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This podcast is for yoga teachers and explores the craft of teaching yoga, as its own practice. We love asking questions about why we teach something the way we do, how we could be more expansive and inclusive in our teaching, and how we can continue to grow and evolve in our teaching practice. Occasionally we veer into other topics that affect the yoga teaching profession more broadly like marketing, unionizing and vaccines. We believe the depth that arises in teaching comes from inquiry an ...
 
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Listen to your inner teacher. Tracee Stanley is a Hollywood producer turned teacher, writer, and guide who focuses primarily on the inner experience of yoga. In this episode, we receive wisdom from her 20+ years of study in the traditions of the Himalayan Masters and Sri Vidya Tantra and her perspective on weaving your practice into all aspects of …
 
In teaching yoga and asana we end up working with bodies quite a lot. Many, if not most, of our students will likely be dealing with some kind of discomfort, whether it be the aches and pains of modern living, or full-blown, diagnosed injuries. As yoga teachers it is entirely out of our scope to diagnose or treat pain or injuries. Full stop. I do, …
 
Examine the why and how behind movement. Lara Heimann, host of the redefining yoga podcast and founder of the LYT Method, shares intelligent approaches to alignment on and off the mat. Episode Highlights: Dynamic ways to evolve your yoga practice and move it into your life Developmental sequencing to create new pathways for movement The biggest bli…
 
I'm excited to share this quick bonus + important announcement episode with you. In the episode, I share the updated description of the podcast, why I'm releasing one episode per month starting now, and how important reviews are. (And did I mention a really important announcement?!) Each & every review counts! Thank you so much! If you'd like to su…
 
Learn positive and proactive ways to honor yoga as a cultural practice with Susanna Barkataki, author of Embrace Yoga’s Roots. Episode Highlights: How to become a leader in personal and social transformation Understanding the causes and conditions of oppression and practices to counter them Self inquiry, commitment to values and the lifestyle of en…
 
Learn how to attract and retain loyal students. Mado helps yoga teacher, Aleks Middleton, create a plan for the future of her business by detailing integral structures that support student evolution and progress. Episode Highlights: Offerings that will get your students excited about committing to their practice How to set expectations for your stu…
 
Find freedom by sharing your unapologetic self. Reggie Hubbard, political activist and founder of Active Peace Yoga, describes how staying true to your values in your teaching will boost your self worth and confidence. Episode Highlights: His journey from reactivity to responsiveness How to prioritize self care during times of stress and chaos Appr…
 
Find a business model that doesn’t lead to burnout. Candela asks Mado how to turn strangers into paying clients and build community with consistency in this on air coaching call. Episode Highlights: Social media as a tool to build your clientele Using testimonials to grow your offerings Financial barriers vs lack of understanding The benefits of of…
 
Today is our 100th episode and to celebrate we have two very special guests! Joining us on the podcast are two nationally renowned professors who are experts in online learning and teacher education, and... they also happen to be my parents! As I hope comes through on The Mentor Sessions podcast, I am very interested in studying the craft of teachi…
 
Basic knowledge of the law can support your yoga business. Ashley Dunasta, lawyer & yoga teacher, breaks down important legal principles as the foundation for a safe and vibrant yoga and business practice. Episode Highlights: Written agreements - what they mean, when you need them and why they’re so important Skillful negotiation as a tool to honor…
 
Time management as self care. Consider a yogic approach to productivity in this episode with Renee Clair and learn how to organize your life to spend more time doing what you love. Episode Highlights: Strategies to free up time and mental energy The importance of non-accomplishing How to evaluate where your time is going Why you need to take 2 cons…
 
In The Mentor Sessions Sangha we have been having a robust conversation about online yoga class library memberships. These are very popular now, and can be a great way to diversify your teaching income and support your students. They also require a decent amount of work to set up, there are an endless number of ways to organize the process and the …
 
Yin yoga is incredibly popular, yet commonly misunderstood. In this episode, I ask Yin yoga teacher trainer Nyk Danu to help me clear up common misconceptions about yin yoga and find out where to start if you’re interested in teaching yin classes. Episode Highlights: Yin as an antidote for our stressful modern culture Roots, history & philosophy of…
 
Asana is a tool to guide you toward a more fulfilling yoga practice. Dr. Libby Hinsley is back on the podcast to talk about the truth of creating an accessible yoga experience. You’ll learn how to meet your students’ expectations AND educate them about what really matters when it comes to yoga from a place of confidence and compassion. Episode High…
 
When you think of teaching a trauma-informed yoga class, what comes to mind? Do you think of teaching a special class for a specific population, like veterans recovering from PTSD or survivors of abuse in a shelter? Those are populations that certainly benefit from a very well trained and thoughtfully trauma-conscious teacher (and specialty class!)…
 
Find out what happens when you teach from your own inner wisdom and experience. Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D and yoga therapist, shares wisdom from her 50 years of teaching. Episode Highlights: The beauty of remembering that you’re enough How to see our students with soft eyes Yoga poses as questions instead of answers How to help your students open…
 
Weigh the pros and cons of the most common types of offerings from both the perspective of teacher and student. In this episode, Mado goes over a basic framework for progressing the structure of your offerings and different formats for teaching and learning both online and in person. Episode Highlights: The one offering I recommend that new yoga te…
 
Teaching yoga as a second career? Learn why that matters and how you can leverage what you have done in the past to build your teaching business more quickly. In this on-air coaching call, Mado guides Gillian to learn from mistakes, open up to possibility, and use her business as an incubator for her own growth. Episode Highlights: The challenge an…
 
As you are well aware, we are living through a devastating public health crisis and masks and vaccines are our most important wellness tools right now (BY FAR). We know from our spiritual study that we are all interconnected, and none of us are truly well unless we are all well. I know this is a divisive topic in the yoga world and that makes it ev…
 
What separates a high quality teacher training from the many that are just ok? Mado and studio owner Arundhati Baitmangalkar talk about how to facilitate top tier 200 hour training and how to raise the bar for YTT standards throughout the world. Episode Highlights: Innovative structures to support your students What to look for in a teacher trainin…
 
Themes can help you as a teacher and benefit your students at the same time. In this episode, you’ll learn about four ways to incorporate themes into your classes and gain insight on which will best fit your situation. Episode Highlights: Inspiration for creating themes regularly How to make your personal stories feel relevant to your students The …
 
Learn to run a yoga challenge step by step. Mado and her guest Amanda McKinney talk through the nuts and bolts of why you might want to create a challenge and how to do it in 5 simple steps. Episode Highlights: What to consider before you decide to run a challenge The benefits of running a yoga challenge Free vs paid offerings and why paid offering…
 
The "BEST" way to teach twisting movements! What kind of rules have you been taught about the safest way to twist? What do you teach your students about the best way to rotate through the spine? Today we are taking a deep dive into these questions and I couldn’t be more excited! Your fellow teacher and podcast listener Madison Houck joins us today …
 
Show Notes Examine your relationship with tech and how it aligns with your vision for the future. Mado speaks with Avi Gordon, director of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, about how our yoga practice can directly influence our relationship with tech. Episode Highlights: How to foster a healthy relationship with technology The most helpful at…
 
Learn how to connect with people who have less access to yoga. Mado and Brandon Dawson-Jarvis talk about how to best communicate about yoga to underserved communities and people who don’t think of themselves as yoga practitioners, as well as how to challenge common misconceptions about yoga. Episode Highlights: Simple ideas to get started sharing y…
 
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 including why you might choose one over the other and the upsides and downsides each. Episode Highlights: The different kinds of yoga workshops and which ones ten…
 
Learn the essential differences between yoga classes and yoga workshops and how understanding them can help improve your teaching and help your students see the value of both types of offerings. This episode originally aired December 9th, 2019. Enjoy the replay! Episode highlights: How knowing the differences between weekly classes and workshops ca…
 
Kearsten Lyon (she/her) is the founder and owner of an extended health care clinic called Total Movement Therapy based in Toronto, ON and sees clients virtually all over the world. Kearsten has been working and teaching within the Pilates and Rehabilitation Therapy industry since 2011. She utilizes a unique blend of Pilates, The Oov, Franklin Metho…
 
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. This episode originally aired in Dec 6, 2018. Enjoy the replay! Episode Highlights Why you should set a minimum hourly rate Whether or not to discount your rates for charity The 3 basic conside…
 
Mado shares reasons new students might not be coming back to your classes and solutions to help you attract the people who truly want what you are offering. This information in this episode will help yoga teachers build their class attendance faster and find their authentic voice as a yoga teacher. This episode originally aired on October 31st, 201…
 
I often feel like marketing is hard, and the things the “experts” tell us to do are slimy and also don’t work. You feel me? That’s why I’m so excited to have Mado Hesselink (she/they) on the show today! After teaching yoga for ten years, Mado met their fairy godmother business coach. She appeared in their life just long enough to plant the seeds th…
 
Ever wonder what’s actually happening in the transition from downward facing dog to lunge? Why is it so challenging for some? Is it an essential transition to master? Listen to learn how you can help your students navigate this common movement while still offering them an empowering yoga class experience. This episode originally aired on February 2…
 
Warm ups are an essential part of your yoga sequence - so how do you know if you are choosing the right poses? By listener request, I share my thoughts on the topic in this episode including: The two main purposes for warming up The kind of movement that is best for fulfilling these intentions How to choose warm up poses based on the more challengi…
 
Teaching yoga to kids has the potential to be incredibly impactful for kids and their communities, but there are many challenges that arise when we try to take the deep and meaningful teachings of yoga and make them developmentally appropriate without losing the heart of the teachings! Lucky for us, today we have Crystal McCreary on the podcast to …
 
Grace reached out for advice and support on gaining confidence as a yoga teacher. She's been teaching for a year and is afraid that her teacher training was sub-par, but doesn't have the funds to take another at the moment. She feels she should have enough experience by now to feel confident, so she wonders what the heck is going on? This episode o…
 
Self care is essential for yoga teachers - but easier said than done. In the fast pace of modern culture, our role has partly become a cheerleader for self care. Yet, many of us live with life circumstances that cause us to neglect our own self-care. In this week’s episode of the podcast I demystify the idea of self care and offer a simple way of t…
 
Teaching yoga in 1x1 settings is such a wonderful way to inspire and support meaningful change in our student’s lives. But the possibilities for what and how you could teach a private lesson are endless and as a teacher that can feel overwhelming! How do you decide what to focus on?? Teaching yoga one-on-one requires a different skill set than teac…
 
Use the latest research in neuroscience to turn your personal practice from a resource intensive decision to a nourishing habit. This episode originally aired on October 11th, 2018. Enjoy the replay! Episode Highlights Why habit formation is a missing piece in most teacher trainings Destigmatizing the struggle to stay consistent and debunking the m…
 
Show Notes Communication is a key skill for yoga teachers, studio owners, and anyone working in a leadership position inside a yoga business. In this on-air coaching call, Mado chats with yoga teacher and studio manager Emma Rabbit about personal and professional boundaries, client communication, and the myriad considerations for re-opening to in p…
 
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