Yogaland Podcast

Andrea Ferretti

Andrea Ferretti spent more than a decade as an editor at Yoga Journal interviewing inspiring yoga teachers, creative thinkers, and wellness experts. Now, on Yogaland, Andrea talks to insightful people about all things related to yoga and the path of ...Show More
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Change is the Only Yoga

40:46 | May 7th

We’re so happy to be back for Season 2! There's that old adage, "Change is the only certainty in life." And it applies to your yoga practice and teaching, too. This week, Jason and I are talking about the internal challenges, doubts, and insecuriti...Show More
Season 1 Finale! Jason's Take on Yin Yoga

53:16 | Apr 2nd

Since Jason so often emphasizes the importance of building strength -- especially along the posterior chain (back side) of the body, I get asked all the time, "What does Jason think about Yin yoga?" For the Season 1 Finale, we decided to take on this...Show More
Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups with Katherine Priore Ghannam

43:44 | Mar 26th

This week, I talk to Katherine Priore Ghannam all about yoga for kids and her innovative program Headstand, which offered yoga to low-income K-12 schools around San Francisco. We cover some of the lessons Katherine learned from starting her passion...Show More
Teaching Part-Time is Still Teaching - Listener Responses

21:26 | Mar 20th

The recent episode where Jason and I discuss teaching yoga part-time vs. making it a full-time career really struck a chord. I was surprised by the number of emails, direct messages, and comments that listeners sent my way. As usual, you were full ...Show More
Ouch! How to Handle Your Sore Sacrum

52:24 | Mar 13th

For almost three years, Jason has resisted addressing your questions about the sacroiliac joint (SI) -- mostly because it's such a complex topic for a podcast. But today! I wore him down. He addresses a listener question about the mysterious sacrum a...Show More
Full-Time or Part-Time? Things to Consider as You Forge Your Teaching Path

35:09 | Mar 5th

In this episode, Jason breaks down what he sees as some of the pros and cons of teaching full-time vs. teaching part-time. The bottom line is this: There's not one right choice, but no matter whichever direction you choose, there are some challenges ...Show More
Former Pro Snowboarder Katie Brauer on her Transformation to Yoga Teacher & Entrepreneur

54:37 | Feb 26th

Katie Brauer joins us this week for some straight talk. She shares about her background as a professional snowboarder turned yoga teacher, money mindset, and how she's using her insights to help other teachers bust through their money blocks and crea...Show More
Q&A with Jason about Teaching Beginners

35:34 | Feb 19th

In this last episode of our Begin Again series, Jason answers several listener questions about teaching yoga to beginning yoga students. We cover lots of ground, including: *When (or if) to encourage a student to leave a beginner level class for ...Show More
Embrace Your Imperfect Best with Jason Freeman

45:38 | Feb 12th

This week's episode is a special interview with public speaker and yogi Jason Freeman. Jason has a speech impediment due to cerebral palsy, which he was born with. He talks about how being different impacted him from an early age and how his yoga pra...Show More
Teaching Beginners in an All Levels Yoga Class

50:29 | Feb 6th

My husband, Jason Crandell, is back this week, and he's sharing practical tips for teaching beginning students when they come to a mixed-level class. Here are a few things you'll learn: * How to keep a new student safe without making them feel sing...Show More
The Art of Teaching Asana to Beginners

55:06 | Jan 30th

We all start out as beginners. But that doesn't mean that teaching beginning yoga students is intuitive. In this episode in our Begin Again series, Jason tackles the specifics of teaching asana to beginning students. Jason shares: * Why it's import...Show More
How Speed Gets Trapped in the Body with Tias Little

38:00 | Jan 22nd

Yoga and meditation teacher Tias Little returns to the podcast this week. (Tias joined me on episode 102 to talk about perfectionism). On today's episode, we talk about how our culture of speed affects us holistically and why it’s important--but also...Show More
Yoga Philosophy for Beginners

53:23 | Jan 15th

In this second episode of our Begin Again series, we talk about what keeps us motivated to practice when yoga is feeling stagnant and Jason offers useful tips for teachers who are faced with the difficult (but rewarding!) task of teaching yoga to beg...Show More
Jason's Tips for Teaching Beginners (and Beginning Again)

48:21 | Jan 8th

With a new year comes a flood of new students into yoga classes everywhere. Many of those students will be brand new to yoga, while others have re-committed to their yoga practice. In this first episode of our series on yoga beginners, Jason shares...Show More
Sarah Powers on Growth Mindset and Lifelong Learning

1:17:21 | Dec 18th, 2018

For the last interview of 2018, I am so excited to share an interview with Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers. Sarah has been a huge influence on my yoga practice, my meditation practice, and my life.  Here's what we talk about: * Yoga and parent...Show More
Yoga for Life's Transitions with Ty Powers

40:20 | Dec 11th, 2018

This week, I talk with Ty Powers. You might know Ty as the husband an influential yoga teacher for me (and many others!) -- Sarah Powers. He's also an incredibly insightful teacher in his own right, a meditation teacher, and coach. Recently, he's als...Show More
The Art of the Yoga Sutras

53:01 | Dec 4th, 2018

This week's guest, Melissa Townsend is the author of two beautiful books about the Yoga Sutras. Townsend, a long-time yoga student, artist, Sanskrit enthusiast, and psychic, wasn't always enthusiastic about the sutras. But in the same way that psychi...Show More
Yoga as a Form of Radical Self-Care

38:39 | Nov 27th, 2018

Historically, during times of political and cultural strife, people become more interested in self-care. That means that right now, self-care is an incredibly important and popular topic (to the tune of 9 million hashtags on Instagram!). Self-care me...Show More
Timothy McCall's East/West Journey Through Cancer

1:02:34 | Nov 20th, 2018

One out of three people will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. While a regular yoga practice might not prevent cancer, it can certainly help ease the fear, anxiety, and emotional anguish that can come with it. Today's guest, Dr. Timothy McCa...Show More
Self Care: Which herbs can help you adapt to stress?

57:38 | Nov 13th, 2018

This week's episode focuses on adaptogenic herbs and nootropics, which are herbs and supplements that are thought to help us adapt to stress, improve cognitive function, and memory. They're everywhere these days -- in our smoothies, on the shelves of...Show More
Live from Maui! The Benefits of Retreat + Refining Ujjayi + Making Progress in Backbends

44:00 | Nov 7th, 2018

This is the sixth year Jason led his week-long retreat on Maui, but the FIRST year we did a live Yogaland podcast! We did not humble brag about the beautiful setting, the food, the roosters, or the camaraderie of the students -- we just full on brag ...Show More
Special Anniversary Episode: On Yoga and Marriage

56:25 | Oct 30th, 2018

Jason and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in early October -- that's a whole DECADE of wedded bliss, you guys!. In an unusual moment of sentimentality, we decided to share a bit more about our relationship in this episode. We reflect on - How w...Show More
Jason's Best Bakasana Tips

34:06 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Most people consider arm balances and inversions challenging poses, but we think they're worth the effort. This week, I talk to Jason about his approach to teaching these popular poses, and how he breaks them down to make them more accessible for e...Show More
When the Stars (And Your Chakras) Align with Susannah Freedman

49:04 | Oct 16th, 2018

It was such a pleasure to talk to yoga teacher and astrologer Susannah Freedman for this very special episode. Susannah has been teaching yoga and doing astrology readings since 2010 and has a Masters in Philosophy and Religion, but both her yoga and...Show More
Melanie Klein: Reimagine Your Relationship With Your Body

1:03:23 | Oct 9th, 2018

Today's guest is Melanie Klein, a professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and author of the new book, Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body. Her work has made her a ...Show More
All About the Ketogenic Diet with Dr. Will Cole

1:01:13 | Oct 2nd, 2018

I'm so excited to share this interview with Dr. Will Cole! Dr. Cole is a functional medicine doc whose new book, Ketotarian, offers a mostly plant-based approach to the ketogenic diet that's much healthier than the traditional bacon and bunless burge...Show More
Applying the Yoga Sutra to Your Daily Life

55:06 | Sep 25th, 2018

There are so many interpretations of the seminal yoga text, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. This week, I talk to two women who've written one that is refreshingly different. Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden join me to talk about their book new book, Livin...Show More
Q&A: Ideas for Building Your Business (And Your Confidence) as a Yoga Teacher

49:04 | Sep 18th, 2018

I got a great question from a listener recently in response to episode 119, so I decided to start this episode with Jason's response. The listener, Neil, asks, "If we're creating a practice that's sustainable, does it really makes sense to repeat the...Show More
Yoga and Addiction with Nikki Myers

1:08:05 | Sep 11th, 2018

Today's guest, Nikki Myers, a yoga therapist and the founder of Y12SR (Yoga of 12-Step Recovery), shares how yoga has helped with her personal struggles with addiction and helped thousands of people through Y12SR. Even if you've never been touched ...Show More
Q&A: Jason's Thoughts on "Creative" Sequencing & Finding Your Breath in Backbends

45:46 | Sep 4th, 2018

Jason is back this week to answer a few questions that came up about our Summer Series. The questions came from students in Jason's advanced yoga teacher training class, but they are applicable to any serious practitioners.  We address: * His seq...Show More
J. Brown, “A testament to the practice is the person it produces”

1:22:36 | Aug 28th, 2018

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, former yoga center owner, blogger, and the host of the popular podcast J. Brown Yoga Talks. On this episode, I ask J. about his yoga origin story as well as the current iteration of his yoga life -- both online and off. J....Show More
Jason's Favorite Non-Asana Yoga Books

50:20 | Aug 21st, 2018

When I have Jason on the show, we talk a lot about postures and technique, so I thought it would be interesting to talk yoga philosophy on the podcast this week. I asked Jason to share his favorite yoga books (that are not focused on the physical pra...Show More
A Natural Approach to Autoimmune Disease with Claire Missingham

1:08:43 | Aug 14th, 2018

Claire Missingham is back on the podcast this week, and we're talking about how she's been using yoga and other natural healing modalities to manage a recent diagnosis of an autoimmune disease. She tells us: *How the grief of losing a yoga teache...Show More
Overcoming Obstacles and Living to Your Fullest Potential with Rosie Acosta

1:07:31 | Aug 7th, 2018

On this episode, I'm joined by yoga teacher and holistic health coach Rosie Acosta. Rosie shares her personal story of growing up in East L.A. in the 90s where chaos and violence surrounded her daily. By the time she was a teen, she'd been arrested, ...Show More
The Good, Bad, & Ugly of the Ego with Sally Kempton

43:05 | Jul 31st, 2018

I've been thinking a lot about ego lately. I've been talking to Jason's teacher trainees about social media strategy and putting yourself out there. And yet, I personally feel like social media brings out the most immature aspects of my ego. I though...Show More
Summer Series Ep. 7: Cross Training for the Win with Debbie Steingesser

1:01:06 | Jul 24th, 2018

A lot of people come to yoga to help them balance some of the activities they do on a daily basis. After all, yoga is a great antidote to sitting in a chair, looking at a computer or iPhone screen, and other things sedentary people do. But you migh...Show More
Summer Series Ep 6: Summer Self Care Using Ayurveda with Niika Quistgard

1:06:51 | Jul 17th, 2018

This week on the podcast, we talk to our favorite Ayurvedic expert, Niika Quistgard, all about how to use principles from Ayurveda to bring our bodies back into balance in the heat of summer. She shares: * How to adapt your lifestyle during pitta...Show More
Summer Series Ep 5: Is it possible to balance effort and ease?

41:40 | Jul 10th, 2018

We've gotten several questions from listeners about how to find the right balance between working hard and surrendering during yoga postures. How to find that elusive balance of two seemingly conflicting ideals, whether on our yoga mats or in our liv...Show More
Summer Series Ep 4: Q&A - Avoiding Common Yoga Injuries

1:00:36 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In this week's episode, Jason and I are live from Detroit Yoga Lab answering student questions about some of the most common yoga injuries, how to prevent and avoid them. Bonus banter: Find out why Jason has a black eye - unsurprisingly, it's not fro...Show More
Bonus Episode: Depression will talk. You don't have to listen. (And other lessons I've learned about depression.)

22:08 | Jun 28th, 2018

I put together this episode after the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The loss of both of these talented, successfully, beloved people in one week was tragic. A few days after it happened, I read two great stories that talked about how i...Show More
Summer Series Ep 3: Poses We (Now) Love

36:03 | Jun 26th, 2018

Do you remember the first time you did your favorite pose? Was it true love the first time you took the shape? Or did it take a few tries (or maybe even years!?) to appreciate it? A few weeks ago, I shared on Instagram that when I first started pra...Show More
Summer Series Ep 2: Staying Sane (and Enjoying!) Social Media

44:13 | Jun 19th, 2018

If you're like a lot of yoga students, you probably feel a bit conflicted when it comes to social media: You want to spend more time in the present moment, but you also love how social media makes you feel connected with the people you love and what'...Show More
Summer Series Ep 1: Andrea and Jason Share Their "Easy" & "Hard" Poses

39:26 | Jun 12th, 2018

For this year's summer series, Jason and I are focusing on "Building a Sustainable Yoga Practice." Over the past year we've talked about injuries, fear of injuries, predatory teachers and we thought -- LET'S FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE FOR PETE'S SAKE. Let...Show More
Yoga, Birth, and Business with Rachel Yellin

1:03:07 | Jun 5th, 2018

Yoga offers us so much more than creating a healthy body and mind--it also helps us to get to know ourselves on a deep, intimate level. That deep knowing can help us make better decisions about every aspect of our lives, which is especially true duri...Show More
Julia Lowrie Henderson -- Behind the Scenes of ESPN's "Bikram" Podcast Series

54:39 | Jun 1st, 2018

On this episode, I speak to Julia Lowrie Henderson, the producer behind ESPN's new 30 for 30 podcast series "Bikram." Bikram Choudhury arrived in the U.S. from Calcutta, India and opened a yoga studio in Beverly Hills in 1973. His intense system of...Show More
Epidemiologist Ai Kubo: How Mindfulness and Nutrition Affect Cancer Patients

59:47 | May 29th, 2018

Ai Kubo received a PhD in cancer epidemiology from Columbia University, and has nearly 40 scientific publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Years ago, Kubo was told flat out, by one of the most renowned mindfulness researchers, not to try to...Show More
Have a Seat: Jason and Andrea Talk Meditation

42:02 | May 14th, 2018

Why don't you have a seat and stay awhile? If you think meditating is boring, hard, pointless, or too time consuming, this episode is for you! This week, Jason and I discuss everything meditation. We unpack why it's important for yoga students to med...Show More
Techniques for Reframing Perfectionism with Tias Little

46:40 | May 8th, 2018

There's a special place in my heart for Tias Little. I studied with him many years ago and the vivid imagery and metaphor he used had a profound impact on the way I think about the body. He's also got this dry, dry, dry humor that I love. In the year...Show More
Learning, Growing, Thriving After Injury with Laura Burkhart

54:00 | May 1st, 2018

When your body hurts, it can feel like your soul hurts. And when you sustain an injury from yoga, it can be even more rattling. When an injury threatened Laura Burkhart's yoga practice—and her livelihood—she was forced to dig deep, be creative, and s...Show More
Easy Ways to Improve Verbal Communication with Jason Crandell

50:05 | Apr 24th, 2018

When I first started taking yoga classes from Jason many years ago, I was struck by his voice. He has a voice that draws you in. It's soothing and encouraging. He speaks in a measured, comfortable pace. And he's a clear, succinct communicator. In ess...Show More
Q&A: Jason's Tips for Nailing Forearm Balance

36:58 | Apr 17th, 2018

Jason's back on the podcast answering some of our listeners most common questions. This week, we tackle questions related to Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance). We dive into: * Headless Headstand - An alternative pose that recommends for students ...Show More
Are there absolutes in yoga? with Robyn Capobianco

1:13:03 | Apr 10th, 2018

On this week's episode, neurophysiologist Dr. Robyn Capobianco returns and we cover a ton of interesting ground. I walked away from the conversation asking myself, ‘Are there absolutely, definitively good movements and bad movements within the framew...Show More
Q&A: Jason Addresses Feeling Like the Odd Man Out

36:20 | Apr 3rd, 2018

We decided to give male listeners some TLC this week by answering their questions. While we focus on yoga for men in this episode, it has tons of insights for women who want to relate to the men in their classes and for teachers who want to help thei...Show More
Q&A: Jason's Ideas for Overcoming Fear & Other Handstand Obstacles

39:25 | Mar 27th, 2018

This episode is in response to the overwhelming number of questions we've gotten about Handstand. We explore the logistical side -- what are the best prep poses for Handstand? And the emotional side, i.e., how do I cope with my fear of Handstand? You...Show More
The Psychodynamics of the Yoga Teacher-Student Relationship With Coral Brown

52:02 | Mar 20th, 2018

This week, Coral Brown offers her take on the psychodynamics of the teacher-student relationship in yoga. Coral is both a respected Prana Vinyasa yoga teacher and licensed mental health counselor with great insight into this topic. There are obviou...Show More
Live Ep With Jason! All About Yoga Adjustments

39:15 | Mar 13th, 2018

This is our first-ever live podcast recording! From Jason's training in San Francisco at Love Story Yoga, we dig deep into how yoga teachers can serve their students better through offering hands-on, or manual, adjustments. We talk about: * The val...Show More
Ending Sexual Abuse in the Yoga Community: A Conversation with Mary Taylor and Judith Hanson Lasater

1:26:03 | Mar 8th, 2018

Sexual misconduct in the yoga community isn't new. But the evolving #metoo and #timesup movements have brought to light the magnitude of the problem for women from all walks of life -- including within the yoga world. (Rachel Brathen collected more t...Show More
Yoga for Healthy Aging with Baxter Bell

1:01:39 | Feb 27th, 2018

Did you know that the fastest growing demographic of new yogis is the 55 and older set? Neither did I. I learned all sorts of fascinating facts, statistics, and new research from this week's guest, Baxter Bell. Together with his co-author, Nina Zol...Show More
Q&A: Jason's Thoughts on Warrior I, Navasana, and "Advanced" Yoga

40:35 | Feb 20th, 2018

Jason's back on the podcast this week answering some of the best questions we've gotten in about yoga postures. (Yogaland listeners are a smart, inquisitive bunch!) We dive into: * Why he rarely teaches Virabhadrasna I (Warrior I Pose) and how he fee...Show More
All About Your Fascia With Jill Miller (Part II)

51:17 | Feb 16th, 2018

This week, we continue our conversation with Jill Miller to learn even more about the mysterious (and amazing!) connective tissue that literally holds our bodies together: fascia. We talk more about: - The three different layers of fascia, how e...Show More
All About Your Fascia With Jill Miller (Part I)

45:55 | Feb 13th, 2018

I've got a special two-part series this week Yoga Tune Up® founder Jill Miller about -- you guessed it -- fascia. There is more and more info. being shared about fascia. But I've found that it sometimes feels esoteric. My goal with these interviews i...Show More
Looking at Yoga Poses Through the Lens of Yoga Neuromechanics With Robyn Capobianco

1:12:47 | Jan 30th, 2018

Yogis often talk about the nervous system in terms of how it responds to stress. But if you've ever wanted to learn more about the science of how the nervous system works, this episode is for you! (Spoiler alert: It controls almost everything related...Show More
Q&A: Jason's Sequencing Philosophy, Thoughts on Retaining Students & Hip Impingement

33:47 | Jan 23rd, 2018

We pick up where we left off last week with Jason answering more of your recent questions! This week, he answers: * How often should I change my sequences? * How do I sequence given the large influx of new students in January without alienating my ...Show More
Q&A W/ Jason: Down Dog Strategies, Lower Rib Flare, & The Problem with the "Tuck Under" Cue

30:49 | Jan 16th, 2018

Jason Crandell joins me this week to answer your questions. We cover a lot of ground in this short episode including: * Strategies for Down Dog -- How to make it easier to step forward, what to do when a student can't straighten their arms * Lower ...Show More
Clarify Your Purpose and Edit Yourself to Craft Effective Yoga Themes With Michelle Marchildon

58:58 | Jan 10th, 2018

This week’s podcast with author and yoga teacher Michelle Marchildon focuses on her formula for theming your yoga classes. The formula comes from her book, Themeweaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga and is a clear, thorough approa...Show More
Why Clean Beauty is So Essential & How to Navigate with Abby Jean and Rachel Pachivas

44:02 | Jan 2nd, 2018

I love the idea of starting of the New Year with healthy, nourishing routines. Over the past few years, I’ve done that with my skincare routine and I find it to be a great form of self care. When you think of self care, you don’t think of smearing pe...Show More
Year End Highlights With Andrea & Jason, Plus What's in Store for 2018

31:16 | Dec 26th, 2017

Can you guess which podcast was the most popular of the year? I give you a glimpse into my analytics on this episode (spoiler alert: the #1 episode is not one of Jason's), plus we talk 2017 highlights (hello, creativity!) and lowlights (puffy eyes), ...Show More
Holiday Series! Restorative Yoga as Radical Self Care with Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater

53:02 | Dec 19th, 2017

Judith Hanson Lasater and her daughter, Lizzie Lasater, have been on the podcast separately before. On episodes 64 & 65 I focused on their backgrounds and on the mother-daughter connection. This time, I wanted back up and simply ask the question, "Wh...Show More
Holiday Series! Nourish Your Vital Essence With Niika Quistgard

53:40 | Dec 12th, 2017

Niika Quistgard, Ayurvedic practitioner extraordinaire -- is back! (She joined me on episode 17 for a great vata-calming episode. If you haven't heard it, go back and listen to it. It's a great foundation and complement to this one!) On this episode ...Show More
Bonus Episode! How to Craft Your Own Short, Effective Home Yoga Sequences

30:49 | Dec 7th, 2017

You've probably heard people say that a short yoga practice is better than no yoga practice. Jason and I heartily agree -- but it can still be hard to carve out the time. I think the root problem is that it's hard to step on your mat solo and know wh...Show More
Holiday Series! Faith Hunter on Coping With Grief

59:08 | Dec 5th, 2017

Faith Hunter is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Washington, DC. Faith is the founder of a yoga studio in DC called Embrace Yoga and she's also the founder of her philosophy, Spiritually Fly. For the third episode of my Holiday Series, I tho...Show More
Holiday Series! Roger Cole: Using Science to Supercharge Your Relaxation

54:54 | Nov 28th, 2017

How can you get the most from your restorative poses? That's a question that Roger Cole and I explore on this episode.  Roger Cole is an internationally recognized, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been teaching since 1975. He is also an acco...Show More
Holiday Series! Gina Caputo's Let's Stay Together Challenge

22:34 | Nov 21st, 2017

Happy gratitude week folks! This week, Gina Caputo returns to talk about her Yoga Off the Mat/Let's Stay Together Challenge. I love the idea of infusing our holidays with meaning and with practice. This challenge does exactly that with small, actiona...Show More
Jason Crandell on Yoga Injuries: "Yoga is Good For You. Most Extreme Things are Not."

51:23 | Nov 14th, 2017

Jason and Andrea sit down to review some of the themes discussed in episode 74 with Jill Miller and to delve more deeply into the topic of yoga injuries. How do we stop overpraising flexibility and "going further" in a pose without becoming afraid to...Show More
Gretchen Rubin: How the Four Tendencies Show Up in Yoga Class

48:25 | Nov 7th, 2017

This week, my guest is Gretchen Rubin new book, The Four Tendencies, offers a framework for understanding how different personalities respond to expectations.  The Four Tendencies is yet another useful tool for understanding what makes you (and tho...Show More
Jill Miller Talks Honestly About Hip Replacement Surgery & How Yoga Is In Need of a Tune Up

59:04 | Oct 31st, 2017

Jill Miller is the creator of Yoga Tuneup and The Roll Model Method -- a self care method that utilizes specific poses, sequences, and self massage tools to help you tune into your body's "blind spots." Jill's method can help ease and pains, it can s...Show More
How Talking About Adversity Inspires Positive Change

37:53 | Oct 24th, 2017

According to psychologist and author, Kelly McGonigal, listening to someone else's story of resilience and overcoming adversity can have a positive effect. Listening to someone's "restorative narrative" can inspire strength and courage in you. In add...Show More
Change Your Day With a Lovingkindness Meditation

17:19 | Oct 17th, 2017

Last week, I talked about the science of self-compassion and how self-compassion practice has more favorable outcomes than boosting self-esteem. On this episode, I offer a way to put self-compassion into practice by sharing a 10-minute guided Lovingk...Show More
Andrea Ferretti: Increase Your Happiness, Curiosity, & Connectedness with Self-Compassion Practice

14:10 | Oct 10th, 2017

High self-esteem used to be regarded as a vital component to happiness. But it's fallen out of favor in the past decade. Research -- much of it led by Dr. Kristin Neff -- has shown that self-compassion is a more effective way to increase optimism, ha...Show More
Jason Crandell: Advocate for Your Students & Don't Make Sweeping Claims

39:14 | Oct 3rd, 2017

One of my favorite quotes from Jason is,"I believe that we should embrace anything and everything that helps us and our students be well." On this episode, we dive into the meaning behind that quote and why it's important to advocate for our students...Show More
Jason Crandell: You Have to Trust That Yoga Works

25:29 | Sep 26th, 2017

We all struggle from time to time with the question -- "Am I doing enough?" This week, Jason and I talk about this question and this fear in the yoga room. His clear message: Trust in the process of yoga. And return to the fundamentals of what we're ...Show More
Jason Crandell: Having a Strong Point of View Without Minimizing Others

32:47 | Sep 19th, 2017

Jason is back and he's sharing just a few of the values he hopes to pass onto his teacher training graduates. We talk about -- how do you develop a strong, personal point of view without minimizing others' points of view? And is yoga a discipline tha...Show More
MC Yogi: 'Yoga Made Me Resilient and Strong'

38:19 | Sep 12th, 2017

MC Yogi is a well-known performing artist -- and perhaps one of the only rappers to write lyrics about Hanuman and Ganesha? -- and is married to artist Amanda Giacomini who I interviewed on episode 45. Together, they've owned and been the primary tea...Show More
Jessica Berger Gross: The Courage to Choose Happiness

43:52 | Sep 5th, 2017

Jessica Berger Gross is the author of the beautiful, moving, hopeful memoir, Estranged: Leaving Family & Finding Home. Jessica was raised in a seemingly typical middle class family in Long Island. But behind the scenes she suffered physical abuse fro...Show More
Lizzie Lasater: Taking the Longview of Yoga Practice

50:10 | Aug 29th, 2017

Lizzie Lasater teaches the pleasure of deceleration through Restorative yoga workshops and digital trainings. Lizzie is the daughter of venerated yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, so I was keen to pick her brain about how yoga was (successfully! wi...Show More
Judith Hanson Lasater: Trust Yourself First

1:05:11 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D., physical therapist, has been teaching yoga since 1971. Judith has written nine books and is one of the founders of Yoga Journal Magazine. I had many opportunities to interview Judith during my decade as an editor there, b...Show More
Kino MacGregor: Practice Until Your World Changes

52:00 | Aug 16th, 2017

Kino MacGregor is an Ashtanga yogi in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and is the co-owner of the Miami Life Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Kino also has a new book out called Yogi Assignment, where she shares 30 days of "assignments" to help you...Show More
Q&A W/ Jason: Cues for Wheel Pose, Help for Hurting Knees, & Upper Back Strengtheners

33:50 | Aug 11th, 2017

On this special bonus episode, Jason and I answer your questions that came up during the summer series. Thanks, as always, for sending in your questions. It helps us plan episodes! We talk about why the cue to keep the feet parallel in Wheel Pose ca...Show More
Jaimal Yogis: On Consciousness, Surfing, and Almost Monkhood

1:00:18 | Aug 5th, 2017

I first met Jaimal Yogis when he was a young, up-and-coming journalist, a long-time spiritual seeker, and a surfer. These days he can award-winning writer, three-time book author, and father of three boys under the age of five to his bio. He is such ...Show More
Desiree Rumbaugh & Michelle Marchildon: When I Get Old, I Want to Be Just Like You

42:32 | Jul 30th, 2017

I'm tired of the stale, depressing exercise and yoga advice for the "older set." It too often characterizes people over 50 as weak, unfit, and fragile. There are now plenty of yogis who have been practicing for decades and are approaching their 50s, ...Show More
Jason Nemer: Listening, Growing, Falling, Getting Up Again

34:07 | Jul 25th, 2017

Jason Nemer is the co-founder of AcroYoga and has spent the past decade on the road spreading the practice around the world. Acro is a beautiful, vibrant, playful practice and it's an amazing practice for developing trust, confidence, and communicati...Show More
Summer Series! A Strategic Approach to Arm Balances & Inversions

42:24 | Jul 20th, 2017

A bonus episode for you this week! Jason and I talk about his new online course on, The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Arm Balances & Inversions. There's a lot packed into this episode: Jason shares his system for teaching these poses, how he...Show More
Summer Series! Aspects of the Core We Tend to Ignore

46:07 | Jul 16th, 2017

The core is an often-obsessed about part of the body, and yogis are no exception. In this episode, Jason breaks down the component parts that make up the core. He also offers three ideas for tapping into those parts we ignore -- from paying attention...Show More
Summer Series! Twisting, Strengthening, & Folding Your Spine

34:54 | Jul 9th, 2017

On the last two episodes, Jason offered some tips for working with your hips and shoulders. On this installment, we're moving to the central axis -- the spine. Jason shows off his superior maths skills by sharing that we for every 10 Sun Salutations ...Show More
Summer Series! Understanding Your Super-Awesome (& Complex) Shoulders

41:47 | Jul 2nd, 2017

Did you know that your shoulder complex has four joints on each side? This dynamic engineering allows us to do all of the things we do with our arms and hands. But it can leave the shoulder joints vulnerable if we don't balance them with strength. In...Show More
Summer Series! What's Missing from Your Hip-Focused Practices

36:48 | Jun 25th, 2017

We love, love, love to stretch our hips in yoga. Pigeon Pose -- oh yeah. Lizard -- yep. Thread the Needle -- mmmhmmm. But sometimes we focus on how good opening the outer hips feels to the exclusion of creating strength and stability in the support m...Show More
Summer Series! Creative Ways to Inspire Your Practice This Summer

26:19 | Jun 18th, 2017

Summer can actually make it harder to practice -- schedules change, kids are home, we spend more time doing outdoor sports -- so Jason and I thought we'd offer 10 ideas for staying inspired to do yoga this summer! Plus, Andrea shares a tip from Susan...Show More
Gina Caputo on Strengthening Your Awareness & Emotional Support Bananas

1:02:08 | Jun 12th, 2017

Gina Caputo has so much to offer to Yogaland: In addition to practicing and teaching yoga for nearly two decades, she's been on the ground floor of opening and managing three different yoga schools -- Sacred Movement in Venice, California, Kansas Sid...Show More
Susan Cain: Embrace Your Quiet Side

28:50 | Jun 4th, 2017

Susan Cain is the reason the word "introvert" came back into everyday conversation. Her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" spent more than four years on The New York Times Best Seller List, her Ted Talk on the top...Show More
Jason Crandell: Any Amount of the Pose is Still the Pose

30:33 | May 28th, 2017

On this episode Jason answers listener Kat's question, "How do I make sure I'm not leaving anyone out as I teach my mixed level classes?" The solutions include acknowledging that the reality for modern yogis is that we all learn together regardless o...Show More
A True Story of Overcoming Depression, Panic, & Shame

25:27 | May 26th, 2017

On this little bonus episode, I offer my own story of the panic attacks and depression that plagued me in my twenties and the subsequent shame I felt about being a yogi and making the choice to take anti-depressants. If you're suffering, I created th...Show More
Richard Rosen Talks Yoga Camp, Breath-Work, & Parkinson's Disease

32:50 | May 22nd, 2017

Richard Rosen returns to the podcast and answers some common questions about hatha yoga, including who the "original yogis" were, the meaning of the word "hatha," plus he opens up about Parkinson's Disease and shares his love for pranayama (breathing...Show More
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion & Yogi Sebastian Brosche

47:28 | May 14th, 2017

Two-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world-champion and yoga teacher Sebastian Brosche joins Jason on the podcast this week. AS a competitor in his twenties, Sebastian was in a cycle of chronic injury that was so uncomfortable, he couldn't put on his socks. ...Show More
Jessamyn Stanley's Every Body Yoga

36:12 | May 7th, 2017

Jessamyn Stanley is a world-traveling yoga teacher and self-proclaimed body positive advocate with a new book, Every Body Yoga. Several years ago she decided to document her yoga practice on a brand new app called Instagram, having no idea that she w...Show More
Amanda Giacomini's 10,000 Buddhas Project

39:15 | Apr 30th, 2017

A hike in the Ajanta Caves in India several years ago sparked a massive creative project for artist and yoga teacher Amanda Giacomini: To put 10,000 Buddhas out into the world. Her work has appeared on murals, canvases, and prayer wheels in cities fr...Show More
Tiffany Cruikshank: Self Care Ideas for Spring's Transition

49:24 | Apr 23rd, 2017

Tiffany is a renowned yoga teacher and the founder of Yoga Medicine. She's also a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and ran an acupuncture clinic at Nike headquarters for years. Tiffany offers her unique perspective on how to modify our diet, as...Show More
Q&A W/ Jason: Sacroiliac Pain, Tailbone Cues, & Wonky Knees

37:52 | Apr 16th, 2017

Jason comes back to Yogaland to answer your questions, specifically: - Is the cue 'flatten your tailbone' correct or outdated? - Why do yoga teachers tell us to flex the foot in Pigeon Pose? How does it protect the knee? - Why is sacroiliac pain such...Show More
Deborah Burkman: You Are Enough

52:21 | Apr 2nd, 2017

In this age of insta-celebrity and everyone chasing their 15 minutes of fame, it's refreshing to talk to a long-term, successful yoga teacher. Deborah Burkman is one of these people. She's been teaching for 17 years, in many settings, and loves her j...Show More
Alexandria Crow on Being a Transparent Yoga Teacher

58:36 | Mar 26th, 2017

Alexandria Crow grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family and her grandfather was a traveling preacher. These days she travels the country teaching yoga -- and it recently dawned on her that there are parallels between the two. Because of this, sh...Show More
Richard Rosen on Patanjali in Modern Yoga Practice

44:44 | Mar 13th, 2017

Richard Rosen is a yoga scholar and teacher who has authored five yoga books that are well worth reading. I talked to him about his most recent, "Yoga FAQ, Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga -- from Asanas to Yamas." This book is rich with...Show More
Nikki Estrada: Exploring Nonharming & Truth-Telling

43:13 | Mar 5th, 2017

This week, I talk to Nikki Estrada about the first two ethical guidelines in the Yoga Sutra: ahimsa (nonharming) and satya (truth). Nikki has more than 20 years teaching experience and has been leading 200 and 300-hour teaching trainings for more tha...Show More
Q&A W/ Jason: On Teaching, Self-Care, and Forgiveness

24:04 | Feb 26th, 2017

Jason takes on questions that surround yoga teaching this week including: - To use Sanskrit while teaching or not? - How to care for yourself during an injury? - How do you help individuals find their unique pose in the midst of a group class? You ...Show More
Q&A W/ Jason: Yoga...Not One-Size-Fits-All

26:24 | Feb 19th, 2017

The Q&As with Jason are back! On this episode we talk about hopping back to Plank Pose, what happens when your wrists won't cooperate in arm balances, and tips for Triangle Pose. The BIG TAKEAWAY is this: Not all poses work for all bodies. Take that ...Show More
Kelsey Crowe PhD: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love

51:12 | Feb 13th, 2017

On this episode, I talk to Kelsey Crowe, the co-author of the book, "There is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love." The book is funny, it's written without judgment, and it's filled with ...Show More
Sally Kempton: What's a bad-ass, angry yogi to do?

1:03:35 | Feb 5th, 2017

I bet you can conjure it up pretty easily: The image of the calm, benevolent yoga teacher who NEVER GETS ANGRY. You might wish that you were that person. And perhaps such people exist. But the rest of us mere mortals get pissed sometimes. And sometim...Show More
Bex Urban: Best Yoga Retreat Ever

53:30 | Jan 29th, 2017

Bex Urban joins me on this episode to share her many years of navigating the challenges of putting together a successful retreat. We talk risks, rewards, coping with busted septic tanks, and more. My hope is that this episode will inspire retreat new...Show More
Stephanie Snyder: How Chanting & Playlists Create Connection

24:49 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Among her other great qualities, I like to think of Stephanie Snyder as the queen of the playlist. On this ep, she offers her intention behind including music in class, her thoughts on the tradition of sound in yoga, plus mistakes she's made over the...Show More
Bo Forbes: Self Care for Empaths (A Neuropsych Extravaganza)

1:17:36 | Jan 16th, 2017

Bo Forbes spent years as a practicing psychologist and is now a yoga teacher with a keen interest in neuropsychology. On this episode we talk about how to cope with empathic distress as well as the different between the brain's default mode vs. direc...Show More
Andrea Ferretti: 3 Resolutions to Set Yourself on a Path Toward Happiness

17:02 | Jan 5th, 2017

I live in a state of duality when it comes to New Year's resolutions. On the one hand, I loathe them. I loathe the intense focus on self-improvement and self-achievement that's emblazoned across magazine covers in the month of January. And yet, I lov...Show More
Andrea + Jason: Do We Make Resolutions? It's Complicated.

40:19 | Dec 30th, 2016

Hello Yogaland! On this episode, we reflect on 2016 and the ways that we've grown. We talk highlights and challenges and reveal our top secret (sort of) plans for 2017! Shownotes:
Andrea Ferretti: Reframing the Way You Think About Stress

09:45 | Dec 20th, 2016

On this episode, I reflect on one of the most important reads of the year for me -- Kelly McGonigal's book, The Upside of Stress. A psychologist and yoga teacher, Kelly's book is filled with compelling research about how the way we think about stress...Show More
Q&A with Jason Crandell: Happy Hips, Hammies, & Lower Back

29:31 | Dec 5th, 2016

Before jetting off on his most recent trip to Hong Kong, I sat with Jason to answer more listener-submitted questions. This time we just happened to get questions that all centered around the lower body. So, we talk about: * How to best work with ti...Show More
Kate Holcombe: Three Yoga Sutras for Tough Times

1:18:31 | Nov 27th, 2016

This week I chat with Kate Holcombe of The Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco. Kate has an amazing story to tell -- and I asked her to tell it in the top half of the interview -- about how a life-threatening accident while studying abroad in In...Show More
Q&A: Andrea + Jason Have Lots of Opinions

44:40 | Nov 20th, 2016

On this episode, Jason answers questions submitted by listeners: * What are your views on what it means to be a yoga student today? * What's the difference between a yoga student and a yoga consumer? * How do you deal with the yoga community where t...Show More
Dana Trixie Flynn: Yoga, Jazz, and a New Donation-Based Yoga Studio in NOLA

55:11 | Nov 14th, 2016

This week's episode is like a shot of happy for your soul. I spoke to Dana Trixie Flynn, co-founder of Laughing Lotus about her new project: Dana is working on opening a donation-based yoga studio in the seventh ward of New Orleans. If you know Dana ...Show More
Q&A with Jason Crandell: Fun with Shoulder Anatomy!

26:17 | Oct 23rd, 2016

On this episode Jason answers three of our listener questions and it just so happens that they all focus on some aspect of shoulder anatomy. We also talk about cats a lot. Here are the questions: * Why do we flex the ankle in poses like Reclined Pig...Show More
Rachel Brathen: Staying True to Your Values in the Face of Success

56:58 | Oct 17th, 2016

You might know Rachel Brathen as "Yoga Girl" on Instagram -- she's one of the original yoga insta-stars and has 2 million followers. Two million! That's crazay! And yet, despite this quick rise to fame, Rachel is incredibly down-to-earth and not afra...Show More
Holly Whitaker: Recovering from Addiction & Discovering Yourself

1:01:02 | Oct 9th, 2016

On this episode Holly Whitaker of the Home Podcast talk about how yoga and meditation can be helpful tools for recovery. Holly is a life coach and spiritual teacher, kundalini and vinyasa yoga and meditation instructor, writer, and speaker. She's al...Show More
Seane Corn : Activism for Yogis

55:53 | Oct 2nd, 2016

Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism and inspirational style of teaching. She utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to humanitarian issues—in 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambass...Show More
Coral Brown: Geeky Fun With Hindu Deities

41:36 | Sep 26th, 2016

This week my guest is holistic therapist and senior Prana Vinyasa Flow teacher Coral Brown. Coral and I talked about one of her passions -- the Hindu deity stories. She's deeply knowledgeable about them and she's also down-to-earth and practical in h...Show More
Jason Crandell: How to Select a Teacher Training Program

45:06 | Sep 18th, 2016

We've gotten many questions recently about teacher training that we decided to do an episode that answers common questions. Doing a yoga teacher training is a huge investment -- both financially and in terms of your time. It can be a wonderfully tran...Show More
Niika Quistgard: Self Care Time! Ayurvedic Ideas for Staying Calm & Grounded

50:43 | Sep 12th, 2016

This week my guest is Ayurvedic practitioner Niika Quistgard. Niika is an internationally-recognized consultant, trainer and practitioner in Ayurveda and is the founder of For this episode, Niika offers specific self-care ideas for sta...Show More
Katherine Priore: Combatting Toxic Stress in Low-Income Schools

31:50 | Sep 6th, 2016

My guest this week is Katherine Priore Ghannam. Katherine is the founder of Headstand, a nonprofit organization that teaches yoga and mindfulness to kids attending low income schools. Headstand is a program that is integrated into the school's curric...Show More
Rebecca Katz : Nourish Yourself With Cancer-Fighting Foods

52:24 | Aug 29th, 2016

On this episode I interview chef and nutritionist Rebecca Katz. Weeding through information about food can be overwhelming and even disheartening. This episode distills Rebecca's four-pillar approach to a cancer-fighting diet. And, if you take this a...Show More
Jason Crandell: Create a Home Practice You Love

32:30 | Aug 22nd, 2016

This week Jason Crandell talks all about home practice. We get straight to the point and talk about: * Where to start if you don't know how to practice on your own * Why it's vital for yoga teachers to have a consistent home practice * How your rela...Show More
Claire Missingham: Finding Flow and Having Faith

53:54 | Aug 15th, 2016

My guest on this episode is London-based teacher, Claire Missingham. Claire has over 16 years teaching experience and and runs a successful yoga teacher training program having trained over 125 teachers in the UK in the past few years. She is a Senio...Show More
Chrissy Carter: Seeing Yoga Poses with Fresh Eyes

41:28 | Aug 8th, 2016

Chrissy Carter is an alignment-based flow teacher who teaches in New York City. She's been teaching for YogaWorks for 10 years and has 25 teacher trainings under her belt! Yes, 25. You read that correctly. Given that, and given the attentive, caring ...Show More
Andrea Ferretti: Four Ways Hitting a Plateau Can Deepen Your Yoga Practice

13:33 | Jul 26th, 2016

Often when we hit a plateau in our life, we feel like we're failing -- we're not progressing or growing. On this episode, I'm share the reasons I think that hitting a plateau in yoga is positive and can lead to inner growth. A plateau is not a reason...Show More
Stephanie Snyder: Love Your Whole Story

34:50 | Jul 19th, 2016

On the cusp of opening her own brand new studio, LoveStory, in San Francisco, Stephanie Snyder and I chat about the happiness that comes from serving your local community, how she incorporates yoga philosophy into her daily classes and the beautiful,...Show More
Jason Crandell: Pain, Injury, & Knowing What You Don't Know

47:48 | Jul 12th, 2016

If you have a body and you do yoga, chances are you will sustain an injury at some point. On this episode I ask Jason all about injuries. We talk about: * How to discern between stretching sensations and pain that's injurious * The benefit of pushin...Show More
Alexandria Crow: Why Fancy Yoga Isn't Better Yoga

1:05:04 | Jul 5th, 2016

This week I talk to Alexandria Crow, one of the most physically adept yoga practitioners I've ever personally known and yet here's what she wants you to know: Yoga is not one-size-fits-all and doing fancy poses doesn't really matter. Alex is a straig...Show More
Taylor Harkness: Being True To You

54:16 | Jun 28th, 2016

Warm and bendy with an infectious charm, Taylor Harkness is a young millenial with a wise and heartful approach to yoga. We discuss how yoga helped him find balance after the intensity and trauma of being paramedic, how he built his social media foll...Show More
Kathryn Budig: Body Positivity, Hard Work, & Aiming True

41:48 | Jun 21st, 2016

Kathryn Budig is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and author known for her accessibility, humor, and ability to empower her students through her message, “aim true.” She is a warrior for self-acceptance, honesty, and helping her students an...Show More
Andrea Ferretti: Self-Acceptance in Yoga

04:01 | Jun 15th, 2016

A five-minute episode that explains my intention behind the podcast -- and why it's vital that we focus on self-acceptance rather than self-achievement in yoga. Shownotes:
Sally Kempton: Ideas, Insights, & Self-Inquiry Practices for Fear

45:03 | Jun 6th, 2016

Sally Kempton spent twenty years as a teaching monk in the Saraswati lineage and yet she is keenly in touch with the problems that everyday people face. On this episode, Sally and I talk about using yoga and meditation to help you cope with fear. She...Show More
Jason Crandell: Navigating Life as a Modern Yoga Teacher

41:14 | Jun 1st, 2016

In this episode, Jason Crandell (aka my hubby) and I get down to brass tacks and talk about what it takes to make it as a yoga teacher. We also discuss the concept of "yogalebrity," how to navigate social media as a yoga teacher, and more. A nerdy co...Show More
Stacy Meyrowitz: Yoga Saved My Life

38:28 | May 24th, 2016

This week Stacy Meyrowitz shares her uplifting story of how yoga helped her piece her life back together after a brain hemorrhage. She credits yoga with everything from bringing her out of a deep depression, to relearning right and left, to building ...Show More
Amy Ippoliti: Meditating with a Manta Ray, Empowering Yoga Teachers, and Female Role Models

46:08 | Apr 7th, 2016

An uplifting yoga story for Earth Day! I talked to well-known yoga teacher and environmental activist Amy Ippoliti about her project to raise awareness for marine life. She shares what it was like doing yoga with whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphin...Show More