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Episode 237: 4 Sequencing Challenges (And How to Fix Them)

When it comes to sequencing, there are a few things that trip yoga teachers up time and time again. Jason’s back on the podcast today to talk about several of the mistakes he’s made himself through the years and how he’s shifted his approach to sequencing to overcome...

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Episode 235: Your students are not your brand ambassadors

What do you hope to teach your students when you teach yoga? Is it to make shapes with their bodies? How about your teacher trainees -- is it to memorize and repeat your sequences and study only with you? This week, Jason shares the foundational values that inform his...

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Episode 233: Five years of Yogaland (and counting!)

Can you believe we've been podcasting about yoga for 5 years!? In this special anniversary episode of Yogaland, Jason and I reflect on he lessons we’ve learned through the years and the things that have surprised us most about our podcast passion project. We also...

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Episode 232: Trauma-Informed Yoga with Sarah Kadel

I'm so happy to have Sarah Kadel on the podcast today. Sarah is an Austin-based yoga teacher who is serving as a mentor teacher in Jason’s online advanced teacher training this year. I wanted to share her story with you because I think the world needs to hear her...

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Episode 231: Yoga, Chai, and a Dog

Today Jason and I are talking with Archna Mohan and Deepak Mohan, the hosts of the wonderful yoga podcast, Yoga, Chai, and a Dog, We touch on some of the things we have in common: podcasting, yoga, and what it's like to work with your spouse. We also ask a lot of...

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Episode 228: Jason talks about the six cores of yoga

Today, Jason shares his approach to the six cores in yoga -- the philosophical core, the traditional hatha yoga core, the respiratory core, the skeletal core, and the two muscular cores. RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS: Jason's Advanced Yoga Teacher Training  WRITE A...

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Episode 227: The Art of Deep Rest with Tracee Stanley

I think of today’s guest, Tracee Stanley, as the queen of Yoga Nidra. On this episode, Tracee shares about this the practice of deep rest and why it is so healing. She also offers some suggestions for how to experience those benefits more fully--like taking your...

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Episode 221: Transformation & Technology with Jack Workman

Happy New Year! I’m so excited to be back after a long holiday break! Today’s guest is Jack Workman. Jack took Jason’s advanced teacher training when he was just 15 years old, and now he’s a full-time teacher living in San Francisco. He talks about how he came to be...

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Bonus Episode: Teaching Yoga + Mom Life = Possible!

Today, I have an inspiring story to share with you that I think many of you will relate to. Erin Landsee is a yoga teacher and mom of three who had finally found a work-life balance that worked for her family--teaching yoga at a local college. Like so many, she found...

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Episode 220: On Yoga and Leadership

Today Jason and I dive into the topic of leadership in the yoga community. People love their yoga teachers--a lot! And while there’s a lot of good that comes from that, it can also set up an unbalanced power dynamic. We talk about the student-teacher power...

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Episode 219: Tapping into our resilience

As the world edges ever close to the one year mark of being in the midst of a pandemic, many of us are feeling weary. This week, Jason and I talk about resilience -- how it's been tested and how we tap into it using the tools from our yoga practice both on and off the...

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Bonus Episode: How Farm Yoga Was Born

After podcasting for 4 years, I want to feature YOUR voices. Today, I'm sharing a story from listener Elisabeth Brower, a yoga teacher from Oregon. I love how creative she has been with her teaching during this challenging time. I hope you are inspired by her story,...

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Episode 218: Getting Serious About Joy with Bradshaw Wish

We can all use a little more joy and creativity in our lives right now -- especially after months of teaching and taking online yoga classes. Chicago-based yoga teacher Bradshaw Wish is just the breath of fresh air we all need. It matters not that much of the world is...

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Episode 217: Our 2020 Gratitude Lists

We're getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving in Yogaland! This week, Jason and I are sharing the things we’re thankful for right now (yes, even in 2020!). We feel especially grateful for all of YOU!  RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS: Info Session: Train to Become a Yoga...

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Episode 216: Unity in Yoga & Embracing Yoga’s Roots

Today's guest, Susanna Barkataki, is the author of a new book on yoga's history and culture called Embrace Yoga's Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. This book is a call for all who study yoga to take a deeper look at how we interact with Indian...

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Episode 214: How to Troubleshoot Knee Pain in Yoga

This episode scratches the surface of how to approach knee pain in yoga poses. Jason talks us through how he approaches knee pain in Pigeon Pose, Bridge Pose, and Virasana (or Vajrasana, which is sitting on your shins). RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS Better Way to...

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Episode 213: Yoga for Scoliosis with Abby Kraai

On today's episode, Jason talks with Portland yoga teacher Abby Kraai about her experience of teaching and practicing yoga with scoliosis. This episode is packed with practical info about how to help students with scoliosis approach different yoga poses, which...

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Episode 212: How to Stay in Your Lane as a Yoga Teacher

What do you do when a student comes to you hoping you can help them with an injury? Just what is appropriate or inappropriate? How can you help students heal while not overstepping into the realm of medical clinician? Find out on today's episode! RECOMMENDED AND...

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Episode 210: 4 Key Ways to Prevent Yoga Injuries

In this episode, Jason and I tackle yoga injuries. There may not be a way to completely prevent all injuries, but we're sharing some best practices that teachers and students can practice to minimize the risk. We cover a lot of ground, but here are a few top-level...

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Episode 201: Riding the Waves of Life with Jaimal Yogis

It's safe to say that we need all the help we can get right now to stay grounded. You might remember Jaimal from episode 61 where we talked about his memoir, All Our Waves Our Water. This time around we focus on Jaimal's newest book for kids -- Mop Rides the Waves of...

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Episode 200: The Globalization of Yoga with Andrea Jain

On today's episode, I speak to author and religious studies professor Andrea Jain about her book, Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture. Her book is one of the best I've read in terms of tracing the globalization of yoga without oversimplifying it or...

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Episode 197: The Goats of Anarchy Episode

This week, you get to hear Jason and I interviewed by Bridget Riepl of New Jersey Yoga Collective. It was part of a fundraiser for Goats of Anarchy -- those goats needed a new bar and we were happy to support. Bridget asked us about a whole host of topics -- from the...

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Episode 196: Yoga in the Time of Covid

There's no doubt that Covid-19 has changed the current landscape of how we practice and teach yoga. On this special episode (recorded live via Zoom with Jason's recent online teacher trainees), Jason and I talk through about the important conversations that will need...

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Episode 194: Yoga for Seniors with Carol Krucoff

Although they are largely ignored when mainstream media covers yoga, seniors age 65 and older are the fastest growing segment in the United States. Today's guest, Carol Krucoff, has been teaching seniors (and training yoga teachers) for nearly two decades at Duke...

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Episode 193: Yoga Sequences When You’re Short on Time

Wondering what to practice when you're short on time? We've got you covered! Jason shares simple sequence ideas for days when you only have 10, 20, or 30-minutes. RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS Subscribe to our new YouTube Channel!  Episode 80: How to Craft Your Own...

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Episode 192: Our Favorite Poses Right Now

Jason and I share what we are practicing in our own home practice right now. RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS Subscribe to our new YouTube Channel!  Poses We (Now) Love WRITE A YOGA PODCAST REVIEW If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! It...

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Episode 191: How to Make Your Yoga Practice a Habit

There's a commonly held belief that if you do something for 21 or 30-days straight, you'll create a habit. And while this may be partially true, we have some other thoughts about what might get in your way -- and how to use yoga and mindfulness to help foment your...

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Episode 189: 5 Myths About Doing Yoga at Home

On this episode, Jason busts 5 commonly held myths we have about home practice. Don't let your beliefs about how things "should" be keep you from doing the practice that you love! RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS Subscribe to our new YouTube Channel!  Episode 80: How to...

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Episode 187: Emotions, expectations, and growth mindset

You might be feeling lonely or lost. You might be feeling like other teachers have got this online thing figured out. You might be putting pressure on yourself because, as a yoga teacher (or student), you should have your emotions fully managed so that you can...

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Episode 186: Getting paid for teaching yoga online

Should you charge for your online classes? If so, how much? Does providing free classes de-value yoga? We delve these questions about payment and more on this episode. RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS Subscribe to our new YouTube Channel!  Episode 183: Bringing Yoga...

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Episode 185: How to Sequence Online Yoga Classes

Should you practice with your students or try to gauge the room by peering at the little boxes on your screen? Which postures and themes are most important for your students right now? How quickly should you get students moving and how long do you offer Savasana? Find...

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Episode 184: How to be an Exceptional Online Yoga Teacher

Learning to teach yoga online is vital right now. But if you're used to teaching yoga in person, it can feel really daunting! On this episode, we break down what you can do to feel more comfortable and truly connect with your yoga students -- even through a Zoom room....

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Episode 182: Yoga for First Responders with Olivia Mead

Soon after deciding to teach yoga to first responders, yoga teacher Olivia Mead decided to go through fire and police academy. She wanted to develop authentic yoga classes that would resonate with -- not alienate -- first responders. She also wanted to develop yoga...

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Episode 181: On Becoming a Yoga Teacher

Yoga teacher trainings have changed a lot over the years. When I did my 200-hour training years ago, I jumped in without knowing what to expect. I loved my training, but it was more of an immersion than a teacher training.In this episode, Jason and two of his...

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Episode 180: 3 Backbend Cues for Tweaky Knees or Hips

Jason and I recorded this episode live at LoveStoryYoga in San Francisco at the Module 1 Advanced Studies training. Since the students are currently focusing on the hips and legs, we thought we'd take a look at backbending techniques. Jason unpacks some of the...

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Episode 177: A Young Yoga Teacher Shares His Story

Today, I'm joined by  Tabay Atkins and his mother, Sahel Anvarinejad. Tabay contacted us awhile back to inquire if we’d be OK with a 14-year-old attending one of Jason’s advanced teacher training modules. It turns out that when Tabay was 11, he became one of the...

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Episode 175: Before You Teach Your Next Class, Do This…

Last week, Jason shared what to do when you feel like you've taught the worst yoga class of your life. This week, he’s sharing a few tips for getting in the right headspace before you teach so that you’re more likely to show up for class feeling calm, present, and...

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Episode 173: The Amazing Benefits of Self Compassion

Happy New Year! It’s so good to be back for another season of Yogaland. My wish for you in this new year (and new decade!) is to develop compassion for yourself. And in this episode Jason and I talk about why compassion plays such a huge role in personal development...

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Episode 172: What we learned in 2019

Can you believe this is the last Yogaland episode of 2019? This week, Jason and I reflect on the many ways we’ve changed and grown during the past year, we talk about our favorite episodes, the year’s biggest challenges, and what you can expect from us in 2020. Here's...

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Episode 171: Is Yoga Enough?

This week, Jason and I are tackling another common question that modern yoga students ask: Is yoga enough to keep you healthy? Or do you need to add other forms of exercise to your routine? The answer, of course, depends on the goal. But we chat about our own thoughts...

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Episode 170: Seane Corn’s Revolution of the Soul

International yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn joins us this week. Seane recently added another title she says she never thought she’d hold to her list of accomplishments: Published author. Her new book, Revolution of the Soul, is a powerful mix of personal...

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Episode 168: New Yoga Alliance Standards Explained

If you're confused by the new standards for yoga teachers set forth by Yoga Alliance recently, you aren't alone. This week, I invited Yoga Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Shannon Roche to clear up some of the confusion. She talks candidly about how the...

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Episode 166: The Power of Essential Oils with Elena Brower

The scent of lavender wafting from every local yoga studio’s doors may be a relatively recent phenomenon, but essential oils have been used to bolster health and well being for thousands of years, says this week’s guest Elena Brower, who is a New York yoga teacher and...

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Episode 164: How to Nail Your Yoga Teaching Audition

You want to leave your yoga audition with a big fist pumped saying, "Nailed it," right? This week's episode can help -- Jason gets real about how to ride the waves of the modern yoga job audition, where you get a very short amount of time to showcase your skills, your...

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Episode 161: The Getting to Know You Episode

I am so excited to share this new season of Yogaland with you! This week, we kick off the season with a live episode that Jason and I recorded at triyoga in London during Jason’s recent teacher training. If you’re a long-time listener, you might know that both Jason...

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Episode 158: Closing the Wellness Gap with Nicole Cardoza

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...

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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...

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Episode 154: Bernie Clark on the Benefits of Yin

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...

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Episode 148: Change is the Only Certainty…in Yoga

We’re so happy to be back for Season 2! There's that old adage, "Change is the only certainty in life." And it applies to your yoga practice and teaching, too. This week, Jason and I are talking about the internal challenges, doubts, and insecurities that come up when...

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Episode 147: Jason’s Take on Yin Yoga

Since Jason so often emphasizes the importance of building strength -- especially along the posterior chain (back side) of the body, I get asked all the time, "What does Jason think about Yin yoga?" For the Season 1 Finale, we decided to take on this topic. Yin is a...

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Episode 144: Ouch! How to Handle Your Sore Sacrum

For almost three years, Jason has resisted addressing your questions about the sacroiliac joint (SI) -- mostly because it's such a complex topic for a podcast. But today! I wore him down. He addresses a listener question about the mysterious sacrum and the soreness...

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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...

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