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ROO #137: Kevin Courtney The Medicine of Yoga, Music, and the Present Moment

“It’s medicinal to be so present. It’s medicine and wherever that student is, in that moment, they’re either able to swallow it and be like, ‘oh thank you,’ or it’s going to be so bitter, scary, and frightening that they need to go off and do some more work before they are really able to inhabit the present moment.” * In this episode, Kevin Courtney, yoga teacher and musician, tells the story of his musical background from playing guitar in his youth to exploring the healing power of shamanic ceremony music. Kevin recounts the first yoga class he ever attended and what drew him back to his mat. He discusses how his evolution as a yoga teacher has been centered on maintaining a spirit of openness, gratitude, and co-creation in a highly commercialized yoga world. Kevin reflects on his experiences teaching at Bonnaroo Music Festival and Wanderlust Yoga Festival. He shares the creative process behind his yoga music album “Nada Sadhana.” Lastly, Kevin provides insight on practicing presence in music, yoga, and everyday life.

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ROO #107: Erin Taylor on Teaching Yoga to Athletes

In this episode, Erin Taylor, yoga teacher and global head coach of Jasyoga, tells the story of how a basketball injury brought her to yoga. She recounts the experience of teaching yoga to her college teammates and how this naturally put her in the role of yoga teacher. Erin explains the structure of Jasyoga, her revolutionary approach to teaching yoga to athletes. She discusses yoga for runners, including three essential yoga poses that runners should incorporate on a daily basis. Erin provides insights she has learned from her recent move from Seattle to England. She shares how she balances running with her yoga practice. Lastly, Erin reveals whats ahead for in 2015, including exciting developments for Jasyoga.

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ROO #99: Ame Wren on the Art of Yoga Teaching

Ame Wren is a Boston-based yoga teacher and director of Boston Yoga School In the episode, Ame tells the story of why she started practicing yoga. She reflects on the importance of saying yes in her path to becoming a yoga teacher. Ame discusses the power of the Boston yoga community. She reveals some of her self-care practice and how she fits in time to study with her favorite teachers. She explores how Iyengar yoga influences her teaching of Vinyasa yoga. Ame offers her perspective on the difference between yoga teaching versus yoga instructing and provides advice for those interested …

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ROO #97: Gillian Gibree on Practicing Yoga on Water

In the episode, Gillian Gebree, yoga teacher, professional ocean sports athlete, and owner of Paddle into Fitness, describes where her love of the ocean began from her childhood on Cape Cod. She explains what is stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga and the actual logistics of practicing yoga on the water. Gillian reflects on her most memorable teaching moment of 2014. She explores how she navigates the challenges of being self-employed and balancing her teaching with competing. Gillian reviews the different styles of water racing she participates in, and which discipline she likes the most. She shares on how she stays motivated in her training. Gillian offers insight on the practice of presence in water sports and yoga. Lastly, Gillian reveals whats on her yoga teaching and racing calendars in 2015.

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ROO #94: Sarah Baumert on Finding Home on Your Yoga Mat

In the episode, Sarah Baumert, yoga teacher and dancer, explains how she discovered yoga at the age of nine years old in a Nebraska bookstore. She tells the story of falling love with dance in her youth through the guidance of her passionate teacher. Sarah reflects on how yoga became a therapy for her body from the many hours of dancing at the University of Minnesota. She discusses what motivated her to become a yoga teacher. Sarah provides insight on the connection between yoga and dancing and how they complement one another in her life. She reveals challenges she faces in her own yoga practice. Sarah offers techniques for overcoming lack of motivation to get on one’s yoga mat and advice for those intimated to try yoga. Lastly, Sarah shares her teaching and life plans for 2015.

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ROO #80: Valerie D’Ambrosio on the Path of Self Love

In this episode, Valerie D’Ambrosio, life coach, yoga teacher, co-founder of the Hanuman Festival, and creator of Organic Twist, explains why she came to yoga. Valerie reflects on her journey healing from an eating disorder. She discusses the difference between self love and self care. Valerie recounts how she knew she wanted to be a life coach and reveals the meaning of meaning of Organic Twist. She recounts a story of transformation of one client she has coached. Valerie shares who she considers her teacher, including Louise Hay. She describes how she co-founded the Hanuman Festival and her journey stepping away from directing it. Lastly, Valerie previews upcoming projects and retreats for Organic Twist.

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