Brahmani Yoga Resources

Podcasts featuring Julie

Somatic Yoga
The Embodiment Podcast

Julie joins the show from Goa to discuss a somatic approach to yoga beyond making the shapes and blindly following tradition. She touches upon neo-colonialism, culture, travelling yogis, yoga for Indians vs. Europeans, dissociative yoga, unworthiness, social media, entitlement and freedom in yoga.

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Yoga in the World
The Embodiment Podcast

Julie Martin re-joins the show to discuss the benefits of a somatic and embodied approaches to yoga. Culture power and yoga, self-worth and yoga, tango, awareness, modern times and being a yoga “in the world”. 

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The Queen of the Yoga Rebellion

In this podcast, Julie Martin, explains where she got it all from. Via dance, she entered the yoga world, and today she´s a highly visible and popular representative of the un-orthodox, inventive yoga which does not fear neither influences from other forms of movement nor new research into the body, for example the fascia - research that might lead to having to throw some of the old stuff overboard.

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Rethinking Yoga Creatively
Creativity for All Podcast

After listening to this episode, I’m pretty sure you will be tempted to start a yoga practice or refresh an existing one or, at the very least, your take on movement and your own body is likely to change, so enjoy!.

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Embodied movement  & changing the 200hr TT model
The YAY!YOGA Podcast

In this episode of the YAY!YOGA podcast, we talk about Julie’s Vedantic background, the old school way of becoming a yoga teacher, how and why she moved from traditional Ashtanga yoga towards an embodied movement practise and we talk about the process of elimination as a way to come back to the present moment. 

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Recommended Books

 

  1. The Yoga Body: The origins of modern posture practice - Mark Singleton
    This is the book that blew the lid off the idea that our inherited asana practice has been around for a few thousand years.  Not an easy read but worth getting through it.
  2. Fascia: What is it and why it matters - David Lesondak
    The best book on understanding Fascia published so far! 
  3. The Biology Of Belief - Bruce H. Lipton
    About the cellular structure and how our thoughts effect everything that manifests in our bodies
  4. The Original Body: Primal Movement for Yoga Teachers - John Stirk
    An amazing teacher that really connects the deeper energy work.
  5. The Great Work Of Your Life - Stephen Cope
    I recommend all teachers read this book.  It will wake you up to making sure you’re on the right path for you and probably confirm a lot things you’ve been feeling anyway. 
  6. Born To Walk: Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement - James Earls
  7. The Science Of Yoga: The risks and rewards - William J.Broad
    A collection of research projects that looked into the claims that yoga makes and why so many people have been injured over the years.  
  8. Intelligent Yoga: Listening to the body's innate wisdom - Peter Blackaby
    So much great, sensible information in this book. 
  9. The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, brain and body in the transformation of trauma - Bessel Van Der Kolk
    Dr. van der Kolk is the leading trauma expert looking at the effects in the physical systems and how to work with people who have experienced deep trauma. 
  10. Awakening The Spine - Vanda Scaravelli
    Yoga for health, vitality and energy. A beautiful book that inspires me deeply. 
  11. Moving Consciously - Sandra Fraleigh
    Somatic transformations through dance, yoga and touch 
  12. You Are The Placebo: Making your mind matter - Dr. Joe Dispenza
    Great work on the power of our belief systems over our bodies. 

Anatomy & Yoga

People, Websites, Articles and Podcasts to follow

 

  1. Gary Carter: Anatomy & Movement Teacher
    Gary is an amazing teacher and is always looking towards upcoming research in anatomical movement in order to make sure that what he is teaching is up to date and also relevant for the movement world. If you can get to any of his workshops or courses I highly recommend them. **This is my anatomy/movement “guru” and I recommend getting to any course he does!!
  2. Musings with the Movement Man: Podcast with Stephen Brabrook
    Another great practitioner who interviews like minded people on his podcast and has recently had David Lesondak as a guest!
  3. Thomas Myres: Anatomy & Fascia
    Tensegrity and Lines of Movement can all be discovered with Thomas Myers informational videos. Search for Thomas Myers on Youtube and you’ll find lots of interesting and informative videos.
  4. Liberated Body: Podcast with Brook Thomas
    These podcasts are interviews with experts in the body/movement/manual physical therapy world, all at the top of their fields offering loads of content that incredibly useful.  One of my favourites! The author is Brooke Thomas who writes for a few websites but on this one you can download her information booklet on “Why Fascia Matters”
  5. Fascia Research: Group led by Dr. Robert Schleip
    Dr. Robert Schleip, is considered the foremost expert on fascia at the moment. 
  6. Breaking Muscle: Website about injury prevention
    Lots of information about preventing injury on this website aimed towards sports people and rehabilitation.  Doesn’t talk much about yoga but he does give a lot of information about why NOT to stretch.  
  7. Gil Hedley: Bodyworker
    The guy who gave us the Fuzz speech.  He also has many other very useful videos.  He is not a yoga practitioner, but a body worker.  I love following his FB page as he brings out the beauty, poetry and spirituality in the study of the human body 
  8. Leslie Kaminoff: Yoga Anatomy Teacher
    Another great Yoga Anatomist.  He also has a series of videos breaking down anatomy and the different asana’s that may be hurting us.
  9. Niki Vetten: Yogi - Injury prevention
    Another great blog site by Niki Vetten who is a yogi and works specifically on injury prevention for all movement based practices.  She has great articles on Yoga Butt, Sacral Illiac problems, why the Gluteus Maximus and Medius are so important for our sacrum support, etc
  10. Paul Grilley: Yoga Anatomy Teacher
    If you haven’t checked out any of Paul’s videos yet, I fully recommend it.  He talks from a yoga point of view and in his anatomy videos breaks down the different bone structure limitations that can cause problems for yogis.  However, I don’t agree with his philosophy about fascia and yin, long held stretches.  But his other anatomical information is great.
  11. ARTICLE: Fascia as a proprioceptive organ and it's relationship to chronic pain
  12. ARTICLE: Stop stretching
  13. ARTICLE: The vagus Nerve - Emotions and difficulty with mindfulness practices

Spiritual Investigations

People & Podcasts

  1. PODCAST: Bliss and Grit
    A weekly podcast from Brooke Thomas (of Liberated Body above) and Vanessa Scott as they discuss the ups and downs of being on a spiritual journey, what it means and why its not always about the warm fuzzies, and more often about the discomfort and unraveling.  Wonderful, non-dogmatic dialogue.
  2. PODCAST: Kiran Trace
    A wonderful, practical spiritual teacher if you like the no-nonsense way of understanding how to connect to our deeper selves.   
  3. PODCAST: Buddha at the Gas Pump
    Podcast with Rick Archer talking to people about their own spiritual awakening experiences.  Non dogmatic.
  4. FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: Yoga Movement & Research
    It’s a closed group but you can ask to join. Started by Diane Bruni and full of dialogue about how we need to move forward and evolve with the yoga practices instead of being “ok” with injuries to ourselves and students.   This group can get a little carried away down critical paths, but if you don’t get too involved in following the thread of comments and stick to the article and videos posted here you’ll find it beneficial.  
  5. FACEBOOK PAGE: Matthew Remski
    What Are We Actually Doing in Asana.  He posts great blogs and articles, started threads that can get pretty heated, but ultimately he’s asking questions about what is yoga, what isn’t, who are we to define this and where is it headed.  He brings up great points to ponder.