so you think you can teach, part 1


August 1, 2012

This week’s topic: So You Think You Can Teach, Part 1

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Cora Wen, yoga instructor
Annie Carpenter, yoga instructor
Joan Hyman, yoga instructor

Featured Music:
Om Guru, Dave Dale & Nadaji
Om Namah Shivaya (Nataraja Remix by Herb Graham, Jr.), Girish
Shambho, Wah!
Sat Nam Bangara, Dev Suroop Kaur & Liv Singh

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the summer olympic games in london have officially begun. which means that if you want to get hold of someone, chances are, you won’t hear from them right away while they’re glued to their TV screens. with so many sports to choose from — from the popular gymnastics, swimming, diving, beach volleyball, and track to the more curious archery, fencing, and even trampoline — the odds of finding something entertaining is fairly high.

which might explain why i couldn’t get hold of any of my intended guests yesterday. with twelve hours to go before show time, i still wasn’t sure if i’d have anyone to talk with. maybe i should just play music and forget all about the chit-chat? i’d be lying if i said it didn’t cross my mind.

of course, it was partially my fault for putting off producing the show until the last minute. i had just returned from a four-day family reunion on the east coast, and while i was gone, i never even bothered to think about what i was going to do. i did manage to meet up with the ever-hilarious yogadawg for a yoga class (and even tried to convince him to guest on a future show), but other than that, i spent the time in sibling- and offspring-bonding activities.

reality hit while we were coming in for our approach at LAX. it was late sunday night and i had a show to do in less than three days. i’d always planned to do a show on teacher training programs and already had tentative “sure, i’ll do your show” from two highly-regarded teacher trainers, cora wen and annie carpenter. but would they be available THIS WEEK? i sent out inquiries and crossed my fingers.

monday. yes, they were interested. what time did i need them? any time between 1 and 2:30pm pacific, i replied.

tuesday afternoon. i was still trying to nail down the times they’d be calling in but all email and phone attempts to reach them failed.

tuesday evening and still no word. while simultaneously watching the olympic TV coverage and checking to see which facebook friends were still online, i started sending out plan B requests, including a last-minute SOS to joan hyman since i still needed one more interview. hoping and assuming that all three teachers would get back to me eventually, i came up with the show title based on one of my daughter’s favorite shows — so you think you can dance — and found mantras set to dance beats from dave dale & nadaji, girish, wah!, and dev suroop kaur & liv singh. with the framework of the show set in place, all that were needed were the actual guests.

once they started recapping the recaps of the day’s events, i called it a night and went to bed.

wednesday morning. the responses came in and we finalized the show line-up. whew! i swore to never put things off until the last minute ever again and rolled back into bed for a much-needed power nap… after setting the alarm to make sure i didn’t oversleep. after all of my late-night worrying, the last thing i wanted to do was miss the show completely!

cora had somehow lost her voice on monday but was slowly regaining it back, so her voice came through a bit low over the phone. i cranked up the volume in the podcast; hopefully, it’s loud enough for you to hear all the stories she had to share. both annie’s and joan’s phone connections dropped right before i brought them on the air, so i ended up having to edit out all the reconnecting that went on.

i was really tired from my lack of sleep the night before (can’t you tell?), so i’m hoping my line of questioning was somewhat intelligent. i’m listening to the resulting podcast and am trying not to cringe 🙂

here’s more information about their teacher training programs:

yoga bloom teacher training with cora wen

smartFLOW yoga teacher training with annie carpenter

yogaworks teacher training with joan hyman


by the way, here are the deals some of the guests on this show are generously providing to listeners:

– tickets to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the archway in downtown LA: tickets are $10 if you say you heard about it on the show. performances on thursdays-saturdays at 8pm, sundays at 2pm. ticket info

– passes to Moksha Festival this weekend in santa monica: use code JYUNG to get 15% off online purchases. ticket info

– win a 5-class pass to next weekend’s South Bay Yoga Conference in redondo beach! go to the yoga chat facebook page for details.


About joni

producing a weekly radio show about yoga and all things eco- and socially-aware can be quite hectic, yet rewarding. read all about the back story here... because you know there's always one!

4 responses »

  1. i had to delete the file on the podomatic site to make room for today’s show – i was afraid that would happen 😦 email me at chat and i’ll let you know once i’ve reuploaded the file and let you know where i put it!

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