podcast ep 35: the universe doesn't have your back... but it's OK

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Yoga philosophy does not characterize the universe as a glorious place designed to fulfill all your wishes if you ask it nicely. That doesn't mean goal setting is bad - quite the contrary - but this is a cheeky exploration into the difference between new age spirituality pop religion and yoga philosophy. We go into some psychology on willpower and self-control, too!

Give that it's the new year, we talk about...

- Where the phrase "the universe has your back" came from and Gabrielle Bernstein (who is a heck of a lot more popular on instagram than I am)

- How heavily influenced by latent Christian culture new age spirituality can be, including evangelical movements

- How this differs from yoga philosophy, which does not see the universe as omniscient and providing

- Why goal setting is a good thing for yogis to do and participate in, and some interesting facts about willpower from The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

And more!

LINKS + VIDEOS

Heart rate variability from Harvard

podcast ep 34: disagreeing yogically

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Disagreeing with people can be uncomfortable, but it's a part of life and one that often helps further understandings of other people's experiences and opinions. Culturally, we're getting worse at disagreeing with each other, and the popular perception of yogis often makes disagreeing more difficult. Let's talk about disagreeing in conversation, and then a little bit about disagreements in the yoga world right now.

- I talk about generally disagreeing with people and frame it within the yogic system of ego/preference

- What happens to us on a physiological level when we disagree?

- Some of the critiques being leveled against the Ashtanga system right now, and a brief note about Sri Pattabhi Jois' abuses toward his students

- Why disagreeing around Ashtanga is so personal

LINKS

Pattabhi Jois Was Not a Great Yogi - Karen Rain on J. Brown Yoga Talk

podcast ep 32: prenatal yoga with nicky poole

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Fear and difficult emotions are often part of the pregnancy experience, and many women turn to yoga - or continue their yoga - through their pregnancy to help with the anxiety of navigating pregnancy and labour. Nicky Poole is an experienced mum, prenatal yoga teacher, and teacher trainer, and we chat about moving from rules-making to contextual reasoning to think our way through what's appropriate for parents-to-be.

We chat about...

- Nicky’s background as one of the first studio owner’s in Vietnam with her first studio in Ho Chi Minh City

- Her move to Canada, and starting her teaching career in Toronto as she also became mum to her second son

- How parenting influences teaching yoga, both the content and the practicalities

- The pressures on women to perform pregnancy in a particular way

- The culture of fear around pregnancy and labour, and how we can support women in processing their experiences

- Allowing for the multiplicity of emotions that women may have, and acknowledging that there’s no homogenous birth experience

- The importance of cultivating trust in a prenatal yoga community and cultivating dialogue

- Sensitivity to pregnancy loss in a prenatal setting

- The importance of talking about labour in prenatal yoga settings

- Teaching prenatal yoga teacher training with logical reasoning and discussion rather than rule-making

- Minimizing postures that increase intra-abdominal pressure during pregnancy

- Creating space for both strengthening and relaxation in prenatal classes, including teaching them how to activate their pelvic floor and learning to relax the pelvic floor

- Some excellent resources for yoga teachers interested in learning about female anatomy and labour (all linked in the show notes!)

LINKS
Nicky Poole

@yoginicky (twitter and instagram)

Nicky Poole Yoga, Birth, Education on Facebook

Shiva Rea

Octopus Garden Yoga Centre (Toronto) (regular drop in yoga classes, pre natal classes, Post Natal classes, 200, 300 hour TT, and Pre and Post Natal TT)

Downward Dog Yoga Studio Pre and Post Natal Teacher Training
Nov 23 - 25 2018 and Jan 25 - 27 2019

BOOK + RESOURCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Penny Simpkin - PT

2019 Canadian Guideline for physical exercise during pregnancy

Giving Birth in Yogaland by Alix Bemrose

Preparing for a gentle birth by Blandine Calais Germain and Nuria Vives Pares

The Female Pelvis by Blandine Calais Germaine

Diastasis Recti by Katy Bowman

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

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podcast ep 31: yoganand michael carroll

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Maybe one of the most experienced yogis to ever grace this podcast in past or future, Yoganand Michael Carroll is a treasure trove of amazing stories and yoga philosophy. A must listen for anyone interested in the history of yoga and its philosophy!

-       How he had an appetite for spirituality that was not sated by his strict fundamentalist Christian family, but found a spiritual path at Kripalu when it was still an ashram

-       Yoganand was at the ashram when Amrit Desai, Kripalu’s founder, was asked to leave when it was revealed that he was having extra-marital affairs with students (who were all supposed to be practicing celibacy)

-       What yoga has lost by going mainstream, but what it’s gained, too, given the guru culture of India and early-American yoga

-       Finding a clear path toward balance, and how our understanding of spirituality and psychology are nuanced

-       Practicing the Shat Kriya (six rites/cleansing rituals), and confrontational practices like dhauti (cloth swallowing) from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

-       What excites and interests Yoganand about the Pradipika and scholarship on Hatha Yoga’s arrival in the 10th century, contextualized to the Sutras and Gita

-       The variety of definitions of yoga in the Bhagavad Gita and how Krishna was using them to help prepare Arjuna

-       How yoga student/teacher guidance used to work before texts were widely available

-       How texts used to be written in purposefully obscured language

-       Can Kundalini energy be raised with ease or is it only for the enlightened?

-       The limitations of the rational mind to understand metaphor for conveying spiritual concepts

-       How we stress the body just the right amount to get stronger, and how in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika there’s energetic and physical recommendations of stress to apply for growth

-       Chakras have changed, and how they weren’t coloured or associated to musical notes, etc in history, and how you don’t have chakras – you create  them

-       We conclude with the consolation that there has never been a time where there was a universally agreed upon definition of yoga

LINKS
Yoganand in 1984 Flowing

Pranakriya Home of Yogic Arts

Yoganand at Kripalu

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podcast ep 30: yoga voice

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Yoga teachers sometimes adopt a breathy voice that sounds like they floated in on a cloud. We turn to psychology, some trends in yoga culture, a wee bit of Ayurveda, and vocal anatomy today to consider...

- What is a voice, and how unique are our voices exactly?

- An example of yoga voice, and possible reasons that we may adopt certain yoga voices

- Ayurvedic constitution might influence your use of metaphors

- Why some people borrow cues from other teachers, and if that's karmically cool or not

- A troubling trend in yoga voices seeking authority in the field

- Vocal warmups so you sound your best before you teach

LINKS
Brilliant But Cruel: Perceptions of negative evaluators

How to Create an Attractive Voice

Important Elements to Your Voice

We change our voice when we talk to high-status people, shows new study

 Warm Up Your Voice (Hilarious)  

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If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! It makes it easier for others to find the podcast. If you don’t know how to leave a review, here are some instructions to leave an iTunes review.Why are you talking like that? An exploration into what makes a voice, what is "yoga voice", and why we may do it.