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Episode 121: Q&A – Ideas for Building Your Business (And Your Confidence) as a Yoga Teacher

I got a great question from a listener recently in response to episode 119, so I decided to start this episode with Jason’s response. The listener, Neil, asks, “If we’re creating a practice that’s sustainable, does it really makes sense to repeat the same sequence over and over again?” And what’s the best way to handle pressure from studio and gym owners to “freshen things up?”

We also answer a couple of other questions that come in often, in many different forms, essentially:

* What’s the best way to cope with pre-class nerves?

* How do I feel more confident about self-promotion?

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Episode 119: Q&A-Jason’s Thoughts on “Creative” Sequencing & Finding Your Breath in Backbends

The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

David Lurey

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Episode 117: Jason’s Favorite (Non-Asana) Yoga Books

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When I have Jason on the show, we talk a lot about postures and technique, so I thought it would be interesting to talk yoga philosophy on the podcast this week. I asked Jason to share his favorite yoga books (that are not focused on the physical practice). These are just a few of his favorites, spanning yoga philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and neuroscience.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Upanishads  with commentary by Eknath Easwaran

The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdomby Rick Hanson

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite non-asana yoga books through Instagram #yogalandstories. I compiled a list of YOUR favorites, which are listed below.

The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

Healing Mantra: Using Sound Affirmation for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thom Ashley-Farrand

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melodie Beattie

Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for the Saltwater Soul by Sam Bleakley

The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translation by Bernard Bouanchaud

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living by Stephen Cope

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guide Book by Ram Dass

The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi

The Breathing Book: Good Breath and Vitality Through Essential Breathwork by Donna Farhi

Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley 

Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhist and Zen by Rodney Alan Greenblat

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice in an Unjust World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield

True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment by Jennie Lee

The Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

Tending the Heart Fire: Living in the Flow and Pulse of Life by Shiva Rea

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

How Yoga Works by Michael Roach

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavhad Gita, a Commentary for Modern Readers by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom by Rod Stryker

 

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Episode 26: Three Yoga Sutras for Tough Times with Kate Holcombe
Episode 39: Richard Rosen on Patanjali in Modern Yoga Practice

 

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

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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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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 86: Q&A W/ Jason: Down Dog Strategies, Lower Rib Flare, & The Problem with the “Tuck Under” Cue

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Jason Crandell joins me on the podcast this week to answer your questions. We cover a lot of ground in this short episode including:

* Strategies for Down Dog — How to make it easier to step forward, what to do when a student can’t straighten their arms

* Lower Rib Flare — Why it’s important to think of core length, not just core strength

* The Cue to ‘Tuck Your Tailbone Under — Is it dangerous? Appropriate? What’s the deal. Please.


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Avoid Rib Flare in Forearm Balance

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Episode 36: Q&A With Jason: Yoga…Not One-Size-Fits-All

The Q&As with Jason are back! On this episode we talk about hopping back to Plank Pose, what happens when your wrists won’t cooperate in arm balances, and tips for Triangle Pose. The BIG TAKEAWAY is this: Not all poses work for all bodies. Take that in. Let it bum you out. Then listen to the episode and let that truth set you free.

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Hamstrings Sequence (helpful if you’re working on Triangle Pose)
Bakasana Sequence
Parsva Bakasana Sequence
Vasisthasana Sequence
Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon) Sequence
Pose Notebook: Bakasana (Crow Pose)
Pose Notebook: Tittibhasana
Pose Notebook: Eka Pada Bakasana I

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Gondola
David Szesztay — Sunny Street

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