Turn the Challenge of Thinning Bones into a Catalyst for Greater Health, Well-being and Energy
Groundbreaking Online Course — Now with Premium Option!
For Yoga Teachers, Fitness Trainers, Physical Therapists and Experienced Yoga Practitioners
New Frontiers in Osteoporosis Prevention
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What You'll Learn
- How and why osteoporosis develops and the best ways to prevent it
- Common osteoporosis drugs that you may want to avoid
- How yoga affects osteoporosis and which are the best ways to practice yoga to stimulate bone growth
- Why conventional exercise approaches fall short and what yoga has to offer to counteract thinning bones
- How to interpret DEXA scan numbers and the limitations of current diagnostic approaches
- What yoga teachers need to know when teaching yoga for osteoporosis to aging boomers
- Key precautions for practicing yoga for osteoporosis and any other type of exercise
- The essential movements you must do every single day to keep the bones of the spine strong
- Why preventing fractures and prevent frailty as we get older involves a lot more than simply focusing on low bone mass, and how yoga helps
- Cutting-edge new developments in osteoporosis treatment, diagnosis, and prevention that your doctor might not even know about
- The 3 other key degenerative processes in the body that you must counteract for healthy aging, and how yoga helps
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- What hyperkyphosis is and why it represents an independent risk factor for fractures and early mortality
- Understanding the vertebral fracture cascade and safe movements for the spine
- How to expand your yoga teaching into one of the fastest growing niches today: Teaching therapeutic yoga courses to boomers and aging populations
For millions of women, the quest to combat the thinning bones of osteoporosis can be a haunting specter. A diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia can have debilitating consequences, not just for a woman's long-term health outlook, but for her mental and emotional well-being as well.
A growing body of research points to numerous ways to prevent fractures and avoid age-related frailty. Many of these approaches aren't just alternative ways to preventing osteoporotic fractures, they are essential components of a balanced program to ensure long-term, healthy aging.
Yoga for Osteoporosis is one emerging approach that is showing promise as a way to counteract thinning bones, without undesirable side effects. Preliminary studies indicate that practiced in the right way, yoga can indeed help build bone mass.
The significance of yoga in preventing fractures, however, goes beyond a narrow focus on bone mass. The message of yoga is that we CAN turn the challenge of thinning bones into a powerful catalyst for creating greater levels of health, well-being and energy as we get older.
The recipe for preventing osteoporosis-related fractures and frailty is, in essence, also the recipe for successful aging: It is the key to enjoying optimal health and well-being all through life.
Join us for an in-depth online course with Dr. Loren Fishman and yoga therapist Ellen Saltonstall, authors of Yoga for Osteoporosis and pioneers in the field of osteoporosis prevention and natural approaches to successful aging.
In this groundbreaking online course for yoga teachers and experienced yoga practitioners, Dr. Fishman and Ms. Saltonstall will discuss recent new developments in the field of osteoporosis prevention and treatment, and go deeply into their unique approach to practicing and teaching yoga for osteoporosis. The work of Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall has been featured in the New York Times, CNN.com, and the Huffington Post, and this is a unique opportunity to study with two pioneers in the therapeutic use of yoga for successful aging.
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An emerging risk factor for fractures, disability and early mortality is hyperkyphosis, the exaggerated rounding of the upper spine a.k.a. dowager's hump. Medical researchers are now beginning to understand that this condition is not necessarily caused by osteoporosis, but represents an independent risk factor.
In the premium option, learn why hyperkyphosis is a concern for millions of aging boomers, and how to safely teach yoga to boomers seeking to halt or prevent the onset of early-stage osteoporosis.
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Foundations Course Option Includes 8 Modules on Yoga for Osteoporosis with Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, Plus These Great Bonuses:
- Two Yoga for Osteoporosis Video Downloads. Available for the first time ever, these two 30 min. video yoga practices with author and yoga therapist Ellen Saltonstall will show you the details of how to target your yoga practice to stimulate bone growth. Video 1 gives details of a practice suitable to beginners with no previous experience of yoga. Video 2 offers a practice for those with some experience of yoga and good basic physical fitness.
- Early Bird Bonus! Enjoy Two More Video Practices! Register before the Early Bird Bonus expires and enjoy two more Yoga for Bone Health streaming video practices with Ellen Saltonstall. In addition to yoga postures for strengthening the bones, these videos also work on posture, balance, and spinal flexibility, which is important for retaining balance as we get older.
- Free eBook: Osteoporosis Drugs: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. In this free eBook, Dr. Loren Fishman details the essential things that every woman should know if considering bisphosphonates, the main class of osteoporosis drugs.
- Free eBook: The 8 Myths of Osteoporosis. This free eBook explores some of the controversies around osteoporosis diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Learn why low bone mass may not necessarily mean what you think it means, and the key overlooked factor in osteoporosis prevention.
- Two Live Q&A's with Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall. Learn the exciting new updates in Dr. Fishman's research on osteoporosis, why bone quality and not density may be the real indicator of fracture risk, and how yoga might impact these. Plus, bring your questions! Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall will address your questions and deepen your understanding on how to benefit the most from a yoga practice for osteoporosis.
Premium Course Option Includes:
Get all the lessons and bonuses in the Foundations Course option, plus these great bonuses:
- Bonus Course: Yoga for Hyperkyphosis — How to Prevent Dowager's Hump and Live Longer. With baby boomers entering their late 50s and early 60s, many are developing
posture problems, particularly an excessively rounded upper spine and forward
head, a.k.a. hyperkyphosis. If poor posture is allowed to progress into the full-
fledged dowager's hump, it causes numerous health issues, including increased risk
of fractures — independent of osteoporosis. Advanced hyperkyphosis also lead to
increased morbidity and mortality in the elderly.
In this two-part online course, we look at some of the reasons posture deteriorates as we get older, and what you can do to help prevent or reverse the early stages of hyperkyphosis. Fortunately, whether you are a student or a teacher of yoga looking for new ways to help students enhance alignment in yoga poses, there is much that can be done over time to halt the progress of hyperkyphosis. Here's how. This is a 2-part online course with Dr. Terry Smith and Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. co- creators of the Healthy Back, Healthy Body program.
- Free Webinar: Teaching Therapeutic Yoga Courses to Aging Populations. Ever wondered how you might serve the aging boomer population better with your yoga teaching? Therapeutic yoga courses offers a unique approach to target the large number of boomers curious to try yoga and hungry for its benefits. In this free webinar, YogaUOnline.com founders Terry Smith, Ph.D. and Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. go into details about what therapeutic yoga courses are and how to put them together for your target audience.
- Two Online Yoga Practices for Improving Posture and Reversing or Slowing Hyperkyphosis: As part of this bonus course, you will get two 20-minute downloadable yoga practices with a corrective posture sequence to help strengthen the back, counteract hyperkyphosis and improve posture in a holistic and complete way.
- Free report: Safe Movements of the Spine for People with Osteoporosis. Which movements are safe for people with osteoporosis? Which should be avoided? How much do we really know about the safety of different spinal movements, and are there downsides to being overly cautious? In this free report, author, yoga therapist, and Heller practitioners Anita Boser and yoga teacher and author Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. present findings of the research literature on spinal health and best movement practices for osteoporosis. This report is extrapolated from a paper previously published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
- Bonus Webinar: The Vertebral Fracture Cascade — Understanding Vertebral Fractures About 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls, as are most other osteoporotic fractures. When it comes to vertebral fragility fractures, however, these can occur spontaneously and fall into a category of their own. In this online session, author and yoga therapist Anita Boser and author and yoga teacher Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. go more deeply into the nature of vertebral fragility fracture and best practices for preventing them.
- Take $30 Off Your Next Online Course at Yoga U! As a bonus for attending, get a $30 coupon towards your next online course at YogaUOnline.com. Choose among our great selection of continuing education courses with Judith Hanson Lasater, Tom Myers, Doug Keller, Julie Gudmestad, Dr. Baxter Bell, and many, many more.
From the Desk of Dr. Loren Fishman
I�ve been studying yoga�s effects on osteopenia and osteoporosis for eight years, using B.K.S. Iyengar�s techniques and DEXA scans to measure bone mineral density every two years. It definitely works, slowing down, stopping or reversing bone loss in more than 80% of women and men who spend 12 minutes a day doing yoga. When Ellen Saltonstall and I wrote our book Yoga for Osteoporosis we suspected as much, but now the case seems quite strong.
Ellen and I are delighted to present to you this 8-module online course on Yoga for Osteoporosis � Teaching and Practice.
Still, the most interesting part of the study, to my mind, has been the effect on the participants. Earlier today I heard from a judge in Mississippi who related her latest DEXA scores and then spontaneously exclaimed that she �feels so good� after beginning yoga. I remind everyone interested that the problem with osteoporosis is that it can lead to fractures. But in order to fracture a bone one must have either poor posture, or fall. Now yoga, in addition to building bone, improves just about anyone�s posture, and also enhances balance, raises strength, broadens range of motion and increases coordination- mitigating against all the causes of fracture.
There is more. Recently we have been working with other researchers at NYU and the University of Pennsylvania to estimate bone quality, the inner organization of bones to resist fracture. This is really at the edge of what is known, and the conclusions are somewhat tentative. Still, the early data suggests that the people doing yoga have higher bone quality than those that do not. Numerical values will be available later, and then we�ll test the volunteers again in 2 years.
All in all, it appears that yoga may offer advantages over and above other forms of bone building activities.
Ellen and I sincerely hope you will be able to join us and learn more about how you can help prevent osteoporotic fractures, and also take greater charge of your health and well-being.
Very truly yours,
Loren Fishman, M.D. B.Phil.,(oxon.)
The Yoga for Osteoporosis — Teaching and Practice Foundations course
consists of six recorded modules, two video yoga practices for osteoporosis with
author and yoga therapist Ellen Saltontall and two live online sessions with Dr.
Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, plus two free bonus ebooks.
The Yoga for Osteoporosis and Hyperkyphosis — Teaching and Practice Premium option consists of nine recorded modules, four video yoga practices, three online live sessions, plus three free bonus ebooks, and $30 coupon.
Pre-recorded Session with Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall
Conventional exercise approaches to stimulate the cells to build bone have several drawbacks, including the risk of injuries, muscle tightness and joint wear-and-tear.
In this module, Loren and Ellen go deeply into the physiology of bone and how bone growth is stimulated, and what this teaches us about how to counteract bone aging most effectively. Learn the details about what those DEXA scan numbers really mean, and how to gauge osteoporosis risks based on bone mass measurements. You will also learn the mechanics of how yoga helps to counteract osteoporosis and the basic principles for creating a practice with maximum impact on bone growth.
In this module, Ellen Saltonstall lays out the essential principles of how to create a yoga practice tailored to maximize the stimulation of bone growth. She discusses the modifications and counterindications it is critical for yoga teachers to be aware of when working with people with osteoporosis.
Ellen further discusses some of the widespread misconceptions in the practice of yoga for osteoporosis, which are counterproductive when it comes to stimulating bone growth. Finally, Ellen looks at the broader picture of why yoga is important not just to stimulate bone growth, but to prevent fractures and prevent frailty as we get older. As part of this module, you'll also get two bonus video yoga practices for osteoporosis prepared especially for this course.
In this module, Dr. Loren Fishman introduces some of the promising new frontiers in osteoporosis treatment, diagnosis, and prevention. Learn about the limitations of current osteoporosis diagnostic methods, and discover alternate measurements that may provide a more precise measure of fracture risk.
In this module, Ellen Saltonstall goes more deeply into the principles of teaching and practice of yoga for osteoporosis. This session will in large part be based on the video practices released in Module 3.
Osteoporosis is just one part of a much bigger picture when it comes to aging successfully. Learn what you can do to increase your chances of staying healthy and functional in the last half of your life.
Yoga offers a unique potential to counteract, not just thinning bones, but many of the other age-related changes that reduce our health span.. This is the true value of yoga. And this is the broader background of how yoga is helpful, not just for osteoporosis, but to increase our overall health span in more ways that we can even imagine.
What really helps prevent osteoporotic fractures? Increasingly, researchers believe the bone quality may be as important, if not more, than bone mass. In this session, Dr. Loren Fishman shares updates on the latest thinking in this area and gives an overview of his new groundbreaking study on the impact of yoga on bone quality. Plus, learn how you can participate in the study and get a reading of your unique bone quality — an otherwise expensive test that Dr. Fishman is able to make available for free as part of the study.
In this session, Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall goes more deeply into how to advance yours or your yoga students' practice over time. They will also answer questions related to the practices offered, so bring your questions!
Premium Course Option Includes These Additional Modules!
Module 1 — What Is Hyperkyphosis and Why Should You Care?
With millions of baby boomers entering their late 50s
and early to mid-60s, posture problems are rampant,
particularly the excessively rounded upper spine a.k.a.
hyperkyphosis. It is now known that this issue is not
caused by osteoporosis, as previously presumed. It
often exists independent of osteoporosis as people grow
older, but carries with it many of the same risk factors,
such as increased fracture risk, increased morbidity and
Whether you are a student of yoga or a yoga teacher looking for new ways to help students enhance postural
alignment, there is much that can be done to improve
posture awareness and strength.
In this module, author and yoga therapist Anita Boser and author and yoga teacher Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. look at the mechanics predisposing people with osteoporosis for vertebral fractures. Vertebral fractures are often silent, meaning that people may not necessarily know when they have happen. And unfortunately, once one vertebral fracture is present, it increases the risk of additional fractures. This modules looks at the basic mechanics of why vertebral fragility fractures happen and the factors that may help prevent them.
This module includes three 20 to 30-minute downloadable yoga practices with a corrective posture sequence to help strengthen the back and improve posture in a holistic and complete way. We also look at some of the basic principles to keep in mind and basic cautions to look out for.
While offering individual yoga therapy sessions to people with health issues typically requires extensive training, there is much yoga teachers can offer aging baby boomers by simply helping them develop greater awareness of the basic factors that affect the long-term structural health of the body. In this session, Dr. Terry Smith and Eva Norlyk Smith, co-creators of the Healthy Back, Healthy Body program, shares their experiences with teaching therapeutic health education courses to boomers
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Meet the Instructors
Loren Fishman, MD
Loren Fishman, MD is Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, author of nine books, author or editor of more than 70 academic articles, and a world-recognized pioneer in the therapeutic applications of yoga.
His ability to diagnose and cure all types of back pain has earned him wide acclaim. Dr. Fishman has applied yoga to the treatment of sciatica, osteoporosis, scoliosis, rotator cuff syndrome, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, and shoulder pain. His work has been reviewed in articles by Jane Brody in The New York Times, by CNN, Huffington Post and numerous scientific and international periodicals.
Dr. Fishman is the co-author with Ellen Saltonstall on Yoga for Osteoporosis and Yoga for Arthritis, and he has written extensively on the benefits of yoga for sciatica, back pain, multiple sclerosis, and healthy aging.
Ellen Saltonstall is a yoga instructor and movement therapist based in New York with extensive training in Iyengar and Anusara Yoga (certified 2000, now independent), and a background in professional dance and massage therapy. She also teaches Kinetic Awareness, a method of bodywork using rubber balls, and authored the first book on the method: Kinetic Awareness, Discovering Your Bodymind, 1983. She co-authored Yoga for Arthritis, 2008, and Yoga for Osteoporosis, 2010 with Dr. Loren Fishman, and she has several other books in process. She offers yoga therapy webinars through YogaOnlineU.com, and she teaches nationally and internationally with a specialty in anatomy and therapeutics. She is known for her clarity and depth of knowledge, and her enthusiasm in encouraging students of all levels to find freedom and joy through yoga..
Please visit her website at www.ellensaltonstall.com.
Alignment is Anita's profession, both in her practice as a Hellerwork Structural Integrator and as a
yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She believes that alignment is more than good posture; she has found it
to be a path to greater awareness, self-discovery, healing, and profound living. For years Anita thought
that her body was simply a vessel to transport her mind. This disconnected existence eventually created
pain. Her search for relief led her first to Hellerwork, a combination of structural bodywork, awareness
dialog, and movement education, and then to Viniyoga as a means to maintain an aligned, pain-less state.
Anita is the author of Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation, a health blog (www.undulationexercise.blogspot.com) and numerous articles in publications such as Massage & Bodywork Magazine, The Yearbook of Structural Integration, Fibromyalgia Aware, and Body Sense. She graduated from the Institute of Structural Medicine in 2001 and The Yoga Barn teacher training program (head instructor, Robin Rothenberg) in 2009.
Dr. Terry R. Smith
Terrance R. Smith, Ph.D. is a bodyworker and movement therapist with extensive osteopathic training and more than 5,000 of client hours behind him. He has practiced Iyengar yoga for more than 30 years and uses it extensively in his therapeutic practice. He is co-founder of the Healthy Back, Healthy Body program, a health education and therapeutically focused program focusing on common age-related structural health issues affecting boomers. Dr. Smith did his 200-hour yoga teacher training in Anusara yoga with Todd Norian.
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. is a health writer and author of several books on health and wellness-related topics, including Light Years Younger and Secrets of Great Skin (under name Eva Herriott). She has a background in psychology as well as bodywork, and as a yoga teacher specializes in yoga as it applies to musculoskeletal issues, back health and postural imbalances. She works as Managing Editor at YogaUOnline.com.