The blinking cursor always captures my anxiety for a minute as I sit down to write the outline for the podcast episode that I am recording. Maybe it is a solo episode or it is an interview that I have spent weeks acquiring, nonetheless, it is a battle of the minds that briefly takes over the thought process until I reign it in. How does this even remotely resemble a yoga class? Stay tuned and I will explain.
Most people think that yoga is a place we go to that houses mats and chanting music, you are required to bend like a pretzel and make the tough decision as to whether you are brave enough to do a “hot” class. While all of this has the potential to be true, yoga is a place for you to hopefully get out of your head and be present with your body and movement. A podcast is no different.
How have I come to this realization you ask? I teach yoga, and I have my own podcast. You see, the instructor/podcast host has the responsibility to create an enriched mind/body connection experience. The goal is to curate a message that inspires, engages, and empowers the listener/student. But it’s not always an easy thing to do.
We all have a state in which we enter the yoga class or the podcast episode. Maybe we are there to escape, to learn, to work out the stress of the day, etc. I read a quote the other day that said, "How we do anything, is how we do everything."
When we begin to listen to a podcast, and whatever is being said is not resonating with the norm of what you believe to be true, some will just quit listening. The same goes for a yoga class, maybe you show up and it’s not the instructor you were used to? Part of you wants to leave and some actually will, but maybe if you just stay and hear or move through the class, you might learn something new. Or maybe the poses and/or flow is difficult for you? If you have never been to a yoga class or listened to a podcast, hear me out.
So many things run through my mind as I plan out an episode or search for guests that I can interview. I want to make sure that it meets a certain criteria for my audience. Does this guest align with my show’s topics, will they be engaging? Will my audience like the interview? Is it entertaining enough? Will people understand the topic? Is it too spiritual? I could go on and on about the what’s, will’s, and why’s…
The same could be said for teaching a yoga class. If someone is taking your class online and you can’t see them, it’s the same concept. We don’t know how people will react. We don’t know who is listening or practicing, unless we are Zoom teaching or doing the interview live. If I chant an 'OM' at the end are they going to think I’m weird? How do I know if my class is too difficult? Will people say it’s not yoga? Again, I could go on and on. The point is, podcasting is a medium in which we tap into our ability to listen and take in new information, which then potentially creates a physical reaction and action if you choose to implement said advice.
In yoga your body responds to the words you are told, into positions that require you to focus and be one with your movements. Both require the ability to listen. Listen with an open mind. You chose this class or podcast for a reason. It is meant to draw you in, teach you to see things or yourself from a different perspective, and to help clear the clutter out of the mind, so that you can refresh it with messages that are moving you towards the places you want to be.
When creating either of these classes, the critical components are deliverability and application. Meaning, can you deliver your message clearly, and can someone take actionable steps to help them move towards some kind of improvement, safely of course?
Honestly, it is the little things that help us move mountains. Little by little, small shifts in the things we do. You don’t have to go cold turkey to make changes. By exposing ourselves to different modalities and allowing the brain to experience expansion, thus allowing the process of neuroplasticity to take place. Which is the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.
So the next time you are listening to a podcast or you are at yoga, keep these concepts in mind. Settling for stuck is a conditioned environmental response. You don’t have to stay there. Listen more intentionally, be present in the moment, and know that at the end of the day, you showed up for a reason. Let the messages you learn, fill the spaces in your thought gaps. Remember that this process is up to you. What is meant for you to hear, will be heard. Allow yourself to actually listen to your own response and move from that place.
Show up for yourself and do the work. It’s easier said than done, but everyday that you stay true to your mission you are one step closer. Shift your energy, create change, and bring your goals to life, one episode or pose at a time. Check in with your frequency and feel into what you need at that moment. Find yourself a few podcasts that you resonate with and use that as your springboard.
Live life as though it is rigged in your favor. As for yoga… That is your connection back to yourself. The mind and body are a miraculous duo. Listen and move. Learn to be present. Enjoy the flow whether it’s on your mat or rippling through the airwaves of your headphones.