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Beryl Bender Birch

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Episode 6 - Practices for Equanimity with Beryl Bender Birch

Wisdom of Yoga Podcast

Practices for Equanimity with Beryl Bender Birch In episode 6 of the Wisdom of Yoga Podcast, Saraswati interviews Beryl Bender Birch. Beryl shares with us:The deeper meaning and purpose of yoga and what are the most easily misunderstood aspects of yoga.How her teaching has transformed over the yearsHow can yogic wisdom and practices support us during these challenging times Find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Leave a review to help make it easier for others to find us and benefit from these discussions. Thank you!Listen Here About our guest: Beryl Bender Birch is director and founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and a founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which provides yoga to underserved communities and offers developmental grants to yoga teachers for community service projects. A spiritual teacher and yoga therapist, Birch is the best-selling author of Power Yoga, the classic training manual for asana practice for Ashtanga Yoga; Beyond Power Yoga, which theorizes a relationship between the eight limbs of yoga and the chakras; Boomer Yoga, which illustrates how to create a yoga plan that works for maturing adults; and Yoga for Warriors, which provides yoga practices for veterans. A former neurofeedback researcher with a degree in comparative religion, Birch has been an avid student of yoga and the study of consciousness since 1971. Where to find Beryl:WebsiteInstagramFacebook


27 Sep 2020

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triyoga talks episode 23: Beryl Bender Birch on power yoga, social justice + accessibility

triyoga talks

Subscribe: iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher In the 1980s, Beryl Bender Birch famously coined the term “power yoga,” and in doing so brought the practice of ashtanga yoga to the high-energy masses in Manhattan at the New York Road Runners Club, where she was the wellness director. The influential and best-selling book “Power Yoga” soon followed and, today many teachers credit it as being the first yoga book they ever bought. Three more books followed, each progressing deeper into the many practices of yoga including philosophy and meditation. She broadened out her student base from the athletic at first, to the aging as well as those in active military service. She is also a pioneer for yoga and social justice having co-founded the inspiring non-profit organisation Give Back Yoga Foundation. In this episode of triyoga talks, Beryl discusses everything from the origin of “power yoga” to practising under the fierce ashtanga teacher Norman Allen to supporting first-responders and veterans through trauma-sensitive yoga. When speaking about the evolution of one’s practice, Beryl sums up the journey quite poetically, stating: “I think all our practices in yoga, whether it’s asana, pranayama or meditation, are progressively requiring us to pay attention in a more subtle way. We start out paying attention to the physical body and once we get that straightened out, we start to become more aware, more conscious, our circle of compassion expands.” To access this inspiring conversation about power, presence and accessibility, listen to the full podcast online or subscribe using the buttons above. Click here to join Beryl at triyoga Camden on 13th – 15th September 2019 for ‘healing ourselves + our world: a weekend of workshops based on power yoga’.  Listen to our other podcasts in the ‘triyoga talks’ series here. The post triyoga talks episode 23: Beryl Bender Birch on power yoga, social justice + accessibility appeared first on triyoga.


9 Jul 2019

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Episode-6 Beryl Bender Birch on Yoga and Her Vegan Journey

Yoga Is Vegan

In this Episode Yoga Is Vegan's Founder Holly Skodis interviews Beryl about all things yoga and her vegan journey. They discuss her experiences with Yogi Bhajan and Yogi Pattabhi Jois. Beryl shares why she eventually broke away from the traditional Ashtanga sequence and created Power Yoga. The discussion moves on to veganism. Beryl breaks down why she went vegan after being a long time vegetarian and her experience with a whole food plantbased diet. Beryl Bender Birch graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Philosophy. She has been an avid student of classical yoga since l971 and traveled to India in l974 to further her studies. She is the founder/director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and co-founder and board chair of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. She has been teaching yoga and training yoga teachers as “spiritual revolutionaries” for 45 years and is the best selling author of many books on yoga, including Power Yoga and Yoga for Warriors.

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12 Jun 2019

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PREMIUM Beryl Bender Birch - "The Original Power Yoga"

J. Brown Yoga Talks

Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and founder of The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, joins J for a look back at the earliest remnants of yoga in the west, its progression into the mainstream, and the role she played in shepherding it forth. They discuss what yoga was like in the late sixties and early seventies, how she found her way into teaching yoga for athletes and coming up with the name ‘Power Yoga’, Patabhi Jois, and her work with the Give Back Yoga Foundation. This episode is sponsored by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft. This episode is part of our premium podcast subscription. To subscribe and support the show… GET PREMIUM.


2 Jul 2018

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Consciously Evolving, with Beryl Bender Birch

Talking Yoga

How does yoga empower our own personal, conscious evolution? Find out when host Colleen Saidman Yee interviews fellow host and master teacher Beryl Bender Birch.


13 Dec 2016

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Ep 4 Beryl Bender Birch

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Interviews

Beryl and Sujantra discuss reincarnation, giving back, meditation, Sri Chinmoy and more!


18 Dec 2015

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Meagan McCrary - Beryl Bender Birch

The Revolution Of Health™

Welcome to Everything Yoga: Smart, Simple & Straightforward with your host Meagan McCrary, giving yoga a real voice from a practical perspective. L.A.-based yoga teacher and freelance writer, Meagan McCrary has immersed herself in the American yoga scene, taking classes, researching and interviewing prominent teachers for her upcoming book, “Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga” (New World Library, 2014). Today's podcast features an personal interview with Beryl Bender Birch, the author of "Power Yoga."  People, especially gym folks, love their Power Yoga. What most people don't realize is that Power Yoga is essentially Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga made American. Beryl Bender Birch (on the east coast) and Bryan Kest (on the west coast) were both studying, practicing, and teaching Ashtanga Yoga when they both decided to coin the term Power Yoga to make the practice more accessible to all Americans.  Beryl explains that the practice is still spiritual, although minus the overtly esoteric, becuase it's yoga. The two go hand-in-hand. She also talks shop on beginners, alignment and the importance of learning from a skilled teacher. She warns against jumping right into a full-on Power Yoga class and why yoga is different from any sport, workout, or physical activity: Just becuase you're a strong athlete doesn't mean yoga's going to be a breeze. That, and so much more, in today's interview with Power Yoga Guru, Beryl Bender Birch.   To connect with her visit: facebook.com/meaganmccraryyoga and please feel free to message Meagan with any questions or topics you'd like to see covered concerning yoga, and she'll do her best to address them on the show.


4 Apr 2013