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Living The Sutras

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For our 15th episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden. Kelly and Amy are the co-authors of an amazing book called Living the Sutras – A guide to Yoga wisdom beyond the mat. It “offers a modern, accessible and personal look at the ancient yogic philosophy and wisdom found in The Yoga Sutras”. Even before the book was out, it was on my reading list and I pre-ordered it. I was so excited to dig in the Sutra from another perspective, and when I saw how simply it was presented and that it came with exercises to apply it to your daily life, I really wanted to sit down with the authors to talk about it!

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Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 15th episode! We have other great guests lined up for you so make sure to subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen!

As always, I really appreciate your support. So as you leave a review on iTunes or on your iPhone podcast app, you automatically enter our giveaway. In this episode, Kelly and Amy are generously giving out a couple of copies of their book! You have great chances to get to read their book for free if you write a review!


  • Can you tell us a bit about yourself, your background, and what brought you to yoga and to writing originally?
  • Is there a parallel for you between writing and yoga?
  • How was the experience of co-writing this book?
  • For people that have no idea what the yoga sutras are, can you explain what they are and what is the importance of that text?
  • What has been your relationship to the yoga sutras as students and as teachers? Has it changed?
  • Why did you feel called to write this book?
  • Why was it important for you to make the yoga sutras more accessible?
  • How did you make a selection of sutras?
  • What are the most important sutras in your opinion?
  • Do you have a favorite sutra?
  • What is the biggest lesson you learned about your life, from writing this book?
  • In your opinion, what is the place of the yoga sutras in developing a personal practice?
  • If people feel inspire and want to dig a little deeper after your book, where should they turn?
  • What you’re favorite translation and why?
  • What’s next for you? Any projects you can share with us?


Kelly DiNardo is the author of several books, including Living the Sutras. As a freelance journalist, she specializes in exploration – whether it’s internally through yoga and meditation, physically through health and fitness, culturally and socially through profiles, or the myriad ways food and travel bring all of that together. She has written for O: The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, AARP, and others. Kelly is also the owner of Past Tense yoga studio in Washington, DC. It was born from her vision for a welcoming, accessible, community space where people come together and find that joy as well as support for and growth in their practice. Learn more about Kelly and her work here: www.kellydinardo.comwww.pasttensestudio.com

Amy Pearce-Hayden who is author of “Living the Sutras” A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat, and owner of Tantra Wellness & Yoga, (Madison, WI) can be found spending her time teaching, lecturing, and connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs. She has devoted 20 years of study to yogic and Eastern philosophies while running small businesses from yoga studios to restaurants. Amy is a recognized International Yoga teacher who is sought out for her expertise in linking classical yoga with modern living. She specializes in addiction, trauma therapy, and whole-family living. Learn more about Amy and her work here : www.tantramadison.com


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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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