Integral Yoga Podcast


Zac Parker | The Bowling Alley of Life

Season 1, Ep. 52

Zac Parker talks about finding a life that reflects one's values, the "selfish selflessness" of serving others, and learning to balance discipline and lightheartedness.

Zac has been teaching Yoga since 2014. He is certified as an Advanced Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga instructor. Zac's teaching is a natural extension of his own practice. He approaches his teaching with a balanced blend of light-hearted ease and focused awareness on the subtle sensations of Yoga practice. Zac currently serves as the Online Programs Coordinator at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, as well as regularly teaching a variety of Yoga classes. He holds a master’s degree in Anthropology.

Quotes from the Interview:

* "...when you’re trying to produce good results in the world, to be clear-minded, to be balanced, to feel content within yourself is the place from which you can be most effective. Period. There’s just no question.”

* “It feels good to serve others. That’s an enjoyable activity. Not based on something you “should” do or even you could say "it’s right to do". Simply because of the reward-feedback loop that’s created - that it feels good to serve others. It sounds paradoxical, it is paradoxical, but it can add to the contentment which you already have.”

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Rev. Shankar Fern | A Preview of Enlightenment

Season 1, Ep. 91
Avi Gordon and Shankar Fern discuss the long term changes as a result of Yoga practice, faith and trust, enlightenment, the key to healthy relationships, and working with troubled young people.Biographical Notes:Bruce was given the Sanskrit name Shankar directly by his Guru Sri Swami Satchidananda who is one of the great Yoga Masters and God Realized Saints of the centuryShankar is one of Swami Satchidananda’s senior disciples and a teacher having taught all aspects of yoga to many hundreds of students in the US and CanadaShankar practices deep spiritualty while actively living in the world as a householder He will be the first to tell you anything good that comes from him comes from the Divine Force which of its own accord chooses to use him as an instrumentShankar is an Integral Yoga Minister who does humanistic coaching and spiritual counseling (he was trained as a psychotherapist) as well as spiritual wedding ceremonies, family and pet memorial services, birth ceremonies and house blessingsHe is also on the Board of Directors of the NY Integral Yoga Institute, the Vice Chairman of the Integral Yoga Global Ministry Board of Trustees, and a Chaplain in the NY Putnam County SPCAIn the business world he is the president of Change-Ready Solutions which provides business with coaching and consulting to help them curate of culture which elevates people to achieve remarkable business results.Prior to this role, Shankar was an executive with Citibank, IBM and other consulting and business organizations.