Episode 51: Susan Cain — Embrace Your Quiet Side

Susan Cain is the reason the word “introvert” is now in common parlance. Her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” spent more than four years on The New York Times Best Seller List, her Ted Talk on the topic has been viewed more than 16 million times, and she’s the co-founder of the organization Quiet Revolution. She also loves yoga! We talk about why yoga is so appealing for introverts, the reasons introverts make great leaders, and ideas for when to push yourself out of your comfort zone and act more extroverted for a spell.

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Susan’s Ted Talk
Susan’s Web Site: Quiet Revolution
Susan’s Podcast: Quiet, The Power of Introverts
Susan’s Book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

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  1. I love your podcast, I only wish you had better quality audio. In this episode in particular, Susan was difficult to understand due to some choppy moments and overall poor audio quality. I hope you can figure out how to improve this as it would significantly enhance my listening experience!

    • Yes, I understand. This one was challenging simply due to the internet connection. If I ever get big enough to rent a studio space where I meet with people live it will get better. Otherwise, it’s all about how the interwebs wants to behave that particular day! Thanks for listening!! Warmly, Andrea

  2. I’m so excited one of my favorite authors is on one of my favorite podcasts!! Thank you Yogaland for this fabulous episode!!

    • Thanks, Miranda! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

  3. Loved, loved, loved this one! Insightful, practical and empowering on and off the mat.

    • Thanks, Laura! So glad to hear it. Warmly, Andrea

  4. I never listen to podcasts (this may be my first), but I was intrigued and eagerly anticipatory of one that blended a beloved practice that heals me with a frank and uplifting discussion about a disavowed part of my identity. Andrea, you chose the perfect speaker. I liked your questions and how you wove them into real-life advice for yoga teachers. I loved Susan’s analogy of shy, introverted children needing a longer runway for takeoff. How beautiful and inclusive this discussion was between two special women, and how apropos for the world of yoga and beyond where unconditional self-acceptance is a most worthy goal.

    • Thanks so much, Russella! I so appreciate your comments and I shared your comment with Susan directly. I love her work and love hearing that others love it, too. Warmly, Andrea

  5. Thanks for the great discussion! I’ve been listening to Susan for a while, and it was great to hear her also discuss introversion within the world of yoga. So many things I could relate to. I also have a daughter who is introverted, and I, too need to remind myself that she’s OK as she is – thanks for helping me to remember that!

    • Thanks, Tasha! The podcasts that Susan did about introverted children were incredibly helpful to me. Highly recommend. Warmly, Andrea

  6. I love this episode. It brings everything together for me. I am a yoga teacher and practitioner, somewhat of an expert on type and temperament, and ran a one-man consulting business for 28 years. With my combined interest in personality and yoga, it has often struck me that yoga is made-to-fit for introverts. This podcast affirmed that, but went way beyond with insights about how to live into being an introverted yoga instructor and person. Andrea, your interviewing style is so enjoyable and your questions are so well timed and insightful. Thank you for all of your podcasts, and a special thanks for this one!

    • Thank you so much, Russ! It feels great to read this message from you. Much appreciated. Warmly, Andrea


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