Yoga teacher training is a great place to lay a foundation. It's beyond the completion of the training where teachers really learn and grow through the "real-time" act and experiences of teaching. Join host, Sandy Raper, who will share from almost two decades of yoga teaching experiences. In each episode, Sandy will explore topics and invite conversations with guests, to provide inspiration, encouragement, and tools to support you on your journey as a yoga teacher...and beyond.
Episode 18: Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga with Guest Allie Geer
In this episode of the BEYOND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Podcast, Sandy has a conversation with special guest, Allie Geer. Allie Geer is a 500-hour Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and a Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance. She bridges the gap between Eastern and Western philosophy and principles. Using her extensive experience and knowledge she offers a deep understanding of the human body. Applying a combination of therapeutic techniques she treats pain and dysfunction in the body. Meeting her students where they are is paramount to her creating a well-rounded and balanced plan of action or “Yoga Prescription” to achieve results. Students receive much more than a yoga session with Allie. They will be empowered to take charge of their wellness plan. Located in Boulder, Colorado Allies offers in-person and online private sessions, group classes, teacher training, and retreats.
Facebook: Allie Geer Yoga
Episode 17: The Language of Yoga with Guest Lisa Ash Drakert
In Episode 17, Sandy discusses with guest Lisa Ash Drackert how an informed teaching curriculum equips and supports yoga teachers and students within the study and application of the yoga practice. Lisa bases her curriculum on the Yoga Sutras to support a solid teaching curriculum foundation along with the understanding that teaching yoga is like teaching another language.
Lisa Ash Drackert is a teacher, dreamer, and adventure lover who believes the world would be a better place if everyone meditated and kissed doggies daily. As a life-long educator, Lisa is motivated to share the life-giving teachings of yoga when she sees students empowered to heal their lives and undergo a spiritual and physical transformation. She specializes in Meditation, Therapeutic Yoga, Alignment Based Yoga, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Lisa Ash Drackert began teaching yoga in 2008 and completed her RYT-500 credentials through the Interdisciplinary Institute of Yoga Studies in 2015. She completed her eRYT-500 in 2018 through Yoga Medicine®, with her teacher, Tiffany Cruikshank, and she is a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist. Her background includes university degrees in Education, Psychology, and Religious Studies. She also holds a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. When she’s not teaching, she’s on the trails with her husband Mike, their daughter Eden and their fur-baby Russell Clive.
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IG: @lisa.ash.drakert / @westport_yoga_kc
Episode 16: Yoga Off the Mat with Guest Laurel Attanasio
In this episode of the BEYOND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, Sandy has a conversation with guest, Laurel Attanasio about creative ways to share and teach yoga outside of the traditional settings.
Laurel is a yoga gypsy who loves exploring land and sea. She has always had the travel bug but only fell in love with yoga 15 years ago. After completing her Master’s Degree in Business, while working full-time, she knew she needed a shift mentally and physically. At that point, she stepped into a yoga class and onto her mat; yoga changed her life forever. Within a year, she completed her 200-hour training, and then within another, she left her job to pursue a career in yoga. Shortly after, she completed an additional 300 hours of training. As she began to grow her yoga business, her passion for yoga and travel began to blend together. She wanted to give her students an opportunity to live their yoga off the mat and all around the world. She feels there is no better way to live your yoga than to explore the world and become one with your surroundings. When she is not home in the Northeast of the US, her love for travel and adventure keeps her teaching yoga, paddle boarding, hiking, running, tasting healthy vegan food, and sipping wine and cocktails all over the globe. She loves helping others seek the beauty within and the beauty throughout the world.
You can find laurel at laurelattanasio.com
FB: Laurel Attanasio Yoga
IG: Laurel Attanasio
Episode 15: Yoga Beyond the Studio with Guest Kelly Spiggle
In this episode of the BEYOND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Podcast, Sandy has a conversation with guest, Kelly Spiggle, aka the Girlfriend's Guru, about creating experiences that go beyond the studio class and how to explore and offer transformational experiences with authenticity and wisdom.
Creator of Girlfriends Guru, Kelly passionately shares her transformational journey through multiple platforms including workshops and retreats held around the world, online yoga and meditation videos, and her happiness podcast Girlfriends Guru - Talk. Travel. Transformation. As an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor, she specializes in therapeutically oriented classes using the chakra system as a guide as to pinpoints and releases energy blockages in the body using the techniques of Yin Yoga, Chakra Balancing, YogaNidra, Meditation, and Sound healing to promote healing. Kelly’s passion is to share these tools for longevity. This vision began in 2012 after her mother passed away. Kelly knows that sometimes the transformational journey can be lonely. Her goal in life is to help people that are going through any type of transformation process know they are not alone. If you peel back a butterfly’s wings for them, they can not fly on their own. She is that person next to you guiding you through your caterpillar stage to your cocoon stage and finally to your butterfly stage. You can find Kelly online or in the mountains of North Carolina where she leads 4 seasonal energy retreats, as well as, 10 Wellness Weekends at Eagles Nest.
Go to her website today girlfriendsguru.com to find and download free yoga videos, her podcast, and other tools for transformation. Together, you can find your wings and fly!
Episode 14: Accessibility & Adaptability with Guest Rachel Land
In this episode of the BEYOND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, Sandy has a conversation with Rachel Land about how to make the yoga practice accessible and adaptable. Rachel is a full-time yoga teacher based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Blending traditional yoga practices with thousands of hours of study in anatomy, physiology, sports training, and therapeutics, her mission is to give students the tools they need to feel better in their lives - to find more physical and mental balance. She also loves helping other yoga teachers do the same in their communities. Rachel is a 1000hr Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist, Yoga Alliance E-RYT500, and Continuing Education Provider, and a proud member of the Yoga Medicine® teaching team. Deeply grateful to have benefitted from years of personal mentoring from her teacher, Tiffany Cruikshank, she now runs workshops and anatomy training online and around the world, as well as co-teaching some of the Yoga Medicine® 500hr orthopedic modules. She also writes regularly for health & wellness publications including Yoga International, Yoga Journal, and Yoga Digest. She takes her role seriously but takes herself lightly. To learn more about Rachel, www.rachelland.yoga, to practice with her online, visit: https://practice.yogamedicine.com/.
Episode 13: Functional Yoga with Guest Tiffany Cruikshank
In this episode of the BEYOND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Podcast, Sandy has a conversation with one of her teachers, Tiffany Cruikshank. Sandy and Tiffany discuss the functional approach within the yoga practice.
Tiffany Cruikshank is the founder of Yoga Medicine®, a community of teachers focused on fusing anatomy and western medicine with traditional yoga practices to serve the medical communities. She has trained thousands of teachers around the world, graced the cover of over 15 magazines, and has been featured regularly in major media outlets, and authored 2 books. With a background in Acupuncture and Sports Medicine, Tiffany has worked with celebrities, athletes, and corporate professionals alike in her own private clinics and Nike World Headquarters. Tiffany also founded and continues to run two nonprofits — one conducting research on yoga’s therapeutic benefits and the other supporting a shelter for women rescued from trafficking in Delhi, India.
You can take classes with Tiffany on the new Yoga Medicine Online platform: https://practice.yogamedicine.com/
IG: @tiffanycruikshank / @yoga_medicine