Episode: 116

The Spine and Yoga with Kaya Mindlin

The spine and its relationship with yoga go beyond what many people realize. In this episode, we will delve into the traditional view of the spine in yoga and explore fascinating stories and traditions related to it. Our returning guest, Kaya Mindlin, will guide us through the intricacies of the subtle body, also known as sukshma sharira, and how it contributes to our yoga journey.

Unfortunately, many yoga practitioners have been trained solely in the Western model of examining the spine, overlooking the subtle body’s impact on our practice. To shift away from this limited perspective, we will concentrate on exploring the topic of the subtle spine in the Sūkṣmaśarīra.

While it is a complex topic, Kaya’s expertise will help us break it down into manageable pieces, making it more understandable. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of the subtle spine’s role in yoga, moving beyond the Western view of the spine.

We understand that this topic is dense, but we hope that Kaya’s insights and clear explanations will make it an informative and enjoyable listen. Get ready to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the connection between yoga and the spine.

The Spine and Yoga Episode Highlights:

  • How does yoga view the spine?
  • Traditions and stories about the spine
  • Bridging the gap between the physical spine to the expansiveness of the spine
  • Making the subtle spine more relatable
  • Popular yoga practices to consider switching or doing differently
  • Kaya’s advice to yoga teachers on where to begin exploring the subtle spine

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Kaya Mindlin

Yoga Educator Kaya Mindlin has been sharing yogic teaching and practice for 21 years. With thousands of hours of tutelage with masters in the full spectrum of the vedic tradition she shares yoga as both mystical and practical. In her programs and trainings she expertly weaves sacred scripture, story telling, vedic astrology, ayurveda and yoga therapy. Her gentle Supreme Release Yoga approach treats asana as sacred pilgrimage and works directly with the spine as the central axis of health, the subtle conduit of awakening and the mystical realm of the divine. Kaya’s nurturing, inclusive and multilayered methods resonate with yoga students and teachers all over the world seeking a mature their spiritual journey. She lives in the US with her husband, a Vedic Astrologer and their two children.


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