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S2 EP12 Ryan Leier | How to Overcome the Darkest Times?

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“I know it is possible to get through the darkest times. To overcome suffering. There is always an ember to ignite.” 

*Trigger warning: this episode mentions suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know is suffering with mental health and concerned with suicidal ideations, please know that help is available to you.

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This weeks guest Ryan Leier is a globally known Yoga ambassador, leader of One Yoga community, founder of the non-profit initiative “Vinyasa Yoga for the Youth” and devoted student of the Krishnamacharya lineage, of which he has studied extensively with many of the most revered teachers in the modern history of yoga. He’s also a father, partner and friend to many worldwide. 

Mental health challenges have recently altered Ryan’s life and practice. This intense period of darkness has ignited in him a renewed relationship and passion for sharing the profound healing power of yoga.  

In this heartfelt conversation, Ryan shares his struggles, triumphs, and deep wisdom learned through lived experience.

We touch on sooo much, but here’s a few key points:

➖ 11:09 How yoga can be a coping mechanism

➖ 18:45 When your whole life becomes the practice

➖ 25:49 There’s nothing to do but love each other

➖ 35:08 Treating one’s teachers as friends and students as equals

➖ 48:22 Returning to the practice with 3 poses a day

➖ 54:03 A tale by Rumi: The Lion Tattoo

In this episode, Ryan mentions a few of his teachers; Danny Paradise, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Father Joe Pereira, and the Patanjali Sutra translation by Barbara Miller titled ‘Yoga: a Discipline of Freedom’.

Connect with Ryan and join the 40 days of Sadhana here: or find him on IG: @ryanleier

With humility, grace and power, Ryan sweetly reminds us of how we can move forward from the most difficult times. Please listen, share and continue to spread awareness of mental health illness and how it affects all communities – yoga included.

in love and oneness, 


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About Bobbi

I'm Bobbi, a very curious yogi! I’m also into exploring nature all around the world, creating epic vegan feasts, and apart from being on my yoga mat, I’m happiest when I’m disco dancing my way back to the 70’s!



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A Curious Yogi 

I’m really excited that you’ve made it here! So, what’s my mission? It’s to support you in uncovering your highest Self and living an expanded everyday life. It’s my mission because I spent 14 years as a lost, addicted, and depressed yogi. And, it wasn’t until I began to put tender, love and care into my daily personal practice, sadhana, that I began to unfold that state of bliss, which is Yog. 

I’m here as your guide, and your friend, to help you integrate hath yog, pranaayam, meditation & yogic wisdom into your daily life so you can blossom too. 

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