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…

20: Does Yoga Increase Bone Density?

Today, we answer the question, “Does yoga increase bone density?” We’ve chosen 3 research studies to dive into and how it might affect the way we present the benefits of yoga to students. Though it does seem like yoga has a positive effect on osteoporosis and bone density, for the most part this is another case of, “We just don’t know enough.” We briefly discuss the limitations of current research and pose some interesting questions Read more…

19: On Teaching Yoga to Beginners

Beginners are maybe one of the most rewarding groups you can teach, if you can get a group of them together. In this episode, we go over several important aspects of teaching to beginners, like placing them in the middle of the room, incorporating parts of yoga that are meaningful to you as a teacher and whether or not it’s appropriate to use Sanskrit during class. We reveal what it was like for us when Read more…

18: Allie Geer – Teaching and Practicing Prenatal Yoga

Today, we feature our second interview with Allie Geer, who is not only a fascia expert but a prenatal yoga specialist. This episode is a must for anyone teaching public group classes, because sooner or later a pregnant yogi will stroll through your doors, too. We talk about how to make all your students feel welcome and supported, what adjustments you might make in regards to hormone changes with pregnancy and even particular poses to Read more…

17: Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince – Must know differences between Yin and Restorative Yoga

Restorative and Yin yoga are two practices that often get lumped together into one category. However, our expert guest Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince sheds light on the distinct differences of these two practices, how and when to intelligently blend the two, and how to decide which is best for you or for your students depending on the needs of your nervous system, musculoskeletal system, fascial system, or otherwise. In This Episode “When I found restorative and Read more…

16: Yoga for Athletes – How to Design a Practice for Resilience, Recovery, and Power

The worlds of athletics and yoga are slowly but surely finding a common place to collide and more athletes are turning to various practices of yoga to increase mobility, focus, power, resilience, etc. In this episode we talk about what pieces of the very big and diverse yoga world fit best with athletes; from weekend warriors to professionals.  In This Episode Why should yoga be incorporated into an athlete’s training program? (9:05) Mindfulness and how Read more…

15: What Is Fascia and How Do We Care for It in Yoga?

In the last few years, fascia has become a huge area of research and investigation. In this episode, we dive into the current knowledge about fascia, its anatomy and how yoga can contribute to the health of the fascia. We talk about common fascia dysfunction, tension patterns and tendencies. If you’re interested in how to serve your fascia through a yoga practice, do listen through to the end for tips and pose suggestions. In This Read more…

14: Lara Ederer – Cultivating a Sustainable Yoga Practice and Teaching Career

“Our students deserve to know there is yoga beyond the poses,” says Seattle yoga teacher Lara Ederer. A firm believer in creating a long-lived yoga practice and teaching career, in this episode Lara discusses all the implications of cultivating sustainable yoga in the modern world. We dive deep into Lara’s relationship with Instagram, her tips for teaching mixed-level and multi-generational classes and the importance of incorporating different movement practices as we age. In This Episode Read more…

13: Market Yourself for Corporate Yoga with these Research-based Facts

For a new yoga teacher, breaking into the corporate world to teach yoga is a great source of income and job satisfaction. So, how does a young teacher get into these corporations? In this episode, we’ll go over 3 research articles that you can reference while developing your marketing materials. We also talk about positioning yourself as a specialized or generalized yoga teacher. IN THIS EPISODE First, stop talking like a yoga teacher. We go Read more…