Gregory Lennon is a yoga teacher who grew up in the US and has now been teaching and living in Amsterdam for a long time. He has a lot of knowledge about yoga philosophy and also does a great deal in sharing that knowledge in his teachings. I specifically love his dharma talks at the beginning of class, where he speaks from ancient texts as well as from his own experiences in daily life. He’s a great storyteller as you will hear in this episode of the YAY!YOGA podcast. We talk about religion and how that relates to yoga philosophy, how to incorporate the teachings from ancient yogic texts in your classes and we also touch on inclusivity in the yoga world.
Shownotes: stuff & people we talked about
- Author Andrea R. Jain explains in her book ‘Selling Yoga‘ how yoga is everything to everyone.
- The Living Gita – the complete Bhagavad Gita by Sri Swami Satchidananda
- The Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali
- Upanishads – the Vedic texts that are originally written in Sanskrit and tell the Hindu traditions and teachings.
- The book that introduced Gregory to yoga philosophy when he was young and also taught him about the principle of acceptance and impermanence: The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
- Studio’s mentioned: Jivamukti New York, Tranquil Space in Washington D.C. (now YogaWorks Dupont Circle), Hot Flow Yoga in Amsterdam and Yagoy in Amsterdam
- Yoga styles & lineages: Jivamukti, Iyengar, Forrest Yoga, Anusara Yoga
- Teachers that inspire Gregory: Sri Swami Satchidananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Vivekananda, Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, Mark Whitwell, Tara Brach
- Other inspiring figures: poet/writer Audre Lorde, writer James Baldwin and Brené Brown.
- Amsterdam-based teachers that inspire Gregory: Gretchen Garnett, Italy Padilla, Ann-Charlotte (owner of Hot Flow Yoga Amsterdam) and Josie Sykes (now living in the US).
- The morning pages we spoke about were introduced in Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way
- Meditation techniques that were mentioned: Transcendental Meditation (TM), Insight Meditation, Vipassana.
- Recommended book: Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke
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