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This down-to-earth podcast by Andrea Ferretti (former executive editor of Yoga Journal) will keep informed and inspired to practice yoga. Topics run the gamut from nitty gritty technique (her yoga teacher husband Jason Crandell often joins to help with this) to down-to-earth conversations about how to apply yoga's lessons and tools to help craft a happy, balanced life. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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United States

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This down-to-earth podcast by Andrea Ferretti (former executive editor of Yoga Journal) will keep informed and inspired to practice yoga. Topics run the gamut from nitty gritty technique (her yoga teacher husband Jason Crandell often joins to help with this) to down-to-earth conversations about how to apply yoga's lessons and tools to help craft a happy, balanced life. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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English


Episodes

Meet the yoga teacher who has raised more than $4 million for children's charities

2/27/2024
More than a decade ago, Sarah Gardner was a yoga teacher with a dream: She wanted to bring a thousand yogis together at Gillette Stadium in Boston to raise money for Boston Children's Hospital. Years before, Sarah's son had spent seven life-saving weeks in the NICU at Boston Children's. After experiencing the love, care, and devotion that the doctors and nurses gave to her family, Sarah knew she wanted to give back. She has spent more than a decade doing just that -- rallying the yoga community each spring to gather at Gillette Stadium to do yoga for a cause. To date, her organization, Yoga Reaches Out, has raised more than 4 million dollars for Boston Children's Hospital. The money raised helps fund the program Until Every Child is Well, which offers dog therapy and art therapy, helps families with food vouchers, hotel stays, vouchers, and more. Hear Sarah's inspiring story, including lessons she's learned along the way. PS: Jason and I are headlining this year's Yoga Reaches Out even on April 28th and we would love to see you there! You can find information about how to join here: www.yogareachesout.org If you can't be there in person but would like to donate, go to www.yogareachesout.org and type Team Yogaland in the search box. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:34:59

8 Best Practices for Minimizing Yoga Injuries

2/22/2024
In the modern era of practicing yoga, we've come to terms with the reality that alignment alone is not the sole consideration when it comes to preventing yoga injuries. Today's episode draws from Jason's recent webinar, The Yoga Injury Matrix, and focuses on eight best practices for minimizing yoga injuries. The talk dives into the following ideas: To listen to more podcasts we've done about specific yoga injuries, we've created a collection here: jasonyoga.com/yogaland-podcast/yoga-injuries/ Or, learn more in Jason's newly updated online course Better Way to Flow: Preventing & Managing Common Yoga Injuries. Group calls start on March 18th! Or you can choose the self-paced option: www.jasonyoga.com/injuries Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:35:57

Making Your Yoga Teaching More Accessible with Jivana Heyman

2/13/2024
It was such a delight to have Jivana Heyman back on the show to talk about his latest book, The Teacher's Guide to Accessible Yoga. (You can listen to our first chat at yogalandpodcast.com/episode176). The episode explores: What it means to be more collaborative in your teaching, how being more collaborative could help break down traditional hierarchical power dynamics that have led to teacher-student abuses in the past, the importance of overcoming impostor syndrome (especially if you don't think you look the part of the "typical" yoga teacher), his love of asana because of how accessible it makes the spiritual practice of yoga, and the importance of de-stigmatizing chair and bed yoga. For shownotes, go to: yogalandpodcast.com/episode320 Jason's 2024 training schedule is up! You can find it at jasonyoga.com/schedule You can support the podcast by joining my Substack community at yogaland.substack.com Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:54:53

The 5 Compartments of the Hip -- and How to Strengthen Them in Yoga

2/7/2024
Welcome back to a new season of Yogaland! Jason is my inaugural guest this season and our conversation focuses on the hips: Jason lays it all out for you step-by-step. Take a listen and take notes! Also: Jason will be leading his Preventing Injuries online course very soon! Join the waitlist and we will send you all the details as soon as they become available: learn.jasonyoga.com/injuries Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:59:53

Ideas for Mindfully Navigating the Holidays

12/20/2023
This time of year is often so fraught with busyness, overwhelm, expectations, even loneliness that we forget the goal: To feel present, joyful, connected. Here are my thoughts on how to gather up all of the skills that you cultivate on your mat (and cushion) and utilize them to navigate the challenges of this time of year. Check out the shownotes fo rmore helpful episodes: yogalandpodcast.com/episode318 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:27:50

Mind-Flow Mastery with Dr. Daya Grant

12/12/2023
So thrilled to have Daya Grant join me again on the podcast this week! You may remember Daya from episode 258 (This is Your Brain on Yoga). In her role as a mental performance coach, Daya utilizes tools from her background as a neuroscientist, athlete, and yogi. On this episode, Daya shares some of the fascinating research that shares in her online course, Mind-Flow Masterclass. She shares: Check out more about Daya's offerings on the shownotes page: yogalandpodcast.com/episode317 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:42

Mind-Flow Mastery with Dr. Daya Grant

12/12/2023
So thrilled to have Daya Grant join me again on the podcast this week! You may remember Daya from episode 258 (This is Your Brain on Yoga). In her role as a mental performance coach, Daya utilizes tools from her background as a neuroscientist, athlete, and yogi. On this episode, Daya shares some of the fascinating research that shares in her online course, Mind-Flow Masterclass. She shares: Check out more about Daya's offerings on the shownotes page: yogalandpodcast.com/episode317 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:42

5 Ways to Reinspire Your Yoga Practice

12/5/2023
You know what feels really terrible? Teaching yoga when you don't feel inspired. And yet, realistically, we all encounter dry spells in our own practice. This week's conversation with Jason will give you ideas for reigniting your inner spark and feeling inspired to practice again. If you'd like even more inspiration, join us in January for our newest online course, Mind-Body Reset! Get all the details here: learn.jasonyoga.com/reset Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:24:33

5 Ways to Reinspire Your Yoga Practice

12/5/2023
You know what feels really terrible? Teaching yoga when you don't feel inspired. And yet, realistically, we all encounter dry spells in our own practice. This week's conversation with Jason will give you ideas for reigniting your inner spark and feeling inspired to practice again. If you'd like even more inspiration, join us in January for our newest online course, Mind-Body Reset! Get all the details here: learn.jasonyoga.com/reset Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:24:33

Essential Life Skills for Yoga Teachers

11/29/2023
We're back! This week we're talking through four life skills for every yoga teacher to master. These four skills are attributes that we work on in our own work and personal lives through our practice. They are also the four pillars around which our upcoming January program -- Mind-Body Reset -- is built. The four skills are: If you'd like to learn more about the program, go to learn.jasonyoga.com/reset and jump on the waitlist. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:45:07

Building Resilience: Yoga for Immune Health with Lisa Walford

10/17/2023
Fall doesn't just mean pumpkin spice lattes. It means that you will likely start to hear a cacophony of sniffles and coughs when you're ordering said pumpkin spice latte -- or wherever you go. It's a great time to thinking about your yoga practice as a tool for building your resilience. Iyengar Yoga teacher Lisa Walford joins me this week to talk about her approach to immune health and how to use asana, pranayama, and meditation as part of your support system. Lisa also opens up about her own personal immune health challenges since she was diagnosed with HIV in 1985. This conversation was a beautiful reminder of the many ways that yoga can help us to heal when we start from a place of care and attention. About Lisa: Lisa Walford holds a Level III (formerly Intermediate Senior II) Iyengar teaching certificate and has been teaching yoga in Los Angeles since 1982. She continues her studies annually with the Iyengars, in Pune, India, and teaches worldwide. Lisa is the curriculum director for the Teacher Training Program at The Center for Yoga in Los Angeles. Previously, she co-created the Teacher Training Program at YogaWorks. She is on the advisory board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University. For shownotes for this episode, got to yogalandpodcast.com/episode314 Thank you, as always for listening and sharing. If you'd like get regular updates from us, join our mailing list at jasonyoga.com/newsletter Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:56

The Best Inversions for Beginners

10/6/2023
Inversions can be fun, empowering, and strength-building -- if they are introduced thoughtfully and systematically. On this episode, Jason walks through how to introduce four key inversions to beginners: Handstand, Forearm Balance, Headstand, and Shoulderstand. He shares the building blocks that will create a blueprint for each pose, keeping them safe and beneficial. We have companion sequences for these poses on our website! Find them on the shownotes page here: yogalandpodcast.com/episode313 Jason has also created a tutorial on his Youtube channel so that you can see the variations he refers to in the episode. Check it out here: youtube.com/@JasonCrandellYoga Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:46:52

Crafting a Career as a Yoga Teacher with Neeti Narula

9/27/2023
Carving out a place for yourself as a yoga teacher is no easy task. It was such a treat to have multi-hyphenate Neeti Narula on the show to hear how she has done it. Neeti is an NYC-based yoga and meditation teacher, as well as a mother of two, a contributor at Yoga Journal and now, a freshly minted contributor on the lifestyle platform, Melissa Wood Health. Neeti shares so many helpful gems on this episode including: You can now take classes with Neeti Narula on Melissa Wood Health ! Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:01:53

The Best Arm Balances for Beginners

9/21/2023
This week we continue on with our series for beginners (and those teaching beginners): Our focus is the best arm balances for beginners. Arm balances are typically poses that beginners really enjoy playing around with, because they offer shapes that we don't typically do in other disciplines (unless you're a gymnast or a pro skateboarder). Arm balances can build stability, balance, strength, mobility. They're also aesthetically beautiful and novel -- unless you're a gymast or a pro skateboarder, you won't likely encounter shapes like these in your daily life. So, they're fun! And fun is truly valuable in life and in yoga. A little bit about what we mean by "best" -- these are families of arm balances that are accessible and emphasize stability and strength. They are poses that can be broken down into steps so that you feel your confidence grow as you progress. As with anything in life, we want to offer ourselves or our students just enough challenge, but not too much. That's what these families of poses do. To get some sequences where you can work on the arm balances mentioned in this episode, go to the shownotes page here: yogalandpodcast.com/podcast/episode311 Also: We're closing early bird registration for Jason's 200-Hour Online Teacher Training this Saturday! You can learn more and enroll at learn.jasonyoga.com/200 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:49:32

The Best Backbends for Beginners

9/12/2023
Modern life is not great for your back -- sitting in chairs tightens the hip flexors, which can lead to a chain reaction that stresses the low back. When we type at a computer, we typically roll the shoulders forward or hunch the upper back. And looking at our phones constantly can lead to the dreaded and painful "tech neck." -- chair sitting, typing, and looking at our phones. Simple backbends are a fantastic antidote. But which backbends are most beneficial for beginners and why? Jason shares his thoughts on this episode. We talk about: Learn the best approaches and modifications for these poses. And find lots of sequences to help you practice them by going to the shownotes page here: jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode310 ******************************************************************************************* TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS Early bird registration for Jason's 200-Hour YTT is open! Go join today and save $300! jasonyoga.com/200 If you're thinking about training but want to learn more, Jason is leading a free webinar that will walk you through his 200-hour online YTT. You can register here: jasonyoga.com/webinar ******************************************************************************************* Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:50:57

6 Ways Yoga Teacher Training Can Lead to Self-Transformation

9/6/2023
Jason joins me on this week's episode to talk about how yoga teacher training goes beyond skill acquisition and can become a catalyst for self-transformation. We just hosted a webinar on the topic last week and we enjoyed it so much we thought we'd re-record the episode especially for the podcast. This is a fun episode if you're considering YTT or if you've already done a YTT and you'd like to reminisce about all the ways that learning this discipline deepens your understanding of yourself and changes hows you move through the world. PS: Early bird registration for Jason's 200-Hour Online YTT is open! Get all the details here: jasonyoga.com/200 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:40:18

Connecting and Coexisting with Animals Through Asana with Alison Zak

8/29/2023
Today's conversation is with Alison Zak, who recently published her first book, "Wild Asana: Animals, Yoga, and Connecting Our Practice to the Natural World." Zak's unique nature memoir artfully weaves together her personal stories, ecological context, and yoga asana. Her book is a moving and urgent call for us to remember our connection to the natural world. As Zak says, "We're more alike than different from even the animals that might seem quite different from ourselves, like a scorpion or a fish." Wild Asana is the next selection for the Yogaland Book Club, which I host on my Substack. You can sign up for the book club: yogaland.substack.com and Alison will join us on October 24th. Other announcements: Jason and I are hosting a webinar this Thursday, August 31st on the topic of Yoga Teacher Training as Self-Transformation. You can register for this free live webinar here: jasonyoga.com/webinar He'll leave some time at the end for questions and a brief overview of his upcoming online 200-hour teacher training program. You can access all of this info and more on the shownotes page: yogalandpodcast.com/episode308 If you enjoy the podcast, don't forget to Subscribe and share it with friends, colleagues, your cat, your cat's colleagues. Just checking to see if you're still reading. Sharing really does help get the word out, so, my sincerest thanks. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:45:17

Back to school time! 8 key things to look for in a yoga teacher training

8/23/2023
There’s something about fall that just feels like back to school time for me, even as an adult. Jason’s 200-hour YTT is coming up October 24th, so we thought we’d review what to look for if you’re thinking about going back to yoga school! We talk through the importance of adapting asana to modern knowledge and safety standards, the significance of understanding yoga anatomy in a functional context, and prioritizing strength and stability in practice. We also tough on the need for a thorough understanding of yoga philosophy, and some of the foundational texts to look for on the syllabus. More highlights from the interview: Join Jason for a free webinar August 31st! The focus is on the psycho-emotional benefits of teacher training. You can register for Yoga Teacher Training as Self-Transformation at www.jasonyoga.com/webinar Attendees will receive a code for $50 off the early bird price of the training. Andrea just announced her next Yogaland Book Club pick -- Wild Asana, by Alison Zak. This gorgeous book by a wildlife conservationist combines yoga, science and memoir. Join the Yogaland community at yogaland.substack.com Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:38:28

5 ways to bring the yoga tradition into modern classes

8/16/2023
On our live episode two weeks ago, we answered the question, ‘Is this thing that we’re doing still yoga?’ Jason shared five principles that make even the most modern practices a yoga practice. On this episode, we will walk through how yoga teachers can bring these principles to life in their teaching. abhyasavairagya For shownotes, visit www.yogalandpodcast.com/episode306 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:47:37

Celebrating Sally Kempton's Life of Devotion and Radical Love

8/8/2023
As many of yoga know, Sally Kempton was hugely influential to me. She was an expert guide, a loving presence, and a creative inspiration. She passed away on July 10th and has been on my mind constantly since then. I put together this episode to honor and remember her with my friend, the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal, Kaitlin Quistgaard. We had a lot of fun sharing stories and memories of Sally. The second part of this episode features my favorite episode that I did with Sally a few years ago: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of the Ego. I hope you enjoy it. If you have any stories about Sally that you'd like to share, send me a voice note! You can DM it to me on Instagram (@andreaferretti) or email it to me at support@jasonyoga.com. I put links to other past episodes with Sally and other useful resources from her on the shownotes page: yogalandpodcast.com/episode305 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:17:32