42 episodes

Kat, Founder of Movement for Modern Life, the UK's online yoga platform, meets Champions of Change and Leaders in their Field. Those who are taking yoga off the mat, transforming lives and inspiring us to take the small steps to live a happy, healthy and more sustainable live to make a difference.



Movement for Modern Life's mission is for all of us to Move Move. Live More. Featuring the very best teachers and thousands of classes on our platform, we believe in moving thoughtfully through life both on the yoga mat and in our daily lives. This is more than just about moving with our bodies, it’s about moving with the times. We are meeting the experts and the champions and are on a journey of discovery to learn, discover and move towards a better life and a better world.



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Yoga Off The Mat - The Movement For Modern Life Podcast Kat Farrants

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Kat, Founder of Movement for Modern Life, the UK's online yoga platform, meets Champions of Change and Leaders in their Field. Those who are taking yoga off the mat, transforming lives and inspiring us to take the small steps to live a happy, healthy and more sustainable live to make a difference.



Movement for Modern Life's mission is for all of us to Move Move. Live More. Featuring the very best teachers and thousands of classes on our platform, we believe in moving thoughtfully through life both on the yoga mat and in our daily lives. This is more than just about moving with our bodies, it’s about moving with the times. We are meeting the experts and the champions and are on a journey of discovery to learn, discover and move towards a better life and a better world.



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    Ep 41: Yoga, Trauma & Ceremony

    Ep 41: Yoga, Trauma & Ceremony

    How can yoga and ceremony help us release from emotional trauma?







    “Our emotions have a chemical component, so part of what we teach is how to have some responsibility for the chemistry running through our bloodstream.”







    Emotional trauma sits in all of us, but we can shift it. In this episode, we talk to Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco to get some insight into the power of ritual and ceremony for enhancing our yoga practice, which can then act as a release for emotional trauma from the body.







    Ana Forrest founded Forrest Yoga, which combines the precision of Iyengar and the flow of vinyasa, but it also focuses on emotional and physical release. It’s an antidote to modern life! Ana has a pioneer spirit, so she talks about what it’s like going against the prevailing truth, how we can find our own way in the world and explore our life’s path. 







    With Jose Calarco, we delve into the importance of ‘vision quest’ and how music and ceremony are integral in helping us to heal.







    In this episode you will find out about...







    Yoga and Emotions (8:30)







    * The impact of holding emotions in* How to take responsibility of the chemistry we run through our bloodstream * The importance of changing emotional patterns for relationships * What is ceremonial vision quest? * How we can access and light up our whole brain through yoga and music * The role of music in healing * What can we learn from indigenous communities?







    The individual and the community (17:00)







    * The importance of discovering what feeds your spirit * Why we should interact with our community * Why the responsibility of self-development is a personal journey, but we should never go it full alone. 







    Rituals and ceremony (21:00)







    * Ana and Jose’s daily rituals * The importance of taking pleasure in and connecting with nature * How to navigate misinformation * Why taking care of the planet is crucial to our survival * Using challenging times as your own personal ceremony to elevate your life 







    Trauma (35:30)







    * How do we carry trauma and emotions in our body? * Why bringing in new patterns is essential * The spirituality of a physical practice







    Breaking the ‘rules’ (42:20)







    * Why we should question authority and explore new possibilities * The importance of being brave and pioneering * Using creativity and inspiration to make something your own * The importance of learning and honouring your practice  * Growing discipline to create paths to happiness 







    “You need to experiment, because you’re never going to grow with anything unless you experiment with it.”







    Do you want to explore all our classes, including some from Ana? Check out all our classes for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan







    Discover more of Ana's classes on Movement for Modern Life here: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-teacher/anaforrest







    Find out more about Ana & Jose here.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 40: Anatomy, Awareness and Intuition

    Ep 40: Anatomy, Awareness and Intuition

    How can knowledge of our anatomy help us learn to increase our awareness and pay attention to our intuition?







    “Our bodies make our decisions, and our minds simply catch up”







    In this episode, we talk to Scaravelli inspired yoga teacher, Catherine Annis, about more than just functional anatomy! We discover the intrinsic link between our body and our minds through exploring our feet, our psoas muscles and our vagus nerve. So, this conversation is about the mental and emotional side of a deep physical practise; how can being aware of our bodies increase our awareness as we move through life? How can playing with our yoga practice fine tune our intuition?







    In this episode you will find out about...







    Scaravelli Yoga (2:40)







    * Who is Vanda Scaravelli and what is Scaravelli Yoga? * The influences of Iyengar and her rebellious ideas!* Breaking through the rigidity of traditional practices* The freedom to change your thinking* The importance of agency to explore - does the teacher always know best?







    Creativity and Functionality (12:00)







    * Why we should be creative in our practice and explore our bodies * The importance of functional movement* Yoga as a tool to engender a change of state rather than exercise







    The Psoas and our Emotions (17:00)







    * The anatomy of the psoas muscles * How our organs and diaphragm can impact the psoas* The importance of hydration! * The link between the SI joint, the pelvic floor and the QL muscles* Tips to relieve the SI joint* The importance of regular movement and mobility







    The Magic of the Feet (30:00)







    * Why need to take care of our feet and maintain flexible foot joints * How ‘tight’ feet can impact the rest of the body* How shoes dull our sensitivity * The importance of feeling pleasure through our feet * Being mindful while walking 







    Yoga and Awareness (43:00)







    * How increasing awareness in our body can help us make better choices in life* How can awareness impact our relationships with others and the earth? * The problems with big boots and disconnection!* The role of the vagus nerve* How breath awareness can be an effective tool for calming our nervous system* The importance of play and listening to our intuition * Moving from being taught to taking responsibility for our bodies and experiences 







    “Work your feet for global peace!”







    Do you want to explore all our classes? Check out all our classes for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan







    Discover more of Catherine's classes, including those on the psoas and feet, on Movement for Modern Life here: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-teacher/catherineannis







    Find out more about Catherine here.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 39: Yoga and Buddhism

    Ep 39: Yoga and Buddhism

    How do the philosophies of yoga and Buddhism interrelate?







    “We can’t avoid the hot and cold of life, but we can work with how we experience suffering and we can find a way out if we believe we deserve it.”







    Buddhism is something which fuels Adam’s practice and teaching, so in this episode, so he shares his interpretation of the teachings and how they have impacted him. Specifically, he explores the Buddhist Paramitas; what they are and how we can live by these qualities. He and Kat also discuss how yoga and Buddhism are interrelated, what they have in common and why there seem to be so many similarities between the two philosophies. 







    In this episode you will find out about...







    How are yoga and Buddhism connected? (4:50)







    * What is yoga?* What is Buddhism and how does is differ across the world? * The cross-pollination of ideas which have influenced both practices * How ancient and modern hatha yoga draw inspiration from Buddhism and other philosophies * How Adam discovered yoga and Buddhism* The nature of suffering and how yoga and buddhism can help overcome it 







    Qualities to cultivate (23:30)







    * * The inspiration behind Adam’s latest series of yoga classes* What are the six Buddhist Paramitas? * What is an awakened being and can we get there?* How do the paramita’s link to the Yamas and Niyamas? * The importance of enthusiasm and discipline, and finding the middle ground







    The individual and the community (36:00)







    * The importance of starting in a place of positivity, energy and worthiness * How to connect to yourself and other people * Should we focus on the individual or on others? * Thich Naht Hanh and activism * What is a Tonglen practice? 







    Meditation (44:30)







    * What is meditation?* The difference between concentration and insight* Can we really call yoga a ‘moving meditation’?* How internal and external focal points can help us in being mindful 







    “I want to find the middle ground, where I can really push myself to do things but do I really need to go that far? What is that about?”







    Do you want to explore all our classes? Check out all our classes for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan







    Discover Adam's yoga and Buddhism classes on Movement for Modern Life here: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-class-1363-slow-flow-for-wisdom







    Find out more about Adam here.

    • 59 min
    Ep 38: Accessible Yoga

    Ep 38: Accessible Yoga

    How can yoga be a truly inclusive and accessible practice?







    “However we come to the mat, there is a practice which is suited, appropriate and can support our wellbeing if we choose it.” 







    In this episode, we talk to the master of adaptive yoga, Frederique Sardais, about how yoga can be a truly inclusive practice for every body. We discover what adaptive yoga is and explore the meaning of inclusivity and discuss why this conversation is long overdue. Fredee has been teaching specialist yoga classes for the last eight years, for people living with disability, primarily mobility disabilities. However, we are all going to need adaptive yoga at some point in our lives, and it's not always going to be about achieving physical poses.







    In this episode you will find out about...







    The 'real' yoga (3:00)







    * The trouble with instagram and inclusivity * Where can we find the real yoga? * Are the big studios really inclusive?* The diversity of yoga in community halls







    How accessible is yoga, really? (8:30)







    * What are the hurdles facing accessibility?* How can the popularity of vinyasa and performance yoga restrict access?* How socio-economic factors impact accessibility* The importance of changing the image of yoga in the media







    Making yoga more inclusive (13:50)







    * Yoga fits the person, the person does not have to fit the yoga* What can teachers do to be more inclusive? * The importance of awareness and listening to students’ needs* How can we use yoga to support the body in healing from illness and injury? 







    The importance of diversity (19:45)







    * How different needs can make yoga classes so rich* How can teachers learn from a range of requirements?* Not all yoga styles are suited to adaptability* How shifting perspectives can allow teachers to teach every body







    Cultural beliefs and non-asana yoga (23:30)







    * Physical discomfort does not equate to working hard to achieve a pose* The importance of letting go of suffering, achievement and punishment * What is the true purpose of our practice? * The role of pranayama, meditation and Yoga Nidra* Yoga is not just for when we feel fragile or vulnerable, it caters to all the variables of the human experience







    Do you want to explore our gentle classes, plus pranayama and meditation? Check out all our classes for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan







    We have a range of gentle yoga classes, including those which can be done in a chair, or in bed here: https://movementformodernlife.com/challenge-yoga-gently







    Plus, why not try the following...







    Mediation: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-classes/meditation







    Yoga Nidra: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-classes/yoga-nidra







    Breath work: https://movementformodernlife.com/yoga-classes/breathing-chanting-locks-gestures







    Find out more about Fredee here.

    • 47 min
    37: The Yoga Sutras and their relevance today

    37: The Yoga Sutras and their relevance today

    "We need to probe and figure out a broader definition and understanding of the sutras… we need to apply them to the way we live our lives now. "







    In this episode, we are talking about Patanjali’s yoga sutras and how relevant they are to modern life. How can these ancient texts help us get through daily life and the crises we face? Kat chats with Rakhee Jasani, MFML teacher and philosophy expert, about her fascination and frustration with the old yogi texts, and answers questions on the importance of integrating philosophy into our lives to help us face everything from personal overwhelm to environmental and societal issues. 







    In this episode you will find out about...







    What are the Yoga Sutras? (4:00)







    * Where do the yogas sutras come from? * The mystery surrounding the sutras* What do they tell us about yoga? * What are the eight limbs of yoga and the magical powers? * The influence of other ancient philosophies and thinkers* The link between yoga philosophy and buddhism







    The Yamas and Niyamas (17:00)







    * What are the Yamas and Niyamas?  * How do they relate to yoga and meditation? * The role of ‘God’ in the observances and restraints* The role of OM







    Society, ourselves and the sutras (27:00)







    * Can we use the sutras as a guide to be more socially engaged?  * What is the Gita? * The importance of detachment and skill in action * Finding your path in life and respecting that of others







    The relevance of the yoga sutras today (38:00)







    * The role of greed and violence in our world and it’s impact on our environment * Why can’t we be content with what we have?* How can we deal with the problems we face using philosophy? * The importance of seeking truth and justice as modern yogis* The sutras don’t have the answers, so why are they pertinent?* How can we make ancient wisdom relevant to the modern day?* The importance of thinking and interpreting the sutras for ourselves







    "By living in this way, our minds are clearer and maybe we are better able to see the nature of reality."







    Do you want to explore the sutras further in our philosophy course - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life? Check out all our classes for FREE for 14 days here: https://movementformodernlife.com/chooseplan







    Find out more about Rakhee here.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 36: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life

    Ep 36: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life

    In this episode Kat talks to Vidya Heisel, the founder of Suryalila about how her life has been informed by Eastern philosophy. Vidya talks about her early influences and how when she discovered Eastern philosophy and meditation at the age of nineteen, she felt like a light had gone off in her head.

    • 58 min

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