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Born at the beginning of the 60s, Stewart experienced the hippy revolution, punk rock, new wave, two tone, reggae and much more in the diverse politicised atmosphere of Thatcherist Britain.
Leading a wild, nihilistic, and hedonostic lifestyle led him to a multitude of years and experiences with hallucinogenics, shamanism and ethnobotany both recreationally and spiritually.
The new age travellers and the second summer of love in the UK, where Rave and Ecstacy redefined alternative culture and reinvigorated the esoteric arts, which kindled an interest in buddhism and yoga in Stewart.
Following a severe back injury Stewart experienced an amazing recovery through intensive Astanga Vinyasa Mysore yoga practice.
Stewart’s sadhana led him toward an extensive yoga education with teachers from around the world who have had a profound effect on his style of teaching.
A devoted activist in a wide range of issues: the Arms trade and nuclear disarmament, human and animal rights, environmental and ecological issues, anti-racist/fascist, pro LGBTQ, anti capitalist and anti poverty.
He spent 10 years as a youth worker and teacher within the voluntary sector before training as a Lawyer in inner city London.
Stewart relates his radical traditionalist approach to Yoga to include these important modern issues and his experiences therein.
With great respect to the founders for their activism in animal rights he qualified as a Jivamukti teacher in 2003 and since has taught extensively in London and worldwide with annual retreats workshops in India and Sri Lanka.
Stewart is a Senior Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. He founded East London School of Yoga and has been teaching Teacher Training for 8 years. He is currently studying at SOAS University toward an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation with hopes of research toward a Phd.
Stewart is eternally grateful to Hamish Hendry (Astanga London), Sabel Thaim, Jennifer Dale,Sri K Patthabi Jois, Sri Shreshadree (Mysore), and David Life and Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Yoga) who all contributed greatly to change his life. He is also very sorry to everyone and everything who he harmed before yoga.
In this episode Yoga Is Vegan's Holly Skodis and Stewart Gilchrist discuss the following:
- Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine Yoga Edition
- Kate Magic
- Nature's First Law: The Raw-Food Diet by Stephen Arlin, David Wolfe, Fouad Dini, R.C. Dini, Marc Wolfe and Ken Seane
- Stew's experience getting sick on a mono fruitarian diet in colder climates
- Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li Shinrin-yoku
- Reclaim the Streets
- Extinction Rebellion
- The Farm Tennessee
- Sugar and bone char
- Stew’s experience getting Covid
- A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers by Mel Robin
- Hooked on Raw: Rejuvenate Your Body and Should With Nature's Living Foods by Rhio
- Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life by Juliano Brotman and Erika Lenkert
- Dr. Douglas N. Graham
- Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens M.D.
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