The Yoga Conversations

21 Episodes

By: Haresh Punjabi

The podcast talks with Yoga, Meditation, and Wellness practitioners, try to explore this mystic space and make it accessible for everyone.

#20 - Dr. Renu on Vitamin D for autoimmune diseases, blessings of Sun God and the Power of Pranayama

"The approach has to be deeper, cellular, molecular to deal with this problem rather than localized where this is manifesting!" - Dr. Renu Mahtani

She is an MBBS MD, FMNM (Fellowship in Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine) as well as done her Yoga course in International Associate for Yoga Therapy. She is the Founder of Autoimmunity Treatment Centre & Param Yoga, Pune. She has wide experience with all types of autoimmune diseases with maximum work in psoriasis. She is also the author of books - "Power - Pranayama” and "Power of Posture". We will talk about why Dr. Re...

#19 - Ritu M. on Kinesiology, Vipassana and making yourself Invincible!

"Yes, you're fine. Of course, you're fine. But would like to get better? Kinesiology is an emotional fitness!" - Ritu M.

Ritu is a psychologist, a kinesiologist, and a teaching Metaphysician. She has her own center called Ajna Center for Learning where her primary focus is to help people discover the power of choice in their lives and learn to touch the field of consciousness and light

Topics Discussed:

Her work and what is Ajna Center for Learning (01:03) What is Kinesiology and Muscle Testing (05:07) She explains her process of tackling Relationship...

#18 - Deepak on Natural Farming, foods responsible for Infertility, and being truly Aatmanirbhar [in Hindi]

"Ab hum Aatmanirbhar nahi, American Nirbhar hai!" - Deepak Raghav

Deepak Raghav is a Farmer following the system of Natural Farming which is different from organic farming. He is a direct student of Subhash Palekar who is an Indian agriculturist and the Padma Shri awardee in 2016 for his work in Natural Farming. He is also a Holistic Farming Coach Trainer and Consultant with customized courses for Urban and Rural farmers as well as the Founder of Zero Budget Natural Farming Foundation

Topics Discussed(in Hindi):

What is Natural Farming and how...

#17 - Vena Ramphal on mindset challenges for Women and what makes successful people successful

"One of the biggest mindsets that we need to overcome as women is to trust ourselves!" - Vena Ramphal

Vena Ramphal is a Dance Studies Specialist in Classical Indian Dance and studied her way to being a PhD. in Dance and Philosophy. She is a professional dancer & choreographer as well as is experienced in dance studies, meditation teacher, Performance Coach, TV, and radio specialist on wellbeing and relationships. For her, "Dance is her fullest yoga."

Topics Discussed:

Her journey into Yoga (01:23) Her Kriya Yoga journey thanks to the master Sri...

#16 - Dr. Soorya on Liver Cleanse & Looking Timeless at the age of 70

"The greatest gift to a calm mind is to eat calming foods and breathing" - Dr. Soorya Kaur

At the age of 70, Dr. Soorya is a Doctor of Acupuncture, Practitioner of Energy Medicine, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Somatic Movement Educator, Holistic Practitioner, and Raw/Vegan Food Expert. She has a huge footprint on Yoga as she has opened multiple Yoga Ashrams & taught yoga in prisons. She has super interesting stories on Raw food consumption, liver cleansing, and detoxification.

Topics Discussed:

Her journey into Holistic Living and her connection...

#15 - Dylan on Ayurveda, digesting Junk Food into Nectar and leading a Disease-Proof Lifestyle

"Focus on how you are eating. Are you eating with awareness? Are you eating fresh food, cooked with love?" - Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and holistic health educator based in Sydney, Australia, where he runs and operates the Vital Veda clinic offering patients consultations, body treatments, and detoxification programs. Aimed at uncovering the root cause of ailments, Dylan travels the world to share his holistic passion, to teach patients to effortlessly integrate new foundational habits into their daily life so they can thrive. 

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#14 - Manjeet on Yoga culture in Goa, Emotional awareness and stress-free Dance Therapy

"She had a big emotional release, she had to lay down. I kept reminding her that she was safe and this gave her a big, big breakthrough" - Manjeet Mathur

Manjeet has completed his 200-Hr, 300-Hr, Yoga Therapy Module 1 & 2 MultiStyle Yoga Teacher Training Courses that too in Goa out of all places. He applies a Human approach to Yoga and believes in personalizing practices for everyone with Emotional Awareness and Shadow work, ie.  connected to the student's parents, finances, relationships, life experiences). Along with these, he also teaches Dance Therapy practices which he feels is...

#13 - Samara on alternative therapies for Cancer, importance of Gut health, and Cancer Prevention

"60-70% of our immunity lies in our Gut lining" - Samara Mahindra

Samara is the Founder and CEO of Carer, India’s first integrative oncology company that provides personalized care to cancer patients. For this dream, she has been certified as a cancer exercise specialist, Breast Cancer recovery trainer, Holistic Health Coach, Holistic Cancer Coach as well as certified in Plant-based Nutrition from the world's top recognized institutes. Also, they have started a new program called Cancer prevention which helps normal people prevent getting cancer in the future.

Topics Discussed:

Her re...

#12 - Anjaan on the misappropriation of Tantra, Kundalini sensitivity and Yoga capitalism

"Today's Yogi is buying cars and living in villas so he understands the language of consumerism and capitalism!" - Anjaan

Anjaan has been living the yogic ways from the age of 5. From 2006 since his Kundalini Awakening, Anjaan has consciously immersed in tantric, Vedic, and ancient traditions. He is also a certified Massage therapist, Reiki 3rd Degree healer, martial arts coach (11th Dan Black Belt), ordained Zen facilitator, and has been trained in multiple healing modalities including polarity therapy, myofascial release, and Kundalini Tantra massage.

Topics Discussed:

The reason for dropping his...

#11 - Gaurav J. on loosing his vision, reading 1 book a week and sorting his mental trauma

"I'm not having to find more time, I'm just creating more time!"  - Gaurav Jhunjhunwala

He was afflicted with Retinitis Pigmentosa which has caused him to lose most of his eyesight over time. He was not able to graduate due to increasing problems managing his disability. Slowly he became an avid reader, Gaurav likes to listen to audiobooks and has been reading 50-60 books a year for the past few years. 

Today he is a self-taught practitioner of Nero Linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and now he runs the Mindmonk and Peakperformer...

#10 - Simon Borg on Bandhas, Pranayama eligibility, value of CO2 and the Wim Hof Method

"Once we have established natural breathing with postures, then we are ready for Pranayama!" - Simon Borg-Olivier

Simon Borg-Olivier has been studying traditional forms of posture, movement, breathing, and mental control for more than 50 years. He has studied with one of the greatest Yogic masters of the 20th century - B.K.S Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, and T.K.V Desikachar. 

Also, he has co-authored 2 books out of which the Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga Course. Today he helps everyone restore their natural posture fusing traditional eastern wisdom with western medical science.<...

#9 - Kanika on identifying anxiety, real vs fake depression and giving Yoga a chance

"You definitely start Yoga but don't go cold turkey on your medications! " - Kanika Manchanda

Kanika is a software engineer & MBA (MDI, Gurgaon) and has worked as a corporate consultant for 8 years. Then she discovered Yoga where she experimented a lot with it. She is now a certified Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher from the Isha Yoga Foundation and is now the founder of Nisarga Hatha Yoga. She freelances as a corporate consultant promoting a healthy lifestyle and experiments with yogic recipes in her kitchen.

Topics Discussed:

Her growing up years...

#8 - Ashwin C. on True Love through Yoga, Loosing Weight and Looking Young

"We don't have to work out like maniacs to lose weight, we just have to stop eating like maniacs! " - Ashwin Chekava

Ashwin started his search to learn Yoga at the age of 9. He finally met his Guru Mahavatar Babaji in the Kali Gandaki Valley of Nepal. Now he is part of Trilok Akhada, ie a secret Akhada with branches all over the world. His purpose is to teach people how to love one another using Yoga as a tool.

Topics Discussed:

His search to learn Yoga at the age of 9 (01:13) ...

#7 - Anuj W. on Marijuana vs Meditation, Vipassana and the Science of Habits

"Any action that delays our gratification is tough to adopt." - Anuj Wadhwa also runs the Body Clock Coach.  

He helps people maintain discipline and have a clear structure in their lives through the science of habits.  Also, he's a certified Yoga teacher, Vipassana meditator, Speaker, and Business Coach. 

Topics Discussed:

His love for Rishikesh, India (01:05) His experience with alcohol, marijuana, and other temptations before taking the Yogic Path (02:30) How he got over Marijuana (03:33) His comparison of Marijuana and Meditation (07:06) His RYT experience at Rishikesh (10:08) His reasons for taking up Vipassana (14:08) ...

#6 - Khurshed Batliwala on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's humility, Indian education and meditation a key to happiness

"Be happy and make others happy!" - The Art of Living’s Legendary Meditation Teacher Khurshed Batliwala also known as Bawa sharing similar visions as Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji. He is an Author(Ready, steady, Go & Happiness Express), Speaker, Personal Coach, Teacher of Meditation for the Art of Living, and an Alternative Healer. Other than that, he's a great pianist and a Meditating Mathematician!

Topics Discussed:

How does a meditation practice keep you happy (01:07) Bawa's memories with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji (04:49) The problem with our education system and how meditation help st...

#5 - Sruthi M. - IT professional turned Yogini battling PCOD since the age of 15

Sruthi Menon diagnosed with PCOD at 15, also had typical hormonal imbalances in her growing up years. While pursuing her IT career, she discovered the Inner Engineering course at the Isha Foundation. This showed her how she can heal herself. Finally, she left her IT career, overcame PCOD and became a full-time Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Isha Foundation 

Topics Discussed:

The significance of greeting "Namaskaram" at Isha Foundation (01:13) Her PCOD diagnosis at the age of 15 (02:39) - Ashokarishta Her thoughts on medications (07:28) Her 1st step with Isha Foundation (12:33) - Inner Engineering, Shambavi Mahamudra ...

#4: Anxiety - Fear of being dumped, losing your job and roller coaster rides

This is a special solo episode where we talk on one topic and try to make sense of it. Our topic for today is Anxiety. We talk about - What is anxiety? How does it start? What could be it's root causes? How could we help ourselves?

Topics Discussed:

Deconstructing the mind (00:55) How fear has transformed in to worry (02:08) Worrying for longer times turn to anxiety (03:59) What can we do about it? (04:41)

This show is brought to you by me, your host Haresh Punjabi. We talk with Yoga, Meditation, and Wellness...

#3: Sagar Dutta on today's kids, taking charge of anger and his learnings from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji

Brought up in a spiritual home environment, Sagar was initiated into the practice of Sudarshan Kriya by his Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji. He organizes workshops for adults and children on how to combat anxiety, optimize performance, and enhance concentration.  Apart from Yoga and meditation, he also organizes travel experiences and adventures in hills, forests, and villages across India.

Topics Discussed:

His experience with his father in spirituality (01:32) Kids being overprotected and their weird experiences with trees (02:36) His 1st experience with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji (05:04) Why did he take...

Nitin Jain on Rishikesh, the meaning of Chakras and Maslows Hierarchy of Needs - Ep: 2

"So the very first need of a person is to do away with fear and have some safety" - Nitin Jain

Nitin Jain has been teaching yoga, meditation for the last 20 years. He has been giving talks on philosophy and spiritual subjects. Based in Mumbai, where I have been doing regular yoga and meditation classes in fitness centers of 5-star hotels, clubs, corporate offices, various institutes, and organizations. Recently have been giving philosophy and meditation classes in Goa, to the students of yoga teachers training courses and yoga retreats.

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The Yoga Conversations Trailer

Welcome to the Yoga Conversations podcast. This is your host, Haresh Punjabi. I have been practicing Yoga & Meditation for the past 3 years. Being a student for life, I and our guests would explore the art form in greater depths, dissect its mysticism and make it accessible for all yogis and the ones who are genuinely interested to start this practice.

We talk with teachers, masters, or anyone who practices yoga/ meditation and has had a huge impact on their lives. We will get into the weeds of different yoga branches/ styles like Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga...

Ronak Gajjar on healing himself, treating thyroid with yogic science, and his experience at Neem Karoli Baba's Ashram - Ep: 1

Ronak is an Intuitive Healer, Spiritual Mentor, and a Life Enthusiast. A 32-year yogi shedding light through 20+ healing modalities and transforming the lives of more than 1 million ‘spiritual-finders’ globally. He is striving to help those who seek help to reach their highest potential, deepen their spiritual connection (starting with self), and living a high-vibration life.

Topics Discussed:

Re-incarnated & Initiation at the age of 2  20+ healing techniques like Chakra Healing, Sound Healing, Massage Healing, Tantra Healing, Hypnotherapy Helping people on stress, sexual trauma, insomnia with Intuitive Healing How your thyroid gets affected with your...