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podcast ep 15: western insight meditation with Dawn Mauricio

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Western Insight Meditation and yoga teacher Dawn Mauricio brings her light, introspective approach to sincere meditation. We chat about personal practice and teaching, cultural appropriation in spiritual communities and spiritual bypassing.

We talk about the limitations of social media for authentic shares, and how/when to share your personal processes with your community. Dawn talks about her history with meditation and why she prefers to refer to Insight Meditation as "Western Insight", which leads to a chat about cultural appropriation in the Buddhist and yoga spiritual communities. We finally touch on spiritual bypassing - the avoidance of personal pain and interpersonal exploration for spiritual "heights" - and how doing interpersonal work is a required component of spiritual practice.

From Montreal, Dawn teaches and practices internationally, and you can join her in person or in her free 21 Day Meditation course, offered in partnership with Lole. See the show notes for details!

LINKS

Find Dawn on the web at www.dawnmauricio.com

21 Day Meditation Course with Dawn & Lole

RESOURCES

The quotation Dawn remembered: "If you want to know what you believe, ask the people you've taught." - C. Anthony Martignetti

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podcast ep 14: reducing fear in teaching hands-on

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Hands-on assists are a source of fear for a number of teachers who want to do the right thing for their students. I invited my friend dallas delahunt to come back and have a conversation with me about teaching hands-on.  We are both known for doing hands-on enhancements when we teach, and so we talk about why and how, and some strategies for moving forward with hands-on teaching.

 

LINKS

Find dallas on the web at www.dallasdelahunt.com

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podcast ep 13: fascia, anatomy, and movement with joanne sarah avison

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The brilliant and indefatigable Joanne Sarah Avison, Certified Yoga Therapist, Structural Integration practitioner, and author of Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement joins me for a conversation. Joanne weaves together anatomy, history, architecture, motherhood, teaching, reconceptualizing how we talk about movement needs, sacred geometry - the list goes on! You have to listen to believe it.

Joanne takes us through a tour of the definition of fascia, biotensegrity, and a reconceptualization of the body and mind away from the language of biomechanics. We touch on the balance of forces in the body, and the fascia as a sensory organ, but you also get a tour through the historical politics of cadaver work and the sacred geometry of our makeup!

Those of you with no experience with fascia and anatomy trains education may be bowled over by the vastness of information coming at you, but Joanne sprinkles our conversation with personal stories, metaphors, and tangents that will keep you fascinated. Those of you with tons of education in this area will want her to come back for another chat and to read more from Joanne.

Fortunately for all of us across the pond, some online learning is coming available from her soon.

LINKS

Find Joanne on the web at http://www.joanneavison.com/

Find Joanne’s book, Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement on Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

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 Graham Scarr's Tensegrity Model

Graham Scarr's Tensegrity Model

 Sacred Geometry Flower of Life

Sacred Geometry Flower of Life

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podcast ep 12: welcome to yoga, a primer for new students

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A yoga primer for new students. This episode is for you to share with people you think would benefit from a yoga practice, but maybe need to hear it from someone else. It might also be of interest for yoga teachers to hear how you can speak to the benefits of yoga to people who aren't on the yoga train yet.

Do you remember how difficult it was to walk into your first yoga studio? The landscape of yoga has changed a lot in the last 10 years, but once you're on the inside, sometimes it's hard to imagine how foreign it can seem from the outside. This episode includes some practical information for people beginning a yoga practice, since there's a few things they may want to know on the beginning of this journey.  

 

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podcast ep 11: yoga posture Q&A, including happy baby, bridge, gate poses, standing balances and why I don't teach shoulderstand

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In this week's episode, I answer a lot of the questions that come my way from students in class and teacher training. I explore certain cues, alternatives and engagement approaches to the poses Happy Baby, Bridge, standing balances, gate pose variation, and Shoulderstand poses.

 

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