In their book called Yoga for Osteoporosis, Loren Fishman MD and Ellen Saltonstall MD, identify and name 13 yoga poses that are effective in preventing and reversing bone loss. I read about this in an article in The New York Times. The poses were listed as follows:
tree, triangle, warrior II, side-angle, twisted triangle, locust, bridge, supine hand-to-foot I, supine hand-to-foot II, straight-legged twist, bent-knee twist and corpse pose
As a full time yoga teacher for the past 18 years, and one whose students are mostly above the age of 50, I looked at this list and thought that most of my students would need to do a few warm-ups and a bit of rearranging in the sequencing to make the poses doable and enjoyable an...
One of my students was telling me about the time she spent with relatives over the holidays. Her uncle who was visiting from out of town has a bad back, and he was in obvious pain every time they got in and out of the car, every time he stood up from a chair or sat down, pretty much all the time. My student remarked how “lucky” she was not to be afflicted with that kind of physical malady, and it made me think.
On the one hand, I agree with her. Good health is a gift and a blessing that should not be taken for granted. But on the other hand, I reminded her that her good health is the result of more than just dumb luck. My student does yoga at least two times/week, once in a private session with me, and again one or two times a...
A new study published in the prestigious medical journal JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) concludes: yoga may be as effective as painkillers for chronic back pain. And best of all, without the troubling side effects that often come with the use of painkillers!
Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Although reviews of the efficacy of opioids for back pain are scant, they continue to be the most commonly prescribed treatment for chronic pain in the U.S. and Canada - 2-3 times greater than most European countries.
Complications of opioid use, which include addiction and overdose-related mortality, physical dependence, sedation, depression and nausea, have risen comparably with prescription...
A few weekends ago, some yoga friends and I attended a 3-day yoga workshop in Punta Gorda taught by one of my all-time favorite and respected teachers, Tias Little. I had been really looking forward to Tias’ visit and the opportunity to be a student for the past year. And after looking forward to it for so long, I at first found myself, ironically enough, really distracted and unable to enjoy being there. I felt fidgety and unfocused. I told myself I “had” to have my phone nearby in case there was an emergency (granted, there’s been a lot of those lately), and although it was on silent, I checked it frequently.
On the second day, the tears started to flow. Not the sobbing, gut-wrenching kind, but the slowly trickling into your...
Whenever I teach an arm balancing pose like Bakasana, which is crane pose, I always tell people to put a folded blanket on the floor under where their face will be for “insurance” that they’ll be as good-looking after the pose as they were beforehand. And I always remind people that the blanket is really like modern-day insurance in that you want to have it but never need to use it!
What we call health insurance is more often than not sickness insurance. With a few exceptions, It doesn’t pay for any of the preventative things we do or buy to keep ourselves well, like yoga classes. It only covers expenses when our health deteriorates to the point where we need tests, diagnoses, medications, treatments and surgeries.
I was driving to the grocery store with my husband when a car cut us off and got in front of us. That same car preceded us, so s-l-o-w-l-y, the whole way to our destination. The driver seemed to purposely make us miss green lights so the trip took a ridiculously long time and after a while my husband said "I can tell by the way that person drives that he or she is a jerk.” And sure enough, when we finally got to the store parking lot, the same dang car took the last good parking space, relegating us to the spaces outer Mongolia!
I happened to notice who was driving the car that cut us off, and when we went to get a shopping cart, who is there taking their time and causing a commotio...
Even yogis need to detox. Regardless of our dedication to clean living, we are exposed to multiple toxins everyday. Toxins can be defined as any substance causing irritating or harmful effects in your body. Daily exposure comes from:
Food – pesticides and preservatives
Prescription and OTC drugs
Alcohol and tobacco
Sugar and sweeteners
By-products of our own metabolism
Cleaning and personal care products
Construction materials, carpeting, paint, insulation, mold
Food-storage plastics, Teflon, aluminum baking pans, etc.
Our bodies are designed to handle minimal or short-term exposure to toxins, to break them down and then eliminate them. The...