3/4/21: 45-minute Yoga Asana Class

Summary

This 45-minute yoga class utilizes progressive Sun Salutations, strength-building movements, and balancing. Build stability in the mind and nurture steadiness in the breath with a combination of static and flowing postures. The sequence builds complexity in layers while addressing the needs of the whole body. The audio was recorded from a live Zoom class.  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/home-practice-with-halle/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/home-practice-with-halle/support

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Interview with The Mindful Bookkeeper, Chioma Njoku + Build a Better Financial Result

Summary

Today’s episode is an interview with a yoga teacher, practitioner, accountant, and financial coach. Meet Chioma Njoku, founder of The Mindful Bookkeeper. Her services, including Master Your Money and 1-on-1 coaching, are rooted in helping service-based businesses like yoga studios increase their profits by connecting their “why” to their finances. Build a healthy relationship with money (so that it doesn’t always have to be about the money). Look at your numbers, examine the stories and beliefs you tell yourself about your value, commit to incremental savings, and come into financial alignment. For more information on Chioma’s work and The Mindful Bookkeeper, follow @mindfullychioma on IG, or check out her website at https://www.themindfulbookkeeper.com/

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Interview with Kacee Must of Citizen Yoga + Questions for Vision and Mission

Summary

Today’s episode is an interview with a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and innovator. Meet Kacee Must, founder of Citizen Yoga. Her studio, Citizen Yoga, grew out of a need to equip people with effective, every-day coping mechanisms, while emphasizing community and access to mental health resources. Join us for discussions on philosophy and existing in an outrageous world, steering a yoga business through a global pandemic, and how to moving beyond the spiritual jargon (while still maintaining a spiritual practice). Grab your notebook and enjoy a reflective/journaling exercise with questions for uncovering and defining your personal mission. For more information on Kacee’s work and Citizen Yoga Studio, follow @iamcitizenyoga and @citizenyoga on IG, listen to the podcast After Class by Citizen Yoga, or check out Citizen Yoga’s On-Demand platform at https://www.citizenyogastudio.com/citizenathome/ 

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11/30/20: 30-min Progressive Sun Salutations (Variation 1)

Summary

This 30-minute Progressive Sun Salutation sequence is a highly efficient slow-burn, perfect as either a stand-alone practice or as the precursor to further movement. “Progressive” here means the sequence begins with recognizable, foundational shapes and patterns, and gradually adds layers of complexity and refinement.  Progressive sequencing is a highly versatile technique with many possible variations and outcomes, housed within a predictable pattern of alternating lunges. Grab your mat, and let’s move! 

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11/18/2020: 20-minute Foundational Sun Salutations Sequence

Summary

The version of Sun Salutations offered here contains 12 linked postures that are performed as one continuous exercise. Each pose physically counteracts the one before, alternately expanding and contracting, regulating the breath, increasing circulations, and building flexibility in your spine. Sun Salutations are the perfect building block for your home practice sequence. There is an inherent repetition present within Sun Salutations that is, itself, meditative. If you only have a few minutes to move today, be sure to incorporate a few rounds of this foundational Soorya Namasker for a full body stretch.

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11/16/2020: 40-min Yoga Asana Class

Summary

This is a 40-minute, all-levels yoga practice designed to strengthen and stretch your entire body. Explore an emphasis on twists, with attention to mobility and awareness in the hip flexors, length in the spine and hamstrings, and freedom in the upper back and shoulders. This practice is the perfect length to sneak in between your other engagements, because frankly, darling, you deserve it. The audio from this episode was recorded from a live Zoom yoga session taught to an attendance of 14. Even though we are physically separated now, we can continue to change the energy surrounding our experience by moving and breathing together. As always, please customize the practice to suit your physical needs. Listen to your body. Breathe. You are your own best teacher. Meet yourself where you are. Grab your mat and get ready to dig in.

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10 Minute Walking Meditation for Nervous People (an Election Day Special)

Summary

If you are currently dooms-day-scrolling, follow these instructions: 1.) Turn off notifications on your phone. 2.) Go for a walk. For those experiencing high levels of anxiety, walking may provide an easier transition to softness than seated meditations. Gentle, repetitive movement can harness the mind’s scattered energy, and channel awareness into the observation of sensation rather than the proliferation of potential outcomes. Whether you choose to walk throughout your home or around the block, walking reminds us to keep putting one foot in front of the other in pursuit of a goal. Whether you are alone this evening or with loved ones, you are supported by all those who walk in your direction. Take ten minutes for yourself tonight. 

(Fun fact: The walking meditation is the mindful cousin to my favorite nervous habit– pacing.)

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Interview with Dr. Terry Harris of The Collective STL + 5 minute Meditation

Summary

Today’s episode is an interview with a yoga teacher, educator, story-teller, and entrepreneur dedicated to creating healing spaces in the yoga community. Meet Dr. Terry Harris, co-founder and instructor at The Collective STL, which is the only Black-owned, donation-based yoga studio serving the north St. Louis community. Join us to more about Terry’s journey into yoga, the “love story” that truly is The Collective STL, the role of restorative justice in healing spaces, and what it takes to implement wellness practices into an entire school district. Additionally, enjoy a 5-min gentleness meditation led by Terry himself (you need this goodness in your day). For more information on Terry’s work and The Collective STL, please support at https://www.thecollectivestl.org/ @thecollectivestl and watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-BxzhAnvdY

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Interview with Lade Akande: The Yoga Counselor + 5-minute Meditation: Post-Traumatic Growth

Summary

Today’s episode is an interview with an exceptional woman in the yoga community. Meet Lade Akande, a counselor, yoga teacher, and researcher investigating the effects of mindfulness techniques on teens. Join us to learn why research and data on mindfulness is important, how yoga can intersect with other well-ness approaches (like growing your own food!), and learn about some of her challenges and successes working in the yoga industry. Additionally, experience a 5-min meditation introducing the concept of Post-Traumatic Growth led by Lade herself (or, explore this contempation with your journal). For more information on Lade’s work, please dig in at https://www.theyogacounselor.com/ @theyogacounselor @namastelade

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6/10/2020: 60-minute Asana Class

Summary

This is a full-length, all-levels yoga practice designed to strengthen and stretch your entire body. Explore an emphasis on flow, by exploring shapes slowly at first, and then revisiting the shapes one breath to one movement. End practice with a slightly extended savasana and guided relaxation. This practice builds upon previous podcast episodes, and is intended for all levels. The audio from this episode was recorded from a live Zoom yoga session taught to an attendance of 8. As a note, all proceeds from this class, and from this podcast at large, have been donated to benefit diverse and underestimated community organizations. Even though we are physically separated now, we can continue to change the energy, and the world, by moving and breathing together. As always, please customize the practice to suit your physical needs. Listen to your body. Breathe. You are your own best teacher. Meet yourself where you are. Grab your mat and get ready to dig in.

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