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Episode 25: DAVID THEDINGA - Rewriting Healthcare

In this episode, we welcome David Thedinga. David is part of a non-profit company called O'Na that is striving to revolutionize healthcare by making complementary and alternative options more accessible. From reiki to massage therapy to private yoga sessions - it's possible to now have these services covered on an insurance plan. This is not only exciting for consumers, but for practitioners who provide these types of services. Listen in as David shares about O'na's unique place in the...


Episode 24: DOM FERRIS - The Creative Process: Follow What You Feel

Dom Ferris is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and photographer with a love for storytelling. Dom's informal style allows him to provide a raw behind-the-scenes look at his subjects. From music videos to unscripted documentaries, Dom strives to introduce you to the real person. Listen in as Dom shares about what drives him to create & his approach to balancing commercial work and the art he is passionate about. Check out Dom's work at


Episode 23: ADAM GERTLER - Success, Failure & The Pursuit of Happiness

Adam Gertler is an Entertainment Host, star of several shows on The Food Network, "Würstmacher" (sausage-maker) for popular eatery Dog Haus, and all around fun guy. In this episode, Adam shares his journey of ups and downs, successes and failures over the course of his career. From sweeping sand in Venice Beach to selling hot dogs in Costco to competing to be the Next Food Network Star, Adam has thrown himself into each opportunity, bringing his own flavoring of flair, hunger and...


Episode 22: CHRISTY CURTIS - Finding Peace: Moving from Anxiety to Stillness Through Mindful Meditation

In this episode, we welcome meditation teacher, Christy Curtis, to the show. Christy shares about her personal meditation journey, initially seeking out the practice to deal with feels of anxiety and loss of meaning. After experiencing many different meditation styles, Christy became certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She uses the tools with her students and is actively working on integrating more Mindfulness programs within the public school system for both educators...


Episode 21: JOAN HYMAN - Open Heart, Open Mind: A Journey Through Nepal

L.A. based traveling yoga teacher, Joan Hyman, shares about her recent travels through Nepal. Listen in as Joan discusses the significant impact that traveling to remote countries has had on her, how leaving your comfort zone can strengthen your spiritual practice and her best advice for people looking to embark on a similar journey. Enjoy!


Episode 20: MARK AKOUBIAN - Yoga with Veterans

Welcome Mark Akoubian from OC Warriors Yoga. Mark's organization focuses on offering yoga to veterans on a local level. He provides unique events and ongoing classes designed to meet the needs of this population. In this episode, Mark shares why yoga is helpful for veterans & considerations for teachers looking to get involved.


Episode 19: KORI STROBL - When Things Don't Work Out

In this episode, we welcome back Kori Strobl from the Huntington Beach Yoga Collective for a raw and real conversation about closing the doors on her studio. Kori honestly shares about the challenges she faced running her yoga studio, the moment she realized it would have to end and the lessons learned along the way. Anybody thinking about starting a business or who has started a business will definitely benefit from and relate to this episode.


Episode 18: Mikaku from Floating Leaf Resort

Welcome Mikaku from Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat to Devata Pod. Mikaku shares what inspired his decision to leave it all behind, live full-time in Bali and open a eco-friendly retreat center on the island. He also shares his insight and advice about what makes for a great retreat and how retreat leaders can set themselves up for success. Enjoy!


Episode 17: Devata Round-Up with Melanie & Alex

MELANIE CHERNEY & ALEX BARBARIAN: Join Melanie & Alex as they recap some of the recent events at Devata, including our ongoing talent series, Devata Sessions, and the recent Yoga Teacher Training in Bali. The hosts reflect on lessons learned, the challenges of putting yourself out there and exposing yourself on a public platform and what's ahead. Get caught up on all your Devata news!


Episode 16: Rise, Reclaim & Represent - Social Change Through Yoga with Melanie Klein

MELANIE KLEIN: Our latest Devata Pod guest, Melanie Klein, is a trailblazer in the field of yoga, media literacy and social activism. She is an accomplished author and co-founder of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition, working to challenge mainstream yoga culture and make yoga more inclusive and accessible.


Episode 15: Just Breathe with Allison Gemmel Laframboise

ALLISON GEMMEL LAFRAMBOISE: With great pleasure, we introduce Allison Gemmel Laframboise. Allison is a yoga teacher, jewelry designer and published author. Her recent book "Pranayama", explores yogic breathing techniques. Listen in as Allison shares more about the value of Pranayama in a modern yoga practice and how we can all benefit by focused attention on the breath. Learn more about Allison here.


Episode 14: Trusting the Universe with Adell Bridges

ADELL BRIDGES: We welcome Adell Bridges, well-loved nomadic international Yoga Teacher! It's been almost a year since Adell said "Why not?!", let go of all of her possessions and began traveling the world and sharing her passion for yoga. Listen in as Adell shares about what led to that decision, the keys to making it work and her personal mantras that get her through when doubts or challenges arise. Find out more about Adell's workshops and retreats. She's probably on a flight headed your...


Episode 13: Finding Your Style with Frankie Rios

FRANKIE RIOS: We welcome Frankie Rios, also known as THRD, onto the show. Frankie is a Los Angeles-based music producer and the most recent artist showcased on Devata Sessions. Listen in as Frankie shares about discovering his signature unique sound and navigating the modern music landscape with his music collective, Somos. You can listen in to songs from Frankie's recent Devata Sessions show on our YouTube Page.


Episode 12: Finding Freedom in Your Movement

MARYANN HARRINGTON DIMAK: Please welcome Dr. MaryAnne Harrington Dimak, a Chiropractor focused on Sports Medicine and functional movement. Listen in as Dr. MaryAnne shares about the road from bartender to chiropractor, the importance of finding you "WHY" and her passion for teaching yoga teachers about functional movement.


Episode 11: Powerful Partnership

DR. JAMES & AURORA ALLEN: This episode is all about powerful partnerships! We welcome Dr. James & Aurora Allen, a dynamic team in marriage, parenting and business who mesh the knowledge of Chiropractic Medicine and Yoga to create an approach that is truly holistic. Listen in to learn about their unique approach, the importance of taking risks and how Dr. Allen won over Aurora with one chiropractic adjustment!


Episode 10: Building Community with Kori Strobl

KORI STROBL: We loved sitting down with Kori Strobl, Yoga Teacher and owner of the HB Yoga Collective in Huntington Beach. Kori shared about the values upon which the studio was founded, their upcoming in-depth Yoga Teacher Training program, and her feelings on the current regulations (or lack thereof) impacting the evolution of Yoga. Enjoy!


Episode 9: Making Music Happen with Krista Marina

KRISTA MARINA: Episode 9 welcomes Krista Marina to Devata Pod! Krista is a super talented upcoming Southern California-based musician who brings a soulfulness well beyond her years. Listen in as we discuss her unique musical influences (Middle-Eastern music!), her creative process and what it's like to be an independent artist in today's music scene.


Episode 8: Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle with Olympian Jaime Komer

JAIME KOMER: Welcome Jaime Komer to Devata Pod! Jaime is a former Olympian turned "Healthy Living Guide". Listen in as Jaime shares about her work leading people towards healthy, vibrant living, the challenges of retiring from athletics and the #1 thing that can make all the difference on your path to wellness. Enjoy!


Episode 7: Modern Yogi with Kaleen Lugo

KALEEN LUGO: Join us as we warmly welcome Kaleen Lugo, a California-based Yoga Teacher and longtime practitioner. We delve in deep and explore what it means to be a modern yogi. Kaleen brings her authentic and insightful perspective to the Devata community, sharing her take on the current state of the yoga community, what it looks like to turn yoga into your career and why yoga is such a valuable tool of transformation. Enjoy!


Episode 6: Building Your Brand One Taco at a Time with Wing Lam

WING LAM: Please welcome Wing Lam to Devata Pod! Wing is the co-founder of Wahoo's Fish Tacos, a pioneering food chain that revolutionized the fast casual dining experience by providing quality, health ingredients in a new format. From one location in 1988, Wing and his brothers have expanded to over 60 locations in 7 States. Wing shares his wisdom about starting a business and some of the early decisions that made all the difference. Get ready to learn what sets Wahoo's apart and why it's...