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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  • Glenn Ceresoli Interview (0) February 11, 2014 While at the beautiful Satsanga Yoga Retreat in Goa India I was lucky to arrange a rare interview with senior Iyengar teacher Glenn Ceresoli. Glenn has been practicing and teaching for over 30 years and although based in Sydney Australia he spends a good amount of his time traveling around the world holding intensives, retreats ...
  • Becoming Animal: Using Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation as Embodiment Practices for the Cultivation of Organic Intelligence (0) August 30, 2016 A practitioner in my Mysore program recently asked me: “If one side of a posture is more open than the other, and I feel like I can keep going deeper in the more open side, should I hold back to try to even it out with the less open side?” My response drew from what I ...
  • Interview with Paul Dallaghan (2) May 13, 2016 I was extremely lucky to be able to catch up with Paul Dallaghan while I was teaching a retreat in Samahita Retreat in Thailand. In this interview I get to talk to Paul about the teachers that influenced his practice, the studies he has now undertaken and how he feels the physical yoga practice sits ...
  • Themed Interview with Mark Darby: Forwardfolding (0) April 19, 2016 So this season I decided to do some interviews themed around different aspects of the practice. The format is a chat about the subject and then a demo /workshop. In this interview I get to talk to Darby and I chose forwardfolding not only because a good few students struggle at least initially with these ...
  • Interview with Wambui Njuguna on her Pregnancy and Yoga (0) May 16, 2015 How you should modify you asana practice when pregnant is obviously a very personal thing, but it certainly helps to hear how other people balanced the two. Wambui has such a great calmness and kindness about her, that after this short interview Karolina (Director of Purple Valley) and I almost said at the same time: We ...
  • Joey Miles Interview (0) May 26, 2016 This is a great interview I did with the charismatic Joey Miles. We talk about what brought him to yoga and what he sees for his future as a teacher and practitioner, and of course a lot of other things. Joey is a kind and compassionate teacher and definitely someone I would seek out to ...
  • David Keil Interview (0) April 17, 2014 If you are interested in Yoga Anatomy or Ashtanaga you will know about David Keil. With his great and informative website http://www.yoganatomy.com/ and worldwide workshops. I was like a kid in a toy shop when I got the chance to interview David. Loads of topics were covered with plenty of geeky anatomy talk. At this ...
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