In today’s episode, I have a delightful conversation with Rachel Zinman and John Weddepohl, two teachers from the other side of the world, both of whom have a rich connection to ISHTA Yoga as well as other yoga practices. Rachel has turned her attention lately to helping people with diabetes through yoga and a new book.
I begin with Cappuccino Q&A, where I answer questions from subscribers on Patreon. Today's question is a follow-up to Episode 16 about how to know how much you should do to help address things going on in the world.
Then Rachel discusses her book on diabetes (link below), and how yoga helps in several key ways. One of those ways is coming to terms mentally and emotionally. She credits John and his studies in Amta Vidya, or knowing the Self, with helping her understand this key.
John provides a colorful history of his own yoga path that includes early days at the Mani and Alan Finger ashram in South Africa and subsequent studies in India.
We discuss ISHTA Yoga; Paramahansa Yogananda and Babaji regarding Kriya Yoga; Ayurveda; the Upanishads; and we get to provide nuance regarding some yoga philosophy to make it real and valuable in our living.
Rachel mentions that she and John are doing a workshop at ISHTA on December 10. Details at ISHTAYoga.com.
Rachel Zinman has been practicing since 1983, teaching since 1992 and teaching teachers since 2000. She’s studied with some of the most influential teachers in the west including Alan Finger and Mark Whitwell as well as immersing herself in the study of Vedanta.
She is the Author of Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda. http://bit.ly/diabetesyogabook She writes for many online and in print magazines including Australian Yoga Journal and Australian Yoga Life. www.rachelzinmanyoga.com and www.yogafordiabetesblog.com.
Teacher, Musician, Vagabond, Rogue, Rascal, John Weddepohl has always been blessed by his teachers. Opening his first yoga studio in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa in 1969, he then traveled to India and met his Masters through whose grace he assimilated the knowledge of Upanishadic wisdom.
Traditional without being traditionalist John teaches Self-knowledge, Atma Vidya the jewel of Advaita Vedanta as well as Siddha Kriya Yoga the yoga of Augustya. He also shares his love of music in the joy and devotion of Kirtan. Feeling pop yoga complicates a simple process John teaches इष्ट माला ISHTA-Mala; a practice for life. http://www.theyogaco.com