Yoga for PainPodcasts & Articles
227: Is Pain During Yoga Okay? with Neil Pearson
We may have told our yoga students not to do a movement if it causes pain, but is all pain necessarily bad? Neil Pearson (he/him) shares insights from pain science about why pain doesn’t always mean damage, and how to approach pain in yoga.
226: Questions to Ask Someone in Pain with Shelly Prosko
What are some questions to ask someone in pain to be better able to help them? Shelly Prosko (she/her) shares insights about pain, healing, and compassion, and highlights some questions rooted in empowerment, pain science and self compassion we can ask.
225: Yoga for Hip Pain with Shannon Crow
Hip or pelvic pain is a common complaint among yoga students, and you may even have experienced it yourself. Shannon Crow (she/her) shares more about what exactly hip pain is and some yoga exercises and movements that can help alleviate it.
207: Biopsychosocial Model & Yoga with Carolyn Vandyken
The biopsychosocial model of care is a whole-person approach to health and wellness. Expert Carolyn Vandyken (she/her) explains how this framework relates to pain, movement, function. She also breaks down the science of pain in relation to yoga, and more!
194: Bladder 101 for Yoga Teachers
What do we as yoga teachers need to understand about the bladder? So many of our students are dealing with urinary incontinence. Studies have shown the benefits that yoga and education can have. Today Shannon outlines why yoga is good for your bladder.
193: Pelvic Symmetry Sequence with Shannon Crow
Shannon shares a pelvic symmetry sequence that she has used for years as a yoga teacher and practitioner. It is one that Dr. Sinead Dufour adapted from a sequence that Cecile Rost, PT created. This sequence is often helpful for pelvic girdle pain.
175: Coping During a Crisis with Diane Liska
2020 has been a challenging year for many of us; in this espisode Diane Liska shares some brain science education, along with some coping strategies.
170: Is this Movement Safe? with Shannon Crow
In this episode Shannon covers the four questions she uses to determine how to make any movement safe for a yoga student.
159: Mindful Touch and Yoga with Tiffany Ryan & Katherine Parker
Tiffany and Katherine, founders of Yomassage, share how they created a unique niche offering that combines yoga with therapeutic touch.
149: Yoga for Anxiety with Amanda Whiting
Many yoga students are dealing with anxiety. They hear how beneficial yoga can be for the nervous system. Amanda Whiting specializes in yoga for anxiety.
137: Yoga and Brain Injuries with Ann Green
Ann Green is a yoga teacher and athlete who has had multiple concussions. She shares how she created yoga specific for people dealing with brain injuries.
133: Yoga for Painful Sex with Casie Danenhauer
Casie Danenhauer is a physical therapist and yoga teacher. She talks about painful sex and how we can use yoga, breathing, and meditation. She also talks about how well all of this integrates with physical therapy.
117: Pain Language with Shelly Prosko (Part 2)
This week, Shannon and Shelly discuss the importance of self-compassion and the language we can use around that, as well ashow we can make yoga “safe” – both by creating safe spaces and through the use of our language.
116: Pain Language with Shelly Prosko (Part 1)
Shannon and Shelly discuss the concepts of pain and some of the science behind pain (hint: it’s not a ‘thing’, it’s a phenomenon and an experience!). When guiding a yoga class, some words we use innocently may either be empowering or triggering – Shelly shares more about some words to avoid, and her suggestions for alternatives.
115: The Polyvagal Theory and Yoga with Dr. Ginger Garner
The polyvagal theory, the wandering nerve, the use of sound, music, cues and communication in a yoga class, chronic pain – Shannon and Dr. Garner dive deep into these topics and more. Dr. Garner shares examples from her multi-decade career about the use of polyvagal theory in treating chronic pain, and highlights some tools yoga teachers can put into practice in their own classes.
114: Compassion Fatigue with Diane Liska
As yoga teachers, we come across people who come to yoga in search of healing. We help guide their experience and help them in their healing process, but this can take a toll on us that leads to burnout and compassion fatigue over time. Diane Liska has strategies for how best to develop resilience to compassion fatigue and evolve in our own professional practice.
084: Yoga for Scoliosis with Christine Jaureguiberry
Christine Jaureguiberry shares how she was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 5 and how yoga helped her to feel more in control of her own well-being.
082: Yoga and Fibromyalgia with Pamela Crane
Today we meet Pamela Crane, who suffered for years with fibromyalgia, persistent pain, anxiety, and depression and how yoga literally saved her life.
080: Yoga & Endometriosis [Part 2] with Dustienne Miller
Dustienne Miller is a physical therapist and yoga teacher who specializes in helping women to relieve pelvic pain, specifically endometriosis.
079: Yoga and Endometriosis [Part 1] with Kimberly Castello
Kimberly Castello is a yoga therapist, who helps people who are dealing with persistent pain, endometriosis, chronic fatigue and illness.
Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)
Interstitial Cystitis affects 3.2 – 7.9 million women and 1 – 4 million men in the US. This article summarizes the symptoms, sub-types and comfort measures.
077: Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome) with Helena Spears
Today we meet Helena Spears, a yoga teacher who has been using yoga to deal with persistent pain. Helena has Interstitial Cystitis, Fibromyalgia and AS.
075: Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr. Sinead Dufour
Pelvic girdle pain develops in pregnancy or postnatally. Shannon and Dr. Sinead Dufour discuss how our understanding of pelvic girdle pain has evolved, the misconceptions that make treating the pain difficult, and what yoga teachers can do to help their students experiencing pelvic pain.
069: Yoga with Pelvic Organ Prolapse with Dr. Sarah Duvall
In today’s podcast, Dr. Sarah Duvall defines pelvic organ prolapse and shares what we as yoga teachers and practitioners need to know about POP.
068: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with Amy Hoare
Today’s episode opens up a difficult but important issue in the yoga world; the abuse of power. We hear from Trauma Treatment Specialist, Amy Hoare.
056: Yoga and Menopause with Leslie Kazadi
There can be a lot of shyness around discussing the profound physical, emotional and mental changes that menopause can bring. Leslie opens up about her own experience with menopause in a very honest way and how it led her to take it on as a special area of interest in relation to her yoga teachings.
033: A New Perspective on Diastasis Recti with Dr. Sinead Dufour
What is diastasis recti? New research tells us that is is no longer a separation of the rectus abdominus muscles. Dr. Sinead Dufour shares her findings.
017: Yoga for Chronic Pain with Julia Khafizov
Julia Khafizov is a yoga teacher with a wealth of knowledge. She specializes in pain care yoga, helping students who are dealing with chronic pain.
012: Sciatic Pain and Yoga with Joanne Pineau
Joanne Pineau talks with us today about sciatic pain and how yoga can help. She also shares information about sciatica and piriformis syndrome.