Women practicing yoga sun salutations on beach for better posture and healthy aging benefits

Can we control how we age? Look in the mirror, and the answer seems to be “yes and no.”
 
We are bound to look older. There’s not a choice when it comes to wrinkles, saggy jaw lines and drooping eyelids, or the wind tunnel effect of skin pulled tight by surgery.

drawing showing the spine in forward head posture and hyperkyphosis

Yoga for Posture Improvement: Hyperkyphosis Carries Similar Risks as Osteoporosis, Research Finds

If you're over 40, or spend a lot of time hunched over your cell phone or computer, chances are that your posture is starting to look increasingly like the person in the image above. We all know that poor... Read more

How Well Are You Aging? An Easy Test of Health and Longevity - Explorations in Spatial Medicine I

How healthy is your body? And, how well are you aging? The more we know about the health of our body and early warning signs of breakdown or distress, the more we are able to take steps to prevent or... Read more
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Yoga to Realign Your Spine: Tackling the Dreaded Dowager’s Hump

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... Read more

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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
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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

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