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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.

    #36 Yoga Nidra for Awakening Compassion Guided Practice

    #36 Yoga Nidra for Awakening Compassion Guided Practice

    In this month’s guided practice, we offer Yoga Nidra, the sleep of the yogis.The practice of Yoga Nidra dates back thousands of years and was developed to invoke a deep meditative state so that the practitioner may gather soma nectar for rejuvenation...

    • 28 min
    #35 Are We in a Golden Age of Trainings and Retreats?

    #35 Are We in a Golden Age of Trainings and Retreats?

    In this episode, recorded nearly a year after the first COVD-19-related lockdowns, Jen and Sarah Jane discuss the benefits and pitfalls of the mad rush to move trainings and retreats online. From individual teachers, to studios and centers, to...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #34 Contemplating the Elements from the Inside Out Guided Practice

    #34 Contemplating the Elements from the Inside Out Guided Practice

    In this episode, Sarah Jane introduces and leads a mindfulness meditation on the four elements from the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (Foundations of Mindfulness) as taught by the Venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo, a contemporary Theravada Buddhist monk and...

    • 22 min
    #33 What We’re Turning Toward

    #33 What We’re Turning Toward

    In this episode, Jen and Sarah Jane return from a winter break. Amidst ever increasing levels of upheaval in the States, they discuss their go-to practices and resources that buoy body, heart, and mind. In a casual back and forth conversation, they...

    • 57 min
    #32 Inner Smile Guided Practice

    #32 Inner Smile Guided Practice

    In this Taoist meditation, Jen will help you harness the loving energy of a smile and direct it inward for profound sense of self-compassion, joy, and relaxation.In Taoism, it's believed that the energy of negative emotions blocks Qi flow, leading to...

    • 18 min
    #31 The Only Way Out is Through Guided Practice

    #31 The Only Way Out is Through Guided Practice

    In this talk and guided practice, Sarah Jane describes the benefit of thinking of Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths as Four Ennobling Tasks. As tasks, the teachings become invitations to action. In the case of the first, the invitation is to comprehend...

    • 22 min

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moonmomm ,

Thank You

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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