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

Head, Shoulders, Knees - and the Pelvic Floor: How Everything’s Connected

I spent my first few years of my practice as a Physical Therapist going deep into the pelvis, and my most recent few years, desperately trying to get out. That may seem like a strange statement, but the more I... Read more

Long-term Benefits of Yoga Include Greater Balance Control Study Shows

The loss of balance control presents a major risk for falls and fractures for aging adults. Poor balance control can be attributed to a loss of core strength and muscle mass. A decline in neuromuscular... Read more

Age Without Limits: A Book Review

I have been teaching yoga to senior citizens for more than ten years now, and I’ve often said it is one of my favorite classes to teach. Age Without Limits , by Janet Rae Humphrey, E-RYT, is my latest guide to... Read more

Yoga for Balance Training: Why Static Poses Don't Cut It

“Last weekend at a yard sale I was carrying a box and tripped. Not only did I keep my balance and not fall, I didn’t even drop the box. This wouldn’t have happened six months ago. I know my balance has... Read more

Aqua Yoga: For an Accessible Yoga Practice, Just Add Water

The mechanics of maintaining good posture and moving energy in our aging bodies can prove taxing at times. With our senior population expanding, maybe it’s time to look at alternative ways or places to... Read more

The Text Neck Syndrome: 3 Yoga Exercises to Help

What can you do about “text neck” head-forward syndrome, an increasingly common issue that affect most people working at desks and computers? And, how can yoga help? In a blog several years ago, Dr. Timothy... Read more

Yoga for Healthy Aging: How Yoga Helps You Change Habits

Not a day seems to go by that I don’t realize there is some habit I have that I’d love to change. I’m sure that happens to you, too. Fortunately, we have yoga as a great tool for when we want to get serious... Read more