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Episode 160: The Science of Stretching (and Strength!) with Jules Mitchell

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For our season two finale episode, we’re talking to Las Vegas-based yoga teacher and author Jules Mitchell. We dive deep into yoga biomechanics in this episode and talk about Jules’ new book, which is a comprehensive look at the science of stretching.

It’s impossible to cover the whole book in this short format, but I think you’ll find the highlights are fascinating, thought provoking, and relevant to the broader discussions we’re having in the yoga community today.

We talk about:

*Why it was so important to Jules to define the anatomy terminology in her book (and why Jason tries to do the same thing in his trainings) + Why language is so important in the yoga room!

*She explains what compressive load and tensile load means for our readers and talks about what kinds of activities a person does each one

*What hypermobility is, the pros and cons of passive stretching, and her recommendations for students who are really flexible. Plus, Jules shares why she cautions teachers against diagnosing students with hypermobility (what to do instead).

*The long-held myth that strong and flexible are opposite concepts

*Her thoughts on yoga as a lifelong practice and whether yogis should incorporate other types of movement and exercise into their routines

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Stretching Redefined by Jules Mitchell

Jules Mitchell website

The Science of Yoga by William Broad

Episode 152: Cyndi Lee – Building Resilience Through Meditation and Sustainable Yoga

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Episode 159: Live Q&A: Thoughts on Creating Authentic Content and Curriculum

If there’s one topic that eludes yoga teachers most, it’s not the correct angle of the front knee in Anjaneyasana. It’s how to teach yoga and make a livable wage. We recorded this week’s episode live at Jason’s 300-hour training at Lovestory Yoga in San Francisco and answered student questions creating content that’s authentic and sustainable.

We talk about:

* Why quality is so much more important than quantity when it comes to content–even in the fast-paced world of social media

* A few ideas for diversifying your streams of income so you’re not relying solely on public yoga classes to pay your bills

* How to decide how much content to give away

* How to get beyond the daily grind to create a teaching curriculum

* When to hire others to help you scale your business (and what to contract out)

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 121: Q&A – Ideas for Building Your Business (And Your Confidence) as a Yoga Teacher

Episode 145: Teaching Part-Time is Still Teaching

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

Sweaty Betty is a woman-owned activewear company based in the U.K. Their clothing is made of great fabrics and are always a phenomenal fit. Plus, their original styles are really different from what you can get in the U.S. For 20% off your purchase of full priced items go to SweatyBetty.com/podcast and enter promo code YOGALAND now.

Women shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to feminine products. And, with Lola, there are no compromises. Lola products are 100 percent natural, made of 100 percent organic cotton with no added chemicals, fragrances, synthetics, or dyes. Plus, they now offer new hypoallergenic cleansing wipes. Their online subscription service is fully customizable, so it’s one less thing to worry about. For 40 percent off all subscriptions, visit Mylola.com and enter code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

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Episode 158: Closing the Wellness Gap with Nicole Cardoza

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Today’s guest is Nicole Cardoza, founder of Yoga Foster. I couldn’t be more excited about Nicole’s mission to bring more movement into classrooms across the country. Her approach is innovative, too — Nicole’s background in tech inspired her to create a platform that offers yoga curriculum and teacher trainings to classroom teachers. It’s a scalable idea and one that empowers classroom teachers to bring mindfulness breaks into their classrooms throughout the day. I love the idea of yoga being incorporated into the school day in a seamless way. Nicole also opens up about her recent experience doing a cover shoot with Yoga Journal and how important it was for her to speak out about a surprise cover survey they did after the fact. I ask her how she handled a situation that was shaming, ignorant, and racist and turned it into an opportunity to help others.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Yoga Foster website

Yoga Foster Field Trip tour information

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If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! It makes it easier for others to find the podcast. If you don’t know how to leave a review, here are some step by step instructions. Woohoo! So easy!

SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

Sweaty Betty is a woman-owned activewear company based in the U.K. Their clothing is made of great fabrics and are always a phenomenal fit. Plus, their original styles are really different from what you can get in the U.S. For 20% off your purchase of full priced items go to SweatyBetty.com/podcast and enter promo code YOGALAND now.

Women shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to feminine products. And, with Lola, there are no compromises. Lola products are 100 percent natural, made of 100 percent organic cotton with no added chemicals, fragrances, synthetics, or dyes. Plus, they now offer new hypoallergenic cleansing wipes. Their online subscription service is fully customizable, so it’s one less thing to worry about. For 40 percent off all subscriptions, visit Mylola.com and enter code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

Offering Tree makes it easy to build your own yoga website in about 30 minutes. It includes class scheduling, appointment booking, online payments, email marketing, website analytics, and more. It’s fully customizable and all services are included so it’s easy to get your business up and running. For 20% off your first 6 months, visit OfferingTree.com/YOGALAND now.

 

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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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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

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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)

WRITE A YOGA PODCAST REVIEW

If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! It makes it easier for others to find the podcast. If you don’t know how to leave a review, here are some step by step instructions. Woohoo! So easy!

SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

Ohmme is a company that makes yoga and activewear clothing for men. The fit and function is phenomenal. Plus, their design and manufacturing process is sustainable since they use many recycled materials. For 20% off your Ohmme order, visit ohmme.com and use promo code YOGALAND20.

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