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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.

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

    • Health & Fitness

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.

    07 Navigating Burnout with Tiffany Cruikshank & Rachel Land

    07 Navigating Burnout with Tiffany Cruikshank & Rachel Land

    We’ve all experienced burnout, whether in our work or our home lives, and it can leave us feeling so overwhelmed that we don’t know how to start finding our way out of it.

    Today Tiffany and Rachel talk about what burnout is — what it looks and feels like, including some signals that can help us recognize it early. We share our personal experiences of burnout and offer a range strategies to explore (some of which may surprise you). We build a simple three-step plan to navigate out of burnout, and emphasize the importance of each of us tailoring that plan to our individual needs.
    Listen in to find out how to get through burnout without losing your way.
    If you’d like to learn more about this episode, see the full show notes, find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings, come visit us at www.YogaMedicine.com. To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 52 min
    06 The Power of Mindfulness with Dr. Rashmi Bismark MD MPH

    06 The Power of Mindfulness with Dr. Rashmi Bismark MD MPH

    Today Rachel talks about the power of mindfulness with Dr. Rashmi Bismark MD MPH, a U.S.-trained physician who is board certified in both preventative medicine and public health. Dr. Rashmi is uniquely qualified to speak on the impact of mindfulness practices as, in parallel with her conventional medical studies, she also studied alternative and complementary therapies including Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
    Dr. Rashmi specializes in preventative medicine and blends eastern and western traditions in her medical practice. Her mission is to help individuals and communities rediscover their true nature, redefine their relationships with the world around them, and harness the power within themselves to be healthy, well and resilient.
    Listen in to this episode as Rachel and Dr. Rashmi discuss her unique pathway to medicine, how she began teaching mindfulness and yoga, what inspired her award-winning illustrated children's book, Finding Om, and her thoughts on the difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation. Through it all, you’ll hear recurring themes around the importance of curiosity and trust.
    If you’d like to learn more about this episode, see the full show notes, find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings, come visit us at www.YogaMedicine.com. To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 55 min
    05 Sustainability & Yoga with Tiffany Cruikshank and Rachel Land

    05 Sustainability & Yoga with Tiffany Cruikshank and Rachel Land

    Today Rachel and Tiffany talk about all of the ways we find the inspiration we need to create positive behaviors and maintain them long-term -- whether that's in our yoga practice, our teaching, or really, in any aspect of our lives.
    We discuss the paths that each of us took to get to the kind of yoga that we practice and teach today and share how our practice has evolved over the years. We also talk about why curiosity is a superpower, and how to keep your yoga practice, and teaching, from becoming a chore.
    Listen in to learn how we come up with ideas for our yoga classes and courses, and our tips for teachers, whether just starting out or maintaining momentum over the years.
    If you’d like to learn more about this episode, see the full show notes, find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings, come visit us at www.YogaMedicine.com. To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    04 Find Ease in Uncertainty with Diane Malaspina PhD

    04 Find Ease in Uncertainty with Diane Malaspina PhD

    Today's guest gives us a masterclass in how yoga can help us navigate life’s uncertainty with a little more grace. Diane Malaspina is an Applied Psychologist and yoga teacher with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness field. Diane has a B.S. in Psychology, a Master of Education, and a PhD in Educational and Developmental Psychology.
    Rachel and Diane discuss why she was drawn to psychology as an area of study, how yoga and meditation turned out to be exactly what she needed as a stressed-out grad student, and how she started teaching yoga almost by accident when her favorite teacher called in sick. Diane also talks about how the pandemic forced her, as it did many of us, to completely change her professional plans but also allowed her the time and space to reconsider how to best spend her energy and time.
    Listen in to find out why the expression "no news is good news" doesn't actually ring true for many of us and how yoga and meditation can help us shift our baseline to change our relationship with stress and uncertainty.
    “If we get into prolonged states of uncertainty or stress we overtax our system and shift into a physiological stress response which shuts down memory and our ability to focus.” - Diane Malaspina.
    If you’d like to learn more about this episode, see the full show notes, find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings, come visit us at www.YogaMedicine.com. To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 56 min
    03 The Placebo Effect with Katja Bartsch, Part 2

    03 The Placebo Effect with Katja Bartsch, Part 2

    Today we are continuing our discussion on the Placebo Effect. In the first half we talked about what the Placebo Effect is, why it is so important, and how it applies to the work we do. In this episode we dive into the many ways that placebo effects relate to lifestyle, movement, and yoga.In this episode, you'll learn how your mindset affects your relationship to exercise, why meditation is the groundwork for what yoga teachers do, why our language matters and why exercise you enjoy is so important.
    “Your mindset you have about stress, food, and exercise can also create expectations and those placebo effects.” - Katja Bartsch
    If you’d like to learn more about this episode, see the full show notes, find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings, come visit us at www.YogaMedicine.com. To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.
     

    • 37 min
    02 The Placebo Effect with Katja Bartsch, Part 1

    02 The Placebo Effect with Katja Bartsch, Part 1

    This episode is the first part of the conversation with Tiffany Cruikshank and Katja Barsch on the Placebo Effect and how it relates to yoga.
    Katja is a Yoga Medicine instructor and a researcher with a focus on fascia. She runs anatomy and fascia physiology yoga teacher trainings around Europe and contributes research roundups to several Yoga Medicine trainings. She is currently working on her PhD under the skillful guidance of Dr Robert Schleip and is a Board-Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (BCSI; ATSI) trained by Tom Myers and his Anatomy Trains school. We are honored to have her researchers eye for our research focused episodes.
    Together, we dive into the history of the Placebo Effect, how it can be used for the treatment of pain and chronic pain, and how that relates to its function in yoga classes. We also discuss how the Placebo Effect relates to expectation and why, as teachers, our words matter so much.
    Listen and learn about some possible positive effects that the Placebo Effect can have, how genetics affect the Placebo Effect, and how to use the Placebo Effect in yoga.
    “We don't realize that listening is actually serving a therapeutic role.” - Tiffany Cruikshank
    If you’d like to learn more about this episode, see the full show notes, find out more about insider tips, online classes or information on our teacher trainings, come visit us at www.YogaMedicine.com. To support our work, please leave us a 5 star review with your feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    • 42 min

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