Todd Norian on Unreasonable Happiness (#110)

About the Guest

Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, seeks to awaken others to their inherent potential for healing and joy by integrating the body, mind, and heart through yoga and meditation. Believing that yoga is a gateway for self-discovery and spiritual growth, Todd founded Ashaya Yoga in 2012 to guide his students through an alignment-based, heart-opening practice that builds strength and flexibility while giving them access to the universe of power within. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd brings advanced biomechanical knowledge, Shaiva Tantra philosophical teachings, and an unapologetic sense of humor to his international workshops and trainings. As a classically trained Jazz musician, Todd created several music albums for yoga and relaxation, including Bija: Soothing Music and Mantras for Yoga and Meditation. Learn more by reading Todd’s book, Memoir of a Jewish Yogi. For a listing of Ashaya Yoga Certified Teachers near you and a schedule of Todd’s upcoming teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats, visit Practice with Todd online at

In this episode we discuss:

  1. Unreasonable happiness as a way to engage in this time of crisis
  2. Todd’s personal experience of spiritual awakening
  3. The fall from grace of two beloved gurus
  4. Betrayal, resentment, grief, healing and forgiveness with boundaries as an act of self-love
  5. A new student-teacher relationship and the foundation of Ashaya Yoga
  6. Seeing everything in life as a path of awakening
  7. Non-duality, integration of all of it – this is the spiritual practice
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