About the Guest:
JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, YouTuber, author, international teacher, speaker at events, world traveler, and curious student of life. His work empowers people to live more meaningful lives. JP is the author of How To Be Ultra Spiritual, which was published by Sounds True in 2017. He is very active with his online videos where he encourages healing and growth through his humorous and entertainingly informative videos, including his hit Ultra Spiritual comedy series, which has accumulated over 100 million views. You can learn more about JP and his work at AwakenWithJP.com.
In this Episode, we discuss:
- The process of creativity and how it helps us heal, move past limiting beliefs and psychological toxins
- How the “creative state” can elicit a conscious connection between the self-identified self and other (example tree)
- JP’s satire as a commentary around the ego’s tendency to latch on to a practice as a control drama
- How transparency and vulnerability are some of the most healing forces available to us
- The challenges and difficulties JP has dealt with as his brand grows in popularity
- The three biggest challenges of the yoga/spiritual community
- Western discourse and the lack of recognition in the divinity of discomfort
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I’m not convinced my yoga is better than your yoga because I am not in your body or your life or your circumstances or family constellation. I do not know where you come from or what makes you tick. I do not know what your body “needs”.
If the yoga industry wants to thrive again, it needs to start teaching more than fitness. Fortunately, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel- all the techniques already exist within yoga’s traditions to offer a class that touches every part of our being. By offering more integrated classes that include pranayama, mantra, meditation and kriya, we can now provide a yoga experience, instead of just yoga poses.
Just as each feature of cosmic order has an essential nature, cosmic order itself has an essential nature. Bringing ourselves into harmony with the essential nature of cosmic order is the way by which we can live peacefully in the world. Conversely, dissonant action relative the essential nature of cosmic order brings about chaos and destruction.
Nikki Costello is an educator with 30 years of teaching and training experience in the Yoga and Wellness industry. She works at the intersection of social justice and Yoga with a focus on facilitating new models of embodied leadership.