Yoga Nidra, Plant Medicine

& the Changing Landscape

of the Yoga World

Interview with Simone Mackay

“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

Listen to my conversation with Simone Mackay here:



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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


About Simone:

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




Simone and I would LOVE to hear from you.  Please comment below and let us know – Did you enjoy our conversation? Anything stand-out? What was your favourite part of this podcast?




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