Ganesha Goes to Lunch – A story

A short story about Ganesha and greed. About recognizing the difference between wants and needs. And about food.

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 David Davis for introducing the episode.

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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The Snake – A Short Story

A fun little story about embracing a peaceful lifestyle while maintaining your personal strength.

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 David Davis for introducing the episode.

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

Please help us to spread the word of this podcast by sharing the episode, reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and by following us on our social media by searching for ‘Chats From The Mat.’

How a Marine Corp vet found healing through yoga. Interview with Justin Blazejewski

I am with the founder of VEToga, Justin Blazejewski

Justin Blazejewski joined the Marine Corp after high-school. He transitioned to a contractor, working in IT. His normal coping methods of dealing with stress were very physical such as marathons and lifting weights. He went to a yoga class after a few injuries and significant pressure from a friend. He was hooked after his first class. Like a marine, he started off going to yoga 6 days per week. As a contractor, he often found himself in war zones and would practice yoga on the bases. The soldiers observed his practice and his state of calm and assumed the two were connected. When they began to ask him to teach them some yoga, he decided that he should take a yoga teacher training so that he could share the practice, the correct way.

After taking a yoga teacher training with Dharma Mittra, he began to question what he was doing and what his purpose was. He decided that he could use his experiences abroad, in war zones to help others that have had similar experiences and so he created VEToga. VEToga is a yoga teacher training for Veterans, Emergency Responders and their families.

When asked, without hesitation Justin recommended the Bhagavad Gita to anyone looking to dig into the background of yoga, dharma and finding your path; especially for those who come from a military background.

Justin Blazejewski is not alone; there are quite a few veterans that have returned to civilian life and have created programs to help other veterans return. Below is a list of some other Not For Profit organizations that work with veterans.

Malas For Vets

Veterans Yoga Project

Mindful Yoga Therapy

Warriors at Ease

The Give Back Yoga Foundation

Mission Continues

TAPS

Team RWB

Helping Vets Help Vets: As we discussed in the interview, there is a special event that we working together on. 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. 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: I am grateful to Davide Di Censo for providing the introduction and to 13 Hands for graciously giving us permission to use ‘Big Love’ as the intro and outro.

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.