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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Apr 24, 2017

Our guest today is Dr. Maurya.

Dr.Maurya is an Ayurveda Doctor, also known as an Ayurvedacharya, he’s a specialist in detox and rejuvenation, also known as Panchakarma , and has degrees in Holistic Health, Yoga & Naturopathy.


In 2005, he established an Ayurveda Panchakarma center at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, in Rishikesh, India. There, he’s managing and providing all Ayurvedic treatments, Naturopathy treatments and Consultations. He travels extensively delivering lectures on Ayurveda, and leads training in Ayurveda, naturopathy and panchakarma at his center in Rishikesh.


I spent 21 days receiving panchakarma and cleansing and restoring my body temple at his center, and I saw massive positive results in the balance of my mind, body and spirit. The cleanse detoxed my body on a cellular level and helped to clear a 30 year old battle I’ve been having with psoriasis. I’m so pleased to see the results in my own body of the power of these ancient and plant based practices.

My body has never felt healthier, and I’m so happy to now be sharing this information with you! I hope you find some education and empowerment from this interview.

The Dr. invited me to do this interview at his retreat sanctuary in the mountains just above Rishikesh. Its a peaceful secluded haven where massive healing happens.

There are links in the show notes to many of the things mentioned in the  interview, so make sure to visit, to find out more.

And now, on with the show!


Chopra Center Dosha Quiz -


The Art of Being -Ayurveda Documentary


Marma Therapy -


Apr 17, 2017

Namaste Tribe!

Welcome to Season 2 of the Visionary LIfestyle Podcast! I’m SO excited to share these conversations with you! All of these episodes were recorded in Rishikesh, India.

I spent 5 weeks there at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram receiving Ayurvedic Panchakarma Treatment over 21 days, and then stayed on through The International Yoga Festival to bring you incredible interviews with some major thought leaders, spiritual masters and true yoga teachers.

You’ll here from Sadhviji, one of the spiritual leaders at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, you’ll hear from an Ayurvedacharya, the doctor who oversaw my ayurvedic treatment, the acclaimed Author and biologist Bruce Lipton, and a host of super knowledgeable yoga teachers and healers. We’re talking about Ayurveda, true yoga, the yoga of sound, the plight of the cows in India, conscious eating, the chakras, just so so much great conscious content coming your way this season.

I hope you enjoy listening to these interviews as much as I enjoyed recording them

There are soooooo many nuggets of wisdom and inspiration in here for you it’s just incredible.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions so please feel free to contact me through the website:

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The podcast can now also be found now on soundcloud

and stitcher

as well as of course itunes

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Together we rise!

Lovin you tribe. Enjoy and namaste xo

Apr 17, 2017

Our guest today is Sadhviji.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji,  was raised in an American family in Hollywood, California and graduated from Stanford University . She was completing her Ph.D. in psychology when she left America in 1996 to come and live permanently at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India. She has been living there for the last twenty years, engaged in spiritual practice and dedicated service.

She has a really interesting story of how India claimed her as it’s own,  and I urge you to check out the video that’s linked in the show notes where she explains it.

She was officially initiated into the order of Sanyas (monastic renunciation) in the year 2000, by her Guru, and the spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji.

Sadhviji is a renowned speaker who gives keynote addresses at large forums, on a wide variety of topics ranging from conscious business to science and spirituality to sustainable development, to the keys of happiness and peace in life to all aspects of yoga. She has also been a speaker at the United Nations, Parliament of World Religions and many international conferences and summits. Her talks blend the knowledge and logic of the West with the insights, spirituality and wisdom of the East, and she is renowned as a spiritual bridge between the two cultures.

At Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, where she lives most of the year, she gives spiritual discourses and daily satsang, teaches meditation, provides counseling and oversees a myriad charitable and humanitarian projects and activities.  

Sadhviji is:

  • Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, an international interfaith organization dedicated to bringing clean water, sanitation & hygiene to the children of the world.
  • President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a foundation dedicated to bringing education and empowerment to women and children which runs free schools, vocational training programs and empowerment programs.
  • Director of the annual world-famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth which has been covered in Time Magazine, CNN, New York Times, Le Monde and other prestigious publications.

Sadhviji has a Ph.D in Psychology and was the Managing Editor for the monumental project of the 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism.

We  did this interview deep in the heart of The Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh which serves as the home of The International Yoga festival and where I stayed for about 5 weeks .

Something you need to know about this interview and Sadhviji is that she has such a calm and warm presence, and as I was re-listening to this interview to edit it for you, I was wishing I had this on video, because I remembered how she had such a lovely smile on her face the whole time. She smiles with her eyes, you know what I mean, she has a really authentic presence,

You heard her bio, she a real activist and is doing so much sacred service to the world with all the projects she’s running, and I am truly honored I got so much of her time. I sat in her  satsangs many nights while I was at The Parmarth Niketan Ashram, and every time she managed to bring me so deeply into my heart that I literally shed tears, every time. She has a way of speaking truth in a very practical way that anyone can understand. I encourage you to check out the Parmarth youtube channel and even tune into the facebook live videos of her leading satsangs to learn even more from her. I’ve provided links in the show notes.

In the interview we talk about the 8 limbs of yoga, the international yoga festival, the meaning of shakti, being of service, conscious eating, the dairy industry, the plight of the cows in India, meditation and more. We packed a lot in! I hope you enjoy spending this time with Sadhviji as much as I did. And make sure you make it to the end to hear her wish for the world. It’s a great one …

To follow her and learn more about her work in the world, make sure you check out the show notes for all the links.

And now, on with the show

Sadhviji’s story of coming to India watch at about 5minutes in.

Apr 3, 2017

Welcome tribe! This is the final episode of season one of the Visionary Lifestyle podcast! It feels really good that I succeeded in launching the show from india and publishing the first season , mostly recorder in LA, from here. I assure It was NO small feat with the snail slow internet and intermittent power outages! Love you Mother India!!!

Season 2 will launch very soon, and contains all the interviews I did at the International Yoga festival here in  in Rishikesh. It’s completely packed with amazing conversations with saints and sages, and lots of the sounds of India. I got access to some very high level teachers who are dropping a LOT of wisdom so make sure you stay tuned in next season. So One of my huge take-aways from my time in India is that it’s NOT quiet! Ha My fantasies about meditating in a silent ashram were quickly squashed haha. The beauty of that though is it became a recurring conversation and a reminder lesson that we must seek the quiet within, and develop the ability to find our center and stillness anywhere we are, and no matter what is going on around us. This is true yoga.

In this episode I’m coming to you from a meditation hut in The Beatles Ashram, also known as  the Maharishi Ashram in Rishikesh India. You’ll notice the sound quality difference in this and in future episodes , because I’m now recording out in the open on the road digital nomad style. So you’ll be getting a lot more sounds of the atmosphere. I hope you embrace that and can just think of it as me bringing the world to you:) I was stressed about having the best possible sound quality for you and eventually had to surrender to what I can’t control, which is random voices and sounds that sometimes found their way into the middle of interviews.  You’ll see what I mean. I think it really adds to the charm of the interviews.

So I’m  wrapping up this first season of the podcast with a heartfelt share about my time in india, which was a  bucket list item that I’m really thrilled I can now cross off my list.

I’ll be sharing my insights as a first time yogi in India, as well as some practical packing and travel advice. This episode was recorded after my Ayurvedic panchakarma treatment,  and just before the International yoga festival started. Look out for an interview with my amazing panchakarma doctor coming up in the next season, I’m really happy to be bringing you some deep insight about Ayurveda.

You can Check the show notes to find links to a lot of what I talk about in this episode.

And please get in touch with me  and email me your feedback and questions to : I’d looooove to hear from you!

Have you guys rated and reviewed the show in itunes yet? I can’t tell you how much weight that carries in terms of helping the show reach more people that need to hear this content.

I want to give shout outs to some of our generous rainbow warrior patrons supporting us on Patreon,: Steven Starr, Michelle Dohrn, Johann Urb, Kim Debus and Gracie Gold who also goes by rainbow! With your support guys we can continue publishing the show and with more people jumping in to support we can expand our reach and add all the episodes of the show to soundcloud and maybe even soon add an additional weekly show. Check out our perks at Your support means the world to me and notice there are no ads here, this is a listener supported show!

Also if you’re not following me on instagram, check out my accounts because I’m really active on there and posting lots of behind the scenes photos from interviews as well as my travels.

Tribe, There is SO much in the pipeline heading your way the next two season! Season 2 is all in India as i said, and season 3 is all recorded in Bali, mostly at The Bali Spirit festival, and we’re talking  super high vibration conversations packed with tools and resources to you know what...activate your highest potential, that’s right.


Maharishi Temple/ Beatles Ashram:

Parmarth Niketan Ashram:

Hemradi Panchakarma Center:

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Visionary Lifestyle Packing List

Power adapter

Power strip

Xtra battery

Essential oils: oregano, tea tree, lavender, frankinscence, serenity blend, terra shield, on guard

Laundry bag (nylon sleeping bag sack)

Collapsible water bottle

Wrap to keep warm, use as a blanket, pillow

Nylon Underwear

Unlocked Phone

Once in India / Airtel Sim Card
If you have any travel questions let me know!