In this episode, I interviews author and yoga teacher Eddie Stern. Eddie is a distinguished yoga teacher who specializes in Ashtanga yoga. Eddie has also written several books, including his brand new release, “One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life”.
Eddie speaks about his new book at length, the polyvagal theory (coined by Dr. Stephen Porges), and the neurophysiological impact of meditation. They also speak about Eddie’s transformative journey from drugs & punk rock to becoming a yogurt selling yogi in his search for expression.
TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:
[00:30] Eddie’s book, One Simple Thing - A new look at the science of yoga and how it can transform your life.
[01:25] Making yoga more accessible based upon how a person comes to understand their reality
[03:40] 3 levels of the Poly-vagal theory how it relates to yoga and mental health.
[05:15] With over 300 million years of evolution, our nervous system has co-evolved with our environment to help us survive.
[10:10] Tone of the vagus nerve.
[13:10] The rhythmicity of the breath will send messages of calm from the vagal nerves to the brain.
[17:29] Pranayama and how it affects the Nadi (nervous) system. The western way of describing what the yogis already knew about how yoga affects the body.
[19:00] “In an enlightened society, people use objects and love people and in today’s society we use people and love objects”.
[22:50] All action exists within time and space because there is nothing within time that doesn’t act.
[25:08] Surrendering to the unknown. Giving up the idea that I'm the agent of all the things that happen to me.
[29:00] Who am I, what am I doing here, and what am I doing next? Permitting the false narratives that we play in.
[34:55] Eddie’s transformative journey from drugs & punk rock to becoming a yogurt selling yogi in his search for expression.
[38:50] Living through the arch of the revolution of yoga.
[45:40] The state of yoga today
[49:00] How social media has influenced the evolution of yoga.
[1:01:30] Top-down vs bottom-up neurophysiological functions.
One Simple Thing
The Breathing App
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