Berenice Miles is a vegan yoga teacher and yoga therapist.
After living eight years abroad, she loves to call south of France home. She discovered yoga several years ago and hated her first yoga class. Yet, she embarked on the yoga journey by chance. Today, sharing yoga and helping human beings to get better with yoga is her greatest source of joy and gratitude. Yoga has been, and still is, a stepping stone in her recovery from anxiety, PTSD and eating disorders.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Berenice Miles discuss the following:
Berenice's eating disorder and the role of veganism
Yoga therapy for people with eating disorders
How to pick a yoga teacher
The Wisdom of Trauma. Can our Deepest Pain be a Doorway to Healing? Featuring Dr. Gabor Maté
When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress Disease Connection by Gabor Maté
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Swamini Amma Niradhara is a Vedic Vegan, Agnihotri, Sannyasi, Spiritual Mother & Resident Managing Director of SwAr Ashram & its small grass-roots charity NGO located in an ancient heritage hermitage in rural India, along the banks of the most holy River Narmada. She is providing educational initiatives in English, Computers & Yoga, supporting girls with Moon Cycle educational Satsang as an integral part of monthly Yoga Camps, providing eco & bio-friendly cloth fem pads, empowering girls to attend school while caring for their sacred time of the month. Her breadth of experience as a Teacher bridges East & West, illuminating the deep waters that flow between culture, philosophy, lifestyle & ethics. E-RYT500 Experienced Yoga Teacher & CYT-300, Yoga Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, YACEP provider, Ordained Interfaith Minister (formerly a max security women's prison Minister).
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Amma Niradhara discuss the following:
The Yamas and the Niyamas and how they relate to veganism
The Textbook of Yoga Psychology - The Definitive Translation and Interpretation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by Rammurti S. Mishra
The traditional Indian vegetarian diet
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Whitney Pérez-Wright (she/her) is cardiovascular/critical care RN who has served in COVID ICU and recently experienced the effects of the virus personally. She strives to employ the principles that she has learned from the ancient technology of yoga passed down to her by her teachers, to help her serve other people. She has a passion for helping the world come together and heal in every way. She currently resides in Colorado with her partner Sam along with her animal companions.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Whitney Pérez-Wright discuss our duty as Yogis to practice what we preach, especially during COVID. Topics discussed:
Finding compassion for each other
How to deal with COVID if you get it
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Adriane Marie is an ethical consumerism advocate. She founded HEALabel, a website and app to help spread awareness about how our purchases impact health, the environment, animals and laborers. Adriane is also the author and illustrator of the kids book "The Roots Of Our Food". She enjoys studying and teaching all aspects of consumer mindfulness in order to help others in their lives in the name of personal and societal improvement and empowerment.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Adriane Marie discuss the following:
The EWG's Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen
Palm Oil Deforestation
Coconuts and Monkey Labor
Water consumption and food production
India and cotton production
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John Smrtic, JD, Advanced Certification Jivamukti Yoga, teaches yoga and meditation internationally and believes in love as the divine reality, holding the power to unify and fully awaken the soul, the eternal connection to Source, in this lifetime, through devotional, compassionate, yogic living. He innovatively shares yoga as the technology to spark this Divine Re-membering, more recently focusing on the power of silence, stillness and devotional surrender through meditation to actualize the indwelling spirit soul. John leads an annual pilgrimage to India and teaches at premiere festivals including Bhakti Fest.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and John Smrtic discuss the following:
Yoga is Vegan Podcast Episode 67 with Banka
Michael Franti Yoga
Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David Life
Animal husbandry and the manipulation of the sacred feminine
World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle
Parallels to the pandemic and the treatment of animals
Jane Unchained Lunch Break Live Mung Beans & Rice Quesadilla with Holly Skodis
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Christina is a Conscious Vegan Lifestyle Coach, Yoga and Meditation teacher, and an Activist. She has been vegan for over 8 years and in that time has explored the depths of compassionate living through plant based foods, social justice, animal rights, and the environment. She creates space for others through cooking classes, lifestyle programs, and retreats, to explore what it means to live consciously and how to live life more from the heart.
It is through yoga that she found a path of sharing what it means to be a conscious vegan – understanding that it’s not just about what we eat but more about living life in alignment with our ethics and morals. These guiding compassionate principles are what can make this world a better place. The actions and choices we make are not just for animals, but equally as much as this planet and people, acknowledging the reciprocity between Mama Earth, communities, and our body, minds, and souls.
She is a native New Yorker and 1st generation to Greek immigrants from her motherland’s mountainous farmlands. She received her training from the Bhakti Center in NYC, in Bhakti Yoga and Meditation. Currently she is training with the Prison Yoga Project through the lens of Trauma and Incarceration and hopes to soon serve prisoners in New York State.
When she is not working on her Conscious Vegan business, she spends her time immersing herself in Mother Nature and spending time with her partner and newly adopted dog, Louka.
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Cinda is a former gymnast, dancer and diver, who easily connected to the physicality of the practice. Very soon after though, she realized that there was so much more to yoga. Cinda studied with Andrea von Behren for her 200 hour training. She continued her studies with Alan Haras at Hamsa Yoga and eventually went on to study with Sri Dharma Mittra for both the 500 and 800 hour Life of A Yogi teacher trainings.
Cinda is the owner of Evolve Yoga Studio and offers a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training program.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Cinda Lark discuss the following:
Sri Dharma Mittra
The Dharma Diet
Light on Yoga: the Bible of Modern Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
What's beyond the physical practice of Yoga
The connection to food and compassion
Teacher trainings and encouraging vegan diets
Evolve Go Vegan 21 day challenge
When is it appropriate to bring veganism into a yoga class
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Gabrielle has been teaching yoga since 2008 and has earned over 1200 hours of teacher training certifications in various styles and lineages including Dharma Yoga where she found her beloved teacher Dharma Mittra.
Gabrielle has been operating as the founder of her company and yoga school, Hatha Raja Yoga, since 2015. She leads yoga teacher trainings and retreats nationally and internationally. In addition, Gabrielle is a senior teacher and staff member in Dharma Yoga’s Life of a Yogi Teacher Training Program out of New York City where she serves as a teacher and mentor. She is also the lead facilitator in the non-profit VETOGA’s active duty and veteran yoga teacher training program- an organization founded to bring the physical, mental, and emotional healing aspects of yoga to the military community. Additionally, Gabrielle is certified as a holistic nutritionist and leads online courses in living a holistic lifestyle.
Recently, Gabrielle realized one of her visions and opened “Ojas Retreat Center” located in the Santa Rosa Plateau in Southern California, a retreat center welcoming groups of all kinds to recharge and reconnect with purpose.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Gabrielle Kali Om discuss the following:
Sri Dharma Mittra and the Dharma Yoga Center's Life of a Yogi Teacher Training
Tips for optimal sleep
The Ojas Retreat Center
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Erica Nicholson’s mission is to demystify living a holistic lifestyle for all - by uncovering limiting beliefs, cultivating sustainable healthy eating habits and igniting personal transformations from the inside out. As a certified yoga teacher, plantbased coach, author, and award-winning speaker, she leads clients to nurture their bodies, release weight, boost energy levels, and become their own wellness advocates. She’s an avid reader, a culture aficionado, world traveler, and plantbased-vegan foodie.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Erica Nicholson discuss the following:
Okra Yoga's teacher training with Brooke Carlson
Atomic habits by James Clear
Fasting increases health and lifespan in male mice
Jacque Tarlton, Certified Wellcoach® & Wellness Advocate, is passionate about improving health through fabulous, fun, and scientifically proven lifestyle changes. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and she practiced as a Registered Dietitian (RD) early in her career. She is currently a Certified Wellcoach®, Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator, & Corporate Wellness Trainer specializing in the power of plants to improve health & longevity for her clients, and ROI for corporations.
Jacque has studied nutrition, health, and fitness since 1986, and she was introduced to the power of plant-based nutrition in 1994. Jacque has always worked in the health field, and she has gone from deadly addictions to fabulously thriving! It is Jacque's mission to coach you through your unhealthy lifestyle habits to live your best, happiest, and most vibrant life. And the best part? It's never too late to start!
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Jacque Tarlton discuss the following:
Dr. Dean Ornish and his program for Reversing Heart Disease
The Yoga Way: Food for Body, Mind & Spirit by Swami Satchidananada
Fitness Training with Marzia Prince
Complement Plus Multivitamin for vegans and Plant-based eaters.
Dr. Will Bulsiewicz and The Plant Fed Gut Masterclass
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Arturo Jose (AJ) is passionate about changing our food systems via a just transition to mitigate the climate crisis, health crisis, and the exploitation of human and non-human animals and the planet. He has fifteen years of international experience and ten years in senior management, public awareness campaigns, public relations, and undercover investigations. He has been a leader in the non-profit realm for the last decade, working with animal protection organizations such as CARE (동물권단체케어), Mercy for Animals, and Animal Recovery Mission. Currently, he is Head of Operations at 50by40 and serves on the Rights for Animal Rights Advocates (RARA) and Sinergia Animal advisory boards. In addition to his efforts in the non-profit realm, Arturo was head chef and general manager of Huggers, a plant-based restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. He is also a Clubhouse and podcast enthusiast, which led him to create and host the Woke Stutter Podcast to chat with leaders and change-makers about animal protection, social justice, food justice, and how we can do better internally as a movement.
Kevin Lahey- Meet Former MFA Investigator Kevin Lahey
South Korea’s dog meat industry
Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Liberation Movement by Peter Singer
Undercover investigations in factory farms
World Health Organization Origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
50by40's mission to reduce the dependency on animal agriculture by half by 2040
Slaughter house workers and their experiences
The intersectionality of food systems and food chains
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Marianna is the co-founder of Kind Living Yoga, a yoga teacher training school and studio that also works with mental health charities and offers counseling and clinical hypnotherapy.
Born in Italy, Marianna eventually moved to London where she began teaching Barre before making the move into Yoga and mental health. Her passion is to bring people together while helping them find space for healing so that they can ultimately lead a kinder, more consciously aware life. Marianna is a big animal lover, vegan and proud mum of a beautiful staffie, Alba and two troublemaker cats, Puck & Maya. She is married and they are expecting their first child in July.
Sarah Powers Insight Yoga Institute
101 Reasons to Go Vegan presented by Humane Educator, James Wildman
Forrest Yoga and Ana Forrest
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Gopi Om (Nicole Sopko) first discovered yoga by chance and was instantly intrigued. She attended her first teacher training with the sole intention of learning more about the practice, but, despite being a lifelong introvert, found the teachings of yoga to be so transformational that she couldn't keep them to herself and began teaching in 2005. Shortly after, her practice grew immensely when she met her beloved Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, who gave her the name Gopi.
Gopi practices and teaches yoga with a firm but gentle insistence on respect for the fullness of this indigenous tradition. Her classes are for anyone who wants to learn about yoga as a complete, traditional system. She welcomes people from all backgrounds to learn how these time tested practices and their philosophy can be integrated into a modern life.
Gopi has completed the advanced level (500, 800, & 1000 hour) Life of a Yogi teacher trainings at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York with Sri Dharma Mittra. She feels blessed to have received and to carry on the teachings of his lineage. She is also a newly-enrolled student at the Hindu University of America where she plans to pursue Hindu Studies and Sanskrit. She strives to live every moment as an offering to the divine and to pass on the teachings of yoga as they have been generously shared with her.
A vegan of over 20 years, Gopi works alongside her life partner, Dan, as Vice President of natural foods company, Upton's Naturals. She is the President of the Board of Directors at the Plant Based Foods Association and serves on the Associate Board for One Tail At a Time. Gopi was previously the owner of Nature Sanctuary and Yoga Trek Center in Chicago and Oak Park, IL. She shares her home (and her yoga mat) with a rescue dog named Greta and several aquatic pets including fish, snails, and shrimp.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Gopi Om (Nicole Sopko) discuss the following:
Punk Rock bank Earth Crisis
The Journey of Self Discovery by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Yoga Alliance
Sri Dharma Mittra
The Hindi University of America
The Colonization of India
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In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Rishi Chidananda discuss the following:
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananada and the Self Realization Fellowship ( Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades)
Maha Kumbh Mela
Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
Victoria Moran on Episode's 16 and Episode 94
Rishi Chidananda has spent the latter part of his life as a monk, studying the philosophical traditions of India and gaining deep insights into their hidden meaning and timeless practices that are particularly relevant in this day and age under the guidance of Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda.
Before entering the spiritual path, he was a successful investment banker and entrepreneur. Since then, philosophical teachings contained within ancient scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita have had a significant impact on how he views the world and have changed the way he approaches life.
Now, Rishi Chidananda uses his experience as a former investment banker and entrepreneur to easily articulate the philosophical teachings of India in a meaningful way for those looking to bridge the gap between western and eastern philosophies.
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In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Rowdy Girl Sanctuary's Renee King-Sonnen discuss the following:
Renee's journey from former cattle ranger's wife to a vegan powerhouse
Renee's calf and greatest teacher, Rowdy Girl
Yoga & Spirituality
Richard Hittleman's Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan
International Yoga Studies Sandra Summerfiel Kozak
Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville
Renee, a native Houstonian, is the President and Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Waelder, Texas. She remarried her husband Tommy Sonnen, a multi-generational cattle rancher in 2009 and moved to their former ranch in Angleton, Texas. She fell in love with farm animals, having no idea her life was about to transform. After witnessing time and again the baby calves going to the sale barn, she became extremely depressed. In October 2014, she went vegan as a result and began researching factory farming and the compassionate alternative, farm sanctuaries. She desperately consulted with leaders in the vegan movement, determined to do whatever she could to create sanctuary out of what was once a beef cattle operation in the heart of cattle country. As a result, the Rancher Advocacy Program was developed to give cattle ranchers and other animal farmers a way to transition into other ways of farming without animal cruelty. Transitioning out of animal agriculture requires a lot of skill, effort, and people to help. RAP is dedicated to finding the resources and the way to give farmers a way around farming animals. Renee speaks to farmers all the time and a few have converted to vegan, like 6th generation Texas cattle ranchers Cindy and Richard Traylor.
Renee King-Sonnen aka Sangita has studied yoga sciences and Ayurveda for 35 years. She is a teacher of hatha yoga and kundalini yoga. She has a dedicated yoga practice and meditates every day. Her guru is Swami Satchidananda
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Website: rowdygirlsanctuary.org & rancheradvocacy.org
Instagram: @rowdygirlsanctuary & @rancheradvocacyprogram
Facebook: @rowdygirlsanctuary & rancheradvocacyprogram
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What is our COVID Karma? Ray Ippolito, a long time Yoga practitioner, Kirtan wallah and Animal Liberation Activist has created an initiative that is committed to educate, inspire and remove our role from this most challenging virus and all others that are headed our way. How can we use our practice to make a difference in the COVID world we created and what are you willing to do about it?
In this episode Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Ray Ippolito discuss the following:
International Pandemic Outreach Day- One World, One Day, One Action! May 1st, 2021.
Bob Woodward Interviews with Trump on the pandemic
How to Survive a Pandemic by Michael Greger
Vegan Food for first responders in Brookyn with Big Love Catering
Catch & release fishing method
Kaporos in Brooklyn
Ray Ippolito Episode 47
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In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Achāryā Samitā Rāthor discuss the following:
Samita's experience studying with Yogi Sir Desikachar
Yoga as therapy
Vibrational energies as children
One on one versus group trainings
Asana and the meaning of Yoga
Alkaline diet and sattvic diet
The importance of contolilng your tongue in Yoga
Achāryā Samitā Rāthor is the founder of Yogarpanam which translated in English literally means Yoga Surrender. She is an advisory consultant, life mentor, Yoga & Vedic Scholar, Yoga Therapist, Traditional Diet Specialist & Guide.
Samita's life journey is dedicated to share these infinite teachings of her spiritual experiences with simplicity and love. Having had diversified exposure from a very young age, she is able to connect and understand the needs of people almost instantly. Samita is guided and has studied with her Yoga Teacher and spiritual masters since the age of 20. She uses her inner awakening experiences to help and inspire people who come to her. She teaches, applies and shares the principles of traditional Yoga and Vedic wisdom. She is a teacher and mentor to Yoga Teachers, Life Coaches and genuinely dedicated students who would like to go deeper into educating themselves about the subtler aspects of Yoga and its principles.
Her Unique Humane Approach has transformed the minds of many struggling. Her aim is to resolve the inner & outer struggles in the human mind-life, with compassion, empathy, intelligence and strength. She uses her profound knowledge with scientific psyche principles integrated with universal wisdom, to help people manage, streamline and overcome life challenges, worldwide.
With the fortune of Grace, Achāryā Samitā Rāthor came in contact with Yoga teachings through Yogi Sir Desikachar and her father at an early age, who hailed from a Yogic lineage. She studied one to one with Sir Desikachar and began teaching on his instructions only. In the traditional formal Yogic system, a student does not teach unless instructed by their teacher.
She also has Multiple Post Graduate Teachers Training Diploma/Degree Certifications. She has personally studied Yoga and its therapeutic benefits from Sir Desikachar and is also formally trained in Yoga Therapy. She has also done a formal study of Vedanta under strict Monastic Traditions in the abode of Himalayas. She has had the Blessings of studying and coming in contact with beautiful Spiritual Living Masters like the Dalai Lama, to continue further her quest for learning constantly.
"Coming in contact with my inner experiences was like a new birth suddenly. The purpose of existence of life took a turn into another space and direction altogether. From a glamorous and eminent existence at a young age, I got drawn towards things that I never ever thought I would be immersed in so much. Nothing about me remained the same except my sense of humor. My family and friends noticed the transformation in me. What exactly happened I don’t know, but a major shift took place in my mind. All things that I was inclined towards totally disintegrated. This happened after I came in contact with my Teacher. Outer and Inner. The important thing is to live consciously. Whether it is through what I teach (yogasanas/yoga postures, pranayama, philosophy, meditation & breath-work), what I eat (ethical vegan) or how I spend every moment of my life. Deeply grateful for the teachings and wisdom received from evolved masters who never forgot to see beauty, love & humor in all." Achāryā Samitā Rāthor.
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In this episode, Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis, Lili & Dr. Alex Charmoz discuss the following:
Optimal Performance with Yoga, nutrition and running
long distance running
The benefit of fasting mimicking fasts
Chi Running by Danny Dreyer
sacha inchi powder
Alex noted after the podcast to add that he also uses Cordyceps because it has been shown to increase VO2 max (capacity of the body to use oxygen)
Liliana (aka Lalitanand) Charmoz is an advanced 500-hr plus yoga teacher, Thai bodywork practitioner and certified continuing education provider under Yoga Alliance®.
Yoga gave her direction and purpose in a time of confusion; for her, yoga is a way of life, it teaches to be in harmony with all beings, to find strength and equanimity within and to simply be a better human.
She created Lalitanand yoga in the mountain town of Idyllwild where she currently lives with her husband and cats. She enjoys rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking and all things yoga. Her mission is to spread her love for nature, help students find their center in chaotic, stressful times and maybe to plant a seed for healthier lives.
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.
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Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD, ABAAHP, FAARFM, has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. She received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New England Medical Center (Tufts) in Boston. Before opening Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, Dr. Rao practiced medicine in New York and Maryland.
A strong proponent of holistic medicine, Dr. Rao is certified in Medical Acupuncture from UCLA. She is also certified in Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing, which is a personalized assessment of cardiac and pulmonary disease, and certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Rao is the coauthor with Dr. Monica Aggarwal of BODY on FIRE: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It (2020), an updated revision of their self-published book Finding Balance (2016).
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holy Skodis & Jyothi Rao discuss the following:
Yoga in India
Dr. Monica Aggarwal's issues with dairy and inflammation
Microbiome, fiber and the effects of COVID
Parasympathic vs sympathetic nervous system
Clove oil and dental pain
The endothelium and its role in health
The Game Changers Documentary
Dr. Rao's functional medicine practice Shakthi Health & Wellness Center
Yoga and balancing hormones
Yoga and cardio
Calcium and the vegan diet
Sleep and yoga nidra
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Book:BODY on FIRE: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It (2020)
Exavier Pope is a media personality, serial entrepreneur, lawyer and owner of The Pope Law Firm. He's a certified yoga instructor, owner of Zen & Juice Yoga Studio and vegan chef and owner of Pope's Vegan Kitchen, a vegan chef brand of cookbooks, social media influencing, restaurant concept, and merchandising.
Pope became a strict vegan in 2017 after as an extension of his yoga and mindfulness practice. More in tune with his body, he cut out animal-based ingredients as well as gluten to feel healthier and have more mental clarity.
In this episode Yoga is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Exavier Pope discuss the following:
Zen & Juice Yoga Studio
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Bare Feet Power Yoga Exavier's teacher Robin French
What the Health Documentary
Sri Dharma Mittra
Yoga Food Concepts: A Rejuvenating Talk by Yogi Gupta
Hip Hop Yoga
Pope's Vegan Kitchen
Today Article Black and Vegan: Why so many Black Americans are embracing the plant-based life
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Twitter: @exavierpope & @zenxjuiceyoga
Facebook: Zen & Juice: A Hip Hop Yoga Tribe