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 [...]
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 [...]
Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Over 30 million Americans struggle with this condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control.* I’ve written a couple articles about osteoarthritis in past issues, and here I’ll go over some ways that nutrition can influence arthritis symptoms. One issue to consider is food allergies. Food allergies or food sensitivities can lead to joint pain, whether or not you have arthritis. A good way to check if you have an issue with certain foods is to do an elimination diet. You can find some information about cleansing diets here: https://www.baumancollege.org/diet-direction/ Dr. Josh Axe states, [...]
I'll be teaching classes ("Transform Your Posture through Yoga") in the Healthy Living at Your Library series in March, April and May, 2017. You can find the schedule here: https://sonomalibrary.org/events/programs/healthy-living-at-your-library Learn how to improve your posture sitting & standing, and apply this to yoga poses so you don't hurt your back doing yoga.
When I started working for Jean Couch at the Balance Center, she said I had some of the flattest feet she’d ever seen. I was surprised, because I thought my feet were kind of normal. However, I did have knee pain, which is often related to problems with foot alignment. I had a dance injury that caused me so much pain when hiking that sometimes I thought I was going to have to call the park ranger to carry me out on a stretcher! Every step I took was so painful that I couldn’t even carry on a conversation with [...]
I just read an interesting article in Psychology Today about posture: "Straight Up. Don't Be a Slouch." I agree with parts of it, but not all. Here's the link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200611/straight-dont-be-slouch Here are some of my thoughts about it: Holding tension at the belly button can lead to excess tension. Be careful with this. Plus you don’t need your abs to support your rib cage. If your spine is in a column, the ribs will have plenty of support. The chest stretch is good. Most of us need stretches like this for the chest/shoulders. Hamstring stretches are very [...]