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Episode 40: Alexandria Crow on Transparency in Yoga Teaching

Alexandria Crow grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family and her grandfather was a traveling preacher. These days she travels the country teaching yoga — and it recently dawned on her that there are parallels between the two. Because of this, she’s careful about not cultivating a guru persona — her hope is to teach her students to use the tools that she presents to investigate on their own and think for themselves. We talk about this idea of being “transparent” as a teacher, the role of charisma in teaching yoga, and the vulnerable place that students can unconsciously find themselves in if they have a teacher who isn’t clear about their role and their boundaries.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Alex’s web site — Yoga Physics
Questions for My Mother — Alex’s most recent essay on YogaPoetica
The Art of Teaching Yoga: 3 Ways I Stay True to My Teaching Style

MUSIC
Jahzzar — Sappy
Krackatoa — Turtleneck Foxtrot
Podington Bear — A1 Rogue

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Episode 39: Richard Rosen on Patanjali in Modern Yoga Practice

Richard Rosen is a yoga scholar and teacher who has authored five yoga books that are well worth reading. In this episode, we talk about his most recent, “Yoga FAQ, Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga — from Asanas to Yamas.” This book is rich with tons of historical info and yet, Richard is refreshingly honest about how traditions change and evolve. We focus mostly on his Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra — who was Patanjali? Who was Vyasa? And why is this text a seminal part of modern Western yoga?

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Yoga FAQ, Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga — from Asanas to Yamas, by Richard Rosen
The Shiva Sutras Mark Dyczkowski (SUNY 1992)
Vijnana Bhairava Jaideva Singh (SUNY 1991)
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (translation by Chip Hartranft)
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (translation by Georg Feuerstein)
Yoga Body: Origins of Modern Posture Practice, by Mark Singleton
The Roots of Yoga, by Sir James Mallinson & Mark Singleton
The Yoga of Breath, by Richard Rosen
Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga, by Richard Rosen
Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals, by Richard Rosen

MUSIC
David Szesztay – Traveller
David Szesztay –Ladybirds Theme

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Episode 38: Balancing Nonharming & Truth-Telling With Nikki Estrada

Hi everyone!

I’ve been doing asana practice for many years. As my body continues to change, the asanas that I do continue to change as well. But one thing that doesn’t change: My passion and interest for incorporating the principles of yoga (and, if I’m honest, Buddhism) into my daily life. I’ve gotten feedback from many of you that you’d like more guidance around this topic and that was the genesis of this week’s episode.

I sat down with Nikki Estrada (@yogininikki) to talk about the first two ahimsa (nonharming) and satya (truth). These are such seemingly straightforward principles, but like everything in yoga, there’s a lot of nuance and that’s why I think this podcast format is so perfect for learning. There will be many more yoga philosophy discussions — in the meantime, enjoy this one and let me know what you think!

Here’s a little bit more about Nikki: She has more than 20 years teaching experience and has been leading 200 and 300-hour teaching trainings for more than 12 years. She was Director of Trainer Development for YogaWorks for more than 7 years where she supported and mentored teacher trainers. She leads intensives, immersions and workshop series in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She contributes to Yoga International where you can find her articles and videos. Nikki is an Athleta Ambassador for embodying the Power of She, is sponsored by Zobha, has presented at Yoga Journal conferences and was voted best yoga teacher by Marin Magazine 2016.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Nikki Estrada Yoga

MUSIC
Shana Falana — Cloud Beats
Ryan Cullinane — Beach Vibes with Drums
Ryan Little — Wonderstruck

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Episode 37: Q&A W/ Jason: On Teaching, Self-Care, and Forgiveness

Jason takes on questions that surround yoga teaching this week including:

– To use Sanskrit while teaching or not?
– How to care for yourself during an injury?
– How do you help individuals find their unique pose in the midst of a group class?

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
In Praise of Moving More Slowly
In Praise of the Quiet Class
When Students Behave Badly, Part I
When Students Behave Badly, Part II
5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers
5 Ways to Reinspire Your Practice
A Clear Approach for Dealing with the Stresses of Teaching Yoga
10 Yoga Teachers Share Their Real Life, Post-Teacher Training Tips

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Lucky Day
David Szesztay — Traveller

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Episode 36: Q&A With Jason: Yoga…Not One-Size-Fits-All

The Q&As with Jason are back! On this episode we talk about hopping back to Plank Pose, what happens when your wrists won’t cooperate in arm balances, and tips for Triangle Pose. The BIG TAKEAWAY is this: Not all poses work for all bodies. Take that in. Let it bum you out. Then listen to the episode and let that truth set you free.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Hamstrings Sequence (helpful if you’re working on Triangle Pose)
Bakasana Sequence
Parsva Bakasana Sequence
Vasisthasana Sequence
Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon) Sequence
Pose Notebook: Bakasana (Crow Pose)
Pose Notebook: Tittibhasana
Pose Notebook: Eka Pada Bakasana I

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Gondola
David Szesztay — Sunny Street

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