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…

3: Interview with Danielle Eve – Everything you need to know to Create a Successful Corporate Yoga Business

Big city living is most often accompanied by desk job living. Yoga teacher and entrepreneur Danielle Eve wants to deliver mindful movement and stress release to desk jockeys who might otherwise never step foot in a yoga studio. Danielle and Megan’s start-up company, Ebb and Flow Movement, is one of the few in Toronto, ON, that’s making a mark in corporations around the city with their business savvy and tenacity. In This Episode Why Danielle Read more…

2: Why the Transverse Abdominis is One Badass Muscle and How to Use It

For the last few years, the transversus abdominis has been a buzz word among health and fitness professionals. In this podcast, we reveal why it’s so talked about, how we can use it in yoga classes and its relationship to other areas of our health. In This Episode We Talk About… How to find the TVA on your body (1:30) What the TVA does; its shape gives us a clue (2:30) How the TVA is Read more…

1: Introductions and Why We Created The Yoga Addiction

Welcome to the Yoga Addiction, brain child of Natalie Senger and Sandy Huen. Today, we talk about our yoga journeys and our motivation for creating this podcast. In This Episode Why Sandy believes our roles as yoga teachers are vitally important to the world of wellness (2:45) “We are able to influence movement, mood, psyche, the way people handle things pretty significantly. Much more than the once a year visit to a doctor. We’re the Read more…