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Mar 29, 2021

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

213: Work Life Balance with Dawn Vason

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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 MenopauseChicks.com 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 Amazon.ca 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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

Teaching Yoga Online Episodes:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

Related Podcast Episodes:

 Teaching Yoga Online

Pricing

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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.

 

Links:

 

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

 

Description:

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!

 

Links:

 

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



Dec 28, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

200: Practice, Parenting & Perfectionism with Judith Hanson Lasater & Lizzie Lasater

 

Description:

We’re celebrating 200 episodes of the Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast! On this episode, mother-daughter duo, Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater, share more about their yoga journey, parenting, and running a yoga business. 

 

Judith, Ph.d. and physical therapist, is a well known figure in the yoga world, and one of the leading yoga teachers in the US. She has been teaching yoga for 50 years, helped found a nationally-known yoga teacher training program in San Francisco, CA, which has trained thousands of teachers since 1975, and collaborated with other yoga teachers to start the Yoga Journal magazine. Judith has authored 10 books, including her latest: Yoga Myths -  What You Need to Learn and Unlearn for a Safe and Healthy Yoga Practice, and specializes in restorative yoga. 

 

Judith has three children, and one of them is Lizzie Lasater, who is a mother of twins, and also a yoga teacher in her own right. Lizzie learned yoga from her mother, and now teaches restorative yoga teacher training globally via her virtual platform. In addition to sharing her work through live online events, curated digital trainings and her Sunday Savasana Series newsletter, Lizzie also has a heartfelt spirit jewelry collection. Together, Judith and Lizzie share a variety of courses such as Living Your Yoga, Yoga Myths, Savasana Intensive and more on their combined online platform - lasater.yoga.

 

In this interview, Lizzie shares her insights about what it was like growing up with a yoga teacher for a Mom, and how that has influenced her in journey of teaching yoga and running a yoga business. Judith and Lizzie discuss “being enlightened”, how yoga translates into their daily lives, and holding boundaries. They also talk about their own personal experiences with parenting, and why we all struggle with the idea of perfectionism and not being able to be “perfect parents”.

 

This is an incredible interview about how yoga relates to parenting, perfectionism and your own practice - from the unique perspective of a mother-daughter team.

 

Key Takeaways:

[10:29] Shannon introduces her guests for this episode - Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater.

[12:38] For Judith, what does it feel like to have been teaching yoga for 50 years, and what does she see in the yoga world now?

[15:51] Lizzie shares a bit about how growing up with yoga all around influenced her to become a yoga teacher.

[17:55] Did Judith's children ever rebel and move away from yoga? She shares how she held space for her children apart from yoga.

[21:22] Lizzie talks about what it was like to grow up with a yoga teacher as a parent, the feelings she encountered as a teenager, and how that has influenced her own parenting style.

[25:36] What is it like for Judith and Lizzie to work together as yoga teachers now?

[31:06] Judith shares her perspectives on the idea of "becoming more enlightened" through the practice of yoga.

[36:12] Lizzie reflects on her working relationship with her mother and the boundaries she holds with each of the roles she has with Judith.

[37:40] Judith explains how setting and holding boundaries spills into the teaching of yoga and personal relationships.

[42:48] It is important to remember not to hold ourselves up to the standards of the yamas and the niyamas, or some sort of perfection.

[47:53] Do parents now face more pressure to be perfect?

[50:45] Shannon, Lizzie and Judith reflect on what it's like to parent their children.

[55:12] How much of Judith's experience in the yoga world has been translated into her latest book, Yoga Myths?

[57:01] What are Lizzie's thoughts on teaching yoga for a shorter time and reading Judith's book?

[01:00:25] Judith explains why cueing is not a practice she recommends, and what she suggests instead.

[1:03:23] How will moving yoga teacher training online impact the level of yoga?

[1:10:14] Lizzie shares some thoughts around impermanence, and Judith shares a short poem to end off.

[1:15:25] Find out more about Judith and Lizzie's work via their websites.

[1:17:19] What is your biggest takeaway that you will implement?

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Sukhasana Chair.

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"Yoga is a life-changing, soul-changing, body-changing practice, but its power is predicated upon choice and intention." - Judith Hanson Lasater

 

"What is the point of this practice on the mat, this pranayama, this meditation, if it has no effect in the world?" - Judith Hanson Lasater

 

"The most important question to begin with is not 'What am I going to teach?'. The most important question is 'What is going to be the relationship I have with my students?'." - Judith Hanson Lasater

 

"I'm finding that [parenting] is so much more full mind-body-spirit than any of the books I read led me to believe." - Lizzie Lasater

 

Dec 21, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

199: Creating Inclusive Yoga Spaces with Erin Ajayi

 

Description:

As yoga teachers, many of us have the intention of creating inclusive yoga spaces. However, we may not know what that looks like or feels like from the perspective of a BIPOC yoga student. Erin Ajayi joins Shannon in this episode to experience her own experience of being a yoga student of color (from the perspective of a Black woman).

 

Erin Ajayi is the Senior Director of Development at I Live Here I Give Here, a nonprofit organization with the mission to make Central Texas the most generous community in the nation. Erin is also a part-time yoga teacher who has taught in studio spaces, and college and university spaces. Erin came to yoga as a result of a running injury but since then, her relationship with yoga has evolved. Today, Erin teaches restorative yoga "to help her students show up to the moments in their lives."

 

Erin also opens up about some of the adverse personal experiences she has had within the yoga world and shares some deep insights about how mainstream yoga perpetuates exclusion, or even racism. She also has some suggestions on what inclusive practices studios and practitioners can adopt as alternatives, and how yoga teachers and studios can hold space and give voice to this marginalized group within our community.

 

Key Takeaways:

[6:02] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Erin Ajayi.

[7:37] What was Erin's yoga journey and how did she get into teaching yoga?

[10:20] How did Erin and her mom do yoga together?

[11:10] What is the work that Erin does now, and who does she do it for?

[12:51] How does Erin feel about the fact that the world is finally waking up to the idea of creating inclusive spaces for BIPOC?

[15:15] What are some of the things Erin wishes yoga teachers were more aware of?

[18:31] How can we be more inclusive in our greetings to our students to make everyone, across the board, feel welcome.

[20:28] Shannon and Erin discuss the defensiveness that yoga teachers may feel when confronted with anecdotes of BIPOC being othered.

[23:36] How can we invite more Black people and other vulnerable populations into our yoga classes?

[26:59] People are becoming more conscious of representation and the current global situation has opened up possibilities to connect with people of all different backgrounds, modalities, etc.

[29:15] How can we connect with people from marginalized groups in an authentic way?

[33:28] What are some other instances in which Erin felt uncomfortable as a Black yoga student?

[36:46] Shannon wonders if giving a discount to BIPOC would help draw them in to events or festivals or studios.

[40:21] There is no quick fix to this situation. Erin shares some strategies for yoga teachers to create more inclusive spaces.

[43:19] Erin has some other suggestions of things that yoga teachers and studios can consider.

[46:12] Erin shares some final thoughts around creating inclusive spaces for yoga students. 

[49:32] Check out the resources Erin recommended to Shannon in her original email in the links below.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"With yoga teachers, that relationship that they're building with students is really important." - Erin

 

"I know the importance of representation in advertising and in literature." - Erin

 

"If you're having trouble attracting a diverse student population, there's an opportunity to do the deeper reflection and start to think - where can I have representation in other areas?" - Erin

 

"Don't start with the assumption that Black people or people of color need a discount to attend your yoga class." - Erin

 

Dec 14, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

198: Share Your Yoga Specialty with Megan Mulrine [Consultation Call]

 

Description:

Specialization is an ongoing process, and times of change and uncertainty can be just the push you need to niche down and specialize in something that really lights you up. 

 

Megan Mulrine is the founder of Yogatrotter and a yoga instructor who has trained more than 600 yoga teachers in 200 and 300hr YTT programs in Bali. Through her years of practicing and teaching yoga, and discovering more about Buddist meditation, Hindu philosophy and the history of yoga, Megan discovered her passion for Hindu mythology as it relates to Yoga. She has studied Hindu epics like the Mahabarata and the Ramayana) and shares these stories with her classes to deepen their understanding of the history, legends and culture contained within the yoga asanas.

 

When travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic forced Megan to close down her in-person Yoga Teacher Trainings, she quickly put up an online training. It sold well at first but has started to slow and Megan is now worried about being able to sustain her yoga business while supporting her team of teachers as much as possible.

 

In this consultation call, Shannon helps Megan peel back the layers of her business by digging into where her true passion lies and how she can specialize to share her passion with more people. Shannon also advises her on how to build a sustainable business that serves her audience, while also supporting her lifestyle and finances.

 

If you have been thinking about creating a more sustainable yoga business, and questioning whether specialization and niching down is the way to go in the midst of all the uncertainty, give this episode a listen.

 

Key Takeaways:

[5:44] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Megan Mulrine.

[7:15] What does Megan need most help with in her yoga business? She shares her biggest challenges as a result of the pandemic.

[8:58] Who is Megan's audience? When was she planning to host the next 200-hr training (if COVID hadn't happened)? Shannon digs into some of the details about Megan's offerings and her plan for her business.

[12:38] When Megan first switched to online courses, they were selling well but her numbers have dropped off since. Are people getting tired of being on their computers so much?

[15:29] Which specialty would Megan choose if money was not a consideration?

[17:29] As important as picking a specialty is making sure that people know about your specialty.

[20:01] Megan struggles with sharing what she does and her specialty with her audience. Shannon coaches her on how to phrase her offering.

[22:53] Shannon advises Megan on how best to repel people who would not be a fit for her offering but also attract people who would be interested.

[26:40] Shannon shares some strategies with Megan on how to build her audience.

[30:22] Shannon gives a shout out to Schedulicity.

[32:05] Is there a "freebie" in your yoga business that you should be monetizing into a paid offering? Listen to Megan talk about her "freebie" that Shannon recommends repackaging into a paid offering.

[34:33] When you love what you're doing, showing up and doing the work for free can feel easy, but that doesn't mean we should. Megan and Shannon discuss a bit about her money mindset.

[36:41] Shannon shares some ideas for Megan to showcase her community and build deeper connections even virtually.

[39:54] Shannon recommends that Megan figure out her minimum viable income and how much she wants to make financially -- and why she should do that.

[44:32] What happens when yoga teachers fail to see the unique gifts that they have and share them with others?

[46:42] Shannon and Megan do some brainstorming around what her freebie should be and how she can put out a call to action more often to monetize.

[50:25] Megan offers her training in a rolling sign ups format, but isn't seeing a high number of completions. Would having a fixed start and end date add accountability and be more effective from a marketing perspective?

[1:00:06] Shannon and Megan discuss more ideas for her content to show up more in search engines.

[1:02:41] Find out more about Megan and her offerings via her website or Instagram.

[1:03:42] What were your key takeaways from this consultation call?

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"You find the specialty and those people will find you." - Shannon

 

"The more niche you make your offering, and the more people hear about that niche, the more people will gravitate toward you." - Shannon

 

"When people don't pay, they don't show up." - Shannon

 

"I want our yoga teachers to be making loads of money, because they really support amazing things when they do." - Shannon

 

Dec 7, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

197: How to Keep Your Studio Open with Nicole Blackwood

 

Description:

In the middle of all the COVID-19 pandemic closures, one group of people in the yoga teacher community has been particularly affected - studio owners. On top of figuring out how to transition to virtual classes and serve their yoga students online, they also have to deal with the challenges that come with having a physical space. Nicole Blackwood is a yoga teacher and studio owner of Embody Yoga & Wellness, who has managed to keep her studio open this year despite the pandemic, and this episode is a replay of the live interview on how she managed to do it.

 

Nicole began teaching yoga in 2014, with a deep desire to teach yoga classes to those who felt like the practice may be out of their reach. Eventually, she opened her own boutique yoga studio in St. John's, Canada, to create a space that provides options for all bodies, and that allow people to experience the benefits of yoga regardless of age, physical condition, or experience level. Nicole focuses on offering a warm and intimate refuge for her students to focus on their wellbeing. Her studio offers a variety of yoga classes and her specialty is yoga to support fertility.

 

In this interview, Nicole really opens up about how she has managed to overcome the challenges of keeping her yoga studio open through the pandemic. She shares the story of how she realized she might need to close her yoga studio, and how setting a goal of the number of yoga students needed to stay open helped her reach her target. Nicole also talks about her marketing efforts in attracting studios, and how she has been managing her studio now that in-person classes are allowed but with certain restrictions in place.

 

If you have been toying with the idea of closing your studio, or even dropping one of your yoga classes, this episode is sure to be an inspiration for you.

 

Key Takeaways:

[6:58] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Nicole Blackwood.

[8:45] Where did Nicole's yoga journey begin?

[11:59] How did Nicole decide to open a yoga studio?

[15:18] When COVID hit, Nicole pivoted to move her studio online. However, she was eventually faced with the decision of whether to close the studio. Nicole shares more about that experience.

[18:37] What did the realization that she might have to close her yoga studio feel like to Nicole?

[20:48] What were some of the numbers that Nicole looked that to make the decision about closing her yoga studio?

[24:25] Nicole shares more about the business model for her studio, and how she arrived at the number of 124 students to break even.

[27:17] How did Nicole manage to attract 124 students to register? She reveals her marketing strategy to hit her goal in time for her deadline.

[34:26] Nicole had been emailing her mailing list once a month prior to this latest launch, but she had to drastically increase the number of times she emailed them to hit her numbers. Why did she feel so resistant to sending more emails?

[37:44] How has Nicole set up her yoga classes to take into consideration online and in-person classes?

[41:08] When will Nicole start marketing again for the sessions which start in the new year?

[43:19] What would Nicole do differently for the next round of sessions?

[44:20] Nicole shares more about some of her niche offerings.

[49:41] Nicole has some final thoughts around what it's like to run your own business.

[53:33] Where does Nicole store her videos?

[55:55] Shannon shares some of her key takeaways from this interview with Nicole.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals.

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"It wasn't until [Shannon] made me try and visualize what it would be like if I didn't have a studio, did I realize how much I didn't want to to lose this space." ~ Nicole

 

"I had to really realize - how many students do I need to be able to pay myself and break even as a studio?" ~ Nicole

 

"When you send an email, generally you see sales if there's a call to action that relates to sales." - Shannon

 

"It really makes a difference when we keep that connection going with our email list." - Shannon

 

Dec 4, 2020

You are invited to the Yoga Teacher Conf happening on December 14, 2020. Shannon Crow is one of the many presenters that will be there. Let's hang out online and talk about how you can create your dream yoga business.

http://www.theconnectedyogateacher.com/yoga-teacher-conf

Nov 30, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

196: 4 Steps to Attract Yoga Students with Steph Crowder

 

Description:

Attracting yoga students to our yoga classes is something we could all use help with. We are also coming up to one of the biggest times for yoga students to sign up for classes - January. This is when people make their New Year resolutions and want to "get back to their routine" or "take care of their emotional and physical wellness". That’s why it’s so important for us to put our offers out there in front of all these people, and having a simple process can help you get started - Steph Crowder (she/her) has an easy and actionable 4-step process to share.

 

Steph Crowder is the Founder & CEO of Courage & Clarity, LLC. She's a former Sales Training Director of a giant tech company who struck out on her own to become a sales coach & business strategist, helping thousands of entrepreneurs across all industries. In 2017, she launched the Courage & Clarity Podcast and grew her business to 6 figures in 9 months. Steph focuses on teaching her clients to sell with ease by building a “small but mighty” community who can’t wait to buy from them through courses, and webinars.

 

Steph is adept at taking a concept like getting more yoga students and breaking it down into easy, actionable steps that you can put into practice immediately. Steph walks us through the 4 steps that will help us to go from an idea for our yoga offer to new registrations and real students. She also explains the biggest mistake that business owners make that keep customers walking right past their offers, and gives us some of her tips to overcome that.

 

If you’re aiming to get more students into your yoga classes in 2021 (or even today!), this is the episode to listen to!

 

Key Takeaways:

[6:23] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Steph Crowder.

[8:12] What is the work that Steph does and who does she do it for?

[11:40] Steph's four steps are covered in greater detail in her mini-training, Same Day Sales.

[13:27] What is the big mistake many business owners make that keep customers walking past their offers?

[16:18] Steph addresses the fact that this process requires some vulnerability.

[17:39] Instead of thinking of it as validating your idea, think of this process as co-creating your offer.

[18:52] Step 1: Identify your idea. It doesn't have to be something complex or difficult!

[22:55] What comes naturally to you that people are always asking you about? 

[24:21] Step 2: Locate your leads. Steph has a dirty Internet secret about where your leads are coming from.

[28:05] Don't think about this step as pitching your network. Think about it as opening up conversations.

[31:33] Step 3: Co-create your offer. Approach this from a place of curiosity.

[35:11] Shannon shares a few examples of how co-creating an offer has (and creating offers in a vacuum hasn't) worked for her.

[37:54] Shannon and Steph discuss why you should focus on uncovering the pain or pleasure point you are addressing in your co-creation conversations.

[38:33] Someone's willingness or unwillingness to pay is a reflection of how well they understand the transformation.

[39:27] Step 4: Tweak and book. Steph shares an example of how she used this in her own business.

[44:24] Do it scared! You don't need to have a perfect offer before you put it out there.

[44:53] What should you do if you follow these steps and you offer doesn't get the traction you're looking for?

[46:42] What does Steph recommend if you're sending emails and posting on social media but still not seeing students sign up?

[50:01] Check out Steph's podcast, The Courage & Clarity Podcast, to learn more from her.

[50:16] Steph has some tips for you around selling.

[52:31] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this interview with Steph.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.

 

Quotes from this episode:

 

"The big mistake that most people make... is creating your offer in a vacuum." - Steph Crowder

 

"The core of the Same Day Sales Process is using real human beings, with real experiences, real problems, real desires to help you shape your offer." - Steph Crowder

 

"Every single person who's listening to this has innate talents and abilities that have been so ingrained in you, you totally don't realize they have value." - Steph Crowder

 

"Personal network is so overlooked!" - Steph Crowder

 

"Where are potential customers hiding in my everyday life that I'm not thinking about right now?" - Steph Crowder

 

"Once you open up the conversation, it is so much easier to get a customer, yes, but also to understand if they're not going to become a customer - why?" - Steph Crowder

 

Nov 23, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

195: LGBTQ Awareness for Yoga Teachers with Tristan Katz

 

Description:

We can all agree that we want our yoga classes to be safe places for everybody. However, one group of marginalized people who are often not taken into consideration is the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ community has historically been persecuted and has experienced violence, at the provincial or state, national, institutional and personal levels, which makes it all the more important for us to create and maintain safe and inclusive spaces for them in our classes. How can we bring awareness about them to our yoga spaces, and create inclusive safe spaces for them? 

 

Tristan Katz (they/them) has some insights to give us a better understanding of the LGBTQ community, based on their personal lived experience and their work in the space of equity-inclusion. 

 

Tristan is a business and marketing coach-consultant, web and graphic designer based in Portland, OR. Part of Tristan’s intention in their work is to support teachers, practitioners, studios, and spiritual communities seeking to facilitate safer, braver spaces. To this end, Tristan is currently studying with experts in the field to expand their equity-inclusion facilitation and education offerings, in addition to teaching workshops and trainings centered around queer identity and LGBTQ+ awareness with an anti-oppression and intersectional lens.

 

Conversations around creating such inclusive spaces for people in the LGBTQ commmunity can be uncomfortable, and we may not always know how to approach this topic. Tristan speaks openly and honestly to share more about the experiences people in this community have, and how we can do better. They give us a breakdown of common terms, cues and language; what we as yoga teachers can do to be more aware and inclusive in our classes, and what to do when we mess up, which is something that will inevitably happen.

 

For anyone looking to learn more about how to create more inclusive spaces in their yoga classes, this episode is a must-listen.

 

Key Takeaways:

[10:18] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Tristan Katz.

[12:28] Where did Tristan's yoga journey begin and how did it lead them to the work that they do now?

[18:28] Tristan defines some terms they have used as well as appropriate language to use to create inclusive spaces.

[25:26] What is Tristan's response to yoga teachers who may be worried that introducing pronouns in their yoga classes may cause their students discomfort?

[29:45] Tristan explains a little more about trans identity and the gender binary.

[31:51] When asking for someone's pronouns, avoid saying "preferred pronouns". Tristan shares why.

[34:20] Shannon and Tristan discuss how to approach people who have multiple pronouns e.g. she/ they.

[38:52] Grammar is not an issue when using they/them pronouns for individuals! It is an argument that is rooted in transphobia. 

[40:49] Some cues and language in yoga classes tend to be gendered. How does Tristan help yoga teachers navigate this?

[44:31] Tristan shares how they consciously and intentionally focus on acknowledging that everyone's experiences are different and being sensitive to that.

[46:34] How do niches that focus exclusively on one particular gender feel to non-binary people?

[51:02] If you offer inclusivity trainings, or have taken one that you appreciated, please share it in the comments.

[52:02] What are Tristan's thoughts on how to express ourselves such that everyone feels included and safe?

[57:01] Societal systems and structures impact all of us differently, depending on our identities, but that doesn't mean we can't all be part of different movements to dismantle these toxic structures.

[59:17] Shannon shares some of her experiences with creating inclusive spaces in the world.

[1:01:21] Apart from their work with equity-inclusion, Tristan is also a digital strategist who supports yoga teachers in their businesses.

[1:03:18] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this interview with Tristan.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity.

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Quotes from this episode:

 

"We all make assumptions based on appearances, but we can't know the truth of somebody's life experience or identity based on appearances." - Tristan

 

"There is this level of toxicity that's in dominant culture that we often can bring into this yoga space unconsciously or consciously." - Tristan

 

"When we're witnessing others' discomfort around that conversation, it's an opportunity for us to model and educate and inform." - Tristan

 

"Gender is a much more nuanced conversation than we've all been taught." - Tristan

 

"We can't just make these vast assumptions and generalizations. We're potentially putting people into sympathetic arousal when we do." - Tristan

 

"Anytime you gender something, you're excluding some people in the room, you're potentially triggering other people in the room." - Tristan

 

Nov 16, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

194: Bladder 101 for Yoga Teachers

 

Description:

An issue that may be embarrassing and isolating, but which nonetheless affects 300 million people worldwide, including many of our yoga students is urinary incontinence. While this is a common issue that many people struggle with, it is not normal and it is not something you just have to live with.

 

In working with many students who deal with urinary incontinence, Shannon has found that yoga can be so beneficial. Yoga helps not just through its connection to the nervous system, movement and breath, but by also creating awareness and education around how the bladder actually works, understanding our pelvic floor, and ensuring our pelvic health.

 

Shannon shares more about the three types of incontinence, some of the misconceptions around incontinence, as well as the ways in which yoga can help address incontinence. She also has some tips on giving your yoga students osme basic information about the bladder. If you or your students are struggling with urinary incontinence, this episode is a great introduction, with many resources linked below.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:56] Urinary incontinence affects 300 million people worldwide, but it is not normal.

[2:41] Yoga can be beneficial for people dealing with urinary incontinence in many ways.

[6:25] Shannon gives a shout out to Schedulicity and a reviewer!

[8:45] There are three categories of urinary incontinence - stress incontinence, urge incontinence and mixed incontinence.

[11:57] What is the role of the nervous system in incontinence and how can yoga help?

[13:03] Shannon addresses the misconception that Kegels is the answer to all urinary incontinence.

[14:57] If you decide to start talking about the bladder in one of your yoga classes, Shannon recommends having the contact details of pelvic health PTs in your area to share with your students.

[15:34] Alignment and posture can also play a part in addressing bladder issues.

[18:08] Yoga practice also works on strengthening, and this can be helpful for people dealing with urinary incontinence.

[19:00] As yoga teachers, something we bring to our yoga students that can help them with their bladder health is awareness.

[21:38] There are so many benefits that you are already sharing with your yoga students to help them with their urinary incontinence without you realizing it.

[24:09] If you are dealing with urinary incontinence, you are not alone.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals

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Quotes from this episode:

 

"Our nerves and our spine, and the nerve that radiate from the spine have a real connection with the bladder." - Shannon

 

"Oftentimes, the misconception is that if you're experiencing urinary incontinence, the answer is Kegels." - Shannon

 

"Another important thing that we bring to our yoga students that can help them with their bladder health is awareness." - Shannon

 

Nov 9, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

193: Pelvic Symmetry Sequence with Shannon Crow

 

Description:

Pelvic girdle pain is extremely common, affecting one in 5 pregnant people, and can continue postpartum. In this episode, Shannon shares a pelvic symmetry sequence she learned years ago to address the pelvic girdle pain from her pregnancies. Adapted from Cecile Rost, PT and Dr. Sinead Dufour, Physiotherapist, Shannon has shared this sequence with hundreds of people who say it makes a huge difference. 

 

Besides helping alleviate pelvic girdle pain, this sequence is useful in helping keep the pelvis in symmetrical alignment, to treat low back pain, or when you are having issues with your sciatica or sacroiliac joints. Whether you are looking for relief from your own pelvic girdle pain or you would like to share this sequence with students dealing with this issue, this sequence can be a valuable addition to your arsenal.

 

Key Takeaways:

[3:32] Shannon discovered this pelvic symmetry sequence to alleviate the pelvic girdle pain she was having.

[5:08] If you are dealing with any pelvic girdle pain, it is beneficial to consult with a healthcare professional specialized in it.

[5:52] Special thanks to Cecile Rost, Dr. Sinead Dufour, and Sue Pearson.

[6:38] Hundreds of yoga students have said that this pelvic symmetry sequence has made a huge difference in their lives.

[8:50] Shannon gives a shoutout to Schedulicity and a reviewer.

[10:52] Shannon leads the pelvic symmetry sequence.

[18:52] Shannon recommends trying this flow three times through.

[19:18] If you try this sequence out or share it with someone, do let Shannon know by tagging her, or share your feedback about the sequence.

[20:51] Shannon shares something else she has noticed about this sequence.

 

Links:

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals

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Quotes from this episode:

 

"If you are dealing with any pelvic girdle pain, I cannot say enough how beneficial it is to go and see a PT." - Shannon

 

"I have shared this sequence with hundreds of yoga students who say this has made a huge difference in their lives." - Shannon

 

"We know that pelvic girdle pain is extremely common." - Shannon



Nov 2, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

192: Everyone Has a Pelvic Floor with Shannon Crow

 

Description:

Was the pelvic floor ever covered in any of your yoga teacher training, anatomy courses, or if you have had children, as a part of pre- and post-natal education? Yet, the pelvis is one of the most important parts of our bodies, and also a very misunderstood and often neglected part of the body. 

 

People often relate pelvic health and function to women, childbearing, or other similar functions, but the truth is, whether you are male, female, non-binary or any other gender, you have a pelvic floor! As with any other body part, it is important for us to know what this part of our body does for us, and how we can protect and ensure it is healthy and working well. In fact, pelvic health is very much related to how the body moves, and so many things that our everyday bodies are dealing with are also related to pelvic health.

 

How does this impact us as yoga teachers and yoga practitioners? Shannon shares more about the five superpowers of the pelvic floor and helps us understand its importance in our movement, and general well-being. She also highlights some of the common pelvic health issues you may encounter, as well as how yoga can help.

 

Whether you’re passionate about all things pelvic health like Shannon, or just talking about your pelvic makes you uncomfortable, this episode is a great place to start learning about a body part we all have - the pelvic floor.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:42] The pelvis is an important part of our bodies but is often misunderstood, or neglected.

[4:35] Pelvic health is related to many other issues we may be having in our bodies.

[7:18] Shannon gives a shoutout to a reviewer and to Schedulicity.

[10:26] Have you learned about the pelvic floor in YTTs, anatomy classes, or pre- and post-natal education?

[14:03] How does language influence our perception of pelvic health?

[15:32] What are the 5 superpowers of the pelvic floor? Stabilize, Support, Sexual, Sphincteric, Sump Pump.

[18:08] Having a strong core four is important for movement and healthy living. What are some issues that can come up as a result of the core four not working together in synergy?

[21:50] How common is it to encounter someone in our yoga classes experiencing issues related to pelvic health?

[25:04] Pelvic health issues often need to be addressed by a team of professionals working together.

[26:08] Shannon shares a short practice to become more connected with your pelvic floor.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals

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Quotes from this episode:

 

"So many things that our everyday bodies are dealing with also relate to pelvic health." - Shannon

 

"It's really important to think about the pelvic floor in terms of being able to engage, but also being able to release and relax and let go." - Shannon

 

"Having a strong core is so important for moving and healthy living." - Shannon

 

"When we're looking at holding tension in something like the pelvic floor, in a group of muscles anywhere in the body, yoga is an amazing way to release tension." - Shannon

 

Oct 26, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

191: Self-Care Tips to Fuel Your Business with Shunta Grant

 

Description:

With everything that’s been going on this year, life can feel quite overwhelming. It can be easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you need to “do it all” or you may be wondering "How can I ever get all of this done?". You may be setting some unrealistic expectations and put additional (unnecessary) pressure on yourself. This is exactly when you need to be taking time for self-care, just when it seems to be at the bottom of the priority list. Shunta Grant, an expert in helping women live life (and build businesses) on the OTHER side of busy, is on the podcast to explain why.

 

Shunta Grant is the Creator of the Best Today™ Brand, owner of Because of Zoe Designs, and host of the Business, Life & Joy podcast. She helps women clarify their needs and desires, and guides them toward their vision for the future with simple, actionable steps. Her unique frameworks have transformed hundreds of women from busy and overworked, to proactive, focused and intentional business owners, leaders and team members.

 

Having a routine for self-care and your business, can help to deal with some of the overwhelm, stress and tension you may be experiencing in these times. Shunta talks to us about why it’s so important to prioritize self-care especially when it feels like things are out of control, and shares some of her tips, tricks and strategies to create and stick to realistic routines that will help you achieve the life you want to live.

 

Key Takeaways:

[7:47] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Shunta Grant.

[9:53] What does Shunta do and who does she do it for?

[10:42] Shunta runs multiple businesses in addition to managing her two children at home, all in 3 days of work a week.

[11:48] Where should people start if they're feeling like something in their routine needs to change?

[13:43] What can we do when something goes wrong and throws our entire routine off?

[16:11] Shunta and Shannon talk through an example of a hypothetical situation where someone feels their mornings are crazy and that throws off their whole day.

[18:40] How does Shunta take time for herself even when she has young children?

[19:55] Set an intention for your morning and for the day ahead.

[20:40] How does Shunta deal with things happening unexpectedly?

[22:27] How does Shunta set up routines with her business, work and other commitments?

[24:25] How often does Shunta set goals for her business and personal life?

[25:53] What does Shunta hear from her audience in terms of how the Best Today Guide and Right Now Routine have helped them?

[30:43] What are some of Shunta's tips to trim some of the extra things out of her business?

[32:28] Shunta shares some strategies on how you can stick to your routines.

[35:38] Sundays are a good day to preview the week and get ready for things that are upcoming.

[39:22] What are some of the routines that Shunta maintains in her personal life?

[42:03] How important is a daily routine and what helps us to stick to those routines?

[44:29] Shunta has some tips and tricks for setting a routine that works.

[47:21] Find out more about the Right Now Routine and the Best Today Guide at the website.

[48:05] Shannon shares some of her key takeaways.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals

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Quotes from this episode:

 

"There's a reason why you are experiencing everything you are experiencing, both good and the not-good." - Shunta Grant

 

"Let's identify the stuff that you don't like and let's cut out the thing that keeps causing it to continuously happen." - Shunta Grant

 

"Creativity comes from rest and play." - Shunta Grant

 

"Everybody needs routine and structure. It's not just for people with children, it's not just for married people, it's not just for people in the city, it's not just for people in the suburbs. It's for everyone who desires to have this peace and calm in their lives." - Shunta Grant

 

"A little bit of proactivity will add the peace and the time you're looking for." - Shunta Grant

 

"It's really training your brain to think about what you actually need to get done, and get out of the habit of just doing stuff." - Shunta Grant   

Oct 19, 2020

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

190: How to Create Guided Meditations with Kelly Smith

 

Description:

In most typical or mainstream yoga class settings, an aspect of yoga that doesn’t get too much attention is meditation. Many of us have encountered students complaining that they don't have time to meditate, or people who really struggle with laying still and quieting their minds - perhaps that’s even something you have struggled with. There’s where guided meditations can be helpful, and Kelly Smith has some tips and insights for us on the topic.

 

Kelly Smith is a meditation teacher, yoga teacher trainer, and the founder of Yoga For You, a location independent yoga and meditation school. She also hosts the Mindful in Minutes podcast, where she shares her personal guided meditations. By focusing on the less physical yoga practices like meditation, yoga nidra, restorative yoga and mindful flows, Kelly helps people find their true selves and begin living the joyful life they deserve through mentorship, private sessions, teacher trainings and online courses.

 

Kelly shares some of the benefits of meditation, and highlights some of the differences between guided imagery, guided meditations and Savasana. She has tips on how to write guided meditations, and the nitty gritty details of how to record a meditation and share it online. Kelly also tackles some of the common misconceptions around meditation, and why it’s so important to meet your students where they are in their meditation journey.

 

If you’ve been wondering how to get students interested in meditation, how to create your own guided meditation practice, or how to get those meditations online, this interview with Kelly is a great starting point.

 

Key Takeaways:

[8:07] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Kelly Smith.

[9:33] Where did Kelly's journey with yoga begin?

[12:53] What are three things Kelly would highlight to people that want to skip out on Savasana?

[15:09] Shannon and Kelly discuss why it's so important to meet students where they're at when it comes to meditation.

[17:38] How long do you need to meditate to get the benefits of meditation?

[20:11] What does Kelly offer now in terms of meditation?

[21:37] What is the difference between some of the common forms of mediation like guided meditation, guided imagery and Savasana?

[26:19] Where can we start if we decide to write our own guided meditations? What are some steps to follow?

[27:55] Kelly walks through an example of what writing your own guided meditation could look like.

[33:44] What has Kelly learned along the way in creating and writing meditations?

[39:48] Kelly recommends keeping a big document as your Idea Parking Lot, and a separate document to record descriptive words and images.

[42:09] How can you record and share guided meditations or guided Savasanas for your students to take home?

[44:20] Find out more about Kelly's work at her website.

[46:13] Shannon shares her key takeaways for this episode.

 

Links:

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals

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Quotes from this episode:

 

"No one ever educated me on the benefits or why we do Savasana." - Kelly

 

"There's this common misconception that meditation is kind of like doing nothing. If that's what people think, then we haven't done our job in educating our students." - Kelly

 

"The science shows us that anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes a day is enough to get the neurological and physiological benefits of meditation." - Kelly

 

"We start by writing the guided meditation by thinking about how the story that we're telling is going to end." - Kelly



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