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Spiritual nourishment for yoga practitioners and teachers. Experienced teachers Jennifer O’Sullivan and Sarah Jane Shangraw discuss the ways in which the Buddhadharma, Taoism, and spiritual psychology enrich and expand a yoga practice. Drawing on their own inquiries and inspired by their teachers — including Sarah and Ty Powers, Don and Amba Stapleton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, and Tara Brach — Jen and Sarah Jane discuss opportunities for awakening amidst challenging, 21st-century life. Along the way, they model a modern, spiritual friendship.

Skillful Means Podcast Jennifer O'Sullivan & Sarah Jane Shangraw

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Spiritual nourishment for yoga practitioners and teachers. Experienced teachers Jennifer O’Sullivan and Sarah Jane Shangraw discuss the ways in which the Buddhadharma, Taoism, and spiritual psychology enrich and expand a yoga practice. Drawing on their own inquiries and inspired by their teachers — including Sarah and Ty Powers, Don and Amba Stapleton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, and Tara Brach — Jen and Sarah Jane discuss opportunities for awakening amidst challenging, 21st-century life. Along the way, they model a modern, spiritual friendship.

    #12 Yin Yoga for the Physical Body (Part 1)

    #12 Yin Yoga for the Physical Body (Part 1)

    In this episode of our continuing series on Yin Yoga, Jen and Sarah Jane talk about the physical benefits of the practice. Many of us practice Yin Yoga, at least in part, to give ourselves the chance to experience “just being,” an antidote to the...

    • 43 min
    #11 3-Part Check-in Meditation in Butterfly Pose Guided Practice

    #11 3-Part Check-in Meditation in Butterfly Pose Guided Practice

    Many yoga and mindfulness practices are specifically designed to grow one's capacity to remain present - internally and externally - from moment to moment. In this guided practice, Jennifer shares a simple practice for getting to know the current state ...

    • 12 min
    #10: The Life-Changing Magic of Yin Yoga

    #10: The Life-Changing Magic of Yin Yoga

    Yin yoga, the slow and quiet approach to asana, flows against the current of mainstream yoga practices these days. With this episode, we urge you to try it based on the ways in which it bolstered us during challenging times. Not to dismiss the physical ...

    • 49 min
    # 9 Loving Kindness Guided Practice

    # 9 Loving Kindness Guided Practice

    Metta, or loving-kindness, is the first of a series of meditation practices offered by the Buddha to cultivate the four qualities of love: metta (loving-kindness), karuna (compassion), mudita (sympathetic joy) and upeksa (equanimity).  Practicing loving...

    • 26 min
    #8 Maintaining Practice While Traveling & Visiting Family

    #8 Maintaining Practice While Traveling & Visiting Family

    Maintaining practice is a must for yoga and meditation teachers, as well as serious practitioners of all sorts who are interested in spiritual growth. Establishing and maintaining the habit of practicing regularly is often hard won. It doesn’t take much...

    • 40 min
    #7 Body Scan Guided Practice

    #7 Body Scan Guided Practice

    This relaxing Body Scan practice is inspired by a Buddhist teaching called Mindfulness of the Reality of the Body that appears in the First Foundation of Mindfulness. It's designed to help cultivate non-attachment to the body and to demonstrate one of...

    • 23 min

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