103 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 • 64 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.

    103 Teacher Training Myths: Community Conversations with Dana Diament

    103 Teacher Training Myths: Community Conversations with Dana Diament

    The mention of yoga teacher training conjures up a bundle of images and ideas, many of which are inaccurate or at least incomplete. So today host Rachel talks with returning guest Dana Diament, lead teacher of the Yoga Medicine 200hr Teacher Training, about common misconceptions and misunderstandings about yoga training.
    In this episode, we discuss what personal qualities are (and aren’t) important for aspiring yoga teachers and unpack the realities of the training experience and how you might feel afterward.
    If you have been wondering if you should embark on yoga teacher training, this episode is for you.
    Show Notes: Myth #1: All yoga teachers must be… (pick your adjective) [2:21] Who should do a yoga teacher training? [2:22] Being yourself when teaching yoga [5:31] Charisma and comfort speaking to a group [12:07] Myth #2: Yoga must be all you do and care about [17:51] Myth #3: There’s only one pathway to teaching yoga [20:13] Myth #4: Yoga training is all about personal transformation [25:46] Myth #5: All yoga teacher trainings are the same [31:30] Myth #6: Yoga teacher training is fun and easy [35:48] Myth #7: You won’t be nervous to teach after teacher training [41:19] Myth #8: You’ll know everything about yoga [44:16] Myth #9: You’ll feel confident and complete as a teacher [48:02] Key takeaways [52:34] Yoga Medicine 200hr Teacher Training options for 2024 [55:27] Links Mentioned: Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga Medicine® 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Connect with Dana Diament:          Facebook | Instagram | Yoga Medicine Online | Raia Collective
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at YogaMedicine.com/podcast-103.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at YogaMedicine.com.
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    • 58 min
    102 Fascia & Pain, A Deeper Discussion

    102 Fascia & Pain, A Deeper Discussion

    Today's hosts Tiffany and Katja return for a deeper discussion of fascia and pain. Recently, fascia is being more generally acknowledged as a pain generator, especially of one specific type of pain: myofascial pain. In this episode, Tiffany and Katja discuss the mobility of fascia, look at fascia as a sensory organ, and explain the influence of fascia on pain mechanisms.
    Listen to this episode to learn how to interact with and influence the fascia and what this information can teach us about implications for pain and mobility disorders.
    Show Notes: Understanding the complexities of pain [3:21] Myofascial and skeletal pain [4:47] Utility of trigger points [11:26] Mobility of fascia [15:19] Implications for yoga practice [21:37] Mobility of fascia a myofascial pain [28:20] Myofascial pain and mobility [31:31] Tools for treating mobility disorders [38:20] Fascia as a sensory organ [42:18] Proprioception and hypermobility [48:10] Links Mentioned: Watch this episode on YouTube Fascia Pain Continued Overview Myofascial Release Training Yoga Medicine® Online Yoga Medicine® Podcast Episode 19: Fascia & Pain Connect with Katja Bartsch:          Facebook | Instagram | Kalamana Yoga | Yoga Medicine® Online Guest Teacher
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at YogaMedicine.com/podcast-102.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at YogaMedicine.com.
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    • 57 min
    101 Comfort, Challenge & Compassion: Community Conversations with Aisha Fakhro

    101 Comfort, Challenge & Compassion: Community Conversations with Aisha Fakhro

    In the yoga world, as elsewhere, opinions seem more polarized than ever. Today we’re making space to explore one popular all-or-nothing topic in the wellness sphere: whether our practice is intended to create comfort or offer challenge.
    Host Rachel explores the delicate balance yoga teachers seek between challenge and comfort and the compassion required to do so with returning guest Aisha Fakhro LAPHP, LNRPC, a licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher who specializes in working with anxiety, trauma, grief, relationships, stress management and personal growth.
    Listen in as we compare, and perhaps reconcile, the case for the comfort of safe and welcoming practice spaces with the growth we might experience from venturing outside our comfort zones.
    Show Notes: Do we even need to know what students need? [3:58] The case for comfort: who we become in welcoming & inclusive spaces [5:53] The case for courage: challenging our comfort zones [12:15] The need for safety with the challenge [16:19] Empowering students to choose what they need: it starts with us [20:33] Compassion as the thread drawing extremes toward each other [25:46] Links Mentioned: Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga Medicine Online Guest Teacher Connect with Aisha Fakhro:           Instagram | Soft Strength Podcast | Aisha Fakhro
     
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at YogaMedicine.com/podcast-101.
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    • 31 min
    100 Yoga, Politics & History: Expert Insights with Firdose Moonda, MA

    100 Yoga, Politics & History: Expert Insights with Firdose Moonda, MA

    Many yoga students and teachers feel part of a culture and tradition we don't fully understand, leading to the necessity for open, honest, and potentially uncomfortable conversations about the wider context our practice exists within - including its long and complicated history and its intersections with culture, commerce, and politics.
    Today host Rachel is joined by Firdose Moonda - a journalist, academic, yoga teacher, and researcher - to explore some of these intersecting issues, and offer an introduction to important definitions and common misunderstandings about the practice. 
    Listen in to learn about the historical and cultural context of yoga and its contributions to our unique and individual in-body experiences.
    Show Notes: 
    Firdose’s early experience with yoga; the drive to deeper study [3:22] The inspiration for Firdose’s new Yoga Medicine course [6:40] Definition and geographical origins of yoga [9:38] Politics and privilege in yoga [12:21] Is yoga actually intended to make us feel good? [17:10] Is yoga really for everyone? [21:59] Chakras, and other concepts we misconstrue as part of yoga tradition [24:52] Acknowledging varied individual embodied experiences of yoga [29:11] Yoga’s origin and religious association; implications for appropriation [36:47] Valuing ongoing education for its own sake [41:19] Yoga’s relationship to colonization [47:15] Details on Firdose's new Yoga Medicine course [49:24] The most powerful three words yoga teachers can say [52:29] Links Mentioned:
    Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga & Politics Online Course Episode 21: South Asian Teacher Panel Connect with Firdose Moonda:
              Instagram | Souldier Yoga
     
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at YogaMedicine.com/podcast-100.
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    • 58 min
    99 Dynamic Stretching: Research Roundup

    99 Dynamic Stretching: Research Roundup

    Today hosts Katja and Tiffany dive into the importance of dynamic mobility training and its broader applications. Stretching is always a loaded topic. There are lots of different opinions and broad research available, with new research being released regularly. In this episode, we talk about the newer research on dynamic stretching and how it relates to athletic performance and injury prevention. 
    Listen in to learn the purpose of stretching, how to incorporate dynamic stretching before exercising, and the different psychological aspects of different stretching modalities. 
    Show Notes: Static stretching before sports [2:31] Purpose and type of stretching [5:15] What is dynamic stretching [9:00] Dynamic stretching and athletic performance [15:08] Injury incidence and dynamic stretching [16:09] How much range of motion (ROM) do we really need? [22:55] Mechanisms of ROM increase [27:15] Mechanisms – balance and proprioception [33:39] Psychological aspects [39:34] How to use different stretching applications [44:04] Links Mentioned: Watch this episode on YouTube Yoga for Athletes Teacher Training Online Dynamic Stretching Overview Connect with Katja Bartsch: Facebook | Instagram | Kalamana Yoga | Yoga Medicine® Online Guest Teacher
    You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at YogaMedicine.com/podcast-99.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at YogaMedicine.com.
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    • 47 min
    98 The Pros & Cons of Using Anatomy in Yoga

    98 The Pros & Cons of Using Anatomy in Yoga

    There is no shortage of strong opinions on what areas of study are appropriate for yoga teachers and students. The study of anatomy is one that, at times, inspires controversy - so today hosts Tiffany and Rachel dive into the pros and cons of using anatomy in yoga. 
    We discuss the challenges of using anatomical language and the risk that a simplified model might be confused with reality. We also debate whether emphasizing the physical could detract from more subtle aspects of yoga practice, as well as how it might provide a shared experience to more deeply connect us to life, each other, and ourselves.
    Listen in to explore some of the drawbacks and advantages of studying and teaching anatomy in the yoga world.
    Show Notes: Does anatomy study limit the concept of yoga to the purely physical? [2:31] Anatomy is a simplified model of a complex and individual reality [7:55] Anatomical language is not familiar to most students [13:26] Recapping the main drawbacks of studying & teaching anatomy [19:56] We all experience life through our physical body; why not learn about it? [21:07] Anatomy study is one lens through which we can know ourselves better [25:52] Anatomical language can be learned and is shared with medical/ movement professionals [28:36] Anatomy study supports intelligent and effective teaching [32:03] Anatomy study can inspire curiosity, reverence, gratitude, and wonder [39:42] Final thoughts, a reminder of the big picture, and Yoga Medicine resources [43:18] Links Mentioned: Watch this episode on YouTube Core Curriculum Bundle Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Yoga Teacher Training Hip: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Yoga Teacher Training Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application Yoga Teacher Training Sequencing with Purpose Yoga Teacher Training You can learn more about this episode, and see the full show notes at YogaMedicine.com/podcast-98.
    And you can find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings at YogaMedicine.com.
    To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 48 min

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Evidence based info for yoga practice and more

Look no further for expertly curated research with footnotes for further reading. A wide variety of voices to be heard and topics to dive into. I always walk away with new ideas to ponder and incorporate into my own practice and with students.

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