Radio-Free Yoga: Self-Realize x Social Enterprise
No sticky mat necessary, though we'll address sticky situations arising from poor online social media manners and how to heighten our collective consciousness as upright citizens of the social media community through the lens of the yamas--the five universally ethical disciplines of yogic philosophy that govern how we interact with others. Transcending creed, country, age and time, these include non-violence, truth, non-stealing, continence, and non-coveting. We'll explore how online social media's far-reaching platform coupled with the implementation of the yamas breeds powerful potential for personal growth and philanthropic progress. No matter the model, the domain, or the product/mission/vision: the tipping point that will bring home humanity’s collective blue ribbon in advancing positive social change is perhaps best liberally paraphrased in the words of Krishna in the yogic text, the Bhagavad Gita: 'You have a voice and a purpose. For Pete’s sake, use them.' As online bodhisattvas-in-training minding our Ps and Qs and setting our integrated intentions toward information, news and POV dissemination, together we can, in the words of Gandhi, be the change we wish to see in the world. We'll share wellness tools to support you while you’re off saving the web wide world and explore the value added to both the person and the populace in bringing mindful media to the masses, one heartfelt hashtag at a time. Don’t worry, we won’t make you chant (well, maybe we will).
A New York-based, worldly-wise for-profit and not-for-profit executive with more than fifteen years of experience in fundraising, event planning, publicity, and organizational management, I’m an entrepreneur leading my own consulting company and co-host and partner of the live weekly online radio show, Where Is My Guru (www.whereismyguru.com), a social media hub dedicated to advancing the melioration of individuals, communities, and the environment by bringing mindful media to the masses. Practicing yoga since 1995 and still struggling to touch my toes, service-- or seva in Sanskrit--has long been a core element of my career and personal drive. Having switched my major from Journalism to receive a B.A. in English with a Writing Concentration, being “that kid” who forsook water games like “Marco Polo” in order to save drowning bees from the pool, and spending time on the improv stage in New York City, I’m excited to return to an original interest in pursuing stories that empower while combining my passions for communication, philanthropy, and speaking into microphones without a script.
Jessica Durivage , founder and co-host of Where Is My Guru, is a Karma Yogi, Creative Activist and Social Entrepreneur. She has been practicing yoga for the last ten years and the opportunities that have crossed her path during this time have all fallen under the scope of how her path as a yogi should shape her work in the world.
Jessica currently finds her home in the Mile High City of Denver, CO but her roots are back east in Upstate NY and South Carolina. She found her gifts in healing, massage therapy and leadership and theatre. She hustled the corporate America vibe as a Regional Spa Director for the Marriott, living in a world focused on titles and bottom lines. In 2007 she co-founded a non-profit organization dwelling in swirling circles of service and art. Swimming the seas of healing, service, social media, consulting and encouraging others to examine their own limitless possibilities, Jessica constantly looks to expand her knowledge of sustainable health and wellness for herself, others and the planet. She adds Improv Comedy Performer and Corporate Trainer to her resume and hopes to never satisfy her unquenchable desire for travel and exploration.
Whether in a business suit or yoga clothes, Jessica will continue to bride the gap with the world and the light that dwells within each heart. Because of the wealth of experiences, teachers and mentors who have guided her along her path she cultivates savvy, innovative approaches to make the world a better place each day and lead with compassion, from the heart.
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism and inspirational style of teaching. A strong and articulate voice for social change, she started her activism work by creating the yoga program for L.A. shelter “Children of the Night”. Since 2006, her work has been focused on training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World® and bringing awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Over the last 20 years of her career, Seane has been featured in magazines, Oprah.com, The Huffington Post, numerous radio programs such as NPR, and four self-authored dvd programs, and in 2005, was named the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS. She sits on the board of both the Cambodian Children’s Fund and the Engage Network.
Vikram Gandhi is a New York-based filmmaker. He works as a director and producer of narrative films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos with his boutique production company Disposable. In 2010, Vikram merged his background in video-journalism and his passion for religious studies and mythology, in order to direct and star in "Kumaré". In the genre-bending film, he impersonates a wise Guru from the East, invents a ‘fake’ spiritual practice called The Mirror, indoctrinates real disciples in Arizona, and ultimately, unveils his true identity. Kumaré won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011, and releases theatrically nationwide in summer 2012.
He is a speaker and panelist at SXSW 2012.
Waylon Lewis is a “Dharma Brat,” or second generation Buddhist. Founder of elephantjournal.com and host of the Top 10 US Green Video Series “Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis,” he’s interviewed Seane Corn, Bill McKibben, Alice Walker, Michael Franti, Deepak Chopra, Michael Pollan, Amy Goodman, Chris Sharma, Terry Tempest Williams, Dr. Andrew Weil and hundreds of others. Named Treehugger’s Eco Ambassador & Changemaker, Discovery Network’s “Green Hero,” “Prominent Buddhist” by Shambhala Sun, Greatist’s 100 Influential People in Health & Fitness, & 5280′s Top Denver Single, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi & 365-day bicycle commuter. His first book, Eco Boy vs. Yoga Girl, is scheduled for Fall 2012. For more: @elephantjournal (top #green on twitter nationally two years running). Facebook.com/elephantjournal