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Kat, Founder of Movement for Modern Life, the UK's online yoga platform, meets Champions of Change and Leaders in their Field. Those who are taking yoga off the mat, transforming lives and inspiring us to take the small steps to live a happy, healthy and more sustainable live to make a difference.



Movement for Modern Life's mission is for all of us to Move Move. Live More. Featuring the very best teachers and thousands of classes on our platform, we believe in moving thoughtfully through life both on the yoga mat and in our daily lives. This is more than just about moving with our bodies, it’s about moving with the times. We are meeting the experts and the champions and are on a journey of discovery to learn, discover and move towards a better life and a better world.



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Yoga Off The Mat - The Movement For Modern Life Podcast Kat Farrants

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Kat, Founder of Movement for Modern Life, the UK's online yoga platform, meets Champions of Change and Leaders in their Field. Those who are taking yoga off the mat, transforming lives and inspiring us to take the small steps to live a happy, healthy and more sustainable live to make a difference.



Movement for Modern Life's mission is for all of us to Move Move. Live More. Featuring the very best teachers and thousands of classes on our platform, we believe in moving thoughtfully through life both on the yoga mat and in our daily lives. This is more than just about moving with our bodies, it’s about moving with the times. We are meeting the experts and the champions and are on a journey of discovery to learn, discover and move towards a better life and a better world.



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    021: Embracing Transitions | Clive Fogelman

    021: Embracing Transitions | Clive Fogelman

    During our lives, we might encounter a range of bigger transitions such as changing jobs, entering a new stage of life, moving and illness. But there are also more subtle transitions such as shifting from work to relaxation, the beginning and end of the weekend and returning from a holiday. Transitions, even exciting ones, can be daunting. They are filled with uncertainty and without always being conscious of it; we sometimes avoid them and what comes up for us for during them.



    Transitions in yoga

    In yoga, we also encounter transitions, for example between time on our mat and the day as a whole; the period at the beginning of the practice before we start moving, and the period of rest at the end. With a home practice it can be especially tempting to cut out these parts. We might feel restless or find it difficult to stop and feel an urgency to move on. There are also the transitions during our practice. One example is how we get from one posture to another and how we move during our flow. Again during those times we might witness a tendency to rush through and to want to get into the posture as quickly as possible. We might feel a resistance to slowing down, exploring the space in between postures as well as holding the postures themselves.



    The Challenge of Transitional Space

    There may be several reasons we are uncomfortable with the transitional space in life and in our yoga practise. We may have become so used to having a direction and targets that it feels unfamiliar just to be and let the experience unfold more gradually. The transitional space can sometimes feel endless and we might feel anxious about being feeling lost and directionless. During transitions we often have time for more reflection but perhaps feelings and thoughts might appear that challenge assumptions we have of ourselves, how we live and relate, and in yoga how we are approaching our practise and what we really want from it.



    Pause and rest to connect

    To manage the the transitional space we often set ourselves goals. Goals can provide a sense of control in the face of the unknown. Everything can then be evaluated and defined in terms of outcome and achievement. In our yoga practice, we might start targeting postures and become fixated on being able to do a certain posture in a certain way. As a result however, we might be less connected to what is actually happening in our body. We might not be aware for example, that we are overusing or underusing certain parts of our body or that a part of the body is starting to feel strain.



    That’s why taking rest poses during our practise can be so important. Not just to rest, but to pause and take a moment to more fully connect with how we are feeling and how we might want to approach our practise. Something I often ask myself in the transitional space during practise is, “how can my practise meet me where I am right now?” We can ask the same in day to day life when we take a moment to slow down and pause – “how can life meet me where I am right now?”



    Less attachment, more curiosity

    When we become less attached outcomes, we can start to fully embrace the journey both in life and with yoga. Our whole experience starts to open out. Take the example of walking around day to day. Often, we are so focused on our destination (getting from a to b) that we remain unaware of what is happening around us. We might not notice the subtle shifts of seasons, the changing colours and smells and others changes to the environment. We might not notice someone who needs our help.



    One thing I find helpful is to vary my walking routes. Rather than take the same route that tends to keep me on autopilot, I find consciously choosing a route that is guided by how I am feeling keeps me more connected and present in the experience of moving to my destination. I start to move slower and I become more curious.

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    Ep 20: On the power of transitions, curiosity and slowing down

    Ep 20: On the power of transitions, curiosity and slowing down

    Do you want to explore Clive's classes? Check out all our classes for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan







    “Transitions are opportunities for great enquiry, curiosity and discovery”







    Many of us come to yoga for the physical practice, but it is not just all about making shapes and repeating movements. In this episode, we talk to one of Movement For Modern Life’s most popular teachers, Clive Fogelman, on the power of transitions, both on and off the mat. 







    Clive has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for nine years. He was recommended yoga as a means to help him recover from sports injuries, but after a hard first class, he felt it had a lot more to offer! Through his practice, Clive discovered his body’s uniqueness and realised that a practice does not have to be done in one particular way; it can be tailored to your body and feelings. 







    Transitions are a huge part of creating a more familiar relationship with the body so we can learn when to give more and when to stop, slow down and consolidate. By emphasising how we come in and out of a pose can create a connection throughout the practice, expand our options and empower ourselves to make mindful choices. The more we practice, the more familiar we become with it, the more we yearn for it and the more we know when we need it! 







    But how can tuning in during yoga help us tune into our lives? Clive talks us through the importance of stopping, pausing and taking time to let our minds wander and be present to what emerges. We often feel like we don’t have the time and the rush feels endless, but by slowing down we can “feel the fullness of time again” by starting to look at the spaces in between and surrendering to the experience. Clive also opens up about his experience with illness and how it forced him to take a new perspective. 







    So, take some time to slow down and tune in to hear how to feel the power of transitions both in your practice and in your life. 







    In this episode you will find out...







    The power of transitions in yoga (3:50)







    * Yoga is not prescriptive, so how can you make it work for you? * How to use transitions to help you make mindful choices based on your feelings in the moment* Can you make the practice meet you and let go of what you think it should look like? * The importance of tuning in and pausing * How do you create a ‘bridging space’?







    The importance of time and slowing down (16:09)







    * “In stopping and slowing down, I have more clarity, a clearer sense of priorities and experience time more fully”* Learn how to sit and let your mind wander* The benefits of shifting from doing to being, and finding windows to stop and pause* What happens when we slow down? 







    The link between transitions and curiosity (31:52)







    * Why do we avoid transitions? * If the pose isn't the outcome, what purpose does it serve? * How can transitions help us be more curious and explorative?* Goals and targets are intrinsic to our culture, but they can narrow our vision and make use lose sight of the journey which can lead us somewhere we'd never expected* How can attachment to the outcome hinder curiosity?* Is less really more?







    The lessons that life transitions can bring (48:25)







    * How illness gave Clive the permission he needed to slow down* The importance of taking softness and effortlessness into everyday life* How to listen to your body so you know when to give more and slow down,

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    19: On bringing transformation and magic to our lives through yoga

    19: On bringing transformation and magic to our lives through yoga

    Do you want to explore Zephyr’s classes and transformation challenge? Check out all our classes (including Zephyr’s classes) for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan





    Life is filled with ups and downs, but one thing which remains constant is our yoga practice. But the practice of yoga goes beyond just the shapes we make with our body. In episode 19 of our podcast, we talk to Zephyr Wildman, a beautiful yoga teacher and a leading light on how we can weave yoga philosophy into our classes and everyday lives.



    Kat talks to Zephyr about life, death and transformation, and how we can affect our lives by navigating changes; “yoga doesn’t prevent life from happening but it gives you the tools to manage the unmanageable.” Towards the end, they have a moving conversation about grief and how that helped Zephyr learn to live yoga on and off the mat.



    But yoga is not just there for us in the tough times, it can be a great way to celebrate our selves and our lives and open into a more spirited way of being. If you practice yoga every day, it can be magical! “We are spiritual beings having a human experience, but we are also human beings having a spiritual experience.”



    So, settle into a comfortable position and learn how yoga can support and curate transformation in your life.



    In this episode you will find out…

    Can we really experience transformation through yoga? (5:51)

    What are the seven stages of yoga and how can they lead to transformation?

    How you can respond to your reactions without judgement or resistance and awaken to a place of compassion and wholeheartedness.

    The importance of accepting limitations and avoiding comparisons? (12:43)

    Why yoga is not about touching your toes and how physical limitations should not limit you.

    How to find options for your practice when something doesn’t feel good or work for you.

    How can you curate a more sustainable practice?

    Get some advice from The Science of Yoga by William Broad.

    Why we all need Zephyr’s Transformation Course! (18:55)

    What to expect from Zephyr’s Transformation Course on MFML.

    How to become more aware and learn what works for you.

    The importance of listening and setting intentions.

    Yoga is an artistic expression and a science (24:20)

    “If you want to change your psychology, you change your physiology”

    How can you become more effortless?

    The importance of other physical practices – what should you do alongside yoga to create a complete practice?

    The art of discipline and taking the yogic mindset into other fitness practices.

    Yoga and philosophy (36:09)

    Yoga is not a religion, it’s a personal spiritual experience; how to move beyond the shapes and find a new map

    How did Zephyr use yoga and its philosophy to navigate grief?

    “Yoga doesn’t prevent life from happening but it gives you the tools to manage the unmanageable”



    Find all of Zephyr’s classes, including her Sunday Chill class, here: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-teacher/zephyrwildman



    Sign up to the Transformation Challenge here (free for subscribers): https://movementformodernlife.com/challenge-transformation-course



    Do you want to explore Zephyr’s classes and transformation challenge? Check out all our classes (including Zephyr’s classes) for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan

    Ep 18: Yoga as a new mum

    Ep 18: Yoga as a new mum

    Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, but also one of the most rewarding. With motherhood comes so many expectations, so much advice and so much pressure, that it is often an overwhelming time, which is compounded by sleep deprivation, lack of free time and adjusting to a whole new way of life. So how can yoga help navigate pregnancy, birth and parenthood? 



    In episode 18, Kat chats to Nikita, one of our most popular teachers, about how her yoga practice has supported her after the arrival of her second baby and how it has changed on her journey through motherhood. 



    Parenting and yoga go hand in hand; being a parent provides an opportunity to utilise the tools, such as being mindful, aware, gentle and self-compassionate, you learn as a yogi. While, parenthood can lead us to approach our yoga practice in a new way. One thing is for sure, Nikita is not sure how she would have  managed pregnancy, birth and parenthood without the magic of yoga. 



    One of the biggest lessons of parenthood is to know what it is to surrender to life and change, and the beauty of yoga is that it teaches us how to ride that wave of change. 





    Find all of Nikita's classes, including her Yoga for Happiness series and Meditation Series, here: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-teacher/nikitaakilapa

    Do you want to explore your yoga practice as a new or soon-to be- parent, check out all our classes (including pre and post natal classes) for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan

    Ep 17: On taking small steps to a healthier, happier, more sustainable life

    Ep 17: On taking small steps to a healthier, happier, more sustainable life

    Do you want to join us in taking small steps to change with all the support and inspiration mentioned in this episode? The course is free for subscribers, so sign up for your FREE 14 day trial with access to all classes and course here: https://movementformodernlife.com/small-steps-course







    “If all of us do something very small, it becomes something very big.” 







    Life is overwhelming, full on and busy. It’s a rollercoaster out there; we're constantly bombarded with news and information as we try to navigate our way through the peaks, troughs, twists and turns of life. So, in Episode 17 of our podcast, Kat sits down with our Content Creator, Rakhee, to talk about the small steps we can all make towards a healthier, happy, more sustainable life.







    There's lots of energy in the new year as people set 'resolutions' and vow to make big changes for the year ahead, which can feel too much for many of us. So, join Kat and Rakhee as they talk through the things the Movement For Modern Life team are doing this January to set themselves up for the year ahead without the pressure and overwhelm.







    Change can be difficult and challenging, but be inspired by the small changes Kat and Rakhee have made which have gone on to have a huge impact on their lives. Get practical tips on the small steps YOU can take to instigate change, hear snippets of wisdom to support you during those changes and be motivated by our power to impact others.







    Kat and Rakhee will share their tools for coping when life gets busy and stressful, how we can break down our goals to more manageable chunks, and maybe even move away from the concept of goals!







    It's time to forget new year's resolutions and instead think about intentions, gratitude and awareness. According to Kat, “there’s no self-improvement, there its no ‘best’ version of yourself, it’s just uncovering the real you.” January is a time for nourishing and nurturing, quiet and rest; time to make changes to rediscover and celebrate yourself.







    In this episode you will find out...







    Change can be difficult and challenging (12:46)







    * Stepping into the unknown can be terrifying, but look to others for inspiration, guidance and tools you can use* Do you really need a safety net?* “It’s scary, but you can do it!” and yoga helps!







    Practical tips for change (17:38)







    * What can we do to help ourselves? Kat and Rakhee share their tools* How can Yoga Nidra help make a difference? * Why should you be setting intentions?* Is journalling and meditation for me? Rakhee's tips (21:42)* Have you been outside and experiencing nature recently? (25.08)* Have you tried a gratitude practice? (28.10)







    What Kat & Rakhee are doing to curate change in their lives (34:54)







    * How can you create conscious intentions? * What is the 80/20 rule?* Why avoiding the temptation to make seismic shifts is worth it; “making small shifts results in big shifts”* Learn about the power of observation, simplicity and motivation* Find out how to focus on what's here now (45:44)







    What is the Small Steps Course? (55:01)







    * Learn about how the course can support you this January to make changes which will then support you throughou...

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    Ep 16: On getting older and letting go

    Ep 16: On getting older and letting go

    LET IT GO! Getting older is something we all think about, and maybe even get anxious about, but age does not have to limit us. In Episode 16 of Champions of Change, we look at how the inspiration between mother and daughter has transformed the life of 78-year-old Vera Farrants.



    TIP: Do you want to experience the exercises that Vera mentioned in this episode? Enjoy Andrea’s classes (and all other classes) for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/signup



    Vera is the mother of Movement for Modern Life founder, Kat, and though she only recently came to yoga at the age of 73, she doesn’t see that as a bad thing. Instead, the older you are, the more you can benefit. In fact, her practice has not only helped her physically, but transformed her attitude to and outlook on life, and taught her the importance of letting go.



    There are certain difficulties which come with age, but we must not put ourselves into a “little old box”. For many, the ageing process can feel like a limitation rather than an opportunity, so it’s time to flip that assumption on its head. After a long and successful career, working hard and travelling, it became clear Vera had not been looking after herself physically. A stint with a personal trainer didn’t quite hit the spot, so after talking with Kat, she took yoga classes in her home, then started going on retreats. Physically, her practice has impacted the osteoporosis in her body, improved lower back pain and developed her strength and mobility (she can even do crow pose)!



    But, it was the philosophy of yoga which has really taken hold in her life, and has instigated a radical transformation. How many of us never let it go? Where once Vera thought holding on to the past made her stronger, she now sees yoga as an outlet to logically and calmly address her issues and let the past be. Age is no barrier to learning new ways of living; you can be active, you can be creative, you can give and you can be kind to yourself. In this episode, Vera talks about her increased self awareness, reflects on the challenges of motherhood and explains just what makes the yoga community so special. Her advice to anyone who thinks they are too old for yoga? Do not limit yourself; “grasp the moment and the beauties of life, enjoy everything around you, notice it.” But above all, you are never too old to be a student, so do not fear the mat, “if you do an hour of yoga, you feel so good, so happy.”



    Kat and Vera chat about…



    How Vera came to yoga (4:50)



    Letting go (6:05)

    “It does you more harm if you’re destructive about a thought than if you just give way and just let it wash over you”



    Laughing at yourself (12:36)

    “If I can’t do it, I just laugh at myself”



    Age and Osteoporosis (15:20)



    The Yoga Community (21:25)

    “It’s very special and very giving, very pleasant to be with as it’s not competitive”



    Lower Back Pain (22:25)

    Hamstring exercises to support the back



    Self Awareness and Motherhood (23:10)

    If you want to know more about how to get older gracefully, don’t miss Vera’s comments on self-awareness



    The Fact You’re Not Too Old! (30:40)



    The Joy of Life (35:10)



    Do you want to experience the exercises that Vera mentioned in this episode? Enjoy Andrea’s classes (and all other classes) for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/signup

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