Ciao beloveds and Greetings Rainbow Warriors!
I’m coming to you today from Sicily Italy where I’m teaching yoga and enjoying the tremendous nature and hospitality of this very special Italian island.
This is the last episode of the 6th season of the Visionary Lifestyle Podcast, which I hope you’ve enjoyed. We heard from some of the teachers from the Barcelona Yoga Conference, as well as a host of digital nomads who are paving the way for the rest of us who might be interested in traveling the world and taking our work with us.
In a few days I’ll be heading to Portugal where I’ll be speaking at the Digital Nomad Festival and helping all you nomads achieve a higher level of wellness while you’re globe trotting. I’m also presenting a Yoga Starts in the Kitchen workshop at the Foodprintz yoga studio and Cafe there, so make sure to check my Visionary Lifestyle and Podcast facebook page for details on those events. And don’t forget I’ve got a Wellness Workation coming up in Bali this October and I want to see you there! If you’re a social entrepreneur, digital nomad, or conscious creative this is the place to be to merge wellness with your traveling lifestyle. You’ll learn my conscious eating recipes, practice daily yoga and meditation, have productive work sessions to work on your jobs or projects, network with like minded people and explore the best nature and rituals Bali has to offer. It’s going to be delicious! There are just a few spots left so to grab your spot check out the show notes for details on that event and sign up quick.
And, Stay tuned for announcements for the upcoming seasons of the show, as there’s lots of great content coming up. I have lots of shows in the pipeline and entires seasons from Bali and India where I’ve been interviewing more top yoga teachers and thought leaders.
So now on to today’s show.
Our guest today is Pau Castellsagué. Pau, along with his sister and brother, produces the Barcelona Yoga Conference.
The BYC is a Yogic Celebration open to people of all ages and backgrounds with or without previous experience in yoga. It’s An uplifting open-hearted gathering with world-leading Yoga teachers and musical artists creating a platform for you to learn, experience, discover and transform.
Pau is a yoga teacher himself as well as a Thai Yoga Massage Instructor and kirtan artist.
I caught up with him at the 8th annual BYC last summer and got to learn from him the story of how this yoga festival came to be.
I had a great experience at this festival and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore the European yoga community as I did.
Make sure to check the show notes for links to their website and to learn more. You can find those at
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I hope you enjoy this show.
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Greetings Rainbow Warriors! Today I’m on the move. I took a ferry from Croatia across the Adriatic sea to Italy last night, and am making my way through Italy on a train now as this is going live. I’m heading to Sicily for my Nature and Yoga retreat and I sure wish you were coming! It starts on September 7th so if you’re feeling spontaneous and want to join for yoga, nature, conscious eating and seeing some incredible ancient sites, email me right now and we’ll squeeze you in!
Being a changemaker on the move is a life I’ve chosen, and if it calls you, you too can live a location independent freedom lifestyle, and fulfill your purpose at the same time. Yes, it takes some planning and might even include a steep learning curve, but witnessing people like our guest today, sure keeps the inspiration to make it happen, very high.
Our guest today is Stella Roman Airoldi. Stella is a powerhouse of a young woman. She holds two masters degrees in human rights, and left a promising career as a lawyer, to travel the world and empower some of the least empowered people on the planet.
Stella is the founder of 22STARS Jewellery and the 22STARS Foundation, as a digital nomad with a social mission she calls herself a ”Social Impact Nomad". She wants to inspire and help others to make a social impact with their business and when they travel. Hence Stella offers one on one coaching sessions, gives group workshops and talks at various international conferences. Stella has two masters degrees, one in International Law and one in Human Rights and Democratization. During her studies she focused on entrepreneurship and in 2013 she made the switch from working in the human rights/ development aid field into using fashion and design to help people out of poverty by making sure that they can provide for themselves.
Stella's studies brought her to Africa where she interviewed refugees in Kampala, Uganda. Her creativity and wish to help the war affected people have been a direct incentive to establish 22STARS Jewellery. Impressed by the artistic skills of the women and deeply touched by their stories, Stella decided to help them design, market and sell their products on the international market. Two years ago she expanded this product based model by creating the 22STARS FOUNDATION, which enables more than 300 children in Uganda to go to school and helps 55 families with small business trainings and microloans to become self-sustainable.
Stella spends a couple of months a year in Uganda. When she is not there she loves being with her family in Europe and her friends from the digital nomad community.
I met Stella at the DNX conference in Lisbon where she was presenting a talk last year, and fortunately, we shared an apartment with a bunch of other digital nomads so I got to spend a fair amount of time with her. I saw her work ethic, I saw her passion, and I was and am impressed with what she’s created.
As a former fashion buyer for my Visionary Boutique in Los Angeles, her jewelry line is 100% the sort of thing I would have been really excited to stock in my shop. A product that is not merely for fashion and consumption sake, but as a statement and practical support for something you believe in. For example, the sale of one necklace provides 5 meals in Uganda.
Stella is a living breathing example of right livelihood. This is a concept I bring up a lot on this show, and one I want to impress on you, as it was impressed on me from my spiritual community in Los Angles a couple decades ago. This concept has been a major driver in my life, and if I can inspire even 1 person in this direction, that feels really rewarding for me.
Greetings Rainbow Warriors,
I’m coming to you today from Croatia and this will be my last show from here. Croatia has been a mixed bag for me. No shortage of lodging crisis’, crazy situations, or tourists since I am here in high season. Like I said on the last episode, I learned my lesson about that, and hopefully, my loss is your gain.
On the upside, I was blessed enough to do some island hopping and see and swim in some of the most beautiful clear water I’ve ever seen. I even made it to the beach that was voted best beach in Europe, and that was a highlight for sure. Getting into nature always sets me straight, how about you? That mama nature sure is soul medicine. Don’t ya think? Works for me, every time. Something about swimming in the sea with light streams shining down through the water just soothes my soul. I am discovering my inner mermaid, big time.
So now, on to today's show. Our guest today is Nicole Seelinger.
Nicole's purpose is to empower businesses and people everywhere she goes. She’s a visionary that aims to strengthen entrepreneurs by bringing them clarity and strategies towards their vision and future trends, so they can achieve their fullest potential to create a positive impact on society. Moreover, she’s focused on adding social and sustainable value to the projects she works with, at the same time as working on the business model to diversify and improving revenue streams for greater growth and impact.
She creates Custom made workshops using Collective Intelligence tools
to creatively solve problems, enhance innovation and find a holistic strategy to achieve business goals.
She’s also empowering people's mindset with workshop subjects such as: Overcoming limiting beliefs, and Creating positive change
And for those who want to achieve their best selves: Nicole helps to Identify their main characteristics and passions to create a unique and personalized career or business.
So what this means guys, is if you’re an entrepreneur, or dare I say, aspiring digital nomad, Nicole is someone you want to know and maybe work with.
I caught up with her at the DNX conference in Lisbon last year and fortunately, we got time to sit down so I could pick her brain about all she’s up to.
Enjoy and namaste
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Greetings Rainbow Warriors. I’m coming to you from Split, Croatia today. I’ve been here island hopping and soaking up the sun and sea in between getting these episodes out and planning my upcoming retreats in Sicily and Bali. Make sure to check the show notes for details on those, and please do join us!
Our guest today is Krishnatakis. Krishnatakis, originally from Greece, has been teaching Thai Yoga massage, yoga and qi gong since 1998, having lived and studied in Thailand and India. He is a senior massage teacher at the Sunshine Network, his center in Greece. He is passionate about organic farming, Chinese medicine, cooking and nutrition, and incorporates aspects of yoga, meditation and qi gong into all his courses. His base is at Sunshine House, however he often travels abroad to teach and also study. He is renown for his unique, spontaneous and passionate way of teaching as well as his generous spirit and open heart. When he is not teaching, he is with his three beautiful children or soaking in hot spring waters.
I met Krishntakis at the Barcelona Yoga Conference . I took a couple of his classes there and was drawn to his open hearted friendly personality, and after learning so many wonderful and useful techniques in his classes, I decided to interview him. His approach is warm and sacred, two of my favorite things :)
I found his high vibes contagious and enjoyed learning from him as he dropped some reminders of things we all need to think about more.
I hope you enjoy it.
Greetings Rainbow Warriors,
Coming to you from Croatia today, where I’ve been busy organizing my upcoming retreats in Sicily and Bali. Sicily in September is a Nature and Yoga Retreat where we’ll visit ancient sites and natural wonders on Sicily, sail on an actual pirate ship, explore secret beaches, practice yoga daily and learn Conscious eating recipes from my ecourse. Bali in October is a 2 week Wellness Workation for conscious creatives and entrepreneurs or remote workers to co-live and work with a group of like-minded people while practicing daily yoga and conscious eating, and enjoying special balinese traditions like a water temple blessing, and snorkeling around some of the last remaining healthy coral reefs in the world, and even swimming with manta rays guys. I did that myself last year and it blew my mind so much that I knew I needed to share it with you.
Find links to those in the show notes, and on my Visionary Lifestyle and Podcast facebook page and sign up quick because earlybird prices are just about to end.
So now onto today’s show. Today’s guest is Jules Schroeder.
Jules is a multipassionate entrepreneur, the Founder at Unconventional Life, a Forbes Contributor, & Millennial Expert. Unconventional Life is a global community of like-minded entrepreneurs, creatives, and thought leaders. She hosts masterminding events for millennial entrepreneurs in exotic locations, while also running a podcast for entrepreneurs on the Forbes Under 30 channel ranked The #1 Podcast For Entrepreneurs in 2017 by CIO Magazine. Her mission is to inspire and empower millennials to live a life by their own design, where their greatest source of happiness is also their source of income.
Ranked by Inc Magazine as one of The Top 27 Female Entrepreneurs Changing The World In 2017, Jules founded her first six-figure company at 18 and her first 7-figure company at 22. At 28, Jules is leading a movement to empower millennials to create a life by their own design by learning from successful leaders who have left behind the 9-5 for a life they love.
She also has a Digital marketing agency specializing in social media strategies to create remotely based businesses.
I met Jules at the DNX Global Conference in Lisbon last year. I was struck by her story, her credentials and most of all her enthusiasm. She has an impressive history and strong ability to bounce back from adversity and use it as a springboard for further growth. It was after all a near death experience where she got to choose to come back into her body to share her gifts.
I loved this conversation. Jules drops a lot of wisdom and practical advice for entrepreneurs looking to live life by their own design.
We talk about visualization, yoga and she shares some of her tools for creating and living the unconventional life many of us dream of.
Find links to Jules’ work in the show notes at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast
I hope you enjoy the show!
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Greetings rainbow warriors. I’m coming to you today from Split, Croatia. As I mentioned on the last show, I needed to exit the Schengen territory for a month due to visa restrictions (damn you borders)and after exploring many opportunities I decided on Croatia. Apologies for the show being a bit late this week, because I have been moving around a lot, and haven’t had an adequate place to work or record the show. Welcome to the world of a digital nomad ha. I’m saving a month of my Schengen Visa allowance for September when I’m offering a Yoga and Nature retreat in Sicily, Italy, and then moving on to Portugal for the DNX Festival where I’ll be speaking about “Wellness on the Road”. And hey did you notice I’m also offering a two week Wellness Workation in Bali in October? Check the show notes for links if any of them are calling you, sign up quick because early bird pricing is just about to expire.
So now on to today’s show. Our guest is Silvia Christmann.
Silvia’s Instagram Bio reads”Business Advisor. Growth Coach. Speaker. Mindful Nomad. Yogi. Meditator.”
Silvia is a growth coach and business mentor who’s spent the last 12 years helping high-achievers develop themselves, create the lives they want, and build successful businesses.
Her mission is to maximize global impact by curating human potential. She works with people who dare to care, challenge dated systems, and transform the status quo.
Her clients are visionaries and changemakers, driven to create the change they want to see in this world; building innovative, successful businesses while staying grounded in a meaningful life well-lived.
Achieving any audacious goal starts from a place of self-discovery and requires personal development. She gives her clients dynamic frameworks in which they can consistently learn, grow, and change. These frameworks provide the foundation needed to overcome obstacles and create clarity for effective execution.
She was born in Germany, raised across Europe and has worked in more than seven countries. She has cultivated a high level of cross-cultural competence, which has allowed her to establish a global client base. In her early career, she specialized in business development and helped build successful companies from pre-revenue to their first million and beyond. Now, she focuses on structuring businesses and transforming leaders during periods of rapid scale. Before starting her boutique practice in 2011, she was part of three startups and played a central role in launching MediaRadar. Under her tenure, the company developed into an ad tech leader with more than $20 million in revenue.
She has been honored to work closely with tech entrepreneurs, hedge fund managers, physicians, lawyers, and professional athletes, as well as C-level executives at companies like Google, Bridgewater, PWC, Deutsch, and Tom’s Shoes, among many others. She has advised over 10 companies to effectively scale, including The Bond Collective (US), Look at Media (RU), and Sapina Ltd (APAC). She’s a keynote speaker who teaches seminars at Columbia University, Fortune 100 companies, and numerous global conferences.
And, she’s a yogi and a vegan guys.
I met Silvia at the DNX global conference in Lisbon last year. When I heard her presentation where she talked about freedom and so many other values I hold dear, I knew I needed to interview her. What I found during our conversation was a kindred spirit, another yomad on the path, doing her part to create positive change in the world. We talk about everything from her tools for sleeping well despite constant travel, to magical thinking , veganism and right livelihood. There are lots of juicy nuggets for you to discover here.
I hope you enjoy this episode and find some inspiration in it.
Part of this series of interviews from the DNX tribe, is to show you models of possibility. To show you that there are people traveling the world nomadically and doing what they love. My intention is to inspire, empower and support you on your journey of activating your highest potential, and if traveling more is one of your goals, this show and this season, is for you.
As usual check the show notes for links to Silvia’s work, and you can find that on visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast
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Greetings Rainbow Warriors,
I’m coming to you from Provence today, and sadly this is my last day here. This American visa situation is really hindering my European travel goals ha. Why can’t we just live in a world without borders, right? One world people. One love, one world, are you with me? But alas, on this yogic path, it’s One day at a time, one breath at a time and by the grace of God go I. It’s all yoga.
I need to exit Shengen now for a month, so I can come back for the month of September, when I’ll be offering a retreat in Sicily, Italy the second week of September, and then offering some workshops and speaking at the DNX Global Digital Nomad Festival in Lisbon at the end of the month. Check my Visionary Lifestyle & Podcast facebook page for details on this events, and check the show notes here for a discount code for the DNX Global conference. As it turns out, being a yoga teacher is one of those jobs you can do on the road while traveling, and boy do I have a hallelujah for that :)
SO now about today’s show…
Today’s guest is David Lurey. I really enjoyed this conversation with this passionate and experienced teacher of yoga, true and transformational yoga.David is an experienced 500 hour yaga alliance certified yoga teacher.He was introduced to Yoga in 1996 as a way to tone his body and relieve work related stress. Using those as a foundation for building an Asana practice, the other limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga began to unfold leading him to the path of teaching transformational Yoga.
David lives in Palma de Mallorca, Spain co-creating courses and trainings to ‘Open Consciousness and Vitality’ with his beloved wife, Mirjam Wagner.
Using various spiritual teachings as guidelines for classes, David takes students through opening and often challenging Asanas while encouraging the magical power of breath and mental stillness to cultivate the true loving nature of the heart. This appears in several styles of Yoga that David shares in his teachings:
Mindful Spirited Vinyasa with attention to the physiology, anatomy and alignment of the poses combined with energetic presence.
AcroYoga for building connection, trust and communication between humans.
Green Yoga as a journey and exploration to connect to the planet, cosmos and all the non-human beings on Earth.
Bhakti Yoga for the Devotional spirit…
David’Bhakti practice takes form mostly in the singing of Kirtan and Mantras but is also connected to acts of kindness and being of service.
In addition to teaching Asana classes, David brings a heartfelt passion for music and singing into all his programs. He has recorded 3 CDs and performed countless events where music, community and singing come together in ecstatic bliss.
I met David at the Barcelona Yoga Conference last summer. I took his class and knew instantly that he has a lot of valuable information to share.I was so happy we got the time to sit and have this conversation, so he could share a fraction of his vast yogic wisdom with you.
he goes in to santosh’a and tapas, which is exactly the yoga I’m called to practice when I look at my visa situation and being forced to leave the Shengen territory. I’m practicing both sides of the two sided coin David mentioned, and you’ll have to listen to the show to get what I mean.
As usual you can find David’s contact information in the show notes on visionary-lifetsyle.com/podcast
And make sure you’re following me on instagram to see the behind the scenes stories of my travel adventures around the world. That’s at https://www.instagram.com/visionary_lifestyle_guide/, and don’t forget to follow https://www.instagram.com/visionarylifestylepodcast/ on instagram for show announcements.
And now, without further adieu, we’re on to today show. I just know you’re going to fin lots of wisdom and inspiration in this one! enjoy and namaste.
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Greetings Rainbow Warriors, and welcome to the first episode of season 6 of the Visionary Lifestyle Podcast.I’m coming to you today from Provence, in the south of France. I’ve been in France for about 6 weeks now, and am more convinced than ever, that’s it ‘s one of my power points on the planet. The energy and landscape here, along with the lifestyle and beautiful people, stir my soul. One of the beautiful things about this digital nomad lifestyle is the opportunity to discover where we feel good. After all, everything is energy, and when we feel good somewhere, obviously life is more pleasurable, and usually more productive and even purposeful.
So now onto today’s show.
Today’s guest is Jackie Knechtel.
Jackie Knechtel, M.A., is an executive coach/consultant, behavioral therapist, international speaker and pioneer in the area of flow. She is the co-founder of the Flow Consciousness Institute which holds cutting edge trainings, retreats, leads workshops and delivers transformational experiences worldwide. Jackie is also the co-author of the forthcoming book Flow: The Art of Effortless Living and is actively shifting consciousness on a global scale through her speaking, coaching practice and by blending science and spirituality into practical tools for living an enlightened life. Jackie has a background as an autism specialist with clients in NYC, Beverly Hills, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. She serves as an advisor for the Eve Branson Foundation, NomadX and AutismCodes and is currently working to revolutionize the therapy delivery model for special needs children and their caregivers with her vision, Spectra.
As you’ll hear in the interview, Jackie and I met at the Digital Nomad, or DNX Conference, in Lisbon last year. We connected pretty much instantly, and I’m super grateful we met and made the time for this interview. We cover a lot here guys.
This is truly an episode for the flow curious. We talk about effortless action, epigenetics, and the definition of flow and not only how to achieve it, but how to maintain it. This episode is rich with ideas that will leave you thinking about your beliefs and how to shift them.
I hope you find some nuggets of inspiration here, as well as some tools to help you get into and stay in your own state of flow.
As usual, check out the show notes for links to Jackie’s work and the things we discuss in this episode. That’s at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast
You’ll also find there links to the DNX Festival and a discount code if you are called to join us there this September. I’ll be giving a presentation on Wellness on the Road, and I really hope to see you there.
Enjoy and namaste
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Beinvenue from France. I’ve just left Auvergne where I was immersed for over 3 weeks in a 6000 acre forest leading a Wilderness Wellness experience at a 300 year old ecolodge. This area is known as, in addition to being the “green heart of france”, the land of the volcanos , and is so rich with prana, delicious spring water and deep wilderness as far as the eye can see.
This experience brought me a deep connection with nature, and so many unexpected blessings, including, meeting today’s guest, Julien Peron.
Julien is a filmmaker among many other things. Using his own values such as self-awareness, curiosity and open-mindedness, since childhood, this 39-year-old entrepreneur has nurtured and molded these qualities from a young age, and respects others and the environment. In his childhood Julien played sports, and became interested in astrology and the tarot. He developed his strengths in Martial Arts for more than 14 years, with Kung-fu, pushing his passion very far to become champion of France in 1999. Then with the encouragement of his family, at the age of 12, he went to the United States for a month immersed in a Wisconsin family. Today, he puts his pocket money aside to go regularly with his backpack to discover other countries and other cultures. His explorations of the surrounding world lead to more inward explorations, nourished by a lot of reading and other discoveries, including aspects of human psychology, well-being, personal development and alternative medicine, as well as economics, politics and sociology.
He’s been in the fields of well being, ecology, marketing and communication for 16 years.
-Honorary Member of the World League for the Right to Happiness
-Member of the development council of the city of Montpellier
-Creator of the school of life and annual festival for the school of life >> http://www.festival-ecole-de-la-vie.fr/
-Creator of the 1st Congress Innovation in Education >> http://www.innovation-en-education.fr
-Director and producer of the documentary "What is happiness for you? » >> http://www.citationbonheur.fr/
-Creator and leader of cycling, yoga and meditation trips >> http://www.neobienetre.fr/velo-yoga-et-meditation-avec-neo-bienetre/
-Creator of inter-professional meetings of well-being in 2003 >> http://www.neobienetre.fr/rencontre-inter-therapeutes-neo-bienetre-paris-lyon-montpellier-aix-en-provence-toulouse-bordeaux/
-CCP in permaculture
- 20 years of field experience in France and around the world
- Member of the World Association of Tourism Experts (WTEA)
- Member of the parliament of entrepreneurs of the future
- Member of eco-responsible travelers and tour operators (VVE)
- Partner of the Good Planet Foundation and the French Ecotourism Association
I met Julien at the Instants D’Absolute Ecolodge in France where I was teaching yoga ,and he came to screen his film “C’est quoi le bonheur pour vous?” or , “What is Happiness for you?”
I found myself instantly uplifted just by the title of his film, and over the following days, found this question having a lasting impact in my mind. As I was teaching a yoga class the following morning, with Julien in attendance, I had the idea to invite him for this interview, to dive deeper into his film, and this important question.
Through this conversation I learned that Julien has a second film almost completed, and a big goal to build a school. It’s not just any school he wants to build, but a School of Life, for parents, students, and teachers, learn the alternative education that is missing in most schools, and the part that our societies so sorely need in order to find that happiness we’re always talking about.
I hope you enjoy this conversation and find some inspiration and tools here to support you on your happiness journey.
Check the show notes for a trailer of the film, and links on how to see it, as well as Julien’s other projects.
Enjoy and namaste…
Trailer « C’est quoi le bonheur pour vous? » >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sdET8JnBOw
Chaine Youtube >> https://www.youtube.com/c/NeoBienetre
Greetings Rainbow Warriors!
I’m still in the forest in Auvergne in what’s known as the “green heart” of France. Truly, we’re in the land of the volcanoes here drinking the pristine spring water and enjoying the views of the seemingly endless green rolling hills. I’ve been walking barefoot on the earth here, teaching yoga, and exhaling in this magnificent raw natural environment.
I feel so blessed that I’ll be here teaching yoga on the 4th International Yoga Day on the Solstice, June 21st. We’ll be having a solstice ceremony and practicing yoga, really in unison with hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. You can look for a local event in your area to join the celebration, and if you have never practiced yoga, I invite you to take the initiative on this day, to join in the collective global energy of this practice that has proven to bring more health and balance to the body , as well as peace and and expansion to the mind and Spirit.
wow, I’m just so grateful for the practice of yoga because I witness every single day how many gifts it has brought to my life. I sincerely hope that this show is a source of inspiration to you, to start or deepen your personal practice. It is the life path that continually lights my way, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
So now, on to todays’ show. I’m so happy to introduce you to today’s guest, Morgan Gaignon. She’s the chef of a little restaurant in Paris called Sol Semilla. Gratefully, I discovered this place by chance as I was walking down the street , and the deeper I looked, the more I liked what I was finding.
Sol Semilla is a French brand of superfoods from a fully integrated chain, from seed to plate, and they’ve opened their organic, vegan, gluten free restaurant to nourish as well as teach their customers how to cook with and use the superfoods. The food there is super high vibration “soul food” always made with that all important and delicious ingredient of love. It’s an educational initiative as well as a restaurant, based in good intentions. They also have a youtube channel full of videos teaching people how to use superfoods, and how they contribute to better health.
I was really so impressed with what I found there. We did the interview in the restaurant, so you’ll get the feel for the place with the background noise.
I really urge you to check out their website, and their Youtube channel, and next time you find your self in Paris, don’t miss the chance to discover this delicious food and marinate in the high vibe atmosphere they’ve created.
You’ll hear us in the discussion talking about a word:totum, which at the time I was unfamiliar with. I’ve since researched it and learned that in essence it’s that philosophy of :the sum of the different aspects, being more than the individual parts, but this time, in relation to medicinal plants. What this means is that when we consume the entire plant, we’re getting the synergistic benefit, rather than consuming an isolated nutrient, which doesn’t manage to deliver the same level of nutrition.
And, just so you know, the mysterious berry we discuss, I’ve come to learn is what I know as the golden berry. If you were at my last presentation at The Lightning in a Bottle Festival, you tasted that inside the chia pudding recipe I made, along with gogi berries. These little berries pack a deep nutrient punch, and I urge you to discover them yourself if you’re not already familiar.
You can visit the Sol Semilla website to learn more about all the wonderful superfoods they are sharing with their customers, and the world.
Meeting people and places like this really lifts my heart. It’s inspiring to see this passion for health and well being , through the use of conscious eating, being embraced and shared, around the world. The focus on education here I think, is an integral piece of what we, as a shared humanity need to support and grow greater health, together.
This place is definitely, 100% conscious eating approved, and I can’t wait to visit again!
I hope you enjoy the interview and find some inspiration to give more attention to the food you’re consuming, and how you can nourish your body temple in the best way possible, to activate YOUR highest potential, and support you in delivering your unique gifts to the world.
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Enjoy, namaste and bon appetite!
Greetings Rainbow Warriors,
I’m still in this massive forest in France and waking up with such profound gratitude each day that I’m living this yomad lifestyle and sharing yoga all over the world. Are you following my instagram feed yet? Have you joined my Visionary Lifestyle and Podcast page and group yet? The community is growing and we want you to be a part of it!
Check the show notes for link to my accounts and please do keep in touch. I love hearing from you and answering your questions so please keep them coming.
I truly hope you’re enjoying the show and sharing it with those you think could benefit from it!
Today’s guest is yoga legend Sharon Gannon.
Sharon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.
She is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon's book Yoga and Vegetarianism has been called the "seminal" work on the subject, exploring the relationship of veganism to the teachings of yoga.
Sharon is a also a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs.She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books on yoga. Her latest offering is Simple Recipes for Joy: More than 200 Delicious Vegan Recipes, a beautifully illustrated cookbook with recipes that are featured in the Jivamuktea Café in NYC.
Sharon's writing has also appeared in numerous publications.
I met Sharon at The International Yoga Day at the United Nations in New York last year, where she was teaching a class. I was moved by many of the words she shared, so I caught up with her a few days later at the Jivamukti school near Union Square, that she founded with her husband David Life.
We talked yoga and she spelled out the ideal yogi diet. Sharon has a fresh take on the subject, really breaking it down from a yogic perspective. I learned so much in this conversation, and I hope you do too.
I urge you to read her book Yoga and Vegetarianism as a follow up to listening to this show. If you consider yourself a yogi or on the yogic path at all, I’d say this is required reading.
Enjoy and Namaste
Greetings Rainbow Warriors!
I’m still in the middle of a forest in France, and ready for you to join me here in this Widerness Wellness Experience through June 23rd, anytime it’s convenient for you for as few or as many days as you wish. We’re in a 300 year old eco lodge and spa in the forest, surrounded by pristine nature, and I’m teaching yoga here twice a day.
Check the show notes or my Visionary Lifestyle and Podcast Page for details on that.
Our guest today is one of my sheros, the one and only, Seane Corn.
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. As a leading voice of Yoga and social change, Seane has been featured in countless media platforms across the globe. She has been seen on the cover of over 30 magazines and utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues.
In 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the “Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award.” Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®.
Seane has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa working with communities in need- teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised roughly $4 million since 2007, getting the yoga community involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe.
Her self-authored dvds are available through Gaiam and Yoga Journal, as well as her most recent groundbreaking 3-dvd set “The Yoga of Awakening” through Sounds True. She is currently working on her first book.
I’m so excited to bring you this interview with one of my biggest sheroes! I met Seane back in 2011 when I invited her to join me teaching yoga in Los Angeles on 11/11/11 during the Occupy protest on the lawn at City Hall.
She showed up in spades on that day, bringing her whole tribe from Off the Mat Into the World as well as organizing all the top yoga teachers in LA to join us. It was a phenomenal day that I’ll never forget. Make sure to check out the show notes for pics of that.
I’ve interviewed Seane several times for different publications over the years because she stands, so firmly, for all the things I deeply care about. She is karma yoga in action.
She is a huge role model for me and so many others.
We recorded this interview last year in New York City at the United Nations on International Yoga Day where Seane was teaching a class to celebrate the occasion, with all my Rishikesh yoga tribe on site too. It was a truly spectacular day to be a yogi!
And guys, we’re almost at that time again. This Summer Solstice, June 21st, will be the 4th International Day of Yoga! I’ll be teaching in France and would love love love for you to join me here to celebrate that and join a worldwide group of people who recognize the tremendous benefits of yoga.
Seane and I deep dive here into what it means to be a yogi. I looooove this conversation and I just know you will find lots of inspiration in it too.
Remember to check the show notes at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast for links to Seane and things we talk about during the interview.
Enjoy and namaste
Occupy Your Mat Pics
Skyland Animal Sanctuary https://skylandssanctuary.org/
Wilderness Wellness Experience in France with Magda
Greetings Rainbow Warriors and beinvenue from France. I had hoped to get this episode out while I was still in California, but I was forced to surrender to the fact that between technical issues with computers and some files, in addition to my heavy schedule of moving out of my place in LA and teaching while in California , it simply wasn’t possible.
I taught a community healing event in my beloved Ojai to help with healing after the fires, and I presented my “Yoga Starts in the Kitchen” workshop at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival. That was my 4th year in a row at the Learning Kitchen and it’s always a joy to present at this event. Stay tuned for pics and a youtube video of that presentation coming up soon, and listen to my interview with Cristina Urioste , the curator fo that stage to learn more about that event.
So I’ve done it now. I took the leap to leave my Los Angeles home of twenty years behind, donate all my stuff to my friends who lost their homes in the Ojai fires, I sold my car, and I’m now on yomad status. That’s right, I’m a yoga nomad sharing yoga all over the world, and I couldn’t be happier about it. This last year traveling the world showed me that this is exactly what I want to be doing at this point in my life. I’m taking the action steps to literally lighten my load and invest in experiences over things. In September I’ll be presenting at the DNX Global festival in Lisbon which is the place to be if you’re interested in moving toward the digital nomad lifestyle. Stay tuned to my facebook page for announcements and discounts to that event.
So now I’m in the Auvergne region in France, in the middle of a 6000 acre forest that rest inside a volcano, seriously guys. I’m here offering a Wilderness Wellness experience and you’re invited! I’ll be here teaching yoga for a couple more weeks and you can drop in any time to participate. We’re in a stunning 300 year old eco lodge in front of a lake with views of animals and rolling hills. It’s the most quiet peaceful place I can ever remember being. It’s truly magical. You can come for just a few nights or as long as you want, so if you’re in Europe or looking for an excuse to travel, please, come and join us. You can find the details on my “Visionary Yoga and Podcast” facebook page and I’ll post a link in the show notes as well.
So now, on to today’s show.
Allison Melody, is a co-host of The Food Heals Podcast along with Suzy Hardy, and is the owner of Melody Productions. She is an eco–entrepreneur with a passion for film, fitness and food. Through her podcast, she brings together experts in nutrition and healing to teach listeners the best-kept natural secrets to health and happiness. For the past eleven years, Allison has also directed, produced and edited documentary films, PSA’s, commercials and viral videos for clients on the topics of social justice, human rights and holistic health.
The topics she addresses through her work are powerful and heart-centered and focus on Holistic Health, Social Justice, Human Rights and Animal Rights. They reflect her passion for creating positive change in people and the communities they serve.
At the age of 26, Allison endured the devastating loss of both her parents to cancer after long and challenging battles. Witnessing her mother and father suffer so intensely and needlessly from a cure that brought more pain than the disease, Allison soon dedicated her life to finding a better way to heal. She watched in disbelief as doctors prescribed drug after drug, observed her parents’ hair fall out, their rapidly aging faces, and their exceedingly diminishing vitality. The tragedy instilled in her an unwavering passion for nutritional medicine, and propelled her into the world of holistic health and alternative healing. Allison’s firm commitment to natural health is further evidenced by her achievement of a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology.
Allison is currently in the process of directing Food Heals, a documentary with an all star cast, that focuses on the healing power of food as medicine.
I met Allison in the city of angels a few years ago when I was a guest on her podcast: Food Heals not once, but 3 times. After the first appearance on her show, it was clear we are like minded kindred spirits both working to raise awareness about the healing power of food and a sustainable lifestyle.
Sadly Suzy was unavailable to join us for this interview, but I think Allison and I managed to have a lively discussion that I hope will inspire and empower you on your healing journey.
Food is medicine guys, and Allison and I dive into this topic in this conversation. If you’re suffering from an illness, or have a loved one who is, I hope you get some inspiration and learn something here that supports you.
We talk about the best foods to eat to heal as well as those to avoid, we discuss the documentaries that helped us learn how to thrive in this lifestyle, and Allison reveals her biggest mistakes as well as tips when starting on the healthy lifestyle path.
Allison says “My mission is to educate others that we can heal ourselves. We just have to believe it and do the work.”
So are you ready to do the work to live your healthiest life ever?
And make sure to check out the show notes on visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast for links to the things we discuss in this episode.
While you’re at it, join our facebook page and group, and follow my worldwide yomad adventures and say hi on my instagram account @visionary_lifestyle_guide and @visionarylifestylepodcast
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
Enjoy and namaste
Tool: Food journal
Magda's Go Green Video
Greetings Rainbow Warriors,
I’m coming to you from beautiful Ojai California today. I’m here reuniting with my beloved community after circling the globe not once, but twice in the last year. There is something simply magical about this sacred land. And to see it in the rebirth process after the fires here last fall is a true blessing. Fresh green sprouts and wildflowers abound. After being around the world I can honestly say that Ojai holds my heart like no other place. The energy here and the people that are drawn here create a very special and powerful vortex. A quaint valley surrounded by mountains, full of spiritual centers and named by the Chumash Tribe after the moon, I’ve found it to be an extremely healing and grounding place to be. I’m thinking I should do some retreats here to share the magic with you. You guys in? Check out my Visionary Lifestyle & Podcast facebook page to see some yoga videos here.Send me an email if that sounds good to you. You can reach me at email@example.com
So now, on to today’s show.
Today’s guest is Achintya Devi.
Achintya is the Founder of Goddess Rising Mystery School, dedicated to empowering the Wild Sacred Feminine within our Global Sisterhood through Moon Priestess & Womb Codex Trainings, Red Tent Leadership Certification & Collective, Priestess Path Trainings & Pilgrimages and an online Moon Sisters Temple.
Achintya is a Priestess of Avalon, ordained in the Temple of Isis and the Rose Lineage of the Magdalene, sharing oracle transmissions and ancient/future Priestess Arts Training in connection with the Divine Feminine Ascended Masters. She is especially passionate about women reawakening their Womb Codes of Light to embody their Sovereign Divinity for lasting transformation within and to serve as Sacred Leaders in this era of great Planetary Awakening.
Achintya is also an Acupressure Therapist, Wholistic Health Practitioner and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, she teaches internationally and is based on the island of Maui.
I was blessed to meet Achintya in our community here in the Valley of the Moon, also known as Ojai. Then I caught up with her at the LIghtning in a Bottle Festival in California last year and fortunately we found time to get this interview in.
Coming up soon on Labor Day weekend I’ll be presenting again at The Learning Kitchen at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival here in California. If you’re around come and participate in my “Yoga Starts in the Kitchen” workshop there.
I’ve found that Achintya is carrying deep wisdom that the world, and especially women, need now.
She shares it with grace and a commitment to awakening people to help create a better world.
As usual, the show notes will contain links to her work as well as the download she mentions in the interview. Find those at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast
Enjoy and namaste
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“If we are to change the outer world together we have to really take responsibility to change the inner landscape within us.”
Greetings Rainbow Warriors,
Today I’m coming to you from Ojai, California.I’m here visiting my soul tribe and preparing to offer some healing workshops for the community that is just getting back on it’s feet after the largest fire in California history swept through here last fall. The mountains surrounding this sacred valley are a sight to behold as the green is just starting to pop through the burn scars that cover the hills, and a variety of colorful wildflowers are sprouting up, creating a unique landscape that screams rebirth. It’s been a blessed homecoming seeing everyone who survived the trauma of the fires. Some of the best hugs ever are happening here now, and my heart is so full.
I’m sorry about the lapse in publishing a show, but, It was beyond my control because…. my computer died in Indonesia. You may have seen my facebook live video talking about it? When I thought it was just the battery? Well it turned out to be the motherboard dangit. It took me over 60 hours to get back to California, and then I went to immediately move out of my place I’ve lived in for 20 years, sort through aaaaaaall my possessions, and look for a new computer all at the same time, while fighting some serious jetlag soooooooooo…. Now I’m on the other side of all that, thank God.
And yeah, you heard me right, I just let my place in Los Angeles go. A huge chapter of my life is coming to a close here on this trip. I’ve given away or sold almost everything I owned, including my car guys. So I am now an official yomad, free to roam the world with a lot less weight. Releasing the old, to make space for the new feels so deeply, like the right choice. . I’m embracing the thrill and mystery of world travel and freeing myself up to accept aligned opportunities as they arise.
If you’ve been finding value in the show, and can spare a few dollars, your donations are always appreciated, and I’ve set up a special fund to support the unexpected purchase of my new laptop
And now onto today's Show.
Today's guest is Cristina Urioste
Cristina’s appreciation for organic, seasonal, and locally grown food began while living on a beautiful farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she learned organic gardening techniques and grew her own fruits and vegetables from 1997- 2000. Participating so fully with the cycles of nature served as a profound epiphany in her understanding of the human relationship with food.
It was also during that time that she began studying Ayurveda, an ancient holistic lifeway from India (often considered yoga’s ‘sister science’), at The Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. There, Sri Swamini Mayatitananda carefully taught her about grace, wholeness, and sadhana in the kitchen, and reminded her that food is medicine. Ultimately, in 1999 she became Chef of the Wise Earth School, preparing food for Swamini Mayatitananda Herself, as well as doctors, health practitioners, healers, yoga teachers, and spiritual seekers. Since then, Cristina has been cooking and teaching others how to prepare wholesome delicious meals at wellness retreat centers, yoga centers, summer camps, private homes, fundraising events, movie sets, and more. Cristina currently lives in Venice, California, where she continues to garden and prepare organic delights with constant love and joy. You can typically find her at one or more of the outstanding farmer’s markets on the Westside with a canvas bag full of organic goodies for that week’s menu. She caters events and prepares food in private homes. She also teaches Kitchen Wisdom: Holistic Traditions for Sustainable Wellness classes both privately and in small groups.
Her brand name is Rasa Foods. RASA IS A SANSKRIT WORD THAT MEANS “DIVINE NECTAR.” IT ALSO MEANS “THE SAP, THE JUICE, THE ESSENCE OR VITALITY IN A SUBSTANCE.” RASA FOODS: DELECTABLE SALUBRIOUS COOKing that TAKES PRIDE IN CREATING MEALS FORTIFIED WITH THE NOURISHING ESSENCE AND VITALITY OF LIFE.
Cristina is also the creator and curator of The Learning Kitchen, a stage at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival that’s grown to over 30K tickets sold.
I met Cristina 4 years ago when she invited me to present at The Learning Kitchen . This will be my 4th year presenting there, and if you’re in California please do come and don’t miss my “Yoga Starts in the Kitchen” workshop.
The stage is packed all weekend with workshops sharing super creative ideas and much needed knowledge about food. It is not to be missed!
Make sure to check out the show notes for links to Cristina’s work, as well as her kitchari recipe that she mentions during the interview. Those can all be found at visionary-lifestyle.com
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“Food is a common denominator”
“You can heal your relationship with the earth through the food that you eat”
Greetings Rainbow Warriors,
I’m coming to you from magical Bali today. I’ve been here about 3 weeks now and I’ve got to say I’m really enjoying the island life. The warm humid air is so pacifying for my vata which feels really balancing for me, you can listen to my Ayurveda episodes if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Bali is known for being a concentrated place of healing on the planet, and I’m witnessing it myself and hearing amazing stories from people here about their healing too.
I’m looking into offering retreats here, to give you all a taste of the magic, so drop me an email through my visionary-lifestyle.com website if that’s something that you’d like to participate in.
Our guest today is Ronnie Landis. Ronnie is an Author, Professional Speaker, Health & Life Transformation Coach, and a Nutrition & Human Potential Strategist.
He’s a leading expert in holistic health, natural nutrition, and human potential. He helps people ,from driven entrepreneurs, athletes, visionary artists, actors/actresses, and intuitive healers, all the way to stay at home moms and dads to perform at their best mentally, emotionally, and physically. Ronnie’s work ranges from exploring the fringes of cutting edge health sciences, food based nutrition, innovative supplementation strategies, and a deep passion for helping people overcome long held mental and emotional roadblocks so they can experience every area of their life at their full potential. Ronnie is a public speaker and teacher, a published author of multiple books, hosts of two popular podcasts, a transformation and peak performance coach, and above all else a man who deeply values life and has devoted his life to uplifting and inspiring the lives of as many people as he can reach through his mission, his work, and his message.
I’ve known Ronnie for years through the healthy lifestyle scene in Los Angeles. I’ve always regarded him as someone who carries a lot of wisdom and passion for holistic health. I’m grateful we got to share this conversation when I was last in California, almost a year ago now. Ronnie drops a lot of specific wisdom in this show, everything from nuggets about Taoist herbs and plant medicine in general, to conscious eating, to the importance of acid/alkaline balance and lots more, so it’s a good idea to be ready to take some notes if you can.
Also, Check out the show notes for links to Ronnie’s work on visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast.
Enjoy and namaste,
Morwenna is a passionate and inspired Channeler, Healer and Yogi, who loves to dance between realms. Working internationally she offers Energy Healing sessions and runs Trainings & Workshops in Reiki, Crystal Healing, Channeling & Angelic Communication. Morwenna is a channel for Source Consciousness and the Angelic realm. She re-awakens these energy channels within her clients, gently activating them into their path of truth, lovingly releasing the stories & moving into pure potential.
I met Morwenna last year at The Sanctuary Thailand on the island of Ko Phangan, and was instantly struck by her high vibes and graceful nature. We got a chance to sit down together for her to explain about the different types of energy healing she knows and offers to her clients .
It’s interesting for me to listen to this interview again now, after I became certified in Reiki during my last trip to India. I really resonate with her explanation of Reiki and am grateful to now be certified in this healing modality.
If energy healing is somewhat of a mystery to you, this episode should shine some light on it.
Make sure you listen until the end where Morwenna shares tips for self healing and to help get your own energy flowing.
Check out the show notes at visionary-lifestyle.com, to learn more about Morwenna’s work and connect with her.
Enjoy and namaste
Namaste Rainbow Warriors! I’m coming to you today from Bali, Indonesia. I’ve discovered that landing in Bali direct from india is a great traveling strategy.
Everything feels more clean and comfy here. In India I was kind of roughing it. Of course I’m madly in love with India, and I believe it’s an important journey for everyone to spend time there, it certainly is for me, and I haven’t even scratched the surface there, but Bali is an entirely different vibe. And there’s better wifi haha. The culture here is still hindu, but a different kind than you see in India.
This culture is steeped in ceremony for everything in the world. They literally have a ceremony for everything, and it’s amazing to be in a place that holds so much reverence for everything under the sun. Yesterday was a ceremony for all things metal, like cars and machines, and I hear there’s one for trees coming up soon. How cool is that?!
I love the high energy of sacred community here. In the couple days ‘ve been here I’ve been running into old and dear friends that I didn’t expect to see, and that always feels magical.
The air is hot and moist, everything is bright green, the prana is just palpable here. SO much life force energy! Tomorrow the Bali Spirit Festival will begin and I’ll be on a week long love fest yoga train. I’m looking forward to recording a new season of interviews for you here with the international speakers and teachers from the festival, and keep this podcast rolling as a source of inspiration and empowerment for you!
So now let’s get to today’s episode.
Our guest today is Jonny Rose. Jonny is a 700 hour yoga alliance certified teacher, that’s a lot of training folks! He is part of the core teaching team at The Sanctuary Thailand where he’s been teaching since 2014. After discovering yoga in Byron Bay in 2002 it has been happily taking over Jonny's life. He tries to do justice to all his amazing teachers in every class he leads, for the amazing effects they had on his life.
He believes that dancing is a basic human need, and has a light hearted approach and a wicked sense of humor.
I met Jonny in Ko Phangan ,Thailand, on the advise of a common friend who said he’d ”make a great” interview, and that he did. Jonny lives most of his life in an absolute paradise on a small bay of turquiose water on this island in southern Thailand, surrounded by jungle and yoga.
I enjoyed a couple of his classes there, and love his “don’t take yourself too seriously”approach.
In this interview we took a deep dive into the 8 limbs of yoga, and especially the yamas and the niyamas. Jonny’s explanation of these foundational yogic principles was straight to the point and enlightening. Jonny really breaks down the 8 limbs of yoga in a way you may not have heard before.
I hope you learn something here and get inspired to deepen your practice of true yoga .
As usual check out the show notes for links to Jonny and things we talked about in the show, on my website at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast you’ll find my special media links there too so you can keep in touch and follow my behind the scenes stories that lead to these shows….
See you next week.
Enjoy and namaste
“It’s really yama and niyama that provide a blueprint for you before you even start the asana practice.”
Greeting Rainbow Warriors.This is the last show I’m publishing from India. As this episode is going live, I’ll be leaving a deeply transformative month in Rishikesh, which ends my 3 months in India, l and travelling to Bali.
My heart is heavy leaving India. Time spent here is a true deep dive into ones soul, and even 3 months seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. Walking through Rishikesh feels like an alternate reality. Mantras and inscense are literally wafting through the air everywhere I go, cows are everywhere, the river is flowing, the streets are feel of saddus and spiritual seekers from around the world. and the air is ris in spiritual depth and transformation.Sitting with the powerful River Ganga this evening for my last sunset, contemplating my time here in the Motherland, the biggest thought that pervades my head and heart is “thank you”. I feel so so blessed to be spending this time here, and then to have this outlet, to share it with you. SO much soul growth, so much heart connection, so much learning, so much beauty. India , has. My. heart.
I finished an 8 day panchakarma treatment here yesterday, and am happy to report that my body and mind feel so light after this deep celular detox. Today I interviewed My Ayurvedic Dr, Dr. Maurya who I published an episode with last year, about the panchakarma process, so watch for that interview coming up in a future season. This is something I highly recommend to everyone, and I’ll be making it part of my annual trip to India, which happens to coincide with my birthday. I mean, What better way to honor and celebrate myself every year than this!? Right?
As I’m preparing to record this intro, a review came in on facebook and inspired me to share it here. Tribe your reviews really warm my heart and give me the inspiration to keep this show going. It’s midnight here in my hotel room in Rishikesh and I’m waking up early to travel tomorrow, so receiving some words of encouragement at a time like this really gives me a boost to keep working into the night to get this show out to you. Sara says” “I can’t stop listening and catching up on all the episodes, so interesting, so enriching and juicy...in deep gratitude to Magda and everyone who support this podcast <3” Thank you so much Sara, for listening, and for taking the time to share your review, it means so much to me, I’m grateful to you too. Is this a love fest or what you guys?
And a quick announcement, if you’ve been thinking about joining my Conscious eating 101 ecourse, NOW is the time to do it. If you’re following my Visionary Yoga and Lifestyle FB page you know I’m offering ti at 70% off to support you in a fresh start for this spring season. Equinox and Spring is the very best time of year for you to upgrade and recommit to your body temple and make better food choices. It’s a spring cleaning of your body guys. Remember, yoga starts in the kitchen, and It is really my honor to support you in that, so check out consciouseating101.com if that calls you.
SO now on with today’s show….
The timing of this interview seems fitting as our guest today shares how her trip to India changed the course of her life.
Our guest today is Nadia Moon.
Nadia Moon is a 500h certified yoga teacher, a dream catcher, a traveler & a yoga holiday organizer. After few years working in London as International Marketing Executive she decided to quit it all to catch her dreams, share her love, follow her intentions & happiness.
Her intention and mission for this lifetime is to inspire & empower others to follow their dreams, to improve their lifestyle, to laugh more, to stretch more, to dance more, to be more present, to accept & to let go. She believes in the power of letting go through yoga, meditation, dancing, chanting and in the freedom of mind & body.
We met at a beautiful yoga and detox resort in on the island of Ko Phangan in Thailand, known as The Sanctuary. I attended a couple of her classes, one on pranayamas with chakras, and the other in Yoga Nidra.
I really enjoyed her teaching style and her energy in general, and loved getting to know her better in this interview. His story is one that may inspire you to reconsider you life and allow yoga to become a bigger part of your life.
We talked a lot about yoga, India, she touched on her experience at a Vipassana Meditation Retreat, and we discussed her yogi diet.
She explained what yoga nidra is and shared a lot of inspiration.
So don’t forget to check out the show notes on itunes or my website visionary-lifestyle.com to find out more about Nadia. She teaches in Thailand and offers retreats in Italy so make sure to check out her website for more info.
I really hope this conversation inspires you to go deeper with your yoga practice.
Enjoy and namaste.
Welcome to the first episode of season 5, and year two of the show!
If you didn’t hear the previous episode talking about everything that’s coming up, make sure to check that out.
Todays’s guests are Felicia Hargarten and Marcus Meurer.
Marcus is a Kitesurfer, an Entrepreneur and a Vegan Athlete.
Felicia, or Feli as she called by those who know her is an Entrepreneur, author and blogger. She runs Travelicia , one of the biggest websites for backpackers, globetrotters, & digital nomads in Germany with 100,000 + readers.
Together they founded the DNX Movement and are digital nomads by heart and live and work from anywhere around the globe. They connect and support Digital Nomads worldwide through their DNX - Digital Nomad Conference as well as their DNX Coworking and Coliving CAMPS.
We met in Thailand where I was lucky enough to interview these two bright lights and get their insight in this world of traveling full time and working from anywhere. These two truly are living the dream and have created ways to help you do it too.
Turns out they’re also vegans and yogis so you can imagine we had lots to talk about.
Their next event is The DNX Global Festival in Lisbon on September 22/23 this year, so mark your calendars for that. If you’re looking into the freedom lifestyle guys, this is the place to be, and hopefully I’ll see you there.
Make sure to check the show notes on my website at visionary-lifetsyle.com/podcast to get links to their website.
I hope you enjoy our interview as much as I did.
Digital Nomad Lifestyle
Welcome to year two of the Visionary Lifestyle Podcast!I thank you for your patience for the launch of this second year, I had a couple little delays as I’m traveling in India, I’ve been busy with the International Yoga Festival, wifi is an ongoing issue, I’ve had some technical issues with my phone, as well as my computer. I actually recorded this intro days ago but my computer froze before I could save it and then my wifi went down ha. There are challenges to this digital nomad thing when travelling in 3rd world countries and it’s taken me some time to accept that but thankfully ,I’m finally getting this out to you.
I’m currently in Risihikesh, India. I attended the International Yoga festival where it was like a big reunion. I saw a lot of the yoga teachers I interviewed during the festival last year, and I see this family growing and strengthening. I’m considering bringing a group of yogis with me here next year, shoot me an email if that interests you!~
This time of year draws the spiritual masters or “gurus” to Rishikesh. In fact the place is named Rishikesh because the great sages and rishis have been drawn here to the foothill of the Himalyas for eons. I’ve been attending satsangs, which is essentially a spiritual talk by a “guru”. There are loads of them here, with these spiritual masters coming from around the world and sharing their spiritual wisdom with their followers.
If you’re not yet following my instagram check that out for some behind the scenes stories of what I’m up to and what’s coming up on the show. That’s @ visionary_lifestyle_guide.
So here we go, this is the launch of year two of the podcast. There’s sooooo much in the pipeline for you that I just can’t wait to share!
This year will start with season 5 which began in Thailand, continued in California and then went on to Europe. The following season 6 was recorded in Lisbon at the DNX Global Conference which is all about the digital nomad lifestyle I’ve been embracing for the last year. Or, as I like to call it, digitalyomad, as in yoga nomad. My new favorite hashtag is #yogaallovertheworld. yay!. If you’re interested in taking your work on the road and traveling more , you don’t want to miss those interviews with people who are living that lifestyle now.
And I’m recording season 7 now in India, and will continue on back to Bali again for the Bali Spirit Festival again this year. I just returned from Navdanya, Vanadana Shivas organic farm in rural India and was fortunate enough to interview her about her activism and what conscious eating looks like for her today. She touts saving the seeds and our food system as the answer to climate change and improving health and food security for all sentient beings. She is truly my shero and interviewing her was a true honor. I took an eco feminism course and toured herfarm which was incredibly inspiring to see. Check my instagram to see pics from that trip. The best part was the seed bank where they’re storehousing organic and heirloom seeds. Did you know that Monsanto now owns over 90% of the seeds on our planet? That means this giant poison company control our food system guys. Vanadana Shiva is their biggest enemy, and working on the daily to ensure that we the people have safe and abundant food. So make sure you watch for her episode in season 7.
I’m so excited to see what unfolds with the podcast this year. I’ve made countless valuable friendships with the people I interviewed last year, brought you what I hope are inspiring and empowering content through those interviews, and look forward to so many more.
Have you listened to my episodes from the last year? If you’re new to the podcast I invite you to go back and look through and listen to the ones that call you. And it’s also a good idea to go back to episode #1 in order to get my take on what we’re focusing on here, and what’s really important in the Visionary Lifestyle. If you’re wondering why I always address you as Rainbow Warriors, I explain that there too.
This is an ongoing and open invitation for YOU to join our tribe and participate in activating your highest potential.
Ok so next I’m going to play a short piece I recorded at the beatles ashram here in Rishikesh on a very special day, and then coming up next will be Season 5, starting with my interview with the digital nomad founders of the DNX Global Movement which we recorded in Thailand.
If there are people or topics you’d like me to cover, send me an email and share your thoughts. If you’ve enjoyed the show it’s never too late to write us a review on itunes, and as always, I love hearing from you so just drop me an eMail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy and Namaste
Dear beloved community, my rainbow warriors!
This is a very special episode because it marks our 1 year anniversary!
I can’t believe it’s been a year since I launched this show! It’s been quite the journey producing over 55 episodes for you while I travel the world. It has been a wonderful creative birthing experience, to say the least.
I’m back in India now, where it all began last February, when I managed to launch this baby with minimal technical experience, not to mention wifi , and constant power outages in India. It’s nothing short of a miracle that I got these episodes out at times. I remember sitting in a cafe in Rishikesh this time last year, trying to find enough wifi to watch a 3 minute youtube tutorial on how to tag my episodes.
A year later I am happy to report that I have literally circled the globe , interviewing loads of inspiring teachers, new thought leaders, healers, health experts, conscious musicians and yogis galore, all doing their part to uplift consciousness and create more unity, also known as yoga. Did you catch that? The word yoga, means union. That, is in essence what this show is all about. How can we create more union? Union of ourselves with the Divine, union of ourselves to one another, union of all people with this glorious planet we call Mother Earth, and union of all life with all life. This, is what yoga means to me.
Now Tribe, I am floored and humbled to know that we have listeners in over 40 countries, say whaaaaaat?!
Massive love and shout outs to my listeners in
United Arab Emirates
It’s really inspiring to me to do this 1 year recap and study the statistics and see just how far this visionary message is reaching! Wow! Thank you for listening to and sharing the show!
If you’ve been listening to the show for a while you’ve learned that yoga is much more than moving your body into special positions. Yoga is a lifestyle, and a way of being. It’s a conscious path, that has the potential to enrich your life in ways you can’t imagine. It has the power to bring you not only a healthy fit body, but also inner peace, a deeper sense of self and maybe even an enriched value system that supports the union I’ve been talking about. It’s a path for the courageous, because when you truly embark on it, your life really begins to change. You become, more conscious. I like to joke that yoga is the gateway drug to higher consciousness. It’s not something you have to try for, it’s just a natural evolution of your being that happens through the practice of yoga. More than even a path, yoga is a journey, deep into the self. Yoga says our suffering is caused by ignorance, ignorance of our true nature.
There are some interviews on the show with teachers like Laura Plumb and Jules Febre, talking about the 8 limbs of yoga, and there are more of those conversations in the pipeline. Please pay attention to this, it is critical information. It’s really a big mission for me with the show for you to understand this. What we’re talking about here is TRUE yoga. As laid out by the great sage Patanjali, Yoga is like a tree, with 8 limbs. Each limb is joined to the others, balancing and strengthening them,as an integral part of a greater whole. The body of yoga grows by itself, spontaneously, when you practice it. And, there’s a reason yoga is called a practice. It requires your attention daily, and even minute to minute.
I met a guy on the street here in Goa and invited him to one of my workshops I’m teaching. I asked” do you practice yoga?” his response was perfect” Yoga, constantly, asana, sometimes”
It’s much broader and deeper than just the physical practice of stretching, moving and balancing your body into different postures. True yoga is not just “jumping and pumping” yoga as VishveJi says in my interview with him, it’s not just about fitness. The physical postures in yoga, the asana, which is by the way the 3rd limb of yoga, does help keep the body clean and fit, for the purpose of, not vanity, but for us to be healthy, pain and disease free so we can do the work we came here to do, to deliver our unique gifts without distraction of a sick or weak body.
Yoga is a way of being in the world. In my interview with Katchi Ananda, she says Yoga is a prayer in the body, and I couldn’t agree more. Vijay Gopala reminds us that presence is the most important aspect we can bring to our practice. Eoin Finn reminded us that we are nature, and the more we blur the lines between nature and us, the happier we can be. Seriously when I relisten to these interviews as I edit them, I gain so much wisdom from these knowledgeable teachers. In some cases it’s been 6 months since I did an interview when I come to edit it, and I’m amazed at the depth of the wisdom being shared, that I may not have been able to fully grasp in the moment. I find myself listening to the interviews multiple times, and taking notes, because they’re s just so much value to absorb.
So consider this. The first limb of yoga is the yamas, or ways of being in the world. The first 3 tenants in that first limb are ahimsa (nonviolence or doing the least harm), then we have satya,(truth or sometimes translated as impeccability in thought speech and action) and asteya (integrity, which can be interpreted as not stealing, or not laying claim to anything that is not ours). That can be something as simple as hogging a conversation and “stealing”someone’s time for your own egoic need to talk talk talk.
Like Sadvhiji said in my interview with her, if people followed just those first three tenants, imagine the world we would live in. Can we consider this for a moment?Non violence, truth and integrity...
So this leads me to share with you that, as I see it, yoga has the potential to literally save the world.
If people got on board with these values, and did the physical asana practice to keep themselves well, and pranayama , the fourth limb, to keep themselves clean physically and balanced mentally, we would automatically gain the other limbs which culminate in the 8th limb, known as samadhi, or enlightened bliss.
Last year at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh where I recorded the second season of the show, and where I am headed again in the coming weeks, The prime minister of India , Mr. Modi, skyped in with a message. Mind you this was very soon after Donald Trump was inagurated as the president in the US, and the contrast between these two men couldn’t be more stark. Modi , who does an hour of yoga every morning at 5am, spoke about how and why yoga is essential for people to practice. That it is and can be the solution our world so desperately needs. It is, the path to union for all beings.”
So to recap the first year of the show. Season 1 was recorded in California before I started my world tour, with brilliant guests sharing about healing, yoga, conscious media, yogic philosophy and tons more. That was followed by a season in India at the International Yoga Festival, 2 full seasons in Bali, one at the Bali SPirit Festival and another at the New Earth Festival, and now coming up next is season 5 recorded in Thailand, California, New York and Paris! This has truly become a worldwide heart expression of the Visionary LIfestyle message. Turns out, there are people all over the world interested in being the change. Bravo my rainbow warriors, bravo.
So I thought I’d share with you about some of my takeaways from a year of traveling the world.
First one, Just when you think you have things figured out, another plot twist unfolds
The only constant is change
Go with the flow has taken on a new meaning
Calling this Magda’s magical mystery tour couldn’t have been a better name, ha. Have you seen that hashtag on instagram? #magdasmagicalmysterytour
One of the most challenging things has been Learning to go with the flow with ease and grace. You can’t get attached to anything, or anyone.
I said at the beginning of 2018 that my word this year was going to be “allow”. That means I intend to allow the things meant to me to come to me, without chasing them or really even trying to “manifest”. The other side of course is allowing the things not meant for me to fall away with ease and grace as well. To loosen my grip when something I find myself attached to decides to leave.
God knows I’m getting lots of practice in these arenas.
Another Big takeaway is that :Everything is energy.
I feel I’ve come to understand this on a deeper level than ever before. My interview with Michael Tellinger goes a bit deeper into this. The most important aspect of any relationship, decision, business deal, anything, is energetic resonance.
I’ve certainly had some lessons lately that remind me to trust my intuition, because when I don’t, it always comes around to bite me in the ass.
If you didn’t catch the announcement I made at new years, know that I’m recording notes on all my adventures and beginning to put them into a book. I’ve decided to write two books this year actually.
The first is the Visionary Lifestyle Guide to Activating Your Highest Potential, so a guidebook really, detailing the 7 steps that make for a healthy and fulfilling life.
The second is one about my travels and what I’ve learned along the way. I’m coming up on my 50th birthday in just over a year from now, and I’d like to think I’ve accumulated some wisdom worth sharing, so stay tuned for that. I’m embracing my silver streaks in my hair, and choosing to regard my aging as a beautiful unfoldment of a sage wise woman. My intention is the have both books out by my 50th birthday-wish me luck….
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I’m so excited for another year of bringing you life altering tools and content to help activate your highest potential. If there’s anything or anyone in particular you want more of , shoot me an email and let me know! Send that to email@example.com
My intention here is to be of service, To be of service to your highest potential that once activated, will automatically make the world a better place. Your effort and willingness to put in the time to listen to these conversations , get inspired, and do the practices is the most important thing you can do for yourself, and the world.
One of my favorite and guiding quotes is from Lao Tzu, the author of the Tao de Ching. He says:
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
So with that inspiring quote, I want to leave you today with a share of a song that has been guiding my way all around the world. This is a gift from a soul sister back in Ojai, CAlifornia named Shylah ray SUnshine. The first time I hear her voice many years ago, her music moved me so deeply. Her music has been my constant companion as I make my way through the world, and this song in particular has gotten me through some week moments. If I’m ever feeling low or week, this song is sure to remind me of the Truth, the Truth that sometimes gets buried or hidden under the weight of the world otr my own mental garbage.
If you’re driving, turn up the volume, if you’re at home, I invite you to stop what you’re doing, and maybe even put some headphones on, and give this your full attention. Allow the lyrics to dive deep into the cells of your being, and remind you of what’s important, to bring YOU back to center. To empower you with the Truth, with a capital T. You are so powerful tribe, please remember that. Your presence and your choices and your vibration carry so much power. May we all continue to be the change we wish to see in the world.
May we all continue on our paths of self-transformation.
I wish you so much love and light on your personal journey.
I’ll be back next week with the first episode of season 5, recorded in Thailand.
There will be links to everything talked about in this episode, including to Shylah’s music so you can download this yourself in the show notes. You can find those on my website at visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast
This song is called Existence….enjoy and namaste