While hundreds are practicing yoga and singing kirtan, Sridhar and I find a quiet place to sit down and do a podcast in the middle of the annual Shakti Fest festival in Joshua Tree, California. Our conversation takes on a wide biographical tone in that I used Sridhar’s amazing life as the backdrop for a discussion on the practice of yoga, the wisdom of Bhakti and the complicated nature behind this whole guru thing. Sridhar has one of the most colorful lives I’ve ever come across and I can say without any ego, that’s saying a lot.
While many people may know him as the Godfather of Bhakti Fest, Sridhar Silberfein has a long and storied history in the spirituality and health and wellness communities. He arranged to have Swami Satchidananda on stage at Woodstock to lead the Western world’s first mass Sanskrit chanting. And since the 1970s, one of the first stops in the US for many great spiritual teachers has been the Center for Spiritual Studies, a nonprofit organization Sridhar founded. Sridhar’s mission for everyone he meets or influences is to provide assistance to go deeper into Sadhana (or spiritual practice)—even if it requires a dose of tough love.
Zach once again travels to a magical realm in Hollywood, California that for a moment became the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Zach met up with the Greys to talk about manifestation, spirituality in the modern world, why religions aren’t all bad and their mothership project entitled “Entheon”. It’s a temple of the most beautiful realized vision one could imagine. Enjoy the podcast and dive in.
Alex and Allyson Grey are the worlds most respected visionary artists and the founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) located in upstate New York. Alex’s art is some of the most iconic of our time and can be found everywhere from museums to album covers and everywhere else in between.
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Steve Agee stops by the IAH podcast table and reunites with Zach after a 21 year gap! The great comedian and Zach went to music school together at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood over 20 years ago. Both Steve and Zach were fledgling bass students at the time and then lost touch after school ended. This podcast is what happened after not seeing each other for over 20 years. We covered everything from health, hypochondria, death and the creative process and….junk food…oh, and Scientology.
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Jim stops by the kitchen table to talk flotation tanks and all of their amazing uses. If you’re curious about floating and where to start check out this episode. Jim is a wonderful ambassador for the modern float movement and is incredibly smart and thoughtful. Visit Just Float in Pasadena too!
Also…BIG NEWS!!! This episode features a new podcast theme song from none other than David Block AKA The Human Experience!!!! I’m so honored that he contributed to this podcast and is part of the IAH family! Check it out!
Jim Hefner is the owner and creator of the Just Float Center in Pasadena, CA. Jim is also a fledgling psycho-naught, serial entrepreneur, MBA, adventure athlete, husband and father, who also happens to be rabid about floating and creating the perfect float environment. Throughout his life, he’s been drawn to hobbies and experiences that require perfect commitment to the moment. Whether on a sheer rock face, a mountain bike, a wave, or in a float tank, what matters most to him is the sacred experience of flow, of absolute attention, and freedom from the noise of everyday life.
The host of the “Walking Home with Michael Donovan” podcast drops by IAH to break it wide open. Gurus, being a spiritual teacher, our humanity, porn and fashion are all discussed. Michael is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Also, a long rant on Prince at the beginning.
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Michael Donovan is a visual artist using photography, video, and digital art. MD also runs a podcast featuring a range of guests contemplating consciousness, community, and enlightenment. He is based in NYC.
Rick and I explore the multi-verse, MAPS 30th Anniversary and the complicated, rewarding and revolutionary road that psychedelics has seen over the course of the last 50 years. Recorded off site at the University of Pennsylvania where Rick and I were both panelists at the BioEthics Film Conference. This is a podcast that I’ve been wanting to do since Day 1 and I’m thrilled that it came together.
Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.
Joi beams into the IAH podcast and engages in the razor sharp and wildly intelligent observations that you’d expect from Joi. We talked about the history of tech and it’s not so democratization, the Arab Spring case studies, the new global economies and so much more. So thrilled to have him on, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Joi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab as well as being a Japanese activist and an influential venture capitalist.
Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He maintains a blog, a wiki and an IRC channel. Ito is the chairman of the board of PureTech Health. Ito is a board member of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and General Partner of Neoteny Labs.
I was so honored to have Snatam Kaur join the podcast! She is one of the most angelic and potent spiritual masters in the West. Her music has been such a blessing in my life as it has so many thousands of others. On this episode we talk about establishing a practice, the history of mantra music, the science and metaphysical properties of chanting, optimism and her new book “Original Light: The Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga.”
Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace and healing which has helped her music to be accessible to people of all walks of life. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and meditation through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past sixteen years as a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace. Her new book Original Light; the Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga is a compassionate and supportive guide to creating a personal daily spiritual practice. To find out more about her concerts and workshops, her book and her online course, Life Guided By Light, visit snatamkaur.com.
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Raja comes back to the podcast as a return guest to share what’s happening at Green Tree Yoga and Meditation in South LA, the overall state of the urban realities, Bernie Sanders, bringing yoga to everyone and so much more. Lots of bases were covered on this highly dynamic and thoughtful episode. Raja rocks!
Raja Michelle is the founder and guiding teacher for Green Tree Yoga and Meditation. Their mission is to offer yoga and meditation to the South Los Angeles community, regardless of income, allowing that which connects us to flourish and to dissolve that which separates us.
Kevin stops by IAH to discuss the future of pretty much everything. The conversation ranges from how the media landscape is changing to how entertainment is being consumed to how Amazon drones are coming for you in your sleep! Kevin is one of the brightest minds around in the area of infotainment and this episode will show you why.
Kevin Pereira is a producer, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, musician, and comedian. He is currently the co-host of Hack My Life on truTV, and makes appearances on a variety of other TV and web shows.