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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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On and Off Your Mat Yoga Podcast Erika Belanger 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 Biomechanics and Asanas, with Jules Mitchell

    Yoga Biomechanics and Asanas, with Jules Mitchell

    Have you been practicing what you've been taught but don’t always understand why you’ve been told to do or avoid certain things in asanas? Or Are you teaching yoga and feeling stuck in your cues? Well, biomechanics might be the answer to your questions.

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    ABOUT OUR GUEST
    Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Las Vegas based yoga teacher, educator, and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion. She regularly contributes to teacher training programs and leads workshops and courses worldwide. Her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is now available through Handspring Publishing. As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations. Her most influential teachers include Greg Lehman (Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science), Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of popular opinions.
    Her website: www.julesmitchell.com

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    • 44 min
    PREMIUM | Meditation to connect to and release emotions

    PREMIUM | Meditation to connect to and release emotions

    Do you struggle from time to time to feel, connect to emotions like anger, grief, sadness, and release those emotions? If so here's a meditation to help you practice to do just that. This episode is part of our premium subscription. To get access to it you need to visit our podcast premium membership area.
    Know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. 
    Ok! That’s it for now, go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your Meditation to connect to and release emotions, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode!


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    • 5 min
    Overcoming codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing , with Victoria Albina

    Overcoming codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing , with Victoria Albina

    Tools and somatic practices for your health.
    Do you tend to be codependent in your relationships, a perfectionist at work, or a people-pleaser amongst your friends? Have you noticed how these patterns affect your health and your wellbeing? In today’s episode, we’ll talk about this and give you some tools and somatic practices to start addressing this.


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    ABOUT OUR GUEST
    Victoria Albina (she/her) is a Certified Life Coach, UCSF-trained Family Nurse Practitioner, and Breathwork Meditation Guide with a passion for helping women realize that they are their own best healers, so they can break free from codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and reclaim their joy.
    She is the host of the Feminist Wellness Podcast, holds a Masters's degree in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College. Victoria has been working in health & wellness for over 20 years and lives on occupied Munsee Lenape territory in New York’s Hudson Valley.

    Her Website (download her meditation and grounding practice for free)Instagram: @victoriaalbinawellnessPodcast: Feminist WellnessFacebookLinkedIn

    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODE
    I know you use healing modalities and somatic therapy like yoga, ecstatic dance, and breathwork. Why did you get interested in these modalities?How can being codependent, perfectionist and people-pleaser affect our health?What are some of the somatic manifestations people can experience?How can we do expressive journaling if it's a practice that usually brings us deeper into focusing on the negative?How do we start shifting out of codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing?What’s the importance of connecting to our intuition, and learning to trust it in all this?
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    • 55 min
    Finding the Gifts in Trauma, with Keira Poulsen

    Finding the Gifts in Trauma, with Keira Poulsen

    Have you experienced trauma and struggled to move through it so you can get on the other side and find the gifts in the experience? I know I have. If that’s your case too, this episode is for you.

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    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODE
    How do you define trauma?What is your life brought you to help people through trauma.How can we move through trauma?Any tips for people who think there’s no way they can live through the pain, the darkness?How can we use our experience to create, share and have an impact on the world?How does it look like to connect with your divine self?How can we show up in our business with the healing work of our trauma as the fuel behind us?How do you show up in your purpose if you are feeling overwhelmed with the pain?What are the things we can do daily to support our healing and supporting our impact?ABOUT OUR GUEST
    Keira Poulsen is a mother to 5 children, an intuitive spiritual entrepreneurship coach, 2 x author, and CEO of Freedom House Publishing Co.  
    Keira helps women who feel inspired to make a huge impact in the world write transformative books of light. She teaches them how to receive their book with spiritual tools that allow for the creation of the book to come through in under 2 months’ time.
    Keira then helps them create successful businesses of light, derived from the message of their book.  It is her deepest belief that women who are receiving powerful messages of truth from the Divine are here to share these messages through published books and create powerful and successful businesses of light that will impact humanity for the better! "
    Free Sacred Space Training with Keira: Coupon code ERIKA
    Instagram: @keirapoulsen
    More about her offerings: https://msha.ke/keirapoulsen/#links

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    • 35 min
    PREMIUM | My Favorite Nervous System Hacks

    PREMIUM | My Favorite Nervous System Hacks

    Last month I polled our premium members and they voted on a video where I would teach my favorite ns hacks. So if you’re stressed and looking for tools to feel more relaxed, this episode is for you. It is part of our premium subscription. Find it here.
    With Ribbon is awesome and you’ll find on this new platform 
    1. Your podcast premium membership whereas a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like today’s NS video
    2. You can also have access to over 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership, with new ones added every week.
    3. You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer or any special event like my upcoming yoga retreat in Mexico.
    Everything is now in the same place!
    Now coming back to our premium membership for a second, since you’re here on the podcast, know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. 
    Ok! That’s it for now, go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your Nervous System Hack Video, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode!


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    • 5 min
    How to Stop Outsourcing Your Spiritual Life, with Lopa van der Mersch

    How to Stop Outsourcing Your Spiritual Life, with Lopa van der Mersch

    Have you ever put a teacher a little far up on a pedestal or giving away your power when it comes to your spiritual practice? If so, today’s episode is for you. Our guest did just that, she's sharing her story and the lessons she learned on the way.
    For today’s episode, I sat down with Lopa van der Mersch. Lopa is a lifelong health seeker and founder & CEO of Rasa Koffee, a coffee alternative made of adaptogenic herbs. She spent years studying esoteric spiritual practices (& found herself in two cults!); has had a whole slew of health challenges that have had her seeking alternative therapies from Ayurveda to Functional Medicine to Shamanism for over a decade. Today, we sat down to talk about embracing nuance dogma and why we shouldn’t outsource our spiritual sovereignty.
    Listen to the episode here:

    MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE
    1- Discernment is the best tool to get clear on whether a teacher has your highest interest at heart or not. See if the teacher is pushing you in a way that is generative for you or because they are getting something out of it. Some red flags: it's not ok to study with another teacher, you don't have a full sense of freedom, they hold your devotion as something they need and is owed to them, they think they only hold the truth, not open to being questioned, don't encourage you to have your own experience.
    2- To balance faith and discernment rest in your own experience. Be open to what comes, connect to your body and your heart, and then be willing to question it.
    3- Spiritual sovereignty starts with having a strong sense of self. Self-knowledge and self-trust are the base. Stay open to your teacher's opinion, but don't put them on a pedestal in a way that what they say has more value than what we think and feel.
    4- To start to take charge of your spirituality, with self-knowledge, you need to practice self-acceptance. As you cultivate a healthy sense of your needs, you start setting and upholding boundaries. Over time, you build more self-trust and own your voice more fully.
    5- We have so much input from the outside that we can start to question who we are. Our experiences are there to teach us and to give us parts of ourselves we need to see, to open to, to heal, or to develop.

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    👉🏻 Coupon code ONOFF for 20% Rasa Coffee.
    QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODE
    How can we enter into a relationship of teacher-student instead of guru-disciple?How do you describe dogma?How can we practice critical thinking while also welcoming faith? And not throw out the baby with the bathwater and turn our back on spirituality or become overly cynical?How do we keep our spiritual sovereignty and still work with a teacher?What are the steps or some actions we can take to take charge of our spirituality? Reclaim our sovereignty if we tend to give it away a little too much?ABOUT OUR GUEST
    Lopa van der Mersch is many things: Serial entrepreneur. Mother of two. Sustainability advocate. TEDx speaker. Recovering cult member. Three years ago, she added a new chapter: Founder and CEO of Rasa, the adaptogenic coffee alternatives revolutionizing people’s relationship to energy. 
    2015 was what Lopa now calls “her own personal 2020” — she left a cult, had emergency surgery while pregnant, lost a family member, and had a traumatic birth. Beaten down and exhausted, she needed a source of energy that could

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