Fri, 26 October 2018
We hear the term "alchemy" a lot these days, but what is it really?
The alchemical traditions go back hundreds of years, but they all represented one true aim: to reach the pinnacle of consciousness known as the alchemical opus. Turning lead into gold is the metaphor for transforming our darkened consciousness into enlightenment. Yogis have been endeavoring to do this for millennia!
As it turns out, alchemy is simply a Western form of yoga, one that holds deep mystery and true promise for the modern day spiritual leader.
In this podcast, Alanna reveals the fundamental principles of alchemy, covers its vast history, and provides you with ways to incorporate its practice into your teachings.
Fri, 19 October 2018
We are here to transform our students and ourselves. But, how do we do that?
If you've ever heard of Joseph Campbell, then you know the journey of the hero is a time-honored process by which the hero must pass through certain stages to reach success.
As yogis (and as human beings!), we must also pass through these stages to elevate our psyche and soul. Understanding the psychological journey of this transformative process is key to cultivating the resilience to go through it...start to finish.
This podcast reveals the stages of the journey of the hero, and it's importance in our lives as Modern Mystics and spiritual leaders.
Fri, 12 October 2018
Many of us equate the term "vinyasa" to a flowing series of yoga postures. Is that all it is?
In this podcast, Alanna busts through the misconception that vinyasa just means "flow" and talks about its application to our life and practice as yoga teachers. Modern psychology aids this discussion with its concept of flow state – the most productive and blissful mindstate that any of us can be in at any one time.
How do we, as yoga teachers, facilitate flow? How do we allow our classes to transcend the mundane focus of "vinyasa" on the body to the elevated meaning of vinyasa as a state of mind? Learn all about how to take your yoga classes to the next (flowing!) level with this podcast!
Fri, 5 October 2018
We all have rituals. But, are we conscious of them?
Our yoga classes provide a prime opportunity to create deeply transformational rituals for our students. But, are we doing that properly?
This podcast illuminates the necessary parts of a ritual, why ritual is so important for us right now, and how you can elevate your yoga classes to the level of transformational ritual. It is through ritual that humanity (throughout history) has elevated its consciousness, created community, and processed challenging events. This is something we can facilitate within ourselves and our students if we know the secret ingredients to creating powerful rituals in our classes!