podcast ep 18: refresh your sun salutations

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Exploring Sun Salutations and their mythology, we talk about how when we know something well, it brings certain good qualities and other challenges. I offer some thoughts on evolving our approach to Sun Salutations, including different approaches to cues, sequencing, and how to approach plank, wrist stability and spinal articulation in cobra.

-      The story of Hanuman the monkey-faced god eating Surya, the sun God, and how the Sun Salutation became Hanuman’s offering
-    What grilled cheese has in common with the Sun Salutation
-    Taking something we think we know and changing it enough that we’re willing to explore it with fresh eyes
-    Why I don’t teach a breath-matched-to-movement approach to Sun Salutations
-    A bit information on how to integrate a little more stability into your hands, wrists and shoulders in plank posture
-    Our options for not doing Chaturanga and what we can do instead
-    How we approach Cobra, what we should call it, how we can cue it, and working on spinal articulation through our approach

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podcast ep 17: hali schwartz on yoga philosophy, her unusual introduction to yoga, and the one without a second

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Raised in Montreal by the original yogi-mama seeker, Hali Schwartz lives and teaches in Toronto, Canada and visits India annually. Devoted to living and sharing yoga through philosophy, chant and mantra, Hali is a dedicated practitioner who helps yogis add the philosophical framework of yoga to their path.

We talk about her unusual upbringing and how her mother met her guru, and then continue through various tenets of yoga philosophy and why bother - the remembering of our own divinity. We also talk on...

 - Why yoga philosophy if you're not interested in going down the rabbit hole
 - How the external practice influences our interior and vice versa
 - The chronic misunderstanding that enlightenment and "real" spirituality is devoid of emotion, when it has more to do with being present to emotions without being overwhelmed by them
 - We touch on the Hindu philosophical systems of Vedanta, Sankhya and Yoga and how these philosophies reveal that our perception is flawed
 - Using philosophy as a lens for self-discovery, and seeing students as fellow journeyers
 - The flow of money between teacher and students, in Indian ashrams and in our own Western satsang (community gathering)
 - The importance of personal Sadhana (practice) for being wrong with ourselves, but not "putting it all over other people".

What a fascinating woman - author, teacher, and musician.

LINKS

Find Hali on the web at www.yogahali.com

RESOURCES

Hali's book, and excellent yoga teacher training philosophy manual, One Without a Second

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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

IMAGES

 Graham Scarr's Tensegrity Model

Graham Scarr's Tensegrity Model

 Sacred Geometry Flower of Life

Sacred Geometry Flower of Life

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