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, go.bizzyyogi.com/yes. 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, BizzyYogi.com. 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.

Interview with Joe Longo; yogi photographer

Joe Longo & Brian Macrae Davis

After spending a few hours with Joe and 11 other yoga teachers, taking pictures in Columcille Megalith Park, he came back to my house. We sat outside and talked, so you may hear the occasional sound of nature doing its thing. This podcast is a few minutes longer than usual because talking with Joe is easy and fun, and I believe that you will agree with me after you hear the interview.

Joe picked up his first camera on a school field trip at the Pennsylvania state capitol in 5th grade. While the camera never took a decent picture, it connected to something within Joe. He did not touch a camera again until college. Even though he skipped most of the photography classes that semester, it did awaken the passion for taking pictures. After moving towards photography and away and then back again, he eventually found a way to combine his passion for photography and a yogic lifestyle by taking pictures of yogis and other fitness professionals.

We talk about growing up born-again Christian and about his newest project called Paw Prints Pro; which is creating art with pets and meeting the desires of the pet owner. Joe explains how he transitioned from a 9-5 job to making money through yoga and at the same time gives a great example of how not to do it, then tells how to make the transition the correct way. He talks about his baby, the Tattooed Yoga Project. And we also hit on the pleasure of working for yourself even when you are poorer than ever and still be happier than ever.

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Big Announcement: 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

A few of the media that Joe mentioned in our conversation:

Gary Vaynerchuck’s book, Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

Sada Sat Kaur, one of the teachers leading Joe’s teacher training is a renowned kirtan artist. You can check out some of her recordings, below.

Thank you, Matt Worley for the introduction to this podcast. Matt is a yoga, SUP yoga and AcroYoga Teacher based in Newcastle in Australia.

And a big THANK YOU to 13 Hands for allowing us to use their song, Big Love as the intro and outro. You can learn more about 13 hands on their website and bandcamp.

Interview with a middle eastern yogi/refugee

Bassam Kubba

Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Seeker and Refugee

Bassam grew up in Iraq. When the situation there became too dangerous, he and his family moved out of the country. He moved around the middle east, living in various countries illegally for about 7 years, doing various jobs. During that time, he was seeking legal, immigrant status but he was a low priority. At one point he learned that he would have an easier time finding asylum if he acknowledges his homosexuality, because of the threats of violence and potential death in that part of the world. Soon after, he was living in New York City.

When he was introduced to yoga, it looked like a religion to him, which conflicted with his religion of birth. Over time, he decided that the stories of India can be inspirational and they guided his inner search.

Bassam has lived through a lot of personal, internal conflicts with his sexuality, his religion and his profession. Of course, internal conflicts never end, but hopefully the intensity will subside. Now he teaches yoga, aerial yoga and acroyoga.

I hope that you enjoy the third episode of the podcast, Chats from the Mat, yoga inspired conversations with me, Brian Macrae Davis.

How to find Bassam Kubba

You can find him around New York City and at either of the Om Factory locations.

You can follow him on Instagram, @theacroflyer, and on Facebook.

I want to thank one of my personal yoga teacher sponsors, Xero Shoes; the best sandals for running, hiking, barefoot, walking. Xero Shoes make minimalist sandals that stand the tests of time and terrain and they have just released their first minimalist closed shoe. I like them because they pack easily, take up little room and are quite versatile. When I was in Hawaii, they were the only footwear I used; In town, in the rainforest or on the beach, they were perfect.

Thank you, Matt Worley for the introduction to this podcast. Matt is a yoga, SUP yoga and AcroYoga Teacher based in Newcastle in Australia.

Interview with Jean-Jacques Gabriel

Jean-Jacques Gabriel

Artist, Social Activist and Teacher of Color

Warning: this interview contains occasional profanity.

Jean-Jacques Gabriel & Brian Macrae Davis

Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a yoga practitioner of color, an artist and a teacher of many disciplines. He was born in Haiti, grew up in the suburbs of DC and move to Philadelphia in order to go to art school which is where he now resides. He has painted murals in Germany, portraits in London, toured Egypt and visited Uganda. His first yoga experience was a university class and he had a life-changing savasana that set Jean-Jacques on a new path. He began using the practices learned in yoga to help children at a women’s shelter and inmates in the prison system. One day, he was asked to teach a yoga class. Without any yoga teaching experience, he did so.

Jean-Jacques talks about being a ‘black dude with tattoos’ in a predominantly white practice, about finding the ritual in all practices and using rituals to guide any practice, and also addressing the uncomfortable aspects of life instead of ignoring them.

I hope that you enjoy the second episode of the podcast, Chats from the Mat, yoga inspired conversations with me, Brian Macrae Davis.

How to find Jean-Jacques Gabriel

Join Jean-Jacques at the upcoming Black Yoga Teacher’s Conference (not just for teachers) – Black Yoga Teacher’s Conference

If you are interested in getting more information about Jean-Jacques Gabriel, his teaching schedule, instructional videos and more, you can learn more at:

Website: jeanjacquesgabriel.com
Instagram: instagram.com/jeanjacquesgabriel/
Facebook: facebook.com/jeanjacques.gabriel.9

I want to thank one of my personal yoga teacher sponsors, Manduka. Manduka creates clothing, mats and towels of the highest quality. I have been using my mat for about 4 years and it still looks brand new. I recently started wearing their clothing for men and have been really impressed with the quality and fit.

Thank you, Matt Worley for the introduction to this podcast. Matt is a yoga, SUP yoga and AcroYoga Teacher based in Newcastle in Australia.