Visionary Lifestyle Podcast

The Visionary Lifestyle Podcast is a seasonal Variety Show Published Weekly and Featuring: Interviews, Topic Based Episodes, and Q and A shows. I’m your host, Magda Freedom Rod: Health and lifestyle guide, mother, yoga instructor, environmentalist, conscious eating expert, content creator and world traveling digital nomad. You’ll hear interviews with: Inspiring soulutionaries, change makers, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, activists, conscious media makers, authors, yogis, conscious musicians and more. Topics include: yoga, conscious eating, meditation, Ayurveda, sustainability, alternative health, healing, spirituality, activism, non-toxic living and many more. “My mission is to inspire, educate and empower in order to activate the highest potential of individuals and our collective world in such a way that we create a healthy, thriving humanity and a sustainable planet.” It’s my hope that this podcast will serve as a clarion call to gather the tribe that is interested in being the change we wish to see in the world. I believe that as we become activated into our own highest potential through the use of tools including yoga, conscious eating and meditation, we become empowered to deliver our gifts to the world. The Visionary Lifestyle is about raising consciousness on the planet. We believe in self love, animal love and planet love. Join us. Visit to learn more, read show notes and submit comments and questions. Donations gratefully received at Namaste
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Mar 27, 2017

Namaste from India!

This is my first in a series of international interviews, and I’m excited to bring you more shows during my international adventures in India and beyond!

Today’s guest is Vedic Meditation teacher Light Watkins. Light has been been operating in the meditation space for over 15 years. He’s based in Santa Monica, CA, and travels the world teaching everyone from bankers, artists, and politicians, to CEOs, caretakers, and comedians how to meditate in a self-sufficient way. He’s also an author and currently working on a series of books called The Inner Gym book series, the first of which is available now, under that title.

He’s a regular contributor to, a TEDx speaker and he founded an alcohol enterlightenment event, as in entertainment meets enlightenment, in La Called The Shine Movement.

I interviewed Light sitting on the banks of The River Ganges, affectionately known as Ma Ganga here in Rishikesh India. As you’ll hear, the interview starts out peacefully and toward the end, the very real and vibrant sounds of India invade our conversation. I urge you to stick through it and hear a gem of perspective that Light shares at the end.

Enjoy and Namaste! 

Show Notes:

Light’s Website:

Light’s Retreats

LIght’s Book:

Light on

Light’s Ted Talk

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Mar 20, 2017

Our guest for this episode is Richard Wegman. Richard is the former Chief Yoga Officer of Wellnest (up until a week before this episode launches) and yoga practitioner of 30 years, a yoga teacher of 20 years, and has an extensive background running environmental NGOs including Tree People and Global Green. Richard and I talk about yoga, the importance of breath, corporate yoga, the biggest contributor to climate change, the state of the Amazon Rainforest, the power of community and more. Listen in to catch some nuggets of wisdom and inspiration!


Show notes:

Mindbell App Download

And here are a few more mindfulness apps recommended by Tich Nhat Han


John Robbin’s Book “Diet For a New America”


Amazon Watch

Keep the Oil in the Ground Campaign link

Richard was correct on his stats about the extent of the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest

During the past 40 years, close to 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down—more than in all the previous 450 years since European colonization began.”

I have corrected my research notes and apologize for my error. I am relieved to learn I was wrong, and urge us all to continue our efforts to preserve this essential natural resource.

Mar 13, 2017

Today’s guest is Maryam Henein. Maryam is an investigative journalist, activist,  filmmaker, yogini and entrepreneur. She’s best known for directing the documentary Vanishing of the Bees narrated by Ellen Page .

Following a near-fatal pedestrian versus car crash in 2002 that dragged her for 49 feet, she researched issues of health and nutrition to help her in her recovery, and through that, became aware of colony collapse disorder, which led to her to make her film.

Since the release of Vanishing of the Bees, she has become an outspoken advocate of bees and bee colonies, non-GMO foods and the release of pesticides into the environment.

Her latest venture is, a member supported online magazine and marketplace that hosts a number of optimized-health and investigative writers.

I know her as a tireless voice for health , the environment and as someone who encourages people to be their own best health advocate.

In this interview we discuss why bees are sacred, the most ethical way to source your bee products, pesticides on planes, autoimmune disorders and lots more. Let’s tune into the show to get the buzz

You can find her on twitter at

and at

Mar 8, 2017

Today’s guest is Mikki Willis. Mikki is  a conscious media maker, a father and an activist. He’s  the founder of Elevate; a production company on a mission, Elevate is one of the most prolific creators of socially conscious media. As a filmmaker he has been granted rare access into the minds and hearts of world re-known philosophers, scientists, physicists, doctors, authors, shamans, and human development experts. As a director he has helmed numerous award winning and record setting productions, including theatrical features, network television specials, commercials, and music videos for platinum artists.

In this heartfelt interview we discuss the importance of conscious media and dive deep into a conversation about activism as a means to healing core wounds.  ENJOY


Learn more about Mikki ad Elevate at