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Podcast #42 – Exposing Yoga Myths (part 4)

Exposing Yoga MythsLast year Mel, Kim and I decided to write a book that would dispel some of the popular claims we hear in mainstream yoga classes. Exposing Yoga Myths V1 is the result of those efforts. In this episode we talk about some responses (good and bad) to the book. We go off on some fun tangents too about Ace of Bass and Insane Clown Posse. don’t ask.

Please note: as in our previous podcasts there is quite a bit of profanity.

No animals were harmed in the taking of this photograph.

Co-owners of SMARTer Bodies™, Kim-Lien Kendall and Melissa Gutierrez have collaborated for more than 5 years to help their clients move better and improve their quality of life. Together they transcend the fitness and yoga industries’ quick fixes and trends to create a meaningful and lasting system that truly helps people attain their goals.

Conversation Highlights:

  • Some things that we love about yoga in our personal practice and how we use it as a tool with students and clients
  • Kim practices sequences here and there (may even be asymmetric ones) as she needs them in order to get her body in tune. She uses it as an aid for other physical activities. As a teaching tool she thinks it’s great for teaching motor control. It’s the perfect place to get someone moving and at the same time reflect and focus on the breath.
  • Ariana thinks of yoga as a reservoir that she can tap into for various needs. For her students she uses it to allow people to focus inward and to access their parasympathetic nervous system. We talk explain what that means.
  • Mel – yoga helps her ground herself so doesn’t get overwhelmed by emotion. She gets more connected to the present moment so she can better manage stress levels. When working with people she encourages students to hear the voice of their body.
  • When heart rate is elevated or we do high intensity exercises we tend to activate the sympathetic nervous system out of necessity. This inhibits our ability to learn. A benefit of slow movement is that we can take in information better. We learn better.
  • Yes, our book criticizes concepts often taught in yoga teacher trainings. Being critical doesn’t mean that we’re being negative. We’re criticizing something we love because we want to make it better.
  • Why we don’t play music in classes.
  • Some thoughts on the importance of critical thinking

Related Links:

 Ariana’s  article on MindBodyGreen.com that got a lot of attention and no it’s not my title:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22595/im-a-yoga-teacher-here-are-5-things-yoga-teachers-get-wrong-all-the-time.html

The Adam Ruins Everything episode in which he busts up myths about vitamins and supplements.


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4 Responses to Podcast #42 – Exposing Yoga Myths (part 4)

  1. Iesha March 10, 2016 at 4:10 PM #


    You are awesome! <3

  2. ko April 4, 2016 at 10:06 AM #

    I have enjoyed the Yoga myths series, thank you for that.

    At the end of this episode there was a comment regarding Swedish pop band Ace of Base. I just had to look it up. What I found was this: http://www.eonline.com/news/411700/ace-of-base-s-ulf-ekberg-speaks-out-about-alleged-past-nazi-ties

    Of course you can decide whether or not to keep that part in the interview, but I find it detracts from your sensibility of research-driven information.

    • admin April 4, 2016 at 1:32 PM #

      Thanks for pointing this out. I looked it up after we had this conversation and read that it was an unverified claim about the band. I’m not going to edit it out of the podcast though as it was a candid conversation. Glad to hear you enjoyed the series on yoga myths.

  3. Melissa April 6, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

    I love that you did the research, sent it to us and then said it detracts from our message. I’m happy to have read this latest in the A of B drama!

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