45 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 • 45 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.

    45 Community Conversations: Conscious Parenting with Dana Diament

    45 Community Conversations: Conscious Parenting with Dana Diament

    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 interactions don’t go as planned, and the many overlaps between the yoga journey and the parenting journey.
    You don’t have to be a parent to benefit from this episode, which, at its core, is about learning how to build kinder, more patient relationships with others, as well as with ourselves.

    Show Notes:
    Dana’s introduction to mindfulness through journalling [4:04] Children as a mirror of unconscious scripts [6:35] A key difference between parenting and other close relationships [10:40] Defining conscious parenting [12:45] Dealing with external expectation and pressure as a parent [16:22] An example of conscious parenting [17:20] It’s never too late for “repair” when interactions don’t go to plan [20:48] Tools for kids to recognize and resolve agitation [25:01] Application to other relationships [29:40] “SMILE”: techniques to connect with children [33:20] Our primary relationship, with ourself [37:05] Relevant themes from yoga philosophy [38:21] Separating the parent’s identity and expectations from the child’s [46:55] Dana’s takeaways [51:15] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube YMO Monthly Dose – Tips from Yoga Philosophy Conscious parenting books and resources:
    Good Inside Podcast with Dr Becky Kennedy, @drbeckygoodinside Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers by Faith Collins Mothering Our Boys by Maggie Dent The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J Siegel MD The Conscious Parent by Dr Shefali Tsabary Connect with Dana Diament: Facebook | Instagram | Lennox Yoga | Yoga Medicine
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-45.
    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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    • 56 min
    44 Expert Insights: Eat Breathe Thrive - Yoga and Eating Disorders with Chelsea Roff

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

    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 non-profit organization aiming to prevent and help people recover from eating disorders.
    Today Chelsea shares her definition of eating disorders and describes the wide range of people who can experience them. We discuss the process of redefining your relationship with food, debunk the myth that there is a single way that a healthy body should look, and unpack how yoga practice can help us learn how to truly feel what we feel.
    Listen in to learn what constitutes disordered eating and how yoga can help with both prevention and recovery.
    Show Notes:
    Chelsea’s professional background in scientific research [4:20] Chelsea’s own recovery from an eating disorder [7:43] The start of Chelsea’s relationship with yoga [9:58] Pivoting from researcher to yoga teacher [12:08] Defining disordered eating on a spectrum [16:13] Eating disorder recovery and yoga [20:51] The learned skill of interoception [25:44] Appreciating the body for more than its appearance [28:24] Regulating our internal state [30:48] Lessons from yoga philosophy [37:17] An unorthodox start for the non-profit Eat Breathe Thrive [41:27] The power of sharing our stories [49:38] Advice for yoga teachers working within our scope on eating disorders [51:11] Yoga as a double-edged sword in eating disorder recovery [55:40] A final takeaway from Chelsea: celebrate impermanence [1:02:06] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Connect with Chelsea Roff and Eat Breathe Thrive:
    Facebook | Instagram | Eat Breathe Thrive You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-44.
    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 8 min
    43 Research Roundup: Pitfalls of Mindfulness Research

    43 Research Roundup: Pitfalls of Mindfulness Research

    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 and adverse events of mindful meditation, as well as considerations surrounding mindfulness practices and mental health.
    Listen in to learn more about both the important takeaways and the challenges of recent mindfulness research.
    Show Notes:
    The background of mindfulness research [3:06] The challenge of defining mindfulness [6:26] MBSR as intervention for many research studies [13:05] Unpacking social desirability and self-selection in mindfulness research [18:42] Are we asking the right questions? Validity in mindfulness research [21:56] On Contemplative Neuroscience and fMRI [23:55] Contraindications of mindfulness practices [27:55] Adverse events of mindful meditation [33:23] Idea of capacity building & titration [37:55] Mindfulness research takeaways [42:24] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yin & Meditation Yoga Teacher Training Mindfulness 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-43.
    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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    • 47 min
    42 Boundaries as Self-Care with Yely Staley

    42 Boundaries as Self-Care with Yely Staley

    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 episode, Yely shares how her experience taught her to appreciate simple, daily self-care practices, and how setting boundaries over the past two years has transformed her life.
    Listen in to hear Yely share her tips for overcoming guilt around saying no, the value of teaching people how to treat you, and why she is so touched by Hispanic Heritage Month.
    Show Notes:
    Yely’s background [3:40] A surprising pathway from attorney to yoga studio owner [7:13] Redefining self-care [13:48] Self-care tools for burnout prevention [15:51] Managing guilt around taking time for self-care [18:30] Why we sometimes struggle to set healthy boundaries [21:08] Setting and communicating personal boundaries proactively [24:31] Two kinds of boundaries to set [28:24] Benefits of setting healthy boundaries [34:06] Communicating boundaries decisively requires non-attachment to outcome [36:10] Daily self-reflection or spiritual practice is key [43:57] Self-care as an avenue to authenticity rather than toxic positivity [46:08] Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage Month [52:37] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga Medicine Online Connect with Yely Staley:
    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | YogaYely You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-42.
    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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    • 56 min
    41 Community Conversations: The Hidden Benefits of Yin Yoga with Shannon Stephens

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

    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 and stay with whatever comes up, including boredom.
    Listen in as Shannon explores the many ways Yin can teach us how to respond rather than react — both in yoga and in our daily lives.
    Show Notes:
    Shannon’s early experience with Yin replenishing depletion [3:30] An observer’s seat for changing sensation [5:50] Sharpening our inner awareness [8:30] Teaching interoception with open-ended questions [12:26] The “Goldilocks zone” of sitting in conversation with discomfort [16:09] Highlighting the individual nature of a Yin practice [19:12] The magic ingredient of time and the power to stay [22:42] Holding space for surrender [26:25] A gateway to and container for meditation [28:42] Tactile experience of impermanence [30:12] Feeling the subtle body: TCM meridian lines and elements [32:11] Opening to self-care and self-compassion [36:52] Yin as a connecting force [39:29] Finding sacredness in the mundane and the privilege of boredom [43:19] Learning to respond rather than react [47:42] Final thoughts and favorite YMO practices from Shannon [51:42] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yin & Meditation Yoga Teacher Training The Hidden Benefits of Yin Yoga Yoga Medicine Online Yoga Medicine Online: Yin Yoga to Cultivate Compassion Yoga Medicine Online: Yin Yoga to Nourish the Water Element Connect with Shannon Stephens:
    Facebook | Instagram | This Land Yoga You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at www.YogaMedicine.com/podcast-41.
    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.

    • 56 min
    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.
    To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 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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