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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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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

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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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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. It’s been about a year since Sunbasket has been a sponsor of Yogaland. Each week, I get a Sunbasket box delivered to my door and I still get excited! The recipes are creative and delicious with organic produce and clean ingredients. I do the Paleo plan but there are many to choose from — Vegetarian, Vegan, Lean & Clean, Quick & Easy, & Mediterranean, to name just a few. Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. I’m so delighted to have Fabletics as a sponsor! Their clothes fit so well — no, I do not feel like I am stuffing myself into a sausage casing. And the styles are seriously SO. CUTE. Plus, you literally cannot be their price point anywhere. As a special offer to Yogaland listeners, get TWO PAIRS OF LEGGINGS FOR $24. Yep, you read that correctly. Go to fabletics.com/yogaland and enter promo code YOGALAND at checkout.

3. Follain is a clean beauty retailer that believes that no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. They are uncompromising — some might say relentless — in the quest to find the best products. I have their Clean Essentials Kit and I love it — I’ve been using it while we travel and my very sensitive skin is happy and hydrated. You can try the Clean Essentials Kit today for $22 (that’s over 50% off!). Go to follain.com/yogaland to get four everyday, non-toxic skin essentials!

4. Instead of buying things new, Poshmark allows you to shop from millions of closets across America. When you download the Poshmark app, you’ll find clothes for women, men, and children. I found kids brands like Circo & Gap, and my own favorite brands like Anthropologie & Mother. Yogaland listeners get $5 off your first purchase! Just enter the invite code: YOGALAND when you sign up. That’s invite code: YOGALAND

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Episode 127: Special Anniversary Episode: On Yoga and Marriage


Jason and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in early October — that’s a whole DECADE of wedded bliss, you guys!. In an unusual moment of sentimentality, we decided to share a bit more about our relationship in this episode.

We reflect on:

– How we went from colleagues to dating to married

– How we moved from student-teacher relationship (and editor-writer relationship) to romantic partnership

– How we balance our work relationship with our home life

– The huge role that yoga has played in our relationship from day one, and how it continues to help us to relate to each other and even navigate our differences

– The parallels we draw between being in a long-term relationship with another person and being a long-time yoga student

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Jason’s 2019 300-hour yoga teacher training in San Francisco

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. It’s been about a year since Sunbasket has been a sponsor of Yogaland. Each week, I get a Sunbasket box delivered to my door and I still get excited! The recipes are creative and delicious with organic produce and clean ingredients. I do the Paleo plan but there are many to choose from — Vegetarian, Vegan, Lean & Clean, Quick & Easy, & Mediterranean, to name just a few. Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. I’m so delighted to have Fabletics as a sponsor! Their clothes fit so well — no, I do not feel like I am stuffing myself into a sausage casing. And the styles are seriously SO. CUTE. Plus, you literally cannot be their price point anywhere. As a special offer to Yogaland listeners, get TWO PAIRS OF LEGGINGS FOR $24. Yep, you read that correctly. Go to fabletics.com/yogaland and enter promo code YOGALAND at checkout.

3. Follain is a clean beauty retailer that believes that no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. They are uncompromising — some might say relentless — in the quest to find the best products. I have their Clean Essentials Kit and I love it — I’ve been using it while we travel and my very sensitive skin is happy and hydrated. You can try the Clean Essentials Kit today for $22 (that’s over 50% off!). Go to follain.com/yogaland to get four everyday, non-toxic skin essentials!

4. Instead of buying things new, Poshmark allows you to shop from millions of closets across America. When you download the Poshmark app, you’ll find clothes for women, men, and children. I found kids brands like Circo & Gap, and my own favorite brands like Anthropologie & Mother. Yogaland listeners get $5 off your first purchase! Just enter the invite code: YOGALAND when you sign up. That’s invite code: YOGALAND

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Episode 126: Jason’s Best Bakasana Tips

Challenging Pose Yoga Inspiration | Jason Crandell Quote | Jason Crandell Yoga Method | Yoga Podcast

Most people consider arm balances and inversions challenging poses, but we think they’re worth the effort.

This week, I talk to Jason about his approach to teaching these popular poses, and how he breaks them down to make them more accessible for every student. We also share Jason’s newest mini-course (it’s free!), which goes deep into one of the most foundational arm balances, Bakasana (also known as Crane Pose or Crow Pose).

We talk about:

* Why practice arm balances and inversions in the first place?

* Crane Pose vs. Crow Pose – What’s the difference?

* The two most important poses to practice if you want to learn Bakasana

* The role and movement of the shoulder blades in straight-arm Bakasana and a pose to practice to begin to get the action down

* Why Jason thinks core strength might not be THE most important thing to focus on when learning arm balances (even though he concedes that it is important)

* BONUS: Learn about Andrea’s new therapeutic pumpkin carving practice.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Take Jason’s FREE Bakasana Mini Course on Yogaglo

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. It’s been about a year since Sunbasket has been a sponsor of Yogaland. Each week, I get a Sunbasket box delivered to my door and I still get excited! The recipes are creative and delicious with organic produce and clean ingredients. I do the Paleo plan but there are many to choose from — Vegetarian, Vegan, Lean & Clean, Quick & Easy, & Mediterranean, to name just a few. Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. I’m so delighted to have Fabletics as a sponsor! Their clothes fit so well — no, I do not feel like I am stuffing myself into a sausage casing. And the styles are seriously SO. CUTE. Plus, you literally cannot be their price point anywhere. As a special offer to Yogaland listeners, get TWO PAIRS OF LEGGINGS FOR $24. Yep, you read that correctly. Go to fabletics.com/yogaland and enter promo code YOGALAND at checkout.

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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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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. It’s been about a year since Sunbasket has been a sponsor of Yogaland. Each week, I get a Sunbasket box delivered to my door and I still get excited! The recipes are creative and delicious with organic produce and clean ingredients. I do the Paleo plan but there are many to choose from — Vegetarian, Vegan, Lean & Clean, Quick & Easy, & Mediterranean, to name just a few. Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. I’m so delighted to have Fabletics as a sponsor! Their clothes fit so well — no, I do not feel like I am stuffing myself into a sausage casing. And the styles are seriously SO. CUTE. Plus, you literally cannot be their price point anywhere. As a special offer to Yogaland listeners, get TWO PAIRS OF LEGGINGS FOR $24. Yep, you read that correctly. Go to fabletics.com/yogaland and enter promo code YOGALAND at checkout.

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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.

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