Episode 34: Sally Kempton — What’s a bad-ass, angry yogi to do?

I bet you can conjure it up pretty easily: The image of the calm, benevolent yoga teacher who NEVER GETS ANGRY. You might wish that you were that person. And perhaps such people exist. But the rest of us mere mortals get pissed sometimes. And sometimes getting pissed is OK and warranted. The question is, how do you take your anger and channel in ways that are positive? How do you learn and grow from your anger? What’s beneath the subtext and how do you cope?

I’m happy to have Sally Kempton back on this episode to answer all of my burning, raging rage questions. This is one of my favorite episodes to date! I’d love to know if you found it helpful.

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  1. Andrea, this podcast is awesome.. I love it! A lot of inner awareness and knowledge to overcome a common feeling that in women is so socially punished. So important for me to know that it is not that bad to have the feeling if you channel it into creative solutions/activities. Thanks for the light!

    • Thanks so much, Aline! I’m really happy to hear that it was helpful. It was for me, too.

  2. Thank you so much for this conversation: negative emotions are so often “swept under the carpet”, or we are told to somehow “sublimate” them, but here are some genuinely useful insights about how to deal with anger so that it can contribute to, rather than stunt, our growth.

    • So great to hear that, Laura. Thank you and I’m glad it was helpful.

  3. Thanks for the lovely podcast! I must have listened to it at least 5 times. I have a lot of anger inside me and have always felt a lot of guilt why I’m not a nicer person. This podcast not only helped me understand anger more, it also helped me realise that it is not always bad. I will continue to work on my yoga everyday. Thanks once again for the tools and support through your podcasts!

    • I’m so glad it was helpful, Eileen. Thanks for letting me know. It’s been an eye-opener for me to become a mother — when I get triggered I get SO triggered and that’s why I wanted to do this one. So, I can totally relate!

  4. Like all of your other listeners (including all the teachers at my home yoga studio in Syracuse, NY), I love this podcast so much. Always such a pleasure to listen, with a great mixture of topics. I had a question for the next time Jason did a Q&A and wasn’t sure where to leave that so will do it here. My question is above engaging the leg muscles in standing poses, specially Triangle pose or Pyramid pose. There is a big difference between getting into the pose, and “dropping” into the shape, and getting into the pose and activating the muscles in the leg. I can feel the difference… and I know engaging the muscles is a good thing, but I don’t understand why. Would love to hear a response if this ever fits into one of the shows. Thank you so much!

  5. Thank you so much for this episode, Andrea. It is the first time I have heard an extended discussion about women and anger and it gave me the space and the tools to think about my own anger and how to address it.

    I would be curious to hear what Sally has to say about grief, loss, disappointment or emotions that may arise when we haven’t been so diligent at addressing anger constructively (i.e. resentment).

    Thank you again for your amazing work on this podcast! I recently discovered it and it has quickly become one of my favourites.


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