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Dec 31, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

097: Focusing In On Your Niche [Consultation Call] with Susan Hopkinson

 

Description:

 

Do you have trouble finding your niche and communicating your unique offering as a yoga teacher to your audience? The niche work that you do in your business is an ongoing process, and it can be difficult to clarify that in your messaging. On this consultation call, Shannon guides Susan Hopkinson through some of her struggles in this area.

 

Susan Hopkinson is a writer, mother, and yoga therapist. She started practicing yoga in 1985 and became a yoga teacher in 1998. As a yoga therapist who has studied with teachers from all over the world, including Europe, India and North America, Susan believes in teaching people, not poses. On top of writing and teaching yoga, she also offers retreats in both Europe and India.

 

With such a wide array of services, Susan grapples communicating her niche to her audience. After teaching group classes for over 20 years, she finds her calling in teaching more 1:1 yoga therapy, but isn’t sure of how to convey that to her students. Shannon helps Susan identify some key strategies that will help her focus more on her niche - from updating her website to content creation for her newsletter, to becoming more active on social media.

 

This episode is full of great tips on how to effectively market your niche to your audience, and to make sure that people know about your unique offering as a yoga teacher. Whether you’re looking for ideas on how best to clarify your message or strategies for sharing content on different channels, this episode is sure to give you some ideas.

 

Key Takeaways:

[4:40] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Susan Hopkinson.

[6:29] Who does Susan work with, and what kind of work does she do with them?

[8:51] How would Susan define the work that she does?

[11:14] Susan explains more about her move away from group yoga classes to more individualized attention to the student.

[12:26] How is Susan finding students to work within her niche?

[14:53] Susan struggles with the guilt of not teaching group classes anymore. Shannon and Susan walk through her difficulties overcoming that guilt, and how best to tackle that.

[19:34] Susan's website does not immediately showcase her key value proposition. Shannon has some ideas on how she can niche down.

[22:12] What questions was Susan being asked in relation to the 1:1 work she wants to offer? Shannon and Susan discuss how that could fuel the content she was creating in her newsletter.

[26:09] Susan shares how she is using her newsletter to drive traffic to her website through the content she creates.

[29:08] How is Susan sharing content on social media channels? Shannon gives Susan some "homework" to up her game on social media.

[34:53] Susan and Shannon work through her calendar to create a more cohesive calendar that makes sense to her work style, commitments, and financial needs.

[40:20] Susan and Shannon talk through Susan's clientele and brainstorm ideas on booking clients, and some mindset issues associated with that.

[45:30] Susan touches on her challenge with offering yoga therapy - that if you're doing your job, the client will not be coming back.

[50:24] You need to create original content for social media. Shannon shares some ideas for creating original content with Susan.

[53:44] Video gets higher engagement than anything. Susan and Shannon work through if this medium would be a good fit for her.

[55:30] Shannon has some advice for Susan on picking the right season for each of her offerings.

[59:29] Get in touch with Susan via her website to book a session.

[1:01:33] Shannon suggests some activities you can try if you're looking to niche down and clarify your offering.

 

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Quotes from this episode:

 

"90% of the time, I'm not working with postural yoga. I'm working with yoga around mindset, around focus, around working with mudra, working with mantra, working with all the different aspects of yoga that are a little bit more obscure nowadays." - Susan

 

"I get a lot of people coming that are the wrong people." - Susan

 

"We want to know immediately when we get to your homepage who you work for, and what you offer them." - Shannon

 

"Most of the time, it's that people have no idea what you do offer." - Shannon

 

"I try to keep my business in line with my yoga." - Susan

 

"The way I look at it is if you have repeat clients, it's because you're not doing your job. So it's kind of like you put yourself out of your own market." - Susan

 

"Video gets higher engagement than anything." - Shannon

Dec 24, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

096: How to Create a Yoga Practice Habit with Matt Kowald

 

Description:

 

How can you form a yoga practice habit? Do you want to do more in your yoga practice but find it hard to form a routine around it? Perhaps you’ve formed an unwanted habit you’d like to remove. Matt Kowald, co-author and co-founder of Yogis Journal, joins Shannon to discuss what it takes to create and maintain a yoga practice habit.

 

Matt is a varsity wrestler originally from Australia who now lives in Canada. His athletic life sparked an interest into habits, routines and journaling, and he began his yoga practice in 2013. Matt is a personal trainer and yoga teacher who has studied exercise, sport and rehabilitation science, and is currently studying kinesiology at Brock University.

 

The Yogis Journal is a beautiful journal rooted in the 8 limbs, with the intention of helping people create meaningful rituals and habits around yoga. Matt and Shannon dive into the intricacies of what it takes to form and maintain routines and habits, particularly around your yoga practice. Matt also has some great insights about self-love, following through on goals, and the science behind it all.

 

If you have been wanting to add in a new habit, or if you help yoga students with their at-home yoga practice, this episode is full of incredible tips and tricks. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out about the amazing offer Matt has for listeners, and Shannon has a gift for three lucky listeners as well!

 

Key Takeaways:

[4:16] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Matt Kowald.

[6:01] Shannon shares her experiences using the Yogis Journal in her yoga practice.

[8:59] What got Matt interested in the work of helping people with their habits around yoga?

[9:58] Matt is from Australia but moved to Canada. What brought him to Canada?

[10:59] What got Matt into yoga?

[11:32] How did Matt carve out the time for all his activities, university and designing the Yogis Journal?

[12:40] Coffee is a trigger for Matt to be more creative in the morning. How does that work?

[13:59] How can we build a habit of doing yoga daily? Matt explains the idea behind hot and cold triggers.

[17:04] What is Matt's suggestion for overcoming habits that have been formed that aren't very positive?

[20:27] What are Matt's thoughts on using a reward system as a motivator?

[21:51] The most important part is setting up a small step. Shannon and Matt discuss why even a small step in the right direction is a good thing.

[24:05] How can we cope with our perfectionist tendencies, or when we fall away from our daily practice?

[26:17] In terms of daily practice, how long does it take to form a habit?

[29:07] What's the best time of day to set up a habit?

[30:32] What is the best way to approach incorporating a yoga habit in our lives?

[32:11] Shannon and Matt talk through some of her own struggles with maintaining a daily yoga practice.

[34:32] What other tips has Matt learned through the years about forming habits?

[36:14] What is Matt's advice to people who feel that they want to make all the changes, all at once?

[39:12] Everyone sets goals for the New Year, but hardly anyone follows through on them. How can we come back to starting our habits again?

[42:12] What motivated Matt to create the Yogis Journal?

[45:47] Matt explains how he uses his own Yogis Journal as a trigger for himself.

[47:45] What other advice does Matt have for yoga teachers struggling with their practice or helping others set up their own practice?

[49:30] Check out Yogis Journal at the website, and do email Matt if you have any questions.

[50:33] Share your thoughts about this episode, your struggles with your personal practice and any other key takeaways with Shannon.

[53:31] Shannon is giving away three Yogis Journals - find out how you can participate in this giveaway!

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"Using the Yogis Journal is just a really fast way to be intentional and mindful about my day." - Shannon

 

"I initially discovered yoga trying to obviously become flexible for martial arts and wrestling, because it's really hard on your body, so yoga was that perfect... yin to yang." - Matt

 

"That's what a habit is. It's just a behavior that becomes automatic, and then we do that so that we can do other tasks, more complex." - Matt

 

"A hot trigger is something that reminds you to do the behavior when you need to do it." - Matt

 

"The biggest thing is to come from a place of self-love." - Matt

 

"If you want to make it a habit, consistency is important. Consistency over volume." - Matt

 

Dec 17, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

095: Making a CEO Business Plan with Shannon Crow

 

Description:


Do you feel like the CEO of your yoga business now? If you don’t, you’re not alone. It is easy to get caught up in doing the “Worker Bee” activities and lose focus of the “Queen Bee” activities you should be doing to keep your business going and growing.

 

On this episode, Shannon shares some things she has been doing in her own business over the past few weeks in terms of planning. Taking time off to align her vision with what she really loves to do, and her core values has helped her in her business. She has some insights and tips that will help you look at your business with intention, and mindfully.

 

Shannon takes you through the steps in this CEO planning process that can help you plan for the future, both personally and professionally. She guides you through each step, from meditation to setting goals, and how these steps relate to your yoga business.

 

This episode is for anyone who feels like they have a million and one ideas and directions they would like to go in, all at the same time, or anyone who always says 'YES' to commitments but struggles to fit that into their actual schedule. If you're looking to plan a better year, a better month, or are just assessing the state of your business at the end of the year, this episode will definitely make an impact on you.

 

Key Takeaways:

[6:22] Shannon gives a shout out to Schedulicity.

[7:03] Do you feel like the CEO of your yoga business right now? Do you feel like the “Queen Bee” or the “Worker Bee” in your business?

[8:09] Shannon gives thanks to a few people who have influenced the work that she has done over the years.

[9:20] Your inner teacher is the best guide for you. Connect with your inner teacher, however you need to do it.

[10:41] Shannon shares a personal story about how simple CEO planning can be, and how effective it is when added to your routine.

[13:50] Shannon shares her steps for CEO planning.

[15:10] Step 1: Meditate. Notice the thoughts that are coming in.

[17:28] Step 2: Practice free-flow writing. Don't restrict your thoughts and let them all flow out.

[20:06] Step 3: Become a scientist and analyse the data.

[22:29] Step 4: Create a Santosha page and another page that is the opposite of a Santosha page.

[25:48] Step 5: Write out your 4 areas of importance.

[29:33] Step 6: Focus on one thing.

[31:58] Step 7: Set measurable goals, systems, and habits.

[37:27] Share your own discoveries with this exercise with Shannon, and let her know if you would like to know about more systems!

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from Shannon Crow:

 

"I've learned that when I take some CEO time where I create a plan for my yoga business, it makes a huge difference."

 

"Your inner teacher is the best guide for you."

 

"Your inner teacher knows what you need and what your yoga business needs."

 

"Let's just really acknowledge that this kind of work takes some bravery. We're digging in and we're uncovering things, and sometimes it's the tough work."

 

"How were you a rock star in 2018?"

Dec 10, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 94: Instagram Content Strategy and Stories with Tyler McCall

 

Description:


Are you on Instagram? How are you using Instagram as a yoga teacher to market and grow your yoga business with intention? Tyler McCall, social media marketer, strategist, and coach for creatives joins Shannon on this episode to tell you how you can be using Instagram to generate profit, not just popularity, in your business.

 

Tyler has 10 years of experience working as a community organizer and also in the non-profit marketing and management world. He shifted into focusing on Instagram in 2015, and has since coached hundreds of entrepreneurs, and managed dozens of Instagram accounts.

 

We sometimes over-complicate things and get so caught up in collecting likes and followers, that we forget that we should be focusing on generating profit, not popularity, with Instagram. Tyler helps to demystify Instagram and shares how you too can become a rock star at using Instagram to tell captivating stories, build relationships and convert followers to fans, and make a profit.

 

If you're struggling with knowing how to use Instagram as a tool to grow your yoga business, here’s a tip: it's all about being intentional. Find out more about creating an Instagram content strategy with intention with Tyler!

 

Key Takeaways:

[4:35] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Tyler McCall.

[6:13] How did Tyler get started in creating strategy for Instagram?

[9:56] Tyler always puts text over his Instagram stories. Why does he do that?

[13:14] What is a content strategy on Instagram?

[15:10] Tyler takes us through creating a strategy.

[17:24] Shannon and Tyler discuss an example of how to apply this strategy for yoga teachers.

[20:25] How can yoga teachers approach Instagram stories? Tyler shares two questions that can help guide your process.

[26:34] What is Tyler's advice to people who are worried about not being "perfect" for an Instagram story?

[28:57] Tyler has a tip on how to create a good story.

[31:05] How many parts of a story should you post?

[33:15] The general rule for Instagram is to answer all DMs. How can you manage that?

[36:00] Shannon shares her experience with someone who did a video reply to her DM. Tyler speaks to why the different modes of communication on Instagram can help you grow your business.

[38:00] Tyler doesn't encourage people to outsource Instagram. Why not?

[39:55] Shannon and Tyler discuss sharing other people's posts or content on your own Instagram page.

[41:18] How does Tyler work with clients and how can you find out more about him?

[43:40] Tyler shares some final do's and don'ts for Instagram.

[47:00] Shannon shares her key takeaways and would love for you to do the same - leave a comment in the Show Notes, or start a conversation in the Facebook group!

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from Tyler McCall:

 

"A lot of us who are marketing online are not creating fully accessible content for people who consume content differently."

 

"What I found is that by adding captions to the screen, I'm able to maintain a higher retention rate because ... nearly half of Instagram stories users are not watching with the sound on."

 

"It all starts with a complete understanding of who you're trying to attract on Instagram."

 

"If you are using Instagram as a business owner, the goal is profitability."

 

"The goal is not popularity, the goal is to have a profitable business."

 

"You are the secret ingredient to your success in business and online in your marketing."

 

"Your job is to pay attention to your people and what they want to hear from you."

 

"Show up. Show up as you."

 

"Don't let your dashes turn into dots!"

 

"That responding [to DMs] is so important, because that's really where you build the trust and build that relationship with your followers."

Dec 3, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 093: How to Build a Home Studio with Jo Stewart and Rane Bowen

 

Description:

 

Have you thought of building a home-based studio? What does it really take to get a home yoga studio up and running? What are the challenges you might face, and the biggest pros? Jo Stewart and Rane Bowen are yoga teachers who not only had a home studio, but also built a new one, and on this episode, they reveal the nitty, gritty details of what it takes.

 

Jo has been teaching yoga for over ten years, and has completed over 2000 hours of teacher training. Rane is a newer yoga teacher, who got into teaching yoga after being diagnosed with stomach cancer and having his stomach removed in 2015. Rane is originally from New Zealand, but moved to Australia, where he and Jo live, teach yoga and host a podcast together.

 

Jo and Rane share their experiences in setting up their first home studio, and their process in recently building a new one. They dive into how they engage their followers on social media, and how they showcase their studio to generate publicity and grow their business. From the financial aspect of running a home studio, to the props you need, and even the challenges that come with setting boundaries - Jo, Rane and Shannon examine the intricacies of a yoga home studio.

 

If you’ve ever wondered about how to build and maintain not only a yoga studio but also your own personal yoga practice, this episode with Jo and Rane is sure to give you some deep insights and actionable steps.

 

Key Takeaways:

[5:19] Shannon introduces her guests for this episode - Jo Stewart and Rane Bowen

[7:02] What got Jo and Rane started in yoga? What was their first yoga class like?

[10:01] What led Jo and Rane to start the podcast?

[12:21] Why did Jo and Rane decide to open a yoga studio?

[13:17] Jo talks about their journey of opening their yoga studio, and now recently re-doing the space.

[15:31] Jo shares some of her fears, concerns and joys around starting from scratch to rebuild the home studio.

[18:03] What are the challenges of having your own space vs teaching at other spaces?

[21:03] How many people can Jo and Rane's home space accommodate?

[21:41] What are some of the big pros of having your own space?

[23:50] Jo speaks to the financial aspects of setting up and running a home studio.

[25:57] Rane shares more about his other gigs in addition to teaching yoga.

[29:13] What are some of the things that really make a good space?

[34:02] What are some of the essential props necessary for a home studio?

[36:41] How many other teachers use the space?

[38:57] Jo highlights some of her success with print advertising and getting the word out about the studio.

[43:00] Shannon and Jo walk through the process from a students' perspective.

[44:07] What are some policies or rules they've had to establish for their space?

[47:02] How does Jo keep in touch with students in between classes?

[48:24] One-on-one vs. group classes. Jo breaks down the makeup of the classes she teaches.

[49:47] What do Jo and Rane see in the future for their business?

[52:42] What advice do Jo and Rane have for other people who are working together as couples?

[55:31] Jo and Rane share some advice for yoga teachers.

[57:39] What are some things that help in their own practice?

[59:42] Jo and Rane leave us with some final thoughts for teachers who are doubting themselves or feeling isolated.

[1:04:12] Get in touch with Jo and Rane via their website, Facebook group, and on social media!

[1:04:51] Shannon would love to hear from you - do reach out to connect with her virtually or in person!




Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"Yoga just kinda got me out of that tortured artist paradigm. It really helped me creatively, but also just mentally and emotionally - I just got so many benefits from it." - Jo

 

"I never liked the idea of signing a lease, and having a whole lot of financial pressure on me as new business was growing, so always just made sense to me to do it at home!" - Jo

 

"You don't want to leave all of your promotion and stuff till the end. Get started early! Share your vision, share your ideas!" - Jo

 

"If you are not putting a load of energy into your home space, you don't often get a lot of people coming." - Jo

 

"It's almost like you're just going and hanging out with some people, and sharing some stuff that you really enjoy doing with them." - Rane

 

"We're a body-positive studio, we're really inclusive, and we really wanted to show different ages, different body types, just like yoga is for everyone." - Jo

 

"If you want to work on your self-love, and just feeling good about yourself -  that's what this practice is for!" - Jo

Nov 26, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 92: Accessible Yoga Language with Kesse, Chantel and Katie

 

As yoga teachers, we’d all like to reach as many people as possible with our practice and share yoga with them. However, what we may not realize is that we may be inadvertently be excluding or even offending people - through something as simple (but powerful) as our language.

 

I met Chantel Ehler, Katie Juelson and Kesse Hodge at the Accessible Yoga Conference in Toronto last summer. I immediately knew they would be the best people to have a discussion about accessible yoga language, and delve into some uncomfortable areas surrounding the topic.

 

Language can be a very powerful tool for empowering people, but it can also instill fear, be hurtful, or downright offensive. My three guests share insights about the kind of language it takes to create safe spaces for people to be vulnerable. We touch on topics like using gendered pronouns, inclusive rather than exclusive language, and how to ask people about what they’re going through and build relationships with them.

 

We’re all going to make mistakes along the way. Even I had some fear around doing this episode, and sharing some of my vulnerable experiences. The key is to remember that every interaction is an opportunity to learn and grow.

 

If you’ve ever struggled with presenting yoga with accessible language, or worried about offending someone because of something you’ve said, this episode is going to be such an eye-opener.

 

About the Guests:

Chantel, founder of Amara Vidya Yoga in Ontario, Canada, began teaching yoga in 2002, and was the location manager for the Accessible Yoga Conference in June 2018.

Katie has been a yoga teacher for 5 years, and currently works with Canada's National Para-soccer team and with other community programs. She focuses on sharing yoga with people who have cognitive and developmental disabilities. Chantel and Katie also recently co-founded Yoga Service and Accessibility Canada. Kesse is a self-professed fat, atheist, agender, spoonie (person living with chronic illness/ pain) who specializes in teaching adaptive, mix-level yoga to all humans. They are the founder of Change Yoga, the Director of Inclusion and Communications at Rooted Yoga, and have over 15 years of experience in the field.



Key Takeaways:

[5:00] Shannon introduces her three guests for this episode - Chantel Ehler, Katie Juelson, and Kesse Hodge.

[8:08] Language is very important in empowering students. What kind of language is not as empowering, unhelpful or downright offensive? Chantel shares her thoughts.

[11:19] Katie addresses language that is empowering vs not so helpful in the area of disability.

[12:46] Shannon shares a personal anecdote from her experience with a paraplegic in her class.

[13:33] Katie gives some tips on the cues that can be used in a yoga class.

[15:25] Kesse gives their take on how every opportunity interacting with students is an opportunity to learn and to grow.

[19:29] Emotional safety is a crucial part of creating a safe space for your yoga students. Kesse elaborates more on that idea, sharing some personal anecdotes.

[25:20] Language can exclude people who may benefit from whatever is being offered, be it yoga, or assistance, or anything else- being conscious, deliberate and inclusive can help with this.

[29:26] What are the after-effects of the damage that is inadvertently done through language, and how can they be addressed?

[34:25] Katie raises the importance of community relationships in the healing journey.

[00:36:30] Shannon and Katie discuss the issues with saying that people with disabilities are inspiring.

[39:45] What's the deal with using gendered pronouns to refer to people? Kesse and Chantel share their thoughts on how best to approach this.

[49:25] Asking is the best way to educate yourself. Is it ever offensive to ask about disability, or what someone is going through, or even what pronoun they prefer?

[55:14] Listeners, we'd love to hear your experiences and how you've learned to change something you say.

[56:40] What were some of Shannon's key takeaways from this discussion? We'd love for you to hear yours too - share them in the show notes!

[59:40] Shannon has a special bonus for you!



Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"Someone's going to find something offensive in anything." - Chantel

 

"Where I think the disconnect is, is how to address it when you've noticed something's going on." - Chantel

 

"Language is an extremely powerful tool, and it can really empower someone's sense of pride, identity, purpose." - Katie

 

"Put the person before the impairment." - Katie

 

"We think that our normal is everybody else's normal .... but [realize] that that's just absolutely not the case." - Kesse

 

"I didn't like that I was essentially complicit in hurting somebody without my knowledge." - Kesse

 

"Once you say something, you can't un-say it. And the person can't un-hear it. And the damage that can be done, is done." - Kesse

 

"You're asking these people to come and be vulnerable, and you have a responsibility to make that space as safe as possible." - Kesse

 

"The person who's chosen to not say anything, is the person that is the most exposed to harm." - Chantel

 

"Inclusion grows with relationship." - Chantel

 

"If we are not getting to know the student, we won't know how to include them." - Chantel

Nov 19, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 091: 100 Conversations with Yoga Teachers with Mado Hesselink

 

Description:


What would it be like to talk to 100 yoga teachers and find out what their challenges are, and what they've learned so far? When Mado Hesselink decided she wanted to increase the work she was doing with yoga teachers, she did just that and personally interviewed 100 yoga teachers - this episode is all about what she learned from those conversations.

 

Mado has been teaching yoga since 2005, and training yoga teachers since 2010. She is the creator of Yoga Teacher Resource, and teaches at yoga teacher trainings around the southeastern US. After some big life changes, Mado felt the need to change things up in her business. Her discussion with her Fairy Godmother Business Coach helped her find her niche, create a lead magnet, and inspired her 100-Conversations project.

 

As yoga teachers, we may all feel our struggles and challenges are individual, and we are alone in our experiences. Mado’s conversations with yoga teachers young and old, full-time and part-time, and from all walks of life revealed certain similarities. From the pressures of being a yoga teacher, to finding the delicate balance between your own personal yoga practice vs teaching yoga, to the challenges facing entrepreneurs in the yoga space - Shannon and Mado discuss it all.

 

If you’ve ever wondered what wisdom and insight you could get from talking to 100 other yoga teachers, wonder no more. Mado’s done the legwork so you don’t have to - just sit back and enjoy the great nuggets in this episode.

 

Key Takeaways:

[5:44] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Mado Hesselink.

[6:36] What inspired Mado to start working on the project of talking to 100 yoga teachers? She shares how her Fairy Godmother Business Coach helped her along her journey of finding her niche.

[9:39] Mado reveals how she applied the concept of a lead magnet to her business and some tips for you to do the same!

[13:27] Why did Mado decide to talk to 100 yoga teachers?

[15:40] What made Mado pick the number 100?

[16:07] How did Mado spread the word about her project, and how did she select the yoga teachers she would connect with?

[18:59] How did Mado pick the questions she asked the yoga teachers?

[23:24] Mado shares some of the responses she received that surprised, intrigued and stuck with her.

[30:02] What are Mado's suggestions for someone considering taking a 200-hr?

[31:07] From her conversations, what are some of the takeaways that have impacted Mado as a yoga teacher?

[34:51] How can yoga teachers market yoga better?

[39:15] Yoga teachers care so much and put so much pressure on themselves to inspire and challenge their students. Mado and Shannon discuss this in relation to drop-in classes vs. registered sessions.

[43:35] Mado highlights the tension that exists between yoga studio owner, yoga teacher and yoga student.

[48:41] Get in touch with Mado via her website to get access to her podcast, 100 Yoga Class Themes download and other resources!

[49:14] Shannon wraps up with her key takeaways from this episode.


Links:

Mado Hesselink, Yoga Teacher Resource

The Yoga Teacher Resource Facebook Group

100 Yoga Class Themes

Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast

Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast Episode 6: How to succeed as a yoga teacher by focusing on cooperation over competition with Shannon Crow

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 088: Creating Professional Yoga Videos with Kira Sloane

Map to connect with other yoga teachers

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 085: A Discussion About Hands-On Assists with Amanda Kingsmith

Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast Episode 8: [Reality Check] Teaching yoga full time vs part time.

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 061: Too Many Yoga Teachers with Kimma Stark

Accessible Yoga Conference, Toronto

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 090: Teaching Baby & Me Yoga with Shannon Crow

One-on-One Coaching with Mado Hesselink

One-on-One Consultation with Shannon Crow

The Yoga Conference and Show, Toronto March 2019

Mama Nurture Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training, November 2019

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from Mado Hesselink:

 

"Who do you feel most energized when you're teaching?"

 

"They can look at their content that they already have out there and see what's really resonating with people."

 

"I just want to get a sense of what is out there. What are the concerns, what are the dreams? What's the environment, the content that people are teaching in, to help me figure out how I can be of service."

 

"The happiest yoga teachers that I spoke with are not trying to make a living teaching."

 

"For me, the inherent conflicts and the murkiness of being an entrepreneur in the yoga space is actually really exciting, and keeps me more engaged."

 

"I learn best through teaching."

 

"As popular as yoga is, there is still a lot of misinformation about what yoga is."

 

"I want us to do a better job of marketing yoga to the public, for their own benefit!"

 

"We make money for what's important to us, what we really find valuable."

Nov 12, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 090: Teaching Baby and Me Yoga with Shannon Crow

 

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How can a yoga niche help to grow a profitable and sustainable yoga business? In this episode, Shannon shares about a popular area of yoga - Baby and Me yoga, and how this can be a niche to build your yoga business.

 

Very often, postnatal parents are wanting to get back to yoga and bring baby along, but adult yoga classes aren’t the right place for them. Having crawling / crying / curious babies in the room, new parents adjusting to new routines, and parents developing that bond with their babies - these are all things that play into the flow and rhythm of a yoga class. Baby and Me yoga classes are designed to take all these and more into consideration.

 

Shannon shares how she structured her classes and the different elements she incorporates into her classes, keeping both baby and parent in mind. She also highlights other considerations when it comes to Baby and Me yoga, including timing of classes, the spaces in which you conduct these classes, and why she chose the name “Baby and Me yoga” instead of other variations out there.

 

This episode is perfect for anyone who teaches prenatal or postnatal students and for people who want to find their yoga niche.

 

Key Takeaways:

[6:34] How did Shannon get into teaching Baby and Me yoga?

[8:37] Why does Shannon call her class "Baby and Me" yoga? Shannon shares some insight into her personal journey as a new mom.

[12:12] What might you see in a student that is coming to a yoga class postnatally?

[16:20] Shannon shares a little about maternity leave, and why supporting new parents is so important.

[20:11] Timing is also important when it comes to Baby and Me yoga. When can new parents start coming to Baby and Me yoga?

[22:04] Where will you be teaching Baby and Me yoga?

[23:32] Baby and Me yoga is very different from traditional yoga classes with adults. Shannon has some tips and tricks for you.

[28:32] If you'd like to learn more about the elements Shannon includes in her Baby and Me yoga class, you can attend the MamaNuture Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training or check out the Online Course that goes into more detail about this.

[29:20] What are the 8 elements that Shannon includes in Baby and Me yoga?

[30:19] Shannon dives into the element of songs and sounds.

[32:54] Shannon's second element is infant massage. How does that tie into Baby and Me yoga?

[36:03] Element #3 is musical movement. Music is as important as movement in a child's development.

[39:20] Shannon incorporates sign language in her Baby and Me yoga classes. She has some tips on how best to do it.

[44:21] #5: Baby poses - the key to this is to really follow baby's lead.

[47:55] Community time is another element of Shannon's Baby and Me yoga classes. She highlights why this is an important part of the class.

[50:39] The next element is independent practice, and how that helps parents reconnect with themselves.

[51:54] Baby and me breath is the final element. Shannon shares an example of a practice she uses.

[55:00] Shannon ends with her final insights about yoga and how it can help parents and babies.

[57:46] What is your one takeaway from this episode about teaching to postnatal parents? Share your thoughts!




Links:

Mama Nurture Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Online Course on Baby and Me Yoga

The Genius of Natural Childhood, by Sally Goddard Blythe

Itsy Bitsy Yoga, by Helen Garabedian

Baby Om: Yoga for Mothers and Babies by Laura Staton and Sarah Perron

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from Shannon Crow:

 

"Your baby doesn't come with an owner's manual, and you have to figure out what that little human needs."

 

"Sometimes we're feeling shame or ashamed of what we need as parents when it comes to work."

 

"Be careful about judging, others for sure, but also yourself."

 

"Touch between parent and baby is another form of communication. It's a really clear and concrete way to express love."

 

"This Baby and Me yoga class is a really great place to practice and learn together."

 

"You're not only dealing with parents, you're also dealing with what baby needs."

 

"Baby and me yoga offers parents a gentle practice to reconnect with body and breath. In this time, they can bond with baby, and also connect to other parents.”

Nov 5, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 089: Yoga for Stress Management with Courtney Butler-Robinson

 

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You can’t deny it - we live in a stressful world. Everyone knows yoga is useful when it comes to stress management, but Courtney Butler-Robinson has focused her practice exclusively around dealing with stress and more specifically, heart health.

 

Courtney has had a long and illustrious career in the field of yoga. She’s been practicing for nearly 40 years, training yoga teachers for 20, and a certified yoga therapist for over 10 years (including being one of the first yoga therapists to be recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists). She is the owner and director of Balance Yoga and Wellness, a registered yoga school, and works as a stress management specialist, particularly in relation to reversing heart disease.

 

Stress is something everyone deals with, but Courtney highlights its connection to heart disease, and how her part in Dr. Dean Ornish’s lifestyle medicine practice is helping to heal patients. She provides insight into how yoga can be a part of the medical world, and why love, support, gratitude, and joy are some of the key ingredients to a long and healthy life.

 

If you’ve always wondered how to reach the medical world through your yoga teaching, or how to incorporate stress management in your yoga training, this episode is definitely one you need hear.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:04] One lucky listener stands a chance to win a prize this week!

[3:45] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Courtney Butler-Robinson.

[6:15] How did Courtney's yoga journey start? When did she get into yoga, and what brought her to it?

[7:39] What pushed Courtney to start working in yoga for stress management?

[9:49] Courtney shares a little about the work that Dr. Dean Ornish does.

[12:31] How is Courtney's class different from the average yoga class in its approach towards stress management?

[16:03] Courtney describes a typical day in the life of one of her clients.

[17:45] What are some of the most common issues people are dealing with when they come to see Courtney?

[20:16] What does a "prescription" entail? Courtney outlines some of the differences between her current work and her work in private practice.

[22:33] Courtney gives some recommendations when it comes to keeping your heart healthy.

[25:25] Courtney highlights the importance of gratitude in heart health.

[28:06] What has Courtney learned through her 10 years of training teachers?

[31:19] How can yoga teachers move into the medical side of things?

[33:49] Courtney has some advice for yoga teachers with students looking to improve their heart health or reduce stress in their lives.

[35:58] Shannon and Courtney discuss whether overall stress and anxiety levels are going up in society.

[41:16] Find out more about Courtney, the work she does and more through her website, and on social media.

[42:12] Courtney's book, The Mud and the Lotus, is a guide and a workbook for yoga teachers.

[48:58] Shannon shares how she connected with Courtney, and how you can use this method to connect with others.

[53:10] What is your biggest takeaway from this episode? Shannon would love to hear from you!

Links:

The Mud and the Lotus, by Courtney Butler-Robinson


Courtney Butler-Robinson on Facebook

Courtney Butler-Robinson on Instagram

Courtney Butler-Robinson on YouTube


Balance Yoga and Wellness


The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Ep 088: Creating Professional Yoga Videos with
Kira Sloane


Dr. Baxter Bell


Larry Payne


Dr. Dean Ornish - Lifestyle Medicine

 

Learn more about Relaxation Response


Learn more about Oxytocin and the Heart


Learn more about the Elizabeth Blackburn Studies

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes from Courtney Butler-Robinson:

 

"When I started teaching, it was because of illness."

 

"I work in the field of lifestyle medicine."

 

"We actually reverse disease without any kind of major medical intervention. It's diet, exercise, yoga, meditation and love and support."

 

"The point of stress management yoga is to keep the body in a relaxation response from beginning to end."

 

"Movement helps to increase artery flexibility. It helps reduce lymphatic congestion in your system. ... Keep moving!"

 

"What I've learned personally is... that my inner wisdom knows better than listening to everything."

 

"I care more about your heart for service than your headstand."

 

"I would just encourage people to find who you are as a yoga teacher, and to be that. And to have confidence in that, because there are the people out there that need what you have to offer."

 

"With the 9 weeks of the program, depression rates are down 60%."

 

"Taking care of yourself, and loving yourself and being kind to yourself, is more a matter of quality of life... than it is about whether you live or die.”

Oct 29, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

088: Creating Professional Yoga Videos with Kira Sloane

 

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could connect with your yoga students in the comfort of their own home? With Yoga Anytime, Kira Sloane not only teaches yoga online but also helps other yoga teachers share their yoga online.

 

Kira was drawn to teaching yoga from her very first savasana. After being diagnosed with endometriosis in 1995, she turned to yoga to find relief for her pain and immediately wanted to share the sense of well-being she experienced with others. Today, Kira works for yoga to spread the healing she has experienced in her own practice by making videos and offering online yoga courses.

 

Videos are a great tool for reaching a large audience, but all that can backfire if your videos are not professional and well done. Kira reveals what she has learned from creating over 2000 yoga videos - from what kind of clothing works for the camera, to how to focus on your viewer beyond the lens, and why doing yoga on videos is ultimately all about connection and relationships, both with your audience and yourself.

 

Whether you’re already a veteran at making yoga videos, or a newbie to the scene, you’re sure to get some great tips and insights about what it takes to make a truly great, professional yoga video.

 

To see all of the links and notes for this episode (including timestamps)
- visit https://www.theconnectedyogateacher.com/88

Oct 22, 2018

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 087: Yoga for Fertility with Beth Heller

 

The journey of infertility is a difficult one. Beth Heller joins Shannon on this episode to share her own story and experiences with infertility, and how that led her to become the co-founder and co-director of Pulling Down the Moon.

 

Beth is a mother and a yoga teacher whose niche and passion is yoga for fertility. She has a degree in human nutrition and spent 4 years working as a nutrition researcher. She found her way to yoga while going through high stress, infertility, a miscarriage, and the stillbirth of her daughter at 38 weeks. In these experiences, she found the true value of yoga and wanted to share how yoga helped her regain her period and get pregnant, and how it held and supported her through loss.

 

In 2002, Beth founded Pulling Down the Moon with Tami Quinn, where she now teaches yoga in classes and one-on-one instruction, with a focus on yoga for fertility, prenatal yoga, and yoga to people at the age and stage of pregnancy. She is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

 

Beth shares her insight about how yoga helps improve fertility, and how she has helped women through their fertility journey in her practice, particularly by creating a supportive space in her studio. Shannon and Beth also discuss the benefits of online classes in breaking down barriers for some people, and how yoga teachers can fully support women or couples going through loss, miscarriage or fertility difficulties.

 

An open, honest and heartfelt conversation, this episode great for any yoga teacher working with people dealing with fertility, and pregnancy, and interested in finding out more about discovering your niche in yoga.

 

To see all of the links and notes for this episode (including timestamps)
- visit https://www.theconnectedyogateacher.com/87

Oct 15, 2018

 

Live video is taking the online world by storm, and it’s not a trend is going away soon. How can yoga teachers get on board and harness the power of video? Ian Gray of Seriously Social has tips, strategies, and advice on how you can use live video as a yoga teacher to share video content.

 

Ian is a man of many talents. Not only is he an international speaker, trainer, teacher, web developer and consultant who specializes in live video, he is also a husband, father of two, professional singer and self-professed geek. Through his company Seriously Social, and his weekly Facebook Live video show, The Free Range Social Show, Ian helps business owners and entrepreneurs use live video to build and expand their businesses.

 

Doing a live video can seem incredibly scary, but feeling nervous is a very natural response. Ian shares some of his own personal experiences getting started with live video, and his strategies to get over your fear. He also reveals the three main barriers people have when it comes to doing live video, and how you can break through them. He explains why consistency and having a group to lean on for support can make all the difference in getting on board with live video. Ian also breaks down the different live video platforms, and how they can be used to reach your target audience.

 

If you’re interested in sharing video content but aren’t sure how to get started, this episode is just for you.



To see all of the links and notes for this episode (including timestamps) - visit theconnectedyogateacher.com/86

Oct 8, 2018

085: A Discussion About Hands-On Assists with Amanda Kingsmith and Shannon Crow

 

Do you offer your students hands-on assists or adjustments or do you steer clear of touch in a yoga class?

 

Amanda Kingsmith invited Shannon back on the M.B.OM podcast to talk about hands-on assists (sometimes called adjustments).

 

Amanda is a yoga teacher with a business studies background. She works 1:1 with yoga teachers and hosts two podcasts - one about travel and the other for yoga teachers. She is an enthusiastic world traveler when she is not at home in Alberta, Canada.

 

Click here to see our full show notes page.

Oct 1, 2018

084: Yoga for Scoliosis with Christine Jaureguiberry

 

Christine Jaureguiberry has niched down over the years as a yoga teacher. She now works mostly with individuals who have scoliosis. This is fueled by her own love of yoga. At the age of five, Christine was diagnosed with structural scoliosis. Her parents first put her in ballet. As she grew, she stayed active, but in her teen years, her pain started to increase.

 

Christine spent a lot of time visiting physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. She wanted them to “fix” her, but instead found that the effects from the treatments wouldn’t last long

 

After Christine’s first yoga class (a Sivananda class in 2004), she noticed that she felt much better. Yoga made Christine feel better and she finally felt like she was in control of her own well-being.

 

It was after becoming a mother of two that Christine decided the timing was right to take her yoga teacher training.

 

Now Christine works mainly with individuals who are experiencing back pain, scoliosis or other back-related conditions. She loves to empower people so they can live pain-free. She teaches alignment and posture, bearing in mind the unique bodies and shapes. Christine makes yoga accessible to everyone.

 

5:34 - Meet Christine Jaureguiberry, who was diagnosed with structural scoliosis at the age of five. Christine shares her journey to yoga and how that motivated her to become a yoga teacher.

 

11:03 - What might a yoga student with scoliosis look like in a yoga class? Adam’s Forward Bend: a technique to determine if someone has scoliosis

 

12:20 - Definition of scoliosis: Scoliosis is a lateral (side-to-side) curve in the spine, usually combined with a rotation of the vertebrae.

 

14:18 - Difference between structural scoliosis versus functional scoliosis

 

“80 - 90% of people have some sort of functional scoliosis” - Christine Jaureguiberry

 

16:08 - Christine shares how she is one of the 70% of individuals with an idiopathic cause (meaning the cause of her scoliosis is not known).

 

17:16 - Why it is important to diagnose scoliosis in children and teens. In most countries, it is rare to have scoliosis screening, but Christine was lucky to be living in Germany where screening was done.

 

18:48 - As yoga teachers, diagnosing scoliosis (or anything) is out of our scope of practice, but Christine shares how if we are teaching children’s yoga - we can tell parents if we notice something that could be checked by their healthcare provider

 

20:09 - How diagnosis before puberty can actually correct scoliosis

 

21:15 - Yoga poses, considerations, and cues that Christine offers to students who are dealing with scoliosis. She talks about how she gradually works with a framework that offers poses involve:

 

  1. Releasing
  2. Lengthening
  3. Derotation
  4. Strengthening

 

24:30 - Study by Dr. Loren Fishman on side plank for scoliosis and how you may get students in your classes referring to this study

 

25:44 - Christine shares how she feels about adjustments (hands-on assists) when working with students with scoliosis and how she sustained an injury from one in her yoga teacher training.

 

32:38 - How a yoga teacher can guide students with scoliosis, who may not know what is “straight”, “centre” or “balanced” in their body

 

33:10 - Poses that Christine has removed to her own yoga practice (shoulder stand)

 

34:50 - Things to consider when someone has spinal fusion or Herrington rods (*Herrington rods are not done now, but students over 35 years old may have them)

 

36:36 - Why lying on the back may not be comfortable for those who have scoliosis and how to modify for comfort

 

“Go with the sensations that your student is feeling, rather than what you think looks straight or even.” - Christine Jaureguiberry

 

38:45 - How Christine feels about 1:1 versus group classes and how she prefers to work with individuals with scoliosis

 

40:03 - What Christine wishes all yoga teachers knew when working with yoga students who have scoliosis

 

“It’s not about the pose, it’s about how you practice the pose.” - Christine Jaureguiberry

 

41:55 - How to work 1:1 with Christine (yoga students and teachers)

 

Christine’s Facebook Group: Yoga for Scoliosis Community (for both students with scoliosis and yoga teachers working with students who have scoliosis)

 

Christine’s website - Work 1:1 with Christine - online or in-person (yoga or mentorship)

 

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Christine’s online course for yoga teachers -- Introduction to Teaching Yoga for Scoliosis: How to teach yoga safely for students with scoliosis

 

10% discount code for Christine's course (for our podcast listeners)

 

Episode 29: Creating Your About Me Page with Trevor Parks [Consultation Call]

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Apply for the Online Group Program for Yoga Teachers

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

Sep 24, 2018

083: Instagram for Yoga Teachers with Daniel McIntire

 

As a yoga teacher have you thought about creating an Instagram account? Do you already have an Instagram presence and wonder if you’re on the right path? Have you thought about creating a separate account for your yoga business? Today’s guest, Daniel McIntire, the founder of Influncrrs helps to answer these and many more questions about Instagram.

 

Daniel McIntire knew yoga was right for him the first time he tried it. It took him over 3 years to consider teaching but when he did his 200 YTT it was another great fit. He began by teaching part-time and expanded into full-time teaching when he quit his corporate job in 2016. He taught several classes a week to sustain a living but found in time that he was getting burnt out.

 

Daniel has happily found a place for yoga in his life- as a hobby. He has found his current niche as the creator and owner of Influncrrs by following his passion for incorporating his yoga practice into his online presence. As he expanded his skills in this area, he was able to help others market events on Snapchat and Instagram. Daniel came to realize that he felt most passionate about and excelled in guiding clients through expanding their business through Instagram. When working with his clients focuses on a couple of key goals 1) to increase traffic to their Instagram account and 2) encourage public engagement and feedback.

 

Daniel shares many gems including the importance of quality over quantity when it comes to posting, the value of public engagement in the comments section, and his 3 key components to a good post.

 

7:05 Daniel’s yoga journey

 

12:00 How Daniel started sharing his yoga on Instagram and then turning that into a career

 

16:35 How often Daniel recommends posting- quality over quantity

 

19:55 How Daniel prepares his Instagram posts- gives himself 30 minutes in a quiet space and reflects on the subject of the post

 

21:45 Daniel on captions and the opportunity it affords to connect with your words, along with your photo

 

22:25 The Importance of interacting with your audience by replying to comments- Daniel checks in daily

 

23:20 Shannon asks Daniel whether she should have a personal account and a separate business account

 

27:35 Daniel on Instagram Stories and cautions putting out too many stories and how they can be beneficial for showing another side of yourself

 

30:55 Shannon asks for advice on engaging her followers with her podcast-related posts

 

34:00 Daniel’s helps his client to draw out what they have to offer and talks about the importance of clients creating their own content

 

34:55 On Daniel’s realization that engagement is more valuable than followers

 

35:25 How Daniel helps his clients 1) get traffic to their account 2) get more engagement with their content (such as a free e-book) which helps clients create a list of leads, discover their niche, and develop a long-term strategy

 

37:25 Daniel’s feeling that there is so much misinformation about social media engagement and that it is simpler than is perceived

 

39:35 The best way to connect with Daniel and request a free week of consultation

 

42:30 Linktree- allows you to share more than one link on Instagram

 

43:30 Shannon’s wrap-up and key takeaways



Links

 

Daniel on Instagram @dmacyoga

 

Daniel's Business on Instagram @nfluncrrs

 

Daniel's partner Courtney on Instagram @courtrandyoga

 

Shannon's Instagram Account @shannon_crow_yoga

 

Influncrrs E-Guide: Win on Instagram

 

Fuel Yoga Workouts in Portland, OR

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on YouTube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

To Contact our virtual assistant Samantha Scott for website design help and more:

 

Tech Crazy Va: Website Design, System Efficiencies & Virtual Assistant Services

7-Steps to Link Schedulicity to your Instagram account

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

Sep 17, 2018

082: Yoga and Fibromyalgia with Pamela Crane

 

We are so grateful to welcome Pamela Crane, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) who is currently working towards her Masters in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health.  She is a Yoga Alliance 200 RYT, a Reiki 1 and 2 practitioner, and a member of the National Dance Education Association (NDEO).

 

On today’s episode, Shannon asks Pamela to speak to her experience with Fibromyalgia- as a sufferer and as a yoga therapist. As a lifelong dancer, Pamela was devastated when the pain of Fibromyalgia changed her life. In addition to the condition, she dealt with chronic pain, anxiety, and depression for years and credits yoga as a major factor in her path toward healing.

 

Pamela wants to share the benefits of yoga with others and as a yoga therapist has worked with those suffering from Fibromyalgia, dancers, and most recently those who work in corporate environments by providing workshops on stress reduction.

 

Pamela and Shannon discuss Pamela’s personal experience with this condition, how to balance the yin and yang of physical activity, how yoga teachers can support their students with Fibromyalgia and much more.



6:50 Pamela’s first yoga class

 

9:10 Pamela describes how yoga “saved her life”

 

12:35 How Fibromyalgia wasn’t understood until the later 2000s and suffers previous to this time weren’t validated and made to feel it was psychological

 

13:05 Pamela’s definition of Fibromyalgia and her experience with the condition

 

17:10 How Pamela has been able to manage her pain

 

19:20 Pamela expands on how it feels to suffer from the condition and the sufferer's relationship to pain

 

20:40 How practicing gratitude and forgiveness has helped Pamela

 

22:00 Practicing mindfulness and meditation

 

22:55 How to support a new student who suffers from Fibromyalgia and the importance of keeping in mind that yoga teachers can’t diagnose or treat people, rather support the student to find their own healing

 

25:35 How meditation, restorative yoga, or yin vs. yang might not be the answer for every sufferer will work- listen to the individual

 

26:55 How aerobic activity can benefit those with Fibromyalgia, the importance of not pushing too hard and how yoga can facilitate those activities

 

29:10 Pamela’s personal experience with finding balance with physical activities

 

33:50 As a yoga teacher when planning classes “less is more” and checking in with students after class (even a day or two later)

 

35:45 What Pamela likes to include in her yoga classes: constructive rest, sitali and viloma breath, loving-kindness meditation

 

42:15 Pamela’s work as a yoga therapist for stress management workshops in corporate settings

 

43:55 On Pamela’s love of helping those who may not believe yoga is right for them and guiding them towards a style that may work

 

45:30 Pamela’s belief that stress, in her own case, was a major factor in developing Fibromyalgia

 

47:20 When Pamela will receive her Masters in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health and her advice on choosing a school if you aspire to become a yoga therapist

 

50:40 How to reach Pamela and her work with clients online and in-person

 

53:00 Shannon’s closing thoughts and key takeaways, including her own experience with “less is more”



Links

 

Pamela’s Website: Crane Yoga Therapy

 

Jump-start your 2019: 6-Week Group Program for Yoga Entrepreneurs

 

Metta Meditation by Shannon Crow

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

Sep 10, 2018

081: Set-Up to Teach Private Yoga [Consultation Call] with Stephanie Brunson

 

Do you or have you considered teaching private yoga classes as a way to set up or grow a yoga business? If so, this episode is for you!

 

Shannon shares a consultation call with the kind permission of Stephanie Brunson. Stephanie has been teaching yoga for 10 years and has recently come to the realization that teaching students one-on-one is a viable option for her. She is excited at the prospect of changing focus but is asking where to start with her new endeavor.

 

Stephanie  turned to The Connect Yoga Teacher Facebook group and asked:

 

Can anyone help me with setting up in home yoga lessons? I have been teaching now for almost 10 years and have recently been asked to teach private sessions. I don’t even know where to begin. Liability, waivers, session goals sheets, session pricing? Packages or partner lessons? Any help or advice is appreciated.

 

With her experience as a consultant to yoga teachers and teaching private yoga classes Shannon guides Stephanie through some key considerations along with some of the benefits, she has found teaching one-on-one. Shannon also sends Stephanie off with some concrete steps as she moves toward her goals.

 

10:20 Stephanie’s question to The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group

 

11:10 Stephanie’s struggle to set her prices and to articulate what she is offering

 

11:50 The mindset around private yoga versus other one-on-one teaching situations (such as piano lessons) and the benefit of teaching private yoga classes

 

17:40 Your first session with your client- bring a liability and waiver form to help with intake and asking your client to do some movement for assessment (while avoiding diagnosing conditions)

 

21:40 Thinking about working with a client as part of their team (even if their team hasn’t been established yet) and on keeping clear boundaries with your scope of practice

 

26:20 Asking your client what their goals are and on meeting them where they are and keeping track of their progress

 

28:30 Designing package rates

 

30:35 Shannon walks Stephanie through what to consider when setting her rates

 

34:05 Considering safety and liability issues when going to your client’s home or holding the session in your home

 

35:55 Considering prices for a session with 2 or more people (semi-private)

 

37:00 Marketing and advertising and the benefit of word-of-mouth

 

39:50 Creating social media posts that address potential clients fears and special needs or perhaps offering specialized services (such as couples yoga or yoga for back pain)

 

44:15 Stephanie asks about online one-on-one sessions

 

46:30 Stephanie considers good places to advertise to target her audience

 

48:40 Scheduling your clients and organizing your schedule and thinking ahead to create seasonal specials

 

51:15 Stephanie’s realization that there is a market for private yoga

 

52:00 The joy Shannon has found working with clients one-on-one

 

52:55 Shannon sets up Stephanie’s first steps for advertising and guidance with growing her private yoga business

 

56:00 Shannon’s key takeaways:

 

  1. Teaching one-one is easier than teaching to a group
  2. Feedback and modifications happen easily when teaching one-on-one
  3. Work one-on-one with a yoga mentor so that you have experience as the student
  4. Bring a waiver form
  5. Ask questions:

 

Do they have any conditions? How does it affect them (symptoms)

Their stress levels- at work and at home

Pain levels on a scale from 1-10

Ask clients to do some movements to assess

 

Make sure to have a notepad

 

  1. Consider yourself part of a health-care team (work in your scope of practice) and create a list so you are able to refer your client to specialists
  2. Empower your client to create yoga goals
  3. Consider your prices and the possibility of offering packages
  4. Location- in your space or your client’s or somewhere else
  5. Marketing and advertising through social media, websites and more
  6. Create your private yoga schedule
  7. Consider niching down to provide specialized services

 

Pick one actionable item and share with Shannon. It can be something from the list or something else that works for you.

 

Links

 

Group Program for Yoga Teachers

 

Shannon on Instagram

 

The Connected Yoga Teacher Editable Student Waiver Form

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on YouTube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training September 22nd and 23rd, 2018

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

Sep 3, 2018

080: Yoga and Endometriosis [Part 2] with Dustienne Miller

 

In part 2 of our 2-part series on endometriosis, Shannon asked yoga teacher and physical therapist Dustienne Miller to share her knowledge and experience working with clients with this chronic illness.

 

Dustienne feels strongly endometriosis is underdiagnosed and that there is much more to be understood in this area of women’s health. It is now recognized that 1 in 10 women struggle with this chronic illness. Dustienne also wants all women to trust their intuition when determining the severity of their pain and to know that period pain should never be debilitating.

 

Dustienne began studying to become a physiotherapist in 1994 and began practicing yoga while doing musical theater in New York City as a way to warm up. She continued practicing yoga at home and decided to pursue yoga teacher training at Kripalu. Dustienne came to realize as a yoga teacher and a physiotherapist specializing in pelvic health, that these disciplines complemented each other beautifully. She began to integrate yoga into physical therapy home programs and saw the difference yoga made to her clients suffering from endometriosis.  

 

Dustienne details for us how pranayama and asana can ease the symptoms of endometriosis. She describes the connection between pranayama and the pelvic floor and her way of leading clients through asana in a progressive fashion to minimize overextending themselves.



6:20 Dustienne’s yoga and physical therapy journey

 

8:50 Dustienne describes endometriosis

 

10:40 Symptoms of endometriosis

 

12:20 What Dustienne has heard from her clients suffering from endometriosis

 

13:20 Are the endo flare-ups in sync with the menstrual cycle?




15:40 Pain management- the importance of teaching strategies in order to allow sufferers to have ownership over managing the flares

 

How yoga can benefit those with endometriosis:

 

16:25 Pranayama- a daily practice can help with the prominence of the parasympathetic nervous system to be more dominant which can lessen the pain

 

17:30 Relationship between pranayama and the pelvic floor and the importance of lengthening the spine to optimize the pranayama-pelvic floor connection

 

20:55 Asana- a gentle yoga program can mobilize the tissues and the muscles that are attaching to both the pelvis and the thorax



22:15 Yoga poses to approach with caution extensions and cause rebound pain

 

24:40 Is there a pain level where one should avoid asana and Dustienne’s hope that students will feel that for themselves

 

27:40 The benefit of child’s pose, goddess pose, banana pose, standing half-moon, supine twist (to help with rotation through the spine) and their variations

 

32:55 Dustienne’s love for restorative yoga, that it is “real” yoga

 

33:55 Additional advice from Dustienne and on reconditioning the body to have a different response to pain to help lessen it (softening the belly, table pose letting belly hang)

 

36:05 Other treatments Dustienne recommends for endometriosis

 

38:20 How endometriosis can be diagnosed and how treatment options are evolving as research into this illness expands

 

40:25 Misconceptions around endometriosis, how raising awareness is helping e.g. through social media campaign #1in10

 

42:10 Importance of listening to intuition- don’t push yourself

 

42:55 Shannon’s closing thoughts and wrap-up and on “curating your team”



Links

 

Dustienne’s summary page of resources

 

Dustienne’s website: Your Pace Yoga



Related TCYT Episodes:

 

079: Yoga and Endometriosis [Part 1] with Kimberly Castello

 

007: Breath and Pelvic Health with Trista Zinn

 

008: Core Breath and Pelvic Health with Kim Vopni

 

009: Kegels, Mula Bandha, and Pelvic Health with Shelly Prosko

 

033: A New Perspective on Diastasis Recti with Sinead Dufour

 

073: The 8 Limbs of Yoga [Part 1] with Shannon Crow

 

074: The 8 Limbs of Yoga [Part 2] with Jennie Lee

 

 

 

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training September 22nd and 23rd, 2018

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Aug 27, 2018

079: Yoga and Endometriosis with Kimberly Castello [Part 1]

 

In part 1 of a 2-part series on endometriosis, we welcome Kimberly Castello, a certified Yoga Therapist who completed her Clinical Internship with the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Kimberly specializes in developing chronic pain management programs for individuals, hospitals, and clinics.

 

Kimberly tried yoga when a friend recommended it to her, knowing that as a dancer she had a love for movement. She shares that she fell in love with yoga as soon as she hit the mat and soon after pursued yoga teacher training. Her curiosity and devotion to yoga have only grown stronger and her passion for teaching has been enhanced through her life experiences.

 

At the age of 27, Kimberly fell ill, finding herself plagued by fatigue. She also had bladder issues and persistent pelvic pain.  Kimberly describes how she and the many doctors she saw were stumped by her symptoms. Eventually, asking to be tested for mononucleosis (with the results coming back positive), she believed that to be the answer to her mysterious symptoms. Nonetheless, the severity of her symptoms continued and worsened.  Kimberly describes the grueling process that eventually led to being diagnosed with Endometriosis many years later.

 

Kimberly generously shares her experience in order to bring awareness and validate other women’s experience with this crippling disorder. Endometriosis has been long been overlooked and is far more common than was believed. There has been very little research done in this area of women’s health, with doctors writing the symptoms off as menstrual pain with the attitude of “suck it up”. Kimberly defines the condition, how it is a lifelong struggle and her approach to managing what she describes as an autoimmune disease. She also openly shares the grief, depression, and isolation she encountered while coping with the diagnosis that shifted the course of her life.



6:20 Shannon defines endometriosis

 

8:30 Kimberly’s yoga journey

 

10:00 Kimberley’s mysterious illness

 

16:50 Kimberley’s surgery for endometriosis and her decision to pass on medication that would have put her into early menopause

 

18:00 The connection between mononucleosis and endometriosis and how endometriosis is an autoimmune disease

 

19:10 How Kimberley defines endometriosis and the symptoms that accompany the condition

 

21:50 The lack of education around endometriosis and developments in this area

 

23:15 Kimberley’s long road to being diagnosed with endometriosis

 

25:10 How endometriosis feels

 

27:25 Kimberley describes some symptoms she experienced and how it can begin and progress differently in every woman

 

30:00 Kimberley’s experience with weight gain as a symptom of endometriosis and her struggle to accept this change in her body

 

31:25 Accepting that this systemic illness would affect her for the rest of her life and that she’d have to “work 10 times harder than the average person works to do the simplest things” and the struggle to process the grief

 

32:45 How Kimberley is coping with the illness now and what has she found helpful in managing the disorder e.g. diet, focusing on what she can do rather than what she can’t do, managing her expectations

 

37:35 The importance of practicing restorative yoga

 

38:50 Kimberly’s choice to share her story

 

40:20 Helping herself and others find acceptance that their life won’t look the way they imagined

 

41:55 Kimberly on finding acceptance, patience, and kindness for herself through yoga

 

43:55 Kimberly’s advice on coping for those who have been newly diagnosed

 

46:00 Suggested poses and breathing practices for symptom relief



  1. Legs on a chair (restorative pose)
  2. Therapeutic Pranayama (going with natural breath)
  3. Reclined Butterfly (restorative and supported)

 

49:10 “What can you do to give yourself what you need in the moment?” How this advice to her students has begun to spill over into Kimberly’s life and how it applies to those with endometriosis

 

52:20 Kimberly explains “endo belly”

 

54:40 Kimberly’s decision to wean herself off medications (under the guidance of a doctor) and eating, breath work and yoga for her body and the importance of taking time to rest when she’s tired

 

59:25 Can restorative yoga help to prevent inflammation when brought on by stress and the benefit of “self-talk”

 

1:02:50 Keeping things in balance- in life and in our yoga practice

 

1:04:00 What services Kimberly offers and her philosophy of “meeting people where they are”

 

1:06:00 Shannon’s wrap-up and key takeaways

 

Links

 

Kimberly’s Email: info@kimberlycastelloyoga.com

 

Kimberly’s Website: Kimberly Castello Yoga

 

Kimberly Castello Yoga on Facebook

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on Youtube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training September 22nd and 23rd, 2018

 

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Aug 20, 2018

078: Creating an Online Studio with Brea Johnson

 

Brea Johnson has over 16 years of yoga teaching under her belt and has recently ventured into the world of online teaching. Finding herself tired of the class grind she refined what and how she teaches and in doing, so she was able to define her niche. In shifting her focus, she also found herself turning to a more sustainable approach to yoga by bringing in movement education and research to enhance her yoga teaching. This approach has attracted an international audience which inspired Brea to offer online classes and teacher trainings.

 

With an open and authentic spirit, Brea shares her experience with creating and offering online content. She shares how teaching in this format works for her lifestyle and how she loves being able to dive deeper into teaching and being able to cover more details through her online offerings that she isn’t able to cover in her weekly class.

 

There are, of course, many challenges. Shannon also shares her experience with her online offerings and dispels the myth that online teaching can provide a comfortable passive income when it is, in fact, an ongoing process.

 

Brea and Shannon also discuss online platforms to host your videos, equipment suggestions, and Brea’s method of offering online memberships. An episode filled with great advice, Brea sums it up best: “The first step is to be bold enough to put yourself out there.”



5:30 What moved Brea to teach online

 

7:20 What led Brea to define her niche and her “ yoga existential crisis”

 

11:20 What Brea found the most challenging aspect of offering online classes

 

12:40 How Brea’s online class membership works; library of classes, filters to help students find a class that works for them e.g. focused on a certain area of the body, energy level

 

15:50 On how she found the perfect time to shift her focus

 

17:00 How often Brea adds new classes to her online collection

 

19:15 The choice to hire professionals to film DIY and Brea’s experience filming the classes herself and equipment she uses

 

21:00 Brea’s suggestion on choosing a wireless mic

 

24:00 Other video making advice; the camera, lighting, shooting the video

 

30:10 Brea’s editing process and the editing program she uses

 

31:35 Brea’s approach to keeping in touch with her clients and offering classes and on her choice to teach without notes

 

32:55 Which platform Brea uses to host her classes online

 

35:35 Brea’s online YTT offering and the importance of teaching movement teacher trainings

 

42:35 On Brea’s rebellious nature

 

43:20 Shannon and Brea discuss the accessibility of online classes and trainings such as reaching an international audience, and focusing on “How can I provide online classes?” rather than simply “Can it be done?”

 

46:15 How to reach Brea and access her free content and how pleased she is when those access her free online content

 

48:30 The importance of seeing a diversity of ages in our yoga teachers in online content

 

53:05 Shannon’s final thoughts and her experience putting herself out there online, feeling vulnerable, and her advice to you if you’re thinking of offering online courses

 

Links 

 

Email Brea: brea@heartandbonesyoga.com

 

Brea’s Website: Heart and Bones Yoga

 

Hearts and Bones Yoga on Instagram

 

Hearts and Bones on Facebook

 

Shannon's Facebook Live Video

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on YouTube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training September 22nd and 23rd, 2018

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Aug 13, 2018

077: Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome) with Helena Spears

 

Shannon met Helena Spears through a discussion in The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook group about interstitial cystitis.

 

Upon graduating from her 200-hour yoga teacher training, Helena turned her focus towards teaching chronic pain informed yoga as well as yoga for pelvic health. Shannon asked Helena on as a guest to share her first-hand experience with interstitial cystitis and persistent pain and the many benefits of practicing yoga in regard to pain management.

 

As a teen, Helena was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and in her 20s, through a cliff jumping incident, she developed chronic back pain. The back pain evolved into Fibromyalgia and Ankylosing Spondylitis (an inflammatory arthritis that attacks the spine).

 

Helena describes how she turned to yoga for chronic pain management but soon found the benefits were limited within the confines of a traditional yoga practice. She shares this experience and her perseverance in pursuing her own yoga path on her website:

 

“It was in my early 30s that I discovered how powerful yoga can be in managing pain; the emotional, spiritual and physical. I decided to pursue my yoga teacher training out of frustration and curiosity. I was frustrated that “regular” yoga practice seemed to flare my Fibromyalgia, yet I knew that yoga could be the key to helping heal my overactive nervous system and dialing down my pain. Since completing my yoga teacher training, my practice has deepened in a way I never thought possible. The emotional healing and guidance I have received from studying sutras and yogic philosophy inform my life and practice every day. Through meditation, I have learned to tap into the calm part of my soul, pranayama allows me to quickly tap into that inner calm”

 

Helena candidly shares her experience with Interstitial Cystitis, the anger she encountered while coping with her persistent pain, the importance she places on the mind/body connection, and the sutras that are guiding her along her journey.



7:30 Helena’s yoga journey

 

10:40 Helena describes her chronic pain

 

12:30 The definition of Interstitial Cystitis (from the IC Network website)

 

13:25 5 different types of IC (listed in The Connected Yoga Teacher Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome) PDF)

 

16:35 No one-size-fits-all treatment for IC

 

17:30 Helena’s take on the term “Painful Bladder Syndrome” as an alternative to Interstitial Cystitis

 

18:55 Helena’s IC symptoms

 

19:45 Helena’s experience with the mind/body connection in relation to persistent pain

 

21:35 The benefit of yoga in nurturing Helena’s mind/body relationship and the activities Helena has given up due to pain and stress

 

25:35 Helena’s yoga practice

 

27:05 The benefits Helena has found using Muse headbands

 

32:50 Helena’s interest in pursuing Yoga for Pelvic Health and taking Pain Care Yoga- Teacher Training and Learning with Tianne

 

34:40 How Helena wants to empower her yoga students and how she’s always learning as a teacher

 

36:30 How Helena feels the spiritual aspect of yoga, such as the Yoga Sutra has helped her cope with chronic pain- Ahimsa (compassion for self) and Aparigraha (non-attachment) and Brahmacharya (dedication to practice) are guiding principles in her life

 

39:55 Anger and chronic pain- how Helena identified and worked on her anger and the importance of acceptance

 

42:25 What Helena would say to someone suffering from persistent pain

 

45:30 Helena’s concern for men who feel like they can’t convey their pain which is toxic for pain management

 

46:00 The emotional component of persistent pain and the importance of treating the mind, body and soul

 

48:35 How best to reach Helena



Links

 

To enter to win a Muse Headband leave a comment below these shownotes :)

 

Helena’s Website: Helena Spears Yoga

 

The Pelvic Health Podcast

 

PDF: Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)

 

Website: The IC Network

 

Definition of Interstitial Cystitis on The IC Network website:

 

“An unpleasant sensation (pain, pressure, discomfort) perceived to be related to the urinary bladder, associated with lower urinary tract symptoms of more than six weeks duration, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes.”

 

Shelly Prosko’s Website: Physio Yoga

 

Pain Care Yoga- Teacher Training and Learning with Tianne

 

The 10 Step Approach to Living with Pain Webinar (scroll down the page a bit to see video and links to handouts)

 

Book: When The Body Says No by Gabor Maté (chapter 1 available for no charge)

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on Youtube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

Aug 6, 2018

076: Designing A Yoga Teacher Training with Rachel Scott

 

Think back to your first 200-hour yoga teacher training. What was it like? Did it fit your learning style? What do you wish was included? If you’ve given these questions some thought perhaps designing and teaching yoga teacher training is a path for you.

 

Shannon came across Rachel Scott in a serendipitous-like fashion. Rachel had shared photos on the Pixabay (a free image-sharing site), and Shannon used one for her online 5-Day Content Creation Challenge. Noticing that Rachel was a yoga teacher, Shannon clicked on the link to Rachel’s site. Discovering that Rachel did consultation work with yoga teachers interested in designing their own YTT, (a topic Shannon wanted to cover on the show), Shannon took the opportunity to invite Rachel on the podcast as a guest.

 

Rachel is an educational designer and teacher whose mission is to support yoga teachers and studios to create their own excellently crafted and delivered teacher trainings. She has worked in education for nearly twenty years and led the Teachers College at one of Canada’s largest yoga studios for more than seven. The author of two yoga books, she hosts an award-winning blog and has contributed to several publications. Rachel has a BA from Columbia University, Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology. She describes herself as “part nerd, part creative artist”, believing in elevating strengths, laughing out loud, and taking a few deep breaths.

 

With warmth and wisdom, Shannon and Rachel discuss the pros and cons of designing a yoga teacher course, how to determine if this path is right for you, teaching and planning strategies and much more.

 

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. What would you like to see included in a yoga teacher training? Have you given thought to teaching one?



11:30 How Rachel become interested in helping yoga teachers create their own yoga YTT and her process of becoming a consultant

 

17:45 Rachel’s perspective on creating online yoga content with good intentions (versus income-focused)

 

19:05 Rachel’s approach to guiding teachers through designing a YTT

 

22:00 How do yoga teachers know if they’re ready to create a yoga teacher training, the qualities of a good teacher and defining where strengths and interest lies

 

26:00 How to test the waters to help you decide if you would like to teach a YTT and considering training for becoming a good teacher

 

28:05 “One of the reasons to teach is to learn” -don’t feel pressured to go into teaching “knowing all”

 

30:00 Helping students learn versus telling students what you know and Rachel’s first time leading a YTT and learning the significance of this “creating an environment where people can make mistakes” a practice and actively learning instead of students sitting and listening

 

33:10 Is there a downside of designing a YTT and pitfalls to avoid

 

36:35 Considerations to help you determine what to charge for your YTT

 

41:20 How much content can students manage to process in a day and strategies that can help

 

44:40 Rachel’s thoughts on improving YTTs she has attended- finding a way to give feedback to students, some form of accountability, clarity in what students will learn from a course

 

49:10 The services Rachel provides and how to work with her

 

53:15 Shannon’s wrap up and final thoughts on offering yoga teacher trainings

Links

 

Contact Rachel for a free 15-minute consultation call:

 

Rachel’s email: info@rachelyoga.com

 

Rachel’s Website: Rachel Yoga

 

Rachel on Facebook

 

Rachel on Instagram

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on YouTube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

The Connected Yoga Teacher 5-Day Content Creation Challenge

 

Relevant TCYT Episodes:

 

052: Create Your Online Course with Janelle Allen

 

061: Too Many Yoga Teachers with Kimma Stark

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

Jul 30, 2018

075: Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr. Sinead Dufour

 

Shannon is pleased to have Dr. Sinead Dufour as her first returning guest to discuss pelvic girdle pain. Sinead has been a practicing physiotherapist for about 15 years, with a PhD in Primary Health Care. Her extensive studies also include training in obstetrics and urogynecology. She is a professor in the Health and Science department at McMaster University and is the Director of Pelvic Health at The Womb.  

 

Pelvic girdle pain develops in pregnancy or postnatally. It’s pain that develops below the rib line and travels below the gluteal fold. 75% of women have pelvic girdle pain in their second pregnancy and 20% have continuous pelvic girdle pain postnatal.

 

Shannon and Dr. Sinead Dufour discuss how our understanding of pelvic girdle pain has evolved, the misconceptions that make treating the pain difficult, and what yoga teachers can do to help their students experiencing pelvic pain. Dr. Sinead discusses how important it is for women to trust their pelvis by recognizing its strength and directing signals of safety, reassurance, and resilience to help prevent the pain and reduce fear of giving birth.

 

9:35 What is pelvic girdle pain?

 

14:45 What do we now know about the effect of pregnancy hormones in causing laxity of the pelvis and how that understanding has evolved; central mechanism versus mechanical factors

 

20:15 How we can talk to our yoga students about their pelvic girdle pain; pelvic sensitivity does not mean lack of strength of the pelvic region, the effect of asymmetrical movement, misconceptions and outdated information

 

22:25 The problem with misconceptions around pelvic health in pregnancy; creates increased fear around giving birth, can actually cause more pain if the woman feels compelled to clench her pelvis believing it to be weak

 

26:45 How new research has informed the way Dr. Sinead Dufour treats her patients with pelvic girdle pain and how it can inform the way yoga teachers can help students

 

29:40 Previous pregnancy as a risk factor but not a determining factor, higher risk if there’s been a trauma in the first pregnancy

 

32:05 Understanding that the mechanics isn’t the driver of the pain but it is relevant, and the mechanics is something they can have control over- don’t be afraid of movement, be mindful, some movement is good to avoid

 

33:15 Movements for those with pelvic girdle pain (and those to avoid)

 

38:10 Study of the effect of high cortisol and the importance of education around these findings and the application to yoga

 

40:00 Importance of language around pelvic girdle pain using “sensitive pelvis” instead of “falling apart” or “dysfunctional” and the misconception of engaging the pelvis to remedy the pain

 

42:50 Incidents of long-term pelvic girdle pain (20% of women) indicates the current approach needs to incorporate new research and deconstruct long-held beliefs

 

46:25 Hypertonic pelvis and taking care around doing exercises such as kegels

 

48:50 The importance of referring students to a pelvic floor physiotherapist- even before pregnancy to “reset” the pelvis, build trust in the body, empowerment in knowledge

 

53:40 Do men experience pelvic girdle pain?

 

56:15 The benefit of therapy in pregnancy and postnatally- is it appropriate to refer a student to a therapist?

 

58:40 Dr. Sinead’s preference for the term “motor control exercises” instead of “stability exercises”

 

1:02:44 How to reach Dr. Sinead Dufour

 

1:03:15 Shannon’s wrap-up and key takeaways

 

Links

 

Email Dr. Sinead Dufour: dr.sinead@thewomb.ca

 

Website: The Womb

 

Find a Canadian Pelvic Health Specialist

 

PDF: Dr. Sinead Dufour's Postpartum Movement Tips

 

PDF: Dr. Sinead Dufour's Study: Association between lumbopelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction in women: A cross sectional study.  

 

Pelvic Symmetry Sequence by Shannon Crow

 

Relevant TCYT Episodes:

 

007: Breath and Pelvic Health with Trisha Zinn

008: Core Breath and Pelvic Health with Kim Vopni

009: Kegals, Mula Banda and Pelvic Health with Shelly Prosko

033: A New Perspective on Diastasis Recti with Dr. Sinead Dufour

 

The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

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Jul 23, 2018

074: The 8 Limbs [Part 2] with Jennie Lee

 

On last week’s episode Shannon gave us an overview of The 8 Limbs and on today’s episode, Shannon takes a deeper look with guest Jennie Lee author of True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment.

Jennie Lee is a yoga therapist, teacher, speaker and writer who specializes in Classical Yoga, Meditation and Mindful Wellness.  Shannon met Jennie through a post on The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group. Group members highly recommended Jennie’s book as a fresh look at the 8 limbs and one they use to inform their teaching and personal practice.

 

It is Jennie’s belief that the 8-fold path is fundamental for yoga teachers to understand and wrote the book with the intention of building a bridge between the classical texts of yoga and what we’re seeing in the yoga practice today. She wanted to make the eight limbs accessible to yoga teachers and students using layman terms with practical applications to everyday life.  

 

Jennie opens up about her life challenges and how The 8 Limbs have helped her navigate the hardest times, how she applies it to her work as a yoga therapist, and her new book Breathing Love: Meditation in Action.

 

7:35 Jennie Lee’s yoga journey

 

10:15 What is Spiritual Psychology?

 

11:40 Shannon asks Jennie what inspired her to write a book that explores the yoga sutras in depth

 

15:05 Jennie Lee takes a look at Saucha (found within the Niyamas) and how the principle can be applied to in our everyday lives

 

18:30 The last 4 sutras: Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi- their similarities and differences

 

20:55 Is it possible for humans to experience Samadhi and Jennie Lee’s caution around trying to reach this state

 

24:00 The emphasis put on Asana by 20th Century Western culture

 

26:10 How can a yoga teacher bring the 8 Limbs into their classes

 

28:35 The meaning Isvara pranidhana has brought to Jennie’s life, especially when going through difficult times and the benefit of surrendering to the power that is greater than you (for Jennie it is Love)

 

32:05 The challenge Jennie Lee has found in practising Pratyahara and how “unplugging” is key

 

34:40 Tapas- considering doing less instead of more

 

38:00 Dhyana (meditation) and how Jennie has made this an everyday practice and that “not enough time” isn’t a good excuse

 

42:10 How the 8 Limbs inform Jennie’s yoga therapy practice

 

43:45 How to connect with Jennie

 

44:30 Jennie’s new book: Breathing Love: Meditation in Action

 

46:45 Shannon’s final thoughts and invitation to join her for Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training September 22nd and 23rd, 2018



Links

 

Jennie's Website: Jennie Lee Yoga Therapy

 

Jennie Lee’s Books:

 

True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment (2016)

 

Breathing Love: Meditation in Action (2018)

 

There is one copy of each book available to win.
To enter,
click here and leave a comment at the bottom of the show notes about what The 8 Limbs mean to you.

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on Youtube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training
September 22nd and 23rd, 2018

 

To Contact our virtual assistant Samantha Scott for website design help and more:

 

Tech Crazy Va: Website Design, System Efficiencies & Virtual Assistant Services

 

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Jul 16, 2018

073: 8 Limbs of Yoga (Part 1) with Shannon Crow

 

Shannon is excited to share the meaning the 8 Limbs of Yoga has brought to her life. Derived from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, this eight-fold path provides guidelines for living a meaningful and purposeful life. The eight components focus on morals, ethics, and self-discipline.

 

Shannon was introduced to the 8 Limbs when she took a yoga teacher training. She began studying the guidelines in depth 5 or 6 years ago and continues her study to this day. Shannon felt pulled to apply these philosophical principles into her teaching and everyday life.

 

The importance of the eight-fold path felt especially grounding when Shannon began working with clients in a physiotherapy office. Her new focus caused Shannon to ask exactly what was her scope of practice. She wondered if she was leaning towards working as a physiotherapist. Shannon determined through inner work and self-study (Svadhyaya) that her scope of practice encompassed anything grounded in The Eight Limbs of Yoga, including helping her clients find movement so they can sit in meditation.

 

Shannon names and describes the 8 Limbs of Yoga and offers an outline for applying the principles to your teaching and personal life. A lot of the exercises include journaling work but it that isn’t your favourite medium feel free to think or meditate on the challenges and outcome of your experience. As always, Shannon doesn’t want you to feel overwhelmed by taking on all the challenges at once. Perhaps work on the one that calls to you in particular. Please share any insights gained through inquiry or your own take on the 8 Limbs of Yoga and what they have brought to your life.

 

8:48 Shannon’s overview of the 8 Limbs of Yoga

 

12:20 How Shannon has applied the Eight Limbs in her work as a yoga teacher and in determining her scope of practice

 

14:00 Using language keeping Ahimsa (nonviolence) in mind, for example, say “You have a knee that needs extra care and attention” instead of  “You have a bad knee”

 

15:05 Giving credit to teachers you have learned from is one form of putting Asteya (non-stealing) into practice

 

16:25 Asking your student how their movements feel, how their body feels differently from one day to the other, and one side to the other encourages inquiry and empowers your students to put Svadhyaya (the study of self) into practice

 

18:20 Reminder that Asanas are 1/16th of the 8 Limbs and the importance of this for Shannon’s student who was limited in movement after she broke her knee

 

19:35 Shannon’s “homework assignment” to help you incorporate the Eight Limbs into your own life:

 

21:05 1. Yama

 

Ahimsa Chose to do something to demonstrate self-love today and in your journal write your name, draw a picture and draw a heart around it

 

Satya Tell someone a positive truth about another person today and write about your experience with this

 

Asteya Find a quote that speaks to you today, write it down with the author's name and then research 3 things about them

 

Brahmacharya Set a boundary for the moderation of your energy in some way today. Write it as though it is already so. For example, “I am shutting off all screens by 8 pm to allow time to settle and encourage sleep.”

 

Aparigraha Notice if you are tempted to label something as “mine” and try to change the wording, e.g. instead of my yoga students or my children use their names

 

25:45 2. Niyama

 

Saucha Choose something to clean today and feel this is a sacred ritual instead of a job on the to-do list. Draw or take a picture of the before and after.

 

Santosa Write about a life experience that was challenging at the time that you are now content with and grateful for. How might you have acted differently if you knew what you know now?

 

Tapas Choose something that you’d like to do for the next 40 days and use your willpower to help achieve your goal. Write it down and tell a supportive friend about your goal.

 

Svadhyaya Look over past journal entries and reflect on it, add notes or add anything you’ve learned about yourself. If you don’t have a journal you can start one and look back after some time has passed.

 

Isvara pranidhana Write one of the following words in your journal and write or doodle around it: surrender, devotion, dedication or faith

 

31:15 3. Asana Create an asana or yoga pose that you have never seen or done, give it a name and draw it out

 

32:15 4. Pranayama Set a timer for three minutes and sit comfortably, choose a pranayama practice and write down how you feel afterwards

 

33:25 5. Pratyahara Write down 5 character traits you’d like to exhibit even in the chaotic and stress of everyday life. Sit in meditation for 5 minutes visualizing embodying these traits.

 

34:40 6. Dharana Light a candle and sit in meditation focusing on the light of the candle for 3-5 minutes. Notice as much detail as you can about the candle and draw a picture of the candle or jot down some words following the meditation.

 

35:15 7. Dhyana Set aside a few minutes to walk in nature, in silence. Notice all that is going on around you and notice if you feel a part of it or separate from (or maybe somewhere in between) the world around you. Write about how you can feel part of nature staying focused on your true qualities.

 

35:45 8. Samadhi Write about or meditate on an activity or experience when you felt a moment of bliss (even fleetingly) and connection to the divine (something bigger than you)

 

36:35 Shannon’s final thoughts on the 8 Limbs and the personalization of these guidelines for living a meaningful and purposeful life as well as a sneak preview of upcoming summer episodes

 

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