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Architecture of a Yoga Pose

We all can understand that being inside the architecture of a Roman Cathedral has a particular internal effect, different from a log cabin! Or what

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Yoga's Purpose & the Ethics of the Yogic Teacher Student Relationship

J Brown Yoga Talks

Kaya has been openly critical of J Brown and others similar who spotlight and uplift problematic teachers while simultaneously uplifting those who attempt to tear down the sacred teacher-student relationship.  Kaya and J discuss the meaning of Parampara, misinformed mindsets that modern approaches to yoga propagate, Vedic astrology and Ayurveda, guidance on how to choose teachers, yogic ehtics and yoga’s purpose. 

Podcasts Featuring Kaya

Deep conversations on a variety of yogic topics

On Philosophy & Practice

The Bhagavad Gita - What you need to KNow

What is the Gita, how is it it organized, what is its purpose and more! Kaya enlightens listeners on some common misconceptions and misinterpretations. She shares the story of how she found peace and purpose in the Gita. In this episode, we will find out how the Gita can contribute to our spiritual transformation in yoga.

What is Advanced Yoga?

What does advanced yoga mean to you?  Is it a level of difficulty or something else?  Kaya Mindlin joins The Yoga Pro Podcast to dig deep into the nuances of what an advanced yoga practice really is.  Kaya has been a yoga Educator for 20 years. She works with practitioners and teachers seeking mature wisdom & therapeutic practice. Kaya teaches students from all over the world, and she’s committed to sharing the softer side of yogic practice and to upholding yoga’s traditional roots. 

The Teacher-Student Relationship

Let's Talk Yoga Podcast

For centuries, the teacher has been an irreplaceable aspect of the yogic journey. Yet in modern yoga, many adopt a do-it-yourself approach. Can this cause harm? In this chat, Kaya elaborates on dharma, the responsibility of a teacher, what makes a “good” teacher, the differences in learning from east to west, and much more. This is a great conversation for all practitioners of yoga – teachers and students alike. 

The Truth About Yogic Non-Attachment

The Wild and Wise Podcast

Episode #9: Non-Attachment and Spiritual Bypass in the light of being a householder and parent. We delve into common misunderstandings of how to live a worldly life while also walking a spiritual path. We talk about the what it is to practice non-attachment while cultivating a natural attachment in intimate relationships – and how confusion is cultivated in spiritual and religious communities. We look at how to make your whole life “spiritual” making your spiritual path another “to do” lists. Also rereleased as episode #33

Vedic Storytelling

Simple Ayurveda Podcast

Kaya talks about the value and purpose of storytelling in the vedic tradition. What is Itihasa, such as the Mahābharata and the Ramāyana – is it myth, or history or something else? What do we gain from stories that is unique and how can storytelling deepen our yogic journey. 

Vedic Psychology

The Mindful Psychology Podcast

Kaya & Gen discuss spiritual bypass, the human condition, the human pursuit, yoga’s true purpose, the human potential and how to literally “blow your mind” by transforming your viewpoint in such a way that makes all of life into fodder for spiritual growth.  This podcast is like a mini-workshop! Get a pen & notebook and enjoy. {plus catch a discount on Kaya’s yogic philosophy program in the show notes!}

Vedic Psychology & Implicit Bias

Skillfull Means Podcast

In this interview we discuss how to fully and authentically show up for social justice while staying true to your dharma. This workshop-like interview delves into the learning mindset, the process of dismantling inner constructs, where implicit biases are housed within and the means to resolve them, how the gunas impact the condition of the mind and either promote or obstruct growth, ancestral work and the Vedic tradition, doing your individual dharma to make the world a better place. 

Burnout, Spiritual Bypass & the Bhagavad Gita

Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast

Episode 58: Lessons on burnout and spiritual bypassing from The Bhagavad Gītā with Kaya Mindlin. We look at the context of the Gita and how it is relatable to our own modern inner and outer conflict. Learn how we can actually use our real-lives as fodder for personal and spiritual growth. Special emphasis on the yoga teacher perspective and how to teach in a non-attached way. 

Mantra & Ganesha

The Monicles Podcast

In this workshop-like interview, Kaya shares about the meaning and potential of mantra. She offers some experiential practices to illustrate how mantra brings together sacred sound with sacred meaning. You’ll also learn a bit about whether mantra is just about how it makes you feel “right now” or if it is for something more.

A Day in the Yogic Life & The Universal Peace Mantra

Ohana Life Podcast

The most personal this interview Kaya has ever done. Lisa asks Kaya about her background, her ayurvedic constitution and a Day in the Life of her family with work, meals, spiritual practice and homeschooling! This interview covers how to handle fear, how ancient texts hold teachers accountable, the purpose of prayer, plus: Kaya teaches the Sanskrit Mantra for Universal Peace. 

Vedic Yoga, Soft Yoga & The Teacher Student Relationship

Voices of Yoga Podcast

Kaya abandoned academia to delve into thousands of hours of direct tutelage and formal training with generous teachers in Vedic tradition. Listen to her story and perspective. We talk about he importance of the spine from yogas perspective, the “softer side of yoga”, whether there is a difference between yoga and yoga therapy, Myths in yogaland and the problem with the “guru problem”.

Soma: The Nectar of Rejuvenation

Simple Ayurveda Podcast

Episode 58: Deep Nourishment and the Nectar of Soma with Kaya Mindlin. Kaya shares her passion for the Soma side of yoga and wellness. How can we stay deeply nourished amidst the modern pressure to push, achieve, and force. 

Yoga Nidrā

The Connected Yoga Teacher

Episode 158: The Yoga Nidrā State. Said to be as old as yoga itself, but which is less well known and not as widely practiced, is Yoga Nidrā. Sometimes described as “yogic sleep”, Yoga Nidrā can be a powerful healing and transformational technique and state. Kaya shares more about this fascinating aspect of yoga in this interview. Plus, this interview includes a listners discount on her program, the Nectar of Nidrā.

Vedic Astrology, Karma, Feminine Divine, and Self Worth through Self Love

The Jake Feinberg Show

Radio show host, musician & spiritual seeker, Jake Feinberg brings his intuition on board to do a personal & compelling interview, in which Kaya shares about childhood loss, karma, free will, Vedic Astrology, Divine Feminine and the patriarchy, using our genetics and ancestry along with effort in our work, and discovering true self worth through love. 

On Yogic Work

Yogic Business through Meaningful Relationships

Mastering the Business of Yoga

Part 1 – July 2019: Kaya Mindlin on Building a Small Successful Yoga Business through deep and meaningful work with students. The conversation delves into the purpose and potential of the teacher-student relationship and how to promote that intimate healing relationship amidst the pressures of “business”.

Sustaining Personal Relationships in an Online Business

Mastering the Business of Yoga

Part 2 – July 24, 2019: A followup to our 2019 interview, Kaya unpacks how she transitioned from mostly in-person to mostly online teaching. She shares what she learned along the way, including how she is sustaining the “personal touch” and teacher-student relationship in the online format. 

Putting Students, Teachers & Teachings above the Studio

Episode 23: Teacher-centered Yoga studio business model that puts teachers and students first with Kaya Mindlin. Kaya explains why the modern yogaland studio model is dysfunctional and how we can do better as a yoga community to uphold teachings, honor teachers and best meet the needs of students. She describes the model of the studio she owned in the Bay Area of California from 2012-2019. 

Video Clips of Kaya's Teaching

Yoga Philosophy
Supreme Release Yoga
Sanskrit and Mantra
Nectar of Rejuvenation: Teachings on Soma