All Our Waves are Water with Jaimal Yogis

Jaimal Yogis is an outdoorsman, award-winning writer, and frequent teacher. He is the author of Saltwater Buddha, a humorous coming-of-age memoir about running away to Hawaii at sixteen to surf, nearly becoming a Zen monk, and eventually winding up at Columbia Journalism School.

In this interview Jaimal talks about his new book, All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride




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All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride

Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea


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Dropping the Struggle with Roger Housden

In our culture of “get more, have more, be more,” is there any place for “thanks, I’m good”?  In this interview, Darren talks with Bestselling author and acclaimed teacher Roger Housden who says yes in this alternative to nonstop striving and self-criticism.



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The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq with Paul MacAlindin

Paul MacAlindin was called to help create a National Youth Orchestra in the world’s toughest place for music, Iraq. Through his book, UPBEAT: the Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, he explains how a youth orchestra became the crucible for the young musicians’ trauma and hunger for education, to create the most powerful cultural ambassador Iraq has ever seen. Although the story ends tragically with the invasion of Daesh in 2014, MacAlindin reflects on the power of paradox and conflict in creating powerful art and uniting people in peace.

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FREE Sample: Spiritual Journeys along the Yellow Brick Road Audiobook

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved stories of all time and with very good reason.  The images and symbolism in this story contain profound guidance and wisdom that speak to the heart to the human condition.   By reflecting on Dorothy’s search for home, the Tin Man’s quest for love, the Scarecrow’s desire to learn and the Lion’s need to face his fears, powerful insight and wisdom can be realized on your own journey along the Yellow Brick Road of life.

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Healing Trauma Triggers with Lisa Danylchuk

Donald Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood Tape’, numerous allegations against Bill Cosby and many other  high profile news stories about sexual assault have been reported in recent years bringing up strong emotions in those who have experiences trauma of their own.  In this discussion, autho Lisa Danylchuk talks about the triggering effects these stories have had and how practices like yoga and meditation can help people recover from trauma.


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Breaking Rules with Jake Heilbrunn

At eighteen, Jake Heilbrunn entered college like millions of other high school graduates. But after developing a chronic skin condition and falling into depression, Jake realized staying in school didn’t align with his dreams.

Listening to his inner voice and following his heart, he took a leap of faith, left school and hopped on a one-way flight to Guatemala. The result—an amazing adventure and a the inspirational new book, Off the Beaten Trail.



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You Are the One with Kute Blackson

Motivational speaker and author Kute Blackson is unique in his approach to empowerment.  Unlike those who promise to simply help people “get” what they want, Kute’s life work instead reveals to people what they have to give, by liberating who they are most truly and deeply. The focus: Freedom.  In this interview  Kute talks about his work and his groundbreaking new book You Are The One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You, and Loving Fully.



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The Enneagram with Karl Hebenstreit

karl_hebenstreitThe Enneagram is a popular method of understanding personality types and how to more effectively communicate in business and personal relationships.  In this episode, Enneagram expert and author Karl Hebenstreit talks about his new book and how the Enneagram can help you better understand your own personality and the personalities of the people in your life.



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Yoga Marketing with Crystal Higgins

Defining yourself as a yoga teacher and sharing teachings through marketing can draw students to your practice.  Crystal Higgins supports teachers and studios to do just that. From a career in Corporate Marketing, Crystal took the leap to live her passion for yoga andCrystal Higgins integrate her marketing talents along the way.  Crystal challenges her clients to find their voice and market themselves by doing what they like best.  She pushes them to identify their goal and brand in order to make their yoga business successful.


Chinese Medicine with Timothy Asher

Tim AsherTraditional Chinese medicine has earned the respect of many Western scientists and doctors, but it is often misunderstood.  In this episode, Acupuncturist, Timothy Asher talks about this ancient system of healing  and sheds light on its effectiveness in treating a number of common conditions.



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Parenting a Transgender Child

fbd3ff_244741cae26147a8b8db47fb859657a9How does a loving and supportive parent support their child when that child’s gender doesn’t fall in our conventional binary understanding of Gender?  Gabriel and Janna Barkin faced this question when their child’s true gender started to assert itself early in life.

This amazing and inspiring couple model for all parents what it means to be loving and supportive and they give hope and encouragement to other parents who want to understand and support a transgender or gender-nonconforming child.



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The Raging Skillet with Chef Rossi

RossiChef Rossi, (yes, she only has one name)— has been a writer for many publications, such as The Daily News, The New York Post, Time Out New York and Mcsweeney’s to name a few. She has been the food writer of the “Eat Me” column for Bust magazine since 1998, hosts her own hit radio show on WOMR and WFMR in Cape Cod called “Bite This,” now in its twelfth season, has been featured on “The Food Network” and “NPR” and is a popular blogger for “The Huffington Post.”

In this episode, the owner and executive chef of “The Raging Skillet,” talks about her amazing journey and her new book that is as entertaining as it is mouth watering!

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“The Yoga of Max’s Discontent” with Karan Bajaj

New York Times best selling author Karan Bajaj talks about his new novel, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent.  Karan takes the reader on a vivid journey to India to unlock many of the ancient mysteries hidden in plain sight.


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Autobiography of a Naked Yogi

Yogi-Aaron-300x300Yogi Aaron (formally Aaron Star) is the co-founder of the Blue Osa Yoga Center in Costa Rica and the former owner and founder of Hot Nude Yoga in New York City.   In his new book, Autobiography of a Naked Yogi, he details his unique approach to yoga and the colorful journey that led him to the tropical forests of the Osa Peninsula



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Understanding Autism with Lance King

Lance KingAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in sixty-eight people fall somewhere on the autistic spectrum.  In this episode Lance King, author of Never One of Them talks about his diagnosis on the spectrum that came well into his adulthood.



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The End of Self Help with Gail Brenner

gail.brennerPeople spend millions every year on self help books, classes and coaching only to find lasting contentment remains elusive.  Psychologist and author, Dr. Gail Brenner,  takes an approach to self help that is so radical that it just might work!  In her book The End of Self Help, Gail promotes the idea that we are not damaged, inadequate, limited selves who need help?the notion that nothing about you needs to change for you to be happy?it takes only a simple shift of attention.


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Dating Success for Men with Jeremi McManus

Jeremi McManusThere are countless resources out there to help women navigate the new world of dating  now that online matching services are increasingly used to find potential partners.  Men, however, have precious few guides to help navigate ‘right swipes’ and profiles.  Author and psychologist Jeremi McManus seeks to change all that with his book Dating Success for Men.

In this podcast Jeremi talks about practical ways in which modern men find a lasting and meaningful relationship.



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The Work of Byron Katie with Bryan Wagner

Bryan WagnerSpeaker and author Byron Katie developed a method of self-inquiry often referred to as “The Work”.   The technique involves four simple questions followed by a ‘turn around’ process.  This very simple technique has been transformational for thousands of people around the world.

In this episode, Bryan Wagner discusses his own experience with ‘The Work’ as well as the healing that has occurred for many of his clients when he guides them through this transformational process.



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• Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

• I Need Your Love – Is That True?: How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Finding Them Instead

• A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are

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Understanding Yoga Alliance with Andrew Tanner

andrew1Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Its mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga by setting standards for teachers and schools, legal advocacy and lobbying on behalf of the yoga industry.

In this interview Andrew Tanner talks about the work Yoga Alliance is doing to support students, teachers and studios.

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BodyTalk with Greg Wieting

greg_wietingThe BodyTalk System is a non-invasive healthcare system which supports the body allowing its many parts and systems to communicate more fully and work harmoniously.

In this interview Greg Wieting talks about his own healing journey and the amazing results he has witnessed in his clients.


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Panel Discussion: Pujya Swamiji , Bishop Andrus & Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

On July 21, 2015  Grace Cathedral hosted a panel discussion moderated by Darren Main.  Speakers included renown spiritual leaders Pujya Swamiji, Bishop Marc Andrus and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.   If you enjoy this free recording please consider making a donation the Grace Cathedral Community Preschool 


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Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati 
(often called Pujya Swamiji ), is one of India’s most revered and beloved spiritual leaders. He is the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, and the founder of the Hindu Jain Temple in Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of numerous humanitarian and environmental organizations, and actively engaged in interfaith work for world peace, eradication of poverty and environmental protection with prominent organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, the Parliament of Religions and more.
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Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
For nearly twenty years American born Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati has lived in the lap of the Himalayas  on the banks of the Ganges River.  Since her arrival in India she has worked tirelessly to promote women’s rights,environmental awareness and an end to poverty.  At her gurus’s ashram she has hosted countless dignitaries including the Dalai Lama and Prince Charles and has spoken before the United Nations and at many other venus around the world.  She is known the world over for her gentle spirit, engaging talks and humanitarian efforts.
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The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, climate change, civil rights for LBGT persons, and health care. An example of his local engagement includes co-chairing a community-wide planning process for rebuilding St. Luke’s hospital in San Francisco. Bishop Andrus serves on the boards of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, California Pacific Medical Center, Episcopal Charities, the Episcopal School for Deacons, Episcopal Community Services, and the American Bach Soloists, among other foundations.
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Life In Bite-Sized Morsels with Kyczy Hawk

BSM_coverOnce the illusions about using drugs and alcohol have been smashed, one faces the more subtle aspects of recovery and leading a recovered life. Addiction can be a teflon process sometimes slipping from one behavior to another: food, consumerism, sex, love, affection, internet activity and so on.

In this episode  author Kyczy Hawk her new book “Life in Bite-Sized Morsels” which addresses recovery from the perspective of a woman with more than 30 years sobriety.


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Gay Men and The New Way Forward with Raymond Rigoglioso

Gay Men and the New Way ForwardIn this episode, we explore how gay men have emerged from a history of victimization to become teachers for humanity. Raymond Rigoglioso, author of Gay Men and The New Way Forward, and founder of the Gay Men of Wisdom project, will discuss how gay men serve and heal humanity, reinvent manhood, and free and enrich the human spirit.  

Raymond L. Rigoglioso is the founder of Gay Men of Wisdom and is certified as a life coach through the International Coach Federation. His professional background includes more than two decades as a writer and editor for nonprofit organizations in New York City and Boston. 

Ray lives with his partner and dog White Plains, New York. This is his first book.  

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Mysticism & A Course in Miracles with David Hoffmeister

Mystic David Hoffmeister is known for his practical application of the non-dual teachings needed for seekers to experience the unified mind; his clarity about the function of forgiveness in spiritual awakening and his radical use of mindful movie watching in the release of judgement. David is an inspiring living demonstration of the teachings of “A Course in Miracles,” a non-dual pathway of Awakening. David has been invited to 39 countries and 49 states and speaks from the Enlightened mind. Darren speaks to him ahead of his first trip to India.


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Reflections of a Birth Mother with Kimberly Smythe

Letting Go Again is one birth mother’s courageous and compassionate account of giving up her baby daughter for adoption, and their troubled relationship once they are reunited almost two decades later.


While many of us have witnessed the emotional “adoption reunions” on daytime TV, we rarely see what happens when the cameras stop rolling. In this compelling true story, author Kimberly Smythe reveals how the happiness and completion she expected to feel when her first child was back in her life remained elusive. Kimberly writes with extraordinary vulnerability, sharing the highs and lows of becoming a teen mom and allowing her child to be adopted, as well as the darkest moments of the heartbreaking, rollercoaster relationship that followed when they were reunited.



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Buddhist Boot Camp with Timber Hawkeye

budhist_boot_campThe applicability of the message within Buddhist Boot Camp to everyday life, regardless of spiritual or religious affiliation, or none at all. The invitation is for each of us to live in abundance through gratitude and kindness (toward ourselves and others). By understanding the way our mind works, we can learn to accept everything in the world as it is (and everyone), without needing to change a thing. Gratitude has a way of turning what we have into “enough”, and that is luxury. That is being rich.  

Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp, offers a secular, non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire  

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A Conversation with Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

Recorded Live at Grace Cathedral • May 12, 2015

For more than twenty years American born Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati has lived in the lap of the Himalayas  on the banks of the Ganges River.  Since her arrival in India she has worked tirelessly to promote women’s rights, environmental awareness and an end to poverty.  At her gurus’s ashram she has hosted countless dignitaries including the Dalai Lama and Prince Charles and has spoken before the United Nations and at many other venus around the world.  She is known the world over for her gentle spirit, engaging talks and humanitarian efforts.

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The Nepal Earthquake with Eric Roache

On April 25, 2015 the Gorkha earthquake rocked the country of Nepal killing more than 7,000 people and leaving many other injured, homeless and in desperate need of food, water, medicine and shelter.  While the quake itself registered at 7.8 magnitude and was felt as far away as china and India, the relief effort has been equally large with people the world over donating and getting involved.

In this podcast, I speak with Eric Roache, founder of ForWorld Thinking, about the reality of life in Nepal after the earthquake, and how each of us can make a difference.


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Yoga at Base Camp with Blake ‘True’ Jung

For thosands of years, Buddhist monks and yogis have found refuge in the jagged peaks of the Himilayas, but few modern seekers make that pilgrimage.  New York based yoga teacher  True (Blake Jung) is an exception to that rule.

In this podcast True recounts his adventures hiking to Mount Everest’s infamous Base Camp where he practiced yoga and mediation and experineced a profound spiriutal awakening.



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A Life of Service and Devotion with Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

Sadhvi_Bhagawati_BhagawatiFor more than twenty years, American born Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati has lived on the banks of the Ganges River in the Parmarth Niketan Ashram.  In this interview she talks about the unique journey that lead her from Stanford graduate to becoming one of India’s most renown spiritual teachers.    Sadhvi’s unique style and passion have had a direct and measurable impact on environmental issues, women’s rights and poverty in India as well as on the global stage.



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Imagery, Design and the Yoga Sutras with Gary Kissiah

Gary was introduced to Eastern philosophy in college when he discovered the writings of Alan Watts which led to studies in Zen and Zen poetry. Gary is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has studied yoga at Esalen Institute, Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Satchidananda Ashram. Gary is on the faculty of Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos. 


Gary has photographed many spiritual sites in his travels. He recently published his first book entitled: “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali- Illuminations Through Image, Commentary and Design.” The book provides a new approach to studying the Yoga Sutras by using photography, poetry and quotation to illuminate the heart of the Sutras. He is working on a new app which will incorporate Sanskrit chants of the Yoga Sutras within the book. 



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