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YAPM14 Awakening the Inner Teacher

Season 4, Ep. 14

In this series I read chapters from my 2019 book Yoga & Plant Medicine: Integrating Yoga & Psychedelics for Your Healing, Growth & Transformation.

Print version is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Plant-Medicine-Psychedelics-Transformation/dp/1088479847

Digital download from my website: https://www.brianjames.ca/downloads/p/yoga-amp-plant-medicine-pdf


Tags: yoga, plant medicine, ayahuasca, psychedelics, healing, trauma, addiction

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  • 138. (Preview) Is Psychiatry Bullsh*t? | Dr. Bruce E. Levine | HITW 138

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