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#PracticeWithClara Podcast

By Clara Roberts-Oss
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast.

Clara Roberts-Oss and Stephanie Trembath share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor.

Each week the Practice With Clara Podcast is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion, we also answer questions from our listeners on the world of yoga, dive into the newest yoga class released weekly on the #PracticeWithClara video platform.

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A Year of Online Yoga and Powerful Conversations
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, Clara and Stephanie reflect on the past year to highlight the challenges, inspirational interviews, and all that they've learned.  * 0:55 The Origins of the PWC Podcast Clara and Steph share the origin story of the Practice with Clara Podcast in how it came to be and how the intention and community have shifted over the year. 6:10 Highlights from a Year of Engaging Interviews Clara and Steph share a few of the highlights with guests and topics presented in the podcast, including a few of their favorite interviews. 10:20 How We're Cultivating Community in 2021 Clara shares the key feedback and requests made by the community, and how the Practice with Clara team plans to respond in the New Year. 12:00 Focusing on Accountability and Motivation Clara and Steph share the history of the 30-day challenges and how PWC is infusing future events with more opportunities for practitioners to be motivated and held accountable. 19:18 The Biggest Takeaways and Learnings of 2020 Clara and Steph share their key takeaways and learnings from a year of online yoga, cultivating community, and hosting intimate conversations with guests on the podcast. 25:00 Teaching Public versus Online Yoga Classes Clara shares how she's adapted to teaching online classes, how sharing personal experience creates intimacy, and what's shifted for her since teaching in the virtual realm. 27:46 LIVE Yoga Classes with Practice with Clara Clara shares three of the things she's looking forward to in 2021 in terms of teaching and how the PWC platform is adding live yoga classes for the community. 30:19 Intention and Attention During the 30-Day Yoga Challenge Clara shares what she hopes to provide for the community who participates in the 30-Day Challenge that launches on January 1st, 2021. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode:  https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website:  https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
39:11
December 29, 2020
Andrea Freeman: Mindful Business Insights & Strategy
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview Mindful Business Coach Andrea Freeman to get insight on how to sustainably grow the Practice with Clara Community. * More about our guest: Andrea Freeman: https://www.andreafreemanconsulting.com/ Join the Uplevel Collective: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uplevelcollective * More about this episode: 1:10 Introducing Andrea Freeman Andrea joins us on the podcast to share mindful business insights on how we can grow the Practice with Clara brand. 1:53 The Current Business Landscape at Practice with Clara Clara and Stephanie share the story of how Practice with Clara has evolved since 2019 for Andrea to give feedback on how and where we should grow and focus. 5:38 Sustainably Growing the Community Clara talks about one of the main goals at Practice with Clara in growing the community while honoring a balance in lifestyle and setting achievable goals. 7:06 Tools to Delegate to Create More Time for Less Work Andrea and Clara go deep into how delegation feels and looks in Clara's life with the business, and what some of the obstacles may be in handing-off tasks. 12:40 Feeling Valid and Safe in Asking for Support In examining delegation and how to practice asking for support, Andrea has Clara recall a time when she didn't feel safe or supported when she asked for help. 20:40 How to Create a Space of Belonging and Acceptance Andrea asks Clara what it would feel and look like, to show up in the business and ask for help, and what the effect would be on the community and business. 26:37 Making Space for Others to Show Up for You Andrea shares how when you don't create the space to ask for help, others don't know how to approach the situation and show up to support even when they want to. 28:17 Creating Structure, Support, and Measurable Goals Andrea asks Clara and Stephanie what they love bringing to the team, where they need support, and if there are measurable goals that will help to grow the community and business. 40:15 Going Deep into Data to See Where to Focus Andrea advises focusing on one specific area where the data is proving audience interest and engagement, to create a more concentrated voice to provide impact and amplify. 45:36 How You Do One Thing, Is How You Do Everything The discussion shifts toward mindfulness and integrity; Andrea shares how she got into Mindfulness Coaching and how we might bring awareness to all that we do? 50:55 Let Your Personal Evolution Fuel Your Business Revolution Andrea shares how all aspects of our lives are integrated, and to create a truly authentic and charismatic story, refinement in our personal lives will help our businesses flourish. * * * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
58:28
December 15, 2020
Janet Stone: Sangha, Mantra, and Sadhana
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview yoga teacher Janet Stone on the power of coming together as a Sangha and creating rituals through Sadhana. * More about our guest: Janet Stone Yoga: https://janetstoneyoga.com/ Listen to Janet's Music on Spotify or Apple Music. * More on this episode: 1:52 Introducing Janet Stone Janet shares her story of how she came to yoga and started teaching, her early teachers and initial influencers of the practice, and the early days of solo-travel with her two little girls. 9:52 A Celebration of Being Together Online Janet touches on her lifestyle and current offerings since the onset of COVID-19 including what her practice looks like and the benefits of online yoga. 12:35 Exploring Your Passion through Collaboration Janet shares how she started collaborating with musicians and the benefit of working with talented people who share your passion. 14:24 Mantra as a Muse and Being With What Is Janet's offerings are rooted in a mantra; she shares how she became attune and inspired by sound vibration and how it unites practitioners with Bhakti, the practice of devotion. 24:01 Geeking Out on Slow Flow Janet and Clara share what they're craving in their personal practices and how they're geeking out on slower flows, restorative, and nourishing rituals. 26:00 Yoga and Aligning with Motherhood Janet and Clara share how the practice of motherhood influences and inspires the art of yoga. 29:02 Fierce Boundaries and Learning What to Let Go Janet shares her tips for managing time, working with a team, and how she created a container for her prana to direct her energy and efforts into her values. 38:17 How Do We Support Each Other as a Global Community? Clara and Janet touch on some of the massive shifts that have occurred in the yoga industry given the current landscape, and how we may let go and grieve as we transition into unknown territory. 42:00 Honoring a 40-Day Sadhana Janet shares some of her current online sessions with her upcoming 200h and 300h YTT, live yoga sessions, and her 40-Day Sadhana that starts in January for all to gather and focus their attention. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
47:12
December 8, 2020
Bernie Clark: The Influence of Myth in Yoga
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview yoga teacher and author Bernie Clark to learn more about yin yoga and the power of myth. * More about this episode:  0:50 Introducing Bernie Clark Meet Bernie Clark, a revered yin yoga teacher from the West Coast and author of several yoga books including From the Gita to the Grail, a novel on Eastern Mythology. 5:00 What is Yin Yoga, and Why Practice? Bernie touches on the benefits of a yin yoga practice, the need for balance in a society of 'Yangsters', and the difference in training on the joints between yin and yang styles of yoga. 11:39 Leading Yin Yoga Teacher Training Worldwide Bernie shares his story of how he got into teaching yin yoga and how he learned from his teachers Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. 19:00 Tips to Enhance Your Home Practice Bernie shares his top three tips to enhance a home practice that includes alternative forms of exercise to increase strength, endurance, and mobility, in addition to flexibility. 21:41 Meditation and Inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh Bernie sheds insight into how meditation aids his yoga practice, with inspiration from one of his teachers Thich Nhat Hanh. 26:50 Meditation is Choosing to Live With Intention Clara and Bernie share how meditation has shaped their lives through living with more intention in each moment of the day. 28:30 The Yin Mind, Navel Gazing, and the Brain The power of daydreaming and what occurs when we stop thinking and slow down; Bernie sheds insight into the neurobiology of the brain and how we heal through REM sleep. 32:06 The Mysticism Associated with Physics Bernie having come from a physics background, shares how he came to study comparative religions, mythology, and spirituality, and how these concepts relate to physics and psychology. 37:50 Debunking the Myths of Yoga Bernie comments on some of the global myths of yoga that are unfounded and untrue, and yet continue to permeate as urban legends. 39:51 From the Gita to the Grail Bernie shares how he was influenced by Joseph Campbell and the power of mythology, and how he came to write his latest book, From the Gita to the Grail. 43:00 What Mythology Adds to the Practice of Yoga Bernie shares how his teaching yin yoga and study of mythology have provided a landscape to delve deeper into specific topics of interest and learn more about the practice, philosophy, and mythology, which he then gives to his students. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
57:08
December 1, 2020
Alix Jean: Energy and Emotions that Live in the Body
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview Japanese Acupuncturist, Alix Jean, on the subtle and physical energy systems of the body. * More about our guest Alix Jean Website: https://www.blackspruceacupuncture.com/ Alix on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackspruceacu/ * More about this episode 0:51 Introducing Alix Jean Alix joined us on the podcast to talk about TCM and her specialty of Japanese acupuncture and how it differs from Chinese acupuncture. 9:29 Hara Diagnosis in Japanese Acupuncture Alix explains the key difference between Japanese and Chinese acupuncture through Hara diagnosis, which is a reading of the gut and abdomen palpitations. 15:58 The Root Branch & Common Ailments Alix shares some of the common ailments that show up as related to stress, postures, and some of the ways she works with the pain via the root branch. 21:00 Subtle Energy and Neurobiology in Acupuncture Alix shares how acupuncture blends  Western and Eastern practices of the subtle energy body through the chakras and the neurobiology through fascia lines. 24:39 How We Heal Through Our Bodies Alix and Clara share their favorite part about working with others as seeing the transformation and healing process of people in their bodies. 28:26 Fascia and the Nervous System Alix and Clara share how the fascia lines of the body and nervous system are affected and change with the practice of yoga and the art of acupuncture. 38:16 Three Practices to Include in Your Day Alix shares a few simple practices to help create harmony based on Eastern Medicine and the balancing of Yin and Yang energies. 40:29 How the Body Organs Correlate to Emotions Alix delves into the elements, emotions, and qualities associated with each of the seasons and the body's organs. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
57:05
November 24, 2020
Maria Garre: Bettering Digestion and Immunity through Ayurveda
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interviewed Ayurvedic Therapist and yoga instructor, Maria Garre, on the ways to better digestion and immunity through Ayurveda practices.  * More about our guest: Maria Garre's Website: http://mariagarre.com/ Maria's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maria_garre_/ Here's more on this episode: 1:45 Introducing Ayurvedic Therapist, Maria Garre Welcoming Maria Garre to the podcast with a few random questions to help our listeners get a feel for who she is. 11:45 What is Ayurveda? Maria defines Ayurveda and what's involved in bringing the body back to its optimal health. 13:25 Maria's Discovery of Ayurveda Maria shares how she came to Ayurveda and what she loves about this ancient practice. 15:58 How to Stay Healthy in COVID Maria shares a few tactics to stay healthy and boost immunity during covid from Ayurveda practice. 21:15 The Toxins that Poison Society Maria shares the various toxins (known as Ama in Ayurveda) and the ways they stress the body, especially during the time of COVID. 26:00 Greed; Where Coronavirus Comes From Maria shares her perspective on coronavirus, where it stems from as humanity, and what we can do for ourselves to help. 29:49 Working with Human Greed Maria shares how we as humans can work on greed with tips on meditation and self-reflection. 35:22 Cooking for Multiple Doshas Maria shares how to accommodate all of the doshas at mealtime if you have a family or prepare meals for multiple people. 38:31 Pacifying Teas to Balance Each Dosha Maria shares three unique herbal teas for each of the doshas—Vata, Pitta, Kapha—that pacify each and help address imbalances. 40:29 Ayurveda and Intermittent Fasting Maria comments on the popular trend of intermittent fasting; how it affects the body, how it affects each of the doshas, and why one should do it according to Ayurveda. 47:10 Self Reflection and Shifts in Routine Maria, Clara, and Stephanie answer what they've learned and how they've shifted in the past year given the current landscape with covid in how it relates to Ayurveda. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
01:03:04
November 16, 2020
Insiya Rasiwala-Finn: Honoring Diet and Ritual through Ayurveda
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview yoga teacher and Ayurveda Counselor, Insiya Rasiwala-Finn, on how to eat and create rituals around Ayurvedic practices. * More about our guest: Insiya's Website: http://www.yogue.ca/about/about-insiya/ Insiya's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yogue8/ Here's more on this episode: 1:35  Getting to Know Insiya Rasiwala-Finn Insiya joined us on the podcast to share her story of how she came to Ayurveda and how she brings beauty and ritual into her life. 11:10  What is Ayurveda, How Does it Help Us Heal? Insiya shares how Ayurveda has helped her learn more about herself in how she interacts with the world and compares the Western approach to Ayurveda versus India's traditional approach. 16:00  Insiya's History and Introduction to Ayurveda Insiya shares her history with Ayurveda that dates back to childhood where she grew up in India watching her mother and grandmother cook, and the profound effect of food on our physiology and psychology. 20:50 Comfort Food versus Nourishment Insiya shares the difference between North American comfort food versus the traditional dishes served by each culture and the power and nourishment that comes through tradition and eating and preparing meals when we're happy. 30:40  Ayurveda for Postpartum Insiya goes over some Ayurvedic practices that serve for postpartum depression. 40:40 The Ayurvedic Practices to Live By Insiya shares the power of Ayurveda in optimizing overall health and strengthening the aura as a form of immunity, and some of the practices she does each day. 48:21  How and Why to do Abhyanga Treatment Insiya shares how and why one would do an Abhyanga oil exfoliation treatment and how to balance each of the doshas with this practice. 56:18 How to Balance the Prevalent Dosha in the World Insiya speaks to some of the grounding, nourishing rituals to pacify Vata dosha, specifically, as its the dosha we're dealing with in the fall/winter months. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
01:13:55
November 10, 2020
Ali Cramer: Living Ayurveda and the Doshas
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview yoga teacher and Ayurveda author, Ali Cramer, on how to live Ayurveda and balance the doshas.  * More about our guest: Ali Cramer: https://www.alicramer.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alicramer/?hl=en Modern Ayurveda: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/home/home.html * Here's more on this episode:  2:12 Meet Ayurvedic Counsellor, Ali Cramer  Ali Cramer joined us on the podcast to talk about all things Ayurveda; Ali is a yoga instructor and author of Modern Ayurveda: Rituals, Recipes, and Remedies for Balance. 8:44 What is Ayurveda?  Ali shares what Ayurveda is, why it's important, and how new practitioners might approach the practice through an understanding of the elements. 15:15 What Are the Doshas?  Ali shares her explanation of the doshas—Vata, Pitta, Kapha—and what each of the energies expresses in terms of the elements, how we feel, and imbalances. 19:30 The Influence of Yama Damstra  Yama Damstra represents the time of year when we transition from Autumn into Winter. Lord Yama, being the Lord of Death, celebrates the shift into the darker months where the veil between this world and the spirit world is much thinner. 21:14 How Do We Bring Balance to Yama Damstra?  Ali shares the positive and negative aspects of being in this transition of shifting into winter, and how to create balance and reap the benefits. 25:12 The Skill of Keeping Promises  Ali and Clara share simple techniques to keep the promise of coming back to your practice—whatever it looks like—in yoga or with Ayurveda, that are easy to include in each day, especially during flu season. 27:39 Ali's 4 Pillars of Ayurveda  Ali shares the four pillars she uses with clients that help them create a balanced lifestyle that includes right sleep, right nutrition, right hydration, and right movement. 29:00 How Do You Know Your Dosha?  Ali and Clara share the power of reflection in discovering your daily dosha, and specifications around each of the dosha's for you to discover what your dosha may be based on how you feel. 38:00 Vrikriti versus Prakriti  Ali and Clara the difference between Vrikriti and Prakriti in terms of Ayurveda and what it means to understand and work with your dosha. 42:09 Turbulence and Imbalances in the Doshas  Ali, Clara, and Steph share their primary dosha and how they deal with turbulence and imbalances, with wisdom on why we're drawn to the things that throw us out of balance. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode:  https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/categories/practicewithclara-podcast Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website:  https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5  
01:07:29
November 2, 2020
Ally Mazerolle: Girlvana Yoga and Community
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview writer, yoga teacher, and founder of Girlvana Retreats, Alex Mazerolle, to talk about how we create and contribute to the community. * More about our guest: Ally Mazerolle Website: https://www.alexmazerolle.com/ Girlvana Yoga Website: https://www.alexmazerolle.com/girlvana * More on this episode: Ally Maz and Girlvana Yoga Introducing our guest, Ally Maz, and her project, Girlvana Yoga. Ally is a yoga teacher, author, and entrepreneur; Girlvana is her project that provides yoga and retreats for teenage girls. 7:57 Getting to Know Ally Maz Ally shares a few personal insights to help listeners get a feel for who she is, including her all-time favorite book, and the items she never leaves the house without. 12:00 What's Your Superpower? Ally and Clara share their superpowers and what it is they offer their community. 15:45 Healing to Create Space for Community Ally and Clara share their stories in how they've healed through hardship and what they learned through and with the communities they relied on. 26:00 Being with Community: Learning through Others Ally and Clara share what they've learned through community and with others, that they may not have discovered had they been on their own. 31:06 Key Qualities of Being with Others Ally and Clara share how they hold space for others and create the container for the community to flourish and people to feel safe as they enter. 41:11 How to Manage Overshares Ally and Clara share how they manage overshares that occurs in practice, workshop, or retreats, with themselves if they overstep a boundary, or with others who are oversharing and making others uncomfortable. 48:00 The Four Agreements Clara shares the four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and how she uses them in all teacher training (plus a fifth agreement she's added to the list) to create a safe space for all participants. 50:00 Active Listening and How we Receive Ally and Clara share what makes a great listener, and the difference in how adults and youth learn, listen and engage. *** Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/ally-mazerolle-girlvana-yoga-community Visit Clara Roberts Oss website: http://clararobertsoss.com/podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
59:51
October 27, 2020
Irene Sanchez: Expressing Energy and Emotions
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interviewed Doula and TCM Therapist, Irene Sanchez, to talk about how we receive, shift, and play with energy. * More about our guest: Irene's Website: https://www.irenesanchezcelis.com/ The AdiShakti Method: https://www.theadishaktimethod.com/ * More on this episode: 1:19 Introducing Irene Sanchez Irene joined us today for a discussion on energy; here's more about Irene in terms of her experience, education, and healing practices. 10:12 Staying Open to the Energetic Realm Clara and Irene share their experience working with energy, including what it is, how it feels, and how to direct and manage the energy that we receive from others and our environment. 22:04 How the Vayus  and Acupuncture Address Energy Clara describes the vayus of Indian philosophy, and how they relate to energy, and Irene goes into how acupuncture affects the energy body and what channels are stimulated. 28:05 Preparing to Receive Energy Clara and Irene share how they take care of themselves—including the mindfulness practices they use—to effectively receive and reciprocate to the energy they receive when they're working with students, and out in the world. 40:07 Visualization Practices to Work with Subtle Energy Clara and Irene share the visualization practices that they use with students and clients to engage the energy body, including why they choose visualization practices in the effect on the body and mind. 50:04 The AdiShakti Method AdiShakti is Irene's combination of practices, it bridges Western Medicine with Eastern practices and TCM, with body-mind therapy. 54:52 Who Are Your Teachers? Clara and Irene share the people who've created a safe space to learn, play, and explore how we perceive and receive energy. * Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/irene-sanchez-expressing-energy-and-emotions Visit Clara Roberts Oss website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/practice-with-clara-podcasts/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
01:02:07
October 20, 2020
Alexis Anderson: The Beauty of Setting Boundaries
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interviewed Reiki Master, Alexis Anderson, to talk about the beauty of setting boundaries. * More about our guest, Alexis Anderson: https://www.reikiwithlex.com/ Follow Alexis on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reikiwithlex/ * Here's more on this episode: 0:45 Introducing Alexis Anderson Meet Alexis Anderson of Reiki with Lex in how she hopes to inspire and work with others and the experience that shaped who she is today. 4:44 A Definition of Boundaries Clara and Alexis share their definition of boundaries and how boundaries are presented in their lives through an understanding of codependency and saying no without feeling guilty or ashamed. 8:27 Energy Vampires: Lessons in Setting Boundaries Clara and Alexis share what they've learned through setting boundaries, confronting energy vampires, and what shifted as a result. 19:30 We're all Bozos on the Bus: Teaching Teachers How to create space and set boundaries when hosting teacher training, workshops, and other professional events, where the attendees have an elevated knowledge of the material and may ask questions or challenge the ego. 30:42 Students Who Show Up: Passing on the Knowledge Clara and Alexis share what soft skills and implicit learnings they hope to give students who show up for teacher training, inclusive of friendships that may last a lifetime! 37:35 Holy Fire Reiki: Alexis's Practice and Teaching Alexis shares what Holy Fire Reiki is, where it comes from, and how the community has transformed and shifted given the current landscape of moving clients and teacher training online. 44:26 Observing Stuck or Blocked Energy: What To Do? Clara and Alexis share how they respond to energy blockages that they discover in the students and clients who show up, and tactics that have served them to ground and connect to themselves in the midst of the chaos. 51:43 Boundaries to Attain Clarity and Groundedness The types of boundaries Clara and Alexis set for themselves so they can enter spaces and teach others with a sense of clarity, groundedness, and control over their reactions. 59:59 Focus on Yourself Clara and Alexis share what they're currently focusing on, as this is the ultimate practice of setting boundaries; focusing on yourself. * Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/alexis-anderson-setting-boundaries Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/alexis-anderson-the-beauty-of-setting-boundaries Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity/ Music by Pete Wonder: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5
01:07:21
October 12, 2020
Rediscover the Wisdom of the Body: Interview with Susanne Mueller
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview yoga teacher and holistic nutritionist, Susanne Mueller, on how to rediscover the body's wisdom. *** More about our guest, Susanne Mueller Website: https://www.undrgrndyoga.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/undrgrnd.yoga/ Music featured in the podcast by Pete Wonder https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VrPlfk05gv9KwCCM5She5 *** Highlights from this episode: 1:10 Introducing Susanne Mueller of Undrgrnd Yoga Meet our guest, Susanne Mueller; holistic nutritionist and yoga teacher, living in North Vancouver, BC, who uses food, movement, and psychology to reconnect to the body's innate wisdom. 6:55 The Relationship Between Our Body and Emotions Connecting how we feel to what we eat; how to identify why we're eating what we choose to eat, be it emotional, physical, or mental, and how to shift our patterns and relationship to food. 11:34 Examining All the Ways We Feed Ourselves When we tune-in to our bodies and how we feel, we can start seeing all the ways we can care for ourselves and our bodies. Food is just one way we nourish ourselves and usually becomes an emotional crutch to fill a void where we don't feel properly cared for. 15:15 Food Psychology: Examining Diet and Disease How the current perspective of how we relate to food doesn't serve in creating a paradigm for wellness, and what Susanne offers clients who join her program. 18:53 Healing Through How We Feel If we make decisions based on how we feel, the body will innately heal and come back to a harmonious state; sometimes the mind is what gets in the way. How to come back to how we feel, and ask, how do I want to feel in what I eat and how I treat my body? 22:50 The Koshas of Vedic Philosophy Clara explains the five koshas that represent the five bodies or layers, of each individual which are the physical body, the energy body, the intellectual body, the intuitive body, and the bliss body. 27:50 Lessons From the Body: Are You Listening? Clara and Susanne share their stories of when they've neglected the messages sent by their bodies, and what occurs when they don't listen to how they feel. 31:40 Body Awareness and Wisdom: What We Hope to Teach Clara and Susanne share what they hope to impart on their daughters in terms of body awareness and accepting the emotions as they arise. 36:02 Appearance Versus Sensation A discussion around how mirrors and visuals provide a distraction and take us out of the experience; the divide in how we feel versus what we see. 40:35 Yummy Treatments for the Body Clara and Susanne share some of the ways they're treating their body, including abhyanga, dancing, and deep breath. *** Join the conversation on Facebook in the Practice with Clara Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/rediscover-the-wisdom-of-the-body-susanne-mueller Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/rediscover-the-wisdom-of-the-body-interview-with-susanne-mueller/
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October 6, 2020
Celebrating the Cycles: Interview with Sara Jade
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interview fellow yogi and Kundalini teacher, Sara Jade or SJ, to talk about all the ways we celebrate the cycles, create sacred space and ceremony, and let go with grace. Sara Jade is a Kundalini Yoga teacher from Vancouver, BC, and co-founder of The Dharma Temple. "My life is a Spiritual practice. My breath, body, emotions,  and environment create my sacred space." - Sara Jade.  *** More about Sara Jade and the Inner Harmony Workshop: https://thedharmatemple.kartra.com/page/innerharmony-with-sj More about the Dharma Temple: https://www.thedharmatemple.com/vancouver/ *** Highlights from this episode:  3:07 3-Questions to Introduce Sara Jade We ask our guest  3 questions to help listeners get to know SJ; how do you fill your physical/spiritual garden, what's a problem you're currently sitting with, and how do you prefer to celebrate? 6:10 Embracing the Cycles SJ discusses her latest online offering, the Autumn Equinox Inner Harmony Workshop, which explores honoring the cycles of the seasons and embracing the elements. 9:14 Simple Practices to Honour Autumn SJ shares a few of her current practices as we shift into fall, including a recommendation to slow down and breath-balancing pranayama. 10:45 Stepping into Ceremony with Self SJ shares how to create a ceremony of self by making time to acknowledge any growth or change that's occurred, and how self-reflection serves as a tool to align with where you want to be. 13:50 Living with Reverence for Life How we express reverence in our day-to-day lives, with an emphasis on simplicity, living with intention, and appreciating the cycles of life and death; joy and grief. 17:23 How the Hindu Deities Express the Cycles of Life Clara shares how and which deities of the Hindu Pantheon, the Tridevi and Trimurti, express the cycles of life: creation, preservation, and destruction, and how this cycle affects the practice. 28:29 Tea Ceremony and Tea as the Teacher SJ shares her current practice of sitting with tea and tea ceremony, specifically, how tea is the teacher in how to slow down and be more receptive. 35:13 How Pranayama Influences Our Mood Clara shares some of the pranayama she's been doing to calm and create space, and the pranayama she does with Karmen to bond and play. 38:12 A Definition for Sacred Space and Ceremony SJ and Clara share their definition for sacred space and how they step into ceremony, with a brief guide for listeners on how to create markers for sacred moments through ritual to transcend the mundane. 44:44 Letting Go with Grace A conversation around how we let go and when we know it's time to let go, specifically, in how SJ let go of the Dharma Temple this year, and how to do so with a sense of surrender to trust the process. *** Join the conversation on Facebook in the Practice with Clara Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/celebrating-the-cycles-sara-jade Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/celebrating-the-cycles-interview-with-sara-jade/
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September 29, 2020
A Practice for Self-Inquiry: Interview with Carolyn Anne Budgell
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interviewed fellow yogi and meditation teacher, Carolyn Anne Budgell, to talk about the practice of self-inquiry. Clara and Carolyn share the questions they’re currently sitting with, how self-reflection impacts the mind and nervous system, and what kind of questions they pose for students.  * More about our guest, Carolyn Anne Budgell  Visit Carolyn's website: https://www.carolynannebudgell.com/   Follow Carolyn on Instagram: @carolynannebudgie * Here's more about this episode: 1:10 Introducing Carolyn Anne Budgell Five questions that help listeners get to know our guest, plus, a brief history of Clara and Carolyn's relationship as friends and hosting yoga retreats, workshops, and teacher training, together for the past decade. 9:15 The Business of Yoga: Clara and Carolyn's Relationship The history of Clara and Carolyn's teaching relationship; how they work together, their communication process, and what students receive when they attend one of the experiences, specifically around the process of self-inquiry. 17:38 The Process for Self-Inquiry Clara and Carolyn talk about their process of self-inquiry, what questions they're asking themselves, how they're dealing with fear, and what they're arriving and sitting with in their practice. 25:45 How Internal Work Affects  Communities Clara and Carolyn share how their internal work influences their communities in what they share and bring to the practice, specifically, in what they offer to students and the questions they ask. 32:23 Why Meditation? Why Mantra? Why Sanskrit? Inquiring into the why of what we teach; Clara and Carolyn go into why they gravitated toward and offer students mantra and meditation, and discuss the inclusion of Sanskrit—specifically, saying Namaste at the end of class—in whether or not it serves. *** Join the conversation in our community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/meditation-mantra-interview-carolyn-budgell Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/a-practice-for-self-inquiry-interview-with-carolyn-anne-budgell/
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September 22, 2020
Managing Anxiety and Stress: Interview with Erin Moon
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interviewed fellow yogi and anatomy teacher, Erin Moon, to talk about the practices and tools to assist in deregulation and the role of the parasympathetic nervous system in managing stress. Resources Mentioned The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Dr. Sapolsky. Highlights from this Episode 1:30 Five Questions: Introducing Erin Moon We ask guests five questions to help us and our listeners get to know them and some of the more subtle aspects of their lives. 5:20 Aligning with the Chakras Clara, Erin, and Stephanie share which chakra they feel most connected to and why that specific part on the body resonates most. 8:00 Stressors of Online Environments Erin and Clara share their experience leading yoga teacher training online with stressors that arose, how they handled issues, and how to trust in the process of the experience. 17:28 Anatomy of Sensory Experience How we're affected in the shift to online spaces to learn and engage with others, in terms of our anatomy, somatic experience, and how we take in and process information via the body. 22:55 Downregulation: Restorative Poses and Practices Clara shares some of the yoga poses and practices to downregulate and create a state of calm in the body and mind. 26:40 Applying the Polyvagal Brake The role of the vagus nerve in stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as rest and digest, to create a sense of calm. 31:20 How to Strengthen the Vagus Tone Strengthening the vagal tone allows the person to enter a state of downregulation more efficiently; we do this through pranayama in yoga in ways that are excitatory or grounding. 34:47 Vinyasa Yoga and Responding To Stress How vinyasa yoga teaches the practitioner to react to events as they arise and practice coming back to neutral; this process strengthens our choice-making capabilities while being highly stimulated. 39:11 The Belly and Brain Relationship Polyvagal theory shows a direct link between the brain and the digestive system proving that it really does matter what we put into our bodies and our environment. 43:04 The Body Keeps The Score A book by Bessel van der Kolk, on how your mind's job is to take care of the body, and your body's job is to tell the mind how it's doing. 46:35 Practices to Alleviate Stress Clara and Erin's practices—including mudra, mantra, and pranayama— to alleviate the stress that they use themselves and provide students. 56:23 All the Ways We Cheer Ourselves Up Small things we do for ourselves or people we reach out to, to give ourselves a positive boost and endorphin rush to brighten the day. * Website: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/anxiety-and-stress-interview-erin-moon
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September 14, 2020
Morning Series Yoga: Ritual to Start the Day
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we discussed the benefits and reasons for practicing in the morning,  the four pillars of Indian philosophy, and insights from practicing online versus in shared physical space.  Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 1:03 Why Practice in the Morning Cultivating a morning practice with Surya Namaskars to connect to the spirit of the sun, the potential of the day, and the light we carry within. 5:08 Poses & Pranayama to Do in the Morning The poses and pranayama to include in a morning practice with insight into Clara's morning yoga intensives and what she provides students. 10:30 Breakdown of Clara's Morning Intensive What's involved in one of Clara's morning intensive practices; a well-rounded practice anchored with a text and questions to explore yogic philosophy. 14:55 The Four Aspects of Life of Indian Philosophy Understanding the four pillars of Indian Philosophy; Kama (pleasure), Artha (money), Moksha (spiritual liberation), and Dharma (contribute to the community), and how they relate to the practice. 18:24 Yoga Teacher Training, Online vs. Offline Clara and Stephanie share their experience of being in YTT on Zoom versus in-person and the pros and cons of being online versus offline. 25:18 Activities to Include if You're Leading a Training Online Insights and tips on the types of activities to include in your online YTT or workshops to engage with students and keep people inspired and connected to the material. 27:47 The Repercussions of Online Learning What happens when we spend too much time in front of the screen, including Zoom fatigue and anxiety, and how to be more mindful of how we spend our time. 33:22 Key Learnings from Online YTT Clara shares her key learnings from leading a 300-hour YTT on Zoom, including how to appreciate moments of silence, technical tips, and using breakout rooms. * Join the conversation in our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/morning-series-yoga Visit Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/morning-series/
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September 7, 2020
Travel Series: Hacks, Yoga Poses, and Perspective
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we went into the travel series and discussed our travel hacks, with the top 5 things we always carry with us, the poses to do after a long day of travel, and the benefit of travel in shifting perspective. Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 0:52 - Travel and Perspective Adapting to our current landscape/lack of travel, and how we might shake up our routine. 4:00 - Shifting the Assemblage Point Exercises to shift perspective and connect to our centre, through activities other than travel including yoga, meditation, and visualization. 10:45 - Top 5 Travel Hacks What to pack and how to pack; Clara and Stephanie share their 5 essential travel hacks. 16:19 - Poses Post Travel The yoga poses to do post-travel to ground, groove, and get the body moving after long periods of sitting. 20:06 - Travel Plans: Routine or Ride the Wave? Choosing ritual or routine to ground when someplace new, or creating new habits and structures in a new environment. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/travel-series-hacks-yoga-poses-and-perspective Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/travel-series/ Join the conversation on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #travel #yogaposes
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August 25, 2020
The Chakra Series: 7th Chakra, Sahasrara, Themes and Practices
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we interviewed Erin Moon, a fellow yogi, anatomy teacher, and reiki practitioner. We also went into the 7th chakra, the crown chakra, and its themes. Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 0:56 - Special Guest, Erin Moon For the 7th chakra we interviewed Erin Moon, an instructor of anatomy, yoga, therapeutics, reiki, and the co-founder and director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project. 2:40 - 5 Questions to Greet our Guest We asked Erin 5 random questions to give our listeners a bit more understanding of who Erin is and what she embodies. 10:04 - Sahasrara, Crown Chakra, Themes Reading from Anodea Judith's Wheels of Life, and discussion on the key themes of the 7th chakra, the crown chakra. 16:58 - Where Individual Meets Collective Consciousness The crown chakra is the space where the individual self meets the collective consciousness or the divine. 20:47 - Surrender and Trust at the 7th Chakra Why we surrender to receive the wisdom and why trust is so important when we work with the 7th chakra. 22:28 - Anatomy of the 7th Chakra Erin shares the anatomy and subtle properties of the crown chakra, and what occurs biochemically in the body. 26:18 - How We Belong, Joining the Collective Examining how we interact as a collective, physically, or consciously, while honoring our own unique expression. 33:15 - Removing the Binary: Patience in Process Why we should take a moment to examine our lives outside the traditional binary forms and having patience for our ongoing process. 35:44 - Yoga Anatomy versus Yoga Philosophy What we learn in the physical breakdown in our bodies; balancing the esoteric aspects of yoga with the anatomical to preserve the alignment and safety of our practice. 42:11 - Dropping into the Parasympathetic Nervous System The benefit of a slower-paced, restorative practice in reaping the benefits of the body dropping into rest and a digest mode. 44:20 - The Constant Force of Evolution Moving with the constant change of the world, and how to hold things lightly as we move towards our goals. 45:43 - Yoga Therapeutics: What is Your Function? Asking what we hope to do, on a larger scale, and the function we wish to have in our lives. 52:30 - Pronoia versus Paranoia Elevating our conscious awareness in how we place positive energy in the world and have faith in the support of the universe. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/crown-chakra-featuring-erin-moon Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/7th-chakra-sahasrara/ Join the conversation on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #crownchakra #intuition
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August 18, 2020
The Chakra Series: 6th Chakra, Ajna, Themes and Practices
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we discuss the 6th chakra - Ajna or the third-eye chakra, and its themes including blockages and imbalances. We also share our stories of when we feel connected to our inner wisdom and discuss one of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 0:54 - Qualities of the Third-Eye Chakra, Ajna Introducing the 6th chakra at the third eye center, and its themes. 5:41 - Seeing Yourself in the Bigger Picture How we might approach situations to examine our place in the world and who we are. 10:26 - Connecting to Wisdom Through Quiet Silence and stillness are great teachers, why we might sit in how we feel to meet the teacher within. 12:42 - Choosing Truth Over Ignorance The choices we make that lead us toward a deeper truth or keep us sheltered in ignorance. 19:10 - Meet Your Fears, Conquer the Chaos In order to shift, we must face our fears and step into the chaos and how the practice serves as a tool to help us ground and grow. 22:28 - Stepping Out of the Madness How to create calm and connect to our inner wisdom in the center of the storm, what are ways we can do this in the heat of the moment? 23:35 - Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Ego Exploring Sutra 11.6 in the Yoga Sutras, a text for modern-day yogis as a guiding philosophy for meditation to connect to the higher self. 27:05 - Intuition versus Ego: How We Identify The strive for balance in our inner wisdom and intuition (6th chakra themes) with the safeguard of the ego (1st chakra fear-based). 29:50 - Trust Your Gut When to put down the theory and analyzation of an event, and trust your gut and what you already know. 31:51 - Listen and Doubt: Why We Need Both Listening to inner wisdom usually leads us to the answers, but along the way, there's a need to doubt and ask questions to validate our instincts. 34:55 - Connecting to the 6th Chakra Get quiet, get still, and simplify your actions to connect to your inner wisdom and truths. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/ajna-chakra-truth-vs-ignorance Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-chakra-series-6th-chakra-ajna-themes-and-practices/ Join the conversation on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #thirdeye
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August 11, 2020
The Chakra Series: 5th Chakra, Vishuddha, Themes and Practices
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice.  In this episode, we sit with Shiv Derek Oss for a discussion of the fifth chakra, Vishuddha. We go into some of the themes and the imbalances/blockages, including how to discover your song and your story, and the sacred power of mythology. Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 0:53 - Introducing Vishuddha Chakra Reading from Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, to introduce the main themes of the 5th chakra. 2:10 - Cycles of Aum in Hindu Philosophy The 4 parts contained in the Aum and how this relates to our evolution and the cycles of life and the transformation we experience. 5:56 - The Myths that Make Us Who We Are An exploration of the stories that make us who we are: Stephanie asks Clara and Shiv what they're currently reading to explore how the stories we read create our realities. 13:25 - Making The Beast Beautiful Examining anxiety in how we move through it and work with it through the lens of the novel by Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful. 19:01 - The Power of Mythology Storytelling gives us the idea that we are never alone as we read about the events of others that may have gone through what we've experienced. 20:00 - Centering Through Sound How we connect to our sound and why its relevant; tracing our oral tradition and its roots, back to bird song. 23:46 - Sounds We Might Connect To Some of the unique sounds that make up our landscape and the powerful effect that resides in the mind and body as a result. What are you favorite sounds? 27:40 - The Magic Carpet of Storytelling How we prefer to be in story, through film, literature, or other forms of media. 36:11 - The Vitality of Self-Expression Exploring the theme of self-expression with the 5th chakra in feeling complete, blocked, or imbalanced in how we express ourselves. 42:30 - How Do You Express Your Truth? Leaving our listeners with a question of how you express your truth, authenticity, and your sound? What are the sounds that make your heart sing? You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/vishuddha-chakra-self-exploration-inner-truth Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-chakra-series-5th-chakra-vishuddha-themes-and-practices/ Join the conversation on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast
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August 4, 2020
The Chakra Series: 4th Chakra, Anahata, Themes and Practices
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we talked about the chakras; what they are and why they're essential. We went into the 4th chakra, Anahata, and its themes and imbalances. We also answered your questions related to the business of yoga. Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 0:53 - What Are Chakras? Why do we care about the chakras, as yogis? A brief description of the chakras and their themes, and why they're relevant to the discussion. 7:00 - Anahata by Anodea Judith Reading from Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, which is our text for the Chakra Series, to explore Anahata, the 4th chakra. 9:03 - Anahata Themes & Devotion Love, compassion, forgiveness, healing, relationships, grief, sadness; exploring the themes of Anahata chakra, and a yoga class for devotion and/or surrender. 12:26 - What Does Devotional Practice Feel Like? How Clara creates a devotional practice and surrender as a theme around Anahata chakra, and what it feels like doing such an asana practice. 15:06 - Blockages of the Heart Chakra: What Are They? The body never lies; what is released or arises during asana practice for heart chakra imbalances is usually related to sadness and tightness in the chest. 17:19 - Healing Through the Heart The path to healing is through the heart and how you relate to the people around you, those you love, and your relationship with yourself. 18:12 - Anahata: The Unstruck Sound What is the unstuck? And how does this relate to our heart? 18:47 - Dealing with Heart Chakra Blockages Clara shares how she's dealt with heart chakra blockages, what came up in terms of anger and anxiety, and how she felt her pain to move through it. 24:47 - How Blockages Affect The Chakras What happens when we have unresolved issues or imbalances in the chakras and how this affects the other chakras in terms of energy. 29:07 - Getting Paid for Doing What You Love How we balance doing what we love (teaching yoga) with getting paid accordingly, and the practice of knowing you intentions and setting boundaries. 36:27 - Yoga and Cultural Appropriation Exploring how we integrate different religions, philosophies, and traditions into the yoga practice, and how we avoid appropriating a culture that is not ours. 41:51 - Managing Art, Community & Business How do you create space for what you love and continue to build your brand on what you love, while balancing the business demands and the requests of the community? You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/anahata-chakra-understanding-the-body-and-yoga Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-chakra-series-4th-chakra-anahata-themes-and-practices/ Join the conversation on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast
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July 28, 2020
The Chakra Series: 3rd Chakra, Manipura, Themes and Practices
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we sat with Shiv Derek Oss for a discussion of the third chakra. We went into some of the themes including force versus assertion, connecting to your gift, and sitting in your discomfort. Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 1:00 - Introduction to Manipura Chakra Reading from our book to anchor the chakra series,  Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith. 2:45 - The Qualities of Fire in Relationship to Manipura The third chakra is expressed through the element of fire, which works with passion, purpose, and power. 4:10 - How We Connect to Our Inner Power The esoteric elements of inner power, the deep undercurrent, and how we work from this space. 6:24 - Why We Need Play in Our Lives When we force things to be a certain way, they become concretized. Why we need balance and spontaneity in our lives and the sense of play. 11:48 - Balancing Surrender and Discipline Knowing when to surrender to the moment and open to spontaneity, and when to stick to your discipline and the duty of what it is you need to do. 18:03 - Pranayama to Stimulate Fire and Momentum Clara outlines a few of the pranayama to stimulate fire and break the lethargy if you're feeling static, stuck, or heavy. 23:43 - Advice for Entrepreneurs and Artists Clara and Shiv offer their advice to entrepreneurs and artists to break through the discomfort and persevere in following their dreams. 36:44 - Discovering Your Gift How to discover and feed your gift, how to feed your soul to transform and go against the norm. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/manipura-chakra-working-with-purpose Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-chakra-series-3rd-chakra-manipura-themes-and-practices/ Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Join the conversation on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast
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July 21, 2020
The Chakra Series: 2nd Chakra, Svadhisthana, Themes and Practices
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we discuss the second chakra, go into the themes prenatal and postnatal yoga, and tantric philosophy. Here's more on what we talk about in this episode: 1:06 - Second Chakra, Svadhisthana, Themes Quote by Anodea Judith, taken from Wheels of Life, as we expand on the themes of the sacral chakra, Svadhisthana. 4:07 - Going with the Flow What comes up when we work with water, a central theme of Svadhisthana, and the movements to perform to embody the fluidity, flow, and change. 7:18 - What is Prana Flow Yoga? The definition of Prana Flow yoga, how it's performed, what it achieves, and a little bit about Clara's teacher, Shiva Rea. 10:12 - Relationships and Boundary Setting How to be in relationship with others and set boundaries as we explore the edges of our comfort zone. 15:43 - Prenatal Yoga: Controversial Poses to Avoid The poses to avoid in yoga if you're pregnant, and why, including twists and backbends. 28:27 - Post-Natal Yoga for Strengthening The areas of the body to strengthen and lengthen post-pregnancy, and how these postures assist those who sit in an office all day. 31:49 - Duty Versus Pleasure Feeding our soul by doing what brings us pleasure while observing moderation, and identifying the split between body and mind. 39:51 - Celebrating the Body through Tantra Tantric philosophy celebrates the body, the divine within, and embraces all things- there is no separation- and why this is expressed in Clara's practice. 43:19 - What is Tantra? Reading from Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith on what the word tantra means when broken down in Sanskrit. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/sacral-chakra Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-chakra-series-2nd-chakra-svadhisthana-themes-and-practices/ Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Join the conversation on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast
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July 10, 2020
The Chakra Series: 1st Chakra, Muladhara, Themes and Practices
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice.  In this episode, we discuss the root chakra, lower back pain and poses to avoid, mythology with the story of shiva and Parvati, and how to use ritual to center. Here's more on what we'll be talking about in this episode: 0:58 - Root Chakra Themes Exploring Muladhara, the root chakra, and some of its themes, starting with a quote from Anodea Judith's, Wheels of LIfe. 3:00 - Root Chakra in Your Yoga Practice Building strength in the legs and staying low to the ground are examples of a root chakra themed yoga class. 4:17 - Balance in Yoga Class Themes Why we counter the heat and fire of the summer with a root chakra themed yoga class. 5:17 - What a Root Chakra Class Might Include The elements of a root chakra themed class that you may include in a class, with specific poses that connect to the earth element. 7:10 - Yoga for SI Instability How to tell if you have SI instability, poses to avoid if you have sciatica, and poses to relieve SI pain with hip opening and gluteal strengthening. 21:11 - Yoga and Space for Inquiry How our body provides physical indicators through pain or tension, that points at a deeper emotional issue or conflict that we need to look at. 27:19 - The Mythology of Shiva and Parvati The story of Shiva, the destroyer, and Parvati, Shiva's consort and the Goddess who represents the Earth. 39:10 - Rituals to Ground in Unfamiliar Places Clara shares methods and pranayamas to ground and create calm if you're traveling or in an unfamiliar place. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/root-chakra Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-chakra-series-1st-chakra-muladhara-themes-and-practices/ Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Join the conversation on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast
43:18
July 7, 2020
Let's Get Technical: Yoga Asana, Mantra, and Self-Care
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice. In this episode, we answered some of the questions that came up in the 30-Opportunities Challenge, including: - The difference between stability and mobility in yoga bodies. - A definition for self-care, and - If you’re new to yoga what to study first. Here's more on what we'll be talking about in this episode: 1:00 - Fire, DIscipline, and Forgiveness in the 30-Day Challenge Wrapping up our 30-Opportunities Yoga Challenge, final thoughts, and reflections from the past month. 7:37 - The Gift of Virtual Yoga The abundance of feedback, questions, and reflections posted online helped us engage, answer, and contribute to the community. 8:57 - Let's Get Technical Breaking down specific yoga poses for safety including Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (pigeon pose) and Virasana (hero pose) 17:55 - Yoga for Stability vs. Mobility Observing your body to assess if you're doing yoga to create stability if you're really flexible, or to create mobility if you're really tight. 20:03 - Less is More in the Cooldown In the Lunar portion of the class, the cooldown, do less poses to help people access deep relaxation and calm the nervous system. 21:25 - Counterposes in Your Sequence Why we build to a peak pose in the solar part of the class in vinyasa yoga and complement the sequence with counterposes in the lunar part of the class. 24:42 - A Definition for Self-Care What is self-care and how do we take care of ourselves on a day-to-day basis when we step off of our mat? 35:25 - Where to Begin if You're New to Yoga Where to begin if you're new to the practice and a selection of books to read to learn the history. 41:45 - The Benefits of Chanting The spiritual and scientific benefits of chanting with the study of water crystals by Dr. Masaru Emoto. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/yoga-philosophy-books Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Visit Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/lets-get-technical-yoga-asana-mantra-and-self-care/ Join the conversation on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast
50:52
June 30, 2020
Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita: Action, Devotion, & Fate
Welcome to the #PracticWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things yoga-related. This week our theme was the Warrior and we read the Bhagavad Gita. We discussed three of the major themes from the Gita including action for action's sake, devotion, and fate. 4:07 - Synopsis of The Bhagavad Gita One of India's epic narratives, a conversation between Arjuna and Krishna on how to deal with intense moral decisions. 7:22 - Backstory to the Battlefield What led Arjuna to the battlefield and how he wound up with Krishna (God) as his advisor. 15:03 - The Dualistic Nature of Humanity How The Gita captures the light and dark of what it means to be human and all of our flaws. 15:58 - Why Read a Book About War? As yogis, we practice ahimsa (non-violence) so why would we study a book about violence? 20:18 - Acton for Action's Sake Why we should act for action's sake and not strive for a desired result, and do what we need to because its what needs to get done. 21:48 - The Warrior We Call Upon Clara shares how we call upon the warrior when we need courage, or to discover our truth and speak our truth. 28:27 - I Am Death, Shatterer of Worlds Reading and discussion of an excerpt from The Gita, 11:32 34:40 - Acting for the Greater Good The importance of coming together as a collective through examples of The GIta and voting in the Americas. 37:33 - What is Fate? Examining the idea of fate in how energies come together as we interact with the world. 41:25 - Who Creates Change? A story about children on a playground and the rhythm of energy created, and asking: who is creating the rhythm? 43:30 - The Indigo Children Who are the indigo children, why are they important, and some examples of where and how they live today. 47:17 - The Great Revelation Reading from The Gita, where Krishna reveals Arjuna his cosmic form and discussion of devotion being a devoted student to the practice. 53:00 - The Power of Bhakti, Devotion Why we act from a pure place in the heart, as an offering to something outside of yourself, to let go of ego and melt into the Divine. You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/BHAGAVAD-GITA-lessons Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) join the conversation on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/lessons-from-the-bhagavad-gita-action-devotion-fate/ #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast
58:37
June 23, 2020
Healing Through Boundaries: Learning How to Give & Receive
Healing Through Boundaries Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara podcast where Clara and Stephanie discuss yoga, philosophy, and all things related to the practice. This week’s theme was on Giving and Receiving, where we shared a meditation practice for compassion, tools on how to create boundaries, and how to shift energy and emotions. Here's more on what we discuss in this episode: 0:42 Why We Balance Rigidity with Fluidity Excerpt from Dark Nights of the Soul by Thomas Moore and how rigidity may serve as a container as you create your own way. 4:37 How Hard Do You Push? Weeks into the 30-Opportunities Yoga Challenge, how do you stay within the discipline of the practice while honoring where you are physically and mentally, to avoid pushing too hard? 7:35 Breaking Away from Societal Norms The need to break away from societal norms to examine what fosters inner satisfaction, and fuels personal values and desires. 12:35 A Meditation for Compassion Pema Chodron’s Tong Len, a meditation for compassion, how to do it, when to use it, and how it serves. 18:48 Tactics to Purge Energy That Is Not Yours How to clear and cleanse the energy that isn’t yours that you may pick up as an empath. 24:05 Reiki and How it Works Using Reiki, a healing modality to shift energy, to clear an experience. 28:05 Tools on How to Create Boundaries Tactics to understand how you give and/or receive to get a better understanding of how you take up space when coming into contact with others. 32:28 How to Shift Energy and Emotions Ways to clear energy and emotions that rise up and cause an intense reaction, to forgive, learn to let go, and come back to neutral. 37:18 Surrendering Control and Receiving the Moment Excerpt from The Dark Night by Thomas Moore that discusses the importance of receiving things for what they are and surrendering to the moment. * Join the community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/healing-through-boundaries Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/healing-through-boundaries-learning-how-to-give-receive/
49:24
June 18, 2020
Grounding, Ritual, and Routine in the Yoga Practice
Welcome to the #PracticewithClara podcast where Clara and Stephanie unpack philosophy and all things related to yoga. This week’s theme was Earth, where we talked about the benefits of committing yourself to something, healing through your history, and the exist being as important as the entrance with the yoga poses. Here's more on what we talked about in this episode:  0:47  - A 30-Opportunities Yoga Challenge Features and benefits of the 30-Opportunities Yoga Challenge with the #PracticeWithClara Team. 5:10 - Benefits of Committing Yourself to Something Definition of Sadhana and the importance of creating a daily practice and committing yourself to something. 6:53 - Balancing Summer Fire with Earth Balancing the fire and heat of summer with the Earth element. 7:33 - How to Enter and Exit Yoga Poses Safely Clara deconstructs how to come out of Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana), Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), and Headstand (Sirsasana) to protect the neck. 12:20 - The Exit Being as Important as the Entrance Why we slow down and try to become more aware of how we move through the yoga postures as well as events in our day-to-day. 18:00 - Grounding to Endure Difficult Experiences Clara talks about her process and ability to endure while she was in labor with Karmen. 22:55 - Healing Through Your History The Importance of identifying your roots, our ancestors, and all those who sought the practice and asked the bigger questions before us. 29:14 - What We Choose to Preserve and Pass On Clara talks about the qualities and gifts her parents instilled n her as a child, and what’s important to her to pass on to Karmen. 36:33 - Accepting the Shadow Side of Ourselves Rob Brezsny’s, The Shadow School, delves into the darker side of ourselves to learn more about what it means to be human and accept who we are. * Join the community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/grounding-your-practice Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/grounding-ritual-and-routine-in-the-yoga-practice/
39:27
June 9, 2020
Community is My Dharma: Why We Need Teachers and Community
Welcome to the #PracticewithClara podcast where Clara and Stephanie unpack philosophy and all things related to yoga. This week’s theme was community, where we talked about our teachers, sources of inspiration, and how to stay connected as a global community at this time. **Join the conversation on our facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/community-is-my-dharma Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/community-is-my-dharma-why-we-need-teachers-and-community/
46:04
June 1, 2020
The Creative Spark: Tools to Build Your Creative Process
Welcome to the #PracticewithClara podcast where Clara and Stephanie unpack philosophy and all things related to yoga.  This week’s theme is creativity where we discussed the importance of collaboration and tools to build your creative process. Join the community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PracticeWithClaraCommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/the-spark-for-creativity Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-creative-spark-tools-to-build-your-creative-process/
47:52
May 25, 2020
The Power of Routine: Japa Mala and Mudra Practice
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Today’s discussion focused on the power of routine with japa mala, the effect of mudra, and the significance of 108. Here's more on what we discussed in this episode: 2:05 - Japa Mala How-To The traditional way to take japa mala. 5:50 - Prayer vs. Bling Beads The significance of having separate prayer beads for japa mala and mala you wear. 8:50 - How to Count Cycles of Mantra Demonstration of the two ways to count cycles of mantra keeping track of the number using your hands. 10:58 - The Significance of 108 Why the number 108 has such spiritual and numerical significance. 13:21 - The Power of Repetition How chanting or repetitive movement for a period of time creates the space to transform you. 17:22 - How Mudra Affects the Energy Body Using mudras to create a particular mood in the body and instigate change. 21:08 - Offer for Frontline Workers We’d love to offer 3-free months on the #PracticeWithClara site to all frontline workers at this time. *You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/the-power-of-routine Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) **Join the conversation on our Facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/the-power-of-routine Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-power-of-routine-japa-mala-and-mudra-practice/ #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #mantra #howto
29:57
May 23, 2020
Embracing Mantra: How and Why to Bring into Class
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Today’s discussion focused on mantra, including the how, when and why to include in class; lineage and authenticity; and the shift in energy through vibration and sound. Here's more on what we talked about in this episode: 2:04 - Mantra for Saraswati Chant for Saraswati, the muse of creation, and goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and speech. 6:42 - Offering Mantra to Students How to offer mantra to students with a few book recommendations to guide your process. 11:48 - Mantra as an Anchor Starting class with mantra to anchor your class and ground for students, and yourself. 15:52 - Unique Ways to Offer Mantra How mantra can be taught through two styles, melody or metronome, to invite others to join. 17:30 - Sanskrit in Yoga classes When and how to bring Sanskrit into yoga classes when teaching, especially when considering new students. 20:05 - Lineage Influence over Mantra What lineages include mantra and how to intentionally include mantra in class. 23:31 - Intention is Everything The recipe to create by placing pure intention into the sound to shift and transform through the quality and expression of the mantra. 28:44 - Benefits of Mantra The vibration we feel in mantra to express our collective energy and remind us of our shared experience. 30:36 - How to Set Positive Affirmations Selecting words in any language you prefer to create positive affirmations to focus the mind. *You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/embodying-mantra Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) **Join the conversation on our facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/embodying-mantra Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/embracing-mantra-how-and-why-to-bring-into-class/ #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #mantra #howto
34:07
May 23, 2020
Yoga Alchemy: Tantric Philosophy, Embracing Shakti and Self-Expression
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Today’s discussion focused on Tantric Philosophy and the creative feminine energy of Shakti, modes of expression, yoga alchemy, and reintegration after self-isolating. Here's more on what we discussed in this episode: 2:27 - Tantric Philosophy Creative feminine energy expressed in the universe as Shakti and how to awaken the creative force within. 4:40 - Goddess of Expression Embracing Saraswati, Goddess for creative expression and communication. 7:18 - Yoga Alchemy We are the alchemists of our own experience, understanding the power of inner transformation in shifting how we feel. 10:04 - Modes of Expression Shifting how you feel through exploring different modes of expression through physical activity, art, and verbal communication strategies. 17:58 - Return to the Heart Creating balance within between the masculine and feminine energies to give space to come back to the heart where we’re able to acknowledge and express ourselves. 27:16 - Questions for Expression What will you take with you, as you reintegrate post-social-distancing, and what is asking to be expressed right now? *You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/yoga-alchemy Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) **Join the conversation on our facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/yoga-alchemy Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/yoga-alchemy-tantric-philosophy-embracing-shakti-and-self-expression/ #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #yogaalchemy #howto
29:31
May 22, 2020
Vinyasa Yoga & Vulnerability: The Value in Advanced Training
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Today’s discussion focused on Vishudha- the throat chakra- and its relationship to expressing vulnerability, Vinyasa Yoga, and the value of yoga events, workshops, and advanced training for students. Here's more about this episode: 1:37 - Meditation for the throat chakra Meditation and breath to stimulate, Vishuddha, the throat chakra, with Brahmeri Breath. 5:03 - Vulnerability and the throat chakra How to connect to your voice and express your inner vulnerability. 6:49 - Pranayama for spring allergies Khapalabhati breathing to ignite the inner fires and clear any stagnation or spring allergies. 9:54 - Why Vinyasa Yoga? How Clara came to Vinyasa Yoga, where she studied and who she practiced with, as she established her seat as a teacher. 14:15 - Cultivating a home practice How to cultivate a home practice of yoga that may lead you off your mat. 15:50 - Empowering students to take the practice home Why the goal of yoga teachers is to work themselves out of a job. 18:59 - Benefits of a YTT if you don’t have a desire to teach The benefits of taking yoga teacher training for yogis who may not wish to teach and the opportunities that may present themselves as a result. 24:07 - Yoga off the mat What our practice looks like currently with social distancing, on and off the yoga mat. *You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/why-vinyasa Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) **Join the conversation on our facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/why-vinyasa Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/vinyasa-yoga-vulnerability-the-value-in-advanced-training/ #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #ytt #yogateachertraining #howto
29:30
May 22, 2020
Yoga Teacher Training 101: Clara's Key Takeaways from Hosting Retreats
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Today’s discussion focused on YogaTeacher Training programs, Clara’s key learnings and takeaways, the influence of Yoga Alliance, how to foster intimacy with students, creating sacred space as a facilitator, and the effect of COVID in shifting training to online platforms. Here's more on what we discussed in this episode: 4:17 - Why to Lead Smaller Groups The benefit of leading smaller groups in YTT to create intimacy and build relationships. 7:22 - What’s Involved in Clara’s 300-hour YTT Clara shares the history of her 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, from inception to present. 8:12 - How Clara Frames Her 200 and 300 Teaching Programs Clara breaks-down the difference between the 200-hour and 300-hour YTT programs. 11:00 - What is Yoga Alliance? Introducing Yoga Alliance, the governing body of yoga, and the costs and benefits. 14:40 - Questions to Consider Before Leading a Training What to sit with as a teacher, if you’re contemplating hosting a yoga workshop and/or training. 16:20 - The Importance of Continued Learning The benefit to teachers who continue to take workshops and yoga training. 18:02 - Clara’s Takeaways Leading YTT Two of Clara’s key learnings hosting her 200 and 300-hour YTT programs over the years. 22:16 - Co-Creating Sacred Space How to hold space for students and be a bomb facilitator at your training. 26:27 - Online Learning How yoga schools and teachers are pushing online learning with COVID. **You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/yoga-teacher-training-101 Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) **join the conversation on our Facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/yoga-teacher-training-101-claras-key-takeaways-from-hosting-retreats/ #philosophy #yogatalk #yogapodcast #ytt #yogateachertraining #howto
31:15
May 21, 2020
The Courageous Heart: Exploring Durga and the Heart Chakra
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Today’s discussion focused on motherhood, Clara’s process in asking for help and exploring vulnerability as a new mother, how to honour your inner truth, Durga’s origin story in providing one with courage, and how to access the unstuck heart, Anahata chakra. Here's more on what we discussed in this episode:  4:04 - Durga’s Presence in Clara’s Truth How Clara harnesses the power of Durga in honouring her process and inner truth. 6:19 - Asking for Help and Expressing Vulnerability How to ask for help from your community and surrender to what simply is at that moment. 11:15 - Connecting to Your Inner Warrior How Clara is channeling Durga at this time to honour her transition into motherhood. 13:37 - The Unstruck Heart Anahata, the heart chakra, and what the unstruck means in relationship to accessing our inner vulnerability. 14:42 - Durga’s Birth Story Clara shares Durga’s origin story and how the powerful female Goddess is a representation of surrender and courage. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) **join the conversation on our Facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity **You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/the-couragious-heart #philosophy #yogatalk #Anahatachakra #motherhood Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/create-balance-in-the-subtle-body-ayurvedic-medicine-and-yoga/
28:35
May 20, 2020
Create Balance in the Subtle Body: Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Today’s discussion delved into Clara’s favorite philosophy books, with Tantric, Indian, and Buddhist teachings, we touched on Ayurvedic Medicine, and how to balance the subtle body. 1:28 - Clara’s top Philosophy & Poetry Recommendations Clara shares her favourite books that have inspired her practice with Hindu, Buddhist, and a Tantric philosophy and poetry. 18:16 - How to Create Harmony with Ayurveda The benefits of Ayurveda Medicine and how to create balance in the mind and body. 19:34 - What to do to balance VATA energy The physical practices, breathwork, and foods to balance Vata energy. 22:12 - What to do to balance PITTA energy The physical practices, breathwork, and foods to balance Pitta energy.  24:04 - What to do to balance KAPHA energy The physical practices, breathwork, and foods to balance Kapha energy. 32:32 - How to Harness the Power of Durga   Learning how to ask and seek for support in troubled times and how to shift static energy.    Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :)   **Join the conversation on our Facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity   **You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/yoga-philosophy-books    Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/create-balance-in-the-subtle-body-ayurvedic-medicine-and-yoga/ #instagramlive #philosophy #yogatalk #kaphaenergy #powerofdurga
36:42
May 13, 2020
Retreat Planning for Yoga Teachers: Marketing & Business Insights
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. In today's discussion, we learned about Retreat Planning and Execution for Yoga Teachers with marketing and business insights to focus your messaging. Here's more on what we discussed in this episode: 4:07 - Retreat Planning for Yoga Teachers How to market your retreat around the benefits of building your community and relationships. 11:46 - Price and promise: what to offer on retreat How to frame the timeline for your retreat and what you offer your guests 18:16 - Location, budget, & timeline for a global retreats How to select the location, plan your budget, and manage the timeline for hosting an international retreat. 22:59 - How to plan and motivate through messaging Plan your messaging for the year, week-to-week, to stay organized and motivate your guests. 26:08 - How to stay ahead of the curve The benefit of partnering with a pal and how to be different in an industry that is so saturated 30:04 - The shifting demand in yoga What's next in the industry- can you try to anticipate and create new and unique value for your community by thinking ahead. 32:40 - Benefits of staying open to feedback Touch-points to get feedback and communicate with your guests and the benefit of providing stellar customer service. 34:59 - Learning behind-the-scenes The perks of assisting on a retreat to learn the behind-the-scenes and navigate the conflicts that arise before you host your own. 41:33 - Impostor syndrome and how to deal Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or wherever you like to listen :) Join the conversation on our Facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity **You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/retreat-planning-for-yoga-teachers Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/retreat-planning-for-yoga-teachers-marketing-business-insights/
49:06
May 12, 2020
The Subtle Body: Moving Meditation with Clara
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Morning Gatherings. Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion. This week’s theme was ether and how to embrace a moving meditation to stimulate the subtle body through breath and visualization.  Here's more on what you'll discover in this episode: 1:40 - Boa Breath Practice Embodying ether through a moving meditation with Boa Breath, a style of breathing from the martial arts, Chien Lung. 2:58 - Move with Ether Embrace ether with a moving meditation through Boa Breath, a style of breathing from the martial arts, Chien Lung. 12:18 - Meditation on Indra's Net   A visualization practice that encourages one to feel our interconnectedness to each other and all other beings in this universe. 19: 00 - Cosmology of Indra's Net   How space and ether are in everything and connect all beings and how might bring this element into our lives.    Join the conversation on our Facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity   **You can watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App (TV, Mobile, Tablet) Download on your favourite App Store:** https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/embracing-the-subtle-body   Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-subtle-body-moving-meditation-with-clara/
25:56
May 7, 2020
The Five Elements: Philosophy and Our Relationship to Space
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Morning Gatherings. Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion. This week’s theme was ether where we discussed the relationship of ether to the five elements. Here's more about what we discussed in this episode: 1:07 - Embodying the Elements   The relationship and interaction of the five elements that make up our bodies and our world. 16:45 - Bug's Eye View The benefit of meditation and practices that widen our perspective to see the sacred within the mundane. 18:41 - Expressing Gratitude In this period of COVID taking a moment to pause and reflect on the things that have shifted and where we might express gratitude. 22:28 - Unpacking Consciousness Understanding how the gross and subtle aspects shape our realities. 26:31 - Your Relationship to Space A reflection on how we spend our time and the physical and metaphysical aspects of space.   Join the conversation on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity   Watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara App: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/the-subtle-body   Clara's Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-five-elements-philosophy-and-our-relationship-to-space/
28:28
May 6, 2020
Tips & Tools for Yoga Teachers from Clara Roberts-Oss
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast. Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion. This week’s theme was beauty and the many multifaceted ways to create, experience, and dance with beauty in your world.    Today is a special AMA with Clara Roberts-Oss!   1:42 - Meditation on Lakshmi Clara guides us through a meditation for Lakshmi, the Goddess of Beauty, Fertility, and Abundance. 4:20 - Creative Process in Teaching   Clara’s creative process and how she weaves themes and poses into sequences based on each class. 7:47 - Planning for New Teachers What to do as a new/novice yoga teacher and how to plan accordingly for students. 10:51 - Intelligent Sequencing & Movement   An introduction to Shiva Rea, founder of Wave Theory and Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga. 12:26 - Alternative Teaching Styles   Exploring different ways and teachers to express and open up the body. 15:15 - Create Community   The importance of staying connected and inspired by your peers by attending a variety of public classes. 18:07 - Filming Yoga Videos   How to create yoga videos for online classes and content. 23:17 - Conversational Yoga   Learning the language of yoga as a new teacher and discovering your voice. 27:24 - Honour Your Own Process   Each teacher is unique in what they bring to the table, honour what serves you!   Join the conversation on our Facebook group:** https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity   Watch the full version on the #PracticeWithClara Apps: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/tips-for-yoga-teachers   Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/tips-tools-for-yoga-teachers-from-clara-roberts-oss/
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April 29, 2020
Accept the World As Is: Bringing Beauty into Your World
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast. Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion.    This week’s theme was beauty and the many multifaceted ways to create, experience, and dance with beauty in your world.    More on what we discuss in this week's episode: 4:11 - The Truth of Being Human The fragility of human existence as we balance our inner and outer worlds.    6:58 - Connecting to Pain & Pleasure How to balance and interact equally, with pain with pleasure through the yin and yang of our experience.    9:56 - How Do You Nourish Yourself? As we shift and adapt to our various roles in life, how do we make time for all the things we need to do as well as nourish ourselves?    12:37 - Discover the Teacher Within Yoga as an experiential philosophy to discover the divine teacher within us.    15:39 - Where is the Divine? How to discover a connection with the divine, a space of groundedness, wholeness, and inner truths.    17:15 - Surrender to Change How to mourn and be able to let things go to move with what is and accept change.   **Join the conversation on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/practicewithclaracommunity    Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/accept-the-world-as-is   Clara's Website: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/accept-the-world-as-is
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April 27, 2020
How to Manage Business Relationships in Yoga
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast where Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion. This week’s theme was beauty and this podcast is a Q&A on the business of yoga. 10:11 - Dancing with the Ego Working with a partner in your business and managing expectations, deliverables, and work/life balance. 12:55 - Resolving Conflict Setting boundaries and exploring ways to diffuse strong emotions and settle conflict with your partner. 16:29 - Confidence in Your Team Create a kick-ass team by hiring people with confidence in what they do. 22:57 -  The Value of Mentorships How mentorships benefit your business and the community through fueling ideas and inspiration. 26:48 - Get Creative in Hiring Out How and why you should hire help to keep the momentum building in your business. 30:09 - Making Money in Yoga How to keep the financial strain at-bay as a yoga teacher. 31:40 - Space to Play & Balance How to avoid burnout and keep multiple opportunities alive through variety, variety is the spice of life! 35:15 - Adapting to Studio Ethics How to honor your lineage and how you teach while accommodating students and studio demands.    * Join the conversation on our Facebook group Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/business-of-yoga Watch on Clara's website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/how-to-manage-business-relationships-in-yoga/
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April 24, 2020
Rediscover Your Natural Rhythm: Surrendering to the Unknown
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast.  Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion. This week’s theme was beauty and the many multifaceted ways to create, experience, and dance with beauty in your world. 2:01 - A Worship for the Heart Reading of the Radiance Sutras, Insight Verse 147-48 translation by Lorin Roche. 6:21 - Surrender to the Unknown Finding beauty in the moment, breath by breath, as we open ourselves to the unknown. 8:34 - Redefining Our Essentials Redefining what’s most important to us in this time, as an individual and as a collective, how do we want to be in the world? 10:11 - Your Natural Rhythm A social experiment that explores and asks: how do we want to spend our time when we don’t have to be anywhere? 12:07 - Clara’s Current Routine Clara’s new routine expressed in this time: observations, needs, feels like she’s starting to figure out what is your routine. 17:15 - Reading of the Sutras Meditation on the Radiance Sutras, Insight Verse 136-38. * Join the conversation on our Facebook group. Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/rediscover-your-natural-rhythm Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/rediscover-your-natural-rhythm-surrendering-to-the-unknown/
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April 23, 2020
Dance with Beauty: The Beauty Report with Clara
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast. Clara and Stephanie share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion. This week’s theme was beauty and the many multifaceted ways to create, experience, and dance with beauty in your world.    * Here's more on what we discussed in this week's episode: 3:30 - Embracing the Unknown How can we dance in the ananda (bliss) and in the Tandava (destruction) as we embrace the unknown of what’s happening in our world right now.     9:30 - A Practice for Beauty Why and how we should seek beauty in our lives. What beauty provides in times of duress.  “When we seek out beauty in times of distress, it is a way to give our bodies, minds, and soul, faith, and hope.”   - Sally Kempton, Awakening Shakti    13:15 - Ways to Feed Your Soul Clara shares her Beauty Report by exploring nature, reconnecting with family, and savoring the process of a home-cooked meal to allow beauty to reveal life’s simple pleasures.    18:57 - Lakshmi as a Symbol of Hope How to harness Goddess Lakshmi in your world to influence hope and faith.     * Join the conversation in our Facebook group. Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/dance-with-beauty Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/dance-with-beauty-the-beauty-report-with-clara/
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April 23, 2020
The Illusion of Control: How to Manage Your Emotions
Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast. Clara Roberts-Oss and Stephanie Trembath share their unique perspectives on philosophy, yoga, and how to run a business as a yoga instructor. Each week is tailored around a specific theme to center the discussion.    * Here's more on this week's episode:  9:14 We don't have control The illusion of control and what emotions arise when we have no control over the events in our lives. 13:12 Managing emotions as a mother How to sit with your emotions: Clara shares her thoughts around responding to emotions in periods of duress while pregnant. 19:01 Managing intense emotions Sitting with how we feel to address what's actually going on: our emotions are signals sent from the body that we need to act! How might we act with integrity? 26:26 Benefits of meditation and Imagination Benefits of meditations and how it strengthens the neocortex; the seat of our imagination, empathy, and judgment.    * Join the conversation on our Facebook group. Watch the full episode: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/programs/illusion-we-dont-have-control Visit Clara Roberts Oss Website: https://www.clararobertsoss.com/podcast/the-illusion-of-control-how-to-manage-your-emotions/
36:57
April 23, 2020