Deepak Chopra, one of the best-known figures in the holistic-health movement, has signed a multi-project podcast development deal with Audible.
Kicking off the collaboration is “Deepak Chopra’s Mind Body Zone: Living Outside the Box,” set to be released exclusively on Audible on Sept. 16. The 12-episode podcast features Chopra in conversation with a number of influential leaders in the wellness space including Oprah Winfrey, musician Jon Batiste, activist and gun-control advocate X González, artist-author Jenny Odell and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Each 30-minute episode of “Mind Body Zone” features accompanying guided meditations and is tied to a specific theme, including embracing the unknown, self-acceptance, white privilege, and overcoming trauma and addiction.
Additional projects from Chopra’s Audible deal are slated to include a short-form memoir about his quest for inner freedom and a poetry project featuring notable guests and friends of Chopra.
“I believe that there is immense power behind the spoken word,” Chopra said in a statement. “Emotions are tethered to the human voice. This is why I chose to share my insights and experiences through the audio medium, and develop passion projects with Audible.”
Chopra, 74, is the author of 91 books, including “Total Meditation: Practices in Living the Awakened Life” (Penguin Random House’s Harmony Books) published last year. He is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, a non-profit organization for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a health company at the intersection of science and spirituality.
For Amazon-owned Audible, the deal represents a major investment in the expansion of its original wellness content, rolling out this September.
And it continues Audible’s stepped-up focus on audio programming from celebrities and top industry creatives including Elizabeth Banks, Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit, Laura Dern and Jayme Lemons’ Jaywalker Pictures, Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media, Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions, Charlamagne tha God’s CThaGod World Productions, and the SpringHill Co., founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.
“We couldn’t be more honored to collaborate with Deepak Chopra, one of the most respected and inspirational leaders within the wellness space,” said Zola Mashariki, SVP and head of Audible Studios. “There is no one better suited to help guide listeners on their personal development journey than Deepak.”
Listen to the trailer for Chopra’s upcoming “Mind Body Zone: Living Outside the Box” podcast on Audible: