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Episode 103: Jason and Andrea Talk Meditation

Why don’t you have a seat and stay awhile? If you think meditation is boring, hard, pointless, or too time consuming, this episode is for you.

This week, Jason and I discuss everything meditation. We unpack why it’s important for yoga students to meditate. Plus, we’ll give some practical tips to start if you’re new to the practice (or start again if not very consistent). We promise, you’ll be glad you did!

PS: Jason has a brand new program on yogaglo that’s designed for people who don’t yet have a consistent meditation practice. It’s six classes and super-straightforward. Check it out here!

Highlights from the episode:

* The difference between a person’s identity and their habits + how to untangle the two in order to make regular meditation more likely

* Some of the common fears (and excuses!) that keep people from meditating

* Why meditation is an important part of a well-rounded yoga practice and if there’s anyone who shouldn’t meditate

* Jason’s approach to teaching seated meditation and how it’s similar to how he teaches asana

* Plus, we talk about our personal meditation practice, who we’ve studied with, and how it’s helped us

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Meditation for People Who Don’t Meditate on Yogaglo
New blog post from Jason: Why I Meditate

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Episode 102: Embrace the Incompleteness with Tias Little

There’s a special place in my heart for Tias Little. I studied with him many years ago and the vivid imagery and metaphor he used had a profound impact on the way I think about the body. He’s also got this dry, dry, dry humor that I love. In the years since I studied with Tias, he has started doing dharma talks and one of them inspired this episode.

You see, I think most of us are perfectionists. And, as much as I love to put in a hard day’s work full of drive and goal-crushing, perfectionism doesn’t lead to happiness. It’s an illusion of control that (mostly) takes us out of the present moment and into a myth of life being neat, tidy, and complete. It can also bleed into our relationships with those we care about most — friends, partners, children — creating conflict and suffering that’s unnecessary.

In this episode, I ask Tias how we can use yoga and Buddhist psychology to become aware of our perfectionist tendencies and reframe them. Over the past few weeks since our conversation, Tias’ words have stayed with me and helped me find more freedom and ease. I hope it does the same for you.

Here’s a little more about Tias:
Along with his wife, Surya, Tias runs Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College in 1998. Tias is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body.

 

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS
Prajna Yoga
Yoga and Perfectionism: A Dharma Talk by Tias Little

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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. To my women listeners out there – have you tried Lola yet? LOLA is a female-founded company offering organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For 40% off your first order, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

3. HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients. They have three plans to choose from — Classic, Veggie, and Family 
 and every week there’s a 20 minute meal on the classic menu if you really don’t have even 30 minutes! Which let’s face it, happens! For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter 
YOGALAND30 at checkout. 


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Episode 100: Easy Ways to Improve Verbal Communication with Jason Crandell

When I first started taking yoga classes from Jason many years ago, I was struck by his voice. He has a voice that draws you in. It’s soothing and encouraging. He speaks in a measured, comfortable pace. And he’s a clear, succinct communicator. In essence, he’s a natural when it comes to verbal communication.

This week, I ask Jason to share how he’s developed this skill set.  And, although this episode is specifically geared toward yoga teachers, the ideas we here apply to everyone. We all have times when clear verbal communication is vital — in client meetings, with our loved ones, during presentations — and some of us struggle with it more than others. My hope is that you’ll gain confidence and clarity from this episode.

We talk about:

* Why verbal communication might be the most important skill for yoga teachers

* Using each class you teach as a practice for personal growth in the area of verbal communication

* The struggles we (Jason and Andrea) have when it comes to speaking in front of a group

* How choosing one or two takeaways for your students  can dramatically improve your teaching

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Verbal Cues for Yoga Poses – The Easiest Ways to Immediately Improve Your Verbal Communication

Common Errors in Manual Yoga Adjustments – And How to Fix Them

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Episode 98: The Only Absolute in Yoga is That There Are No Absolutes

On this week’s episode, neurophysiologist Dr. Robyn Capobianco returns and we cover a ton of interesting ground. I walked away from the conversation asking myself, ‘Are there absolutely, definitively good movements and bad movements within the framework of yoga poses? And do we know what they are?’

Here are the other points we discuss:

* The difference between the anatomy, biomechanics, and neuromechanics and how they apply to yoga

* What Robyn’s research has shown her about squeezing the glutes in backbends + the surprising thing that happens when you stop squeezing

* How to be a more discerning connoisseur of all the research, articles, and blog posts that are out there and why it matters

* Why Robyn believes that constraints around the practice can sometimes do more harm than good

* Is it safe to roll up from Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) to standing?

*BONUS: Robyn’s favorite mascara brand, which she promises will change your life.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 88: Yoga Through the Lens of Yoga Neuromechanics with Robyn Capobianco

Backbends: When and Why to Engage the Glutes

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Episode 97: Q&A — Jason Addresses Feeling Like the Odd Man Out

It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone reading this that sometimes male yogis can feel like the odd man out in yoga classes that are mostly filled with women. (Even Jason, who’s been teaching yoga for 20 years, admits to feeling more comfortable in a gym setting than the yoga studio.)

So, we decided to give male listeners some TLC this week by answering their questions. While we focus on yoga for men in this episode, it has tons of insights for women who want to relate to the men in their classes and for teachers who want to help their male students.

Besides, whatever your gender, we’ve all struggled with feeling like the only person in class who can’t do something, right?

We talk about:

* What it’s like to be a male in a majority female yoga class and some good news for men who feel uncomfortable — there are more and more men finding their way into yoga studios

* How to handle the awkwardness and frustration associated with being the tightest person in a yoga class (which is something that is not just relevant to men, by the way!)

* Modifications for tight shoulders in poses where you interlace the fingers behind the back

* How to apply lessons from strength training to the yoga practice

* Tips for yoga teachers who want to help people who are really struggling with poses

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Summer Series! Understanding Your Super-Awesome (and Complex) Shoulders

Essential Sequence: Neck, Shoulders, and Upper Back

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SHOUTOUT TO OUR SPONSORS
1. RxBar are protein bars made from 100% whole foods. That means RxBars do not contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fillers. They also do not contain added sugar. They’re also delicious! For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/yogaland and enter the promo code YOGALAND at checkout.

2. Freshly is the easiest and most convenient way to eat healthy no matter what life throws your way. Freshly’s chef create delicious gluten-free meals delivered fresh to your door. Every single meal comes with a detailed overview of each ingredient in the meal. Get $25 off your first order of 6 fresh-cooked dinners by going to freshly.com/yogaland

3. To my women listeners out there – have you tried Lola yet? LOLA is a female-founded company offering organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For 40% off your first order, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

4. Molekule is a new air purification experience — unobtrusive, portable, and 100% effective. Molekule’s PECO technology goes beyond HEPA filtration to not just capture, but completely destroy the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants, including those 1000x smaller than a HEPA filter can trap. 
For $75 off your first order, visit MOLEKULE.com and enter code YOGALAND at checkout.

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