Kelly DiNardo - Living the Sutras in this Moment.

Episode 79

49 mins

Kelly DiNardo - Living the Sutras in this Moment.

April 19, 2020

Kelly DiNardo is a Yoga teacher, studio owner, podcaster, writer and author of the book Living The Sutras.

Living the Sutras is an accessible and fun guide to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The sutras contain teachings on how to deal with loss, pain, dissatisfaction, and alienation as well as providing guidance on how to cultivate joy and lead a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. We feel that they are more important than ever.

As well as learning about Kelly's background growing up in New York, we hear how she discovered yoga, how she became a writer and what inspired her to write Living the Sutras.

We also discuss Kelly's book 'Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique', a fascinating biography of burlesque performer Lili St. Cyr.

Kelly's website:
Living the Sutras:

This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia:

The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.


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1:13 An Update from Kelly post Covid 19
5:07 Kelly talks about her background growing up in New York
5:48 How did Kelly discover yoga?
7:15 What prompted Kelly to become a writer?
9:02 Was it difficult breaking the sutras down, or are they at their heart very simple but dense statements?
12:13 Does Kelly have a favourite sutra?
15:36 Did Kelly find any sutras particularly challenging to get her head around?
16:43 How important is social justice in the world of yoga?
18:23 Midroll - Mentoring and Support
20:01 Has talking to people like Susanna Bartataki or Michelle Cassandra Johnson changed Kelly’s thinking in any way?
25:28 Self study as a path of joy, not struggle.
28:09 Did Kelly consciously introduce complex concepts in a simple way with the plan to go deeper later?
29:56 Was Kelly trying to appeal to skeptics with some of the information she provided, or was it just good information?
31:56 Were there any sutras in particular that were very easy to relate to?
33:23 Was it hard to come up with the exercises?
35:47 Did writing the book affect the way that Kelly taught her classes?
38:54 Kelly’s other book Gilded Lily - how does she choose her projects?
43:31 Did it require a shift to make Kelly’s book Living the sutras more interactive than a her book Gilded Lily?
45:48 Does Kelly have plans to write any more books in the yoga space?
47:13 What is the one core lesson that Kelly would like to share with the world?

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