On and Off Your Mat Yoga Podcast

11/29/2021

The Inner Work, with The Yoga Couple

Ep. 109
Are you on a journey of personal growth? Looking to be happier? Wondering how to be on that path with a partner? If so, this episode is for you.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENTS:👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen.Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG@onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 My 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Become a Premium Member:www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger.QUESTIONS THEY ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEWhat is the inner work? What does actualizing that mean or look like?What impacts our happiness? What is the source of our dissatisfaction?How do we start to shift our inner dialogue?Why does chasing what we want does not ultimately bring happiness?How do we stay in the present moment and stop chasing happiness?Can we go over the level of consciousness?How can we do this work with a partner?ABOUT OUR GUESTMat & Ash are best known asThe Yoga Coupleto their 500K+ online community.The influential couple is internationally recognized for their holistic healing work, authentic yoga teachings, and as the creators ofThe Inner Workmethod.Mat and Ash boldly give a voice to taboo topics such as pornography addiction and the importance of women’s menstrual cycle awareness and asTop 10 Amazon bestselling authorsofThe Inner Work,hosts ofThe Inner Work podcast,and cast members on the first season ofBattle of The Fittest Couple on Paramount Network,they have made it their mission to bridge the gap between Western Psychology and Eastern Philosophy. Currently, they reside in Hawaii where they hosthealing retreats,yoga teacher training,and offerone-on-one life counselingspecializing in The Inner Work teachings. Their methods focus on understanding the varying levels of human consciousness and the power to self-heal any aspect of the human condition including relationship issues, overcoming addictions, inner child healing, and trauma recovery.LINKSTik Tok|Website|Instagram|YouTube
11/15/2021

Yoga Biomechanics and Asanas, with Jules Mitchell

Ep. 108
Have you been practicing what you've been taught but don’t always understand why you’ve been told to do or avoid certain things in asanas? Or Are you teaching yoga and feeling stuck in your cues? Well, biomechanics might be the answer to your questions.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENTS:👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen.Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG@onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Read my 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Retreat info:erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Book a call:https://erikabelanger.com/contact👉🏻 Become a Premium Member:www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger.👉🏻 Donate to help build the yoga retreat withGo-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!ABOUT OUR GUESTJules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Las Vegas based yoga teacher, educator, and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion. She regularly contributes to teacher training programs and leads workshops and courses worldwide. Her book,Yoga Biomechanics: StretchingRedefined, is now available through Handspring Publishing. As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations. Her most influential teachers include Greg Lehman (Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science), Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of popular opinions.Her website: www.julesmitchell.com
10/25/2021

Overcoming codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing , with Victoria Albina

Ep. 106
Tools and somatic practices for your health. Do you tend to be codependent in your relationships, a perfectionist at work, or a people-pleaser amongst your friends? Have you noticed how these patterns affect your health and your wellbeing? In today’s episode, we’ll talk about this and give you some tools and somatic practices to start addressing this.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENT:👉🏻 My 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen.Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG@onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Retreat info:erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Become a Premium Member:www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger.👉🏻 Donate to help build the yoga retreat withGo-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!ABOUT OUR GUESTVictoria Albina (she/her) is a Certified Life Coach, UCSF-trained Family Nurse Practitioner, and Breathwork Meditation Guide with a passion for helping women realize that they are their own best healers, so they can break free from codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and reclaim their joy.She is the host of the Feminist Wellness Podcast, holds a Masters's degree in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College. Victoria has been working in health & wellness for over 20 years and lives on occupied Munsee Lenape territory in New York’s Hudson Valley.Her Website (download her meditation and grounding practice for free)Instagram: @victoriaalbinawellnessPodcast: Feminist WellnessFacebookLinkedInQUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEI know you use healing modalities and somatic therapy like yoga, ecstatic dance, and breathwork. Why did you get interested in these modalities?How can being codependent, perfectionist and people-pleaser affect our health?What are some of the somatic manifestations people can experience?How can we do expressive journaling if it's a practice that usually brings us deeper into focusing on the negative?How do we start shifting out of codependency, perfectionism, and people-pleasing?What’s the importance of connecting to our intuition, and learning to trust it in all this?
10/11/2021

Finding the Gifts in Trauma, with Keira Poulsen

Ep. 105
Have you experienced trauma and struggled to move through it so you can get on the other side and find the gifts in the experience? I know I have. If that’s your case too, this episode is for you.👉🏻 My 5 biggest takeaways from this episode.👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen.Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG@onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Retreat info:erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Book a call:https://erikabelanger.com/contact👉🏻 Become a Premium Member:www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger.👉🏻 Donate to support someone in need so they can attend a yoga retreat withGo-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!👉🏻 Free Sacred Space Training with Keira: Coupon code ERIKAQUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEHow do you define trauma?What is your life brought you to help people through trauma.How can we move through trauma?Any tips for people who think there’s no way they can live through the pain, the darkness?How can we use our experience to create, share and have an impact on the world?How does it look like to connect with your divine self?How can we show up in our business with the healing work of our trauma as the fuel behind us?How do you show up in your purpose if you are feeling overwhelmed with the pain?What are the things we can do daily to support our healing and supporting our impact?ABOUT OUR GUESTKeira Poulsen is a mother to 5 children, an intuitive spiritual entrepreneurship coach, 2 x author, and CEO of Freedom House Publishing Co.Keira helps women who feel inspired to make a huge impact in the world write transformative books of light. She teaches them how to receive their book with spiritual tools that allow for the creation of the book to come through in under 2 months’ time.Keira then helps them create successful businesses of light, derived from the message of their book.It is her deepest belief that women who are receiving powerful messages of truth from the Divine are here to share these messages through published books and create powerful and successful businesses of light that will impact humanity for the better! "Free Sacred Space Training with Keira: Coupon code ERIKAInstagram: @keirapoulsenMore about her offerings: https://msha.ke/keirapoulsen/#links
10/4/2021

PREMIUM | My Favorite Nervous System Hacks

Ep. 104
Last month I polled our premium members and they voted on a video where I would teach my favorite ns hacks. So if you’re stressed and looking for tools to feel more relaxed, this episode is for you. It is part of our premium subscription. Find it here.With Ribbon is awesome and you’ll find on this new platform1. Your podcast premium membership whereas a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like today’s NS video2. You can also have access to over 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership, with new ones added every week.3. You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer or any special event like my upcoming yoga retreat in Mexico.Everything is now in the same place!Now coming back to our premium membership for a second, since you’re here on the podcast, know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free.Ok! That’s it for now, go onto https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your Nervous System Hack Video, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or stay tuned for our next regular episode!
9/27/2021

How to Stop Outsourcing Your Spiritual Life, with Lopa van der Mersch

Ep. 103
Have you ever put a teacher a little far up on a pedestal or giving away your power when it comes to your spiritual practice? If so, today’s episode is for you. Our guest did just that, she's sharing her story and the lessons she learned on the way.For today’s episode, I sat down with Lopa van der Mersch. Lopa is a lifelong health seeker and founder & CEO of Rasa Koffee, a coffee alternative made of adaptogenic herbs. She spent years studying esoteric spiritual practices (& found herself in two cults!); has had a whole slew of health challenges that have had her seeking alternative therapies from Ayurveda to Functional Medicine to Shamanism for over a decade. Today, we sat down to talk about embracing nuance dogma and why we shouldn’t outsource our spiritual sovereignty.Listen to the episode here:MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE1- Discernment is the best tool to get clear on whether a teacher has your highest interest at heart or not. See if the teacher is pushing you in a way that is generative for you or because they are getting something out of it. Some red flags: it's not ok to study with another teacher, you don't have a full sense of freedom, they hold your devotion as something they need and is owed to them, they think they only hold the truth, not open to being questioned, don't encourage you to have your own experience.2- To balance faith and discernment rest in your own experience. Be open to what comes, connect to your body and your heart, and then be willing to question it.3- Spiritual sovereignty starts with having a strong sense of self. Self-knowledge and self-trust are the base. Stay open to your teacher's opinion, but don't put them on a pedestal in a way that what they say has more value than what we think and feel.4- To start to take charge of your spirituality, with self-knowledge, you need to practice self-acceptance. As you cultivate a healthy sense of your needs, you start setting and upholding boundaries. Over time, you build more self-trust and own your voice more fully.5- We have so much input from the outside that we can start to question who we are. Our experiences are there to teach us and to give us parts of ourselves we need to see, to open to, to heal, or to develop.EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENTS:👉🏻 Subscribe, rate, and review this podcast anywhere you listen.Find out how here.👉🏻 Take a screenshot of the episode when you listen and share one of your takeaways on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast👉🏻 Retreat info:erikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.👉🏻 Book a call: https://erikabelanger.com/contact👉🏻 Become a Premium Member:www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger.👉🏻 Apply for the yoga retreat scholarship.👉🏻 Donate to help build the yoga retreat with Go-Fund-Me Campaign. Use the same link to share!👉🏻 Coupon code ONOFF for 20% Rasa Coffee.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED IN THIS EPISODEHow can we enter into a relationship of teacher-student instead of guru-disciple?How do you describe dogma?How can we practice critical thinking while also welcoming faith? And not throw out the baby with the bathwater and turn our back on spirituality or become overly cynical?How do we keep our spiritual sovereignty and still work with a teacher?What are the steps or some actions we can take to take charge of our spirituality? Reclaim our sovereignty if we tend to give it away a little too much?ABOUT OUR GUESTLopa van der Mersch is many things: Serial entrepreneur. Mother of two. Sustainability advocate. TEDx speaker. Recovering cult member. Three years ago, she added a new chapter: Founder and CEO of Rasa, the adaptogenic coffee alternatives revolutionizing people’s relationship to energy.2015 was what Lopa now calls “her own personal 2020” — she left a cult, had emergency surgery while pregnant, lost a family member, and had a traumatic birth. Beaten down and exhausted, she needed a source of energy that could sustain her without burnout, crashes, or jitters.What she needed didn’t exist, so she worked with a clinical herbalist and Rasa was born: adaptogen-rich blends that nourish & energize while providing enough rich, roasty flavor to convert even the most devoted coffee fanatic.What started with a mom elbow-deep in herbs in her kitchen is now a movement, with triple-digit YoY growth and over 100K customers worldwide.Rase Coffee: wearerasa.com
9/20/2021

Clean Mind, Clean Body with Tara Stiles

Ep. 102
Are you someone that is busy, looking to get it all done, but you want to feel better in the process? If that’s you, today's episode is for you.I sat down with Tara Stiles. Tara is a wellness expert, bestselling author, and the founder of Strala Yoga which is a combination of yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. Tara’s bestselling books have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Esquire, and Shape. Tara’s work has been used in a case study by Harvard University, she is a sought-after speaker on topics of entrepreneurship, health, and wellbeing, and she has lectured at venues that include Harvard and New York University. Tara works with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative with the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation that combats childhood obesity. Today, we sat down to talk Her newest book, Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28 Day Plan for Physical, Mental and Spiritual Self-Care.MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODETake a screenshot of you listening to the episode and share your takeaway with me and our community on Instagram. Tag @onandoffyourmatpodcast and #onandoffyourmatpodcast in your story of post. I can't wait to read and share them.1. Tai Chi principles can inspire the way you move in yoga. It teaches you softness. Softness is the quality that makes anything possible. You can do move if you're not rigid. Let the breath begins, the body follows.2. physical mobility links to the emotional connection; it allows you to see how everything is in conversation with everything else.3. Spiritual self-care is any practice that helps you reinforce positive beliefs about yourself and continue to grow into a better person.4. Focus on feeling-based goals instead of achievement-based goals. Notice how you feel and make changes based on how you want to feel.5. When you listen to yourself and get sensitized to your signals, you learn to connect what feels good to what is truly supportive for you. Get to know how good it feels to be good to yourself.SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW! BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER TODAYIf you haven’t already done so, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast anywhere you listen.Find out how here.We recently transitioned our Premium Membership to this new platform:www.withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger. As a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content. We added a new library of almost 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership. Finally, you can sign up for any live-stream class I offer! Everything yoga-class-related is now in the same place! If you’re new toWith Ribbon,here’s a walkthrough video I recorded to help youfind your way around.Know that as you become a Premium Member, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is one of the away I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free.RETREAT / GO FUND MEI’ll be leading anEco-Luxury Yoga Retreat in Mexico, in November 2021. I heard you, you’ve been craving to immerse yourself in yoga, nature, and community again so you can feel renewed and re-enliven. Many of us are suffering from zoom fatigue. So I’m offering you to hit the beach and the reset button so you can let go of this last year. You’ll find all the info for that retreat aterikabelanger.com/yoga-retreat-mexico.In parallel, I have launched aGo-Fund-Me campaign. I know yoga retreats are an investment and I know how hard the last year has been. Yoga retreats were in my personal growth, so I wanted to give back. I’m raising money while investing alongside the community to make the experience of a yoga retreat available to students who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. If you’re able todonateanything you could transform someone’s life. And if you’re in need you canapply for the scholarship. And either way, I’d love for you to share it with the people you love and on social media. That’s a simple way you can directly impact others’ lives in a positive way.Find the Go-Fund-Me Campaign here.QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:Why did you write a detox / self-care book? Did something in your own life prompted you to write this book or did you see a need around you?how did you choose the practices in the book?Can you explain the qualities of tai chi that we could bring in any movement practice we do and in our lives in general?Why did you consciously start with the mind and spirit before addressing the body?What does it mean to clean our minds?Can you give examples of practices to clean our minds or keep them clean?How do we move from a clean mind to spiritual self-care?How do we take care of our bodies with food while staying truly connected to what we need?What is the role of mindset in exercise and movement? How could we approach yoga differently?MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTTara Stiles is a wellness expert, bestselling author, and the founder of Strala Yoga. The Strala approach combines yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine to help people release stress, heal, let go of negative habits, and move more easily through everyday challenges.Tara’s bestselling books, which have been translated and published in multiple languages, includeStrala Yoga, Make Your Own Rules Diet, Yoga Cures,andSlim Calm Sexy Yoga, and she has been featured inThe New York Times,Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Esquire, and Shape.Tara’s work has been used in a case study by Harvard University, she is a sought-after speaker on topics of entrepreneurship, health, and wellbeing, and she has lectured at venues that include Harvard and New York University.Taraworks withThe Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative with the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation that combats childhood obesity, in order to bring Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States. She also supports the BOKS program, which delivers Strala classes and wellbeing resources to educators across North America. Her newest book,Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28 Day Plan for Physical, Mental and Spiritual Self-Care(Dey Street Books), was released December 2020.Strala Home:https://stralahome.com/Link to her book:https://www.tarastiles.com/boo
9/6/2021

PREMIUM | Morning Flow for a Relaxed Day

Ep. 101
The 30 min Morning Flow called Roll out of Bed in the membership is the most popular video I’ve ever posted.Members have asked me to do a variation on it, so here we are. I think we all need right now, on top of moving our body and our energy, to set ourselves up for a calm and grounded day. To learn tools for relaxation on the mat that we can carry in our lives off the mat.This new episode Morning Flow for a Relaxed Day is part of our premium subscription. To get access to it, visit https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger.With Ribbon is awesome and where you'll findYour premium podcast episodes ($5/month). Just like before, as a member, you can get a ton of exclusive audio and video content like this 30 Minutes Morning Flow for a Relaxed Day.You can now also have access to more than 200 recorded full-length yoga classes in a Netflix-Style Membership ($25/month).You can sign up for any live-stream class I offer or live class packages!Everything is now in the same place!Now coming back to our premium membership for a second, since you’re here on the podcast, know that as you become a Premium member, for as low as $5/month, your contribution ripples to thousands of people every week, allowing me to offer accessible quality free content to a wide community of yogis. This podcast is a way I contribute to the community, and this membership is a way you can too. It allows you to share everything yoga offers with the world by supporting me in the creation and production of this podcast while I choose to keep it ad-free.Ok! That’s it for now, go to https://withribbon.com/u/erikabelanger to get your Morning Flow for a Relaxed Day, visit us on IG @onandoffyourmatpodcast or Stay tuned for our next regular episode!