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We discuss the history, varieties and benefits of yoga. Darren shares his experience of practicing yoga with Ian & March and surprises them with the unexpected benefits of the ancient tradition.

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  • 2:20— What do we mean when we talk about “yoga” and what are the origins of yoga?
  • 6:42— The health benefits of practicing yoga including relaxation, physical flexibility, and moderate strength training.
  • 9:53— How yoga is a fusion of physical training and mental discipline. 
  • 14:44— Why it’s common for athletes to practice yoga and how relaxation can often lead to better precision and better performance.
  • 17:22— Darren explains the major branches of yoga from a spiritual-philosophical perspective and explains in detail the different styles of Hatha (physical & meditative) yoga including the 
  • 21:59— Is it necessary to attend a class to practice yoga or can one practice at home? 
  • 22:29— The difference between discomfort and pain and the yogic principle of honoring oneself by never pushing your practice to pain.
  • 24:19— Tips for trying out yoga for those who find it a little intimidating. 
  • 28:45— Darren shares his experience when first starting to practice yoga 9 years ago.
  • 30:24— Ian shares that the home cycling Peloton has group yoga classes as part of their fitness subscription program.
  • 31:58— The practical benefits one gets from practicing yoga in the near-term and over the long-term.
  • 35:50— We discuss how someone with a very scientific mind can appreciate and find value from a practice, like yoga, that has its roots in spirituality.
  • 39:45— Darren shares his experience visiting the Chichen Itza pyramids during the Summer Equinox as an example of how to stay true to your own worldview while respecting others’ philosophy and unique worldviews.
  • 45:15— When should one NOT do yoga. (The answer might surprise you.)
  • 47:20— Darren shares his opinion of the most important thing someone should learn if they want to become an expert in yoga. (Again, the answer might surprise you.)
  • 49:25— Ian and March reflect on their surprise at how yoga has a lot in common with other mindfulness and exercise practices.
  • 52:40— Darren shares the names of several leading yoga influencers.

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  • 📰 Article: What is pranayama?
  • 📱 App: Freedom
  • 📱 App: YogaGlo
  • 💻 Website: Gaia --- apps for smart phones, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV. Heads up that Gaia is a bit of a new age website so there is some "way out" content here.
  • 💻 Website: Gaiam --- popular online yoga community & retailer of yoga products
  • 📱 App:Pocket Yoga
  • 📱 App: FitStar Yoga
  • 📱 App:Down Dog
  • 📱 App:Daily Yoga
  • 🙆 Yoga influencer: Kathryn Budig --- author, yoga teacher & advocate
  • 🙆 Yoga influencer: Donna Farhi --- author & advocate
  • 🙆 Yoga influencer: Tara Stiles --- Founder of Strala Yoga
  • 🙆 Yoga influencer: Paul Grilley --- Founder of Yin Yoga
  • 🙆 Yoga influencer: Shiva Rea --- Founder of Prana Flow yoga
  • 🙆 Yoga influencer: Chip Wilson --- Founder of Lululemon Athletica
  • 🙆 Yoga influencer: Baron Baptiste --- Founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga

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