[Podcast] Ep62: Using Yoga to Master Your Edit Suite

When asked what my secret weapon to being a successful editor is, the answer might surprise you: It’s yoga.

As editors we are tasked with the responsibility of not only being good at our craft but also collaborating with producers and directors in a professional, positive and energetic manner, no matter what creative challenges are thrown our way. Psychologically managing egos and larger-than-life personalities is often more than half our job!

In this episode I have a conversation with Ally Hamilton, an author and Santa Monica-based yoga instructor who streams online yoga classes all over the world. Our conversation is about how yoga can help anyone develop more creative focus and manage difficult situations and personalities, in our out of the edit suite.

Without yoga as a staple activity in my life I would not be able to survive the pressures of being an editor every day. You’ll be surprised to find it’s much easier to get the physical and mental benefits of yoga than you may think. No pretzel stretches necessary. Promise.

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  • My secret weapon to a successful career
  •  Ally’s new book: Open Randomly
  •  Ally’s background on how she opened her own yoga studio and started streaming yoga videos
  •  Ally’s big social media discovery
  •  How yoga helped Ally through her own life crises
  •  How Ally’s website became a successful blog with over 200,000 readers
  •  Why Ally decided to write a book and where her ideas came from
  • The community that is formed in the virtual world (Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc)
  • Yoga as a tool for self-improvement, enlightenment and BETTER EDITING
  •  “How you do anything is how you do everything”
  •  Ask: what is the relationship you have with yourself?
  •  When you strengthen your “inner-cheerleader” on your mat, you strengthen that same voice in your life
  •  If you are miserable, you will take your misery with you wherever you go, whether in your edit suite or a vacation in Bali
  • Figure out how to leave a situation where you are being mistreated
  •  Tune in and listen to what your body needs! You only get one!
  •  Do you want to let the negativity (people mistreat me, my producer is rude, bad things always happen to me) rule your life or do you want to begin to create a new perspective rooted in positivity, compassion and forgiveness? Yoga can help.
  •  How yoga can help you hone your focus on what you’re doing and be more present with your producers and directors
  •  How to create positive energy in your edit suite
  •  How to listen to your body and emotions to create more positive reactions to adversity
  •  Practicing yoga will help you get rid of that internal critic. We have enough people doing that to us, we don’t need to do it to ourselves!
  •  Yoga is life on your mat
  •  Yoga exercises your biceps, your core, AND your emotional well-being
  •  Yogis Anonymous is available worldwide for people at all levels of their practice!
  •  Start your yoga practice with only five minutes of stretching!

Useful Links:

Yogis Anonymous

“I Was A 25-Year-Old Curmudgeon”

Episode 04: Yogis Anonymous 

Episode 55: We Are Not “Below the Line”

Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul

Guest Bio:

Ally Hamilton is a Santa Monica-based yoga teacher, writer and life coach, who streams online yoga classes all over the world. She’s the co-creator of YogisAnonymous.com, which has been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She’s a regular contributor for The Huffington Post, a wellness expert at mindbodygreen, and writes an almost-daily blog at https://blog.yogisanonymous.com. She’s the mama of two amazing kids and one energetic Labradoodle. She’s very excited about her first book, “Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul”, now available on Amazon.com, and her next book, “Yoga’s Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace” due from Llewellyn Worldwide in 2016.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.


Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”