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    Born at the beginning of the 60s, Stewart experienced the hippy revolution, punk rock, new wave, two tone, reggae and much more in the diverse politicised atmosphere of Thatcherist Britain.

    Leading a wild, nihilistic, and hedonostic lifestyle led him to a multitude of years and experiences with hallucinogenics, shamanism and ethnobotany both recreationally and spiritually.

    The new age travellers and the second summer of love in the UK, where Rave and Ecstacy redefined alternative culture and reinvigorated the esoteric arts, which kindled an interest in buddhism and yoga in Stewart.

    Following a severe back injury Stewart experienced an amazing recovery through intensive Astanga Vinyasa Mysore yoga practice.
    Stewart’s sadhana led him toward an extensive yoga education with teachers from around the world who have had a profound effect on his style of teaching.

    A devoted activist in a wide range of issues: the Arms trade and nuclear disarmament, human and animal rights, environmental and ecological issues, anti-racist/fascist, pro LGBTQ, anti capitalist and anti poverty.

    He spent 10 years as a youth worker and teacher within the voluntary sector before training as a Lawyer in inner city London.

    Stewart relates his radical traditionalist approach to Yoga to include these important modern issues and his experiences therein.

    With great respect to the founders for their activism in animal rights he qualified as a Jivamukti teacher in 2003 and since has taught extensively in London and worldwide with annual retreats workshops in India and Sri Lanka.

    Stewart is a Senior Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. He founded East London School of Yoga and has been teaching Teacher Training for 8 years. He is currently studying at SOAS University toward an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation with hopes of research toward a Phd.

    Stewart is eternally grateful to Hamish Hendry (Astanga London), Sabel Thaim, Jennifer Dale,Sri K Patthabi Jois, Sri Shreshadree (Mysore), and David Life and Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Yoga) who all contributed greatly to change his life. He is also very sorry to everyone and everything who he harmed before yoga.

    In this episode Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Stewart Gilchrist discuss the following:

    Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine Yoga Edition
    Kate Magic
    Nature's First Law: The Raw-Food Diet by Stephen Arlin, David Wolfe, Fouad Dini, R.C. Dini, Marc Wolfe and Ken Seane
    Stew's experience getting sick on a mono fruitarian diet in colder climates
    Orthorexia
    Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li Shinrin-yoku
    Reclaim the Streets
    Extinction Rebellion
    GMOS
    The Farm Tennessee
    Sugar and bone char
    Stew’s experience getting Covid
    A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers by Mel Robin
    Hooked on Raw: Rejuvenate Your Body and Should With Nature's Living Foods by Rhio
    Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life by Juliano Brotman and Erika Lenkert
    Dr. Douglas N. Graham
    Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens M.D.


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    Connect with Stewart Gilchrist:

    Website: eastlondonschoolofyoga.com
    Instagram: @eastlondonschoolofyoga

  • Brenda Carey is the host of Kindness Magazine, which is a new YouTube and podcast show. This project is the latest incarnation of what was just formerly Vegan Health & Fitness magazine, which was a print publication available in stores since 2012, that became primarily electronic in 2019. As Kindness Magazine, Brenda and her staff are seeking to expand the conversation of compassion and well-being to all. Brenda has been doing yoga for over 20 years, and has completed several teacher trainings, the first of which was in Ashtanga through Yoga Hawaii. Brenda has been vegan since 1991. She credits her vibrant energy, mental health and clarity, and inner peacefulness to the two pervasive forces of yoga and veganism in her life. Brenda is also an immigration attorney in Northern California and an activist for many causes from animal rights, to environmentalism, to civil rights. You can catch her show and find her magazines in print, digital, podcast, and video at Kindnessmag.com.

    In this episode YIV's Holly Skodis and Brenda Carey discuss the following:

    Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. You can order the 2020 January Yoga Edition at Amazon.
    Kindness Magazine's podcast interview and YouTube with Holly Skodis
    CHAZ Seattle
    The development of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine and why Brenda has transitioned it to Kindness Magazine
    Connect with Brenda Carey:

    Website: kindnessmag.com and veganhealthandfitnessmag.com

    Instagram: @kindnessmag
    Facebook: @kindnessmag
    Youtube: Kindness Magazine

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  • John Joseph is a musician, author, triathlete, and Bhakti Yogi. He was the lead singer of the punk band, Cro-Mags, and later authored the book, Evolution of a Cro-Magnon. Since 2010, Joseph has competed in many Ironman competitions, as well as released the book, Meat is for Pussies, on vegan nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. His most recent work is a book titled, The P.M.A. Effect, about keeping a positive mental attitude.

    In this episode YIV's Holly Skodis and John Joseph discuss the following:

    The Science of Self-Realization by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
    John Joseph's Guru, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
    Kali Yuja cycle
    The upcoming documentary 30 to Life by Kip Andersen
    Meat (1976) Directed by Frederick Wiseman
    Integral Yoga founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda
    Hare Krishna
    Big Pharma and Covid
    The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
    Radhastami

    LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This episode contains a fair amount of f-bombs. If you are sensitive to language or don't want the kids to hear them be mindful of where you play it.

    Connect with John Joseph:

    YouTube: Hard Truth with John Joseph
    Instagram: @johnjosephcrowmag
    Twitter: @jjcromag
    Books: Download The PMA Effect and The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon on johnjoseph.merchnow.com

  • Michaela Kascak is a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert, hatha/vinyasa/ecstatic yoga teacher, and holistic health coach with a focus on nutrition for the mind, mental health, and kids' health education. She offers health coaching services, online courses, yoga classes, workshops, and more through her online platform, Barefood&Barefoot (http://barefoodandbarefoot.com).

    Michaela’s desire to heal feelings of discomfort, both mentally and physically, led her on her own personal health journey where she discovered the healing power of yoga and following a whole, plant-based foods diet. Her passion for health and wellness continues to lead her down many new paths spiritually and in the world of holistic health and wellness.

    Currently, Michaela lives between both Hawaii and Connecticut, continuing to expand her online platform and aid others on their own journey to achieving optimal health, mentally and physically, through dietary and lifestyle habits, mindfulness practices, and more. She focuses on mental health, recognizing that it is one of the leading causes of many health complications and chronic illnesses and diseases. She works closely with clients to evaluate not only their diet but also their lifestyle to aid them in creating new habits that will help to build a happy and healthy mind and achieve overall optimal health.

    Michaela recently released her first online course, Pranidhanat Parinama: Surrender & Transform, that focuses on the power of a healthy diet, positive lifestyle choices, intentional work with the elements, and other mindfulness practices in order to heal, let go and grow.

    In this episode YIV's Holly Skodis and MIchaela Kascak discuss the following:

    @organic_olivia and food cravings while suffering from Covid-19
    Coronavirus
    Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome by Will Bulsiewicz MD
    The gut and our mental health

    Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep by Kamini Desai

    The Academy of Culinary Nutrition

    Working with the 4 elements with nutrition

    Zinc and quercetin supplements for immunity support

    Pranidhanat Parinama: Surrender & Transform Online Course


    Connect with Michaela:
    Website: http://www.barefoodandbarefoot.com
    Instagram: @barefoodandbarefoot
    Contact: info@barefoodandbarefoot.com

  • Prem Dass Rohan (aka PD), MA (Secondary Science Education), BA (Mathematics), CA Clear Teaching Credential K-8, CA Clear Teaching Credential HS (Mathematics); Montessori EarlyChildhood Education Credential, Montessori Early Childhood Education Director, combines his love of science and mathematics in the classroom with his love of yoga practice, teaching students mindfulness, breath awareness exercises, precepts for living a virtuous life based on non-violence, and postures to calm the mind. Prem Dass has taught all ages of students from 2 1/2 years to the elderly. Premdas studied Ashtanga Yoga with Baba Hari Dass from 1975 until his passing in 2018, starting in Miami, Florida. He is a senior teacher at Mount Madonna Center having taught there continuously from 1980 to the present. He is one of several ‘pujaris’ at the Hanuman Temple at Mount Madonna Center and has been instrumental in opening up ritual performance to women, a traditionally male-dominated service. He offers morning ‘arati’ at least two times a week and has done so since the temple was founded in 2003. He periodically conducted fire ceremonies and began offering vegan versions of fire ceremonies in 2017.

    In this episode YIV's Holly Skodis and Prem Dass Rohan discuss the following;

    Sri Swami Satchidananda
    Baba Hari Dass
    Hare Krisha
    Paramahansa Yogananda and his book Autobiography of a Yogi
    Ayurvedic substitutions for onions are leeks and for garlic it's asafoetida.
    Veganizing yajñas, the ancient Vedic Fire Ceremonies
    Connect with Prem Dass

    Website: www.jamesrohan.org

  • Katie Rose (formerly Manitsas) is an inspirational powerhouse, making ancient yogic and ayurvedic wisdom accessible for busy modern-day women. Her solid grounding in mindfulness and spirituality, along with her authentic ‘say it as it is’ approach and impressive business savvy has earnt her an enthusiastic following amongst yogis in Sydney and Australia.

    As a published author, advanced level Jivamukti Yoga and Kundalini Yoga teacher, Ayurveda consultant and doula, women’s health and wellbeing are Katie’s specialty. She holds the highest possible accreditations with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia and over 20 years, has trained hundreds of yoga teachers. She started her yogic career at age 19 as a volunteer cleaner at the prestigious TriYoga in London. By 24 Katie was managing the Primrose Hill TriYoga flagship location after which she moved to Australia in 2004 and founded her own yoga studio ‘Samadhi Yoga’ in Newtown. In 2007 Katie co-founded Jivamukti Yoga Sydney which at its peak was a four location Sydney based business and is still a community that continues to thrive today.

    Her passion is in empowering women through yogic philosophy and bringing devotion and a sense of sacredness to everyday life. She has a deep compassion for animals and reverence for nature. Her most recent book (released by Rockpool Publishing in Australia, USA, and the UK), ‘Mindful Living’, was published in 2019 and the journal and inspiration cards to follow on its success will be available soon.

    Current projects for Katie include writing (she is working on a new book ‘Mindful Healing’), a plant-medicine business Bhakti Botanicals (ayurvedic teas and oils), in-person teaching at various locations and the development of a substantial online offering including her signature trainings Ayurveda Goddess and Yoga of Birth.

    Katie is the mother of four boys and lives in Sydney’s super-hip Inner West. Ranging in age from 4 to 13, they are a joyful, rambunctious, loving, and sometimes slightly crazy bunch. It is with a generous sprinkling of intention setting, affirmations and diligent, disciplined practice that Katie is attempting to practice what she teaches; creating a life that is focused, happy, elegant, and robustly sustainable.

    In this episode YIV's Holly Skodis and Katie Rose discuss the following:

    Boxing day
    Subsidizing education with the meat and dairy industries
    Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon & David Life
    Yoga & Veganism: The DIet of Enlightenment by Sharon Gannon
    Jivamukti Yoga's Focus of the Month archives and Katie's article What is a Person? (The World in Which the Kestrel Moves)
    Cultivating empathy and understanding for those with opposing views to find a middle ground
    Raising children with vegan ideas
    Pitta, Kapha and Vata Doshas. Katie's free Ayurvedic quiz


    Connect with Katie:


    Website:bhaktirose.com.au
    Ayurvedic Goddess Training : 20% Discount at checkout code: GODDESS20

    Bhakti Blends Ayurvedic Teas receive a discount at checkout by using the code: BHAKTI

  • Banka learned meditation from her mother, Sheila, teaching her white light meditation when she was 13.

    She came to yoga through Buddhism. She lived at Tassajara Monastery and Green Dragon Temple where she practiced a strict discipline of Zen Buddhist meditation, chanting, and silence.

    She received ordination (Jukai) in 1994 from her teacher Reb Tenshin Anderson and she went to France to study with Thich Nhat Hanh where she received the 5 Precepts Ordination in 1995.

    Banka went on pilgrimage to India and studied with his Holiness the Dalai Lama and received White Tara Empowerment in 1997.

    In 2003 Banka completed her first teacher training at Kalani with Kathy Elder, in 2007 her second teacher training in Sivananda Yoga, and her third teacher training in Jivamukti Yoga, and in 2015 she completed her fourth teacher training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. In 2015 Banka became an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.

    Banka has spent every August since 2010 serving her beloved teachers, Shri Sharon Gannon and Shri David Life.

    Banka has also been Certified in The Kushi Macrobiotic Lifestyle and she has spent time studying & learning the Living Foods Lifestyle at The Ann Wigmore Institute & The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. All Vegan.

    Banka has also spent long periods of her life devoted to direct action campaigns: liberate animals, forest defense, anti-nuke, and indigenous rights.

    Banka created a LIBA degree in Animal Rights and did her internship with PETA in 1989.

    Banka was involved in North Coast Earth First! for Headwaters, trying to protect the last privately owned ancient old-growth redwood forest. A 7-year legal battle ensued- nopepperspray.org

    Banka was involved in the SHAC campaign, The Buffalo Field Campaign, Big Mountain Black Mesa, hung a banner from Stone mountain in Atlanta on World Week to Liberate Laboratory Animals, was part of The Primate Freedom Tour, and numerous other campaigns for animal & earth liberation.

    Banka has been arrested for civil disobedience:

    Vandenburg Air Force Base, CA

    Yerkes Primate Ctr, Atlanta, GA

    NIH Primate Drug Addiction Lab, MD

    Multiple Hunt Sabs in NJ, PA & MD

    Department of Livestock Headquarters, Helena, MT

    Office takeovers & Home Demos in CA

    University of Penn Animal Lab,PA

    Neiman Marcus, CA

    Hegins Pigeon Shoot, PA



    In this episode YIV's Holly Skodis and Banka discuss the following:

    Mediation
    Activism
    Jivamukti Yoga, Shri David Life and Shri Sharon Gannon
    Veganism in prison
    Mumia Abu Jamal, Death Blossoms: Reflections from A Prisoner of Conscience
    Working through the ego
    Hawaii Cow Rescue by HLFARN
    Dolphins and pigs being used for entertainment in Hawaii
    Hawaii sovereignty
    Introducing veganism to yoga classes
    The Burger King Story by Andrei Codrescu
    Okja Movie
    Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
    Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future Life on Earth by John Robbins
    Speciesism
    Shantideva quote in the book: Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life: How To Enjoy a Life of Great Meaning and Altruism
    Connect with Banka:
    Instagram: @bankalish
    Email: chongaboolie@hotmail.com

  • Joy Stone is a professional speaker, a mindset and spiritual life coach, a best-selling author, and a positive psychology and yoga therapy practitioner educated in yoga psychology. Known for her ability to deliver profound spiritual teachings in a practical and modern way, Joy works closely with spiritual seekers to solve of their anxiety, when nothing else has worked for them.


    Joy's Soul School Coaching Program blends eastern and western psychology and philosophy and has helped countless spiritual seekers move from information overload to lasting inner transformation. With more than two decades of personal anxiety experience, and wisdom, Joy shares her professional experience with the world through workshops, retreats, books, and speaking engagements.

    Joy received her positive psychology education at the Whole-Being Institute under Harvard Professor Tal Ben-Shahar, and her yoga teaching certification under the Anusara style - a therapeutic application of yoga philosophy and practice.

    Joy lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Eric, and son, Jack.

    In this episode, Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Joy Stone discuss the following:


    Gerson Therapy and The Gerson Miracle Documentary
    Joy's new book, If I’m So Spiritual Why Am I So Anxious?
    The kleshas
    Overcoming anxiety
    Connect with Joy:
    Website: www.joystonecoaching.com
    Free Book Download: If I'm So Spiritual, Why Am I Still So Anxious?
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joystonecoaching/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joystonecoaching/

  • Alex Charmoz is an Emergency Medicine Doctor in Southern California. Finding yoga as a way to heal from an injury sustained while rock climbing, he has found guidance through the 8 limb path of Ashtanga Yoga. While not a certified yoga teacher, he finds space to introduce yoga into his daily life and work. The ability to connect with other human beings in a vulnerable state and work towards bettering their quality of life is a direct manifestation of Yogic philosophy. Approaching 3 years of eating a vegan diet, which he attributes to his lovely and compassionate wife Liliana, he has seen direct results in his physical and mental abilities, and the link between diet and disease. As he took a vow to "First do no harm" he has realized that this extends to all sentient beings as well as the environment. A vegan lifestyle is the key to bringing these concepts together and is the future of attaining a sustainable and healthy planet.

    In this episode, Dr. Alex Charmoz returns for a second time to discuss with Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis what we can all do to improve our immune system and make ourselves as healthy and strong as possible to get through this pandemic.

    The following topics are discussed:

    Alex Charmoz- The Vegan Yogi Doctor Episode 37
    How to Survive a Pandemic by Michael Gregor, M.D. FACLM
    Nutritionfacts.org
    2009 Swine Flu
    Dotsie Bausch's non-profit Switch4Good's commercial on NBC
    Newsweek article Eating Foods like Bread and Pasta Linked to Lower Risk of Death
    Strengthening our immune system with a whole food vegan diet
    Probiotics. Dr. Alex Charmoz recommends Seed, Absorb Biotics, and Blue Biology
    antioxidants
    mushrooms
    Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee
    Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health by Tero Isokauppila
    Barukas Nuts
    Sacha Inchi Protein Powder
    Sprouting- great supplies and seeds can be found at sproutman.com

  • Doug Evans is an early pioneer in the health food movement. After losing his mother to cancer and his father to heart disease and watching his brother suffer through diabetes and three strokes, he invested in and co-founded (with Denise Mari) Organic Avenue. Organic Avenue was the one the first organic cold-pressed juice and raw food retailer in the United States. He was the inventor and founder of Juicero, the first at-home cold-pressed juicing system. In a 3 year period, Doug led the company from conception to production launch and sold over 1 million Juicero Pack before it was composted.

    Doug lives off the water grid and food grid on his land with private hot springs east of Joshua Tree, California at Wonder Valley Hot Springs where he created a sprout lab, wrote The Sprout Book, and has a daily practice of sitting, soaking and ashtanga primary series.

    In this episode, Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Doug Evans discuss the following:

    Sri Dharma Mittra (Podcast Episode 28)
    Yogi Gupta’s Lecture Yoga Food Concepts
    Recording Rich Roll's Podcast Episode 524
    Living on 50% of calories on sprouts
    The benefits of eating sprouts
    Sulforaphane found in cruciferous vegetables and it’s anti-cancer properties
    Broccoli sprouts and treating autism
    Increasing lung function and broccoli
    Organic Avenue
    Juicero
    Ashtanga yoga and practicing in Mysore India
    Connect with Doug Evans:

    Instagram: @dougevans
    The Sprout Book by Doug Evans

  • Milo Runkle is the founder, former president, and board chair of Mercy For Animals—the world’s largest organization dedicated to protecting farm animals and promoting plant-based eating. MFA’s programs improve the lives of over one billion animals each year. He founded the organization at age 15, after an animal abuse case in his local farming community in rural Ohio.

    Milo is also the co-founder of The Good Food Institute, an international organization that works to build a healthy and sustainable food system by supporting the development and adoption of plant and cell-based proteins.

    Milo has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, farmers, and celebrities to pass legislation, raise public awareness about veganism, and implement animal welfare policy changes. Through his work with Mercy For Animals, Milo has been featured by hundreds of news outlets, including ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20, CNN, USA Today, and the New York Times.

    He is the author of the 2017 bestselling book Mercy For Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals.

    A certified yoga teacher, daily meditator, and self-declared mycophilic, Milo’s happiest moments are found walking barefoot in nature alongside his rescued mutt, Shiva.

    In this episode Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Milo Runkle discuss the following:
    Escaping the energy of infighting and judgement to become a joyful vegan.
    Milo’s upbringing on a farm and how it lead him to found Mercy For Animals.
    Conditions of slaughterhouse workers and Mercy For Animals undercover investigations
    Perpetration induced PTSD
    Clean meat and its future as the 2nd domestication of animals
    COVID
    Climate Change
    The upcoming documentary Meat the Future featuring Memphis Meats
    Inner Yoga Teacher Training in Bali
    After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path by Jack Kornfield
    Gaining confidence as a new yoga teacher
    The inner saboteur
    Power vs. Force David by David Hawkins M.D. Ph.D

  • Boho Beautiful is a yoga lifestyle brand created by Juliana Spicoluk and Mark Spicoluk that focuses on bringing forward positive content for your body, mind, and the Earth. Their content is centered around Yoga, Travel, Fitness, Vegan Food, Self-Awareness, Conscious Living, and Guided Meditations. Since Boho Beautiful's launch, the brand has grown to over 1.5 million subscribers on Youtube, sold tens of thousands of books & programs online, and have inspired and been inspired by so many wonderful people from all over this beautiful planet.

    In this episode Juliana, Mark Spicoluk & Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis discuss the following:

    Photojournalist, animal rights activist and author Jo-Anne McArthur and the documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine
    Anita Krajnc and the Animal Save Movement after the recording of this episode, beloved pig save activist, Regan Russell was struck and killed by a pig transport truck in front of Fearmans slaughterhouse on Friday, June 19, 2020. Regan attending the vigil to oppose Ontario ag gag Bill 156, which had passed two days prior. Take action to help Regan Russell.
    Buddhism and cognitive dissonance
    Boosting your immunity with food and juice cleansing
    Yoga and daily life during the Coronavirus pandemic in Vancouver Island, Canada
    Sound healing and meditation with Mei-lan Maurits on YouTube
    Connect with Juliana and Mark Spicoluk

    YouTube: Boho Beautiful
    Instagram:@bohobeautifullife
    Website: www.bohobeautiful.life

  • In 2011, disenchanted by her fashion career, Beth Crivelli decided to swap luxury rags for sweaty shorts to become a Bikram yoga teacher. Throughout her years of teaching and practicing different styles of yoga, she realized the magnitude of
    what yoga truly is, a physical, spiritual and ethical practice.


    She has since trained in Yoga Therapy, Jivamukti Yoga, Vinyasa flow, Pre- Post
    natal yoga, Yin , Mat Pilates and taken a number of anatomy and other
    courses. As well as teaching Yoga to the general public, Beth specializes in
    bespoke yoga for the individual. Throughout her years of teaching, she has
    come to realize the extent to which we all have different bodies and different
    life experiences and these create a unique life story for each of us.


    Beth assists her students through movement, breath, meditation and awareness in adapting the practice to their own individual needs- physical, emotional and
    mental. Beth’s public classes are versatile and adaptable but still challenging; She believes there is a pose in each pose for everyone. Beth provides options and layering so that students are encouraged to use their inner teacher and meet their boundaries while respecting their own limits. Through acceptance, we can find growth.


    Whilst leading the teacher trainings (Hot 26/2, Vinyasa and Yin) for Sadhana
    Yoga & Wellbeing Beth encourages trainees to find their own voice and respect the core values of yoga. She teaches the trainings from a place that believes yoga is for everyone and has nothing to with performance and all to do with introspection and working to the best version of ourselves we can be.


    Yoga has stretched, healed, and strengthened her body, belief system, mind, and soul, in unexpected and amazing ways. Yoga continuously challenges
    changes and shapes you. The practice of yoga is a harmonizing self-study,
    which helps to align one with inner and outer peace, as well as the earth and
    all its earthlings.

    In this episode, Beth Crivelli and Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis discuss the following;

    Bikram Yoga and the fall of Bikram Choudhury
    Bikram, Yogi, Guru, Predator Documentary
    Yoga Inc. Documentary
    Henry Winslow YIV episode 30
    Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar and claims of health remedies
    Coconut oil and the abuse of monkeys
    Find ethical brands at www.ethicalconsumer.org
    Canada Goose and their fur usage
    Anonymous for the Voiceless
    Weaving veganism into yoga classes
    The Game Changers Movie
    Black Fish Movie
    Long Gone Wild Documentary
    Earthlings Documentary


    Connect with Beth Crivelli:
    Instagram: @bethcrivelli
    Facebook: @bethcrivelli.9
    Sadhana Yoga & Well Being

  • Motivated to raise greater awareness for the planet’s forgotten victims, in 2014 this passionate, Australian animal rights activist took a 365-day vow of silence.

    After an entire year without uttering a single word, he ended it on Australian national television in an iconic interview that reached millions and inspired countless people to make more conscious and compassionate lifestyle choices.Ranked #3 among the “Top 25 Most Influential Vegans” by Plant Based News, James has gone on to cycle 5000kms across Australia to prove that vegans can be fit & healthy. He got tattooed for 25 hours straight to raise $20,000 for charity.

    He’s been featured in a multitude of prominent mainstream media outlets; given free speeches at countless schools, universities, and conferences; and attended local activism events, slaughterhouse vigils, and street outreach events all across the world.He transparently shares his life and campaigns online to a massive tribe of global followers.

    His speeches have been viewed tens of millions of times and his most popular speech, "This Speech Is Your Wake Up Call", has been viewed over 13 million times. Enthusiastic, relatable and highly skilled behind a podium, James is inspiring a new generation to change how we eat and live in communion with the animals that share this Earth with us.

    In this episode James Aspey and Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis discuss the following:

    James Aspey's journey towards veganism and vipasana meditation
    Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry by Gail Eisnitz
    The treatment of animals in slaughterhouses
    Earthlings Documentary
    Dominion Documentary
    Connect with James:
    Instagram: @Jamesaspey
    Facebook: @Jamesaspeyactivism
    YouTube: James Aspey

  • At a very young age, Mary learned that the food on her plate was actually the body of a dead animal. She refused to eat it and declared herself a vegetarian. She grew up never knowing another vegetarian and thinking that she was weird. When she grew older and learned that animals were hurt to produce dairy products and eggs, she went Vegan.

    Yoga showed up many years later. As her practice developed she felt the call to teach but even louder was the call to teach veganism. During her 500-hour teacher training, she was given the task of presenting to the class an aspect of yoga that was “in her pocket." She knew that she had to do a talk on Veganism but in the past any time she started to talk about the animals she’d get a huge lump in her throat and shut down.

    She had just started working with a teacher named Ramana who helped her find her voice. For her talk, she used Sharon Gannon’s book ”Yoga and Vegetarianism” as the blueprint.

    She started teaching for a studio, Breathe Yoga as well as being hired by Dr. Ted Barnett to teach at Rochester Lifestyle Medicine, where she learned the health benefits of a vegan diet from some of the best doctors in the world. She also had the opportunity to teach for Dr. Thomas Campbell in his lifestyle medicine practice.

    Mary was elected Vice President of a local animal rights nonprofit for three years, co-founded Rochester’s wildly popular VegFest, and founded our local chapter of Anonymous for the Voiceless, a nonprofit that brings the terrible truth of animal suffering to people on the street.

    One fateful day, Mary came across a news story about a cow who had escaped a slaughterhouse who was now living at a sanctuary in New Jersey. A few months later she traveled to NJ to meet that cow, Freddie and Mike Stura, the man who rescued him.

    Freddie inspired her to design a T-shirt with his image. When she opened the Rochester Vegan Community Center his handsome face was their logo. A couple of years ago Mike asked her to move to Skylands. She did and now helps take care of Freddie and the other kids that live at the sanctuary.



    In this episode, Mary Barletta and Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis discuss the following:

    Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue
    Rescuing dairy cows and the darkness inherent to the industry
    Jaime Surya Episode 46
    Jivamulti Yoga and Sharon Gannon
    Rochester Assisi Institute
    Ramana Maharshi
    Yukio Ramana Radical Healing
    Dr. Ted Barnett & Rochester Lifestyle Medicine
    How to introduce veganism to a yoga class
    Connect with Mary:
    Instagram: @veganarmy269

  • Raise the Barn's Virtual Yogafest was New Jersey Yoga Collective's virtual yoga event in May that was offered to help Goats of Anarchy build a new barn. Goats of Anarchy is an award-winning, vegan sanctuary for special needs baby goats (along with other animal friends that they just have to help).

    New Jersey Yoga Collective's Bridget Riepl, organizer extraordinaire raised a total of $8,530 to go towards the $10,000 needed for the barn.

    Vanessa Van Noy and Yoga Is Vegan's creator Holly Skodis had the pleasure to host "What's Next" for a segment of Raise The Barn. Our conversation is about what we have learned from our experiences locking down with Coronavirus and how we can move forward as yogis to create change. Episode 58 is a recording of our conversation.

    Please consider offering a donation to Goats of Anarchy. To donate visit www.goatsofanarchy.com

    Vanessa Van Noy has been both a Featured Yogi and podcast guest for Yoga Is Vegan.

  • Pablo Narayana was born in Mexico City in 1985. He studied International Business at Universidad Panamericana, as he was afraid to follow his heart and study a humanistic career which was what he really wanted. He thought it was his duty to make money and wear a tie and jacket every single day. In 2008 he finished university and a big change in his life made his approach to photography as a career.

    In 2011 he took a Yoga class and his life started to change (again), never thinking he would become a yoga teacher he went to a Sivananda Ashram to deepen his own practice. He spent over 3 years in Ashrams to learn from his great teachers. Part of his practice is sharing what he has learned. He has been sober since 2010 and puts all the possible time into working with other addicts.

    Pablo's recent project is Sadhana Now. Sadhana now offers spiritual yoga courses from Advanced Yoga Teachers in both Spanish and English.

    In this episode, Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Pablo Narayana discuss the following:

    Pablo's new yoga offering Sadhana Now
    Sadhana Now's upcoming workshop Yoga Is Vegan https://www.sadhananow.com/yoga-is-vegan.html
    Pablo Herrerias (YIV podcast episode 8)
    Leaving college to study photography
    Sivananda Yoga
    Dharma Yoga
    Hanaman Chalisa chant
    Being accountable for our actions
    Connect with Pablo Narayana:

    Instagram:@sadhananow and @pablo.narayana
    Website: www.sadhananow

  • Sina is a senior Dharma Yoga teacher and a direct disciple of the Yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra. Although he does pull from many lineages and teachers, his goal is One. He is dedicated to exploration so he may share the Universal Teachings that lie in the hearts of all beings. He is the co-founder of Dharma Temple, a destination yoga, meditation, conscious events, and boutique in Vancouver, British Columbia. where he shares the high vibe yogic lifestyle to his community. He is also the founder of the Temple Yoga Teacher Training programs. A father to his daughter Berlin and an avid animal lover. Sina has recently moved to Salt Spring Island with his family to create an eco-center where plants, animals, and humans can live harmoniously. For more information about Sina, visit www.thedharmatemple.com.

    In this episode, Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Sina Shalbaf discuss the following:

    Dharma Mittra's teaching and the permission he gives students to make yoga your own
    Veganism and what it means to be an activist
    Developing a consistent practice to harness your energy for change
    The Sattvic Diet
    Adopting and caring for male baby goats. (GoFundMe link below)
    Sina's teacher training with Fabio Filippi
    Connect with Sina:

    Website: thedharmatemple.com
    Instagram: @yogasina
    GofundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/giving-baby-male-goats-a-chance-to-live

    For information on Sina's Online Teacher Training Mentorship visit sinashalbaf.com

  • Tabay is the youngest certified yoga teacher in America and a vegan chef. He has been in the kitchen with his mom helping her cook since he was 5 years old. He has graduated from High School (3.5 years early), with a 4.0 GPA (all A’s and A+’s), and is now focusing on his yoga and vegan cooking career.


    At just 6 years old, when Tabay saw how much yoga helped heal his mom from the effects of chemo & cancer, he decided he wanted to become a yoga teacher so he could help other people heal through the practice of yoga, the way he say it help his mom. He has 7 specialty yoga certifications and is now working on his 8th, becoming an RYT-500.


    He has donated 100% of all the money he has made to help people who have cancer. His passion and mission is to spread yoga and veganism to as many people as he can. He teaches yoga and cooking classes all over the world and also teaches on his website, tabayatkins.com.


    He is a Kashi ambassador and has helped co-create their new cereals and snacks. He is on the cover of this year's March/April issue of the Yoga Journal Magazine.
    He lives part-time in Maui and part-time OC, Cali with his mom, Sahel Anvarinejad.

    Sahel is Tabay Atkins’ mom. She is a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer survivor, a chef, and a yoga studio owner & yoga teacher. Sahel has 16 specialty yoga certifications & specializes in teaching kids yoga. She opened up the first kid's yoga studio in Orange County, California called CARE4YOGA.
    Since she first became certified in 2012, she made a policy that anyone that has cancer, had cancer, or had a family member going through it, she would never charge them. She has kept that policy and helped many people in need.

    Topics discussed in this episode:

    Sahel & Tabay's experience finding yoga during Sahel's recovery from cancer.
    Tabay & Sahel's vegan journey
    What the Health Documentary
    The Game Changers
    Jason Crandell's teacher training
    Shana Meyerson teacher training
    Gentle World Vegan Community
    Tabay and Sahel's Cooking Classes
    Connect with Tabay:
    Website: tabayatkins.com
    Instagram: @tabayatkins

    Connect with Sahel:
    Website: care4yoga.com

  • Pam was born and raised in London. In the midst of completing an MA at The Royal College of Art and feeling very lost in the crazy world of fashion was the beginning of a journey, the search for meaning. She took her first yoga class at Jivamutki London and having been trained as a dancer in her early years, she loved the physicality of yoga but soon realized there was so much more. On a fortuitous day in 2007 she walked into a small studio in New York City and found her Guru Sri Dharma Mittra. A few months later, she moved to NYC to study with him and has never looked back since. In 2013 she met her future husband Andrew who was also studying under Sri Dharma Mitta. He initially came to New York to work for the advertising world and after several years felt something was missing. He too, fortuitously walked into the Dharma Yoga Center and after meeting Sri Dharma Mittra felt he found somebody that had Real answers. They have practiced together for many years at the Dharma Yoga Center and have served Sri Dharma Mittra as faculty in many ‘Life of a Yogi’ teacher trainings.

    One of the key foundations of yoga is compassion, to see yourself in others. That is why they are so honored to be part of the Yoga is Vegan podcast.

    Pam is also a Vegan chef and has led many vegan food workshops across the globe. She believes that diet has a huge impact on how we think, move and feel. A daily yoga practice together with a healthy Vegan diet creates a strong mind and body so we can be a service to others. She hopes her workshops will inspire people to be creative in their own kitchen so they can share with their loved ones and continue a peaceful path for our bodies, the earth and all the animals. Andrew is very happy to be her guinea pig to taste all her vegan creations before they go public!

    In part 1 of this 2 part conversation Dharma Yoga Center's Andrew and Pam Jones discuss the following with Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis:



    Pam’s vegan cheese and dessert workshops
    Psychic development
    The mantra for purification and mantra for unification
    800-hour LIfe Of a Yogi Teacher Training
    The art of learning to let go of achieving poses
    Teaching with Sri Dharma MIttra on the road Teaching to just one person is as important as a large group Don’t get caught up in the numbers.
    Psychic experiences with Sri Dharma Mittra
    Connect with Pam & Andrew Jones:

    Website: www.karmacoco.com
    Instagram: @karmacoco