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This podcast is dedicated to you reclaiming yourself through the sharing of ancient yoga wisdom through a modern lens. Rediscover your best self through self inquiry, love and a bit of laughter as we bring this ancient wisdom to life in our modern world.
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Being Your Own Health Advocate + Healthy Tips for the Holidays w/ Dr. Lisa Koers
We have the great privilege of chatting with long time member, Dr. Lisa Koers about her practice as a Direct Primary Care Physician and grab some quick tips on how to stay healthy through the holidays. TLDR: Direct Primary Care is a way to be a more active participant in your own health, and the management of it. Dr. Koers focuses on integrative health techniques that suit each individual patient and family. Some tips shared in this episode: 1. Honor the celebratory rhythm of this season and don't guilt yourself about celebrating. Enjoy this time! 2. Goal set for your health. 3. Prioritize sleep! 4. Manage relationships (positive and negative) through this time. Notice which ones bring you joy and which ones you avoid. Now is a great time to work with both ends of the spectrum.  Check out Dr. Koer's practice at We loved this conversation and hope you enjoy it too! Stay safe, mask up, wash your hands and keep on keepin' on!
December 21, 2020
The Virtue of Second Hand Shopping w/ Danni Schaust & Aubrey Kearney
We have the privilege of hosting Danni Schaust and Aubrey Kearney, the new creators of a second hand online shop called @thrift.atlas on our podcast this week. We chat about why second hand shopping is important for the environment and overall loads of fun! They share tips and tricks on getting into it + the social, economical, environmental and spiritual benefits of it. Enjoy this week's episode with these two goddesses, and check them out on instagram @thrift.atlas A few spots to check out: Plato's Closet Goodwill (they love the Fountain Square shop!) Once Upon A Child Resell Indy Mission 27 on Shelby St. Stye Encore Music Go Round
November 14, 2020
Seeking & Holding Firm to the Truth w/ Purvi Lippincott
Wowowowow. This week is so dreamy as this episode features the one and only Purvi Lippincott. We chat about her love for Gandhi, social justice, her history in the criminal justice/legal field + working for the Indiana State Senate, upholding truth and so much more. Fun fact: Purvi has a tattoo of Gandhi's signature on the back of her neck! Did you know she has a major in criminal justice AND psychology? Learn more about her lived experience as an Asian American, as someone who admires and has studied Gandhi and how we might implement the concept of satyagraha into our daily lives. If you love Purvi, this is worth a listen just to peer into what makes this powerful teacher the dynamic goddess that she is. If you're curious about how we go on from the news of Biden and Harris moving into the whitehouse, and how we might carry the torch of truth with them- listen in!
November 9, 2020
Making Your Vote Your Daily Vow w/ Amanda Friesen, PhD
We had the pleasure of speaking with professor, political scientist and all around class act, Amanda Friesen. We discuss why voting matters, why it is the bare minimum requirement as a citizen, and how you can engage beyond voting to live your values and your vow as a citizen day in and day out. Make your vote your vow to stay engaged in the process of democracy! Follow Amanda's work here: Ways to stay engaged as a citzen: write letters, call and email your representatives follow city council meetings and zoning laws divide and conquer with your friend circle. Focus on the elements of government that you're interested in (environmental policy, racial equality, etc.) Support local news Join local community groups Work with/join/ offer support to groups who are already doing the work you are interested in Some resources to go along with this conversation: are you an IUPUI student? Here's a great resource to stay engaged: Indianapolis Recorder Indy Star The Washington Post
October 31, 2020
Sex in a Pandemic w/ Mary-Margaret Sweeney
It's unfair to open every podcast with- GAH this one's sooooo good... because they all are. BUT SERIOUSLY STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE IT IS SO DAMN GOOD (run-on sentence intentional, you need to hear this!). Has your sex life been struggling (or, non-existent) in 2020?  We host the brilliant Mary-Margaret Sweeney this week who is a sex therapist, social worker, yoga teacher and all around good-time-gal to discuss SEX. We define sex, we talk about how we can all re-define sex, how we can make pleasure a more positive outlet in our lives, and more more more. It's so good and so necessary- get into it. Like this? Join us in November for this important Yoga Nerd Out session (11/16-11/19). This is a member's only event, but don't worry- you can join for as low as $68 which is more than a steal to join this program alone! You learn more about and contact Mary-Margaret via her website, email ( or follow her on instagram @seekandsummon
October 25, 2020
The Chemistry of Being : Prana & Science w/ Hannah Bowman
We had the privilege of speaking with Chemist and overall badass, Hannah Bowman this week. We chat through what energy is and how it relates to our weekly focus: prana (life force energy). This is a super interesting and fun conversation, we hope you enjoy! Many thanks to Hannah for lending your brilliance for this episode! Follow her personal IG account @deltaenthalpy26
October 18, 2020
Samavesha : Reintegrating back in schools w/ Katy Sonksen
This week we had the pleasure of chatting with educator and yogini, Katy Sonsken. She shares her joys, challenges, fears and insights in what the 2020 school year has been like and what her hopes for schools starting to reintegrate to in person learning again are. We talk about tequity (equity within technical resources and opportunities for kids), the importance of connection on a small and large scale and more. This is such a wonderful conversation and we hope you enjoy. Many thanks to Katy for her energy on this episode! Connect with her on instagram: @katysonksen
October 11, 2020
Ayurveda Tips for Fall w/ Staraya McKinstry
Feeling the call to fall? Ayurveda has a lot of beautiful wisdom for optimal health through the season changes and Staraya shares all this brilliance with us on this week's podcast episode. Want to learn more? Check out our upcoming Yoga Nerd Out session with Staraya on October.
October 1, 2020
Harnessing the Power of the Sun : Solar Energy w/ Isabella Solari
This week we are focusing on surya, the sun god as well as the sun's energy and image. We have the privilege of Isabella Solari's presence this week to discuss solar energy, why it's important (and cool!) and things to consider as solar becomes a more popular source of renewable energy utilized in the modern world. Website for where Isabella works:, and the contact email: To learn more about solar, check out Energy Sage ( . It is a website with a lot of information, including Google's Project Sunroof's estimator of savings (direct link: With that tool you can see how much solar exposure your roof has and get a rough estimate of how much you can save in electricity costs. Finally, the U.S. Department of Energy has a "Homeowner's guide to going solar" :
September 28, 2020
Disability Awareness and Inclusion in Yoga (+ Making Space For Possibility in the 2020 Void)
This week we are looking at shunya or the Buddhist concept of empty or void space. This is a space that we receive after deep work and not equal to zero, but true unadulterated emptiness. This is not a space to refill, but to exist from. What 2020 has taught us is that there is a BIG space to make for inclusion and diversity. One space of inclusion that often gets overlooked is disability awareness.  We were blessed to have Alie B. Gorrie- artist, activist and goddess on the podcast this week to discuss opportunities to open up the space (void) for a truly more inclusive world- specifically when we look at it through the lens of yoga.  Alie B. is originally from Birmingham, AL and a child hood friend of Shannon's.  Usually residing in New York (in non-COVID times) she is a powerful performer (one example : Bastard Jones, a producer and activist (see Songs for Sight and Able Series on Amazon, and a badass.   Love this discussion? Follow her on instagram or send her an email @aliebg or   Some key things to consider from this episode:  Get clear on whether you're speaking about disabilities from a medical v. social lens   Own a yoga studio or fitness facility? Consider on your registration form asking about any accessibility needs   Accessible doesn't always = inclusive   Consider your own relationship (and language in relationship to) to disabilities: non-disabled v disabled people   Let's start designing w/ access in mind and seeing individuals with disabilities as an asset   Let's keep the void that's been created in 2020 to have open space for ALL to occupy- not just able bodied, white, cis-gender, heteronormative, etc. etc. etc. folks!
September 20, 2020
The Anatomy of the True Heart w/ Shannon Kuhn
This week we are looking at the concept of hridaya- or the true heart. Hridaya comes from the roots of 'give' and 'take' and as Shannon K (our resident anatomy instructor for 300 hour + anatomy and women's bio professor at IUPUI) shares is the actual anatomy of the heart displays just that. This is not a conclusion discussion, meaning we don't arrive at anything, but rather discuss the possibilities and intricacies that make the complex organ and metaphor that is the heart. Dive in this week to get curious about what the true heart is.  Wanna reach out to Shannon? Send her an email at  Worthwhile book to check out based on this topic: State of the Heart by Dr. Haider Warraich
September 13, 2020
On the Psychological Path to Liberation w/ Dr. Devin Banks
The quote that graces Dr. Devin Banks's website says it all “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” - Toni Morrison This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Devin Banks, a PHD in Psychology, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, as well as a beloved former student and forever teacher at PI. We scale the conversation of mukta- or liberation that already exists within us through the lens of our current socio-political situation and the omnipresent psychology of our current culture and country. A few highlights from our discussion as it relates to finding mukta (liberation): Awareness is key try the :16 of awareness Check out her favorite psychologists: Dr. Rheeda Walker, Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson, and Carl Jung Find her on instagram @drdevb Twitter- @PHD_Banks Google Scholar
September 6, 2020
Welcome Back 'To School' + Last Podcast Episode for a few ...
BAAAACK TO SCHOOL!!! We’ve got a back to yoga school plan that can engage us all- from those who need to stay home 100% to those who feel safe coming into spaces distanced 6 feet a part and wearing masks. In this time of uncertainty, we also share in this episode where we are at as a studio, where we hope to be headed and announcing that we'll be taking a break on the podcast for a few weeks to line up some great interviews for the fall. Check back in around September/ October for new episodes! We understand times are confusing and tough, so we hope these updates will help you find some peace of mind through this challenging time.  **CHANGES START AUGUST 1**    WHAT’S NEW:  1. We are introducing 3 new formats:  VIRTUAL- Classes that are categorized as virtual can be joined from anywhere in the world. Pre-register for your class and grab the link via your email (or members, the link is posted in our members only Facebook group!)   HYBRID- Hybrid classes are available to you in person or virtually. We will be streaming the classes from the studio so those that join virtually will feel like they’re back in the classroom.   OUTDOOR- We are adding an outdoor yoga space between our 916 SWIFT building and our current downtown building at 914. Mat spots will be spaced 6 feet a part and masks in the outdoor zone will be optional.      2. PROPS! Sure we can do yoga without props, but it makes it SO much more fun:  FOR PURCHASE– need some props? We have gently used blankets, mats and small bolsters for sale at the studio for a highly discounted price   FOR USE IN STUDIO– we are going to be offering the use of chairs and blocks in classes. These will be rotated out after each class to be cleaned and kept untouched for 24 hours before being used again. We encourage you to bring with you any other props you might like- blankets, straps or bolsters (pillows work great too!)   CLASSES INCLUDING PROPS- We’re adding a class called Adaptive Yoga that will be chair based (9:15a on Thursdays) + bringing back an aerial option (12p on Wednesdays, limited to 3 participants so silks can be washed weekly and appropriate distance even when swinging can be maintained). We’ll also be emailing out prior to classes that are more prop heavy (R&R/ Deep Stretch) any props necessary to engage fully with the class.   3. New Class Styles Check out Slow Flow (Tues. 9:15a) , Moon Salutations (Thurs. 7:30p), Adaptive Yoga (Thurs. (9:15a) and Family Yoga (Sun. 9a) all coming to the schedule!   COVID SAFETY MEASURES: Masks will continue to be required in all indoor spaces  In the event of inclement weather, outdoor yoga will be moved to our platforms and masks will then be required  We will be checking temperatures at the door upon arrival  All mats will be spaced 6 feet a part and teachers will continue to stay on their mats, not offering adjustments  All props will be sanitized thoroughly after each use  Doors will be propped open 10 minutes before and after class. Please come on time, don’t congregate in areas and plan to keep your stuff with you.  Pre-registration is required for all classes to receive links and make sure space is available  All payments and transactions (including signing waivers) will be done digitally to decrease amounts of surfaces shared and touched  We will continue to be diligent with our cleaning protocols
July 27, 2020
How To Dance Through Life (Even In A Pandemic) w/ Becca Jacobson
Becca Jacobson, talented photographer, graphic designer, yoga teacher and dance enthusiast joins us today to talk about how we can use dance to move through challenge and overcome obstacles. This week's focus is Lasya or a dance that is said to have been performed by Parvati to help marry the energies of Shiva and Shakti. The dance invokes and invites grace and beauty and is a dance associated with Hinduism. We'll be honest that the dance itself, nor the topic, is something that we know a lot about... this week is less about the literalness of the dance or meaning of 'lasya' and more about an invitation into how movement, grace and beauty can find a place in our lives- even amidst great suffering and challenge. Enjoy this week's conversation to discover how we can find artistic expression, let go of some inhibitions and move to the beat of our own drum. For more dance inspo, check out Dance Church or the following local organizations: Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective Phoenix Rising Dance Studio Dance Works Indy
July 13, 2020
Embodying Shakti Beyond the Binary w/ Everly Coleman
In this awesome and important episode we look at this week's focus, Shakti, and how it can be embodied by all beings (not just those who identify as cis-gender female). Shakti is the energy of creation, dynamism and feminine energy which can be embodied by anyone, beyond the gender binary of 'male' and 'female'. Everly, a beloved member, shares her experience as a trans woman, how cis people can be better allies to anyone who is non-binary or trans and much much more. We touch on her art, how art and creating are also major themes of this week and how we can all embody the Shakti energy in degrees and forms. Enjoy the conversation and the following resources : Gender Unicorn  Black Trans Lives Matter | Full Frontal  The way we think about biological sex is wrong: (Intersex perspective) How to talk and listen to trans people: (trans guy gets some basics out there) Lee Mokobe Poem: (Black trans-man poetry, this one will leave you shook) 5 Non-Binary People Explain What “Non-Binary” Means To Them  How to support someone who is trans from Planned Parenthood Sexual Orientation and Gender Terminology / Definitions
July 6, 2020
Shiva the Destroyer: 'Burning it down' to build equity w/ Max Felker-Kanter
This week we have the pleasure to host a conversation with Professor Max Felker-Kanter, author of Policing Los Angeles and professor at Ball State University where he teaches courses in twentieth century American and African American history with a focus on race, politics, and social movements. He is particularly interested in the policies and institutions of urban law enforcement and criminal justice systems since World War II. In the wake of the recent protests, there's been a lot more discussion around what it means to 'defund the police' or in lay terms "BURN IT DOWN!!!" and we saw this as a wonderful opportunity to elevate the importance of restructuring and even destroying systems in order to rebuild more equitable, sustainable ones. In this conversation we explore the history of police brutality in the United States as well as what 'defund' or 'divest' the police really means and what it might look like to do so. Max is a long time practitioner and all around a joy to learn from. We hope you'll enjoy this conversation! Resources shared in this episode: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Angela Davis (check out Are Prisons Obsolete?) and the prison abolition movement How to be An Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
June 28, 2020
COVID-19 in Indiana, deep breathing, and why we wear masks w/ Rachael Casey
What an honor it is to host member and health care advocate, Rachael Casey on our podcast this week. We dive into her expertise related to COVID-19 as well as her connection with the Asthma coalition and how COVID affects those with chronic respiratory illnesses. We also discuss the benefits of stress relief and deep breathing as it relates to this challenging time, and highlight how Indiana has fared (which is well!) during this crisis.  Another important topic broached is the importance of wearing masks and why we, at Practice Indie, will continue to require them during in person classes as a safety precaution for all. As states across the nation open back up, it's important to remember that the virus is still very active and we all need to do our part to keep ourselves sane and each other safe. This is not a forever thing, but it is right now. Let's all wear masks, wash our hands, take deep breaths and continue to advocate for all beings to be happy, HEALTHY and free. Some resources: Check out this deep breathing video with Nicole If you are seeking mental health resources, Indiana has set up this fantastic website.
June 27, 2020
Sukha : Finding 'Good Space' through Sustainability w/ Danni Schaust
Nerd out with us this week on our focus 'Sukha' which is often translated as ease or bliss, but directly means 'good space. This week is SUCH a fun and important conversation with member and sustainability wiz, Danni Schaust. Listen on for tips on how to be more environmentally conscious so that we might create 'good space' in the world through environmental awareness. Plus listen on for the best thrift shops in Indy and other quick sustainability tips! 
June 22, 2020
Bhakti - the yoga of devotion
What does it meant to practice Bhakti (love and devotion) as a modern, postural yogi? In this day in age, practicing devotional practices can look many ways. This episode dives into what Bhakti is and how we might consider engaging with the practice in a modern age, particularly at this critical point in history (for reference, we are living through great civil unrest after the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and LGBTQ+ rights being stripped daily). 
June 15, 2020
5/11/20 : Maya- breaking the disillusionment + mental health awareness
Hello everyone! This week we are focusing on Maya or the fog of illusion that prevails through the human experience. It's our work as yogis to cut through the fog with our practices and pursuit of clear vantage points. One of the quotes shared in this episode: Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust. Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight, Past reason hunted, and no sooner had, Past reason hated as a swallowed bait On purpose laid to make the taker mad: Mad in pursuit, and in possession so, Had, having and in quest to have, extreme, A bliss in proof and proved, a very woe, Before, a joy proposed, behind, a dream. William Shakespeare Sonnet 129 (on lust) ALSO: We are in the middle of a mental health crisis. In addition to the horror of our current pandemic, the numbers are in and the increase in mental health problems is on the rise. This the time to take preventative care for your mental health. Today, advocate for your mental health. It’s ok to not be ok AND it’s time to seek help. If you’re feeling good, help someone else. Advocate for others. There are people in your community who are struggling- how can you direct them to resources and/or support them in any other way with their suffering. Consider the front line workers, consider those working tirelessly in the grocery store. How can we be more honest, more kind, more open? Some ways to advocate for your mental health: Seek help (see resources below for a place to start) Set boundaries (turn the phone off, ask for help from your people, say NO) Be vigilant about self-care practices (pray, journal, cook, call a friend, practice yoga, meditate, read- do whatever you need to advocate for your mental health) Take care out there. We’re thinking of you! Some great resources: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
May 11, 2020
5/4/20 : Durga & Pandemic Musings
Welcome to our weekly fireside chat where we discuss all things upcoming at the studio, our weekly focus and pose. This week we are talking about Durga and how to channel her in your daily practice, as well as what to expect in the coming week (May 4, 2020-May 10) at Practice Indie. 
May 7, 2020
Let's Talk About Sex Ba-BY! Prepping for book club: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
What does sex have to do with yoga? Well if we are trying to yoke our mind, body and spirit- there's no clause in there saying "but exclude your naughty bits". Sex is so charged in our society, so we've chosen the book Come as You Are by Dr. Emily Nagoski as our book club in May to seek to empower rather than suppress or shame one of the most sacred parts of ourselves- our sexuality.  Join us in this conversation to get pumped to read the book, and join in on the conversation May 9.  Mary-Margaret Sweeney, MSW, LSW, RYT is a dynamic trainer/educator/facilitator, consultant, and writer with over a decade of experience. Learn more about her here:
April 15, 2020
Finding Faith Through Uncertainty
Oh SNAP do we need this more than EVER THIS WEEK??? The Universe, she's full of jokes, eh? This week we talk about faith (shraddha) through uncertainty/ obstacles (the malas) and how this whole month has led up to this. It's wild how applicable this is, we hope you enjoy!
March 22, 2020
Samskara: Rewiring Your Patterns
This conversation brought to you by habit reformation, Jeffrey Dahmer references and more. Engage with this content to help reset patterns you're ready to let go of and engage in new ones!
March 17, 2020
Vidya: Knowledge and Wisdom
Jenna dives deep into the definition of Vidya and how it differs from the commonly cited (from the Yoga Sutras) Avidya. Join in for a conversation on knowing better and doing better, and conscious awareness!
March 8, 2020
Gayatri: Big Mother & Sun Energy
We begin this episode chanting the Gayatri Mantra. This episode is full of big mother energy, the history of the Gayatri, who she is and what she embodies. Get ready for a week of expansion and alchemy as we explore this beautiful Goddess and theme. In Sanskrit: Om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat. Translated (by Douglas Brooks): The eternal, earth, air, heaven That glory, that resplendence of the sun May we contemplate the brilliance of that light May the sun inspire our minds.
March 1, 2020
Karma: moving into F L O W🍂
Karma is not retribution, but rather working toward moving out of friction into a flow state. Enjoy this quick sound bite from Jenna on this important topic.
February 25, 2020
Prenatal Yoga w/ Tess Belden
Enjoy this beautiful conversation with Tess Belden on prenatal yoga, being a doula, being a woman, pregnancy and so much more!  If you're seeking more information or community with other women, pregnant women or support through your pregnancy, here are some resources: Our prenatal classes is on Saturdays at 12:30p-2p, pre-register here: Seeking additional support through your pregnancy? Check out our prenatal package: Wanna work with Tess as a doula? Email her ( and check her out on the Indianapolis Doula's Website:
February 24, 2020
Race & Inclusion in Yoga w/ Kristina Johnson
Seeking further community and/or learning on the topics of race, inclusion and diversity (within yoga, as well as beyond)? This is by no means exhaustive, but a start. Here are a few resources: 1. Work with Kristina directly (our staff did this training and it was excellent): 2. Books to read: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad Between the World and Me by Ta-Nihisi Coates (mentioned in episode): Seane Corn's Revolution of the Soul 3. Podcasts to check out: 4. Yoga teachers/studios to follow who teach on/encourage inclusivity and are doing active work to create equity in yoga culture: Kristina Johnson: @Kristinaj_wellness Dianne Bondy : @diannebondyyoga Have Yoga Studio: located at 309 W 42nd street here in Indianapolis, Haven Yoga Studio is a space where people of different identities can gather, cultivate community and practice together. They center marginalized groups without a dedicated safe space to explore and practice yoga and access other wellness services. Nikki Myers & Sean Corne's annual trip Race In America: Oh, and here's Kristina's esthetician because her skin is absolutely flawless. We are planning a separate episode on self-care outside of the 'white-wellness' paradigm, and one of her practices is skincare.  Clarity Skin Solutions- Dana 317-529-1934
February 24, 2020
Svarupa : love the F*ck out of your authentic self
If Practice Indie had a Sanskrit name, this would likely be it. Svarupa is the discovery, practice and deep cultivation/love/acceptance of your true Self. This is not your external self (although we use that as an analogy in this episode), but rather who you are deep within. Join us this week to practice svarupa. 
February 16, 2020
Bhava: Our Deep Feeling
This week we're talking all about FEELINGS, but not the kind you barf out on instagram- the deeper, more intentional feelings that guide our practices, that help us cultivate deep meaning. Dive in, this one's juicy :). 
February 9, 2020
Practice Being Human + Narayana- The Guru of the Universe
Happy February, y'all! We're looking at what it means to be human all month long, and this week we're focusing on Narayana, the Guru of the Universe. Listen in for more on this month, as well as this week's theme!
February 2, 2020
Pranava- the Cosmic Sound of the Universe
We dive into how the Universe as sound, wood witches, vibrational frequencies and more really important shtufff. Don't miss this week's focus podcast with the ever brilliant Jenna Baker!
January 26, 2020
Purusha and Prakriti : The changing and the infinite
Purusha and Prakriti are fundamental concepts in yoga to understand - that which is eternal, and that which is constantly changing.  Listen on for more!
January 12, 2020
Is God a Dirty Word?
Join Nataraj Chaitanya as we discuss how God is involved with yoga... and whether or not it is fundamental to the practice. This deep, important conversation is beautiful, thoughtful and big. Enjoy! Oh, and here's our original blog referenced from 2016:
January 8, 2020
Ganesha: Lord of Beginnings & the Placer/Remover of Obstacles
This week's focus is all on Ganesha. We talk about how to interface with this Avatar, considerations for how to grapple with putting your awareness on a god that may not serve your religious understanding and how that all can weave into our yoga. This is a wonderful episode on this beautiful deity, and one that is helpful on and off your mat!
January 5, 2020
Trauma, Therapy and Yoga
Mary-Margaret, one of our incredible teachers who is a full time therapist/ social worker, dives deep into what therapy is, how it relates to yoga, why it's important and what trauma is. This conversation reiterates our core belief that you are not broken, but rather that which challenges us might be opportunities to heal and transform.  We also discuss how to find a therapist and what to expect out of a therapist, so if you're looking to add therapy into your care routine- this is an excellent episode to dive into! BONUS: there's a whole dialogue around The Sound of Music/ Julie Andrews/ The Von Trapps (GET PUMPED) For more resources: Training and consulting business: Therapy:
January 4, 2020
Now Begins the Practice of Yoga
Patanjali's Yoga Sutra 1.1 states "Atha yoga anushasanam. Now begins the practice of yoga." Listen on for our first week's theme of 2020, and this auspicious reminder that at any time, we can begin again. 
January 4, 2020
What to expect from our programming in 2020
If you're a student of Practice Indie, you know that we do a weekly focus... what you might not know is that it is interwoven into a larger annual theme. Our programming goddess, Jenna Baker, joins on this week's podcast for a quick overview of what you can expect in 2020 and the whys behind it.  Whether you join us in the studio or watch from afar, enjoy how you can expect to expand with us in 2020. (Oh, and we highly recommend subscribing to our newsletter: to nerd out even more week over week!) 
December 24, 2019
The Yoga of Sound : How to Practice with Mantras & More
This episode is full of helpful vocabulary break downs. We discuss what mantra is, what sankalpa is (typically called 'intentions' in a Western/ American yoga class), bija, japa, bhava and more. Enjoy this deep dive into Nada yoga, or the yoga of sound, complete with a chant at the end. BONUS: a little 'how to engage' in a kirtan should you ever go to one! Deep gratitude for Nataraj Chaitanya and all his wisdom and teachings!
December 23, 2019
Why Tantra?
In this episode of Practice Indie Yoga's podcast, we discuss with Nataraj Chaitanya what Tantra is and it's significance. This episode is full of beautiful information. Give yourself time to soak it up. Enjoy! Some books listed at the end of the podcast to keep diving in, if you're curious! Consciousness is Everything by Swami Shankarananda Shakti Rising by Kavitha Chinnaiyan Meditation for the Love of it by Sally Kempton or hit up Jimmy's Patreon:
December 17, 2019
Seeing Clear | 2020 Visions : Legacy
Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished the bulk of his world changing work in the span of 10 years. Who do you want to be 10 years from now? What do you want people to be saying at your 100th birthday, and/or at your funeral? What kind of legacy do you hope to leave on this earth? Join us to dive in more into diving into our purpose, goals and vision with these two awesome events: 2020 Visions w/ Nataraj Chaitanya, Dec. 6-8 & our community wide goal setting (members, free | drop ins, $18) January 1, 1p-3:30p Grab the worksheets on our website:
November 27, 2019
Seeing Clear | 2020 Visions : Habits & Living in Alignment
Every choice and moment can tip the scale like a single grain of rice. What we do moment to moment matters, and it adds up. This episode is about habit formation and how to create habits that will sustain and inform your goals, as well as keeping you in alignment with your highest Self. Join us for our community wide goal setting (members, free | drop ins, $18) January 1, 1p-3:30p Grab the worksheets on our website:
November 27, 2019
Seeing Clear | 2020 Visions : Goal Setting
Let's set some goals, sugar pies! Get comfy, nestle in and hunker down. It's time to vision your life in the best case scenario and then break out goals to make it possible. Don't forget Sheryl Sandburg's wise advice "you can do it all, just not all at once." Take an appropriate bite out of what you want to accomplish in your life. We'll go over legacy in 2 episodes from now to try to expand beyond what we can accomplish in one year (which is still A LOT by the way!).  Join us for our community wide goal setting (members, free | drop ins, $18) January 1, 1p-3:30p Grab the worksheets on our website:
November 27, 2019
Seeing Clear | 2020 Visions : Present Self
It's time to observe who we are now, so that we can move forward as the Self we truly want to be/ return to/ become (it depends on how you look at it ::).  Join us to dive in more into diving into our purpose, goals and vision with these two awesome events: 2020 Visions w/ Nataraj Chaitanya, Dec. 6-8 & our community wide goal setting (members, free | drop ins, $18) January 1, 1p-3:30p Grab the worksheets on our website:
November 27, 2019
Seeing Clear | 2020 Visions : A Year in Review
Let's dive into the past year!  Join us for our community wide goal setting (members, free | drop ins, $18) January 1, 1p-3:30p Grab the worksheets on our website:
November 27, 2019
Seeing Clear | 2020 Visions : Reflect on the Decade
Here's a Spotify playlist you can jam to when you hit pause to do these reflection exercises.  Grab a piece of paper, or join in by printing out these resources (they'll be used for all of the episodes). Grab the worksheets on our website:
November 27, 2019
Seeing Clear | 2020 Visions : Start Here
Ready to have your best year yet? Goal setting and vision setting is not about becoming someone new, but rather embracing that which already exists within you. Enjoy this 6 (well, 7 if you include this intro podcast) series to help you recap the last decade and year then vision and prepare for who you want to be one year and 10 years from now. Life is short and precious, let's make every moment count. Resources: Michael Hyatt's Your Best Year Ever Brian Tracy The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Grab the worksheets on our website:
November 27, 2019
Derek Cook : Functional Anatomy, Alignment and Divinity
We bite off just a few MAJOR topics in this episode. It is such a privilege to get to hear Derek Cook speak on all his genius! Enjoy conversations on functional anatomy, choosing to teach organization over alignment and how studying the body can be religious experience. We talk Tantra, body work, spiritual seeking in India and more in this awesome, epic episode! Strap in and drive somewhere far so you can soak it all in!
November 24, 2019
Why Do a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
"Life is practice" that's Nicole DeYoung's moto, and it's one we live by here at PI! Enjoy a conversation with one of our tenured teachers as she shares her own journey through teacher trainings, workshops and her constantly evolving yoga practice. We'll discuss what to expect for a teacher training, why to do one (and why not to!). If you're on the fence about doing a teacher training, hit up this article for some practical tips on how to choose one. Wanna learn more about ours/ apply? GO HERE! Yoga has the power to heal and reunite yourself with your Self. If you are looking to live your yoga more fully, learn the concepts in a deeper way and build a community, we highly recommend considering doing a teacher training... AND (one of our rules in teacher training is always say yes, and :)) there are other ways to cultivate that learning if it's not the right fit for you. Maybe consider one of the following: Our 'Deepen Your Practice' program A workshop Practicing with more consistency (try 40 days in a row!) Yoga University
November 18, 2019
Invest in Rest this holiday w/ Purvi Lippincott
Why does rest matter? How can we integrate it as a practice? We talk about restorative yoga, what it is and how to integrate it into your daily life. It may look like 10 minutes of legs up the wall, it may look like surrendering to props. As the go-go nature of the season ramps up, don't forget to prioritize time out for rest! Intersted in Purvi's Restorative training in December? Check it out here:
November 9, 2019
Conscious Consumerism : Holiday Buying Guide w/ Purvi Lippincott
In this episode we are chatting conscious consumerism with Purvi and prepping ourselves for the holidays. While we do our best to share some local spots to shop, above all it comes down to shopping with intention, asking people what they want and honoring your values! Enjoy this conversation on what conscious consumerism is, and how we can make even shopping a practice in consciousness. Book recommendation: Affluenza by John De Graaf, David Waan and Thomas H. Naylor  Shop some of our favorite local spots here in Indy on Shop Small Saturday and/or join us for our No Spend Black Friday event on November 29. Silver in the City Crimson Tate Freyya Onatah Grounded Plant and Floral Provider/ Coat Check Coffee Ukiyo Boomerang Boutique Mass Ave Wines Nurture Mass Ave Toys and so many more!
November 9, 2019
Money Mindfulness w/ Melissa Gindling
Money... it gets such a bad wrap, but having agency over our money, and recognizing our power with it when we become mindful and conscious with it can change our world view. We talk with Melissa Gindling (teacher, student and all around BOSS BABE) on why money matters and how to be conscious around it without it feeling icky. When we align with our values, money can be a powerful tool for change and stability! As you gear up for the holidays, consider how and why you are spending your money. Make it a practice to spend and save with mindfulness. Join us on Black Friday (Nov. 29, 2019) for an in person chat on this with Melissa from 1p-2p. Free and open to the public!
November 9, 2019
Astrology 101 w/ Megan Hanna
Our focus this week is pratyabijna - self knowing, and what better way to celebrate the knowledge or remembering of the self than looking at the study of Astrology! We'll dive in with Megan Hanna on what astrology is, how it helps us to know more about ourselves and ways to start studying it.  Get pumped for 2020 as we will be offering a 6 week Astrology course, 2 astrology themed flows (aligned with astrological events) and an Astrology based membership that will include one on one consultations/ check ins, a planner to keep up with all astrological events (and how they may impact you) + incorporate a weekly yoga practice to truly get to know yourself and step into a deep rhythm of self love and awareness.  To get your natal chart, hit up **also, part of the zodiac story gets cut off- Cancer is the mother followed by Leo ♥️
November 5, 2019
The Story We Tell Ourselves
The story we tell ourselves can help us remember our wholeness or distract us from it. In this episode we dive into the mind stuff and how we can alter the course of our lives and find meaning in every moment simply by shifting the narrative we create.
October 24, 2019
Alaska Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat 2020
We are going to Alaska! Join us for a time to reconnect and re-energize in beautiful Alaska. Staraya is from where we will be retreating to and shared all the whys behind this magnificent sojourn.
October 22, 2019
Ayurveda 101 w/ Staraya McKinstry
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga... but what is it really? How do we practice it and how can it combine with our yoga practice and enhance our lives? Staraya answers all this and more in this awesome episode! Enjoy!
October 22, 2019
The Yamas: the don’t be a Furby guidelines
One of the best known paths to the practice and state of yoga is the Ashtanga Yoga or 8 limbed path of yoga. We will dive in to the first of the 8 limbs- the yamas, and look at 10 listed yamas. Normally we discuss only 5, so consider it your lucky/nerdy day to expand into 10 through the lens of both Patanjali and Yajnavalkya.
October 19, 2019
What is Jnana Yoga? (and how to practice it)
Join Jenna Baker as she shares with us what Jnana yoga (the yoga of wisdom) is and how to practice it. Spoiler alert- you can do it curled up on your couch ♥️
October 14, 2019
Why your self-care routine isn’t working (and ways to fix it)
Are you doing all the things suggested to care for yourself and still hitting burnout? It’s possible it’s due to the fact that the self care that’s sold to us just masks bigger issues we need to deal with. Practicing yoga is as much about evaluating and healing yourself as it is about touching your toes. Consider these self-study exercises to heal your self in a deep and sustainable way!
October 8, 2019
So... What is Yoga?
Yoga is viewed in the West as an exercise program, but really that’s just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. Listen in as we share the definition of yoga, the roots of yoga, answer the question “is it a religion” and so much more! If you’re curious about what it is you’re actually practicing or want to know why you should (or are hesitant!) practice yoga, then this is an awesome deep dive into what it is we are really doing on (and off) our yoga mats!
October 1, 2019
Practice Indie: Who We Are
Hi! 👋🏻 we are practice Indie yoga- a yoga studio located in Indianapolis dedicated you doing you (more expanded: we want to help you reclaim your best self). This our brief story of who we are, how we came to be and a little of what you can expect from this podcast week over week, as well as if you come visit us!
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