Episode #042 – How to Gain Flexibility without ever Stretching with Sandy Anderson

Sandy Anderson
sandy’s #1 health tip – cultivate a daily relaxation practice


A daily mindfulness or relaxation practice will have powerful effects on the body and the mind.  Today’s episode explores why.

Did you know 9 out of 10 doctor visits are stress-related?  If that’s true, anything you can do to mitigate your stress response will save you time, money, and trips to the doctor.  It’ll also improve your mood, your health, and your vitality.

Learn how the stressed brain makes it impossible to connect with others around you. 

Learn how to connect more deeply with others, and since life really is about your relationships, learn how to make your life more deeply meaningful.

This week I’m delving into that sometimes mysterious mind-body connection with my guest, Sandy Anderson of Yoga International and the Himalayan Institute. I hope we do a little to actually de-mystify that elusive mind-body connection.  We pay particular attention to the psoas or hip flexor muscle and we explore some ideas exposing how you can begin to achieve some lasting levels of flexibility and strength in muscles that may have been stubborn for you in the past.   The psoas is particular important in our understanding of the mind body connection from a stress based paradigm.  It’s a foundational, core strength muscle.  When you are feeling defensive or attacked in your life your flexors will contract and no amount of stretching will undo this effect.  Listen in to today’s episode to learn more.

Sandy’s #1 health tip – “cultivate a daily relaxation practice”





A little about Sandy:

For over 25 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga practice and theory with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice. With a background in the natural sciences and studies in classical Sanskrit, along with frequent pilgrimages to India, Sandy has a rare capacity to eloquently convey the richness of spiritual life in our contemporary world. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and was a contributing editor and columnist for Yoga International magazine. She is now a frequent contributor to YogaInternational.com, offering instructional videos and articles. Sandy leads workshops, trainings and retreats both nationally and internationally, and at the headquarters of the Himalayan Institute.