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…

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…