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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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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.

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Episode 120: Yoga and Addiction with Nikki Myers

If you haven’t been directly impacted by addiction, there’s a good chance you know someone who has.

Today’s guest, Nikki Myers, a yoga therapist and the founder of Y12SR (Yoga of 12-Step Recovery), shares how yoga has helped with her personal struggles with addiction and  helped thousands of people through Y12SR.

Even if you’ve never been touched personally by addiction, her insights and advice apply to anyone who’s had to overcome a challenge in life.

You’ll learn about:

* Nikki Myer’s personal road to recovery, what she learned along the way, and how yoga helped her heal

* Why an important part of practicing yoga is embracing ALL sides of yourself, and why it’s important not to deny or hide the things you’re less proud of

* How the 12-step program is similar to yoga and why yoga is such a great complement to the 12 steps

* Nikki and Andrea share their thoughts on the opioid crisis and how, as bad as things are, the good that has come from it : It’s forcing government officials and the healthcare establishment to take a look at the emotional side behind the disease of addiction

* What co-dependency really is and how it relates to addiction

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Y12SR: Yoga of 12 Step Recovery

Nikki Myers biography

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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 118: J. Brown, “A testament to the practice is the person it produces”

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, former yoga center owner, blogger, and the host of the popular podcast  J. Brown Yoga Talks. On this episode, I ask J. about his yoga origin story as well as the current iteration of his yoga life — both online and off. J. also shares how the powerful words he said to his mother toward the end of her life have had a lasting impact on who he is today and helped lead him to yoga. J.’s mother died before he graduated from high school, and what he once saw as a wound he now sees as an event that has filled him with purpose and, ultimately, gratitude. PS: J. had me on his show a few months ago, the link is below if you want to check it out.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

J. Brown Yoga

Andrea Ferretti on J. Brown Yoga Talks Podcast

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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 117: Jason’s Favorite (Non-Asana) Yoga Books

Bhagavad Gita quote | Yoga Philosophy Podcast | Yoga Podcast

When I have Jason on the show, we talk a lot about postures and technique, so I thought it would be interesting to talk yoga philosophy on the podcast this week. I asked Jason to share his favorite yoga books (that are not focused on the physical practice). These are just a few of his favorites, spanning yoga philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and neuroscience.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Upanishads  with commentary by Eknath Easwaran

The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdomby Rick Hanson

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite non-asana yoga books through Instagram #yogalandstories. I compiled a list of YOUR favorites, which are listed below.

The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

Healing Mantra: Using Sound Affirmation for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thom Ashley-Farrand

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melodie Beattie

Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for the Saltwater Soul by Sam Bleakley

The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translation by Bernard Bouanchaud

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living by Stephen Cope

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guide Book by Ram Dass

The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi

The Breathing Book: Good Breath and Vitality Through Essential Breathwork by Donna Farhi

Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley 

Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhist and Zen by Rodney Alan Greenblat

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice in an Unjust World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield

True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment by Jennie Lee

The Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

Tending the Heart Fire: Living in the Flow and Pulse of Life by Shiva Rea

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

How Yoga Works by Michael Roach

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavhad Gita, a Commentary for Modern Readers by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom by Rod Stryker

 

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 26: Three Yoga Sutras for Tough Times with Kate Holcombe
Episode 39: Richard Rosen on Patanjali in Modern Yoga Practice

 

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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. Truth: I am not a perfume gal. They’re usually too cloying for me and I don’t trust that the ingredients are safe. But I’m in love with the scents created by Skylar Body. They’re vegan and never tested on animals. And they’re free of parabens, phthalates, and other potentially harmful chemicals and they smell so amazing. To see which scent you like best, you can try the Skylar sample palette with free shipping plus earn a $20 credit towards your next full-sized perfume purchase, visit Skylar.com/yogaland.

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Episode 115: Overcoming Obstacles and Living to Your Fullest Potential with Rosie Acosta

Rosie Acosta podcast | Rosie Acosta quote | Yogaland Podcast

On this episode, I’m joined by yoga teacher and holistic health coach Rosie Acosta. Rosie shares her personal story of growing up in East L.A. in the 90s where chaos and violence surrounded her daily. By the time she was a teen, she’d been arrested, she was physically unhealthy, and she didn’t see much of a future for herself. And yet, here she is now, living a bright, fulfilled life.

Her story is inspiring and speaks to the power of the human spirit and the power of a dedicated yoga practice. ✨ “The minute I walked into that [yoga] room, I felt like I was home.” ✨

Rosie shares:
– How one of the biggest mistakes of her life as a teen was actually a catalyst for positive change
– The internal conflict of wanting to create a better life for herself while knowing that the family feared losing her if she “got out”
– How growing up with instability created a deep internal craving for stability
– How she juggled several jobs and explored different paths before finding the right fit with yoga
– Her advice for finding the right yoga teacher for you

This interview is a must-listen for anyone who has ever felt the odds are against them.

More about Rosie Acosta:

Rosie Acosta is an Inspirational Speaker, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and a Yoga Teacher Trainer, a Holistic Health Coach. As the founder of Radically Loved: Yoga, Health + Wellness, she is also the host of the Radically Loved Radio podcast.

In all of her work, Rosie teaches and practices being guided by radical love every day and connecting to that through yoga, diet, affirmation, self-inquiry, and curiosity. In helping others find their unique gifts and fire within, she aims to create practices and connect with people in a way that will help everyone live radically loved lives together.


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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Rosie Acosta website

Radically Loved podcast (Look for episode 161 for Rosie’s interview with me. We had so much fun.)

Rosie’s writing on YogaJournal.com’s

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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. Truth: I am not a perfume gal. They’re usually too cloying for me and I don’t trust that the ingredients are safe. But I’m in love with the scents created by Skylar Body. They’re vegan and never tested on animals. And they’re free of parabens, phthalates, and other potentially harmful chemicals and they smell so amazing. To see which scent you like best, you can try the Skylar sample palette with free shipping plus earn a $20 credit towards your next full-sized perfume purchase, visit Skylar.com/yogaland.

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