It’s Official: Text Neck Syndrome Is Now a Global Epidemic

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D., C-IAYT, RYT 500
forward head posture can cause health problems over time and yoga is one way to combat this

It's official: A new study labels text neck and forward head posture a global epidemic and a worldwide public health problem.

According to a new study, the prevalence of neck pain has increased dramatically within the last decade. It is now equally - or more - prevalent than back pain, and significantly, it is affecting younger and younger people.

Middle age sporty couple smiling happy and practicing yoga's Side Plank Pose.

Scoliosis: How to Manage a Curvy Spine

“How did I get this crooked?” Have you ever wondered this while looking in a mirror? Maybe you thought you were standing up straight, but then you notice from photos that you actually lean to one side. Your... Read more
woman practicing yoga lunges while adding weights for strengthening

Yoga With Weights for Healthy Aging

As the birthdays roll by, from your early 30s, your muscles start to lose strength and mass. In general, it is a loss of just under one percent per year until your 60s, when the loss accelerates a little... Read more
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8 Steps to a Targeted Yoga Practice for Osteoporosis

Some months ago, I met with a new student who’s been recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. She had scheduled a private yoga session to discuss her course of action. From our first conversation, it became... Read more
 Mature yoga students practicing half forward bend with the support of chairs.

Is Yoga Helpful for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones and makes them more brittle and, therefore, more susceptible to fracture. The word osteoporosis itself means “porous bone.” It is a common condition,... Read more
Senior woman practicing yoga pose Janu Sirsasana or Head-to-Knee Forward Bend Pose, working out at h

11 Tips for Teaching Yoga Students with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that is characterized by porous, weakened bones. It usually presents as low bone mass (decrease in bone quantity) and deterioration of the microarchitecture of bones (decrease... Read more
Hero's Pose or Virasana is a comfortable alternative yoga seated pose.

4 Yoga Poses to Help Ease High Blood Pressure

Approximately 46 percent of Americans have high blood pressure, based on the American Heart Association’s (AHA) new definition. High blood pressure can trigger feelings like anxiety. Research shows that... Read more
Full length portrait of senior woman in yoga pose Vrksasana, Tree Pose.

3 Posture Myths You Can Let Go of Now

It’s a cornerstone of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that what you think determines how you feel. How you feel determines what you do, and what you do—no surprises here—determines your results. Your results then... Read more
Senior woman practicing yoga, standing in Warrior II Pose.

Upper Body Strength—Without Push-Ups

Do you remember having to take the Presidential Fitness Test in grade school? I always dreaded it, especially when it came to rope climbing. I was the kid who could never climb more than a few feet off the... Read more
Beautiful young woman practices yoga asana Tadasana - Mountain pose on the wooden deck near the lake

Healthy Breathing and Posture: Connecting the Dots

In physical therapy school many years ago, they taught me to assess posture and treat associated muscle imbalances. If someone displayed forward-head posture, I assumed their posture caused their headaches. “I... Read more
Group of senior people with closed eyes stretching arms at park.

Exercise Lowers Fracture Risk as We Age

It is not uncommon for older people who are mainly sedentary to be somewhat apprehensive about starting an exercise routine. Their worries may include not having the strength or stamina to be able to complete... Read more