The Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast

Knowledge, techniques, and inspiration to support your teaching… and your practice.

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Latest Episodes and Show Notes

Lessons from one year of podcasting

Episode 53: Lessons from one year of podcasting with Mado Hesselink Insights and surprises about yoga teachers and the yoga industry, glimpses behind the scenes of podcast production, and a vulnerable moment of self-revelation. Psst. Want to get an email each time a...

What’s the deal with non-compete contracts?

Episode 52: What's the deal with non-compete contracts? with Mado HesselinkNon-compete contracts are a reality at many yoga studio's and gyms. This episode covers the basics of what you need to know before you sign one.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

The dark side of daily practice

Episode 50: The dark side of daily practicewith Mado HesselinkWhile a daily home yoga practice can be nourishing and inspiring for many teachers, approaching it from a place of competition and lack is a recipe for injury and depletion.  Psst. Want to get an email each...

Stay inspired and connected as a teacher

Episode 49: Stay inspired and connected as a teacher [on-air coaching]with Mado HesselinkIn this coaching call, Mado helps a yoga teacher who lost her practice and community when she became a teacher.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

Sequencing Warm Ups

Episode 48: Sequencing Warm Ups with Mado Hesselink Learn a simple but effective approach to creating warm up sequences for your yoga classes. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?   Episode HighlightsWarm ups are an essential part of your...

How to Get Teaching Experience

Episode 47: How to Get Teaching Experience with Mado HesselinkWhether you recently graduated from YTT, are still in YTT, have recently moved to a new location, or are planning to move soon - this episode will help you get started. Psst. Want to get an email each time...

Accessible Language [On Air Coaching Call]

Episode 45: Inclusive Language & Yoga's PR problem [on air coaching] with Mado Hesselink and Katie YandrickLearn how to speak to people about yoga in an accessible way - both in classes and in your marketing. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is...

Building Confidence as a Yoga Teacher

Episode 44:Building Confidence as a Teacherwith Mado Hesselink Grace has been teaching for a year and feels she should be past feeling doubting herself.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?   Episode Highlights Grace who reached out to me...

Foundations of a yoga business

Episode 43: Foundations of a yoga business with Mado HesselinkLearn the often neglected first steps to creating a sustainable and profitable yoga business.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released? As most yoga teachers do not have business...

Self doubt and impostor syndrome

Episode 42: Self doubt and impostor syndrome with Mado Hesselink Doubting yourself as a yoga teacher is normal. In this episode, you'll hear why I think it's positive to doubt yourself on occasion and how to move through those moments of doubt.  Psst. Want to get an...

Anatomy of Stretching

Episode 40: Anatomy of Stretching with Cat Matlock Trigger point therapist and yoga teacher Cat Matlock takes us on a tour of the human muscular system and the way it interacts with the nervous system. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

The Truth About Anatomy

Episode 38:The Truth About Anatomywith Mado Hesselink Is knowing anatomy really essential for being a great yoga teacher? Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  HighlightsMany of the yoga teachers I talk to believe that...

Jill Miller on Hip Replacements

Episode 37: Hip Replacements and Yoga with Jill Miller13 months post surgery, Jill opens up about the procedure, the possible causes, and what yoga teachers need to know about working with students who have had one or both hips replaced.  Psst. Want to get an email...

Sales for Yoga Teachers

Episode 36:Sales for Yoga Teacherswith Amanda Kingsmith Amanda Kingsmith makes the case that sales are a necessary part of being a yoga teacher, that they don't have to feel slimy, and that they can actually be a catalyst for personal growth. Psst. Want to get an...

On Being Nervous

Episode 32:On Being Nervouswith Mado Hesselink If you feel nervous before teaching - you are not alone.Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Feeling nervous is something that happens to everyone, yet somehow we tent to...

Social Media Ethics with Alexandria Crow

Episode 31: Social Media Ethics with Alexandria Crow Alexandria Crow shares insights on how yoga teachers can use social media in a way that is both ethical and effective. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released? If you have a conflicted...

How to Price Your Offerings

Episode 30: How to Price Your Offerings with Mado Hesselink If you struggle with pricing or are unsure about how to set prices for your teaching, this episode is a mini-training to help you set a minimum hourly rate. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode...

Cue Your Classes Like Pro

Episode 19: Cue Your Classes Like a Pro with Laurel Beversdorf Upgrade your ability to use language in your yoga classes in this mini training on cues with Laurel Beversdorf. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released? Highlights Why language is so...

Eliminate Self Destructive Behavior

Episode 18: Eliminate Self Destructive Behavior with Mado Hesselink Mado shares her personal practice for using mindful awareness to stop engaging in behaviors that are self-sabotaging or self-destructive. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is...

How and Why to Create Your First Yoga Video

Episode 17: How and Why to Create Your First Yoga Video with Jess Rose Learn everything you need to know to make your first yoga video. Jess Rose shares the inside scoop of what it takes to make a high quality yoga video your first try. Psst. Want to get an email each...

Slow Yoga Revolution with Kristine Kaoverii Weber

Episode 13: Slow Yoga Revolution with Kristine Kaoverii Weber Kristine shares the benefits of slowing down your yoga practice and how the latest research in neurobiology overlaps with a traditional definition of yoga to explain why slow yoga is so powerful. Psst. Want...

Safe and Healthy Wrists in Yoga

Episode 12: Healthy Wrists in Yoga with Mado Hesselink In this episode, Mado shares some basic principles of how to take care of your wrists in a yoga class setting. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released? Highlights Two major...

Injury prevention and yoga evolution with Trina Altman

Episode 11: Injury prevention and yoga evolution with Trina Altman Trina shares her thoughts about preventing injury in yoga classes and how she sees yoga evolving in an uplifting trend towards integrity and personalization. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

Overcome overwhelm and get focused

Episode 10: Overcome overwhelm and get focused If you’re like me and tend to get overwhelmed with possibilities and “what ifs”, you’ll love this episode all about how to determine the best places to focus your time and energy and how to keep yourself consistently...

Yoga for addiction and recovery

Episode 9: Yoga for addiction and recovery with Margaret Kirshner Margaret shares important things yoga teachers should know about addiction and recovery, what we can do to support our students who are struggling with these issues, and simple techniques for helping...

[Reality Check] Teaching yoga full time vs part time

Episode 8: [Reality Check] Teaching yoga full time vs part time. In today's episode, I will talk about what it takes to teach yoga full time and the hidden benefits of choosing to teach yoga part time. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

Breathing Basics For Yoga Teachers

Episode 7: Breathing Basics for Yoga Teachers with Dr Crystal Frazee Dr Crystal Frazee, physical therapist and yoga teacher, shares the essentials of what every yoga teacher should know about the physiology of breathing. This includes why we breath, how we breath, and...

Do Yoga Teachers Really Need a Website?

Episode 5: Do Yoga Teachers Really Need a Website? Today’s episode tackles the question of whether or not it is essential for a yoga teacher to have a website. Mado draws on her time as a freelance web designer and web project manager to break down the reasons you...

Getting hired at a yoga studio with Jennifer O’Sullivan

Episode 4: Getting Hired at a Yoga Studio with Jennifer O'Sullivan Jennifer O’Sullivan spent 5 years as the hiring manager for an urban yoga studio in the DC metropolitan area. In this episode she shares insider tips and tricks for getting noticed and getting hired....

Keeping Your Classes Fresh

Keeping Your Classes Fresh One of the big things Mado hears from teachers is a struggle to keep their classes and teaching fresh. In this episode, she discusses proven strategies to stay fresh and inspired - and what to do if they don’t work. Highlights A mindset...

Inspirations and Intentions: Miche Interviews Mado

Inspirations and Intentions: Miche Interviews Mado In this episode, Mado is interviewed by life coach Michelle Ashley. Highlights How Mado first started practicing yoga and her surprising first yoga teacher How Mado almost got derailed from becoming a yoga teacher The...