Yogaland Podcast
Yogaland Podcast
Andrea Ferretti
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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 self-awareness. From how yoga is being used in schools, to how it rewires our brains, to nitty gritty anatomy advice, to the simple ways it helps us navigate emotions. Yogaland is a dose of weekly inspiration that focuses on creating a happy, healthy, meaningful life. Support this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Will breaking with convention break your back?
“There’s more than one right.” This is something that Jason says often during his trainings. It applies to many different types of yoga postures (and many life circumstances, too!). For today’s episode, we’re talking about how it applies to backbending. Do you really have to keep your feet hip distance apart and parallel to each other? And what’s the risk of playing with different types of alignment?Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 14
43 min
Nobody likes how they look on Zoom
Jason has recorded hundreds (if not thousands!) of hours of asana and lecture videos in the last few years. And yet, it might surprise you to learn that he’s still a little self conscious about how he looks on video.Everyone has insecurities—even yoga teachers who have been getting in front of students for decades. So, on today's episode we're talking about some of our insecurities. We hope the conversation helps you feel less alone if you've ever felt this way and inspires you to keep showing up for your students anyway.Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 5
38 min
4 Templates for Making Your Sequences More Consistent
On last week's episode Jason shared why consistency is key when it comes to class planning and sequencing. This week he shares how to actual implement a consistent class curriculum with four different approaches or templates to crafting great yoga classes that keep your students coming back. Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 20
44 min
4 Yoga Sequencing Challenges (And How to Fix Them)
When it comes to sequencing, there are a few things that trip yoga teachers up time and time again. Jason’s back on the podcast today to talk about several of the mistakes he’s made himself through the years and how he’s shifted his approach to sequencing to overcome these challenges.Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 13
55 min
Why sequencing is a modern yoga teacher's most important skill
Ninety minutes is a really long time to stand in front of a group and talk, no matter how much you know about the topic! That's why having a clear plan is key for yoga teachers. (Because, as Jason points out, if you don't have some sort of plan, you'll either go off on random tangents or run out of things to say.) Today, Jason shares how he plans his yoga class sequences so his students are engaged and learning something meaningful every time. Plus, he addresses one of the most common objections yoga teachers give for not planning (creativity) and why he believes having a structure actually gives teachers more room to be creative, not less.Show this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 6
49 min
Your students are not your brand ambassadors
What do you hope to teach your students when you teach yoga? Is it to make shapes with their bodies? How about your teacher trainees -- is it to memorize and repeat your sequences and study only with you? This week, Jason shares the foundational values that inform his educational style, namely helping students become clear, critical, and independent thinkers that value context and understand different perspectives.Teaching this way means that you welcome questions, you allow a diversity of opinions, you encourage students to -- gasp! -- have more than one teacher or modality, and yet you still hold a container for so that your teaching is clear and accessible. ⁠Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 30
51 min
The Sutras, Part III - Three Approaches to the Eight Limbs of Yoga
Today, we return to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and Jason shares three models for applying the eight-limb path to life -- The Step-by-Step Model, The Integrated Model, and The Single Limb Model. Plus, stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear 5th anniversary messages from listeners!Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
May 24
1 hr 6 min
5 years of Yogaland (and counting!)
Can you believe we've been podcasting about yoga for 5 years!? For this special anniversary episode of Yogaland, Jason and I reflect on lessons we’ve learned through the years and the things that have surprised us most about our podcasting. Thanks for being a part of the journey.Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
May 11
49 min
The Neurobiology of Trauma + Yoga with Sarah Kadel
I'm so happy to have Sarah Kadel on the podcast today. Sarah is an Austin-based yoga teacher who is serving as a mentor teacher in Jason’s online advanced teacher training this year. I wanted to share her story with you because I think the world needs to hear her message about how yoga can be so helpful for those who have suffered with trauma in their lives. Sarah shares:* How yoga helped her understand and move past addiction* What the newest body of research says about the neurobiology of trauma* Helpful tips for yoga teachers who hope to make their classes trauma-informed or more friendly for students with all types of trauma* What to look for (and what to avoid) when you are looking for a trauma-informed yoga teacherShow notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
May 3
49 min
Yoga, Chai and a Dog
Today Jason and I are talking with Archna Mohan and Deepak Mohan, the hosts of the wonderful yoga podcast, Yoga, Chai, and a Dog, We touch on some of the things we have in common: podcasting, yoga, and what it's like to work with your spouse.We also ask a lot of questions about some areas where we differ. They share how yoga isn't something they "learned" growing up in India--it was just a part of their culture and a way of life. Deepak explains why he considers himself a non-yogi. And Archna talks about her background in the health and fitness industry and opens up about what it's like being a South Asian yoga teacher in the U.K.Show notes: this show See for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 28
57 min
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