Interview Archives

The Best Way of Helping Is To Care
Father Joe teaching, Yoga Teacher Magazine

I heard about Father Joe Pereira through research and friends, and sought him out through email for a space in the Service and Activism issue. He responded that he could be interviewed, but the message got lost along the way and the issue was published. However the message was rediscovered and this interview is well worth publishing out of sequence, no question about it. Our exchanges have been through email. All one can say is, what an extraordinary human being...

Ivan Nahem, Yoga Teacher Magazine... Read more

Father Joe Pereira has been a direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1968.  He is a renowned Sr. Iyengar yoga teacher as well as a Diocesan priest belonging to the Archdiocese of Bombay (not, he reminds us, Mumbai). He has worked very closely with Mother Teresa as well. Inspired by both Mother Teresa and B.K.S. Iyengar, Father Joe combined these two passions and developed the Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga, established in 1981, a recovery program for the chemically dependent which has grown exponentially over the years. Father Joe holds several degrees; he has been recognized by the government of India for his distinguished contributions and service in his field, and has received numerous awards including the International Yoga Journal Karamyogi of the Year Award in 2003.  Father Joe's workshops are based on the Iyengar yoga traditions of meditation, pranayama and alignment. He uses his asana sequences with the integration of the twelve step program to bring awareness and light to his students.  Inspirational in nature, his workshops are challenging and draw students to look deeply within their yoga practice. He has made videos/DVDs such as Living with AIDS Through Yoga and Meditation and Yoga for the Practice of Christian Meditation, as well as audio CDs such as Wholeness and Holiness.

YOGA HAS A TREMENDOUS MEANING
Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Yoga Teacher Magazine

I met Dr. Uma Mysorekar at the offices of the Hindu Temple Society in Flushing on a hot, humid NYC day.

Ivan Nahem:, Yoga Teacher Magazine: So Doctor Mysorekar I found you through reading an article about the Take Back Yoga movement in the New York Times. But then when I read more about your work it seemed like you could be a resource for people to learn more about Hinduism, which is after all the birth country of yoga. And then after I’d already decided to contact you I saw you were on the Stephen Colbert show ‒... Read more

Dr. Uma Mysorekar, a successful Gynecologist & Oncologist since 1970, has been associated with the Hindu Temple Society of North America, a pioneer Hindu religious institution in this continent, since 1970, as a Trustee of the Society from 1989 and as the President of the Society since 1994.  She spends all the 7 days of the week in the service of Lord Ganesa. Under her able leadership, the Temple has been transformed into a premier center of religious worship and the Society into a prominent cultural and social organization. [Ed. Note: A list of her participations and accomplishments would be too lengthy for this space, but take our word for it, she is a dynamo.]

THEY CALL IT YOGA
Arturo Galvez, Yoga Teacher Magazine

I had been teaching yoga for a couple of years before I was introduced to Arturo. After the first class I knew that I wanted to study under him, so I did and still do. In the midst of a busy coffee shop in San Diego, we had the opportunity to sit down over tea so I could ask him about his experiences with both Indra Devi and B.K.S. Iyengar.

Jennie Olson Six, Yoga Teacher Magazine: How did your journey in yoga start and how did you connect with Indra Devi?

Arturo Galvez: Well, who knows, you know. When I... Read more

Teaching for over 30 years, Arturo Galvez (E-RYT500) is the Director of the two year yoga teacher training program at UC San Diego. He has conducted a series of yoga segments for Univision TV, has produced over 100 web based yoga videos through Hispanopolis.com, co-produced a radio program centered on metaphysical  themes and self-help, and has been conducting yoga retreats and seminars in Europe and Hawaii. His next retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii starts September 27th.

Arturo's Yoga teachers include B.K.S Iyengar and Indra Devi, both world renowned masters in the Krichnamacharya tradition. His yoga studies span Latin America, India and the USA. 

Arturo was interviewed by Jennie Olson Six, a yoga teacher and Arturo's student in San Diego, and also an early contributor to YTM: http://yogateachermagazine.com/article/177

SIFTING THROUGH THE DATA
David Gordon White, Yoga Teacher Magazine

David and I spoke over Skype. I asked him how he was, and he asked me the same.

Ivan Nahem, Yoga Teacher Magazine:  Good. It’s a nice day here in New York.

David Gordon White:  It’s always nice here in SoCal. I’m from New York originally and I’m so happy I made it to SoCal. I took to heart Woody Allen’s adage that the only thing California was good for was a right turn on red, but it turns out that it’s good for a few other things too.

Nahem:  Yeah, so let’s start with some personal... Read more

A NEVER-ENDING STORY
Mark Singleton, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Mark and I chatted over the Internet and conversation began with chat about the fact that he’s selling his house in Santa Fe, and our respective connections to Ireland. Then we got down to business.

Ivan Nahem, Yoga Teacher Magazine: So Mark can you tell us something about where you come from, and how you came to have an interest in yoga?

Mark Singleton: I started studying meditation in adolescence, from books by Christmas Humphreys, who I think headed the Buddhist Society in England. It's a... Read more

Mark Singleton has a Ph.D in Divinity from the University of Cambridge, and is currently Senior Long-Term Research Fellow at the American Institute of Indian Studies, based in Jodhpur, India. He has written extensively on yoga, notably the the books Yoga in the Modern World, Contemporary Perspectives (2008, the first ever collection of scholarship on modern yoga) and Yoga Body, the Origins of Modern Posture Practice (2010). Another collection, Gurus of Modern Yoga, appeared in  2013. Hisforthcoming work, Roots of Yoga (Penguin Classics, with James Mallinson)is a collection of translations of yoga practice texts from the Sanskrit traditions.

ACCUMULATING ENERGY WITH ZEN YOGA
Jason Kim, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Jason, his wife Ann and I spoke at their studio, Zen and Yoga. As we chatted their one-year old son Benjamin took control of the space, which included greeting a few inquisitive potential customers. When Ann wasn’t reeling in Ben, she was helping  translate the concepts..

Ivan Nahem, Yoga Teacher Magazine: So tell me a bit about where you came from and how you came to do what you do.

Jason Kim: I’m from South Korea. I did my first yoga in 1991. In Korea they didn’t call it yoga, but it was yoga... Read more

Jason Kim teaches Zen yoga, and is also an acupuncturist. He and his wife Ann own and run Zen and Yoga studio in Forest Hills in the boro of Queens, New York.

THE DAILY EXPERIENCE OF A MEANINGFUL LIFE (PART 2)
Max Strom, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Max and I spoke over the phone. Part 1 of the interview is available here.

Part 2

Ivan Nahem, Yoga Teacher Magazine: These are challenging times to say the least; you talk about crises and how people are trying to escape themselves. Our focus is so much on our toys, such as our communication devices, phones, iPads, that we actually seem to become more isolated. How dire is the situation in your estimation and how do we respond to it?

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THE DAILY EXPERIENCE OF A MEANINGFUL LIFE (PART 1)
Max Strom, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Max and I spoke first on Skype and then over the phone in mid-January. Part 2 of the interview can be found here

Part I

Ivan Nahem, Yoga Teacher Magazine: We did meet in person once. I took your class up in September, 2011, at Bliss Yoga Studio in Woodstock. I introduced myself afterward. I was very impressed with the class.

Max Strom: Thank you. I remember your face. I don't remember names very... Read more

Max Strom teaches his unique method of personal transformation worldwide and is known for inspiring and impacting the lives of his students. His methods address the internal, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our life, as well as physical healing and vitality. He has taught tens of thousands of students, and trained several hundred teachers.  He is the author of A Life Worth Breathing, and his new book, There is No App for Happiness.  A dynamic speaker, he has presented two TEDx events and a keynote on ethics in business at a Fortune 500 management conference. He is also known for his practice DVDs, Learn to Breathe, To Heal Yourself and Your Relationships, and Max Strom Yoga – Strength, Grace, and Healing. www.maxstrom.com

PATANJALI'S CHOCOLATE ADDICTION (AND OTHER TEACHER ISSUES)
Linda Sparrowe, Yoga Teacher Magazine

I was first introduced to Linda Sparrowe’s work in my 200 hour training with Frog Lotus Yoga, as her long essay in the lovely Yoga Journal book Yoga provided the basis for our study of yoga history. So many of my preconceptions and ideas of yoga were swept away and replaced; I was quite excited by it. Subsequently I got to know Linda’s writing better, and we met through Cyndi Lee at a Yoga Journal conference last year. The interview was conducted in Facebook chat.

 

Ivan Nahem, Yoga Teacher Magazine: You're in... Read more

The former editor of both Yoga International and Yoga Journal magazines, Linda has been teaching yoga and talking and writing about it for more than 20 years. Certified at the 500-hour level through OM Yoga in New York City, she leads the Courageous Women, Fearless Living retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center for women touched by cancer. Featured as a leading expert on yoga in the film YogaWoman, Linda is the author of several books, including A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book. Join her in Louisville, Colorado May 2-4, at Yoga Junction, for her Yoga & Women’s Health workshop for teachers or online for awakeningaswomen.com’s four-week emotional balance e-course [Ed. Note: do watch the video on that page!].

You Have To Walk Right Into The Center
Leslie Booker, Yoga Teacher Magazine

I spoke with Leslie Booker -- she's known as Booker -- in online FB chat. She had been one of my two excellent trainers (the other was Chia-Ti Chiu) when I took the Lineage Project training. Booker and I clicked -- even, or maybe especially, after I questioned an aspect of the training. She’s warmhearted, open, a total riot, and committed to her work with a determination that is downright inspirational.

Yoga Teacher Magazine: So Booker, how are ya doin’?

Leslie Booker: I'm good, bit of an unexpected chaotic day... Read more

Leslie Booker, Director of Teacher Trainings for the Lineage Project  

Co-sponsor of Panel and Founder of Urban Sangha Project

Booker found her calling to empower youth affected by incarceration through yoga and meditation in 2007.  She currently teaches with several programs NYC that serves LGBTQI teens, women in recovery and is the Director of Teacher Trainings with the Lineage Project, an organization that brings awareness-based practices,  like yoga and meditation, to incarcerated and court involved youth in New York City.  She’s facilitated a mindfulness-based intervention on Riker’s Island through NYU, and has taught with the Prison Yoga Project in San Quentin Prison in Northern California.  She is also the founder of Urban Sangha Project, a collective that supports the sustainability of front line ChangeMakers through Mindful Yoga, Meditation and Dialogue.  She has become a regular presenter at conferences around the country, and offered her services at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.  She is committed to collaborations that support bridging the gap between yoga, mindfulness  and grass roots activism.  

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