May 29, 2017
In this episode, I visit with Tiffany Cruikshank, a global
Yoga-teaching force in and of herself. We connect around how Yoga
bridges the Eastern medicine energetics into Western Yoga students’
lives. See how she’s upleveling the physiology and anatomy training
in the Yoga teachers she certifies.
I rap with Tiffany Cruikshank about Anatomy for Yoga
- How Yoga is about noticing what works
- Longevity vs. short-term health
- Why teens need Yoga for discipline + dedication
- How Yoga Medicine came about
- How our Yoga practices have changed over time
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
- Why it’s important to get out of “pill and a bill” mode and
into holistic care — looking at the whole person and who that
person is — when you’re looking for or need to guide health
- How looking at yourself and at illness like they’re trees can
help you see the bigger picture of symptoms and wellness, from root
- An understanding of what exponential value is in the scope of
health and why it’s important
- What happens when East meets West in blending Yoga, Chinese
Medicine, and Ayurveda
- Why you need to leave room for inquiry in personal
- 2:39 — The “big picture” approach is the best way to look at
yourself or someone you’re trying to help, and Eastern medicine can
provide a blend of techniques that make doing this much more
- 8:27 — The nature of healing and recovery is not a “quick fix.”
They’re slow paths, and climbing out of the depths can take a long
time — a speed we’re not accustomed to in this day and age.
- 13:34 — Tiffany shares her motivation, how she created her
methodology, and how they both have morphed.
- 18:07 — We’re facing an overwhelming inundation of information
these days, and it’s hard to know what’s really healthy and what
works. We need mindfulness while we investigate.
- 24:10 — One of the most powerful things about Yoga is that it
lets you live in the moment and focus on how you feel right now,
not worry about how you felt yesterday.
- 30:24 — People get confused when they first enter the Yoga
world. They want to know a cut-and-dry “right way” to do things,
but it’s not that easy. For Tiffany, teaching anatomy and
physiology to students, and letting them decide, is what Yoga
Medicine is all about. Part of respecting each individual is
not having a “right way” to do things.
- 32:21 — How do our practices and businesses need to change to
support who we’re becoming next?
- “We can take some of these concepts from Chinese Medicine and
Ayurveda that are really relevant to Yoga and our students to get
back inside the big picture.”
- “We know when something’s wrong, but we often forget as things
- “Listening is a form of compassion.”
- “Healthcare providers always feel like we have to have all the
answers and know everything. The reality is, we don’t know
everything. Science doesn’t know everything.”
- “Can I take care of myself without ruminating and obsessing
about it and still allow myself to appreciate the moment?”
Tiffany Cruikshank is an internationally renowned Yoga
instructor who has spent the past 20 years crafting a methodology
for teaching and practicing Yoga. In these methods, the practice
is melded with Eastern and Western notions of medicine.
Cruikshank’s teachings are held up by her work as a holistic health
practitioner, acupuncturist, and sports medicine expert. Based in
Seattle, Cruikshank teaches regularly for YogaGlo and travels
extensively around the world. She’s also the author of
Meditate Your Weight. Her approach has helped thousands
of Yogis around the world see their practice in a new light as a
result of Cruikshank’s innovative thinking and dedication to the