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…

12: Understanding the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Whether you’ve studied the nervous system or not, as a yoga teacher or practitioner you have definitely dabbled within your own parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). In this episode we break down what exactly the PNS is, what it does, and why it’s so incredibly important in our yoga practice. At the end of the episode, we give tips to help transition into the PNS, and link up our YouTube video on creating a PNS practice. Read more…

11: Elena Cheung – The Power of NeuroKinetic Therapy In Private Yoga Classes

NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is a sophisticated form of manual therapy that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing. Our guest and colleague, Elena Cheung, shares her experience with this method of discovering mis-mapped mind-body connections in her private yoga classes. Elena combines this subtle but powerful practice with yoga to relieve chronic pain, rebuild the neurological connections, and uncover compensatory patterns that are just outside the box of what we learn in common anatomy Read more…

10: Lordosis and Anterior Pelvic Tilt Explained

Low back anatomy is a complex subject that all yoga teachers are aware of, but few teachers dive deeply into all its intricacies. In this episode, we take a look at the general curve of the low back and its relationship to the pelvis, and what that means for the muscles around it, especially the iliopsoas. By the end of the episode, we break down several poses and discuss their relationship to the low back Read more…

9: Yoga and Hormones – How To Use Yoga To Support Cortisol Regulation

Cortisol has gotten a bad reputation lately as a stress hormone that we should actively work to keep down. However, cortisol is essential for the regulation of so many of our bodily functions and has a natural day-night rhythm that we should learn to work with. In this podcast, we talk about how to use yoga and meditation to work with our cortisol rhythms, how to recognize when the rhythms may be off balance, and Read more…

8: What Are Our Responsibilities as Yoga Teachers?

As yoga evolves with our modern lives, the typical yoga class is becoming part physical therapy, emotional therapy, mindfulness, and a kick-ass workout. To balance all of these expectations, yoga teachers need to wear many different hats, from recommending exercises to providing emotional support. In this episode, we examine the appropriateness of the responsibilities of a modern yoga teacher. In This Episode What are some day-to-day tasks outside of teaching yoga that Nat and Sandy Read more…

7: Allie Geer – How Cadaver Dissections Have Impacted How We Teach

In 2017, Nat and Sandy took an interesting “walk in nature”; a cadaver dissection for yoga teachers via Yoga Medicine and the Laboratory of Anatomical Enlightenment. There, they were reunited with Allie Geer, now a Yoga Medicine senior teacher who has completed four cadaver dissections to date. She is a wellspring of information, inspiration and insight. In this episode we talk all things cadaver and why all yoga teachers could benefit from their own walk Read more…

6: The Mobility Movement and its Relationship to Yoga

As yogis, we have an innate interest in movement and mobility in the human body. However, what characterizes a yoga class vs. a mobility or movement class? In this episode, we dissect the differences we see and how it applies to modern yoga. In This Episode What is a movement / mobility / functional movement class? (4:40) What advantage yoga has over a movement class (6:40) How you receive information and move affects your nervous Read more…

5: What is SAID and How Can We Use it in Asana

We can learn a lot by studying principles from different training modalities, and considering how they might apply to the general yoga class. In this episode, we dissect the principle of SAID: specific adaptation to imposed demands. A term often used in the sports world, we show you how SAID is important in many real-life scenarios and in the yoga class. In This Episode “I don’t really drink coffee in the morning. I just wing Read more…

4: Hot Yoga…Are We Actually Detoxifying the Body?

As you might expect, science doesn’t say much about hot yoga as a detoxification method since the liver and kidneys do most of the heavy lifting in that category. In today’s episode, we discuss myths surrounding detoxification in hot yoga and the reasons why we might want to let go of the word “detox” completely. in This Episode What are we detoxifying? (8:50) A toxin we usually don’t think about: electromagnetic radiation (11:00) How toxins Read more…