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Episode 114: The Good, Bad, & Ugly of the Ego with Sally Kempton

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I’ve been thinking a lot about ego lately. I’ve been talking to Jason’s teacher trainees about social media strategy and putting yourself out there. And yet, I personally feel like social media brings out the most immature aspects of my ego. I thought it would be a good refresher for all of us to think about what yoga teaches us about the ego.

This week, Sally Kempton and I talk about the purpose of the ego, misunderstandings around it (no, you don’t ever annihilate your ego — if you did, you probably wouldn’t shower or pay your bills on time), and how to approach it from a yogic perspective. We get into how our ego is potentially affected by social media, and how our awareness of pure awareness (or consciousness or divinity depending on which language works best for you) is what can help us relax our ego when it’s triggered.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Sally Kempton’s website

Sophisticated Ego by Sally Kempton – published in Yoga Journal in 2006

Byron Katie – The Work

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Summer Series 2018: Q&A – How to Avoid Common Yoga Injuries

Jason Crandell quote on yoga injuries | Yoga Podcast | Yogaland Podcast

In this week’s episode, Jason and I are live from Detroit Yoga Lab answering student questions about some of the most common yoga injuries, how to prevent and avoid them. Bonus banter: Find out why Jason has a black eye – unsurprisingly, it’s not from yoga or a bar fight. And learn what Jason’s three favorite bands are.

(Our regular listeners will not be surprised to hear that  Salabhasana (Locust Pose)  come up a time or two.)

Here’s what we discuss:

* Alternative poses for Warrior I and II for practitioners with SI joint pain

* Best poses and modifications for hamstring overstretch issues

* Which movements during an asana practice could cause excess shoulder and neck tension and which counter poses or practices can students do to find relief

* Have we demonized Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)? Plus, how to transition from Plank to the floor in a way that’s less likely to cause injury


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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 76: Jason Crandell on Yoga Injuries

Episode 91 – Jason’s Thoughts on Warrior I, Navasana, and “Advanced” Yoga

A New Take on Twists

Sequencing Solutions: Strengthen Your Hamstrings

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part I

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part II

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part III

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part IV

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part V

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Episode 106: Yoga, Birth, and Business with Rachel Yellin

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Yoga offers us so much more than a healthy body and mind–it also helps us to get to know ourselves on a deep, intimate level. That deep knowing can help us make better decisions about every aspect of our lives, which is especially true during the childbirth process, says this week’s guest Rachel Yellin.

Rachel is a prenatal yoga teacher, childbirth educator, hypnotherapist, and a dear friend of mine. All of her work is centered around the idea of using mindfulness to help people tap into their own wisdom. It’s transformational. And it’s all yoga.

This episode isn’t just for pregnant moms (or even parents). It’s for anyone who wants to learn to tune out external criticisms, judgments, and expectations so you can be guided by your own authentic, inner voice.

Here’s are some things we cover in the Rachel Yellin podcast episode:

* Finding the balance between the tradition of yoga, where students are guided through every pose by a teacher, and learning to allow your your own body and intuition lead the way

* How Rachel’s different businesses are based on yoga and being present, knowing yourself + the creative way she grew her yoga business without depleting herself through marketing efforts, constant travel, etc.

* Ideas for parenting with more presence. Hint: it’s not about reading parenting books, but reading your individual child and responding to her needs

* Advice for yoga teachers who feel pressured to build a following on social media

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Rachel Yellin’s website

Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond Audio Relaxation Program by Rachel Yellin

Whatever Arises, Love That: A Revolution That Begins with You by Matt Khan

When The Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection by Dr. Gabor Mate

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger,  Healthier, Longer by  Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

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Episode 102: Embrace the Incompleteness with Tias Little

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There’s a special place in my heart for Tias Little. I studied with him many years ago and the vivid imagery and metaphor he used had a profound impact on the way I think about the body. He’s also got this dry, dry, dry humor that I love. In the years since I studied with Tias, he has started doing dharma talks and one of them inspired this episode.

You see, I think most of us are perfectionists. And, as much as I love to put in a hard day’s work full of drive and goal-crushing, perfectionism doesn’t lead to happiness. It’s an illusion of control that (mostly) takes us out of the present moment and into a myth of life being neat, tidy, and complete. It can also bleed into our relationships with those we care about most — friends, partners, children — creating conflict and suffering that’s unnecessary.

In this episode, I ask Tias how we can use yoga and Buddhist psychology to become aware of our perfectionist tendencies and reframe them. Over the past few weeks since our conversation, Tias’ words have stayed with me and helped me find more freedom and ease. I hope it does the same for you.

Here’s a little more about Tias:
Along with his wife, Surya, Tias runs Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College in 1998. Tias is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body.


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Prajna Yoga
Yoga and Perfectionism: A Dharma Talk by Tias Little

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

Laura Burkhart yoga podcast | Yogaland Podcast

When your body hurts, it can feel like your soul hurts. And when you sustain an injury from yoga, it can be even more rattling. When an injury threatened Laura Burkhart’s yoga practice—and her livelihood—she was forced to dig deep, be creative, and step into a new role as a yoga teacher, too. In this episode, she explains how she survived with humility and humor. (PS: Don’t forget to read Laura’s most recent Yoga Journal blog post: 5 Steps to Recover From Injury )

We talk about:
*Laura’s experience sustaining a hip injury during her yoga practice, how it was diagnosed (when she didn’t have health insurance), and the path she took to begin to heal

*Why she felt it was important to speak out and share the story of her injury with the yoga community

*How she got past the initial frustration and fear around the injury and managed to reframe it, accept it, and finally see the humor in it

*The biggest insight she learned from the ordeal: Don’t get your identity from your physical abilities or your career, but in something deeper and more meaningful

*The advice she has for yoga teachers or practitioners who hope to work smarter instead of harder

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

5 Steps to Recover From Injury, On & Off the Mat by Laura Burkhart

Power + Precision + Mindfulness: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Jason Crandell and Laura Burkhart

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