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Yin & Yang Yoga. The psychology and philosophy, science and art of yoga. With normal people from around the world for normal people from around the world.

Yin & Yang Yoga. The psychology and philosophy, science and art of yoga. With normal people from around the world for normal people from around the world.


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Yin & Yang Yoga. The psychology and philosophy, science and art of yoga. With normal people from around the world for normal people from around the world.




26. Yin Exercise

In this longer episode, I present the whole thing on why we do Yin Yoga the way we do. Why we relax our muscles and some of the basic aims for the practice. This lecture was taken from a recent workshop so includes a Q&A at the end and an invitation to join us on our upcoming 200hr Yin Yoga training program... all online for these COVID times. Come join us at:


25. Yin & Yang Exercise

Exercise! We love it. We do lots of it. It is often very intense. I want to reframe our idea in this first lecture of 2 or 3 into thinking about soft exercise and what it is good for. Come join me.


24. No Big Deal

This is the last in our mini 3-part series on "why we meditate". Cos no-one seems to have an idea! This week, we focus on "being with the moment"... and riding it, whatever happens, no big deal. So many gurus and spiritual teachers seem so relaxed and chill.. how do they get there?


23. Seeing Clearly

What is a quality we are nurturing in meditation? Well, really it is an ability to completely experience ANYTHING which comes into our mind, our consciousness. How do we do that? It is not complex... come join me.


22. Steadfastness In Meditation

We're back! So many are confused by meditation and are not sure why they are doing it or what is supposed to happen... Let me explain. Come join me.


21. Impermanence

Hey! In this episode we consider living in the now as a way of experiencing eternity. We are inspired by chapter 23 of the Tao Te Ching. In the last 30mins we talk about bodily sensation in the Yin Yoga practice. Come join us!


20. Yin & Yang

In this episode we consider the Yin-Yang symbol as a metaphor for the human experience. In the last 30mins we consider safety in yoga practice. What does it mean to be safe? Is that a valid approach to yoga? Join us :-D


19. Freedom!

In this new format of our podcast, now recording live, I lecture on the Daoist idea of Freedom in Eastern Philosophy & from the Dao De Jing - Chapter 21. In the second half of our time, I take a question on how yoga body muscles are different from gym bod and why gym people have to take it slow in yoga (and yoga people should do the same in a gym). To 30 mins - Freedom! Dao De Jing Chapter 21 From 30 mins - Q&A, Why do gym bodies find yoga hard?


18. Against Intellect & Teaching Beginners

In this new format of our podcast, now recording live, I lecture on the Daoist idea of non-intellectualization from the Dao De Jing - Chapter 20. In the second half of our time, I take a question on 3 strategies yoga teachers can take with beginners who find the challenge of yoga in their minds and their bodies. To 30 mins - Against Intellect, Dao De Jing Chapter 20 From 34 mins - Q&A, How do we deal with challenged beginners?


17. Simplicity

In this new format of our podcast, now recording live, I lecture on the Daoist idea of Simplicity from the Dao De Jing. In the second half of our time, I take a question on whether Range of Motion and health are the same thing. To 30 mins - Simplicity, Dao De Jing Chapter 19 From 34 mins - Q&A, Range of Motion and Health: Are they the same?


16. Andrea Boni - The Intimacy Of Meditation

Andrea Boni is a dedicated meditation practitioner of over forty years and a meditation teacher for over twenty. Based in Rome, Italy, Andrea teaches globally to students of all levels. Here Andrea talks to us about his 45 year meditation practice which has been his anchor in a colorful life and what it has bought him in times of trouble, in times of joy. For the last 15 minutes, Andrea guides us through an "Intimacy Meditation", a meditation with our intimate, physical self... Come join us.


15. Bennoy Mathew - Yoga Injuries: A Physio View

Benoy Matthew is a registered physiotherapist, currently working in London, United Kingdom. As a clinician since 1998, he treated injuries ranging from minor ankle sprains to complex multi-trauma sports injury, but now specialises in hip and groin injuries for serious sports men & women. In a recent interview with the BBC, Benoy commented that many yoga teachers came to him with injuries which he felt could be avoided. I am excited to welcome Benoy and explore how we can all be smarter, more...


14. History Of Taoist Thought

I fly through 8,000 years of Taoist mythology and at least 3,000 years of Taoist philosophy like a drunken monkey this episode. Taoism has given birth to Chinese Medicine, art, music, yoga and meditation and much else. But it is relatively little understood and that is a shame. We often draw on its wisdom in our Yin Yoga training program and many students find it mysterious, confusing and inspiring in equal measure. Prepare to lose your head, grow your Qi and be water my friend. Come join me.


13. Suzee Grilley - Yang & Yin

Suzee Grilley is half one of the Yoga world's most beloved Teacher Training partnerships. Together with with her husband, Paul, their "Yin Yoga" has become one of the world's most popular postural Yoga styles.Yin Yoga is non-muscular and non-sweaty. Suzee and Paul always say Yin is only half of their physical practice. Today, we talk the other half: Suzee and Paul have created & choreographed several "Yang" Yoga sequences over the years of their long yoga career. Come join us and listen to...


12. Ali Rogers - Business As Yoga NOT Yoga as Business

Australian Yoga Biz Guru Ali Rogers joins me this week to talk about the contradiction that is the yoga business. How do Yoga teachers sell themselves without selling out? Is there a way of being on social media without being shallow? And how can your yoga business be more Yogic, not more business-like... Come listen!


11. Yoga History - 8,000 Years in an Hour

Yoga students often their yoga history from yoga schools & gurus with specific viewpoints or spiritual takes on the world. This is great but potentially sub-optimal. Because they learn from a certain point of view, Yogis often miss out on a neutral, factual take on yoga, the ideas and the (crazy) characters in the 8,000+ years of the yoga story. Join me to listen to the facts without (so much) dogma!


10. Nico Anders - My Body, My Yoga

Ex-New Yorker, Ex-Yoga teacher Nico Anders joins me this week from Melbourne to talk about her journey into unchartered territory. After sneezing and finding herself with terrible back pain, Nico found herself navigating the waters of what to do when yoga doesn't work for your body. Is yoga only poses and meditation, or are there other paths to happiness and health? Join us!


9. Adeline Tien - Flicking Your Switch in Restorative Yoga

Singaporean Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainer, Adeline Tien joins me this week to help us understand this fascinating style of Yoga. As a teacher trainer of a style often confused/mixed/thrown together with Yin, I wanted Adeline to help us all parse these two styles apart and see them on their own terms. As it turns out, it is all about flicking the switch. Come join us! Find Adeline at


8. Greg Cawley - Yoga For Blokes

This episode I meet Aussie men's yoga pioneer Greg Cawley who has transformed from high achieving business man to getting stretchy and bendy. Greg is passionate about getting men involved in Yoga, something I also feel strongly about. Why don't men come and what do we have to do in yoga to get their beery bums on mats? Come join us.


7. The 500hr YTT Program

So many people ask me about my yoga background and why we run such a long Yoga teacher training. Isn't 200hrs enough? Why so much anatomy? And what is the curriculum? I answer these questions and more in this one hour chat with myself. Come join me and learn how to know more.