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…

52: Monday Quickie: Start with Breath

One of Sandy’s favourite ways to start a class is by establishing a connection to breath. Breath is our gateway into the nervous system, a powerful tool to transition the body into a state of calm or panic. Many teachers, and Sandy and Nat are absolutely guilty of this, simply dive into a class without easing into breath or even awareness of breath. In this episode, Sandy explains the importance of starting with breath. Then, Read more…

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…