On and Off Your Mat Yoga Podcast

Erika Belanger Yoga

A yoga podcast filled with truly engaging interviews from the most inspiring and accomplished spiritual teachers in the world. Get inspired by their story, learn their best-kept secrets, and how to apply everything they know to your practice and your life off the mat. Join me in my curious, passionate, open minded attitude towards growth and transformation as I meet all the teachers who inspire me and as we share with you the gifts of yoga. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Are you on a journey of personal growth? Looking to be happier? Wondering how to be on that path with a partner? If so, this episode is for you.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENTS:👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 My 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Become a Premium Member: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. QUESTIONS THEY ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEWhat is the inner work? What does actualizing that mean or look like?What impacts our happiness? What is the source of our dissatisfaction?How do we start to shift our inner dialogue?Why does chasing what we want does not ultimately bring happiness?How do we stay in the present moment and stop chasing happiness?Can we go over the level of consciousness?How can we do this work with a partner?ABOUT OUR GUESTMat & Ash are best known as The Yoga Couple to their 500K+ online community. The influential couple is internationally recognized for their holistic healing work, authentic yoga teachings, and as the creators of The Inner Work method. Mat and Ash boldly give a voice to taboo topics such as pornography addiction and the importance of women’s menstrual cycle awareness and as Top 10 Amazon bestselling authors of The Inner Work, hosts of The Inner Work podcast, and cast members on the first season of Battle of The Fittest Couple on Paramount Network, they have made it their mission to bridge the gap between Western Psychology and Eastern Philosophy. Currently, they reside in Hawaii where they host healing retreats, yoga teacher training, and offer one-on-one life counseling specializing in The Inner Work teachings. Their methods focus on understanding the varying levels of human consciousness and the power to self-heal any aspect of the human condition including relationship issues, overcoming addictions, inner child healing, and trauma recovery.  LINKSTik Tok | Website | Instagram | YouTube  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 29

55 min 13 sec

Have you been practicing what you've been taught but don’t always understand why you’ve been told to do or avoid certain things in asanas? Or Are you teaching yoga and feeling stuck in your cues? Well, biomechanics might be the answer to your questions.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENTS:👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Read my 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Retreat info: erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Book a call: https://erikabelanger.com/contact👉🏻 Become a Premium Member: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. 👉🏻 Donate to help build the yoga retreat with Go-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!ABOUT OUR GUESTJules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Las Vegas based yoga teacher, educator, and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion. She regularly contributes to teacher training programs and leads workshops and courses worldwide. Her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is now available through Handspring Publishing. As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations. Her most influential teachers include Greg Lehman (Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science), Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of popular opinions.Her website: www.julesmitchell.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 15

44 min 44 sec

Do you struggle from time to time to feel, connect to emotions like anger, grief, sadness, and release those emotions? If so here's a meditation to help you practice to do just that. This episode is part of our premium subscription. To get access to it you need to visit our podcast premium membership area.Know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. Ok! That’s it for now, go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your Meditation to connect to and release emotions, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 8

5 min 43 sec

Tools and somatic practices for your health. Do you tend to be codependent in your relationships, a perfectionist at work, or a people-pleaser amongst your friends? Have you noticed how these patterns affect your health and your wellbeing? In today’s episode, we’ll talk about this and give you some tools and somatic practices to start addressing this.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENT:👉🏻 My 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Retreat info: erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Become a Premium Member: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. 👉🏻 Donate to help build the yoga retreat with Go-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!ABOUT OUR GUESTVictoria Albina (she/her) is a Certified Life Coach, UCSF-trained Family Nurse Practitioner, and Breathwork Meditation Guide with a passion for helping women realize that they are their own best healers, so they can break free from codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and reclaim their joy.She is the host of the Feminist Wellness Podcast, holds a Masters's degree in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College. Victoria has been working in health & wellness for over 20 years and lives on occupied Munsee Lenape territory in New York’s Hudson Valley.Her Website (download her meditation and grounding practice for free)Instagram: @victoriaalbinawellnessPodcast: Feminist WellnessFacebookLinkedInQUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEI know you use healing modalities and somatic therapy like yoga, ecstatic dance, and breathwork. Why did you get interested in these modalities?How can being codependent, perfectionist and people-pleaser affect our health?What are some of the somatic manifestations people can experience?How can we do expressive journaling if it's a practice that usually brings us deeper into focusing on the negative?How do we start shifting out of codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing?What’s the importance of connecting to our intuition, and learning to trust it in all this? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 25

55 min 34 sec

Have you experienced trauma and struggled to move through it so you can get on the other side and find the gifts in the experience? I know I have. If that’s your case too, this episode is for you.👉🏻 My 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Retreat info: erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Book a call: https://erikabelanger.com/contact👉🏻 Become a Premium Member: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. 👉🏻 Donate to support someone in need so they can attend a yoga retreat with Go-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!👉🏻 Free Sacred Space Training with Keira: Coupon code ERIKAQUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEHow do you define trauma?What is your life brought you to help people through trauma.How can we move through trauma?Any tips for people who think there’s no way they can live through the pain, the darkness?How can we use our experience to create, share and have an impact on the world?How does it look like to connect with your divine self?How can we show up in our business with the healing work of our trauma as the fuel behind us?How do you show up in your purpose if you are feeling overwhelmed with the pain?What are the things we can do daily to support our healing and supporting our impact?ABOUT OUR GUESTKeira Poulsen is a mother to 5 children, an intuitive spiritual entrepreneurship coach, 2 x author, and CEO of Freedom House Publishing Co.  Keira helps women who feel inspired to make a huge impact in the world write transformative books of light. She teaches them how to receive their book with spiritual tools that allow for the creation of the book to come through in under 2 months’ time.Keira then helps them create successful businesses of light, derived from the message of their book.  It is her deepest belief that women who are receiving powerful messages of truth from the Divine are here to share these messages through published books and create powerful and successful businesses of light that will impact humanity for the better! "Free Sacred Space Training with Keira: Coupon code ERIKAInstagram: @keirapoulsenMore about her offerings: https://msha.ke/keirapoulsen/#links See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 11

35 min 56 sec

Last month I polled our premium members and they voted on a video where I would teach my favorite ns hacks. So if you’re stressed and looking for tools to feel more relaxed, this episode is for you. It is part of our premium subscription. Find it here.With Ribbon is awesome and you’ll find on this new platform 1. Your podcast premium membership whereas a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like today’s NS video2. You can also have access to over 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership, with new ones added every week.3. You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer or any special event like my upcoming yoga retreat in Mexico.Everything is now in the same place!Now coming back to our premium membership for a second, since you’re here on the podcast, know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. Ok! That’s it for now, go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your Nervous System Hack Video, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 4

5 min 28 sec

Have you ever put a teacher a little far up on a pedestal or giving away your power when it comes to your spiritual practice? If so, today’s episode is for you. Our guest did just that, she's sharing her story and the lessons she learned on the way.For today’s episode, I sat down with Lopa van der Mersch. Lopa is a lifelong health seeker and founder & CEO of Rasa Koffee, a coffee alternative made of adaptogenic herbs. She spent years studying esoteric spiritual practices (& found herself in two cults!); has had a whole slew of health challenges that have had her seeking alternative therapies from Ayurveda to Functional Medicine to Shamanism for over a decade. Today, we sat down to talk about embracing nuance dogma and why we shouldn’t outsource our spiritual sovereignty.Listen to the episode here:MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- Discernment is the best tool to get clear on whether a teacher has your highest interest at heart or not. See if the teacher is pushing you in a way that is generative for you or because they are getting something out of it. Some red flags: it's not ok to study with another teacher, you don't have a full sense of freedom, they hold your devotion as something they need and is owed to them, they think they only hold the truth, not open to being questioned, don't encourage you to have your own experience.2- To balance faith and discernment rest in your own experience. Be open to what comes, connect to your body and your heart, and then be willing to question it.3- Spiritual sovereignty starts with having a strong sense of self. Self-knowledge and self-trust are the base. Stay open to your teacher's opinion, but don't put them on a pedestal in a way that what they say has more value than what we think and feel.4- To start to take charge of your spirituality, with self-knowledge, you need to practice self-acceptance. As you cultivate a healthy sense of your needs, you start setting and upholding boundaries. Over time, you build more self-trust and own your voice more fully.5- We have so much input from the outside that we can start to question who we are. Our experiences are there to teach us and to give us parts of ourselves we need to see, to open to, to heal, or to develop.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENTS:👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Retreat info: erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Book a call: https://erikabelanger.com/contact👉🏻 Become a Premium Member: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. 👉🏻 Apply for the yoga retreat scholarship.👉🏻 Donate to help build the yoga retreat with Go-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!👉🏻 Coupon code ONOFF for 20% Rasa Coffee.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEHow can we enter into a relationship of teacher-student instead of guru-disciple?How do you describe dogma?How can we practice critical thinking while also welcoming faith? And not throw out the baby with the bathwater and turn our back on spirituality or become overly cynical?How do we keep our spiritual sovereignty and still work with a teacher?What are the steps or some actions we can take to take charge of our spirituality? Reclaim our sovereignty if we tend to give it away a little too much?ABOUT OUR GUESTLopa van der Mersch is many things: Serial entrepreneur. Mother of two. Sustainability advocate. TEDx speaker. Recovering cult member. Three years ago, she added a new chapter: Founder and CEO of Rasa, the adaptogenic coffee alternatives revolutionizing people’s relationship to energy. 2015 was what Lopa now calls “her own personal 2020” — she left a cult, had emergency surgery while pregnant, lost a family member, and had a traumatic birth. Beaten down and exhausted, she needed a source of energy that could sustain her without burnout, crashes, or jitters.What she needed didn’t exist, so she worked with a clinical herbalist and Rasa was born: adaptogen-rich blends that nourish & energize while providing enough rich, roasty flavor to convert even the most devoted coffee fanatic. What started with a mom elbow-deep in herbs in her kitchen is now a movement, with triple-digit YoY growth and over 100K customers worldwide.Rase Coffee: wearerasa.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 27

43 min 55 sec

Are you someone that is busy, looking to get it all done, but you want to feel better in the process? If that’s you, today's episode is for you.I sat down with Tara Stiles. Tara is a wellness expert, bestselling author, and the founder of Strala Yoga which is a combination of yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. Tara’s bestselling books have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Esquire, and Shape. Tara’s work has been used in a case study by Harvard University, she is a sought-after speaker on topics of entrepreneurship, health, and wellbeing, and she has lectured at venues that include Harvard and New York University. Tara works with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative with the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation that combats childhood obesity. Today, we sat down to talk Her newest book, Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28 Day Plan for Physical, Mental and Spiritual Self-Care.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODETake a screenshot of you listening to the episode and share your takeaway with me and our community on Instagram. Tag @onandoffyourmatpodcast and #onandoffyourmatpodcast in your story of post. I can't wait to read and share them.1. Tai Chi principles can inspire the way you move in yoga. It teaches you softness. Softness is the quality that makes anything possible. You can do move if you're not rigid. Let the breath begins, the body follows.2. physical mobility links to the emotional connection; it allows you to see how everything is in conversation with everything else.3. Spiritual self-care is any practice that helps you reinforce positive beliefs about yourself and continue to grow into a better person.4. Focus on feeling-based goals instead of achievement-based goals. Notice how you feel and make changes based on how you want to feel.5. When you listen to yourself and get sensitized to your signals, you learn to connect what feels good to what is truly supportive for you. Get to know how good it feels to be good to yourself.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We recently transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the away I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:Why did you write a detox / self-care book? Did something in your own life prompted you to write this book or did you see a need around you?how did you choose the practices in the book?Can you explain the qualities of tai chi that we could bring in any movement practice we do and in our lives in general?Why did you consciously start with the mind and spirit before addressing the body?What does it mean to clean our minds?Can you give examples of practices to clean our minds or keep them clean?How do we move from a clean mind to spiritual self-care?How do we take care of our bodies with food while staying truly connected to what we need?What is the role of mindset in exercise and movement? How could we approach yoga differently?MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTTara Stiles is a wellness expert, bestselling author, and the founder of Strala Yoga. The Strala approach combines yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine to help people release stress, heal, let go of negative habits, and move more easily through everyday challenges. Tara’s bestselling books, which have been translated and published in multiple languages, include Strala Yoga, Make Your Own Rules Diet, Yoga Cures, and Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, and she has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Esquire, and Shape. Tara’s work has been used in a case study by Harvard University, she is a sought-after speaker on topics of entrepreneurship, health, and wellbeing, and she has lectured at venues that include Harvard and New York University. Tara works with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative with the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation that combats childhood obesity, in order to bring Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States. She also supports the BOKS program, which delivers Strala classes and wellbeing resources to educators across North America. Her newest book, Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28 Day Plan for Physical, Mental and Spiritual Self-Care(Dey Street Books), was released December 2020. Strala Home: https://stralahome.com/Link to her book: https://www.tarastiles.com/boo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 20

50 min 23 sec

The 30 min Morning Flow called Roll out of Bed in the membership is the most popular video I’ve ever posted.Members have asked me to do a variation on it, so here we are. I think we all need right now, on top of moving our body and our energy, to set ourselves up for a calm and grounded day. To learn tools for relaxation on the mat that we can carry in our lives off the mat.This new episode Morning Flow for a Relaxed Day is part of our premium subscription. To get access to it, visit https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. With Ribbon is awesome and where you'll findYour premium podcast episodes ($5/month). Just like before, as a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like this 30 Minutes Morning Flow for a Relaxed Day.You can now also have access to more than 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership ($25/month).You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer or live class packages!Everything is now in the same place!Now coming back to our premium membership for a second, since you’re here on the podcast, know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. Ok! That’s it for now, go to https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your Morning Flow for a Relaxed Day, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or Stay tuned for our next regular episode! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 6

5 min 28 sec

Yes! We made it to 100! This podcast has been a labor of love for the last 3 years. I’ve had the immense pleasure to chat with some of the most accomplished yoga teachers, wellness experts, and spiritual teachers in the west so they can share their work and best-kept secrets with you. Some were genuinely excited to come on, others I had to slightly harass and I’ve reached out to many more who never even made it on. I want to take a moment to say thank you to all our guests so far, for giving freely their time, sharing their expertise, and being so open and generous with the process… For today’s episode, we are celebrating, by first, doing a recap of the episodes that were the most listened to in the last 3 years. We’ll also go over the episode that you guys voted for to enter our celebration giveaway and I want to underline a couple of episodes that I think were underrated but that were special to me and that should have made it to the top of the chart in my opinion.100TH EPISODE GIVEAWAYIf you voted for your favorite episode, thank you so much!Our randomly selected winner for our 100th episode giveaway is Flo Dupuy from the US. Congratulations!!!Our winner voted for Ep58 Restorative Yoga and the Importance of Slowing Down, with Judith Hanson Lasater. Their takeaway was “Some people’s cholesterol levels dropped up to 50 points in one hour of yoga practice. Cholesterol is a measure of stress. The sequence is not the key part, it’s more taking the weight of stress off. It is so powerful.”I want to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors for this giveaway. You are winning a 100$ gift card from Athleta, a yoga mat from Liform, an Eco Yoga Bolster and Acupressure Mat and Pillow set from Ajna WellBeing, a Roll Model Starter Kit, and a class pass for one of Jill Miller union-fit classes, one month on my membership, an eye pillow from Spritz wellness London, and the book Move, Connect, Play from Jason Nemer.TOP 5 MOST LISTENED EPISODESHere are our top 5 most listened-to episodes of the last 3 years!#25. The 8 limbs, with Janet Stone.#58: Restorative Yoga and the Importance of Slowing Down, with Judith Hanson Lasater.#1: When you say yoga…#75: The Art of Sequencing with Jason Crandell.#46 Chakras 101, with Anodea Judith.EPISODE VOTED FOR IN OUR GIVEAWAYDuring the episode, I mentioned the 3 episodes that were the most voted for. Here they are:#93: A 3 Step Guide to Being More Yourself, with Erika Belanger.Meiling voted for #93 and shared: The moment I heard this episode, I was super confused about my path and my decisions, and I remember being in the car alone, looking for a sign and I wrote yoga podcast on Spotify, and On and Off Your Mat came out and I don’t know what, but something made me choose this episode. I went to a lake with my journal and started to write all the questions with their answers, and Felt so relieved. Thank you so much for guiding me. My takeaway is “Stay focused on yourself, what you want and what you can control.” #87: 5 Reasons you Procrastinate, with Erika Belanger.Emily voted for #87 and said “Listening to the episode made me feel like Erika was living life alongside me! She shared best practices without imparting shame and gave me actionable steps to take that didn’t require much effort.”#92: Your Nervous System and Digestion, with Rachel Everett.Cristina voted for this episode and said: I’ve always had gut and digestive issues, this episode allowed me to connect the dots and understand why I’ve struggled so much.Many more episodes were voted for here an incomplete list:#90: Beginning Again, a Way to Practice and to Live, with Peter Walters“I love the vibe. It’s chill and makes me feel really comfortable.”#77: Setting Goals and Moving Forward with Erika Belanger“It has helped me finally learn to set goals and actually complete them for once! You broke everything down into manageable pieces for me and I don’t know something just clicked and I wrote it all down and viola!”#89: Creating a Sustainable and Loving Approach to Yoga, with Brea Johnson“I have had some health struggles this year that have made me have to adapt my yoga practice to really fit my needs. It’s hard not being able to just follow any yoga flow, but works like this podcast are helping me”#74: Yoga, Chronic Pain, and Mental Health, with Erika Belanger“Having a daughter with chronic pain made this episode a must listen and I got great reassurance around managing pain within yoga.”#54: Meditation 101, with Bex Urban“Bex talks about meditation and yoga in a really unique and all-encompassing way. Her view is that for some people, yoga can be perfecting crow pose; for others, it can simply be learning to breathe better. Her words gave me the mindset and space to reshape my views. I began to realize that sometimes my yoga practice can be just me on my mat focusing on my breath rather than any set posture. That yoga is what you make, it every time you take to your mat. How liberating! Thank you Bex.”#80: Awakening and Healing Your Womb with Diana Beaulieu.“This episode so touched me. I really related to everything that was being said. Erika’s questions always bring out the best in episodes.”THE UNDERRATED EPISODESThese 2 episodes have a special place in my heart…#64: Sanctuary Meditation and Yoga Nidra with Rod Stryker.#34: Real Love, Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness with Sharon Salzberg.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We recently transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the away I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 30

53 min 8 sec

Have you ever felt like self-care wasn’t for you, or at least the way it's sold by the beauty industry? If you’re looking for a way to take care of yourself so you can be more present in your life, thrive, and be able to give and be of service, this episode is for you.For today’s episode, I sat down with Mado Hesselink. Mado helps yoga teachers integrate their heart-centered mission with practical business & teaching strategies so that they can make both a living AND an impact. As a business owner and parent, Mado has learned that self-care is an essential skill for staying sane in this crazy world. Putting self-care into action through a personal practice is one of the core themes of Mado's podcast, the Yoga Teacher Resource. Through the podcast, online courses, and her membership The Impact Club, Mado supports yoga teachers to find their voice, live their values, and build a sustainable business.Listen to the full episode hereSUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We recently transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the away I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.100TH EPISODE GIVEAWAY (Enter before Aug 27th 11:59 EST)We are at episode 99, so getting close to our 100th episode. For the occasion, we have an incredible bundle of gifts for you! From yoga props to clothes, to classes, and so much more. We have joined forces with brands we love to celebrate the occasion: Athleta, Liforme, Ajna WellBeing, Yoga Tune Up, Spritz’s Wellness London, and some guests from older episodes for some books, including Jason Nemer from our episode on Acro-Yoga. To participate in our giveaway you have to vote for your favorite episode and you can do so here.About our sponsors:Athleta. They make yoga and fitness clothes, athleisure and so much more. Their mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential. Instead of using fitness models, they have diverse women athletes of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds in their ad campaigns. They are a B Corp focused on fair trade practices, sustainable materials, and production. So Athleta has generously offered to give a $100 gift card for our giveaway.Ajna Wellbeing is a sister-run company committed to creating holistic lifestyle and wellness products that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and beautifully designed. Their mission is to create a holistic health movement based on a mindful and intuitive way of being, healing, and thriving. Which is where the name stands for. They are gifting you an Ajna Wellbeing’s Eco Yoga Bolster which is handstitched from recycled materials into this eco-suede-luxurious bolster. But that’s not all. They are also adding an Eco-Lite Acupressure Mat & Pillow Set. This therapeutic acupressure kit harnesses your body’s natural healing powers. It’s also made from eco-friendly, non-toxic, plant-based materials, making it just as good for the Earth as it is for you so you can create a simple and effective way to find a moment of calm in your hectic day.I personally am giving a free membership to my live online yoga classes and class library for 1 month (worth $100)Our guest Jason Nemer from Episode 22 – Acro Yoga is giving a copy of its new book Move, Connect, Play.Spritz Wellness London is giving you a beautiful eye pillow! Spritz Wellness embodies a balanced lifestyle of wellness, yoga, exercise and living with purpose. All eye pillows, eye masks, atmosphere mists and yoga mat sprays are lovingly crafted in the UK with all-natural ingredients. All products are made of glass with very minimal packaging can be reused or recycled. They are committed to keep the oceans clean and a portion of proceeds from products sold are donated to Surfers Against Sewage. They also regularly partake in beach cleans to keep the coastlines of Britain clean and safe.Liforme‘s mission is to support and encourage the practice of Yoga while bringing the values of Yoga to the business and beyond; and to unite a global community of people around their common goal to ‘Live For More’. They believe in giving back to their community and the planet as much as possible by being eco-friendly, ethical, and socially-just is in everything they do. And that includes supporting many charitable causes. They have recently surpassed $500 000 in donations. Today, they are giving you one of their Truly Revolutionary Liforme Yoga Mats. The ultimate grip for your practice, featuring their unique and original alignment system. Truly Planet Friendly – biodegradable, non-toxic and PVC-free. Good for you, good for the planet.Tune Up Fitness is a health and wellness company that offers products and embodied education focused on helping people alleviate physical pain and stress, improve athletic performance and move better in their body. They are a leader in Self-Care Fitness, sometimes “Regenerative Fitness”, “Conscious Fitness” or “Prehab & Recovery.” They have 2 fitness formats, Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® Method. And have more than 500 certified teachers around the globe including me. They are giving you a Roll Model Starter Kit and a class pass for one of Jill Miller's classes on union.fit. This starter kit includes 1 pair of Roll Model® Therapy Balls in Tote (, 1 pair of Therapy Ball PLUS in Tote, 1 ALPHA Ball and air-filled Coregeous® Ball, all packed in a mesh shoulder carry tote.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- Self-care is beyond self-preservation, it's what allows you the space to move from surviving to thriving. Self-Care does not equal beauty practices and services. It's available to all. Its goal is to give you the tools and resources you need to have the impact you feel inspired to make.2- The most important way to practice self-care is to be in a deeper relationship with your nervous system to recognize when you are edging towards depletion, so you can put extra strategies in place before you are burned out. These strategies can include yoga, physical activities, breath, meditation, diet, sleep, and more.3- Boundaries are another way to practice self-care: recognizing what you can say yes to, sustainably, and learning to offer an honest no when it's not sustainable for you. Get in the habit of saying I'll get back to you, so you can truly feel into it.4- Organization is another tool that will help you manage your life, schedule, and energy input and output. It will show you a clear picture of where and how you need to create spaciousness in your life.5- Find the choices you have available to you within your current circumstances and make the choice that supports you to show up the best way you can.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:Self-Care is a buzzword. Why do you think we still need to have this conversation… to continue to talk about it?What is self-care for you?In contrast, what is promoted as self-care, that might not really be it?What are some examples of self-care practices that would be available to all?ABOUT OUR GUESTAfter teaching yoga for ten years, Mado met her fairy godmother business coach. She appeared in her life just long enough to plant the seeds that good business and good yoga can co-exist. Now, Mado helps yoga teachers integrate their heart-centered mission with practical business & teaching strategies so that they can make both a living AND an impact.As a business owner and parent, Mado has learned that self-care is an essential skill for staying sane in this crazy world. Putting self-care into action through a personal practice is one of the core themes of Mado's podcast, the Yoga Teacher Resource. Through the podcast, online courses, and her membership The Impact Club, Mado supports yoga teachers to find their voice, live their values, and build a sustainable business.If you want to find out more about her approach, the best place to start is the podcast. Mado on IG - @yoga.teacher.resource Website - https://teachingyoga.net/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 23

43 min 43 sec

How do you feel today? If your answer is that you feel anxious, hurt, depressed, frustrated, and so on, then you probably have some spiritual disconnect. The more joyful, and satisfied we feel, the more aware we usually are of my deep connection to Spirit.For today’s episode, I sat down with Dawn James. Dawn is a Conscious Living teacher, International Best Selling Author, and the founder of Publish and Promote, an organization mentoring new and aspiring authors to share their stories and find their audience. After experiencing a spiritual awakening, she dedicated her life to providing education, inspiration, and support related to understanding and enhancing vibrational frequency for overall health and well-being while living in alignment: mind, body, heart, soul & spirit. Today we sat down to talk about how to discover and connect to our spiritual self.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We recently transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the away I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.100TH EPISODE GIVEAWAYWe are at episode 96, so getting close to our 100th episode. For the occasion, we have an incredible bundle of gifts for you! From yoga props to clothes, to classes, and so much more. We have joined forces with brands we love to celebrate the occasion: Athleta, Liforme, Ajna WellBeing, Yoga Tune Up, Spritz's Wellness London, and some guests from older episodes for some books, including Jason Nemer from our episode on Acro-Yoga. To participate in our giveaway you have to vote for your favorite episode and you can do so here.About our sponsors:Athleta. They make yoga and fitness clothes, athleisure and so much more. Their mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential. Instead of using fitness models, they have diverse women athletes of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds in their ad campaigns. They are a B Corp focused on fair trade practices, sustainable materials, and production. So Athleta has generously offered to give a $100 gift card for our giveaway.Ajna Wellbeing is a sister-run company committed to creating holistic lifestyle and wellness products that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and beautifully designed. Their mission is to create a holistic health movement based on a mindful and intuitive way of being, healing, and thriving. Which is where the name stands for. They are gifting you an Ajna Wellbeing’s Eco Yoga Bolster which is handstitched from recycled materials into this eco-suede-luxurious bolster. But that’s not all. They are also adding an Eco-Lite Acupressure Mat & Pillow Set. This therapeutic acupressure kit harnesses your body’s natural healing powers. It’s also made from eco-friendly, non-toxic, plant-based materials, making it just as good for the Earth as it is for you so you can create a simple and effective way to find a moment of calm in your hectic day.I personally am giving a free membership to my live online yoga classes and class library for 1 month (worth $100)Our guest Jason Nemer from Episode 22 - Acro Yoga is giving a copy of its new book Move, Connect, Play.Spritz Wellness London is giving you a beautiful eye pillow! Spritz Wellness embodies a balanced lifestyle of wellness, yoga, exercise, and living with purpose. All eye pillows, eye masks, atmosphere mists, and yoga mat sprays are lovingly crafted in the UK with all-natural ingredients. All products are made of glass with very minimal packaging can be reused or recycled. They are committed to keeping the oceans clean and a portion of proceeds from products sold are donated to Surfers Against Sewage. They also regularly partake in beach cleans to keep the coastlines of Britain clean and safe.Liforme's mission is to support and encourage the practice of Yoga while bringing the values of Yoga to the business and beyond; and to unite a global community of people around their common goal to ‘Live For More’. They believe in giving back to their community and the planet as much as possible by being eco-friendly, ethical, and socially-just is in everything they do. And that includes supporting many charitable causes. They have recently surpassed $500 000 in donations. Today, they are giving you one of their Truly Revolutionary Liforme Yoga Mats. The ultimate grip for your practice, featuring their unique and original alignment system. Truly Planet Friendly - biodegradable, non-toxic, and PVC-free. Good for you, good for the planet.Check our next episodes to hear about the other sponsor!MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- We showed as an empty bowl and as we grew up, we started filling the bowl with rules, expectations, and beliefs. Before you know it, this bowl is so full, we can't see who we are anymore. The process of getting back to the core of who you are is to start emptying the bowl. Some people need a trauma, others have a restlessness and go on a quest for answers, others receive invitations from mentors and teachers. 2- All you need is within you. You are not lacking anything. We have all the answers. We have an immense capacity to learn, we have innate intelligence and wisdom. That's why journaling can be so powerful. It's a tool to tap into the answers you have within. When you invite yourself to look at yourself, you have an opportunity to shift, adjust, and transform. There's no way to improve yourself if you're not paying attention to where you are. When journaling, create a space where you will be uninterrupted, you are not distracted, start with open-ended questions. Invite yourself to reflect on your day. start paying attention to how you navigated your day and what kind of impressions you left on others today, pay attention to your daily you. 3- When we hold on to pain and trauma we are actually creating inner turmoil in our being. When you carry pain you behave differently than when you release pain. That's why we need to pay attention to our behaviors and choices. They are the symptoms of the pain we are holding. Acknowledge an event that happened, understand it to reframe your relationship to it, find the lesson and see if you learned it, then open yourself to let it go. Letting it go will create more space in your being for love and joy. 4-The higher you raise your vibration, the higher you can get to a place of observing yourself and your experiences without getting into shame, blame, or anger. So you are not triggered by emotions. It's easier for emotions to move through you if you are holding a positive energy field to deal with it. You have to be ready energetically before you can deal with it emotionally. To elevate your vibration, check in with your heart and your gut, pause, breathe deeply, open yourself and release stress and tension. When you feel light, your vibration is higher, you might smile more.5- Joy is your soul talking to you. Make room in your day for things that you enjoy and that make you smile. Get into the habit of finding ways to be joyful. It's a huge part of truly being who we are.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your spiritual awakening journey?How did it change you?How do we enter our journey of self-discovery including the recognition of our spiritual self?How do we create a journaling container to be able to go deep in our reflections?Do we need to let go of judgment to truly start emotional healing?How does it look/feel to raise your vibration? How can we know if we are in a lower vs higher vibrational state? What is the concept of all you need is within you?If we do have limiting beliefs that get into our way, how do we start to get rid of them, or at least challenge them?ABOUT OUR GUESTDawn James became a Conscious Living teacher, after experiencing a spiritual phenomenon called Samadhi. She has since dedicated her life to providing education, inspiration, and support related to understanding and enhancing vibrational frequency for overall health and well-being, personally and globally. Her tell-all autobiography UNVEILED is an international bestseller. She teaches others how to live in alignment mind, body, heart, soul. spirit with her powerful online course at http://spiritual-journaling.caTo learn more about Dawn, visit her website: DAWN JAMESIn 2010 she founded Publish and Promote to teach new and aspiring authors to do what she did; share their story and connect to their best audience!  Learn more at PUBLISH & PROMOTE See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 16

43 min 22 sec

Have you been interested in diving a little deeper into your yoga practice, but at the same have been intimidated by the philosophical texts? Today we are doing an introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which are one of the foundational texts of yoga philosophy and practice. There are 100s of translations and commentaries or the original text and they were written over 2000 years ago, so no wonder it could be intimidating.The sutras are made of 195 or 196 aphorisms (depending on the source). They are divided into 4 chapters or books called pada.The first pada, which is where you’ll find the sutras we are exploring today describes yoga, its goal, and why we want to focus on that. This episode is part of our premium subscription. To get access to it, visit the membership platform. Note that we have recently transitioned our premium content from Patreon to the platform With Ribbon. With Ribbon is awesome and you’ll now find on this new platform Your podcast premium membership where just like before, as a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like today’s episode on the sutras 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3.You can now have access to almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership, with new ones added every week.You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer or special event including my upcoming yoga retreat. Everything is now in the same place!100TH EPISODE GIVEAWAYWe are at episode 97, so getting close to our 100th episode. For the occasion, we have an incredible bundle of gifts for you! From yoga props to clothes, to classes, and so much more. We have joined forces with brands we love to celebrate the occasion: Athleta, Liform, Ajna WellBeing, Yoga Tune Up, Spritzs Wellness London, and some guests from older episodes for some books, including Jason Nemer from our episode on Acro-Yoga. To participate in our giveaway you have to vote for your favorite episode and you can do so here.About our sponsors:Athleta. They make yoga and fitness clothes, athleisure and so much more. Their mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential. Instead of using fitness models, they have diverse women athletes of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds in their ad campaigns. They are a B Corp focused on fair trade practices, sustainable materials, and production. So Athleta has generously offered to give a $100 gift card for our giveaway.Ajna Wellbeing is a sister-run company committed to creating holistic lifestyle and wellness products that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and beautifully designed. Their mission is to create a holistic health movement based on a mindful and intuitive way of being, healing, and thriving. Which is where the name stands for. They are gifting you an Ajna Wellbeing's Eco Yoga Bolster which is handstitched from recycled materials into this eco-suede-luxurious bolster. But that's not all. They are also adding an Eco-Lite Acupressure Mat & Pillow Set. This therapeutic acupressure kit harnesses your body’s natural healing powers. It’s also made from eco-friendly, non-toxic, plant-based materials, making it just as good for the Earth as it is for you so you can create a simple and effective way to find a moment of calm in your hectic day.I personally am giving a free membership to my live online yoga classes and class library for 1 month (worth $100),Our guest Jason Nemer from episode 22 - Acro Yoga is giving a copy from it’s new book Move, Connect, PlaySpritz Wellness London is giving you a beautiful eye pillowCheck our next episodes to hear about the other sponsor!That's it for now! Go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your premium episode on the sutras 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast, and go enter our giveaway right now and vote for your favorite episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2

6 min

Do you love crystals as I do? If you’d like to learn more about them, how to care for them and how to use them, this episode is for you.For today’s episode, I sat down with Pam Urbas and Andy Duchovnay. Pam is a Yin Yoga Teacher and Andy is an environmental advocate. Together, they are Spiritual Artists, Rockhounds, Sound Healers, and owners of The Indigo Sanctuary, an online source of hand-crafted and Reiki-infused products for yoga, home sanctuary, sound healing, gemstone healing, and meditation. They are lovers of nature and collect their gemstones and crystals themselves and their travels. They cut, shape, polish and incorporate them into spiritual artwork and malas. With that particular background, I thought it would be very interesting to sit down with them and talk about gemstones and crystals.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We just transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the away I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.100TH EPISODE GIVEAWAYWe are at episode 96, so getting close to our 100th episode. For the occasion, we have an incredible bundle of gifts for you! From yoga props to clothes, to classes, and so much more. We have joined forces with brands we love to celebrate the occasion: Athleta, Liform, Ajna WellBeing, Yoga Tune Up, Spritzs Wellness London, and some guests from older episodes for some books, including Jason Nemer from our episode on Acro-Yoga. To participate in our giveaway you have to vote for your favorite episode and you can do so here.About our sponsors:Athleta. They make yoga and fitness clothes, athleisure and so much more. Their mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential. Instead of using fitness models, they have diverse women athletes of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds in their ad campaigns. They are a B Corp focused on fair trade practices, sustainable materials, and production. So Athleta has generously offered to give a $100 gift card for our giveaway.Ajna Wellbeing is a sister-run company committed to creating holistic lifestyle and wellness products that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and beautifully designed. Their mission is to create a holistic health movement based on a mindful and intuitive way of being, healing, and thriving. Which is where the name stands for. They are gifting you an Ajna Wellbeing's Eco Yoga Bolster which is handstitched from recycled materials into this eco-suede-luxurious bolster. But that's not all. They are also adding an Eco-Lite Acupressure Mat & Pillow Set. This therapeutic acupressure kit harnesses your body’s natural healing powers. It’s also made from eco-friendly, non-toxic, plant-based materials, making it just as good for the Earth as it is for you so you can create a simple and effective way to find a moment of calm in your hectic day.Check our next episodes to hear about the other sponsors!MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- We are all made of energy and are all vibrations. So are the gemstones. We, as humans can entrain our energy with the ones around us. The determination of the healing aspect of each stone has come from intuition and experimentation. And these findings have been validated through different cultures over time.2- For empaths, it's important to clear any new stones and to clear them every time you use them or wear them. In all cases though, trust yourself with what you need and follow their intuition on it.3- Sage, sound healing, moonlight, and saltwater are all good ways to clear stones.4- When picking a stone, take a few deep breaths, hold the stone, notice what it's "saying" to you, how do you feel, if it aligns with what you're looking for or in need of.5- As a practice, you can clear the stones, hold them, use affirmations with them, meditate with them, wear them on you, use them in home decor, on an altar, and in beauty routines. You can also place them in plants. Create a relationship with a stone. Add them to any healing or personal practices.QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:What is the difference between gemstones and crystals?What makes certain stones healing? Or what gives them particular properties? Do gemstones also carry energy from the rockhounds and all the people that have handled them before they got to you?Once we get new gemstones, how do we prepare them before using them?What are the rituals we can use to clear stones?What are some of the most common gemstones and their known effects?The color of the chakras and the gemstones doesn’t always align, why is that?Can you give an example of practice so we can use the gemstones?ABOUT OUR GUESTPam and Andy are Spiritual Artists, Rockhounds, Sound Healers, and Entrepreneurs and are the creators of The Indigo Sanctuary, an online source of hand-crafted, Reiki-infused, yoga, home sanctuary, sound healing, gemstone healing, and meditation products.Pam is a Yoga Teacher, who focuses her practice on Yin Yoga. She has taught yoga in homeless shelters, nursing homes, senior centers, as well as in studios and gyms. Yin Yoga is a meditative practice that focuses on long holds of seated or reclined poses that work to unwind the body's deeper layers of fascia. Each pose is usually held for 3-5 minutes.Andy is an environmental advocate, having worked for the EPA for 30 years. Before then, he represented organic food producers and was involved with the US Organic Food Production Law of 1990.They are both certified Nepali Sound Healers trained by Grand Master Shree in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pam and Andy have conducted Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra and singing bowl sound bath programs and conducted chakra balancing sessions throughout the Philadelphia area. They are lovers of nature and collect gemstones in their travels across the US. They cut, shape and polish these gemstones in their home lapidary studio and incorporate them into spiritual artwork and malas.Pam and Andy travel extensively through Nepal and continue to work collaboratively with their business partners Jaki and Tulsi in Nepal. Pam and Andy believe in giving back, and they have established a scholarship program, which pays the tuition for two young girls in Nepal.Website: www.theindigosanctuary.com (Coupon code 10% on their website: SpiritualArtist10)Facebook: TheIndigoSanctuaryInstagram: @theindigosanctuaryYoutubeemail:theindigosanctuary@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 26

43 min 6 sec

Do you struggle to speak and shin while you teach? No matter how much training you have as a yoga teacher, public speaking can be very challenging. If you’re not a teacher, some of the skills you learn on the mat can also help you in your next work meeting. We all have spaces where we need to tap into our presence so our message comes through.For today’s episode, I sat down with Sylvain Hache, Aka Sly for you anglophones out there. He is an ex-chronic stutterer that morphed into an award-winning, international-touring musician who has been interviewed on live TV & Radio in multiple countries, in 2 languages. He has been coaching and training people to ‘’End-Stage Fright & Master Public Speaking, Anywhere From a Zoom Call to Carnegie Hall’’ using Rockstar Presence Principles that he distilled from over 500 shows in 35 cities around the world. Since he’s also a yogi, I wanted to sit down with him and talk about public speaking for yoga teachers.Listen to the full episode here:SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We just transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the away I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.100TH EPISODE GIVEAWAYWe are at episode 95, so getting close to our 100th episode. For the occasion, we have an incredible bundle of gifts for you! From yoga props to clothes, to classes, and so much more. We have joined forces with brands we love to celebrate the occasion: Athleta, Liform, Ajna WellBeing, Yoga Tune Up, Sprits Wellness London, and some guests from older episodes for some books, including Jason Nemer from our episode on Acro-Yoga. To participate in our giveaway you have to vote for your favorite episode and you can do so here.Every episode until then, I’ll present to you one of our sponsors. We are starting today with one that has supported me as a yoga teacher for a very long time and this podcast right from the beginning: It’s the clothing brand Athleta. They make yoga and fitness clothes, athleisure and so much more. Their mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential. Instead of using fitness models, they have diverse women athletes of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds in their ad campaigns. They are a B Corp focused on fair trade practices, sustainable materials, and production. So Athleta has generously offered to give a $100 gift card for our giveaway.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- You don't need to know everything. You just need to be a few steps ahead of your students. Don't think your teaching to yourself or other teachers, remember that most of your student just need self-awareness, to get into the present moment, to relax, to quiet down their minds. Things that are a given for you, where you are in your journey are new to a lot of other people. Get in a value-giving mindset. Be there to give. It will take some of the pressure off.2- Saying you're nervous can be helpful. It takes away the power behind the uncomfortable emotion. That way, you don't have to fake anything. It might help you connect on an authentic level with your students. You can also try a technique called image streaming.3- Don't speak about things you haven't emotionally processed properly yet.4- You need to also distinguish between a real mistake that holds consequences and something consequence less like a slip of the tongue. When you do such a mistake, you can point it out, laugh it off and keep going. Oftentimes, other people didn't even notice. When it's something really big, you might need to stop, officially correct what you said, and potentially apologize.5- You can't 100% trust your own heightened judgment of what is happening in real-time. A way to prevent making too many mistakes or getting too much in your head about the perceived mistake you're making is to stay anchored in the present.QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:What is public speaking and why is it something we should care about as yoga teachers even if it's not really covered in TT?How do we become less self-conscious? Get rid of self-doubt or our unconscious patterns that get in the way?How do we embody authority or power, presence, and aliveness?What do you think about announcing to your class that you are nervous?What can we do when we forget what we were saying or make a mistake to keep our composure?How can we use our own yoga practice to set our internal presence in a way that reflects an external presence of calm and leadership?ABOUT OUR GUESTSylvain Hache aka Sly is an ex-chronic stutterer that morphed into an award-winning, international-touring musician who has been interviewed on live TV & Radio in multiple countries, in 2 languages.He has been coaching and training people since the age of 16 and now helps you ‘’End-Stage Fright & Master Public Speaking, Anywhere From a Zoom Call to Carnegie Hall’’ using Rockstar Presence Principles he distilled from over 500 shows in 35 cities and 5 countries on 2 continents.His website: www.RockstarPresenceSecrets.com''The Imposter Syndrome Crusher Course'' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 12

55 min 6 sec

Have you heard of face yoga? It's a mix of stretches, massages, and acupressure. It’s something you can do quickly without any prop that helps with relaxation, releasing tension in the face and neck, toning your vagus nerve, activating your parasympathetic response, all while helping the production of collagen, making your skin glow, and reduce fine line.This episode is part of our premium subscription and was requested by a member. To get access to it, visit https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. Note that we have recently transitioned our premium content from Patreon to the platform With Ribbon. With Ribbon is awesome and you’ll now find on this new platform 1.Your podcast premium membership where just like before, as a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like today’s Face Yoga Practice2. You can now have access to almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership, with new ones added every week.3. You can sign up for any live-stream class or event I offer, including our upcoming yoga retreat.Know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. Go to https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your face yoga practice, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 28

5 min 43 sec

Have you ever been told, It'll be fine, just be yourself, and wondered what that really meant or even looked like anymore? Feeling, as if you lost sight of who you were at some point and you became disconnected from that person.For today’s episode, it’s just me, I’m taking the spotlight again and we’ll talk about this. You can check my other solo episodes: #87: 5 reasons why you procrastinate, #77: Setting Goals and Moving Forward, #73: Yoga, Chronic Pain, and Mental Health.There’s a section on my website, where you can tell me what you struggle with, what you need support with or help around. I’ve decided to use that as the inspiration to create my solo episode and other content. Since the last episode, I’ve received a few requests, including the one inspiring today’s episode. The listener said they struggled with being themselves, and I thought this was a very important challenge to address. Since it’s something I have dealt with, I feel like I could easily talk from experience. Another challenge I addressed recently was stepping on the mat regularly when we practice alone. I wrote a blog post about this called “How do I stay motivated to show up on the mat when I practice alone or with a video?” which was the person’s question.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- Much of our stress, angst, and frustration is caused by being disconnected from who we are, or out of alignment with you we are, what we need or want. In contrast, being true to yourself is one the most direct way to find more happiness, fulfillment and to experience more success in your lives.2- We lose ourselves from a reaction to something traumatic or gradually in childhood, due to our desire to fit in, please, and be loved by family members, authority figures, and in our education system.3- Being more ourselves is a 3 step process: Get to know yourself better, embrace yourself and show up as yourself.4- For you to be yourself, you have to be aware of who that is. Once you know who you are, if you’re deeply ashamed of it, that’s not gonna help. You need to embrace, accept and love that person. Then, every time you do something for yourself, that you enjoy or that you need, you reinforce your connection with yourself; you solidify that relationship.5- Use meditation, reflection, and journaling to start your self-knowledge journey. Find a worksheet here.TOPICS I COVERED DURING THIS EPISODE:What it means to lose ourselvesConsequences it can have in your lifeWhy and how it happensHow to reconnect to ourselves: the 3 stepsTools to get to know yourself betterChallenges you might face with self-discoveryTools to embrace, accept and love yourselfTools to start showing up as yourselfThe importance of putting yourself firstSUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We just transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.ABOUT MEErika is a yoga teacher, the host, and producer of On & Off Your Mat Podcast, and a transformational life coach. Being a teacher is part of who she is, and she uses yoga, podcasting, and life coaching as different entry points all aiming to help her students and clients build a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life.Her radiant spirit and engaging sense of humor create light-hearted practices focused on awareness, intentional movement, and self-care. She empowers her students and clients to awaken to themselves, become embodied, and build the life of their dreams.Website : www.erikabelanger.comIG :@erika.belanger & @onandoffyourmatpodcastComing up: Finally Beat Procrastination, How to gain control back over your life, and harness your fullest potential Waitlist Sign Up!Tell me what you struggle with, go on, tell me, I’ll create content just for you!Find this episode's worksheet here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 22

34 min 56 sec

Have you ever noticed some digestive perturbation when something happens and you're extremely stressed? I remember my first day as a high school substitute teacher… I won't get into the details but knowing that a high level of stress can affect our digestion, what about our very common chronic low, medium levels of stress? Or what about anxiety?For today’s episode, I sat down with Rachel Everett. Rachel is a Registered Dietitian with a virtual private practice focused on helping women find lasting relief from IBS symptoms. She specializes in using a holistic approach that includes diet, lifestyle, and functional lab testing to identify and address the root cause of symptoms. Her proven framework has helped many women beat the bloat for good, regain trust with their bodies, and build confidence with food! We sat down today to talk about the impact of the nervous system on our digestion and how things like yoga, meditation, and myofascial release can directly improve our digestion.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODEOur bowel habits are still taboo, so people can go a very long time without seeking help, considering their symptoms to be normal. Urgency, less than 1 bowel movement a day, not feeling empty after a bowel movement, bloating after eating and smelly gas are all red flags. Use a food, mood, and symptoms journal to track what's happening and get a clearer idea.Chronic stress is the most common underlying root issue of all our digestive symptoms. Treating the symptoms is only a short-term solution.The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for sending a signal to release saliva, stomach acids, digestive enzymes, bile and also to stimulate motility in the gut. If your body is busy taking care of the stressful perceived threats, it will shot down your digestion to redirect the energy in a more "efficient" way. The issue is that we still need to digest even when we are chronically stressed, so we need to address our stress to improve our digestion.General lifestyle adjustments to improve your digestion include slowing down, yoga (or another low-intensity movement practice), meditation, journaling, and deep breathing) Create consistency is key. Right before a meal, take a moment to take a few deep breaths, be mindful engaging all your senses while you eat, and chew thoroughly.The vagus nerve is the light switch for the parasympathetic nervous system. Stimulating the vagus nerve on a daily basis with deep breathing exercises, gargling, humming, loud singing, meditation, gagging, prayer, gratitude, contrast shower, and vagus nerve exercises will help you feel more grounded, emotionally more self-regulated, and digest more efficiently.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODECan you explain what IBS and SIBO are?What are common digestive symptoms we might have and we might not consider them to be symptoms of anything, but that are in fact red flags?How can people observe, be a scientist about what’s going on?Why look at something like your nervous system when it comes to treating digestive issues?How does the nervous system work with the digestive system?What are some general lifestyle things we can do to reduce our stress and in turn improve our digestion?What is the vagus nerve? Why should we care about it when it comes to digestion particularly?How can we improve our digestive symptoms by activating/stimulating the vagus nerve?What would a positive change in our vagal function look like in our digestion?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAY.If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We just transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS: RETREAT / GO FUND ME + GIVEAWAYI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.I have a gift for you! Remember Julie from episode 83? Her new book The Transformation Journey was just released and she generously offered to give you guys a copy! Thank you so much if you left a review for the podcast and entered our giveaway. The winner is the iTunes user Arlie K. Arlie said: “This is *the* podcast for devoted yogis and novice practitioners alike! Erika and her guests make me feel completely at home here - bowled over by brilliant advice and nourishing conversations. Heart.” Thank you so much for your review, email me at erika.belanger@gmail.com on DM on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast, and I’ll send you your book!ABOUT OUR GUESTRachel is a Registered Dietitian with a virtual private practice focused on helping women find lasting relief from IBS symptoms. She specializes in using a holistic approach that includes diet, lifestyle, and functional lab testing to identify and address the root cause of symptoms. Her proven framework has helped many women beat the bloat for good, regain trust with their bodies, and build confidence with food! Website: www.racheleverettrd.comIG handle: @ibs.nutritionistFree SIBO Training See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 14

48 min 29 sec

This episode is part of our premium subscription. To get access to it, visit the membership platform here and find the forgiveness medition here. Note that we have recently transitioned our premium content from Patreon to the platform With Ribbon. You’ll now find on this new platform:1.Your podcast premium membership where just like before, as a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like today’s Forgiveness Meditation.2. You can now have access to almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership, with new ones added every week.3. You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer!Everything is now in the same place!Now coming back to our premium membership for a second, know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. LAST announcement! I have a gift for you! Remember Julie from episode 83? Her new book The Transformation Journey was just released and she generously offered to give you guys a copy! So all you have to do to enter our giveaway is leave a review for the podcast, anywhere you listen. Take a screenshot of it and send it to me by email at erika.belanger@gmail.com or in my DM on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast. That way, I’ll have your contact info if you win! I’ll announce the winner in our next episode!Ok! That’s it for now, go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or Stay tuned for our next regular episode!Thank you guys, until next time! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 31

5 min 43 sec

Have you ever started something new and secretly expected you’d do it perfectly the first time? Or after doing it just a few times, you’d be a master at it? I think we all have at some point or another, and chances are, we were then disappointed.For today’s episode, I sat down with Peter Walters. Peter is a yoga teacher and student of life with a motto to always begin again. Focusing on learning and growing in order to move skillfully and joyfully through life. He uses yoga as a vehicle to share presence, joy, community, and awakening practices. You can find him exploring the world and leading retreats, teaching at festivals, on the Headspace app, and in a Zoom room near you. We sat down today to talk about the idea of beginning again and how that zen practice can impact us on and off the mat.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODEBeginning again is choosing to constantly hit a reset button, become present and look at what is happening. It's a persistent re-arrival, no matter what comes up in your life or your mind. It becomes diligence, the discipline of presence, and of reigning the thoughts in. If your intention is to be awake and attentive to every moment in front of you and to see those moments as holy, that can awaken your life, change your perspective to make the mundane magical. Breath awareness is a way to begin again on the mat. You can also use Drishti or Mantra to help reign yourself back from compulsive uncontrolled thinking. Anything that will pull your mind, body, heart, spirit back together in that one moment will help you begin again.Off the mat, you can focus on really listening, being present with the other while they talk instead of planning your response.We can use the idea of beginning again when we teach to share our own studentship as we teach and stay in the path of continuous learning and growth. One way to do it is they continue to train with teachers that speak to your heart, to use stillness and silence and practice what you teach. You can create rituals that feel helpful to arrive again. You can limit your energy output to keep the quality of your teachings and the joy of doing them high. you can set an intention, be clear on why and what you want to teach and continue to seek opportunities to grow in your life in general by getting out of your comfort zone regularly.There are so many opportunities for joy in the subtle moments in between everything we do and experience. Gratitude and appreciation for what it is, is also key to tapping into the joy around you. What you do on the mat informs your energy for the day and what you do in the day, informs how you show up on the mat.QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEYour motto is Begin again. What does that mean for you and why is it important?How does it look on the mat? Off the mat?How does beginning again as a teacher looks like? Does it help you stay a student first?How can we honor the privilege of teaching and stay dedicated to lifelong learning?How did the situation with Covid this year allow you to begin again in a way/learn something new? What is one of the blessings that you can see in your life?How do we show up with more joy in practice?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAY.If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We just transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new to With Ribbon, here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS: RETREAT / GO FUND ME + GIVEAWAYI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.I have a gift for you! Remember Julie from episode 83? Her new book The Transformation Journey was just released and she generously offered to give you guys a copy! So all you have to do to enter our giveaway is leave a review for the podcast, anywhere you listen. Take a screenshot of it and send it to me by email at erika.belanger@gmail.com or in my DM on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast. That way, I’ll have your contact info if you win! I’ll announce the winner on our next episode!ABOUT OUR GUESTPeter Walters is a student of life. He uses yoga as a vehicle to share presence, joy, community, and awakening practices. You can find him exploring the world and leading retreats, teaching at festivals, on the Headspace app, and in a Zoom room near you sharing live online and recorded practices. Come along!Website: www.peteryoga.comIG: @peterwaltersyoga See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 24

44 min 25 sec

Have you ever done a yoga pose and kinda regretted it afterward? Or maybe you pushed just a little too far in a pose you practice regularly? Or maybe you’ve harshly criticized yourself while practicing? Alright, maybe all 3. Either way, this episode is for you.For today’s episode, I sat down with Brea Johnson. Brea has been teaching yoga and movement since 2003. As a teacher, mentor, and community builder with a focus on a sustainable approach to yoga, she is known for providing a safe foundation of healthy movement while remaining focused on the heart of the yogic teachings. Brea is also the founder of Heart + Bones Yoga, a global online community and teacher training courses base. I wanted to sit down with her and talk about the idea of a sustainable and loving approach to yoga, especially in a time where so many of us practice and teach online.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODE1- Physical poses are a small part of yoga. If you distill it down, yoga is about getting to know yourself, about allowing your healing to become a service for others.2- Creating sustainability is investing time, awareness, intention, and purpose in what we are doing now to support our future selves. Moving well now so we can move and feel well in another 20 years.3- The 4 pillars of sustainable practice: Boundaries, Variety & Diversity, Frequency, Restore & Support.4- Know and trust your body. It's powerful and resilient. It's smart and wise. If you tune in and listen to your body it will tell you about what it needs, about your appropriate range of motion, your movement red flags, what we need to balance. Your yoga practice is a tool to learn that.5- What offers us love changes all the time and is limitless. The way you talk to yourself on the mat, a heart-to-heart conversation with a loved one, doing something uncomfortable that helps you grow, etc. It's different for everybody. Give yourselves permission to find it, allow it to be a creative spark in your life, and to change your mind as you evolve.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEWhy Hearts + Bones?What was that pain point you saw in yoga you were trying to address?What is yoga for you and what do you try to achieve when you teach?What does it mean to have a sustainable approach to yoga?What are the pillars of a sustainable practice?What’s one thing every yogi should know about their bones, joints, and muscles?Do you think that this idea of sustainability is a way to practice self-care and self-love?How can we bring more loving practices on the mat?You say: "Yoga can make us better humans…" I want to hear more about this.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAY.If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. Find out how here.We just transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform: www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. For the launch, I’m offering 7 days for free, so you should really check it out! Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you're new to With Ribbon, here's a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS: RETREAT + GO FUND MEI’ll be leading an Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat at erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I'm raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn't be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able to donate anything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you can apply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others' lives in a positive way. Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.ABOUT OUR GUESTBrea Johnson has been teaching yoga and movement since 2003. A teacher, mentor and community builder with a focus on a functional and sustainable approach to yoga, she is known for providing a safe foundation of healthy movement while remaining focused on the heart of the yogic teachings. Brea is the founder of Heart + Bones Yoga, a global online yoga studio and international yoga teacher training courses. As the popularity of yoga increases along with yoga-related injuries, this approach has made her a sought-after teacher in the yoga and movement communities. Her website: www.heartandbonesyoga.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 17

50 min 45 sec

This episode is part of our premium subscription. To get access to it now, visit https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger.We just transitioned to this new platform. Here, you’ll find a few things. 1. You can become a premium member of the podcast. Just like before, as a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like this 30 Minutes Morning Flow.2. You can now have access to almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. For the launch, I’m offering 7 days for free, so you should really check it out!3. You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer!Everything is now in the same place! If you're new to With Ribbon, here's a walkthrough video I recorded to help you find your way around.Coming back to our premium membership for a second, know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free. Ok! That’s it for now, go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode!Thank you guys, until next time! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 3

5 min 43 sec

Is “I don’t have time” a go-to excuse in your life? Maybe you're not that person who took advantage of extra free time during COVID to clean out the garage or finally get in shape or write a book they’ve been talking about for years. If that sounds like you, today's episode is for you.For this episode, it’s just me, I’m taking the spotlight again. You can check my other solo episode: #77: Setting Goals and Moving Forward (great complement to today's episode) and #73: Yoga, Chronic Pain, and Mental Health.Coming back to our subject of today, there’s a section on my website, where you can tell me what you struggle with, go on, tell me! I’ve decided to use that as the inspiration to create my solo episode and other content. The one thing that has consistently come up since my new website is live, is procrastination or a variant of it like time management or motivation. Today’s episode is a teaser for an amazing course I have put together to help you stop procrastinating called Finally Beat Procrastination, How to gain control back over your life and harness your fullest potential. It’s not available just yet, but sign up for the waitlist and you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready and you’ll also receive in the meantime other free content to help you start to take steps in the right direction.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- Procrastination is not a time management issue, it's an emotional regulation problem.2- We procrastinate because of our lack of awareness and understanding of ourselves, of what we need, and our patterned coping mechanisms, because there's friction between for future Self and present Self, the task is unappealing, our fear and beliefs, and/or our lack of strategies.3- We don't have a better coping mechanism for challenging emotions and negative moods, so we let our avoidance of pain give us direction, create prioritization, stop us from creating plans, goals, and structures.4- There's a very strong force in our life that pushes us to confirm our perceived identity, so we will do things that align with how we describe ourselves and use this to avoid taking responsibility for our choices and actions.5- 80% of your result comes from your mindset, 20% from your strategies. TOPICS I COVERED DURING THIS EPISODE:The consequences of procrastination on your life.What is procrastination?How your lack of awareness and understanding of yourselves and of what you desire is feeding your need for procrastination.The root cause of procrastination.The role of our desire to avoid pain and lack of an emotional coping mechanism.The friction between our present and future self.Our faulty rewards/consequence systems.The meaning we give to our experience and how it affects our motivation.The importance of getting clear about why you want to do something.How our fears and beliefs about ourselves stop us from starting.The role of mindsets and strategies for success.The 1-minute rule.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven't already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen. If you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast.If you’d like to make a difference, visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. I thank you in advance.ABOUT MEErika is a yoga teacher, the host, and producer of the On & Off Your Mat Podcast, and a transformational life coach. Being a teacher is part of who she is, and she uses yoga, podcasting, and life coaching as different entry points all aiming to help her students and clients build a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life. Her radiant spirit and engaging sense of humor create light-hearted practices focused on awareness, intentional movement, and self-care. She empowers her students and clients to awaken to themselves, become embodied, and build the life of their dreams.Website : www.erikabelanger.comIG :@erika.belanger & @onandoffyourmatpodcastFinally Beat Procrastination, How to gain control back over your life, and harness your fullest potential Waitlist Sign Up!Tell me what you struggle with, go on, tell me, I'll create content just for you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 26

40 min 39 sec

Do you think yoga is a complete practice that gives your body everything it needs? More and more, it seems that science movement experts suggest differently…For today’s episode I sat down with Jenni Rawlings and Travis Pollen to talk about the place of strength training for yogis.Jenni has completed a wealth of training and learning in the fields of yoga, anatomy, and movement science. She writes regularly for Yoga International and for her own body geek-focused yoga website, where she also offers science-based yoga classes and continuing education courses for yogis. Travis is an author, personal trainer, and PhD in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. His research focuses on core stability, movement screening, training load, and injury risk appraisal. He also holds a master’s degree in Biomechanics and Movement Science along with an American record in Paralympic swimming. Together, they joined forces to write the book Strenght Training for Yoga, so today we got together to talk about that.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODEWe can repeat the same movement again and again and hope we'll get stronger at it or we can learn about anatomy and biomechanics to then take educated decision around changing load, orientation to gravity, use props, changing leverage, progressing movement in a way to build strength systematically.Load is a force applied to the body in order to stimulate it to respond and adapt to grow stronger. By applying force or creating resistance, and repeating with enough frequency, over time we can improve and increase strength. In yoga, the only load is our body weight.The issue with strength training in yoga is that we only have our body weight for the load, so it's impossible to progress it. There can also be a lack of variability and inputs to the body (ex. shoulder pulling) and a lack of opportunity to meet failure.To improve your strength for a particular pose, look at what the joints are doing, what muscles are participating, what actions are you trying to do, and then look at strength training exercises that replicate the same type of actions with the same muscles, in a similar range of motion. Use different planes of motions to translate back to the asanas.No movement is inherently right or wrong. There are no universal ways to teach all bodies to do one pose.QUESTIONS THEY ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEWhy did you guys decide to join forces to write this book? On this particular subject?What is movement science and why should students, if not at least teachers, learn more about it?What is load? What’s the issue with load in yoga?Can you give an example of movement patterns that are not represented enough in yoga and how we could introduce them in our strength training?What would be some advantages/benefits of improving our strength when it comes to our yoga practice?How do we align the right strength training exercise with a particular yoga pose?What are the basic tools people can invest in to work out at home?Jenni, one of the concepts you center your teachings around is the idea that no movement is inherently right or wrong. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?Travis, on your side, one of the missions you have in your work is to close the gap between rehabilitation and performance. Would you have any tips for us today about injury prevention?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAY. JOIN OUR COMMUNITY.If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. Come connect with us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcastIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast.If you’d like to make a difference, visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member.Become part of our inner circle and be the first to know what's coming up by signing up here.Get their book at http://strengthforyoga.com and use the coupon code ONANDOFF20 to get $20 off (good until on Sunday, April 18th)ABOUT OUR GUESTJenni Rawlings has completed a wealth of trainings & learning in the fields of yoga, anatomy, biomechanics, and human movement, including a 500hr YTT with her main yoga mentor Jules Mitchell, MS.Jenni completed a 6-month mentorship with Chris Beardsley, director of Strength & Conditioning Research and an expert on the science of strength training, and she’s also a certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms) and a Restorative Exercise Specialist. She writes regularly for Yoga International and for her own body geek-focused yoga blog. She is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®).Jenni is originally from California, spent a couple of years in Chicago, and recently re-located with her husband and two dogs to Durham, NC.Jenni teaches yoga & continuing education content for yoga teachers via her website. She also offers daily yoga & movement ideas, tips, and educational content on her Instagram and Facebook feeds.Travis Pollen is a personal trainer, author, and PhD in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. Over his seven-year personal training career, he’s trained professional athletes, senior citizens, and everyone in between. He’s on a mission to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance. In addition to his doctorate, Travis has a master’s degree in Biomechanics and Movement Science as well as an American record in Paralympic swimming.When he’s not earning advanced degrees or breaking records, he can be found listening to indie folk music and eating sushi, preferably at the same time. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his girlfriend and their furry friends.Visit his website to learn more about him: https://travispollen.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 12

55 min 11 sec

This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger and become a premium member. As a member, you get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content like this pranayama today, and the ability to request the exact kind of content you need to continue to deepen your practice. As this subscription is on Patreon it also contributes to the community. Since Patreon is a crowdfunding platform it enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world.For as low as 5$a month, you get new exclusive content every month. Today you get to practice with me a Kundalini breath where we break down the inhalation and exhalation into segments. It’s a calming, healing, and uplifting breath practice suitable for beginners!With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording on zoom and continue to record during this shelter in place.Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, and when you become a premium member, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, which helps me continue to offer it, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you.Ok! That’s it for now, go onto withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode!Thank you guys, until next time! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 29

5 min 43 sec

Have you ever considered how your intuition can help you access your inner wisdom? Learn to better trust your instincts? Or find your truest path in life? That might seem like a big promise, but the truth is no one knows what you need better than yourself.For this episode, I sat down with Amisha Ghadiali. Amisha is an award-winning social entrepreneur, intuitive therapist, teacher, and leader. She’s the host of the globally acclaimed podcast The Future Is Beautiful, which explores the relationship between politics, spirituality, sustainability, and creativity. She's the author of the book Intuition: Access your inner wisdom. Trust your instincts. Find your path, hence our subject of today! She has an extensive background in leading meditation, breathwork, yoga, and energy healing. She has been featured in publications including The Huffington Post, VICE, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, VOGUE, and many more, and has spoken at events and festivals around the world including TEDx Oxbridge, to name one. A selection of her meditations, myths, poems, and mantras are available on Insight Timer App.MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODEFear is the main reason we don’t fully connect to and use our intuition. The voice of our conditioning is also very strong. It sometimes feels like it’s our own voice. Clearing and making our life as spacious as possible is a way to make space for our intuition to come through.Our intuition is wired in a way that wants to create a more beautiful future, it wants us to live from that place of the soul, it wants us to honor the beauty and fragility of the world we live in, it wants us to be creative and innovative and to find ways to handle shifts and change systems that are not working. By its very nature, it’s connecting us to ourselves and our dharma.A physical asana practice will help you listen with your body. As the energetic lines open and the information can travel, you can feel and hear intuition and wisdom.Living with your intuition is a whole level of intimacy you have to have with yourself. If you can cultivate intimacy in other areas of your life and be prepared to live from that place of authenticity in your relationships, it becomes easier to access within yourself.Intuition has an aliveness to it. By becoming more present to our intuition, we get off our auto-pilot, start envisioning our future and consistently realign what is in our best interest, while staying open to possibilities and letting ourselves be surprised and delighted by life and how it unfolds.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEWhy have we lost contact or some contact with our intuition?How can we start tapping back into our intuition to fully live to our highest potential?How can we create space to enable inner shifts so we can listen to your own wisdom?How can we use our whole body to listen?Is the body the entry point to connect to our intuition?And then how do you connect to the more subtle?How can we learn the difference between our intuition, our thoughts, and our imagination?How does feeling connected in other ways in our life help us connect to our intuition?How can we use intuition as a tool for the parts of our life that we can’t control?How can we learn to trust intuition and validate our choices?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast. If you’d like to make a difference, visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. I thank you in advance.ABOUT OUR GUESTAmisha Ghadiali is an award-winning social entrepreneur, intuitive therapist, and the founder of the Presence Collective — an online community for creative, connected and courageous living. Her work is centered around sacred activism, as she inspires international audiences to become effective agents of change and contribute to the collective wellbeing of the world.Amisha is the host of the globally acclaimed podcast The Future Is Beautiful, which explores the relationship between politics, spirituality, sustainability and creativity. The show offers deep and insightful conversations with fascinating and diverse guests challenging the dominant world story and sharing ideas for co-creating a beautiful future. Guests have included Sonya Renee Taylor, Charles Eisenstein, Polly Higgins, Satish Kumar, Sally Kempton and Bruce Parry to name a few. Amisha has an extensive background leading meditation, breathwork, yoga, and energy healing. An experienced facilitator, she hosts a variety of retreats, workshops, and online programs sharing tools for balance on a physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual level. She currently runs the Beautiful Leadership Immersion, an embodied learning and unlearning adventure for inner transformation and systemic change, and works one on one with clients in her Presence Leadership Mentoring program. Most recently, she held Style and Presence, a global womxn’s summit and reclamation of worth featuring 26 empowering speaker sessions with progressive voices and thought leaders.She has been featured in publications including The Huffington Post, VICE, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, VOGUE, Rebelle Society, Grazia, and Ecouterre, and has spoken at events and festivals around the world such as TEDx Oxbridge, Bali Spirit Festival, Sunday Papers Live, UnBox, and Burning Man. A selection of her meditations, myths, poems and mantras are available on Insight Timer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 22

51 min 23 sec

You might feel like we are in a time of winter, maybe the winter of your life. It might feel dark and full of despair, but the pain you might be feeling now can ignite an incredible transformation if you choose to use it as fuel for your transformation.For this episode, I sat down with Julie Martin. Julie has been teaching yoga for 25 years, including 10 in Goa, India. She teaches how to break free from linear yoga and outdated dogma and invites students into a practice that embraces their individuality and curiosity. She just published a book called the transformation journey and today we sat down to talk about yoga and mindfulness practices that help us through stages of personal empowerment and transformation.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODE1- Transformation is an ongoing process. You can't move into growth until you take stock of where/who you are now. Then, you need to practice acceptance and get in touch with what you want instead of not want. Define it and refine it. When you don't know what you want, you are at the mercy of random chaos. Transformation is about focusing our energy. And we can't direct our energy towards what we want if we focus on what we don't want.2- Deep down, we don't usually want to change who we are, so much as changing how we feel about who we are. If we don't come from a place of need to change but focus on our sensations, we can be open to the possibility for growth and realize we're already ok.3- Our brain is wired for repetition. The limbic system is organized by our ancestral beliefs and the way we were brought up. They create a loop in our thoughts and it takes focused energy to break out of its momentum.4- To create real change, we have to take knowledge and turn it into experience, into energy and this is where the yoga practice comes in. This is why yoga is not about shapes, but feeling and sensing.5- How would you act if you already had/felt what you want to have/feel? Find the things that make you feel like the person you want to be and start to act how that person would act.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEWhat do you think about the times we are going through collectively right now?What are the pillars of transformation? What is it? How does it work?What are the role of the mind and our beliefs in transformation?How can we can directly affect our energy for it to be supportive to transformation?Why do we get stuck in our old habits even when we know they don’t serve us?How do we transform without coming from judgment or resentment or stories of not-enoughness?GIVEAWAY!I have an extra special something for you today! Back in episode 57, we had Trina Altman on to talk about yoga deconstructed. Recently, Trina published a new book called Yoga Deconstructed: Movement Science Principles for Teaching. She has generously sent me a copy to give to you guys! Thank you if you joined our giveaway and left a review for the podcast on iTunes. The winner of this giveaway is iTunes user StitchGnomercy. They said: "Fantastic & Insightful! I'm really impressed by the diversity & depth of experiences and interviews in this podcast. I've never felt so seen in a yoga podcast!" StitchGnomercy, send me an email (erika.belanger@gmail.com) or DM me on Instagram.If you didn't win, you can still get 15% off just by being a listener today. Get the book here: http://bit.ly/yoga-deconstructed and use the coupon code altmaneb15.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This subscription is on Patreon so you can also contribute to the community. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world. Sounds good? Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. At the same time, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, so I really appreciate it.ABOUT OUR GUESTRaised as a Vendatist, she grew up immersed in the philosophy of yoga. In her 20's she began to practice asana and research different ways of moving while studying the history of yoga. The resulting discovery is that yoga is EVOLVING and always has, so we have permission to explore these practices, challenge the myths, and move forward with knowledge and awareness. Her mission is to EMPOWER your practice. To help find your own pace, fluidity, and strength in a structure that is an invitation, not a rule. Tap into your curiosity and trust your experience to take charge of your practice on and off the mat.Websitewww.brahmaniyoga.comJulie on Ekhart Yoga:https://www.ekhartyoga.com/teachers/julie-martin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 8

53 min 36 sec

This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger and become a member. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content like this meditation, and the ability to request the exact kind of content you need to continue to deepen your practice. As this subscription is on Patreon it also contributes to the community since Patreon is a crowdfunding platform it enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world.Know that as you become a member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. And when become a PREMIUM member, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, which helps me continue to offer it, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you.On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive every month. Today you get a 20 minutes guided meditation helping you feel into who you are, accept it, be grateful for it, and love it. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording on zoom and continue to record during this shelter in place.GIVEAWAY!!!In the last episode, we were hosting a giveaway. Thank you if you left a review! The winner of Trina Altman’s new book: Yoga Deconstructed: Movement Principles for Teaching is iTunes user StitchGnomercy. They said: "Fantastic & insightful. I’m really impressed by the diversity & depth of experiences and interviews in this podcast. I’ve never felt so seen in a yoga podcast!"Thank you! Send me an email at erika.belanger@gmail.com and I'll get you your book! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 1

5 min 28 sec

Imagine if you could heal any virus in your body? And on top of it, you didn’t really have to do anything. Too good to be true? This episode is for you.Today I sat down with Tom Paladino. Tom is a researcher seeking to make a difference in the world by providing people with the education and tools to restore optimal health, and by helping enhance their quality of life. Tom began research with Scalar Energy during his undergraduate years following in the footsteps of Nikola Tesla. He was also able to study the work of Hieronymus’ which included unbinding the DNA bonds of microbes. Today we sat down to talk about how he’s using Scalar energy and developed instruments to heal people.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODE1- Scalar Energy is the first energy of the universe, the primal energy of the sun and the stars. When you can tap into that fundamental energy, you can have fundamental control over nature.2- Scalar Energy allows you to create a molecule or break apart a molecule, assemble a vitamin or disassemble a virus. Scalar Energy allows you to have control over the molecular forms and when you can do that, you can control human health.3- This happens by way of photographs. The photograph serves as an energetic bridge to the person. It's put in an instrument that sends the necessary energy to your field to act in a certain way. It's a tool that allows us to control nature. It happens at the quantum level. It affects our nonphysical constitution.4- People can expect to experience a clearing of their sinuses, a clearing of bacterial plaque on their teeth, lesser symptoms of arthritis, better mobility, less inflammation, chakra balancing, deeper sleep, enhanced dream states, sense of peace and tranquility.5- Sign up for a free session and see how it feels. You don't have to do anything but send a photo of yourself.QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEWhat is scalar light or scalar energy?How does the technology work?How do you control if it will create a molecule or break down a virus?In practice, what can we do with it?Does it work with all viruses?Are we affecting the DNA strands? Can we use scalar energy to change human DNAs and cure genetic diseases?What's missing for this to be accepted in western medicine?Let’s come back to the fact that you are using a photo to do that. How does that work, what does the instrument do exactly?How does it work? What are the steps people have to do?What are some of the effects people can experience? What can they look for?On your website you have different program offers ranging from addiction, fat metabolism to hormones, do you use a different instrument, a different technique, what changes the result?Have you tried with the covid's virus?What do you answer to “it’s too good to be true” kinda skeptic’s comment?How do you suggest people go about this to get the most out of it?What's coming next?GIVEAWAY!I have an extra special something for you today! Back in episode 57, we had Trina Altman on to talk about yoga deconstructed. Recently, Trina published a new book called Yoga Deconstructed: Movement Science Principles for Teaching. She has generously sent me a copy to give to you guys! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a review for the podcast in general or any episode you enjoyed on iTunes or iPhone podcast app. If you’re unsure how to do that check this article. And if you don’t win, you can still get 15% off just by being a listener today. Get the book here: http://bit.ly/yoga-deconstructed and use the coupon code altmaneb15. I’ll announce the winner on our next episode: 82!SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This subscription is on Patreon so you can also contribute to the community. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world. Sounds good? Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. At the same time, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, so I really appreciate it.ABOUT OUR GUESTTom Paladino is a scalar energy researcher based in Florida. Scalar energy is the fundamental life force found everywhere in the world, space and universe. It originates from the sun and stars. Chi, prana, OM, mana, life force, pyramid energy or zero-point energy are synonymous terms for scalar energy.He theorized that all energy in the universe initiates as scalar energy; and that the sun of our solar system and the stars of the universe are the points of origin, “the storehouses,” for scalar energy. He further theorized that scalar energy is instructive energy, as the entire universe is instructed by this Divine Essence. Subsequently, all spiritual, cognitive, emotional and physical action in the universe is initiated and maintained by scalar energy instructions. Scalar energy provides order in the universe. Website: www.scalarlight.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/experiencescalar/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 22

30 min 17 sec

Did you know your womb is one of your strongest energetic centers? It affects your relationships, your sexuality, your health, your creativity, and your manifesting powers.For this episode, I sat down with Diana Beaulieu. Diana is a Modern Medicine Woman, Womb Awakening teacher, coach, author, speaker, and storyteller. With studies in biology, human sciences, and psychoneuroimmunology she worked as an anthropologist and a writer and researcher for international NGOs focusing on addiction, homelessness, and women’s service. After a deep and personal healing journey, she founded Sacred Woman Awakening - a new modality and healing path designed to help women overcome past sexual and emotional trauma to step into a new level of feminine embodiment and empowerment.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODE1- Everybody needs to heal their sexual energy. Women who have a physical womb hold trauma in that part of their body. Trauma can be something that happens to you, it can be collective or ancestral. Men also have that energetic center and trauma to heal related to their masculine energy.2- You can move through trauma, you can become embodied and available to love and you can anchor yourself in such a degree of self-love that you can truly magnetize a loving partner who's able to reflect back what you already feel for yourself.3- Two of the biggest energy centers we have in our bodies are the womb and the heart. A lot of us are still in our heads. It's not only an organ, it's a center of awareness. It's alive, it has consciousness, intuition, emotions, memories. She's a multifaceted aspect of us.4- We can access the womb energy by our intuition, listening, asking her to tell us; share with us. Once we start to really listen, we start to wish to heal whatever story is there. We can start to heal her by bringing healing energy and healing light into its space. Once we healed the womb, we can access its wisdom.5- Trauma attracts trauma. Awakening and healing the womb helps us attract a very pure masculine energy. Couples can work together so both can heal and grow to the potential that they know they have. And understand how we affect each other's energy.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEIs your work geared towards women who have been victims of sexual trauma or all women?How has your own healing journey allowed you to transform your relationships, sexuality, and health?What does it mean to heal your womb or your feminine energy? How do we access this energy?How do we reset our relationship with the masculine energy? How/what can we share with our partners to continue to create and cultivate healing?How do we uphold our boundaries and create a healthy space for sacred sexuality?How do we move from feeling wounded to feeling whole?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This subscription is on Patreon so you can also contribute to the community. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world. Sounds good? Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. At the same time, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, so I really appreciate it.ABOUT OUR GUESTDiana is a Modern Medicine Woman and Womb Awakening Mentor and is the founder of Sacred Woman Awakening. She has developed and teaches Sacred Womb Awakening a ground-breaking learning and healing program for women who wish to step into their authentic and embodied feminine power. She runs online training, including a 2-year Womb Awakening practitioner training, and has trained women from all over the globe.She also mentors and coaches professional medicine women to step into their unique gifts and healing powers. Diana Beaulieu studied Human Sciences at Oxford University and has over 20 years of professional experience in anthropology, music, storytelling, shamanism, and energy medicine.Found out more about her here:Website: www.sacredwomanawakening.comFree 8 part video series: From wounded to the whole woman: https://www.sacredwomanawakening.com/womb-masterclassMy 8-week Womb Awakening Online Course: https://www.sacredwomanawakening.com/womb-awakening-online See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 8

41 min 39 sec

This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger and become a member. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content like this one, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. As this subscription is on Patreon it also contributes to the community. Since Patreon is a crowdfunding platform it enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world.On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive every month. Today you get a 30 minutes video yoga sequence focusing on your tech neck to follow along and address any pain and postural issues. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording on zoom and continue to record during this shelter in place.Know that as you become a premium member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. Plus, when becoming a premium member, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, which helps me continue to offer this podcast. I truly appreciate you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 1

5 min 28 sec

Did you know you can optimize your life by living in accordance with your cycle, just like with any other rhythms that exist in Nature?For this episode, I sat down with Mia Tarduno. Mia is a yoga teacher, she’s certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga, and Certified Life Coach. Her mission is to connect people with their natural states of being to restore balance in their health, lifestyle, work, and relationships. She focuses her work on women’s health using mentorship, yoga, rituals, gathering, and menstrual cycle awareness to help them through the seasons of life.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODE1- The cycle is like our inner yoga. Observing it is a spiritual practice. Working with the phases of the cycle reflects the cycles of the breath and phases of yoga poses.2- There are 4 phases to your cycle. Your hormones change in every phase, your body will feel different, and requests and needs different things. Menstruation is like winter. It's characterized by energy is low, introspection, resting time, planting seeds. It might feel more natural to sit and meditate than in other parts of the cycle. Pre-ovulation is like spring. It's characterized by creativity, freshness, fun, playfulness, new ideas. Ovulation is like summer. It's characterized by expression, extroversion, being out, carrying big projects or presentations. The pre-menstrual phase is like fall. It's characterized by introspection, more awareness, time of the critic, no BS, and clarity.3- The first step to live in accordance with your cycle and track it. Get a notebook, take a page by day of the cycle, and for every day 1, take notes. Later, you can contrast all day 1 against each other. You will start to see your patterns.4- Generally speaking, choose more rigorous, strength base practice during pre-ovulation and ovulation and slower but challenging practices during pre-menstruation, and finally, yin and restorative during the menstruating phase.5- It can be counter-culture to honor your bleed time but also your whole cycle. Practice to not silence it, to not be ashamed. Track it, prepare for it (make meals ahead of time, talk to people about what you need, make space in the schedule), make a ritual around menstruation (lighting red candles, wearing red, listening to particular music, drink raspberry tea) Savore rest. You're not broken, reclaim what it is to be a woman.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODEWhy did you decide to focus some of your work on using yoga to balance the menstruation cycle?What does it mean to live in accordance with our cycle? Why is it important for women to pay attention to their cycle and eventually do that?Can we go over the basic things we should know, starting with what is the process that is happening during the cycle?How does what is happening physiologically translate energetically?If we want to pay attention and live in accordance with our cycle, how do we do that? What is the first step?What happens with our tracking if we are irregular?What happens in the case where we are on birth control? What can we still look at, learn from, or do to support our cycle?How can yoga support us through the cycle and how could our practice reflect or serve our body in what it’s going through?How can we shift our perspective around our cycle, especially when we find ourselves struggling or in pain?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a ton of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This subscription is on Patreon so you can also contribute to the community. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world. Sounds good? Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. At the same time, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, so I really appreciate your support!ABOUT OUR GUESTMia is a Women’s Mentor, Yoga Instructor, and Women’s Gathering Facilitator. Her offerings include movement, yoga, rituals, menstrual cycle awareness, and exploring vulnerable moments and conversations. She is a 500hr Registered Yoga Instructor, Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, and Certified Professional Life Coach. Her mission is to connect people with their natural states of being to restore balance in their health, lifestyle, work, and relationships. Website: Movecreateradiate.com IG: @movecreateradiate Facebook Group: Move Create Radiate's Women's Well-Being Circle See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 18

42 min 36 sec

Happy New Year guys! This time a year is perfect to reflect on the past year and project ourselves into the future to envision and create what you want to experience. Did you feel like 2020 was a year of ruined plans? If so now’s the time to take control back, dream again, and start to rebuild.Are you the type not to follow through on resolutions? Or maybe not even set them? This episode is for you. Instead of setting vague and empty resolutions, learn how to set the right goals for yourself, and how to accomplish them easily.Once more, for today’s episode, I do not have a guest, I’m taking the spotlight. I got so much good feedback from my episode #73 Yoga, chronic pain and mental health, that I decided to do some more solo episodes once in a while. Today’s episode is a skeleton or a teaser for the work we’ll do for my 5-day New Year Group-Challenge starting on January 8. I took this huge thing I teach over 5 days and boiled it down to some of the most important concepts and tools I wanted to share.So after listening to this episode, if you really want to dive into this work, but you feel overwhelmed or you don’t want to do this alone but you can’t afford one-on-one coaching, join us in my New Year Group Coaching Challenge and you'll do all this with my support and in the community at a fraction of the price. Together, we’ll get clear on your intention and your priorities. We’ll look at the area of your life that need the most attention, and set goals to move the needle forward towards what you’ve been longing to experience. We’ll plan step by step how to get there and give you the support you need to stay on track and make it happen… If you want to know more visit my website @erikabelanger.com or send me an email erika.belanger@gmail.comMY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODE1- I work in 3 steps when setting goals: First, consider the context (past and now and lessons learned), second, create a ritual of letting go of what doesn't serve you or stands in your way, and third start the process of moving forward by cultivating confidence, opening myself, setting a goal and creating momentum.2- Get clear on your values, passions, and purpose. They are really the keys to knowing what you want. Use intuition as a way to get clear information that is not influenced by your conditioning.3- The right goal is fulfilling and in alignment with who you are and what you want. It's big enough to create change but realistic enough to be doable. It's breakable into smaller pieces that are tangible and measurable.4- One way to stay on track is to attach meaning to your goals. Knowing why do you want to accomplish something is one of the keys to staying motivated when you are faced with challenges. The other one is to give yourself internal rewards for every milestone accomplished.5- Take care of your nervous system. It is at the origin of your thoughts and actions. Regulating the nervous system is important for long term change and repetition of positive thoughts and behaviors.TOPICS I COVERED DURING THIS EPISODESteps to set goalsHow to identify our current context?The role of appreciation and celebrationIdentifying what has helped you in the pastIdentifying what has stopped you in the pastExample of practices of letting go/forgivenessThe importance of releasing before moving forwardHow to cultivate courage and confidenceThe importance of opening yourself to new possibilitiesBeing honest with what you valueConnecting to your intuitionidentifying your passion and purposeWhat kind of goals we should set?How to create momentumHow to stop self-sabotageSUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a tone of exclusive audio and video content for this episode you get a workbook to follow along, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This subscription is on Patreon so you can also contribute to the community. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world. Sounds good? Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. At the same time, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, so I really appreciate your support! Thank you.ABOUT MEErika is a yoga teacher, the host, and producer of On & Off Your Mat Podcast, and a transformational life coach. Being a teacher is part of who she is, and she uses yoga, podcasting, and life coaching as different entry points all aiming to help her students and clients build a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life. Her radiant spirit and engaging sense of humor create light-hearted practices focused on awareness, intentional movement, and self-care. She empowers her students and clients to awaken to themselves, become embodied, and build the life of their dreams.Website : www.erikabelanger.comIG :@erika.belanger & @onandoffyourmatpodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 4

41 min 14 sec

I hope you’re having a happy holiday season! This time a year is perfect to reflect on the past year and project ourselves into the future to envision and create what you want to experience. Did you feel like 2020 was a year of ruined plans, a strange waiting game where everything felt out of your control? I know I did…So we can start to move forward, I sat down for this episode with Elena Brower. Elena is a Mama, teacher, artist, poet, bestselling author, and Podcast Host of Practice You, Elena has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into seven languages, her Essential Mentorship is beloved for bringing analog creativity to online coursework, and her third book, Being You, will be released in early 2021. With all the work focusing on reflection and contemplation, I thought she would be a great guest to talk about envisioning our new year.If you want to go further in this or you’re wondering how to envision your new year and move forward when all you feel is held back, I’ve planned a 5-day New Year group-challenge. Together we’ll get clear on your intention and your priorities. We’ll look at the area of your life that need the most attention, and set goals to move the needle forward towards what you’ve been longing to experience. We’ll plan step by step how to get there and give you the support you need to stay on track and make it happen. If you want to know more, go to www.erikalanger.com or send me an email at erika.belanger@gmail.com.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS EPISODEPersonal integrity and making promises to ourselves is at the base of our transformation. Everything you are enjoying right now is the result of previous thoughts or actions. That’s very good news because those all things that are changeable.How you handle your circumstances, no matter how horrific they are, how you choose to show up, determines the rest of your day, week, month, year and life. Make one vision for each area of your life. Rate it on a scale of 1-10. Ask yourself how close are you to your ideal? For anything below and 8, look into your life and see what is perpetuating this distance, what is stopping you? what structure is not in place to help you get there? Then, you have to put into place the structures you need to create that vision and dismantle the structures that are keeping you from it.Right your vision in the present tense. Do not mention anything you do not want. Give yourself permission to dream big enough to actually create tangible change in your life.To keep the promises you make to yourself, give yourself a consequence that is cross-purposes, so as it keeps you from doing the behavior you want to stop, and also affects positively another area of your life. It’s a positive way to keep you on track where to need accountability.Reflection and contemplation are ways to learn to trust your intuition and know you have the answers you are seeking.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODECan you tell us a little bit about yourself and your yoga journey?What n your life made you want to become a teacher?Why did you decide to close your yoga studio?Where does the love of art have to start?You have your own story of recovery and I wanted to ask you about your path towards recovery and what helped you in the process?How has yoga supported you in your recovery?How has the Handel method helped you?How do we show up in a state of empowerment to have an agency in our life?How do we envision?How do we act in alignment with what we want and keep the promises we make to ourselves?What’s the place of our past experience?What is the importance of reflection and contemplation? How does it serve us?What’s one thing you have learned this year? What can we take away from this year?What do you want to see more of in the world?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you like this podcast, you can continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a tone of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This subscription is on Patreon so you can also contribute to the community. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world. Sounds good? Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. At the same time, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, so I really appreciate your support! Thank you.ABOUT OUR GUESTMama, teacher, artist, Double Diamond leader with doTERRA, bestselling author and Podcast Host of Practice You, Elena has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into seven languages, her Essential Mentorship is beloved for bringing analog creativity to online coursework, and her third book, Being You, will be released in early 2021. Her spoken word poetry can be heard on Above & Beyond’s Flow State albums. Listen to her renowned Practice You Podcast at practiceyou.com, and experience yoga with Elena on Glo.com.Her website: https://elenabrower.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

36 min 48 sec

If you are a newer teacher sequencing might feel overwhelming at times and having some structure can be very grounding and helpful. If you are not a teacher, this episode is still for you, don’t go anywhere. Having some knowledge, some behind the curtain information about sequencing might help you identify or choose the right teacher for you and it might help you create a container for your own self-practice, give you direction and encourage you to step on the mat more regularly. For this episode, I sat down with Jason Crandell. Jason is a natural teacher and author with more than 20 years of experience. Named “one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga,” by Yoga Journal, Jason has been an in-demand teacher at conferences around the world for more than a decade. Considered a teacher’s teacher, Jason has taught on countless teacher-training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences, so he’s the perfect guest to talk about sequencing.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Teachers should not focus on creativity first in their sequencing. Creativity is important but there are skills to be learned first. A sequence should be an expression of what you want to teach on that day. Once you have identified what you are trying to teach and how you will get there, then you can sprinkle creativity in.2- All details matter but not all details matter equally. If you want to offer a whole-body movement and feel-good practice, you can't teach too many techniques at the same time. You can be detailed as much as you want but not about everything you are teaching. Be specific with your details, but create repetition in the details you choose, so students can learn.3- Sequencing is not about rules. It's about creating a container, a structure you can color in. 4- Here's his architectural sequencing method:- Choose a few (3) focal points (region of the body, postural techniques, theme, peak pose...)- Preparation (teach your detail, specific things in link with your focal point)- Sun Salutations and variation (establish timing, rhythm, cadence, pacing)- Sun Salutation and Standing Posture (rhythm and focal points, options for different bodies, ability, and intensity desire)- Sun Salutation and Arm Balance/Inversion- Backbends- Forebends, Twists- Closing (Savasana)5- The psychological and psycho-emotional aspects of yoga are implicits to the process. They come from the embodied experience of the practice, not the intellectual or rational explanation of the concepts. The essence of yoga is a sensory experience of the asana. If you believe in the teaching of the yoga tradition, there's no difference between what is physical or philosophical. A class is not more spiritual or less spiritual, the spirituality is just more or less spelled out for you.QUESTION HE ANSWERED:Your main teachers are Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, and Ramanan Patel, what’s one thing you’ve learned from each that is now part of your teachings today?Your style of vinyasa is slightly different from other vinyasa teachers, why do you emphasize alignment and technique in your vinyasa? Why is it important for you?Why do you think teachers should follow a sequencing method and commit to it?Do you think sequencing can help personal practice?Can we go over the steps of your sequencing method? Why do you choose the physical as a focal point and less the philosophy? SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAY.If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate, and review anywhere you listen. Come connect with us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast as we revisit every single episode since the beginning. Continue to get inspired and learn even more with a Premium Subscription. As a member, get early access to regular episodes, a tone of exclusive audio and video content, and the ability to request the exact kind of episode you need to continue to deepen your practice. This subscription is on Patreon so you can also contribute to the community. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables fans like you to support creators like me in sharing everything yoga offers with the world. Sounds good? Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member. At the same time, you support me in the creation and production of this podcast, so I really appreciate your support! Thank you.ABOUT OUR GUEST Jason Crandell is a natural teacher and author with more than 20 years of experience. Named “one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga,” by Yoga Journal, Jason has been an in-demand teacher at conferences around the world for more than a decade. Considered a teacher’s teacher, Jason has taught on countless teacher-training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences. Jason’s primary teacher is Rodney Yee—who was kind enough to say, “Jason is taking the art of teaching yoga to its next level.”For the past 10 years, Jason has honed his approach by looking to peers outside of the yoga community, in the fields of physical therapy, orthopedics, traumatology, and sports medicine. These collaborative partnerships have enabled Jason to offer the most up-to-date to asana technique, cueing, injury management, and hands-on adjustments. Jason’s goal is to blend the timeless wisdom of yoga philosophy with evidence-based information to create yoga curriculum that helps modern practitioners grow and evolve.His website: www.jasonyoga.co See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

54 min 8 sec

A strong core is not about bikini season, and a core workout is not a post-Thanksgiving punishment.A strong core stabilizes the body and allows you to move in all directions with more control and less injury risk. Whether you're flowing through a vinyasa or mopping the floor, all necessary movements either originate in your core, or move through it. So, in turn, weak or inflexible core muscles can impair how well your arms and legs function in mobility and strength. This sturdy central line of the body connects your lower and upper body allowing you to balance as well. In short, your core affects everything you do.For episode 74 of On and Off Your Mat Podcast, premium members requested a yoga sequence focused on core strength, so this episode is part of our premium subscription. Visit patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to have access to the full video sequence.You can become a premium member for as low as 5$/month. As a member, you'll have access to exclusive content like this 30 minutes video yoga sequence focusing on your core to follow along. You'll be able to request what kind of content you want, to get precisely what you are looking for, and improve your practice without having to pay for a one-on-one session with me. You can also have access to some or all the classes I've been recording on Zoom and continue to record during this shelter in place. I'm talking over a hundred yoga classes.A premium membership will propel your practice and is a way to give back to the community. Know that as you become a member, your contribution ripples to tens of thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a diverse community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply helping me continue to provide this podcast, which I love to do, so I truly appreciate you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

5 min 28 sec

We are finishing our mental health series today. If you missed our 3 other episodes, check out #70: Yoga for Stress and Anxiety, and #72 Yoga for Mental Health. You also got a deep dive and practice of alternate nostril breathing on our Premium Membership on Patreon for #71, as a tool to deal with stressful times.Today is a special episode. I do not have a guest. I wanted to do this episode and talk about my journey with chronic pain and mental health and how yoga has been part of my healing.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Stress affects directly your pain, and your pain affects every aspect of your life. Addressing stress will help manage the physical, mental and emotional consequence of being in constant pain and will reduce the pain at the source. 2- No matter the type of pain you have, there are things you can do to support your body: food & supplement, gentle exercise, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, talk therapy, meditation, visualization, sleep/rest and breath are all great tools to experiment with.3- You can live joyfully despite the pain. As you acknowledge your pain, learn to listen to what it's trying to tell you, and stay curious and kind, you will start to understand the pain, how it affects you and which strategies help you the most. That creates agency and empowerment and helps you move out of hopelessness.4- There's hope. Nobody knows your body better than you. No matter what your situation is, there's a way. Doctors are human like you and me and might not have all the answers. Seek help but don't abandon your power in the process. 5- There's a clear link between mental health and chronic pain. It's important to acknowledge your emotions, experience them & process them. On the other hand, you also need to see the big picture and focus on the good. Practice acceptance, gratitude and loving kindness.THINGS I TOUCHED ON DURING THIS EPISODE:My storyWhat is endometriosisWhat is chronic painWhat happens when we ignore painThe effects of stress on painMy top ways to manage chronic painLessons / Things I wished I learned earlierHow to enjoy life despite the painThe link between chronic pain and mental healthHow to cope with the emotional impact of chronic painHow did yoga helped me solidify my recoverySUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast. Have you checked out our new Instagram page @onandoffyourmatpodcast already? We are starting all the way back from the beginning, revising every single episode! So come by and follow us so you can catch up on all the episodes you missed and their content or get reminders from your favorite episodes! You can also continue to support this show through Patreon as i mentioned before. For as low as 5$ a month you get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations and more, and in the 2nd and 3rd tiers, you get access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during the shelter in place. So, if you’d like to have access to all this including the episode on alternate nostril breathing to help you detress, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice. ABOUT MEErika is a yoga teacher, the host and producer of On & Off Your Mat Podcast and a transformational life coach. Being a teacher is part of who she is, and she uses yoga, podcasting and life coaching as different entry points all aiming to help her students and clients build a happier, healthier and more peaceful life. Her radiant spirit and engaging sense of humour creates light-hearted practices focused on awareness, intentional movement and self-care. She empowers her students and clients awaken to themselves, become embodied and build the life of their dreams. Website : www.erikabelanger.comIG :@erika.belanger & @onandoffyourmatpodcastEmail and share your story : erika.belanger@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

56 min 11 sec

We are continuing with our mental health theme in hopes of supporting you through these challenging times. If you missed our Episode #70: Yoga for Anxiety, find it here, and our articles and premiums episode on Alternate Nostrils Breathing, you can find the deep dive article here and the practice of alternate nostril breathing or a follow along on our Premium membership on Patreon. Some of you have reached out to say how much it helped them, thank you if you did!For today's episode, I sat down with Dr Lauren Tober. Lauren is a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Teacher with a passion for health, healing, happiness and awakening. She is the founder of Awake Psychology, an online Australia-wide psychology practice, the Centre for Mind Body Wellness in Mullumbimby (Australia), teaches Mental Health Aware Yoga trainings world-wide and runs several highly acclaimed online courses. Lauren believes that happiness is our true nature, and that yoga, gratitude, authenticity, compassion, creativity and community help us to cultivate happiness in our lives on an everyday basis.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Stress is a precursor to mental illness. It underlines a lot of physical and psychological illnesses.Mental illness and mental health challenges are extremely common. In many western countries, 1 in 5 report a diagnosable mental illness in the last 12 months period. Another 1 in 5 people struggle without meeting the diagnosable caracterias. 2- Over half of yoga student report starting yoga for mental health reasons and more than 3/4 report continuing practicing for mental health reasons. 3- Creating a safe container in our classes is the first and most important thing we can do as a teacher to support our students, particularly those struggling with mental illness challenges. Be consistent and predictable, give permission to leave and leave the door unlock, use non-judgmental and inclusive language. Invite instead of insist, ask to notice instead of telling what their experience should be. Reduce likelihood of comparison and competition. Look at your own biases and beliefs. Be mindful of touch. Be fully present.4- You don't need to fix people that are having an emotional response during class. You can be there for them, notice what's happening, but oftentimes, there's nothing you actually need to do. We don't need to rescue them.5- Yoga isn't therapy but is therapeutic. Coming together in community, moving the body, mindfulness, practice to regulate our emotions, mood and the nervous system, exercice, are all things that are therapeutic.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:What in your life particularly brought you to want to focus your work on mental health and mental illness?Can you define mental illness?As yoga teachers, what should we know about mental illness?How can yoga teacher support students that come to yoga for mental health reasons? And how do we stay within our scope of practice while doing so?What creates a safe container in class?How can we ask permission to touch in a way that makes it easy and comfortable for people to say no.How can we be more present for our students?What should teachers watch out for to not be triggering, to not add on to trauma, or simply not to be counterproductive to their students needs?What are some therapeutic skills yoga teachers need to learn?Any tips for teachers that might have to deal with a moment of crisis in their class?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast. Have you checked out our new Instagram page @onandoffyourmatpodcast already? We are starting all the way back from the beginning, revising every single episode! So come by and follow us so you can catch up on all the episodes you missed and their content or get reminders from your favorite episodes! You can also continue to support this show through Patreon. For as low as 5$ a month you get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations and more, and in the 2nd and 3rd tiers, you get access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during the shelter in place. So, if you’d like to have access to all this and/or help me in the creation of this podcast, please find us on IG or Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice. ABOUT OUR GUESTDr Lauren Tober is a Clinical Psychologist, Yoga Teacher and certified iRest Meditation Teacher with a passion for health, healing, happiness and awakening. Lauren is the founder of Awake Psychology, an online Australia-wide psychology practice, the Centre for Mind Body Wellness in Mullumbimby (Australia) and teaches Yoga Teachers around the world about mental health with the Mental Health Aware Yoga training.She has also created several acclaimed online courses, including Meditation, Pure + Simple, Living Your Heartfelt Desires and  A Daily Dose of Bliss. Her work is soulful without being new-agey.  It’s evidence based, without being clinical.  It’s authentic, heartfelt and life changing.She has been featured in various publications including Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio, Collective Magazine, Australian Yoga Journal, Australian Yoga Life Magazine, Peppermint Magazine and more.Lauren believes that happiness is our true nature, and that yoga, gratitude, self compassion, authenticity, creativity and community help us to cultivate happiness in our lives on an everyday basis.You can read more about Lauren’s qualifications and experience here.FB group : Instagram: @mentalhealthawareyo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

53 min 7 sec

This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive every month. Today you get a lesson on Alternate Nostril Breathing, we talk about what is the practice, why do it, the benefits, any contraindications, I give a few tips to help you and then we practice together with a few different variations. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording on zoom and continue to record during this shelter in place.Today’s episode can be used as a practice along with audio or as a class to learn the practice... It was requested by some patreon members. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way. Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, Your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply help me continue to offer this podcast, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you.Ok! That’s it for now, go onto withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger or Stay tuned for our next regular episode!Thank you guys, until next time!                                                      See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

5 min 23 sec

With the World Mental Health Day earlier this month, and everything happening socially, politically and health wise in the world right now, I thought it was the perfect time to dig in the power of yoga to support us through these times.For this episode, I sat down with Amanda Whiting. Amanda is a yoga teacher specializing in yoga for emotional well-being. She is the creator of the online programs Yoga for stress and anxiety and Yoga for resiliency and self-compassion. Amanda is passionate about teaching and inspiring others to use postures, breath work, and meditation, to manage anxiety, become empowered, and cultivate a greater sense of well-being.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Yoga can help you change your relationship to your body and to your own mental illness. Instead of having the expectation of curing anything, create the intention of forming a more friendship based relation with your own experience and your own life.2- Yoga can help manage anxiety because it's balancing for the nervous system and is a tool of awareness. It give us a sense of understanding what is happening in the body and facilitating a connection between the mind and the body which tunes us in more accurately to what is happening inside, so we can evaluate what is helping and what isn't. 3- Stress happens to every single person. Your body is overtaxed, unsure how to react and it's can't follow it's natural rhythm. Anxiety is a significantly stronger sympathetic nervous response. Some signs include; thingness in the chest, increased heart rate, change in blood flow & tingling. 4- With anxiety, your body is trying to help you. It's trying to protect you. I's not out to get you. The more you fight anxiety the more anxious you'll get. Listen, practice acceptance, self-compassion and gratitude instead. Once you get ok with your situation, things actually start change. 5- Repetition, rhythmic movement and linking of breath with the movement are keys in your movement practice to help calm your sympathetic response. To choose the intensity of your practice, meet your nervous system where it is now.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:What in your life has led you to particularly want to help people deal with stress and anxiety?Why turn to yoga instead of other methods to deal with anxiety? How can yoga help?So we are all on the same page, can you define anxiety and how it’s different than stress?As we relate it to yoga, how does it look particularly from the standpoint of the nervous system?Are there misconceptions about anxiety? Or anything we need to understand better to be able to reduce it more effectively?What does a movement practice geared towards reducing stress and anxiety looks like?What else in the yoga tool kit can help alleviate anxiety? Other at-home small everyday tips/tools to help?What can people reflect on?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast. Have you checked our new Instagram page @onandoffyourmatpodcast already? We are starting all the way back from the beginning, revising every single episode! So come by and follow us so you can catch up on all the episodes you missed and their content or get reminders from your favorite episodes! You can also continue to support this show through Patreon. For as low as 5$ a month you get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations and more, and in the 2nd and 3rd tiers, you get access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during the shelter in place. So, if you’d like to have access to all this and/or help me in the creation of this podcast, please find us on IG or Visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice. ABOUT OUR GUESTAmanda can say with certainty that teaching is her passion. Her desire to inspire others is apparent in her teaching where she brings together yogic philosophy, alignment principles, and a sense of “real”ness. Yoga has taught Amanda that through postures (asana), breath work (pranayama) and meditation, her anxiety becomes more manageable, strength becomes apparent, and an overall sense of wellbeing is inevitable.Her website:www.withinyouyoga.comFB:www.facebook.com/withinyouyoga See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

46 min 3 sec

For this episode, I sat down with Susanna Barkataki. Susanna is a yoga teacher, Certified Yoga Therapist and the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute where she runs Ignite Be Well 200/500 Yoga teacher Training programs. She is the author of the forthcoming book Honor Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. With a degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, Barkataki is a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity yoga unity educator who created the ground-breaking Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit with more than 10,000 participants. MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Originally, the practice was meant to help transcend the attachment to the body. A full yoga practice is far beyond the physical. It includes all 8 limbs, yoga philosophy, ethics, mantra, mudra, spiritual and lineage acknowledgment and appreciation, and more.2- To be a responsible and holistic yoga teacher today, you need to have some understanding of social justice and social equity since yoga is about unity.3- Yoga was pre-religious, it was a earth based spiritual practice. Yoga came from the elements as a way to understand suffering, understand the world around us, and to learn to be more in harmony with that world and with ourselves. It later co-existed and was influenced by the major world religions. It's at least 2,500 BCE, possibly 5,000-10,000 BCE.4- The lack of accessibility, representation and equally in yoga classes is a public health issue. As a teacher, ask yourself who is not here and why are missing?5- As a student, diversify your feed, seek out a variety of teachers, support organizations that work towards equality and diversity. Commit to stick to a variety of practices. There are no rule book. It's about thinking critically and acting in a way that brings balance to the power difference and tries to heal the harm that was made in the past. QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:Why are you passionate about this work? And who do you it for?You say “There has been some misunderstanding as to what yoga is in the west today” Could you explain what is the definition of yoga you work with, just so we’ll all be on the same page?How does the definition translate and look like in our experience of yoga in a studio in the western world?What as westerner yoga teachers should we study, look at, consider?Can we do a brief overview history of yoga?Was the watering down of the practice to make it more palatable was a good strategy?How does racism shows up in the yoga community and how can we create more equality and diversity?As a student, how do you make other students feel more welcomed and participate in the efforts of the studio to be more inclusive? What is cultural appropriation, what isn’t?What does cultural appropriation look like in the yoga context?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY. Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 69th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. On October 1st, you got a Restorative Yoga Class on Video. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice. ABOUT OUR GUESTAn Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, Susanna Barkataki is the founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and runs Ignite Be Well 200/500 Yoga Training programs. She is an E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). She is the author of the forthcoming book Honor Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. With an Honors degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, Barkataki is a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity (DAIE) yoga unity educator who created the ground-breaking Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit with more than 10,000 participants.IG: @susannabarkatakisusannabarkataki.comignitebewell.comnamastemasterclass.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

53 min 23 sec

This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive episode every month. Today you get a 30-minute video sequence, a delicious no props required restorative yoga class with me. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording on zoom and continue to record during this shelter in place.Today’s episode is a simple and easy sequence to prepare you for bed, to take a break in a stressful day or just to use as a self-love act. It was requested by a few patreon members. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way. Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, Your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply help me continue to offer this podcast, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

5 min 11 sec

Do you ever long for a deeper understanding of yourself that leads to transformation?  If so, this episode is for you.I sat down with Eva Beronius. Eva is the founder of Self Mastery and Beyond and the highly praised online meditation course Beyond the Mind. Her own journey has included transforming a state of PTSD and anxiety with symptoms like panic attacks, depression and trust-issues into a thriving life and peaceful mind. She has experience with various techniques in trauma therapy and personal growth as well as a spiritual foundation in the Toltec tradition. She is passionate about how we can access change by bypassing the rational mind.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Even considering that our unconscious beliefs about ourselves drive 80% to 90% of our thoughts and emotional reactions, real change is absolutely possible. The very step towards transformation is to release your stress. In a stressed brain, there's no space for anything else but survival, for fight or flight. 2- The cycle starts with a painful emotion that we carry. Then, we create a belief linked with the events that led to the creation of that painful emotion. Eventually, something happens that activates this beliefs and we latch onto a protective mechanism that has helped us in the past to avoid feeling that emotion pain. We avoid, distract, manage, pretend...3- Our protective mechanism can push us intro overly strong reactions and make us project our past experience onto our present situation. By reliving the same situation or emotional reaction, your mind is trying to solve the painful situation, to create a different outcome so it can get to a resolution. It will be repeated again and again until you move forward and make a different choice in your reaction.4- The first step in self-mastery is self-awareness; the capacity to observe yourself by directing your attention. In the second step, to help you step into the observer, you can journal at the 3rd person to help create some distance to disidentify from the situation and your reaction and gain a more neutral perspective. Step 3 is mapping, dividing your reactions into characters, versions of yourself, or archetypes. Once you have identify those, you can start noticing them throughout your day, how they are layered, structured and interacting together, and which emotions each character carries, what does their world consist of?, What do they believe? That way you can create a new relationship with your emotions, step into your subconscious and start releasing the emotions and changing your inner world, your programming. 5- Find a way to break down your "old house" while building your "new house". if you only work on building the new parts of yourself, you create disconnect, shame, rejection of an other part of yourself.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:What was going on in your life for you to want to make a change?What is the structure hidden under our reactions?What kind of beliefs drive our emotional reactions?How do we know if our protective mechanism are still serving us?What are some tools to reflect on our protective mechanism? How does the process looks like?How do we start to move away from suffering, break our cycles?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY. Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 67th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on September 1st, you got an episode on self-care, on what is it, why it's important and how to practice it. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice. ABOUT OUR GUESTEva Beronius is the founder of Self Mastery and Beyond and the highly praised online meditation course Beyond the Mind. Her own journey has included transforming a state of PTSD and anxiety with symptoms like panic attacks, depression and trust-issues into a thriving life and peaceful mind. She has experience with various techniques in trauma therapy and personal growth as well as a spiritual foundation in the Toltec tradition. She is passionate about how we can access change by bypassing the rational mind.Today she is teaching workshops and retreats around the world, hosting online courses and working with individual clients. She believes one of the most important pieces to healing is connection – with yourself, with others and with life itself – and her coaching is signified by presence, non-judgement, compassion and truth.Her website : https://selfmasteryandbeyond.comIG : @evaberonius See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

41 min 39 sec

For this episode, I sat down with Adell Bridges. Adell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast plays a meaningful role in the playful and creative style of her teaching, which she intertwines with pranayama, yoga philosophy, and anatomy to take the physical practice into a journey of inner awareness and acceptance. Adell trained in India before teaching in Asia, Europe, Central and North America, sharing her own yoga journey in hopes of inspiring and serving others in theirs.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Let your why lead your presence online. Know what is your intention and own who you are and you'll 2- The physical part of the practice is a tool to come in a state a yoga.3- Joint hypermobility affects all the connective tissues in the body caused by a disruption in the collagen. It affects your joint, but also your skin, your blood vessels, your gut lining. 4- Whatever movement you don't do, you loose.5- Transitions are just a series of posture that we move through quickly. A posture can be any position you can put your body in. Paying attention to our transitions helps us stay in the present moment. It helps us stay aware of our physical sensations, our strengths and weaknesses; helps us avoid injuries. It's a great place to learn. Just like in life, nothing is ever totally static, we are always transitioning, moving form thing to thing.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:You say that yoga has changed your life for the better in every way. Can you elaborate?How do stay out of the over-identification with your body and your practice when you have such a big presence online?How do you realize that you are more than your body in the practice.You started this project on hypermobility. Can you explain what it is and why you wanted to address the issue? What's the goal?How can people know id they are hypermobile?Tips for better handstand?What’s the one thing you wish people knew about handstanding?What is the most questions you get asked the most often about their handstand practice?What mindset is helpful?What's your favorite backbend?Tips for safer backbends?Why engage the glutes in backbends?What's your energetic experience of deep backbends?Why should we care about fascia?What does fascia response well/not well to?What's one thing you wish you knew about fascia a long time ago?How do you take care of your fascia?Why think about our transitions?What happens in that space between poses?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 66th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. With even a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on September 1st, you got an episode on self-care, on what is it, why it's important and how to practice it. You can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.Before we get to today's episode, I have one last announcement about my upcoming India Yoga Retreat… With the covid situation and travelling situation not getting better, I have decided to postpone to the following year instead so FEB 2022 . I’m adding another retreat in Europe for the fall of 2021, instead. Stay tuned for more details about that.ABOUT OUR GUESTAdell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast plays a meaningful role in the playful and creative style of her teaching, which she intertwines with pranayama, yoga philosophy, and anatomy to take the physical practice into a journey of inner awareness and acceptance. Adell trained in India before teaching in Asia, Europe, Central and North America, sharing her own yoga journey in hopes of inspiring and serving others in theirs.adellbridgesyoga@gmail.comwww.adellbridges.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

41 min 40 sec

This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive content every month, like this episode with me on self-care, plus the other regular episodes in the video, uncut and uncensored format. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording and continue to record during this shelter in place.In today’s episode, I talk about self-care. What is my definition of self-care, why I think it’s important, and what is actually looks like beyond bubble baths and candles… You feel inspired and empowered in your own practice of self-care. This episode was requested by a few Patreon members. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way.Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, Your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply help me continue to offer this podcast, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

5 min 11 sec

For this episode, I sat down with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Rod is a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher, guiding and sharing his wisdom for 40 years. He is the founder of ParaYoga®, and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is the creator of one of the most comprehensive online yoga trainings in the world and most recently, the app Sanctuary, a premier destination for all levels of those wanting to experience the life-changing practices of meditation and yoga nidra, Rod has dedicated his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, practice, teaching, leadership, service and family life.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Hierarchy in teaching doesn't have to be informed my patriarchy or dominance. The role of a teacher is to lead by definition, but to eventually make themselves obsolete, by empowering their students so they can walk away and stand in their own wisdom and capacities.2- Ultimately what determines the quality of your life is the quality of your perception of life and the depth of your own self-awareness. Yoga is about the mind more than it is about the body. The end goal is the refinement of the quality of your perception, so yoga asana is a meditation tool.3- Yoga Nidra is the conversion of sleep and meditation. Your body is fundamentally asleep and your mind gets into a delta pattern; it's most quiet, most relaxed, deep state of relaxation, but there is still a thread of being conscious. It recalibrates us our perception of ourselves by being both a practice and a state of consciousness.4- To live a happier, more purposeful life, you have to start by getting still. Then, you get clarity on how to live in alignment with your purpose. It doesn't matter what you're doing in life, but you won't find happiness until you live a purposeful life. You will feel lost for not having done what you were here to do, not being who you were meant to be, and creation will suffer from you not playing your role in it. "An undisciplined mind is unfit for any path". 5- Understanding your life purpose helps you deal with the small things in life, not only the big challenges. When you learn how to responds better to those small things, your destiny changes. You take the driver seat in shaping your destiny by making those everyday small right decisions. Peace is never guaranteed but we are each responsible for finding our own peace and best form of self-care is to overcome our nature.QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:How do you describe ParaYoga?You recently launched a new meditation app called Sanctuary, why did you choose to chOne of the things you teach is Yoga Nidra, for listeners that have never done Yoga Nidra before, can you explain what it is?How do to start moving towards a happier and more fulfilled life? How do you uncover your true purpose and live a happier life?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 64th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. I have just added 2 new tiers to the premium memberships. As before, with a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. on August 1st, you got a 25 minutes delicious Yoga Nidra,so perfect timing! Now you can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.ABOUT OUR GUEST​​Yogarupa Rod Stryker is a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher, guiding and sharing his wisdom for 40 years. He is the founder of ParaYoga®, and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is the creator of one of the most comprehensive online yoga trainings in the world and most recently, the app Sanctuary, a premier destination for all levels of those wanting to experience the life-changing practices of meditation and yoga nidra, also known as Enlightened Sleep.  Rod has dedicated his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, practice, teaching, leadership, service and family life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

40 min 46 sec

For this episode, I sat down with Robert Sturman. Robert is a dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of yoga in his work. His stunning repertoire of portraits runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, first responders and more. He has been an Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2008 United States Olympics. MY 5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Photography is a way to pay attention, recognize, see, and acknowledge to the person you look at.2 - Photography can be like positive propaganda. You can share new ideas that will become the norm. You can change the world through the images you take. It's the most influential form of communication.3 - Yoga simply helps you make better choice. Yoga is for anybody and everybody, anywhere and everywhere.4 - Being an artist is different than being a photographer.5 - Never look down on anyone. When you photograph someone. Be eye to eye, on your subject's level. It's a sign of respect!QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:Why do you choose to showcase yoga in your photography?How do you tell a story through a still image?Does the subject and the story you choose to tell change the power of the art piece?What was the idea behind your "Scars are Beautiful" Portfolio? What drew you to breast cancer survivors? Why do cancer survivors wanted to do these shoots? What was their intentions?Which prisons have you visited and photographed?You say that “everything you know about the essence of photography, I learned from working in prisons” Can you explain that?Is the camera a way for you to share what you see so more people can see it?What was your intention about photography the military and first responders doing yoga.You photographed for the Africa Yoga Project and made and did a photographic essay for the New York times about it. What did this portfolio and your trip to Nairobi teach you? Did it change your perspective on yoga in any way?What inspires you right now? What would you like to see more represented?How do you feel about everybody being a “photographer” now?Any tips to take better photos?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 63rd episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. I have just added 2 new tiers to the premium memberships. As before, with a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. The newest episode was an amazing 25 minutes Yoga Nidra. Now you can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.ABOUT OUR GUEST​​A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work.His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere.His stunning repertoire runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, in an effort to help change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides each day.In Sturman's own words, "I often think of Rumi's words 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me." Sturman's honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2008 United States Olympics. Sturman has been the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.Artist website:www.RobertSturmanStudio.comSocial media:www.instagram.com/robertsturmanwww.facebook.com/Artist.PhotografiaPress:https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/yoga-in-africa/https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/turning-yoga-into-art/https://medium.com/@AJEnglish/portrait-of-a-yogi-16a1af9818fe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

40 min 1 sec

This is on and off your mat podcast, exclusive episode #62: Yoga Nidra. This episode is part of our PREMIUM subscription. To get access to it, visit Patreon.com/onandoffyourmat withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger and become a member. On the 5$ tier, you get one new exclusive content every month, like this meditation, plus the other regular episodes in the video, uncut and uncensored format. With the other tiers, you can also have access to some or all the classes I’ve been recording and continue to record during this shelter in place.With today’s episode, you get a 25 minutes reclined guided meditation, perfect to relax fully during the day or to get ready for bed. Thank you for the request and please continue to send them my way.Know that as you become a PREMIUM member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every month, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis, helping cover production costs and simply help me continue to offer this podcast, which I love to do so. I truly appreciate you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

5 min 11 sec

For this episode, I sat down with J.Brown. J is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster. He is at the forefront of a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, that seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast is internationally renowned for raising the level of conversation around the practice.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:1- The point to do one-on-one is to adapt the practice to the needs of the students. In a group class, if you use simplicity and repetition in the sequence, students get to know what is coming and if you offer tools so students learn how to individualize the practice, you can as a teacher walk around, and help in a way that the group practice becomes closer to a personal, one-on-one practice.  2- Less is more. Simple breathing and simple movement can have huge impact. They teach you sustained attention, and that connects you to how you feel, it builds your awareness and clears your perception of what is happening in your life.3- Sometimes we need to do something, so we can stop doing, and find wonder, awe and harmony. In there lies healing. 4- When you decide that your practice is not about the poses, the practice becomes about the breath. "Attention to breath and body to that" instead of making the breath follow the movements. When you loose the breath, pull back on the movement. Use the breath as a stabilizer in the movement, and operate form a place of awareness. Let the breath be your boundary. 5- The relationships teacher-student is at the core of the practice. Depth of relationship is better on many levels than wider reach.  QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your yoga journey?How do you bring the main principals of a personal practice into a group practice?What's the value of self-practice in your opinion?What is yoga for you? What's your experience of yoga?What do you wish teachers and students alike would understand better about the breath?How can more gentle be more advanced?Why did you start the podcast?Is there any episode that were particularly impactful to you?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 61th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. I have just added 2 new tiers to the premium memberships. As before, with a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. Last month you got a 30 min Hatha Flow. Now you can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.ABOUT OUR GUEST​​J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster. He is at the forefront of a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, that seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast is internationally renowned for raising the level of conversation. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

57 min 11 sec

For this episode, I sat down with Bethany C. Meyers. Bethany is the founder of the online sensation, the be.come project, is a master instructor and entrepreneur with a message known for inclusivity and body-neutrality. Their unique approach to movement awakens clients in profound ways. Meyers’ voice stands apart in the fitness world as a leader in dismantling beauty standards. They are also a champion of the LGBTQ+ community.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE:1- Language affects the way we move. Use your words to honor where your bodies is, connect to how you feel and choose what serves you best, what is right for your body. Shame and punishment do not yield long term results.2- Body neutrality is respecting our bodies no matters how you feel about it that day.3- Ask yourself why you need to comment on someone else's body appearance and how often you do it, why you do it and how it might impact them. You have no idea about what they are going through. 4- Gender is more complicated than genitalia : There is the gender that is assigned to you at birth from genitalia , so your body (note that there's as many inner sex people as red hair), there's your identity (how do you identify) and your social expression of it (how to you dress, present yourself to the world).5- The use of new pronouns needs practice. It's like learning a new language. It's not about being perfect but making the effort to attempt to use them. Try reading a book out-loud and changing the pronouns to they/them, or write sentences and read them out-loud. If you're talking and struggle use the person's first name instead. If you make a mistake, correct and move-on.QUESTIONS THEY ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:How can we approach fitness and yoga with a body-neutral way of cuing?How do move away from using shame and punishment as motivation?What's the difference about body positivity and body neutrality for you? What has did you time/recovery from ED taught you about your body and influences the way you teach?How do we move the society needle on fat-fobia? What can we do as individuals?You describe yourself as “queer-poly-married-non-binary-they/them” and say that scares you, I’ll make it not. Let’s talk about it.What do we need to know about gender?What about gender congruence, choice, and trends?Do you have tips to help people use they/them pronouns?Anything else you want to add before we finish?SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW!DONATE OR BECOME AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBER TODAY.Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 60th episode! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe, rate and review anywhere you listen. As always, I really appreciate your support with this podcast whether it’s through reviews or through Patreon. I have just added 2 new tiers to the premium memberships. As before, with a small donation of $5/month you can get access to more content, exclusive episodes, tutorials, guided meditations. Last month you got a 30 min Hatha Flow. Now you can also have access to some or all the classes we’ve recorded on zoom and continue to record during this shelter-in-place. If you’d like to have access to all this and/or support me in the creation of this podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/onandoffyourmat and become a PREMIUM member on the tier of your choice.ABOUT OUR GUEST​Bethany C. Meyers, founder of the online sensation, the be.come project, is a master instructor and entrepreneur with a message known for inclusivity and body-neutrality. Their unique approach to movement awakens clients in profound ways. Meyers’ voice stands apart in the fitness world as a leader in dismantling beauty standards. They are also a champion of the LGBTQ+ community.Please note the be.come project is spelled just like that, all lowercase and the punctuation.https://thebecomeproject.com/IG: @bethanycmeyersIG: @thebecomeprojectthe be.come project is also offering the below during this time:IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT: Click below to purchase one month of be.come at $30 for someone in need (normal price $35). Purchase as many gifts cards as you like. the be.come project will match every single COVID-19 relief purchase to double the impact, while spreading movement and compassion in a time when we need it most.IF YOU ARE IN NEED: Please email share@thebecomeproject.com, tell us about your situation and how a free month of the be.come project will be helpful. Applicants will be put on a waitlist and as gift cards come in, we will distribute on a first come, first serve basis. PLEASE only apply if you are in need. We know this goes without saying but we are trusting you to make the right choice to ensure this goes to the right people. IF YOU ARE IN BETWEEN: We are offering $5 off your first month. Sign up with the promo code: staysafe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

43 min 10 sec