Peg Mulqueen; Ashtanga teacher, magazine editor, podcaster and more

This episode contains occasional profanity.

Peg Mulqueen began practicing yoga 17 years ago, after her kickboxing class and she would leave before savasana because taking a break in life didn’t make sense to her. She started teaching yoga because the regular teacher was pregnant. After that, she began studying yoga sequences and only then did she look for a teacher training program. Two years later, she opened up a yoga studio. She emphatically states that this is the wrong way to go about it, now that she knows. But, that was her path.

Peg speaks frankly about her frustration with the present yoga system: churning out teachers in packaged programs. She gives a new idea for a business model for yoga studios that could replace the teacher certification program; it is an on-going relationship between students and the teacher or studio. People crave knowledge and that is often why many of enter teacher training. This business model is not really new, it is based on the old way of study; one on one.

Being a yoga teacher is not a great business model because it is about the people, not about the money. And so many people now think big and that can be their downfall. Peg encourages teachers to start small. Students care more about relationships. Invest in people, not in overhead.

Peg explains that Ashtanga is a breathing method, not a physical practice.

On a whim, she and her daughter created a magazine called Ashtanga Dispatch. From the magazine, the podcast soon followed with the help of Chris Lucas. There is also a blog that Peg occasionally writes in. All these can be found at the website,

Blog Post: Why (Almost) Everything you Learned in Teacher Training is Wrong

She mentioned Samantha Lucas, a woman who practiced Ashtanga Yoga and is missing the lower part of one leg. You can learn more about her on her Facebook page.

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

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Part 2 of the interview with 13 Hands: Grammy nominated musician, yoga professor and a fun guy to talk to

This is the second episode of two. The first episode was released immediately before this one.

Yoga is about freedom and doing right by your tribe. – 13 Hands

This episode contains occasional profanity.

The conversation jumps around to many different topics, including his process of learning his own body. He tells about spending hours reading about how the body works and using medical literature to show Doctors how wrong their opinions are.

He gives us a Business 101 course on getting into yoga, from an artist’s perspective. He talks about showing up to teach a workshop where there were only 2 students and teaching anyway. He explains how to get a base income, seeking out supplemental business and the importance of marketing. He talks about how to present your information, depending on who you are talking to. That you should figure out what you are good at and build off of it and to consider when it is better to partner and when it is better to run, solo.

To learn more about 13 Hands:



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

And, of course, we appreciate 13 Hands for the conversation and for providing the music at the beginning and end of the episode.

Some of the different people and places that were mentioned in the conversation:

Mount Eden Retreat Center in Washington, NJ

SuperSoul Farm in Canaan, NY

SuperSoul Yoga in Chatham, NY

International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

Dr. Michael Schachter in Suffern, NY

Tantris, the clothing line and studio of Russell Simmons

200HR Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Kamala Foundation and Yoga Ashram

A few of the books that were mentioned in the conversation:

Heal Your Body by Louise Hay, Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons, Yoga & Ayurveda by David Frawley

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:



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.

Arianne Traverso; Teacher, Studio Owner & Business Coach

Ari and I having some fun on the beach in Miami.

On a whim, Ari took a yoga class in college and was immediately obsessed. For the first few years, her life was eclectic and varied, but her yoga practice was constant. Her first teaching experience came out of the blue; her teacher told her one day that she was leading the class. Only after that teaching moment, did she consider becoming a teacher.

Her experience as a freelance marketer helped her to feel comfortable as a self-motivated traveling yoga teacher. Taking part in the very first AcroYoga teacher training helped her to find her niche. After a few years, she decided to open a yoga studio. Like everything else, she committed to the studio completely. By the time the studio was one of the most popular in Miami, she expanded her offerings to business coaching.

Arianne Traverso has so much to offer anyone who is looking to break into the yoga business or those looking to take their business to the next level. She is not someone who is dabbling in some new curiosity, she has many years of experience and success to call on. During our conversation, she offers a handful of tips and tricks to help you along.

Because the interview took place over the phone, the sound quality is a bit below par, but the content of the conversation more than makes up for it.

If you are interested in learning more about what Arianne Traverso can do for you in her coaching, follow her link, There, you will find her 7 step blueprint to freedom and expansion and she will help you to create a life filled with purpose and alignment with a business & brand you love.

You can reach Ari through her website, And through her Facebook page.

In our conversation she mentioned the E Myth. You can find a link to the book in all of its different formats, below.

Helping Vets Help Vets: On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2017, there will be a special event: 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. We are currently looking for teachers that would like to participate. You can sign up as a teacher or participant on the Boundless Service website. #HelpingVetsHelpVets

Special Thanks to Zo Leroux for the introduction and to 13 Hands for providing the intro and outro music.