In today’s fast-paced and digitally interconnected society, finding moments of inner peace and self-discovery can be a challenge. However, thanks to yoga podcasts, we now have the opportunity to bring the transformative practice of yoga into our daily lives, wherever and whenever we choose.
In this article, I’m going to explore nine extraordinary yoga podcasts that have not only captured my heart but have also profoundly impacted my life and my practice. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just beginning your journey, these podcasts offer a treasure trove of wisdom, guidance, and inspiration that will undoubtedly change the way you approach yoga, spirituality, and personal growth.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the transformative power of these remarkable yoga podcasts.
1. J Brown Yoga Talks
This yoga podcast is hosted by J Brown, a certified yoga teacher who for the past 25 years has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way.
Having first started with an Ashtanga, power vinyasa style he then moved towards Iyengar and from there gravitated towards a more therapeutic orientation in the tradition of TKV Desikachar (author of The Heart Of Yoga which was no1 is my 10 Best Yoga Books list).
J’s teaching motto is:
“Gentle is the New Advanced”
The J Brown Yoga Talks podcast has 100+ episodes available for listening, and it can be found on most major podcast streaming services including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more.
The subject matter covers a wide range of areas, with his website saying: “Candid conversations between J and other independent yoga revolutionists. From yoga philosophy to the business of yoga, J and his esteemed guests always have something interesting to say.”
If you’re a yoga practitioner or a yoga teacher, you should definitely add this yoga podcast to your list!
I first started listening to this in 2020. This is the podcast I’ve listened to the most episodes of. I would say that this is the single biggest podcast that has had an impact on my practice off the mat/ The main reason I like the J Brown yoga talks podcast is hearing J interview people who I might not have come across.
A few interviews come to mind and there was one with a woman called Gill Lloyd who talked about yoga in the 80s and also her experience of watching Desikachar.
Last year there was a wonderful interview with Bernie Clark, author of the book Your Body Your Yoga.
Why you’ll love it: the main reason I’m recommending J Brown Yoga Talks is that its a really cool way to discover interesting people and then if you vibe with their ideas from the podcast then you can choose to follow their work too.
Episode Pick: Bernie Clark – “Your Body, Your Yoga Trilogy”
2. Keen On Yoga
This yoga podcast is hosted by Adam Keen, who has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga since 2004. He is one of few practitioners to have completed the Advanced A series in Mysore, India, under the guidance of Sharath Jois, and is level 2 Authorized.
The Keen On Yoga podcast has 100+ episodes available for listening, and it can be found on most major podcast streaming services including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more.
The episodes tend to have an Ashtanga yoga focus, with his website saying: “We aim to present Ashtanga yoga in a non-dogmatic way and make it accessible to anyone interested in the method.”
If you’re an Ashtanga practitioner you should definitely add this yoga podcast to your list! If not, you will still find value in most of the episodes, such as episode no. 117 with Daniel Simpson titled ‘The Roots of Modern Yoga’.
I first started listening to this in 2021 and loved listening to all the stories of the Ashtanga yoga teachers I knew of.
One of my favorite episodes was with Danny Paradise, who started yoga in 1976. I just love listing to stories of how yoga was practiced and taught once way back when.
Another uplifting episode was with Kino McGreggor where she talks about our teacher Sharath Jois, trauma-informed teaching, and a new phenomenon of consent cards in classes with physical adjustments.
Why you’ll love it: the main reason I’m recommending the Keen on Yoga podcast is that get to find out more about your favorite Ashtanga yoga teachers.
Episode Pick: 119 Kino McGreggor – Act of Love
3. Ashtanga Dispatch
This yoga podcast is hosted by Peg Mulqueen and Meghan Powell, a beautiful mother-daughter duo. Peg has been studying yoga for over two decades, while Meghan was fortunate enough to grow up within the yoga tradition and now assists her teacher Dena Kingsberg in Byron Bay.
The Ashtanga Dispatch podcast has 79+ episodes available for listening.
The episodes tend to have an Ashtanga yoga focus, with his website saying: “Sit down with Peg and Meghan, and enjoy thought-provoking and mind-nourishing conversations with renowned yoga teachers from across the globe.”
And that is exactly what they offer! There is even a little gem of an episode, which is one of the very few podcast episodes with my teacher in Mysore, Sharath Jois.
If you’re an Ashtanga practitioner you should definitely add this yoga podcast to your list!
I first started listening to this in 2019 and loved listening to all the stories of the Ashtanga yoga teachers I knew of.
One of my favorite episodes was with Deepika Mehta, who discusses yoga and motherhood.
Why you’ll love it: Peg always asks the right questions and allows for wonderful discussions.
Episode Pick: Deepika Mehta – The Power of Hope.
The Stillpoints podcast is another gem. It’s hosted by Scott Johnson, a rather well known and respected Ashtanag yoga teacher. He is based in London and is the owner of the yoga shala Stillpoint Yoga London.
The Stillpoints podcast has 40+ episodes available for listening.
Even though Scott Johnson is an Ashtanga yoga teacher, this podcast doesn’t have an Ashtanga focus. According to their website:
“Every other week we share inspirational and intimate conversations on the interaction of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, and life. We uncover beautiful and meaningful stories on what it means to live a fully engaged life with those who hold contemplative practices close to their hearts.”
And that is exactly what they offer!
The latest Stillpoints interview I listened to was with David Swenson. He’s been practicing yoga for 50 years and I this lovely conversation he was talking about how when his friends were exploring drugs, he was doing yoga, and then explains how life-changing it has been and on practicing yoga because you love it.
This is definitely an episode to listen to if you want a little motivation to step on your mat.
Why you’ll love it: Friendly and inspiring conversations with some remarkable yoga practitioners and teachers.
Episode Pick: David Swenson – Practicing Yoga Because You Love It
5. Finding Harmony
Following a similar theme to the previous podcasts, The Finding Harmony podcast is another gem. It’s hosted by Harmony Slater, one of 10 certified Ashtanga yoga teachers in North America, as well as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.
The Finding Harmony podcast has numerous podcast episodes with a wide variety of well-known yoga teachers from around the world.
Even though Harmony Slater is an Ashtanga yoga teacher, this podcast doesn’t have an Ashtanga focus. According to her website:
“What is a spiritual practice? How does it work? How will it improve my life? How will deepening my self-care transform me? What strategies can I use to improve my life, increase my health, and create wellness? How can craft a life that I love? The Finding Harmony Podcast gets to the root of all these questions.”
And that is exactly what she offers!
The latest Finding Harmonys interview I listened to was with Sarah Hatcher, a student of David Garrigues and actually, a teacher I have been following for a while and would love to practice with.
Why you’ll love it: Friendly conversations with some remarkable yoga practitioners and teachers.
Episode Pick: Sarah Hatcher – Stoking the Inner Fire
6. Yoga Is Dead
Other than the fact that the name of this podcast Yoga is Dead is amazing the podcast too is extremely informative and eye-opening. It’s led by Theijl and Jasel, who are both Indian American yoga teachers.
As they say on their website: “Yoga is Dead is a revolutionary podcast that explores power, privilege, fair pay, harassment, race, cultural appropriation and capitalism in the yoga and wellness worlds. Join Indian-American hosts Tejal + Jesal as they expose all the monsters lurking under the yoga mat.”
This was a limited-edition podcast that explored the less discussed problematic areas of yoga. There are just 6 episodes, and each is about one hour long.
- White women killed yoga
- Karma women killed yoga
- Gurus women killed yoga
- Vinyasa women killed yoga
- Vegans women killed yoga
- 200 hours women killed yoga
For each episode, Theijl and Jasel don’t just scratch the surface. They dig deep and present well-researched ideas and opinions. They even share their resources on their website so you can do your own bit of research should you wish to do so!
Why you’ll love it: It discusses all that is wrong with modern yoga, that most people in the yoga community don’t talk openly about.
Episode Pick: #1: White woman killed yoga.
7. Asana Kitchen
David Garrigues is rather well-known and respected in the Ashtanga yoga world. He has had a consistent yoga practice since 1991 and his Asana Kitchen podcast reflects his extensive knowledge and experience.
According to his website: “David’s mission is to help students of yoga flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of the circle of Haṭha Yoga lovers who are devoted to applying the teachings of Ashtanga Yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.”
The Finding Harmony podcast has numerous podcast episodes that cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from yoga philosophy to the practical aspects of yoga, such as the episode: Modify and Customize Your Practice
The latest Asana Kitchen podcast episode I listened to was titled “How are yoga and fitness related?”. In this lively, informative podcast David discusses the connection between fitness and yoga. Well worth listening to!
Why you’ll love it: Solo in-depth podcast with a very experienced and knowledgeable yoga teacher.
YogaLand is one of the best yoga podcasts out there for yoga teachers. It’s a bit of a 2 in 1 podcast as it’s led by two extremely experienced figures of the yoga world. As their website says: “Authentic conversations and expert advice about teaching and practicing yoga”.
On the one hand, we have the main presenter, Andrea Feretti, who was once the editor of Yoga Journal. On the other hand, we have her husband Jason Crandell, who is considered a well-respected yoga teacher around the world.
And so together they host YogaLand which has over 300 episodes and over 6.4 million downloads!
They have 6 content categories to choose from:
- Yoga Teacher Tutorials
- Yoga Content and Marketing
- Yoga Anatomy
- Yoga Philosophy
- Teaching Yoga Online
Why you’ll love it: It includes lots of helpful content mainly geared toward yoga teachers.
9. Let’s Talk Yoga
Last but not least we have the Let’s Talk Yoga podcast which again is more tailored towards yoga teachers. Its led by Arundhati, who according to her website is an Indian immigrant yoga teacher in the US that have powerful conversations about teaching yoga, cultural appropriation, merging yoga & business, and much more.
Here are just some of her many podcast offerings:
And so from this small sample, I’m sure you. can get an idea of what is offered by this wonderful podcast.
Why you’ll love it: It includes lots of helpful content that can be applied to your mat and to your yoga teaching.
Can I listen to a podcast while doing yoga?
As a general rule, it’s best not to listen to a yoga podcast while practicing yoga as it may take your attention away from your practice. Ideally, listen to yoga podcasts while out walking or driving and practice yoga by listening to the sound of your breath, or even some non-distracting music.
Is it OK to listen to music while doing yoga?
As a general rule, you can listen to music when practicing yoga. Just try to make sure it isn’t too distracting and takes your attention away from your practice.