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Your clear and science-based guide to the fundamentals and to evolving your practice. Our perspective is the biomechanics of yoga on the physical body, nervous system and mind, western medical explanations and the clinical evidence supporting yoga. Intro Topic Details

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Jennipher Walters podcast: Yoga for Everyday People – Learning Yoga and the Fundamentals

Jennipher Walters is the co-founder and co-author of The Fit Bottomed Girl Anti-Diet and Editor-in-Chief at Fit Bottomed Girls and Fit Bottomed Zen, Jenn has several fitness credentials under her belt: She is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, and advanced health and fitness specialist, and an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor. Fitbottomedzen - As Jennipher and [...]

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Yoga Nidra with Leading Teacher, Author, and Researcher Richard Miller: The science behind the remarkable benefits

If you have tried yoga nidra, you have most likely heard of Richard Miller, and may even recognize his voice. Richard has practiced, studied, taught and researched yoga nidra for more than forty years. His work brings stress relief, chronic pain relief and better sleep to many people including veterans where there has been exceptionally [...]

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12 Jewels of Wisdom from Yoga Experts that will Benefit Your Practice

The experts we interviewed in recent podcasts have shared some great insights that will help new and seasoned yoga practitioners get more out of yoga. We highlight 12 jewels of wisdom that will benefit your practice. One or two of these ideas should add an insight or a clarification to benefit your practice. Listen to the [...]

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Veterans Yoga Project: Extraordinary Example of the Power and Benefits of Yoga. Podcast with Founder Dan Libby

Dan is the Founder and Executive Director of the Veterans Yoga Project.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a yoga instructor. Both the US Army Surgeon-General and Defense Centers of Excellence confirmed Yoga as a complementary practice for the treatment of PTSD, and for the management of chronic pain in military and veteran settings. [...]

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12 Key Sanskrit Words Defined to Make Yoga More Clear

Words and sounds are an integral part of a group yoga class. The music in a group yoga class if often music that has evolved over the past 30 years in the American yoga culture. One of the most prominent voices is Krishna Das (formerly Jeff Kagel of Long Island). His signature deep voice sings Americanized versions [...]

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Leslie Kaminoff – Expert Yoga Teacher and Author Specializing in Yoga Anatomy

Leslie Kaminoff – The best-selling co-author of Yoga Anatomy. Leslie is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. An internationally recognized expert with 37 years of experience, Leslie teaches, and does workshops for yoga students and teachers. 2000 people have participated in Leslie’s online Yoga Anatomy workshops. Outline and Links from our [...]

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Not Yoga in a Conference Room. Try This to Engage More Employees to Learn the Mental and Physical Benefits of Yoga

Yogapilots has a new effective and economical method to bring the mental and physical benefits of yoga to employees. No doubt people are interested in yoga: The number of yoga practitioners grew from 20.4 million in 2012 to 37 million in 2016. Most people identify themselves as beginners; most people practice at home, and 90% [...]

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Mel Robin: Yoga Posture Effects and Western Medical Science Explanations, Podcast

Mel Robin is the author of a 1500 page book titled, A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers, The Incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Anatomy into the Practice, he is about to publish a more comprehensive eBook in 2016. Mel has practiced yoga, studied and taught Iyengar yoga for the past thirty years. Mel started practicing yoga [...]

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Stacy Plaske: Accomplished Local Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Mysore Style Practice, Chair Yoga for Seniors, Yoga and Religion

Podcast: Stacy Plaske is one of our great local yoga teachers specializing in the Ashtanga style of yoga. A founder and co-owner of Long Island-based Balance Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Huntington, NY. A teacher for fourteen years; Stacy traveled to India eight times and studied with the creator of Ashtanga yoga, Pattabhi Jois. Stacy is [...]

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History and Lineage of Yoga with Eric Shaw

Eric Shaw Podcast – Yoga Historian and Yoga Teacher. Eric studied and trained in yoga for more than twenty years. He has five academic degrees, and did his primary yoga training with Shandor Remete, Matt Huish and Arkady Shirin. Eric is currently working with Rod Stryker and his Parayoga form. Eric is an enthusiastic learned student of [...]

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Milard Roper: Accomplished Local Teacher – Forrest & Bhakti yoga. Strength of mind through yoga practice

Milard Roper is one of our accomplished and experienced local teachers here on Long Island. Milard has two studios in Huntington, NY offering; classes, teacher training and workshops. He studied yoga with several very senior yoga teachers including; 200 hours with Ana Forrest, 100 hours with Raganuth and 500 hours with Sandra Loring. In addition, Milard is a [...]

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Ellen Saltonstall: Accomplished Yoga Instructor and Author: Insights on preventing injuries, Yoga for arthritis and Bodymind Ballwork

Ellen Saltonstall is an accomplished yoga instructor and author. She has been teaching yoga for 30 years, originally training in the Iyengar and Anasura styles of yoga. Ellen is the co-author of two books, Yoga for Osteoporosis and Yoga for Arthritis. Ellen teaches yoga, therapeutic yoga and Yoga anatomy classes at her studio in New York City. www.ellensaltonstall.com [...]

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Five Questions to Ask your Yoga Teacher

1. How did your teacher learn yoga? Most good teachers have attended a certified yoga teacher training program. You should be able to Google the name of the school and verify it is a credible training school. Your teacher should have a biography online. A good teacher will also have a working knowledge of anatomy [...]

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Podcast: Healing Yoga – Dr. Loren Fishman, Remedies for Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Back-Pain and Weight Control

Dr. Loren Fishman has been practicing yoga for forty years, he trained for a year with yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar and is currently Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Fishman is a professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and has written and edited more than eighty academic articles and books [...]

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Podcast: Gordon Kaplan – 2000hr Yoga Teacher, Sports Trainer, Insight on Postures and Practice

Gordon Kaplan is a well-schooled and accomplished yoga teacher and yoga therapist. He is certified at 2000 hours. Gordon’s primary yoga training is in the Purna style of yoga that is derived from B.K.S. Iyengar's teachings. Gordon worked as an athletic trainer in collegiate basketball coaching with Bobby Knight, for the Orlando Magic and various [...]

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