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Episode 100: Easy Ways to Improve Verbal Communication with Jason Crandell

When I first started taking yoga classes from Jason many years ago, I was struck by his voice. He has a voice that draws you in. It’s soothing and encouraging. He speaks in a measured, comfortable pace. And he’s a clear, succinct communicator. In essence, he’s a natural when it comes to verbal communication.

This week, I ask Jason to share how he’s developed this skill set.  And, although this episode is specifically geared toward yoga teachers, the ideas we here apply to everyone. We all have times when clear verbal communication is vital — in client meetings, with our loved ones, during presentations — and some of us struggle with it more than others. My hope is that you’ll gain confidence and clarity from this episode.

We talk about:

* Why verbal communication might be the most important skill for yoga teachers

* Using each class you teach as a practice for personal growth in the area of verbal communication

* The struggles we (Jason and Andrea) have when it comes to speaking in front of a group

* How choosing one or two takeaways for your students  can dramatically improve your teaching

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Verbal Cues for Yoga Poses – The Easiest Ways to Immediately Improve Your Verbal Communication

Common Errors in Manual Yoga Adjustments – And How to Fix Them

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Episode 99: Q&A – Jason’s Tips for Nailing Forearm Balance

Jason’s back on the podcast answering some of our listeners most common questions. This week we tackle questions related to Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance).

We dive into:

* Headless Headstand – An alternative pose that can help newbies build up to Forearm Balance

* Three things the shoulders need to be in order to practice Forearm Stand: Strength, flexibility, and (most importantly) an understanding of the muscle integration and a mastery of the technique and skill required for the posture

* A conversation about Jason’s biggest pet peeve that he sees students do when they’re setting up for Pincha Mayurasana and Headstand (and why Andrea politely agrees to disagree)

* How to avoid having an excessive curvature in the low back (a phenomenon often called “banana back”) in Pincha Mayurasana

* Four helpful Pincha Mayurasana variations

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Pose Notebook: Avoid the Banana in Pincha Mayurasana

A Shoulder Opening Sequence to Forearm Balance

Episode 97: Q&A – Jason Addresses Feeling Like the Odd Man Out

Episode 96: Jason’s Ideas for Overcoming Fear & Other Handstand Obstacles

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS
1. Careof is a monthly vitamin subscription service that’s tailored to your exact needs. Their recommendations are based on clinical research with input from doctors and nutritionists. Vegan and veg supplement options are available! For 25% off your first month of personalized vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter YOGALAND.

2. I love cooking but even I get tired of the grind day after day. One thing that’s helped me immensely is Sunbasket meal delivery service — they offer organic produce and clean ingredients and many different types of meal plans. Their food is so delicious and I LOVE how creative they are! Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

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Episode 96: Jason’s Ideas for Overcoming Fear & Other Handstand Obstacles

This episode is in response to the overwhelming number of questions we’ve gotten about Handstand. We explore the logistical side — what are the best prep poses for Handstand? And the emotional side, i.e., how do I cope with my fear of Handstand?  You’ll also learn:

* The vital triad of forearm, finger, and shoulder strength for Handstand

* Helpful prep poses yoga poses to help you build the strength for the pose

* The importance of understanding scapular motion when learning Handstand

* The muscles and actions that people neglect when they’re trying to learn Handstand

* How to manage and cope with your fear of Handstand

* Alternative poses that offer the same benefits as Handstand

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS
Pose Notebook: How to Practice and Teach Handstand
Peak Pose Sequence: Handstand
Four Creative Core Poses
A 7-Step Formula to Facing Your Fears (This post can be applied to fear of Handstand, too)

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Episode 93: Ending Sexual Abuse in the Yoga Community — A Conversation with Mary Taylor and Judith Hanson Lasater

Sexual misconduct in the yoga community isn’t new. But the evolving #metoo and #timesup movements have brought to light the magnitude of the problem for women from all walks of life — including within the yoga world. (Rachel Brathen collected more than 300 of them last year). It’s opened an important dialogue about how to put an end to sexual misconduct and other abuses of power within the yoga community.

There are a few thoughtful yoga teachers leading the way, and I talked with two of them in this week’s episode: Judith Hanson Lasater and Mary Taylor.

Judith and Mary, with AZIAM founder Alanna Zabel, shared their stories recently with Yoga Journal. Now, they’re talking with me about what they feel should be the next steps for healing.

We talk about:

* The history of ethical standards for yoga teachers and how both Judith and Mary believe these standards should evolve in the future

* How the vocation of yoga teacher has changed through the years as yoga has become more commercial

* Why it’s important for teachers to create an environment where students feel safe and empowered to say “no”

* Judith’s tip for how to listen to your body to discern if something is wrong

* Practical steps yoga teachers can take to further the discussion, support students who have been victimized to share their stories, and create awareness about sexual abuse in the yoga community

* Mary’s perspective on what’s happening in the Ashtanga community on the heels of abuse allegations against founder Pattabhi Jois

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

#Metoo Yoga Stories by Rachel Brathen
#TimesUp: Ending Sexual Abuse in the Yoga Community by Yoga Journal Staff
Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection by Robert A. Gold
RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)

Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971, soon after she came home from France with a grande diplôme from Julia Child’s cooking school, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes. She found yoga at first a means of finding equanimity during the stress of University, and it was that thread of balance that got her hooked. It was not until 1988 and finding her primary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system that she experienced the profound and transformative impact that a dedicated and daily practice can have on all aspects of life. She continues to study and practice yoga and Buddhist teachings with great enthusiasm and inquisitiveness, with an eye on how the residue that is produced on the mat (and cushion) through these teachings informs and supports all aspects of everyday life.

Mary travels and teaches with Richard and also within the caregiver and hospital setting as part of the core faculty of the Being with Dying program (Upaya Zen Center) and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Trainings. In 1988 she co-founded with Richard the Yoga Workshop. Mary is also the author of three cookbooks and the co-author of What Are You Hungry For? Women Food and Spirituality (St. Martins Press) and The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.d. in East-West Psychology and physical therapist has taught yoga around the world since 1971.  She is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, as well as of Yoga Journal magazine.

Ms. Lasater trains yoga teachers in virtually every state of the United States, and is often an invited guest at international yoga conventions.  She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association as well as the author of numerous articles on yoga and health for nationally recognized magazines.

Her most recent book is Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation, Shambhala Press, December, 2017. A complete list of Ms. Lasater’s nine books can be found here. She has also created numerous digital courses about teaching and practicing yoga.

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Episode 92: Yoga for Healthy Aging with Baxter Bell

Did you know that the fastest growing demographic of new yogis is the 55 and older set? Neither did I. I learned all sorts of fascinating facts, statistics, and new research from this week’s guest, Baxter Bell.

Together with his co-author, Nina Zolotow, Baxter has a new book, Yoga for Healthy Aging and that’s the main focus of this episode. I can’t think of two people better-positioned to write this book: Baxter spent years practicing medicine as a family doc before becoming a yoga therapist and practicing acupuncturist. Nina is the author of several books on yoga and is a certified yoga teacher, having studied extensively with esteemed teachers like Rodney Yee and Donald Moyer.

I don’t know about you, but Jason and I have tried— unsuccessfully!—to get our parents to do yoga. This book reminds me of how beneficial yoga practice is as we age. I think it’s a vital and meaningful book for any thoughtful yoga teacher’s toolkit.

In this week’s podcast we learn more about:

* The story behind Baxter and Nina’s new book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Wellness
* Why “health span” might be a better goal than a longer life span.
* How holding yoga poses can assist with bone strength.
* His perspective on “resting” the heart in addition to exercising it.
* How spending time barefoot can assist with balance and proprioception as we age.
* The importance of flexibility, agility, strength, and balance as we age—and how they overlap and influence each other.
* The best thing we can do to improve cognitive function over time. (It’s not crossword puzzles)

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Wellness
Yoga for Health Aging Blog
Baxter Bell on YogaUOnline
Baxter Bell Yoga on YouTube
Yoga FAQ by Richard Rosen
Episode 48: Richard Rosen Talks Yoga Camp, Breath-Work, & Parkinson’s Disease
Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy by Nicholai Bachman
The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

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SHOUTOUT TO OUR SPONSORS
1. Mahabis sell incredibly comfortable, Scandinavian-inspired slippers with unique detachable soles. The detachable soles clip on and off easily, so you can even wear your slippers outdoors, or to and from your yoga class! Head to mahabis.com to buy your pair today. Use code YOGALAND for 10% off and free shipping worldwide.

2. RxBar are protein bars made from 100% whole foods. That means RxBars do not contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fillers. They also do not contain added sugar. They’re also delicious! For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/yogaland and enter the promo code YOGALAND at checkout.

3. Freshly is the easiest and most convenient way to eat healthy no matter what life throws your way. Freshly’s chef create delicious gluten-free meals delivered fresh to your door. Every single meal comes with a detailed overview of each ingredient in the meal. Get $25 off your first order of 6 fresh-cooked dinners by going to freshly.com/yogaland

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