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Episode 27: Q&A — Happy Hips, Hammies, and Lower Back

Hi everyone!

Before jetting off on his most recent trip to Hong Kong, I sat with Jason to answer more listener-submitted questions. This time we just happened to get questions that all centered around the lower body. So, we talk about:

* How to best work with tight hamstrings?
* How to best recover when your hamstring has been overstretched?
* How to find stability and strengthen the low back, quadratus lomborum (QL), and sacrum after pregnancy?
* What’s up with hearing about yogis having hip replacements? How can you keep your hips safe in yoga?

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Yoga and Your Hips, Part I
Yoga and Your Hips, Part II
Yoga and Your Hips, Part III
Essential Sequence for Lower Back Pain
A Smart Flow for Hamstrings
Essential Sequence: Quick Hip Openers
Essential Sequence: Open into Hanumansana
Glute-Free Hamstrings? by Roger Cole [This is the article we referenced about whether or not you should squeeze your glutes in backbends.]

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Bye Bye
David Szesztay — Smiling Flowers
David Szesztay — Sweet Water

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Episode 26: Kate Holcombe on Three Yoga Sutras for Tough Times

This week I chat with Kate Holcombe of The Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco. Kate has an amazing story to tell — and I asked her to tell it in the top half of the interview — about how a life-threatening accident while studying abroad in India during college set her on the path of becoming a student of TKV Desikachar.

The second half of the interview focuses the sutras that helped Kate navigate the difficulty of going through breast cancer treatment. And when I say navigate I mean, specifically that Kate somehow kept her sense of humor throughout treatment, she seemed to be able to separate her authentic self gracefully and laugh at the absurdity of it all.

We’d originally thought we were going to focus on her three “favorite” sutras, which is a really tall order for Kate — I’ve never known a teacher who has as much reverence for the text as Kate does. She lights up when she talks about them and her enthusiasm is contagious. Anyway, the conversation went on its on route when I asked her how she kept her sense of humor during treatment.

This is a great podcast if you’re interested in learning how relevant this text can be to everyday life. Whether or not you can relate to cancer or any other chronic illness, her teaching is absolutely relevant to all of us.

The sound is a bit of an issue with this one, but if you hang in there, your ears will adjust. It’s worth it, I promise!!

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Agony and Absurdity: Adventures in Cancerland — Kate’s hilarious, sharp essays are in this anthology created by the Bay Area Young Survivors
The Healing Yoga Foundation
Commonweal
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

MUSIC
Gillicuddy — Fudge
David Szesztay — Smiling Cars
David Szesztay — Welcome Home

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Episode 25: Q&A — Jason and I Have a Lot of Opinions

YOU GUYS! I just want to say a big thank you and I love you. I have heard from so many of you over the past few months and it really does keep me going. This podcast is, right now, a labor of love and it makes a world of difference that it is reaching you and making a difference in your practice and teaching. Thanks, also, for the iTunes reviews. We got 10 after Jason’s last Q&A! So we’ve decided to do another.

On this episode, Jason answers questions submitted by listeners (thanks to shannon6, erin jorich, veganbunny, tlcrec, and kalamanayoga):

* What are your views on what it means to be a yoga student today?
* What’s the difference between a yoga student and a yoga consumer?
* How do you deal with the yoga community where there is so much inconsistency and fakeness?
* What do you think will be important for yoga teachers to focus on in the next decade?
* What do you think about yoga hybrids like Yoga HIIT, Pi-Yo, etc.?
* How do you and Andrea work together and find a balance between work and family time?

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
When Students Behave Badly, Part I
When Students Behave Badly, Part II
A Clear Approach for Dealing with the Stresses of Teaching Yoga
20 Insights to Set You Up as a Successful, Skillful, Happy Yoga Teacher

MUSIC
David Szesztay — The Dance
David Szesztay — Cheese
David Szesztay — Coffee Shop

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Episode 24: Dana Trixie Flynn on Yoga, Jazz, and a New Donation-Based Center in NOLA

This week’s episode is like a shot of happy for your soul. I spoke to Dana Trixie Flynn, co-founder of Laughing Lotus about her new project: Dana is working on opening a donation-based yoga studio in the seventh ward of New Orleans. If you know Dana at all, you know how much she lives, loves, and breathes music — so this new center will have live New Orleans jazz music!

In my interview with Dana, I could just feel how uniquely suited she is to set up this studio and to nurture her students. She is all at once gutsy, big-hearted, charismatic, empathic, and bad ass. Please consider donating to her Indiegogo campaign, which will help her pay for the necessary renovations to build this studio.

Here are some highlights of what we talked about:

* How she found her calling in New Orleans and bought an abandoned Baptist Church as the home for the new studio
* The parallels between yoga and jazz – “Jazz is always creative and always new. Just like yoga.”
* How Dana and co-founder Jasmine Tarkeshi co-created the Laughing Lotus approach and how important she feels it is to take time to cultivate your own voice and to help yoga evolve
* Why she decided to make the studio donation-based (spoiler alert: She wants yoga accessible to all)
* How yoga is a means to physicalize and spiritualize gratitude for Dana
* The importance of utilizing yoga practice as a means for you to help others
* Her motto: “Let us love you until you can love yourself.”

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Donate to Dana’s Indiegogo campaign!
From Loincloths to Leotards Note: Yoga Journal renamed this article online and it’s now called “Previously Untold Yoga History Sheds New Light.”
Laughing Lotus Online Classes

MUSIC
A Magnifique Bande Dos Homes Sen Medo — Z.U.M.O
Raphael Saadiq — Big Easy Live
Dazie Mae — Call Me Dazie Mae

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Episode 23: Q & A with Jason – Fun with Shoulder Anatomy!

Hi everyone!

On this episode Jason answers three of our listener questions and it just so happens that they all focus on some aspect of shoulder anatomy. We also talk about cats a lot. Here are the questions:

* Why do we flex the ankle in poses like Reclined Pigeon?
* Is “pull the shoulder blades down” a “bad” alignment cue?
* In Plank Pose, do you push strongly through the arms and upper back? Or soften the shoulders?

We recognize that it can be difficult to listen to a conversation about anatomy without visuals. To help you out, I put links to some of the shoulder-oriented posts and sequences we have on the blog.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Essential Sequence: Neck, Shoulders, and Upper Back
The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga:
Part I, A Shoulder Surgeon’s Guide to Keeping Your Shoulders Safe
Part II, 5 Poses to Make Your Chaturanga Strong and Steady
Part III, Best and Worst Modifications and Alternatives
Part IV, Best Tips for Transitioning Into Chaturanga
Part V, Why Chaturanga is Tough to Teach & What to Do About It
A Shoulder Opening Sequence to Forearm Balance
The Perfect Shoulderstand Prep

MUSIC
Poddington Bear — 60s Quiz Show

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