From Pain to Possibility Podcast

From Pain to Possibility

PODCAST with Susi Hately

Podcast: Ep #232: Strength is Easy

Learn how you and your clients can gain bodily awareness during rehab to more easily become stronger without risking injury.

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Podcast: Ep #231: Building Strength and Getting Stronger

Learn the eight principles of movement and how they can help alleviate and even eradicate pain by building true strength.

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Podcast: Ep #230: R&R Sleep Meditation with Anne Douglas

Anne Douglas, a teacher and trainer of yoga, speaks with me about the Rest and Revitalization Sleep Meditation certification that she created and the incredible benefits of this practice.

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Podcast: Ep #229: Yoga Intensive with Charlotte Van Bassan and Susan Morrison

Learn how to use yoga instruction to help others become more aware of their movements and compensation patterns, and what my recent students have taken away from my Therapeutic Yoga Intensive.

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Podcast: Ep #228: Shoulder and Whole Body Connection: From Grumpy to Happy Dog

Explore downward facing dog pose, its relationship to shoulder rehabilitation, and the compensation patterns that can be connected to it.

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Podcast: Ep #227: Shoulder and Hips Connection: Exploring Bridge Pose and Supine Twist

Discover the relationship between the shoulder girdle and the pelvic girdle, and learn targeted exercises to relieve tissue tension in these areas.

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Podcast: Ep #226: Shoulder – Why I Don’t Love the Cue “Setting the Shoulder Blades”

Understand what it means to “set” the scapula or shoulder blades, and learn why I recommend alternatives to this approach.

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Podcast: Ep #225: Shoulder – A New Mini-Series

Discover the mechanics of the shoulder girdle, why shoulder injuries occur, and how to work on allowing the girdle to become stable, strong, and mobile.

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Podcast: Ep #224: Walking Program Part 2

In part two of my mini-series on pain-free walking, learn four concepts to keep you on track and making progress, like remembering the gains you already made and staying in your body while walking.

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Podcast: Ep #223: Walking Program Part 1

Getting back to pain-free walking can be a long game. Learn how to gauge your baseline, what movements and patterns you should be aware of, and how to avoid setbacks.

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Podcast: Ep #222: Mechanics of Breathing Part 8 – Full-Body Breathing

As part of my mini-series on the Mechanics of Breathing, today’s episode will focus on full-body breathing, specifically several exercises to bring intention and attention to your breathing.

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Podcast: Ep #221: Mechanics of Breathing Part 7 – Practice R&R Sleep Meditation

Get comfortable because today’s episode is another Rest & Revitalization Sleep Meditation practice, this one specifically focused on TMJ and sleep apnea.

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Podcast: Ep #220: Mechanics of Breathing Part 6 – TMJ and Dentistry with Dr. Larry Stanleigh

This episode focuses on TMJ, airway, and obstructive sleep apnea with Dr. Larry Stanleigh, my dentist and a trainer in my upcoming Mechanics of Breathing 4.0 course.

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Podcast: Ep #219: Mechanics of Breathing Part 5 – An Ayurvedic Approach to Tongue, Sleep and Sleep Apnea with Mona Warner

In part five of my Mechanics of Breathing mini-series, we’re discussing an Ayurvedic approach to tongue, sleep, and sleep apnea with Mona Warner, Ayurvedic practitioner, Ayurvedic yoga therapist, and yoga teacher trainer.

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Podcast: Ep #218: Mechanics of Breathing Part 4 – Exploring Your Feet, Your Breath, and “Breathing with Your Feet”

Part four of my breathing mini-series explores the surprising ways the tissue suppleness of your feet can impact your breathi. I’ll also take you through an exercise designed to teach you about “breathing with your feet.”

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Podcast: Ep #217: Mechanics of Breathing Part 3 – Exploring Your Rib Cage

In part three of my Mechanics of Breathing mini-series, we explore the rib cage and its relationship with breathing issues, both through intellectual theory and a guided breathing practice.

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Podcast: Ep #216: Mechanics of Breathing Part 2 – Myofascial Connections Between the TMJ, Upper Airway, Pelvic Floor and Tongue

In part two of my Mechanics of Breathing mini-series we’re diving into the myofascial connections between TMJ issues, sleep apnea, airway, breathing, and how I use my signature approach to improve them holistically.

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Podcast: Ep #215: Mechanics of Breathing Part 1 – A New Mini-Series and Practice

This is the first in my multi-part mini-series on the mechanics of breathing featuring practices and interviews—all designed for clients (and professionals) suffering from sleep apnea.

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Podcast: Ep #214: Reducing & Getting Out of Pain at the Therapeutic Yoga Intensive with Nona Jordan and Karin Rossi

Hear from two recent students of my Therapeutic Yoga Intensive about how the training has influenced their work as teachers, and the crucial role compassion plays in reducing pain.

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Podcast: Episode 213: Productivity and Physiology with Neill Willams

Neill Williams is a life and productivity coach who joins me on this episode to teach us how to create more ease and productivity in our lives by aligning our to-do lists with our bodies’ natural rhythms and needs.

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Podcast: Episode 212: Feeling Your Body and Losing Weight with Corinne Crabtree

Today we’re joined by No BS Weightloss CEO Corinne Crabtree to discuss losing weight and the similarities in how she and I treat our clients on their health journeys.

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Podcast: Episode 211: Reducing & Getting Out of Pain at the Therapeutic Yoga Intensive with Claire MacEachen and Michelle Deschenes

This episode features two special guests, Claire MacEachen and Michelle Deschenes, recent graduates of my Therapeutic Yoga Intensive in October 2023. Listen as they share their biggest takeaways from the intensive, including the need for instructors to recognize that, “You are your first client!”

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Podcast: Episode 210: R&R Sleep Meditation

Find a safe, comfortable space to listen to this step-by-step Rest & Revitalization Sleep Meditation. Use it to give yourself and your clients a few moments to pause, breathe, and rebalance.

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Podcast: Episode 209: Hip and Knee Recovery: Getting Back to Golf Post Hip or Knee Surgery

My goal, as always, is to collaborate with my clients and help them become more attuned to their bodies so they can return to the course. That first begins with basic exercises to develop mobility, stability, and strength, in small steps.

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Podcast: Episode 208: A Key Factor for Re-Training Core Stability Post Hip or Knee Surgery

Following a hip or knee surgery, it is critical that clients build core strength and stability. That process of re-training core is dependent on the client and health professional relationship forming the “healing helix.” Because it is not enough to go through the motions of rehab—you must establish a brain-body connection

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Podcast: Episode 207: Hip and Knee Recovery: Retraining From Limping to Smoother Walking Patterns

I’m diving into the fundamental mechanics of gait. I’ll deconstruct both the mechanical aspects and the integration of breath to give you a comprehensive understanding of compensatory patterns in your clients or yourself.

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Podcast: Episode 206: Hip and Knee Recovery: Improving Range of Motion, Stability and Strength Post Knee and Hip Surgery

I’m eager to share my passion for helping people reclaim their mobility post hip and knee surgery. By presenting case studies from my clients who have gone through this recovery process, you’ll hear my tips for your own recovery.

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Podcast: Episode 205: Hip and Knee Recovery Post Surgery

When preparing for surgery, one of the first things I emphasize with my clients is the importance of focused breathing. This week, I’ll be sharing two practices that assist clients in connecting with their body sensations. I’ll also highlight why it’s crucial to encourage the use of these practices both before and after surgery.

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Podcast: Episode 204: Reducing and Eradicating Physical Pain: Strengthening For Real

​Are you tired of rushing into strength training post-injury only to end up with more persistent pain? The strengthening process has so many misconceptions and pitfalls, so I’m offering a fresh perspective on “strengthening for real” this week.

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Podcast: Episode 203: Reducing and Eradicating Physical Pain: Key Principles For Reducing Compensatory Patterns

I help my clients unpack and decode the signals of their bodies, pulling unconscious communications into the conscious realm. Discover how one of my clients identified her non-compensatory range and in doing so the incredible changes she experienced in her weightlifting regime.

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Podcast: Episode 202: Reducing and Eradicating Physical Pain: Your Why

A client’s movement desires, hopes, and dreams for their life matter. These are some of the factors that lead to them seeking help to eradicate and reduce their pain. Time and time again, I’ve found that uncovering these factors and really diving deep are essential to experience optimal healing.

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Podcast: Episode 201. Yoga Therapy Certification Being Over 60 and 70 Years Old with Lory Newmyer and Ruth Ann Penny

Discover the power of being a lifelong learner, why growing old can open new possibilities in business and life, and how the Yoga Therapy Certification can benefit you at any age. We’re discussing some of the common beliefs toward aging, and how to step toward vitality and embrace new experiences throughout your life.

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Podcast: Episode 198. Magic of Certification: What Makes Yoga Therapy SO Awesome with Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist Kirsten Richardson

As a trainer in my certification program as well as a certification graduate, Kirsten graciously shares how Yoga Therapy has transformed her offerings, methods of working with her clients, and why learning within the Certification program is so unique.

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Podcast: Episode 197. Getting Out Of Pain: The Key to Deep Muscular Release

I’m sharing the profound benefits of a practice I call the art of doing nothing. When you can find a state of rest where both the body and mind can settle in a calm and peaceful way, you can experience a deep unwinding and release of tension.

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Podcast: Episode 196. Magic of Certification: 10 Years post Graduation with Natasha Boldrieff

I’m digging into why your relationship with you matters. Our relation to our bodies is more than physical, more than cognitive. It’s a web of complex and subtle inputs and outputs.

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Podcast: Episode 195. Getting Out of Pain: A New Mini Series

I’m digging into why your relationship with you matters. Our relation to our bodies is more than physical, more than cognitive. It’s a web of complex and subtle inputs and outputs.

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Podcast: Episode 194. Reducing the Hump of Scoliosis with Pure Movement with Beth Kaplan

This week, I am thrilled to introduce my personal client and Certification Trainee: Beth Kaplan. Beth’s story is unique because she has scoliosis, is a yogi, and has extensive experience with pain. Beth and I unpack how she tuned into the subtlety of her scoliosis to experience transformative change and share 3 takeaways from Beth’s journey that will help you on your path toward eradicating pain or helping others to do so. 

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Podcast: Episode 193. Magic of Certification: 2 Months In and Listen to Their Results with International Students Maria Hykin and Nicole Nanfra

It’s one thing to talk with people when they’ve gotten their groove or graduated from one of my programs, but it’s a totally different game when we’re two months in. So Nicole and Maria are here to share more about what it’s like being two months into the final module, how they’re expanding their practices, and how the program is benefitting their clients.

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Podcast: Episode 192. Neck Mini Series: Reducing and Eradicating Neck Pain

The neck can be a very classic compensator for issues elsewhere in the body, and there are several ways to deal with neck pain. I remind you of the importance of connecting how we move with how we feel, and share four ideas to help you reduce and eradicate your neck pain.

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Podcast: Episode 191. Neck Mini Series: Your Neck to Rib Cage to Pelvis Connection

Understanding where the tension occurs in your body can help you better understand your movement habits and how they relate to pain. We will observe stretch sensations, twists, and breath, and learn to identify your feelings to find less tension and more ease.

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Podcast: Episode 190. Neck Mini Series: Making “Neck Stretches” Work Better For You

By looking closely at common stretches, we can observe what we feel and how our body reacts to the movements and sensations. Because this is an active episode, I suggest you find a chair to sit in as you tune in and follow along.

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Podcast: Episode 189. Neck Mini Series: When Alignment Doesn’t Work (You Aren’t a Stack of Blocks)

The “block building” approach to treating pain is missing the multi-faceted nature of our beings. This week, I explore how posture is in tune with our subconscious. I unpack how encouraging my clients to connect easefully with their bodies allows for quicker, deeper, structural shifts.

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Podcast: Episode 188. What You Will Learn at the Therapeutic Yoga Intensive

Tune in this week to discover the three essential elements of this training, why my teaching style is intrinsically successful, the results you can expect. I’m giving you all the details on this intensive so you decide if it’s right for you and sharing how you can sign up.

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Podcast: Episode 187. Certification: How a Trainee Helped Her Husband Eradicate His Migraines 

This week you get a peek into my certification program with a conversation I had with my trainees. One trainee shares a transformational story of using my teachings to eradicate her husband’s migraines.

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Podcast: Episode 186. Healing Foot Pain

To wrap up my series on the feet, I’m sharing the key factors required to heal foot pain and prevent it from coming back. The two areas that make the biggest difference to your foot pain are the Healing Helix and the Principles of Movement, and I explore both in this episode.

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Podcast: Episode 185. Going Barefoot

There are barefoot-lifestyle gurus who swear by ditching your shoes and living life with bare feet whenever possible. While I’m not quite on that level, in this episode I share my experiences of being barefoot and what you can discover by trying it with awareness.

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Podcast: Episode 184. Loving Your Flip Flops, Loving Your Feet 

Flip flops are so light and easy to slip on in the summer. However, after consistent use for long periods of time, you might start to notice some foot pain and discomfort. They’re even the archenemy of some podiatrists who tell you to never wear them.

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Podcast: Episode 183. Summer Foot Fun – Reducing and Eradicating Foot Pain 

Our feet are a part of an extended kinetic chain: connected to our legs, hips, and pelvis. They punctuate our posture. Through the techniques I offer today, you can deepen your understanding of your feet and how to eradicate their pain.

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Podcast: Episode 182. All About Yoga Therapy Certification – The 4 Steps To Certification

Today I outline the key features of my Yoga Therapy Certification so that you may know if this program is a good fit for you. I share my passion for helping folks heal and eliminate pain as they truly go from Pain to Possibility.

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Podcast: Episode 181: The Power Of Pure Movement: Helping Your Psoas Heal Part 4

In order to perform with less pain or no pain, it is essential to tune in to your body to identify your range of movement, quality of movement, and breath. This week I talk all about ease and why a focus on ease will catapult you toward progress.

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Podcast: Episode 180: The Power Of Pure Movement: Helping Your Psoas Heal Part 3

Breath directly affects tissue tension. I have found again and again that breathing issues are linked to psoas pain. Discover methods for moving your breath, releasing the psoas, and finding more sensitivity within your body. This episode is a great way to start any movement practice while focusing on the psoas.

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Podcast: Episode 179: The Power Of Pure Movement: Helping Your Psoas Heal Part 2

This week we continue our study of the ‘7-R’s’ by looking at the last two: refining new patterns and growing resiliency. I share two recovery journeys to demonstrate why it is essential for us to take our time and create movement plans for our desired activities ahead.

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Podcast: Episode 178: The Power Of Pure Movement: Helping Your Psoas Heal Part 1

We will concentrate on the “5 R’s” to foster awareness of subtle body movements. These practices cultivate ease, allowing you to attune to your inner world, experience release, and naturally settle.

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Podcast: Episode 177: The Power Of Pure Movement: A Key Issue Related To Quadratus Lumborum Pain

Have you noticed that cues to release your persistent QL pain don’t hit the spot? Have no fear because I share how strain in one area can resolve itself by working with Pure Movement. By breaking down and easing tensions outside of the pain point, my clients often find the area of trouble has space to right itself.

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Podcast: Episode 176: The Power of Pure Movement: How to Resolve QL Pain

The Quadratus Lumborum (QL) is a crucial muscle in our body that often plays a significant role in compensatory patterns. One of the top five reasons people come to me is to seek relief from QL pain. However, upon closer examination, we realize that the QL itself is not the sole issue, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem.

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Podcast: Episode 175: Rethinking Hypermobility and Pain: Amy Yapp

Amy Yapp is a yoga teacher and a client of mine. She has Hypermobility Disorder and an acute understanding of building skills to connect with her form. We discuss the difference between reactivity and responsiveness, and how to take action by knowing your body well.

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Podcast: Episode 174: Rethinking Hypermobility and Pain: Jeannie Di Bon

Jeannie Di Bon is an advocate for those with hypermobility and a movement therapist located in London. She has hypermobile EDS, POTS, and MCAS. Jeannie struggled most of her life without a diagnosis, she shares how she was filled with relief when she identified her diagnosis at 48 and the possibility for change.

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Podcast: Episode 173: Rethinking Hypermobility and Pain: The Vital Skills – Interoception and Proprioception

I break down examples of interoceptive and proprioceptive sensations, shedding light on why they are important to tune in to. People with hypermobility innately have less interoception, but fear not. It is a skill that I help clients develop through tool building and observation.

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Podcast: Episode 172: Rethinking Hypermobility and Pain: Key Concepts For Reducing Pain

Nobody wants to be told that their movement is wrong. That’s why finding innovative communication methods that connect clients with their interoceptive and proprioceptive sensations is so important. By helping them develop a heightened perception of movement, we lay the foundation for building an internal language that interprets sensory signals and ultimately enhances motor skills.

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Podcast: Episode 171: Fundamentals of Getting Out of Pain – What Do I Mean By Healing is Possible?

I find that healing is often invisible due to a disconnection between our body and the sensations within it. Learning to listen and tune in to your body is a shift that can bring awareness to the healing that is occurring. This allows us to notice signals and make appropriate changes.

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Podcast: Episode 170: Hormone Therapy and Estrogen Post Breast Cancer with Dr. Corinne Menn, MD

Dr. Corinne Menn is an OBGYN and a breast cancer survivor. Due to her own experiences with cancer, she was inspired to spend much of her career studying menopause and the various hormonal treatments for cancer survivors. She is an advocate for female survivors finding information to make the best health decision for their body.

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Podcast: Episode 169: “I Am Moving Better and am Physically Stronger After Breast Cancer” with Helen Pomeroy

Helen Pomerony is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and breast cancer survivor. She is here to share how reaching out to work with me has helped her connect back to her body, find feeling in her form, and encourage healing.

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Podcast: Episode 168: Answering Now What: Breast Cancer Recovery with Yoga, Breath and Stillness

Working with ease, reducing tension and strain, and finding the way back to “ordinary” can be overwhelming. My methods are multilayered just as yoga, movement, breath, and stillness are. We study our body’s movements, connect how our emotions arise, and leave space for play.

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Podcast: Episode 167: Reducing Persistent Pain By Feeling with Trudy Johnson

Persistent pain is overwhelming. It can be tempting to claim “my pain problem is XYZ” when the reality is much more nuanced. Pain in the hip, for example, can also be influenced by tightness in the upper body. It is all connected, and sometimes, it can be hard to identify where it’s coming from.

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Podcast: Episode 166: My 8 Principles of Movement

Our relation to our body changes from day to day, from experience to experience. When using the 8 Principles of Movement, we tune in to our present experience, understanding that our ability can shift from one moment to the next. With more awareness, we can notice more tension, and through noticing, eventually, we can open with ease.

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Podcast: Episode 165: Reducing Persistent Pain by Integrating Yoga Therapy, Physical Therapy & Podiatry with Ros Tobe

When the pain goes down, what is there now? Arriving at a new state within your body is a learning experience. Monitoring and refining your understanding of the body becomes a tool that helps you to achieve your goals and manage pain.

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Podcast: Episode 164: When It Is Difficult to Feel – Tips, Ideas and Suggestions with Ruth Ann Penney and Kim Marion, OT

As therapists, we often have to help our clients find language to express what they are experiencing in their bodies. We shift between sensory avenues to find methods of communication that encourage understanding of the feeling while tailoring this sensory language to each client’s felt experience.

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Podcast: Episode 163: 4 Common Questions About Practice: How Often, For What Duration, What Time of Day, How Many Repetitions

The desire of completing a practice “correctly” or as a “to-do” sometimes distracts my clients from the actual work wanting to take place within their bodies. Time and time again I’ve found that a 4-minute practice can have a better impact than a 30-minute practice shoehorned into your schedule.

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Podcast: Episode 162: Bracing Patterns & When To Reduce Them For Reducing and Eradicating Pain

Bracing patterns are a key factor in a person’s recovery process. You can make many gains related to movement, but if your bracing patterns don’t resolve or reduce significantly, the pain won’t stay away or go away sustainably.

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Podcast: Episode 161: The Key Difference Maker for My Clients Getting Out of Pain

When people ask me why I get the results I do and I tell them, they tend to disregard it and instead want me to talk about biomechanics, muscle dynamics, and the latest in nervous system downregulation.

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Podcast: Episode 160: The 3 Phases of Recovery: Getting Out Of Pain -> Transition -> Strengthening

We’re diving into a brand-new miniseries that will cover the concepts and tools I use to help people reduce and get out of pain. The clients I see most often have persistent symptoms, have had them for a while, and have made some gains with what they have tried but the gains aren’t sustainable.

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Podcast: Episode 159: Relax Move Strengthen

When it comes to reducing and eradicating persistent symptoms of pain, managing symptoms of autoimmune condition, or recovering from surgery of any kind, there are three concepts that I think about from a bigger picture.

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Podcast: Episode 158: Exploring Your Feet Part 5 – Your Feet: You Can Wear Sexy Boots and Have Happy Feet

If you spend any length of time exploring trainings and listening to experts who are doing corrective exercises with feet, almost all of them will tell you about footwear, and how it is problematic for feet. And I don’t disagree. But there are times when sexy footwear is in order, so how do you work with that?

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Podcast: Episode 157: Exploring Your Feet Part 4 – Your Feet: Tibia-Fibula-Foot-Hip Relationship

The idea of this miniseries is to highlight something that I find tends to be missing out there in the world of rehabilitation, corrective exercise, and yoga therapy. There is a lot of great information on the foot itself and the lower part of the limb, but this starts to fizzle off when we look at the whole kinetic chain. So in this episode, I’m digging deeper into the tibia and fibula relationship and their relationship with the foot before walking you through a practice to bring this to life.

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Podcast: Episode 156: Exploring Your Feet Part 3 – Your Feet: Is Overpronation a Bad Thing?

According to many sources on the internet, overpronation is a bad thing. There are endless problems that can arise as a result of overpronation, and a lot of it is correlated. But there are also people who have overpronation that don’t experience any of these issues.

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Podcast: Episode 155: Exploring Your Feet Part 2 – Your Feet: Healing Your Feet Beyond Foot Mechanics

Over the past year, lots of clients have come to see me for feet issues. We’ve discovered in the working with their feet that there are all sorts of other patterning issues we need to resolve further up the chain. So this week, I’m launching a new miniseries dedicated to the feet.

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Podcast: Episode 154: Exploring Your Feet Part 1 – Your Feet-Hip Connection: An Embodied Practice

Over the past year, lots of clients have come to see me for feet issues. We’ve discovered in the working with their feet that there are all sorts of other patterning issues we need to resolve further up the chain. So this week, I’m launching a new miniseries dedicated to the feet.

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Podcast: Episode 153: Upleveling Corrective Exercise with Yoga Therapy

I work a lot with clients who have been given corrective exercise techniques as part of their rehabilitation program, and I train health professionals who have professional training in the application of these corrective exercises.

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Podcast: Episode 152: Exploring Your Breath Part 10 – Mechanics of Breathing: Your Collarbones, Ribs and Your Breath

We’re finishing up the Exploring Your Breath miniseries this week, where I’ve been helping you become quiet and really listen and recognize some of the layers of yourself that may have been niggling or have arisen and got your attention.

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Podcast: Episode 151: Exploring Your Breath Part 9 – Mechanics of Breathing: The Relationship of Your Psoas and Breathing

The Psoas isn’t a muscle we typically talk about, but we want to help it be the powerful muscle that it is and reduce compensatory patterning through the body. Doing this can enable muscle tissue and the breath to do what they’re meant to do.

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Podcast: Episode 150: Exploring Your Breath Part 8 – Mechanics of Breathing: The Relationship of Your Quadratus Lumborum and Breathing

Lots of people have QL issues because, as a compensator for other pain, it tries to enable a person to do what they need to do to get on with things and live their greatest lives. This episode is geared toward people who know that the QL is involved in the persistence of pain, but also toward those who may not know but are curious about it. It is a place for you to explore.

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Podcast: Episode 149: Exploring Your Breath Part 7 – Mechanics of Breathing: Sleep Apnea, Grinding, and Clenching with My Dentist Dr. Larry Stanleigh

I am delighted to have my dentist with me today, Dr. Larry Stanleigh. He is a trainer in the Mechanics of Breathing course and helps people get well, stay well, and live optimized lives. We work together regularly because, as a dentist, he can see that there’s a lot more going on in somebody’s health than simply what he sees in the mouth.

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Podcast: Episode 148: Exploring Your Breath Part 6 – Mechanics of Breathing: A Gentle Practice 3

Very rarely do we think about the impact of breathing on our body, how it affects all of our body parts and how it can impact the way our body functions and the way the breath can come in. But as we learn to recognize what’s contributing to the way our body functions, changes can be made and our breathing can improve. The result is that it can have a profound impact on how you live.

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Podcast: Episode 147: Exploring Your Breath Part 5 – Mechanics of Breathing: A Gentle Practice 2

We’re doing some twisting and movement to get a sense of the body movement and breathing before bringing them together and seeing what happens as you explore the relationship between the movement and breath.

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Podcast: Episode 146: Exploring Your Breath Part 4 – Mechanics of Breathing: A Gentle Practice 1

When we really pay attention to the way we are breathing, we are able to connect back to the body, downregulate and get curious about what arises for us. When we recognize this, we become aware of things we weren’t otherwise aware of, and this can have a huge impact on our healing process.

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Podcast: Episode 145: Exploring Your Breath Part 3 – Breathing to Relieve Migraines

I have had great success working with people with migraines and I have seen some amazing results from my clients. I use practices like breathing and movement to help them tune in to their awareness and look at the link between other circumstances and the migraines they experience.

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Podcast: Episode 144: Exploring Your Breath Part 2 – Core Training and Your Breath

As I help clients improve their breathing and connection to the core, they are always shocked to find that their pain goes down as their breathing improves. So this week, I’m showing you how to pay closer attention to your own relationship between the breath and the core.

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Podcast: Episode 143: Exploring Your Breath Part 1 – Considerations for Improving Your Exhalation

We’ve reached the time of year where a lot of people become more stressed, there is a lot going on around us, we may feel a lot of pressure, and there are interactions with other people we might not enjoy our time with. This can be stressful and impact our breathing in a range of ways.

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Podcast: Episode 142: Exploring the Hamstrings

When people come to see me, it is really common for them to have pain. When this pain is with the SI joints or the back, a major complaint will be about the hamstrings. For so many people, the hamstrings can create a lot of grief, or a lot of grief is placed on them.

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Podcast: Episode 141: Beyond My Biomechanical Knowledge, Here is One Key Thing I Do to Help My Clients

We know that beliefs matter. We know that in the context of beliefs, what we think about can have an impact on our healing trajectory. Our beliefs reinforce or influence the habitual patterns we have and are so significant in recovery and healing.

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Podcast: Episode 140: Your Age Doesn’t Matter – 2 Stories of Recovery – Sue & Carolyn

We are bombarded by society with messages that we become more and more decrepit as we get older. Sure, we’re not 20 anymore, but too many people think that they just have to survive the older decades. Suffering is not just a given, change can happen, and it is entirely possible for tissue to change after the age of 60.

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Podcast: Episode 139: Exploring Your Neck (Part 5)

So often, where the pain is is not the problem, it’s an expression of the problem that needs to be addressed. If we want longer lasting results, we need to look at and understand the relationship between what’s being expressed and what’s really going on.

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Podcast: Episode 138: Exploring Your Neck (Part 4)

We’re continuing our miniseries on exploring the neck this week, and today we’re examining the relationship between the pelvis and the neck. This is such a fun exploration and I’m excited to show you how to discover the relationship for yourself this week.

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Podcast: Episode 137: Exploring Your Neck (Part 3)

Over almost 30 years of working with people with neck pain, I have found that when I can help clean up some of the compensatory patterns around the shoulder girdle, a lot of neck pain clears up as well. I’m taking you through your own exploration of the shoulder girdle function this week, and showing you why tuning into this area can change so much in your neck.

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Podcast: Episode 136: Exploring Your Neck (Part 2)

Utilizing the power of touch to explore the tissue around your neck will help you gain a deeper understanding of the areas that are contributing to what you’re feeling in your neck itself, and I’m showing you how to get started understanding your sensations and symptoms in this episode.

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Podcast: Episode 135: Exploring Your Neck (Part 1)

Over the next few episodes, I’m going to be speaking about the neck: its anatomy, its function, the movement, and how different parts of the body relate and correlate to what is felt in the neck.

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Podcast: Episode 134: Connecting

So often, the issues in the way of our getting better are not the issues we’re actually aware of. We think where we feel pain is the problem, but it isn’t. Where the problem actually is isn’t in our realm of awareness, it is beneath it.

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Podcast: Episode 133: Nadi Shodana: 2 Practices for a Calm Clear Mind

In episode 116, I introduced the concept of Nadi Shodana as an alternate nostril breathing exercise and showed you why it is such an effective way of taking your brain to a quieter place and improving your overall health and wellbeing.

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Podcast: Episode 132: Key Insights From My Clients Going Through Menopause

So often when we read about perimenopause or menopause, the first words that come to mind are symptoms. But symptoms are aligned with conditions or diseases where something is wrong and needs fixing, and there is another way to think about the sensations that come along with menopause.

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Podcast: Episode 131: Private Sessions Series: How They Work

I have been teaching private sessions way before I got into yoga, and I receive a lot of questions about these sessions from trainees or health professionals interested in training with me, as well as clientele who are interested in how I do my work.

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Podcast: Episode 130: Ayurveda and Menopause – Making the Transition

Mona Warner is an Ayurvedic practitioner, Ayurvedic yoga therapist, and yoga teacher trainer. For the last few decades, her work has been steeped in the studies of Vedic sciences and she uses this to help people get to where they need to be in life. She joins me this week to share how Ayurveda can make the menopausal transition easier.

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Podcast: Episode 129: How I Use Massage Balls To Reduce & Eradicate Pain and Increase Strength

A lot of people out there are using the massage ball as a release. They utilize the ball between yoga or training sessions to free up some tissue and provide some relief so that they can keep going. But what if I told you that you could have more sustainable change and not have to use the massage tool at all?

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Podcast: Episode 128: How To Improve Your Range of Motion with Ease and Not Force

When people come to see me, two things are often present: pain and compensation. So often people are pushing themselves forcefully to try to make progress, not getting it and wondering why. When looking at improving range, we need to do so with ease, not force.

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Podcast: Episode 127: Knees: Climbing and Descending Stairs More Easily

A lot of the time when you Google the motion of walking up stairs or an incline and then down again, a lot of the conversation is around the Hamstrings, Glutes, Quads, and Calves. Muscles that cause flection and extension are going to be the top of mind, because that’s the primary movement that’s being done. But most of the clients that come to see me are doing that work and still not getting out of pain.

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Podcast: Episode 126: Key Factors for Reducing Back Pain

Paying close attention to what’s going on in the body when they are experiencing back pain can help you guide your clients very effectively in supporting themselves in their recovery. And there are four key factors that I focus on when I help clients reduce and eradicate said pain.

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Podcast: Episode 125: Massage Therapists Integrating Yoga Therapy with Carissa Alexander, Deanna McDevitt, and Lesley Ann Wernsdorfer

I’ve got a special treat for you today, especially if you are a massage therapist or other health professional. I have students from my Yoga Therapy Certification Program joining me to talk more about the integration of yoga therapy into their massage businesses.

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Podcast: Episode 124: Why Focusing on Better Posture Does Not Improve Pain

Posture is an expression. It is an embodiment of our structure, and it is the safest, most secure place we know ourselves to be. There are several aspects that can impact the way we experience ourselves in our posture, and I’m sharing more of them this week.

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Podcast: Episode 123: From Covid Shutdown to $100K as a Yoga Therapist

I am tickled pink for this episode, as I have one of my grads from the Yoga Therapy Certification Program, Pat Parsons, with me to share her journey as a yoga therapist. Pat is talking about her journey towards $100K, why it is absolutely possible to earn a decent living in the profession, plus some other great tips from her own experiences.

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Podcast: Episode 122: Clamshells – Why I Don’t Love This Exercise

Clamshells are a really common hip exercise provided by a lot of rehabilitative professionals, but when not done as they are intended, people can still be left experiencing pain and wondering why.

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Podcast: Episode 121: Meditation Series Part 3: Active Meditations

So often, when we think about meditation, we think about sitting quietly, coming back to the breath, and noticing when the mind goes off and bringing it back. But it can feel constricting and unappealing to many people and can add more tension as opposed to releasing it.

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Podcast: Episode 120: Meditation Series Part 2: Zen Disease

In a culture like ours, we’re not rewarded for slowing down and allowing our thoughts to flow. It can be difficult to quieten the brain when you first start out. But meditation can be a tremendous tool for pain management, as well as pain reduction and pain eradication, and this week’s guest is here to dive deeper into it.

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Podcast: Episode 119: Meditation Series Part 1: Getting Past Mind Chatter

When I am outside of my practice and people get to know what I do, invariably someone will bring up the concept of meditation. They tell me that they have tried it, but all that happens is they think about everything they need to do. Their minds swirl, they become frustrated, and they stop.

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Podcast: Episode 118: How to Relieve and Resolve Quadratus Lumborum Pain

The Quadratus Lumborum – also known as the QL – is one of the top 5 muscle groups that people seek my help about. These people have stretched their QL in all the ways, done all the bridges, and retrained their core, but have not been able to crack the code on how to detrain it.

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Podcast: Episode 117: How To Get the Most Out of Your Therapeutic Movement Program

When somebody knows innately that something could be different and are frustrated that they can’t make the gains they want to make, I can help. I pull together a lot of things people do and see the patterns that exist, before providing interventions to address these and help them move to the next level.

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Podcast: Episode 116: Nadi Shodana: Nostril Breathing for a Calm Clear Mind

Nadi Shodana is a breathing technique that is found all over the place in yoga. It is a way to help bring your brain to a quieter place, clear your mind, and improve many aspects of your physical and emotional health.

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Podcast: Episode 115: Being Curious – A Yoga Nidra “Inspired” Practice

Our culture has not honored the body for decades. We have been cognitively based, and logic supersedes somatic intelligence. But we must get in touch with the language of our body and bring it up into our cognitive processing in order to get better and truly reveal our human potential.

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Podcast: Episode 114: (Re) Building Trust With Your Body

For a long time, we have honored our brain function over our body intelligence. We have not been paying attention to our bodies, and we have not been valuing them. But it is possible to rebuild trust with your body by recognizing the dissociation between your brain and body, and building a bridge of connection.

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Podcast: Episode 113: It’s Okay – A Message To You If You Are Struggling

This week’s episode came to me while I was on a walk, where I found myself speaking out loud to no one in particular, yet offering words of grace to everybody and anybody who may be struggling with pain or other symptoms.

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Podcast: Episode 112: : Key Conversations About Pain: When the Pain is Gone, Am I Fixed?

Many people believe that if they are feeling better, that the pain is gone and job is complete. They think they are over the hump and can get back to the things they were doing before because they’re fixed and good to go. However, when it comes to chronic pain, it’s not that simple.

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Podcast: Episode 111: Biomechanics of Healing: How Not To Chase Symptoms

When it comes to reducing pain, it’s important for us to always remember that where the pain is felt is not necessarily the problem. Where the pain is felt is merely an expression of the problem. It lets us know about limitations and dysfunctions, and recognizing the presence of these things allows us to stop chasing a symptom.

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Podcast: Episode 110: 3 Part Breathing: Calm, Clear, Grounded

You might find that parts of this technique might work all the time or at certain parts of the day, and you get to choose how and when you use it. Whether you want to regulate or just need a pick-me-up, this technique will bring about a calmness that has clarity and groundedness.

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Podcast: Episode 109: Sex and Menopause: You Are Not Broken with Dr. Kelly Casperson

Dr. Kelly Casperson and I discuss how women are underserved in the area of their sexuality and the fear and resistance many women feel in terms of painful sex. We talk about menopause therapy, the effect of low estrogen on our bodies, and some questions to ask yourself around these topics.

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Podcast: Episode 108: Yoga Therapy and Lymphedema

A question that comes up often during cancer recovery is this: How can you reduce the onset of lymphedema post-cancer treatment and through that process connect with your body in a whole new way? And that’s what we’re talking about this week.

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Podcast: Episode 107: Conversations with Graduates – Changing Gait Patterns in An 11 Year Old, Helping Women Embody Post-Partum: with Kris Inglis and Jennifer Vanderland

In previous episodes, we’ve heard from students who are currently undertaking the certification program as well as students who have recently completed the program, but this week’s guests are joining us several years after graduating from the program to update us on where they’re at now.

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Podcast: Episode 106: FB Live – The Knee Isn’t Really The Knee – Exploring the Biomechanics of Healing From Knee Replacements

When it comes to recovering from a knee replacement, managing osteoarthritis, or anything else knee-related, something I love to share with my clients when I work with them is that the knee is not really a knee. Usually, the response is confusion, but stick with me.

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Podcast: Episode 105: The Connection Between Your Head, Breath and Your State of Being

Tension in the head can often be blamed on a poked head forward position, caused by constantly being on our phones. But I have seen this in clients before there were phones, and the reality is that people can experience this for all sorts of reasons.

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Podcast: Episode 104: The Art of Observation: The Surprising Key for Reducing and Eradicating Pain

It has nothing to do with anatomy, meditation, or biomechanics, nor is it knowing all the yoga techniques, stretches, processes, or templates. It isn’t contraindications around exercises or techniques that are good or not, it is the ability to truly see what’s going on in a client or yourself. It is the art of observation.

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Podcast: Episode 103: Your Age Doesn’t Matter – Arthritis When Moving Hurts

When pain is present it can cloud our inner wisdom. When we make decisions in spite of pain, these decisions are laced with anticipation and uncertainty and don’t come from a real sense of confidence. But pain doesn’t have to be a part of your experience.

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Podcast: Episode 102: Feeling Is Necessary for Healing – One Key Component That Most People Miss

You can’t just think your way to healing, you have to feel your way there. This is something so many people miss, but naming and acknowledging your feelings will enable you to change habitual patterns and make progress in your recovery.

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Podcast: Episode 101: Listening To Your Body

There is a commonly used line in the fitness and wellness industries: listen to your body. The line comes from a good place; it’s meant to be helpful to clients. But what I find more often is that it is doing a disservice because clients don’t know how to listen to their bodies.

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Podcast: Episode 100: FB Live – Why Your Age Doesn’t Matter

For a while now, I have been so fortunate to work with people who are older than me. And from my experience working with them, here’s the thing I know to be true: your age does not matter. It does not affect your ability to become well, get out of pain, reduce compensation patterns or get back to the life you want to live.

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Podcast: Episode 99: Yoga Therapy and Concussion: Completing a Yoga Therapy Certification with a Brain Injury

Concussion is expressed differently and uniquely depending on the person, but something that is the same among everyone is that recovery is possible. You can absolutely do a higher learning process while having a brain injury, and today’s guest serves as an example of what’s possible.

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Podcast: Episode 98: Breathing and Your Rib Cage

This week, I’m teaching you two different breathing exercises you can use when you want to focus on the ribcage specifically, or when you want to see whether what is going on in the ribcage is affecting somewhere else in your body.

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Podcast: Episode 97: How Yoga Therapy Can Be Supportive and Collaborative in the First 3 Months Post-Knee and Hip Surgery

So much of the world still believes that yoga is a set of movements and exercises. But I really want to change that belief, because it is so much more.

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Podcast: Episode 96: Relieving Wrist Pain

Wrists are a fascinating area of the body. They express a lot of pain that isn’t theirs, and in many scenarios, particularly in yoga, the wrists are taking a load they don’t need to take.

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Podcast: Episode 95: 3 Ways to Improve Plank Without Pulling Your Navel to Your Spine or Tucking Your Tailbone

Can you imagine not having to endure plank? What would you say if I told you that it could be easier? I don’t mean you have to be lazy, I mean you can allow for ease to lean into strength.

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Podcast: Episode 94: A Stillness Practice to Free Your Mind

I’m sharing an exercise where I guide you through a breath and stillness practice to bring you more into yourself and your body, and help you free your mind.

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Podcast: Episode 93: The Power of the Lower Glutes

About 8 months ago I was reading some research and evidence around the lower glute fibers and how important they were for people with osteoarthritis in the knee or hip as well as those recovering from knee or hip surgery. And I’m excited to share more information about these with you this week.

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Podcast: Episode 92: It Depends

We live in a culture that honors formal evidence and rules. And rules do make things easier at times. But what I have found over almost 30 years of helping people reduce and eradicate pain is that rules don’t apply to a lot of people. There are two really important words that matter more: it depends.

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Podcast: Episode 91: The Power of Curiosity and Listening to Your Body

Hear a remarkable description of my client’s journey of listening to her body and seeing the possibilities instead of problems. Discover how she has become a friend of her body and hear why she is a great example of the power of curiosity and listening.

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Podcast: Episode 90: The Evolution of the Yoga Therapist

So many trainees start their training and find the technical work is stressful, confusing, and mysterious. But as they practice and gain more awareness of the concepts I teach, they move to the next phases on their journey and really start to make progress.

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Podcast: Episode 89: Kneeling Post-Total Knee Replacement

The inability or fear of kneeling has an incredible impact on general activities and the ways we live our lives. Whether there has been a replacement or surgery or not, there is a lot in our bodies and brains that can shift if we give ourselves the correct stimulus. We can change our muscular patterns.

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Podcast: Episode 88: Core Stability and Pain Eradication

A lot of people believe that core stability and pain are very separate entities. But our core isn’t something that holds or duct tapes us together, rather it enables us to become responsive. I see core and pain reduction as very closely correlated.

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Podcast: Episode 87: 4 Keys for Retraining Better Walking Post Hip or Knee Surgery

Prior to surgery, it is not uncommon to have a limp for more than just one reason. Many people have this belief that once they have surgery, everything will change because the structural issues will have gone away. But this is not the case; there needs to be movement retraining.

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Podcast: Episode 86: What to Do When There is Multiple or No Diagnosis: What Next?

Receiving a diagnosis for me is not the end all be all. It does not guide specifically what I do next with somebody. And this week, I’m digging into a really significant, important topic: what happens when you or your client has multiple diagnoses and you’re not sure which one it is, or what happens when there is no diagnosis at all.

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Podcast: Episode 85: Brain, Belly and Bowels with Mona Warner

Through my work with Ayurveda, I have learned to recognize the relationship between my brain, body, and bowels. So I’m bringing Mona Warner back onto the show this week to explore this further.

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Podcast: Episode 84: Your Age Does Not Matter: Case Study & Improving Shoulders Improves Your Knees

When we have pain and we don’t want to experience it, we have ways we try to get out of it. We either try to pull ourselves up and out or contort ourselves or do things so that we don’t have to feel as much. This is what I found with a client I’m discussing in today’s episode.

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Podcast: Episode 83: Inclusivity, Unconscious Bias and How to Have the Hard Conversations with Misty Kuefler, Rachel Ishiguro, Lory Newmyer

This week, I am heading in a direction that some listeners may find surprising. I’m delving deeper into the realm of inclusivity. I have experienced fascinating exploration into my unconscious biases, and there have been three people who have been integral in opening my eyes to this work, so I’m bringing them on to the show to discuss the experience further.

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Podcast: Episode 82: Healing Depression: An Interview with Certification Graduate Austin Chason

Austin Chason is one of my yoga therapy certification graduates and has experienced depression throughout his life. He joins me this week to share his story and experience of it and highlight what’s possible when you start thinking about it differently. He believes it is less about making depression OK and more about being OK with depression.

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Podcast: Episode 81: Integrating Massage Therapy and Yoga Therapy with Heather Green and Stacey Kilps

Heather Green and Stacey Kilips are both massage therapists and trainees in the final stretch of their certification with me. They are here to share their experiences with clients who return again and again with the same issue, and to talk about supporting these folks to get off the table.

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