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…

39: Using Yoga to Build Power

Power athletes are sprinters, jumpers, throwers, etc.; basically any sport or activity that requires a large amount of work per unit of time. While yoga isn’t a ‘power’ful endeavour, per se, there are many carryover benefits. In this episode, we talk about how the core and transversus abdominis muscle helps us “brace” the middle in order to move the limbs more efficiently. We explain our favourite transitions for training stability and discuss the benefits of Read more…

38: How Pec Tension limits Asanas

Do you sit at a desk? Do upper body workouts? Most likely, your pecs are affected! The pectoralis major is the major muscle of the chest and contributes to many arm movements. It is a contributor to forward head and shoulder posture and can create instability in the shoulder if dysfunction is present. In yoga, we can spot pec tightness in a number of different poses, like side plank and Downward Facing Dog. In this Read more…

37: Imogen North: Teaching Yoga in Conflict Zones

In this interview, Sandy catches up with her friend and fellow yoga teacher Imogen, who is living and working in Yangon, Myanmar. Imogen brings yoga to sensitive areas in Myanmar, braving forests, rivers and police checkpoints to be of service to those communities. In this discussion, we dive deep into what it’s like being a yoga teacher in a developing country, how her work has affected her and what legacy she wants to leave behind. Read more…

36: The SI Joint – Part 2

In this episode, we continue our discussion of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint), touching on the hip flexor group of muscles and the transversus abdominis. We explain why these muscles are important in the healthy function of the joint and how we can draw more awareness into creating balance in them. Finally, we finish off by discussing twists and how twists may positively or negatively affect the SI joint. In This Episode Quick overview of Read more…