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A yoga podcast filled with truly engaging interviews from the most inspiring and accomplished spiritual teachers in the world. Get inspired by their story, learn their best-kept secrets, and how to apply everything they know to your practice and your life off the mat. Join me in my curious, passionate, open minded attitude towards growth and transformation as I meet all the teachers who inspire me and as we share with you the gifts of yoga.
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A yoga podcast filled with truly engaging interviews from the most inspiring and accomplished spiritual teachers in the world. Get inspired by their story, learn their best-kept secrets, and how to apply everything they know to your practice and your life off the mat. Join me in my curious, passionate, open minded attitude towards growth and transformation as I meet all the teachers who inspire me and as we share with you the gifts of yoga.
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    Yoga for Stress and Anxiety, with Amanda Whiting

    Yoga for Stress and Anxiety, with Amanda Whiting

    With the World Mental Health Day earlier this month, and everything happening socially, politically and health wise in the world right now, I thought it was the perfect time to dig in the power of yoga to support us through these times.
    For this episode, I sat down with Amanda Whiting. Amanda is a yoga teacher specializing in yoga for emotional well-being. She is the creator of the online programs Yoga for stress and anxiety and Yoga for resiliency and self-compassion. Amanda is passionate about teaching and inspiring others to use postures, breath work, and meditation, to manage anxiety, become empowered, and cultivate a greater sense of well-being.

    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Yoga can help you change your relationship to your body and to your own mental illness. Instead of having the expectation of curing anything, create the intention of forming a more friendship based relation with your own experience and your own life.
    2- Yoga can help manage anxiety because it's balancing for the nervous system and is a tool of awareness. It give us a sense of understanding what is happening in the body and facilitating a connection between the mind and the body which tunes us in more accurately to what is happening inside, so we can evaluate what is helping and what isn't.
    3- Stress happens to every single person. Your body is overtaxed, unsure how to react and it's can't follow it's natural rhythm. Anxiety is a significantly stronger sympathetic nervous response. Some signs include; thingness in the chest, increased heart rate, change in blood flow & tingling.
    4- With anxiety, your body is trying to help you. It's trying to protect you. I's not out to get you. The more you fight anxiety the more anxious you'll get. Listen, practice acceptance, self-compassion and gratitude instead. Once you get ok with your situation, things actually start change.
    5- Repetition, rhythmic movement and linking of breath with the movement are keys in your movement practice to help calm your sympathetic response. To choose the intensity of your practice, meet your nervous system where it is now.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:
    What in your life has led you to particularly want to help people deal with stress and anxiety?Why turn to yoga instead of other methods to deal with anxiety? How can yoga help?So we are all on the same page, can you define anxiety and how it’s different than stress?As we relate it to yoga, how does it look particularly from the standpoint of the nervous system?Are there misconceptions about anxiety? Or anything we need to understand better to be able to reduce it more effectively?What does a movement practice geared towards reducing stress and anxiety looks like?What else in the yoga tool kit can help alleviate anxiety? Other at-home small everyday tips/tools to help?What can people reflect on?

    SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast. Have you checked our new Instagram page @onandoffyourmatpodcast already? We are starting all the way back from the beginning, revising every single episode! So come by and follow us so you can catch up on all the episodes you missed and their content or get reminders from your favorite episodes! You can also continue to support this show through Patreon. For as low as 5$ a month you get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations and more, and in the 2nd and 3rd tiers, you get access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during the shelter in place. So, if you’d like to have access to all this and/or help me in the creation of this podcast, please find us on IG or Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST
    Amanda can say with certainty tha

    • 46 min
    Honoring the Roots of Yoga, with Susanna Barkataki

    Honoring the Roots of Yoga, with Susanna Barkataki

    For this episode, I sat down with Susanna Barkataki. Susanna is a yoga teacher, Certified Yoga Therapist and the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute where she runs Ignite Be Well 200/500 Yoga teacher Training programs. She is the author of the forthcoming book Honor Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. With a degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, Barkataki is a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity yoga unity educator who created the ground-breaking Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit with more than 10,000 participants.
    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Originally, the practice was meant to help transcend the attachment to the body. A full yoga practice is far beyond the physical. It includes all 8 limbs, yoga philosophy, ethics, mantra, mudra, spiritual and lineage acknowledgment and appreciation, and more.
    2- To be a responsible and holistic yoga teacher today, you need to have some understanding of social justice and social equity since yoga is about unity.
    3- Yoga was pre-religious, it was a earth based spiritual practice. Yoga came from the elements as a way to understand suffering, understand the world around us, and to learn to be more in harmony with that world and with ourselves. It later co-existed and was influenced by the major world religions. It's at least 2,500 BCE, possibly 5,000-10,000 BCE.
    4- The lack of accessibility, representation and equally in yoga classes is a public health issue. As a teacher, ask yourself who is not here and why are missing?
    5- As a student, diversify your feed, seek out a variety of teachers, support organizations that work towards equality and diversity. Commit to stick to a variety of practices. There are no rule book. It's about thinking critically and acting in a way that brings balance to the power difference and tries to heal the harm that was made in the past.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:
    Why are you passionate about this work? And who do you it for?You say “There has been some misunderstanding as to what yoga is in the west today” Could you explain what is the definition of yoga you work with, just so we’ll all be on the same page?How does the definition translate and look like in our experience of yoga in a studio in the western world?What as westerner yoga teachers should we study, look at, consider?Can we do a brief overview history of yoga?Was the watering down of the practice to make it more palatable was a good strategy?How does racism shows up in the yoga community and how can we create more equality and diversity?As a student, how do you make other students feel more welcomed and participate in the efforts of the studio to be more inclusive? What is cultural appropriation, what isn’t?What does cultural appropriation look like in the yoga context?

    SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.
    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 69th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. On October 1st, you got a Restorative Yoga Class on Video. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST
    An Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, Susanna Barkataki is the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and runs

    • 53 min
    PREMIUM | Restorative yoga at the wall

    PREMIUM | Restorative yoga at the wall

    This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive episode every month. Today you get a 30-minute video sequence, a delicious no props required restorative yoga class with me. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording on zoom and continue to record during this shelter in place.
    Today’s episode is a simple and easy sequence to prepare you for bed, to take a break in a stressful day or just to use as a self-love act. It was requested by a few patreon members. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way. 
    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, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you.
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    • 5 min
    Self-Mastery, wit Eva Beronius

    Self-Mastery, wit Eva Beronius

    Do you ever long for a deeper understanding of yourself that leads to transformation?  If so, this episode is for you.
    I sat down with Eva Beronius. Eva is the founder of Self Mastery and Beyond and the highly praised online meditation course Beyond the Mind. Her own journey has included transforming a state of PTSD and anxiety with symptoms like panic attacks, depression and trust-issues into a thriving life and peaceful mind. She has experience with various techniques in trauma therapy and personal growth as well as a spiritual foundation in the Toltec tradition. She is passionate about how we can access change by bypassing the rational mind.


    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Even considering that our unconscious beliefs about ourselves drive 80% to 90% of our thoughts and emotional reactions, real change is absolutely possible. The very step towards transformation is to release your stress. In a stressed brain, there's no space for anything else but survival, for fight or flight.
    2- The cycle starts with a painful emotion that we carry. Then, we create a belief linked with the events that led to the creation of that painful emotion. Eventually, something happens that activates this beliefs and we latch onto a protective mechanism that has helped us in the past to avoid feeling that emotion pain. We avoid, distract, manage, pretend...
    3- Our protective mechanism can push us intro overly strong reactions and make us project our past experience onto our present situation. By reliving the same situation or emotional reaction, your mind is trying to solve the painful situation, to create a different outcome so it can get to a resolution. It will be repeated again and again until you move forward and make a different choice in your reaction.
    4- The first step in self-mastery is self-awareness; the capacity to observe yourself by directing your attention. In the second step, to help you step into the observer, you can journal at the 3rd person to help create some distance to disidentify from the situation and your reaction and gain a more neutral perspective. Step 3 is mapping, dividing your reactions into characters, versions of yourself, or archetypes. Once you have identify those, you can start noticing them throughout your day, how they are layered, structured and interacting together, and which emotions each character carries, what does their world consist of?, What do they believe? That way you can create a new relationship with your emotions, step into your subconscious and start releasing the emotions and changing your inner world, your programming.
    5- Find a way to break down your "old house" while building your "new house". if you only work on building the new parts of yourself, you create disconnect, shame, rejection of an other part of yourself.


    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:
    What was going on in your life for you to want to make a change?What is the structure hidden under our reactions?What kind of beliefs drive our emotional reactions?How do we know if our protective mechanism are still serving us?What are some tools to reflect on our protective mechanism? How does the process looks like?How do we start to move away from suffering, break our cycles?

    SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.
    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 67th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on September 1st, you got an episode on self-care, on what is it, why it's important and how to practice it. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom a

    • 41 min
    Instagram, Nomadic teaching, and tips for students, with Adell Bridges

    Instagram, Nomadic teaching, and tips for students, with Adell Bridges

    For this episode, I sat down with Adell Bridges. Adell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast plays a meaningful role in the playful and creative style of her teaching, which she intertwines with pranayama, yoga philosophy, and anatomy to take the physical practice into a journey of inner awareness and acceptance. Adell trained in India before teaching in Asia, Europe, Central and North America, sharing her own yoga journey in hopes of inspiring and serving others in theirs.

    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
    1- Let your why lead your presence online. Know what is your intention and own who you are and you'll
    2- The physical part of the practice is a tool to come in a state a yoga.
    3- Joint hypermobility affects all the connective tissues in the body caused by a disruption in the collagen. It affects your joint, but also your skin, your blood vessels, your gut lining.
    4- Whatever movement you don't do, you loose.
    5- Transitions are just a series of posture that we move through quickly. A posture can be any position you can put your body in. Paying attention to our transitions helps us stay in the present moment. It helps us stay aware of our physical sensations, our strengths and weaknesses; helps us avoid injuries. It's a great place to learn. Just like in life, nothing is ever totally static, we are always transitioning, moving form thing to thing.

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:

    You say that yoga has changed your life for the better in every way. Can you elaborate?How do stay out of the over-identification with your body and your practice when you have such a big presence online?How do you realize that you are more than your body in the practice.You started this project on hypermobility. Can you explain what it is and why you wanted to address the issue? What's the goal?How can people know id they are hypermobile?Tips for better handstand?What’s the one thing you wish people knew about handstanding?What is the most questions you get asked the most often about their handstand practice?What mindset is helpful?What's your favorite backbend?Tips for safer backbends?Why engage the glutes in backbends?What's your energetic experience of deep backbends?Why should we care about fascia?What does fascia response well/not well to?What's one thing you wish you knew about fascia a long time ago?How do you take care of your fascia?Why think about our transitions?What happens in that space between poses?

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    DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.
    Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 66th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on September 1st, you got an episode on self-care, on what is it, why it's important and how to practice it. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.
    Before we get to today's episode, I have one last announcement about my upcoming India Yoga Retreat… With the covid situation and travelling situation not getting better, I have decided to postpone to the following year instead so FEB 2022 . I’m adding another retreat in Europe for the fall of 2021, instead. Stay tuned for more details about that.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST

    Adell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast

    • 41 min
    PREMIUM | Self-Care : What, Why & How

    PREMIUM | Self-Care : What, Why & How

    This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive content every month, like this episode with me on self-care, plus the other regular episodes in the video, uncut and uncensored format. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording and continue to record during this shelter in place.
    In today’s episode, I talk about self-care. What is my definition of self-care, why I think it’s important, and what is actually looks like beyond bubble baths and candles… You feel inspired and empowered in your own practice of self-care. This episode was requested by a few Patreon members. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way.
    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, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you.

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