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Hello! I am a yoga teacher and yoga therapist in Austin, Texas.
I help make yoga teachings relevant to your life today.

What you're about to hear is the opening of my public yoga class where I introduce an idea that I hope you can use on the mat...and OFF the mat... in your everyday life. Then we'll set an intention, and do some guided breathing.

You can listen to this while you're driving, or doing the dishes, or maybe you can take a break...just STOP. Get CENTERED...before moving on with your day. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
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76: "Yes" is the new "No"

76: "Yes" is the new "No"

2020-01-2800:11:58

This episode is all about saying “YES.” “YES!” to the things you DO want, the direction you DO want to go, the people you DO want to surround yourself with.  Focusing positively on the choices you do want  allows a greater sense of freedom and abundance.  All those “yeses” come together to pour the foundation for the life you’re building.  With a structurally sound foundation, the sky is the limit! As I talk about in this week’s podcast, and in my blog at jessgyoga.com, saying “yes” to daily yoga practice is not “no” to other things! But it’s hard to structure it into our lives, I know that for sure.  That’s why I am constantly trying to come up with new ways to get you your yoga in a way that is practical, relatable, beautiful, convenient, and most of all, enjoyable. My greatest initiative in providing this framework is available right now through February 9 when the cart closes. Chakra Savvy: Embodiment is your opportunity for daily yoga practice that fits with your time and place. It's a deep dive into the experience of Chakra One, which is grounding, stable, self-loving, and deeply connected. go to chakrasavvy.com and join others like you who are ready to say “yes” to the best version of their life today.  “Yes” to the abundance life has to offer! See you Friday at 7:30 am for Ready, Get Centered, Go! LIVE on Facebook! P.S.  There is ONE SPACE available in ARUBA! You can experience daily yoga in Paradise!  This can be your reset button to the yoga-infused life you're craving.  I'll teach you how.  We can talk about it, plan, and strategize your continual yoga path for once you're back on the mainland. It's a great investment in YOUR LIFE! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
75: Embodiment

75: Embodiment

2020-01-2100:10:29

Today I’m talking about chakras.  Yes, those wheels of energy in your body that help you interface with your interior and exterior world.  Our knowledge of them comes from the meditations and experiences of the ancient yogis, and we now know they are located at the seven groups of nerve ganglia that line up along the spine. I love the chakra system for self-study, transformation, and healing. For fifteen years now, once a year I teach a full week of classes on one chakra at a time. Many of you have been there for these classes, and I always hear about the fantastic transformation, understanding, and empowerment that comes from the chakra series. In fact, The number one question students ask me is, "When are you teaching your chakra series again?" Well my friends, The answer is NOW, and it's even better. I have always wanted the chance to go deeper, explain more, and give more practices that support the asana we do on our mats.. So please, allow me to introduce you to CHAKRA Savvy, my emerging suite of online courses perfectly designed to bust through blockages get you on track for the life you know you can have.  The first course, Embodiment,  is a proven, mind-spirit-body system to harness the Energy of Chakra One and set a new foundation built on connection, gratitude, and trust in the world. Find out more at www.jessgyoga.com and www.chakrasavvy.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
"Checking in" with yourself every day is a facet of self-study that is invaluable to personal growth and healthy relationships.  It’s a process of tuning in to the conversation going on between your interior and exterior environments.  The chakras, or the seven centers of energy that align with your spine, have valuable information to share with you about how balanced you are--you just have to learn to speak their language.  There are 5 clear steps to tuning in.  The order can be changed according to experience.  You can download a handy Chakra Savvy Reference PDF to have on hand as a guide to your practice.   Enjoy the journey! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
“There is an Energy in the world that is life-giving and all-pervasive.  This energy is within you. You ARE this energy." Welcome to the first podcast of the new year--the new decade! This season I want to try something new--I’m going to start my podcast by talking to you directly. So now, in addition to the centering and guided breathing you usually hear, I want to give you some valuable nuggets that you might not get in just the class opening chat. I want to empower you to go deeper, ask yourself challenging questions, and open to the insights you have within you, but maybe don’t have a road-map of how to get there. My road-map starts with INTENTION, which is my word for 2020.  It is my theme for the year.  I want everything I do, every relationship I maintain, and every event I create or attend to have the intention of living my life purpose, which is teaching you how to live well and in harmony with YOUR life purpose! Here are the links to four of my INTENTIONAL events happening this month: First, Facebook Live Friday starts this week! I’ll see you on jessgyoga facebook page at 7am every Friday for a wonderful 30 minute practice to end your week on a high note, and start your weekend calm and happy. Second:if you’re in the Austin area this weekend, January 11, I am teaming up again with Erin Mursch of Organized for Good, and we are doing another Making Space workshop, combining yoga and the Kon Mari Method of organization to help you create a home that is grounding and supportive and a body that has space for ease and joy. Third: On January 18, I am leading the yoga portion of a wonderful day-long retreat at John Knox Ranch, about an hour outside Austin. It’s called Time Out to Regroup with God, where you will join others in worship and learning contemplative practices that will bring you daily experiences of the holy. And fourth: you should come with me to Aruba on February 28. I know my students have very busy lives, full of career, family, and friend obligations that can feel overwhelming at times.  The BEST WAY to balance this is a vacation that has yoga, meditation, adventure, and the ocean.  I personally can’t WAIT to come home from vacation feeling restored and ready to return to life, rather than feeling the need to recover. The LAST DAY to sign up is January 14, so please don’t delay! Now join me in my class as we get centered on how to tune in, listen, and follow this beautiful incarnate energy. **If you're curious about the chakra system and want to get started, I encourage you to go listen to my podcast episodes dedicated to each chakra.  They start at episode 19, published on November 19, 2018. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
As we head into the year 2020 I want to prepare the way by identifying with what is true and clear. What helps us have perfect vision: the light that is within us. Without this light our vision is clouded by wrong identification. This means we begin to identify more with the external than the internal, more with our ego than with our spirit. We start to suffer because we attach our happiness to material things, and because we allow things that we don’t like to agitate us. There’s a beautiful mantra that we use in yoga which is Sat Nam. Sat Nam basically means I am, or I am that. I am that which is eternal. When you use this mantra you could just say "I am" and remember who you are.  Or you could say "Sat Nam," and remember that you are identifying yourself with the beauty beyond your ego. In this week's podcast, we breathe and center on the mantra Sat Nam, and I identify four ways to remember to identify yourself with what is beautiful and eternal this holiday season. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
70: Unwind

70: Unwind

2019-12-0300:10:06

Here's a centering practice to unwind as the holidays tie you up! More expanded content and thoughtful guidance at www.jessgyoga.com/blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
The "Thank You" Breath

The "Thank You" Breath

2019-11-2600:12:11

The "Thank You" Breath is three things for us: Shortcut to the present moment. Short circuit to negative thinking. Step towards faith. Gratitude routs out anxiety that comes from thinking you have control over things you have no control over. Read more at www.jessgyoga.com/blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
68: Center on Thank You

68: Center on Thank You

2019-11-1900:09:52

This week's podcast is seasonally appropriate, as the intention is THANK YOU.  Once again, I suggest you stop to do this one. Breathe with the instructions, and get recentered as you feel gratitude fill your body.  You might just avoid the "holiday  gluttony-guilt-repent-detox cycle" this year. May you take the time to stop and recenter on what's important, again and again and again. Blog post with 3 steps to recenter at https://www.jessgyoga.com/blog/the-recenter-cycle --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
Awaken

Awaken

2019-11-1200:13:28

This week’s podcast episode is a tad different, as it is a short centering practice. So I encourage you to find a quiet space with some room to move and prepare for Awakening.(reading from Pema Chodron’s book Comfortable with Uncertainty) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
66. Reset button

66. Reset button

2019-11-0500:09:26

We get to reset everywhere we want.  Friendships, career paths, attitudes, wellness goals, breaking habits, testing new waters... Now (inhale), yoga begins (exhale). This week's podcast sets the intention of RESET on the mind and the breath.  (And there's some happy baby pose thrown in, so if you can, find some floor space and join in!) May you remember that every moment is a chance to reset, whatever it is that needs it. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
In this episode, I read again from Pema Chodron's book, Comfortable with Uncertainty.  The first line of of the fourth teaching is,    "The central question of a warrior's training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear, but how we relate to discomfort."   Kaivalyam is a term used in the householder tradition of yoga that is defined as "freedom." This freedom comes from having space between stimulus and response.  We are not chained to our reactions! Here I explore this idea and guide an intention of sticking with uncertainty.   My blog goes in another direction with an enlightening game of "horse handshake." www.jessgyoga.com/blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
In the reading I do in this week's podcast, we come across Pema Chodron's words and her use of the cocoon metaphor in a way I have never encountered.  She describes the cocoon as the life we create around ourselves that is safe, predictable, convenient, and trustworthy. This is not freedom.  This is your cocoon preventing a broader, more enriching experience of the full spectrum of life.  As Pema puts it, outside of our cocoon "are all the planets and all the galaxies and vast space, but we're stuck here in this cocoon." Expanded content on my blog! www.jessgyoga.com/blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
Who among us does not have a desire for CONTROL.? Not having control over parts of our lives is SCARY!! We might want to hide until the hard stuff passes.  We might avoid uncomfortable situations and conversations because we don't know how they will turn out. This last year in my life has been full of uncertainty, tons of change, lots of sitting through uncomfortable waiting.  I've come up against being out of control time and time again.  Which is why I decided to read Pema Chodron's book, Comfortable with Uncertainty. In it she begins to train us to be warriors--"not warriors who kill, but warriors of non-aggression who hear the cries of the world." Warriors who don't run away.  Warriors who are brave enough to stay and be with what is. This podcast episode helps us breathe into her words and life-giving advice.  Read more expanded content and thoughtful guidance about the subject on my blog at www.jessgyoga.com/blog.  May you realize you are a warrior, just by showing up with your whole self. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
"Forget self-improvement and [bask] in what's already great about yourself." --Willibald Ruch, from TIME article "Nine Ways to Feel More Joy."  Full blog post about focusing on your character strengths to experience more happiness at www.jessgyoga.com/blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
Are some of us born with a "happiness gene?"  My mom thinks so 😊👍 Whether or not we have a happiness gene, for ALL of us the practice of pausing to savor small things throughout the day has a big impact on our overall happiness. Check out this week's podcast to hear how you can up your happiness factor in 15 second increments. Follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Sign up on website for weekly newsletters full of expanded content straight to your inbox!  https://www.instagram.com/jessgyoga/ https://www.facebook.com/JessGYoga/ www.jessgyoga.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
This episode is a lively conversation with Laura Forsyth, founder and CEO of OneYogaGlobal, an international yoga retreat company.   You'll hear about how she came to yoga, to retreats, and her experiences organizing global yoga adventures.  She's a TOTAL PRO at this. I couldn't be more excited to chat about our upcoming retreat to ARUBA! February 28- March 5, 2020.   Can you picture it?  Right when you are ready to be done with the cold and rainy season, you will take off for 6 days to rest, detox, have an adventure, do the most yoga ever, make friends, laugh, go deep, and feel great in the warm and toasty sand and sun of Aruba. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh........ If you've ever had an itch to travel AND do your yoga, or take a vacation that requires no "recovery time," this is your chance. And if you sign up before October 1, it's $150 off! Early holiday gift, anyone? ;) Talking with her, I can almost TASTE the salty air and feel the sand under my feet--while doing yoga! ALL LEVELS welcome! Everything you need to know can be found at https://www.oneyogaglobal.com/current-yoga-retreats/aruba-with-jess-goulding/ and linked on my website, https://www.jessgyoga.com/ May you find your path to Aruba, and I will meet you there... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
Your energy is a precious gift.  It is a unique resource that must be replenished and protected. It is a gift to be shared through healthy participation.  It is nourished through your attention, self-care, and thoughtful discrimination. In this week's podcast I talk more about Brahmacharya in our everyday lives, and we tune in to how our energy is feeling right now and where it is felt in our bodies. To learn more about Brahmacharya and healthy BOUNDARIES, check out my blog post: www.jessgyoga.com/social May you always remember to be a loving gatekeeper of your precious energy. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
58. Asteya: Generosity

58. Asteya: Generosity

2019-09-1000:09:16

Asteya is usually translated as non-stealing. But I know that most of you aren't shoplifters or bank robbers, so we have to look deeper ;) What if that book you keep on your shelf but will never read again steals the opportunity for someone else to read it?  Isn't accepting accolades or credit for something you didn't do the same as stealing? When greed seeps in and makes us want more for ourselves than we need, there is poverty of spirit and stealing of resources. The thing about going to get more than is yours, or taking someone else's, is that it prevents your true wealth from flowing into you. In this week's podcast, learn how to breathe with a non-stealing rhythm of life, flowing from reverence, to gratitude, generosity, to patience. Read more about applying Asteya to your life on my blog. www.jessgyoga.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
57. Aparigraha: Abundance

57. Aparigraha: Abundance

2019-09-0300:09:41

Aparigraha reminds us of the ABUNDANCE of life. It is the clinging that shows we forgot. As Nischala Joy Devi puts it in The Secret Power of Yoga, "Life's ebb and flow brings things into our life and then out again.  Even the slightest hesitation of holding impedes the flow...If you believe that material and spiritual blessings are infinite, a cornucopia awaits you." In this week's podcast, I talk more about Aparigraha, and we practice breathing into a sense that there is enough.  We couple this with gratitude, which is the antidote to scarcity. For more on aparigraha,  visit my blog, Unfolding on the Mat.  www.jessgyoga.com/blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
56. Satya: Truth

56. Satya: Truth

2019-08-2700:11:26

This week I'm here to tell you: You CAN handle the truth! In fact, not only can you handle it, you ARE it. But sometimes we can't see it.  We do not see by the Light of Truth within, so we can't see the Light of Truth around us.  Things like inner conflict, lack of sleep, poor diet, increased stress, and lack of movement cloud our perception.  We start to see the world as ugly, lacking, and dark.  We are more easily fooled by the illusion of separateness and scarcity.  Attachments and aversions creep in and create suffering. We get a lot of dross covering up our golden joy. In this week's podcast, I discuss the second YAMA of SATYA, or Truth.  In its most basic form, SATYA takes the form of controlling speech so as not to lie.  But beyond that, when you establish your life in Truth, it "burns away the dross"(B.K.S Iyengar, Light on Yoga) and reveals a life of abundance. Interested in a yoga practice to burn away the dross?  Go to my Blog Page and get started!  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jessica-goulding/support
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