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Yoga Focus

Laura Goellner OTR, E-RYT, LMT

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Laura Goellner OTR, E-RYT, LMT

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Welcome to YOGA FOCUS, where we discuss ways to use yoga to create more CLARITY in your life. This includes a modern take on the 8 Limbs of yoga, yoga philosophy and how current movement science is influencing Asana practice. These topics can be especially helpful to yoga teachers when creating themes and building a level of comfort with TEACHING your students the deeper layers of yoga. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yogafocus/support

Latest Episodes

Ep. 14: 10 Reasons Why Yoga Teachers Need to Study Anatomy & Body Science

In this episode we talk about the importance of yoga teachers having a good understanding of the body. As yoga alliance has just increased the required education for 200 hour teacher training from 20 hours to 30 hours this is a topic of debate in the yoga world. As yoga teachers we are movement professionals (if you teach any form of asana) and therefore need to understand the body to be able to lead your students in movement. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yogafocus/support

35 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Ep. 14: 10 Reasons Why Yoga Teachers Need to Study Anatomy & Body Science

Ep. 13: Every NEW Yoga Student Needs to Know This: 10 Tips for Beginners

* In Episode 13 I talk about the 10 most important things that a NEW yoga student or BEGINNER needs to understand! These tips will help you to select the right class or teacher, progress faster in your practice and get a more complete understanding of yoga as a holistic practice. ___________ * As always- any interesting background noises are from Redford my recording companion, as recording a podcast in a 192 square foot tiny house has its challenges- but I hope you enjoy & feel free to send me feedback at Lauragyoga@aol.com . Thanks for Listening!! ___________ Here is the BLOG companion to this episode: https://lauragyoga.blogspot.com/2019/12/what-every-new-yoga-student-needs-to.html ___________ < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fitmytime.com/en/laurag Schedulicity & Zoom: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/LGY7U6 < *< < < < * > > > ...

28 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Ep. 13: Every NEW Yoga Student Needs to Know This: 10 Tips for Beginners

Ep. 12: Impermanence: Suffering Vs. Gratitude When Facing Change

In episode 12 I talk about the topic of Impermanence- the fact that everything is changing and the way we understand these changes has a big impact on how we live our life. If we cling to things or resist changes this brings up suffering. If we instead focus on the curiosity of noticing how things are changing and look at them with "fresh eyes" we can settle into a space of gratitude for the experience. If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q. feet which creates some challenges in filming/recording content - but it is my experience that there is no ideal environment and there will always be distractions & these distractions are just another opportunity to work on our FOCUS :) < *< < < < * > > > > ...

20 MIN2019 AUG 15
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Ep. 12: Impermanence: Suffering Vs. Gratitude When Facing Change

Ep. 11: The Internal Process of Yoga: Using Anchoring Questions for Self-Inquiry and Adaptation

In episode 11 we will talk about some of the questions that can help to anchor the mind and deepen your internal experience of the pose. How to watch the breath and check in with body sensations to find the right version of the pose for you in that moment. These questions help us to develop stronger body awareness, strengthen our skills of self inquiry and learn to read our body's signals. This is the first step to being able to create a movement practice that is adapted to your own individual needs, in a group class or in your home practice. _________________________ If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: Laura Goellner I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: @LauraGyoga Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q. feet which creates some challenges in filming/recording content...

32 MIN2019 AUG 10
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Ep. 11: The Internal Process of Yoga: Using Anchoring Questions for Self-Inquiry and Adaptation

Ep. 10: My Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall" & Why the Wall is the best prop you are not using enough!

In this episode I talk about The content of my book: "Yoga Therapy At the Wall" And I explain WHY the wall is such an incredible prop with a huge amount of versatility.Balance, challenge, proprioception, support... I also talk about my upcoming collaboration video with @drmelissawest on YouTube She will be doing a give away of 2 copies of my book to her subscribers so be sure to subscribe to Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa! https://www.youtube.com/user/LivingYourYogaTV _________________________________________ < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fitmytime.com/en/laurag Schedulicity & Zoom: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/LGY7U6 < *< < < < * > > > > *> Laura’s Book: “Yoga Therapy At The Wall” is available in 2 formats: Instant PDF download from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HealthyFocusByLauraG Full Color Printed Manual from LuLu.com...

45 MIN2019 JUL 17
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Ep. 10: My Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall" & Why the Wall is the best prop you are not using enough!

Ep. 9: Hands & Upper Extremity: The Upper Kinetic Chain for Weight Bearing

In this episode we talk about the Hands as the foundation of many poses. One of the unique things about yoga is that we often use the Hands for weight bearing and support. This is a great component to our movement practice BUT it requires some preparation to ensure strength and stability in the upper body to prevent injury. I talk about my own experience with wrist and shoulder pain, how I modified my practice and the tools that I use to keep my hand and forearms strong. < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fitmytime.com/en/laurag Schedulicity & Zoom: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/LGY7U6 < *< < < < * > > > > *> Laura’s Book: “Yoga Therapy At The Wall” is available in 2 formats: Instant PDF download from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HealthyFocusByLauraG Full Color Printed Manual from LuLu.com: https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.e...

42 MIN2019 JUL 3
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Ep. 9: Hands & Upper Extremity: The Upper Kinetic Chain for Weight Bearing

Ep. 8: Feet & Ankles in Yoga Practice - Giving them the Attention they Deserve!

The FEET are often the foundation of the body, but we hardly ever give the feet the attention they deserve! In this episode we will talk about the merits of barefoot movement, my thoughts (and personal experience) on minimalist shoes, and I give you some easy ways that you can add in focused fork for the toes/feet/ankles in your practice or teaching! Next Episode we will talk about the Hands & How we can give extra attention to the HANDS/Wrists on our yoga mat! One of the unique things about yoga...we often use our hands as the foundation! Which is great, but we need to give them some extra attention so they are able to handle this job well! *strange background noises, as always- brought to you by Redford (my dog) and the challenges of recording things in a 192 square foot Tiny House :) - Laura Goellner < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fi...

31 MIN2019 JUN 16
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Ep. 8: Feet & Ankles in Yoga Practice - Giving them the Attention they Deserve!

Ep. 7: Spine Articulation: Isolation Vs. Integration of Spine Mobility

In this episode we look at a unique movement that the spine can do: Articulation from Vertebra to Vertebra. I most often see this used in a "roll up" transition, BUT spine articulation can be used in all 3 planes of movement, at all 3 segments of the spine. That articulation can be performed in an ISOLATED fashion focusing on just one area, or in a globally INTEGRATED movement with the rest of the spine or other joints in the body. We will talk about why both of these movement techniques has innate value and helps us to learn about our body. **sorry about the background noise in this episode: windy outside & Redford needing my attention** #tinyhouseproblems If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q....

21 MIN2019 MAY 27
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Ep. 7: Spine Articulation: Isolation Vs. Integration of Spine Mobility

Ep. 6: Creating my Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall"...Struggles in Self Publishing

In this episode we talk about the special project I have been working on for the past several years...Writing a book about therapeutic yoga practice using a wall as a prop. This has been a long process, especially because I did not have any experience going into this. I discuss the reason I wanted to write this manual and ALL the mistakes and struggles that I have encountered in this process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q. feet which creates some challenges in filming/recording content - but it is my experience that there is no ideal environment and there will always be distractions & these distractions are just another opportunity to work on our FOCUS :...

37 MIN2019 MAY 14
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Ep. 6: Creating my Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall"...Struggles in Self Publishing

Ep. 5: The McGill Big 3 Exercises for Back Stability & Why Tension Is Not (always) A Bad Thing

The McGill Big 3 Exercises are a foundation program that is used to create stability and endurance in the lower core muscles. These exercises have been shown to improve the tension of the core muscles so that stability is maintained over a longer period of time without fatigue/strain. Yup...tension...I know yogis shy away from anything that increases tension, but here we start to look at why tension can be a good thing and is actually needed in the body to maintain healthy movement and posture. The passage I read was from: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/7077/low-back-rehab-exercises-stuart-mcgill-s-big-three If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: @LauraGyoga Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that ...

27 MIN2019 MAY 6
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Ep. 5: The McGill Big 3 Exercises for Back Stability & Why Tension Is Not (always) A Bad Thing

Latest Episodes

Ep. 14: 10 Reasons Why Yoga Teachers Need to Study Anatomy & Body Science

In this episode we talk about the importance of yoga teachers having a good understanding of the body. As yoga alliance has just increased the required education for 200 hour teacher training from 20 hours to 30 hours this is a topic of debate in the yoga world. As yoga teachers we are movement professionals (if you teach any form of asana) and therefore need to understand the body to be able to lead your students in movement. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yogafocus/support

35 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Ep. 14: 10 Reasons Why Yoga Teachers Need to Study Anatomy & Body Science

Ep. 13: Every NEW Yoga Student Needs to Know This: 10 Tips for Beginners

* In Episode 13 I talk about the 10 most important things that a NEW yoga student or BEGINNER needs to understand! These tips will help you to select the right class or teacher, progress faster in your practice and get a more complete understanding of yoga as a holistic practice. ___________ * As always- any interesting background noises are from Redford my recording companion, as recording a podcast in a 192 square foot tiny house has its challenges- but I hope you enjoy & feel free to send me feedback at Lauragyoga@aol.com . Thanks for Listening!! ___________ Here is the BLOG companion to this episode: https://lauragyoga.blogspot.com/2019/12/what-every-new-yoga-student-needs-to.html ___________ < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fitmytime.com/en/laurag Schedulicity & Zoom: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/LGY7U6 < *< < < < * > > > ...

28 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Ep. 13: Every NEW Yoga Student Needs to Know This: 10 Tips for Beginners

Ep. 12: Impermanence: Suffering Vs. Gratitude When Facing Change

In episode 12 I talk about the topic of Impermanence- the fact that everything is changing and the way we understand these changes has a big impact on how we live our life. If we cling to things or resist changes this brings up suffering. If we instead focus on the curiosity of noticing how things are changing and look at them with "fresh eyes" we can settle into a space of gratitude for the experience. If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q. feet which creates some challenges in filming/recording content - but it is my experience that there is no ideal environment and there will always be distractions & these distractions are just another opportunity to work on our FOCUS :) < *< < < < * > > > > ...

20 MIN2019 AUG 15
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Ep. 12: Impermanence: Suffering Vs. Gratitude When Facing Change

Ep. 11: The Internal Process of Yoga: Using Anchoring Questions for Self-Inquiry and Adaptation

In episode 11 we will talk about some of the questions that can help to anchor the mind and deepen your internal experience of the pose. How to watch the breath and check in with body sensations to find the right version of the pose for you in that moment. These questions help us to develop stronger body awareness, strengthen our skills of self inquiry and learn to read our body's signals. This is the first step to being able to create a movement practice that is adapted to your own individual needs, in a group class or in your home practice. _________________________ If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: Laura Goellner I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: @LauraGyoga Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q. feet which creates some challenges in filming/recording content...

32 MIN2019 AUG 10
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Ep. 11: The Internal Process of Yoga: Using Anchoring Questions for Self-Inquiry and Adaptation

Ep. 10: My Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall" & Why the Wall is the best prop you are not using enough!

In this episode I talk about The content of my book: "Yoga Therapy At the Wall" And I explain WHY the wall is such an incredible prop with a huge amount of versatility.Balance, challenge, proprioception, support... I also talk about my upcoming collaboration video with @drmelissawest on YouTube She will be doing a give away of 2 copies of my book to her subscribers so be sure to subscribe to Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa! https://www.youtube.com/user/LivingYourYogaTV _________________________________________ < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fitmytime.com/en/laurag Schedulicity & Zoom: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/LGY7U6 < *< < < < * > > > > *> Laura’s Book: “Yoga Therapy At The Wall” is available in 2 formats: Instant PDF download from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HealthyFocusByLauraG Full Color Printed Manual from LuLu.com...

45 MIN2019 JUL 17
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Ep. 10: My Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall" & Why the Wall is the best prop you are not using enough!

Ep. 9: Hands & Upper Extremity: The Upper Kinetic Chain for Weight Bearing

In this episode we talk about the Hands as the foundation of many poses. One of the unique things about yoga is that we often use the Hands for weight bearing and support. This is a great component to our movement practice BUT it requires some preparation to ensure strength and stability in the upper body to prevent injury. I talk about my own experience with wrist and shoulder pain, how I modified my practice and the tools that I use to keep my hand and forearms strong. < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fitmytime.com/en/laurag Schedulicity & Zoom: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/LGY7U6 < *< < < < * > > > > *> Laura’s Book: “Yoga Therapy At The Wall” is available in 2 formats: Instant PDF download from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HealthyFocusByLauraG Full Color Printed Manual from LuLu.com: https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.e...

42 MIN2019 JUL 3
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Ep. 9: Hands & Upper Extremity: The Upper Kinetic Chain for Weight Bearing

Ep. 8: Feet & Ankles in Yoga Practice - Giving them the Attention they Deserve!

The FEET are often the foundation of the body, but we hardly ever give the feet the attention they deserve! In this episode we will talk about the merits of barefoot movement, my thoughts (and personal experience) on minimalist shoes, and I give you some easy ways that you can add in focused fork for the toes/feet/ankles in your practice or teaching! Next Episode we will talk about the Hands & How we can give extra attention to the HANDS/Wrists on our yoga mat! One of the unique things about yoga...we often use our hands as the foundation! Which is great, but we need to give them some extra attention so they are able to handle this job well! *strange background noises, as always- brought to you by Redford (my dog) and the challenges of recording things in a 192 square foot Tiny House :) - Laura Goellner < *< < < < * > > > > *> Work with Laura Online: I am now offering yoga instruction, yoga therapy and teacher mentoring on two different virtual platforms: Fit My Time: https://www.fi...

31 MIN2019 JUN 16
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Ep. 8: Feet & Ankles in Yoga Practice - Giving them the Attention they Deserve!

Ep. 7: Spine Articulation: Isolation Vs. Integration of Spine Mobility

In this episode we look at a unique movement that the spine can do: Articulation from Vertebra to Vertebra. I most often see this used in a "roll up" transition, BUT spine articulation can be used in all 3 planes of movement, at all 3 segments of the spine. That articulation can be performed in an ISOLATED fashion focusing on just one area, or in a globally INTEGRATED movement with the rest of the spine or other joints in the body. We will talk about why both of these movement techniques has innate value and helps us to learn about our body. **sorry about the background noise in this episode: windy outside & Redford needing my attention** #tinyhouseproblems If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q....

21 MIN2019 MAY 27
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Ep. 7: Spine Articulation: Isolation Vs. Integration of Spine Mobility

Ep. 6: Creating my Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall"...Struggles in Self Publishing

In this episode we talk about the special project I have been working on for the past several years...Writing a book about therapeutic yoga practice using a wall as a prop. This has been a long process, especially because I did not have any experience going into this. I discuss the reason I wanted to write this manual and ALL the mistakes and struggles that I have encountered in this process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that is 192 s.q. feet which creates some challenges in filming/recording content - but it is my experience that there is no ideal environment and there will always be distractions & these distractions are just another opportunity to work on our FOCUS :...

37 MIN2019 MAY 14
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Ep. 6: Creating my Book "Yoga Therapy At The Wall"...Struggles in Self Publishing

Ep. 5: The McGill Big 3 Exercises for Back Stability & Why Tension Is Not (always) A Bad Thing

The McGill Big 3 Exercises are a foundation program that is used to create stability and endurance in the lower core muscles. These exercises have been shown to improve the tension of the core muscles so that stability is maintained over a longer period of time without fatigue/strain. Yup...tension...I know yogis shy away from anything that increases tension, but here we start to look at why tension can be a good thing and is actually needed in the body to maintain healthy movement and posture. The passage I read was from: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/7077/low-back-rehab-exercises-stuart-mcgill-s-big-three If you would like to see The Yoga White Board you can watch the video format of this podcast on my YouTube Channel: I also post a picture of The Yoga White Board on my Instagram each week: @LauraGyoga Note: All strange background noises are attributed to my dog Redford wanting to be involved. I live in a Tiny House on Wheels that ...

27 MIN2019 MAY 6
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Ep. 5: The McGill Big 3 Exercises for Back Stability & Why Tension Is Not (always) A Bad Thing
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