Open Mind Open Body

Audio blog for yoga students and teachers. Yoga teacher and psychologist Kelly McGonigal answers listeners' questions about yoga practice, yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, and teaching yoga. For more yoga resources, visit

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Things You Need to Hear

The last homework assignment in my year-long online Yoga of Connection class was to consider what one thing you know to be true, but need to hear again and again.

My own answer to this question has always been, “Whatever happens, I can handle it,” and one of the most moving experiences I have had was when one of my teachers said it to me – “Whatever happens, you can handle it.”

So my end of 2006 gift to the class is this podcast – a statement of things that are true, for you, and true, for all of us.

Take care,

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Sense of Self

This podcast reflects on the physical sense that has the most to do with our sense of who we are, and how yoga helps us connect to this sense. Also, a short Q&A about how strict to be with students.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Yoga that Feels Like Home

This podcast is a reflection on what it means to feel at home - and how yoga practice creates a sense of being safe and cared for.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Take a Deep Breath

This podcast is inspired by an email question I received from a teacher working privately with a woman who grew up believing that "women should not show visible signs of sweating or breathing." The podpast includes my teaching recommendation, a reflection on the "Politics of Breathing" (or, why so many women chronically hold their breaths), and a 10-minute guided breathing practice that will help you liberate your own breathing, finding a relaxed, easy, and empowered breath.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Befriending Your Body

This podcast answers a student's question about how yoga can help you maintain a healthy weight - and then addresses the more important question of how awareness practice can help you befriend your body exactly as it is. Includes a 20-minute guided breathing and meditation practice, and a guest appearance by my purring cat.

Take care,


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What Do You Do When Emotions Come Up in Yoga Class?

This podcast shares an email exchange that took place in my Yoga of Connection online class and community. It discusses how to handle difficult emotions that come up during a yoga practice, and how yoga can help an individual heal from abuse. My extreme gratitude to the student who wrote the intitial email, for her courage and honesty sharing her experience.

Take care,


Interview about Yoga Therapy

I was recently interviewed for an article about the upcoming International Yoga Therapy Conference in Tiburon, CA (outside San Francisco) May 12-14. I will be presenting a lecture and workshop on the Yoga of Connection at the conference, as well as participating in a panel discussion on the role of yoga in healthcare.

This podcast features my full responses to the interviewer's questions about yoga therapy.


Welcome to Open Mind Open Body, a podcast for yoga students and teachers.

If you have a question about yoga, please email me at kelly @ This is not an "advice" podcast so much as an opportunity to have a thoughtful and compassionate dialogue about yoga practice and teaching yoga.

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