Podcast Episode 14 : Critical Thinking and Yoga

For our 14th episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Sean Haleen. Sean a San Francisco Bay Area Yoga Teacher who has been studying Hatha Yoga and philosophy for over 20 years. He leads alignment workshops all over the country as well as various teacher trainings. He leads with humor and precision and openly talks about the good, the bad and the ugly relating to the practice, the teachings and the business surrendering yoga. Today we sat down to talk about his yoga journey and how critical thinking is a important skill for teachers and practitioners.

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Sean Haleen (500 E-RYT) is a celebrated Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner. Sean has practiced and studied yoga asana and philosophy since 1997 and began teaching in 2007.

He now lives north of San Francisco with his husband and dog. He teaches public classes in San Francisco and Oakland as well as various 200HR and 500HR teacher trainings and Joyful Alignment workshops at studios across the US. In 2017, Yoga Journal selected Sean as one of the next generation’s top Yoga teachers.

Find more about him here:

His website: www.seanhaleenyoga.com

Instagram: @Seanhaleenyoga

Facebook: @YogicTraveler


  • Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your yoga journey?

  • What are your goals / intention as a yoga teacher? What inspires you?

  • What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned over your years teaching?

  • You call yourself a sarcastic yoga teacher, why is it important for you to challenge some mainstream/dogmatic ideas on yoga and teaching yoga?

  • Why do you think critical thinking is important for yoga teachers?

  • How do you balance reverence to the practice or to our teachers and critical thinking?

  • In your opinion, what’s in the scope of a yoga teacher. Or what’s not in the scope of a yoga teacher?

  • What’s your opinion on social media, self-promotion, and on “famous”/fame seeking yoga teachers?

  • What would be your one tip for new yoga teachers?

  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of the amount of practitioners and teachers augmenting so rapidly in the west?

  • In your opinion, what’s missing in teacher trainings?

  • What’s one thing you would change in the yoga world today?

  • What makes you human and beautifully imperfect?

  • What one thing you love about teaching? What one reason you continue to do it?

*Edited and mixed by Alexandre Saba

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