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Episode 158: Closing the Wellness Gap with Nicole Cardoza

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Today’s guest is Nicole Cardoza, founder of Yoga Foster. I couldn’t be more excited about Nicole’s mission to bring more movement into classrooms across the country. Her approach is innovative, too — Nicole’s background in tech inspired her to create a platform that offers yoga curriculum and teacher trainings to classroom teachers. It’s a scalable idea and one that empowers classroom teachers to bring mindfulness breaks into their classrooms throughout the day. I love the idea of yoga being incorporated into the school day in a seamless way. Nicole also opens up about her recent experience doing a cover shoot with Yoga Journal and how important it was for her to speak out about a surprise cover survey they did after the fact. I ask her how she handled a situation that was shaming, ignorant, and racist and turned it into an opportunity to help others.

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Yoga Foster website

Yoga Foster Field Trip tour information

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Episode 156: Using Yoga to Tap Into Your Intuition with Erica Rodefer Winters

This week, we’re talking to Erica Rodefer Winters, a yoga teacher in Charleston, SC who specializes in teaching prenatal yoga and postnatal yoga.

Erica’s take on using yoga, breathing, and mindfulness to tap into the body’s intuition is something that helps her students through the toughest parts of pregnancy and ultimately their births. But it’s a great reminder for us at all phases of life to trust our guts when we’re not sure on the next course of action.

We talk about:

*Her yoga origin story and how her first teacher inspired her

*What appeals to her about teaching prenatal yoga (even though she didn’t love prenatal yoga classes during her first pregnancy)

*How she uses yoga asana, breathing, and mindfulness practices to tap into her intuition — a practice that helped her during the birth of her two daughters. Ways that she helps her students to learn to listen to their intuition and trust their bodies, too.

*Plus, how she leans on that inner wisdom for all the tough decisions that come up for her now in parenting and other aspects of life.

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Erica Rodefer Winters  website – Spoiled Yogi

Study: Yoga during Pregnancy: The effects on labor pain and delivery outcomes

Free download – 4 Steps to Overcoming Your Birth Fears so You Can Have a More Peaceful, Less Painful, Pregnancy and Birth!

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Episode 151: Our Best Online Marketing Tips for Yoga Teachers

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Like it or not, if you want to be a full-time yoga teacher today, digital marketing is a part of the job.

It doesn’t come easily to everyone, but through the years Jason and I have figured out what works for us. In this episode, which was recorded at one of Jason’s yoga teacher trainings at LoveStoryYoga in San Francisco, we share our best advice for yoga teachers who are trying to build a following online.

*Our best tips for creating consistent, authentic content for social media when marketing doesn’t come easily. (Particularly, we talk about how to be a storyteller, solve a problem, and start with your wheelhouse, and turn that into content.)

*How to use social media to attract private clients, as opposed to a mass audience.

*When it might be smarter to focus on in-person marketing and networking instead of online

*An easier way to gather student testimonials for social proof

*Suggestions for people who aren’t comfortable posting photos of themselves in yoga postures (and selfies in general!). Plus, Andrea’s tips for taking better photos.

*Advice for teachers who want to expand their teaching online by making yoga videos available online

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Episode 101: Learning, Growing, & Thriving After Injury with Laura Burkhart

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Episode 149: How to Change Your Teaching Style Without Losing Your Students

This week’s episode is a continuation of last week’s discussion on how to cope with changes to your yoga practice and teaching style. Jason shares his more practical tips on how to change up your teaching style with grace. Something that is particularly challenging when your livelihood depends on an earlier approach.

We talk about:

* How Jason got started teaching in the Ashtanga tradition, and why he began to lose interest in that and move on to more technique-oriented approach

* A few pose techniques that Jason has changed his opinions on (and why). He talks about his approach to backbends, twists, Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge), and Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose).

* Why it’s a good idea to make changes to your yoga teaching schedule slowly over time. (Especially if you’re making a drastic change.)

* How to communicate your more subtle changes to your teaching approach to longtime students in a way that’s both diplomatic and respectful

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Episode 148: Change Is the Only Certainty…In Yoga

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Episode 147: Jason’s Take on Yin Yoga

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Since Jason so often emphasizes the importance of building strength — especially along the posterior chain (back side) of the body, I get asked all the time, “What does Jason think about Yin yoga?” For the Season 1 Finale, we decided to take on this topic. Yin is a popular style of yoga that emphasizes long, passive holds of various (mostly floor-based) poses.

In that light, Jason and I talk about:

* What happens to muscles when you stretch them passively for more than 60 seconds

* Why it’s never a good idea to stretch ligaments

* Who might be a good fit for a regular Yin practice and who should be more cautious

* Why it’s important to include strength building practices, especially for the posterior chain, if you’re going to regularly practice passive stretching

* The most important type of strength for injury prevention, and some examples of how to do it

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Episode 144: Ouch! How to Handle Your Sore Sacrum

Episode 76: Jason Crandell on Yoga Injuries – “Yoga is Good for You. Most Extreme Things are Not.”

Episode 74: Jill Miller Talks Honestly About Hip Replacement Surgery & How Yoga is in Need of a Tune Up

Episode 101: Learning, Growing, & Thriving After Injury with Laura Burkhart

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