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Self Care Reconsidered

Self Care Reconsidered

Self Care Reconsidered with Mado HesselinkDemystify the idea of self care and learn how to implement it in your own life. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Self care is essential for yoga teachers - but easier said...

How to prioritize your personal practice

How to prioritize your personal practice

How to prioritize your personal practice   with Mado Hesselink Mado shares how you can use the latest research in neuroscience to turn your personal practice from a resource intensive decision to a nourishing habit. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

Social Media Pratyahara

Social Media Pratyahara

Social Media Pratyahara with Mado HesselinkFeeling social media burnout? Listen to this episode to learn how you can tap into the benefits of social media without digital overwhelm. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights...

Self-care and body literacy

Self-care and body literacy

Self-care and body literacy with Tia WallaceExpand your view of self-care and learn how understanding cues from our body plays a role in intuitive self-care. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Expand your definition of...

Yoga for Mental Health with Maria Kirsten

Yoga for Mental Health with Maria Kirsten

Yoga for Mental Health  with Maria KirstenMado is joined by yoga teacher and Occupational Therapist Maria Kirsten for a dynamic and wide reaching conversation about mental health, how yoga fits in, and some specific ways yoga teachers can support their students in...

Mindful time management (on-air coaching call)

Mindful time management (on-air coaching call)

Mindful time management  (on-air coaching call)  with Mado HesselinkMado coaches Nichi on how to balance having a full-time job with having a family, and teaching yoga.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Nichi Linder,...

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On Being Nervous

On Being Nervous

Episode 32: On Being Nervous with 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 think we are the...

Psoas major in yoga and life

Psoas major in yoga and life

Episode 29: The Psoas Major in Yoga and Life with Libby Hinsley, PT Learn the significance of the psoas muscle and how yoga teachers can most effectively work with it in their classes. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released? This week's podcast...

Money and Yoga: an Inquiry

Money and Yoga: an Inquiry

Episode 28: Yoga and Money: An Inquiry with Mado Hesselink Is it ethical to charge for yoga? How can we overcome money mindset issues? What teachings from yogic texts can we apply to our relationship to money? Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is...

Lillah Schwartz on Healing our Backs with Yoga

Lillah Schwartz on Healing our Backs with Yoga

Episode 21: Healing Our Backs with Yoga with Lillah Schwartz Lillah Schwartz shares wisdom from nearly four decades of teaching about functional anatomy and the best way for yoga teachers to use her book “Healing Our Backs with Yoga”. Psst. Want to get an email each...

Eliminate Self Destructive Behavior

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...

Slow Yoga Revolution with Kristine Kaoverii Weber

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...

Overcome overwhelm and get focused

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...

Breathing Basics For Yoga Teachers

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...

Keeping Your Classes Fresh

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. Psst. Want to get an...

Meditation and the Mind Part 2: Controlling the Breath

Meditation and the Mind Part 2: Controlling the Breath

In the first part of this article we discussed the four functions of the mind and the importance of managing these functions. We also talked a little about breath awareness as a tool for preparing the mind for meditation. Now, let's talk further about the breath and...

Meditation and the Mind – Part 1

Meditation and the Mind – Part 1

One of the biggest challenges to maintaining a consistent meditation practice is learning how to manage the mind. The mind can be the doorway to the inner peace of deep meditation, or it can be an obstacle. A restless mind can be a formidable foe to meditation...

Hip Injuries Can Be Avoided

Hip Injuries Can Be Avoided

In part two of this response to William Broad's recent New York Times article and its call to alarm about yoga’s adverse effect on women’s hips, I'd like to offer the following alignment principles for safe practice. I bring to the issue my background as a holistic...

No Excuses!  5 ways to jump start your personal practice.

No Excuses! 5 ways to jump start your personal practice.

We’ve heard it time and time again, you can’t teach if you don’t practice. But when life gets busy, practice can go by the wayside before you even realize what’s happening. Make a decision to feed yourself first so that you have the strength & energy to help others. Here are some strategies I’ve used to get myself on the mat no matter how busy or unmotivated I become.

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