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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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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

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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.

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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Episode 7: Taylor Harkness – Being True to You

Hello and Happy Summer!

Have you met or taken class online with Taylor Harkness yet? You should! Taylor (@tjhark on Instagram) is warm and heartful with an infectious charm. He’s young (my first millennial on the podcast) but he is truly a wise, old soul. Taylor discovered yoga while he was working as a paramedic. He’d always planned on going to medical school, but the trauma that he witnessed in the ambulance started having a deleterious affect on his health. When he started yoga he took to it, “like a moth to a flame.”

We talked about:

* His transition from the ambulance to the yoga mat
* Balancing the duality of the yoga tradition while leaving room for evolution and change
* How he built his social media following and how he has since changed his approach
* What it’s like to be an atheist and be a yoga teacher
* What separates his yoga practice from his fitness endeavors
* His new project, The Yoga Network, which is a supportive community for yoga teachers

“When you embrace who you are, it opens all these doors. There’s no one right, set way of doing something as long as you’re growing.” — Taylor Harkness


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RELATED LINKS
Taylor’s Web site
The Yoga Network

MUSIC
David Szesztay — Cheese
Velella Velella — 3 to the 6
Podington Bear — Wolf

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Episode 6: Kathryn Budig – Body Positivity, Hard Work, & Aiming True

Hello Yogaland!

On this episode I talk to Kathryn Budig. Kathryn (@kathrynbudig) is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and she’s just come out with her second book, Aim True: Love Your Body Eat Without Fear Nourish Your Spirit and Discover True Balance.

I’ve known Kathryn for about a decade and she’s the real deal — a gem in the yoga world. She’s hard-working, deeply knowledgeable, an adept practitioner, a compassionate teacher, and a creative, funny soul. In the course of our talk she shared:

* The story behind her “Aim True” message
* The surprising pose that was out reach for her when she started practicing
* Thoughts on body dysmorphia and creating healthier body image within the yoga community
* The importance of honing your craft instead of focusing on popularity
* Her favorite and least favorite yoga poses
* How she came up with the term “meat suit”

And many more interesting tidbits. I hope you enjoy it.

“I get comments like, ‘Oh it’s so great to see you be so comfortable with your body.’ I’m a size 4. If my size 4 body is viewed as something that isn’t tiny in the yoga world, we’re doing something severely wrong.” — Kathryn Budig


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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Kathryn’s Web Site
Kathryn’s talk on body image: I Am a Real Woman & So is Every Other Woman
Kathryn’s Aim True Yoga Sequence
Kathryn’s Go To Energy Bar Recipe
6 Steps to Create a Simple At-Home Yoga Practice

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE
Maty Ezraty
Jessamyn Stanley
‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t work, a new study says
Two studies link unhealthy weight to poor body image

MUSIC
Jahzzhar — Flutter
Ketsa — Milk
Nick Jaina — Don’t Come to Me

PHOTOS FROM KATHRYN’S BOOK! (THANKS, KATHRYN!)
{photos by Cheyenne Ellis Photography}
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kathryn_budig_backbend
kathryn_budig_food
kathryn_budig_paint

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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 5: Andrea Ferretti on Self-Acceptance in Yoga

Edited to add: I’ve been at a loss for words since the tragic shooting in Orlando over the weekend. I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and friends.

I created this podcast long before these events. I don’t pretend to have the answers to our nation’s problems, but I think we can all agree that the amount of hatred teeming around the country right now is overwhelming and terrifying. You often hear the expression, “Love conquers hate.” If only it were that easy. I believe that the only way to truly love others is to love ourselves first. And in order to love yourself, you have to, on a basic, foundational level, accept yourself. You have to be willing to see yourself clearly and accept all of your flaws and perceived failings. Once you can accept your own missteps and still love yourself, you will more naturally accept others whether or not you agree with their opinions and choices. Self-acceptance, then, isn’t a selfish practice — it’s a vital practice that requires courage and honesty and practice. Most importantly, it can be of benefit to all beings.

This week’s episode is just a quick 5-minute listen — it’s an essay I wrote when I was dreaming up the podcast. It’s my intention and it’s inspired by Roxanne Gay’s book, Bad Feminist. Scroll down to listen. I’ve also written it out below the player. Hope it speaks to you.

“I may consciously or unconsciously stray from yoga’s principles from time to time but I’m learning to be OK with that. Because, after 20 years of practice, it’s still my guiding light. It’s a vital part of who I am and how I live.”

— Andrea Ferretti


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I started this show to celebrate yoga in all of its forms, to introduce you to people who have studied yoga deeply, who live their yoga, and who bring yoga into the current cultural landscape. These are people who live with passion.

But make no mistake, this podcast is not going to focus on how to live a “perfectly serene yogic life so that we can all do Handstands on the beach.” Because I spent more than 10 years talking to renowned yogis everyday – as an editor at Yoga Journal and, as we all know but often forget, that perfect life doesn’t exist and we don’t really want it to.

One of the biggest gifts of yoga in my mind is how it helps us understand that we’re all so similar, it helps us to remember our humanity. After all if you want to take the definition of yoga literally – yoga means to yoke or join and it’s a state that provokes a sense of union with all things.

But the shadow of the yoga community is that in our passion for the practice, for the asanas, for following the philosophy, we start to become obsessed with achieving, with this whole idea of self-improvement and with putting yoga teachers on a pedestal. I think this can actually make us a little self-involved and disconnected from each other – which is the opposite of the yogic state.

I think the solution to that is to be vulnerable with each other. So. I’ll start. Sometimes I’m a bad yogi. I have a hard time remembering all of the yoga texts I’ve studied – and I haven’t studied enough of them. At night, when my daughter is sweetly sleeping, I’m not re-reading the Bhagavad Gita, I’m more likely watching Broad City or Downton Abbey.

I curse too often. I say “like” and “kind of” and “dude” too often. I loved my hair extensions more than I’d like to admit. And despite being an absolute believer and partaker in natural forms of medicine I ended up with a C-section. For a long time, I felt subtly or overtly disappointed in myself about these things. Simply put, I don’t anymore. And I don’t want you to, either.

Yoga has helped me with this. Yoga offers a container for all of the seeming contradictions of who we are. As Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa says, “Yoga is not a practice of self-improvement at all, it’s a practice of self-acceptance.”

So. I may consciously or unconsciously stray from yoga’s principles from time to time but I’m learning to be OK with that. Because, after 20 years of practice, it’s still my guiding light. It’s a vital part of who I am and how I live.

When I talked with renowned yoga teachers over the years, I often wished I could share these conversations directly with the audience instead of having to filter them through the editorial and magazine process. I always felt inspired by the realness of the conversations – much moreso than when I saw them in print.

So, I’m hoping to bring you those conversations, the real ones, that ones that get into life issues we care about. I’m hoping to make Yogaland a place that’s helpful, that speaks to many, and that’s uplifting. I know that you won’t agree with everything we say or think. That’s OK with me.

We don’t have to all believe in the same yoga – we just have to respect each other, to remain open, and to listen.

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You can follow me on Twitter @yogalandpodcast for yoga, meditation, and health inspiration all week long. Next up on the podcast I talk to Kathryn Budig, Taylor Harkness, and Jason and I will be talking about injuries. The fun never stops around here people! You want to be the first to know about it!

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