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#10 Simplify Your Yoga Teaching Practice with Jeffrey Cohen
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#10 Simplify Your Yoga Teaching Practice with Jeffrey Cohen

Do you want to be a more authentic yoga teacher, connect more deeply with students, and be more grounded in your yoga practice? Find out how in this episode!

In this episode, we're going to explore ways to simplify our approach to teaching yoga by recognizing the core practices that will help us connect with yoga students and become better yoga teachers over time.

This episode features guest Jeffrey Cohen, who shares with us:

  • How to keep it simple with the breath

  • Three powerful elements of VInyasa: Dristi, Pranayama & Mulabhanda

  • Three Niyamas that will supercharge your teaching practice

  • The importance of daily meditation

  • A fun way to absorb the wisdom of teachers you admire

This episode also features the song Wake Up, Urinate and then Meditate featuring clips from Jeffrey Cohen’s interview layered into original music and a mantra chorus by host Derek Pashupa Goodwin.

Jeffrey Cohen began teaching yoga in 2002, having completed the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with founders Sharon Gannon and David Life. A couple years later he opened the Jivamukti Yoga Charleston with Andrea Boyd, and began being a mentor at Jivamukti Yoga teacher trainings. In 2011, I met him at my Jivamukti Yoga teacher training, where he was the Head Facilitator. He's currently the owner of Satsang Yoga in Charleston. Hi is a musician who leads kirtans and plays rock and roll, and loves the spaces where they overlap.

Show Outline:

  • 00:00 Intro

  • 02:02 Namaste

  • 07:47 Keep it simple with the breath

  • 11:25 Three powerful elements of VInyasa: Dristi, Pranayama & Mulabhanda

  • 13:02 Don't Forget to Meditate

  • 13:42 Wake Up, Urinate, Meditate

  • 15:41 Tapas

  • 17:07 Svadyaya

  • 19:55 Īśvarapraṇidhāna

  • 24:25 Teaching Breath

  • 28:06 Outro

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Don't Forget Yoga with Derek Pashupa Goodwin
Don't Forget Yoga Podcast
Helping playful yoga teachers absorb yogic wisdom with music, mantras, and mnemonics.
Are you a yoga teacher who likes to inject fun into your practice while absorbing the deeper teachings of yoga? Host Derek Goodwin shares music, mantras and mnemonics to help you remember yoga philosophy, anatomy, and Sanskrit. Featuring insightful interviews with yoga teachers, anatomy geeks, scholars of Sanskrit, yoga philosophers, and memory scientists.