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In this second  Short Yin Yoga Practice Snack, Jen shares three postures that target the inner and outer thighs to help promote gracefulness and mobility in areas that are often stiff. Jen also sprinkles in a dash of mindfulness of body sensation while encouraging you to also notice the way your mind reacts to being in the postures. Postures in this practice: dragonflyreclined, single leg twist x2Props you might need:block bolster or firm cushionyoga blanket or stiff beach towelVisit our Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/skillfulmeanspodcast/) for a time lapse video of this practice if you aren't familiar with the postures. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can get in touch with Jen directly at https://www.sati.yoga where she offers yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops, trainings, and IFS coaching.
In the next few discussion episodes, Annie and Jen will explore some of the common opposites that show up in our practices spaces and in conversations among practitioners and teachers. They start things off with the friction between purusha (unbounded consciousness) and prakriti (form/matter), which are outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as the framework for understanding our existence in the universe. How does one balance the needs of the form body with the spiritual aims of practice? Are we too enamored with the physical aims of practice or too pre-occupied with transcending form? Mentioned on the show:Your Atomic Self by Curt Stager~ ~ ~Reach out to us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.You can get in touch with Jen through her website (http://www.sati.yoga) and Annie through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio (https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com). Listen live to Annie's dharma talks on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/SunMoonYogaStudio/featured). 
This is the first practice in a series Jen is calling "Yin Shorts: Short Yin Yoga Practice Snacks with a Dash of Mindfulness."Kicking things off, Jen focuses on the low back with three poses that will hopefully help you feel a little more mobile and comfortable in the low back. She'll also guide you through a survey of the three centers of your inner world: body, heart, and mind. Postures in this practice: sphinx1/2 butter variation x2Props you might need:block or twobolster or firm cushionyoga blanket or stiff beach towelVisit our Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/skillfulmeanspodcast/) for a time lapse video of this practice so you can see what the postures look like. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can get in touch with Jen directly at https://www.sati.yoga where she offers yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops, trainings, and IFS coaching.
Following on Annie's series of contemplative practices on the kleshas, Jen and Annie discuss how uncovering the roots of our "mental poisons" might guide us in navigating current events that feel particularly fraught. Resources Mentioned on the Show: G.R.A.C.E.: Training in Cultivating Compassion-based Interactions via Upaya Zen CenterThe Lightmaker's Manifesto by Karen WalrondWhat We're ReadingSmall Wonder: Essays by Barbara KingsolverWild Seed (Book 1 of The Patternist Series) by Octavia ButlerTen Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby~ ~ ~Reach out to us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.You can get in touch with Jen through her website (http://www.sati.yoga) and Annie through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio (https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com). Listen live to Annie's dharma talks on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/SunMoonYogaStudio/featured). 
In the last practice in our series on the kleshas (hindrances) Annie masterfully guides you through a contemplation of abhinivesha. Often translated as "fear of death," it can also mean "will to live." But it's the flavor of fear of abhinivesha, compounded by other kleshas such as raga (attachment) and dvesha (aversion), that abhinivesha creates so much suffering. In this gentle practice, you'll connect with the cyclical quality of the breath as a signifier of the give and take of life. For repeat listens the meditation starts at 4:01. If your player supports chapter markings, you can skip ahead. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can find  Annie at https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com where she teaches hybrid online/in-person classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
This month, Annie and Jen discuss how consequential our language is, particularly when cultivating a culture of inclusivity in our yoga and spiritual spaces. We see yoga communities as microcosms of general society, and we believe that the grassroots work we do in our small spaces rolls up into the more nourishing and equitable world we'd like to see in the world. Teachers, Books, and other References mentioned in this episode:If we missed one, let us know at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.comEmergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree BrownDianne BondyPaul GrilleyYour Body Your Yoga by Bernie ClarkLeslie Kaminoff Amber KarnesJivana HeymanAccessible Yoga Community Kelly Diels~ ~ ~Reach out to us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.You can get in touch with Jen through her website (http://www.sati.yoga) and Annie through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio (https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com).
Continuing our contemplations of the kleshas — t he causes of suffering — Annie guides us through a tender exploration of dvesha, or aversion. Noting that we tend to view our aversions as safety measures, Annie gently encourages us to widen our bandwidth of experience to include discomfort so that we don't waste precious energy that we could be directing towards growth and transformation. For repeat listens the meditation starts at 3:48. If your player supports chapter markings, you can skip ahead. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can find  Annie at https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com where she teaches hybrid online/in-person classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
Annie and Jen explore the nuances of Tapas (heat) and Santosha (contentment), two oft misunderstood concepts. Is tapas really about burning off impurities through vigorous practice? Is santosha a ticket to complicity? Have a listen and let us know what you think!~ ~ ~What We're Reading:The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiThe Expanse Series by James S. A. CoreyGrounded Spirituality by Jeff Brown~ ~ ~Reach out to us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.You can also get in touch with Jen through her website (http://www.sati.yoga) and Annie through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio (https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com).
In this heart-filled third of five practices on the kleshas – the causes of suffering — Annie guides you through the difference between love and attachment (raga), beautifully bringing to light how the suffering of our conditioned experience snuffs out the luminous essence and unconditional presence of divine humanhood. For repeat listens the meditation starts at 2:57. If your player supports chapter markings, you can skip ahead. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can find  Annie at https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com where she teaches hybrid online/in-person classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
Jen and Annie excavate some themes and lessons from the hit TV show "Ted Lasso" including: the shadowy side of positivity culture, how much are we truly responsible for other people's wellbeing, the ways in which letting go of craving and aversion comprise the maturation process, and the sympathetic joy modeled in key characters' friendship. They also share some everyday practices that'll help you find yoga in ordinary moments. Mentioned In Everyday PracticesGrounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler BassFind Jen's Restful Winter UnChallenge on Instagram: @satijen~ ~ ~Reach out to us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.You can also get in touch with Jen through her website (http://www.sati.yoga) and Annie through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio (https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com).
In this second of five practices on the kleshas – the obstacles that hide our true self – Annie unpacks a beautiful contemplation of asmita, egoism. More than just holding a high opinion of one's self, asmita is all about mistaking the ever-changing features of our existence as permanent and definitive. When we are able to see through this veil of separation, we move further from suffering and closer to our divine, wise nature. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can find  Annie at https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com where she teaches hybrid online/in-person classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
#56 Better Together

#56 Better Together

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Annie and Jen examine a problematic dynamic in yoga spaces where competition fuels predatory tactics that ultimately serve few people. They also discuss the commodification of yoga classes and how studios and independent yoga teachers can  come together in shared purpose and mutual support. ~ ~ ~What We're Reading:Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville by Akash KapurLit From Within: Yoga, Teachings, and Practices to Illuminate Our Inner Lives by Sarah PowersJailbreak: The Making and Breaking of our Invisible Prisons - An IFS Informed Escape by Angela Huebner~ ~ ~Mentioned on the Show:Therapeutic Yoga Training with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal~ ~ ~You can reach out to us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.You can also get in touch with Jen through her website (http://www.sati.yoga) and Annie through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio (https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com).
The philosophical tradition of yoga suggests five root causes of suffering, known in Sanskrit as kleshas. While the  specific spins of our minds differ from person to person, these "hindrances" can be considered universal. In this contemplative practice with Annie Moyer, we’ll focus on the first of these culprits, avidya (ignorance), which is a misunderstanding of our true nature — a confusion between what’s eternal and what’s fleeting. Whenever a distraction grabs hold, we'll practice meeting it with a wisdom reference that reframes our understanding of the essence of being-ness. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can find  Annie at https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com where she teaches hybrid online/in-person classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
This week, Jen welcomes her new cohost Annie Moyer to the show. They discussAnnie's unusual yoga beginnings, her yoga guide stars, her thoughts on what yoga students are seeking in a post-pandemic world,and Annie's work with Awakening Yoga Spaces, a non-profit coalition of yoga and wellness communities committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the yoga world. ~ ~ ~Find out more about Awakening Yoga Spaces: https://www.awakeningyogaspaces.com~ ~ ~You can reach out to us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.You can also get in touch with Jen through her website (http://www.sati.yoga) and Annie through Sun & Moon Yoga Studio (https://www.sunandmoonstudio.com).
So it happens that impermanence has found its way to Skillful Means Podcast. Jen teases some updates and says adieu to Sarah Jane who is stepping back (but not away) to expand her work in a number of exciting – and needed – areas. Find out more about Sarah Jane's upcoming programs at https://www.sarahjaneshangraw.comShe will soon be offering a  Mindfulness for Yoga Teachers Course, and several End of Life Programs including a Death Cafe. You can also join one of her two weekly virtual offerings. And be sure to return next week when Jen will introduce her new co-host. They're chatting about competition in the yoga world and how teachers and studios can collaborate more. ~~~We love your feedback! You can find us on  Facebook and Instagram. We also welcome your messages at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com or in our voicemail box on SpeakPipe.
Frequent bouts of stress and anxiety create physical tension in the body. When stress persists, we can "forget" how to relax, a common source of chronic pain. In this practice, Jen prompts you to alternate between tensing and relaxing different muscle groups to help you not only release chronic muscle tension, but also get more familiar with the difference between what tension and relaxation feels like. Progressive Relaxation is well-studied and has been shown to not only reduce the effects of stress and anxiety, but also relieve insomnia, decrease headaches, control blood pressure, and ease digestive upset. Instructions for how to set up for this practice start at 1:36 and the meditation starts at 2:30. If your podcast app supports chapters makers, you can use them to skip ahead. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can get in touch with Jen directly at https://www.sati.yoga where she offers yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops, trainings, and IFS coaching.
Of the many reasons to practice Yin Yoga, working with the energy body  is one of the most alluring. Yet, this ephemeral force can be elusive for many practitioners. In this guided practice, Jen takes you through a short series of gentle and accessible Yin Yoga poses while directing your attention through the physical realm and into the subtle body. The practice follows a brief introduction at 1:24. If you podcast player supports chapter markers, you can skip ahead. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can get in touch with Jen directly at https://www.sati.yoga where she offers yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops, trainings, and IFS coaching.
In the Second Foundation of Mindfulness, the Buddha outlines practices for working with feelings.  Not quite the same as emotions, feelings are the visceral, body-based responses to circumstances before the mind turns them into emotions.  In this guided practice, Jen helps you to establish a neutral anchor with the breath before exploring the preferential tones - also known as hedonic tones - that arise in response to how we feel from moment to moment. This episode  begins with a short talk. Use the chapter marker or jump to 2:45 to skip straight to the meditation.~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can get in touch with Jen directly at https://www.sati.yoga where she offers yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops, trainings, and IFS coaching.
With this meditation, Sarah Jane takes the instructions “Pause, Soften, and Connect,” which are often delivered at the beginning of a meditation, and stretches the time we spend with each one. With occasional instruction, she illuminates the possibilities each of them points to: With “pause,” the shift from everyday mind to mindfulness; with “soften,” receptivity and the ability to stay with; and with “connect,” growing our internal awareness to include what is external. In a wonderful way, this mindfulness meditation supports the simple change from doing to being.Also, in familiarizing ourselves with the feel of the body-heart-mind system when we follow these guidelines, we are building a muscle we can use  in everyday life to slow ourselves down and bring our full presence to what is happening inside and around us. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can get in touch with Sarah Jane directly at https://www.sarahjaneshangraw.com/ where she offers a donation-based mindfulness/compassion practice group, weekly Insight Yoga classes, and 1:1 sessions. 
Unfortunately for humans, our nervous system's stress response only has two settings (on and off) even though we understand degrees of tension. Whether we feel the pressure of a work deadline or an existential threat, our body responds the same way. However, we can "hack" the stress response with body-based tools that tell the nervous system that we're OK. In this episode, Jen guides you through a simple and powerful embodiment practice using breath work and sensation to send a signal to your brain that you're OK even when there's tremendous uncertainty. ~Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey. We welcome your comments. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us a note at feedback@skillfulmeanspodcast.com, or leave us a voicemail at https://www.speakpipe.com/skillfulmeanspodcast. You can get in touch with Jen directly at https://sati.yoga where she offers yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops, trainings, and IFS coaching.
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