May each conversation plant a seed in the discovery of what “Yoga” is.
Kelly Wulf’s path to Yoga teacher came out of necessity to serve others first and foremost. As the Program Director of Comeback Yoga she became aware of how she could be of service to military members and veterans. Her motivation for being a Yoga teacher and her experience as a teacher is not a voice often spoken. She offers a perspective of deep consideration for other teachers teaching this population as well as thoughts on how as Yoga teachers we could reflect on our intentions. Grab a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy this conversation between Kelly and LauraLynn, theYoke’s founder and executive director.
Faith Jansen, a lifelong practitioner of Yoga’s many facets for over four decades. Faith has been a dedicated student of Nichiren Buddhism, also known as Soka Gakki International for the majority of her life. She started her investigation of ancient practices with Transcendental meditation before devoting her faith to Buddhism. Now as she turns 69 she is delving even more deeply into āsana and other elements of Yoga. She continues to be a humble student of it all and shares the way her faith continues to grow and learn from all these practices.
Julie Merrill shares with us her expertise in marketing and teaching on the water. Though her main clientele is SUP (standup paddle board) professionals, Julie’s advice about business relates across all fields. She offers a checklist for starting out as a yoga professional (without the support of a studio). Additionally, steps for creating a strong marketing plan is outlined. So grab your note pad and a cup of tea as Julie share her wealth of knowledge.
Amber’s life is a continual revolution and testament to the power of Yoga. Initially, she used Yogic techniques to re-associate herself with her body post a traumatic sexual assault. Now she is dedicated to the integration of Yoga into every aspect of her life. In this podcast she offers insights for Yoga practitioners, studio owners, single moms and anyone working toward “life balance.”
Khalilah‘s path into Yoga (in all its’ gloriousness) took many years to get started. Imagery of the modern Yoga scene left her questioning her place in it as a black woman. Now years later she is grateful to not only be on the path of learning this ancient tradition, but also being a teacher to reach folks “who look like me.”
We are off to India for a bit.
See you late summer!
Marlene reflects on a multitude of aspects related to living Yoga. She provides many opportunities for reflection on dealing with the intellectual bypassing and how she fosters Yogic values with her two children. She is an Art of Living teacher and long time practitioner.
Teaching internationally now occupies over half of Stephanie‘s teaching time. She tells us about how her new cultural aware eyes are educating her as she leads trainings outside the US. We love her unique video game analogy for teachers, as she gently reminds us all about the most important skill of all, humbleness. She also offers her experiences in the less spoken about nādā Yoga, the Yoga of sound and so much more.
Elle Potter (aka Elizabeth Brodsky) was recognized with an advocacy award by the Yoga Alliance, in 2017, as the founder of Yoga Buzz. She shares how heading up this team effort is bringing a new approach to collaboration amongst studios and sharing Yoga in the St. Louis area. She also shares how the unveiling of an anxiety disorder played out in her life as a Yoga teachers. There are many juicy tidbits-bits about being a Yoga professional in this podcast. So take a break from your day, heat the tea kettle and sit back to enjoy.
Peter Snyder is on a mindful mission in the cultivation of his personal and professional life. In this podcast Peter Snyder shares how creating a life based on a mindful path led him to discover his teacher, Kinlock Walpoe and Zen meditation. We learn of his further exploration into mindfulness and now leading MBSR (mindful- based stress reduction) in the prison system, along with humbling moments of this work.
Marlo Nikkila is a creator of peace in every realm of her work from individual to group interactions. This podcast Marlo sits with shares her thoughts and reflections on the role of competition in the modern Yoga world with theYoke’s executive director, LauraLynn Jansen. They explore the role of competition (both positive and challenging) between students, teachers, studio owners and other Yoga professionals.
Priscilla Torres-Lopez is an Ashtanga teacher who strives to bring yogic living principles into every day life with her three young daughters. She shares how she uses mindfulness and mantra in daily family routines. Priscilla also offers her thoughts on being inspired on her path as a newer Yoga teacher.