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This show was created to educate and empower yoga students and teachers to use yoga therapeutically to optimize experiences, communities and resilience. Our methods are based on a deep understanding of anatomy, physiology and the integration of modern science and research with traditional practices and experience. We believe research is just as precious as experience and we believe in the human potential for change and greatness. Our goal is to help you learn the owners manual of your unique body/mind and so we offer this as a free resource to anyone interested in optimizing their health and wellbeing.

This show was created to educate and empower yoga students and teachers to use yoga therapeutically to optimize experiences, communities and resilience. Our methods are based on a deep understanding of anatomy, physiology and the integration of modern science and research with traditional practices and experience. We believe research is just as precious as experience and we believe in the human potential for change and greatness. Our goal is to help you learn the owners manual of your unique body/mind and so we offer this as a free resource to anyone interested in optimizing their health and wellbeing.

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This show was created to educate and empower yoga students and teachers to use yoga therapeutically to optimize experiences, communities and resilience. Our methods are based on a deep understanding of anatomy, physiology and the integration of modern science and research with traditional practices and experience. We believe research is just as precious as experience and we believe in the human potential for change and greatness. Our goal is to help you learn the owners manual of your unique body/mind and so we offer this as a free resource to anyone interested in optimizing their health and wellbeing.

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English


Episodes

52 Nitric Oxide: Research Roundup

11/24/2022
Nitric Oxide (NO) has been on people’s minds for a few years now in the yoga and wellness worlds. It is such a potent gas in the body and it has so many different effects, so today hosts Tiffany and Katja are here to help you to understand more of the recent research. In this episode, Tiffany and Katja talk about the effect that increased nitric oxide production has on blood flow and blood pressure as well as the nervous and immune systems. They also break down the physiology of nitric oxide...

Duration:00:53:54

51 Breast Cancer & Yoga: Expert Insights with Breast Cancer Surgeon Doreen Wiggins MD

11/17/2022
Today host Rachel talks to Breast Cancer Surgeon Doreen Wiggins MD about yoga and breast cancer. In this episode, Dr. Wiggins helps us to better understand our breast cancer risk and shares some simple actions that we can take to reduce that risk. She also explains what steps we can take to improve the potential outcome of cancer treatment if we are diagnosed with cancer and shares how we can modify our yoga practice to better suit our needs both before and during cancer treatment. Listen...

Duration:00:48:32

50 Stronger After Surgery: Community Conversations with Alice Blunden

11/10/2022
Today’s guest Alice Blunden is a prime example of the cautionary phrase: you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Alice is a therapeutic specialist and primary school teacher who was born with an undiagnosed case of hip dysplasia. She says she sees her lifestyle as a consequence of simply needing to do the things she required to live a fulfilling life. That includes modifying her yoga practice to suit her body’s needs since her diagnosis and subsequent surgeries. In this episode, host...

Duration:00:58:10

49 Epigenetics, Mental Health & Yoga: Expert Insights with Valerie Knopik PhD

11/3/2022
Our biology certainly influences our health and behavior, but the environment can also have a significant impact on our health and well-being. Thanks to the fascinating field of epigenetics, we now understand that factors like our nutrition, movement habits, stress levels, and feelings of emotional connection can affect the way our genes are expressed. So today host Rachel dips her toes into the world of science to discuss epigenetics, mental health, and yoga with guest Valerie...

Duration:00:50:31

48 Research Roundup: Female Hormones

10/27/2022
Today hosts Katja and Tiffany discuss the empowerment that comes with an understanding of female hormones and their fluctuation through the menstrual cycle. Yoga encourages this deeper personal investigation and can also provide support and relief to the body as it moves through the phases of the menstrual cycle and life. In this episode, Katja and Tiffany talk about the various factors that affect the menstrual cycle, how this cycle affects our physical and cognitive function, and what...

Duration:01:00:24

47 Expert Insights: Concussion Care with Dr. Daya Grant

10/20/2022
Concussions are very different for different people, which makes them easily missed, misunderstood, or misdiagnosed. Today, host Rachel talks with Dr. Daya Grant about concussions and how yoga practices can support the recovery process. Dr. Grant is a certified mental performance consultant, neuroscientist, and yoga teacher. In this episode, she outlines what injuries can cause concussions, how they are diagnosed, the wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms that can be...

Duration:00:46:56

46 Expert Insights: Addiction Recovery & Yoga with Lara Ederer

10/13/2022
Today we discuss a topic that affects many people in our communities whether we know it or not. Host Rachel speaks with Lara Ederer, a yoga teacher, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, and Chemical Dependency Professional with both personal and professional experience with addiction. In this episode, Lara talks with Rachel about how she defines addiction, what withdrawal and recovery can look and feel like, how yoga contributed to her own sobriety, and the many ways it can support the...

Duration:00:53:05

45 Community Conversations: Conscious Parenting with Dana Diament

10/6/2022
One of the foundational principles of yoga practice is to bring mindfulness to everything we do. Today host Rachel speaks with Yoga Medicine teacher, studio owner, and mother Dana Diament about bringing that awareness into the crucial relationship between parent and child through the practice of conscious parenting. In this episode, Dana shares her experience of learning to parent with more self-awareness, how it’s never too late to try a new approach, the importance of “repair” when...

44 Expert Insights: Eat Breathe Thrive - Yoga and Eating Disorders with Chelsea Roff

9/29/2022
Messages around “clean” eating and ideal body shape or size are ubiquitous, even in the yoga world, with potentially devastating impact for those who experience disordered eating. Today host Rachel speaks with Chelsea Roff, who found her way to yoga early in her recovery from a serious eating disorder. Chelsea went on to become a scientific researcher and yoga teacher, eventually bringing her skills and experience together to become the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive: a...

Duration:01:08:26

43 Research Roundup: Pitfalls of Mindfulness Research

9/22/2022
There is so much research and information out there about mindfulness, so today hosts Tiffany and Katja tackle this big and important topic from a different angle. In this episode, the pair takes a critical lens and unpacks the pitfalls of mindfulness research. Tiffany and Katja discuss how mindfulness is defined in the research, why self-selection of study participants may be of importance, and what the field of Contemplative Neuroscience is all about. They also touch on contraindications...

Duration:00:47:53

42 Boundaries as Self-Care with Yely Staley

9/15/2022
Self-care is much deeper than the “massages and bubble baths” trope. Today host Rachel learns from guest Yely Staley that setting clear and healthy boundaries is a foundational part of true self-care, especially for those of us who care for others. Yely figured out the need for regular commitment to self-care the hard way — by experiencing repeated bouts of burnout while working in the corporate world as an attorney, and even after pivoting to become a yoga teacher and studio owner. In this...

Duration:00:56:40

41 Community Conversations: The Hidden Benefits of Yin Yoga with Shannon Stephens

9/8/2022
We have mentioned Yin yoga in previous episodes of this podcast within the context of flexibility and fascial health. Today host Rachel talks with yoga teacher and educator Shannon Stephens about the more hidden or secret benefits of Yin yoga that can transform our lives. In this episode, Shannon shares how the Yin practice creates the quiet space and time lacking in modern life — inviting us to get to know ourselves, recalibrating our senses to more subtle settings, and forcing us to sit...

Duration:00:56:36

40 Lessons Learned Inverted with Amelia Schrader

7/28/2022
The image of a handstand or forearm stand on the beach is such a stereotype in modern postural yoga that it’s almost easy to forget that these poses have a real power and potency to them. Today host Rachel talks with Amelia Schrader about what she has learned from her long-standing inversion practice. Amelia is a yoga teacher and educator with a Bachelor of Health Science and a background in Naturopathy. After getting a taste of inversions in gymnastics as a child, she was humbled by...

Duration:00:55:06

39 MFR Applications & Research

7/21/2022
Today hosts Tiffany and Katja are focusing in on myofascial release (MFR) applications and the current MFR research. In this episode, we talk about what the research suggests at this time regarding the duration and frequency of MFR, the speed and intensity of its application, and ways of combining MFR with yoga and other stretches for both athletes and non-athletes alike. As always, keep in mind that, with the application of MFR, there are plenty of individual variables to consider from...

Duration:01:10:39

38 Yoga and Medication with Dr Mariya Farooqi Pharm.D.

7/14/2022
Optimal health sometimes requires the support of both western science and other interventions — like diet and lifestyle changes and mindfulness practices including yoga. Today’s guest is perfectly placed to talk about both sides of the equation. Dr. Mariya Farooqi is a clinical pharmacist, functional medicine specialist, and registered yoga teacher. Along with her initial work as a nutritionist, these experiences have shaped her philosophy of “food and movement first, drugs second”. In...

Duration:00:55:46

37 Lead with Heart, Yoga as Service with Amanda Bonfiglio Cunningham

7/7/2022
Compassion and service are at the heart of yoga philosophy. Many of us see overwhelming inequities in the world today and want to help, but don’t know where or how to start. Today’s guest on the podcast would have us simply “start, by starting”. Host Rachel talks with the Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation Director, and a Sisters of the Planet Ambassador with Oxfam America, Amanda Bonfiglio Cunningham. As well as being a yoga instructor, Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a Master’s...

Duration:00:57:36

36 Shoulder IQ: What, Why & How

6/30/2022
Our shoulders are something of an underdog, but just because the joints and muscles of the shoulders are less familiar than those of the hips or spine doesn’t mean they are less important. These under-appreciated joints have massive impact on our yoga practices and beyond. Today hosts Tiffany and Rachel talk about the importance of the shoulders and share favorite practices for both mobility and stability. They explore how shoulder work can be key to unpacking neck and upper back issues,...

Duration:01:07:51

35 Fascia & the Autonomic Nervous System

6/23/2022
Today hosts Tiffany and Katja continue the discussion on fascia and more specifically how our fascia is connected to the autonomic nervous system. This relationship reminds us that movement has a profound effect on our minds and emotions and that the inverse is also true. In this discussion, Tiffany and Katja explain different pathways how the fascial system is related to the autonomic nervous system. They share more reasons to incorporate some myofascial release work into our yoga practice...

Duration:01:01:13

34 Live YOUR Life with Kathryn Budig. Bravery, Balance, Body Positivity and Celebrating Pride Month!

6/16/2022
Many of us feel the weight of others’ expectations to look, speak, or feel a certain way. But perhaps if we were able to be more fully ourselves, as yoga teachers we could then create spaces that welcome our students to do the same. Today’s episode is a warm and heartfelt conversation between Tiffany and long-time friend, Kathryn Budig. Kathryn is a shining example of following her own compass in work and in life. Building on almost two decades as an internationally recognized yoga teacher,...

Duration:00:56:07

33 Age Well with Yoga, with Mark Hunter Dip. RM.

6/9/2022
Today’s guest Mark Hunter took a long road to teaching yoga, including almost 3 decades of working in (and instructing) massage and remedial therapy. He has been passionate about fascia since long before it was mainstream. He shares this passion with his students, many of whom are over 60 years old, in group classes, one-on-ones, and senior’s balance sessions. Whether you’ve thought about it or not, we are all aging. So in this episode, Mark and host Rachel explore what we can learn about...

Duration:00:59:32