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The Wise Way to Yoga

The Wise Way to Yoga

By Mona Kelly
Yoga comes from India, where the main religion is Hinduism. So is yoga a religion? In this fascinating first episode of The Wise Way to Yoga Podcast, Cecile Raynor and Mona Kelly talk about the origins of Yoga and how it evolved into the modern version of Hatha yoga that we know today. They are also covering how modern Hatha yoga was strongly influenced by those who founded modern fitness, including the one flaw that is limiting our practice. Listen to what they suggest as a remedy to honor not only the beautiful practice of Hatha yoga but also the uniqueness and intelligence of our bodies.
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1. The Origins of Yoga (Part 1): Is Yoga a religion?

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8: Does Looking Fit Means Being Healthy?
Welcome to episode 8 of The Wise Way to Yoga where Cecile and I talk about the 2 key misconceptions people may have about movement and posture and how looking fit doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy. Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a multi-passionate yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. She is also a student of Cecile which means that her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid and safe yoga practice. She also practices Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile’s website: http://www.cecileraynor.com/ Cecile’s blog: https://offthematyogablog.com Mona's website: https://monakelly.wixsite.com/bodypurpose
29:31
February 10, 2021
7: Fake vs. Natural Joints: A Key Distinction to Properly Address Muscle Tension
Do you have any joint problems or muscle tensions? If you do, you’ll appreciate this episode where Cecile and Mona Kelly discuss what may be at the root of those discomforts. And this starts with knowing the difference between natural and "fake" joints. Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. Also a student of Cecile, her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid and safe yoga practice. She also practices Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools in her honest opinion. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile’s website: http://www.cecileraynor.com/ Cecile’s blog: https://offthematyogablog.com The Wise Way to Yoga (book) *: https://amzn.to/2RBWPjY Mona’s website: http://www.monakelly.net
22:08
October 9, 2020
6. What is Wrong with Always Doing What “Feels Right”?
Welcome to episode 6 of The Wise Way to Yoga where Cecile Raynor and Mona Kelly explore why “doing what feels right” on the mat is not the best way to practice yoga safely and be truly in tune with the intelligence of your whole-body. Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a multi-passionate yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. She is also a student of Cecile which means that her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid and safe yoga practice. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile’s website: http://www.cecileraynor.com/ Cecile’s blog: https://offthematyogablog.com The Wise Way to Yoga (book) *: https://amzn.to/2RBWPjY Mona’s website: http://www.monakelly.net
23:04
August 2, 2020
COVID-19 SPECIAL EPISODE #2: Stress Relief and Immunity through Mindful Movement
Welcome to this second special edition of The Wise Way to Yoga where Cecile Raynor and Mona Kelly address how mindful movements, proper nutrition and meditation can help us lower our stress level and improve our immune system in these extreme COVID-19 circumstances. Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a multi-passionate yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. She is also a student of Cecile which means that her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid and safe yoga practice. She also practices Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile’s website: http://www.cecileraynor.com/ The Wise Way to Yoga (book) *: https://amzn.to/2RBWPjY Mona’s website: http://www.monakelly.net (*) Affiliate link
29:26
April 9, 2020
COVID-19 SPECIAL EPISODE: The Wise Way to Manage your Stress and Strengthen your Immune System (during a pandemic health crisis)
Welcome to this special edition of The Wise Way to Yoga where Cecile and Mona talk about the wise way to cope with Covid-19, aka the Corona Virus, that has been setting the world on fear and fire over the past several weeks. In today’s episode, they've decided to address how to best handle the stress that a widespread disease brings to our lives as well as look at simple and easy solutions that can help strengthen our immune system. They also discuss the silver lining of this unprecedented event.  Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly, is a yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. Also a student of Cecile, her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid, fun and safe yoga practice. She also consults on Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools in her humble opinion. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile Raynor's Website The Wise Way to Yoga (book) * Mona Kelly's YouTube Channel (*) Affiliate link
23:44
March 20, 2020
5. Can we challenge ourselves on the mat and keep it safe at the same time?
Welcome to The Wise Way to Yoga Podcast. In episode #5, Cecile Raynor and Mona Kelly talk about the concept of “being comfortable with the uncomfortable” often heard in yoga classes and how strengthening and challenging ourselves can happen without unnecessary excess tension, without overdoing it and without the potential of getting hurt. Cecile Raynor is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, the main inspiration for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. Also a student of Cecile, her classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fun and safe yoga practice. She also practices Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile’s website: http://www.cecileraynor.com/ Cecile’s blog: https://offthematyogablog.com The Wise Way to Yoga book (*): https://amzn.to/2RBWPjY Mona’s website: http://www.monakelly.net (*) Affiliate link
17:00
February 10, 2020
4. Does the knowledge of anatomy necessarily mean safety on the yoga mat?
Anatomy is an important part of most yoga teacher’s training but does it mean that the knowledge of anatomy leads to safety on the mat? And what impact does it have on a deep mind/body connection? In this 4th episode of The Wise Way to Yoga Podcast, Cecile Raynor and Mona Kelly discuss how detailed anatomical descriptions during class doesn’t necessarily mean a pain or injury free practice and how it can actually lead us to mind-body disconnection. Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. Also a student of Cecile, her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid, fun and safe yoga practice. She also consults on Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile’s website: http://www.cecileraynor.com/ Cecile’s blog: https://offthematyogablog.com The Wise Way to Yoga (book) *: https://amzn.to/2RBWPjY Mona’s website: http://www.monakelly.net (*) Affiliate link
20:52
January 29, 2020
3. Is gentle yoga always safe?
In this 3rd episode of the Wise Way to Yoga Podcast, Cecile and I discuss why gentle yoga is not always safe and why “listening to your body” is not the same as  “listening to your whole body intelligence”. We also touch on body image and how it can affect safety on the yoga mat and a lot of other fascinating topics so that, you, dear listener, can not only practice yoga safely but also so that you can learn to reconnect your mind and body, tap into your body’s intelligence and feel expansive in the process. Cecile Raynor is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a multi-passionate yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. She is also a student of Cecile which means that her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid and safe yoga practice. She also practices Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile Raynor: official website: http://www.alexandertec.com/ blog: https://offthematyogablog.com/about/ book: The Wise Way to Yoga, https://amzn.to/2FBjMNy (*) Mona Kelly official website: www.monakelly.net YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr-BNSORC2XiCHU-l4iGfBQ (*) Affiliate link Photo by Katee Lue on Unsplash
30:04
January 10, 2020
2. The Origins of Yoga (part 2): What was the secret ingredient that influenced the development of fitness, including Yoga?
In part 2 of The Origins of Yoga, The Wise Way to Yoga Podcast hosted by Cecile Raynor and Mona Kelly, address the secret ingredient that influenced the development of fitness, including yoga as we know it today. They also tackle the no pain, no gain mentality that has infiltrated today’s yoga world, how challenging it can be to move away from it and the solution they bring for an injury-free yoga practice. Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a multi-passionate yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. She is also a student of Cecile which means that her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid and safe yoga practice. She also practices Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile Raynor's Website Cecile Raynor's Blog The Wise Way to Yoga (book) * Mona Kelly's YouTube Channel (*) Affiliate link Photo by Katee Lue on Unsplash
23:31
December 20, 2019
1. The Origins of Yoga (Part 1): Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga comes from India, where the main religion is Hinduism. Does is mean yoga is a religion? In this fascinating first episode of The Wise Way to Yoga Podcast hosted by Cecile Raynor and Mona Kelly, they talk about the origins of Yoga and how it evolved into the modern version of Hatha yoga that we know today. We are also covering how this modern version has been strongly influenced by the flaws that affected the way physical yoga started and what we suggest instead to honor not only the beautiful practice of Hatha yoga but also how unique and intelligent our bodies are so that we can move away from the tyranny of posture-perfect practices and avoid injuries.  Cecile is an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT). Cecile has been practicing in the Boston area for over 20 years. She has also trained as a Thai Yoga therapist and is The author of the book, The Wise Way to Yoga, our main inspiration and base for this Podcast. Mona Kelly is a multi-passionate yoga teacher, certified in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. She is also a student of Cecile which means that her yoga classes, taught exclusively online, integrate the Alexander Technique principles for a fluid and safe yoga practice. She also practices Vedic astrology, one of the most profound self-knowledge tools. This is where you can find Cecile and Mona online and beyond this Podcast: Cecile Raynor's Website Cecile Raynor's Blog The Wise Way to Yoga (book) * Mona Kelly's YouTube Channel (*) Affiliate link
21:43
December 14, 2019