podcast ep 29: open the door at the body with susi hately on yoga therapy

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Susi Hately is a yoga therapist and teacher trainer in Calgary, Alberta, who is a pioneer in offering trainings online in yoga and yoga therapy through her program, Functional Synergy. We talk early online yoga work, the evolution and content of yoga therapy, and creating a meaningful, sustainable yoga career.

Susi tells me about her early work and how she was the teacher that people sought out to get out of pain. We also talk about…

- How she decided to get online and connect with people in a newsletter (before she even realized newsletters were a thing)

- Honing her voice and offerings through writing, forums and videos

- How to listen to the voice that encourages her to post something or hold it back, including developing confidence in what she had to offer

- Her definition of how core stability works, and the importance of responsiveness to a change of environment

- Training ourselves to be responsive in the world, including relaxing our rigidity

- Encouraging people to reduce the instinctive bracing that happens in students when they’re anticipating movement

- Teaching people the basic components of movement that then create yoga postures

- The whispers and yellow lights of body awareness so that they don’t have to hear the screams of body pain (my favourite analogy she offers!)

- How most yoga therapists are not offering body-based work and the diversity in the field

LINKS
Susi Hately at Functional Synergy

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podcast ep 28: yoga conversations past and present with carol horton, PhD

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-       Carol’s academic background, even her dissertation, on politics and race in Political Science, and her current shift away from yoga writing toward political writing

-       Her earlier career in the non-profit sector looking at class and inequality in early childhood, and then moving into a sociological context of modern practice

-       The Yoga Service Council’s work on racial issues, outreach and accessibility of yoga, including the criminal justice system, for veterans, and an upcoming book on sexual trauma survivors

-       Seeing the zeitgeist of yogic inquiry in the yoga community and academics, including the history of yoga coming to America

-       Early yoga blogging community in about 2010, connecting with other yogis, and why she wrote Yoga PhD and co-edited The 21st Century of Yoga

-       The current conversations that need to be had in the yoga community, including the rising nationalism and use of yoga as a political tool by Prime Minister Narenda Modi

-        Why it’s a good thing that your reading list will never be entirely read

-       The shift toward a more politicized dynamic and the pull toward a desire for concrete answers, and how that can be difficult in the context of spiritual inquiry that are always in process (thus resist absolute)

-       Some of the aggressive nature of online conversation in the yoga world that errs toward polarization and the disincentives to moderate voices in social media

-       Identifying as a yogi within your life as a whole and figuring out how to keep growing as a human being and being of service to others

LINKS
Carol Horton, PhD
Yoga PhD
21st Century Yoga
The Yoga Service Council

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podcast ep 27: yoga teachers' mental health: yoga's not so dirty secret with kim mcneil

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Let's talk about mental health and yoga teachers, since so many people who turn to yoga are seekers or individuals looking for greater wellness. Kim McNeil from Calgary, Alberta and I open the conversation - imperfectly, compassionately, and honestly.

- We talk about Kim's background, and what it's like to be an introvert in a job that favours extroverts.

- How teaching yoga can cultivate a different persona in front of classes, and introduce the term "cult of personality" as it applies to yoga teachers

- The secrecy around mental health challenges for yoga teachers, as if perfect mental health were a pre-requisite for teaching

- The difference between learning from a difficult situation and teachers making excuses for being "challenging" (ie is that person a mirror for you?)

- The needs of co-regulation and community that yoga is attempting to provide, imperfectly, and developing skills for being well

- Acknowledging the need for creating a stable, healthy relationship for teaching yoga (building confidence) and being steady in yourself

LINKS
Yoga Therapy with Kim McNeil

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podcast ep 26: healing plants with amber westfall

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Interested in plant medicine? This conversation with Amber Westfall of The Wild Garden offers practical advice for integrating plant medicine into your life, and reveals the potency of what we can find in our local environment.

Amber Westfall is an herbalist and owner of The Wild Garden, a tiny farm and educational space where she grows local, organic and sustainably harvested wild foods and herbs and runs workshops on herbal literacy.

We talk about her journey through holistic traditions into plant medicine, and I ask about her biggest wins and any fails (just one!) that she had in her experimentation.

She shares her practical advice, including a widely available plant that can take the bite out of mosquito bites and other scratches, and some of her techniques that go into creating her herbal boxes.

Since so many yogis and Ayurvedic practitioners are interested in herbal medicine, I thought we'd talk to someone who is trying to encourage relationship to your local environment. Her work is inspiring!

LINKS
The Wild Garden
The Wild Garden on Facebook

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podcast ep 25: cannabis yoga, what it might be and what we must consider

The difference between CBD and THC, what marijuana does to the brain, how we receive it from an Ayurvedic perspective, and what you may want to think about before you host a marijuana and yoga event.  

- What are the different types of marijuana products, and are they more for working with pain symptoms or for achieving a high
- What are the physiological influences of marijuana on our systems? How does it effect our brains and what are the outcomes?
- Considerations for if you were going to host a yoga and cannabis event
- What yoga philosophy and Ayurveda have to say about marijuana use
- Feedback from my yoga community on their thoughts about cannabis yoga events
- A snippet from Elena Brower on her recovery from marijuana addiction from the Wanderlust Speakeasy
- Why it's not something that's for my practice and my teaching

LINKS
Learn About Cannabis with the BC Government’s Mental Health Programing
Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System
What is the Role of the Hippocampus?
The Location of Your Cerebellum
Does Long Term Cannabis Use Stifle Motivation?

Legal age for marijuana use should be 21, say top public health officials
Research discovers how marijuana affects the way the brain processes emotional information
Veterans Group Push for Medical Marijuana to Treat PTSD
Elena Brower on Addiction Recovery
Elena Brower’s Wanderlust Speakeasy Spoken Word on Recovery

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