Yoga and ayurveda conversations for smart, compassionate practice with Kathryn Anne Flynn. Featuring wisdom + resources for curious yoga teachers and students to cultivate kind minds and smart hearts.
Fear and difficult emotions are often part of the pregnancy experience, and many women turn to yoga - or continue their yoga - through their pregnancy to help with the anxiety of navigating pregnancy and labour. Nicky Poole is an experienced mum, prenatal yoga teacher, and teacher trainer, and we chat about moving from rules-making to contextual reasoning to think our way through what's appropriate for parents-to-be.
We chat about...
- Nicky’s background as one of the first studio owner’s in Vietnam with her first studio in Ho Chi Minh City
- Her move to Canada, and starting her teaching career in Toronto as she also became mum to her second son
- How parenting influences teaching yoga, both the content and the practicalities
- The pressures on women to perform pregnancy in a particular way
- The culture of fear around pregnancy and labour, and how we can support women in processing their experiences
- Allowing for the multiplicity of emotions that women may have, and acknowledging that there’s no homogenous birth experience
- The importance of cultivating trust in a prenatal yoga community and cultivating dialogue
- Sensitivity to pregnancy loss in a prenatal setting
- The importance of talking about labour in prenatal yoga settings
- Teaching prenatal yoga teacher training with logical reasoning and discussion rather than rule-making
- Minimizing postures that increase intra-abdominal pressure during pregnancy
- Creating space for both strengthening and relaxation in prenatal classes, including teaching them how to activate their pelvic floor and learning to relax the pelvic floor
- Some excellent resources for yoga teachers interested in learning about female anatomy and labour (all linked in the show notes!)
Find the show notes with Nicky's resource recommendations and contact at www.intelligentedge.yoga!
Maybe one of the most experienced yogis to ever grace this podcast in past or future, Yoganand Michael Carroll is a treasure trove of amazing stories and yoga philosophy. A must listen for anyone interested in the history of yoga and its philosophy!
Why are you talking like that? An exploration into what makes a voice, what is "yoga voice", and why we may do it.
Susi Hately is a yoga therapist and teacher trainer in Calgary, Alberta, who is a pioneer in offering trainings online in yoga and yoga therapy through her program, Functional Synergy. We talk early online yoga work, the evolution and content of yoga therapy, and creating a meaningful, sustainable yoga career.
A conversation about yoga conversations with Carol Horton, PhD, including the early days of the yoga blogging community, how the change in tone in the yoga community has prompted some changes in her work, and staying focused on being of service to others.
Let's talk about mental health and yoga teachers, since so many people who turn to yoga are seekers or individuals looking for greater wellness. Kim McNeil from Calgary, Alberta and I open the conversation - imperfectly, compassionately, and honestly.
Interested in plant medicine? This conversation with Amber Westfall of The Wild Garden offers practical advice for integrating plant medicine into your life, and reveals the potency of what we can find in our local environment.
The difference between CBD and THC, what marijuana does to the brain, how we receive it from an Ayurvedic perspective, and what you may want to think about before you host a marijuana and yoga event.
Trains of thought on being in the teacher's seat. Inspired by my recent conversations with yoga teacher trainees, we talk about a few questions around facilitating yoga classes - including whether to gently awake sleeping students in Savasana.
Heart and Bones is the result of Brea Johnson's heart work and a long relationship with yoga and inquiry, particularly into anatomy and movement as it applies to teaching asana. She joins me to wander through a bit of her history as a faciliator and studio owner, her yoga existential crisis and resulting content, and what it's like to move online.
A yogi mama with a diversity of experience in the yoga-Ayurveda world, Jennifer Hardy-Berthiaume (Jenny Bee), recently published her first book on using Ayurveda to parent with greater ease and for greater health and harmony in the household.