8 episodes

Welcome to "The Language of Yoga" podcast, hosted by Becca Schmidt, E-RYT500/YACEP, a 20-year veteran yoga instructor. Prepare to take your yoga teaching skills from average to extraordinary as Becca shares her wisdom, experiences, and practical tips for helping your students find a transformative journey of self-discovery.

In this podcast, we'll delve into the art of using language to cue and connect. Discover the power of vocal tone, volume, repetition, and even the beauty of silence and stillness. But that's not all – we'll also explore the impact of incorporating class themes such as the Chakras, the Yamas and Nyamas, the elements of fire, water, and air and many more.

By embracing these themes, both you and your students can tap into the magic of metaphor and visualization. Imagine guiding your students to embody the grounding energy of the root chakra or incorporating the principles of the Yamas and Nyamas for ethical decision-making on and off the mat. Themes add depth and richness to your classes, allowing your students to connect with the natural forces within themselves.

Throughout the podcast, Becca will share invaluable insights, personal experiences, and practical tips on seamlessly integrating words, vocal qualities and themes into your instruction. Whether you're an experienced teacher seeking to revitalize your classes or a curious beginner diving into the depth of yoga, "The Language of Yoga" is here to empower and inspire you.

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Welcome to "The Language of Yoga" podcast, hosted by Becca Schmidt, E-RYT500/YACEP, a 20-year veteran yoga instructor. Prepare to take your yoga teaching skills from average to extraordinary as Becca shares her wisdom, experiences, and practical tips for helping your students find a transformative journey of self-discovery.

In this podcast, we'll delve into the art of using language to cue and connect. Discover the power of vocal tone, volume, repetition, and even the beauty of silence and stillness. But that's not all – we'll also explore the impact of incorporating class themes such as the Chakras, the Yamas and Nyamas, the elements of fire, water, and air and many more.

By embracing these themes, both you and your students can tap into the magic of metaphor and visualization. Imagine guiding your students to embody the grounding energy of the root chakra or incorporating the principles of the Yamas and Nyamas for ethical decision-making on and off the mat. Themes add depth and richness to your classes, allowing your students to connect with the natural forces within themselves.

Throughout the podcast, Becca will share invaluable insights, personal experiences, and practical tips on seamlessly integrating words, vocal qualities and themes into your instruction. Whether you're an experienced teacher seeking to revitalize your classes or a curious beginner diving into the depth of yoga, "The Language of Yoga" is here to empower and inspire you.

    Introduction to The Language of Yoga

    Introduction to The Language of Yoga

    What is this podcast all about?  Enhance your yoga teaching skills by using class themes, storytelling, powerful words and humor.  Host Becca Schmidt shares insight from her 20 years of teaching yoga.  Share your ideas or ask questions with a note to Becca at becca@bluemoon.yoga 

    • 28 min
    Stumbling Blocks

    Stumbling Blocks

    Are you unintentionally creating stumbling blocks for your students? In this episode, Becca lists five major barriers yoga teachers are putting in the way of teaching a good class. Maybe you recognize some of these in your own teaching. No worries, Becca offers some great solutions to help you teach a masterful class. Share your ideas or ask questions with a note to Becca at becca@bluemoon.yoga 

    • 20 min
    Ahimsa as a Class Theme

    Ahimsa as a Class Theme

    Ahimsa is the first of the Yamas within the eightfold path of yoga. Ahimsa translates most directly into English as no harm and non violence. Ahimsa encompasses not only how we treat others, animals, our environment, but also how we treat ourselves. Learn how to use this important yoga doctrine as a class theme. Share your ideas or ask questions with a note to Becca at becca@bluemoon.yoga 

    • 27 min
    Talking Yoga Therapy with Theresia Portoghese

    Talking Yoga Therapy with Theresia Portoghese

    This week, Becca talks with yoga therapist Theresia Portoghese about the scope of work, and the language skills necessary when teaching a therapeutic based yoga class. Yoga therapists are not licensed medical practitioners, cannot diagnose or treat their students medically, but they can help support a vibrant lifestyle for people who are dealing with chronic conditions.  Becca and Theresia chat about their beginnings at the YMCA and all the lessons learned with their combined teaching experience of four decades. 

    • 35 min
    Courage

    Courage

    The theme of this podcast is courage. Becca offers courageous poses, courageous new ways to approach your yoga practice, and how courage on your yoga mat gives you courage off the mat. And, for teachers, listen for many words and phrases to use as you teach courage.

    • 22 min
    Verbs - Verbiage

    Verbs - Verbiage

    GIVE ME A VERB! Becca dives into her dynamic list of "500 yoga verbs" teachers can use to cue any kind of class theme. In this episode, Becca cues three sun salutations using unique verbs for water, air and earth themes. She also introduces a “mat exploration” experiment that challenges students to appreciate all the real estate a 72” x 24” yoga mat has to offer. You’ll want to use some of these ideas in your very next class. 

    • 23 min

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