There are many great ways how to study, learn new ideas and get inspired. One of the best ways how to do that while commuting, doing bits and pieces around the house, or while sitting back and resting is to listen to podcasts. So next time when you seek ideas for what to do, look no further, and listen to some of the yoga, meditation and general life inspiration related podcasts below.
(NB: The list is organised alphabetically.)
Ashtanga Dispatch podcast hosted by Peg Mulqueen is not just for Ashtanga yoga practitioners, it is for anyone who is curious about the practice of yoga and beyond. This podcast offers lively and fascinating conversations with yoga’s most respected teachers and students.
Some of our favourite episodes are:
Episode 29: In this episode Mulqueen talks to Philippa Asher, one of the few female students who has completed the Advanced B series. In this episode Asher talks about challenges and issues of the Ashtanga yoga practice, including her own recklessness and fertility problems. It is a truly open and honest conversation.
Episode 31: During this episode Mulqueen talks with the renowned Ashtanga yoga teacher Eddie Stern, where he talks about the more subtle levels of the practice; giving insight into our nervous system, and paying particular attention to the vagus nerve and its information pathways.
Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks and meditation sessions guided by late Michael Stone on a wide-range of topics, from the practice of yoga and meditation to social change and ecological challenges. These talks were recorded live, so there might be some background sounds, however they offer a really intimate look into Stone’s teaching, as they also include discussions with his students during and after the talks. Some of the episodes are guided meditation sessions, and they are accordingly marked, and these are some of our favourite meditation sessions available for free online.
Chitheads from Embodied Philosophy offers interviews with leaders, elders and teachers from the yoga and wider wisdom community on eastern philosophies, consciousness studies, social justice, and the human spiritual condition. Jacob Kyle, the host of the podcast, offers also a bibliography of yoga philosophy and wisdom books; at the end of each episode Kyle asks his guests to share some of their favourite books or books that have helped them on their journey or in their practice.
Mindful Strength podcast is created by Kathryn Bruni-Young, who created Mindful Strength method; a method that synthesises mindfulness, strength training, yoga, movement, mobility, and body acceptance, to inform a well-rounded and embodied practice. In this podcast Bruni-Young shares knowledge, fosters curiosity and explores the narratives that are yoga, movement and health, in conversations with inspiring and unique guests.
If you enjoy art and the practice of meditation, then The Rubin: Mindfulness Meditation podcast will be a real treat for you. Every Wednesday, The Rubin Museum of Art hosts a meditation session led by a prominent meditation teacher from the New York area. You can attend this meditation session in person in the museum or listen to it online. These sessions are suitable for everyone and anyone. Each session includes an opening talk and a twenty-minute sitting session each inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Never fear, if you can’t attend the meditation in person, for each session they provide the link to each week’s artwork in person.
This is a real cultural treat, so find your seat and offer your mind and heart a moment of calm and peace.