Philosphy & Ethics

Discussions on aspects of yoga philosophy and ethics including how to weave these into teaching asana classes and how they apply to the business of yoga.

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Back Pain and the Koshas with Lillah Schwartz

Back Pain and the Koshas with Lillah Schwartz

Back Pain and the Koshas  with Lillah SchwartzHow do the koshas relate to teaching yoga to people with back pain? Lillah Schwartz shares wisdom from her 40 plus years of teaching and advises an integrated, multi-layered approach. Psst. Want to get an email each time a...

Lit from Within with Sarah Powers

Lit from Within with Sarah Powers

Lit From Within with Sarah PowersBuilding your identity as a teacher takes time. In this episode Sarah Powers, creator of insight yoga, shares about her journey as a teacher, including the early days of yin yoga. Listen for inspiration to build a relationship with...

Skill in Action with Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Skill in Action with Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Skill in Action with Michelle Cassandra JohnsonHealing comes when we turn toward our discomfort instead of away from it. Michelle Cassandra Johnson, author and social justice activist discusses the intersection of social justice and yoga and the importance of...

The Yoga Sutras in 2022

The Yoga Sutras in 2022

The Yoga Sutras in 2022 with Jivana HeymanLearn how Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras fit into today’s world and explore the many paradoxes of being a modern yoga practitioner.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Learn how...

Embrace Yoga’s Roots

Embrace Yoga’s Roots

Embrace Yoga's Roots with Susanna BarkatakiLearn positive and proactive ways to honor yoga as a cultural practice . Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Learn positive and proactive ways to honor yoga as a cultural...

Teaching Yoga with Intention

Teaching Yoga with Intention

Teaching Yoga with Intention with Judith Hanson LasaterFind out what happens when you teach from your own inner wisdom and experience. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Find out what happens when you teach from your...

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How to Run a Great Yoga Teacher Training

How to Run a Great Yoga Teacher Training

How to Run a Great Yoga Teacher Training with Arundhati BaitmangalkarLearn what separates a high quality teacher training from a standard teacher training and how to raise the bar of YTT standards throughout the world. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

Teaching Underserved Communities

Teaching Underserved Communities

Teaching Underserved Communities with Brandon Dawson-JarvisLearn how to  connect with populations who might not have access to yoga and challenge common yoga misconceptions.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Learn how...

Truth, Silence and Community Accountability

Truth, Silence and Community Accountability

Truth, Silence and Community Accountability with Rach JunardLearn strategies to set boundaries, honor your values and cultivate self awareness in order to live an aligned life. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Learn...

Sliding Scale Pricing

Sliding Scale Pricing

Sliding Scale Pricing Options with Nyk DanuExplore how to make your yoga classes more accessible and equitable AND still sustainable for you, in this conversation with Nyk Danu. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights How...

Addiction, Fear & Imposter Syndrome

Addiction, Fear & Imposter Syndrome

Addiction, Fear & Imposter Syndrome with Taylor WrayTaylor Wray opens up about facing fears as a form of self care, her journey through paralyzing perfectionism, and the hope we can provide by showing up imperfectly. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

Accessible AND challenging yoga classes

Accessible AND challenging yoga classes

Accessible AND challenging yoga classes with Dianne Bondy & Kat Rebar (Heagberg)Accessible yoga, teacher training standards, and red flags of high demand yoga styles are just a few of the topics we touch on in this wide ranging conversation with Yoga Where you Are...

Business & Ethics

Business & Ethics

Business & Ethics with Mado HesselinkLearn how to run your business in a way that supports your ethics AND how your yoga practice can make you a better business owner in this mini-training with Mado.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

Teaching and Dharma

Teaching and Dharma

Teaching and Dharma with Mado Hesselink  Mado invites you to prioritize your values to remember, and love, who you really are. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?   Episode Highlights   Yoga helps us reconnect with the deepest,...

Values driven goal setting

Values driven goal setting

Values driven goal setting: with Mado HesselinkLearn systems and processes to help you focus your energy and achieve goals in alignment with your values. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights  Learn systems and processes...

Clarity through action (on-air coaching call)

Clarity through action (on-air coaching call)

Clarity through action (on-air coaching call)  with Mado HesselinkMado guides Sophia in making decisions and taking important steps towards her vision to share the benefits of yoga with people who have experienced gender-based or domestic violence.  Psst. Want to get...

Money, purpose, and freedom with Chioma Njoku

Money, purpose, and freedom with Chioma Njoku

Money, purpose, and freedom with Chioma NjokuMado has a conversation with yoga practitioner, accountant, and financial coach, Chioma, about the problems that exist for yoga teachers because of the stories we tell ourselves around money and how we can overcome them....

Racial Equity in Yoga Spaces

Racial Equity in Yoga Spaces

Racial Equity in Yoga Spaces with Michele AshleyLearn what it means to create equitable spaces for Black, indigenous, people of color in yoga. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Learn what it means to create equitable...

What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is Cultural Appropriation? with Rina DeshpandeLearn how to identify cultural appropriation, how it relates to yoga, and how we can use this information to ease the suffering and harm it can cause. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

Lessons from 2 years of podcasting – Ask me anything!

Lessons from 2 years of podcasting – Ask me anything!

Lessons from 2 years of podcasting - Ask me anything!  with Mado HesselinkTo celebrate 2 years of the Yoga Teacher Podcast, Mado answers audience questions joined by friends and former guests on the show, Amanda McKinney, Amanda Kingsmith, and Shannon Crow. Psst. Want...

Bonus Episode: How yoga teachers can respond to Covid-19

Bonus Episode: How yoga teachers can respond to Covid-19

Bonus Episode: How can yoga teachers respond to the Covid-19 Crisis. with Mado HesselinkYoga offers some essential tools for reducing anxiety and making skillful decisions. These are my thoughts on how yoga teachers can tap into their practice to be a positive force...

Yoga philosophy for pain care with Marlysa Sullivan

Yoga philosophy for pain care with Marlysa Sullivan

Episode 83: Yoga philosophy for pain care  with Marlysa SullivanMado and guest, Marlysa Sullivan, discuss philosophical and neurophysiological perspectives for people in pain. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights...

Win/win relationships between teachers and studios

Win/win relationships between teachers and studios

Episode 79: Win/win relationships between teachers and studios with Mado Hesselink Mado explores the sensitive relationship between yoga teachers and yoga studio owners and managers and how we can navigate these relationships with integrity. Psst. Want to get an email...

Who should I trust online (about yoga)

Who should I trust online (about yoga)

Episode 78: Who should I trust online (about yoga) with Mado HesselinkMado explores how yoga teachers can discern who and what to believe when there are so many opposing perspectives being proclaimed with equal confidence online. Psst. Want to get an email each time a...

How to balance being real vs. being positive

How to balance being real vs. being positive

Episode 74: How to balance being real vs. being positive with Mado Hesselink Mado shares how yoga teachers can strike a balance between giving our students the positive experience they seek while also being honest about our personal struggles and challenges. Psst....

Leslie Kaminoff on the rise of fitness yoga

Leslie Kaminoff on the rise of fitness yoga

Episode 71: Leslie Kaminoff on the rise of fitness yogaIn part 2 of Mado's conversation with Leslie Kaminoff, he shares his personal yoga story and also talks about the rise of the fitness industry and how it directly influenced yoga as we know it in the US.     ...

How Technology is Changing Yoga with Alex Haley

How Technology is Changing Yoga with Alex Haley

Episode 63: How Technology is Changing Yoga with Alex HaleyMeditation teacher and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, Alex Haley, joins Mado to discuss the intersection of mindfulness and technology. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode...

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