Life as a Secret Yogi Podcast Hosted by Austin Bitzas
The message of the “Secret Yogi” is that we all have this heroic self, our inner source, that we cultivate through the tools of yoga, meditation, breath work, energy work and related practices to make a seemingly ordinary world extraordinary. We all have this super hero that lives within. Yoga, meditation, breath work, energy work, and related practices allow us to tap into our “super powers”. Our “super powers” being mindfulness, awareness, love, focus and creating happiness from within to list just a few and ultimately remove physical tensions to feel good in a body that we love. You can be new to yoga, currently in your journey and/or utilizing yoga and related practices as tools to perform in other disciplines (running, snowboarding, art, music, martial arts, business, golf, swimming, cycling, parenthood etc) or simply daily life. Nevertheless you would like to utilize the tools of yoga, meditation, breath work, energy work, and related practices to make life beautiful.
It was an honor for Saraz founder, Mark Garner, to be a guest on the show. Austin and Mark discussed a number of topics including the history and details of handpans as well as Mark’s personal journey of building handpans and how Yoga and Qi Gong have become an integral part of his life and maintenance of health.
Thanks again Austin for doing what you do!
For more resources, invites to free yoga, & meditation classes check out http://www.secretyogisociety.com/
04:38- Mark’s story to finding and creating purpose through yoga, meditation, qi gong and how he has integrated that into his work in creating handpans (from discovering the handpan, to starting Saraz)
07:57 – Mental, emotional, and self realization through building handpans. Integrating mindfulness into the physical practice of building handpans.
Quote: “What is your muscles doing in that action”
Quote: “Being forced to see my limits both mentally, physically, & emotionally.”
10:15 – Overcoming serious injury from manually building handpans through yoga and qi gong. Switching his mind set from yang to yin. Find that balance between yin & yang.
Quote: “Learn to stretch & elasticate my muscles & not be pent up in tension all the time”
Quote: “I can probably work 1500% more now than I could 3 years ago because of simply doing yoga”
11:37 – Finding that balance between yin & yang mindset.
Quote: “To be present in what we are doing. Whether we are having a conversation like you & I are. Or hanging out in the forest watching the leaves blow in the breeze. Or listening to our love ones and the things they really want to share with us and our friends. Or whatever it may be in life”
Quote: “Find that balance in being a witness & putting forth what we want to express in the world” Yin & Yang
16:38 – Power of integrating Handpan music into a spiritual practice. Exploring sound therapy for healing in ways you’d never expect.
“More than Music” Rob Jacoby Interview
Quote: “I love the instrument. I’m taking it into hospitals & playing for people. I’m taking it into hospice & playing for people. I’m taking into my school & playing for people.”
19:00 – Handpan is a unique instrument like no other
24:52 – The Saraz Foundation was founded to promote and sponsor music education, environmental sustainability, and most importantly, a healthy, happy, and balanced seventh generation of life on planet Earth.
27:45 – Handpan 101!
28:00 – History
31:48 – Terminology…is it a Hang, Handpan?
35:54 – What variations are there out there and what are the differences? Hang, Hang pan, Tank drum, space drum, Tongue drum, rav drum … how do you tell them all apart?
How does the handpan exactly work?
Why are handpans so expensive?
42:42 – How does one learn to play the handpan?
Is it hard to learn?
Quote: “It’s about one of the easiest instruments I’ve ever tried to learn”
45:43 – Are there types of Handpans for different music?
Stainless Steel vs traditional steel Handpans
53:43 – Do you need a stand for your handpan?
55:15 – How to you travel with handpan?
Handpan size & weight
57:56 – Is there a special way to clean a handpan?
Are handpans durable?
How to tune a Handpan?
65:25 – Are there handpan meeting groups or gatherings?
In person like a festival or online?
69:50 – What’s next for Mark & Saraz Handpans?
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