This episode features an interview with Cynthia Pedraza, who taught the children’s class at Yoga Fest PDX. We talked about her approach to practicing with her daughters at home, her experience with teaching kids, and she shared some tips on getting your kids started in yoga.
This episode features Massage and Yoga Portland. We sat down with Stephanie O’Donnell-Peters, the owner of Massage and Yoga, along with Gabrielle Johnson and Cookie Jagger who gave hands-on adjustments to students while Stephanie taught her class at Yoga Fest.
The first in the series of Yoga Fest podcasts is an interview we did with a local Portland studio called Yoga Riot. Yoga Riot is a Baptiste yoga-inspired studio. We talked to Annie Ory, the founder of Yoga Riot, Kari Dougherty, Katie Presley, Stone Cairns, and two of their teacher training grads Taylor and Michael.
Tristan Katz talks about the process of going through multiple teacher trainings, teaching for a few years, and then realizing it’s not the right fit. Have you ever been through something similar? If so, you’re not alone – it’s more common than you might realize! This episode is about listening to your gut and following your own path.
This episode is all about yin yoga. My guest is Sarasvati Hewitt, who has been teaching yoga for over 13 years. She teaches vinyasa but her passion and her focus is yin, especially the intersection of neurobiology and yin. Listen to the episode to hear her explain how a yin practice can help regulate hormones, help with anxiety, and even PTSD. Visit the blog post for links to her teachers, more resources, and my fave yin yoga props.
Ever feel like you have the possibility to be so much more? Do you feel stuck, like you don’t know what’s holding you back? My friend Lisa Headley, a self-actualization teacher, sat down with me to talk about using mind, body, and spirit to move towards our most possible ourselves.
Episode 8 of Mo Yoga Less Problems features a returning guest, Chris Calarco. He and I talked about the intersection of depression and yoga, and specifically about his own personal experience. It’s a very honest and vulnerable conversation. If you know someone who suffers from depression, please share the episode with them.
Jill Case has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Jill uses a variety of ways to work with the energetics of our bodies in her approach to holistic healing. She incorporates astrology into yoga because she believes that the energy of what’s happening with the planets affects everybody, so she gives her students tools to work through it in their bodies.
Abby Kraai isn’t only a yoga teacher, but also an improv performer! She’s been teaching yoga and performing in improv shows since 2012. She was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 12 years old and eventually had to have 11 vertebrae in her spine fused together. In this episode, Abby talked about how she’s learned to appreciate what her body can do instead of resenting it for its limitations. She also shared lessons from improv we can all apply to our yoga practices.
In this episode, Chris Calarco talks to us about his journey from student to teacher, what he learned along the way, and what he’s working on now. Chris has been studying and teaching yoga for over 10 years. Before that, he was a mental health therapist. He teaches vinyasa, hatha, and an “advancing asana” workshop series. His style combines elements from many different lineages to find what works for different bodies.