The Yoga Addiction

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Yoga is everywhere, and its diversity in practice has many people asking more specific questions about how this practice ‘works’. Join Natalie and Sandy as they explore the modern yoga practice as teachers, students, science nerds and yogis in this ma


64: THE END…but first…30-ish things we need to tell you before we go!
Mar 18 • 77 min
This. Is. It. Our concluding episode, our last hurrah, our final effort. This episode is a conglomeration of all our last messages as yogis and yoga teachers. We alternate between Sandy and Nat giving tidbits of information and inspiration in no…
63: Meditation, Mindfullness and Brain Gray Matter
Mar 11 • 53 min
Meditation is such a hot topic these days, and for good reason. It’s been shown to improve attention span, decrease stress and anxiety. New science is showing that meditation also changes the content of our brains, its gray matter. In today’s episode, we…
62: Jillian Mariani: Founder of Niyama Yoga Wellness
Mar 4 • 52 min
Jillian Mariani is the founder of supplement company Niyama Yoga Wellness. Today, we had a great chat with her about her wellness journey, her inspiration to create Niyama Yoga Wellness and their relationship to the New Leaf Foundation. Best of all, we…
61: The Amygdala - Your Brain’s Fear Center
Feb 26 • 60 min
Today, we discuss a topic that very much excites us: The Amygdala. We generally understand the amygdala as the portion of the brain that coordinates the emotions of fear and anger. These emotions create a very important adaptive response in helping us…
60: Study: The Cooling Effect of Pranayama
Feb 19 • 44 min
Breathing exercises are purported to have myriad benefits: some are cooling, heating, detoxifying, invigorating, calming, restorative. In this episode, we review a recent study on sheetali and shitkari breathing exercises and body temperature. We discuss…
59: Jivana Heyman: How to Make Yoga Teachings Accessible to All Communities
Feb 12 • 66 min
Today we take a deep dive into Jivana Heyman’s amazing yoga mind: his views on yoga philosophy, ego, the teacher-student relationship, the use of touch and adjustments in the practice, just to name a few of the topics we cover. And of course, we dive into…
58: Monday Quickie - Q & A with Jivana Heyman, Author of Accessible Yoga
Feb 10 • 9 min
Jivana Heyman is a sought-after yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer based out of Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of a new book, Accessible Yoga, aimed at bringing the benefits of yoga to anyone who wants it. In this short episode, we barrage…
57: Study Review: The Breath of Life
Feb 5 • 44 min
As promised, we dissect a scientific study in this episode all about breath, contemplative practices and the vagus nerve (find the link in the notes below). When the vagus nerve is stimulated, the body settles into “Rest and Digest” mode, or the…
56: Monday Quickie - Bone Density Story
Feb 3 • 9 min
With age, bone density predictably decreases over time. Maintaining or even building bone density is a long term practice that doesn’t give us immediate payback - which is why it’s hard to maintain a movement practice that’s motivated by bone density.…
55: Should I Quit My Job and Teach Yoga?
Jan 29 • 50 min
This episode is a light-hearted peek into the world of teaching yoga full time. We discuss the stresses of being a yoga teacher that counter the glamour, that dark underbelly of a life-changing practice. We brainstorm the things we would have done…
54: Monday Quickie: Nat Interviews her Husband Eric
Jan 27 • 24 min
We have a special guest for today’s Monday Quickie: Nat’s husband Eric. Sweethearts since university and married in 2018, Nat and Eric have been doing yoga classes together regularly for about 10 years! In this episode, we get Eric’s point of view on…
53: Why Do We Care About The Vagus Nerve?
Jan 22 • 60 min
In recent years, yogis and yoga teacher trainers have been paying more and more attention to the very important vagus nerve. In this episode, we break down the general anatomy and function of the vagus nerve. Then, we discuss its relationship to trauma…
52: Monday Quickie: Start with Breath
Jan 20 • 18 min
One of Sandy’s favourite ways to start a class is by establishing a connection to breath. Breath is our gateway into the nervous system, a powerful tool to transition the body into a state of calm or panic. Many teachers, and Sandy and Nat are absolutely…
51: The Placebo Effect
Jan 15 • 57 min
We often hear about the placebo effect in conjunction with a new drug, treatment or protocol in modern medicine. Placebo is the positive effect people get from a sham treatment when they are being told the treatment is real. Mostly, scientists and health…
50: Monday Quickie: Shoulder Flossing
Jan 13 • 12 min
Arm and shoulder positioning in a yoga class can get quite repetitive if you only practice or teach classic asana. In this episode, Sandy talks about Shoulder Flossing, or some people call it Shoulder Dislocates. This exercise is an easy one to…
49: Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince: Is Asana Being Turned Into A Fitness Practice?
Jan 8 • 62 min
In this one-on-one interview with Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince, Nat and Hiiro dive deep into the effect of fitness-based yoga on teaching modern yoga group classes. Hiiro has even taken to calling himself a non-asana oriented yoga teacher, and as such presents…
48: Monday Quickie: Self Care and Burnout
Jan 6 • 19 min
In our first Quickie Monday episode, Sandy gets on air to discuss burnout and self-care. She shares six techniques that have worked and continue to work for her. // IN THIS EPISODE // You are your first priority - be curious about the care you need Find…
47: Our Vision for 2020
Jan 1 • 49 min
Welcome to 2020! In this episode, we chat about our personal and professional goals for the new year. In terms of the podcast, the new changes coming this year include MORE GIVEAWAYS! Follow and turn on notifications for our Instagram @theyogaaddiction.…
46: Pose breakdown - Twisted / Revolved Lunge
Dec 18, 2019 • 69 min
This is our last episode of 2019! We finish the year off on a pose that is very commonly seen in modern yoga: Twisted Lunge. We start this episode with a longer than normal pre-amble, chatting about the recent Bikram documentary. Then, we dive into the…
45: 3 Ways to Engage the Hamstrings
Dec 11, 2019 • 68 min
Vinyasa yoga has often been criticized for over-stretching the hamstrings as the practice tends to favor forward bends over backbends. Add in the modern-day desk job, sitting with knees bent and hips bent for hours a day—we often see some dysfunction in…
44: Know Your Knee Anatomy Part 2
Dec 4, 2019 • 76 min
In this episode, we expand on our discussion of the knee anatomy into yoga application. We finish off with a discussion on common yoga cues, like “bend your knee to 90 degrees, or flex your foot to protect your knee.” // IN THIS EPISODE // We review what…
43: Alison Heilig - From a Broken Femur to the Pursuit of Happiness
Nov 27, 2019 • 62 min
We met Alison Heilig during one of our group yoga training sessions and immediately clicked. She is a fierce cross-fit competitor, an incredibly educated and tuned-in yoga teacher and perhaps the most durable runner you’ll meet. In this interview, we…
42: Know Your Knee Anatomy Part 1
Nov 20, 2019 • 67 min
The knee is a very important part of your body, connecting almost all of your body weight into your ankles and feet! In this episode, we give the knee the respect it deserves, breaking down the basic anatomy and structures that we as yoga teachers should…
41: Pose Breakdown: Upward Facing Dog / Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Nov 13, 2019 • 62 min
Upward facing dog is an integral pose for any vinyasa practice. It’s a challenging backbend that requires whole-body strength. And because this pose is rarely held for more than one breath, the cueing into and out of the shape can lack the details that…
40: Wesley Lai, Physiotherapist - Trigger Points and Yoga
Nov 6, 2019 • 64 min
Have you ever had a “knotted” muscle? Well, this episode is for you. We invited physiotherapist Wesley Lai to get into the physiology of trigger points, nerve referral pain and how stretching and yoga can impact the knots in our muscles. Wesley lays out…
39: Using Yoga to Build Power
Oct 30, 2019 • 46 min
Power athletes are sprinters, jumpers, throwers, etc.; basically any sport or activity that requires a large amount of work per unit of time. While yoga isn’t a ‘power’ful endeavour, per se, there are many carryover benefits. In this episode, we talk…
38: How Pec Tension limits Asanas
Oct 23, 2019 • 64 min
Do you sit at a desk? Do upper body workouts? Most likely, your pecs are affected! The pectoralis major is the major muscle of the chest and contributes to many arm movements. It is a contributor to forward head and shoulder posture and can create…
37: Imogen North: Teaching Yoga in Conflict Zones
Oct 16, 2019 • 54 min
In this interview, Sandy catches up with her friend and fellow yoga teacher Imogen, who is living and working in Yangon, Myanmar. Imogen brings yoga to sensitive areas in Myanmar, braving forests, rivers and police checkpoints to be of service to those…
36: The SI Joint - Part 2
Oct 9, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode, we continue our discussion of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint), touching on the hip flexor group of muscles and the transversus abdominis. We explain why these muscles are important in the healthy function of the joint and how we can draw…
35: The SI Joint - Part 1
Oct 2, 2019 • 56 min
The sacroiliac joint is a tough workhorse when it comes to load transfer, repetitive motion and weight bearing. In yoga, it’s often mixed with low back or hip issues and yoga teachers often give blanket statements to cover SI joint “safe” modifications.…
34: Meghan Johnston - Your Brain and Nervous System on Restorative Yoga
Sep 25, 2019 • 74 min
In this episode, we interview Meghan Johnston about the power of restorative yoga. Meghan talks about her experience with burnout and how it led her to find restorative yoga for a personal healing practice and also how she sought out several trainings in…
33: Pose Breakdown: Warrior 1 / Virabhadrasana 1
Sep 18, 2019 • 63 min
Today we dive deep into another pose breakdown: Warrior 1, or Virabhadrasana A. Considered by many a foundation pose, we explain why we can consider it a peak pose and discuss all the limitations that might surround it. Nat goes on a rant about the way…
32: Teaching Hypermobile Students
Sep 11, 2019 • 73 min
Hypermobility is the ability for joints to move past an expected range. For many people, certain joints can move well past their range with no pain, however, that is not always the case. In this episode, we dig into all sorts of hypermobility you might…
31: Tensegrity: What is it, why does it matter?
Sep 4, 2019 • 45 min
Tensegrity. A term that gets tossed around in the yoga and movement worlds, but what does it mean? In this episode, we discuss the origin of this word and how the idea of tensegrity in the body, or biotensegrity, helps us understand the tension system of…
30: Mental Health and Wellness Module Overview
Aug 28, 2019 • 67 min
Recently, Nat took a short trip to Portland for a training on mental health and yoga with Yoga Medicine. In this episode, Sandy interviews Nat on her experience and the main takeaways from her week in training. We discuss the importance of epigenetics in…
29: Looking Beyond The Rotator Cuff To Support Students With Rotator Cuff Injuries
Aug 21, 2019 • 59 min
It can be so difficult to visualize a joint like the shoulder, much less anticipate how it moves when there is an injury. In this episode, we try our best to describe normal and abnormal shoulder movement and how we can support students in yoga by…
28: Yoga and Hormones: Testosterone
Aug 14, 2019 • 52 min
It’s been quite a few months since we first discussed yoga and hormones in our cortisol breakdown episode. In today’s episode, we re-visit yoga and hormones with a breakdown of testosterone. We talk about what testosterone does in the body, how its…
27: Aisha Fakhro - Neuroplasticity, Harnessing Resilience, and Transformative Potential
Aug 7, 2019 • 65 min
We got so excited when our friend and fellow yoga teacher Aisha Fakhro suggested we talk about neuroplasticity. It’s a topic that electrifies us with excitement and possibility, this idea that the brain constantly changes and adapts according to inputs…
26: Pose Breakdown: Warrior 3 / Virabhadrasana C
Jul 31, 2019 • 57 min
Pose Breakdown… Today we are dissecting Warrior 3 or Virabhadrasana C. This pose is Sandy’s hands-down favourite pose and one she threads into nearly every class. In this episode, we talk about why we love it so much, it’s musculoskeletal benefits, our…
25: A Summary of The Yoga Alliance Change In Certification Standards
Jul 24, 2019 • 54 min
The Yoga Alliance is an international non-profit regulating body for yoga professionals. They set standards for how teachers are to be trained, standards for continuing education and they maintain a registry of teachers who adhere to their standards. In…
24: The Controversy of the Tuck Your Tailbone Cue & When You Still Need it!
Jul 17, 2019 • 60 min
As yoga teachers, we are all guilty of recycling cues from our teachers and peers—“tuck the tailbone” being a very well-known one. In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of this cue, whether or not we can actually tuck the tailbone without moving…
23: Pose Breakdown: Extended Side Angle Pose / Utthita Parsvakonasana
Jul 10, 2019 • 75 min
Pose Breakdown… Today, we break down Side Angle Pose, or Parsvakonasana. We start from the ground up, from feet, ankles, thighs, hips, spine up to the shoulders. We discuss common patterns of tight muscles as they show up in this pose, and what cues we…
22: Rachel Land - How Do You Know You Are Ready for YTT And How To Choose Which Training Is For You?
Jul 3, 2019 • 67 min
Today we chat with our friend and teacher Rachel Land. Despite a severe time difference (Rachel lives in Queenstown, New Zealand), we’ve recorded this podcast to give you everything you need to know before, during and after your 200 hr Yoga Teacher…
21: What Does An Alignment Based Practice Mean And When Is It Most Useful?
Jun 26, 2019 • 54 min
As yoga teachers, we have been trained to look for alignment in our students. But why are we so fixated on alignment? What does an ‘alignment-based yoga teacher’ do differently, better or worse? In this episode, we discuss what alignment means to us and…
20: Does Yoga Increase Bone Density?
Jun 19, 2019 • 64 min
Today, we answer the question, “Does yoga increase bone density?” We’ve chosen 3 research studies to dive into and how it might affect the way we present the benefits of yoga to students. Though it does seem like yoga has a positive effect on osteoporosis…
19: On Teaching Yoga to Beginners
Jun 12, 2019 • 58 min
Beginners are maybe one of the most rewarding groups you can teach, if you can get a group of them together. In this episode, we go over several important aspects of teaching to beginners, like placing them in the middle of the room, incorporating parts…
18: Allie Geer - Teaching and Practicing Prenatal Yoga
Jun 5, 2019 • 47 min
Today, we feature our second interview with Allie Geer, who is not only a fascia expert but a prenatal yoga specialist. This episode is a must for anyone teaching public group classes, because sooner or later a pregnant yogi will stroll through your…
17: Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince - Must know differences between Yin and Restorative Yoga
May 29, 2019 • 79 min
Restorative and Yin yoga are two practices that often get lumped together into one category. However, our expert guest Hiiro Zake-Sigal Prince sheds light on the distinct differences of these two practices, how and when to intelligently blend the two, and…
16: Yoga for Athletes - How to Design a Practice for Resilience, Recovery, and Power
May 22, 2019 • 51 min
The worlds of athletics and yoga are slowly but surely finding a common place to collide and more athletes are turning to various practices of yoga to increase mobility, focus, power, resilience, etc. In this episode we talk about what pieces of the very…
15: What Is Fascia and How Do We Care for It in Yoga?
May 15, 2019 • 64 min
In the last few years, fascia has become a huge area of research and investigation. In this episode, we dive into the current knowledge about fascia, its anatomy and how yoga can contribute to the health of the fascia. We talk about common fascia…
14: Lara Ederer - Cultivating a Sustainable Yoga Practice and Teaching Career
May 8, 2019 • 83 min
“Our students deserve to know there is yoga beyond the poses,” says Seattle yoga teacher Lara Ederer. A firm believer in creating a long-lived yoga practice and teaching career, in this episode Lara discusses all the implications of cultivating…
13: Market Yourself for Corporate Yoga with these Research-based Facts
May 1, 2019 • 48 min
For a new yoga teacher, breaking into the corporate world to teach yoga is a great source of income and job satisfaction. So, how does a young teacher get into these corporations? In this episode, we’ll go over 3 research articles that you can reference…
12: Understanding the Parasympathetic Nervous System
Apr 24, 2019 • 62 min
Whether you’ve studied the nervous system or not, as a yoga teacher or practitioner you have definitely dabbled within your own parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). In this episode we break down what exactly the PNS is, what it does, and why it’s so…
11: Elena Cheung - The Power of NeuroKinetic Therapy In Private Yoga Classes
Apr 17, 2019 • 58 min
NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is a sophisticated form of manual therapy that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing. Our guest and colleague, Elena Cheung, shares her experience with this method of discovering mis-mapped mind-body…
10: Lordosis And Anterior Pelvic Tilt Explained
Apr 10, 2019 • 47 min
Low back anatomy is a complex subject that all yoga teachers are aware of, but few teachers dive deeply into all its intricacies. In this episode, we take a look at the general curve of the low back and its relationship to the pelvis, and what that means…
9: Yoga and Hormones - How To Use Yoga To Support Cortisol Regulation
Apr 2, 2019
Cortisol has gotten a bad reputation lately as a stress hormone that we should actively work to keep down. However, cortisol is essential for the regulation of so many of our bodily functions and has a natural day-night rhythm that we should learn to work…
8: What Are Our Responsibilities as Yoga Teachers?
Mar 26, 2019
As yoga evolves with our modern lives, the typical yoga class is becoming part physical therapy, emotional therapy, mindfulness, and a kick-ass workout. To balance all of these expectations, yoga teachers need to wear many different hats, from…
7: Allie Geer - How Cadaver Dissections Have Impacted How We Teach
Mar 19, 2019
In 2017, Nat and Sandy took an interesting “walk in nature”; a cadaver dissection for yoga teachers via Yoga Medicine and the Laboratory of Anatomical Enlightenment. There, they were reunited with Allie Geer, now a Yoga Medicine senior teacher who has…
6: The Mobility Movement and its Relationship to Yoga
Mar 12, 2019
As yogis, we have an innate interest in movement and mobility in the human body. However, what characterizes a yoga class vs. a mobility or movement class? In this episode, we dissect the differences we see and how it applies to modern yoga. IN THIS…
5: What is SAID and How Can We Use it in Asana
Mar 5, 2019
We can learn a lot by studying principles from different training modalities, and considering how they might apply to the general yoga class. In this episode, we dissect the principle of SAID: specific adaptation to imposed demands. A term often used in…
4: Hot Yoga…Are We Actually Detoxifying the Body?
Feb 26, 2019
As you might expect, science doesn’t say much about hot yoga as a detoxification method since the liver and kidneys do most of the heavy lifting in that category. In today’s episode, we discuss myths surrounding detoxification in hot yoga and the reasons…
3: Interview with Danielle Eve - Everything you need to know to Create a Successful Corporate Yoga Business
Feb 20, 2019
Big city living is most often accompanied by desk job living. Yoga teacher and entrepreneur Danielle Eve wants to deliver mindful movement and stress release to desk jockeys who might otherwise never step foot in a yoga studio. Danielle and Megan’s…
2: Why the Transverse Abdominis is One Badass Muscle and How to Use It
Feb 19, 2019
For the last few years, the transversus abdominis has been a buzz word among health and fitness professionals. In this podcast, we reveal why it’s so talked about, how we can use it in yoga classes and its relationship to other areas of our health. IN…
1: Introductions and Why We Created The Yoga Addiction
Feb 19, 2019
Welcome to the Yoga Addiction, brain child of Natalie Senger and Sandy Huen. Today, we talk about our yoga journeys and our motivation for creating this podcast. IN THIS EPISODE: Why Sandy believes our roles as yoga teachers are vitally important to the…