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Andrea Ferretti spent more than a decade as an editor at Yoga Journal interviewing inspiring yoga teachers, creative thinkers, and wellness experts. Now, on Yogaland, Andrea talks to insightful people about all things related to yoga and the path of self-awareness. From how yoga is being used in schools, to how it rewires our brains, to nitty gritty anatomy advice, to the simple ways it helps us navigate emotions. Yogaland is a dose of weekly inspiration that focuses on creating a happy, healthy, meaningful life.

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Andrea Ferretti spent more than a decade as an editor at Yoga Journal interviewing inspiring yoga teachers, creative thinkers, and wellness experts. Now, on Yogaland, Andrea talks to insightful people about all things related to yoga and the path of self-awareness. From how yoga is being used in schools, to how it rewires our brains, to nitty gritty anatomy advice, to the simple ways it helps us navigate emotions. Yogaland is a dose of weekly inspiration that focuses on creating a happy, healthy, meaningful life.

    Episode 205: Let's Talk Yoga with Arundhati Baitmangalkar

    Episode 205: Let's Talk Yoga with Arundhati Baitmangalkar

    My guest this week wears so many hats! She's a yoga and Bollywood dance teacher, studio owner (Aham Yoga in Redmond, WA), and a brand new yoga podcaster! (Her pod is called Let's Talk Yoga.)⁠

    Arundhati hails from Southern India and moved to the states with her husband seven years ago. In her own words, "I've built a successful business as an immigrant, WOC yoga teacher with no business background, no Handstands -- just pure instinct and the free information I found on google. There are very few Indian, immigrant yoga teachers out there. And even fewer South Asian owned yoga studios."⁠

    I loved connecting with her and hearing her story. I'm also grateful to her for sharing openly from her perspective as a South Asian woman -- how does she feel about the word Namaste at the end of class? What are the things that feel different in yoga spaces in the West? And what are some ways that she's been made to feel invisible in yoga rooms in the past? Thank you, Aru, for leading with such an open heart! 




    Here are a few things we talk about:


    * How she got her start in yoga after years as a professional Bollywood dancer, and how that blossomed into a thriving studio business


    * The creative way she runs her studio that keeps her costs low, and her focus on the yoga


    * Her thoughts on Western yoga students referring to each other as “yogi” and beginning and ending class with the word 'Namaste'


    * A peek into her new podcast (Jason is one of her first guests!), and what we can expect to learn from her in future episodes


    Show notes: http://www.jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode205 
     
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    How YOU doin? An update on teaching and practicing during the pandemic

    How YOU doin? An update on teaching and practicing during the pandemic

    We’ve been giving a lot of tips for bringing your teaching online during the pandemic lately. This week, we talk through the challenges both teachers and students are going through. Then, we offer some thoughts and creative ideas (many of them from our students) on how to cope with those challenges. The challenges -- overcoming Zoom fatigue, the broken teacher-student “feedback loop,” the absence of manual adjustments, and the additional challenge of finding + retaining students. The solutions? Ideas for engaging yoga students and bringing back the sense of community we’re all craving right now, focusing on growth, innovation, and taking this time to plan classes. *Plus, we share our best advice for yoga students as they are navigating this new normal


    Show notes: http://jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode204


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    Your students need you. How yoga teachers can show up in 2020.

    Your students need you. How yoga teachers can show up in 2020.

    This week, Jason and I chat about a topic that's near and dear to my heart: Creating online content to help grow your teaching business. We don't yet know how COVID is going to impact the future of yoga teaching. But there's one thing I know for sure: Creating online content is incredibly beneficial. It helps you grow, it helps you hone your voice, it attracts students who are interested in your approach. There are so many reasons! On this episode I share my top five, plus some key ideas for how to get started.


    If you'd like a print-out of the takeaways from this week's episode, head over to the shownotes page:
    Show notes: http://www.jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode203
     
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    "I'm a Black Yoga Teacher in Appalachia" with Kristin Booker

    "I'm a Black Yoga Teacher in Appalachia" with Kristin Booker

    Today’s guest is writer, illustrator, and yoga teacher Kristen Booker. For the past decade, Kristen has built a successful career as a freelance writer in New York -- her work has appeared in Elle, Marie Claire, Refinery 29, Well+Good, and more. A year ago -- just after finishing her yoga teacher training -- Kristen returned to her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia to care for her aging mother.


    On this episode, Kristen shares her experience of going home and teaching yoga in a part of the world that has more traditional values than she’s used to. While she’s quick to point out that racism (both overt and implicit) is not a location-specific problem, her experiences have given her insight, which she eloquently shares in today’s episode.


    Show notes: http://www.jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode202
     
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    Riding the Waves of Life with Jaimal Yogis

    Riding the Waves of Life with Jaimal Yogis

    It's safe to say that we need all the help we can get right now to stay grounded. You might remember Jaimal from episode 61 where we talked about his memoir, All Our Waves Our Water. This time around we focus on Jaimal's newest book for kids -- Mop Rides the Waves of Life. This book is so sweet and clear and meaningful with beautiful visuals by artist Matthew Allen. It gives kids a relatable way to practice mindfulness of feelings every day. Whether you are a kid or an adult feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just plain grumpy, Mop offers a very relevant reminder to ride the waves as they come. Jaimal and I talk about what inspired him to write his first children's book, how Mop came to life, and we share our experiences of letting go during COVID.


    Check out the shownotes page for links to Jaimal's book for your littles and try his meditations with your kids, too!


    Show notes: http://www.jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode201
     
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    The Globalization of Yoga with Andrea Jain

    The Globalization of Yoga with Andrea Jain

    On today's episode, I speak to author and religious studies professor Andrea Jain about her book, Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture. Her book is one of the best I've read in terms of tracing the globalization of yoga without oversimplifying it or vilifying modern yoga's evolution.


    We cover a lot of ground in this interview. Here are some highlights:


    - Is it true that yoga is of Hindu origin and, if so, does that mean that Is the way we practice yoga in the West cultural appropriation? 


    - How can Western yoga practitioners educate themselves about cultural appropriation and practice in a way that is respectful to the culture where yoga originated?


    - Jain makes the case that yoga shouldn’t “belong” to any one group of people. 


    - We talk about “Godmen” and why the relationship between teacher and student opens the door to abuse of authority in yoga as well as other groups.


    - Jain makes the case that yoga as it is practiced today could be considered a religious practice. And we go into the pros and cons of looking at it that way.


    - She also gives us an overview of her next book, Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality, which will be available in September.
     
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Flow Jo1 ,

Your Students Need You

Thank you Andrea and Jason for your heartfelt explanation on why content matters. It was so helpful to me when you suggested to use a nugget from your class to make content from. This idea is such a welcoming thought that I had never had.
Writing a blog sounds like climbing Everest to me ( and I rather climb Everest) but when you added that doing so also makes you a better teacher, it ignited a spark in me.
This episode resonated with me on the subject of creating content like no other post, news letter or pod cast has ever had before and I listen to many. I believe it is because of your openness and honesty of your personal experiences and thoughts. Thank you for being candid, it has made me feel like maybe I have a fighting chance in the world of on line yoga. Your work is very much appreciated.

Bodhipath ,

In gratitude of YogaLand

Such gratitude for you, these podcasts, your individual and collective work, and inspiration! Love these rich discussions on topics that feel so relevant and alive. Really appreciate the encouragement to show up as who we are, without judgement, in service of the greater good. Please keep it coming - it really makes a difference, on and off the mat!

Sherm7777 ,

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Thank you for being here for all of us during this crazy time! So appreciate your candor. I love this recourse and can’t wait to start my yoga teacher training with you!! Janice Sherman

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