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34: A Creative Use of Props with Guest Teacher Trina Altman

Trina Altman is the creator of Yoga Deconstructed® and Pilates Deconstructed®, which take an interdisciplinary approach to foster an embodied understanding of yoga and Pilates and their relationship to modern movement science. Her book, Yoga Deconstructed®: Transitioning From Rehabilitation Back Into The Yoga Studio is slated to be published by Handspring Publishing in December 2019. Check out our previous interview to get to know more about Trina and her Yoga Deconstructed approach in ...


33: Accessibility and Community With Guest Teacher Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability and we are so lucky to have her offering her wisdom and inspiration on The Mentor Sessions podcast today! In this episode you’ll hear: How to make yogaspaces that are supportive of marginalized...


32: Incorporating Non-Yoga Movements In Your Classes with Guest Teacher Cecily Milne

It is becoming increasingly common for yoga teachers to bring movements and practices from outside the traditional yoga practice into their teaching. Are you one of these teachers? Do you want to be, but feel unsure about the most skillful way to bring non-yoga movements into the practices you teach? At the forefront of this cultural shift we find Cecily Milne of Yoga Detour and I am so excited to have her on the podcast today sharing her wisdom with us. An avid Ashtanga practitioner from...


31: How To Work With Pregnant Yoga Students with Guest Teacher Deb Flashenberg

Have you ever had a pregnant yoga student walk into your group yoga class and immediately think, “Oh crap. I don’t know how to modify the practice for her or keep her safe without changing my whole plan!” ? Today’s podcast episode with prenatal yoga expert (and my old friend!) Deb Flashenberg will cover everything you need to know on this subject! Deb is the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC and host of the podcast, Yoga | Birth | Babies. She is also a certified...


30: Expanding Your Lens with Guest Teacher Crystal McCreary

Crystal McCreary has a true teacher’s heart and if you aren’t already familiar with her work I am so excited to introduce you to her on today’s episode! Crystal has taught yoga and mindfulness since 2007. She is committed to creating and holding safe spaces for people to connect, heal, learn, and build resilience in a world that often takes relentless hold of our bodies, minds, and hearts. Crystal leads 100-hour kids yoga and mindfulness teacher trainings for Little Flower Yoga and Bent On...


29: The Power of Simple Teaching Guest Teacher Sarah Capua

Have you ever taken (or taught!) a yoga class that was simple in sequencing but deeply powerful in its effect on you? Maybe you love teaching and practicing yoga in a simple way but you feel like you are the only one? Do you think that all your students want fancier, faster and more exciting asana classes? Whether this describes you or not, I am so honored to introduce you to my old NYC buddy Sarah Capua. Sarah is a yoga therapist and meditation teacher, a student of Buddhism and classical...


28: Hip Injuries and Yoga with Guest Teacher Ariele Foster

Do you have hip pain? Today’s episode is all about the hip joint and hip injuries that are common in yoga practitioners. Many of you may already know this story, but I tore my hip labrum when I was 23 years old and I spent the first two years of my yoga teaching career walking with a cane and was in incredible pain. I had a slow, but amazing recovery from that injury, and now almost 12 years later I am stronger, healthier and more pain free than I have ever been in my life! If you are in...


27: Yoga in a Clinical Setting with Guest Teacher Lara Benusis

Today on the podcast we get to learn from the wisdom of Lara Benusis, a pioneer in translating yoga into hospital environments. She was the first full time yoga instructor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she developed their in-hospital and outpatient wellness offerings. A certified yoga instructor since 1996, Lara is currently an advanced masters student in Applied Physiology at Columbia University and is focused on exploring the efficacy and mechanisms of exercise and yoga...


26: What Real Body Love Looks Like With Guest Teacher Anna Guest-Jelly

I heard my friend Anna say, “telling students to love their body is not enough....” and I responded with, “please be a guest on the podcast so we can talk about this!” I wanted to ask her, “How can yoga teachers better support their students to be in a loving relationship with their body?” Anna Guest-Jelley is the founder of Curvy Yoga, an online yoga studio and teacher training center that helps people of all sizes find true acceptance and freedom, both on and off the mat. Anna is the...


25: Yoga and The Pelvic Floor with Guest Teacher Diana Zotos

If you don’t already know my good friend Diana Zotos I am so excited for you to meet her! Diana is a physical therapist and yoga teacher. In 2006 Diana began her 7 year career at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, spending those years treating anyone from inpatient joint replacement patients to professional marathon runners. She completed her yoga teacher training at OM Yoga in 2010. Diana is also co-founder and co-director of Threes Physiyoga Method™ (TPM). TPM is dedicated to teaching...


24: The Myth of the Ideal Private Yoga Client

I’ve got another solo episode for you today and we are going to talk about what I call, The Myth of the Ideal Private Yoga Client... I’ll tell you all about this phenomenon, where it came from, the good intentions of the online marketing coaches who teach it, and the negative affect I see it having on the yoga world. Part of the reason people who teach online marketing are so heavily invested in this idea is because the better you know who you’re selling to, the more specific your...


23: The Support / Challenge Matrix of Private Yoga Lessons

It’s just you and I again on the podcast today! We are going to dive deeper into a topic I have mentioned several times on this podcast: The Support/Challenge Matrix of Private Yoga Lessons. I hear all the time from teachers who are overwhelmed with all the possibility that comes with teaching private yoga. There are so many things to think about! I want to help you drop into your intuition in a grounded way so I created a framework to use as you assess your students and figure out what...


22: 7 Ways To Be A More Confident Yoga Teacher

I am so excited about today’s topic! We are going to talk about confidence and what you can do to become a more confident yoga teacher. I wanted to talk about this because several months ago I asked my community what they were struggling with and overwhelmingly people answered that lacking confidence was their biggest struggle as a teacher. And of course, that’s not a yoga teacher thing. That’s a human thing. It makes sense to me, also, that those feelings are amplified when we take on a...


21: How To Teach Private Clients Who are Yoga Skeptics

On today’s newest podcast episode it is just you and I! I am excited to connect with you 1x1 and answer a question I get asked all the time! “What is the best way to teach someone who is skeptical or unsure about yoga?” I get asked this question frequently because this is something I have done quite a bit of! In my private practice in New York City I ended up with a schedule full of clients who were interested in the benefits they felt were possible with a yoga practice, but felt...


20: How To Teach Open Level Vinyasa Class- LIVE MENTOR SESSION

Today you’re going to hear a live, unedited 1x1 mentoring session! I have been planning to do an episode like this since I started producing this show and this is the first opportunity I ‘ve had to finally record one! I love connecting with teachers in 1x1 mentor sessions because I get to listen deeply and troubleshoot solutions to their biggest challenges. I wanted to record a 1x1 mentoring session (like the ones I have with people in my online training and in my Virtual Mentoring...


19: Integrating Spiritual Teachings Into Asana Classes

This is a favorite, and quite personal episode for me. Today we are talking about integrating spiritual teachings into asana classes. This is a personal favorite because this is one of the parts of my teaching that has changed most dramatically since I began teaching in 2005. When I was a new teacher most of my yoga practice focused on movement and asana, and I didn’t have much experience in a mature spiritual practice. As a new teacher at OM Yoga Center I began to study buddhism and while...


18: Staying Inspired in ALL Your Teaching with Guest Teacher Jennifer Brilliant

I have such a treat for you!! On today’s episode I have the honor of interviewing my main teacher from my very first teacher training back in 2005, Jennifer Brilliant! Since 1989 Jennifer has taught all levels of group and private yoga classes and lead countless special workshops. Jennifer was the Director of OM Yoga Center’s Teacher Training programs and under her eye, dozens of graduates became OM-certified yoga teachers, including me! She has recently completed her IAYT certification, and...


17: Why Yoga Research Matters with Ariana Rabinovitch

Today you get to meet my friend Ariana Rabinovitch. She is the host of he Yoga & Beyond Podcast, co-authored the Exposing Yoga Myths book series and founded the Yoga Research and Beyond membership site. This membership site offers yoga teachers easy access to published research on yoga and movement. They explain the research in plain English and show us how to translate that research into our teaching practice. It’s an amazing resource for teachers and I can’t wait for you to hear all about...


16: Creating Truly Inclusive Yoga Spaces with Guest Teacher Amber Karnes

I am so excited to share this powerful conversation with you. While many yoga studios proclaim that “Everyone is Welcome!” in their classes, in today’s episode we ask, “ Are we actually teaching our classes in a way that supports that message?”. My friend Amber Karnes is whip smart, a powerful advocate and a seasoned yoga teacher. We didn’t hold back on any difficult or taboo topics in this episode on Creating Truly Inclusive Yoga Spaces. In this episode: The difference between saying...


15: A Week In the Life (A Peek Inside My Daily Schedule and Rituals)

This is a very special, unusual episode! While most of the episodes you’ll find here at The Mentor Sessions are either interviews with friends and teachers of mine, or short teachings that I offer myself, today we’re doing something different. I’m going to take you on a trip with me for an intimate, inside view of my life and teaching for an entire week! It certainly feels vulnerable to share myself in this way, but I’ve learned so much from the mentors that I’ve been able to observe up...