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Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast

Information, support, and inspiration for yoga teachers. Topics include the business of yoga, teaching skills, philosophy, ethical and legal considerations, and more.

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Retreat Roadmap Behind the Scenes
This bonus episode is a peek behind the curtain of 'Retreat Roadmap'. Listen to hear about each course module, plus a description of the time-saving resources that are included. I'll also explain your options for getting additional live group and one-to-one support. If you've been eyeing Retreat Roadmap and want an inside scoop on what to expect inside the program, this episode is for you. Episode highlights include:   00:39 The experience that inspired us to create the Retreat Roadmap 03:46 Course Overview and Structure 05:21 Module 1: Big Picture Planning 08:43 Module 2: Admin and Planning 09:47 Module 3: Marketing Your Retreat 11:06 Module 4: Planning Your Curriculum 11:55 Module 5: Sustainable Retreat Leadership 13:22 Special Offer and Pricing Details 14:45 Mentorship Program Details 20:41 Conclusion and Contact Information   Join Retreat Roadmap
21:07 6/6/24
Four Reasons to Plan Retreats A Year in Advance with Lily Dwyer Begg
Advance planning can make the difference between filling all rooms and canceling due to a lack of enrollment. In this episode, I chat with my Retreat Roadmap Collaborator, Lily Dwyer Begg, about all the benefits of giving yourself (and your students) plenty of lead time when planning a retreat.  EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 01:02 What changed when Lily increased her retreat timeline from 6 months to 12+ months 05:20 How to make your retreat more financially inclusive 07:31 How to help your students feel more relaxed during your retreat 09:09 Why a longer timeline allows your students to enjoy the retreat BEFORE it even starts 10:07 How a longer timeline gives you more options for where to offer retreats 15:11 Why a longer timeline will help you attract more participants (and earn more money) 16:39 How a compressed timeline skews your ability to judge the potential success of a retreat 22:00 How to stay in integrity when you preach self-care 24:42 Time objections and the best/worst times to lead & launch retreats EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Quiz: What kind of retreat is best for you? Retreat Timing Guide Lily Dwyer Begg Yoga Follow Lily on Instagram @lilydwyerbegg Retreat Roadmap Online Course LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
32:39 5/23/24
Four types of retreats (and how to choose the one that's best for you) with Lily Dwyer Begg
Yoga retreats allow you to share yoga free from the distractions of daily life - while often earning far more than your usual weekly classes. There are four basic types of retreats to consider: day, camping, local, and international. In this episode, we cover the pros and cons of each to help you decide which is right for you. Packed with personal insights and practical tips, this dialogue aims to inspire yoga teachers to organize retreats, explaining the win/win dynamic for both student and teacher.     EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 00:00 Why we love retreats and four types of retreats to consider leading 01:34 Retreat opportunities for students and teachers 13:24 Day Retreats: A low-risk way to dip your toes into leading retreats 19:33 Camping Retreats: An affordable option for nature lovers 27:03 Local Retreats: Gateway to a deeper practice 33:47 International Retreats: The easiest retreat to fill up and earn a profit 40:07 Conclusion: Choosing the right retreat for you EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Quiz: What kind of retreat is best for you? Retreat Timing Guide Episode 226: Yoga Retreat Fundamentals Episode 233: How to Thrive as a Retreat Leader Lily Dwyer Begg Yoga Follow Lily on Instagram @lilydwyerbegg The Ultimate Retreat Roadmap Online Course LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
41:33 5/9/24
12 Tips for Teaching Large(r) Groups
Teaching large groups can be intimidating! But it’s also fantastic for improving your teaching skills and boosting your confidence. This episode focuses on the unique challenges and opportunities involved in teaching large yoga groups. Learn to embrace the challenges of large-group instruction and develop your ability to offer high-quality instruction to groups of any size. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 00:00 The benefits of teaching larger groups 05:15 Why teaching large groups is so nerve-wracking 07:02 Why it’s important to keep your class plan simple in a larger group 09:33 How to encourage focus and engagement in a larger group 10:12 How to balance different personality types when it comes to student participation 12:04 How to manage student questions to avoid getting thrown off track 15:06 How to provide an intimate experience in a large group 17:14 Thoughts on physical touch in a large group 19:17 How to bring attention back to you after small group or partner work 21:06 The role of visual aids in a larger group 22:51 How to utilize assistants when teaching a larger group 24:54 How to learn your student’s names (even if you’re usually terrible with names) 26:52 How to facilitate connection between students in a larger group LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
31:25 4/25/24
An Anti-Perfectionist Approach to Accessible Yoga with Jivana Heyman
Over the past decade, there has been a welcome push towards a more inclusive approach to yoga. But what does that look like on a practical level? Jivana Heyman has been at the center of the accessible yoga movement as the founder of the Accessible Yoga Project and the author of The Teacher's Guide to Accessible Yoga, Best Practices for Sharing Yoga with Every Body. In this episode, Jivana shares an anti-perfectionist approach to accessible yoga that centers the relationship between teacher and student. The conversation delves into insecurities and imposter syndrome, the interplay between teaching and personal growth, and the importance of ethics in guiding both personal and teaching practices.     EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 00:00 The philosophy of accessible yoga 01:48 Jivana’s early experiences with yoga 03:30 How yoga helps with emotional regulation 05:59 The impact of social media and information overload 08:43 How to deal with impostor syndrome 13:22 Teaching as a relationship 21:04 Inquiry on the ethics of teaching 27:50 The importance of meeting your students where they are and respecting their preferences 33:41 Perfectionism and people-pleasing 38:30 Kindness as a guiding principle for accessible yoga 42:15 Helping and fixing vs serving  EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Accessible Yoga School Access all of Jivana’s books here Follow Jivana on Instagram @jivanaheyman LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
45:11 4/11/24
How to Run a Registered Yoga Series with Nyk Danu
Series classes deepen your relationship with your students, helps them commit to their practice, and provides financial stability for you as the teacher. Nyk Danu, a certified yoga therapist and business mentor, shares her insights on creating a sustainable yoga teaching business through a registered series. Listen in to hear practical advice on setting up your series, handling logistics like space rental and insurance, and filling your series classes. Nyk also touches on considerations for yoga studio owners thinking about transitioning to a registered series. If you value teacher-student connections, consistency in practice, and control over your teaching environment, this episode is for you!   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 00:52 Meet Nyk Danu: Yoga Misfit and Mentor 06:09 Why yoga classes shifted away from the registered series model 09:59 How to Start Your Own Registered Yoga Series 20:11 Finding the Perfect Space for Yoga Classes 22:04 Essential Tools for Running Yoga Series: Registration and Communication 24:40 Essential Policies for your Registered Series 28:21 Priority Registration for Existing Students 29:20 Starting Small with Class Registrations 30:15 Engaging Older Students with Simpler Technology 31:18 Handling Minimums and Cancellations 31:47 Leveraging Workshops to Fill Series 33:30 Setting Minimum Attendance Numbers 36:16 Choosing the Right Duration for Your Series 37:40 Make-up Classes and Free Sessions 40:09 Finding Your First Group of Students 46:02 Utilizing Email Lists for Growth 48:58 Transitioning Studios to Registered Series 50:14 The Benefits of Running Pre-registered Series 55:43 Concluding Thoughts and Resources EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Nyk Danu Yoga Follow Nyk on Instagram @nykdanuyoga LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
56:52 3/28/24
Teaching Mixed Abilities in Yoga Classes with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Yoga is for everyone, but when people of varied physical abilities show up in the same class it can be difficult to meet all their needs at the same time. In this episode, Mado and Libby offer a framework for understanding why your students might struggle with a particular asana and how to offer variations that provide a similar experience to people with different physical abilities.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 00:00 Why teaching mixed ability yoga classes is harder than it needs to be 02:49 How to plan for an all levels class 03:35 Understanding progression and regression 04:46 Four reasons a pose might be challenging for a student 05:39 How to simplify yoga postures 07:14 Essential biomechanical principles for yoga 11:35 How gravity can impact asana 16:27 Why teaching simpler poses will help your students progress 21:50 How teaching one one-on-one will help you teach better group classes 23:16 A breakdown of Warrior 3 Pose 28:51 Moving vs static yoga postures 30:39 The role of creativity in yoga teaching 32:14 A breakdown of Triangle Pose 38:53 Why anatomy is a key skill for asana teachers   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
43:04 3/14/24
Bridging the Gap between Retreats and Online Classes with Laura Mendez Asbach [On-Air Coaching Call]
Laura reached out for help to increase enrollment in her online classes. Despite her success in drawing people to her global retreats, she struggles to fill her online series and workshops. In this conversation, we discuss strategies to improve sign-ups for online offerings. Some of the ideas we consider include positioning online classes as 'extensions' of the retreat experiences, frequency and timing of communication, incentives for retreat participants, and the importance of urgency in online sign-ups. We then created a plan to convert her current library membership into something that might appeal to retreat participants.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 01:14 Laura's background and how she started leading retreats 03:40 How Laura’s retreat business survived the pandemic 05:23 Why & how to learn what motivates your students 12:19 The importance of urgency in marketing 13:59 Helping students bridge the gap between retreats and online classes 17:41 An idea to repurpose Laura’s membership to support retreat participants 18:42 How to create consistency with a constantly changing schedule 22:11 How to leverage moments of inspiration 22:42 Final Thoughts and Future Plans   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Laura Lakshmi Follow Laura on Instagram @yogawithlauralakshmi   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
24:32 2/29/24
Cueing, Demonstration, and Finding your Voice as a Teacher with Johanna [On Air Coaching Call]
Johanna is a new yoga teacher who struggles to lead her yoga class without physically practicing along with her students. Mado helps her unpack why she wants to develop this skill and provides simple strategies to build her ability to cue without practicing along with the class. Along the way, they explore internal vs external motivation and learning to trust your inner voice.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 02:17 Johanna's journey to becoming a yoga teacher 06:25 Why Johanna struggles to teach without practicing along 07:42 The conflict between internal and external motivation 12:22 How people pleasing harms and holds us back as yoga teachers 22:11 The paradox of being a beginner teacher 22:51 Why it’s important to embrace slow and steady growth 23:36 The danger of comparing yourself to people who are further along the path 25:56 What your students really want from you as a teacher 27:56 Helping your students vs pleasing them 28:19 The benefits of cueing without demonstrating 36:28 Comparison between yoga and fitness classes 38:10 Meeting your students where they are 39:11 Baby steps to develop your ability to cue without practicing 41:00 How & why to let your students peek behind the curtain   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
42:48 2/15/24
The Art and Science of Teaching Yoga Online - Part 2 with Lily Dwyer Begg
Transitioning from in-person classes to online can shake up every aspect of your teaching. When Lily Dwyer Begg dove headfirst into this process, she found greater clarity in her voice and a blossoming creative potential in her teaching. In this episode, Lily shares advice for the art of teaching yoga online including demonstration, verbal cues, class planning, and how to substitute direct touch. She also reveals some of the challenges and opportunities that arose when she stopped teaching at studios and started running her own platform.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 00:00 Introduction 00:53 A comparison between teaching in person and online 08:35 The unexpected benefits of teaching online 10:29 The benefits of livestream classes (vs on-demand) 18:11 The business of teaching online 22:31 Things that don’t work well in online classes 29:37 Why it’s best to start with a single class vs a full schedule 31:24 The types of classes that tend to do well online 33:18 Different approaches to demonstrating in online classes 35:28 The art of verbal cueing and how to improve your cues 41:20 The role of touch in yoga and how to substitute touch online 49:15 Lily’s class planning process 54:35 Why the limits of teaching online are also the benefits   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Lily Dwyer Begg Yoga Follow Lily on Instagram @lilydwyernbegg   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
56:14 2/1/24
The Art and Science of Teaching Yoga Online - Part 1 with Lily Dwyer Begg
Learn the nuts and bolts of setting up an online yoga studio. Despite describing herself as a 'Luddite', Lily started teaching online when in-person classes shut down during COVID. She found that online teaching allowed her to teach fewer classes, increase her income, and boost her creativity. In this episode, she shares practical advice on optimizing audio and visual quality, choosing clothing for online classes, and using editing tools to refine recorded classes.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 00:00 Introduction to online teaching 01:02 How Lily transitioned to teaching online during COVID 03:19 How to adapt your teaching style for online classes 08:30 The business side of teaching online 11:13 How to set up for high-quality online classes 21:23 Why clothing matters when teaching online 25:14 Interactive vs passive teaching platforms 25:23 Audio setup for live streaming 27:36 The benefits of a multi-camera setup 32:26 How to get quality video with your phone. 40:34 Why you should tag your videos and add thumbnails 41:23 How to keep your editing simple 45:38 Unexpected gifts from online teaching   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Lily Dwyer Begg Yoga Follow Lily on Instagram @lilydwyernbegg Get a list of all the tech that Lily mentions in this episode   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
49:04 1/18/24
Is Yoga Bad for Bendy People? with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Ever been told that hypermobile people shouldn’t practice yoga? Yoga is not bad for bendy people, but there are different considerations for people with hypermobile joints. Dr. Libby Hinsley, author of Yoga for Bendy People joins us to debunk some myths and talk about the ways that yoga is amazing for bendy people.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:  Hypermobility basics - what does it actually mean to be bendy? Unique needs for bendy people in Asana practice Alternatives to passive stretching that work better for bendy people What yoga practice injuries are telling us Libby’s new book, Yoga for Bendy People   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
42:58 1/11/24
How & Why to Eliminate Fear Based Language in Yoga Class with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Have you heard of “nocebic” language? Learn the way our brains react to expectations, why it’s important to notice fear based language and how to transform your words to empower your students.   Episode Highlights:  How to help your students feel confident and inspired to be in charge of their bodies The importance of looking for what’s right instead of what’s wrong Scope of practice and boundaries in the yoga class setting Psychological and physiological power of messaging in yoga What you can do to nip fear based language in the bud How learning anatomy helps yoga teachers evaluate their cues and language   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
38:54 1/4/24
Yoga & Self-Massage with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Learn how to incorporate self-massage into your own yoga practice and your yoga classes to build awareness, familiarize yourself with sensation and guide your nervous system toward relaxation.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:  What you need to know before bringing self-massage into your classes Sequencing and how to teach a class or workshop with therapy balls  Risks, cautions and contraindications associated with self-massage The difference between intensity and pain Self-massage as a tool to learn anatomy   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
48:54 12/28/23
Q&A with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Mado and Dr. Libby Hinsley, physical therapist and yoga therapist, address questions for yoga teachers who are curious about anatomy and biomechanics and how they apply to specific poses.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:  The best approach for learning anatomy How to craft a class that is helpful for the variety of bodies that might show up The benefits and purposes of dynamic vs static poses Different perspectives on symmetry in sequencing. Should we always keep the shoulder blades squeezing in and down?  Some thoughts on where common yoga cues originated and why upgrading our cues might be an act of liberation.   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
46:24 12/21/23
Partnerships & Collaborations with Mado Hesselink and Dr. Libby Hinsely
Collaborating with other yoga teachers can be inspiring and fun - but it can also be a big disaster. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what makes a collaboration successful, when you should partner with someone on a project, and how to choose the right person to collaborate with.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:  A discussion of imposter syndrome, comparison, and motivations behind partnerships  When and why choosing to collaborate on a project is a good idea Finding the right person to collaborate with  How partnerships help facilitate productivity and growth in your business  What makes partnerships successful   Benefits of collaborating on digital/online projects specifically   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
43:10 12/14/23
Hypermobility & Yoga with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Dr. Libby Hinsley returns to the podcast to talk about joint hypermobility, how yoga affects bendy people differently from people with a more average range of motion, and how to best support those with hypermobile bodies in your yoga classes.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Hallmarks of hypermobility  Patterns in injured yogis and yoga teachers  Things to pay attention to if you have a larger than normal range of motion at your joints How yoga can be useful to hypermobile people What interoception is and how it relates to hypermobility Elements of supportive yoga practice for hypermobility The game-changing benefits of self-massage  What yoga teachers need to know about hypermobility    EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt Downloadable cheat sheet for this episode   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
41:05 12/7/23
The Psoas Major in Yoga and Life with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Learn the significance of the psoas muscle and how yoga teachers can most effectively work with it in their classes.   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: 5 Things You Should Know About The Psoas Major - Free Download Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
50:22 11/30/23
Anatomy Myths with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Investigate some of the common myths and misconceptions people have about anatomy and yoga.   Episode Highlights: The myth of alignment and what is actually normal or average  Benefits and limitations of alignment-based yoga Why doing a posture correctly according to formulas is not safe for everyone  The myth of safety and the fragility of the human body  How we can expect our practice to shift over the course of our lives Examining specific physical cues such as “bringing the shoulders back”   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
39:48 11/23/23
Standing Room Only with Sheri Fisher [Book Club Series]
How do you bridge the gap between being qualified to teach yoga and teaching with confidence? Yoga teacher trainings are a deep dive into the practice and pedagogy of yoga, yet many graduates are thrown for a loop once they actually start teaching. In this episode, Sheri Fisher shares the five qualities that yoga teachers need to cultivate on their way to embodying leadership in the yoga classroom.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Differences between group fitness training and yoga teacher training Why the transition from teacher training to confident teacher is so challenging The five pillars of powerful teaching and how they come together to create your signature approach Cueing statements vs coaching statements and why both are important in a yoga class How to cultivate commitment as a teacher - and how to encourage commitment from your students.   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Root to Rise Yogis Standing Room Only: How to be THAT Yoga Teacher Follow Root to Rise Yogis on Instagram @roottoriseyogis   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
40:56 11/16/23
Yoga Inversions with Kat Rebar [Book Club Series]
Inversions inspire strong feelings. We love them, hate them, or we love/hate them - but how well do we understand them? While inversions are usually thought to be the domain of physically adept yoga practitioners, Kat Heagberg Rebar, author of Yoga Inversions, believes they can benefit anyone who wants a shift in perspective.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Defining inversions: Kat’s take on this ‘controversial’ question How Kat went from ‘too young yoga teacher’ to Editor-in-Chief of Yoga International - and handstand aficionado Why inversions can be difficult to teach and learn within the context of a yoga class The dirty little secret of yoga inversion ‘influencers’ The role of body proportions in your inversion practice Inversions during menstruation and pregnancy Benefits of inversions: the myths and realities How cross-training in other modalities can help your inversion practice   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Kat Heagberg Yoga Yoga Inversions: Your Guide to Going Upside Down Follow Kat Heagberg Rebar on Instagram @katheagberglar   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
45:26 11/9/23
Your Yoga Business with Ava Taylor [Book Club Series]
Yoga and business make strange bedfellows. Leaning into that paradox is exactly what’s needed to thrive as a yoga teacher and business owner. Join me for a conversation with Ava Taylor, founder of YAMA Talent and author of Your Yoga Business, on what it takes to build an ethical and sustainable yoga business.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Why it’s important to keep things simple when building a yoga business How to build a yoga business that can withstand the test of time. Challenges and opportunities in the post-COVID yoga industry Why 100,000 followers do not equal 100,000 dollars How your yoga practice can (and should) influence your yoga business   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: YAMA Talent Your Yoga Busines Follow Ava Taylor on Instagram @avantaylor Follow YAMA Talent on Instagram @yamatalent   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
47:30 11/2/23
The Yoga of Parenting with Sarah Ezrin [Book Club Series]
Becoming a parent is a rite of passage that will change your yoga practice forever. Sarah Ezrin was a dedicated yoga practitioner and long time teacher before having children blew her heart open, humbled her to the core, and turned her expectations about yoga practice upside down. This transition inspired her to write the book she wished she could read as a new parent: compassionate, irreverent, and steeped in the wisdom of yoga.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: How becoming a parent can make your yoga practice more honest An exploration of Maitressence or the transition into motherhood How Sarah manages screen use as a parent and yoga practitioner How yoga can help you desensitize and resensitize your nervous system The art of asking the right questions to help our children develop their intuition The advice Sarah wishes she could give the earlier version of herself   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Sarah Ezrin Yoga The Yoga of Parenting: 10 Yoga-Based Practices to Help You Stay Grounded, Connect with Your Kids, and Be Kind to Yourself Follow Sarah Ezrin on Instagram @sarahezrinyoga   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
32:37 10/26/23
Body By Breath with Jill Miller [Book Club Series]
Breathing touches every system of the body, either directly or indirectly. It can be manipulated and shaped to adjust state, to change our perception of pain, to improve and enhance movement, and also to hasten deep restorative relaxation or amplify and excite. In this episode, Jill Miller describes the art and science of using breath as a tool for physical and emotional resilience.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Chemical and biomechanical aspects of breathing Overbreathing, underbreathing, and breath titration Why deliberate breathing is so effective for mood regulation 5 ingredients for parasympathetic activation How breath awareness supports compassion and community Why meditation and savasana can provoke anxiety in some people The relationship between the heart and the diaphragm   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Tune Up Fitness BODY by BREATH: The Science and Practice of Physical and Emotional Resilience by Jill Miller Follow Jill Miller on Instagram @thejillmiller LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
40:09 10/19/23
The Luminous Self by Tracee Stanley [Book Club Series]
Rituals are actions repeated with intention. According to Tracee Stanley, author of Radiant Rest and The Luminous Self, rituals are also powerful tools for knowing yourself more deeply. Join me for a candid conversation where Tracee shares personal experiences, observations, and ideas that led her to share deeply personal stories and sacred practices with the world inside her recently released book The Luminous Self.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: How Covid influenced The Luminous Self to become more personal, vulnerable, and mature than the book Tracee was originally inspired to write. How Tracee is working to transition from a vertical model of community to a horizontal or circular model. The role of community care and supportive relationships for creating sustainable transformation. How to craft an environment that supports growth. The responsibility for teachers to embody and digest their practices instead of treating them in an extractive manner.   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Tracee Stanley’s website The Luminous Self Follow Tracee Stanley on Instagram @tracee_stanley   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
43:06 10/12/23
Tantra Yoga with Todd Norian [Book Club Series]
Everything in life is for your awakening. This core teaching of tantra yoga is what guides Todd Norian on his quest for whole-hearted self-acceptance. Todd is a musician, founder of Ashaya Yoga, a Kripalu Legacy faculty member, and the author of Tantra Yoga: Journey to Unbreakable Wholeness. In this week’s podcast, Todd shares stories and lessons from forty years as a yoga practitioner, teacher, and spiritual seeker.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Todd’s definition of spirituality and how it plays out in his everyday life. What Todd learned from being at the epicenter of two of yoga’s guru scandals (Kripalu and Anusara) Power dynamics and lines of spiritual development Why loving your lesser evolved parts is key to overcoming perfectionism Three essential questions to help you craft the life you want   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Ashaya Yoga Tantra Yoga: Journey to Unbreakable Wholeness - A Memoir Follow Ashaya Yoga on Instagram @ashayayoga   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
42:18 10/5/23
Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Lara Land [Book Club Series]
There are trauma survivors in almost every yoga room - but you can’t necessarily tell who they are from the outside. In this first episode of a series on recently published yoga books, Lara Land, author of The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga, explains how yoga can support trauma survivors and describes how yoga teachers can help or hinder the process.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: An expanded definition of trauma Why yoga is so helpful for trauma survivors How yoga spaces can be harmful for trauma survivors The role of secondary trauma Three facets of safety and how they show up in yoga classes 10 ways to promote safety in your yoga class   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Lara Land Yoga website Listen to Lara’s Podcast: Beyond Trauma Three and a Half Acres Yoga website Follow Lara Land on Instagram @laralandyoga The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
36:40 9/28/23
Does alignment make your classes safer? with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Yoga teachers often feel responsible to protect their students from injury during their classes. This is a big reason why many focus on guiding proper alignment during practice. But how much does alignment really protect students from injury? And are misunderstandings about safety, pain, and discomfort actually causing more harm to our students than good? In this must-listen episode, my guest Dr. Libby Hinsley sheds light on the relationship between alignment and safety.    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Why yoga teachers tend to be so worried about safety Is practicing yoga actually risky for the average student? Which risks are real and which tend to be overblown Discomfort vs tissue damage Scope of practice and the yoga teachers’ responsibility Types of pain How our narratives around pain affect our experience of it Alignment vs progressive adaptation   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
33:03 9/14/23
Karma Yoga: Should You Teach Yoga for Free?
Yoga teachers are often asked to teach for free in the name of Karma Yoga. However, when this term is divorced from the context of yoga philosophy, it can be exploited and misused. In this episode, Mado explores the practice of Karma Yoga and some of the less obvious implications behind the decision of whether or not to teach for free.   EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: How the term Karma Yoga is commonly misused and a more accurate explanation of what it means.  How Karma Yoga fits into the framework of the Purusharthas or the four aims of life. Three approaches to teaching yoga and how they relate to the Purusharthas. Pros and cons of each approach and how to choose which is best for you based on your circumstances. How teaching for free might help others or harm others - and ways to mitigate potential harm.   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
21:31 8/31/23
How to Promote Body Autonomy In Your Classes with Dr. Libby Hinsley
Want to promote body autonomy in your classes but aren’t sure what that looks like? Featuring Dr. Libby Hinsley, this episode covers ways that yoga teachers may be unintentionally hindering body autonomy for their students and strategies for making your classes a self-empowering space for your students.    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Why body autonomy is essential for yoga practice - and a revolutionary act that will help change the world for the better. How yoga teachers might accidentally interfere with body autonomy. Authority and power differential dynamics in yoga classes. Why hands-on assists should be approached with extreme caution - and alternative teaching methods that achieve the same goal. Inquiries to help you develop your own approach to body autonomy. The interplay between autonomy and perfectionism. The types of cues that are best for encouraging body autonomy (and what cues should be used more sparingly). How silence supports body autonomy. Why self-compassion is key for your growth as a teacher.   EPISODE LINKS & RESOURCES: Libby Hinsley Anatomy Bites Follow Libby on Instagram @libbyhinsleypt   LINKS AND RESOURCES: Follow YTR on Instagram @yoga.teacher.resource  Join the Yoga Teacher Resource email list Join the Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group Learn more about the Impact Club Leave a review on iTunes Ask a question for the podcast on the Yoga Teacher Resource website or on SpeakPipe
30:42 8/17/23

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