51: The Placebo Effect

We often hear about the placebo effect in conjunction with a new drug, treatment or protocol in modern medicine. Placebo is the positive effect people get from a sham treatment when they are being told the treatment is real. Mostly, scientists and health practitioners ignore placebo: after all, how can we package or universalize a sympathetic bedside manner and a caring attitude? Yogis, however, have long been using the power of belief, visualization and mood Read more…

50: Monday Quickie: Shoulder Flossing

Arm and shoulder positioning in a yoga class can get quite repetitive if you only practice or teach classic asana. In this episode, Sandy talks about Shoulder Flossing, or some people call it Shoulder Dislocates. This exercise is an easy one to incorporate into yoga classes as all it requires is a strap and some space. Sandy talks about how to get in and out of the movement, benefits of gliding movements, and proper preparation Read more…

49: Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince: Is Asana Being Turned Into A Fitness Practice?

In this one-on-one interview with Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince, Nat and Hiiro dive deep into the effect of fitness-based yoga on teaching modern yoga group classes. Hiiro has even taken to calling himself a non-asana oriented yoga teacher, and as such presents the opinion that fitness-based yoga classes does a disservice to the industry. If you’re a new yoga teacher, make sure to listen through to the end for one of the most empowering messages we Read more…

48: Monday Quickie: Self Care and Burnout

In our first Quickie Monday episode, Sandy gets on air to discuss burnout and self-care. She shares six techniques that have worked and continue to work for her. In This Episode You are your first priority – be curious about the care you need Find the activities and people that give you real energy Give yourself a full day off Do something that’s exciting to you, maybe that you’ve never done before or for a Read more…

47: Our Vision for 2020

Welcome to 2020! In this episode, we chat about our personal and professional goals for the new year. In terms of the podcast, the new changes coming this year include MORE GIVEAWAYS! Follow and turn on notifications for our Instagram @theyogaaddiction. We will also be releasing TWO episodes a week, with a shorter episode released Mondays to help you stay inspired, and our longer format episodes on Wednesdays. We will be re-branding our website, creating Read more…

46: Pose breakdown – Twisted / Revolved Lunge

This is our last episode of 2019! We finish the year off on a pose that is very commonly seen in modern yoga: Twisted Lunge. We start this episode with a longer than normal pre-amble, chatting about the recent Bikram documentary. Then, we dive into the posture, talking about common compensations or areas of collapse. We discuss the current debate around leveraged postures, such as this one. And finally, we cover several variations we prefer. Read more…

45: 3 Ways to Engage the Hamstrings

Vinyasa yoga has often been criticized for over-stretching the hamstrings as the practice tends to favor forward bends over backbends. Add in the modern-day desk job, sitting with knees bent and hips bent for hours a day–we often see some dysfunction in the hamstrings. In this episode, we break down the hamstrings in terms of isometric, eccentric and concentric work that we can do in a yoga class. Considering muscular action in this way can Read more…

44: Know Your Knee Anatomy Part 2

In this episode, we expand on our discussion of the knee anatomy into yoga application. We finish off with a discussion on common yoga cues, like “bend your knee to 90 degrees, or flex your foot to protect your knee.” In This Episode We review what we covered in Part 1 of the knee podcast duo (5:42) People can have a lot of emotional stuff come up when we have to deal with injuries (9:18) Read more…

43: Alison Heilig – From a Broken Femur to the Pursuit of Happiness

We met Alison Heilig during one of our group yoga training sessions and immediately clicked. She is a fierce cross-fit competitor, an incredibly educated and tuned-in yoga teacher and perhaps the most durable runner you’ll meet. In this interview, we discuss Alison’s journey that led to her search for healing, her perspective on the emotional aspects of physical injury and her purpose as a voice in the fitness community. Her new book, ‘The Durable Runner’, Read more…

42: Know Your Knee Anatomy Part 1

The knee is a very important part of your body, connecting almost all of your body weight into your ankles and feet! In this episode, we give the knee the respect it deserves, breaking down the basic anatomy and structures that we as yoga teachers should be aware of. We start with the bones, then the cartilage, then ligaments and finally many of the muscles involved in moving the knee. We tease out a bit Read more…

41: Pose Breakdown: Upward Facing Dog / Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Upward facing dog is an integral pose for any vinyasa practice. It’s a challenging backbend that requires whole-body strength. And because this pose is rarely held for more than one breath, the cueing into and out of the shape can lack the details that are necessary to keep our wrists and ankles feeling strong. It also requires a whole heck of a lot of core strength to not ‘dump’ into the lower back. Shoulder, chest, Read more…

40: Wesley Lai, Physiotherapist – Trigger Points and Yoga

Have you ever had a “knotted” muscle? Well, this episode is for you. We invited physiotherapist Wesley Lai to get into the physiology of trigger points, nerve referral pain and how stretching and yoga can impact the knots in our muscles. Wesley lays out the current theories about trigger points and fascia, release techniques and the surprising limitations and advantages of yoga when it comes to deeply knotted tension. As always, we intersperse personal anecdotes Read more…