40 episodes

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.

Yoga Medicine Tiffany Cruikshank L.Ac, MAOM | Founder of Yoga Medicine®

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

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.

    40 Lessons Learned Inverted with Amelia Schrader

    40 Lessons Learned Inverted with Amelia Schrader

    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 relearning these poses as an adult.
    In this episode, Amelia shares the many reasons why she harbors such a strong love for inversions. She talks about her favorite techniques for strengthening hands and forearms, tips for preventing yoga wrist injuries, as well as what inversions have taught her about lateral thoracic breathing and the 360-degree nature of the core.
    Listen in to hear the physical and mental lessons Amelia has learned from her patient practice in inversions, as well as the inner confidence and strength that she gained along the way.
    Show Notes:
    Finding centre in a period of life transition [3:55] COVID-19 as a nudge from the universe [7:09] The challenge of going slowly, not addressing uncertainty with busyness [11:25] A practice of patience: learning handstands and forearm stands as an adult [13:48] Preventing yoga wrist injuries [19:28] Techniques to awaken weight-bearing hands and forearms [24:01] Lateral thoracic breathing: accessing the breath while the core is engaged [27:19] Yoga poses to access lateral thoracic breathing [32:13] Building core strength and overcoming back and sacroiliac pain [34:56] Gaining confidence from inversions leads to courage in real life [41:56] “Enjoy the journey”: takeaway messages from Amelia [47:24] Amelia’s upcoming inversion classes on Yoga Medicine Online [50:23] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga Medicine Podcast Episode 26: Support the Low Back with Tiffany Cruikshank & Jenni Tarma Yoga Medicine Podcast Episode 19: Fascia & Pain Yoga Medicine Online Connect with Amelia Schrader:
    Facebook | Instagram | Axis Yoga You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-40.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at www.YogaMedicine.com.
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    • 55 min
    39 MFR Applications & Research

    39 MFR Applications & Research

    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 person to person, so this episode is more of a general overview than a personalized plan.
    Listen in to learn about tips for athletes, recommended tools for MFR, and some of the intricacies of current MFR research.
    Show Notes:
    What is SMFR [1:48] Duration and frequency of MFR [2:45] Effects of MFR on pain are transient, yet cumulative [6:03] MFR duration and range of motion [8:28] MFR duration and sports performance [12:02] Looking at study protocols matters [14:50] MFR, tissue stiffness, and blood perfusion [16:22] Rolling fast or rolling slowly? [20:00] Review on the chronic effects of rolling [24:57] Recommended intensity for MFR [26:08] Tools for MFR [35:14] Benefits of vibrating tools for MFR [44:33] Combining movement and stretching with MFR [50:23] Individual exploration matters [1:05:19] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga Medicine Podcast Episode 14: Fascia as a Sensory Organ Yoga Medicine Podcast Episode 27: Fascia & Yoga – Research Update with Dr. Robert Schleip Yoga Medicine Online: Foundations: Intro to MFR Functional Anatomy Online Course Myofascial Release Bundle for the Legs & Feet, Hips, Neck & Shoulders Online Course Myofascial Release for the Hips Online Course Myofascial Release for the Legs & Feet Online Course Myofascial Release for the Neck & Shoulders Online Course Myofascial Release Online Training Myofascial Release Training in Denver, CO MFR Applications & Research Doc Connect with Katja Bartsch:
    Facebook | Instagram | Yoga Medicine Online | Kalamana Yoga You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-39.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at www.YogaMedicine.com.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    38 Yoga and Medication with Dr Mariya Farooqi Pharm.D.

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

    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 this episode, Dr. Farooqi speaks with host Rachel about how common medications can interact with our yoga practice, offering her advice as a pharmacist on how we might manage common side effects by tailoring what, when and how we practice. She shares her thoughts on pain management, unpacks the vital link between gut health and overall health, and explores how even small changes to our diet, routine, movement, and mindfulness practices can have far-reaching impacts. She also talks about more personal experiences, like that of completing yoga teacher training as a Muslim woman, and the personal meaning the work of the Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation holds for her.
    Show Notes:
    Early perceptions of yoga from a Muslim Indian family background [2:45] Challenges and growth opportunities: yoga teacher training as a Muslim woman [9:08] The growth of Mariya’s interest in functional medicine [15:04] Strengths and weaknesses of western medicine for chronic illness [20:20] Complexities in discussing medication in the context of yoga practice [25:05] Relevant potential side-effects of common medications:
    Anti-depressants [26:20] Lithium [28.18] Diuretics (water pills) [29:27] Sleep medications [30:05] Allergy medications [31:58] Anti-anxiety medications [32:22] Antibiotics [33:05] A pharmacist’s advice for yoga teachers working with students one-on-one [34:00] Approaches to pain management [37:44] Medications can affect gut health [41:18] Actions steps for people whose medication is affecting gut health [46:00] The wide-reaching impact of regulating the central nervous system [47:55] The Seva Foundation’s work has personal meaning to Mariya [50:03] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Connect with Dr. Mariya Farooqi: Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | PharmToTable
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-38.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at www.YogaMedicine.com.
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    • 55 min
    37 Lead with Heart, Yoga as Service with Amanda Bonfiglio Cunningham

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

    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 in Teaching, but it was her years of traveling the world that inspired her life’s work.
    In this episode, we discuss the Seva Foundation’s mission to combat human trafficking by empowering women and children through all kinds of education, be it formal, vocational, or practical.
    Listen in to learn how to create space to process the secondary trauma that can come with service work, and why it pays to focus on the ripple effect you can create through small acts rather than trying to change the world.
    Show Notes:
    The start of Amanda’s passion for travel: 10 years on a boat [2:52] How travel ignites compassion [5:31] Yoga as Amanda’s stabilizing anchor [10:35] “Moving back to land” [13:25] Open a yoga studio in search of expansion and connection [16:01] Finding Yoga Medicine and the first Seva trip to India [17:50] Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation’s mission [20:32] Making space to process secondary trauma in order to take action [24:03] Life-changing impacts from education [32:46] Human trafficking’s mind-boggling scope [37:47] The ripple effect of changing just one life [39:23] “Start by starting”: the work of Her Future Coalition and the Seva Foundation [43:05] How service work changes us [47:46] Ways to get involved with the Seva Foundation [52:30] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Connect with Amanda Bonfiglio Cunningham: Instagram | Her Future Coalition | Yoga Medicine Seva | Amanda B Cunningham
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-37.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at www.YogaMedicine.com.
    To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 57 min
    36 Shoulder IQ: What, Why & How

    36 Shoulder IQ: What, Why & How

    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, plus improving posture and breathing. They even discuss the more subtle impact of shoulders on confidence and self-esteem.
    Listen in to learn how we can all benefit from being more aware of our shoulders, and more skillful in how we use them in yoga and daily life.
    Show Notes:
    The overall importance of the shoulder [3:22] The challenge of learning to stabilize the shoulders for weight-bearing [5:29] Shoulder work as a “side door” to neck and upper-back issues [8:15] The impact of shoulder strength and mobility for older adults [16:20] Shoulders: self-esteem, self-worth, emotion and connection [17:58] Biomechanical impacts of the shoulders on breathing [22:09] “Shoulders back and down” is not the answer for these mobile joints [25:12] The nuanced issue of posture [29:05] Curiosity around limited or challenging movements or positions [32:48] How the shoulder shows up in yoga practice [36:33] Chaturanga Dandasana: pros and cons, variations and alternatives [39:05] Using the shoulders to create the “heart-opening” of backbends [48:35] Favorite tools for active shoulder mobility [53:04] Passive shoulder mobility work, including MFR and Yin [55:19] Favorite shoulder strength and stability options [57:45] Final considerations and key takeaways [1:02:23] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga Medicine Online: Shoulder Essentials Series 2: Posterior Shoulder Yoga Medicine Online: Scapular Stability & Rotator Cuff Shoulder Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Shoulder Stability Seminar You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-36.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at www.YogaMedicine.com.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    35 Fascia & the Autonomic Nervous System

    35 Fascia & the Autonomic Nervous System

    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 and elaborate why working with the abdomen can have a powerful effect on the whole autonomic nervous system. They also discuss how stress may relate to low back pain and how the fascia may be influenced by major depressive disorder.
    Listen in to learn about the relationship between fascia and the autonomic nervous system, why myofascial release is so valuable, and ways to engage your autonomic nervous system through yoga.
    Show Notes:
    What is the autonomic nervous system [1:46] How is fascia connected to the autonomic nervous system (ANS) [3:32] The importance of fascia as sensory organ [7:47] How Ruffini endings relate to the ANS [9:08] Sense of relaxation after MFR or yoga [11:16] Influence of interstitial receptors on the ANS [14:53] Does any kind of yoga influence Ruffini and interstitial receptors? [16:01] Different types of bodywork and the ANS [18:01] Working with the abdomen, advocating for abdominal massage [19:07] Interstitial receptors and local fluid dynamics [24:19] Vagal innervation [25:52] The thoracolumbar fascia: innervation, low back pain, and stress [32:17] Inflammation and sympathetic innervation [37:36] Areas of the body that affect the sympathetic nervous system [40:20] Changes in fascial tone – fascial contractility under stress [41:57] The relationship between depression disorders and fascial stiffness [48:59] Ph levels, their potential effect on fascial tonicity, and breath work [51:11] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga Medicine Podcast Episode 14: Fascia as a Sensory Organ Yoga Medicine Online Myofascial Release Bundle for the Legs & Feet, Hips, Neck & Shoulders Online Course Myofascial Release for the Hips Online Course Myofascial Release for the Legs & Feet Online Course Myofascial Release for the Neck & Shoulders Online Course Myofascial Release Online Training Myofascial Release Training in Denver, CO Fascia & Autonomic Nervous System Resources Doc Connect with Katja Bartsch: Facebook | Instagram | Yoga Medicine Online | Kalamana Yoga
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-35.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at www.YogaMedicine.com.
    To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Emily Katrina ,

wow!

so informative with most recent research and data. love tiffany’s work and all her dedication to her craft! must listen 😊

aswood11 ,

Awesome, Informative New Podcast!

I am loving the new Yoga Medicine podcast. I am a long time yogi and teacher and the information is relevant and useful. Rachel (one of my favorite YMO teachers!) is a smart, witty host. I look forward to each new episode. Keep up the good work YM!!

Isabeladesco ,

So much relevant content for yoga teacher and practitioner❤️

Rachael and Tiffany bring such interesting topics to the yoga community. I love their talks to their guests. They make it so relatable to all kinds of people listening! I feel I’m right there watching them chat about something interesting I need to know! YM podcast bring lots of great reflection points to their listeners!

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