How to Use Yoga to Build Bone

By | 2017-12-22T20:57:47+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Aging, Arthritis, Healthy Posture, Nutrition, Osteoporosis|

In my last article I talked about Wolff’s Law, which explains how the pressure exerted on a bone stimulates the bone to grow, so it can resist that force in the future. There are 2 ways to stimulate bone growth. One is using the force of gravity (compressive stress), and the other is the way muscles pull on the bones when they are in various positions (tensile stress). Yoga puts the body in a variety of positions that are not on the gravity line, or plumb line. This means the muscles have to work harder. It’s like the difference between [...]

Can Yoga Help Osteoporosis?

By | 2017-08-09T19:25:16+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Aging, Exercise, Falls, Healthy Posture, Osteoporosis, Yoga|

I know a lot of people that have broken bones in the last few years. Most of them are women; some are friends and some are yoga students. Most of them are over 50. While we may worry about losing height due to osteoporosis, breaking a bone is much more serious, since it can require surgery and lead to other complications. Is there a way that we can reduce our chances of osteoporotic fractures? The Stats In the US there are about 55 million people with osteoporosis. About twice as many women as men have osteoporosis. The most commonly fractured [...]

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“Most Important Mineral in the Body”?

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Relaxation|

Do you suffer from leg cramps, back or neck pain, fatigue, or tension headaches? These are some of the symptoms that can be caused by magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms include muscle twitches, constipation, and even “numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms”(1). Some health practitioners believe that 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium. Doctors generally don’t test for levels of magnesium, so you aren’t likely to know if you are deficient. Why is it important? Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, states that magnesium is the most important mineral in the body(2). [...]

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The Scoliosis-Osteoporosis Connection

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:25+00:00 October 9th, 2012|Healthy Posture, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis|

I did a week-long training this August with Elise Miller, a long-time yoga teacher who specializes in teaching Yoga for Scoliosis.  I’ve referred to her before in my blog post from April, 2010 (“Reduce Scoliosis Symptoms”).  The training was amazing and I learned so much about my own body (I have a slight degree of scoliosis myself!) and about how to work with students who have scoliosis. Something I learned at this training helps to explain why you can develop osteoporosis – and also how you can prevent it! Types of Spinal Curves Scoliosis is a lateral (sideways) curve of [...]

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