triyoga talks – podcasts
triyoga talks is a bi-weekly podcast featuring some of the world’s most renowned yoga teachers interviewed by our Yoga Director, Genny Wilkinson Priest. In addition to delving into these remarkable teachers’ influences both past and present, the podcast will tackle subjects as diverse as the ethics of yoga, the power of contemplative practice as well as offer sage advice for yoga teachers, students and studio owners alike.
Garth McLean was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996, and with that his life changed in an instant.
Gone were the days of high-intensity exercise, and upon the advice of his doctor, he went to a yoga class. As it happened, an Iyengar Yoga one. Within a couple weeks, he noticed sensation return to his body and he learned to cultivate patience and respect for it, and so embarked on a new way of living.
Jo Joseph is the only woman to have ever won DJ Magazine’s coveted DJ of the Year award, and for more than 30 years has been one of the globe’s most successful DJs, playing at Pacha and Space in Ibiza, Fabric in London, and Womb in Tokyo. Yoga became the antidote to the excesses of DJ life, and her study of philosophy, anatomy and sequencing deepened as she became a teacher.
In this triyoga talks podcast, Jo spoke about smashing the glass ceiling as one of the first female DJs to break into a male-dominated world, how to create playlists that elevate the experience of a student in class, and how music and yoga are both spiritual experiences.
When you think about it, David Swenson has been distance teaching ashtanga yoga for decades with his VHS tapes and books. He recognised long before anyone else that students might not always be fortunate enough to be in the same room as their teacher — whether that was due to geography, personal circumstance or now Covid. Even so, he struggled in the early days to adapt to the technology of teaching online (like most teachers!) and in this triyoga talks podcast he spoke about moving from discomfort to ease and now enjoyment.
Aisha Nash is an award-winning pastry chef who left behind the high-stress world of Michelin-starred restaurants to become a yoga teacher. As a teacher, however, she did not feel welcome in most modern yoga studios, which she says are not properly reflective of what yoga is, and who it is for.
In this triyoga talks podcast, Aisha spoke about how the word “fat” has unnecessarily become an insult, and how people living in large bodies can feel excluded in a yoga class. She spoke about freeing ourselves from diet culture not just in January but beyond, why weight does not necessarily equate to health, and how the BMI (body mass index) is inherently flawed and racist.
Matthew Sanford at the age of 13 was paralysed from the chest down in a car accident that killed his father and sister. He spent three months at the Mayo Clinic, a world famous medical facility where paradoxically, the care he received increased his mind-body injury in what he calls corrective violence. Those doctors saved his life, yes, but the hospital experience itself was traumatising and ended up further separating Matthew’s mind from his body.
In this triyoga talks podcast, Matthew spoke about feeling sensation when his doctors said he couldn’t. About the parallel between patient compliance and student obedience. And about how the disabled have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.
In this triyoga talks podcast, we sat down with three British women of Indian heritage who are yoga teachers and practitioners to hear their views on the differences between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation in how yoga is taught and practised in the West, and how respectful exchanges of tradition and practice ultimately enrich and benefit many.
George Floyd’s brutal murder has sparked outrage on American streets. Many in the yoga community has expressed solidarity with the protests, and in this special triyoga talks podcast, we speak to Canadian yoga teacher and activist Dianne Bondy about the harm caused by spiritual bypassing, about how the yoga community can challenge the racist status quo, and about what being an ally in the Black Lives Matter movement really means.
In this very special episode of triyoga talks (our first in a while), Yoga Director Genny Wilkinson Priest talks to triyoga founder Jonathan Sattin. They speak about the difficult days leading up to the closure of our five centres (and our plans to reopen), taking triyoga online, the changing yoga landscape, what the future might hold with social distancing within studio spaces and lots more.
In this episode with Faith Hunter, we go deep on difficult topics like losing a sibling to AIDS, learning to care for ourselves when we are taught only to care for others and what it means to ‘ghost your feelings’. We also talked to Faith about being a person of colour in the yoga world, holding more space for those who need it and serving our entire community – not just those who agree with us.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Gahl answers all our burning astrology questions, like: What is it? Where does it come from? How does it affect us? What should we expect in 2020? And what, really, is Mercury retrograde?
At the height of her career at YogaWorks in Los Angeles, Mia Togo decided to move to the other side of the world with little more than her passport and a promise: love. Now, she speaks to us about how to overcome fear, what yoga looks like in London vs. America, and how teachers – wherever they may be in the world – can and should empower their students. It’s a big one.
Yin yoga is one of the fastest-growing and most practised styles of yoga worldwide. Hear its origin story straight from the source as we sit down with Paul Grilley, the founder and developer of yin yoga as we know it today.
In this episode of triyoga talks, we hear Jivana’s views on yoga as a human right, how to work with students with differing abilities and whether there should be more specialised classes in studios.
What exactly is hypermobility? What are the common symptoms? What can be done to correct bad habits within your asana practice? And how can teachers spot and help to adjust hypermobile students during a busy class?
In this episode of triyoga talks, we explore all these questions and more with triyoga teacher and hypermobility expert Celest Pereira. We also touch on the business of yoga, top activities to supplement your practice, how to handle online trolls and tips for yoga teachers trying to succeed in an over-saturated market.
Four experts discuss the dynamics of the guru-disciple relationship in this special recording of our recent symposium in Camden. On the panel were an Advaita Vedanta teacher (Bhaskar Ramachandran), an Iyengar yoga teacher (Carrie Owerko), an ashtanga yoga teacher (Philippa Asher), and an academic (Amelia Wood). They discuss ways in which contemporary yoga teachers can approach their duty authentically and traditionally while empowering and championing their students.
In this episode of triyoga talks, globally-recognised yoga teacher Kino MacGregor shares the inspiring tale of her evolution from late-night raver to fully-devoted yoga practitioner, teacher and entrepreneur. She shows her vulnerable side as she opens up about her healing from the trauma of rape, shares her views on the role of money in yoga and discusses the future of ashtanga yoga.
Dianne Bondy is a yoga teacher on a mission. A mission to tear down the walls of the yoga industrial complex to make space for people of colour, older people, disabled people, transgendered people and people of all shapes and size. This episode of triyoga talks is a frank conversation packed with wisdom, uncomfortable truths and infectious laughter – things we’ve come to know and love about Dianne.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Beryl discusses everything from the origin of “power yoga” to practising under the fierce ashtanga teacher Norman Allen to supporting first-responders and veterans through trauma-sensitive yoga.
In this fascinating episode of triyoga talks, Carolyn discusses how losing everything and shifting identities has informed her fearless approach to living life and teaching yoga. She also shares her views on the 12 step programme and her belief that anxiety, compulsive behaviour and addiction are not diseases, but actions rooted in shame, abuse and trauma.
triyoga talks episode 21: Sarah Powers on insight yoga, self-exploration + the benefits of a yin practice
In this episode of triyoga talks, Sarah and Genny have a potent conversation about self-exploration through stillness and how creating a healthy relationship to both our gifts and our brokenness is pivotal for transformation. Sarah also shares her views on blending traditions to find liberation from feelings of separation from life and each other.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Cyndi shares her personal experiences from being at the forefront of the yoga explosion in Manhattan in the 1990s, the differentiation between mindfulness and meditation, mindfulness as a gateway to deeper study, western insights on Buddhist philosophy and her take on the increasing popularity of meditation across the globe.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Lolly shares memories from the birth of her daughter and how this powerful experience changed her life. She speaks about why pregnancy yoga should be more than modified poses and how her classes and trainings are created to enhance and support the natural changes happening during pregnancy.
To mark International Women’s Day on 08th March, we spoke with Alexandria Crow, a leading female voice in the yoga world. Known to be fearless and blunt, Alexandria has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to express them, whether she’s questioning conventional definitions of advanced yoga or busting yoga myths.In this episode, she tackles the difficult topic of gender inequality in yoga and how women practitioners often face more criticism than their male counterparts.
19 years ago today on 19th February 2000, triyoga opened the doors to its first centre in Primrose Hill. And so, to mark the occasion, we spoke with triyoga’s Managing Director Jonathan Sattin, in this very special episode of triyoga talks.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Tom discusses fascia and why it’s crucial yoga teachers, massage therapists and personal trainers understand its role. He also shares his views on whether memories are held in our bodies, the finer details of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and the nature of flexibility.
In this episode of triyoga talks, triyoga teacher, Zephyr Wildman speaks candidly about the death of her husband, working through grief and the daily practices that keep her feeling whole.
For our latest podcast, we met up with the sisters of wellness – Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips. In this episode, they reveal how to set and stick to new year’s resolutions, the value of rituals and how small actions can have a huge impact.
In this episode of triyoga talks, we look back at 2018 and get J Brown’s views on some of this year’s key events in the world of yoga. Topics under the spotlight include whether or not the yoga community needs an alliance and, if so, what role it plays, the commodification of yoga through social media, and how further outreach could help make yoga more accessible. J also shares his thoughts on yoga in the age of #metoo, yoga’s role in social consciousness and whether recent scandals have change the role of the guru.
In this episode of triyoga talks, three of triyoga’s highly experienced teachers speak about a wide variety of subjects from striking the right balance between a teacher’s personal practice and their teaching (it’s not easy!), to the rise of secularism in the practice of contemporary yoga as spiritual aspects become less prevalent.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Jason answers some tough questions on the upcoming generation of yoga teachers, how yoga is evolving – for better or worse – in modern times, and whether yoga and politics should go hand in hand.
On 1 November, we held a teachers’ symposium on this sometimes difficult topic in our Soho centre. What transpired was a fascinating look at the relationship between yoga and food, with insights from our expert panellists. For those who couldn’t attend, we’re releasing it here as a bonus episode in our ongoing triyoga talks podcast series.
In September 2018, five of the world’s leading scholars on yoga philosophy gathered at a special triyoga teachers’ symposium to try to answer this deceptively simple question. The event sold out so, due to popular demand, we’re releasing it as a two-part podcast. If you missed out, you can now tune in to what proved to be a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion on a complex topic.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Dr Melody Moore speaks about the importance of self-love, how media myths perpetuate a sense of ‘not enoughness’ and the complex relationship between contemporary yoga and eating disorders.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Vicky Fox talks about how to hold space and support people living with pain, how yoga can help with the physical, emotional and mental effects of cancer, and the positive power of community and sharing.
In this episode of triyoga talks, Gurmukh and Gurushabd talk about their experiences of studying with Yogi Bhajan, the vast oral history and traditions of Kundalini yoga and how Gurmurkh’s own experiences and grief shaped her teaching of yoga for pregnant women.
In this episode, triyoga talks speaks to yoga teacher and TEDx speaker Max Strom on the ethics a yoga teacher should uphold, how breathing techniques can release feelings of grief, and how technology is driving us apart instead of bringing us closer together.
Richard talks with us about yoga in the modern world, how traditional practices have evolved over the centuries, and whether there is really any such thing as authentic yoga.
triyoga talks episode 3: Sharon Gannon on yoga + veganism, consent cards and what makes a good teacher
Sharon Gannon, the creatrix of Jivamukti Yoga, talks to us about yoga and veganism, the use of consent cards in yoga studios, what her personal sadhana looks like now and more.
triyoga talks episode 2: Bo Forbes on yoga as a tool for social justice + the convergence of yoga + psychotherapy
Bo Forbes talks on why yoga and psychotherapy are natural fits, how yoga teachers can speak to students suffering from anorexia nervosa, and how yoga can be used as a tool for social justice in creating politically awake communities
In our inaugural triyoga talks podcast, we speak with Yogaworks co-founder Maty Ezraty who tells us why advanced posture work alone cannot lead to enlightenment, when self-exploration shifts into self-absorption, and the effect social media has had on the yoga landscape.