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Our guest today is Richa Prasant.
Richa was an HR executive in the corporate world with Hewlett Packard for years, when a deeper calling pulled her away. Today, she is the founder and Director of The Sunaayy foundation in Delhi, India.
She’s practicing karma yoga. In case you’re not familiar with that, karma means action, so this is the yoga of taking action that creates a positive result.
In the west, we have a common heartbreaking mental image of the starving children in the streets of India. Those of us awake enough to be moved by this issue often feel helpless. I know I did, when I was sitting in a car in Delhi, and lots of shoeless little children with runny noses came to the window begging for money. Thankfully, Richa Prasant is answering the call to meet the needs of some of these children who are coming from the slums in Delhi, and, is providing a way for us westerners to be involved as well. She says she considers herself a privileged Indian, recognizing that she’s been afforded many of the needs and luxuries not available to the majority of Indians today.
With this perspective, she felt called to share her good fortune and has created a foundation to offer support to these kids. The Sunaayy Foundation provides some structure for the kids, in the form of regular gatherings which include some basic education and nourishment, as well as a sense of belonging and community. Sunaayy Foundation is more community than spiritually oriented. I’ll let Richa explain more about how the kids are benefitting from her programs...
I was honored to be invited to celebrate Holi with Richa and her kids. Holi is a big holiday and celebration in India. It marks the first day of Spring, and is seen as a chance to restart, forgive, forget , make food, celebrate, it feels a bit like New Years eve. I joined with Richa and the kids, in throwing colorful powder all over each other laughing and dancing all the while. While it was fun to see the kids enjoying themselves, I have to say that at times and in certain little faces, I could sense an underlying unrest and distress. Make sure to check out the blog on the website for some photos of our day together.
What Richa is learning while practicing her karma yoga with these kids, is that when you give, you receive. And in this case, Richa says she’s receiving unconditional love.
If you’re as moved by this story as I am, there may be some way for you to help.
The Sunaayy Foundation Needs:
As always, there are links in the show notes to everything we talked about in this episode.
Find that at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast.
Many thanks for listening. I hope this episode inspires some karma yoga in you!
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Hi guys! I’m back from my break in the Spanish Desert. I went to a European Burning Man Festival Called Nowhere and had a lot of fun building a camp, feeding the build crew lots of high vibe conscious eating food at our camp, as well as teaching yoga, teaching the chakras, discovering awe inspiring creative projects and connecting with like minded people. I also lost my voice for 5 days because of the tremendous amount of dust and wind storms, so if my voice sounds a little off to you today, that’s why. I drove to Paris from Spain yesterday where I’ll be practicing some yoga , and maybe catching some interviews for the show, before I head back to Spain to attend the Yoga Conference in Barcelona where I hope to get some interviews as well. If you guys want to follow my yomad (as in yoga nomad) travel adventures, you can find me on instagram at Visionary Lifestyle Guide and of course the IG for the show at Visionary Lifestyle Podcast.
Today’s guest is Jules Febre.
Jules Febre was born and raised in a section of New York City known as the Lower East Side. At the age of 13, Jules spent three months in India; two of which were spent in Mysore studying Ashtanga Yoga with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. During that time he was invited to share satsang with Swami Nirmalananda and Shyam Das, two radical yogis that have each contributed greatly to the progression of yoga in the West. At the age of 16 Jules began working at the Jivamukti Yoga School helping to clean, and is now considered one of the leading teachers of the Jivamukti Yoga method, teaching the method world wide as well as facilitating at the very highly regarded teacher training programs.
Jules travels and teaches for a major part of each year, including Europe, Australia, Asia, and more. His classes offer a wide range and depth of understanding of Yoga Asana as well as Meditation, Chanting, and Yoga Philosophy.
Teaching yoga is Jules’ passion. He is grateful to his teachers, Sharonji (Gannon), Davidji (Life) who he has had the privilege of studying with for over 15 years, for igniting his devotion to the Jivamukti Yoga practice and for inspiring countless students around the world.
I met Jules in India where he was teaching at the International Yoga festival in Rishikesh, where we recorded this interview in a garden at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Jules is a bit different than most of the yoga teachers I’ve met. He has a wicked sense of humor, that he brings into his classes, and he’s clearly very well studied and only when he speaks do you realize his tremendous depth. In this interview we discuss the 5 Tenants of Jivamukti Yoga, the yogic perspective on Veganism, his experience Teaching in Correctional Facilities
Yoga Beyond the 8 Limbs, the importance of Planting Seeds, and Jules gives us a deep explanation of what it means to live the first tenant of yoga, Ahimsa.
As always, notes to things discussed are in the show notes, which you can find on the blog post for this episode at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast
Enjoy and Namaste
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