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Join us as we explore the rich culture, philosophies, techniques, and stories from the East that have endured millenniums and continue to enrich the lives of billions in the modern world. Mantras, Meditation, Buddha, yoga, alternative healing, and the Hindu pantheon of gods- we cover it all. We promise you'll quickly realize why the East has been beloved throughout history. Lofty ideas and down-to-earth wisdom make our show inspiring, practical, and even life changing! For daily inspiration, be sure to check out our blog: http://www.SivanaEast.com Shop our store at: http://www.sivanaspirit.com
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Feb 28, 2017

People today are more curious about shamanic cultures and practices than any other time in modern history. What do we have to learn from these cultures and are there dangers that come with this new rise in popularity? What role do various plant medicines like ayahuasca play in self realization? Join us with guest Itzhak Beery, as we explore what it means to be a modern shamanic practitioner.

Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic teacher, healer, speaker, community activist and author the books the Gift of Shamanism: Visionary Power, Ayahuasca Dreams, and Journeys to Other Realms and Shamanic Transformations: True Stories of the Moment of Awakening.

Special Guest: Itzhak Beery

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Creator & Host: Ashton Szabo

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Sound Engineer: Zach Cooper

Producer: Benn Mendelson

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Feb 23, 2017

Integrating western science with mystical ideas helps to give us a fuller understanding of how to use gemstones and crystals in healing work and in our daily lives. It's work that our guest, Nicholas Pearson has devoted his life to. In this episode we'll discuss how various gemstones and crystals can be used in relationship to the Chakra systems that so many are familiar with in our current day and age. 

Nicholas Pearson has been immersed in all aspects of the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later studying mineral science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. He worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern United States. A certified teacher and practitioner of Usui Reiki Ryoho, he teaches crystal and Reiki classes throughout the United States. He is the author of The Seven Archetypal Stones and the recently released Crystals for Karmic Healing both of which are available anywhere books are sold.

Special Guest: Nicholas Pearson

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Creator & Host: Ashton Szabo

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Sound Engineer: Zach Cooper

Producer: Benn Mendelson

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Feb 21, 2017

The United States is reaching a new threshold of acceptance for cannabis with recent legislation in numerous states allowing medicinal and, in some cases, recreational use of the plant depending on the state. It seems as though the US is moving towards national legalization, in large part due to recognition of marijuana's medicinal benefits and to it becoming more socially accepted by people all over the country. While the conversation is usually framed around its medicinal qualities, what about its connection to spiritual traditions? Join us with special guest Stephen Gray as we discuss the use of cannabis in both modern and ancient spiritual settings and how it is being used by people to deepen and expand their spiritual experience.

Stephen Gray is a teacher, workshop organizer, public speaker and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicines. He is the author of Returning to the Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality and the editor and co-author of Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer's Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally.

Special Guest: Stephen Gray

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Creator & Host: Ashton Szabo

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Sound Engineer: Zach Cooper

Producer: Benn Mendelson

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Feb 16, 2017

The Hanuman Chalisa is a devotional hymn written in the 16th century by the poet Tulsidas. People have been reciting the chalisa for hundreds of years and it is a testament to its impact on the life of those who recite it. What story does the Chalisa teach us and how might it change our lives? Join us with return guest Naren Schreiner as we discuss the Hanuman Chalisa in the latest episode of the Sivana Podcast.

Naren lived as a monk for fourteen years in the ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda, before leaving monastic life to continue his spiritual practice out in the world. In 2012, he founded Sangita Yoga, to help spread the yoga of music through lectures, workshops and sacred music.

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Special Guest: Naren Schreiner

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Host: Ashton Szabo

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Feb 14, 2017

Our understanding of consciousness and the mind has changed dramatically in recent years. But what do we even mean when we say consciousness? How does it relate to or differ from the mind? What and where is the mind? What have the latest developments in brain research taught us? Join us with physicist turned neuroscientist, Paul Nunez, as we explore the latest understandings of consciousness from a modern western perspective. Paul Nunez has written multiple books about consciousness and the mind, including his latest work, The New Science of Consciousness: Exploring the Complexity of Brain, Mind, and Self, available anywhere books are sold.

Special Guest: Paul L. Nunez

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Host: Ashton Szabo

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Feb 9, 2017

What is Vedic Astrology and how does it differ from Western Astrology? Join us with Kari Field as we discuss some key ideas in Vedic astrology, dive into ancient stories of demons swallowing the sun, and explore important astrological moments in the weeks and months ahead.

Kari Field (Anandashree) is a San Francisco based Vedic Astrologer and spiritual advisor, as well as a professional musician and Yoga/Pilates instructor. 

Special Guest: Kari Field

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Host: Ashton Szabo

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Feb 7, 2017

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, TKV Desikachar. These are all names that many in the yoga community are familiar with and are considered by many to be the pioneers of modern yoga. But thanks to the work of modern yoga scholars like Elliott Goldberg, we are learning about numerous other figures who influenced the modern practice of yoga. Who were these characters and how did they affect how yoga evolved in modern times?

Join us with Elliott Goldberg, yoga scholar and author of The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Yoga Practice, as we discuss a figure named Yogendra Ji who paved the way for the modern yoga teacher and set the stage for how hatha yoga would be taught in the west. His sessions lasted about an hour and culminated in savasana, not  meditation. Many of his views, such as his feelings on guru yoga and the practical benefits of Hatha Yoga, echo in many modern yoga teachers today.

Special Guest: Elliot Goldberg

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Feb 2, 2017

Often called the Hindu Bible, the Bhagavad Gita is considered by many to be the greatest spiritual text from India. What is this story about? When and where does it take place? What are its most important and relevant messages and can we apply them to our modern daily lives? Join us with Vanamali Mataji as we discuss the Gita and why it's more important now than ever.

Vanamali has written numerous books on the gods of the Hindu pantheon, including Hanuman, Shiva, Shakti, The Complete Life of Krishna and more! She is the founder and president of Vanamali Gita Yoga Ashram, dedicated to sharing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and charitable service too children. She lives at the Vanamali ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Special Guest: Vanamali Mataji

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