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The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast is a place where yoga teachers can tune in each week to learn, connect with community and gain inspiration. After a yoga teacher training it can feel like being left out in the wilderness for yoga teacher entrepreneurs. The business side of yoga is often not talked about as much as philosophy, anatomy and other topics covered in a yoga teacher training. This podcast addresses the questions and challenges that yoga teachers face. Hear interviews with yoga teachers and other professionals on a variety of topics.

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Shannon Crow (she/her)

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 80 Ratings

The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast is a place where yoga teachers can tune in each week to learn, connect with community and gain inspiration. After a yoga teacher training it can feel like being left out in the wilderness for yoga teacher entrepreneurs. The business side of yoga is often not talked about as much as philosophy, anatomy and other topics covered in a yoga teacher training. This podcast addresses the questions and challenges that yoga teachers face. Hear interviews with yoga teachers and other professionals on a variety of topics.

    Cultivating Contentment with Mary Flaherty

    Cultivating Contentment with Mary Flaherty

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    377: Cultivating Contentment with Mary Flaherty
     
    Description: Amid so many negative things currently happening in the world, it can feel challenging to remain positive and be content with ourselves and our lives. How do we cultivate contentment? Is it possible? Is it important? What are some scientifically proven strategies we can adopt to navigate the ups and downs of life? Mary Flaherty shares more.
     
    Mary Flaherty has over 30 years of experience as a psychologist and is a highly experienced university lecturer and curriculum developer. She has worked in Australia, Japan, Ireland, and the U.K and is also a researcher with published findings reported in TIME magazine. Her specific fields of interest include positive psychology, sleep, stress and anxiety management, meditation/mindfulness, and yoga. Mary has also been a yoga teacher for over 20 years.
     
    In this episode, Mary shares more about her background, why she started studying contentment, and how it is different from happiness. She also talks about her new book "Keys to Contentment - from Science, Monks and My Mother", sharing practical tips about how to be content and manage challenging situations. Mary explains some aspects of how the brain works that might help us when life is hard and highlights why being positive is so important. 
     
    Key Takeaways: [2:30] Stand a chance to win one of two copies of Mary Flaherty's book in this episode's giveaway!
    [3:40] Shannon gives a shout-out of thanks to sponsors OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [5:42] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Mary Flaherty.
    [10:18] What inspired Mary to write a book about contentment and the science behind it?
    [13:47] Why did Mary decide to include her mother in talking about the keys to contentment?
    [21:53] What are some scientifically proven strategies that help with contentment?
    [35:53] Shannon pops in with a message about OfferingTree.
    [37:56] How do we find Santosha in these challenging times we are living through? How do we balance being positive and grateful while holding space for what's happening to others around us?
    [42:20] Mary highlights why it is so important for us to become aware of our cognitive biases.
    [46:00] What is our role as yoga teachers when our students share with us the struggles they are facing?
    [52:54] What are some other things Mary hopes people would know about leading a more contented life?
    [63:03] Shannon and Mary discuss how useful it can be to slow down and notice the details of life.
    [65:08] Get your copy of Mary's book on Amazon, Kindle, Audible, and iTunes. Connect with her on Instagram as well.
    [66:08] What is one small thing you can try if you feel like you are far from reaching contentment?
    [67:16] Shannon reflects on her conversation with Mary.
    [71:22] Shannon shares about some of the guest expert calls available in Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [74:05] Shannon relates an experience she had recently that has been weighing on her.
     
    Links: Mary Flaherty on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn
    Keys to a Contented Life: From Science, Monks & My Mother, by Dr. Mary Flaherty
    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 258: What Does Science Say About Yoga? with Mary Flaherty
    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 123: Habits for Health & Business with James Clear
    311: A Small Seed of Personal Practice with Shannon The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode Crow
    310: How To Create a Yoga Routine with Shannon The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode Crow
    Canada Land Podcast
    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 376: Collective Care Over Individualistic Self-Care with Muna Shakour
    Ashley Oliver (@YogaAndMahogany on Instagram)
    Guest Speakers in Pelvic Health Professionals
    Shannon Crow on Instagram
    The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group
    Pelvic Health Professi

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Collective Care Over Individualistic Self-Care with Muna Shakour

    Collective Care Over Individualistic Self-Care with Muna Shakour

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    376: Collective Care Over Individualistic Self-Care with Muna Shakour
     
    Description: The massacre and genocide of Palestinians in Gaza have been going on for months now, and other genocide emergencies are simultaneously taking place around the world. Yet, many (especially in the health and wellness industry), still refuse to speak up, choosing instead to prioritize their safety and comfort over the need for liberation and freedom for all oppressed people. Muna Shakour shares her perspective as a Palestinian with family in the West Bank about shifting from focusing on self-care to looking at collective care.
     
    Muna Shakour is a personal development coach who accidentally became an activist after the events in Gaza started. Her coaching practice has evolved over the years, from a Parenting Coach for parents of children 8 years and younger to coaching small business owners and coaches on how to grow their businesses and personal brands online to attract their ideal clients. Muna also offers corporate training focused on self-reflection and developing soft skills for leadership. Since October 7, Muna has been actively speaking out against the atrocities happening in Gaza and Palestine, sharing information and drawing attention to the situation there.
     
    Muna talks about her work before October 7, 2023 and how she gets nervous about talking about her “work” now. She highlights the relationship we have with all people, the earth, and all creatures, and why we need to focus on caring for the collective “we” instead of focusing solely on self-care for “me”. Muna shares very honestly about the emotions she is experiencing and how that influences her decisions in who to connect with, hire, and support. She also offers some suggestions about how to navigate working for a company that won’t allow you to speak up and how to continue running your online business alongside speaking up for peace and justice.
     
    Key Takeaways: [3:29] Shannon gives a shout-out of thanks to sponsors OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [6:02] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Muna Shakour.
    [10:35] What does Muna do and who does she do it for? She shares more about her professional journey and how she "accidentally" became an activist.
    [21:04] Shannon and Muna discuss what it has been like for them to encounter people in the wellness world who say they don't have the capacity to care about everything, especially when they have been increasingly involved in social justice movements in the past few years.
    [28:35] A lot of us have been feeling a lot of anger and grief. We need to find productive ways to channel that energy.
    [31:23] How can we be more careful with who we choose to work with and where we give our money to ensure that our values are aligned?
    [37:48] Shannon pops in to share a little bit about OfferingTree.
    [40:06] What are Muna's thoughts on when someone says something online that is harmful or hurtful, but it's because they still have some learning to do?
    [44:39] Muna shares a little about what it's like being a Palestinian and having to avoid mentioning her identity for various reasons.
    [47:09] We can use our privilege to start speaking up about Palestine and exercise our empathy to imagine what must be like for Palestinians.
    [53:19] In the health and wellness space, a lot of people try hard not to post political things. Shannon and Muna discuss how they're changing people's minds about this stance.
    [58:11] Muna shares her dream of people mobilizing en masse to demand change.
    [63:33] Palestine has become a measure of what we will stand for and what we will not allow.
    [66:44] What would Muna say to a yoga teacher who has not spoken up till now and is wondering how to do so now?
    [73:33] We have to speak out even louder because we have privilege and clout that others don't.
    [80:40] Shannon shares some of her

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Why Marketing is Different Now with Tristan Katz & Brooke Monaghan

    Why Marketing is Different Now with Tristan Katz & Brooke Monaghan

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    375: Why Marketing is Different Now with Tristan Katz & Brooke Monaghan
     
    Description: How do we market our work in times of collective distress and unrest? How can we show up for our business, our audience, and ourselves in a way that is aligned with our values? Two incredible entrepreneurs in the online space share more about how to navigate being a business owner in our current context - Brooke Monaghan and Tristan Katz.
     
    Brooke Monaghan is the founder of Fruition Growth Network, a collaborative platform providing accessible, quality support to self-employed folks and bringing people together to find power in community. Brooke acts as a trusted advisor to founders and leaders who value impact, integrity, and relationships and are on a mission to set things straight in their industry. Her work focuses on the intersection of wellbeing and bottom line, guiding do-gooder lifestyle business owners to intentionally design profitable businesses around their values and their desired lifestyle.
     
    Tristan Katz is a writer, educator, digital strategist, and equity-inclusion facilitator. They specialize in content marketing strategies for justice-focused leaders and queer-trans Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) training and consulting. Tristan’s intention is to share this work with an anti-oppression and intersectional lens. Tristan was named one of Yoga Journal’s 2021 Game Changers and he is proud to have spent several years serving on the Board of Directors at Accessible Yoga before the non-profit dissolved in early 2024.
     
    Brooke and Tristan explain how marketing has changed since the early days of online business and why values matter so much to customers now. They also address using AI in marketing, how to change our strategies when it comes to marketing, and why following a cookie-cutter marketing plan probably isn’t going to work for your yoga business – as well as what you can do instead.
     
    Key Takeaways: [3:04] Shannon gives a shout-out of thanks to sponsors OfferingTree, Summer Biz Camp, and Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [7:05] Shannon introduces her guests for this episode - Tristan Katz and Brooke Monaghan.
    [10:54] What do Tristan and Brooke do and who do they do it for?
    [14:44] Tristan and Brooke have a podcast together - be sure to check out Reimagining Online Business.
    [15:58] A lot of yoga teachers are feeling like they don't know how to market to students in the current environment. Brooke shares some of the trends in marketing in 2024.
    [20:44] Tristan reflects on how new the internet is in the human experience and how that influences and impacts us as business owners and humans.
    [28:06] Brooke explains that many of us in the online business space have lost sight of doing business with people. Strategies that work for more established business owners may not work for us.
    [31:50] Tristan contextualizes Brooke's perspective for how it could apply to yoga teachers.
    [36:00] Shannon pops in with a message about OfferingTree.
    [37:46] What are some ways to really connect with people in our audience? Brooke suggests experimenting with being real with your audience and tuning into your intuition.
    [42:02] Tristan brings up the fact that all businesses are struggling right now, and marketing to people is simply not as easy as it used to be.
    [45:51] It's a lot easier to be consistent when you're not trying to force yourself to do it the right way and you're allowing yourself to show up and be real.
    [46:47] We can pay attention to trends, but in a loose, non-attached way, and instead try to make them our own or put our own spin on them.
    [48:31] Shannon and Brooke reflect on how they feel being marketed to, as consumers.
    [49:49] Tristan highlights how important it is now for yoga teachers to find their niche - find what really sets them apart from others
    [52:47] Shannon talks about how she is sh

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Teaching Yoga to Busy Parents with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller

    Teaching Yoga to Busy Parents with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    374: Teaching Yoga to Busy Parents with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller
     
    Description: How can busy parents find time for yoga in the midst of all the things they are juggling? How can yoga teachers make yoga more accessible to parents who are facing time scarcity? Naomi Gottlieb-Miller shares how her yoga practice changed when she became a parent and how she now uses this knowledge to share yoga with other parents.
     
    Naomi is a mover, a maker, and a mom of 3 kids. She has been teaching yoga and movement since 2005 and is known for classes that are creative, playful, and strong. Naomi specializes in teaching short classes that pack a punch, making sure you can easily squeeze your daily movement into whatever pockets in your day you happen to have. On her website, Naomi offers classes that are 5 to 30 minutes to ensure busy parents (and anyone else short of time) can incorporate movement into their day, no matter what.
     
    Naomi opens up about how her yoga practice changed drastically when she became a parent, and how that inspired her to teach much shorter classes online which can be just as good or even better than longer yoga classes! She shares how she has found success in her yoga business offering shorter classes, and highlights the importance of removing barriers that keep people from coming to yoga. Shannon and Naomi also discuss how we don’t all have the same amount of time, the high expectations we put on ourselves as parents and as yoga teachers, the double standards society sometimes puts on parents, and more.
     
    Whether you are a parent who struggles to find time for your movement practice on top of your hectic schedule or you work with parents who tell you they don’t have time for yoga, this is a great episode.
     
    Key Takeaways: [0:37] Shannon introduces the topic for this episode - yoga and parenthood.
    [3:43] This episode is sponsored by OfferingTree, Summer Biz Camp, and Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [7:20] Claire Holloway, a member of Pelvic Health Professionals, shares a little about her experience in the membership.
    [10:11] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Naomi Gottlieb-Miller.
    [12:26] What does Naomi do and who does she do it for?
    [18:15] Shannon reflects on her own parenting journey and how time felt scarce for her when her children were young.
    [20:42] It can be hard for moms or parents to shake off societal expectations.
    [26:39] What is Naomi's advice to yoga teachers who are struggling to find time for their own practice, and what can that self-practice look like?
    [32:21] Naomi offers a 5-minute practice for an entire month.
    [34:06] Taking away expectations and limiting your daily practice can make it feel more accessible.
    [34:38] Shannon pops in to share a little about OfferingTree.
    [36:09] What is one thing a busy parent or parent with an overstimulated nervous system could do to get started?
    [40:04] What are some of Naomi's recommendations for people who are feeling low on energy and need motivation?
    [46:07] How does Naomi charge for her classes, considering that they are relatively short?
    [49:13] Naomi highlights that longer classes can be a barrier for many parents who simply don't have the time or resources to make that commitment.
    [52:21] Shannon and Naomi discuss why people might feel hesitant about shorter classes.
    [58:28] Get in touch with Naomi and learn more from her via her website and social media channels.
    [59:32] Shannon reflects on how Naomi has been showing up and speaking up for peace in these difficult times, and her own process of dealing with grief after witnessing horrific news from Gaza.
    [66:14] Shannon shares some details of upcoming calls inside Pelvic Health Professionals.
     
    Links: Naomi Gottlieb-Miller, Conscious Healthy Mama
    Naomi Gottlieb-Miller on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube 
    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 37

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Yoga Philosophy for Parenthood with Claire Holloway

    Yoga Philosophy for Parenthood with Claire Holloway

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    373: Yoga Philosophy for Parenthood with Claire Holloway
     
    Description: How can yoga philosophy support people in their parenthood or caregiving journey? Are the ancient yogic teachings still applicable to modern life? Claire Holloway shares insights about how we can tap into the wisdom of yoga philosophy to guide our actions as we navigate this phase of life.
     
    Claire is the founder of The Centre of Bright Beginnings. She offers yoga, corrective exercise, and educational support for those embarking upon or moving through the journey of matresence – conception, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. Her work supports not only those identifying as mothers but also parents, caregivers, and parents-to-be. She studies and shares yoga through the lens of her personal experiences of becoming and being a mother.
     
    In this episode, Claire reflects on her own postpartum journey and the challenges she faced that led her to do the work she does now. She breaks down how we can apply the teachings of ancient yoga philosophy to life today as parents, and shares practical tips on integrating yoga philosophy into our day-to-day activities. Claire also shares how we can moderate our energy as parents when so much of it goes to our children, how to avoid comparing ourselves with the “perfect parents” on social media, the many decisions that are connected to parenting and birthing, and more.
     
    This is such a rich discussion for anyone who is a parent, future parent, caregiver, or if you support or know parents in your life.
     
    Key Takeaways: [0:06] This episode is about how yoga philosophy can support you as a parent or in some other capacity as a caregiver.
    [3:41] This episode is sponsored by OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals - and Shannon has some big news about Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [9:11] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Claire Holloway.
    [13:25] What is the work that Claire does and who does she do it for?
    [17:02] What was Claire's postpartum journey like and what inspired her to focus on this time with parents?
    [21:44] Things have changed a lot since yoga philosophy was written. How does it still apply to parenting today?
    [25:44] How does Claire start to bring in yoga philosophy when talking to brand new parents?
    [30:57] With social media, it is easy to compare ourselves to others and feel like we're not living a perfect life or being perfect parents. Shannon and Claire discuss how yoga philosophy can support us in those times.
    [37:22] What other parts of yoga philosophy have supported Claire in her own parenting journey?
    [41:09] What are some of the challenges new parents are facing now?
    [48:15] Shannon and Claire discuss tapas and how that can show up in parenting.
    [50:52] Birth trauma can be a big part of the parenting experience. How does Claire help people navigate that?
    [55:46] Many new parents deal with a sense of isolation, even more so when they feel they are not living up to societal ideals. Claire speaks a little to this point.
    [57:27] Learn more about Claire and her work via her website.
    [61:03] Shannon reflects on her biggest takeaways from this conversation with Claire.
    [62:47] Shannon shares some of the upcoming calls inside Pelvic Health Professionals, as well as how things are changing with the membership.
    [67:12] Link - Shulamit episode
    [68:18] Link - Claire's post




    Links: Claire Holloway, The Centre of Bright Beginnings
    Claire Holloway on Facebook and Instagram
    Previous Episodes on Yoga Philosophy
    323: Finding Support in Yoga Philosophy with Sunita Patil
    297: Yoga Philosophy & Business with Rebecca Sebastian
    269: Yoga Philosophy and Colonialism with Shyam Ranganathan
    COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence
    Practical Yoga Philosophy for Parenthood Program
    Practical Yoga Philosophy for Parenthood Online Course (Discou

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Grow a Private Yoga Business with Dominique Gauthier

    Grow a Private Yoga Business with Dominique Gauthier

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    372: Grow a Private Yoga Business with Dominique Gauthier 
     
    Description: Wondering how you can teach more one-on-one yoga? Curious if it is possible to turn 1:1 yoga classes into a full time business? Teaching yoga 1:1 and growing a yoga business teaching private yoga classes is not something that is covered in yoga teacher trainings but is so important! Dominique Gauthier shares how she has built a successful yoga business with 1:1; sessions.
     
    Dominique is a highly skilled and passionate yoga teacher, personal trainer, core & pelvic floor specialist. She is the owner of Body Mind Fitness based in London (Lambeth) Ontario. Dominique is dedicated to helping clients of all ages and fitness levels achieve their health and wellness goals, with a comprehensive approach to fitness that focuses on building strength, increasing flexibility, and improving overall health and well-being. She is a certified Core and Pelvic Floor Specialist, helping clients overcome common issues related to core and pelvic floor dysfunction, and works with clients in-person and virtually in private sessions and personalized small group classes for clients all over the world.
     
    Dominique explains how she is able to make a living teaching only yoga. She shares how she advertises online to get new students, what her schedule is like, and how she teaches both in-person and online private yoga. Dominique also highlights how she managed the transition and why moving from teaching group classes to private yoga is not a quick shift. If you’ve been wanting to add more 1:1 yoga classes to your schedule, this episode is for you.
     
    Key Takeaways: [0:06] Shannon introduces her topic for this episode - teaching 1:1 yoga.
    [3:58] Shannon introduces herself and gives a shout out to the podcast sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [8:42] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Dominique Gauthier.
    [12:27] What does Dominique do and who does she do it for?
    [15:28] Dominique shares more about how teaching one-on-one yoga is her main source of income.
    [17:04] What was Dominique's process of marketing when she made the transition from teaching group classes to focusing on 1:1 classes?
    [21:43] Dominique still offers consultation calls to potential students who might be interested in her services.
    [24:24] Does Dominique teach 1:1 online or in person?
    [24:48] Dominique explains how she structures working with 1:1 student, from the time they book a consultation call.
    [27:38] If you're looking for an all-in-one software option, OfferingTree is the solution!
    [30:36] Shannon and Dominique discuss the pricing of her 1:1 classes.
    [31:11] What is Dominique's advice for a yoga teacher who is looking to make the switch to teaching more 1:1 yoga in their business?
    [34:23] Dominique and Shannon share some inspiring anecdotes about why they do they work that they do.
    [36:15] How does Dominique manage scheduling her 1:1 yoga sessions?
    [39:21] There are ebbs and flows and busy periods and slow periods, even with teaching 1:1 yoga. Dominique reflects on how she manages these ups and downs in her yoga business.
    [41:03] Find out more about Dominique and her work at her website and on social media.
    [42:23] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this conversation with Dominique.
    [44:58] Shannon shares a review from a member of Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [46:52] Check out the upcoming live calls in Pelvic Health Professionals.
     
    Links: Dominique Gauthier
    Dominique Gauthier on Facebook and Instagram
    Previous Episodes on Private Yoga
    363: Build a Full-Time Yoga Career with Mary Reddinger
    206: Get More Private Yoga Clients with Megan Spears
    132: Marketing to Increase Private Bookings with Amanda Mays [Consultation Call]
    131: How I Structure Private Yoga with Shannon Crow
    130: Make a Profit Teaching Private

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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80 Ratings

Wim Robinson ,

Just the Best Podcast!

Thank you, Shannon. Every episode I learn & relate so much.

Amy Hogan ,

Calming, genuine, and informative

Shannon’s voice is so calming. It is a wonderfully peaceful way to receive information. Even though I’m not a yoga teacher, I am a business owner, and I find the episodes very informative and applicable. Shannon and her team really care about the yoga community, and are always striving to delivery quality content with a bit of humour and lots of authenticity.

ann mozy ,

So informative, honest, frank

And refreshing! Keep going!

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