Can Yoga Help Osteoporosis?

By |2017-08-09T19:25:16-07:00August 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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Are You Passionate About Your Health?

By |2017-01-30T16:49:24-07:00December 4th, 2014|Back Pain, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Videos|

Around 1990 I began to hear Flamenco-influenced music on the radio by musicians like Ottmar Leibert, Strunz & Farah, and the Gipsy Kings. I loved the music and really wanted to dance to it, but I didn’t know how. When I saw my first Flamenco show I knew I was ready to dive in immediately. Flamenco became my passion from 1991 until around 2000, when I retired from performing and teaching. I know very talented Flamenco dancers that have had to give up dancing due to back or neck pain. This is too bad, but isn’t surprising considering the typical [...]

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Save Your Spine! Interview with Jean Couch

By |2017-01-30T16:49:25-07:00May 3rd, 2013|Aging, Back Pain, Bending, Body Awareness, Breathing, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture|

This is an interview that I did recently with Jean Couch, author of The Runner's Yoga Book,  and the owner of the Balance Center, where I did my training in the Balance Posture Method.  Check out what Jean has to say about keeping your spine healthy so that you can look and feel your best. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DD: What do you think people today most need to know about reducing back pain? JC: The anatomical knowledge that is desperately needed in the US today is to know the difference between your waist and your hip sockets!  People have no idea that [...]

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Study Shows Sitting is Bad for Your Health

By |2011-06-03T15:10:30-07:00June 3rd, 2011|Exercise, Healthy Posture, Sitting|

On April 25, 2011, National Public Radio did a story on how sitting is bad for your health. The conclusion of a study by epidemiologist Steven Blair was that men who had more sedentary lifestyles (time spent doing things like sitting, driving, and watching TV) had a higher risk of dying from heart disease. The men who reported more than 23 hours per week of sedentary activity were 64% more likely to die of heart disease than those men who reported less than 11 hours per week. Some of the more sedentary men exercised regularly. So the story says that [...]

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