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Creation Date September 10th, 2019
Updated Date Updated November 27th, 2020
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A series of podcast episodes released in association with Yoga Australia, where we interview the former and current presidents of the national peak body for yoga.
  1. This is the first of our episodes in collaboration with Yoga Australia, featuring many of Yoga Australia's past presidents. Michael de Manicor is one of the most highly respected and experienced yoga teachers in Australia, with an extensive background in different approaches and styles of yoga and meditation, and over 30 years of teaching experience. Michael holds a PhD in Health Science, in the area of Yoga and Mental Health in addition to his degrees in education and psychology. He is the Founder, Director and senior lecturer at The Yoga Institute in Sydney and is also the Founder and Director of The Yoga Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that provides yoga-based programs for people who experience disadvantage or hardship. In this episode, we discuss Michael's involvement in Yoga Australia up to and including his tenure as President of the organisation. He shares with us his thoughts on the importance of having a peak body to represent yoga teachers in this country, as well as his dedication to raising training standards. We were eager to discuss Michael's research on yoga and mental health - the topic of his PhD and the importance of a personal practice. Links The Yoga Institute: www.yogainstitute.com.au The Yoga Foundation: www.theyogafoundation.org.au Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YogaInstituteSydney/ Yoga for Mental Health training for yoga teachers (co-presented with Janet Lowndes): https://yogainstitute.com.au/mental-health-syd/ Yoga Retreat in Italy: https://yogainstitute.com.au/savour-italy/ Heart of Yoga retreat weekend outside of Sydney: https://yogainstitute.com.au/heartofyoga_retreat-yanada/ Amy Bell's Guiding Inner Journey's workshop: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/guiding-inner-journeys/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast
  2. Gabrielle is a yoga teacher, a yoga therapist and director of the Bhava Yoga and dance centre in Warrendyke, Victoria, Australia. Gabrielle is also on the board of Yoga Australia. She is a highly respected teacher, and Rane got to know her a little better through satsangs he attended, hosted by Leigh Blashki and Janet Lowndes. She has a wealth of wisdom and knowledge, and always contributed with her many deep insights to the conversations, so we really wanted to speak with her for the podcast. In this episode we learn about Gabrielle's background, growing up in Melbourne and how she developed an early interest in physical movement. We hear how she moved from a career in Insurance after finding joy in yoga and wanting to share that experience with the world. We learn about her philosophy of yoga and how she has recently developed a rich and deep regular meditation practice. Finally, we learn about how yoga, meditation and even the process of teaching yoga have helped her traverse the ups and downs of life. Gabrielle's calm and peaceful nature permeate the entire episode, so you'll definitely want to give it a listen. Links Bhava Yoga and Dance centre: http://thebhavacentre.com/ Buddhi Mind: https://buddhimind.com/ Buddhi Mind on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buddhi_mind/ Community Classes at Garden of Yoga: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/classes/community-classes/
  3. Swami Shantananda AKA Mataji (Mother) was the second president of Yoga Australia, back when it was known as the Yoga Teachers Association and she was known as Jani Baker. This episode is the second of our collaboration with Yoga Australia, and it contains some great insight into the early days of the organisation and its grassroots nature. In this episode, we learn how Jani Baker struggled with her catholic upbringing, and how she dealt with depression as a young adult. We learn how she discovered meditation and yoga and came to teach them. We also hear how she became involved in the Yoga Teacher's Association and her motivations for doing so. We also discuss her writings on the yoga sutras, philosophy and her personal practice of Kashmiri Shaivism. Links: Swami Shantananda's blog: http://www.swamishantananda.com.au/ Notes from Mataji: https://podcast.flowartists.com/news/notes-swami-shantananda/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flowartistspodcast
  4. This episode is released in partnership with Yoga Australia. Shyamala Benakovic is a Yoga teacher and the CEO of Yoga Australia. If you heard our episode with Michael de Manincor, he stated that the hiring of Shyamala as General Manager was his greatest success, which really speaks to Shyamala's talent, passion and incredible work ethic. In this episode, we learn how Shyamala grew up in Malaysia before moving to London and later relocating to Australia. She tells us about her early family life and how being raised in the Hindu tradition informs her practice and teaching today. We hear about her background as a Management Consultant, and how this, along with her passion for yoga lead to her being hired as General Manager of Yoga Australia. We also hear about the challenges in running a national organisation that is largely made up of volunteers, and some of the systems she has put into place to help support the goals of Yoga Australia. Finally, Shyamala shares her hopes and dreams for Yoga Australia moving into the future. Links: Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/ Adrenal Healing Workshop with Gina Macauley: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/adrenal-healing/ Aerial Theraputics Training: http://www.creativebodyflow.com/aerial-therapeutics/

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