This week on the Kindness Collective podcast we have the one and only Erik Vienneau in the house! Erik started the Friday Night Yoga Club in Denver where he became fast friends with Patrick Harrington. Today they walk through the events and practices that Erik has been a part of in helping others develop their own personal practice. If you want to learn more about meditation, coming home to yourself and the power of retreats (in Evergreen or in far off lands), then this is the episode for you!
“IN OUR CULTURE, THE MESSAGE WE NEED NOW MORE THAN EVER IS TO STOP TRYING SO F***ING HARD”
Erik Vienneau | Erik is dedicated to meeting people where they are along the path of wellness to offer opportunities to discover a peaceful and health-filled life. Erik’s passion for mindfulness meditation, yoga and a healthy lifestyle prompted him to create Yoga Rocks the Park, Friday Night Yoga Club and most recently the AWAKE Mindful Living Community.
You’ll often find Erik guiding retreats to share the mindful life with others. He also offers individual and couple therapy sessions and loves spending quality time with friends and family. He’s a Naropa University-trained psychotherapist, a mindful living guide and meditation instructor who continues to study under top instructors in both the Buddhist and Yogic traditions. He also regularly participates in long-term, silent meditation retreats to do his own work in order to share the sacred teachings of awakening. The driving force behind Erik’s life is to show others they are pure potential and not the self-limited thoughts that our minds often generate. He’s quick to share his life mantra “Peaceful Minds Create a Peaceful Planet” with all.
“EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR OUT THERE HAS BEEN WITHIN YOU THE WHOLE TIME”
Intro music: Bee Is a Bee by Science Partner
02:10 Never feeling good enough about yourself
08:00 Friday Night Yoga
15:23 Chasing the high and the suffering that comes with it
20:00 Awake retreats in Evergreen
29:19 Taking refuge in the wrong place
36:44 To remember – the root of meditation