ She is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
16:41
April 23, 2021
Samkhya and Classical Yoga| The Origins of Yoga - Episode 3
"The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. In the third episode of this series, we explore the rise of the  philosophy known as Samkhya, between a period of 1st and 6th century CE in India.  Samkhya analysed the cosmos into seperate components, and described a process of evolution that brought the world into being. At its centre was the idea of Purusha - an absolute reality that was a part of every single human being. Samkhya states that at the very beginning of reality purusha had become entangled with prakriti, and the disassociation of purusha from prakriti is the liberation that a yogi seeks. Samkhya influenced Hinduism, yoga, and all the other schools of philosophies that emerged later in India.  Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati's website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ She is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
16:39
April 16, 2021
Upanishads and the Ego| The Origins of Yoga - Episode 2
"The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. In this episode, we go back to a period from 7th century BCE to 2nd century BCE to the era of the Upanishads, or Vedanta - the end of the Vedas. And we explore how in this period there was a gradual shift from an external ritualistic culture towards a more internalised introspection. The spiritual technology was evolving, and human sages were discovering that any spiritual quest would work only if people abandoned their self-abrasive ego - bringing us closer to the key ideas of yoga. This period had the most influence on Hindu Spirituality and Culture than any other period in the Vedas.  Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati's website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ She is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
16:42
April 9, 2021
The Vedic Period and Non-Violence| The Origins of Yoga - Episode 1
"The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. In this episode, she takes us back to a period from 3000 BCE to 1000 BCE and explores how in this period the ritualistic practices of the Indian religion transitioned into a more non-violent nature. This is when the idea of Non-Violence first came into existence. Non-Violence is the first yama in the eightfold path of Patanjali Yoga, and also a foundational idea in the Indian religious philosophy. Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati's website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ She is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
12:57
March 26, 2021
The Origins of Yoga - Introduction
"The Origins of Yoga" is written and narrated by Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati. In this episode, she discusses the reasons why anyone with an interest in yoga will benefit from understanding the ancient roots of this practice. Her website is https://www.tantricaashramtrust.org/ Swami Hamsa Jnanananda Saraswati is a genuine mystic yogini. Trained with a Himalayan tradition, in the mountains and forests of Lithuania, she is the humble custodian of a sacred feminine tradition that teaches women how to bring around illumination, regeneration and youth. With the detachment of a genuine acetic, she is able not only to bestow ancient knowledge but can also help guide others with the insight that comes from this unique vantage point. "Every moment with her is an opportunity for enlightenment." Martin Faulks.
08:23
March 25, 2021