Beyond The Mat
By Emmanuelle Clouser & Jared Rowan
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Beyond The Mat Dec 16, 2021
Voyage to India with Jen Harvey
This amazing conversation between J & his friend Jen is the absolute best way to end season #2 of Beyond the Mat! If India has been calling, you will be ready to pack your bags when the episode ends…which is a good thing as this is also the official announcement of: Voyage to India, a retreat with -E. & J coming to you December 2023!
You can find all the details for the retreat by clicking here
It is with full hearts that we welcome this well deserved break. Thank you for all the love!
Sacred Geometry with Sean Patrick
The 7 Chakras
Let's explore yet another map of the subtle body!
The 7 Chakras, deeply rooted in yoga philosophy and made more popular by Tantra, are centers of energy which can provide us with valuable insight on our whole Self. Tune-in to get an overview and understand how the chakras can be helpful to you in this contemporary world.
May you be safe. May you be peaceful. May you be free of suffering.
From our hearts to your, so much loving-kindness.
Body as a House
The Body as a House is a concept from the Katonah Yoga philosophy that invites us to take a closer look into our patterns and how we can navigate them on and off the mat. -E. & J provide an elementary exploration of this map, sticking mostly to the 3 main floors without going into too much details about the different rooms. This episode is sure to spark your curiosity and leave you with plenty to reflect on!
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Moon & Rising Sign
This week felt like a good time to switch things up a bit! -E. & J discuss astrology which can be considered a yoga adjacent topic. More specifically, the conversation revolves around the meaning the moon sign and the rising sing and how those can show up in our daily lives.
Curious about your western astrological chart? Click here to discover more.
Sound healing with Michelle Berlin
Achieving a state of contentment is something that requires awareness & practice. This week's episode explores ways in which we can started on this journey, whether we decide to take the first steps on our yoga mat or in our daily life.
Click here for the full version of Dream by Alan Watts (on Spotify).
As requested by one of our listener, -E & J discuss how they found meaningful connections within the yoga community, how friendship should be more of an exchange than a transaction, and the reality of change, even in the people that are close to us. Add a side of story time an a couple potent personal examples and you are in for a treat this week.
What better time of the year to discuss the importance of rest. The time between Christmas and New Year is often filled with lots of action and connection (which is amazing) so -E. & J created this episode as a reminder that there are many techniques available to you, on and off your mat, to rest and recharge your batteries. Enjoy!
Let's take a look at the subtle body as it is presented in yoga philosophy. Tune-in to this week's episode to learn about how to navigate through the different layers of yourSelf and ultimately experience bliss.
Click for a visual representation of the Koshas.
Click for a good book on the topic.
Click for the video of Nevine Michaan
Progress Over Perfection
In a world where everything seems to be outcome driven it can be challenging to shift our perspective and enjoy the journey. In this upbeat conversation -E. & J discuss how perfectionism has crept its way in both asana practice and modern life. This episode is an invitation to find contentment and joy with the process and a reminder that each finish line is also a starting point.
Holidays season is in full swing and, believe it or not, December is here already. What better time to talk about the power of our breath and it's transformative applications both on the mat and in our daily lives!?
We hope this podcast sparks your curiosity and leads you to do your own research.
Should that be the case these 2 books are a great place to start
- The illuminated breath by Dylan Werner
- Breath by James Nestor
The Hero's Journey
Embark on a journey with -E. and J as they explore how the practice of asana can be a way back home to our true essence and discuss how the ideas of Joseph Campbell can help us understand the steps we go through as we progress through journeys, big or small, in our lives.
Hello Darkness My Old Friend
We all have parts of ourselves that are challenging to acknowledge and navigate. This episode is an invitation to be brave and to look at our patterns in an effort to gain perspective and, if deemed necessary, implement meaningful changes. -E. & J discuss example of how the "shadow self" can show up in our daily life and how the modernized practice of yoga asana has the potential to be a tool for introspection.
Wanna read Yung Pueblo's Book? Click here!
Abbie Galvin - A Conversation About Repetition, Technique and Time
It is an honor to have Abbie on Beyond the Mat!
She is a pillar of the Katonah Yoga Community and, during this episode, she shares some inspiring knowledge with -E. & J. The discussion revolves around some of the universal principles of the Katonah philosophy namely the concepts of repetition, technique and time.
Trust us when we say you don't want to miss this week's conversation. -E. & J eagerly discuss ways to mediate polarities both on the mat and in daily life. This episode is full of relevant examples and honest belly laughs. Tune-in, it's Thursday!
This week's conversation revolves around the 3 gunas: Rajas (to do) 🌪, Tamas (to have) 🪨 and Sattva (to be) ☀️. These manifestations of consciousness are an important part of the yoga philosophy & energetics and presents themselves both on and off the mat. -E. & J discuss how we can experience them, and how we can also influence which part of the cycle we are in. Hopefully this candid exchange peeks your interest and make you want to learn more about the topic. Enjoy!
Practicing Self Care On & Off the Mat
In this day and age, the discussion on self care never gets old. Tune in as -E. & J discuss how incorporate relevant practices into daily life and how to adjust those practices as we change and evolve. This episode also serves as a friendly reminder that self care is not selfish...so go out there and do something for yourself!
Find the book mentioned by Jared here.
Welcome to Season 2!
-E. & J are back and better than before! They start seasons 2 by taking some time to catch-up and share their hopes for the pod. The main discussion this week presents a question that is the essence of BTM: which concepts of yoga/philosophy have been relevant to you in your life lately?… tune in to find out!
Season 1 Finale: A conversation about life & reactivity
Beyond the Mat is 20 episodes old and what a fun journey this has been! Catch -E. & J for this season's finale where they discuss the how the concept of reactivity applies to life in and out of the studio. This organic conversation is packed with poignant examples that apply to daily life and is guaranteed to make you both laugh and reflect.
Katonah Yoga & Much More with Mary Dana Abbott
This week’s episode is sure to encourage reflection and push you a little deeper into introspection. This was such an inspiring hour for us, so believe it when we say you won’t want to miss this incredible conversation with Mary Dana Abbott. Tune in as we discuss all things Katonah Yoga and how it can apply to life beyond the mat.
It is crazy how much has changed since episode #1! -E. & J take some time to catch-up and have a conversation about using change as tool for transformation through meaningful experiences on and off the mat.
Influenced by the Moon
To the moon & back! Tune is as we discuss how to utilize the properties of both the new moon and the full moon as tools for introspection. This episode is all about intention setting and the practice of letting go.
How do you balance effort and ease on and off the mat? this week’s episode is all about balancing these opposing forces as suggested in Yoga Sutra 2.46.
Metaphors for Life with Felipe Gonzalez
Bring on the magic! This week we had the pleasure of catching-up with a friend & seriously inspiring yoga teacher: Felipe Gonzalez. Our conversation revolves around metaphors and how/why they are an amazing tool to take yoga beyond the mat. The dialogue is sprinkled with laughter and incredible insight, one of our favorite episode for sure!
- Felipe’s website
- Felipe’s instagram
- Felipe’s facebook
- Empowered yoga studio’s website
- Empowered yoga studio’s instagram
- Mary Dana’s online platform
You asked and we delivered! This week's episode is all about relationships and how to navigate them. -E. & J first explore the student/teacher connection before moving into a conversation about romantic relationships. There is definitely something for everyone in this episode so be sure to tune-in and leave us some feedback.
An episode on self-love right before V-Day!? Yes please!
-E. & J start the discussion by relating this concept to the practice of yoga before taking it way beyond the mat suggesting that getting to know yourself and caring for you could be the key to universal love. Big stuff! They also chat about small steps to take in the right direction and and their practical application. Fun stuff! Tune-in, you'll love it.
How do you react to happy people? What about people who are suffering, virtuous, or difficult? This week’s episode is all about navigating these different relationships as suggested in Yoga Sutra 1.33.
Episode #11 is the perfect mix of lightheartedness and deep thinking. After a short week off, -E & J are back together and better than ever. This week's conversation includes topics like: exploring vulnerability on the yoga mat, defining vulnerability off the mat & identifying what makes it so hard in our contemporary world, and being vulnerable as a practice. This the perfect lead-up to the month of February which will be an exploration of the broader topic of love ...
of course we couldn't help talking about T. Swift! Tune in!
This month started with a discussion how to identify personal goals and manifest them into existence using daily routines that will transform into healthy habits over time. The key word here is "over time" which is why this week's conversation revolves around the topic of self-discipline (also known as tapas). -E. & J discuss the importance of consistency as you navigate both your yoga practice and your life! This episode will give you a new perspective on the the idea of discipline and will leave you feeling informed and confident. Tune-in!
*This is the 1/2 way point for season #1 of Beyond the Mat. We are taking a short intermission: there won't be an episode on January 20th but we will be back on the 27th.
This week's conversation revolves around the creation of meaningful routines and the belief that those routines, over time, have the power to develop into new habits. -E. & J discuss the concept of smaskara (or pattern) and why it is important to be aware of our patterns as we set out to implement new routines. As always, they provide a ton of relatable examples and ideas on how to take these concepts into your daily life.
Desire + Effort > Resistance
It is time to say goodbye to 2021 and get ready for the year to come. In this episode, -E. & J offer a fresh new take on new year's resolutions with the creation equation. They chat about how to maximize the power behind our intentions, and the conversation is filled with relatable examples as well as ideas on how to get started.
If you want to learn more, check-out this book.
Listening is an art and it is also the perfect topic of conversation as we head into a rush of gatherings big and small. -E. & J discuss the benefits of practicing active listening as well as some ways to improve your skills when you are on the receiving end of the conversation. Of course they also chat how listening as it is tied to both the physical and ethical realms of yoga... listen up!
Energy & The Subtle Body with Dr. Alyssa Lindahl
-E. has the pleasure of introducing Dr. Alyssa Lindahl as the very first guest on Beyond the Mat.
Alyssa is a Master Energy Healer who also has a PhD in Psychology. She is an incredible resource to help bridge the gap between eastern and western practices and, on this episode, she gives us an overview of what energy is and how it flows in our subtle body. Alyssa also makes a few suggestions on how to get more in tune with this sometimes forgotten layer of our being and encourages everyone to embark on the healing journey!
Creativity & Shakti
In this episode, we discuss the practice of creativity and how it applies to being both a student and a teacher of yoga. Jared will help demystify the term "Shakti" and relate it to this week's topic and Emmanuelle will suggest concrete benefits and applications of creative processes in your daily life.
During the conversation 2 books are discussed:
you may find these helpful as you work on introducing creative moments in your routine.
-E. & J take some time to catch-up and discuss their plans for the Holidays and beyond. They also talk about the importance of self care and how the practices of the yoga tradition are incredible tools for anyone on the wellness journey. Last but not least, they share their top 3 must-haves items to support your self care routine this season.
J’s Top 3:
1 - Book
-E.’s Top 3:
2- It's a Vibe
3- Bath Luxury
This is the time of the year for gatherings big and small, and as we approach the Holiday season, Emmanuelle and Jared share some tips on how to make meaningful connection with others. They also share some stories and ideas on how to explore your more extrovert side if it sometimes feel unfamiliar to you. Of course, there is also a conversation on how both teaching and practicing yoga are amazing tools for connection and community. Tune in, you won't regret it!
Quote: No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main" - John Donne
Receiving goes hand in hand with giving, so it was the obvious choice for episode 2. Emmanuelle and Jared relate this idea to self-worth, validation, acceptance, and adversity while giving some relatable examples from their individual lives. This is a discussions about openness and how it translates to receiving others on and off the mat.
8:48 - https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/eight-angle-pose/
In this first episode, Emmanuelle and Jared discuss the importance of checking in with yourself (using tools like meditation or journaling) to help inform how much you should give to yourself and what you have to give to others. They also explore many different ways that the act of giving/sharing presents itself in our lives.
Quote: "The small woman builds cages for everyone she knows. While the sage who has to duck her head when the moon is low, keeps dropping keys all night long for the beautiful rowdy prisoners."- Hafiz
5:04 - The book mentioned here is actually: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.
In this short bonus episode Emmanuelle & Jared will introduce themselves as well as the podcast. Tune in to get to know your hosts and understand the "why" behind this new endeavor.