American Desis is a podcast geared to sharing what it's like to be a South Asian in America through fresh, funny, and insightful interviews. Comedian Akaash Singh and actor Arjun Gupta employ a vulnerable style as they discuss who we are today and the issues we will face tomorrow. Join us for our new themed season geared toward Health & Wellness, where we speak with experts on mental, physical, and spiritual wellness from both a Western and Eastern point of view! Sign up for our mailing list at http://www.tinyurl.com/americandesisemail. Send us your comments, questions and suggestions at [email protected]
S2 Ep9: Health & Wellness #8: Jon Aaron - Meditation Before Levitation
55:41In the last interview of our health & wellness season, we talk to someone who was crucial to Arjun's personal wellness journey - meditation coach Jon Aaron. Jon gives us some advice about slowing down amid the chaos of our busy lives and making the time and space for meditation, whatever form it may come in. He also reminds us that pretty everything from breakups to breakfast is an opportunity to practice mindfulness.
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S2 Ep8: Health & Wellness #7: Monica Bhanote - Squatting When You Poop
38:26In the seventh episode of our health & wellness season we get to one of our most requested topics: AYURVEDA. We speak with Monica Bhanote of Sundays in Saffron and talk about moms carrying cardamom, running like deers, and why hot water is still cooling. Figure out what your dosha is here: https://www.sundaysinsaffron.com/dosha-quiz/
S2 Ep7: Health & Wellness #6: Navin Dargani - A Full Range of Emotions
47:42Episode 6 of our health and wellness season starts off with one of Arjun’s PSAs on mental health but eventually we get to talk to Navin Dargani about why therapy and mentalizing are important, and why cultural competence matters in mental health. You can learn more about Navin's practice here: http://www.darganimd.com/
S2 Ep6: Health & Wellness #5: Akhil Shenoy - Almost A Surgeon
41:51In episode 5, we talked to transplant psychiatrist Akhil Shenoy about psychiatry in the desi population as it interacts with parenting, alcoholism and why Akhil's dad still wishes he was a surgeon. Producer note: When we recorded this episode in June, Akhil was at Mt Sinai but has since transitioned to Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
S2 Ep5: Health & Wellness #4: Aditi Shah - Reclaiming Yoga
36:55In episode 3 of our health and wellness season we talk to yoga instructor Aditi Shah about her personal journey with the practice and how the modern gentrification of yoga has changed dramatically from what it used to be. She also provides some valuable advice for the yoga noobs among us who can't keep up with the crazy intense classes we often come across.
S2 Ep4: Health & Wellness #3: Shom Chowdhury - Healthy Is Sexy
29:36In the third episode of our health and wellness season we talk to Shom Chowdhury, owner of Indie Fresh and the most jacked desi dude we've ever met, about physical fitness. He teaches us why we should aim for 75% during workouts and why we need to give our bodies high quality fuel.
S2 Ep3: Health & Wellness #2: Shubhani Chaitanya - Monkhood Over Marc Jacobs
34:30Episode 2 of our health and wellness season starts off with mindfulness but quickly goes much deeper into finding purpose within the chaos of our daily lives. We speak with monk Shubhani Chaitanya who leads the New York chapter of Chinmaya Mission and explains why she chose to take her very unique path towards Vedanta over a career in fashion.
S2 Ep2: Health & Wellness #1: Ashima Kant - Paet Studies
48:38The first episode of our health and wellness season is about something we all love but don’t often know what to do with: food!! In the day and age of this diet and that super food and this cleanse, we invite on to the show the chair of Queens College’s Nutritional Sciences department: Dr. Ashima Kant, to sort through the noise. She educates, demystifies, and gives us all the tools to navigate food in a healthy way that still allows us to enjoy it!
S2 Ep1: Allow Us to Re-introduce Ourselves
8:21Health & Wellness Season Opener! A quick 7 minute episode to reintroduce ourselves to you because we are insecure and thought you may have forgotten about us. But also to introduce y’all to the new members and new format that hopefully will make our show better! If we happen to charm a few more people into giving us a chance, icing on the cake! Remember to check your feeds for the first interview that's also being released today!