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Yoga as a practice, a discipline and a philosophy. Yoga for awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness. Yoga to be embodied, to move, to connect. We often step on the mat for one reason and keep coming for a thousand others. Whether the practice is more physical, mental, or spiritual for you, this interview based podcast will answer all your questions. You will find a wide range of highly respected yoga teacher and authors here to inspire you to step on the mat and carry your lessons off the mat and into your life.

On and Off Your Mat Yoga Podcast Erika Belanger Yoga

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Yoga as a practice, a discipline and a philosophy. Yoga for awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness. Yoga to be embodied, to move, to connect. We often step on the mat for one reason and keep coming for a thousand others. Whether the practice is more physical, mental, or spiritual for you, this interview based podcast will answer all your questions. You will find a wide range of highly respected yoga teacher and authors here to inspire you to step on the mat and carry your lessons off the mat and into your life.

    Yoga, Meditation and Your Money, with Manny Weintraub

    Yoga, Meditation and Your Money, with Manny Weintraub

    For our 45th episode, I sat down with Manny Weintraub. Manny specializes in explaining investing to people who haven’t seriously considered it before. As an avid meditation and yoga enthusiast, he looks beyond Wall Street’s conventional wisdom and focuses on mindful investing. During his 30-year career as a Chartered Financial Analyst, Manny has looked after hundreds of clients and managed more than 1.5 billion dollars. 
     5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE

    Mindfulness helps you make clear decision about your money, stay out of the fear business, take action without over worrying and be less reactive to the market.Stay grounded in the present to make your money decisions. Base yourself on how things are now and not how they might be in the future, or they were in the past. Don't wait for the perfect market to invest. Do the best you can with what's available. Let go of your desire of perfection. Doing something with your money is better than doing nothing.Money is a energy exchange. Having money allows you to take care of yourself so you can give more to others. It then creates more choices in your life. With more money, you can have a greater impact on your community.Focus on the individual sectors or individual stocks to invest in companies that align with your values, and don't forget to chose a company that is profitable and offers a service that will still be needed in 10 years.
    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself including your yoga and meditation journey?What’s the link between mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and investments?What’s the fundamental lesson meditation has taught you about money & investing?Is doing something with your money always better than doing nothing?How do we shift our money mindset away from having to chose between making money and living a spiritual life.If we do want to invest, how do create a portfolio inline in your values?How do you know that your financial ad visor has your best interest at heart?How do you use the mindfulness and meditation to help support clients in their money concerns?Any tips for listeners? Where do we start if we do want to invest?If we want to invest in a company/stock that offers a high return on investment and has a beneficial impact globally, where do we start? How do we find them and know that they are in fact profitable?What are some common misconceptions around investing?Any tips about taking loss?
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    ABOUT OUR GUEST
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    Manny Weintraub specializes in explaining investing (in plain English) to people who haven’t seriously considered it. As an avid meditation and yoga enthusiast, Manny looks beyond Wall Street’s conventional wisdom.
    During his 30-year career as a Chartered Financial Analyst, Manny has looked after hundreds of clients and managed more than 1.5 billion dollars. His unique approach focuses on mindful investing, retirement. He credits yoga with getting him through the 2008 financial crisis and wants to teach you how to eliminate the stress of making your money decisions.

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    • 39 min
    Yoga and Sanskrit, with Nicolai Bachman

    Yoga and Sanskrit, with Nicolai Bachman

    For our 44th episode, I sat down with Nicolai Bachman. Nicolai holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition. He has studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda since 1994. He has authored several books on Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy. Today, we sat down to talk about the importance of Sanskrit within the yoga tradition.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE

    1- To go deep in yoga you have to start learning Sanskrit. You have to include something more than posture. Not only does it shows you respect the practice and the tradition, but the name of the pose carry information about the intended experience.
    2- The pronunciation of the language is of the highest priority. The vibrating energy of the words expresses prana and carries the meaning of the word.
    3- When doing mantras, If you pronounce the words wrong it changes the intention, so make sure you pronounce it correctly and find a teacher that can help you.
    4- Rhythm is build in the language. Words are broken down in syllables. have long and short sounds. and are done at different tones (low to high) It breaks out the monotony and helps retrain and learn information.
    5- When studying the Yoga Sutras, learn the sound of the verses first. As you chant the sutras, all the information it carries will come forward. The sound is associated with the meaning.

    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    What is Sanskrit, where/when it originated… what should we know about it?Is it a dead language?How does knowing Sanskrit add to our practice?Do you think teachers in the west should use it more than they are?If people want to learn Sanskrit, where should they start? Why is Sanskrit pronunciation important?Does the placement of the tongue helps activate the energy channel?What are the most mispronounced words?What are the symbols that can help us know how to pronounce?Why is the musicality important?Do you believe it’s essential to do mantras in Sanskrit?In traditions like Kundalini Yoga, the chant and mantras are in Gurmukhi instead of Sanskrit. Does it matter?
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    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 44th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. I really appreciate your financial support with this podcast. If you can, know that you can make a big difference even with a small donation to help me cover the production cost and allow me to create more episodes. Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a vip member. As a thank you, get access to new exclusive content every month. Feeling stressed and tired after the holidays? This month, get a yoga nidra; a guided meditation to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST
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    Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and other related topics since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. Nicolai studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is eRYT500 certified. His ongoing studies continue to broaden his repertoire and inform all future classes.
    Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Yoga (Sounds True 2005), The Language of Ayurveda, and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to th

    • 28 min
    LEVITYoGA™: Subtle Body and Healing with Peter Sterios

    LEVITYoGA™: Subtle Body and Healing with Peter Sterios

    For our 43rd episode, I sat down with Peter Sterios. Peter is a yoga teacher, writer, architect, the founder of MANDUKA®, and the creator of LEVITYoGA™. He taught yoga at the Obama White House for First Lady Michelle's anti-obesity programs, and in 2018, was brought in by the Pentagon to share yoga’s therapeutic effects with the US Marine Corps. Today we sit down to discuss Peters new book Gravity & Grace, the evolution of his renowned instructional DVD selected as one of Yoga Journal’s top 15 videos of all time.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE

    1- Grace is the attraction between 2 bodies that occur at a level deeper than the physical body; in the subtle body.
    2- The connective tissue in our body wraps the muscles, joints, organs but also goes much deeper. We now know that it penetrates muscles and bones. It's the primary inhibitor of movement and it's a repository for physical and emotional trauma. 
    3- The most effective and powerful emotions to create flow in our energy and our bodies is gratitude and empathy.
    4- When you feel any kind of pain in the body it's an indication that something is out of balance either physically or psychologically. 
    5- The chakras don't exists until you visualize them in your body.

    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    What is LEVITYoGA™? What are the practice principles?Can you define the concepts of gravity and grave and how they apply to the yoga practice?Why soften and surrender particularly around the heart and the belly?I am fascinated with fascia. Why is it important for us to know about our connective tissue with our practice?How do we get in contact with the more subtle parts of ourselves? What can come in the way? 

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    ABOUT OUR GUEST

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    Peter Sterios is a teacher, author, architect, founder of MANDUKA®, and creator of LEVITYoGA™. He taught yoga at the Obama White House for First Lady Michelle's anti-obesity programs, and in 2018, was invited to the Pentagon to share yoga’s therapeutic effects with the US Marine Corps. He lives in San Luis Obispo CA and leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops, and Retreats internationally. Peter’s first DVD “Gravity & Grace” made Yoga Journal’s ‘top 15 yoga videos of all time’ and his new book “Gravity & Grace” is available at leading booksellers. For more info, visit www.LEVITYoGA.com
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    • 58 min
    Optimal Heath and Wellness, with Melina Meza

    Optimal Heath and Wellness, with Melina Meza

    For our 42nd episode, I sat down with Melina Meza, Melina is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 20 years. She is the author of Seasonal Health and Wellness and the Art of Sequencing as well as the creator of Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. Her teachings can also be found on Yoga Anytime, YogaUonline, and Gaiamtv. Whether it’s with individual clients, workshops or retreats, Melina teaches a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons.
    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE
    1- Ayurveda is a practical, experiment based, preventative health science teaching people to tune in with the flow of nature to address their needs in order to balance yourself with the elements.
    2- For optimal health, keep track of digestion of what you take in (food and experience), good energy levels, ability to focus, good sleep, creativity. 
    3- In fall, turn towards things that are warm, hydrating, nurturing, drawing your attention more inward and helping you slow down.
    4- For better sleep, avoid food late in the evening, self-care (oil massage, bath), writing down what you have on your mind, rest before bed, no screens 1 hour before bed.
    5- For optimal digestion, eat when you're hungry, stop when you're satisfied (before being full), avoid cold liquids around meal time, distraction while eating.
    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us about yourself and your journey through yoga, nutrition and Ayurveda?What is Ayurveda?In your opinion, what does optimal health and wellness looks like nowadays?Something I like about your book is that it’s simple. You don’t talk about the constitutions. Why not? Do you think we need to understand them to choose the best practice for us or is following the rhythm of nature enough?We are in fall now, what are the qualities of this season that we should keep in mind?Do you have tips for good sleep hygiene? Digestion is at the core of Ayurveda. Any general tips for better digestion?How should our movement practice look like in fall?If we look at meditation, what kind of practice would serve us best in fall?

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    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 42nd episode! We have other great guests lined up for you so make sure to subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to not miss an episode or get on my mailing list!
    As always, I really appreciate your support. So as you leave a review on iTunes or on your iPhone podcast app, you automatically enter a giveaway. Athleta was generously supporting this podcast in their effort to ignite a community of strong women who lift each other up, and is giving out a 75$ shop card! ​ The winner of this episode's giveaway is iTunes user .demilo.. Congrats! Email me at erika.belanger@gmail.com or DM me on instagram @erika.belanger and I’ll send you your shop card!
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    • 42 min
    Intro to Pranayama (Breath work) with Richard Rosen

    Intro to Pranayama (Breath work) with Richard Rosen

    For our 41st episode, I sat down with Richard Rosen. Richard a renowned yoga teacher and the author of five books on yoga. He trained in Iyengar Yoga in San Francisco, and has been teaching for more that 30 years. He, Clare Finn, and Rodney Yee founded the Piedmont Yoga Studio (now called "Nest Yoga") in Oakland in 1987. He is a contributing editor of the Yoga Journal and president of the Yoga Dana Foundation. He has written hundreds of reviews of yoga books and videos for magazines including Yoga Journal, and has given workshops in countries all around the world. Today we sat down to talk about the basic concepts around pranayama.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE
    1- You can't push yourself in pranayama. You have to remain calm, patient, take your time and back off from your desire to get something done. If you feel, anxious, frustration or anger, you're pushing to hard.
    2- When we are not breathing efficiently, generally in comes form tension in the body, and emotions like fear that make us contracted.
    3- To begin a breathing practice, start by getting comfortable with watching the breath. Don't do anything. Let the breath have it's own way.
    4- Be patient, do it frequently, start laying down on the floor, add support under the spine to open the chest. Sandbags and earplugs are also very useful to support you in your practice.
    5- Pranayama is usually done after asana and a gateway to meditation. Asana prepares you to sit and then, Savasana is the most important preparation for pranyama. You actually prepare for pranayama by doing nothing. If you cant sit in alignment, breathing becomes difficult so stay reclined and breathe laying down.

    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us about yourself and your yoga journey?Can you explain what is prana and pranayama?You talk about becoming a witness when we practice… What does that mean?Why you are passionate about this particular limb of yoga?What does it mean to be an efficient breather? What are the common defects of the breath?What are the elements of the breath?How do we prepare for pranayama? What’s the foundation we need to establish? Why practice pranayama? What are the benefits? How does pranayama affect our state of mind or prepare us for meditation.What’s the link between prana and consciousness?Tips, tricks, guidelines for beginners? Or reminders for regular practitioners?For students that are new to pranayama, where’s a good place to start?For newer teachers that would like to start including some pranayama in their classes, can you give some ideas of how to build a breath pattern into a whole class, or use pranayama as a theme for the practice?Is it realistic to include pranayama in 1h class?Why is pranayama not a very popular practice?Do you think people need to understand the koshas to practice pranayama?
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    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 41st episode! We have other great guests lined up for you so make sure to subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to not miss an episode or get on my mailing list!
    As always, I really appreciate your support. So as you leave a review on iTunes or on your iPhone podcast app, you automatically enter a giveaway. Athleta is generously continuing to support this podcast in their effort to ignite a community of strong women who lift each other up, and is giving out a 75$ shop card! If you're not sure how to leave a review, check this article. ​ The winner of this episode's giveaway is iTunes user D. Coyle. Congrats! Email me at erika.belanger@gmail.com or DM me on instagram @erika.belanger and I’ll send you your shop card!
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    • 49 min
    Yoga and Your Self-Love Journey, with Heather Reinhardt

    Yoga and Your Self-Love Journey, with Heather Reinhardt

    For our 40th episode, I sat down with Heather Reinhardt. Heather is an author, speaker, producer, entrepreneur, yogi, and Yerba Mate addict. she created a lifestyle brand and product line called Amour De Soi™, which includes Affirmation Candles™ and Self-Love Jewelry. Her debut book, Go Love Yourself, was released in Spring 2019 and she’s now working on a four-part book series that’s currently being adapted for television called Past Life Husbands. Today we sat down to talk about self-love and the journey through it.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE
    1- Yoga impacts your self-love journey because it shows you who you are. The mat is a mirror for your entire life.
    2- Self-love is a righteous knowing of your identity; an understanding of your past choices and a clarity on your future choices. Only when you know yourself, can you love yourself. You stop judging yourself, and when you stop judging yourself you stop judging others. Self-love then becomes the seeds of what is needed to heal the planet.
    3- Sacredness is a key to self-love. Sacredness is the combination of your mind, body and spirit working together. To live your best life, you have to know all 3 aspects of that about yourself and act in a way that serves all 3. Good self-care is the key to live in your purpose.
    4- Self-awareness is the first step to emotional intelligence. When you get triggered and are able to notice it, you can choose how to response. Taking responsibility for your choices and choosing compassion and forgiveness for yourself instead of blame, judgment and anger is an act of self-love.
    5- Breakdowns are the start of breakthroughs. They are a process of transformation in which alone time is crucial to create spaciousness in your life and get clarity. Over scheduling is a strategy to run from yourself. 

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us about yourself and your journey toward self-love.How is the mat a mirror of our life? What did you learn about yourself on your mat?What does it mean to love one-self? Why is it challenging for people to make the choice to love themselves? You say: “no one really just wakes up one day and decided to love themselves.” In our last episode, #39 The Portal with Tom Cronin, we talked about shifting our mind’s view on what it means to be human… because if we really saw the beauty in that, we would value different things and act differently. In your book, you talk about understanding our own sacredness as a key to self-love… can you explain what you mean? What does it look like to treat your mind and your thoughts with respect?Any tips to shift our mindset?How can we move from gratitude to manifestation.What does it look like to treat your body with respect in your opinion?What does it mean to respect your spirit?How does following your intuition helps you understand your own sacredness?What's there a link between boundaries, choices, empowerment, and self-love?Is setting and respecting your boundaries an act of self-care?What’s the link between emotions, emotional intelligence, and self-love?Is there a destination to the journey of self-love? Is there a moment where you have arrived and everything gets automatic and easy?What’s the biggest obstacle on the self-love journey? How is alone time crucial?How is self-sabotage a betrayal of our sacred self and growth? How do we stop it?Why is life on auto-pilot not a life of growth? How do we get off from auto-pilot if that’s feeling safe?How do you face people that confront you with the phrase “ You’ve changed” and how can we align with people that add momentum to our growth?Do you have any practices, tips or useful tools to cultivate self-love to share with us we haven’t yet mentioned?Anything else you want to add before we finish? If there was one takeaway you’d like listeners to leave with what woul

    • 43 min

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