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Episode 128: Live from Maui! The Benefits of Retreat + Refining Ujjayi + Making Progress in Backbends

This is the sixth year Jason led his week-long retreat on Maui, but the fir year we did a live Yogaland podcast! We did not humble brag about the beautiful setting, the food, the roosters, or the camaraderie of the students — we just full on brag bragged. But we also answered student questions, which happened to mainly focus on backbending.

Here’s an overview:

* We talk about the benefits of immersing yourself in yoga on retreat and how Jason thinks of it as a mini-training

* Jason shares his approach to teaching Ujjayi breathing, and why he believes that fast, vinyasa flow classes have the potential to undermine the benefits of the practice

* We discuss how to tell the difference between structural limitations and non-structural, changeable limitations in backbends

* Tips on how to progress to more advanced backbends after you’ve mastered Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose or Upward-Facing Bow Pose)

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The Mother of All Backbends: Urdhva Dhanurasana

Yoga Pose Notebook: Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana

The Surprising Way to Deepen Your Backbends

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Episode 33: Bex Urban — Best Yoga Retreat Ever

This week’s episode will be inspiring for yoga teachers and logistically helpful for the teachers out there. It’s all about creating successful yoga retreats. And while it may seem like anachronous timing to think about yoga retreats while the world is in such a state of turmoil, going on retreat is an an effective way to deepen your yoga practice and to nourish the essential parts of yourself. When you come back from a retreat, you feel revitalized so that you can do the work you need to do in the world.

My guest on this week’s episode, Bex Urban, has been leading successful yoga retreats for more than a decade. Bex was introduced to meditation by her Dad when she was four years old (he is still an avid meditator) and met the Dalai Lama when she was 12. These early experiences with spiritual life continue to inform her approach today — she is equal parts mystical and practical with an innate ability to meet here students where they are and offer them the exact tools they need.

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bexurban.com
Online classes with Bex!: On YogaAnytime.com

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

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