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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 yoga’s tools 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 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 8: Alexandria Crow – Why Fancy Yoga Isn’t Better Yoga

Hello Yogalandia!

On this week’s episode, I talk to Alexandria Crow (@alexandriacrow). If you do not know Alex yet, you want to know her. We often joke that Alex and Jason are like long lost yoga twins — they are people who do not pull any punches. Like Jason, Alex tells it like it is, is deeply knowledgeable about the body, and she believes in the power of self-study and figuring out what works best for your body. You may recognize Alex from many years of modeling for the Hard Tail ads (and at least two Yoga Journal covers, not counting the international covers). But these days, the message that Alex wants to get across loud and clear is this: Fancy poses aren’t the point of yoga.

We talk about:

* What the point of yoga really is
* How you are a unique snowflake! (Admittedly, she doesn’t say it exactly like that.)
* Ego death and how liberating it can be when everything goes wrong
* The importance of taking personal responsibility in your yoga practice
* The problem with 200 hour trainings
* Our favorite comedians of late (This is critical stuff!! Tune in, people!)

From experience I can tell you, if you want fancy….Crow Pose pressed to Handstand ain’t shit. The fancy asanas will never teach you what a gymnast knows. But simple asana and the acceptance of human imperfections will teach you what us gymnasts often don’t know. After 18 years of gymnastics, I can say that with solidity: I choose simple yoga. — Alexandria Crow

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RELATED LINKS
Alex’s Web Site
Yoga Physics Phorum
The Facebook post about gymnastics vs. yoga

MUSIC
Podington Bear — Spring Comes Early
Podington Bear — Movin’ On Up
Podington Bear – Funk

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PHOTOS OF ALEX PRACTICING AND TEACHING
Alexandria Crow teaching anatomy

Alexandria Crow workshop

Alexandria Crow Downward Dog

Alexandria Crow in Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana

Alexandria Crow Compass Pose

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