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The Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast

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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?...

Hypermobility & Yoga with Libby Hinsley

Hypermobility & Yoga with Libby Hinsley

Hypermobility & Yoga with Libby HinsleyPhysical therapist and yoga teacher, Libby Hinsley returns to the podcast to talk about hypermobility and yoga. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Libby Hinsley returns to the...

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,...

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers with Chara Carruthers Listen to this in-depth conversation about the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda and how you can use principles from Ayurveda to enhance your teaching, practice, and life. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

7 tips for building credibility online

7 tips for building credibility online

7 tips for building credibility online with Mado HesselinkMado shares her top 7 tips to increase engagement and enthusiasm from the followers you already have and grow your online audience. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode...

Advice for New Teachers

Advice for New Teachers

Advice for New Teachers with Mado Hesselink and Guests25 yoga teachers from around the world offer their personal experience and favorite pieces of advice for new teachers. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights This...

How to Teach As the World Falls Apart

How to Teach As the World Falls Apart

How to Teach As the World Falls Apart with Mado HesselinkWhen the world as you know it is falling apart, how do you show up for your students?  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights How do you teach yoga during a crisis?...

Should you teach private sessions? (On-air coaching call)

Should you teach private sessions? (On-air coaching call)

Should you teach private sessions? (On-air coaching call) with Mado HesselinkListen as Mado and Amber explore whether she's ready to teach privates and how she can prepare to offer them.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode...

How to Get Started with Online Courses

How to Get Started with Online Courses

How to Get Started with Online Courses with Kelly McHughLearn proven tips and strategies for launching online yoga courses from Kelly McHugh, founder of Digital Yoga Academy. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights If you...

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...

How to stand out and make money online

How to stand out and make money online

How to stand out and make money online with Cate StillmanListen in on a conversation about how yoga teachers can stand out and make money online despite all of the free content out there. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode...

How to grow an audience online [on-air coaching call]

How to grow an audience online [on-air coaching call]

How to grow an audience online [on-air coaching call]  with Mado Hesselink Listen in on a discussion about the foundations of growing an audience online including how and why to conduct market research, strategies for networking, social media, and live streaming. ...

7 things to do right now (instead of teach online)

7 things to do right now (instead of teach online)

7 Things to Do Right Now (Instead of Teach Online)  with Mado HesselinkMado shares ideas and actions you can take during this time of social isolation that will continue to move your yoga business forward. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is...

Yoga Tools for Anxiety with Kristine Weber

Yoga Tools for Anxiety with Kristine Weber

Episode 101: Yoga Tools for Anxiety with Kristine WeberKristine and Mado  discuss what happens in your body when you experience anxiety and the scientific reasons why yoga is helpful. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights...

Yoga’s internal practices with Jerome Smith

Yoga’s internal practices with Jerome Smith

Episode 97: Yoga’s Internal Practices with Jerome SmithJerome Smith joins Mado to talk about yoga’s internal practices and how to integrate them into your life. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Jerome Smith brings his...

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...

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...

3 steps to fill your classes

3 steps to fill your classes

Episode 89: 3 steps to fill your classes with Amanda McKinneyMarketing Coach, Amanda McKinney shares 3 steps you can take right now to get more people in your yoga classes. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Amanda...

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...

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...

Are you making these yoga niche mistakes?

Are you making these yoga niche mistakes?

Episode 76: Are you making these yoga niche mistakes? with Mado HesselinkMado takes a closer look at what it means to find your niche and the common mistakes that might be undermining your best intentions when selecting a niche. Psst. Want to get an email each time a...

Is my niche too narrow? (on air coaching call]

Is my niche too narrow? (on air coaching call]

Episode 75: Is my niche too narrow? [on air coaching call) with Mado HesselinkMado addresses questions about niche, and offers advice on how to make more money as a yoga teacher and getting over the fear of taking big steps.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new...

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....

How to scale yourself (on-air coaching call)

How to scale yourself (on-air coaching call)

Episode 72: How to scale yourself (on-air coaching call) with Mado Hesselink Angel Coughlin is in a position with her yoga studio where she is in more demand than she has the capacity to fulfill. Mado guides her on how she can meet the needs of her students while...

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.     ...

5 Steps to (Re)claim your personal practice

5 Steps to (Re)claim your personal practice

Episode 70: 5 Steps to (Re)claim your personal practice with Mado Hesselink Mado explores why yoga teachers struggle to maintain a consistent personal practice and shares science-backed tips for effectively establishing or re-establishing a home yoga practice.  Psst....

5 lessons I learned from filming a video series

5 lessons I learned from filming a video series

Episode 69: 5 lessons I learned from filming a video series with Mado Hesselink Mado steps outside of her comfort zone to film a video series and then goes behind the scenes to share the lessons she learned through the process. Psst. Want to get an email each time a...

Building a following as an introvert (on air coaching call)

Building a following as an introvert (on air coaching call)

Episode 68: Building a Following as an Introvert (On Air Coaching Call) with Mado HesselinkMado coaches Dayna who recently resigned from her administrative job and is now looking to pursue her passion and teach yoga full time in a brand new city. Psst. Want to get an...

Recent MailChimp Changes with Peter Akkies

Recent MailChimp Changes with Peter Akkies

Episode 66: Recent MailChimp Changes with Peter Akkies Email marketing expert Peter Akkies joins Mado to talk about how Mailchimp’s recent changes to their platform impacts yoga teachers. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode...

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...

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...

Why do we study the yoga sutras?

Why do we study the yoga sutras?

Episode 62: Why do we study the yoga sutras? with Mado HesselinkLearn about the Patanjali Yoga Shastra (more commonly known as yoga sutra) and some of the common misconceptions that yoga teachers have about this text. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode...

Science of yoga with Ann Swanson

Science of yoga with Ann Swanson

Episode 61: Science of yoga with Ann Swanson Yoga therapist Ann Swanson shares insights on the intersection of science and yoga.  Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights This week’s episode is a conversation with Science of...

Yoga Alliance CEO on their new standards

Yoga Alliance CEO on their new standards

Episode 60: Yoga Alliance CEO on their new standards with Shannon RocheYoga Alliance CEO Shannon Roche answers questions about recent changes to the standards for Registered Yoga Schools. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode...

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...

Branding basics for yoga teachers

Branding basics for yoga teachers

Episode 56: Branding basics for yoga teachers with Miranda Peterson Mado and Miranda, a branding expert who is also a yoga teacher, discuss how to be more effective and strategic with your branding. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

Self care for yoga teachers

Self care for yoga teachers

Episode 55: Self care for yoga teachers with Mado HesselinkSelf care through the lens of yoga and how teachers can use this perspective in their classes and marketing. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Self care is a...

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...

What’s the deal with non-compete contracts?

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Jill Miller on Hip Replacements

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

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

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...

Social Media Ethics with Alexandria Crow

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

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...

How I learned to love marketing

How I learned to love marketing

Episode 26: How I learned to love marketing with Mado Hesselink Learn how to market your offerings in a way that is both honest and effective - and avoid the most common marketing pitfalls along the way. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?...

Cue Your Classes Like Pro

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

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...

Yoga Business & Marketing

How to Teach Yoga Online

How to Teach Yoga Online

How can we continue to serve our students as our concern for the safety of those most vulnerable among us as the Covid-19 pandemic begins to disrupt our lives? For many teachers, the answer is to take our teaching online. If you've never taught online before, you...

3 steps to fill your classes

3 steps to fill your classes

Episode 89: 3 steps to fill your classes with Amanda McKinneyMarketing Coach, Amanda McKinney shares 3 steps you can take right now to get more people in your yoga classes. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released?  Episode Highlights Amanda...

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