yoga for posture

Hyperkyphosis and its resultant bent-over posture are often associated with older women (although men get them too). Since the word dowager is a technical term for a “dignified elderly woman,” it began to be used to describe this condition. Because many older women developed the humped back people began to call it a “dowager’s hump” – even if the person with kyphosis was not an elderly woman.

High Blood Pressure: How Yoga Can Help Stabilize Blood Pressure Naturally

I am a fairly healthy woman, mid-forties, with a regular yoga practice and exercise regimen. Yet in a recent wellness training, I was leading for my fitness center staff, I was surprised and a little concerned... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: 5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fractures

Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans, and another 44 million have osteopenia, i.e. low bone mass at levels considered a precursor to osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. An... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: # 1 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Muscle Strength

A major line of defense against osteoporotic vertebral fractures is the strength of the muscles that attach to the spine. Following Wolff’s law, which governs bone formation, strong muscles exert a stronger... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #2 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fractures: Strengthening The Trabecular Network

Also known as ‘spongy bone,’ the trabecular network makes up the inner part of the bone, surrounded by a thin outer rim of outer cortical bone (see figure). Trabecular bone has a three-dimensional honeycomb-... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #3 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Intersegmental Stability & Neuromuscular Coordination

The spine is essentially a set of loosely assembled building blocks stacked on top of each other. What keeps the spine stable and able to move efficiently are the ligaments, fascia and muscles around the spine... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #4 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Intervertebral Disc Integrity

Studies have shown that the weight-bearing capacity of the vertebrae, and therefore their ability to withstand loading, is linked to the integrity of the intervertebral discs . The vertebral discs act as shock... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #5 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Posture

One of the most thoroughly researched risk factors for osteoporotic fractures is posture. In particularly, a kyphotic posture with a flattened lumbar spine has been linked with increased risk of fractures of... Read more

Yoga, Body Awareness, & Balance – Slowing the Age-Related Loss of Proprioception

Can yoga help us improve balance—and thereby reduce the risk of falls and injuries over time? In this article, we explore the answer to this question by exploring how yoga can help slow the loss of... Read more

Your Body's True Foundation: The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Structural Balance - An Interview with Yoga Therapist Leslie Howard

How can yoga help us retain pelvic floor health and avoid some of the common pelvic floor issues that many people struggle with? In this interview, yoga therapist Leslie Howard shares insights from her work... Read more

The Sacroiliac Joint: Anatomy and Function

The sacroiliac joint (SI joint) is involved in literally every yoga pose we practice. It is the hub for the transference of force between the legs and torso. Although it is designed to be a stable joint with... Read more