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Episode 141: Q&A with Jason about Teaching Beginners

In this last episode of our Begin Again series, Jason answers several listener questions about teaching yoga to beginning yoga students.

We cover lots of ground, including:

* When (or if) to encourage a student to leave a beginner level class for a more challenging one

* How to teach Ujjayi breathing to beginners, and why it’s important to do it separately from asanas

* When to teach the nuances of poses like Downward Facing Dog — specifically how to work skillfully with the shoulders when they’re in an above-the-head position like Down Dog

* Striking the right balance between teaching technique and flow in a beginning vinyasa class

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The Art of Teaching Beginners Course with Jason

Episode 139: Teaching Beginners in an All Levels Class

Episode 138: The Art of Teaching Asana to Beginners

Episode 136: Yoga Philosophy for Beginners

Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (And Beginning Again)

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

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Episode 137: How Speed Gets Trapped in the Body with Tias Little

Yoga and meditation teacher Tias Little returns to the podcast this week. (Tias joined me on episode 102 to talk about perfectionism). On today’s episode, we talk about how our culture of speed affects us holistically and why it’s important–but also challenging–to slow down.

We discuss:

* The new book that Tias is working on and how it’s different from other projects he’s worked on

* Why, from a spiritual perspective, moving fast and checking things off of a to-do list is the opposite of progress

* Which parts of the body are most impacted by our go-go-go culture

* What we need to do to feel like we have more time, both on a personal level and as a collective

* How Tias applies the lessons of slowing down to his asana practice

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 102: Techniques for Reframing Perfectionism with Tias Little

Practice with Tias Little on Glo.com

Tias Little at LoveStoryYoga in San Francisco

Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine

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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

1. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100 organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

2. Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from high, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Their short quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you. For 50% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code YOGALAND50.

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Episode 136: Yoga Philosophy for Beginners

In this second episode of our Begin Again series, we talk about what keeps us motivated to practice when yoga is feeling stagnant and Jason offers useful tips for teachers who are faced with the difficult (but rewarding!) task of teaching yoga to beginners.

He also talks about how to introduce philosophy to beginning students and how to motivate students to keep coming back to their mats.

Here’s an overview of the episode:

* Why beginning again can be a great thing even for experienced yoga practitioners

* Some common mistakes yoga teachers make when they teach beginners

* How to approach teaching philosophy to beginners in a way that doesn’t confuse or overwhelm

* How he navigates sharing the philosophical dimensions of yoga so that they are useful to everyone regardless of their cultural and ideological belief systems

* Tips for being a good host to new students and why he thinks that’s a key component to keeping students motivated

*BONUS: Jason explains some of the yamas and niyamas and puts them into a modern context


RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (And Beginning Again)

How to Leave a (Positive!) Podcast Review (Hint, Hint!)

Coming Soon! The Art of Teaching Beginners Course with Jason

Episode 117: Jason’s Favorite Non-Asana Yoga Books

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

1. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100 organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

2. Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from high, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Their short quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you. For 50% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code YOGALAND50.

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Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (and Beginning Again)

Happy New Year!

With a new year comes a flood of new students into yoga classes everywhere. Many of those students will be brand new to yoga, while others have re-committed to their yoga practice.

In this first episode of our series on yoga beginners, Jason shares some tips for how to welcome these new students and make them feel “supported, but not hounded” in the yoga room.

While the series will be geared toward teachers, it’s important info for those yoga students who will be seeing lots of new faces in their classes, too.

We discuss:

* Why it’s so important to put yourself back into the mindset of a beginner if you’re teaching new yoga students

* Jason’s principles for teaching asanas, or yoga poses, to beginners–and how he keeps his classes consistent without letting them get too boring or stale

* A few strategies for making  beginning students feel more comfortable in a new environment and how to be a good host to all of your students

* How yoga teachers can keep their beginning students safe without making them feel called out or inadequate

* More on how the beginning of the year can be an opportunity for yoga teachers to reflect, learn something new, and make tweaks to their teaching approach, too

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Start Your Year with Self Care

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100 organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

2. Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from high, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Their short quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code YOGALAND.

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Episode 134: Sarah Powers on Growth Mindset and Lifelong Learning

This week, I am so excited to share an with Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers. Sarah has been a huge influence on my yoga practice, my meditation practice, and my life.

Here’s what we talk about:

* Yoga and parenting: How Sarah introduced her daughter to yoga and what impact she believes growing up in a yoga family had on her daughter

* How Sarah and Ty came to the decision to home school their daughter and how that decision made Sarah a better yoga teacher

* Why continuing to make time to attend workshops and retreats as a student is still an essential part of Sarah’s life

* She talks about the amount of time it took for her to feel confident as a yoga teacher, especially since she brings so many different elements of yoga, meditation, Buddhism, and psychology into her teaching

* Plus, she offers some practical advice for yoga teachers

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Insight Yoga: An Innovative Synthesis of Traditional Yoga, Meditation, and Eastern Approaches to Healing and Well Being, by Sarah Powers

SarahPowers.com

Episode 133: Yoga for Life’s Transitions with Ty Powers

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100 organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. For every purchase, LOLA donates feminine care products to homeless shelters across the U.S. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter the code YOGALAND40 when you subscribe.

2. Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from high, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Their short quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code YOGALAND.

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