Alexander Medin Interview (Back In The Ring 2)

back in the ring 2
Alexander Medin is now into the second year of his ‘Back In The Ring’ project, which aims to help people suffering from drug addiction (mostly heroin) to stay clean through the use of Ashtanga Yoga and the selfless helping of others. The mission statement is:

Strength, clarity and transformation through helping others.

Alexander brought this years group to Ashtanga yoga retreat center Purple Valley in Goa, India before carrying on further south to build a Ganesha temple for a small village in Karnataka. The heavy stone blocks to build the temple had to be carried by the group on their heads into the jungle.

This interview focuses on discovering the background to the ‘Back In The Ring’ project and how it is working out. I even got to talk to a couple of the group who have been with the initiative since the beginning and are now assisting Alexander with this years trip and the continuing work back in Norway.

Take a listen and be inspired.

You can find out more about the Back In The Ring project here:
https://www.facebook.com/BackintheRing
http://backinthering.com/about/

Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come! Check out the Interview page for the full list.
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  • John Scott Interview 2016 (0) July 19, 2016 I have been so lucky to be able to chat with John Scott quite a few times now. This interview amused me immensely because John was particularly difficult to keep on track as we meandered through multiple layers of digressions. In the end I think we did circle around to answer the question I posed ...
  • Michael Gannon Interview 2016 (0) July 27, 2016 Michael Gannon is certainly not one of those teachers you have to tease information out of. In this interview we talk about his experiences as a teacher, modifying the practice (variation vs approximation), and his upcoming book. You can find out about where you can practice with Michael from his website: http://michaelgannonyoga.com/ Here are some of the ...
  • Anthony Prem Carlisi Interview (6) September 7, 2013 So rather than just lying on the beach all day while I was in Bali, what was I doing, searching out those great teachers for interviews so that I can bring you the juice (ok, so I lie a bit, there was a fair amount of time on the beach, but hey it’s Bali. My ...
  • Julie Martin Interview (1) January 19, 2015 Vinyasa Flow teacher Julie Martin is Director of Brahmani Yoga and teaches workshops around the world. In this interview I talk to Julie about the important things to bear in mind when sequencing, multi-level classes, using non linear movement, buoyancy in postures and how she has adapted the way she teaches over the years ...
  • Kino MacGregor & Tim Feldmann Interview (1) March 7, 2015 Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann are both world renowned Ashtanga teachers in their own right but they also manage to find time to teach together as well. I focused this joint interview around them as a couple; how they approach teaching together, how their practices differ, do the like to practice together or seperately, who ...
  • Raw Food: Ben and Sayuri Interview (0) July 17, 2014 Many people have asked me to post more about nutrition on the site, so I recently managed to arrange an interview with popular raw food chefs Ben Richards and Sayuri Tanaka. Not only do they run raw food trainings but they also are involved with joint raw food & yoga retreats as well as have ...
  • Petri Raisanen Interview (2) April 17, 2014 Have you ever met someone who just makes you smile with the warmth that they emanate without having to say a word? That is Petri Raisanen. Calm, tranquil,and the sort of person that makes you feel that you have known them for ages even though you have just said hello. When taking a mysore practice ...
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