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Changing the Face of Yoga Podcast

Hosted by Stephanie Cunningham, a yoga teacher herself who is committed to sharing yoga with anyone, especially the over 50's. Stephanie created this podcast to share how yoga can be practiced by anyone with amazing benefits. Yoga teachers themselves will share their stories; discussing why they teach, who they teach, how students benefit. Every fortnight or so, we will release a new episode. We will talk with teachers about teaching children, curvy bodies, the elderly but also those that each yoga to support students with diabetes, cancer and mental health issues.
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Nov 28, 2017
Experiential Learning with Charlotte Nuessle 2:44 Positive Neuroplasticity -shape your brain throughout your life. Brain tends toward negative -survival mechanism. Brings out negative emotions and fight, flight or freeze reactions. Tools to bring about concentrating on the positive to deepen or grow neural pathways that pay attention to positive. Leads to resiliency. Gratitude practice. 14:50 Experiential Learning definition. Becoming a witness; stand back from negative experiences. Unique to each person and set a unique intention for the class. People don't live in their bodies often; need to get them back in to fully integrate an experience. Develop compassion and kindness for themselves. Examples 24:50 Positive brain pathways plus experiential learning. Culture separates mind, body spirit. Priority to guiding people to connect with their body and feel safe. 31:45 Tuning into one's nervous system: kindness to self, aware of fight, flight response, mentor, yoga practice Contacts and Resources: Email: charlotte@charlottenuessle.com Website: www.charlottenuessle.com Free online webinar: Tuning into your Nervous System and Healing Trauma - www.charlottenuessle.com On Line Course: Tuning into Your Nervous System (website) Dr. Rick Hanson www.rickhanson.net/ (more info on cultivating positive neuroplasticity)
Nov 21, 2017


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Breathing with Sharon Harvey Alexander 2:50 Sharon "loses" her breath at 15 and begins to find it again in her late twenties when she begins yoga. The connection of breath and movement unites all of the pieces of an individual. 5:54: Breathing, autonomic nervous system, vagus nerve definitions and connections. 11:00 Yoga Nidra - centering activity in the class. Relax and integrate the movement and breath of the rest of the class. 14:00 Types of breathing, what they do,and how they connect with the vagus nerve, nervous system and the brain. 16:50 Vagus Nerve can bring about relaxation through the right kind of breath. Fight, Flight, Freeze or rest and relax determined by either sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system. 22:30 Learning to Breathe, Learning to Live by Sharon Harvey Alexander. Simple tools to relieve stress and invigorate your life. 6 Breathing techniques to stimulate the relaxation response. Includes guided meditation. A 5 week plan to implement stress reduction activities. 25:55 Koshas - ancient model to consider all of the aspects of who we are. Contacts: email: mountainsmiles@msn.com website: www.mountainwisdomwholistichealth.com Twitter: @SharonHA FB: Sharon.H.Alexander Sharon's Book: Learning to Live, Larning to Breathe, Balboa.press.com and type Sharon's name or the name of the book to find it on the publisher's website.
Nov 14, 2017


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Restorative Yoga with Leslie Kazadi 2:40 Definition of Restorative Yoga vis a vis gentle yoga. Blanket term from the Iyengar lineage of long hold but not very passive. Yin Yoga -long holds relaxing into gravity. Restorative - invokes relaxation response Go into parasympathetic system. Relaxation response - rhythmic device (i.e., breathing) & non-attachment to intrusive thoughts. Body supported, relax easier. Prop Wizard- use props to support body to relax.Look for places where tension is held. Lots of poses in restorative; different for different teachers. 12:53 End goal of restorative: relaxation response and embodiment. Many people are estranged from their body and our senses. Listen to our senses. 16:10 Seniors live with pain and may ignore body sensations. Their senses diminish, Strong external focus or internal focus ignoring body sensations. Yoga designed to enliven sensory experiences. 19:27 "structural situations" sounds less permanent than problem. Choose language carefully as words can invoke unexpected reactions. Using or not using Sanskrit in class and why. 29:56 Contact Details: email: leslie.kazadi@gmail.com website: www.leslie.kazaki.com Twitter: @leslielovesyoga Instagram: #leslielovesyoga FB: lesliekazakiyogatherapy www.yogaanonymous.com - search for Leslie Kazadi for video classes
Nov 7, 2017
How Yoga Has Changed with Beth Spindler 3:45: Questioning among yoga teachers and students about how yoga has evolved and what it should be. It's not just doing poses - it is acknowledging that people have different bodies, nervous systems. etc. Advertising presents a very different face of yoga. Beth is seeing a shift to addressing yoga for different ages and abilities. 8:20 Senior Yoga: a few years ago, Beth saw mature students wanting to take her training for the first time. A yoga teacher must understand therapeutics in regard to aging to teach this group. Beth's approach is to alleviate pain. Yoga is general is moving forward to include everyone. However there is a misconception that yoga is generally therapeutic but its not. For the aging population, a teacher has to be knowledgeable about modifications for poses, etc. Look to the intelligence of applying poses to individual humans. Takes applying this concept to ask students to; "notice", "pay attention", "is this too much or too little". Having people notice "Can I breathe in this posture. If not, then I am out of my range of appropriate practice." 33:40 I am moving away from poses and more toward appropriate movement. Approximating the shapes of poses is wrong. Contacts: email: spindler.beth@gmail.com website: www.teachtoinspire.com FB:https://www.facebook.com/vbethspindler http://www.faceboook.com/TimeToInspireJournal/YogaTherapy@Spindler.Beth www.linkedin.com/in/beth-spindler-eryt-ciayta2ab1014/
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