29 episodes

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.

    #26 Cultivate Resilience in Uncertain Times with Yin Yoga for the Spleen and Stomach Guided Practice

    #26 Cultivate Resilience in Uncertain Times with Yin Yoga for the Spleen and Stomach Guided Practice

    In this guided Yin Yoga practice, Jennifer guides you through a short series of postures designed to nourish the spleen and stomach. According to Taoist Energetic Medicine, the spleen and stomach work together to perform the important function of...

    • 31 min
    #25 Get to Know Yourself with the Body-Heart-Mind Check-In

    #25 Get to Know Yourself with the Body-Heart-Mind Check-In

    The landscape of yoga studios is not what it once was. With some studios closed permanently and others open only temporarily or in limbo, practitioners who relied on guided classes may be more motivated than ever to develop a self-led practice.In order...

    • 42 min
    #24 Equanimity for Balanced Action Guided Practice

    #24 Equanimity for Balanced Action Guided Practice

    Wrapping up our series on the Four Immeasurables, in this guided practice, Sarah Jane Shangraw unpacks the fourth “sublime state,” upeksa (equanimity). Upeksa is a state of non-preferencing that can arise in meditation when we feel into and accept the...

    • 22 min
    #23 Uncovering Conditioning & Biases with Buddhist Mindfulness

    #23 Uncovering Conditioning & Biases with Buddhist Mindfulness

    In this episode, Jen and Sarah Jane take a look through the Buddhist lens at the mind. Specifically, they explore using mindfulness, being with discomfort, and taking responsibility as foundations for the necessary and ongoing work of recognizing and...

    • 41 min
    #22 Meeting Difficulty with Ease and Presence in Sphinx Pose Guided Practice

    #22 Meeting Difficulty with Ease and Presence in Sphinx Pose Guided Practice

    In this episode, Jennifer offers guidance for creating space between a difficult stimulus and the response to it. Whether you are confronted by a challenging event or a triggering conversation, the prompts in this meditation can bring forward a more...

    • 12 min
    #21 Dharmic Activism: Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita with Kaya Mindlin

    #21 Dharmic Activism: Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita with Kaya Mindlin

    In this episode, Jen is joined by her friend and colleague Kaya Mindlin to discuss the Bhagavad Gita and how to fully and authentically show up for social justice while staying true to one’s dharma. In this sweeping conversation that, at times, adopts...

    • 1 hr 29 min

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The wisdom I take away from each podcast is such a gift. After 29 years of Yoga practice, I am being reminded to “remember” many aspects of my practice that may need some dusting off. I am also reminded that a 200 hr YTT barely scratches the surface of the spiritual wisdom of Yoga. Thanks for beautifully augmenting my learning. The stories you use to make points, both personal & Yogic stories, make your teaching clear and vibrant. I have never been one to listen to podcasts but you've got my attention. 🙏
I will keep listening every 2 weeks. Thank You.

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This is a show for true seekers of wisdom, conveyed in an honest, thoughtful and thought provoking way. No gimmicks here, just evidence of a true commitment to growth and self exploration through wisdom traditions.

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