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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 • 76 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.

    How To Create a Yoga Routine with Shannon Crow

    How To Create a Yoga Routine with Shannon Crow

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    310: How To Create a Yoga Routine with Shannon Crow
     
    Description:
    Many yoga teachers started teaching yoga because they experienced the benefits of it for themselves and wanted to share it with others. However, once they start teaching and dive into running a yoga business, it can feel challenging to maintain a consistent personal yoga practice.
     
    In this episode, Shannon Crow explores the reasons yoga teachers often give for not creating a self-care practice that feels nurturing to them, and what the benefits are of cultivating that personal practice. She shares her tips and strategies that have helped her form habits around her personal yoga routine and explains why falling away from our practice is normal - and how to get back to it. If you have been wanting to start a yoga routine for yourself, this episode is for you.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:41] Shannon introduces her topic for this episode - how to create and maintain a personal yoga practice.
    [3:17] Shannon gives a shout out to sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [4:40] What is holding you back from creating a self-care practice that is nurturing for you?
    [6:22] You are not alone if you have fallen away from your personal yoga practice.
    [9:15] Why is having a personal practice so important?
    [10:34] Shannon invites you to consider the intention of your personal practice as well as what your dream personal practice looks like.
    [12:03] If creating a personal practice feels impossible to you right now, Shannon encourages you to dig into why that is.
    [12:33] You don't need to choose movement as a part of your personal practice if it doesn't feel good to you.
    [14:28] You can try out your chosen practice for a set amount of time to see how it feels to you.
    [16:29] Shannon pops in to share how she is personally using OfferingTree to book podcast guests.
    [18:18] Why is creating a routine around our personal practice so important?
    [20:01] Shannon shares some tips and strategies to make it easier to start and maintain a habit.
    [23:34] How can we get back to our personal practice when life throws us off track?
    [27:06] How do you build a personal practice and stick to it? What are your tips and ideas? Share them!
    [27:56] Shannon shares ways that you can connect with her in real time.
     
    Links:
    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 308: Time to Rest and Refuel with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 309: Four Seasons of Business with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 096: How to Create a Yoga Practice Habit with Matt Kowald The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 123: Habits for Health & Business with James Clear The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 253: Reflect and Plan [Part 4] with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 053: Yoga Mentors and Lineage with Chase Bossart Email Shannon Crow Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group  
    Gratitude to our Sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
     
    Quotes from this episode:
    "What is holding you back from creating a self care practice that is nurturing for you?"
     
    "Your personal practice is an amazing source of fuel for your life and business. It's like a promise that you make to yourself."
     
    "Don't wait for the someday of it. Build your ideal personal practice and you'll slowly see that your ideal schedule will also build out of that."
     
    "Similarity and routine really brings us comfort as humans and it really helps us to build it into being a habit."
     

    • 30 min
    Four Seasons of Business with Shannon Crow

    Four Seasons of Business with Shannon Crow

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    309: Four Seasons of Business with Shannon Crow
     
    Description:
    Just like in nature, we go through different seasons in our business and in life. Each season is characterized by different rhythms and needs, and no one season lasts forever. How can we embrace these changing seasons and get the most out of each season instead of fighting it?
     
    In this episode, Shannon Crow shares more about the four different seasons you may encounter in your business. She explains what you may be feeling in winter, spring, summer, and fall/autumn, as well as how you can adapt your business activities to match the seasons. Shannon also reminds us that your season in business may be impacted by things outside your control and that other people may be in different seasons from you. Tune in to find out how to work with the seasons and find balance in your business.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [2:18] Shannon introduces her topic for this episode - the four seasons of business.
    [2:29] Shannon gives a shout out to sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
    [5:34] What season of life or business are you in now? This may not align with the seasons of nature or the seasons of the people around you, and may be impacted by things outside your control.
    [8:09] As there are four seasons in nature, there are also four seasons in business.
    [8:23] Shannon outlines some of the things that you might experience in a winter season of your business.
    [11:54] Avoid looking at other people who may be in a different season in their business and comparing yourself to them.
    [13:42] What can a spring season bring for your business?
    [16:28] Shannon shares how she is using OfferingTree in her business.
    [18:13] Summer is the season of growth and thriving in your business.
    [22:22] Fall is the season of harvest. It is also a time to clean up and get ready for the next growing season.
    [24:41] Fall is also a great time to save up.
    [26:01] What have you noticed about the seasons of business or life that you're experiencing or have experienced?
    [27:35] Connect with Shannon in real time in the Pelvic Health Professionals membership site.
     
    Links:
    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 308: Time to Rest and Refuel with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 065: Create Your Ideal Yoga Schedule with Shannon Crow Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group  
    Gratitude to our Sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
     
    Quotes from this episode:
    "Seasons always change and there's a way to embrace it and get the most out of it instead of fighting against it."
     
    "Winter is an amazing time to evaluate what's working, to check in on what's draining you, and let go of what is no longer a good fit."
     
    "[Spring] is all about possibility and potential new growth."
     
    "Fall is also a great time to save up."
     

    • 29 min
    Time to Rest and Refuel with Shannon Crow

    Time to Rest and Refuel with Shannon Crow

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    308: Time to Rest and Refuel with Shannon Crow
     
    Description:
    As yoga teachers, we all know that we cannot pour from an empty cup. We cannot give to others or connect with others, nor do our most creative and meaningful work when we're feeling exhausted, drained, and depleted. That’s why it’s important to take time to rest and refuel when things feel tough and overwhelming.
     
    In this episode, Shannon Crow shares some of her strategies for finding time to rest and recharge every day and why rest is so important for us. However, rest isn’t just about sleeping and there are different kinds of rest we need. Shannon invites you to consider: What would it look like for you today if rest and refuel time was your top priority?
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:16] Shannon introduces the topic for this episode - taking time to rest and refuel.
    [1:41] Shannon shares an update from sponsor, OfferingTree.
    [4:32] What can you do in this moment that would bring you ease and comfort as you listen?
    [5:52] Check in with yourself to see what emotions are here for you at this moment.
    [7:13] Shannon shares why noticing your emotions is a key part of resting and refueling.
    [9:47] Shannon shares a little about her own journey in finding time to rest and refuel.
    [15:23] Yoga teachers and entrepreneurs often ask Shannon how she's gotten to a place where she's been podcasting for almost 6 years and working for herself for 18 years.
    [15:23] We can often have our inner critic kick in. It is important to notice when this happens.
    [16:30] When she's going through a tough time, Shannon asks herself two questions. 1) How am I feeling?, 2) What baby steps can I take to bring more ease and comfort in this tough moment?
    [18:56] We can find ways to fit rest and restoration into our daily lives.
    [21:29] What would that look like for you today if rest and refuel time was your top priority?
    [24:00] Shannon shares what's upcoming on the podcast.
     
    Links:
    Tess Jewell-Larson, Tytoni Yoga The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 304: How Are We Still here? with Rebecca Sebastian The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 247: Being Wrong is Part of Learning with Shannon Crow The real reason why we are tired and what to do about it | Saundra Dalton-Smith | TEDxAtlanta Quote by Brandon Kyle Goodman, Author of You Gotta be You, posted by Michael James Schneider (@blksmth) The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 300: Celebrating 300 Episodes! with Shannon Crow Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group  
    Gratitude to our Sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
     
    Quotes from this episode:
    “What could you do in this moment that would bring you ease and comfort?”
     
    “Acknowledge those feelings, it's okay to not be okay.” - Tess Jewell-Larson
     
    “We can't just depend on sleep to restore us.”
     
    “What would that look like for you today if rest and refuel time was your top priority?”

    • 26 min
    Taking Diet-Culture Out of Ayurveda with Diane Finlayson

    Taking Diet-Culture Out of Ayurveda with Diane Finlayson

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    307: Taking Diet-Culture Out of Ayurveda with Diane Finlayson 
     
    Description:
    One of the harmful messages that we get in the broader health and wellness industry and in the yoga world is arounddiet culture. How does it show up in Ayurveda as well, and what can we do about it? Diane Finlayson shares her insights.
     
    Diane Finlayson has been educating yoga teachers, therapists, ayurvedic and meditation facilitators for the past 20 years. Diane recently retired from her service at MUIH (Maryland University of Integrative Health) as the Department Chair for Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda. Prior to that, Diane had 3 yoga studios and ran YTT 200/300 Ayurveda trainings as well as meditation facilitator trainings for 15 years. Diane also serves the recovery community in her private practice.
     
    Diane explains what Ayurveda is and how colonization has affected Ayurveda. She highlights the differences in practice between North America and India, and the scope of practice of different practitioners in the industry and what to be aware of before working with someone in Ayurveda. Diane also shares more about the ways in which diet culture can show up, what she does when she sees it online, and how people interested in adopting Ayurvedic practices can learn and integrate them in their lives more safely.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [3:14] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Diane Finlayson.
    [7:29] What does Diane do and who does she do it for?
    [8:06] How does Diane feel about all the changes in her life at this time, especially around retirement?
    [9:29] What is Ayurveda? Diane shares a little about the history of Ayurveda and the impact colonization had on it.
    [14:28] Diane explains how Ayurveda is shared and consumed in North America.
    [16:05] The scope of practice in Ayurveda around talking to people about food is really blurred. Diane explains how you can be aware of what you're getting into and how to check the credentials of a practitioner.
    [19:41] Diane highlights some of the different levels of practitioners you might encounter and what they might offer.
    [22:23] What is orthorexia?
    [27:08] What are some things Diane wishes yoga teachers knew about orthorexia?
    [30:06] Shannon pops in to share some news about OfferingTree.
    [33:19] What are Diane's thoughts about how we talk about the food that we're putting into our own bodies?
    [37:55] What was it like for Diane deciding which of her teacher's recommendations to follow?
    [41:01] Whether you're teaching yoga or sharing Ayurveda, how can you encourage agency with our students?
    [44:58] Shannon reflects that in a lot of our relationships as yoga teachers or Ayurveda practitioners, the other person may be looking for you to tell them what to do.
    [45:43] Rather than approaching with an attitude of understanding and certainty, try keeping curiosity at the forefront.
    [47:01] Where does Diane recommend going to learn more about Ayurveda?
    [49:46] What is something that has really impacted Diane or the people she works with?
    [53:14] Connect with Diane on social media to continue this conversation.
    [53:55] What does Diane do when she sees harmful comments or perspectives shared online?
    [56:31] Shannon shares her biggest takeaways from this episode.
    [58:50] Please leave the podcast a review on iTunes!
    [60:03] Hang out with Shannon in real-time online in the Pelvic Health Professionals membership.
     
    Links:
    Diane Finlayson on LinkedIn The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 292 with Jessica Grosman & Elyssa Toomey The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 303: Ayurveda for Better Digestion with Mona Warner The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 248: Ayurveda is All About Self-Care with Chara Caruthers The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 128: Ayurveda, Doshas & Yoga with Angela Glaz National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America The Love of Yoga Podcast with Anj

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Is There More Room for Online Yoga? with Sadie Nardini

    Is There More Room for Online Yoga? with Sadie Nardini

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    306: Is There More Room for Online Yoga? with Sadie Nardini
     
    Description:
    If you have ever had the thought that “everyone is teaching yoga online, why should I add to the mix?” or felt like “someone else has already done what I want to do, why should I even bother”, you are not alone. Sadie Nardini answers the question that many yoga teachers are asking these days - is there more room for online yoga?
     
    Sadie Nardini is the founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga®, an anatomy-enhanced yoga style, and The Yoga Shred®, a joint-safer HIIT + Yoga fitness style, designed to help people get stronger more safely, without wasting time or energy. She is a top online yoga and fitness course creator with a thriving online subscription studio: The Fit & Fierce Club. She translates her years of technical knowledge into success tools that are easy to understand and implement. Sadie is also the lead singer of the rock band Sadie & The Tribe.
     
    As someone who was teaching yoga online long before the pandemic started, Sadie has a lot of experience in the online space. She shares her opinions about whether there is really room in the yoga world for more online yoga especially now that a lot of yoga teachers and studios have moved online because of the pandemic. Spoiler alert - there’s PLENTY of room for everyone. Sadie also explains why it’s so important to show up as yourself, regardless of how you look or how young or flexible you are (or aren’t) and how this can make your marketing online unique. She shares tips on how to tap into your creativity, how to stay consistent in your marketing, and more!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [0:51] Shannon invites listeners to thank OfferingTree for sponsoring this podcast for a full year by creating a post on social media.
    [3:28] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Sadie Nardini.
    [8:46] Who is Sadie and what does she do?
    [12:00] Sadie shares how she discovered her own style and uniqueness as a yoga teacher.
    [14:46] As a surprise for Rebecca Sebastian (Ep. 304), Shannon invited her to join this call with Sadie.
    [19:10] What would Sadie say to a yoga teacher who believes that there is no room for them to teach yoga online, especially since the pandemic?
    [20:35] How can yoga teachers market themselves online without having to leverage their sad stories or trauma?
    [25:28] How does Sadie plan her marketing so that she is consistently offering people value in some way?
    [28:51] Sadie recently made a shift in the audience she was connecting with. What was that experience like?
    [34:10] Shannon highlights the fact that people do want to learn from teachers who are older or have experienced pain or mobility issues because they bring that experience to their classes.
    [36:40] There is a shift happening in the yoga industry as the first real generation of women yoga teachers are aging - how do they navigate continuing their careers?
    [40:54] Shannon pops in to share a little about OfferingTree and how it has helped her run her business more efficiently.
    [42:40] How can yoga teachers recognize their gifts and know that they have something unique and important to share online?
    [45:39] Sadie shares some insights about how to practice yoga so that it doesn't have a negative impact on our bodies in the future.
    [50:16] What tips does Sadie have for a yoga teacher who is just starting out and doesn't have the same level of support?
    [55:42] What strategies does Sadie use to open the lines of communication with her audience online?
    [58:28] What are some things that Sadie does to foster her creativity?
    [62:35] You need to sit with yourself to get the inspiration and creativity from within.
    [65:50] What are your biggest takeaways from this conversation with Sadie?
     
    Links:
    Sadie Nardini Sadie Nardini on Instagram The Fit & Fierce Club The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 304: How Are We Still Here? with Rebecca Sebastian Hey Marvelous

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Kicked Out of Yoga [Part 2] with Chioma Njoku

    Kicked Out of Yoga [Part 2] with Chioma Njoku

    The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
    305: Kicked Out of Yoga [Part 2] with Chioma Njoku
     
    Description:
    Learning and unlearning is part of our journey as yoga teachers and as humans. In Episode 275, Shannon shared stories from people who had been kicked out of yoga class or made to feel unwelcome in yoga spaces. Chioma Njoku, podcast listener, shared a response to this episode, featured here.
     
    Chioma is the owner and Chief Mindful Operator at the Mindful Bookkeeper. She is also the host of the Cheers to Your Prosperity podcast. Using the lessons she has learned from her own financial struggles, her professional experience as an accountant for over 18 years, and Financial Coach, Chioma helps entrepreneurs and small business owners keep more of their hard-earned money in the bank without sacrificing the things that make life enjoyable.
     
    In her response, Chioma reflects on how she may have contributed to making her yoga classes feel unwelcoming to some people because of what and how she was taught. She also shares a personal experience where she was kicked out of a yoga class. It is brave and vulnerable and we can all learn a lot from this to do better as yoga teachers and make the yoga world a more welcoming space for everyone.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [3:28] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Chioma Njoku.
    [6:50] Chioma shares a response to the podcast episode about being kicked out of a yoga class.
    [11:52] Shannon pops to share a resource that has helped her book her podcast interviews.
    [13:54] Chioma shares the incident that got her kicked out of a yoga studio.
    [18:06] Shannon invites you to share your thoughts about this topic or anything else in the yoga world.
    [20:37] Shannon shares some ways you can connect with her and continue learning forward.



    Links:
    Chioma Njoku, The Mindful Bookkeeper Chioma Njoku on Instagram Cheers to Your Prosperity Podcast with Chioma Njoku The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 304: How Are We Still Here? with Rebecca Sebastian The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 275: Kicked Out of a Yoga Class?! with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 279: Bowel Health and Yoga with Shannon Crow M.B.Om Podcast Pelvic Health Resources Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group  
    Gratitude to our Sponsors, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals.
     
    Quotes from this episode:
    "I understand that everything I just said in terms of what I was taught is foolish because your practice is your practice."
     
    "Not many people are willing to speak to some of the unfortunate things of the industry, but in understanding some of the shadows of any industry, specifically this industry that's overall intended to be good, it helps those of us who do teach yoga."
     
    "Sometimes we do have to take the negative feedback, the neutral feedback along with the positive feedback to really make this a much better situation."
     

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

myusernamesucks ,

I learn SOOOOO much!

Thank you thank you thank you Shannon for all you do. I cannot imagine my life without this podcast in it! I've learned so much about how to be an inclusive and caring yoga teacher. And I thought I already was!! There is not one episode that at the end I thought I didn't learn anything. So many nuggets and takeaways. I appreciate you and your team so much. Sending you so much love and gratitude. -Kelly

99johannas ,

Love this resource!

Hi Shannon,

In episode 272 you asked for us to review your podcast and I thought I had already done so but I hadn’t. I love your voice, it’s so calm and easy to listen to. Your recording is of high quality and I really appreciate that, especially because I usually listen while I’m driving. Your topics are always thought provoking and useful. I often feel revitalized and eager to get to work after listening. Thanks for keeping me in the loop of what’s happening in the yoga world! From Langley BC Canada

daracounselling ,

An amazing podcast

Shannon is has a calming presence, I love that she brings social justice to the forefront in every episode. Great job!

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