Episode: 60

Teaching Yoga with Intention with Judith Hanson Lasater

As someone practicing & teaching yoga for quite a while, let me tell you that the experience is not purely physical. Whether you’re a yoga student or a yoga teacher, you may have worked hard to focus most of your energy on the physical aspect of yoga but a lot more goes into it, really. For instance, there is meditation and pranayama, among others.

Another vital element that some practitioners might be missing is communication, which is extremely necessary for you to master if you want to get the most out of your yoga experience. In this episode, we’re lucky to have Judith Hanson Lasater, yoga expert, and author, tell us more about the art of communication.

Judith has been teaching yoga for 50 years now and she is releasing a new book entitled Teaching Yoga with Intention. It talks about the role of communication in yoga. She expounds on the significance of both verbal and non-verbal communication in practicing yoga and how your ability to communicate well determines your overall experience and success as a student or teacher. Judith also shares several tips on how to make others understand your needs in a positive and non-hostile manner. If you often find yourself unable to enjoy yoga because you are usually misunderstood, this episode is perfect for you. 

Teaching Yoga with Intention Episode Highlights:

  • Judith talks about what it feels like to reach 50 years of teaching yoga
  • The secret to being calm and grounded in the yoga practice
  • Judith shares her inspiration in writing Teaching Yoga with Intention
  • Judith reveals the most challenging book she has ever written
  • What do most yoga teachers usually misunderstand when communicating with their students and themselves?
  • How to communicate with disrespectful and unempathetic yoga teachers
  • The role of touch in yoga class and with advanced practitioners 
  • Is there a greater agenda behind using touch in yoga practice?

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Judith Hanson Lasater

JUDITH HANSON LASATER, Ph.D., PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500 has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers Association and is one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine. She trains yoga teachers in asana, kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutras, and she leads workshops and retreats throughout the US and abroad. She is a pioneer in the teaching and practice of Restorative yoga.


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