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The Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast features instructors, businesses and organizations that are making a difference through movement, performing arts and physical wellness programs.

This podcast shares the backgrounds, personal anecdotes, and work highlights of guests in movement, yoga, performing arts, dance and functional movement disciplines, that have a mission to make movement diverse, inclusive or accessible to others.

Listen and subscribe to the Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast at www.balancemvmt.com

On Instagram at @balancemvmt

Balance Movers and Shakers Ellen, Balance Movement

    • Health & Fitness
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The Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast features instructors, businesses and organizations that are making a difference through movement, performing arts and physical wellness programs.

This podcast shares the backgrounds, personal anecdotes, and work highlights of guests in movement, yoga, performing arts, dance and functional movement disciplines, that have a mission to make movement diverse, inclusive or accessible to others.

Listen and subscribe to the Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast at www.balancemvmt.com

On Instagram at @balancemvmt

    Episode 8: Balancing Dance Careers | Caitlin Sloan, The Brainy Ballerina

    Episode 8: Balancing Dance Careers | Caitlin Sloan, The Brainy Ballerina

    In this episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast, Ellen interviews Caitlin Sloan, founder of the Brainy Ballerina. During this episode Ellen and Caitlin discuss what dancers need to be successful in today's industry, as well as techniques that instructors can implement to provide well-rounded dance education to their students.

    As a dance educator with nearly a decade of experience in the field and a retired professional ballerina, Caitlin is passionate about teaching students to become smart dancers. To excel in the field today, dancers need more than beautiful lines and turns for days. They need to be critical thinkers, able to analyze and evaluate situations on a moment's notice. Dancers need to know terminology and ballet history. They need to know about music, choreography, and what goes on behind the scenes. They need to know how to write a resume, take a quality headshot and show up prepared for an audition. 

    Caitlin discovered that finding resources to support her teaching beliefs was a challenge. Through talking to peers, she discovered many fellow teachers felt the same way. And thus 'The Brainy Ballerina' was born! The resources we provide are specifically designed to develop dancers into the future ballerinas the world needs.


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    • 38 min
    Bonus Episode: Balancing Your Practice | Ellen Solo Episode

    Bonus Episode: Balancing Your Practice | Ellen Solo Episode

    In this episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers podcast, Ellen discusses what it means to balance your practice. With the holidays on the horizon, self-care is an important practice - but what is self care really? Ellen explores various forms of self-care, including how to practice self-care through movement and the internal language that we use toward ourselves. This episode explores how we can truly build balance into our yoga, dance and fitness practices both in and out of the studio. 

    During this episode also Ellen tees up exciting announcements for the Balance Movement community - including upcoming blog content and new features on the balancemvmt.com website. 

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    • 14 min
    Episode 6 - Balancing Health and Body Image, Melanie C. Klein, MA founder of Yoga & Body Image Coalition

    Episode 6 - Balancing Health and Body Image, Melanie C. Klein, MA founder of Yoga & Body Image Coalition

    In this episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers podcast, Ellen interviews Melanie C. Klein, cofounder of Yoga and Body Image Coalition and empowerment coach. Ellen and Melanie discuss how body image and exercise culture inform movement practices.  Melanie discusses how body acceptance and exercise culture have permeated the modern yoga class, and what can be done to reframe the narrative. Melanie shares how she cofounded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and the need for representation in yoga imagery.  This is the sixth episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers podcast, a podcast which captures perspectives and inspiring anecdotes from movers and shakers: yoga, dance and movement practitioners.

    Melanie C. Klein, M.A., is an empowerment coach, thought leader and influencer in the areas of body confidence, authentic empowerment, and visibility. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. Her areas of interest and specialty include media literacy education, body image, and the intersectional analysis of systems of power and privilege. Find more information about Melanie and her works at https://www.melaniecklein.com/ Learn more about the Yoga and Body Image Coalition here: http://ybicoalition.com/ Interested in writing for the Balance Movement blog? Click here for more information


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    • 59 min
    Episode 5 - Balancing Classrooms with Yoga and Mindfulness: Brynne Caleda, CEO Yoga Ed.

    Episode 5 - Balancing Classrooms with Yoga and Mindfulness: Brynne Caleda, CEO Yoga Ed.

    In this episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers podcast, Ellen interviews Brynne Caleda, CEO of Yoga Ed., an organization which brings yoga and mindfulness techniques into classrooms across the world. Hear Brynne discuss the application of principles of yoga and mindfulness in both a traditional classroom environment as a tool for teachers, and as an alternative to PE. Brynne and Ellen discuss some of the reframing of yoga philosophy to fit a modern classroom, and the benefits that the principles of yoga have on both students and instructors. 
    Yoga Ed. is an educational company dedicated to changing education through the practice of yoga. Our mission is to empower school communities with yoga to cultivate health and wellness in children and teens. Through evidence-based training, classes, and resources, Yoga Ed. equips educators with yoga tools to integrate yoga for children and teens into academic environments. Find more information at www.yogaed.com 
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    • 42 min
    Episode 4 - Dynamic Balance Through Alexander Technique: Alice MacDonald, Alexander Technique

    Episode 4 - Dynamic Balance Through Alexander Technique: Alice MacDonald, Alexander Technique

    During this episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers podcast Ellen and Alice MacDonald, AmSAT discuss principles of dynamic balance and how the Alexander Technique can be used to help individuals find their alignment. Alice and Ellen also discuss how the Alexander Technique can be used to refine movements for performing artists, as well as re-pattern physical habits developed through daily activity. 
    Alice MacDonald is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher. She teaches both private and group AT sessions in multiple locations in New York City and Southern Maine, including the Balance Arts Center (NY), Movement Research (NY), and Rosemont Wellness Center (ME). 
    Visit https://www.alicemac.com/ for more information about Alice MacDonald and Alexander Technique or visit her Instagram Page. 
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    • 45 min
    Episode 3 - Balanced Spaces Through Yoga for Women and People of Color: Melanie Holst-Collins, Grow Your Love Space

    Episode 3 - Balanced Spaces Through Yoga for Women and People of Color: Melanie Holst-Collins, Grow Your Love Space

    Ellen interviews Melanie Holst-Collins, founder of Grow Your Love Space. Melanie is healer and facilitator of 'sacred spaces' using yoga to create safe, inclusive experiences for women and people of color both on and off the mat.  During this interview Melanie and Ellen discuss the dynamics of modern yoga classes, including racial diversity, healing experiences for women, and what it means to embrace yourself as a "full ass human". 
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    • 43 min

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