The Yoga Addiction

34: Meghan Johnston - Your Brain and Nervous System on Restorative Yoga

The Yoga Addiction
34: Meghan Johnston - Your Brain and Nervous System on Restorative Yoga

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 restorative yoga, the nervous system, and brain health. We discuss how restorative yoga and the relaxation response is the gateway to recovery with respect to all our body's systems. If you are interested in the link between science and how yoga works its magic, this episode is worth a listen.




  • Meghan tells us about how she started up with yoga and her journey with restorative yoga (2:06)
  • About Meghan's restorative trainings, including Tiffany Cruikshank's Yoga Medicine's Nervous System training (11:02)
  • Tapping into the power of the nervous system for healing (12:42)
  • How does trauma manifest and accumulate in the body (17:13)
  • We Require a degree of stress to get out of bed in the morning (20:03)
  • Meghan's interest in the koshas (sheaths of the spiritual body) (21:55)
  • If we aren't paying attention to the signs then the signs are going to become louder (23:00)
  • Visiting our parasympathetic nervous system regularly through pranayama (25:19)
  • Meghan's favorite way to start a class (touch + breath) (31:38)
  • The Love Your Brain Program meditation on colours and breath (34:47)
  • How community may be more important to healing than the actual poses (38:10)
  • Music and other sensory inputs within a restorative class (41:35)
  • Times of day for practicing restorative yoga, in the afternoon lull or right before bed, right after getting home from work (52:28)
  • Heart rate variability and restorative yoga (54:30)
  • Yoga can help in re-patterning the brain from a bottom-up and top-down approach (1:01:00)
  • Victor Frankl quote - “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” (1:06:00)





Meghan Johnston's Website

Meghan Johnston's Instagram

Andrea Peloso Website

Yoga Medicine Nervous System and Restorative Yoga

Amy Sedgewick with Yoga Medicine

Love your Brain Program

Yoga Addiction Episode with Aisha Fakhro (Episode 27)

Book - Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson

Insight Timer App for Restorative Poses

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