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Mar 29, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

213: Work Life Balance with Dawn Vason



Almost everybody struggles with work-life balance. We have so many things to do in our yoga business, our personal life, our community and more, in addition to dealing with a pandemic. We may find ourselves wondering if work-life balance is a myth and an unattainable goal. Should we even be striving for balance in our lives? Dawn Vason tells us we should, and how to achieve it in this podcast episode.


Dawn Vason is a mindset and manifestation coach and yoga teacher. After some personal challenges, Dawn turned to holistic study and discovered the power of healthy habits and plant based remedies. In order to share what she had learned with others, she created JaviWellness: Holistic Health and Plant Based Solutions. As a success and self-care coach at Holistically Whole: Wealth & Wellness Coaching for Women, Dawn empowers and equips women to balance life and business while practicing good self care. In addition to her business ventures, Dawn is also a mother of four children whom she homeschools.


Life can sometimes feel overwhelming, but Dawn has some practical tips around planning time for both life and work. She also shares her insights about how to build a business while raising a family, particularly in this time of working from home and homeschooling. Shannon and Dawn open up about dealing with parenting (or other) guilt, and explore what it takes to really balance work, your business, parenting, and all the different pieces that make up your life. Hint: Balance is not a destination, it’s a journey!


If you have been wondering how you can feel less worried, and more calm and organized in life, this episode is for you. 


Key Takeaways:

[10:40] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Dawn Vason.

[12:31] What is the work that Dawn does and who does she do it for?

[14:20] Dawn shares a little about her family and some of the challenges that have brought her to where she is today.

[15:42] Is it possible to find work-life balance?

[18:15] What are some of the things that have helped Dawn manage her life?

[24:20] Dawn elaborates on the idea of having systems over goals.

[27:42] Shannon and Dawn explore how we can use systems to reach our goals with the example of growing an email list.

[31:39] How can we use systems to find balance in our lives?

[41:25] A lot of us feel guilt around our actions and inactions. What are some of Dawn's tips to deal with that guilt?

[44:30] Shannon highlights how important mindfulness is for her in helping to ease the guilt. Dawn has some tips around self-talk that can help.

[48:48] Knowing what "enough" is can be super powerful, but we think we haven't done enough, it can hinder our progress. Dawn speaks to this.

[52:05] What are some small steps we can take to move toward creating a self-care routine?

[56:23] What helps Dawn come back to balance amidst juggling all the different parts of her life?

[58:49] Find out more about Dawn and the work that she does via her website and social media.

[1:00:38] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this interview.




Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:


"I do believe that we always need to seek balance." - Dawn


"Balance is achievable, but it's a constant give-and-take for it." - Dawn


"It has to be systems over schedules and goals." - Dawn


"Allow yourself grace to find what works for you." - Dawn


"You are enough. Everything that you need is within you." - Dawn


"All of the things that we say we don't have time for - those are the things you need to make time for." - Dawn


Mar 22, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

212: Menopause Myths and Facts with Shirley Weir



A topic some people might not feel comfortable talking about is menopause, yet this is something that concerns not just people who menstruate (about half the world’s population!) Chances are, even people who don't menstruate live with or support people who do. However, a lot of menstruating people often start perimenopause and reach menopause with no idea about the changes their bodies are undergoing and how to deal with them. Shirley Weir, Menopause Chick, is ready to bust some of the common myths surrounding menopause and share the facts about this “taboo” topic.


Shirley Weir first began experiencing symptoms related to perimenopause more than 10 years ago, and was unable to find answers to her questions. Feeling confused, overwhelmed and alone, she realized other people must be struggling with the same issues, and launched to empower people to talk openly about perimenopause and menopause, to navigate midlife health information, and to connect to health professionals in this area. Since then, Shirley has spoken at conferences internationally, received awards for her work, and been featured widely in publications. She also authored MOKITA: How to Navigate Perimenopause with Confidence & Ease, which reached #1 on in women’s health. 


Did you know that menopause is only one day? Shirley shares the difference between perimenopause and menopause, and what is “normal” or common and what’s not during perimenopause leading up to menopause. She also shares useful information when to talk to your doctor, and about how to educate yourself in case your healthcare team isn't up to date with research in perimenopause. Shirley and Shannon discuss how yoga can be helpful in bringing relief to people experiencing symptoms and some of the things to be aware around perimenopause and menopause as yoga teachers.


Key Takeaways:

[8:05] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Shirley Weir.

[9:30] A note on gender-neutral language in this topic, and why this topic is not just for women.

[11:36] How did Shirley get into the work of highlighting information around menopause?

[15:43] Shirley shares a lot of great information about menopause in her Facebook Group.

[18:07] What is menopause? What is perimenopause?

[24:09] When does perimenopause start?

[26:39] Shirley touches on the topic of hot flashes and the symptoms during perimenopause, and how we as a society deal with them.

[30:40] We can't blame the medical system for the lack of information around perimenopause and menopause.

[31:45] What are some of the myths around perimenopause and menopause that yoga teachers need to be aware of?

[35:30] The message that women are often told is that this will get better with time. Shirley challenges this message.

[40:47] When it comes to perimenopause and menopause, your healthcare professional may not always have all the answers.

[45:27] Shirley shares some other things to note that could empower yoga teachers in working with perimenopausal people.

[49:04] Do changes in hormones play a part in our happiness?

[50:27] What does Shirley say to support people who are struggling in this phase of life?

[55:01] Learn more about Shirley's work on social media and her Facebook group.

[55:29] Shirley shares more about her book, MOKITA.

[59:10] Shannon shares some of her key takeaways from this interview.




Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:


"Menopause is one day. It's the 12th month anniversary of your final period." ~ Shirley Weir


"Stress significantly impacts female hormones." ~ Shirley Weir


"Perimenopause and menopause are not medical conditions. They're phases of life." ~ Shirley Weir


"There's a lot of innuendo around women's health that we are meant to suffer." ~ Shirley Weir

Mar 15, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

211: How to Draw Yoga Stick Figures with Eva-Lotta Lamm



As a yoga teacher, how do you plan your classes? When it comes to planning the actual sequences, poses, and themes, do you go with the flow with little or no planning, or have a mental plan, or refer to detailed notes? In this episode, Eva-Lotta Lamm shares another technique you can use to plan yoga classes - drawing out yoga sequences. The best part is you don’t have to be good at drawing or have artistic talents; you only need to be able to draw stick figures!


Eva-Lotta Lamm is an independent Designer, Visual Thinking Expert and Trainer and yoga teacher. She helps companies to visualise complex problems to see things from new perspectives, and teaches teams and individuals to be more visual in their thinking, communication and collaboration. Eva-Lotta’s illustrations have been published in several books, and she is also the author of Yoganotes – Sketching Yoga Stick Figures. Eva-Lotta used sketching and visual notes extensively during her own yoga teacher training in India, and eventually, combined her love for yoga and her profession as a designer to create products that help yoga practitioners and yoga teachers to learn, structure and teach yoga with visual tools.


Eva-Lotta shares more about the unique system for drawing yoga stick figures she created, and breaks down how she teaches other people to draw their own yoga stick figures and adapt them to their own needs. Shannon and Eva-Lotta also discuss the benefits of sketching, as well as why drawing and visual tools can be a great addition to your toolkit as a yoga teacher. Eva-Lotta even shares how she self-published a book on yoga.


Listen to the end of the episode to find out how you can participate in a giveaway of Eva-Lotta’s personalized books for two listeners!


Key Takeaways:

[10:00] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Eva-Lotta Lamm.

[12:24] What does Eva-Lotta do and who does she do it for?

[14:07] Eva-Lotta shares more about her work in helping people visualize complex problems to see them from a new perspective.

[16:34] How does Eva-Lotta teach yoga teachers to use drawings in planning their yoga sequences?

[18:00] Eva-Lotta shares some of her tips and tricks for drawing out complex yoga sequences with stick figures.

[20:20] What other tools does Eva-Lotta use to guide her plans for yoga sequences?

[22:25] Eva-Lotta's drawings have noses to show direction! She shares how detailed her drawings can get.

[24:34] What are some pointers Eva-Lotta has for yoga teachers who want to get started drawing sequences?

[30:04] How did Eva-Lotta find her niche in teaching yoga teachers to draw stick figures?

[34:13] What is Eva-Lotta's work in the yoga world now?

[38:13] Eva-Lotta is excited about what else can come from the intersection of her work with design and drawing and yoga.

[40:34] How did Eva-Lotta self-publish her book?

[45:13] Check out Eva-Lotta's book on her website.

[47:53] Shannon and Eva-Lotta are doing a giveaway!

[49:29] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this interview.




Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:

"I teach yoga teachers to draw so that they can plan their sequences even when they don't have any artistic talent or they think they can't draw at all." - Eva-Lotta


"If you look at sketching as a communication and thinking tool, then I like to compare it to learning how to write." - Eva-Lotta


"My goal is to teach people how to draw like writing so that they can write their own stories and their own flows and whatever their creativity wants to express." - Eva-Lotta


"Images and words are like best friends. ... They both have different strengths and weaknesses, and you want to use them in combination because then they are truly wonderful together." - Eva-Lotta


Mar 8, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

210: The Future of Yoga with Amber Karnes



The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, and the yoga industry has changed dramatically. Studios have closed, some permanently, classes and YTTs are online, and for many of us in-person classes and trainings are not possible. All of these changes have a lot of yoga teachers asking - What does the future look like for yoga? And what does that mean for yoga teachers? Amber Karnes shares some insights.


Amber Karnes is the Founder of  Body Positive Yoga and the creator of the Body Positive Clubhouse. She is a big proponent of the Health At Every Size approach to wellness, focusing on joyful movement, intuitive eating, and self-care. Amber is also the co-creator of the Yoga for All Teacher Training with Dianne Bondy, and she also leads trainings for Accessible Yoga. In her work, Amber is dedicated diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, and helping empower people live life without shame or apology.


With yoga classes and teacher trainings being moved online, what will happen when the pandemic ends, and people can be together in person again? Amber shares her thoughts on how being online has shifted expectations around yoga, and talks more about how this shift has made yoga more accessible for some people. She also highlights some of the barriers that marginalized populations may face at an in-person studio. Shannona and Amber discuss what online classes are lacking and how we can address those shortcomings, as well as what yoga teachers can do to create community in online yoga classes.


If you are looking for insights and perspectives on how to navigate the current situation, as well as explore ideas around what it really means to teach yoga, this interview is sure to inspire you and give you tools to move forward in a productive and meaningful way.


Key Takeaways:

[3:41] COVID-19 has changed the way we share yoga. This episode explores what the future holds for yoga and yoga teachers.

[6:48] Shannon gives a shout out to sponsor Schedulicity and reads a review from a listener. Have you left a review yet?

[10:05] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Amber Karnes.

[11:43] Shannon does a check-in with Amber.

[13:43] What is helping Amber get through the upheaval in the world these days?

[16:54] What is the future of being a yoga teacher?

[23:42] Yoga has become more accessible to people because it is now being shared online. Amber shares more about the accessibility of yoga, fitness and movement practices in this time.

[32:15] How has moving yoga online impacted some groups of people like children and less tech-savvy seniors?

[35:54] What are Amber's thoughts around new yoga teachers getting certified to teach yoga online and going on to teach classes online, and only working in the online space?

[38:00] We have an opportunity to reset the expectations around what a yoga class looks like, and to really examine what it means to teach Yoga.

[43:59] There are thoughtful ways to change and tweak how we teach yoga to give the responsibility back to the student to listen to their bodies.

[47:49] Teaching yoga online can feel lacking in community. How can we create connections and community online in creative ways?

[53:48] Amber shares some thoughts around what could really help yoga teachers right now.

[59:51] Shannon reflects on how important it is to center yourself around your "why".

[1:00:35] Will Amber ever run for office?

[1:02:09] Find out more about Amber and her work via the links below.

[1:03:59] How does Amber deal with the pressure of having a large audience?

[1:06:33] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this interview.




Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity and Sukhasana Chair (Code: TCYT10).


Quotes from this episode:


"I think a lot of folks are going to change the way that they are practicing yoga in community going forward." - Amber


"This moment is a unique opportunity for us to be imaginative, as both yoga practitioners and teachers of how we can reset some of the expectations around 'What is a yoga class?'." - Amber


"We can look at what the opportunities are coming out of this to create classrooms and teaching spaces and community spaces that are more equitable for all of us." - Amber


"When we approach [teaching online], we have to start to approach it as if it were a viable alternative and sometimes, a preferred alternative for some of our students." - Amber


"With accessibility, the question that I like to encourage teachers to ask is 'Where does the power live right now?'." - Amber


"Yoga is a personal practice that we do in community." - Amber


Mar 1, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

209: Online Yoga Teacher Training with Jivana Heyman



One of the things yoga teachers all around the world have had to navigate recently is the shift to sharing yoga online because of the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of yoga teacher trainings have also moved online, as well as conferences, seminars and other aspects of continuing education for yoga teachers. Like teaching yoga online, they come with their own set of challenges, and Jivana Heyman shares more about his experience moving everything online.


Jivana is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to yoga teachings. Jivana is also the co-founder of the Accessible Yoga Training School, and the author of Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body. As a yoga teacher, Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. 


As a result of the pandemic, Jivana had to move everything he was working on to an online format, including the entire Accessible Yoga Conference and his yoga teacher trainings. This was a big undertaking, and Jivana talks about how this transition went - what went well and what did not, how he managed the tech element of this transition, and most importantly, how he retained the quality of it all when he moved to the online format.


Key Takeaways:

[5:24] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Jivana Heyman.

[7:58] Jivana is working on his second book. What are some of his tips for yoga teachers trying to write a book or manual?

[9:48] In 2020, Jivana moved the Accessible Yoga Conference and his yoga teacher trainings online. Which offering did Jivana move online first?

[11:55] Would Jivana continue with offering trainings online if the pandemic ended tomorrow?

[14:03] How is Jivana dealing with missing interaction with people?

[16:16] What technology is Jivana using for the conference and his trainings online?

[18:23] How does Jivana deal with accountability and watching people teach when the training is online?

[22:52] Props are an important part of accessible yoga. How does Jivana deal with attendees having the props necessary?

[25:06] Has Jivana included aspects of how to teach online in the training?

[26:56] How has Jivana managed the sound and tech for all of the presenters and teacher trainers he has been dealing with in the conference and trainings? 

[29:08] Jivana speaks about the challenges of accessibility.

[32:29] Jivana shares how to caption for accessibility on images in social media.

[34:59] In terms of accessibility, being online has helped Jivana reach more people who could not attend in person events.

[38:32] Digital access can also be an issue when people don't have access to the internet, a computer or have the time to be online.

[40:45] What are Jivana's tip for using different props for students who can't get down to the floor?

[48:53] Jivana share a bit about the Accessible Yoga Community on Facebook.

[53:28] What is Jivana's new book about?

[56:59] Where can you find out more about Jivana and his work?

[59:45] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this interview.




Teaching Yoga Online Episodes:


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Quotes from this episode:

"What I miss the most is that at the trainings, I got to watch people meet each other and form bonds and communities." - Jivana


"It's more tiring to teach online." - Jivana


"What's amazing about being online is that we have international groups all the time." - Jivana


"For our community, participating in online classes can actually be really beneficial." - Jivana


"Being online is more accessible generally." - Jivana

Feb 22, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

208: Four Years of Podcasting with Shannon Crow



The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast is celebrating its fourth anniversary! In this special episode, host Shannon Crow answers questions inspired by listeners and members of The Connected Yoga Teacher community. 


Shannon opens up about her inspiration for starting the podcast and what her journey has been like through the years of podcasting. She also shares a behind-the-scenes look at getting sponsorship for the podcast, and her advice on how to handle companies who approaching you with sponsorship offers. Shannon gets really vulnerable and shares some of the mistakes she made along the way, her thoughts on the community of Connected Yoga Teachers, and gives us a sneak preview of some projects she has in the pipeline.


For anyone who’s wanted to get a glimpse behind the curtain of The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast, this is the episode for you.


Key Takeaways:

[1:20] The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast is celebrating its fourth anniversary!

[2:52] Shannon gives a shout out to the sponsor of the podcast - Schedulicity.

[4:33] Shannon thanks YOU for listening to the podcast!

[6:40] Shannon reflects on the previous podcast anniversary episode.

[9:39] If you still have questions for Shannon, send her a voicemail!

[10:12] How did Shannon decide to start podcasting, and what was her journey to starting a podcast?

[13:32] Shannon talks about her experiences in niching down, choosing a specialty and moving online.

[19:50] There have been some huge challenges that have come up in Shannon's business recently.

[21:33] How did Shannon get a sponsor for the podcast?

[29:06] Shannon has some tips about if you're getting approached to get sponsored.

[34:48] Think about also highlighting your own paid offerings when putting out free content.

[35:42] What are some of the mistakes that Shannon has made?

[39:16] What is Shannon's underlying "big Why" for starting the podcast and Facebook group?

[44:19] What's next for Shannon?

[50:55] Shannon shares some of her final thoughts and reflections on yoga today.




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:


"I wanted yoga teachers to see that collaborating together, supporting each other as professionals could really bring us all forward." - Shannon Crow


"How can you create the blue ocean for yourself?" - Shannon Crow


"If you start focusing on what you're really interested in, what you're really good at, and what people are really asking you for, it will evolve. Your niche will come out of that!" - Shannon Crow


"If you want to create yoga offerings for a population that cannot pay, look for a company that can." - Shannon Crow


Feb 15, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

207: Biopsychosocial Model & Yoga with Carolyn Vandyken



Many people come to yoga to seek relief for a specific pain or to regain strength and mobility after recovering from an injury. The biopsychosocial model of care is a great way to look at how we’re using yoga to help our students. By adopting a whole-person approach to health and wellness, the biopsychosocial framework gives us a more holistic approach in regard to pain, function and movement. Carolyn Vandyken, expert in the biopsychosocial model, shares more about what the model is and how it applies to yoga.


Carolyn Vandyken is one of the Co-Founders of Reframe Rehab. She has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 33 years, and has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, and research in lumbopelvic pain. She speaks at numerous international conferences and has written extensively on the topics of pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science for the past twelve years. Carolyn’s mission in her practice is to break down the silos in clinical practice between musculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain, pain neuroscience education, and psychology by providing learning opportunities from the world's leading clinical educators on these topics.


Why do we need to understand the science of pain, and how can we use this understanding to better help our yoga students? Carolyn breaks down some of the elements of the science of pain, and the best steps for yoga teachers to take when a student approaches with a specific pain. Shannon and Carolyn also discuss the language we use related to pain, and how to look for other specialized healthcare professionals who can help support students who are coming to us with pain and injuries.


Key Takeaways:

[16:26] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode Carolyn Vandyken.

[17:52] What is the biopsychosocial framework?

[19:41] We don't often consider the social aspect of things. Carolyn and Shannon discuss how COVID-19 has made more people consider the importance of social factors in wellbeing.

[20:18] What is the work that Carolyn does and how did she get started in this area?

[26:31] Pain is all in the brain, but how can we communicate that without coming across as saying "it's all in your head"? Carolyn explains more about the science of pain.

[34:31] What are some things that yoga teachers can do to help a student who approaches them with pain?

[38:45] Shannon often refers people to PTs or physiotherapists for persistent pain. How does she manage that?

[42:15] Asking questions is a powerful tool to help people look inward and reflect on what can help their pain.

[46:05] Why does Carolyn recommend yoga and taichi for people with persistent pain?

[53:55] How can language and messaging influence the pain experience?

[1:00:02] Carolyn shares some additional perspectives for yoga teachers around the biopsychosocial framework and pain.

[1:05:29] If you have been dealing with persistent pain, Carolyn has some tips for you.

[1:09:24] Find out more about Carolyn's work and how to work with her via her website, where you can also sign up for courses.

[1:14:09] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this interview.




Related Podcast Episodes:


Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals.


Quotes from this episode:

"Pain is an output of the brain, so if it's an output of the brain we have to consider all the potential inputs if we're going to help our clients change that experience." - Carolyn


"The social isolation of COVID for a lot of people has been a real challenge." - Carolyn


"Really, our bodies heal themselves." - Carolyn


"Pain is a brain thing. The brain creates pain to protect us." - Carolyn


"Everybody's pain is real. ... Pain is always personal." - Carolyn


"Pain is sensory and emotional." - Carolyn


"We can't just look at tissue health when we consider pain, we have to look much broader at everything that is going on in that person's life." - Carolyn


"1 in 4 people, after they have an acute injury, even though the tissues have healed, go on to have persistent pain." - Carolyn


"The more variability we have in our mapping options, the less likely we are to have pain." - Carolyn


Feb 8, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

206: Get More Private Yoga Clients with Megan Spears



A common question among yoga teachers is “How can I get more private yoga clients?”. Many of us feel like we lack the confidence and knowledge to teach private yoga, but that shouldn’t stop us from diving in. In this episode, Megan Spears shares how she felt the same, but eventually took the plunge and grew her private yoga business from 0 students to 15 per week.


Megan Spears is a Private Yoga and Movement Coach based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Megan began practicing yoga in 2005, and teaching in 2014. In addition to the E-RYT 500hr Yoga Teacher Training, Megan is also trained in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, Functional Yoga, Radiance Sutras Meditation, and other specializations. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Health Promotion and Exercise Science at Oklahoma State University. Megan describes her mission as empowering athletes, yoga beginners, and those recovering from an injury to be strong in their practice, and she focuses on helping co-create a practice with her clients that truly fits and enhances their lifestyle.


Despite having the same fears and mindset issues around teaching private yoga when she first started, Megan decided to push ahead with 1:1 sessions. She shares how she gained the confidence and knowledge to teach 1:1, and how she transitioned from group classes to private yoga. Megan also reveals her strategy for dealing with no-shows and cancellations for private bookings, as well as her unique marketing strategy to get new private clients, while looking after her existing clients.


If you have been thinking about shifting to teaching private yoga, or are just wondering what you can do to get more new private clients, this is a great episode.


Key Takeaways:

[9:15] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Megan Spears.

[11:07] What does Megan do and who does she do it for?

[11:50] When did Megan make the switch from teaching group classes to 1:1 sessions?

[13:50] Why did Megan feel unprepared to teach 1:1 yoga and what helped her prepare?

[16:20] What is different about teaching private yoga compared to group classes?

[17:22] How did Megan go from one private client a week to 15?

[19:40] What does Megan's yoga offering look like now?

[21:19] How does Megan deal with people who do one private session with her and never follow up?

[22:35] Does Megan do in-person or online classes? What was it like before COVID?

[23:25] How does Megan deal with teaching online?

[28:40] What is Megan's process with new clients?

[31:08] How does Megan remember to do follow ups with her students?

[32:15] The doors are open to Pelvic Health Professionals!

[32:54] What makes Megan's 1:1 sessions unique?

[34:30] Megan explains a bit more about how she shares content with her audience.

[36:16] Does Megan do postural analysis with her clients?

[38:55] When transitioning from group classes to private, how did Megan deal with the pushback from students who either don't want to do private or don't want to pay?

[40:47] How does Megan deal with mindset issues around charging more for private yoga sessions?

[44:09] A listener asks - I get a lot of inquiry about private yoga but nobody has actually followed through with it. I have also had some last minute cancellations or no-shows. How do you deal with this?

[46:33] What is Megan's cancellation policy?

[47:53] The videos that Megan shares on her social media is what prompts some people to reach out to her. Megan talks about her current marketing strategy.

[51:38] What was Megan's marketing plan when she was building her private yoga business?

[52:55] How often does Megan email her list?

[54:26] What does Megan suggest to yoga teachers who are thinking about bringing in more 1:1 students?

[56:03] Many yoga teachers may think they don't have all the answers for their students when teaching 1:1. What is Megan's response to that?

[58:05] Find out more about Megan and her work via her website, email or Instagram.

[59:17] Shannon shares some of her key takeaways from this interview.




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and The Sukhasana Chair (Code: TCYT10).


Quotes from this episode:


"There's more conversation and more adaptation within a private session." - Megan


"Because I made it known that I was a private yoga teacher and that I was taking on private clients, ... I could be top of mind." - Megan


"Generally speaking, I would say the first session is maybe 1/3 conversational intake, the second third movement, and then questions." - Megan


"A really helpful part of being an individual or private yoga teacher is creating content for the client that relays something that they learned in the session, and that content can be shared widely." - Megan


"I continued to teach a variety of group classes while hosting my private students as well so that there were options for people." - Megan


Feb 1, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

205: Tech Guide for Online Yoga with Dominique Gauthier



The pandemic has forced all of us to adapt and change how we share yoga with our students, and for many of us, that has been a shift to teaching yoga online. Figuring out the tech and equipment to teach online has been a steep learning curve for many of us. In this episode, Dominique Gauthier shares some of her tips and tricks for sharing yoga online.


Dominique Gauthier is a personal trainer and yoga teacher, as well as the Founder of Body Mind Fitness. She is a core and pelvic floor specialist who works with clients to provide specialized training to manage and prevent symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, improve overall pelvic health and allow them to lead an active lifestyle. Dominique’s passion is helping women build and reclaim their strength and confidence from the inside out with movement, education and a body positive sustainable approach.


Shifting to teaching online can be pretty overwhelming, particularly if you’re not “tech-inclined”. Dominique opens up about the challenges she faced as a teacher and some of the struggles of her students in getting set up for online yoga, and shares the things she learned along the way. Dominique has also figured out how to stream her classes to Zoom and YouTube at the time, and if you have to teach hybrid classes (a mix of online and in-person classes) - Dominique also has some strategies to create the best experience for your students.


If you have been looking for ways to streamline your tech for teaching yoga online, or are looking for some tips on how to manage hybrid classes, this episode is for you.


Key Takeaways:

[8:39] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Dominique Gauthier.

[10:01] What has Dominique's experience in the Pelvic Health Professionals membership been like?

[13:16] Dominique shares how challenged she felt with having to teach yoga both online and in-person at the same time, with additional restrictions for COVID-19.

[15:36] What has Dominique's set up with for her tech to teach online?

[17:36] Dominique shares some of her initial struggles with uploading videos to YouTube and the burnout she experienced.

[21:38] Dominique highlights her priorities when teaching online.

[23:48] How did Dominique adapt when people started returning to in-person classes and she had to teach hybrid sessions?

[28:23] Use what you have first!

[29:20] Dominique highlights some considerations to keep in mind when purchasing a camera.

[32:57] Dominique summarizes her tech set up.

[35:49] How does Dominique care for her Zoom students so they don't feel left out in hybrid classes?

[38:01] Dominique shares some words of encouragement.

[42:10] Check out Dominique's website for some inspiration.

[43:11] How did Dominique ease her students into using Zoom?

[44:26] When given a choice between in-person and Zoom sessions, what were most of Dominique's students picking?

[45:39] What is Dominique working on adding to her tech for teaching yoga online?

[46:53] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this interview with Dominique.




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:


"Online isn't going anywhere. I don't think ever." - Dominique


"I have cried so much during these learning curves." - Dominique


"Use what you have first! Try that as much as you possibly can before you go out and purchase something." - Shannon


"We are our own toughest critics... but our clients, our students are so forgiving." - Dominique


"If you're going to get into online teaching, now's the time to do it." - Dominique


Jan 25, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

204: What to Charge for Online Yoga with Shannon Crow



As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many yoga teachers have moved their offerings online. With this shift from in-person to virtual yoga classes, a question that often came up is – how much should I charge for online yoga classes?


To answer this question, Shannon Crow shares her thoughts and insights around the factors to consider, not just when pricing online yoga classes but in-person classes, workshops, courses or other offerings. Shannon explains more about perceived value in pricing, the hidden costs of running a yoga business, and how undercharging for your yoga classes can impact the whole yoga industry. She also digs into money mindset issues that we may face, and shares some tips to challenge these restrictions we may place on ourselves.


If you have beens struggling with figuring out what to charge for your yoga offerings, this episode is a great starting point.


Key Takeaways:

[:53] Many yoga teachers reached out with questions around pricing their online yoga classes when the pandemic first hit.

[1:41] Before you ask how much to charge for online yoga, consider how much you're charging for in-person yoga.

[2:41] Shannon gives a shout out to Schedulicity.

[4:44] How do you choose a price for your yoga classes? Remember that perceived value is a big factor in your pricing!

[5:46] A good starting point to decide on a price for your yoga classes could be the prices other similar service providers charge.

[6:38] What are the hidden costs of teaching yoga?

[9:10] Money mindset can be a challenge for many of us.

[12:08] What impact does undercharging have on the yoga industry?

[13:05] Focus on your niche, and consider what it feels like to be receiving services.

[14:53] Take into consideration all of the factors before pricing your yoga classes.

[16:48] Please remember to increase your rates!

[17:06] You can create your yoga business in the way that you want and that is aligned with your beliefs and values.




Related Podcast Episodes:

 Teaching Yoga Online


Growing Your Yoga Business

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:


"One hour in front of your students is not the same as an hourly wage job. This is not just one hour of your time." - Shannon Crow


"I want yoga teachers to be viewed as professionals." - Shannon Crow


"Take into consideration all of the factors that are part of this pricing." - Shannon Crow


Jan 18, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

203: Do Politics Belong in Yoga? with Chara Caruthers & Maria Kirsten



Politics can be a sensitive and divisive topic, and we may avoid talking about it even with our most trusted friends and family because it is often controversial or uncomfortable to talk about. However, in light of the current political and social landscape, it is important for us to be aware, informed, and engaged - and our yoga can influence that. Chara Caruthers and Maria Kirsten are back on the podcast to share their insights about yoga and politics, and how to navigate the current political and social climate through the lens of yoga.


Chara Caruthers is a registered yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance E RYT-500) and certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) who has been practicing yoga since 1993. She is the founder of Bliss Body & Soul, where she offers ayurveda Courses, workshops, and an Ayurvedic living Community, in addition to her work as a wellness coach. Maria Kirsten has been teaching accessible yoga to grownups and beginners since 2000. She is the founder of Yoga for Grownups, and is committed to principles of inclusion and to making yoga safe and accessible for everyone. Maria also does work in the area of yoga for mental health and yoga therapy. Together, Chara and Maria host the Live Like You Love Yourself Podcast, where they discuss how to live, age, parent, and “grow up” in a way that feels balanced and authentic.


How does your yoga inform your politics? Chara and Maria share their insights about where yoga and politics intersect sometimes in some surprising ways, and how the foundations and philosophies of yoga really ties in to all aspects of our lives. In these tumultuous times where we still have to continue in life with yoga classes to teach, and people looking towards us as community leaders and for guidance, Chara and Maria shed light on how we can find a balance between yoga and politics.


Key Takeaways:

[5:25] Shannon introduces her guests for this episode - Chara Caruthers and Maria Kirsten.

[6:59] What is the work that Maria and Chara do?

[9:55] Shannon shares a bit of context for the interview.

[11:31] Where do Chara and Maria live and how do they vote?

[13:48] How do politics, voting and yoga go together?

[21:01] Chara and Maria share more about ahimsa, yamas and niyamas and how they tie into our relation to others and ourselves.

[24:11] How are Chara and Maria bringing these topics into their classes?

[29:21] Where does the discomfort come from for yoga teachers who are trying not to be political?

[35:02] Politics can wind us up a bit. How do we find the balance between taking action but also taking a pause?

[43:27] Why is it sometimes difficult to engage in productive conversations with people who have different perspectives from us?

[46:00] How can you stay informed without getting overly triggered, particularly by social media or the news?

[51:07] Check out the Live Like You Love Yourself Podcast to hear more from Chara and Maria.

[51:28] What is Yogins United?

[53:15] Conversations are a powerful medium to share ideas.

[55:39] Chara and Maria share some closing thoughts.




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:

"I think yoga has a huge role in politics because it empowers people to sense what's right and good and safe and comfortable and what sits well with them." - Maria


"For me, my yoga has been a reminder of the way that I want to be in the world." - Chara


"Being human is a practice, and as part of that practice we have to be willing to engage with the world around us because it defines who we are and who we can be." - Chara


"It is our responsibility to ourselves and to our communities who we are a part of, who we are in constant relationship with, to take action, to be in action." - Chara


Jan 11, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

202: Yoga and Masks with Clare Kelley



One of the things we’ve had to adapt to recently in our yoga businesses is the COVID-19 pandemic. As public spaces like our yoga studios open up again and we transition back into in-person yoga classes, you may be wondering about how to approach using masks in your classes. Clare Kelley shares her expertise in this area and clears up some of the doubts and confusion around using masks in yoga, as well as how public health relates to yoga from a broader perspective.


Clare Kelley is the Founder and Director of Wild Wisdom, a platform that exists at the intersection of science, movement, nature, and lived experience. Clare has completed her graduate studies in both public health and health research and program design, monitoring, and evaluation, and has over 8 years of experience working as a health consultant. Clare’s work is helping people connect to their nature and the nature around them for the health of both. Via her Patreon, Clare shares live movement classes and nature therapy walks, meditations and visualizations, movement and relaxation videos, public health explainers, essays, and more.


Clare addresses the confusion about wearing masks at the start of the pandemic, and explains why best practices have evolved over time. She also shares insights about mask usage and safe distancing in yoga classes, and four types of risks involved. Clare tackles some misconceptions about mask-wearing, transmission of the virus and gives us some tips about how we can reduce risk as yoga teachers.


This episode is a useful resource to give you the information you need on this topic so that you can be empowered to make the right choices for you, your yoga business, and your yoga students.


Key Takeaways:

[6:31] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Clare Kelley.

[8:11] What does Clare do and who does she do it for? How does public health and masks fit into her scope of work?

[10:08] Clare explains how public health differs from medicine, and how it ties to individual efforts and actions such as wearing a mask.

[13:05] What is health science? 

[16:29] There have been different messages around masks and best practices in relation to the pandemic. Clare explains why information has been constantly changing.

[21:40] Clare explains more about how the virus spreads and how mask-wearing can help reduce transmission.

[28:46] How important is mask-wearing in a yoga class? Clare explains the risk factors at play.

[33:00] Is it dangerous to wear a mask all the time because it limits oxygen to the brain?

[37:35] What is the distance we should be maintaining with other people?

[40:16] Clare shares more about the Swiss cheese model.

[44:57] What is Clare opting to do for her yoga classes?

[49:17] Clare talks about four concepts of risk.

[51:45] What do we say to people who are denying the pandemic?

[55:02] What is aerosol spread?

[58:19] Clare explains why it is important to create a sense of collaborative community.

[59:32] What are the Clare's recommendations for yoga classes with regard to safe distancing measures and mask-wearing?

[1:06:45] Find out more about Clare's work via Patreon.

[1:08:37] Clare addresses a question from The Connected Yoga Teacher Group - Why am I still getting sick if I took all the precautions?

[1:11:12] What will 2021 look like?

[1:18:04] Shannon shares some of her biggest takeaways from this interview with Clare, and gives a personal update.




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:


"Our own individual efforts protect us, but also how we look at health individually affects the community." - Clare


"No death is better than some death. Less death is better than more death. Less illness is better than more illness." - Clare


"This is a time to err on the side of caution. The masks are only one aspect of the mitigation of the risk. They're not perfect." - Clare


Jan 4, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

201: Leaning Into Hope Happy New Year with Shannon Crow



Happy New Year, Connected Yoga Teachers!


What a year 2020 has been for all of us, as people, as yoga teachers and as business owners. All of us have been profoundly impacted by everything that 2020 has brought. At a business level, we’ve had to completely reimagine our yoga businesses - by moving classes online, or dealing with teaching physically distanced yoga with restrictions in place. Some of us have faced closure of our yoga studios, or have fewer students. On a personal level, we may have had to deal with the loss of loved ones, social isolation, worries around finances, and the general anxiety and stress that comes with living through a year like 2020.


It’s been a tough year. But Connected Yoga Teachers, if you are listening to this episode, it means that you’ve made it through everything 2020 has thrown your way, and survived. And that is something definitely worth celebrating.


In this episode, Shannon shares an email from Gretchen Schutte. In her email, Gretchen shared a bit about some of her struggles in 2020, but more importantly, she took the time to share and celebrate what she has accomplished, despite everything.


What are you celebrating about 2020?


Key Takeaways:

[:12] Happy New Year!

[:40] What a year 2020 has been. Shannon reflects on 2020, and all the things that have happened.

[3:43] A shout out to the sponsor of the podcast, Schedulicity.

[5:27] Shannon shares a side note from Crunch.

[7:29] Gretchen Schutte sent Shannon an email towards the end of 2020 about her struggles and achievements for the year.

[10:25] Gretchen's email inspired Shannon to look at what she has achieved. What are some of the things you can celebrate about 2020?

[13:54] Go beyond looking at traditional accomplishments, and acknowledge all of the things you have been able to do. Celebrate that strength!




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.


Quotes from this episode:


"Surviving the pandemic and the crapshow that was 2020 is achievement enough for this year." - Crunch


"We all win the award for making it through 2020." - Shannon


"Despite all of the challenges, I'm still growing and moving forward." - Gretchen

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