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Episode 103: Jason and Andrea Talk Meditation

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Why don’t you have a seat and stay awhile? If you think meditation is boring, hard, pointless, or too time consuming, this meditation podcast 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 meditation podcast 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 31: Bo Forbes – Self-Care for Empaths (A Neuropsych Extravaganza)

Hello everyone!

This week my guest is the effervescent, beautiful human Bo Forbes. Bo spent years as a practicing psychologist and is now a yoga teacher with a keen interest in neuropsychology. Every time I talk to Bo, I’m pretty much stunned by her depth of knowledge, her insight, and the lovely way she has about her. This conversation was supposed to be about her step-by-step system for helping people who are overly empathic. BUT, well…I just couldn’t help but ask her about so many different aspects of her life, her training, and her teaching, which is why I’m calling this episode A Neuropsych/Yoga Extravaganza. We talk about:

* Her early childhood on the Seneca reservation and how it informed her sense of interconnectedness at a young age
* How she started incorporating mindfulness practices into her clinical practice and how her clients responded
* Default mode — a system of wiring in the brain pioneered by Norman Farb that governs our tendency to ruminate or judge the past, present, and future.
* Direct experience mode — how meditation and mindfulness practices can help us recognize default mode when it’s happening and experience the present without judgement
* Empathy — why so many yoga teachers consider “empathic distress” and how to establish boundaries
* How connective tissue work helps her reset and come out of empathic distress

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Bo’s Online Courses: Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, the Body, and Contemplative Practice & Integrative Yoga Therapeutics
I Feel Your Pain: An Empath’s Guide to Staying Balanced by Bo Forbes
Bo’s Fascial Release for the Trapezius
Happiness Toolkit: Bo’s Simple Belly Massage

MUSIC
Shana Falana — Cloud Beats
Ryan Cullinane — Beach Vibes with Drums
Ryan Little — Wonderstruck

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Episode 16: Katherine Priore – Combatting Toxic Stress in Low-Income Schools

Hi everyone!

I started this podcast to provide inspiration and advice for practicing — but I also hope to highlight people in our community who are working hard to bring yoga to populations who might not ordinarily experience the practice. Katherine Priore Ghannam (@katherinepriore on Instagram) is one of those people and she’s my guest on this week’s episode.

Katherine is the founder of Headstand, a nonprofit organization that teaches yoga and mindfulness to kids attending low income schools. As a former school classroom teacher and a yoga teacher, Katherine understood the importance of creating a yoga program that was part of the school culture and she had also witnessed how stressful learning was for kids who were growing up in poverty.

She believed strongly that yoga and mindfulness techniques could provide children with tools to not only cope with their circumstances, but to thrive. In the past eight years, she’s seen how yoga has helped her students cope with stress, how it has improved academic achievement, and how it has helped kids transition to college and beyond. Here’s a summary of what we talk about on the episode:

* The definition of toxic stress and how it can inhibit a child’s ability to learn.
* Learning to see a child’s behavior as their way of communicating their needs, difficulties, and emotions.
* The importance of adult self-regulation when teaching children.
* The types of changes she sees in students from the beginning of the year to the end.
* How yoga and mindfulness have helped create cultures of compassion in the schools that Headstand serves.
* How the job has fueled Katherine’s optimism
* Katherine’s desire to see social/emotional learning and mindfulness integrated into schools everywhere.

“When I see my students overcoming such incredible odds and discovering their own innate gifts and talents and inner beauty — it’s so inspiring. It fuels me. I’m stunned by admiration and respect for our students.” — Katherine Priore

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Headstand’s Web Site
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris’s Ted talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
Follow Headstand on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
Golden State Warriors Steph Curry doing yoga with Headstand students
How Yoga in Schools Helps Kids De-Stress

MUSIC
Salami Junior — Get Me Out of America
Jahzzar — Cold Like This
The Polish Ambassador — Wonder Continental ft Beatbeat Whisper

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