64: THE END…but first…30-ish things we need to tell you before we go!

This. Is. It. Our concluding episode, our last hurrah, our final effort. This episode is a conglomeration of all our last messages as yogis and yoga teachers. We alternate between Sandy and Nat giving tidbits of information and inspiration in no particular order. Some of our arguments are highly anatomical and others are reflections from teaching and practicing in group yoga classes. As we wrap up this phase of our lives and this amazing podcast, Read more…

63: Meditation, Mindfullness and Brain Gray Matter

Meditation is such a hot topic these days, and for good reason. It’s been shown to improve attention span, decrease stress and anxiety. New science is showing that meditation also changes the content of our brains, its gray matter. In today’s episode, we discuss the results of a number of studies done on meditation and the brain. Then, we discuss the potential for asana to also have a positive effect on the gray matter of Read more…

62: Jillian Mariani: Founder of Niyama Yoga Wellness

Jillian Mariani is the founder of supplement company Niyama Yoga Wellness. Today, we had a great chat with her about her wellness journey, her inspiration to create Niyama Yoga Wellness and their relationship to the New Leaf Foundation. Best of all, we are hosting a giveaway in partnership with Jillian’s company! Make sure to follow both The Yoga Addiction and Niyama Yoga Wellness on Instagram for details to the giveaway. In This Episode Jillian tells Read more…

61: The Amygdala – Your Brain’s Fear Center

Today, we discuss a topic that very much excites us: The Amygdala. We generally understand the amygdala as the portion of the brain that coordinates the emotions of fear and anger. These emotions create a very important adaptive response in helping us stay safe and well. However, in today’s world, much of our fear and anger is mal-adaptive: in other words, they don’t necessarily contribute to our survival. We discuss how the amygdala can hijack Read more…

60: Study: The Cooling Effect of Pranayama

Breathing exercises are purported to have myriad benefits: some are cooling, heating, detoxifying, invigorating, calming, restorative. In this episode, we review a recent study on sheetali and shitkari breathing exercises and body temperature. We discuss the role of breathing in studio yoga classes, why we might incorporate sheetali or shitkari, and how we would frame the exercise. If you’re curious about breathing practices, this episode is for you! In This Episode The Study: “Body Temperature Read more…

59: Jivana Heyman: How to Make Yoga Teachings Accessible to All Communities

Today we take a deep dive into Jivana Heyman’s amazing yoga mind: his views on yoga philosophy, ego, the teacher-student relationship, the use of touch and adjustments in the practice, just to name a few of the topics we cover. And of course, we dive into his new book, Accessible Yoga, and gain insight on why he wrote it, and who he wrote the book for. About Jivana: Jivana is the founder of Accessible Yoga, Read more…

58: Monday Quickie – Q & A with Jivana Heyman, Author of Accessible Yoga

Jivana Heyman is a sought-after yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer based out of Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of a new book, Accessible Yoga, aimed at bringing the benefits of yoga to anyone who wants it. In this short episode, we barrage Jivana with a series of quickfire questions to get to know him better, from his favourite foods to what keeps him addicted to yoga. Tune in on Wednesday for a Read more…

57: Study Review: The Breath of Life

As promised, we dissect a scientific study in this episode all about breath, contemplative practices and the vagus nerve (find the link in the notes below). When the vagus nerve is stimulated, the body settles into “Rest and Digest” mode, or the parasympathetic nervous system. We discuss a few topics that stood out most strongly to us as yogis and explored how we can adjust our practices to make the most of the breath-based vagal Read more…

56: Monday Quickie – Bone Density Story

With age, bone density predictably decreases over time. Maintaining or even building bone density is a long term practice that doesn’t give us immediate payback – which is why it’s hard to maintain a movement practice that’s motivated by bone density. However, today Sandy tells us a story of a student from her class who has increased her bone density over the last 5 years, which she has attributed to her yoga practice. In This Read more…

55: Should I Quit My Job and Teach Yoga?

This episode is a light-hearted peek into the world of teaching yoga full time. We discuss the stresses of being a yoga teacher that counter the glamour, that dark underbelly of a life-changing practice. We brainstorm the things we would have done differently, knowing what we know now, and considerations we didn’t know to take into account. If you’re considering leaving your job for a career in teaching yoga, we urge you to reach out Read more…

54: Monday Quickie: Nat Interviews her Husband Eric

We have a special guest for today’s Monday Quickie: Nat’s husband Eric. Sweethearts since university and married in 2018, Nat and Eric have been doing yoga classes together regularly for about 10 years! In this episode, we get Eric’s point of view on yoga, meditation, studio yoga classes, and how yoga supports his desk job / athletic lifestyle. In This Episode Why does Eric do yoga? (2:25) How has meditation helped Eric? (7:45) Eric feels Read more…

53: Why Do We Care About The Vagus Nerve?

In recent years, yogis and yoga teacher trainers have been paying more and more attention to the very important vagus nerve. In this episode, we break down the general anatomy and function of the vagus nerve. Then, we discuss its relationship to trauma and teaching in a trauma sensitive environment. Finally, we cover two studies that highlight the importance of our wellness practices on the health of our nervous system. In This Episode The vagus Read more…