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A yoga podcast filled with truly engaging interviews from the most inspiring and accomplished spiritual teachers in the world. Get inspired by their story, learn their best-kept secrets, and how to apply everything they know to your practice and your life off the mat. Join me in my curious, passionate, open minded attitude towards growth and transformation as I meet all the teachers who inspire me and as we share with you the gifts of yoga.
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On and Off Your Mat Yoga Podcast Erika Belanger Yoga

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A yoga podcast filled with truly engaging interviews from the most inspiring and accomplished spiritual teachers in the world. Get inspired by their story, learn their best-kept secrets, and how to apply everything they know to your practice and your life off the mat. Join me in my curious, passionate, open minded attitude towards growth and transformation as I meet all the teachers who inspire me and as we share with you the gifts of yoga.
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    Self-Mastery, wit Eva Beronius

    Self-Mastery, wit Eva Beronius

    Do you ever long for a deeper understanding of yourself that leads to transformation?  If so, this episode is for you.
    I sat down with Eva Beronius. Eva is the founder of Self Mastery and Beyond and the highly praised online meditation course Beyond the Mind. Her own journey has included transforming a state of PTSD and anxiety with symptoms like panic attacks, depression and trust-issues into a thriving life and peaceful mind. She has experience with various techniques in trauma therapy and personal growth as well as a spiritual foundation in the Toltec tradition. She is passionate about how we can access change by bypassing the rational mind.


    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Even considering that our unconscious beliefs about ourselves drive 80% to 90% of our thoughts and emotional reactions, real change is absolutely possible. The very step towards transformation is to release your stress. In a stressed brain, there's no space for anything else but survival, for fight or flight.
    2- The cycle starts with a painful emotion that we carry. Then, we create a belief linked with the events that led to the creation of that painful emotion. Eventually, something happens that activates this beliefs and we latch onto a protective mechanism that has helped us in the past to avoid feeling that emotion pain. We avoid, distract, manage, pretend...
    3- Our protective mechanism can push us intro overly strong reactions and make us project our past experience onto our present situation. By reliving the same situation or emotional reaction, your mind is trying to solve the painful situation, to create a different outcome so it can get to a resolution. It will be repeated again and again until you move forward and make a different choice in your reaction.
    4- The first step in self-mastery is self-awareness; the capacity to observe yourself by directing your attention. In the second step, to help you step into the observer, you can journal at the 3rd person to help create some distance to disidentify from the situation and your reaction and gain a more neutral perspective. Step 3 is mapping, dividing your reactions into characters, versions of yourself, or archetypes. Once you have identify those, you can start noticing them throughout your day, how they are layered, structured and interacting together, and which emotions each character carries, what does their world consist of?, What do they believe? That way you can create a new relationship with your emotions, step into your subconscious and start releasing the emotions and changing your inner world, your programming.
    5- Find a way to break down your "old house" while building your "new house". if you only work on building the new parts of yourself, you create disconnect, shame, rejection of an other part of yourself.


    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:
    What was going on in your life for you to want to make a change?What is the structure hidden under our reactions?What kind of beliefs drive our emotional reactions?How do we know if our protective mechanism are still serving us?What are some tools to reflect on our protective mechanism? How does the process looks like?How do we start to move away from suffering, break our cycles?

    SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.
    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 67th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on September 1st, you got an episode on self-care, on what is it, why it's important and how to practice it. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom a

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    Instagram, Nomadic teaching, and tips for students, with Adell Bridges

    Instagram, Nomadic teaching, and tips for students, with Adell Bridges

    For this episode, I sat down with Adell Bridges. Adell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast plays a meaningful role in the playful and creative style of her teaching, which she intertwines with pranayama, yoga philosophy, and anatomy to take the physical practice into a journey of inner awareness and acceptance. Adell trained in India before teaching in Asia, Europe, Central and North America, sharing her own yoga journey in hopes of inspiring and serving others in theirs.

    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Let your why lead your presence online. Know what is your intention and own who you are and you'll
    2- The physical part of the practice is a tool to come in a state a yoga.
    3- Joint hypermobility affects all the connective tissues in the body caused by a disruption in the collagen. It affects your joint, but also your skin, your blood vessels, your gut lining.
    4- Whatever movement you don't do, you loose.
    5- Transitions are just a series of posture that we move through quickly. A posture can be any position you can put your body in. Paying attention to our transitions helps us stay in the present moment. It helps us stay aware of our physical sensations, our strengths and weaknesses; helps us avoid injuries. It's a great place to learn. Just like in life, nothing is ever totally static, we are always transitioning, moving form thing to thing.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:

    You say that yoga has changed your life for the better in every way. Can you elaborate?How do stay out of the over-identification with your body and your practice when you have such a big presence online?How do you realize that you are more than your body in the practice.You started this project on hypermobility. Can you explain what it is and why you wanted to address the issue? What's the goal?How can people know id they are hypermobile?Tips for better handstand?What’s the one thing you wish people knew about handstanding?What is the most questions you get asked the most often about their handstand practice?What mindset is helpful?What's your favorite backbend?Tips for safer backbends?Why engage the glutes in backbends?What's your energetic experience of deep backbends?Why should we care about fascia?What does fascia response well/not well to?What's one thing you wish you knew about fascia a long time ago?How do you take care of your fascia?Why think about our transitions?What happens in that space between poses?

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    DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.
    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 66th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on September 1st, you got an episode on self-care, on what is it, why it's important and how to practice it. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.
    Before we get to today's episode, I have one last announcement about my upcoming India Yoga Retreat… With the covid situation and travelling situation not getting better, I have decided to postpone to the following year instead so FEB 2022 . I’m adding another retreat in Europe for the fall of 2021, instead. Stay tuned for more details about that.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST

    Adell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast

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    PREMIUM | Self-Care : What, Why & How

    PREMIUM | Self-Care : What, Why & How

    This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive content every month, like this episode with me on self-care, plus the other regular episodes in the video, uncut and uncensored format. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording and continue to record during this shelter in place.
    In today’s episode, I talk about self-care. What is my definition of self-care, why I think it’s important, and what is actually looks like beyond bubble baths and candles… You feel inspired and empowered in your own practice of self-care. This episode was requested by a few Patreon members. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way.
    Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, Your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply help me continue to offer this podcast, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you.

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    Sanctuary Meditation and Yoga Nidra, with Rod Stryker

    Sanctuary Meditation and Yoga Nidra, with Rod Stryker

    For this episode, I sat down with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Rod is a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher, guiding and sharing his wisdom for 40 years. He is the founder of ParaYoga®, and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is the creator of one of the most comprehensive online yoga trainings in the world and most recently, the app Sanctuary, a premier destination for all levels of those wanting to experience the life-changing practices of meditation and yoga nidra, Rod has dedicated his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, practice, teaching, leadership, service and family life.


    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Hierarchy in teaching doesn't have to be informed my patriarchy or dominance. The role of a teacher is to lead by definition, but to eventually make themselves obsolete, by empowering their students so they can walk away and stand in their own wisdom and capacities.
    2- Ultimately what determines the quality of your life is the quality of your perception of life and the depth of your own self-awareness. Yoga is about the mind more than it is about the body. The end goal is the refinement of the quality of your perception, so yoga asana is a meditation tool.
    3- Yoga Nidra is the conversion of sleep and meditation. Your body is fundamentally asleep and your mind gets into a delta pattern; it's most quiet, most relaxed, deep state of relaxation, but there is still a thread of being conscious. It recalibrates us our perception of ourselves by being both a practice and a state of consciousness.
    4- To live a happier, more purposeful life, you have to start by getting still. Then, you get clarity on how to live in alignment with your purpose. It doesn't matter what you're doing in life, but you won't find happiness until you live a purposeful life. You will feel lost for not having done what you were here to do, not being who you were meant to be, and creation will suffer from you not playing your role in it. "An undisciplined mind is unfit for any path". 
    5- Understanding your life purpose helps you deal with the small things in life, not only the big challenges. When you learn how to responds better to those small things, your destiny changes. You take the driver seat in shaping your destiny by making those everyday small right decisions. Peace is never guaranteed but we are each responsible for finding our own peace and best form of self-care is to overcome our nature.


    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:

    How do you describe ParaYoga?You recently launched a new meditation app called Sanctuary, why did you choose to chOne of the things you teach is Yoga Nidra, for listeners that have never done Yoga Nidra before, can you explain what it is?How do to start moving towards a happier and more fulfilled life? How do you uncover your true purpose and live a happier life?

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    DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.
    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 64th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. I have just added 2 new tiers to the premium memberships. As before, with a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on August 1st, you got a 25 minutes delicious Yoga Nidra,so perfect timing! Now you can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.


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    Telling a story through yoga photography, with Robert Sturman

    Telling a story through yoga photography, with Robert Sturman

    For this episode, I sat down with Robert Sturman. Robert is a dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of yoga in his work. His stunning repertoire of portraits runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, first responders and more. He has been an Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2008 United States Olympics. 


    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Photography is a way to pay attention, recognize, see, and acknowledge to the person you look at.
    2 - Photography can be like positive propaganda. You can share new ideas that will become the norm. You can change the world through the images you take. It's the most influential form of communication.
    3 - Yoga simply helps you make better choice. Yoga is for anybody and everybody, anywhere and everywhere.
    4 - Being an artist is different than being a photographer.
    5 - Never look down on anyone. When you photograph someone. Be eye to eye, on your subject's level. It's a sign of respect!

    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:

    Why do you choose to showcase yoga in your photography?How do you tell a story through a still image?Does the subject and the story you choose to tell change the power of the art piece?What was the idea behind your "Scars are Beautiful" Portfolio? What drew you to breast cancer survivors? Why do cancer survivors wanted to do these shoots? What was their intentions?Which prisons have you visited and photographed?You say that “everything you know about the essence of photography, I learned from working in prisons” Can you explain that?Is the camera a way for you to share what you see so more people can see it?What was your intention about photography the military and first responders doing yoga.You photographed for the Africa Yoga Project and made and did a photographic essay for the New York times about it. What did this portfolio and your trip to Nairobi teach you? Did it change your perspective on yoga in any way?What inspires you right now? What would you like to see more represented?How do you feel about everybody being a “photographer” now?Any tips to take better photos?

    SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!
    DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.
    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 63rd episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. I have just added 2 new tiers to the premium memberships. As before, with a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. The newest episode was an amazing 25 minutes Yoga Nidra. Now you can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.


    ABOUT OUR GUEST

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    A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work.
    His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere.
    His stunning repertoire runs the gamut from yogis perched

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    PREMIUM | Yoga Nidra

    PREMIUM | Yoga Nidra

    This is on and off your mat podcast, exclusive episode #62: Yoga Nidra. This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive content every month, like this meditation, plus the other regular episodes in the video, uncut and uncensored format. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording and continue to record during this shelter in place.
    With today’s episode, you get a 25 minutes reclined guided meditation, perfect to relax fully during the day or to get ready for bed. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way.
    Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply help me continue to offer this podcast, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you.

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