Author: Andrea Ferretti

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Q&A W/ Jason: Down Dog Strategies, Lower Rib Flare, & The Problem with the “Tuck Under” Cue

Jason Crandell joins me this week to answer your questions. We cover a lot of ground in this short episode including:* Strategies for Down Dog — How to make it easier to step forward, what to do when a student can’t straighten their arms* Lower Rib Fl…

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Clarify Your Purpose and Edit Yourself to Craft Effective Yoga Themes With Michelle Marchildon

This week’s podcast with author and yoga teacher Michelle Marchildon focuses on her formula for theming your yoga classes. The formula comes from her book, Themeweaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga and is a clear, thorough approach…

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Why Clean Beauty is So Essential & How to Navigate with Abby Jean and Rachel Pachivas

I love the idea of starting of the New Year with healthy, nourishing routines. Over the past few years, I’ve done that with my skincare routine and I find it to be a great form of self care. When you think of self care, you don’t think of smearing petr…

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Year End Highlights With Andrea & Jason, Plus What’s in Store for 2018

Can you guess which podcast was the most popular of the year? I give you a glimpse into my analytics on this episode (spoiler alert: the #1 episode is not one of Jason’s), plus we talk 2017 highlights (hello, creativity!) and lowlights (puffy eyes), wh…

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Holiday Series! Restorative Yoga as Radical Self Care with Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater and her daughter, Lizzie Lasater, have been on the podcast separately before. On episodes 64 & 65 I focused on their backgrounds and on the mother-daughter connection. This time, I wanted back up and simply ask the question, “…

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Holiday Series! Nourish Your Vital Essence With Niika Quistgard

Niika Quistgard, Ayurvedic practitioner extraordinaire — is back! (She joined me on episode 17 for a great vata-calming episode. If you haven’t heard it, go back and listen to it. It’s a great foundation and complement to this one!) On this episode Ni…

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Bonus Episode! How to Craft Your Own Short, Effective Home Yoga Sequences

You’ve probably heard people say that a short yoga practice is better than no yoga practice. Jason and I heartily agree — but it can still be hard to carve out the time. I think the root problem is that it’s hard to step on your mat solo and know what…

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Holiday Series! Faith Hunter on Coping With Grief

When you’re grieving, the holidays–with its equal share of memories and new situations–can intensify all of your feelings. The holidays can even surprise you with feelings that you might have considered long resolved. On this episode, Washington, DC,…

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Roger Cole: Using Science to Supercharge Your Relaxation

How can you get the most from your restorative poses? That’s a question that Roger Cole and I explore on this episode. Roger Cole is an internationally recognized, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been teaching since 1975. He is also an acco…

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Holiday Series! Gina Caputo’s Let’s Stay Together Challenge

Happy gratitude week folks! This week, Gina Caputo returns to talk about her Yoga Off the Mat/Let’s Stay Together Challenge. I love the idea of infusing our holidays with meaning and with practice. This challenge does exactly that with small, actionabl…

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Jason Crandell on Yoga Injuries: “Yoga is Good For You. Most Extreme Things are Not.”

Jason and Andrea sit down to review some of the themes discussed in episode 74 with Jill Miller and to delve more deeply into the topic of yoga injuries. How do we stop overpraising flexibility and “going further” in a pose without becoming afraid to f…

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Gretchen Rubin: How the Four Tendencies Show Up in Yoga Class

We’ve all been there — in that yoga class where the person next to us is not doing any of the poses the teacher calls out, or in teacher training when someone asks question after question after question after…you get the picture. Do these people dri…

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Jill Miller Talks Honestly About Hip Replacement Surgery & How Yoga Is In Need of a Tune Up

Jill Miller is the creator of Yoga Tuneup and The Roll Model Method — a self care method that utilizes specific poses, sequences, and self massage tools to help you tune into your body’s “blind spots.” Jill’s method can help ease and pains, it can soo…

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How Talking About Adversity Inspires Positive Change

According to psychologist and author, Kelly McGonigal, listening to someone else’s story of resilience and overcoming adversity can have a positive effect. Listening to someone’s “restorative narrative” can inspire strength and courage in you. In addit…

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Change Your Day With a Lovingkindness Meditation

Andrea shares one of her favorite meditations that can help encourage self-compassion as well as compassion for all beings.

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Episode 71: Increase Your Happiness, Curiosity, & Connected with Self-Compassion Practice

High self-esteem used to be regarded as a vital component to happiness. But it’s fallen out of favor in the past decade. Research — much of it led by Dr. Kristin Neff — has shown that self-compassion is a more effective way to increase optimism, happ…

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Jason Crandell: Advocate for Your Students & Don’t Make Sweeping Claims

One of my favorite quotes from Jason is,”I believe that we should embrace anything and everything that helps us and our students be well.” On this episode, we dive into the meaning behind that quote and why it’s important to advocate for our students t…

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Jason Crandell: You Have to Trust That Yoga Works

We all struggle from time to time with the question — “Am I doing enough?” This week, Jason and I talk about this question and this fear in the yoga room. His clear message: Trust in the process of yoga. And return to the fundamentals of what we’re tr…

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Jason Crandell on Developing a Strong Point of View Without Minimizing Others

Jason is back and he’s sharing just a few of the values he hopes to pass onto his teacher training graduates. We talk about — how do you develop a strong, personal point of view without minimizing others’ points of view? And is yoga a discipline that …

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MC Yogi: ‘Yoga Made Me Resilient and Strong’

MC Yogi is a well-known performing artist — and perhaps one of the only rappers to write lyrics about Hanuman and Ganesha? — and is married to artist Amanda Giacomini who I interviewed on episode 45. Together, they’ve owned and been the primary teach…