Skillful Means Podcast

#21 Dharmic Activism: Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita with Kaya Mindlin

July 02, 2020 Jennifer O'Sullivan & Sarah Jane Shangraw
Skillful Means Podcast
#21 Dharmic Activism: Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita with Kaya Mindlin
Show Notes

In this episode, Jen is joined by her friend and colleague Kaya Mindlin to discuss the Bhagavad Gita and how to fully and authentically show up for social justice while staying true to one’s dharma. 

In this sweeping conversation that, at times, adopts the atmosphere of a workshop, Jen and Kaya discuss:

  • how to embrace the discomforts of learning, 
  • the setting and themes of the Bhagavad Gita, 
  • what is yoga, 
  • understanding the mind through the lens of the Gunas, 
  • what the Vedas can tell us about the origins of implicit bias and how we can overcome them, 
  • ancestral work, 
  • and how the Gunas shed light on some of the ways we may be missing the mark when it comes to our activism. 

About Guest Host, Kaya Mindlin
Kaya Mindlin is a Yoga therapist and educator who has been teaching the “softer side of yoga” for 19 years. Her background includes thousands of hours of in-depth study with masters in the Vedic Tradition - including Therapeutic Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Sanskrit and Yogic Texts, Vedanta and Tantra. Kaya makes traditional teachings powerfully meaningful for yogis living a modern life. Her warm and intelligent approach inspires dedicated yogis and teachers in every aspect of life. Kaya's students are often longtime seekers who resonate with her storytelling, technical acumen and mothering bhava. She is committed to supporting spiritual growth and resolving misleading messages in the popular Yoga world through her programs. Kaya lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Vedic Astrologer Michael Manzella and their children.

Links & Resources Mentioned

Kaya’s Website & Instagram 

The Nectar of the Gita Online Course
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Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji & Anthony Greenwald

Implicit Social Attitudes Test from Project Implicit, Harvard University

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