32: Teaching Hypermobile Students

Hypermobility is the ability for joints to move past an expected range. For many people, certain joints can move well past their range with no pain, however, that is not always the case. In this episode, we dig into all sorts of hypermobility you might encounter in the yoga studio. Sandy shares her history with a more mobile body, and we discuss teaching techniques and language that might help a hypermobile person find more stability. Read more…

31: Tensegrity: What is it, why does it matter?

Tensegrity. A term that gets tossed around in the yoga and movement worlds, but what does it mean? In this episode, we discuss the origin of this word and how the idea of tensegrity in the body, or biotensegrity, helps us understand the tension system of the body. We talk about the distribution of stress within the tensegrity system and how an imbalance of tension results in potential injury, and how to bring our bodies Read more…

30: Mental Health and Wellness Module Overview

Recently, Nat took a short trip to Portland for a training on mental health and yoga with Yoga Medicine. In this episode, Sandy interviews Nat on her experience and the main takeaways from her week in training. We discuss the importance of epigenetics in mental health, depression and anxiety, the enteric nervous system (your gut) and it’s connection to mental health, and so much more. This topic is hugely important for yoga teachers to be Read more…

29: Looking Beyond The Rotator Cuff To Support Students With Rotator Cuff Injuries

It can be so difficult to visualize a joint like the shoulder, much less anticipate how it moves when there is an injury. In this episode, we try our best to describe normal and abnormal shoulder movement and how we can support students in yoga by stabilizing the shoulder blade. Nat shares her and her husband’s shoulder histories and describes their path to healing, of which yoga was a large part. We give tips and Read more…

28: Yoga and Hormones: Testosterone

It’s been quite a few months since we first discussed yoga and hormones in our cortisol breakdown episode. In today’s episode, we re-visit yoga and hormones with a breakdown of testosterone. We talk about what testosterone does in the body, how its relationship with cortisol helps regulate metabolism and finally, yoga’s potential role in hormone levels. We end the episode with several recommendations for breath work and savasana that may help students find a better Read more…

27: Aisha Fakhro – Neuroplasticity, Harnessing Resilience, and Transformative Potential

We got so excited when our friend and fellow yoga teacher Aisha Fakhro suggested we talk about neuroplasticity. It’s a topic that electrifies us with excitement and possibility, this idea that the brain constantly changes and adapts according to inputs from your life, your attention, and environment. In this episode, Aisha, who is also a psychotherapist, dives deep into how she uses neuroplasticity within a modern yoga class setting. We talk about social engagement, nervous Read more…

26: Pose Breakdown: Warrior 3 / Virabhadrasana C

Pose Breakdown… Today we are dissecting Warrior 3 or Virabhadrasana C. This pose is Sandy’s hands-down favourite pose and one she threads into nearly every class. In this episode, we talk about why we love it so much, it’s musculoskeletal benefits, our favourite cues to refine the pose and how we sequence it within a yoga class. We discuss some important preparations for the pose, like hamstring lengthening and back warm-ups. In This Episode How Read more…

25: A Summary of The Yoga Alliance Change In Certification Standards

The Yoga Alliance is an international non-profit regulating body for yoga professionals. They set standards for how teachers are to be trained, standards for continuing education and they maintain a registry of teachers who adhere to their standards. In the last few years, they have undertaken a serious review of their standards and more recently have released a number of changes to how yoga teacher education is to be regulated. Thankfully, there is a roll-out Read more…

24: The Controversy of the Tuck Your Tailbone Cue & When You Still Need it!

As yoga teachers, we are all guilty of recycling cues from our teachers and peers–“tuck the tailbone” being a very well-known one. In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of this cue, whether or not we can actually tuck the tailbone without moving the pelvis or low back, and how we can more intelligently speak about pelvic positioning. We finish our discussion with several ways to refine the cue, “tuck the tailbone”, and Read more…

23: Pose breakdown: extended side angle pose / utthita parsvakonasana

Pose Breakdown… Today, we break down Side Angle Pose, or Parsvakonasana. We start from the ground up, from feet, ankles, thighs, hips, spine up to the shoulders. We discuss common patterns of tight muscles as they show up in this pose, and what cues we can use to help adjust the pose for more comfort. We cover our anatomical differences that make this pose challenging, discovering that Nat and Sandy are basically opposites. This was Read more…

22: Rachel Land – How Do You Know You Are Ready for YTT And How To Choose Which Training Is For You?

Today we chat with our friend and teacher Rachel Land. Despite a severe time difference (Rachel lives in Queenstown, New Zealand), we’ve recorded this podcast to give you everything you need to know before, during and after your 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. Whether you’ve just signed up for a training, or in the midst of a training, we cover several important topics. Like building a social network of teachers for support and advice as Read more…

21: What Does An Alignment Based Practice Mean And When Is It Most Useful?

As yoga teachers, we have been trained to look for alignment in our students. But why are we so fixated on alignment? What does an ‘alignment-based yoga teacher’ do differently, better or worse? In this episode, we discuss what alignment means to us and our purpose as teachers. We go over 2 important viewpoints from senior teachers Leslie Kaminoff and Bernie Clark on alignment and where it fails us and where it guides us. In Read more…