Freedom through movement: How to Activate Yoga & Heal Trauma and Addiction
Interview with Bex Tyrer
“We’re so busy on this treadmill of seeking some mysterious idea of enlightenment, perfection or happiness that we forget to embrace what we already have – even if it might appear to be imperfect.”
– Bex Tyrer
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In this podcast, Bex shares:
Her journey of seeing the world and embracing life in a different way – after burning 30% of her body in an accident
How she changed her priorities and values – she went from being “busy” and “successful” to investing in what’s important: spending time with friends, being in nature and allowing her body to rest – embracing the simple things in life
Unpacking what has gone wrong with commercial Yoga – with so many women showing up to practice and being deeply unhappy on the inside, not allowing the full freedom and health available through the practice of Yoga
Her personal journey with addiction – how she went through 10 years of eating disorders and overcame it
Dealing with body image and trauma – advice from her own experiences
Stories and experiences from her travels sharing Yoga and how an embodied practice can help step back into power
What Yoga Activism means to her – taking Yoga into areas where it is not currently accessible and in need of a physical practice
Her self-practice – moving from a 2-hour Yoga practice to one more suited for her
Highlights of Bex’s wisdom:
Slow Down – Put yourself in an environment and let yourself rest and embrace life more fully
Change your narrative – instead of your scars reminding you of the physical pain, let it remind you of the strength and love that surrounds you
Allow yourself to feel emotion instead of numbing it out – “emotions won’t kill you, but not feeling them will”
Embrace life and the power within. Our practice can either help us remember that power, or it can distract us
Stay present. “You can do anything for one more breath.”
Embrace this moment as it is. We are never given more than we can handle
About Bex Tyrer:
Scotland born and raised, and Oxford educated with a graduate degree, MPhil in Development Studies, Bex Tyrer has been Asia-based for the past thirteen years, sharing her passion for Yoga and Yoga activism for the past 12, mostly here in Bali at the Yoga Barn. Here she shares her experience with hundreds of teacher trainees and thousands of students and practitioners all over the world.
While she teaches a wide range of styles including vinyasa, yin, restorative, power, hatha and AcroYoga, at the core of it all, her true gift is to simply share her personal and intimate relationship with Yoga, while helping to remind people that Yoga cannot be simplified into a set of postural cues or alignments. Yoga is enormous, ancient, wide and diverse. Bex shares what her dedicated study has revealed to her.
Bex has had the privilege of being guided by some great teachers including Angela Farmer, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Denise Payne and Mark Whitwell. Her extensive travels in Tibet, Nepal and India showed her that much of what is sold and advertised has very little in common with the wealth of Yoga waiting for us to individually activate.
Her education, life journey and love for Yoga took Bex into the field of Yoga Activism, to establish Freedom Through Movement projects in Kolkata, Kathmandu and Palestine. Her love for wisdom and a fascination with the human experience breathes life into Yoga philosophy, history and practice.
“Devotion is my teacher…Before anything you are in life, put the word “devoted” in front of it. A devoted mother, a devoted sister, a devoted child…this way you know that everything you do in life in an offering, and everything that life brings to you is also an offering”.
– Daniela Garza Rios
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In this Episode, Daniela shares:
Her Yoga Journey: Her mom as her first big inspiration, how Yoga found her, and her passion for sharing her unique Teacher Trainings
What is Mandala Yoga and how she uses this practice to dance with life and connect with the rhythm of Flow
Words of wisdom for the single parent – How becoming a Single Mom, challenged not only her morning practice, but also helped her transform the traditional concept of what it means to have family, to recognise that family and support is all around
Obstacles as tool for Self-growth – Self with a capital “S” – The harder the teaching, the thicker the blessing.
Acro-Yoga as a way to experience and understand how the body moves, by feeling meridians and anatomical planes
Bhakti Yoga – and what it means to be in devotion
Dharma Yoga & the 20 Value of Values – Why it’s important to follow your life’s purpose
Sacred space, and the power of having an altar, and working with nature and the 5 elements to help connect with and transmute emotions
Non-Dualism and her passion for studying Vedanta – the sacred teachings of Yoga from the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata – and the importance of having a experienced guide to unfold the teachings
Highlights of Daniela’s beautiful life wisdom:
The more you honour life and have complete validation and trust in what life brings, and take it as prasada, which is the blessed food after the puja, ritual of gratitude, even if its bitter, or sweet or sour, everything is a gift, and is in perfect order.
Life is happening for you, not to you – it’s your friend.
As much as we resist life, life will resist us. As soon as we embrace and trust, life blossoms in front of you
If you follow your dharma the dharma will always protect you
Pain is part of he process, that’s why we’re here: “When the pain comes, the rain comes, and eventually a thousand flowers will blossom”.
From the what to the so what? Vedanta – how fast can you go through the threshold of the ego, of what you expected life to be, from the what to the so what?
About Daniela Mandala:
Daniela Mandala is the spirited founder of SOHA – the global School of Healing Arts Yoga Teacher Training, and Co-Founder and Spiritual Director of Sutra Yoga Studio, Monterrey, Mexico, where she’s from. She’s also the proud mother of a beautiful 2 -year old boy.
Daniela has been immersed in bodywork and spiritual practice for more than 16 years, and along her travels has become certified in Osteopathy & Bioenergetics, Medical Magnet Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Mandala Vinyasa Yoga, Prana Flow, Krama Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Acroyoga, and Thai Massage.
Daniela is known for her highly positive attitude, a devoted practice and a sense of service, all of which are present throughout her teachings. Her work as a Yoga and Holistic practitioner inspires very clear technique and a deep understanding. She emphasizes acquiring awareness and sensitivity on how to listen, feel, and support each individual back to the Self.
Currently Daniella is one of the main teachers at Bali ‘s famous Yoga barn, where she shares all her trainings, Daniela also shares class online classes, in Spanish and English on Udaya.com, and is currently working on her first book.
“We have to get clear within our heart our deepest dharma – what our purpose is.
When we live our purpose, we care about ourselves, we care about those around us, we care about our planet…
and then that ripples out to the relationships we have with each other,
and we recognise our interconnection”.
– Simone Mackay
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In this Episode, Simone shares about:
The 3 phases of the Yogi’s Journey
Why she’s letting go of teaching 200 hour trainings after 10 years and over 500+ graduates
The changing landscape of the Yoga World, and the irony of Yoga and social media
Yoga Nidra– Yogic sleep as an effective and useful way to integrate healing –especially for trauma work, addictions, anxiety, depression, and stress in general
Symbol of Aum as it relates to the brain states that we experience in Yoga Nidra, Medicine work and daily life – alpha, beta, theta, delta, gama.
Vision quests, Rights of Passage & the value of exploring different cultural and experiential lenses and perspectives
Bridging Yoga and Plant Medicine World
Ceremony & Dieting with Plant Medicines like Ayahuasca, Wachuma – San Pedro – What are they? Why are they being used? Who are they of benefit to? What does it mean to feel “called?
How the plant intelligences work: Hint: They give you what you need, not what you want…
Re-defining self-practice and it’s important role in integrating transformation
With over 2 decades of experience as a yoga practitioner and Yoga Alliance accredited teacher trainer, and supported by a Bachelor in Social Work, Canadian-raised and Switzerland-educated, Simone MacKay has dedicated her life to the path of self enquiry, care and conscious living while empowering others to do the same.
As the co-founder and director of the renowned School of Sacred Arts, which is Bali’s yoga mecca – the Yoga Barn’s original 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Simone has certified over 600 teachers, and inspired thousands of students to find their soul purpose through yoga teacher training, retreats and events across the globe.
Simone spends intensive periods working in ceremony with various plant medicines and yogic practices and deepens her connection with nature through Vision Quests inspired by Western psychology and Native American traditions.
Her new project Somah Journeys, grounded in shamanic, yogic and nature-based spirituality, brings together a wealth of study, various cultural lenses and wisdom traditions, ancient tools of Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Medicine Wheel teachings, in synergy with the plant teachers and shamanic practices to help guide people home, to their heart space and soul’s purpose.
Simone’s Upcoming Offerings & Collaborations
Yoga & Ayurveda with Simone & Dr. Sujata – (Immersion or YACEP credit available) –April 4-9,2019 – Bali
100 Yin & Yoga Nidra Training with Swara Yoga – Sept 1 – 14th 2019 – Thailand
Yoga & Medicine 100hr Immersion – Feb 1 – 10, 2020& Jan 17-27, 2021– Peru
Plant Medicine Wheel & Yoga Retreat – Nov 30 – Dec 5, 2020 – Peru
100 hour immersion Prana, Pranayama , Yoga Nidra – April 17 – 27th, 2020 – Yoga Barn, Bali
Somah Yoga Nidra 100hr YTT & 7-day Retreat – Aug 15 – 22/26, 2020, Bali
Cycles and Rhythms with Simone and Bex Tyrer – October 17-27th 2020 – Yoga Barn, Bali
“You tears are prayers…with them come great relief and expansion”. – Cathy Pearson
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In this Episode, Cathy shares about:
Meditation instead of medication – From depressed in her teens in Ireland to a life-long meditation practice
Her fascinating journey as an an award-winning documentary filmmaker
Transforming Cellular Memory, and the language and anatomy of sacred energy and purification
How to embrace and transform challenges through Universal Connection
the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival, and how she’s helping to uplift and giveback to her local Yoga scene through the creation of Ireland’s 1st ever International Yoga & Spirit Festival
A trillion trees project and the importance of doing our bit to support worthwhile endeavours to help with climate crisis
Being a mom, and the power, bliss and choice of Natural Birth
Born in Ireland, Cathy Pearson, founder of Yoga Deep and the Celtic Woodland YogaFestival, is an award-winning feature documentary filmmaker, Yoga teacher and Spiritual Educator. She’s also a mother and proponent of natural birth, who has been involved with yoga for over 20 years. In that time she has been living between Ireland, Thailand, India & Bali offering group and one to one sessions and deepening her understanding of the incredible depths of yoga. studying and practicing a variety of styles and disciplines, from Iyenger and Hatha, to Ashtanga and meditation .
For the past 18 years, Cathy has been in a deep process of spiritual healing & purification, and has qualified as a certified Cellular Healing Therapist. This process is called Transforming Cellular Memory or TCM, where intuitive & psychic skills are developed to clear the pathways for sacred energy to flow through to help us unlock old behaviour and thought patterns and raising our level of consciousness in a profound and powerful way.
Her new project, The Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival, Ireland’s first international Yoga Festival, launches in July 2019 in Ireland
Learn more about Cathy:
Yoga Deep – Cathy’s personal website with upcoming retreats and trainings
“Whether something is filled with pleasure or pain, can you be with it?” – Emily Kuser
it ‘s a true honour and pleasure to welcome the wise, accomplished and fascinating Emily Kuser to the Pure Flow Yoga podcast.. Emily is a true seeker at heart, and has journeyed from her humble American roots, to becoming a prominent international Yoga teacher based in Bali and offering her Self-Care, Woman’s work and Taboo exploration workshops worldwide. Emily has a passionate curiosity for exploring the big questions of life (and death), and also how can she be best be in service to humanity a teacher. Emily is known for her skills and passion teaching Anusara Yoga, Embodied Flow, and now the more juicy and unexplored topics of sex, death & wealth, which we talk a bit about today.
In this Episode, Emily shares about:
How she literally followed her dream to come to Bali and start a life here
Yoga as a way to bring order to the chaos of iife
The importance for both women and men to explore spirituality for the female psyche, to understand our cyclical nature
What is Self-Care and why she’s offering teacher trainings and workshops in this area
Business as a great spiritual path and teacher, and the importance of refining our communications, agreements and contracts
Tantra as a nature-based teaching and philosophy, and how to allow your self to perceive the world through body and senses
Why she’ inspired by those working most closely with birth and death
Emily Kuser– Founder of High Vibe Yoga
Emily has spent a decade on teaching, research and personal experience to create the highest level courses possible. She has a sincere curiosity about healing methodologies and spiritual systems and wholeheartedly investigates their practicality for everyday people with everyday lives. Emily has studied with masters around the world in Asia, Europe and North America.Her work is deeply influenced by teachers Sally Kempton, Tara Judelle, Layla Martin, Lorin Roche & Mark Whitwell and the fields of Classical Tantra, Hatha Yoga, Somatics and Integrated Sexuality. She is dedicated to offering a fresh and honest approach to spirituality. Emily has lived in Ubud, Bali for over 10 years and teaches her courses internationally.
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depress, they would ask you one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”
– Ageles Arrien, from the forward to “Maps to Ecstasy”.
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It is my honour, joy and privilege to introduce to the show today, my friend, teacher and community-mate Malaika Darville, a powerful shaman-ness, ceremonialist, Yogi, musician, community elder, 5-elements Ecstatic Dance facilitator, and DJ, with her basket FULL of life-experiences.
Malaika is committed to walking the beauty way: she has been travelling and living in indigenous and tribal cultures, and has been sharing her earth wisdom worldwide for over 25 years. She has walked the shamanic path for a lifetime, and is known across the globe, for her ability to re-connect individuals with their inner body spirituality, helping all who practice with her to access to higher realms of consciousness and authenticity.
Her mission is to create sacred space through ritual and ceremony to bring personal and planetary awakening, restoring balance to our distorted and over-civilised culture.
In this Episode, Malaika shares about:
the Rise of the Feminine and why we need to balance and heals the wounds of the Shiva & Shakti principle within each of us
Embodiment, Movement, Ecstatic Dance & Community‘s for Healing ourselves and our planet
the Beauty Way – Emergent Culture and the rise of festival and retreat culture
the Importance of Ancestors, Tribe & Ceremony for initiating people and bringing people together to heal,
Indigenous Wisdom – Ho’oponono – conscious relating to bring freedom from the trauma / drama cycle
Elemental Awakening and the benefits of planting seeds for exploring our shadow as well as our light
Going with the Flow & why we need to have experiences timelessness for our inner evolution
Malaika’s accreditations include being a qualified ISHTA yoga teacher, Qualified Water Dance Practitioner, African Dance performer and teacher, Dj, Ceremonialist, Creatrix of 5Elements Dance Activation™ a shamanic dynamic meditation dance journey embodying the five cardinal elements, earth water, fire, air and spirit. She is a Wisdom Keeper and inspirational facilitator who has been at the forefront of the consciousness movement.
Malaika shares her wisdom and magic at the world’s top events including Burning Man, Symbiosis, Festival of Bliss, Tantra Festival Thailand, Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Peats Ridge Festival, Ibiza Tantra Festival, Bali Spirit Festival, BOOM Festival and numerous private events.
Website – In my Elements – Malaika’s website with complete list of dates & offerings
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Welcome to our first ever Conversation episode of the Pure Flow Yoga Podcast with Atira Tan!
Atira Tan is truly a force of love and good. She is empowering and inspiring the world through Sacred Activism and Feminine Embodied Spirituality.
In this inspiring podcast episode, Atira shares her journey of Yoga, the Path of Service & Awakening,Sacred Activism,Self-Care and being in Pure Flow, and her way of navigating life’s challenges..
Atira shares some wisdom and insight about the practices of Karma & Bhakti Yoga, as well as Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Trauma – informed Yoga & Mindfulness practices for resolving trauma that gets lodged in our nervous system and therefore within our bodies and minds.
She shares her main 3 Practices of Self-Care, her passion for empowering people to embody their power to become leaders of healing and change, and the importance of being curious.
Atira Tan is Founder and Director of The Art2Healing Project, a non-profit organisation supporting the healing and well-being of trafficked women and children in Asia. She has worked internationally for anti-trafficking NGOs in Laos, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Nepal, supporting women and children at risk through movement and art therapies, yoga, ayurveda and meditation.
With almost fifteen years of experience working with trauma – informed approaches alongside art therapy, yoga and mindfulness, Atira has a deep commitment and passion in empowering and healing women and girls globally from the inside out.
An MA graduate in Art Therapy from Latrobe University in Melbourne and a Somatic Experiencing practicioner, Atira has also been featured on TED X, and is a published author of the chapter: Surviving Shame, from the book Art Therapy in Asia, published by Jessica Kingsley (2012).
Show Notes: Atira’s Recommendations & Inspirations
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Yoga nerds, this episode is for you! Grab a pen, and some paper, cause your’e gonna wanna take some notes! In this episode, Ayurvedic expert and Naturopath Kimmana Nichols shares wisdom from traditional systems to create holistic models for a balanced and happy life.
Listen here, or find us on Apple Podcast, Google Play and More!
In this episode, Kimmana shares about:
Ayurveda & the 3 Dosha System for balancing the body
Yin & Yang, and how we can incorporate these understandings in a practical way
the Trinity of Vedic Sciences – Yoga, Ayurveda & Jyotisha – to align the mind with the divine
the Trigunas – Sattva, Rajas & Tamas
Practical tips for balancing Vata
Dinacharya and the importance of routine and regularity
Indecision fatigue and how to manage stress
Value Defining Process and how to prioritise and balance what’s important to you
Kimmana has been studying traditional systems for developing holistic models of health, wellness and balance most of his life. He is the 3rd generation from an entire family of holistic healers and educators; now holding qualifications in more than 20 healing modalities including Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Body work.
Kimmana is the.co-Founder of the ThaiVedic Systems and Holistic Nomads which is an online portal designed to help empower people to discover how ancient wisdom and modern science can help you to have more clarity and energy, so you have the freedom to create your dream life.
What I love about Kimmana is his incredible ability to share ancient wisdom and complex concepts into easily accessible, common-sense and actionable nuggets of wisdom in a short period of time for us to incorporate into our every day lives.
For example, a conversation I had with him a few months ago about vata and indecision fatigue has drastically help to improve my decision making ability thus freeing up time to work on the more important aspects of life. You can listen to this episode to learn more about what that means and more. In this episode he discusses