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Yin Myths & Misconceptions

Yin Myths & Misconceptions

Yin Myths & Misconceptions with Nyk DanuClear up misconceptions about yin yoga and find out where to start if you’re interested in teaching yin classes. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Yin yoga is incredibly...

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...

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...

4 ways to theme your classes

4 ways to theme your classes

4 ways to theme your classes with Mado HesselinkLearn how incorporating themes can help you as a teacher and how they can support your students growth and commitment to their practice. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights...

Four types of successful yoga workshops

Four types of successful yoga workshops

Four types of successful yoga workshops     with Mado Hesselink There are four basic types of yoga workshops that have a proven track record for consistently attracting students anywhere in the world. In this episode, Mado explains each type in detail...

Why students struggle to step forward from down dog

Why students struggle to step forward from down dog

Why students struggle to step forward from down dog Learn why the stepping from down dog to lunge is challenging for some and how you can help your students navigate this transition. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights...

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Inspired Yoga Class Themes with Michelle Marchildon

Inspired Yoga Class Themes with Michelle Marchildon

Episode 95: Inspired Yoga Class Themes with Michelle MarchildonMichelle and Mado discuss how yoga teachers can incorporate themes into their classes in a way that feels authentic and inspiring. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode...

Why students struggle to step forward from down dog

Why students struggle to step forward from down dog

Episode 94: Why students struggle to step forward from down dog with Mado HesselinkLearn why the stepping from down dog to lunge is challenging for some and how you can help your students navigate this transition. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is...

Shannon Crow on Pelvic Health

Shannon Crow on Pelvic Health

Episode 93: Shannon Crow on Pelvic Health Mado speaks with Shannon Crow about what yoga teachers should know about pelvic health and how she built her one to one consultation business. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights...

How to sequence a 20 minute demo class

How to sequence a 20 minute demo class

Episode 91: How to sequence a 20 minute demo class with Mado HesselinkLearn five tips you can use to sequence a 20 minute demo class to audition for a teaching position. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Mado shares...

Kelly McGonigal on the Joy of Movement

Kelly McGonigal on the Joy of Movement

Episode 90: Kelly McGonigal on the Joy of Movement Kelly McGonigal combines her passion for fitness and her background in health psychology to investigate movement as a source for joy. This episode is a fascinating exploration of how yoga teachers can use the...

Four types of successful yoga workshops

Four types of successful yoga workshops

Episode 86: Four types of successful yoga workshops with Mado HesselinkMado shares four basic workshop types in detail including why you might choose one over the other and the upsides and downsides each. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

How to choose a workshop topic (on-air coaching call)

How to choose a workshop topic (on-air coaching call)

Episode 85: How to choose a workshop topic (on-air coaching call) with Mado Hesselink Mado talks with brand new studio owner Chasity about how to create successful workshops that will make an impact on the lives of her students. Psst. Want to get an email each time a...

The difference between classes and workshops

The difference between classes and workshops

Episode 84: The difference between classes and workshops with Mado Hesselink Discover the essential differences between classes and workshops and how you can tap into those differences to attract more students to both. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

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...

Yoga for People in Pain with Shelly Prosko

Yoga for People in Pain with Shelly Prosko

Episode 82: Yoga for People in Pain  with Shelly ProskoPart two in a three-part series on yoga and pain, Mado and guest, Shelly Prosko explore tangible ways yoga teachers can think about pain and specific yogic practices for people with pain. Psst. Want to get an...

Pain Science Basics with Neil Pearson

Pain Science Basics with Neil Pearson

Episode 81: Pain Science Basics  with Neil Pearson In part 1 of a 3 part series about yoga and pain science, Mado talks with Neil Pearson, a physiotherapist and yoga therapist and one of the editors of the book, Yoga and Science in Pain Care about the basics of pain...

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....

Yoga Energetics with Kelly Golden

Yoga Energetics with Kelly Golden

Episode 65: Yoga Energetics  with Kelly Golden Kelly Golden, founder of virabhava yoga, shares how yoga teachers can go beyond the physical in their teaching.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Listen in on a practical...

Movement Positivity with Jules Mitchell

Movement Positivity with Jules Mitchell

Episode 57: Movement Positivity with Jules Mitchell Jules Mitchell, author of Yoga Biomechanics, Stretching Redefined, joins Mado for a conversation about teaching yoga and how her personal yoga journey lead her to where she is today. Psst. Want to get an email each...

Lessons from one year of podcasting

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...

Sequencing Warm Ups

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...

Anatomy of Stretching

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 myth of stretching vs strengthening

The myth of stretching vs strengthening

Episode 39: The myth of stretching vs strengthening with Ferris FakhouryDo you (really) understand the relationship between stretching and strengthening? Yoga teacher and physical therapist Ferris Fakhoury sets us straight about the relationship between these two...

The Truth About Anatomy

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 anatomy is their...

Plan Your Classes Like a Pro, Part 2

Plan Your Classes Like a Pro, Part 2

Episode 35:Plan your classes like a pro, part 2with Mado Hesselink Learn to create a yoga class plan that is easily searchable and repeatable. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Highlights In the second episode of this two part series I...

Plan Your Classes Like a Pro, Part 1

Plan Your Classes Like a Pro, Part 1

Episode 34: Plan Your Classes Like a Pro pt 1 with Mado HesselinkLearn tips and techniques for planning your classes to keep you focused, effective, and inspired.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  HighlightsPart one of this two part...

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