ep 46: harry potter yoga

What do the magic of Harry Potter and yoga have in common? We discuss commonalities between the books and the way they portray magic, as well as the first half of a conversation about pedagogy (teaching methods) and Hogwarts.

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ep 42: leslie kaminoff: success arises from being effective

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Leslie Kaminoff is one of the most recognized and respected names in American yoga, but he owes it all to Canada... We talk about his beginnings as a teacher, the Yoga Alliance standards creation and review, as well as some breathwork techniques and when holding the breath makes sense.

We also discuss...

- Leslie's forty years as a teacher, and he got started with teaching in Canada! Learning from Swami Vishnudevananda and his senior students in Val Morin, Quebec, so as a Canadian, I insist on credit for his education. (We also talk about TKV Desikachar, who was his Teacher.)

- We discuss the difference between instructor and teacher, and how Leslie sat at the table during the creation of the Yoga Alliance standards (back when it was Unity in Yoga). We discuss the Standards Review Yoga Alliance is undertaking, and what we both think will come of them.

- Since Leslie knows so much about breath work and breath anatomy, we discuss breath retention and how it’s a natural inclination that can be really helpful.

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Leslie Kaminoff website

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podcast ep 41: moving yoga online with elise joan

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Elise Joan is a bright, bold presence - she puts herself out there - and has done yoga DVDs, television, and has a thriving online yoga business. We talk about putting it all out there, and her initial start in acting and musical theatre and how she could translate making it in one tough industry to another when her voice gave out and she had to make a change.

We also discuss...

  • Elise’s original pursuit of acting and musical theatre, and making it work in difficult, competitive fields. (She started off on the road to medical school, and decided on musical theatre instead!)

  • Grieving the end of her acting career through yoga.

  • Offering online yoga grew out of the opportunity from a magazine editor who took Elise’s class and invited Elise to do some online DVDs.

  • Meeting people where they are and offering yoga for “people from the Midwest”.

  • How even the best paying studios don’t pay enough for a sustainable income, so teaching in studio has to be a part of the equation.

  • The emotional healing ability of yoga, and how it was essential to Elise’s recovery after divorce.

  • If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Inclusive and financially accessible yoga.

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podcast ep 40: phoenix rising yoga therapy with michael lee

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  • Michael had it all in Australia: teaching college, a family, but he decided to move to the US and stay at Kripalu for a time, so we discuss ashram life

  • The Phoenix Rising definition of yoga therapy, and how it’s evolved since Michael first started offering it, including the difference between a yoga therapist session and a private yoga class

  • Creating yoga therapy trainings that produce well-rounded and responsible practitioners

  • The International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Alliance’s decision not to use the term “yoga therapy” anymore

  • Balancing the benefits of repetition in practice, as well as responding to the moment’s needs


LINKS

Official Website

Facebook

ABOUT MICHAEL LEE

Michael Lee, M.A. Dip.Soc.Sci., E-RYT 500

Michael has a long career in yoga and yoga therapy with a focus on psycho-emotional health now spanning 33 years. Prior to coming to the USA in 1984 to pursue yoga therapy Michael was an academic and consultant in the behavioral sciences. He founded Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1986 based on his learning and integration of yoga and elements of contemporary psychology, now supported by neuroscience.

Michael is the author of two books Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy—Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress Into Bliss. He is also a contributing author to the American Psychological Association published book Beyond Talk therapy: Using movement and expressive techniques in clinical practice. In June 2016, Michael was a keynote speaker at SYTAR for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and in 2018 the opening keynote speaker at Yoga Australia Conference, a presenter at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2018, the Toronto Yoga Conference 2018, the Japan Yoga Therapy Conference 2018, and the first Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy in Sendai, Japan in July 2018. Michael and his wife Lori parent five adult children live in rural Massachusetts.


podcast ep 39: yoga + meditation for athletes with sid mcnairy

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Do you practice meditation to benefit your sports, or do you practice yoga and meditation because some sports aren’t so great for your head? Sid McNairy does both, and he shares his takeaways from a lifetime in sports, an early introduction to meditation, why yoga and meditation benefits athletes, especially those who have suffered concussions.

We also talk about…

-       Teaching athletes, Sid’s background in sports, and how his parents encouraged him into sports to channel his energy

-       Encountering meditation through team sports, and how meditation helps us predict the outcomes of our choices

-       We talk about concussions, what they are and how meditation helps players with concussion heal

-       The importance of positive incentives, including Dr. Emoto’s water crystal experiment

-       How intervening on concussions has changed over the course of Sid’s career, and we disagree about the sensitivity to injury and concussion

-       How yoga helps athletes open their gait to help them move faster, be more efficient and maintain stamina longer

-       We finish on Sid’s Native American background, and how he wasn’t raised with it but has discovered his roots over the course of adulthood, including teaching yoga to the residents of a Canadian First Nations reserve

-       Teaching people new to yoga and meditation and how they were converted from “We don’t know if we like this jerk” to “Oh, you’re one of the elders”

-       Learning to be peaceful with ourselves and practice with levity

 

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ABOUT SID

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Sid McNairy’s classes provoke one to find freedom—an experience that begins on the mat and stays with you long after you step away. Building on the Power Vinyasa Yoga tradition, Sid guides students through a physically active flow intended to heal, detoxify and electrify body and mind at their deepest levels. Prepare to be invigorated!

It is through empowering others that Sid has made a mark on the world. His coaching background gives him a unique way of expressing and landing in the spirit of everyone in the room. You will find that as you practice with Sid your spirit is lifted to a higher place. Teachers have found that training with Sid gives them the space to express themselves like never before while gaining a powerful expression for being for others.

Sid’s incredible energy empowers everyone. Both beginners and advanced yogis find the space to modify postures, creating their individual experience. Underlining the rhythm the flow is always freedom—making way for a true experience of peace and love leaving one open to a state of love from within. One of Sid’s many gifts is his ability to instill the tools to make those shifts; leaving students feeling light, revived in spirit and empowered to continue what began in class, off the mat.

Sid has also launched his music debut with “Walk with Love.” You can find Sid on the “Walk with Love” tour throughout 2015. Download his music today on iTunes. Looking for words of inspiration? Check out Sid’s first book “Empowerment and Beyond.”

Practice with McNairy at his home studio, on a retreat, or in one of his signature workshops. McNairy’s style will empower all to reach their greatest potential in every way. Whether you are a teacher, student, athlete or walking the path, you want to take the opportunity to study with Sid and be ready to soar.