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Episode 12: Chrissy Carter – Seeing Yoga Poses With Fresh Eyes

Hi everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your summer. To help you enjoy it a bit more, the lovely Chrissy Carter (my guest on this episode) is sharing her lovely Lemonade Recipe, which you can find right here. You could even mix up a batch for yourself while you’re listening to this podcast.

Chrissy (@yogachrissy) is an alignment-based flow teacher who teaches in New York City. She’s been teaching for YogaWorks for 10 years and has 25 teacher trainings under her belt! Yes, 25. You read that correctly. Given that, and given the attentive, caring way Chrissy has about her, we talked about:

* Her former job as a Wall Street trader
* Why she loves a great Iyengar Yoga class and how it helps her see things with fresh eyes
* Why it’s important for teachers to study Iyengar (even if you’re not an Iyengar teacher)
* What it feels like to be an experienced yoga teacher vs. being a newbie
* How cooking is her yoga put into practice
* Her feelings about whether or not students and teachers should be friends

“A skilled yoga teacher has the ability to take one pose and introduce it to you many different ways so that when you come to the pose it’s almost as if you’re seeing it and experiencing it for the very first time.”— Chrissy Carter

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Chrissy’s Minty Lemonade
Chrissy’s Web Site
Chrissy on GaiamTV

MUSIC
Podington Bear — T-Shirt Weather
Cory Gray — House Arrest
Podington Bear — Tweedlebugs

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I am going for the harder sell these days — If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! I’m learning that it really does help others find it and it helps me to know which episodes resonate with you! You can also follow me on Twitter @yogalandpodcast.

PHOTOS OF CHRISSY

Chrissy Carter

Chrissy Carter teaching

Chrissy Carter Cooking {Photo by Melina Hammer}

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Episode 11: Andrea Ferretti – Four Ways Hitting a Plateau Can Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Hello everyone,

This week I’m stoked to share a bit of my own writing/thoughts with you. It’s a quick episode and I hope you enjoy it. The topic is one that is dear to my heart: So often when we hit a plateau in an endeavor, we feel like it must be time to give up. It feels like a signal of failure or boredom or a lack of growth.

But since yoga is as much about the mind as it is about the body, I feel that a plateau is really a golden opportunity to deepen your practice. Give it a listen and please let me know what you think!

“You’re not perfect. That’s the bad news. But the good news is you don’t have to be to have a beautiful, effective, long-term yoga practice.” — Andrea Ferretti

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MUSIC
Ketsa — Always Late
Podington Bear — Wolf

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If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! I’m learning that it really does help others find it and it helps me to know which episodes resonate with you! You can also follow me on Twitter @yogalandpodcast.

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Episode 10: Stephanie Snyder – Love Your Whole Story

Hi everyone!

After interviewing many traveling yoga teachers, I wanted to talk to a teacher who has focused on building a successful career serving her local community. Enter vinyasa yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder.

Although Steph (@stephsnyderyoga) has spent her fair share of time on the road teaching, she also has one of the most devoted community of students in San Francisco that I’ve witnessed. And now, after years of surviving studio changes and closures, she’s opening a studio of her own in San Francisco, called LoveStory. I have no doubt that her local students will rally around to make it a huge success. (Full disclosure: Jason will be teaching there, too. For details and 2017 teacher training dates, go to the LoveStory web site.)

We talked about why it’s important for teachers to “think local,” as well as:

* How she incorporates philosophy into vinyasa flow classes (she is exceptionally gifted at this)
* Where she derives inspiration for the philosophical themes of her classes (scroll down for her favorite texts and translations)
* What her daily practice involves
* How motherhood has changed her yoga practice
* How yoga fortifies her through the challenges of motherhood
* The story behind LoveStory

“Yoga has been the greatest love story of my life and I believe it can be that for everyone.”
Stephanie Snyder

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
LoveStory Yoga
Stephanie Snyder Yoga
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: a New Edition, Translation, and Commentary by Edwin Bryant
The Path of the Yoga Sutras, A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga (Nicolai Bachman)
The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita by Sri Swami Satchidananda

MUSIC
Colectivo Etereo — Textrano
Ketsa — Dryness
Podington Bear — Funk

WRITE A REVIEW
I am going for the harder sell these days — If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! I’m learning that it really does help others find it and it helps me to know which episodes resonate with you! You can also follow me on Twitter @yogalandpodcast.

PHOTOS OF STEPH
Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie Snyder Visvamitrasana

Stephanie Snyder Twisted Chapasana

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Episode 9: Jason Crandell – Pain, Injury & Knowing What You Don’t Know

Hi everyone!

If you have a body and you do yoga, chances are you will sustain some sort of injury at some point. It can be disheartening, confusing, and overwhelming. It can also be a great opportunity for you to learn more about your anatomy, your personal limitations, and your habitual mental patterns (Who me? Push myself???).

On this week’s episode, Jason and I talk about yoga injuries. My initial interest in talking to Jason about this is because, contrary to popular practice, he does not ask people about their injuries before class. Yep, you heard that correctly. So, I ask him to explain this and we cover lots of other aspects, too, including:

* How to discern between stretching sensations and pain that’s injurious
* The benefit of pushing to your edge on the yoga mat
* Whether or not hands-on adjustments are really necessary in the yoga room
* How Jason addresses students’ injuries before class.
* Why Jason doesn’t say that he teaches “therapeutic yoga”

“A lot of times in yoga we use our body to do the pose. At some point we have to stop doing that. At some point we have use the pose to understand the body.” — Jason Crandell

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MUSIC
Jahzzar — Siesta
Ketsa — Always Late
Podington Bear — Funk

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If you like what you hear, please feel free to write a review on iTunes. If you share your URL, I’ll be able to get back to you and say thanks. You can also follow me on Twitter @yogalandpodcast.

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Episode 8: Alexandria Crow – Why Fancy Yoga Isn’t Better Yoga

Hello Yogalandia!

On this week’s episode, I talk to Alexandria Crow (@alexandriacrow). If you do not know Alex yet, you want to know her. We often joke that Alex and Jason are like long lost yoga twins — they are people who do not pull any punches. Like Jason, Alex tells it like it is, is deeply knowledgeable about the body, and she believes in the power of self-study and figuring out what works best for your body. You may recognize Alex from many years of modeling for the Hard Tail ads (and at least two Yoga Journal covers, not counting the international covers). But these days, the message that Alex wants to get across loud and clear is this: Fancy poses aren’t the point of yoga.

We talk about:

* What the point of yoga really is
* How you are a unique snowflake! (Admittedly, she doesn’t say it exactly like that.)
* Ego death and how liberating it can be when everything goes wrong
* The importance of taking personal responsibility in your yoga practice
* The problem with 200 hour trainings
* Our favorite comedians of late (This is critical stuff!! Tune in, people!)

From experience I can tell you, if you want fancy….Crow Pose pressed to Handstand ain’t shit. The fancy asanas will never teach you what a gymnast knows. But simple asana and the acceptance of human imperfections will teach you what us gymnasts often don’t know. After 18 years of gymnastics, I can say that with solidity: I choose simple yoga. — Alexandria Crow

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RELATED LINKS
Alex’s Web Site
Yoga Physics Phorum
The Facebook post about gymnastics vs. yoga

MUSIC
Podington Bear — Spring Comes Early
Podington Bear — Movin’ On Up
Podington Bear – Funk

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!
If you like what you hear, please feel free to write a review on iTunes. If you share your URL, I’ll be able to get back to you and say thanks. You can also follow me on Twitter @yogalandpodcast.

PHOTOS OF ALEX PRACTICING AND TEACHING
Alexandria Crow teaching anatomy

Alexandria Crow workshop

Alexandria Crow Downward Dog

Alexandria Crow in Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana

Alexandria Crow Compass Pose

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