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Finding Harmony Podcast

Finding Harmony Podcast

By Harmony Slater
What is a spiritual practice? How does it work? How will it improve my life? How will deepening my self-care transform me? What strategies can I use to improve my life, increase my health and create wellness? How can craft a life that I love?

The Finding Harmony Podcast gets to the root of all these questions. Each episode is full of inspiration, humour, honest observations, and actionable steps that you can integrate to enhance your experience of self-love, develop a connection to Spirit, and create a life you truly love.
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Prana For Life with Siobhan Fitzgerald
We are delighted to share with you today a conversation— a chai stall chat, with a dear friend in the pranayama teacher Siobhan Fitzgerald.  A woman who is presumptively Scottish, but we soon learn who is from nowhere and every where all at the same time. Russell and Siobhan are both affected by the same distinction of personality, say, that comes with the constant movement, the traveling of the nomad. A nomadic child can write off a person, never speak to them again. For often in their lives the nomad did just that, and had too. But, a nomadic child can also selflessly merge into a group like a chameleon, taking on the trappings and customs of the people in their milieu. Alienated as they are they can be real joiners. Sibhan has taught Ashtanga Yoga as a led practice and Mysore drop in sessions and Traditional Hatha Yoga since 2004 and specialises in breathing practices in Yogic therapy. She has been teaching within Yoga teacher trainings in this specialist area the past 5 years. Her own Breath master has been her mentor since 2005. Recently due to his age he opened up the knowledge on a 3 year programme for his lifelong students at this amazing research Institute in India .....She completed these studies in India 2015-2019, with her guru Sri  O. P. Tiwari and his son Sudhir Tiwari. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SIOBHAN INSTAGRAM  I  WEBSITE  I  Workshop on Ayurveda and Yoga July 2 Find out more about HARMONY  The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HARMONY and become an INNER CIRCLE MEMBER - harmonyslater.com  Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.” Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:57:47
June 26, 2022
Life As Art with Asta Caplan
So.. you woke up this morning and got on your mat and put your earbuds in and said lets do it. Lets do our practice and get it done! You did the best you could. Some days that’s ok, and sometimes it’s wonderful.  Most of the time, as we all know, it’s a slog and you wonder just how these advanced practitioners do it, right? How do they maintain their practice? How do they perform at such a high level, and it all seems so effortless compared to what we’ve got to work with, maybe? The steel rod in our spine and the vulcanized rubber in our hips just don’t bend and melt like that, ok?!? Here today is our special guest, Asta Caplan, whom to all purposes looks just that: EFFORTLESS! Anything is possible and she does it seemingly all day, everyday. Feet on her head, bang. Feet twisted up in her belly, bang. Handstanding the whole time. And, yet our guest today has a bit of a twisted history. She has a unique approach to practice because her past physical failings are something that she has come to terms with and subsequently works around. We believe you will be inspired to practice, and to live, after hearing her story! FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ASTA CAPLAN INSTAGRAM  I  WEBSITE  I ASHTANGA SPIRIT MUNICH  I  ASHTANGA SPIRIT IG FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Harmony: https://harmonyslater.com/ A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. MAKE A DONATION ♥️🙏🏽
01:52:48
June 19, 2022
Yoga Talks on Pirate Radio with J. Brown
We caught up with J Brown, podcast creator, and host of Yoga Talks for the last seven years. With tears shed all around, J shared with us the story of how he lost his mum as a very young man. It's a heart rending story. And, for all of us when our heart rends it is an opportunity for healing. To heal is a blessing. We just don’t often do it. I think for most of us when we are slapped in the face we take the wound, and we smoulder and burn. We thicken and take long stares. Our guest today chose to heal, and he is more beautiful for it. We explored his roots today and heard how the loss of his mother as a teenager was an important event that recalibrated the entire trajectory of his life. J. Brown talked to us about his early life as a professional actor, dancer, and musician; yet ultimately, yoga was the discipline where his heart took root. Where he saw real truth which required no audience. The whole world is the audience for when you shine like he does. The whole world is his stage. His podcast is certainly out there in the world. And, he has been burned a few times. So we asked for his council as we haven’t been hurt like that.  We also looked at how his philosophy of teaching yoga has evolved over the years from one that was highly centered around strong and advanced Vinyasa style classes with a kick-ass play list, filled with loads of handstands and tricks, to one that embodied his lessons learned from a Swami he met during his first and only trip to India: “Slower is Stronger.” For more than twenty-five years, J. Brown has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way. Enjoy this episode!  FIND OUT MORE ABOUT J BROWN YOGA: INSTAGRAM  I  WEBSITE  I  YOGA TALKS PODCAST The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HARMONY and become an INNER CIRCLE MEMBER - harmonyslater.com  Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”   Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:52:40
June 12, 2022
Stoking The Inner Fire with Sarah Hatcher
From skiing and horseback riding to fighting fires and then throwing  herself fully into her Ashtanga Yoga practice, after being stuck in Marichyasana-D (a difficult twist in the Primary Series) for 4 years,  she continued on with dedication and determination, to become a Fourth Series practitioner under the guidance of David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg. Sarah Hatcher began her Ashtanga practice with an eclectic collection of teacher from which she continues to draw inspiration from. In this episode we talk about how the practice changes through pregnancy and whether students should take time off after giving birth or press on. We explore what has sustained Sarah’s passion for practice over all these years. You'll learn her tips for making your morning ritual happen day after day, even while being a mom of two energetic boys, or holding down an assortment of different jobs, or opening a new Mysore program in a brand new city. Near the end we get into a discussion about the balance of masculine and feminine energies within and how it shows up in life, as well as in our yoga practices. Last, but certainly not least, Sarah expresses her sincere thoughts on the value of receiving Authorization from the Institute in Mysore these days, and why she chose to follow a different path. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SARAH: INSTAGRAM  I  MYSORE  I  YOUTUBE  I  WEBSITE The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HARMONY and become an INNER CIRCLE MEMBER - harmonyslater.com  Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”   Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:41:00
June 05, 2022
The Long Way Home with Vikram Jeet Singh
Armed with Pasasana as a superpower our guest today, Vikram Jeet Singh joins us to talk about the evolution of the asana practice and our attachment to the physicality of it and how we can begin to embrace a wider scope of practice. Mr. Singh is a natural intellectual and easily speaks to any subject related to yoga. He has a clear, disciplined mind and is a joy to sit next to in the inimitable fashion of parampara. There is an exquisite vibration of gentle being that comes with sitting next to our new friend Vikram and we are sure you will enjoy this space and time with us. You find we touch upon interesting and somewhat difficult topics of racism, cultural appropriation, fascism, the relationship between yoga in the West vs East, and how our mind, higher intellect, and ego interface to make sense of our experiences in life. We also talk about our upcoming panel for Yoga Gives Back happening Sunday June 5th, where we’ll be talking about “Yoga for Mental Wellness at Challenging Times” with other guest panellists: Seane Core, Anouk Prop, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT VIKRAM INSTAGRAM  I  YOGA GIVES BACK: A GLOBAL GATHERING FOR INDIA JUNE 3, 4, 5 The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation   FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HARMONY - harmonyslater.com  Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”  Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:36:48
May 29, 2022
A Golden Journey with Diana Christinson
“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove Dance me to the end of love.” Leonard Cohen Diana Christinson takes us on quite a journey. It reminds us of Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End of Love, a sacred vision of love and life that reflects our Hero’s quest to find meaning in both. As a fellow student in Mysore, like so many of us, we know Diana by virtue of having been there together. Perhaps like saying ‘I was at Woodstock’ or having a bit of the Berlin Wall on your shelf, we can assume so much about strangers. Diana, we always considered a friend, but through this conversation we’ve come to know her more intimately. She tells us about her Irish Catholic upbringing in Michigan City, Indiana — a small town where Russell lived with his mom, and probably dined at their family restaurant. We learned about Diana’s journey to California, her inner experience of mind-psychology and her outward journey to the Far East… Not N.Y, but Japan and Thailand. Diana has a wonderful quality of goodness about her, steadiness in the midst of turmoil. We talk about death of loved ones and the space loss leaves; yet, Diana maintains a balance of mind and spirit of loveliness. She is an inspiration and a testament that yoga actually does work. Diana Christinson is an Author, Ashtanga Teacher, Psychologist, Founder of Pacific Yoga in Dana Point, California, and Inspirational Guide to many. Having experienced and witnessed the  power of inspiration on people’s ability to grow and transform, Diana's years of living and teaching health practices has reaffirmed her belief that we can choose to change, heal, and grow from the inside out. She opened a yoga school in 2004 where she combines physical, energetic, and mindful practices inspired by her studies of philosophy, world religions, psychology and neurophysiology. In Your Golden Journey, she shares a collection of some of her favorite teachings, practices, and tools to guide readers in discovering their most golden self within. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DIANA WEBSITE  I  INSTAGRAM  I  YOUTUBE  I  YOUR GOLDEN JOURNEY FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HARMONY - WEBSITE I INSTAGRAM The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation    Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! Music by NICK EVANS
01:35:05
May 22, 2022
Find The Sweet Spot with Alyson Stover
This morning it is our delight to present one of the most interesting people alive: The lovely Alyson Stover! With these people its always one near death experience after another and then some… Please enjoy your morning as our guest today entertains us with insider stories about DC, cross Atlantic ocean travel, Hollywood, big studio executive jobs, Ashtanga yoga in the 90s, and of course, harrowing health scares. No good life is complete with almost dying a few times! “Water flows continually into the ocean But the ocean is never disturbed: Desire flows into the mind of the seer But he is never disturbed. The seer knows peace… He knows peace who has forgotten desire. He lives without craving: Free from ego, free from pride.” (Bhagavad-Gita) FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ALYSON: INSTAGRAM The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. Your contributions have allowed us to keep our podcast ad and sponsor free. Creating, editing and producing each episode takes a lot of time. It is a labor of love. And would not be possible without your kind support. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation   - Harmonyslater.com Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤   Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”  Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
02:01:23
May 15, 2022
A Mother’s Devotion with Pranidhi Varshney
Happy Mother’s Day! We are so delighted to share this conversation with you this morning. This is an important week and an emotional one. Pranidhi Varshney is the founder of Yoga Shala West, a community-supported Ashtanga Yoga studio in West Los Angeles. She is also mother to two children who she describes as “courageous and wise little beings.” The thread that runs through all her work is the desire to build community and live from the heart. Of all the things she is, a mom, a business owner, a daughter, a sister, and a yoga practitioner, it hardly seems that it need be pointed out that Pranidhi is also a legally autonomous being, who has sovereignty over her own body. We spoke about this of course, but also all of the beautiful and unique attributes that make someone human. Pranidhi is a deeply insightful person, someone who is constantly seeking knowledge, wisdom, and insight.  We know that our time with her was well spent and we are better for it, and you will be as well. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PRANIDHI & YOGA SHALA WEST INSTAGRAM  I  FACEBOOK  I  WEBSITE  I  YOGA JOURNAL ARTICLE The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support.     Make A Donation   - harmonyslater.com Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”  Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:43:12
May 08, 2022
The Caño Cristales of Emilia Arenas
Buenos Dias, mis amigas!  We hope you settling in to your Sunday morning. It is our honour to share with you all a conversation with our dear friend Emilia, who teaches Ashtanga Yoga in Miami. We met her many years ago on tour with Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois, and we are excited to talk with her again. We found out about her childhood in Bogatá and the impact of the Medellín Cartel on her family, and we talked about the American appetite for narcotics that sewed that destructive force in her life. This led quite naturally to a frank conversation about NA and AA and the role those positive communities had in getting her clean and sober and becoming now a “mamá caliente.“ Emilia  is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher in Miami Beach. She started her journey in  Yoga nearly 20 years ago and she embarked on a long research of  different styles and teachers until she found Ashtanga yoga and decided  to move to Miami to learn from her teachers Kino Macgregor, Tim Feldmann  and Greg Nardi. Her passion is showing her students the beauty  and transformative aspects of the practice of Ashtanga yoga. Her classes  are filled with joy and enthusiasm and her goal is to pass onto them  the devotion that has been passed to her by her teachers. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EMILIA ARENAS INSTAGRAM The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. Your contributions have allowed us to keep our podcast ad and sponsor free. Creating, editing and producing each episode takes a lot of time. It is a labor of love. And would not be possible without your kind support. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation  Find out more about Harmony: harmonyslater.com Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”  Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:29:17
May 01, 2022
The Facts of Life with Nicola Nixon
This is a lovely conversation! We’re pleased to introduce our dear friend from North England—our Yorkie friend Nicola Nixon! Nicola is finance executive who, very like everyone’s favourite adoptive mom, Mrs. Garrett (from the Facts of Life), is a Certified Nutritionist! There is something terribly reassuring for Jo, and Blair, Natalie, and Tootie that the one woman in their life who they can turn to is the lady that manages their diet. When you think about it… it’s so incredibly wholesome. Diet is something that every yoga practitioner is passionate about. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, eating fish or meat, Keto, Paleo, following a Mediterranean Diet, Sattvic, Rajasic, or Tamasic we’re obsessed about how we’re feeding our bodies to help our health and advance our yoga practice. Nicola Nixon is a mom of two, Yoga Teacher & Ashtangi, Nutritionist (MSc) (ANutr), Yorkshire Gardener, Finance Exec (FCA), and Cancer Survivor. Today we're talking about how diet can heal your body. How important is the microbiome is and how rheumatoid arthritis and cancer, along with a whole host of other disorders, can be influenced for good or ill through dietary choices. We’re also talking about some of the themes related to our diet as yoga practitioners as well. What’s very special about this episode is that Nicola is speaking not only from an educated point of view, but also from her personal experience. She and her husband made a life long effort to stabilize, if not cure, his rheumatoid arthritis. It’s a fascinating story and we believe you will enjoy sitting with us and and learning from Nicola as much as we did! Join Harmony Saturday April 30th FINDING HARMONY RETREAT - Online - Sign Up Today!    harmonyslater.com/findingharmonyretreat FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NICOLA NIXON - INSTAGRAM - @theyummyyogi The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. Your contributions have allowed us to keep our podcast ad and sponsor free. Creating, editing and producing each episode takes a lot of time. It is a labor of love. And would not be possible without your kind support. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation - harmonyslater.com/donate Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching  Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from  the   album “for Morgan.”   Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:44:05
April 24, 2022
Sara Intonato: Learning To Thrive
Our guest today is heroic.  Not in the mud defending your country from oligarchic fascist kind of way, but no less important and no less difficult. Sara is an old friend whom we met in Mysore, India, back in 2005. Approximately five years after this first trip to Mysore, she gave birth to her oldest child, who is now just over 12 years old.  All was typically normal… in a typical new mom, “this is insanely impossible” kind of way.  But, then Rocco developed symptoms of autism.  Doctors informed her that he was “nonverbal” and may never interact in an understandable way.  Sara, of course, will be the first to tell you that her child makes himself perfectly clear and has breezed past many thresholds that were once deemed impossible. It’s one thing to manage your own life, and another to do it in an emotionally intelligent, and self regulated way; Even more so, to embody the spirit of the bodhisattva, to serve and lead other parents through their own journey with Neurodiverse children. Sara is someone all can learn from. We believe you will love hearing her story and you may even take away some gems for how you can manage, cope, and thrive as a parent. Sara Intonato (Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher) has been committed to a daily yoga practice in 2001 as a means of coping with debilitating anxiety attacks. Just 20 years old, yoga provided Sara with the tools to manage her anxiety attacks and a renewed sense of clarity in her life.  Instead of working on Wall Street or applying to law school, the recent college graduate embarked on the journey of entrepreneurship and began freelance work as a yoga teacher. Last year, Sara launched her consulting practice for Autism families. She used to worked diligently to keep her two worlds as a mom and yoga teacher separate, carefully curating different social media channels and podcasts for each audience. But she started to realize, if yoga can help the average person to live a better life, why can’t it also help people with Autism (including non verbal individuals), to do the same? Of course it can! You simply need to teach them differently. Join Harmony Saturday April 30th FINDING HARMONY RETREAT - Online - harmonyslater.com/findingharmonyretreat FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SARA INTONATO INSTAGRAM  I  YOGA IG  I  TOOLS FOR PARENTS  The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation   - harmonyslater.com/donate
02:19:43
April 17, 2022
Urban Yogi Ben Eckett: Gloves Not Guns
Quite a few years ago, Russell was tasked with helping out with a documentary film crew in Mysore. Not sure what his title would’ve been? Chief Gopher or Assistant Talent Manager?  Basically, he was there to make sure the film crew interacted with the Jois family in a positive way.  The whole point of the documentary was to promote SEVA, the work of helping others and devoting your life to selfless service. Sevā is a Sanskrit word that describes the act of selfless service. Its meaning is said to be embodied by the root words saha, meaning "with that," and eva, meaning "too," which together mean "together with." So the film crew, in its inimitable way, asked Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “Guruji, is seva necessary to spiritual growth?” What a softball question, right? How easy it could’ve been for a modern, socially intelligent, person to riff off of this question… “Yes, of course, helping others is crucial to our own development and care for society in general…” (that’s what everyone there expected him to say). He could’ve said something like that. So easy… Except that’s not all what he said. His mission perhaps, was more focused vertical enlightenment, teaching impermanence and God in all things. So instead, he said simply, “No. Not necessary.” And, Russell had no response but to hide his head in hands. No, of course its not necessary. Or is it? The answer will be coloured according to your unique point of view. The ancient king turned sage, Visvamitra, reached enlightenment through blind hate for his neighbour the preeminent sage, Vasishta. Perhaps this is an example of how Seva isn’t necessary — It’s just something we appreciate from our modern, Judeo-Christian influenced, perspective. Our guest today, Ben Eckett, is fairly new to Ashtanga, starting back in 2016; but he’s lived a life devoted to serving fellow humans and his constantly focused on increasing good in the world. He’s super charming and full of passion and emanates love for his life’s mission. He’s a “Devon man,” and like his yogi grandfather, devilishly handsome. We asked him about the contradiction in teaching boxing and yoga to kids and prison-mates. Is there a contradiction to teaching martial arts as a tool towards the betterment of a more loving society? And, what it seems to come down to is engagement, selfless action, the breath, and love. And, in the end… Love is all you need. JOIN HARMONY Saturday April 16th Purpose, Planning & Breathwork Workshop - Online - harmonyslater.com FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BEN ECKETT: URBAN YOGIS U.K  I  GLOVES NOT GUNS  I  INSTAGRAM I JUST GIVING EVENT URBAN YOGIS UK IG  I GLOVES NOT GUNS IG  The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. Music by Nick Evans. 
01:33:39
April 09, 2022
Vegan Vitality with Kathleen Kastner
It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our guest today,  Kathleen Kastner. A devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship, an adopted child of Kansas, Deepak Chopra’s personal  trainer, a philanthropist, and a published author many times over. Her passion was fuelled by working with clients who were struggling with obesity and helping them lose weight. Through these experiences, she realized they needed more emotional and therapeutic tools and support them, beyond diet and exercise. She is certified in plant-based nutrition with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and has her own Vegan cooking YouTube channel.  Her book, Yoga’s Path to Weight Loss: A Mind Body Spirit Guide to Loving Yourself Lean, includes recommendations for asana, meditation, walking in nature, praying, and affirmations as some suggested emotional and spiritual tools to help readers tap into connecting with radical self-love to enhance the results of adopting a plant-based diet along with regular exercise. She shares some sage advice for all of our listeners:  “You have to trust that it’s all divinely perfect, even if you don’t understand it, and keep moving forward.” Our podcast has a predictable structure. We ask where our guest is from and how bad it got before yoga, atha yoga nusashasam, “Now, Yoga is Revealed,” and we discover how it was revealed withing their unique life circumstance. Each time we discover how beautifully original each human being is and how wonderfully exotic their decisions have been in the face of it all. How do we cope? How do we manufacture a life? How do we make an authentic living? We believe Kathleen will inspire you. She inspired us with her willingness to share and her enthusiasm for all things life-giving. She's a woman who's been courageous in her attempt to make sense of it all and paints a beautiful, compassionate, picture through all of her life experiences. Her love for other beings is absolutely infectious! Join Harmony April 10th for Spirit-Centered Self-Care Retreat - harmonyslater.com FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ABOUT KATHLEEN KASTNER: kathleenkastner.com WEBSITE  I  INSTAGRAM  I  YOUTUBE I GoDS IN SHACKLES I  YOGA GIVES BACK The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation    Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating!
01:51:12
April 03, 2022
Zeena Kalisperides: A Greek Warrior Princess?
During the course of this morning’s conversation we touched on the subject of authenticity. How does someone become real we asked? And it was said that Sunny Boy Williamson whispered this to John Lennon once about the Rolling Stones, “They’re plastic soul, John.” So, he called Paul, and named his album “Rubber Soul.”  After a long time of practice and effort the Rolling Stones became real and they made Gimme Shelter… and nothing has been more real since. This said, our guest today is not a Greek Warrior Princess. She is neither Greek nor a Princess!  She is, in fact, Mauritian, speaks Creole, was born in London to nurses and very seriously grew up destined to be a Dentist. Though she had her dharma firmly in hand, she got a little hunched in the shoulders from bending over all those open-mouthed patients, and a little frustrated holistically let’s say, with the narrowness of that profession. And so, she decided to pursue a new dharma, one more aligned with her true self. She became a yogi. Much like her mother and in harmony with the heritage of her grandparents and great-grandparents. We spoke with Zeena on some surprisingly hot topics. We went looking for answers to some difficult questions regarding appropriation and appreciation?  What is the difference? Does appropriation have to do with breaking ahimsa (non-harming)? We talked about privilege, racism, and defining our present understanding of past experiences — as uncomfortable as that new understanding might be… like our work with the transgressions of Pattabhi Jois. It was incredible that these typically uncomfortable and very difficult topics became easy to discus with Zeena — Her infectious humour and grace allowed us to flow with ease and gentleness. She is a rare gem. “Wherever there has been pain and some form of practice or reverence has been born from that pain… We feel protective around it.” FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ZEENA WEBSITE  I  INSTAGRAM  I  ASHTANGA YOGA CLUBHOUSE JOIN HARMONY APRIL 10th - Spirit-Centered Self-Care Retreat The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation - www.harmonyslater.com Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching  Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from  the   album “for Morgan.”  Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:50:59
March 27, 2022
Eddie Stern: I'll Be Your Mirror
Oi ga vay and Jesus Christ! Happy Purim and Passover!  Oh boy, do we have a special interview for you today! We have someone we have wanted to speak to ever since we first initiated this Podcast: The Inimitable Eddie Stern! But man, we had so many problems with this recording! Ha! Just booking the time, some unexpected delays, so we just jumped right in without any introduction. Then we stopped so abruptly we lost the damn interview for weeks, only recovering the recording with a bit of technological magic. You’ll feel absolutely transported as you jump right into our conversation with the iconic Eddie Stern… Talking about rectangles of all things and their place of importance in our world! Around 3 minutes in, you’ll get to hear why (or why not) we always do postures to the right side first! And, of all the outrageously unorthodox things we said in this interview, “jumping to the left” seems to epitomize how unconventional we’ve all become. So listen now, as Eddie speaks to the origins of Revolved Side-Angle (parivrtta parsvakonasana) in the Ashtanga Sequence, and to the larger context of “Listening” within the yoga tradition. What is it that we, as students, can learn from surrendering our own beliefs and desires to a steadier mind found in the teacher? Is this even necessary? These days, Eddie is, surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), directing his attention away from Pattabhi Jois’ lineage, no longer wanting to engage in that world and all that it represents. We ask him to speak about how we, as students, might find our way moving forward in a post-guru world. It gets emotional. Spoiler Alert! Be sure not to miss the celebrity name drops at the end and a beautiful story about Lou Reed passing from life to death. LEARN MORE ABOUT EDDIE: INSTAGRAM  I  WEBSITE - www.eddiestern.com The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation - www.harmonyslater.com/donate Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review! ❤ Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.” Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:25:50
March 20, 2022
The Hidden Gem that is Kathy Cooper
We had such a good time talking to an old friend in Kathy Cooper. For Russell it reminded him of Anne Rice’s vampire Lestat’s recounting of his origins in New Orleans. Lestat wrote that at every corner he was continuously surprised to find another stronger older vampire coming out of the ground and shadows. Each time like pulling back yards of history. These Ashtanga yoga students from the 70’s are each one a surprise fascinating in their strength and wisdom. Is there no where else in history where we find these old guard spiritual aspirants who are such emotionally intelligent savants, house holders, and yet intensely physically disciplined champions?   We’d argue that acolytes like Kathy Cooper can only be found in Ashtanga Yoga, and works of science fiction. Please sit and enjoy with us this bright Spring Sunday morning as we hear how yet another sun child of the sixties became like a living Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother so modestly hidden to history. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MANUEL WEBSITE  I  INSTAGRAM The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations.If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation - harmonyslater.com Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤   Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”  Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Simply  Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
02:00:42
March 13, 2022
Manuel Ferreira: The Brazen Bull
Today we have the infamous Bull Fighting Manuel Ferreira on the show for you. We are delighted that such an old friend would agree to come on to tell us about his life and family growing up in Portugal. It’s literally true that he was a bull fighter, though perhaps just as a student and not so much a professional.  He’s an interesting person to sit with as he has lived his life with so much joie du vivre or alegria de viver as one might say in Portuguese. You may remember him mentioned by his ever ebullient wife Yan Ong, in our podcast with her a few weeks back! "I am nothing. I shall never be anything. I cannot even wish to be anything. Apart from this, I have within me all the dreams of the world." - Fernando Pessoa -  The poem above is from Portugal’s most famous poet, Fernando Pessoa, whom Mani’s mother studied in great detail. It says a lot about how a wild, beach loving, Portuguese surf-fanatic could eventually become a dedicated student of Ashtanga yoga. “I am nothing. I shall never be anything. I cannot even wish to be anything. Apart from this, I have within me all the dreams of the world.” This very well could have been said to Arjuna by Krishna himself. You will enjoy this sunny afternoon chai stand chat, as old friends reunite again in merriment. How wonderful it would be to sit on surfboards together gazing at the sea, mountains in the distance, the coolness of salt water against our skin. Needing nothing, wanting nothing, sitting in balance like the arrow on the bow. Ashtanga Community Stands with Ukraine - SATURDAY MARCH 12th - harmonyslater.com/charity-class-ukraine FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MANUEL: WEBSITE  I  INSTAGRAM - manuel8ferreira.com The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation  - harmonyslater.com/donate Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shout out on IG! Opening and closing music compliments of my dear friend teaching Ashtanga yoga in Eindhoven, Nick Evans, with his band “dawnSong” from the   album “for Morgan.”  Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:28:38
March 06, 2022
Niki Baratta: Earth Angel
We are delighted to share with you this beautiful conversation with Niki Baratta, who may potentially qualify as one of the most interesting people alive! Niki comes from the U.K. (quite coincidentally, like many of our recent guests); However, she has a very unique story about creating herself, raising up in the world of fashion, to launching her very own line of jewelry, before moving into teaching yoga and coaching woman. After attending fashion school she was invited into an internship at Victoria’s Secret and turned that into a 30 year career, moving up through the company, playing an integral role in creating the famous Angel campaign along with all the images for this innovative launch as VP Director of Photography in New York. Currently, Niki is an exquisite designer of hand crafted healing crystal jewelry, Whole-Life Coach, and Yoga Teacher. She shares with us some of the difficult decisions she had to make in her life and career that helped her to step into a place where she could truly own her space, and remake herself. It all started with a much needed “Niki Pause.” You will love meeting this incredibly inspiring woman and hearing her person journey to finding harmony in both her professional and personal life. Side Note: On this week’s podcast, Russell, in jest, suggested that Redtube, (an adult themed website) had paid for adspace on the Finding Harmony Podcast. That isn’t true at all.  However, in light of the conflict happening in Ukraine, we invite our listeners to give to the Red Cross. They’ve announced matching dollars for contributions in Canada: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate Ready to Bring Your Dream Business to Life? B-SCHOOL CLOSES MARCH.3 JUMP INTO B-SHCOOL NOW! FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY B-School BONUS EXPERIENCE - www.harmonyslater.com/b-school-marieforleo FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NIKI: WEBSITE  I  INSTAGRAM - www.nikibaratta.com  The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. Your contributions have allowed us to keep our podcast ad and sponsor free. Creating, editing and producing each episode takes a lot of time. It is a labor of love. And would not be possible without your kind support. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation - www.harmonyslater.com/donate Opening and closing music by Nick Evans. Listen to the entire album on Spotify - Simply Click Here. To purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:22:48
February 27, 2022
Alexandra South: No Pelvis Left Behind
“From menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, pelvic pain, endometriosis and fibroids, every pelvis has a story, and more often than not, we’re quite disconnected from it.”  - Leslie Howard - Have you ever heard someone say something that completely changed your life? Come sit with us on this beautiful Sunday as we join our friend Alexandra South in a deeply personal story of triumph and transformation. Today, our teacher is Alex South, a contemporary Dancer from Warwick, currently living in Texas. She’s the mother of 3 children, sharing her experiences of recovering after each birth and watching her children grow, learn to roll, crawl, walk, run…  Reminding her of the organic development of movement mirrored in her modern dance training. Alex is a Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher.  Yoga found her just in time to help her heal from an extremely traumatic event. After giving birth to her second child, she suffered from a severe diastasis recti, the separation of her abdominal muscles, that didn’t heal properly, and caused her to temporarily lose the ability to walk. This experience encouraged her to explore how yoga could be used to reawaken and reintegrate her abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. What she discovered was an entirely new path to deeper healing, which she now shares with her students. It’s vital to learn to use the breath to connect more directly to the pelvic floor and creates awareness. Then we can use this new awareness to realign and strengthen the pelvic floor. No Pelvis Left Behind! LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR ANCIENT BREATHING 2.0 - https://www.harmonyslater-programs.com/ancient-breathing Ready to Bring Your Dream Business to Life? - 100% free 3-part video training series  Join my B-School Mastermind Wait List - www.harmonyslater.com/bschool-mastermind-waitlist FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ALEXANDRA SOUTH: WEBSITE  I  INSTAGRAM The Finding Harmony Podcast is hosted, edited and produced by Harmony Slater and co-hosted by Russell Case. A big heart of thanks to our friends, family, and students from around the world, who’ve generously supported this podcast through your comments, sharing, and financial donations. If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please consider supporting our future episodes by making a donation. Every little bit goes a long way and we are immensely grateful for any and all of your support. Make A Donation - www.harmonyslater.com/donate Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!  ❤  Give us a 5★ rating! We love to read and respond to your comments - So drop us a note in the comments below and give us a shoutout on IG! Music by Nick Evans listen on Spotify - Click Here or Purchase your own copy - Click Here.
01:35:49
February 20, 2022