Celebrating Yoga Month: An Interview with Kevin Ryder

September is National Yoga Month. To invoke the spirit of the month, I have been interviewing yoga instructors and asking them what inspires and motivates them.

This week, I would like to introduce you to Kevin Ryder, founder of Kashi Kids, a foundation that creates education opportunities for impoverished children in India.

Kevin and I discussed what yoga means to him, his daily yoga practice, his work with the Alice Project and the Swami Harshwananda School and his beliefs about the importance of Karma Yoga, the yoga of work, deeds and action, a much neglected part of the American physical yoga scene.

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Kevin Ryder in Varanasi, India with Alice Project students: Yogi, Bachu Baba, Manish and Ashish. (Photo credit: Darren River)

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Live Olive: Meet Kanan Kapila, Co-Founder of Jaipure Yoga

My ongoing series of National Yoga Month interviews continues with Kanan Kapila, yoga instructor (E-RYT 500) and co-founder of JaiPure Yoga, who thoughtfully approaches Yoga as an art form. She believes, through meaningful teachings and powerful practice, that yoga creatively informs us that we can strengthen and refine the shape and quality of our body and mind.

“The brilliance of yoga is the perfect function of energy designed to assist our true nature ~ to dwell in joy. Yoga can uplift and color our connection with each other and our sense of self, creating an oasis that radiates,” she writes on her website.

For Kanan, yoga is an artful way to inspire and potentiate well-being.

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Live Olive: Interview with Reiki Master, Susan Portillo

Have you ever heard of Reiki? Reiki is a healing technique that was discovered in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui, a practicing monk. This healing technique is a form of hands on healing that utilizes the “universal life force.” Curious, I reached out to Reiki Master and spiritual healer, Susan Portillo, to learn more about the practice and theory behind it.

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Olive Goil: Joanne Nosuchinsky, 2013 Miss New York USA

Meet Joanne Nosuchinsky, who was crowned Miss New York USA 2013 in January. This beauty queen and aspiring actress calls Hell’s Kitchen in New York City her home and can be seen every Saturday night in the off-Broadway show, “The Awesome 80s Prom.” We chatted about what it takes to win a beauty pageant and what it means to be “a broken cheerleader.” Remember her name and face because, with her drive and ambition, this girl is going straight to the top!

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Photo credit: Niko Paleologus

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