Ready, Get Centered, Go! with Jess G

Ready, Get Centered, Go! with Jess G
Hello! I am a yoga teacher and yoga therapist in Austin, Texas. I help make yoga teachings relevant to your life today. What you’re about to hear is the opening of my public yoga class where I introduce an idea that I hope you can use on the mat…and OFF the mat… in your everyday life. Then we’ll set an intention, and do some guided breathing. You can listen to this while you’re driving, or doing the dishes, or maybe you can take a break…just STOP. Get CENTERED…before moving on with your day. Support this podcast:

64: Comfortable With Uncertainty, Part 2
Oct 22 • 9 min
In the reading I do in this week’s podcast, we come across Pema Chodron’s words and her use of the cocoon metaphor in a way I have never encountered. She describes the cocoon as the life we create around ourselves that is safe, predictable, convenient,…
63: Comfortable with Uncertainty, Part 1
Oct 15 • 8 min
Who among us does not have a desire for CONTROL.? Not having control over parts of our lives is SCARY!! We might want to hide until the hard stuff passes. We might avoid uncomfortable situations and conversations because we don’t know how they will turn…
62: Happiness Episode Two: Forget Self-Improvement
Oct 8 • 11 min
“Forget self-improvement and [bask] in what’s already great about yourself.” —Willibald Ruch, from TIME article “Nine Ways to Feel More Joy.” Full blog post about focusing on your character strengths to experience more happiness at…
61: Happiness Episode One: Savor the Sweetness
Sep 30 • 10 min
Are some of us born with a “happiness gene?” My mom thinks so 😊👍 Whether or not we have a happiness gene, for ALL of us the practice of pausing to savor small things throughout the day has a big impact on our overall happiness. Check out this week’s…
Yoga Adventure with Laura Forsyth
Sep 24 • 24 min
This episode is a lively conversation with Laura Forsyth, founder and CEO of OneYogaGlobal, an international yoga retreat company. You’ll hear about how she came to yoga, to retreats, and her experiences organizing global yoga adventures. She’s a TOTAL…
59. Brahmacharya: Balance and Boundaries
Sep 17 • 12 min
Your energy is a precious gift. It is a unique resource that must be replenished and protected. It is a gift to be shared through healthy participation. It is nourished through your attention, self-care, and thoughtful discrimination. In this week’s…
58. Asteya: Generosity
Sep 10 • 9 min
Asteya is usually translated as non-stealing. But I know that most of you aren’t shoplifters or bank robbers, so we have to look deeper ;) What if that book you keep on your shelf but will never read again steals the opportunity for someone else to read…
57. Aparigraha: Abundance
Sep 3 • 9 min
Aparigraha reminds us of the ABUNDANCE of life. It is the clinging that shows we forgot. As Nischala Joy Devi puts it in The Secret Power of Yoga, “Life’s ebb and flow brings things into our life and then out again. Even the slightest hesitation of…
56. Satya: Truth
Aug 27 • 11 min
This week I’m here to tell you: You CAN handle the truth! In fact, not only can you handle it, you ARE it. But sometimes we can’t see it. We do not see by the Light of Truth within, so we can’t see the Light of Truth around us. Things like inner conflict,…
55. Ahimsa: Non-violence
Aug 20 • 11 min
In this week’s podcast, we are informed by BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga to help us wrap our heads around going beyond non-violence and into love of all. We are encouraged to EXPERIENCE what we believe, not just think about it. Start by experiencing it in…
54. Curate a Life That Sparks Joy
Aug 13 • 22 min
I am excited today to share my very first interview! In this conversation, we talk about how the space you call home has its own energy, and the things within it can either support or suppress joy in your life. We talk about the KonMari Method™ of home…
53. Space as a Spiritual Practice
Aug 6 • 10 min
I first watched the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” back in June, and it really left an impression! Now I think about the space I’m in as a deeper part of my experience of Spirit. In this week’s podcast, learn to acknowledge both the space…
Bonus Episode: Now yoga begins…in our new space!
Aug 1 • 7 min
Season 1 of the podcast has come to an end, my time teaching at the same studio for 10 years has ended, and we’re in a new space. Whew, what a journey! .. As we begin a new chapter of practicing together, I’m reminded of the very first sutra, and that all…
Season 1 Finale: The Grid, and THANK YOU
Jul 30 • 14 min
What do a seagull, a tree, and driving in the dark have in common? Trust. Listen for how staying plugged in to the universal flow of energy helps us trust that the Divine is working out an intricate web of care and keeping. This is my final class at…
Ep 50: Day 2
Jul 23 • 10 min
“You just can’t skip Day 2.” As our time together in class at Yoga Yoga comes to an end, we’ve all been moving through the transition and all the feels. In her book Rising Strong, Dr. Brené Brown explains that in any process, Day 2 is the day of hard…
Ep 49: Spanda
Jul 7 • 7 min
Everything in life goes through expansion and contraction. The key is to keep our palms open, hold it all loosely, and say yes to the full spectrum that life has to offer us. —- Send in a voice message: Support…
Driving In the Dark
Jun 27 • 8 min
Have you ever had a dream where you’re driving in the dark? Well I have, and I tell you all about it in this weeks podcast. I think it is a universal feeling that we can engage with has one more piece of this puzzle called life. Much 💗 —- Send in a voice…
Ep 47: Form and Flow
May 30 • 9 min
If you struggle with the lack of schedule that the summer season can present, you’re not alone! I talk about how structure supports the flow in this week’s podcast. —- Send in a voice message: Support this…
Ep 46: PRACTICE (not product)
May 21 • 9 min
Does meditation seem like a good idea to you, but darn if you can’t do it? Does your mind jump around like a monkey in the jungle? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! In this week’s podcast, I talk about my busy mind one morning when it just wouldn’t settle. But rather…
Ep 45: Flex Your Self-Trust Muscle
May 14 • 9 min
I have a question for you: do you trust yourself? I thought I did, until I had a little lesson from a caterpillar nibbling on my foot (which I talk about in this week’s podcast :) So as I begin doing the Work of building trust with myself, I look to Yoga…
Ep 43: Divine Ambush
May 10 • 10 min
”I wonder if the only way that conversion, enlightenment, and transformation can happen is by a kind of divine ambush.” —Richard Rhor, just this In this week’s podcast we move the ego aside, drop the oars, and get back in the flow! Want to talk/have…
Ep 44: Balance
May 7 • 12 min
These days I’m thinking all about BALANCE, as in that mythical life balance we all seem to strive for, with varying degrees of success. This week’s podcast has a little chat about balance and how it evades us when we cling to it. Sometimes to remain…
Ep 42: What’s your state?
Apr 23 • 12 min
Planning my mom’s 70th birthday party last Friday with my brother and mom’s boyfriend made division of labor prettymanageable and enjoyable. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was still quite a bit of stress getting things going! It was a great…
Ep 41: Breathing to Yes
Apr 16 • 11 min
In this episode, I refer to Father Richard Rhor’s personal practice of “getting to yes.” In yoga, we can breathe to yes. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 40: Abhinivesah—Attachment to life
Apr 9 • 10 min
This last klesha, or veil, is difficult, even for the wise sages! The fear of dying is the seed of all fear and anxiety, and its inborn characteristic indicates that perhaps we have known death before. Yet here we are, alive and breathing. Why fear what…
Ep 39: Dvesha — the veil of aversion
Apr 2 • 11 min
Our unreasonable dislikes can cause our own suffering. The way we THINK about a thing might actually be worse than the thing itself. 🤯 —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
Ep 38: Raga
Mar 26 • 10 min
Raga is the klesha, or veil, of attachment. Sometimes we become attached to an idea, status, or a way of doing things. These attachments take us out of the present moment and into a longing, which causes suffering. Remember, happiness lies within. —- Send…
Ep 37: Asmita
Mar 19 • 11 min
In this klesha, or obstacle, we run into egoism, or misidentification. When you begin to confuse who you are with what you do or what you have, there will likely be suffering. —- Send in a voice message: Support…
Ep 36: Avidya
Mar 11 • 10 min
As we embark on this journey to clear our minds of kleshas, or veils that obscure true perception, we can practice the art of remembering. AVIDYA, the first Kesha listed in the yoga sutras of Patanjali, is our ignorance, or innocence, of our divine…
Ep 35: Where ya linking?
Mar 5 • 9 min
What are you paying attention to, or what is occupying your attention, throughout your day? Are you aware of the effects of what comes in through your senses? How about that 24 hour news cycle? Explore how you’re LINKING in the world these days, and get…
BONUS EPISODE: Now Yoga Begins
Mar 1 • 8 min
It’s March 1! Here I talk about the first sutra which I like to think of as a nice reminder that it any time you can begin again. A special thanks to Amy Costello of Tiny Spark podcast for my voice coaching and awesome intro. Also thanks to Abi Robins for…
It Is Good
Feb 26 • 7 min
One of my favorite things about having a yoga therapist is having a consistent yoga practice that I can turn to each day. It is there that I get some sweet wisdom and insight when my mind finally settles down enough that I can listen. —- Send in a voice…
Upeksa: Indifference/Disregard
Feb 19 • 8 min
We finally learn what to do with the wicked people! Those who choose darkness, who act out of alignment with the highest good—disregard. Reading from Satchidananda’s commentary on the Yoga Sutras. —- Send in a voice message:…
Mudita: Delight
Feb 12 • 9 min
The third key to unlock our own inner peace is mudita: delight in the virtuous. When we meet a virtuous person we delight in their good work and are inspired by their life. —- Send in a voice message: Support…
Karuna: Compassion
Feb 5 • 9 min
Sutra 1.33 tells us to use the key of karuna ❤️ compassion ❤️ when we come across an unhappy person. 😢. I read from The Secret Power of Yoga, by Nishkala Joy Devi. —- Send in a voice message: Support this…
Maitri: Friendliness
Jan 29 • 9 min
The first lock described in Yoga Sutra 1:33 is the happy person. What key do we use to unlock our own inner peace when we meet a happy person? The friendliness key! Seems easy enough. But can you remain friendly when their happiness bumps up against your…
Keys to Inner Peace
Jan 22 • 7 min
In this episode I introduce the concept of locks and keys from Yoga Sutras 1.33. In her book The Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi reminds us the we must remember that we “hold the keys to our own inner peace.” —- Send in a voice message:…
Chakra 7: Divine Consciousness
Jan 14 • 10 min
Sahasrara! The crown chakra means “thousand petaled lotus,” and is our port of entry for Divine consciousness and point of liberation for our Spirit. It is the realm of non-attachment, where we invest in the gift of life, but hold all things loosely. —-…
Happy New Year! Now pump the brakes
Jan 9 • 8 min
Let’s take a moment before leaping into the new year to just be in today. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Chakra 6: See Clearly
Jan 7 • 11 min
Chakra six, located at the brow point, is the seat of wisdom and intuition. Your eyes see see, and your mind creates pattern. See the patterns in your life and help destroy illusion! —- Send in a voice message:…
Chakra 5: Speak and Hear the Truth
Dec 17, 2018 • 12 min
Chakra 5 is the realm of sound, creativity, and purification. Located in the throat and tops of shoulders, there can be a physical bottleneck of tension blocking emotions, desires, and individuality from being spoken in truth. 5th chakra could also block…
Chakra 4 Part 2: Your Happiness
Dec 14, 2018 • 9 min
Chakra 4 is all about relationships. Who’s in charge of your happiness? —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Chakra 4: In the Heart
Dec 11, 2018 • 11 min
Heart chakra is the realm of love and relationships. Here, we release grief and bring balance to our lives, able to both give and receive love. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
Chakra 3: Honor the Power Within
Dec 4, 2018 • 10 min
Chakra 3 is the fire of transformation and your ability to manifest your desires and goals in the world! Take these next few minutes to connect with and honor this power within you. —- Send in a voice message:…
Chakra 2
Nov 26, 2018 • 9 min
The second chakra is all about our ability to let things go. This talk incorporates information, breath, and mantra to help you release what’s holding you back, and let go of what needs to be let go of. —- Send in a voice message:…
Chakra 1
Nov 19, 2018 • 9 min
This is the beginning of seven weeks studying the seven wheels of energy in your body, called Chakras. Chakra 1 is grounding, safety, stability, and security. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
Ep 18 Releasing Halloween Haunts
Oct 31, 2018 • 9 min
Let the skeletons out of the closet, let the demons of regret disappear. This is your Halloween treat! —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 17 Boiling water revelations
Oct 30, 2018 • 9 min
Austinites had to boil water for safe consumption for a week. There’s a lesson there… —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 16 Resilience
Oct 16, 2018 • 8 min
Resilience is the ability to bounce back quickly from an event or negative experience. This episode has some seated movement and breath to help you elicit the sensation and set the intention of resilience. —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep 15 Suffering from aversion
Sep 27, 2018 • 8 min
This episode is inspired by the beautiful Blue Lapis Light dance company in their performance of Belonging, Part One. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
Ep 14 Intention of Presence
Sep 25, 2018 • 6 min
Sometimes it is a good practice to release your own intentions so that you can surrender to the flow of what is. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 13 A Conversation With Your Body
Sep 19, 2018 • 9 min
Your body is talking to you all the time. Are you listening? —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 12 Information from Emotions
Sep 11, 2018 • 7 min
In a mood? Maybe your emotions are telling you something that’s worth hearing. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 11 Structure and Freedom
Sep 4, 2018 • 6 min
At any time we are on a spectrum between structure and freedom. We can cultivate either to bring our system towards harmony. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
Ep 10 Surrender the Fruits
Aug 27, 2018 • 8 min
It’s easy to fall into the trap of setting up expectations for our practice or in life off the mat, only to be disappointed. Yoga teaches us to relinquish expectations and open to possibility. —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep 9 Hats and Balloons
Aug 20, 2018 • 6 min
Identification with the many hats you wear in life can cause suffering—what if you trade the hats for balloons? —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 8 Your stream of intelligence
Aug 16, 2018 • 7 min
Your mind is in every cell of your body—let your breath connect you. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 6 Cool down
Aug 9, 2018 • 7 min
Feeling the heat? Here’s a centering to cool you down. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 5 Troubled Waters
Aug 6, 2018 • 8 min
Feeling bothered? Yoga has a practice for that. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 4 Direct Your Attention
Jul 30, 2018 • 12 min
Simple breath and mind instructions to get you focused —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 3 Interdependence Day
Jul 5, 2018 • 4 min
This intention reminds us to balance our strong independence with enough vulnerability to be part of our vast interconnected ecosystem. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…
Ep 2 Klesha: see what’s real
Jul 3, 2018 • 8 min
Real life example of how your outside life is a reflection of your inside life. —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Ep 1 Show Up (with some asana practice)
Jun 20, 2018 • 20 min
Busy mind? Show up and do the yoga anyway. Couldn’t hurt. Might help! —- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: