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Episode 32: Stephanie Snyder — How Chanting & Playlists Create Connection

I know, I KNOW, my husband wrote an extremely popular blog post recently on why he has never played music in his nearly 20 years of teaching yoga. And yes, it’s been one of our most popular posts to date with more than 3,000 shares.

So, I guess this makes me the family contrarian: I like going to classes with music. And not all classes with music are loud or distracting or counterproductive to introspection. So, on this episode I decided to talk to Stephanie Snyder, someone I think of as the queen of the playlist. She offers her intention behind including music in class, her thoughts on the tradition of sound in yoga, plus she was kind enough to share some of the mistakes she’s made over the years.

BONUS: One of Steph’s favorite bands, Young Moon, create the soundtrack for this episode.


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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Lovestory Yoga
Kevin Paris Music

MUSIC
Young MoonLove is a Light, Fell on My Face

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Episode 31: Bo Forbes – Self-Care for Empaths (A Neuropsych Extravaganza)

Hello everyone!

This week my guest is the effervescent, beautiful human Bo Forbes. Bo spent years as a practicing psychologist and is now a yoga teacher with a keen interest in neuropsychology. Every time I talk to Bo, I’m pretty much stunned by her depth of knowledge, her insight, and the lovely way she has about her. This conversation was supposed to be about her step-by-step system for helping people who are overly empathic. BUT, well…I just couldn’t help but ask her about so many different aspects of her life, her training, and her teaching, which is why I’m calling this episode A Neuropsych/Yoga Extravaganza. We talk about:

* Her early childhood on the Seneca reservation and how it informed her sense of interconnectedness at a young age
* How she started incorporating mindfulness practices into her clinical practice and how her clients responded
* Default mode — a system of wiring in the brain pioneered by Norman Farb that governs our tendency to ruminate or judge the past, present, and future.
* Direct experience mode — how meditation and mindfulness practices can help us recognize default mode when it’s happening and experience the present without judgement
* Empathy — why so many yoga teachers consider “empathic distress” and how to establish boundaries
* How connective tissue work helps her reset and come out of empathic distress

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
I Feel Your Pain: An Empath’s Guide to Staying Balanced by Bo Forbes
Bo’s Fascial Release for the Trapezius
Happiness Toolkit: Bo’s Simple Belly Massage

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

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Episode 30: Andrea Ferretti – 3 Resolutions to Set Yourself on a Path Toward Happiness

I live in a state of duality when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. On the one hand, I loathe them. I loathe the intense focus on self-improvement and self-achievement that’s emblazoned across magazine covers in the month of January. And YET, I love the idea of taking a moment to pause and reflect on the previous year and to think about how I’d like to live in the coming year,

And so. This episode focuses on three resolutions that really get to the heart of what has created happiness in my life:

* Use Your Yoga Practice to Get To Know Yourself
* Practice Self Acceptance
* Be the Love

What do you think? I’d love to know what you’re working on. And, my friends and listeners who are from outside the U.S., I’d love to know if you feel the same cultural pressure on self-improvement around New Year’s!

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Buddhism Without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor
Taylor Harkness podcast: The Yogis Guide to Getting Through the Holidays Without Losing Your Sh*t
Episode 5: Self Acceptance and Yoga

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Welcome Home
David Szesztay — Sweet Water

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Episode 29: Andrea + Jason – Do We Make Resolutions? It’s Complicated.

Hello Yogaland!

I hope you are having a warm and wonderful holiday season. Jason and I decided to do an episode where we reflect on 2016 and recap what we’ve learned as well as what we’ve struggled with. Plus, I got Jason to publicly commit to an online program that I really, really, really hope we pilot and launch this year!


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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Breast Cancer Lesson #1: Ordinary Moments are Extraordinary
Jason’s 300-Hour Training at Love Story Yoga in San Francisco, 2017

3-Day Teacher Renewal, Los Angeles, 2017

3-Day Teacher Renewal, Seattle, 2017
3-Day Teacher Renewal, New York, 2017

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Coffee Shop

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Episode 28: Andrea Ferretti – Reframing the Way You Think About Stress

On this episode, I reflect on one of the most important reads of the year for me — Kelly McGonigal’s book, The Upside of Stress. A psychologist and yoga teacher, Kelly’s book is filled with compelling research about how the way we think about stress may be more harmful for our health than stress itself!

I offer three important takeaways from the book including:

* The Challenge Response as a way to prime us for stressful events
* The Tend & Befriend Response as a way to help us reach out and connect to others
* How we can get better at stress


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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It, by Kelly McGonigal
The Big Brain Benefits of Meditation , by Kelly McGonigal
Change Your Stress Response, by Kelly McGonigal

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Coffee Shop

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