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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.


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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.


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    PREMIUM | A Meditation to Access Your Intuitive Mind

    PREMIUM | A Meditation to Access Your Intuitive Mind

    This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a member.
    In that episode, we explore 3 ways to get assistance in making decisions. We can ask the mind and the body for intuitive guidance by using different styles of a question, and observing the information we receive in sensations, imagines, sounds, words, feelings to get clarity on the next right action for us.
    Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, Your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply help me continue to offer this podcast. I truly appreciate you.
    You get one new exclusive episode a month, plus the other regular episodes in the video, uncut and uncensored. 

    Ok! That’s it for now. Stay tuned for our next episode
    Thank you guys, until next time!


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    The Power of Binaural Beats for Meditation and Life.

    The Power of Binaural Beats for Meditation and Life.

    For this episode I sat down with Karen Newell. Karen is the co-founder of Sacred Acoustics and co-author with Dr. Eben Alexander of the book Living in a Mindful Universe :A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness. As an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave entrainment audio meditation, she empowers others in their journeys of self-discovery. Creating and recording binaural beats and other sound patterns, she teaches how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition.

    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Delta brain waves are associated with deep sleep, Theta are associated with deep mediation, Alpha is for focus and concentration, and Beta, is the state we are in thinking and going about our days.
    2- The sounds don't affect the physical body directly but change your awareness of your body, your level of identification with the physical and non-physical parts of yourself, it affect the mental, energetic, emotional and spiritual aspects which in turn will impact the physical body.
    3- Binaural beats can help you access deeper levels of mediation, deeper sleep, better focus, deal with mental health issues (particularly anxiety and depression) and access higher levels of consciousness (telepathic connection, Kundalini awakening, lucid dreaming and out of body experiences.)
    4- The sounds affect the lower, primitive brain, entraining it to match the vibration to put the thinking mind on hold.
    5- For optimal effect, use headphones and lie down when you listen.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey co-founding sacred acoustics?Can you explain what is the different brain to states of delta, theta and alpha? What happens in each state and why we might want to entrain with one vs the other?How does it work? Can you explain how hearing a sound affects and changes your brain?If you feel anxiety, does it means it's being released or just activated? Should people continue or change recording?How do you create them? What’s the creative process like?How do psychedelic drugs affect your brain waves compared to the binaural beats?How does it affect our beliefs, and help us access higher levels of consciousness?What's your opinion on affect the body and physical pain with these sounds?What’s the difference between binaural beats, monaural beats, isochronic tones and the other sound patterns you use?How do you know the level of quality of a recording? Why headphones are important?Do you also use cymatics? Or only audio? Tips and tricks to make the most of it?How can we use this technology to be useful in times of crises like right now?
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    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 56th 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. This month, you get a tell-all episode on my life story.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST

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     As an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave entrainment audio meditation, Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, empowers others in their journeys of self-discovery. Using Sacred Acoustics recordings, she teaches how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition.
    In her search for answers to fundamental questions, it became clear that direct experience is crucial to full understanding. To bolster her strong sense of inner knowing and alignment with her higher natur

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    Meditation 101, with Bex Urban

    Meditation 101, with Bex Urban

    For our 54th episode, I sat down with Rebecca Urban. Rebecca, known in yoga circles as "Bex," has led Yoga and Pilates classes since 2000. As a child, Bex was introduced to many spiritual teachers and practices, igniting a thirst for spiritual insight and physical well being that has inspired her all of her life. Her father introduced her to meditation at age 4, by 6 she was visiting the Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts. In 1983, Ram Dass came to her family home to gather with a group of psychologists about a book he was writing. At 12, Bex had the honor of meeting the Dalai Lama and presenting him with a rose. Since 2003, Bex has worked one-on-one with clients in her own private space and online at UrbanGlo Studio, where she offers sessions in Pilates, Yoga, Reiki and intuitive healing. 

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- You might be rolling your mat at the end of the practice and it will be unrolling in front of you all day long.
    2- Why do you need to wait that the plane is crashing to put the oxygen mask on yourself? Use meditation as a self-care practice. Instead of a to do list, start build a to be list.
    3- At the minimum, take 3 minutes with your hands on your belly in bed and breathe. After the timer goes off, ask yourself : do I feel better or do I feel worst? In only 10 days, 3 minutes a day, you'll start to feel a difference. If you don't, you have a great opportunity to question why you're so resistant to the practice.
    4- Start where you are. Be in the present. Begin by ease dropping on your own mind. Ask yourself, is that thought true, kind, necessary? if not, let it go. Become awareness. Be still and quiet, and see it as mind training. Find what works for you and slow it down. Start small, attainable. Ask a friend to join you, support you and meditate at the same time.
    5- Mediation helps you expand your capacity to tolerance. You'll learn to be more discerning. Give yourself permission to believe that slowness is beautiful and beneficial, and that you are enough no matter what your practice looks like. There are no bad mediator. It's a chance to find refuge in yourself and to reclaim your goodness. Remember that it's not a result oriented practice and that even long time mediator have days where they struggle. You're doing the best that you can and that's what's important.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :
    - How was it to grow up in that context? How did it influence who you are today?
    - Is it all yoga to you or are the physical and seated practice different?
    - I heard you say “My yoga mat is always unrolling in front of me” Can you elaborate on that?
    - Meditation is one of those things we generally know is good for us yet we resist... I’ll say an excuse to not meditate and you give me your answer…
    I don’t have timeI’m not religious, not even spiritual, so it’s not for me. It’s too woo-wooI can't sit still.It’s boring. I have more important things to do.I don't want to sit and face myself and my emotions. It's too hard. It hurts.I’m not comfortable sitting cross-legged on the floor.I’ll look weird/ be judge by / my partner doesn’t do it… no one I know...I’m not good at it.- What's the key to finding the right meditation type for you?
    - Why do we resist things that are good for us? 
    - Why practice? What's the point?
    - What actually happens when we meditate? How can listener know they are doing ok?
    - What are the main obstacles to us sitting?
    - Should people necessarily seek the help of a teacher?

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    • 57 min
    PREMIUM | My Life Story

    PREMIUM | My Life Story

    This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a member.
    In today's episode, I go over pretty my whole life story from birth to now. I’m talking really openly about my struggles with anxiety, depression, eating disorder, and chronic illness, and i finish by sharing my hopes for the future.
    Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, Your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply helping me continue to offer this podcast. I truly appreciate you.
    You get one new exclusive episode a month, plus the other regular episodes in the video, uncut and uncensored. 
    I hope you enjoy!
    Thank you guys, until next time!

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    • 5 min
    Yoga is More Than Asana, with Alexandria Crow

    Yoga is More Than Asana, with Alexandria Crow

    For our 52nd episode, I sat down with Alexandria Crow. Alexandria is an internationally respected teachers’ teacher who leads teacher trainings and workshops around the world. Through her Yoga Physics methodology, her in-person continuing education workshops and online DeConstruct to ReConstruct Course, as well as her 300 hour teacher intensive, she aims to clearly explain the what, why’s and how’s of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy making the practice approachable for everyone, of every level and of every walk of life. As a former competitive gymnast, she fell in love with yoga but through a series of significant and unforeseen injuries her practice and teaching has dramatically evolved to focus on sustainability and accessibility.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- We have to stop being afraid to do what is wise for us instead of what we were told was the advanced pose. Be skillful and let go the rules. Investigate and make an inform decision instead of relying on the "pre-fab" variation of the pose.
    2- When we look at the value of challenging poses, ask yourself "Who would you be without (pose you're striving for)? / Why do I want to learn that? What do I think what I'll get out of it.?"
    3- Being a very advance student doesn't make you a very good teacher automatically. Look for a teacher that empowers you to be able to practice on your own, that understands the practice, than can verbalize and articulating why you're doing what you're doing. Look for a teacher that tries to educate instead or demonstrate.
    4- Meditative contemplative practices are not to stop the mind, they are used to create space, to understand that you are not your thoughts, that not everything they say is true, that you're not even responsible for a lot of them (they arise from habit, conditioned behavior and even just out of the ether), t's about being able to sit, watch and feel what they do to your body, how they create your choices and actions and being able to step back as the witness instead of being dictated by them.
    What's Effort and effortlessness is about duality and our desire to manipulate what's is happening.
    5- Non-attachment is not about being detached form everything, it's about observing your relationship with everything and the it's state of impermanence, and seeing how that relationship might create suffering in your life.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    What is yoga? How do you define the practice?How can the poses help us the goal of the practice?Why did you create the Asana Lab?How do you balance choosing the most appropriate variation and not always staying in your comfort zone?What’s the value in working towards really challenging poses in your opinion? There is pressure as a teacher to be able to do the fancy poses, teach the challenging poses, how can we bring the point of yoga across in public classes without that? How do we keep it salable/profitableOften times, with IG, there’s this assumption that a teacher that has a strong physical practice will automatically be a good teacher… How can a student make the difference?What's the place of the other limbs of yoga in our modern western classes?Can you comment on these concepts :Fluctuation of the mindEffort and easePermanence/ImpermanenceDuality and union / illusionNon-attachment10. How can we as students refine our participation, our understanding of the practice, and as teachers encourage our students to do so?

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    • 53 min
    Becoming a (better) Yoga Teacher, with Noah Maze

    Becoming a (better) Yoga Teacher, with Noah Maze

    For our 51st episode, I sat down with Noah Mazé. Noah co-founded his school, The Mazé Method with his wife, Tracy, nearly a decade ago. Together they have pioneered training content to enhance and sharpen the skills of yoga teacher around the world. Noah serves as faculty for teacher trainings internationally, and acts as a consultant to corporations developing yoga education programs. He is a regular presenter at Wanderlust Festivals and contributes to publications including Yoga International, Yoga Journal and more. He offers online classes at Yoga International, Wanderlust TV, and OmStars, and offers a vast array of online content via his own site.

    5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Teacher trainings are not only for students that want to be teachers. You can have other goals in that learning experience. A 200H is just scratching the surface. There's always more to learn. We are never really done being a student of yoga, even when you are a certified teacher.
    2- Being a good teacher is being authentic to yourselves, owning your voice, what you know and don't know, your experience and what is not your experience. They make no greater claim than what belongs to them, and they find the balance between confidence and humility. 
    3- When you're a student-teacher, go to class, but don't be just a student; peak behind the curtain, be curious about all the things the teacher is considering to make the choices that they are making, the sequence that they are teaching, the instructions that they are giving. The more you can have multiple perspectives, the more you'll learn.
    4- Alignment is the shape of the pose we're going for. Any deviation could be considered misalignment, but it doesn't mean it's wrong, bad or injurious, it only means it's not what we are going for at this moment. What we label as aligned is limited to a specific context. 
    5- To grow as a teacher, you have to start with self-compassion, be clear on your goals as a teacher and look at your choices according to the experience you wanted to offer.


    QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your yoga journey?How do you ignite a love of teaching and intrinsic motivation in students / future teachers?What does it take to be a successful yoga teacher? How does success actually look like?How does a good student becomes a good teacher? What does that transition look like?How to pick the right training for you?What are the pieces that you will find no matter who you study with?Burst questions:
    One fun fact about anatomy?One alignment that is misunderstood?One tip for more efficient sequencing?One thing to remember as a new teacher about teaching pranayama or meditation?Bhagavad Gita or Yoga Sutras? Which one do you choose?For all the teachers out there live streaming on zoom or other platforms because of the shelter-in-place, how can they use this time as an opportunity to grow and become better teachers?What can teachers look at/for when they watch themselves on video?

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    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 51st 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. This month, you get a lesson on Breath of Fire and a practice of it.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST
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    Noah has devoted his life to the subject of yoga. Noah is best known for his clear, precise and methodical teaching style, his tangible knowledge, and his ability to transmit with

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