Yoga For Athletes

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On this podcast, I talk to Jen Markunas Reynolds about her experience in tailoring yoga for athletes and to improve athletic performance. As an athlete herself, she knows the benefits of both the mental and physical aspects of yoga to provide resilience, focus and discipline for athletes: Jen Markunas Reynolds: Peak Mountain Fitness on Facebook and Instagram

Senior Chair Yoga

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Nana Gounder Chresta has a yoga business on the Central Coast which specialises in chair yoga for  individuals who cannot get up and down from the floor. She travels to several senior centres and retirement villages in the area and provides chair classes. She discusses the surprises, benefits and joy in teaching an older population. She is encouraging other yoga teachers to add classes for older students because of the beneifits to students and to teachers.

To contact Nana: or  on Facebook:

Yoga for Addiction

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Erin Geraghty is a  Recovery Coach and Yoga Therapist  who works with recovering addicts. Erin, a former addict, feels that yoga with its emphasis on connection is very helpful as addiction isolates people.  Bringing recovering addicts into yoga supports their connection with their own body and with others. Erin has her own podcast “Thriving After Addiction” to talk about the intersection of yoga and recovering from addiction. Erin: and she is offering a free yoga video and meditation on her website:


Yoga for Mental Health

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I talk to Maureen Germein, a certified social worker, about her class for university students to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. A diverse class with many ages, country of origin, and wellness levels, Maureen has acquired a mentor to help her with the diversity of issues in a class with this variety of students goals. Maureen Germein:

Why a Podcast

Why a Podcast

To Change the Face of Yoga?

Podcasts are like little radio shows except that they are available at any time, usually free, and cover a multitude of topics. So much so that almost anyone can find an interesting topic or two.

Podcasts are becoming more and more popular as they can be accessed from mobiles, computers, and pads. Each episode can take from 10 minutes to over an hour. They are one of the newest ways to spread information, deliver opinions, gather a community, or try to change the norm.

Why did I start a podcast?
I have been teaching yoga to over 50’s for 10 years and very rarely do you see pictures of older people doing yoga (and usually when something is billed as yoga for seniors, a young person is demonstrating the poses, misleading and frustrating).

I want to change the general public’s opinion of yoga and also the perception of many yoga teachers (who are usually young).  So that is how Changing the Face of Yoga’s was born – the goal is to expand peoples’ thinking about the diversity of yoga and how it can be used for a variety of populations.

For yoga students
The current perception of yoga is “fitness yoga” or yoga that takes flexibility, strength and athletic ability before you even start taking yoga classes. This perception is so ingrained, that when I meet someone new and tell them that I teach yoga for over 50’s, most of the time they will say “Oh, I am too inflexible to take yoga.” They think they have to start at a high level of fitness to even attempt yoga, which is dead wrong.

Yoga can be adapted to meet most student’s goals and can improve flexibility and strength in a calm and controlled environment for almost everyone. As an example, I trained to teach yoga to people who have brain injury and spinal injury and in a wheelchair.

But not only ability, it is also about age. Some of my students are in their 90’s, 80’s, 70’s and 60’s and greatly enjoy my yoga classes. Why? Because these classes are modified to their fitness level and their goals. Yoga teachers can do that easily if they have had the proper training.

For yoga teachers
In addition to teaching seniors, yoga teachers are teaching a wide variety of students with a wide variety of goals using many teaching styles. The podcast is one way for teachers to talk about the variety of students that they teach.  In the past two months, we have had yoga teachers who teach:

√ children (some on the autistic spectrum),

√pre- and post-natal yoga,

√large bodied students,

√students with PTSD and complex PTSD,

√yoga coaching to help retirees, and

√ senior yoga training.

Future episodes include yoga for combat veterans, athletes, and recovering addicts just to name a few.

Where to Find

How do you find a podcast you might like to listen to? Itunes has a multitude of podcasts in many categories: you can start your search at  and Iheart radio is another source. After finding a podcast that is of interest, you can subscribe so that you will be notified if a new episode is available.

Your choice, your say
In some ways podcasts are the definition of democracy; the public generating the public discourse and their listeners making a choice about what they want to hear from a wide variety of sources. No one has the (yet) authority to muffle these thoughts and you can listen to those that you agree with or those that you don’t. You have the choice.

Podcasts for the month of May:

Retirement coaching: purpose in retirement:

Retirement coaching: your lifestyle choices in retirement:

Large-Bodied Yogis:

Training for Teaching Senior Yoga:

And I am very excited to announce that with the response from yoga teachers and our listeners, we will be releasing podcasts weekly starting in June instead of every other week.

Is there a topic you would like me to cover on my podcast?

Would you like to join me as a guest on Changing the Face of Yoga podcast?

We also are adding the voices of students to the podcast. If you are a student of yoga and would like to talk about your experiences, I’d love to hear from you.

If so, please leave a comment below or drop me a line at

Changing the Face of Yoga – Private Classes

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Kate Connell Potts teaches private classes (one on one) classes. Previously, she has taught general classes, corporate classes, and co-owned a yoga studio. She also has a course for other yoga teachers on how to develop a private yoga business that is sustainable. Kate advocates a three pronged approach to developing a sustainable yoga business: investing in a) yoga knowledge, b) yourself, and c) your yoga business.

Changing the Face of Yoga: Yoga for Seniors with Carol Krucoff

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Carol Krucoff teaches students who are older or have physical issues. She, with Kimberly Carson, have developed the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine in the US. Medical professionals teach yoga teachers about the common conditions and diseases that an older population may have and how to modify safely. She is also the author of books on yoga including: “Relax into Yoga for Seniors”, ” Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief”, and Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain.


Changing the Face of Yoga – Large Bodied Yoga

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Dr. Karin Lawson is a licensed psychologist specialising in therapies for binge eating and emotional eating . In addition to traditional therapeutic techniques, Karin has added yoga classes and precepts to working with people with eating disorders.  She discusses some of her teaching tips and the yoga precepts that are helpful with this population. She believes that there is more acceptance for large bodied people in yoga classes but it is still not widespread.