Thriving after Addiction podcast with Gregor

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I’m on Erin’s Geraghty’s Thriving after Addiction podcast in two episodes.

In the first part we talk about body/ mind split versus embodied spirituality and how I developed my anatomical approach to asana. The need to become empty of ambition and replace it with an attitude of pure/ divine love. Yoga as an act of self-love. Why the change of our behaviour towards others in yoga is more important than how great our postures look. You will the first episodes by going to

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/taa147-interview-gregor-maehle-yoga-spirituality-addiction/id1091420582?i=1000433649617&mt=2

Part 2 was very information dense and we covered a lot of interesting things. After looking at liquifying the body in relation to addiction we also touched:

  • Limitations of joint range of movement and taking flexibility too much
  • How intense practice can help dissolving obstacles and when you are going too far
  • Questioning the validity of your sources of information
  • The importance of practising asana, pranayama and meditation side-by-side and it’s connection to trauma and the triune brain
  • How conditioning and subconscious imprint has impacted our evolution and history
  • How by seeing ourselves in our “enemies” we can’t but start loving them (and us)
  • Why neither meditation nor asana alone by themselves are not enough
  • Why a code of conduct is important and how it can backfire
  • Why starting yoga with asana (rather than inner/higher limbs) is a good idea
  • The importance of asana to counter our society’s tendency to disembodiment
  • Yoga’s stance towards Vipassana
  • Yoga’s core approach to meditation and how it gets us to recognizing that we always have choice, thereby increasing our freedom

Here is the link to episode 2

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/taa148-interview-gregor-maehle-yoga-spirituality-addiction/id1091420582?i=1000434127569

About Gregor Maehle

Gregor Maehle began his practice of Raja Yoga in 1978 and added Hatha Yoga a few years later. For almost two decades he yearly travelled to India where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters. Since then he has branched out into research of the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of Yoga. He obtained his anatomical knowledge through a Health Practitioner degree and has also studied History, Philosophy and Comparative Religion. Gregor lived many years as a recluse, studying Sanskrit, yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques. He has published a series of textbooks on all major aspects of yoga. His mission is to re-integrate ashtanga vinyasa practice into the larger framework of Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga in the spirit of T. Krishnamacharya. He offers trainings, retreats and workshops worldwide.
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Gregor Maehle began his practice of Raja Yoga in 1978 and added Hatha Yoga a few years later. For almost two decades he yearly travelled to India where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters. Since then he has branched out into research of the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of Yoga. He obtained his anatomical knowledge through a Health Practitioner degree and has also studied History, Philosophy and Comparative Religion. Gregor lived many years as a recluse, studying Sanskrit, yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques. He has published a series of textbooks on all major aspects of yoga. His mission is to re-integrate ashtanga vinyasa practice into the larger framework of Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga in the spirit of T. Krishnamacharya. He offers trainings, retreats and workshops worldwide.

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