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Episode 129: Ayurveda and Adaptogenic Herbs with Niika Quistgard

This week’s episode focuses on adaptogenic herbs and nootropics, which are herbs and supplements that are thought to help us adapt to stress, improve cognitive function, and memory. They’re everywhere these days — in our smoothies, on the shelves of Whole Foods, in teas. And as with all trends, I both want to embrace anything and everything that’s said to improve health while simultaneously feeling completely skeptical.

So, I thought I’d have Ayurvedic practitioner, Niika Quistgard on the show to have a frank conversation about adaptogens and nootropics — what are they? Do they work? How do they work best? Does it make sense to throw them all in your smoothie and hope for the best? Niika, as always, offers an honest and interesting perspective.

We cover:

* What are adaptogenic herbs and how are they used in Ayurveda

* The process by which Ayurveda prescribes herbs–and how it differs from simply taking a pharmaceutical pill

* The thought process behind using supporting or carrying herbs, and why taking an adaptogenic herb with other herbs can boost the benefits and minimize side effects

* Why the form of the herb matters — in other words, whether it’s taken as a tea, a raw powder, in broth, in ghee, with honey, etc.

* The health benefits of herbs like licorice root, ashwaganda, triphala, maca, shatavari, tulsi (holy basil), and others

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Niika Quistgard’s AyurMama website

Niika’s Juicy Revival Program

Ayurmama.com/adaptogens for more resources from Niika about adaptogens, more on where to buy them, etc.

Episode 116: A Natural Approach to Autoimmune Disease with Claire Missingham

Episode 112: Summer Series 2018 – Summer Self Care Using Ayurveda with Niika Quistgard

Episode 81: Holiday Series! Nourish Your Vital Essence With Niika Quistgard

Episode 17: Niika Quistgard – Self Care Time! Ayurvedic Ideas for Staying Calm and Grounded

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

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Episode 122: Applying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra to Your Daily Life

Living the Sutras | Yogaland Podcast | Yoga Podcast

There are so many interpretations of the seminal yoga text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. This week, I talk to two women who’ve written one that is refreshingly different. Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden join me to talk about their book new book, Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat. Their book is not a formal, scholarly translation of the Yoga Sutra. Instead, DiNardo and Pearce-Hayden have created a guide that can help you take the sutras, reflect on them, and then apply them to your life. Their approach is lively, relevant, modern and also informed by years of practice and study.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

USA Today Op Ed: Yoga is about inner peace, not infighting over petty preferences and appropriation charges

Episode 114: The Good, Bad, & Ugly of Ego with Sally Kempton

Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture by Andrea Jain

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. I love cooking but even I get tired of the grind day after day. One thing that’s helped me immensely is Sunbasket meal delivery service — they offer organic produce and clean ingredients and many different types of meal plans. Their food is so delicious and I LOVE how creative they are! Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic 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 YOGALAND when you subscribe.

3. 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 121: Q&A – Ideas for Building Your Business (And Your Confidence) as a Yoga Teacher

I got a great question from a listener recently in response to episode 119, so I decided to start this episode with Jason’s response. The listener, Neil, asks, “If we’re creating a practice that’s sustainable, does it really makes sense to repeat the same sequence over and over again?” And what’s the best way to handle pressure from studio and gym owners to “freshen things up?”

We also answer a couple of other questions that come in often, in many different forms, essentially:

* What’s the best way to cope with pre-class nerves?

* How do I feel more confident about self-promotion?

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 119: Q&A-Jason’s Thoughts on “Creative” Sequencing & Finding Your Breath in Backbends

The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

David Lurey

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. I love cooking but even I get tired of the grind day after day. One thing that’s helped me immensely is Sunbasket meal delivery service — they offer organic produce and clean ingredients and many different types of meal plans. Their food is so delicious and I LOVE how creative they are! Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic 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 YOGALAND when you subscribe.

3. 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 120: Yoga and Addiction with Nikki Myers

If you haven’t been directly impacted by addiction, there’s a good chance you know someone who has.

Today’s guest, Nikki Myers, a yoga therapist and the founder of Y12SR (Yoga of 12-Step Recovery), shares how yoga has helped with her personal struggles with addiction and  helped thousands of people through Y12SR.

Even if you’ve never been touched personally by addiction, her insights and advice apply to anyone who’s had to overcome a challenge in life.

You’ll learn about:

* Nikki Myer’s personal road to recovery, what she learned along the way, and how yoga helped her heal

* Why an important part of practicing yoga is embracing ALL sides of yourself, and why it’s important not to deny or hide the things you’re less proud of

* How the 12-step program is similar to yoga and why yoga is such a great complement to the 12 steps

* Nikki and Andrea share their thoughts on the opioid crisis and how, as bad as things are, the good that has come from it : It’s forcing government officials and the healthcare establishment to take a look at the emotional side behind the disease of addiction

* What co-dependency really is and how it relates to addiction

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Y12SR: Yoga of 12 Step Recovery

Nikki Myers biography

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. I love cooking but even I get tired of the grind day after day. One thing that’s helped me immensely is Sunbasket meal delivery service — they offer organic produce and clean ingredients and many different types of meal plans. Their food is so delicious and I LOVE how creative they are! Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic 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 YOGALAND when you subscribe.

3. 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 118: J. Brown, “A testament to the practice is the person it produces”

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, former yoga center owner, blogger, and the host of the popular podcast  J. Brown Yoga Talks. On this episode, I ask J. about his yoga origin story as well as the current iteration of his yoga life — both online and off. J. also shares how the powerful words he said to his mother toward the end of her life have had a lasting impact on who he is today and helped lead him to yoga. J.’s mother died before he graduated from high school, and what he once saw as a wound he now sees as an event that has filled him with purpose and, ultimately, gratitude. PS: J. had me on his show a few months ago, the link is below if you want to check it out.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

J. Brown Yoga

Andrea Ferretti on J. Brown Yoga Talks Podcast

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SHOUT-OUT TO OUR SPONSORS

1. I love cooking but even I get tired of the grind day after day. One thing that’s helped me immensely is Sunbasket meal delivery service — they offer organic produce and clean ingredients and many different types of meal plans. Their food is so delicious and I LOVE how creative they are! Go to sunbasket.com/yogaland to get $35 off your first order.

2. LOLA is a female-founded company offering 100organic 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 YOGALAND when you subscribe.

3. 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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