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Yogaland Podcast with Andrea Ferretti

Each week, join former executive editor of Yoga Journal, Andrea Ferretti on Yogaland. This weekly yoga podcast offers modern, relevant conversations with well-known experts about yoga and wellness. Interviews cover a broad range of topics — from yoga anatomy and asana, to advice for yoga teachers, to emotional wellness, nutrition, and beyond. Andrea’s goal is always to bring high quality wisdom and health information to her listeners in a down-to-earth, relatable way. With that in mind, Yogaland offers tools and ideas for self-development as well as inspiration for yoga practice.



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Episode 157: A story of love, loss, and the path of motherhood with Anne Cushman

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I’ve talked a lot on the podcast about how motherhood has changed my yoga practice. I know first-hand how easy it can be to fall into the trap of mom guilt and feeling like you just can’t keep up with your practice and the demands of your family life.

So, I’m so excited to share this episode with Anne Cushman with you. Anne writes beautifully about motherhood as a spiritual practice in her new book, The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood. She shares a ton of great insights.

Whether you’re a new mom, mom-to-be, or a veteran parent, you’re going to want to listen to this one. Even if you’re not a parent, you’ll appreciate her thoughts on spirituality and yoga as a householder.

We talk about:

*The creative process of writing a book, why it took her until her son went off to college to finish her latest book, and how her yoga and meditation practice helped her to be kind to herself through the whole process

*Why in many ways, motherhood is such a good way to experience spirituality. Plus, how it differs from the types of spirituality practices that have been traditionally passed down by men.

*Anne shares some profound insights for people who feel that they “should” be spending more time on their yoga mats or meditation cushions

*She talks about why she decided to retell the birth of Siddhartha, the Buddha, from his mother’s perspective

*How she coped with experiencing a full-term stillbirth and the anxieties that come with getting pregnant again after a tragic loss like that

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood by Anne Cushman

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Episode 156: Using Yoga to Tap Into Your Intuition with Erica Rodefer Winters

This week, we’re talking to Erica Rodefer Winters, a yoga teacher in Charleston, SC who specializes in teaching prenatal yoga and postnatal yoga.

Erica’s take on using yoga, breathing, and mindfulness to tap into the body’s intuition is something that helps her students through the toughest parts of pregnancy and ultimately their births. But it’s a great reminder for us at all phases of life to trust our guts when we’re not sure on the next course of action.

We talk about:

*Her yoga origin story and how her first teacher inspired her

*What appeals to her about teaching prenatal yoga (even though she didn’t love prenatal yoga classes during her first pregnancy)

*How she uses yoga asana, breathing, and mindfulness practices to tap into her intuition — a practice that helped her during the birth of her two daughters. Ways that she helps her students to learn to listen to their intuition and trust their bodies, too.

*Plus, how she leans on that inner wisdom for all the tough decisions that come up for her now in parenting and other aspects of life.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Erica Rodefer Winters  website – Spoiled Yogi

Study: Yoga during Pregnancy: The effects on labor pain and delivery outcomes

Free download – 4 Steps to Overcoming Your Birth Fears so You Can Have a More Peaceful, Less Painful, Pregnancy and Birth!

Peaceful, Present, and Prepared Birth Course (use coupon code YOGALAND for 20 percent off)

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Episode 155: Creating a Pranic Budget with Sarah Kucera

If you’ve followed this podcast for a while, you know that I think self care is vitally important if you want to live a happy, healthy life. (I even created an online course about self care!) You might also know that I dabble in Ayurveda and I’m fascinated about what little nuggets of wisdom I can learn from yoga’s “sister science.” 

So, I was thrilled when I came across a new book that talks about Ayurveda through the lens of self care. This week I talk to Sarah Kucera, author of The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook: Holistic Healing Rituals for Every Day and Season, all about her book and what Ayurveda can teach us about taking care of ourselves.

We discuss:

* How Sarah’s struggles with feeling low energy and stressed led her to look for solutions from Ayurveda and write this book

* The Ayurvedic clock–and why your bedtime and waking time is as important as the number of hours you sleep

* Why self care can be accessible to all (even those who are short on time and/or money). She explains why it doesn’t have to be “all or nothing.”

* Sarah’s “pranic budget,” and how can you use this concept to use your energy more wisely, be more efficient, and have more time to do the things you love 

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Sarah Kucera website 

The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook: Holistic Healing Rituals for Every Day and Season

Episode 52 with Gina Caputo

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Episode 154: Bernie Clark on the Benefits of Yin

Bernie Clark quote - Episode 154
The thoughtful and articulate Bernie Clark joins us on the show this week! Bernie is perhaps best known for his influential Yin yoga teachings as well as his books, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, and Your Body, Your Yoga.

When Jason and I shared our thoughts about Yin Yoga at the end of season 1 (episode 147), we hadn’t expected it to be so polarizing. After seeing Bernie’s response to the episode in one of his forums and after listening to you, our listeners, we asked him on the show.

We covered a lot of ground in this episode: Bernie clarified Yin’s origin story, he shared how Yin benefits him personally (and how he complements it with strength-training), as well as how he guides (even flexible students like Andrea) to discern their edge in poses. The big takeaway from the conversation? We landed on more points of agreement than points of difference. The one point of difference that remains is whether or not lengthening ligaments is a good idea. And if you’d like to research that further, check out the show notes.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The following links are intended to help you take personal responsibility for your body and your practice. Our hope is that they can help you determine what resonates with you and feels right in your body.

Blog posts and citations from Bernie
In Defense of Yin Yoga
A Scientific Basis for Yin Yoga
Helen Langevin: The Science of Stretch
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Citations from Jason:
“When a tendon/ligament is stretched beyond physiological limits, some fibrils be‐ gin to fail. Micro failure accumulates, stiffness is reduced and the ligament/tendon begins to fail. This occurs when intramolecular cross-links between collagen fibers fail. The tendon therefore undergoes irreversible plastic deformation. When the tendon/ligament is stretched to more than 8-10% of its original length, macroscopic failure follows.”
Injury and Repair of Ligaments and Tendons

“Dynamic or static muscle action creates internal resistance in the loaded structures (stress) that counteracts deformation (strain) of the tissue. All tissue has a characteristic ability to tolerate deformation and stress, and injuries occur when the tolerance level is exceeded. An acute injury occurs when loading is sufficient to cause irreversible deformation of the tissue, whereas an overuse injury occurs as a result of repeated overloading either in the loading itself or through inadequate recovery time between loadings. Each incidence, alone, is not enough to cause irreversible deformation, but the repeated actions can result in an injury over time.” Olympic Committee Manual of Sports Injuries: An a Guide to the Management of Injuries in Physical Activities

The Science and Physiology of Flexibility and Stretching: Implications and Applications in Sport Performance and Health, Professor David G. Behm, November 2018

Episode 147: Jason’s Take on Yin Yoga

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Episode 153: On Spirituality, Representation, and Being a New Teacher with Quamay Sams

Quamay Sams

This week, I talk to Bay Area yoga teacher Quamay Sams. Quamay grew up in New York, where he was a dancer before he enrolled in a yoga teacher training program (without ever having set foot in a yoga studio). He now considers teaching yoga a calling — and a big responsibility.

We talk about:

* Why Quamay felt like a misfit (his word) growing up and how that impacted the course of his life.

* Dance. He tells us more about a style of dancing called krumping, why he loves it, and how it became an outlet for him.

* Stepping into the seat of the teacher and how he is coping with and embracing being a role model.

* Yoga and representation. His take on why there aren’t more black people in yoga studios, who’s responsible for that, and how we can all work together to bridge that gap.

* His experience as one of Jason’s advanced teacher training students.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Quamay’s Instagram Page

The Alchemist

Rize

Jason’s Advanced Studies yoga teacher trainings

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