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The Ego Podcast

This is a podcast about striving to find balance in a world full of extremes. On it, Dena Jackson (Comedian, Writer and Meditation advocate) interviews comedians, actors, yogis, meditation leaders and other working professionals about what they do to find balance in their lives and manage their egos.

Episode 25: Interview with Actor and Yoga Instructor, Michael Eisner

May 23 2018
On episode 25 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by Actor and Yoga Instructor, Michael Eisner! We discuss Michael's experiences with ego in both the yoga/meditation and entertainment worlds. He also discusses some unique styles of meditation that he practices and how they have impacted his life in a major way. Michael also shares his experience with the health condition, Ankylosing Spondilitis and you can listen to his podcast which touches on this subject deeper; "Ankylosing Spondilitis Natural Health" on iTunes and Shoutengine. This episode was recorded at the Laughing Vikings Studio in Toronto. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 25: Interview with Actor and Yoga Instructor, Michael Eisner

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Episode 24: Interview with Elaine Smookler, Psychotherapist, Writer and Performer

May 09 2018
On this episode of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by Psychotherapist, writer, performer and mindfulness advocate, Elaine Smookler. During this interview we discussed Elaine's work with mindfulness and how she teaches it to others in very creative ways. Elaine shares her perspective on the benefits of mindfulness practices and the importance of being present. I loved recording this interview with Elaine. Enjoy! For more info about Elaine and her work, please visit http://www.elainesmookler.com/. This episode was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 24: Interview with Elaine Smookler, Psychotherapist, Writer and Performer

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Episode 23: Interview with Serah Ruth Goldberg, Yoga & Breath Work Facilitator

Apr 26 2018
On episode 23 of the Ego Podcast I am joined by yoga and meditation instructor and breath work facilitator, Serah Ruth Goldberg! We discuss Serah's work with breath and how she uses yoga as a platform to relay her teachings with others. We also discuss Serah's love for ego and finding ways to work with your ego rather than fighting it or having it drive the ship. This was a wonderful conversation and I learned so much from Serah and her perspective. For more information about Serah please visit seersway.ca or follow her on social media @serahruth. If you are in Toronto, you can also attend one of her classes at: YYoga Studio, Good Space and Kula Annex, where she runs breath work events. This recording was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 23: Interview with Serah Ruth Goldberg, Yoga & Breath Work Facilitator

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Episode 22: Interview with Janice Winton, Meditation Advocate and Former VP of Ryerson University

Apr 18 2018
On episode 22 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by Meditation Advocate and former Vice President of Ryerson University, Janice Winton! Janice is also the person who taught me how to meditate and my mom. We discuss her meditation process, teaching myself and others how to practice, incorporating meditation into the school systems and more! This was a really fun episode to record and I learned a lot about Janice's personal understanding of meditation and mindfulness practices and how that was passed along in my family. For more information about Janice and the Ryerson University Wellness Centre, please visit: www.ryerson.ca/healthandwellness/ This episode was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 22: Interview with Janice Winton, Meditation Advocate and Former VP of Ryerson University

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Episode 21: Interview with Comedian & Yoga Instructor, Kristy LaPointe

Apr 11 2018
On episode 21 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by comedian, writer and fellow yoga instructor, Kristy LaPointe! I had so much fun interviewing Kristy and during this interview we talk about life in the comedy and yoga worlds, removing ego as an instructor, applying yoga principles when performing and more! It was so nice to chat with another comedian/yogi and Kristy's perspective is both refreshing and hilarious. Enjoy! For more information about Kristy and her upcoming projects please visit: Kristylapointe.com or you can follow her on social media @kristylapointe and @planebasedkristy. She also has a new comedy/yoga web series available on CBC Comedy available here: www.cbc.ca/comedy/yoga-101-1.4578999 This recording was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 21: Interview with Comedian & Yoga Instructor, Kristy LaPointe

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Episode 20: Interview with Comedian, Jay Wells L’Ecuyer

Apr 04 2018
On episode 20 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by comedian Jay Wells L'Ecuyer! Jay is a Canadian sketch comedian and award winning filmmaker who is one half of the comedy duo Jay & Eytan! Now making his home in New York City, Jay was in town visiting which gave us a chance to sit down and discuss some his opinions on ego, spirituality and meditation! We also chat about Jay's process coming into mindfulness, spiritual awakenings and more! I really enjoyed recording this episode with Jay and I'm excited to share his perspective with listeners. Enjoy! For more information about Jay and his upcoming shows you can visit: www.jayandeytan.com or follow him on social media @jaywellslec and @jaywellscomedy. This episode was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 20: Interview with Comedian, Jay Wells L’Ecuyer

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Episode 19: Interview with Larry Li and Teo Lupu, Meditation Instructors and Holistic Healers

Mar 28 2018
On episode 19 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by holistic healers, meditation leaders and owners of Action Compassion Wellness In Vancouver, Larry Li and Teo Supu. Fate brought us together while I was visiting Vancouver in a very neat way here. During these 45 minutes we discuss Larry and Teo's approach to healing and energy work, growing awareness of ego and how meditation has changed both their personal and professional lives drastically. This was a truly special interview that I am very grateful I got to be a part of. For more info about Teo and Larry and what they do, you can visit: www.actioncompassion.com/ and www.vamf.ca or follow them on social media @meditationswerve. This episode was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 19: Interview with Larry Li and Teo Lupu, Meditation Instructors and Holistic Healers

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Episode 18: Interview with Omkar Gotkhindikar, Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Mar 21 2018
On episode 18 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Omkar Gotkhindikar. Omkar is one of my teachers who I studied under at Kashish Yoga School in Goa, India while completing my teacher training. Omkar is a wealth of knowledge and thanks to the strong Skype connection, we were able to chat across the globe (Canada and India) for this interview. We discuss the philosophy of yoga, philanthropy, building community and more! I have learned so much from Omkar and I am so happy that listeners have the opportunity to hear some of the knowledge he shares here. For more info about Omkar, Aayana Yoga and Kashish Yoga where Omkar teaches, you can visit: www.facebook.com/omkar.gotkhindikar and @omkaryogablr on Instagram. www.facebook.com/aayanayoga/ and kashishyoga.com/. This episode was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 18: Interview with Omkar Gotkhindikar, Yoga and Meditation Instructor

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Episode 17: Interview with Barry Taylor, Comedian and Head of Comedy Records

Mar 14 2018
On episode 17 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by comedian and head of Comedy Records, Barry Taylor. We chat about how Barry began practicing meditation and yoga and the major improvements he has experienced in his life since. Barry shares his experience working in the entertainment industry and how he tries to identify his ego in various situations. This was a very insightful interview that I thoroughly enjoyed recording. Enjoy! For more information about Barry and Comedy Records you can visit: www.comedyrecords.ca and on social media @comedyrecords. This episode was made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 17: Interview with Barry Taylor, Comedian and Head of Comedy Records

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Episode 16: Interview with Jesse Buck Yoga, Meditation and Community Outreach Worker

Mar 07 2018
On episode 16 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by yoga, meditation and community outreach worker, Jesse Buck. We chat about how Jesse uses yoga and meditation in his outreach programs and how he began using tibetan and crystal singing bowls as a way to heal himself and others. We also chat about meditation practices and how they shape the way we think and feel and Jesse shares some of his own process, outlining benefits he has experienced from meditating regularly. I really enjoyed this episode with Jesse and learned a lot from him during this interview. Enjoy! For more info about Jesse, you can visit his website at: jessebuck.ca or on social media @j_buckasana. This episode was recorded in Toronto and made possible by Comedy Records. Sound editing was completed by Barry Taylor and Justin Ingraldi. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 16: Interview with Jesse Buck Yoga, Meditation and Community Outreach Worker

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