podcast ep 37: alex crow of yoga physics

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The sharp, warm Alex Crow has an impressive gallery of fancy yoga postures, but she travels teaching programs entitled "Deconstruct to Reconstruct", encouraging teachers to offer a more holistic approach to yoga. She talks about her evolution, including how "having it all" wasn't all it was cracked up to be and how it didn't represent a holistic picture of her as a person and teacher.

podcast ep 36: future you is so much happier!

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Looking to change some habits? Pretty much anyone who practices yoga is invested in improving their discernment, discipline, and cultivating healthy ways of living. Following up from last episode on willpower, we talk about the psychology of habits, the yoga philosophy of them, and even touch on a summary of Gretchen Rubin's habits read "Better Than Before".

We discuss…

- the Amy Schumer skit about a clothes shop where you shop for your "future size" inspired the title of this episode

- what I forgot to include about willpower last time around, especially the theory of "ego depletion" (running out of willpower)

- karma, samskaras, and other yoga philosophy that should inform how we proceed with behavior in the world

- The Psychology of Habit by Charles Duhigg, what we learn from mental energy and habit formation and what he and The Willpower Instinct reference that may not be true

- a summary of Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, provided by my friend and peer, Erin Bidlake

- a story to sum up why we're cultivating excellent spiritual practice even in our householder lives (since we may feel like the practice isn't that spiritual!)

LINKS

Erin Bidlake Yoga

Ego Depletion May Not Be True

Everything is Crumbling (Why Ego Depletion May Not Be True)

The Way of the Householder (The Story of Kaushika the Sage and the Butcher or The Vyadha Gita)

The Four Tendencies Quiz by Gretchen Rubin

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podcast ep 35: the universe doesn't have your back... but it's OK

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Yoga philosophy does not characterize the universe as a glorious place designed to fulfill all your wishes if you ask it nicely. That doesn't mean goal setting is bad - quite the contrary - but this is a cheeky exploration into the difference between new age spirituality pop religion and yoga philosophy. We go into some psychology on willpower and self-control, too!

Give that it's the new year, we talk about...

- Where the phrase "the universe has your back" came from and Gabrielle Bernstein (who is a heck of a lot more popular on instagram than I am)

- How heavily influenced by latent Christian culture new age spirituality can be, including evangelical movements

- How this differs from yoga philosophy, which does not see the universe as omniscient and providing

- Why goal setting is a good thing for yogis to do and participate in, and some interesting facts about willpower from The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

And more!

LINKS + VIDEOS

Heart rate variability from Harvard

podcast ep 34: disagreeing yogically

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Disagreeing with people can be uncomfortable, but it's a part of life and one that often helps further understandings of other people's experiences and opinions. Culturally, we're getting worse at disagreeing with each other, and the popular perception of yogis often makes disagreeing more difficult. Let's talk about disagreeing in conversation, and then a little bit about disagreements in the yoga world right now.

- I talk about generally disagreeing with people and frame it within the yogic system of ego/preference

- What happens to us on a physiological level when we disagree?

- Some of the critiques being leveled against the Ashtanga system right now, and a brief note about Sri Pattabhi Jois' abuses toward his students

- Why disagreeing around Ashtanga is so personal

LINKS

Pattabhi Jois Was Not a Great Yogi - Karen Rain on J. Brown Yoga Talk

podcast ep 33: ayurveda’s nourishing practices with Mona Warner

Mona Warner is a yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic practitioner, and she's one of my favourite people on the planet. We talk about different designations in Ayurveda, how you can work with practitioners, approaches to diet and wellness, and Ayurveda's ability to support people going through intensive treatments.

You can listen below, and you can also listen in iTunes and Google Play and pretty much anywhere else podcasts are played, including Spotify!

Ayurveda's nourishing practices with Mona Warner! Mona is a yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic practitioner, and she's one of my favourite people on the planet. We talk about different designations in Ayurveda, how you can work with practitioners, approaches to diet and wellness, and Ayurveda's ability to support people going through intensive treatments.

- The Ayurveda of dogs and puppies (not kidding – we briefly talk about this!)

- Why Kapha dosha (earth and water elements) govern early life, and not Vata (air and space elements)

- Pathology and its causes, including touching on cancer and the complexity of doshic-imbalance when it comes to pathology

- Who can help you in Ayurvedic consultations, and what the designations are and the difference in their scopes of practice

- How Ayurveda can support people undergoing cancer treatment, or similarly invasive, intense allopathic (“Western”) medicine treatments

- How yoga and Ayurveda dialogue and they’re ability to help us in self-realization and self-healing

- The disconnect between popular yoga diets and Ayurvedic recommendations

- Conserving our Ayurvedic opinions (brahmacharya) until people ask for our opinions

- Our experience of wellness is contrasted against the most suffering and the most joy we’ve ever had

- How often the feelings of wellness that are celebrated in our culture are not necessarily the nourishing practices for our biology

- And! how over-nourishment comes from a sense of depletion, because that’s our cultural modus operandi

- The relationship between yoga and eating disorders, and how we choose diets to exercise food restrictions

- How Ayurveda views vegetarianism and veganism, since it supports dominantly eating plants!

- The emotional “stuff” of food and sharing meals

- Exploring food sensitivities and if you actually have one or not, and developing tools to navigate sensitivities

- Supplements’ role in Ayurvedic wellness and working with an AP

- The importance of individualized wellness, and a sidenote about triphala (a three-fruit supplement)

- The new frontiers of Ayurveda, and what they can offer to local folk wisdom

LINKS

Mona Warner

Janati Yoga School

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