Jo Stewart discovered yoga while studying Visual Art at RMIT in 1998, and since then she has found that practising meditation and yoga helps her enjoy living and creating to her full potential. Jo has been teaching for over 15 years and runs her own Melbourne studio, where she teaches Antigravity Aerial Yoga, Pilates, and Yin and Vinyasa classes to small groups. She is a level 3 Senior teacher with Yoga Australia. Jo’s creative approach adapts to each client's individual needs. She also loves bringing yoga out of the studio and into the world, teaching on community programs, at festivals and sharing her meditations online. Jo is a co-host of The Flow Artists Podcast
Jo started learning Ink Brush Painting from Richard Liddicut when she was about 7 and as you’ll hear, his classes were really an introduction to yoga and meditation as well. Richard has been practicing yoga for almost 50 years after discovering creative dance with Mrs Mangiamele at the iconic Mangala studios while he was at art school. We discuss the early days of Mangala studio, and how it has evolved, as well as Richards earlier teaching career. We also delve into the history and practice of Sumi - ink brush painting and calligraphy and it’s connection to Zen buddhism and meditation. Creativity, and the exploration of our true nature have always been central to Richards's movement and art practice. One of the topics we discuss is ‘The Unfolding Self’ workshop which combines yoga and brush and ink techniques, meditation, sound, and poetry to facilitate awareness of an inner, fluid, and interconnected world where the outer layers of the ego melt away to reveal our inner nature. Richard has an auditory processing disorder which makes him very sensitive to electronic equipment, which we speak about in our conversation. We’ve actually wanted to speak to Richard since we began the podcast and I’m glad we finally found a way that would work for him - so rather than an online chat or at our home surrounded by technology, this interview took place in his small garden studio, shaded by a huge jacaranda tree and lined with many, many years worth of paintings and calligraphy. We hope you enjoy the conversation! Links Mangala Studios Green Monday Studios This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.
This is a deep and powerful conversation that we were honored to share. Phil Kayumba is a Melbourne based trauma-informed Yoga teacher with a passion for shared community building and cultivating individual expression through collective movement and breath, hence his motto “Everyone, come as you are.” Phil's teaching is imbued with lessons from an extraordinary life, from leaving his home in Rwanda at the age of 10 for soccer and education in England to discovering yoga in India while his father worked as an ambassador. His travels through India continued to inform his practice and life, which only continued as he moved to Australia for study and became a father. Phil's resilience and compassion shines through as he shares about the effects of political violence in Rwanda, losing many much-loved family members, numerous assassination attempts on his father's life and becoming a refugee in Australia during his studies. While Phil touches on many difficult and painful topics, this is an uplifting and inspiring conversation, filled with many unexpected turns and layered with Phil's love for his son, the practice of yoga, and life itself. Note: This episode contains discussions of genocide, violence, mental health issues and other adult themes. This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.
Chara Caruthers is a yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist and the author of the book “Eat like you love yourself: a guide to ayurvedic cooking and living”. Maria Kirsten is a yoga teacher, specialised teacher trainer and is the creator of Yoga for Grownups. Together they host the podcast "Live Like You Love Yourself", a podcast where they have conversations and interviews dedicated to uncovering what it takes to “grow up” in a way that feels balanced, authentic, graceful and juicy! We had a great conversation on their podcast last week (Link Below), and we are excited to get to know Maria and Chara a little better in this episode! We begin this conversation discussing the inspiration behind their podcast and their life philosophies. We explore how they have both navigated COVID-19, and the lessons it has taught them. We also discuss Maria's recent cancer diagnosis and the impact that has had on her life. Maria and Chara both have so much wisdom and humour to share, We know you'll enjoy listening to this one! Links Live Like You Love Yourself Podcast: Chara's Website: Chara's Instagram: Maria's Website: Maria's Instagram: This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.
Marsha Banks-Harold is an Electrical Engineer, a trauma-informed yoga therapist and yoga teacher, and the owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio, based in Alexandria Virginia, USA. We were introduced to Marsha through the Global Yoga Therapy Day conference, where she was on a panel alongside Rane in a discussion of diversity in yoga therapy. Marsha sees herself as an intuitive healer called to empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. She is the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way designed for clients who don’t believe they are flexible enough for yoga, who are afraid to get onto the floor, who are living with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains or those who have restricted range of motion. She thrives in creating a supportive, inclusive, diverse, adaptive and accessible yoga and yoga therapy experience for all. In this conversation, we learn about her background growing up in Alexandria VA, how she was introduced to yoga, and how it helped her cope with her high pressure job in Electrical Engineering. We learn about how her community was affected by the George Floyd murder, and her thoughts on the (then) upcoming US presidential election. Links Marsha's Website: Instagram: Facebook Page: This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia: The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.
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Aug 7th, 1980
Melbourne VIC, Australia
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