28: Yoga and Hormones: Testosterone

It’s been quite a few months since we first discussed yoga and hormones in our cortisol breakdown episode. In today’s episode, we re-visit yoga and hormones with a breakdown of testosterone. We talk about what testosterone does in the body, how its relationship with cortisol helps regulate metabolism and finally, yoga’s potential role in hormone levels. We end the episode with several recommendations for breath work and savasana that may help students find a better Read more…

27: Aisha Fakhro – Neuroplasticity, Harnessing Resilience, and Transformative Potential

We got so excited when our friend and fellow yoga teacher Aisha Fakhro suggested we talk about neuroplasticity. It’s a topic that electrifies us with excitement and possibility, this idea that the brain constantly changes and adapts according to inputs from your life, your attention, and environment. In this episode, Aisha, who is also a psychotherapist, dives deep into how she uses neuroplasticity within a modern yoga class setting. We talk about social engagement, nervous Read more…

26: Pose Breakdown: Warrior 3 / Virabhadrasana C

Pose Breakdown… Today we are dissecting Warrior 3 or Virabhadrasana C. This pose is Sandy’s hands-down favourite pose and one she threads into nearly every class. In this episode, we talk about why we love it so much, it’s musculoskeletal benefits, our favourite cues to refine the pose and how we sequence it within a yoga class. We discuss some important preparations for the pose, like hamstring lengthening and back warm-ups. In This Episode How Read more…

25: A Summary of The Yoga Alliance Change In Certification Standards

The Yoga Alliance is an international non-profit regulating body for yoga professionals. They set standards for how teachers are to be trained, standards for continuing education and they maintain a registry of teachers who adhere to their standards. In the last few years, they have undertaken a serious review of their standards and more recently have released a number of changes to how yoga teacher education is to be regulated. Thankfully, there is a roll-out Read more…

24: The Controversy of the Tuck Your Tailbone Cue & When You Still Need it!

As yoga teachers, we are all guilty of recycling cues from our teachers and peers–“tuck the tailbone” being a very well-known one. In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of this cue, whether or not we can actually tuck the tailbone without moving the pelvis or low back, and how we can more intelligently speak about pelvic positioning. We finish our discussion with several ways to refine the cue, “tuck the tailbone”, and Read more…

23: Pose breakdown: extended side angle pose / utthita parsvakonasana

Pose Breakdown… Today, we break down Side Angle Pose, or Parsvakonasana. We start from the ground up, from feet, ankles, thighs, hips, spine up to the shoulders. We discuss common patterns of tight muscles as they show up in this pose, and what cues we can use to help adjust the pose for more comfort. We cover our anatomical differences that make this pose challenging, discovering that Nat and Sandy are basically opposites. This was Read more…

22: Rachel Land – How Do You Know You Are Ready for YTT And How To Choose Which Training Is For You?

Today we chat with our friend and teacher Rachel Land. Despite a severe time difference (Rachel lives in Queenstown, New Zealand), we’ve recorded this podcast to give you everything you need to know before, during and after your 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. Whether you’ve just signed up for a training, or in the midst of a training, we cover several important topics. Like building a social network of teachers for support and advice as Read more…

21: What Does An Alignment Based Practice Mean And When Is It Most Useful?

As yoga teachers, we have been trained to look for alignment in our students. But why are we so fixated on alignment? What does an ‘alignment-based yoga teacher’ do differently, better or worse? In this episode, we discuss what alignment means to us and our purpose as teachers. We go over 2 important viewpoints from senior teachers Leslie Kaminoff and Bernie Clark on alignment and where it fails us and where it guides us. In Read more…

20: Does Yoga Increase Bone Density?

Today, we answer the question, “Does yoga increase bone density?” We’ve chosen 3 research studies to dive into and how it might affect the way we present the benefits of yoga to students. Though it does seem like yoga has a positive effect on osteoporosis and bone density, for the most part this is another case of, “We just don’t know enough.” We briefly discuss the limitations of current research and pose some interesting questions Read more…

19: On Teaching Yoga to Beginners

Beginners are maybe one of the most rewarding groups you can teach, if you can get a group of them together. In this episode, we go over several important aspects of teaching to beginners, like placing them in the middle of the room, incorporating parts of yoga that are meaningful to you as a teacher and whether or not it’s appropriate to use Sanskrit during class. We reveal what it was like for us when Read more…

18: Allie Geer – Teaching and Practicing Prenatal Yoga

Today, we feature our second interview with Allie Geer, who is not only a fascia expert but a prenatal yoga specialist. This episode is a must for anyone teaching public group classes, because sooner or later a pregnant yogi will stroll through your doors, too. We talk about how to make all your students feel welcome and supported, what adjustments you might make in regards to hormone changes with pregnancy and even particular poses to Read more…

17: Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince – Must know differences between Yin and Restorative Yoga

Restorative and Yin yoga are two practices that often get lumped together into one category. However, our expert guest Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince sheds light on the distinct differences of these two practices, how and when to intelligently blend the two, and how to decide which is best for you or for your students depending on the needs of your nervous system, musculoskeletal system, fascial system, or otherwise. In This Episode “When I found restorative and Read more…