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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 information and science described in her book, The Joy of Movement, to improve their classes and bring more joy to their students.

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Episode Highlights

Health psychologist, Stanford University lecturer, and author Kelly McGonigal joins Mado for a  closer look at understanding the science behind the Joy of Movement from the perspective of a yoga teacher and yoga practitioner. The two also discuss how yoga teachers can use the information provided by the science to improve their classes and bring more joy to their students. 

Included in this episode: 

  • Kelly’s personal yoga story and what ultimately lead her to write the Joy of Movement.
  • The therapeutic value of community and collective movement experiences. 
  • How teaching yoga can build your skill sets in many different ways that often extend beyond the yoga classroom.
  • Understanding why it feels so good to do yoga in a group experience according to science. 
  • How to take this information and use it to structure your yoga classes and respond to your students in the moment. 
  • Specific techniques to enhance the synchrony of the group and the direct experience of the joy of moving with others. 
  • An introduction to the psychology of movement and how different postures affect our brain and mood. 
  • How to help people begin and commit to joyful movement in their lives.

Links and Resources

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Get more info about Mado’s Masterclass at Brevard Yoga

Workshops that Wow online course waitlist 

Purchase The Joy of Movement book