040: All the things I am NOT

“I looked at everything I saw being done and asked: What else? What isn’t here? How could I do this differently? What is a way to approach this problem that only I can (or will?)” ~Andrea Klunder

Swimming my way out of the impostor cycle…

Last week I released a very fun, funny, insightful, inspiring interview with Jennifer Briney of Congressional Dish podcast and we both admitted to having imposter-y feelings independently of each other on the same day AT the same podcasting conference.

She was there to give a keynote about her brilliant listener supported funding model for her show in a month when her revenue had dipped to its lowest point in quite some time.

And I was pitched by her agent to interview her on my show in a month when my download numbers were abysmal b/c I basically hadn’t published an episode for 6 weeks.

She was thinking “Who am I to talk to all these people about getting listeners to fund your podcast?”

And I was thinking “Who am I to have a keynote speaker with thousands of followers on my dinky little show?”

The other day, I was teaching yoga to a group of my Kindergarten and pre-K students and one of the things that we do is toward the end, after they’ve gotten to run around in circles and make animals sounds and play crazy yoga games, we have quiet coloring time before our rest time (i.e. savasana.) I asked them to drawan animal of their choice playing however they would like and I took out some crayons to join them. 

I drew some water and a fish jumping out with a sunshine. And one kid said, “Why is that fish in the sky? Fish don’t fly.”  

And I said, “Oh, he’s jumping out of the water.”

Another kid said, “but a fish can’t stay out of water very long or it will die.”

And I said, “That’s true. But just like when you go swimming, if you go under water you hold your breath, a fish can hold it’s breath for just a moment when it jumps out and then breath again when it goes back under water.”

One kid said, “Yeah, and you can wear goggles under water so you can see.”

This seemed to satisfy them and so I drew a face under the water, to which one said, “Why is there a face under the water?”

I said, “Oh that’s me, swimming with goggles on. Doesn’t that look like me?” 

“No,” she said. You don’t even have a body. 

“I haven’t drawn it yet, “ I replied.

“And why is your mouth like that?” another one asked.

“I’m making a fish face.” I said.


“Because it’s fun!” I defended.

They considered my drawing skeptically for a moment, until one said. “That really doesn’t look like you and you should draw a bathing suit.” And they went back to drawing their own masterpieces. 

And I looked at my juvenile crayon drawing, thinking “Well I’m not an artist.” AND viscerally remembering the feeling in my cheeks of being ashamed and frustrated as a child when I couldn’t make my art look the way I wanted. Of fearing someone would laugh at what I made. 

AND I was also thinking, “Dang. Kindergarteners are mean!”

“Look at all those limiting beliefs and potentially missed opportunities I just created for myself. Simply by focusing on what I am not.” ~Andrea Klunder


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This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

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021: Effort & Surrender, Mira Binzen, Children’s Yoga

“You just have to do a thousand experiments and if you call them mistakes or you call them experiments…it’s your choice.” ~Mira Binzen, Co-founder & Director, Global Family Yoga

MiraBaliFloweredit-214x300In this episode, I talk with Children’s Yoga Instructor & Teacher Trainer, Mira Binzen of Global Family Yoga all about children’s yoga, entrepreneurship and following your dream.


Why is yoga important for children?

Do kids & teens experience impostor feelings? 

What’s it like to work with your family?

How do you keep moving forward when business drops unexpectedly and you can’t pay the bills?

And how do you keep it together when all your students turn their yoga mats into light sabers during class?

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Or listen on Stitcher (I’m looking at you, Android users…)!

Get more Mira!: MiraBinzen.com * Global Family Yoga * Facebook

“If you’re really going to share the practice of yoga, especially with children who can see right through you, you need to be practicing… and the heart of yoga is this balance of effort and surrender. You have to drive forward AND trust that there’s a flow and you’re an integral part of the flow.” ~Mira Binzen


How Yoga Helps – FREE 5 part video series on therapeutic yoga for children with specific conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Issues
  • Attention and Focus concerns such as ADD/ADHD

Chill Children CD – guided relaxations

Anxious to Awesome – An Individualized Online Program For Parents with Children ages 6 to 16

Global Family Yoga – Children’s yoga certification programs

iRest Yoga Nidra for Adults & Children

Creative Space Retreat to NOLA with Andrea! – March 2017

“Have a lot of faith in your dream and don’t spend so much time with people who poo poo it.” ~Mira Binzen


Mira Binzen

Mira is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level (E-RYT, RCYT), a certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and a professional Integrative Yoga Therapist (1,000-hour level certificate). She holds a degree in Child Psychology from The University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, with specialized study in Communication Disorders.  She has been training people to teach yoga to children since 2002.


More on Mira….

As a developmental therapist traveling through India in the mid-nineties, Mira was exploring Yoga for her own interest when an ‘aha’ moment changed the course of her professional work.

She discovered the practice to be an exquisite way for both children and adults to integrate their sensory experiences while cultivating awareness, balance and openness in both body and mind. This initial insight sparked a passion that continues to burn brightly as she shares the timeless teachings of Yoga with students of all ages and abilities.

Mira found her spiritual home (and spiritual name, “Mira”) with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers.  In January of 1999, she received her 200-hour Yoga teacher certification from this school in Kerela, India.  Later that same year, she found YogaKids International and became one of the first ten “Certified YogaKids Faciliators” (CYKF) in October of ’99. She went on to mentor and train hundreds of CYKFs for the next four years while working with founder Marsha Wenig to expand the training curriculum. Marsha commented on Mira’s time with YogaKids saying,

“Her commitment to excellence, her integrity, depth of knowledge in the field of Yoga and passion for its practice contributed to our program in immeasurable ways and I am grateful for her time with us.  Her strong connection to the spiritual aspects of Yoga along with its values and traditions were an inspiriation to us all.”

Before moving to Chicago in 2005, Mira was a Yoga therapist with the Integrative Medicine Program at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital – the first and largest integrative children’s clinic in North America.  (Click here to read a letter of recommendation from the founder/director of this clinic, Dr. Timothy Culbert.)

She continues to pursue the path through a dedicated personal practice and continuing study with Yoga luminaries Richard Miller, PhD, Yogarupa Rod Stryker and the spiritual leaders of the Sivananda centers and ashrams worldwide.

Her blend of playfulness and professionalism provides an engaging, safe and joyful experience for all. Her education, experience, and deep commitment to improving the lives of children and families are combined to create a training program of the highest quality.

This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

Podcast PreSeason 007: Late Night Confessions, Giving Up & a Big Blue Beach Ball Globe

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“If you don’t have 15 minutes a day put into your art, then you are just making excuses.”

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In this episode, I talk about:

Three Questions

  1. What’s your attention span?
  2. What makes a good story?
  3. What are you giving up on?