Podcast Episodes

184: Is Yoga Cultural Appropriation? with Shailla Vaidya

184: Is Yoga Cultural Appropriation? with Shailla Vaidya

Is yoga cultural appropriation? Dr Shailla Vaidya tackles this complex question by sharing her own experiences with yoga in a Western context. She also talks about how we can share yoga respectfully, and honour its history, culture and traditions.

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183: How to Plan a Productive Week with Shawn Radcliffe

183: How to Plan a Productive Week with Shawn Radcliffe

How do you stay productive in your business? In this episode, Shannon talks to Shawn Radcliffe, a health and science writer and Yoga Instructor, who shares some tips on how to use a 15-minute planner to get organized and plan a productive week.

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182: Yin Yoga vs Restorative Yoga with Nyk Danu

182: Yin Yoga vs Restorative Yoga with Nyk Danu

What is the difference between Yin and Restorative yoga? Today Nyk Danu, Yoga Therapist and Yin trainer, shares the similarities and differences. We talk about the number and length of poses, props and the intention and origin of each style of yoga.

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181: Grow an Online Yoga Business with Nikki Naab-Levy

181: Grow an Online Yoga Business with Nikki Naab-Levy

The COVID pandemic has drastically changed the world we live in. Many of us have had to make the leap to shift our businesses online and offer our yoga classes and offerings virtually. Today Nikki Naab-Levy shares tips on how to grow an online business.

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177: How to Connect (aka Network) with Natalie Eckdahl

177: How to Connect (aka Network) with Natalie Eckdahl

Do your friends and family know about the work that you do? When we learn to connect (network) it can really help us to grow our yoga business. Natalie Eckdahl shares actionable steps and strategies that will help us to connect to more yoga students.

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BONUS: Anti-Racism & Yoga with Michelle Johnson

BONUS: Anti-Racism & Yoga with Michelle Johnson

Today, in this bonus episode, we hear from Michelle Johnson on the topic of anti-racism and yoga. How we can, as yoga teachers (and studios), hold space for the conversations that need to happen? How can we move into the realm of social justice?

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172: Checking In with the Team During COVID-19

172: Checking In with the Team During COVID-19

Shannon talks to her team members around the world about how they are coping during the COVID-19 global pandemic. This series of interviews was recorded back at the end of April 2020, and we get a glimpse into the lives of the people who make The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast and community possible.

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Checking In During COVID-19

Checking In During COVID-19

I wanted to check in and see how you are doing with everything we are facing now with COVID-19. I want to find out how I can support you.

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136: Yoga for Teens & Tweens with Karen Pascoe

136: Yoga for Teens & Tweens with Karen Pascoe

Dr. Karen Pascoe is a psychologist and a yoga teacher, who specializes in teaching yoga to teens and tweens. If you teach to this age group, have teenagers or if you have ever wondered how to teach yoga to teens or tweens – this episode is for you.

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135: How to Modify for the Prenatal Student with Rena Wren

135: How to Modify for the Prenatal Student with Rena Wren

How can we modify a yoga class for the prenatal yoga student? Rena Wren, MamaNurture Prenatal Yoga lead trainer, and Shannon Crow share our list of poses that are contraindicated for the prenatal yoga students along with the variations and modifications that we use.

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133: Yoga for Painful Sex with Casie Danenhauer

133: Yoga for Painful Sex with Casie Danenhauer

Casie Danenhauer is a physical therapist and yoga teacher. She talks about painful sex and how we can use yoga, breathing, and meditation. She also talks about how well all of this integrates with physical therapy.

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131: How I Structure Private Yoga with Shannon Crow

131: How I Structure Private Yoga with Shannon Crow

Shannon shares the details that go into her private yoga classes. She covers scheduling, pricing, policies, waivers, flow, homework, follow up and much more. If you have been thinking of teaching private yoga classes – this episode is designed for you.

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129: Pelvic Floor 101 with Marie-Josée Forget

129: Pelvic Floor 101 with Marie-Josée Forget

Marie-Josée Forget talks to us about the anatomy, physiology, and function of the pelvic floor. She talks about a weak versus tense pelvic floor and gives her thoughts on Kegels. MJ covers so much information about pelvic health in this episode.

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128: Ayurveda, Doshas & Yoga with Angela Glaz

128: Ayurveda, Doshas & Yoga with Angela Glaz

Angela Glaz talks about how we can reconnect the sister sciences, Yoga and Ayurveda. She shares how we can teach a general yoga class about the doshas, and also, how understanding your own dosha can help you thrive in your teaching and yoga business.

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127: Let Nature Theme Your Classes with Alee Link

127: Let Nature Theme Your Classes with Alee Link

So often yoga teachers ask about choosing a theme and sequence while planning yoga classes. Alee Link talks to us today about a very simple solution. Use nature to theme your classes. This way every transition and every pose is intentional.

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New Standards for Yoga Schools with Shannon Roche

New Standards for Yoga Schools with Shannon Roche

We have heard from a lot of yoga teachers in the last few weeks regarding the new standards released by Yoga Alliance.  In this bonus episode, Shannon Roche explains what this means for both yoga teachers and schools.

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126: Body Mindful Yoga with Jennifer Kreatsoulas

126: Body Mindful Yoga with Jennifer Kreatsoulas

Our body mindful yoga episode deals with a topic that impacts so many of us and our students: body image and making peace with the bodies we have. Yoga can be a powerful tool to navigate the daily challenges of recovery from eating disorders, or even to help people accept their bodies. 

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125: How to Get Unstuck with Shira Gura

125: How to Get Unstuck with Shira Gura

This is such an informative episode with valuable tips and actions you can take immediately to get unstuck in your business or relationships, and to help others in your life get unstuck with things they’re struggling with.

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124: Enneagram for Yoga Entrepreneurs with Sarajane Case

124: Enneagram for Yoga Entrepreneurs with Sarajane Case

Sarajane Case, founder of Enneagram & Coffee, shares how we can use the Enneagram assessment to embrace our unique qualities, harnessing the information for life and business. Sarajane talks about what it was like to have an Instagram account go viral.

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121: Yoga for Pelvic Health with Shannon Crow

121: Yoga for Pelvic Health with Shannon Crow

Shannon reveals her own personal experiences of going through three pregnancies and births with no idea about pelvic health, and how finding out more about the topic ignited her passion in the topic. She talks more about the four key elements of yoga for pelvic health – breath, alignment, movement and information – and why yoga makes such a difference.

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119: Travel and Teach Yoga with Eva Hamilton

119: Travel and Teach Yoga with Eva Hamilton

Teaching yoga while traveling the world sounds glamorous and amazing, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Eva opens up about her own struggles with anxiety, and how she found her way to a path of teaching yoga while traveling.

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118: Planning a Yoga Conference with Allison Rissel

118: Planning a Yoga Conference with Allison Rissel

On this episode, Allison reveals all the things that go on behind-the-scenes in planning and executing a yoga conference. From the schedule of events at the conference, to marketing strategies to promote and advertise the conference, to hard lessons learned along the way – Allison shares all her insight and experience.

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117: Pain Language with Shelly Prosko (Part 2)

117: Pain Language with Shelly Prosko (Part 2)

This week, Shannon and Shelly discuss the importance of self-compassion and the language we can use around that, as well ashow we can make yoga “safe” – both by creating safe spaces and through the use of our language.

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116:  Pain Language with Shelly Prosko (Part 1)

116: Pain Language with Shelly Prosko (Part 1)

Shannon and Shelly discuss the concepts of pain and some of the science behind pain  (hint: it’s not a ‘thing’, it’s a phenomenon and an experience!). When guiding a yoga class, some words we use innocently may either be empowering or triggering – Shelly shares more about some words to avoid, and her suggestions for alternatives.

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115: The Polyvagal Theory and Yoga with Dr. Ginger Garner

115: The Polyvagal Theory and Yoga with Dr. Ginger Garner

The polyvagal theory, the wandering nerve, the use of sound, music, cues and communication in a yoga class, chronic pain – Shannon and Dr. Garner dive deep into these topics and more. Dr. Garner shares examples from her multi-decade career about the use of polyvagal theory in treating chronic pain, and highlights some tools yoga teachers can put into practice in their own classes.

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114: Compassion Fatigue with Diane Liska

114: Compassion Fatigue with Diane Liska

As yoga teachers, we come across people who come to yoga in search of healing. We help guide their experience and help them in their healing process, but this can take a toll on us that leads to burnout and compassion fatigue over time. Diane Liska has strategies for how best to develop resilience to compassion fatigue and evolve in our own professional practice.

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112: Niche Down to Market Your Yoga with Amanda McKinney

112: Niche Down to Market Your Yoga with Amanda McKinney

Have you ever thought that specializing is the best way for you to bring yoga to more people? Amanda McKinney is a Marketing Coach for Yoga Teachers, and on this episode, she explains exactly why niching down is the best way to market your yoga.

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110: Create a Yoga Proposal Package with Lisa Zaehringer

110: Create a Yoga Proposal Package with Lisa Zaehringer

If you’ve ever wanted to share or promote a unique yoga class or workshop, I’m sure you have wondered how best to convey your offering to the yoga studio owner, or even where to begin in reaching out to studios. Lisa Zaehringer, shares more about what goes into the yoga proposal packages she sends to yoga studios, as well as her 7-step process for reaching out to studios.

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109: Attracting Clients with Your Message with Eman Zabi

109: Attracting Clients with Your Message with Eman Zabi

Your business is about you, but does your branding and website copy reflect who you are as a yoga teacher, and showcase your unique personality and voice? Eman helps business owners “put the personality back in your business” and she has some tips for you to get started doing the same.

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108: Inclusive Language for Prenatal Yoga with Shannon Crow

108: Inclusive Language for Prenatal Yoga with Shannon Crow

Inclusive language is not something a lot of us think about or consider when we are teaching yoga. However, it is an important part of creating welcoming spaces where our students feel accepted and safe. This can be particularly complicated in a prenatal, postnatal, fertility, or baby & me yoga class.

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107: Launch & Promote Your Yoga Offering with Abby Herman

107: Launch & Promote Your Yoga Offering with Abby Herman

Do you struggle with putting out content that connects you to your yoga students? Have you gotten overwhelmed about promoting your yoga offering – not knowing where to start, which platform to choose, or even what to say? Abby Herman is just the expert you need to hear from about all things content-related.

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106: Defining My Yoga Business Niche with Shannon Crow

106: Defining My Yoga Business Niche with Shannon Crow

What’s your yoga business niche? Do you share your yoga with everyone, or are you focusing in on your zone of genius? On this episode, Shannon shares her own process that helped her figure out her yoga business niche and has the insights you need to get started on yours.

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105: Insurance for Yoga Teachers with Beth McVeigh

105: Insurance for Yoga Teachers with Beth McVeigh

As a yoga teacher or yoga studio owner, do you have insurance that protects you if a lawsuit arises? How much coverage is enough? Beth McVeigh, a specialist in liability insurance for yoga instructors and yoga studio owners, joins Shannon, to shed light on the topic of insurance.

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103: Hiring and Nurturing Your Team with Shelli Warren

103: Hiring and Nurturing Your Team with Shelli Warren

Shelli Warren, Team and Leadership Coach, joins Shannon in the third episode of the 5-part mini-series, Yoga Studio Business 101. They share what it takes to build a successful team. Shelli draws on her years of corporate experience to help business owners grow, hire and nurture their teams alongside their businesses.

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075: Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr. Sinead Dufour

075: Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr. Sinead Dufour

Pelvic girdle pain develops in pregnancy or postnatally. Shannon and Dr. Sinead Dufour discuss how our understanding of pelvic girdle pain has evolved, the misconceptions that make treating the pain difficult, and what yoga teachers can do to help their students experiencing pelvic pain.

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067: Yoga for Every Body with Amber Karnes

067: Yoga for Every Body with Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes of Body Positive Yoga, talks to us today about how we can use language, modifications, awareness and marketing to make our yoga classes accessible to every body. Amber wants to emphasize that individuals need to feel that it’s NEVER their body that’s the problem in a yoga pose.

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065: Create Your Ideal Yoga Schedule with Shannon Crow

065: Create Your Ideal Yoga Schedule with Shannon Crow

Shannon is the first to say she has a packed schedule and that fitting everything in can certainly be a challenge. Over the years, working as an entrepreneur, Shannon has learned many tips and tricks and they’re always evolving to help her create and implement her ideal schedule.

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062: Buteyko Breath with Steve Donald

062: Buteyko Breath with Steve Donald

Steve Donald became one of the first Buteyko teachers in Canada. He had struggled with asthma throughout his life,  and it worsened as he grew older. In looking for an answer an internet search led him to learn about The Buteyko Method.

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061: Too Many Yoga Teachers with Kimma Stark

061: Too Many Yoga Teachers with Kimma Stark

Do you ever feel there are too many yoga teachers? Do you have a yoga studio that relies on yoga teacher training as part of your business model? Kimma Stark shares her perspective in today’s episode and a unique idea.

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060: Accessible Yoga with Sarah Helt

060: Accessible Yoga with Sarah Helt

There has been a growing movement focused on making yoga accessible to all that has caught Shannon’s attention. On today’s episode Shannon has invited Sarah Helt, an Ambassador from the Accessible Yoga organization, to share her insight on this topic. Sarah speaks...

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058: Confidence and Self-Promotion with Julie Zuzak

058: Confidence and Self-Promotion with Julie Zuzak

On today’s episode Shannon and Julie discuss how to gain confidence to self-promote, (a much-asked question in The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group), taking on challenges one-step-at-a-time, letting comparisons go, and much more.

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057: Feng Shui Your Yoga Space with Marina V Umali

057: Feng Shui Your Yoga Space with Marina V Umali

Marina is a New York State certified interior designer and Feng Shui practitioner. She studied architecture at Parsons School of Design and Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She also practices yoga and has had the opportunity to visit many yoga studios.

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056: Yoga and Menopause with Leslie Kazadi

056: Yoga and Menopause with Leslie Kazadi

There can be a lot of shyness around discussing the profound physical, emotional and mental changes that menopause can bring. Leslie opens up about her own experience with menopause in a very honest way and how it led her to take it on as a special area of interest in relation to her yoga teachings.

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055: Share Your Course with Thinkific with Siddharth Bharath

055: Share Your Course with Thinkific with Siddharth Bharath

On today’s episode, Shannon speaks with Siddharth Bharath of Thinkific. Shannon picks Siddharth’s brain asking him what technology is needed to create a course, how much financial investment is involved, how students and teachers can interact, marketing your course and more.

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053: Yoga Mentors and Lineage with Chase Bossart

053: Yoga Mentors and Lineage with Chase Bossart

On today’s episode, Shannon invites Chase Bossart who with great warmth and humour shares with us some of his experiences with his mentor T.K.V. Desikachar. Chase talks about yoga mentors, lineage and so much more.

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049: Grow Your Yoga Student Base [Part 1] with Shannon Crow

049: Grow Your Yoga Student Base [Part 1] with Shannon Crow

In part 1 of this 2-part series, Shannon will take you through the steps that helped her grow her student base. Beginning with asking what is your ideal yoga class size to being patient and consistent as you build your students’ trust, Shannon shares 6 areas to consider with six actionable steps.

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048: Eating Disorder Education for Yoga Teachers with Tabitha Farrar

048: Eating Disorder Education for Yoga Teachers with Tabitha Farrar

Tabitha Farrar is an eating disorder recovery coach who speaks and writes about effective and realistic recovery approaches for adults with restrictive eating disorders. Tabitha recovered from 10 years of severe anorexia and is passionate about helping adult sufferers find a sustainable recovery that works for them.

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046: Redefining Stretching with Jules Mitchell

046: Redefining Stretching with Jules Mitchell

Jules Mitchell wants to help inform you to make your own choices as a yoga teacher, not to overwhelm you. She is working on an upcoming book tentatively titled Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching which moves far beyond what is generally understood about stretching.

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5 Koshas: Anandamaya Kosha

5 Koshas: Anandamaya Kosha

Welcome to our final week in our koshas mini-series. I have created a printable booklet that summarizes all of the key points. To get the booklet — enter your name and email below and it will be sent to you. Feel free to use the booklet in your classes, workshops,...

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5 Koshas: Vijnanamaya Kosha

5 Koshas: Vijnanamaya Kosha

The fourth layer in the Kosha model is the Vijnanamaya Kosha. Vijnana translated means ability to discriminate, intellect or knowing.

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5 Koshas: Manomaya Kosha

5 Koshas: Manomaya Kosha

The third layer in the Kosha model is the Manomaya Kosha. Our thoughts, emotions, memories, decisions and intellect are directed by the manomaya kosha.

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5 Koshas: Pranamaya Kosha

5 Koshas: Pranamaya Kosha

The second layer in the Kosha model is the Pranamaya Kosha.
It governs the energetic (or subtle) body, the breath and the movement of the physical body.

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5 Koshas: Annamaya Kosha

5 Koshas: Annamaya Kosha

Week 1 of 5 Koshas mini-series with Shannon Crow of The Connected Yoga Teacher. The first layer in the Kosha model is the Annamaya Kosha.

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