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Episode 125: Yoga and Astrology – When the Stars (and Your Chakras) Align

Susannah Freedman quote | Astrology + Yoga | Yoga Podcast | Yogaland Podcast

It was such a pleasure to talk to yoga teacher and astrologer Susannah Freedman for this very special episode. Susannah has been teaching yoga and doing astrology readings since 2010 and has a Masters in Philosophy and Religion, but both her yoga and astrology journeys started during her self-described “hippie childhood.” In this interview, Susannah explains how she sees someone’s chart as their “karmic blueprint.” Unlike some who approach astrology from a prescriptive point of view, Susannah see the chart as a way to help validate or reveal our innate strengths and weakness (or samskaras) so that we can then work through them in this lifetime. The connection she makes between astrology and yoga really made sense to me! And it was so much fun to talk about. Susannah also describes how she combines yoga and astrology in her AstroFlow workshops, she offers her thoughts on seeing the state of the world via the current transits, and she debunks common myths about astrology.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

One Love San Francisco 3rd Annual Charity Event

Susannah Freedman’s website

Susannah’s e-book: Suffer Less, Using Yogic Principles to Live a More Peaceful Life

Astro.com

Cafe Astrology

Jennifer Freed

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Episode 124: Melanie Klein — Reimagine Your Relationship With Your Body

Today’s guest is Melanie Klein, a professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and author of the new book, Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body. Her work has made her a respected leader in the conversation around yoga and body image.

In this interview, we talk about how she came to be such an advocate for the positive body image movement. Plus, since I am a former editor for Yoga Journal, we have a candid conversation about how media has contributed to this dialogue—for better and worse.

Here are some highlights:

* Melanie tells her “body story” and how yoga helped her move from an unhealthy preoccupation with her body to body acceptance

* I learn the phrase “the body project”—the idea that we spend so many resources working on our bodies in hopes that one day we’ll be “perfect”—and I feel like a giant lightbulb has been turned on. What would the world be like if women redirected all of that time, energy, money, and brain power toward other projects?

* The ways that being a yoga practitioner has perpetuated “the body project” for both of us

* The calling that Melanie felt to start YBIC

* How yoga teacher, Bryan Kest, helped Melanie shape her views on body image

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Yoga and Body Image Coalition (YBIC)

Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body

The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls  by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. 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.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND when you subscribe.

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Episode 123: All About the Ketogenic Diet with Dr. Will Cole

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I’m so excited to share this interview with Dr. Will Cole! Dr. Cole is a functional medicine doc whose new book, Ketotarian, offers a mostly plant-based approach to the ketogenic diet that’s much healthier than the traditional bacon and bunless burgers regimen.

I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for a few years and I value Dr. Cole’s approach — it’s compassionate, research-driven,and balanced. Plus, it was a real treat for me to bounce all of my keto questions off of someone! I got to ask Dr. Cole:

* Is the ketogenic diet really suitable for everyone?
* What’s the science and history behind it?
* What’s his advice for balancing the strict aspects of keto without going overboard into orthorexia?
* If you’re in overall good health, how can keto be beneficial to you?
* We also talk about soy, lechtins, fancy cows, and the importance of self-compassion when approaching any eating plan.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Ketotarian by Dr. Will Cole

Dr. Will Cole’s biography

Episode 15 with Rebecca Katz: Nourish Yourself With Cancer-Fighting Foods

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. 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.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND when you subscribe.

3. Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from high, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Their short quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code YOGALAND.

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Episode 122: Applying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra to Your Daily Life

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There are so many interpretations of the seminal yoga text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. This week, I talk to two women who’ve written one that is refreshingly different. Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden join me to talk about their book new book, Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat. Their book is not a formal, scholarly translation of the Yoga Sutra. Instead, DiNardo and Pearce-Hayden have created a guide that can help you take the sutras, reflect on them, and then apply them to your life. Their approach is lively, relevant, modern and also informed by years of practice and study.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

USA Today Op Ed: Yoga is about inner peace, not infighting over petty preferences and appropriation charges

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

Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture by Andrea Jain

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. 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.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND when you subscribe.

3. Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from high, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Their short quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code YOGALAND.

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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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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

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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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. 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.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND when you subscribe.

3. Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from high, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Their short quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code YOGALAND.

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