13 Hands, aka Dalien (part 1): Grammy nominated musician, yoga professor and a fun guy to talk to

13 Hands aka Dalien

Grammy nominated musician, yoga professor and a fun guy to talk with

This episode contains the occasional profanity.

The conversation is split into two episodes. The second part will be posted soon.

Dalien is the yang of this man; the business man and the hustler. 13 Hands is the yin; the yoga teacher and the musician.

Found yoga when he was fighting a series of diseases, taking care of sick grandparents and trying to work a handful of jobs. ESPN brought him yoga from 6-9AM and he followed it religiously.

Dalien talks about some of the challenges throughout his life that shaped him; dealing with the trauma of a head injury as a child, losing his father at 15 and losing nearly all of his possessions 2 years ago.

Have a plan, but be sure that you are flexible enough to adapt to what opportunity comes your way.

Find the balance in the yoga – relationship between the root and the spirit.

Make sure that every dollar you earn is an honorable dollar.

His yoga class: conversational with laughter and anatomical details. Each class is specific to the students that show up so there is no plan before the class begins. Each class ends with music.

Dalien gives us a Business 101 course on getting into yoga, from an artist’s perspective.

To learn more about Dalien and links to some of the information he mentioned in our conversation:

Website: https://13hands.bandcamp.com/

Facebook

Ted Talk YouTube: Music for healing, from a “calm type-A” personality

USA Shaolin Temple in NYC

Hippocrates Health Institute

Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram (therapeutic yoga education)

Thank you, Zo Leroux for the introduction. Zo is a traveling teacher based loosely in Quebec, Canada.

And, of course, we appreciate 13 Hands for the conversation as well as providing the musical open and close to the episode.

Speaking with world traveler and yoga teacher, Daniel Scott at Wanderlust.

Daniel Scott and Brian Macrae Davis

Daniel Scott is a traveling yoga and AcroYoga teacher. We caught up at Wanderlust in Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia. We talk about the dissatisfaction with his life before yoga and at 27 years old, he left New York and traveled the world. In doing so, he reinvented himself in a way that he could live honestly and happily, and get to see some amazing places around the world. For a while it was a fun way to live, but he began to look for a more rewarding experience and so he is transitioning to focusing on giving to students and communities something more than a physical workout.

Daniel gives his perspective on teaching with authenticity, on teaching by asking questions rather than providing answers. He explains that one’s success is not an indicator of one’s ability to teach; there are successful teachers that are not skillful teachers and the opposite is also true. When looking at his personal practice, he constantly asks himself, ‘What am I doing, where is this going and how does it feel.’ The answers to those questions guide his teaching. And during our conversation, he turn the tables and asks me a few questions.

In order learn more about Daniel, you can go to his website or check out his social media, all listed below.

DanielScottYoga.com

Facebook

YouTube

Instagram

Special thanks to Davide DiCenso for introducing the episode. He teaches yoga, handbalancing and acroyoga and can learn more about him on his website.

A big thanks to 13 Hands for allowing us to use the song, Big Love in the musical opening and closing of this episode.

If you haven’t heard, there is a big event coming up on Veteran’s Day. November 11th, 2017, all over the country, teachers will be running a class that is dedicated to the veterans of the U.S. military to honor their efforts and to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day. All proceeds from the class will go to a scholarship fund that will send veterans to a yoga teacher training run by VEToga. VEToga was created by veterans, for veterans. You can learn more on the Facebook page for Boundless Service. You can sign up as a teacher or participant on the Boundless Service website. #HelpingVetsHelpVets

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Indra Gets Caught – A story

A short story about the god, Indra who is captured by and imprisoned by illusion.

If you like this story, you can find it and more like it in the book, Ganesha Goes to Lunch by Kamla K Kapur

Thanks to Matt Worley for introducing the episode. His Facebook profile.

A big thanks to 13 Hands for allowing us to use the song, Big Love in the musical intro and outro.

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Alia Khan; How a Recovering Lawyer becomes a studio owner

Alia Khan and I conducted this interview at Wanderlust in Snowshoe, WV. She is a yoga teacher and owns a yoga studio in Washington D.C. She found herself in the business of yoga after becoming dissatisfied with her job as an attorney. The motivation came from understanding the difference between being comfortable and being happy. Alia talks about the removal of the religion from yoga without taking away the spirituality, and why, as a Muslim/Indian/American that is so important to her. She offers some ideas why yoga is different than a regular workout and explains why she instructs in a very detailed and exacting manner. While the opportunity to open a yoga studio presented itself without seeking it, Alia talks about the planning and challenges of that process. The importance of being paid for what you are worth. She addresses the work ethic required for the owner of a studio, her rituals and also the importance of taking time away. Alia gets a little vulnerable and opens up about her pre-bedtime ritual.

As Alia puts it, she teaches real yoga for real people and is on a mission to bring yoga to people who think that it isn’t for them. If you enjoyed hearing Alia’s story, there are lots of ways that you can connect with her. First and foremost, she runs a yoga studio in Washington D.C. called East Side Yoga.  Her various social media are listed below including her spotify accout so that you can listen to her playlists. She has recently started a blog which is also below. And, she is running an alignment-focused 200HR Yoga Teacher Training this fall at her studio, so be sure to reach out to her if that is of interest to you.

aliajkhan.com

Facebook

Blog

alia@eastsideyoga.com

Spotify – alia0628

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