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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.

    #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
    Tuning In, Reaching Out Virtual Retreat Day 3: Loving-Kindness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

    Tuning In, Reaching Out Virtual Retreat Day 3: Loving-Kindness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

    Jen wraps up our first virtual retreat with a practice very dear to her heart. Loving-kindness, or metta, is at the very heart of spiritual practice. By tuning into our common humanity, we not only touch the essence of our true Self, but we are able to...

    • 43 min
    Tuning In, Reaching Out Virtual Retreat Day 3: Yoga & Compassion

    Tuning In, Reaching Out Virtual Retreat Day 3: Yoga & Compassion

    Welcome to Sunday, the third day of “Tuning In, Reaching Out.” We are maintaining our commitment to practice in part through the connections we’ve made and the energy we’ve felt from you, and we hope you feel the same. Sarah Jane is interested in the...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Tuning In, Reaching Out Day 2: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Yin Yoga

    Tuning In, Reaching Out Day 2: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Yin Yoga

    Welcome to the second and fourth overall practice of “Tuning In, Reaching Out.” We have deeply enjoyed connecting with some of you about intentions, methods, hindrances, and insights. A deep bow to all practitioners.In this practice, Sarah Jane shares...

    • 1 hr 14 min

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11 Ratings

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.

Vegeater ,

Expert and Heartfelt

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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