#11 Djilani Sprang-Purperhart

Djilani Sprang-Purperhart is a yoga teacher, anthropologist and sociologist. He recently published his book Sunde – Sunday in Surinam – in which he shares his personal story and writes about topics such as life, death and love. In this episode of the YAY!YOGA podcast we continue this conversation as we’ll dive deeper into these themes. We talk about Djilani’s childhood and how his mother taught him to love wholeheartedly. Djilani explains how yoga helped him in dealing with a great loss, we talk about being a black heterosexual male in the yoga world and we share thoughts on making yoga more inclusive and diverse.

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Djilani Sprang-Purperhart quote and photo
Photo by Harold Pereira

Shownotes: stuff & people we talked about

  • Anna Scott Miller is one of Djilani’s teachers. She has been on the first YAY!YOGA podcast episode, so if you haven’t listened to this wonderful and inspiring conversation yet, you definitely want to add this one to your list.
  • Djilani’s book Sunde
  • Krakti is Surinam for ‘soul power’
  • Maya Angelou quote: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
  • Pranayama – yogic breathing practices to balance the mind and body.
  • Dharana – concentration, also translated as mindfulness.
  • Svadhyaya – self-study. This is one of the Niyamas (life principles) that are written in the Yoga Sutra’s, ancient yogic texts.
  • Book recommendation: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Connect with Djilani

Instagram: @djilaniwithabeard
Website: www.yogawithdjilani.com

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