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Summer Series 2018: Summer Self Care Using Ayurveda with Niika Quistgard

How to Use Ayurveda to Cool Down | Beat the Heat This Summer with Niika Quistgard | Yogaland Podcast

If you’re a vinyasa yoga practitioner you’re probably familiar with the term “building heat.” That might not sound so appealing to you right now, though–especially if you live somewhere that summer is hot and sticky enough without any additional heat, thank you very much.

This week on the podcast, our favorite Ayurvedic expert, Niika Quistgard, offers Ayurvedic summer self care tips. Niika has a gift for making the principles of Ayurveda easy to understand — once you learn them, you’ll know how to cool down and come back into balance.

She shares:

* How to adapt your lifestyle during pitta season–we get into how to approach your yoga practice, meditation, breathing techniques, and which  foods to eat (and avoid) during pitta season

* A few specific poses and practices that are calming for pitta

* The one thing that’s even more important than you dominant dosha. (It’s all about balance, baby!)

* What Niika  means when she talks about taking “self-leadership” on your yoga mat and in your life

* BONUS: Enjoy the soothing sounds of nature throughout this interview as Niika is talking to us outdoors among some particularly melodious birds.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Niika Quistgard’s AyurMama website

Episode 81: Holiday Series! Nourish Your Vital Essence With Niika Quistgard

Episode 17: Niika Quistgard – Self Care Time! Ayurvedic Ideas for Staying Calm and Grounded

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Bonus Episode: Depression will talk. You don’t have to listen. (And other lessons I’ve learned about depression.)

I put together this episode after the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The loss of both of these talented, successfully, beloved people in one week was tragic. A few days after it happened, I read two great stories that talked about how important it is to tell our stories about getting through depression. When the news media focuses on a suicide and how it happens, it can lead to contagion. But when people tell their personal stories of getting through depression or suicidal thoughts or attempts, it helps people in the midst of a crisis see that they can survive.

In that spirit, I offer up the things I’ve learned from surviving depression, as well as how I got through it. I hope it helps you or someone you love. I’m posting links to the two articles mentioned on the shownotes page, which you can find here: yogalandpodcast.com/bonusepisode


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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

USA Today: Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture
At My Darkest Moment, I Reached Out for Help and Chose to Live
Episode 161 of Rosie Acosta’s podcast, Radically Loved
Yogaland episode 49: A True Story of Overcoming Depression, Panic, & Shame

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Summer Series 2018: Andrea and Jason Share Their “Easy” & “Hard” Poses

Easy and Hard Yoga Poses | Yoga Podcast

For this year’s summer series, Jason and I are focusing on “Building a Sustainable Yoga Practice.” Over the past year we’ve talked about injuries, fear of injuries, predatory teachers and we thought — LET’S FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE FOR PETE’S SAKE. Let’s empower ourselves to create a yoga practice that serves our needs.

For the first episode, Jason and I talk about which poses are taught as beginner or “easy” poses and are actually torturous for us to execute. And the inverse of that — which poses are thought to be advanced, but have always been pretty accessible to us because of body type. My hope is that this talk will help unravel that sense of competition (either with others or just with ourselves) that we all feel from time to time on the yoga mat. The truth is that certain poses that are easier and more difficult simply because of the body you’re born with.

That means that those awe-inspiring poses you see on Instagram may not be a reflection of skills and years of study, but rather just something that that person is able to do naturally.  Of course, that means the flip side is true too: You’re not a bad yogi if you can’t balance in Tree Pose to save your life.

If you’ve ever struggled with any pose (or with feeling bad about yourself because of that struggle), you don’t want to miss this one!

Poses we discuss:

* Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

* Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

* Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)

* Seated Forward Bends

* Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance)

* Bakasana (Crane Pose)

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 91 – Jason’s Thoughts on Warrior I, Navasana, and “Advanced” Yoga

Episode 99: Q&A – Jason’s Tips for Nailing Forearm Balance

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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. Storyworth makes it easy and fun for loved ones to tell their stories. Simply purchase a subscription for someone you love and each week Storyworth will send them a question about their life. After a year, stories are bound in a beautiful book. For $20 off, visit storyworth.com/yogaland when you subscribe.

3. Care/Of is a new online vitamin company that is devoted to personalization and authenticity in its sourcing. Set your health goals, take their quiz, and they’ll give you vitamin, mineral, and adaptogen recommendations. They also include sourcing information and studies to give you background on your choices. I’ve had fun trying them out! Visit takecareof.com and use offer code YOGALAND at checkout for 25% off your first month of vitamins.

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Episode 106: Yoga, Birth, and Business with Rachel Yellin

Rachel Yellin podcast | Rachel Yellin quote | Yoga Podcast

Yoga offers us so much more than a healthy body and mind–it also helps us to get to know ourselves on a deep, intimate level. That deep knowing can help us make better decisions about every aspect of our lives, which is especially true during the childbirth process, says this week’s guest Rachel Yellin.

Rachel is a prenatal yoga teacher, childbirth educator, hypnotherapist, and a dear friend of mine. All of her work is centered around the idea of using mindfulness to help people tap into their own wisdom. It’s transformational. And it’s all yoga.

This episode isn’t just for pregnant moms (or even parents). It’s for anyone who wants to learn to tune out external criticisms, judgments, and expectations so you can be guided by your own authentic, inner voice.

Here’s are some things we cover in the Rachel Yellin podcast episode:

* Finding the balance between the tradition of yoga, where students are guided through every pose by a teacher, and learning to allow your your own body and intuition lead the way

* How Rachel’s different businesses are based on yoga and being present, knowing yourself + the creative way she grew her yoga business without depleting herself through marketing efforts, constant travel, etc.

* Ideas for parenting with more presence. Hint: it’s not about reading parenting books, but reading your individual child and responding to her needs

* Advice for yoga teachers who feel pressured to build a following on social media

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Rachel Yellin’s website

Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond Audio Relaxation Program by Rachel Yellin

Whatever Arises, Love That: A Revolution That Begins with You by Matt Khan

When The Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection by Dr. Gabor Mate

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger,  Healthier, Longer by  Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

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Episode 105: Epidemiologist Ai Kubo on How Mindfulness and Nutrition Benefit Cancer Patients

Ai Kubo Yoga Podcast

Ai Kubo received a PhD in cancer epidemiology from Columbia University, and has nearly 40 scientific publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Years ago, Kubo was told flat out, by one of the most renowned mindfulness researchers, not to try to create (and fund) mindfulness studies.

At that time, studying mindfulness and yoga was too fringe, she was told. She heeded this advice and spent a decade studying the effect of nutrition on cancer. But, as a yoga teacher, she felt that something was missing, so she decided to change the focus of her research.

These days, Kubo is hard at work creating studies that examine the effect of mindfulness for cancer patients and their families in reducing stress and depression. We had a lively conversation about her current studies, her approach to eating and living in a way that minimizes cancer risk, and the details on her 3-week Mindfulness Cleanse, which focuses on helping the body rest and reset.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The Mindful Cleanse with Ai Kubo

Episode 15: Rebecca Katz – Nourish Yourself with Cancer Fighting Foods

Episode 73: How Talking about Adversity Inspires Positive Change

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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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