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Nov 11, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 142: Living the Sutras with Kelly DiNardo



The Yoga Sutras are an essential framework in yoga, but the reality is that it can be difficult to incorporate the sutras into our teachings, our own practice of yoga, or even into our own lives. Kelly DiNardo has some practical strategies to help us apply the teachings of the sutras to our modern lives.


Kelly DiNardo is the owner of Past Tense Yoga Studio opened in 2009, host of the Living It Podcast, which focuses on the realities of living your yoga practice, author of several books, and freelance journalist who contributes to various popular publications. Her most recent book, co-authored with Amy Pearce-Hayden, Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat aims to make the other aspects of yoga as approachable and accessible as the asana is today. 


To many of us, the sutras can seem intimidating and inaccessible, but Kelly’s book presents them in a way that is engaging and easy to understand. Kelly shares what sparked her interest in the sutrats, and her inspiration to write the book. She also provides some insights into how best to translate the ancient wisdom found in the sutras into something accessible and relevant to today’s world, and how to cultivate the mindsets, habits and practices needed to live a joyful and purposeful life.


If you’ve ever wondered how to bring more of yoga philosophy into your life, or wanted a more practical application of the sutras, this episode is a great starting point.


Key Takeaways:

[5:38] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Kelly DiNardo

[6:39] Kelly has been a yoga studio owner for 10 years! What got her into yoga in the first place?

[8:12] When did Kelly's interest in the sutras develop?

[9:43] Kelly shares more about her inspiration and experience with writing Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat.

[10:47] Shannon and Kelly discuss how her book is presented in a way that makes the sutras easy to understand.

[12:18] What are the sutras?

[15:04] Yoga is a work in, not just a workout. What has Kelly's experience been in people not wanting to work on themselves?

[18:00] Kelly's book is divided into three books. She explains the different sections and what they represent.

[21:20] Kelly shares the insight that you can work all of the practices of the eight limbs at the same time.

[23:22] What does Kelly mean when she says "everything is yoga"?

[26:44] What message is Kelly trying to convey to yoga teachers and yoga practitioners?

[28:15] Kelly has a list of resources that she has included in her book.

[28:50] What are Kelly's thoughts on the Sanskrit?

[32:12] Shannon and Kelly discuss why it is okay to admit when you don't know or struggle with things.

[33:10] Kelly talks about some of her experiences in the process of writing the book.

[34:54] How have the sutras informed how Kelly runs her yoga studio and her yoga business?

[38:41] What are some tips and tricks Kelly would share with yoga teachers who are thinking about opening a yoga studio?

[42:06] Kelly shares some insight for people who are struggling with marketing and selling in their yoga business because it feels against all the yoga principles.

[46:04] Kelly is doing a card deck as a supplement to the book.

[47:13] What kind of feedback has Kelly received on her book?

[49:54] What is Kelly's advice for people who want to write and publish articles?

[52:36] Get in touch with Kelly via her website, check out her podcast and connect with her on social media. 

[53:38] How are you living your yoga? Shannon would love to hear from you!



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Quotes from this episode:


"If we're living our practice off the mat, then yoga is everywhere for us."


"Yoga is both the goal, the means and the end."


"One of those limbs is our asana, or physical practice, but what I find really interesting is that it's actually less than 2% of the yoga sutras."


"What happens on the mat is a reflection of what's happening off the mat."


"There is an opportunity for yoga or a yoga mindset in every moment."


"You can do yoga and never do asana. Or you could do asana and never do yoga."


"I think understanding the language is an opportunity to go deeper into the practice."


"So few of us think about our breath until there's something wrong with it."


"I think it's important to have a business / professional mindset if you're going to run a studio and I don't think there's any shame in that."


"You physically cannot do what you do if you are not making an actual living."

Nov 4, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 141: Let's Talk Money with Katie Brauer



Part of being an entrepreneur and business owner is dealing with our money mindset. Money is an essential part of our business, and whether you love it or you hate it, you need to embrace it and cultivate that relationship. Even after years of being in business,  our mindset work around money never really ends. Katie Brauer has some insights on the topic.


Katie Brauer is an international yoga educator, high performance coach, former professional snowboarder, and mentor at the intersection of yoga and entrepreneurship. She has been described as a “power house yogi and rising leader” by Forbes, and is the creator of The Yoga Professional Incubator® , an online business and personal growth incubator for yoga teachers. Today, Katie helps people transform their businesses, their relationships and their lives through coaching, group programs and retreats.


How do we even begin to open up the money conversation? It’s a topic that many people find uncomfortable, not just yoga teachers, and Katie shares some of the blocks that we have around money mindset. She explains how a money buddy can be helpful to unpacking your relationship with money, and what it means to be in relationship with our money. Katie has some unique perspectives about the flow of money, and share tips for something we all struggle with - raising our rates, and doing it even when it feels scary.


This is such an important topic for all of us to think about. If you’ve ever hesitated to raise your rates, or felt uncomfortable with your relationship with money, this episode is a great starting point to change that. 


Key Takeaways:

[5:50] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Katie Brauer

[6:54] Where did Katie's yoga journey begin?

[7:43] What shifted in Katie's mind that made her become a yoga teacher?

[9:46] How did Katie start to dig into becoming comfortable with talking about money as a yoga teacher and a consultant for yoga teachers?

[12:13] What are some of the hurdles that yoga teachers face around their money mindset?

[14:04] Who should we choose to be our money buddy? Katie shares more about who we should pick, and how to approach looking at our relationship with money.

[17:49] What are some of the strategies that have produced the biggest shift in Katie's relationship with money?

[20:54] How does Katie approach looking for the flow of money in her life?

[23:01] Katie segues into talking about how yoga teachers can use this method to find the right pricing for them.

[26:41] Yoga teachers often lean towards undercharging. What are Katie's tips for addressing that?

[30:03] Shannon shares an anecdote of what happened when she decided to try raising her rates for a course she offers.

[33:41] Yoga teachers often say they feel bad that they're making yoga inaccessible to those who can't afford it by raising their rates. What is Katie's response to that?

[41:20] What are some other practices Katie recommends to shift your mindset around money?

[45:43] Opening up the conversation and listening to what others have to say on the topic of money can be just as important.

[48:55] Being spiritual and having money are not at odds with each other.

[52:40] It is a myth that yoga teachers cannot make money.

[54:21] Get in touch with Katie via her website, and leaves us with a challenge - what's the one thing you could do today to enhance your life and business? 

[56:18] Katie shares a unique location to teach yoga.

[1:01:08] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this interview, and would love to hear your thoughts too!




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Mama Nurture.


Quotes from this episode:

"I think the first thing is a willingness to talk about it, because it's just so uncomfortable for the majority of people on the planet, not just yoga teachers."

"There's so much shame that goes along with money, and it doesn't have to be."

"You're in a relationship with your money."

"I find when I just get quiet, the answer is there."

"There's people on my list, and your list, and for yoga teachers listening, in your orbit that are just waiting for the right thing that speaks to them."

"I think that is a total myth, that people can't be spiritual and have money."

Oct 28, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 140: Plan Your Yoga Workshop with Shannon Crow



So you want to plan a workshop, but where do you begin? Before you get into the nitty gritty details of what yoga poses you are going to be teaching, or what music you will be playing, or when you’ll be taking a break, there are some things to think about.


Based on the questions yoga teachers have asked Shannon, both privately and in The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group, this is something a lot of people need help with. In this episode, Shannon shares her 7 key things to think about when it comes to planning a workshop.


From figuring out your target audience, tips on marketing, strategies for how to brainstorm main topics for your workshop, Shannon shares her process of how she approaches creating and planning a workshop. She even tackles some mindset blocks you may have when it comes to pricing your workshop appropriately!


If you have never planned a workshop before or you want to hear about the framework that Shannon loves to use for workshops, this is the episode you need to listen to.


Key Takeaways:

[:57] This episode is all about planning a workshop.

[4:36] The first thing you need to decide is The One Thing. What is the one thing you would like your attendees to walk away with?

[9:01] The second thing to consider is who the workshop is for. Don't be afraid to niche down on this!

[12:46] When would you like to do this workshop? Remember - you need to give yourself enough time to plan and market it!

[15:43] Shannon explains how reverse engineering your time can help with the planning stage.

[19:01] Shannon has some tips on marketing your workshop and getting the word out.

[20:49] The next step is to think about pricing.

[25:12] Shannon shares a personal example on getting clarity on your pricing.

[30:07] Time for the "sticky note plan" for the main topics! Shannon breaks down what this means.

[33:42] Next, comes naming and marketing your workshop.

[35:47] Shannon uses more sticky notes for this part of the process - figuring out the attendance.

[37:12] Shannon wants to hear about the workshops you are offering in your community or thinking about offering.



Episodes on Money and Pricing:

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Quotes from this episode:


"What is the one thing you would like your attendees to walk away with?"


"What I'd love for you to offer to people who attend your workshop is that they walk away feeling like they have something tangible."


"Don't be afraid to niche down!"


"The important piece that a lot of yoga teachers will miss is ... the piece about telling people about your workshop."


"Oftentimes, the value of what we're offering is way beyond what we're charging."


"Clarity is better than being clever, especially when it comes to names."

Oct 21, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 139: Grow Your Yoga Business via Email with Tarzan Kay



What do emails have to do with increasing your income as a yoga teacher? With the right strategy, it can be an amazing tool to connect with your yoga students in your community or online, increase your number of clients, or promote a launch of a new offering. Tarzan Kay shares her expert insight on just how you can do this.


Tarzan Kay is a launch strategist and copywriter who has gone years of hustling for clients at $35/hour, to a rock star client list and a $1,500 hourly rate. She works with clients such as Amy Porterfield, Jasmine Star and Marie Forleo, and was featured in Forbes Magazine. She focuses on helping people make money doing what they love by writing powerful email and website copy that converts readers into clients.


Email can be a powerful marketing tool if you know how to harness it. Tarzan shares how to write emails that don’t feel salesy, how long your emails should be, how often you should be sending emails, and whether you should just hire someone else to write all of your copy.


Whether you’ve already been using emails to reach new students or this is the first time you’re thinking about how to grow your yoga business via email, there are some great tips in this interview.


Key Takeaways:

[5:17] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Tarzan Kay.

[6:56] How did Tarzan become a launch strategist? She explains the work that she does and who she does it for.

[10:56] What are some of Tarzan's tips for raising your rates?

[15:13] Tarzan raised her rates from $35/ hour to $1,500/ hour. She reveals some of the packages she offers clients and how it might apply to yoga teachers.

[23:21] Why is it important for yoga teachers to be emailing their students?

[26:28] How should yoga teachers be writing emails so that they don't feel salesy?

[29:10] What are some resources Tarzan recommends to break through the mental block of not wanting to sell?

[30:22] How often should people be emailing their list?

[33:50] One email, one job - Tarzan explains how this applies to your emails.

[36:48] Tarzan explains what inspired her to create her Legendary event.

[38:56] One of the things yoga teachers say holds them back from writing emails is that they're not feeling creative. Tarzan has a response to that.

[40:36] How long should an email be?

[42:11] Should you hire someone to write your copy for you?

[44:11] What is your brand voice and how do you develop that?

[47:00] What are some of Tarzan's tips for bringing in new clients through email?

[49:33] Tarzan doesn't create free content all the time. She explains how her strategy works.

[57:47] What is Tarzan's recommendation for building up to a launch?

[1:00:46] Tarzan has some final bits of advice around sending emails.

[1:02:10] Find out more about Tarzan at her website and check out her free quiz too.

[1:03:44] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this episode. What were yours?



Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity and MamaNurture


Quotes from this episode:


"When someone's not paying you very much, they aren't that invested in showing up and doing the work."


"You're really selling yourself short if you think as a yoga teacher, all you have to offer is guiding people through a series of poses."


"You have to create the vision for them, when you're selling a package."


"What's more important is creating a package and a vision for people that you can put a healthy price tag on."


"Email is where you can develop your know-like-and-trust factor if you just show up there more consistently."


"I don't think that your business can grow beyond yourself. You have to work on your own personal expansion in tandem with the expansion of your business."


"You really need to take the time to figure out your own voice."


"The important thing is that you write [emails] and you send them and what you think is not good, someone else might think is the greatest thing they've ever read."

Oct 14, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 138: Accessible Yoga Beyond Asana with Jivana Heyman



What does it mean to make yoga accessible to everyone? Yoga goes beyond just asana, so what does it really mean? Jivana Heyman is one of the frontrunners of changing the thinking around yoga, and making the whole of yoga accessible to everyone.


Jivana Heyman is the Founder and Director of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to yoga teachings through education, training and advocacy with the mission of shifting the public perception of yoga. Over ten years ago, he coined the term “accessible yoga”, and since then, it has gained traction and is impacting the larger yoga world. As a yoga teacher, Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement and has led countless yoga teacher training programs around the world over the past 25 years.


At its core, Accessible Yoga is about highlighting the amazing work people are doing and creating new connections and community. Jivana shares more about how we can make yoga more accessible, on the level of individual classes, trainings, and in yoga culture in general. He also reveals some of the content of his new book Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body, to be released in November 2019. Jivana also reveals why collaboration and creativity are an important part of making yoga accessible to all.


This is such an important topic for all yoga teachers who want to share yoga with everybody, and this episode will inspire you to see making yoga accessible to all in a new light.


Key Takeaways:

[5:19] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Jivana Heyman.

[7:13] What does Jivana do and who does he do it for?

[8:52] What are some aspects in which Jivana sees that yoga is not accessible to all people?

[11:21] Accessible Yoga is about highlighting the amazing work people are doing and creating new connections and community.

[13:00] Jivana shares his personal experience of how yoga impacted him in a way that saved his life.

[15:48] Jivana has a new book coming out in November 2019. He talks about the inspiration for the book and what it covers.

[20:37] At the heart of Jivana's work is making the whole of yoga, beyond just asana, accessible to everyone. He gives an example of this.

[22:29] How does Jivana illustrate and make the rest of the 8 limbs (apart from asana) accessible in his book?

[24:29] What are some of the messages Jivana is trying to get through to yoga teachers?

[27:35] Two main aspects Jivana focuses on during his trainings for teachers are creativity and collaboration. He explains how creativity factors to teaching yoga.

[33:15] How does collaboration factor into making yoga more accessible?

[40:37] How long has Jivana been doing his work with the Accessible Yoga organization?

[42:31] Jivana speaks about his vision for Accessible Yoga and how that has revealed itself to him over time.

[45:10] What is the yoga world, and what is its relationship to the rest of the world?

[46:09] Jivana has recently changed his social media strategy. He explains what prompted this change.

[49:52] Accessibility often starts with finances. Why does Jivana believe that?

[53:07] What were some things that came up as Jivana was writing his book? Shannon and Jivana discuss the ego.

[1:03:27] Jivana shares some of his final pieces of advice.

[1:04:35] Get in touch with Jivana via his website, and be sure to follow him on social media.

[1:05:42] What does accessible yoga mean to you?

[1:07:36] Shannon gives us a sneak preview of what's coming up next week on the podcast!




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and MamaNurture


Quotes from this episode:


"The work of Accessible Yoga is to highlight the incredible work that's out there, not really creating something new."


"That's a big piece of our work too, really trying to create new connections and community where there really hasn't been one."


"At the heart of my work is not really asana, but actually the whole of yoga and really thinking differently."


"I think that people are doing the best they can with what they have, and I appreciate that."


"You can learn to paint by copying great masters, that's an amazing way to study. But eventually, to be an artist, you have to paint your own way."


"Doing your practice is the least selfish thing you can do. Taking care of ourselves is the most serviceful thing we can do for the world."


"Accessibility often starts with finances."

Oct 7, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 137: Yoga and Brain Injuries with Ann Green



Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a condition that is far more prevalent than we might think. An estimated 69 million people worldwide suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries each year, and the thing is, it’s often not possible to tell just by looking at a person if they have experienced TBI. Ann Green joins me to share how we as yoga teachers can learn a few things to help people on the road to recovery.

Ann Green is a yogi, a runner, and a surfer with over 30 years of teaching yoga, and almost fifteen conducting yoga teacher training. She has a background in sport psychology and physical education, and a Masters in Exercise Science from the University of Toronto. Ann is skilled in Coaching, Wellness Coaching, Pain Management and Prevention, Yoga, and Fitness Training.

Over the years, Ann has had her own experiences with concussions and brain injury. In her line of work, she has also come across many individuals who have experienced TBI, and this has inspired her to shift her focus to offer yoga that caters specifically to the needs of those coping with brain injuries. Ann shares her own journey living as a person with brain injury, and how this has informed her practice and her work in this space. She has some tips on what we can do in a yoga class, or with breath and movement to assist someone on the road to recovery with a brain injury, as well how empowering it can be just to understand what someone with this condition may be going through.

Whether you have experience working with students with brain injury, or this is something you have never even considered, this episode is sure to be informative for all yoga teachers.

Key Takeaways:

[5:36] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Ann Green.

[7:30] When did Ann start to tie in yoga and brain health?

[12:38] Ann shares her personal experience with concussions and brain injury.

[19:17] What are some symptoms that might come up for someone with brain injury?

[25:26] Ann highlights some of the reasons she believes the concussion rates are highest for women between 45 and 55 years of age.

[26:42] Ann has learned and grown from her experience with brain injury, and has framed her experiences in a different light.

[29:02] What does Ann do in her classes with her students dealing with brain injury?

[32:16] Ann has created a program called Brainstorm, for people with concussions or who work with people with brain injuries to connect in community and find their calm.

[40:54] Ann shares some key aspects of the Building a Blissful Brain classes.

[46:40] Shannon and Ann discuss working with people with concussions and how you may need to help them push a little further in their recovery process.

[48:27] What are some language cues that can be helpful (or unhelpful) when working with someone with a concussion or brain injury?

[50:46] Talking about neuroplasticity, what are some movements that can be useful to integrate into the class?

[1:00:53] Ann has some final recommendations for yoga teachers working with students with brain injuries for the first time.

[1:03:02] Shannon shares some of her biggest takeaways from this interview with Ann.




Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Mama Nurture


Quotes from this episode:


"You can't do movement without the awesome, excellence of communication with your brain."


"The only reason that people don't get so incredibly worried about [concussions] is, most people don't die of a concussion."


"The numbers show from the States and from Canada, that we are beyond epidemic levels of concussion, minor brain injury level."


"Your mess becomes your message."


"I want people to realize something that's not recognizable and it is invisible, we need to make it recognizable."


"Let tenderness be your teacher.

Sep 30, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

 Ep 136: Yoga for Teens & Tweens with Karen Pascoe



Tweens and teengagers can be a difficult audience to reach. They are changing physically, mentally, and emotionally, and that comes with a whole different set of challenges. Dr. Karen Pascoe has found her niche in catering to this specific age group and on this episode, shares some of her strategies and tips for teaching yoga to younger students.


Dr. Karen Pascoe is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. She began teaching yoga in 1996, and in 2015, launched the Mind Body Life Transformation Center. Apart from yoga classes, therapy and wellness sessions, she offers classes, parties and summer camps specially targeted at tweens and teens.


How is teaching tweens and teens different from teaching adults? What are some of the challenges you might encounter in reaching this age group? Why is communication and connection so important when structuring these classes? Karen shares her insights on these topics, as well as the business side of marketing and promoting yoga for tweens and teens. 


If you teach tweens and teens, or are interested in niching down to this age group, or if you just have teens of your own and would like some tools to share with them, this episode is just what you need to listen to.


Key Takeaways:

[6:08] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Dr. Karen Pascoe.

[7:27] What is Karen's yoga journey and how did it bring her to where she is now?

[10:05] What is the biggest difference between an adult yoga class and a class for teens and tweens?

[11:52] What age group is tweens and what age group is teens?

[13:06] How do teen and tween students differ?

[14:57] What motivates younger students to participate in yoga classes?

[15:56] How does Karen deal with students who come in as a result of being signed up by their parents and who are unmotivated?

[17:24] What do Karen's tween classes look like vs teen classes? She walks us through the structure of her classes.

[22:39] Karen incorporates pauses into her classes for younger students. She explains how that works.

[24:45] Shannon and Karen discuss why making yoga an empowering practice is so important for this age group.

[27:23] What are some tools that Karen teaches her students to help them with emotional regulation?

[31:39] In her work as a psychologist, Karen works with tweens and older. She shares more about her work in that area.

[34:35] What are some of Karen's tips for yoga teachers who have never taught a tween or teen class?

[38:23] Karen explains more about what it takes to be "cool" with tweens and teens.

[41:40] What is the most effective strategy to get the word out about tween and teen yoga classes?

[43:42] What does Karen's tween and teen camp look like?

[45:53] Karen shares some resources for yoga teachers interested in teaching teens.

[48:30] Connect with Karen via her website or Facebook to find out more about her work and trainings.

[49:04] Karen leaves us with an anecdote of how impactful teen yoga can be.

[51:08] Shannon would love to hear your feedback!


Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity and MamaNurture.


Quotes from this episode:


"In the tween and teen classes, you have to have these pauses to engage and re-engage, because they don't have the attention span for that. It needs to be more of a community-oriented experience."


"One of my goals for that age is empowerment."


"After the inversions, because those are the single most calming pose that you can do ... it will be silence."


"I want so much of the yoga to be strategy, for it to be empowering."


"If they are not being taught strategy and skill for emotional regulation, they feel very vulnerable."


"Depression, anxiety, no matter what they're coming in for, it's in their body as much as their mind."


Sep 23, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

 Ep 135: How to Modify for the Prenatal Student with Rena Wren



When teaching prenatal yoga, or pregnant students, what are the poses you should avoid? Can you teach twists, inversions or front extensions? What are some modifications I can cue, or props I can use to cater to the needs of my pregnant students? All your questions are going to be answered on this episode with Rena Wren.


Rena Wren is one of our MamaNurture lead trainers, and the founder of Empowered Yoga Teaching, where she provides continuing education and support for yoga teachers.  Apart from prenatal yoga teacher training through MamaNurture, she offers yin yoga training, and yoga teacher mentoring on a wide range of topics, as well as workshops, retreats, and online courses. 


Contraindicated yoga during pregnancy covers eight main areas. Shannon and Rena dive into each of these, as well as modifications and variations that you can cue for your pregnant students and in your prenatal class. Be sure to check out the free PDF Download and Rena’s videos where she shares variations you can use.


If you have ever taught prenatal yoga, or had a pregnant student come to your class, this episode is going to be a real treat. It is full of tips and modifications that you can immediately start applying to any of your prenatal classes or to work with pregnant students.


Key Takeaways:

[5:38] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Rena Wren.

[8:04] How did Rena get started in her yoga journey?

[12:35] Rena juggles multiple roles and responsibilities. She shares how yoga has helped her find balance in what she does.

[15:09] Check out the PDF download for the 8 contraindicated poses during pregnancy.

[16:03] Shannon and Rena discuss the first contraindicated pose - Breath retention and/or strong, forced breathing. What are some of Rena's favorite modifications for this?

[17:47] Advanced poses that challenge and build heat are second on the list. How can you tell when certain poses are advanced?

[22:31] What are some modifications Rena recommends to avoid poses that engage and/or stretch the rectus abdominis muscles (e.g. boat, crow, leg lifts)?

[27:18] Front extensions can overstretch the abdominal muscles. Rena walks us through a modification of camel pose for the pregnant body.

[30:11] Inversions are contraindicated for pregnancy. How would Rena modify the headstand, handstand, shoulder stand and downward dog poses?

[36:46] What are some of Rena's favorite variations for prone poses?

[40:05] How can you identify closed twist poses and what are some modifications you can offer?

[44:54] The last one is hot yoga. Shannon and Rena discuss why they would not teach hot yoga to pregnant people.

[47:15] Check out the live video from September 16 to find out more about caution poses in the grey area.

[47:48] Rena has some final insights on how teachers can approach having a pregnant student in their class.

[49:39] Rena has a MamaNurture training coming up!

[52:05] Shannon shares some details about upcoming teacher trainings that are available.

[53:12] Shannon has an update about MamaNurture and all the work she is doing with niching down.



Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity and MamaNurture.


Quotes from this episode:


"One of the main things I've learned from yoga is to know the things that I value, and to make sure that I have enough of those things in my life to help me have balance."

"A lot of students who come to prenatal yoga are new to yoga."


"Challenging is dependent on the student."


"Getting people to slow down and feel nurtured in a space really helps them realize that they don't really care about their idea of yoga was anymore. They care that they feel good when they leave this room."


"One of the first things to do [think about] what are the benefits, what are we trying to do?"


"Take baby with you in the twist."


Sep 16, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 134: Pelvic Health for Pregnancy & Beyond with Julie Wiebe



What is the recovery time after birth for prenatal yoga students? What are some things to consider in the recovery of postnatal students looking to get back to full strength and fitness? There are a lot of myths around pelvic and abdominal health during pregnancy and postpartum, which Julie Wiebe busts through on this episode.

Julie Wiebe is a Physical Therapist (PT) with over twenty years of clinical experience in both Sports Medicine and Women’s Health. She is also an educator and women’s health advocate working to create awareness of pregnancy recovery, postpartum and pelvic and abdominal health issues in fitness.

Pregnancy and birth is a period during which the body changes and adapts to accommodate the growing baby, and post-birth, there is a period of rehabilitation that is necessary for the body to return to its regular function. Julie shares some of the misconceptions around post-birth recovery, hyperlordosis, urinary incontinence, Kegels and much more. She also highlights some breath techniques and poses yoga teachers can use to help their students regulate intra-abdominal pressure, and the importance of teaching from a place of educated hope instead of educated fear.

This episode is meant for any yoga practitioner or teacher who has been pregnant, who plans to be pregnant, or who really wants to help the pregnant and postnatal yoga student - Julie’s insights on this topic are really eye-opening!

Key Takeaways:

[7:45] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Julie Wiebe.

[9:07] What does Julie do and who does she do it for?

[10:21] Why is there a rehabilitation period after pregnancy and giving birth?

[12:43] Julie recommends for people to come to her prenatally and postnatally.

[15:10] Julie shares some statistics around how paid maternity leave affects infant and parental health.

[19:16] What are some things that Julie would want prenatal yoga teachers and students to know about the changes in the body?

[21:59] How can we teach people to breathe optimally?

[27:01] What pose does Julie recommend to get into the closure of the rib cage?

[29:45] During pregnancy, there is a lot more weight on the front of the body. How does that affect alignment, and the lumbar curve? Julie busts some myths around anterior pelvic tilt in pregnancy.

[34:16] Where does Julie start to help people find alignment?

[37:24] What does it mean to strengthen the diaphragm?

[41:09] Julie and Shannon discuss the condition of incontinence, specifically leaking urine.

[45:20] Kegels is not always the answer! Julie addresses this myth that Kegels is always a good exercise after birth.

[48:45] What else can yoga teachers be doing to help their students in terms of movement, breath or information?

[53:28] Why is it important to be having conversations around pelvic health, pregnancy and postpartum rehabilitation and recovery?

[58:36] Get in touch with Julie and check out the wealth of resources, articles and videos she has available on her website.

[59:40] Shannon shares some of her key takeaways.




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Quotes from this episode:


"There are changes that come because of the pregnancy...what my job is, is to help you rebalance those changes and get you back to function and fitness without any limitations."


"What would we see down the line with pelvic health knowing that women had an opportunity just to recover?"


"If I could do anything for anyone, if I could do one thing, it would be to optimize their breathing."


"Form or alignment, for me, has a lot to do with access to muscles."


"We need to start looking at individuals and understand their needs, and that's tricky."

Sep 9, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 133: Yoga for Painful Sex with Casie Danenhauer



How is the health of your pelvic floor is related to sexual dysfunction and painful sex? This is a topic that many of us find uncomfortable to talk about, but that a lot of us, particularly women, struggle with. Dr. Casie Danenhauer, someone who has experienced pelvic pain herself, reveals how she has combined techniques from physical therapy and yoga to create a holistic approach to healing.


Dr. Casie Danenhauer is a pelvic floor physical therapist, registered yoga teacher, and Founder of Enlighten Physical Therapy, where she focuses on providing conscious care for pelvic health. After using a combination of yoga techniques and physical therapy to address her own struggles with pelvic pain and painful intercourse, Casie realized that a holistic approach is the most efficient and effective path towards pelvic health. Since then, she has integrated yoga, breathing and meditation exercises into her physical therapy practice to create a unique East-meets-West approach.


By speaking openly about her own experience with pelvic pain, Casie hopes to break some of the stigma and shame that surrounds the topic. She explains more about the pelvic floor, some common symptoms and conditions associated with painful intercourse, and how therapeutic yoga, physical therapy and breathwork can be used in combination to treat these conditions. She also offers advice on how yoga teachers can responsibly talk about and cue the pelvic floor, and be a part of a client’s healing journey.


Whether you have students who are dealing with pelvic pain or painful intercourse, or you just want to be more aware of how yoga and physical therapy can be integrated to address pelvic health conditions, you’re sure to find value in this episode.


Key Takeaways:

[6:30] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Dr. Casie Danenhauer.

[8:10] What does Casie do and how did she get into it? She shares her journey with physical therapy and yoga, and how she came to integrate the two in her practice.

[16:01] Shannon and Casie discuss the language and connotations of using expressions like "pelvic dysfunction".

[16:58] When did Casie start dealing with her own pelvic health conditions?

[21:34] Pelvic health professionals can make a big impact on people and make a difference to people.

[23:02] Casie shares some of the treatments that helped with her pain with sex, and how she moved into becoming a pelvic floor PT.

[25:41] That Casie has shared the personal aspects of her own struggles with her pelvic health condition openly is very powerful.

[27:00] What are some conditions associated with painful sex, and what are the symptoms associated with each?

[29:32] What were some treatment methods Casie engaged in to treat her own pain, and who would she engage to help in her treatment now?

[32:20] What can yoga teachers do to support students who are dealing with painful intercourse?

[39:22] Casie recommends for yoga teachers to reach out to your students PT to find out more about what they are dealing with.

[43:13] How can yoga teachers use the same pose for different purposes? Casie breaks down with the example of cat-cow.

[49:10] What are some cues yoga teachers can give for students who need to build strength in their pelvic floor?

[50:23] Casie shares some key issues to be aware of when addressing a student who is struggling with pelvic pain or painful intercourse.

[51:47] What are some differences in Casie's approach compared to the medical approach?

[55:55] Connect with Casie on Instagram, or check out her website for more information on the work she does.



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Quotes from this episode:


"There's a million different ways we can prescribe a breathwork, but most of it, honestly, is just giving the patient permission to move in ways and give attention to their body and specifically, their pelvic spaces, when maybe they've never even heard of that as a possibility."


"I was really, really moved by how powerful pelvic floor PT can be in helping people with really basic ‘quality of life’ level issues that we take for granted until something goes wrong."


"That's part of my main mission is to de-stigmatize all of this stuff, and take out the shame."


"That, I feel is the most healing aspect, is just being able to voice what we're experiencing in our body."


"Pain levels decrease with mindfulness."


"The brain and the nervous system is influencing all of the tissues in the body."

Sep 2, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

132: Marketing to Increase Private Bookings with Amanda Mays



How can you market your yoga business without seeming pushy or salesy? What kind of strategies can you use to attract your ideal client? Amanda Mays joins Shannon on this consultation call to talk through her struggles with marketing herself and putting her yoga business out there.

Amanda is self proclaimed yoga and happiness ambassador. She works as a freelance editor and occasionally teaches e-courses on writing, specifically journaling, and how to use that habit to fuel a bigger writing practice. She is also raising six children apart from all this, and has very limited free time. Amanda wants to expand her yoga offering to begin working with private clients, and to become more purposeful in her approach to teaching yoga and marketing her business to the right clients.

Shannon coaches Amanda through her mindset blocks of not wanting to market herself while offering actionable advice on how best to move toward offering more 1:1 private yoga sessions. From tips on how to use social media to promote her yoga business, to goal-setting, Shannon guides Amanda to find clarity in her aims for her business.

If you’re like Amanda and worry that your marketing efforts are too pushy, or feel like you’re being pulled in too many different directions promoting your yoga business, this episode will help you get some clarity around how best to get the word out about your yoga offerings.

P.S. Since this episode was recorded, Amanda has grown her yoga business from zero private clients, to about five 1:1 clients a week!

Key Takeaways:

[5:17] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Amanda Mays.

[7:50] What is Amanda's biggest challenge in her yoga business?

[9:19] What are some of Amanda's top ideas that are calling to her? Shannon suggests doing a free writing practice.

[12:43] What is the one thing that can increase profit and growth in Amanda's business?

[14:22] Why does Amanda want to move towards 1:1 yoga?

[17:14] Shannon goes through an exercise with Amanda to create an ideal week and how to bridge the gap between her current schedule and ideal schedule.

[21:08] Amanda's biggest hurdle is marketing herself. Shannon shares an anecdote from her personal experience running a farmer's market to help her with this mental block.

[24:06] What is something Amanda's ideal student is struggling with?

[27:27] Shannon and Amanda discuss setting measurable goals for her yoga business, and how sharing her story can contribute to making the 'ask'.

[32:25] Shannon highlights why it's important for Amanda's social media to reflect her business and how to leverage that to reach her ideal clients.

[40:21] Shannon shares her tips on doing live video.

[46:35] Shannon and Amanda set some goals for her to start doing live videos!

[48:59] Shannon prompts Amanda to think about how people can book 1:1 sessions with her.

[52:53] How can Amanda figure out her core values as a yoga teacher, and some of her discomforts around marketing herself? Shannon suggests the "I believe" exercise.

[1:00:45] Amanda shares more about her fear of niching down.

[1:03:07] Amanda struggles with how she can incorporate some of her previous e-courses and journaling activities into her offering that all target the same ideal client. Shannon has some suggestions.

[1:10:55] What's your biggest takeaway from this consultation call? Share your comments or questions with Shannon!




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Quotes from this episode:


"This is what I want to do, but I can't quite figure out how to put the steps together." - Amanda

"What if we instead, really focus on who might be your ideal student?" - Shannon

"The thing is with working 1:1, is it takes time to build it. Our best advertising is someone telling someone else how great they feel." - Shannon

"People are excited to invest in the why, why you do something and the whole story behind it." - Shannon

Aug 26, 2019


This episode is all about something Shannon often gets asked - the nitty-gritty details of how to teach private yoga. It can feel intimidating, and you may not know where to start or how to structure a private yoga session with a student. Shannon dives into exactly how she handles her yoga sessions, from scheduling the 1:1 class to after the session ends.

Shannon covers a lot of ground. Starting off with scheduling, pricing, policies around booking, cancellation, payment, and rent, she also touches on waivers, health information and questions to ask to get to know your student better. Find out how Shannon creates a yoga flow on the fly for the person she is teaching, how she approaches space to do yoga, and makes sure to fit in the actual yoga (including Savasana!) within the session. 1:1 yoga is different from group classes, and Shannon explains how to be in discussion with your client while working with them, homework she assigns, and how she manages accountability and follow up.

This episode is jam-packed with lots of information and actionable tips - it was designed to help you dive right into teaching private yoga, if you have been thinking about it and just weren’t sure about the in’s and out’s.


Key Takeaways:

[6:38] This episode is all about the nitty-gritty details of teaching private yoga.

[7:35] When and how can someone schedule a session with you?

[9:40] What is your price? Shannon highlights some elements to consider when setting your price.

[15:12] How does Shannon approach providing mats and props, and the amount of time she allows between appointments.

[19:12] Setting policies and rules is an important part of teaching private yoga. Shannon shares some of her tips around booking, cancellation and payment policies.

[20:48] Rent - how much are you able to pay for rent?

[22:19] The next step is doing the intake after someone books with you. Shannon dives into waivers and health information.

[24:54] A lot of yoga teachers get stuck when it comes to asking their students questions. What are some questions you can ask to find out more about your student?

[29:16] If you are helping a student with a specific symptom or problem, what and how much information do you require ahead of time to help you prepare?

[32:06] Shannon creates the yoga flow for her private students on the fly. She explains how she goes about doing this with some real-life examples.

[35:36] Shannon shares what it means to hold space to do yoga.

[38:31] How can you be in discussion with your student during a 1:1 yoga session?

[40:19] Shannon gives her students homework!

[42:07] The last aspect of teaching private yoga is accountability and follow up.




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Quotes from this episode:


"Imagine your ideal week. When would you ideally teach 1:1 yoga?"


"I don’t want you to negotiate and earn less than your set hourly rate."


"You are ready to teach 1:1 yoga as soon as you graduate from yoga teacher training.”


“Set your price and your policies first. Then set up how people book with you.”

Aug 19, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

130: Make a Profit Teaching Private Yoga with Emily Sussell



Can you make a good living teaching yoga? A lot of us yoga teachers struggle with money mindset - we don’t like to talk about making profits, or think about sharing yoga as a business. However, that’s an important part of being able to bring yoga to others. You need to be able to sustain yourself first, before you can serve others. On this episode, Emily Sussell reveals how she makes $100,000 a year with her yoga business, and how you can too.

Emily is a successful yoga teacher, business coach, and entrepreneur. She became a certified yoga instructor in 2013, and founded Private Yoga Brooklyn, a premium private yoga service in NYC. As other yoga teachers noticed her success and reached out to her for help in creating their own private yoga businesses, Emily was inspired to start Abundant Yogi Coaching, a business coaching institute for yoga teachers worldwide. In addition to coaching and mentorship services, she offers educational resources and coaching retreats to empower yoga teachers with tools to thrive financially and become more impactful as healers.

Finding your niche is a common theme on the podcast. Emily explains how teaching private yoga can be a niche on it own, and how to make the leap from teaching group classes to private yoga. She explains how she found her ideal client avatar, set her prices and marketed herself using branding on her website and SEO. Her biggest piece of advice? Motion over meditation.


If teaching private yoga is something you’ve given even a little bit of thought to, or if you just want to be able to make a decent income as a yoga teacher, this episode is for you.


Key Takeaways:

[6:35] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Emily Sussell.
[8:30] Where did Emily's yoga journey begin and how did she get to where she is today?
[13:56] What was the biggest thing for Emily that allowed her to shift from teaching group yoga to specializing in private yoga?
[15:38] What are some of Emily's tips around starting to specialize in teaching private yoga?
[18:22] Emily shares some advice around just taking the leap and going for it.
[20:42] How does Emily decide on the pricing for her yoga classes? She has a special equation!
[23:10] Emily believes it's possible to make a good income teaching yoga and teaching private yoga. She shares her insights into what that might look like.
[25:29] What are Emily's suggestions for attracting the right kinds of clients who can afford your fees?
[27:47] Shannon and Emily discuss niching down and specializing.
[30:36] How do packages and discounted pricing play into Emily's offerings?
[35:50] At what point did Emily transition from group to private classes?
[38:01] What is the most effective channel for Emily to get in front of her potential clients in terms of marketing and visibility?
[41:33] What does a 1:1 yoga session look like?
[45:38] What's the first step to take if you're looking to move in the direction of teaching private yoga classes?
[48:30] Check out the links for more information on insurance and waiver forms.
[49:18] Find out more about Emily's work via her Facebook group and her coaching website, Abundant Yogi.
[50:29] Shannon shares some of her key takeaways - she'd love to hear yours too!


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Quotes from this episode:

"I fell in love with everything about working 1:1 with somebody in their home."

"One of the things that helped me make that transition [to specializing in private yoga] was honestly, deciding to."

"I realized that if I didn't choose something and commit to it, then I was just going to stay in this space of vagueness."

"When you're building a business and you're trying to move forward with growing something, don't get stuck in that place of constantly meditating what's the best way to do this."

"When we're creating marketing, we're not trying to appeal to everyone." 

Aug 12, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 129: Pelvic Floor 101 with Marie-Josée Forget



This episode is on one of Shannon’s favorite topics - pelvic health. It is one of the crucial parts of our body that plays many functions in our daily lives, but gets very little attention, until something goes wrong. Marie-Josée Forget, a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, is here to give us the basics on everything pelvic floor.


Marie-Josée Forget is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist with 18 years of clinical experience. She currently teaches courses related to pelvic anatomy and health at Pelvic Health Solutions, and has developed a hand-drawn female and male pelvic floor model that is used as a teaching tool. Apart from her work as an instructor and public speaker on the topic of pelvic health, MJ runs a private physiotherapy practice where she treats men, women and children who have pelvic floor dysfunction.


The pelvic floor is a bit of a mystery to most of us. MJ helps us to understand a bit more about the anatomy of the pelvic floor and crucial role that it plays in various daily functions. Despite the common perception that the pelvic floor is weak and needs to be strengthened, MJ reveals that many people actually suffer from the effects of pelvic floor tension, rather than weakness. She also busts some common misconceptions and myths surrounding the pelvic floor


MJ also has some great suggestions on how yoga instructors and pelvic health physiotherapists can work together to better serve your students. Tune in to learn more about this remarkable part of our body, and how this information can help you and your yoga students. 


P.S. MJ Forget is the October guest expert in the Pelvic Health Professionals membership site!


Key Takeaways:

[7:24] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Marie-Josée Forget.

[9:26] What does MJ do and who does she do it for?

[10:14] MJ explains how she created her pelvic floor models.

[13:50] What is the pelvic floor, where is it, and what does it do?

[19:13] Do we guard with the pelvic floor under stress?

[20:16] Despite the importance and role of the pelvic floor in many of our daily activities, it is not a subject area that is often taught or discussed.

[21:30] There may be a perception in society that the pelvic floor is weak, and weakens over time. MJ explains more about the muscle and how weakness or tension may exhibit the same symptoms.

[24:56] MJ shares how yoga instructors can work together with pelvic health physiotherapists.

[28:08] What is it like to have a pelvic health physiotherapist do an internal exam?

[32:30] Shannon shares her experience of her first visit with her pelvic health physiotherapist.

[33:31] Shannon and MJ discuss how times are changing and people are recognizing the importance of pelvic health.

[37:01] What is the anatomy of the pelvic floor?

[43:30] MJ shares an anecdote of a study she was part of that revealed that women presenting with back and hip pain were predominantly tight, rather than weak in their pelvic floor muscles.

[46:03] One of the advantages of a practice like yoga is that it helps increase body awareness.

[49:40] The words and language we use as yoga teachers and pelvic health professionals is so important. There is a need for communication and education.

[51:07] What is the main thing that MJ wants listeners to understand and take away about pelvic health? She also busts some prevalent myths on the topic.

[57:22] Check out the links for ways to connect with MJ.

[58:03] What do you call the pelvic floor if it is holding tension or if it is weak?

[59:47] Shannon shares her biggest takeaway from this interview with MJ, and a little bit about the Pelvic Health Professionals membership site.


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Quotes from this episode:

"People can really appreciate 'Oh, I have a whole bunch of muscles down there, I had no idea, and they're actually a lot more significant than I thought them to be.'"

"[The pelvic floor] still a part of the body we kind of ignore, and it's not until you start actually taking courses in pelvic health or doing yoga courses that we start to talk about it because of its importance."

"A muscle that's too weak can cause incontinence, but a muscle that's too tight also can cause incontinence."

"How great is it that we are getting now to the point where women are recognizing the importance of having a good evaluation and are seeking the care themselves!"

"We don't connect with our body very much. We disconnect, if anything."

Aug 5, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 128: Ayurveda, Doshas & Yoga with Angela Glaz



This episode is all about reconnecting the sister sciences, yoga and Ayurveda. We all learn about Ayurveda in out Yoga Teacher Trainings at some level, but a lot of us don’t know how to incorporate it into our classes, or even really how our doshas affect us in our lives and in our business. Angela Glaz has adoped a unique approach in building her yoga business with Ayurveda at its core, and she shares more about how you can bring Ayurveda into your classes too.


Angela is a 500 E-RYT, Ayurvedic Counselor and the Founder of Eka Yoga. She came to yoga in 2002 and since then, she has traveled to India twice to deepen her own practice and to study Yoga and Ayurveda. Most recently, she completed the Ayurvedic Counseling Program at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Today, Angela offers Ayurvedic consultations, Yoga and Ayurveda Immersive Courses, online wellness courses and an online holistic membership site, as well as group and private yoga classes.


What are the different doshas, and how do they influence us? Angela dives into the three doshas and their defining characteristics, and explains how we might see them reflected in our yoga practice, our lives and even in our role as business owners. She also reveals how she organizes her classes to go in line with Ayurveda, the technical aspects of offering people classes based on their doshas, and how her online membership site ties into her business.


Tune in to this fascinating episode to learn more about your own doshas, and how you might use this information to thrive in teaching, being a business owner and also living your life.


Key Takeaways:

[5:30] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Angela Glaz.

[6:59] Where did Angela's yoga journey begin?

[8:14] What has led Angela to the work that she does now? What does she do and who does she do it for?

[10:33] Is there a difference between yoga and Ayurveda or is it the same thing?

[11:52] What are the doshas?

[19:38] How do you know what dosha you are? How do you avoid seeing everything through that lens?

[23:48] What is something Angela has learned about the doshas that has really helped her as a yoga teacher?

[25:05] How can yoga teachers bring the doshas and Ayurveda into their classes?

[28:26] Angela shares some words of wisdom around attaching yourself or other people to a dosha.

[30:00] In Angela's yoga studio, people take classes according to their doshas. She explains how this works from a technical and organizational standpoint.

[32:12] When it comes to running a business, what are some things that would help the different doshas?

[37:18] People carry all doshas within them, but usually one is dominant.

[38:34] What is Angela's membership site about and what motivated her to start it?

[41:45] Angela shares a little about the videos she puts up online for her membership site.

[44:57] Who is Angela's target audience for her membership site?

[46:35] Angela shares some final thoughts and resources.

[48:19] Shannon leaves you with two final questions to think about.




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Quotes from this episode:


"The concept behind the studio is to reconnect yoga and Ayurveda, because this gives practitioners a better idea of how to practice for their unique body type."


"Yoga is actually a tool to help us heal our body. It's part of Ayurveda."


"More people could benefit from understanding their unique body type and adjusting their diet, routine, exercise to find optimal health and happiness."


"The biggest thing that I'd like them to take away in their classes is really encouraging people to listen to their body."

Jul 29, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 127: Let Nature Theme Your Classes with Alee Link



Do you create your classes around a certain theme? Or have you been a part of a class where every pose and transition was intentional and flowed, and it left you wishing you knew how to structure your classes like that? Alee Link is great at intentional teaching, and finds the inspiration for her classes in nature - she shares how you can, too!


Alee Link attended her first yoga class when she was 12 years old, and in 2011, she completed her 200-hour RYT certification. In 2013, Alee and her husband founded River Flow Yoga and Wellness in Georgia, where she offers students yoga classes primarily rooted in Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga. She also created the MoonLIT Tribe app, which offers moon rituals, mantra, guided meditation and more for people looking to connect with themselves, each other, the planet, the stars, and everything around us.


One of Alee’s specialities is intentional teaching around a general theme for each class. She shares more about how she chooses her theme for each class, based on things that are going on in nature like the seasons, the placement of the moon, and the stars and what’s going on around her. Shannon and Alee also discuss the importance of intentional teaching, and why teaching classes around a certain theme doesn’t have to involve a lot of work.


If you’ve been thinking about where to get theme ideas for your classes, tune in to this episode to find out why you don’t have to look any further than the nature around us for inspiration and guidance.


Key Takeaways:

[6:18] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Alee Link.

[8:16] What does Alee do, and who does she do it for?

[9:43] Alee was only 12 years old when she went for her first yoga class. When did she decide to become a yoga teacher?

[14:15] What are some things Alee wishes she had known when choosing her first yoga teacher training?

[18:40] How does Alee teach intentionally and theme her classes?

[25:20] Alee shares an anecdote from her experience about the founding of the MoonLIT app, and how yoga teachers can use the app.

[31:37] Shannon and Alee discuss the importance of nature, not just in yoga but in other aspects of life.

[33:20] How much pressure does Alee feel in being intentional with every pose and transition in her teaching sequence? Does she communicate her intentions with her class?

[40:23] When leading yoga teacher training to new teachers, how does Alee guide them to create themes for their classes apart from just focusing on their own practice?

[45:08] How does Alee map out her classes?

[50:01] What is something Alee has learned in leading yoga teacher training?

[52:46] What has been a lightbulb moment for Alee's teachers in her training?

[58:11] Does Alee also incorporate things that are going on around us in the world, in terms of news, current events or politics?

[1:03:29] Get in touch with Alee on social media, check out the MoonLIT app, or visit her websites to find out more about her work.

[1:04:21] Shannon shares her greatest takeaways, and would love to hear yours!




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Quotes from this episode:


"My purpose on this planet is to spread the message of connectivity."


"That's how I teach, is based on what's going on in the natural world around us and that is our greatest teacher."


"My greatest advice is to take the time to understand the natural world."


"Just giving yourself a little space and grace to explore, I think is the biggest thing."


"The natural world is happening around us regardless. So we can either jump into the flow, or force ourselves against it and resist it."


Jul 24, 2019

We have heard from a lot of yoga teachers in the last few weeks regarding the new standards released by Yoga Alliance. In this bonus podcast episode, Shannon Roche explains what this means for both yoga teachers and schools.

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Jul 22, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

 Ep 126: Body Mindful Yoga with Jennifer Kreatsoulas



This episode deals with a topic that impacts so many of us and our students: body image and making peace with the bodies we have. In the USA, up to 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder, and worldwide, almost 70 million. Yoga can be a powerful tool to navigate the daily challenges of recovery from eating disorders, or even to help people accept their bodies. 


Jennifer Kreatsoulas is a certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. As an inspirational speaker and the author of Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship With Your Body, she helps others who struggle with their bodies find peace of mind with yoga and mindfulness practices. She also provides yoga therapy online and in-person, and coaches healthcare and yoga professionals.


For over 20 years, Jennifer has struggled with anorexia, and she reveals how that inspired her work in helping people who struggle with their bodies through yoga. Shannon and Jennifer discuss what words and cues can be triggering and some alternatives you can use instead, as well as the general language in our culture around food, fitness, and fashion.


Being mindful of our bodies and creating an affirming relationship with our bodies is not easy, but it is work worth doing. This episode will surely shed new light on some of our practices in cueing during yoga classes, and how to be more aware of the language that we use and that surrounds us.


Key Takeaways:

[5:25] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Jennifer Kreatsoulas.

[7:18] Who is Jennifer and what is the work she does?

[9:35] What is an eating disorder?

[12:50] In the US, 30 million people are affected by eating disorders.

[14:26] What made Jennifer decide that yoga would be a part of her recovery?

[16:14] What are some examples of triggering words or actions?

[21:11] Jennifer and Shannon discuss the importance of educating and empowering students with the language you use, as well as bringing inquiry into the class.

[24:20] We're often told to love our bodies, but that is hard to do sometimes.

[26:18] Jennifer shares some of the language around body parts that can be sensitive.

[31:50] What are some other verbal cues to pay attention to?

[34:05] Movement in a yoga class may not come as easily to beginners as it does to us as yoga teachers, who have been doing it for years.

[35:51] What are some of the best practices surrounding body mindful yoga?

[40:34] There is so much power in our words - we need to be mindful of how our words can hurt ourselves, hurt others.

[45:01] Who is Jennifer's target for her book, Body Mindful Yoga?

[46:00] Jennifer also offers mentorship for healthcare professionals and yoga teachers.

[50:03] Jennifer shares some words of compassion for people who are not feeling confident in their bodies.

[52:13] Don't forget to get a copy of Jennifer's book, and do check out her website to learn more about her work.

[53:27] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this interview.




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Quotes from this episode:


"[An eating disorder] affects people of all ages, of all genders, of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds."


"We're all learning how to love ourselves better, and we all have our obstacles to doing that."


"If we want to use that language, let's make it empowering and educate our students on what's actually happening in their bodies, and what it means."


"Find the language that resonates with you most authentically."

Jul 15, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 125: How to Get Unstuck with Shira Gura



Do you encounter a feeling of being stuck, as a business owner, or even in your own personal life? You feel like you can’t move forward, you can’t make a decision, and you may even have students who come to your yoga classes to help them get unstuck. Shira Gura, an expert in helping people get unstuck, has just the tools to help you and your students.


Shira Taylor Gura is the creator of The S.T.U.C.K. Method®, author of Getting unSTUCK: Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being, host of the Getting Unstuck podcast, and creator of Consideration Cards. Shira’s own journey in feeling stuck in different areas of her life helped her discover tools to use to help herself and others.


With her five-step S.T.U.C.K Method, Shira coaches Shannon through some areas in her business that she has been feeling stuck. They discuss what it means to be stuck, why people often fall into the same areas of “stuck-ness” in their lives, and why it’s so important to take time to do this work on yourself.


This is such an informative episode with valuable tips and actions you can take immediately to get unstuck in your business or relationships, and to help others in your life get unstuck with things they’re struggling with. Tune in to the end to find out more about Shira’s special giveaway too!


Key Takeaways:

[5:40] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Shira Gura

[7:26] Where did Shira's yoga journey begin?

[9:57] How did Shira get started becoming a STUCK coach and educator?

[15:39] Shira used to blog every week about where she was feeling stuck. She shares one of her more popular stories that really resonated with her audience.

[19:34] How can you figure out if you're stuck?

[20:35] Shira talks through an example of where a yoga teacher might get stuck, and how they can use her method to get un-stuck.

[24:06] Shira coaches Shannon with her stuck-ness around starting her new venture, Pelvic Health Professionals.

[32:45] What are some tools Shira recommends to help you feel your emotions instead of avoiding them?

[34:51] Ask yourself 'what are the beliefs that are creating that emotion?', and how can you flip that belief?

[42:43] The last step in the method is to wrap up with self compassion.

[44:21] Shannon and Shira recap the S.T.U.C.K method.

[51:39] Get in touch with Shira via her website, and do check out her podcast and book too. 

[52:10] Shira leaves us with some final thoughts.

[54:09] Shira has a special giveaway!




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Quotes from this episode:


"I was basically trying to use mindfulness to help me get out of the stuck spots, but ... I found mindfulness wasn't enough."


"I recognized that this tool was something for anyone and everyone who felt stuck in their lives and needed a tool to help them out."


"If you're doubtful, if you're not sure if you're stuck or not, you probably are."


"Every emotion that you have, that is being created by a thought. Because thoughts create emotions."


"Those stuck spots, the recurring ones, will stay in your life forever until you learn the lesson you're supposed to learn from it."

Jul 9, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 124: Enneagram for Yoga Entrepreneurs with Sarajane Case



How much does your personality type influence how you share yoga and run your business? What traits or qualities might your students display, depending on their personality type, and how does that influence their experience of yoga? Sarajane Case is an Enneagram expert, and she shares just how you can harness the power of your personality to influence your business and life.


Sarajane Case is the founder of Enneagram & Coffee, where she works with people through online courses, in-person workshops and business masterminds. She uses the Enneagram as a tool for self-exploration, expression & entrepreneurship, and helps people build and nurture their relationships with themselves.


Learning our personality type is a great way to come to a compassionate understanding of who we are. Sarajane explains more about the Enneagram assessment, and the distinguishing characteristics of the different personality types. She also has some tips on how you can harness your personality characteristics in your own yoga business. Sarajane also recounts the experience of having her Instagram account go viral and why she focuses on Instagram as her main platform to reach her audience.


Whether you’ve always been curious about personality types and how they influence your work and business, or if you’ve heard about the Enneagram assessment and are interested to find out more about it, this episode is sure to be a good listen.


Key Takeaways:

[3:36] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Sarajane Case.

[5:27] Who is Sarajane and what does she do? She also shares a profound moment she experienced in her first yoga class.

[8:13] What is the Enneagram and what got Sarajane interested in looking at it?

[10:15] Sarajane shares a lot of small nuggets of information on her Instagram account, because all the information about your personality can be quite overwhelming.

[11:33] How can you go about finding out what type you are?

[12:54] Sarajane explains how people can see themselves as different types, and what that could mean.

[15:25] What are some of the main distinguishing characteristics of each personality type?

[19:56] How do people who have taken the Enneagram try to change certain aspects of their personality?

[21:41] How can the Enneagram help us as business owners and entrepreneurs?

[25:30] What type are yoga teachers most likely to be? What are their superpowers, and how might they feel out of balance in their businesses?

[28:50] Sarajane highly recommends for business owners who are growing their team to have their team members take the Enneagram to find complementary strengths.

[29:37] Sarajane already had a strong following on Instagram. When she started Enneagram  & Coffee, it blew up. What caused that?

[34:44] What are some of the things that have helped Sarajane build her personal Instagram account?

[36:15] Sarajane's business is mainly on Instagram.

[37:14] What are some resources business owners can tap into to learn more about the Enneagram?

[39:06] What are some of Sarajane's final thoughts on the Enneagram?

[41:29] Have you taken the Enneagram, or are you thinking about taking it? We'd love to hear from you!




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Quotes from this episode:


"Everything about [the Enneagram] is internal. It's your motivations, it's your basic fears, it's your coping mechanisms."


"What the Enneagram shows us is that we're all just trying our best with what we have and what we've been given."


"I am very cautious with the Enneagram to express it in a way that is all about acceptance, and self-acceptance, and self-compassion."


"I think that I definitely lead with how can I benefit the people who are here. If you've agreed to follow me, I want to make sure that I'm leaving you better than you found me."


Jul 1, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 123: Habits for Health & Business with James Clear



How do you cultivate good habits that improve your life, and break bad habits that hold you back? On this episode, James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, reveals more about why habits are so crucial to your success and how to create, change and break habits that impact your business and life.


Apart from being a New York Times-bestselling author, James is the creator of Habits Academy, and international speaker. He combines ideas from a wide range of disciplines to create self-improvement tips for habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement, all based on proven scientific research.


James dives into the nitty-gritty of everything to do with habits - how they are formed, why they have such a huge impact on your health and business, and his tried-and-tested strategies for making small changes that will transform your habits and deliver remarkable results. He also shares hacks to help you reduce your social media usage and stop procrastination!


If you’ve been wanting to make your own yoga practice a habit, or if you need help creating routines to run your business better, this episode is full of tips that you can put into practice immediately.


Key Takeaways:

[5:57] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - James Clear.

[7:09] When did James' work with habits begin?

[8:43] What is a habit?

[12:59] Shannon and James discuss an example of how to create a habit that comes before a ritual or practice.

[00:15:14] Do habits need to happen at the same time every day, and do they need to be a daily practice?

[18:16] How can you hold on to your habits when you are traveling and the context is entirely different? Habit stacking can help!

[21:13] James gets a lot of website traffic and book sales around the New Year as people use their momentum of the fresh start to try to change their habits. What is his advice for people who want to change everything, and get overwhelmed?

[25:41] How does James approach failing to build habits or falling away from a practice?

[29:12] Perfectionism or wanting your habit to be perfect can kill your progress. James has some strategies to get past that, and how that ties in to identity-based habits.

[35:03] How can yoga teachers build habits in their businesses, particularly in areas like accounting or marketing?

[40:55] What kind of goals does James help people achieve?

[42:58] What are James' tips for people who tend to procrastinate?

[48:14] Shannon and James discuss rewards as a way to build habits, and if that could potentially turn into something negative.

[52:20] What can help people focus in the age of social media, email and constant distractions?

[57:53] Check out James' work and his book, Atomic Habits, at his websites.

[58:26] What is a habit James is struggling with right now?

[59:44] Shannon's biggest takeaway from this interview is the idea of casting a vote for who you are as a person through your actions. What's yours?




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Quotes from this episode:


"Time is just one element of context, and so habits are linked to a particular context."


"One reason why people sometimes struggle to build a new habit is that they're trying to build a new habit in their old environment."


"It's almost never the first mistake that ruins you. It's the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows from that."


"Every action you take is a vote for the kind of person you want to become."


"Just knowing your numbers gives you confidence in your ability to run the business side of it."


Jun 24, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 122: Productivity for Yoga Teachers with Amber De La Garza



Are you struggling with productivity and finding enough time to do all the things?  On this episode, Amber De La Garza, The Productivity Specialist, shares strategies to help you become more productive and achieve your business goals.


Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, and host of the Productivity Straight Talk podcast. She helps driven entrepreneurs execute actionable solutions to maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most.


There seem to be an endless number of tasks that we have to do to run our yoga businesses, and not enough time. Amber reveals the four buckets of highly productive activities we should be focusing our time on, and some strategies that you can put into action right now.


Whether you’ve been feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the number of tasks you have to do to run your business, or you want to improve your productivity to give yourself more time to do the things that you love - Amber has just the tips, strategies and advice you need.


Key Takeaways:

[4:14] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Amber De La Garza.

[6:28] How did Amber get into the industry of productivity?

[10:47] Shannon and Amber discuss how she found her niche as the productivity specialist.

[12:08] What is productivity?

[14:03] Amber shares an example of how she incorporates productivity in her personal life.

[16:25] Amber breaks down the differences between productivity, organization and efficiency.

[21:02] Money mindset - how can yoga teachers not feel guilty about charging for their services?

[24:53] In your business, one of the four buckets highly productive activities is marketing and visibility.

[30:36] The second bucket is sales. Amber explains why making the ask is so important, and some examples of how to do it.

[38:21] The third bucket is servicing the client, but remember that it doesn't stand alone!

[41:25] Bucket #4 is leadership. Amber reveals how this ties back to buckets 1, 2 and 3.

[43:52] How much time should you be dedicating to each bucket of activities?

[44:54] Amber dives into some visibility activities she does in her own business.

[48:18] What's the best way to deal with other activities like answering emails and doing financials that aren't part of the highly productive activities buckets?

[52:01] Hiring out administrative work and activities that are not in your zone of genius is a great way to increase your productivity.

[57:40] Check out Amber's podcast and her website to find out more about her strategies for improving productivity!

[59:23] Shannon shares her own takeaways from this interview.




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Quotes from this episode:


"I'm so busy working in my business, I have no time to work on my business."


"[Productivity] is a skill set that can be learned. And as long as you feel like you can learn something new, this can be something learned to help you in your personal and business life."


"[Productivity is] investing your best time into your best activities."


"At the end of the day, your business is not a business if it's not making money."


"Organization is not the same as productivity, and neither is efficiency."


"Not knowing that something is going to work 100% isn't a reason to not take action."


"The key to have this consistent revenue is to be consistent in all three of these buckets."

Jun 17, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 121: Yoga for Pelvic Health with Shannon Crow




Why is yoga such an amazing gift for pelvic health? How does knowing this information and using it change the way we practice and teach yoga? In this episode, Shannon shares more about one of her favorite topics yoga for pelvic health.


Shannon reveals her own personal experiences of going through three pregnancies and births with no idea about pelvic health, and how finding out more about the topic ignited her passion in the topic. She talks more about the four key elements of yoga for pelvic health - breath, alignment, movement and information - and why yoga makes such a difference.


After learning more about pelvic health, Shannon started to incorporate some of the things she learned into her own yoga practice, and how she shared yoga with her students. She walks us through some simple examples you can practice, try out and share with your yoga students.


If you’ve been wondering about how to improve your pelvic health in some way or have students who have approached you with questions or concerns relating to pelvic health, this episode has some great information that will change the way you practice and share yoga.


Key Takeaways:

[4:14] Where did Shannon's passion for pelvic health begin?

[7:13] Shannon shares her first experience of meeting a pelvic floor physiotherapist.

[10:30] What are the four key elements of yoga for pelvic health?

[11:15] Element 1: Breath - How does breath relate to pelvic health?

[14:23] Element 2: Alignment - Focus on the yoga student in front of you and their unique needs.

[17:16] Element 3: Movement - Movement is a key element in our overall yoga practice, and also in pelvic health.

[19:41] Element 4: Information - Internal information is just as important as external information sources.

[23:10] Shannon explains how to apply these four elements to Bridge.

[28:49] Shannon shares more about rib cage breath vs belly breathing.

[30:53] Shannon no longer cues mula bandha / core engagement / pelvic floor engagement in her classes. Why?

[35:26] Share your thoughts and questions about these practices with Shannon, and check out her new offering around pelvic health!




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Quotes from this episode:


"In the three pregnancies and births that I had, no one talked to me about pelvic health. I didn't even know about my pelvic floor."


"The four elements to yoga for pelvic health, and why yoga is such a great tool to use for pelvic health, ... are breath, alignment, movement, and information."


"There is this amazing information that comes from internal, and this is where we provide the space as yoga teachers for students to come to an awareness of what's going on in their body and their mind."


"There is never a time anymore where I am working with a group class and telling them all to engage their pelvic floor."

Jun 10, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

Ep 120: Teach Private Yoga Online with Yael Oppenheim



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach yoga online, live, in a virtual class via video chat with a student? We’re all using technology in a variety of ways in our yoga businesses, but Yael Oppenheim is taking teaching yoga to a whole new platform.


Yael Oppenheim is the founder of FitMyTime, a marketplace for remote personal fitness and yoga classes, founded in 2018. She was inspired to create FitMyTime when she realized there were no options available for people who wanted to work out from home with the guidance of a personal trainer or instructor. Since its launch last year, over 150 instructors have signed up, and the platform continues to grow.


Virtual yoga or fitness classes may seem unusual, but it definitely caters to a need in the marketplace for both students and teachers. Yael explains more about the platform, the business model, and some of the challenges as well as the benefits of using FitMyTime for both teachers and students.


If you’re thinking about expanding your offerings to include teaching online, or if you’re just curious about what it will feel like to share yoga from behind a screen, this episode is going to be an eye-opener.


Key Takeaways:

[3:07] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Yael Oppenheim.

[4:27] Where did Yael's yoga journey begin?

[5:45] What does Yael do now and who does she do it for?

[6:53] What is the platform, FitMyTime?

[7:42] How do teachers and students connect with each other virtually?

[10:49] What motivated Yael to start FitMyTime?

[15:02] Yael shares some of the challenges yoga teachers, fitness instructors and yoga studios face, as well as her own initial experience taking lessons online.

[20:14] How has the FitMyTime platform grown?

[21:10] How can yoga teachers apply to teach on this platform?

[23:00] Students also have the opportunity to try out different teachers on the platform.

[25:03] How do the payments work on this platform?

[26:34] Shannon and Yael discuss waiver forms, insurance for teaching online, and scheduling details of FitMyTime.

[29:47] How many students are on the platform?

[32:21] How has it been for Yael growing her business?

[36:01] Check out the platform on the website FitMyTime.

[36:39] Shannon and Yael discuss the different groups of people who might be interested in working out with personal trainers online.

[39:16] Shannon shares some of her key takeaways from this interview.




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Quotes from this episode:


"FitMyTime is a platform, a marketplace, that connects yoga instructors and fitness trainers with trainees, with students from around the world for the purpose of an online, live yoga classes or fitness workouts."


"The platform enables people ... [to] find instructors for different kinds of workout types."


"One of the things that I learned is that the connection between the teacher and students, not only in yoga but in general, is really reliant on the chemistry between two people."


"It's a great way to find teachers on one hand, and on the other hand, it's a great way for teachers to expand their work opportunities."

Jun 3, 2019

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast

119: Travel and Teach Yoga with Eva Hamilton



Have you dreamed of teaching yoga while you travel?? How can you create a feasible yoga business teaching yoga while traveling? If these questions have ever crossed your mind, Eva Hamilton is just the yoga entrepreneur you need to hear from.


Eva’s first yoga teacher training was in 2008, and since then she has completed multiple courses and trainings in yin yoga, restorative yoga, Thai yoga massage, and much more. She previously owned and operated a yoga studio in Canada, but in the past two years, Eva has traveled to several countries offering yoga teacher trainings, specialized yoga workshops, yoga retreats, online yoga classes and more. Her own practice is grounded in transforming feelings of anxiety into freedom, and she strives to help others to do the same in her classes.


Teaching yoga while traveling the world sounds glamorous and amazing, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Eva opens up about her own struggles with anxiety, and how she found her way to a path of teaching yoga while traveling. Shannon and Eva also discuss the practical aspects of moving abroad to teach yoga - finances, visa requirement, contracts and more, as well as what it’s like to teach yoga online.


If you’ve been wondering how to incorporate more travel into your yoga teaching career, or want to learn more about connecting with nomadic yoga teachers to bring what they have to offer to your yoga studio, this episode will be a real treat.


Key Takeaways:

[3:13] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Eva Hamilton.

[5:27] Where did Eva's yoga journey begin?

[8:42] How did Eva move from her realization that she had high anxiety and that yoga was helping, to wanting to travel the world?

[10:56] Where did Eva travel, and how did she deal with moments of high anxiety?

[13:03] In 2018, Eva traveled and taught in 5 countries. What were some of the things she learned along the way?

[15:00] Eva reveals more about the financial aspects of teaching yoga while traveling.

[18:35] Shannon and Eva discuss her transition into a more traveling path.

[19:56] What is Eva's advice for yoga teachers who want to become traveling yoga teachers?

[21:42] If you're considering moving abroad to teach yoga, it may be most beneficial to talk to a yoga teacher who is already teaching there to find out more.

[23:25] Eva shares more about her life in Thailand as a yoga teacher.

[25:32] What does Eva's average week look like?

[29:21] Do you feel like you're running away from something, or do you feel like you're running toward something?

[30:29] Making new connections has opened up new opportunities for Eva.

[33:32] Eva and Shannon dive into some of her challenges in teaching online.

[35:44] Eva shares some of her thoughts around competition in the yoga space.

[38:09] Get in touch with Eva via her website or on social media to find out more about her work.

[39:46] Share your questions in our Facebook group or in the comments!


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Quotes from this episode:

"I think I really made a strong connection to the practice in my first Savasana."


"I think a lot of people make the assumption because I was young that I was really attached to yoga as a physical practice, but for me it was always much more to do with this bridge between the mind and the emotions."


"I really believe yoga is not an answer in and of itself, but when we partner it with other forms of care, it can be extremely successful."


"A job letter is great, but get a contract before you uproot your life."


"It's a certain amount of stepping beyond the fear, trusting my intuition, but also do the work and the research and figure out what's going to make sense for you."


"Do you feel like you're running away from something, or do you feel like you're running toward something?"


"To me, what's the most meaningful part of teaching yoga is that human connection."


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