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.

Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds

Prolonged stress can have a deleterious effect on the brain, reducing your ability to think, plan and reason effectively. This is particularly true for the elderly. Now, a new study published in Biological... Read more

5 Yoga Poses to Ease Text Neck

Have you ever noticed what happens to your body when you’re staring at your smartphone or tablet? If you’ve been looking down for a while, your head gradually drops forward, then your shoulders droop and your... Read more

Osteoporosis, Vertebral Fractures and Dowager’s Hump—The Role of Hyperkyphosis

For anyone diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are two main concerns—increased risk of hip fractures and vertebral fractures. Vertebral compression fractures caused by the thin bone mass of osteoporosis have long been taught to cause hyperkyphosis, or the dowager’s hump that inflict many elderly. Read more

New Study Links Smartphone Use to Spine Damage

Do you spend your day hunched over a laptop or with your head bent at an unnatural angle while texting or checking email or Facebook updates on your smartphone? If so, pause for a second, sit up straight, and take notice: you may be setting yourself up for chronic neck pain and even spine damage. Read more

Yoga Exercises for a Hunched Back (Hyperkyphosis)

Yoga for hyperkyphosis seeks to reverse the early stages of hunched back of dowager’s hump (a.k.a. hyperkyphosis) Read more

Yoga Tips for Improved Posture Support: A Q&A With Julie Gudmestad

Julie Gudmestad is a physical therapist and Iyengar yoga teacher dedicated to making yoga accessible for everyone, regardless of body type or age. She spoke to us about the importance of good posture for back... Read more

Why Won’t My Neck Relax?

You may feel that sometimes, no matter how much you try to stretch your neck there is no relief. One of the ways in which this may manifest is if you lay down on the floor without a pillow and it feels like you have work to release. Maybe your chin juts towards the ceiling. Maybe your neck feels “crunchy” in the back. So what do you need to do? Instinctually, you may react to the tightness with attempts to stretch the necks muscles more. Read more

Dowager’s Hump: Are You at Risk?

Dowager’s hump—or hyperkyphosis—should be considered an independent geriatric syndrome rather than a result of osteoporosis, according to a recent study. Read more
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How Sitting For Long Hours Affects Your Health

Just how bad is sitting in front of the screen all day for your health? For a great summary of studies, take a look at this infographic from CBC. Read more

Why Do We Lose Height As We Get Older?

By the time most people reach middle age, they will have lost about .5 to 1 inch in of height, in some cases, even more. By the time a person reaches their 70’s, they may lose as much as 2 to 3 inches of height. Read more