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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 12: Interview with Comedian Jhanelle Dennis

Feb 07 2018
On episode 12 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by the lovely stand up comedian, writer actress and rapper, Jhanelle Dennis. We discuss the world of spirituality, meditating before performing stand up comedy and all of the crystals Jhanelle has in her purse at the moment. Jhanelle is such a warm energy and bright light to be around and I loved recording this episode with her. For more information regarding Jhanelle and the Runnin at the Mouth rap comedy group she is a part of, you can follow her on social media at @jhanelledennis and @ratmcomedy. 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 12: Interview with Comedian Jhanelle Dennis

00:48:19 Download (55MB)

Episode 11: Interview with Comedians Coko Galore and Daphney Joseph

Jan 29 2018
On episode 11 of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by the very talented and lovely comedy improv duo, Coko and Daphney (Coko Galore and Daphney Joseph)! We discuss comedy, improv, the entertainment world and Coko and Daphney's unique approaches to meditation. While Daphney practices a more traditional form of seated meditations, Coko practices active mindfulness and each guest explains how these areas help both themselves an each other. This was such a wonderful interview and our first duo-interview on the podcast that I'm very excited to share with listeners. For more info about Coko and Daphney, you can visit their social media @cokoanddaphney and on Coko's website: cokogalore.com/. 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 11: Interview with Comedians Coko Galore and Daphney Joseph

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Episode 10: Interview with Amanda Stokes, Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Jan 24 2018
On episode ten of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by yoga and meditation instructor, Amanda Stokes. We discuss Amanda's process coming into meditation and mindfulness as well as becoming an instructor. We also chat about the philosophies of yoga and Amanda's style of teaching, which includes her focus around the chakras and how to be mindful of these areas during meditation. 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 10: Interview with Amanda Stokes, Yoga and Meditation Instructor

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Episode 9: Interview with Comedian Sandra Battaglini

Jan 17 2018
In episode nine of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by award winning stand up comedian, writer and actress, Sandra Battaglini. Sandra shares her experience with meditation and kundalini yoga and explains how she uses these practices in unison with all of her creative projects. I really enjoyed recording this episode with Sandra and learned a great deal about her in the process. We talk ego, fame and how meditation can help us manage these topics. Enjoy! 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 9: Interview with Comedian Sandra Battaglini

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Episode 8: Interview with Lawyer and Mindfulness Teacher Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

Jan 10 2018
On episode eight of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by family lawyer and mindfulness teacher, Nicolle Kopping-Pavars. We discuss Nicolle's experience coming into mindfulness and meditation, teaching mindfulness to lawyers and a life altering experience Nicolle had that changed her life forever. I found this episode very moving and I had goosebumps throughout. I am so grateful to Nicolle for sharing her story and insight with listeners here. For more information about Nicolle's mindfulness practices and teachings, you can find related articles on her website at: www.nkplaw.ca/ 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 8: Interview with Lawyer and Mindfulness Teacher Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

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Episode 7: Interview with Comedian Marito Lopez

Jan 02 2018
On episode seven of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by the very talented comedian, rapper and meditation supporter, Marito Lopez. On this episode, we have a very candid discussion about the ego, the entertainment industry, God and Marito's positive experience with meditation. I really enjoyed recording this episode and learned a lot from this extremely wise and thoughtful person! For more information about Marito and his comedy you can follow him on social media @FmaritoL and @nochampagnpapi. For more information on Marito's rap comedy group Runnin' at the Mouth, you can find them online @ratmcomedy. 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 7: Interview with Comedian Marito Lopez

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Episode 6: Live from Goa, India: Interview with Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Franziska Marty

Dec 27 2017
On episode six of the Ego Podcast I am joined by yoga and meditation instructor and ayurvedic science advocate, Franziska Marty. Franziska is originally from Switzerland and now making her home in India. This episode was recorded during my time studying at Kashish Yoga School in Goa and on it we discuss the benefits of meditation, spending time in nature, the details behind ayurvedic medicine and more. I really enjoyed recording this episode with Franziska and I'm excited for listeners to hear her story and the positive impact meditation has had on her. This episode was recorded at Kashish Yoga School in Goa, India. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 6: Live from Goa, India: Interview with Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Franziska Marty

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Episode 5: Live from Goa, India: Interview with Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Akhilesh K.R

Dec 20 2017
On episode five of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by yoga and meditation instructor and co-owner of Kashish Yoga School, Akhilesh K.R. I was fortunate enough to complete my yoga teacher training in Goa, India and Akhilesh was my lead instructor. This episode was recorded during my time studying at Kashish Yoga School and on it we discuss the philosophies behind yoga, incorporating meditation into your routine, the ego in relation to the chakras and more! There is also a bonus meditation provided with this podcast that was led by Akhilesh that you are welcome to download. For more information about Akhilesh and Kashish Yoga School please visit: kashishyoga.com/. You can also follow them on social media @kashishyoga This episode was recorded at Kashish Yoga School in Goa, India. Sound editing was completed by Justin Ingraldi and Barry Taylor. Music by Nick Reynoldson.

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Episode 5: Live from Goa, India: Interview with Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Akhilesh K.R

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Episode 4: Interview with Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Caitlan Carver

Dec 12 2017
On episode four of the Ego Podcast, I am joined by yoga and meditation instructor and founder of Ananda Yoga Retreats, Caitlan Carver. Caitlan has international teaching experience and numerous certifications under her belt as a yoga instructor, sound therapy and reiki healer. On this episode we discuss her shift from working in public relations to teaching yoga and meditation. Caitlan gives an amazing explanation about what sound therapy has done for her and what her hope is in working with it for her students. This was such an interesting interview with such a brilliant woman and teacher. For more information about Caitlan, her classes and upcoming retreats please visit: yogacait.com/ and puryogatoronto.com/. You can follow Caitlan on social media @anandayogaretreats and @yogacait. 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 4: Interview with Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Caitlan Carver

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Episode 3: Interview with Comedian Carol Zoccoli

Dec 05 2017
On episode three of the Ego Podcast I am joined by stand up and sketch comedian, writer and actor, Carol Zoccoli. In addition to winning numerous awards in both Canada and Brazil for her comedy and appearing on major television network shows such as Saturday Night Live, Brazil and Canadian comedy festivals such as the Halifax Comedy Festival, Carol is a major advocate for meditation. She sat down with me in the studio and shared how her experience with mindfulness and meditation has changed her life for the better. Carol is by far on of the most interesting people I have ever met and I am very grateful for this interview. For more info about Carol and her shows please visit: www.carolzoccoli.com/ and you can follow Carol on social media @carolzoccoli (@zoccolicarol on Instagram) 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 3: Interview with Comedian Carol Zoccoli

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