This Yogi Life Podcast

This Yogi Life is a podcast discussion on yoga and contemporary life broadcast by 2 women in a tent.

It started life as after-class conversations between friends and classmates Ellie & Gabriela during the first semester of their Yoga Studies MA. Car rides home to the Westside of LA became the impromptu scene for discussions that hadn't found completion in class: anything from issues of cultural appropriation and women in yoga to thoughts on spirituality, psychology and ecology.

We set up TYL as light relief from the heft of required philosophical readings and we want to thank the many teachers and professors who've contributed to the subject in a more profound way than our current ramblings do. Join us as from our broadcasting tent in LA in a light and humorous conversation on all things yoga.

The Vitarka Mudra symbolises the teachings and discussions transmitted by the Buddha.

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© Gabriela Ayala Canizares

© Gabriela Ayala Canizares

Episode 1: What is a Yogi?

Despite the name of this podcast we feel a bit uncomfortable referring to ourselves as yogis. Hey, let’s chat about what that term means, yeah?

In this episode we introduce a little about our personal journeys with yoga and why we hesitate to call ourselves ‘yogis’. We discuss the evolution of the term, from its origination in the East to its migration to the West. We speak about how yogis were once considered powerful, sinister beings by colonial rulers and how drastically that has changed to a “cutesy”term in Western contemporary studios. There is no end or answer to this question but our goal is to work out some of the sticky bits through investigation of our academic knowledge and our own personal history with yoga.

episode 3: What is the path?

The idea of ‘The Path’ seems daunting and Jedi-like but what exactly does it mean to be on it?

In this episode we hope to shed some light on the elusive path of yoga and throw around a few ideas about the difficulties of a practice, body image, working with the mind, getting to know ourselves and plenty more besides. We discuss the ups and downs of the path and what might be the purpose of embarking on a yoga practice.