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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Sep 25, 2017

Greeting rainbow warriors! Today I’m coming to you from the Balearic islands in Spain. I’m in palma ,Mallorca to be exact. Feeling so blessed to be here and to be sharing this episode you because it’s rich with wisdom. My phone was stolen is Lisbon last week, which gave me lots of opportunity to practice yoga. What I mean by that is, when stressful incidents happen, I bust out my yoga toolbox for support. Pranayama, meditation and yoga are what keep me sane in this often insane world.

This is a potent week energetically as well with the Fall Equinox, the International Day of Peace and Navaratri, the 9 day celebration of the Divine Mother happening in India. If you didn’t already see it, check out my facebook live video on my Visionary Lifestyle & Podcast page there.

Today our guest is Sri. Vijay Gopala. He is a certified Yoga Teacher. who has been teaching Yoga for more than 20 years and is also a personal trainer who provides one-to-one life transformation sessions and self-evolving programs. Born in Mysore, India, the capital of the Yoga world, from his childhood Vijay Gopala was drawn to the discipline of yoga thanks to his father who guided and taught him in a very serene atmosphere. He studied from his early age in all the branches of yoga. He went to University in Bangalore and has two Master Degrees in Philosophy and Yoga where he learned about religions and belief systems. His specialization is Bhagavadgita and Greek philosophy. He also has a post graduate diploma in development planning from the University of Mysore. Vijay Gopala traveled throughout India and has studied with many teachers as well as interacting with many knowledgeable people, and delivering lectures on many subjects.

He regularly travels to the West to impart yoga methodology which contains the finer qualities of both eastern and western life skills. Together with his life experiences it has made his teaching rich in expertise required for modern day life skills with the foundation of traditional strengthful inner qualities.

He is fully aware of each persons ability when they come to him, and he shares the teaching of Yoga with a rare warmth, humanity and wisdom required for any kind of transformation to take place. Teaching for him is a natural flow of sharing his experience and serve others and to contribute to the benefit of humanity.

Sri. Vijay Gopala is recognized as a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) with Yoga Alliance UK.  

I met Vijay at The Bali Spirit Festival and felt so blessed to have this conversation with him.

I’m inspired by the depth of his wisdom and his gentle approach to sharing it.

This is a great episode for yoga teachers and practitioners to listen to because it’s full of yogic philosophy and enlightened perspectives about what yoga is and how it helps us to become more harmonious people in the world.

We cover a wide range of topics in this interview, and I took a lot of notes re-listening to it. I learn right along with you guys during these interviews.

We go deep on samskaras, yogic anatomy, ahimsa, presence, how yogis eat, the 8 limbs of yoga according to Patanjali, and even yogic advice for parents. You don’t want to miss this one, and you may just want to take notes.

I’m putting a bunch of his great nuggets of wisdom in the show notes so make sure to check that out, and I’m including a link to the version of Patanjali’s yoga sutras that I’m carrying around the world with me.  Check for those on

“We are all pure at the source. We are all pure inside of us. “ Why we express the impurities is because of the imprints, those imprints make us behave in a particular way. If you remove the imprints you can express harmony.”

“We practice yoga to burn the samskaras”

“Actually there are no styles of yoga. Yoga is yoga.”

“Try to be nothing, then you are everything”

“Quality of life is determined by your amount of presence”

“Do your actions match your intentions?”

“If you”re a yoga practitioner eating meat is not possible”

“Yoga will not happen by force”

“If you know how to do the practice of yoga, it’s not a big thing to reach samadhi”


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Sep 18, 2017

Our guest today is Aleks Glitzeric.
Aleks is a theta healer, a yoga instructor, a conscious eater and an empowerment powerhouse.
She travels the world hosting empowerment workshops and pop up brunches, and teaching empowerment yoga.
She asks on her website” If you'd be radically honest to yourself today, what would you allow yourself to see?”
I caught up with Aleks at The Bali Spirit Festival where I attended her theta healing workshop.
We sat down in a lush butterfly filled jungle to have a sweet conversation about consciousness, the environment, and theta healing as a way to heal limiting beliefs and negative patterns.
Make sure to check the show notes to find her website and social media channels, she has loads of great videos on youtube and is really active on instagram so you can connect with her there.
I hope you find value in this conversation, I sure did!
Enjoy, and namaste

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“If I take care of the environment it takes care of me too”

Sep 11, 2017

Our guest today is Eoin Finn. Eoin Finn is a yogi, surfer and blissologist from Vancouver, BC. A philosophy graduate, he has been deepening his understanding of Meditation, Yoga and Eastern Philosophy since 1989. In the mid-nineties he moved to Maui and learned Ashtanga and Power Yoga and later Vinjana Yoga. He’s been teaching yoga for 18 years. Eoin is a karma yogi with a deep passion for the oceans, and a connection and reverence for nature, that is truly inspiring.

His yoga teacher trainings generally include a lot of education about the environment, as well as hands on projects to help clean and protect it.

His Ecokarma program is replacing endangered coral in Key Largo Florida and beyond.

Eion says “Karma is the offering of unselfish service – our offering to the world. I want us to connect our love for ecology with both the physical yoga practice and selfless service of Karma yoga.  “

I caught up with Eion at the Bali Spirit Festival and we dropped in about the state of the oceans, the effects of overfishing and carbon on the oceans, and what it means to be a karma yogi.

He shares his love for nature, explains his main goal in life and guides us on his path of Blissology.

If you go back to my first episode and listen to the “7 steps of activating your highest potential” show , you’ll see that Eion really speaks to one of my points, which is seva, or being in service, sometimes known as karma yoga.

I’m really impressed with Eion’s dedication to educating and inspiring people to pay attention to what’ happening to the oceans, and empowering them to find their own inner power and voice to be the change we want to see in the world.

Take a listen and let me know thoughts. I’m always happy to receive emails from you guys.

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As usual, there are links to the books mentioned as well as links to Eion’s work, in the show notes which you’ll find on

I hope you enjoy the show….


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Sep 4, 2017

Our guest today is Katchie Ananda. Katchie is an international Yoga and Dharma teacher whose life’s work has been to explore the practices of yoga and dharma and share their path to freedom with others. She has well over 10,000 teaching hours, spanning nearly 30 years as a full-time practitioner and trainer and she has developed numerous approaches to wisdom in body, mind and heart. Her eclectic background includes certifications in Anusara, Jivamukti, Integral, Ashtanga Yoga by Richard Freeman and many years of practice with Buddhist teacher and author Jack Kornfield.

At one point, Katchie was the co-founder/director of Yoga Sangha, a studio in San Francisco’s Mission district, dedicated to Yoga and Dharma. Under Katchie’s guidance, Yoga Sangha became a much beloved community center and attracted students who shared a concern for social justice and equality. In 2007 Katchie launched the powerful Spiritual Activation Series, a forum through which the yoga community could connect with well-known authors and activists such as John Robbins, Jack Kornfield and Julia Butterfly Hill. The goal of the series was to raise awareness about human and animal rights, the environment, social justice, and highlight the interconnectedness of Yoga and Dharma. In this same spirit, Katchie volunteered for many years at San Quentin, teaching yoga and Dharma to long-term inmates. Her leadership and example in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name Katchie one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world.

It was a rare treat to catch her in Bali because she doesn’t teach much at festivals or in small classes these days.  I sat with her after taking two of her classes at the Bali Spirit Festival, because I was so impressed with her vast wisdom and open hearted teaching style.

In our interview Katchi talks about her journey and passion as a yoga teacher for nearly 30 years.

We discuss the value of a solo home practice, expressing the elements through your practice.

And how practicing yoga helps you trust your own inner authority, and can make the world a better place.

Check the show notes to find Katchie’s schedule, links to her book, and also her inspiring instagram account as well as soundcloud, which includes a large playlist of her yoga classes.

I found her energy incredibly sincere, uplifting and inspirational. I hope you do too. Enjoy the show, and namaste.

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