How to Prevent Yoga Injuries After 50

Larry Payne, Ph.D., Thu, 18 Apr, 2019

The recent explosion of Yoga in America has also brought a burst of people getting injured in Yoga classes. A ten-year study showed that 29,000 people went to emergency rooms simply because they went to the wrong kind of Yoga class (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5117171) When you survey the majority of public Yoga ...

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Preventing Overuse Injuries in Yoga

Jennifer Pilotti, Wed, 27 Mar, 2019

Avoiding chronic overuse yoga injuries is a multi-faceted issue, but using variability within the pose is an important way to prevent overuse injuries. What does it mean for an injury to be a chronic overuse injury? It means you perform a movement in a habitual (chronic) way. In yoga, this ...

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Diagnosis: Osteoporosis

Katrina Kenison, Thu, 21 Mar, 2019

A decade ago, I enrolled in a local Kundalini yoga teacher training, which meant I also made a commitment to cold showers and pre- dawn yoga practice. Getting out of a warm bed in the dark, leaving my sleeping husband, gasping as the icy water hit my body, wrapping a ...

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Yoga For Depression - What You Might Not Know

Amy Weintraub, Wed, 06 Mar, 2019

Many of the practices we use in the treatment of depression are based on those developed in ashram settings, far from the common stressors and responsibilities of the householder’s daily life or the challenges of current global affairs. Some of these practices were first recorded hundreds of years ago and ...

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Yoga Therapy, Chronic Pain and Precision Medicine

Lilith Bailey-Kroll, Tue, 26 Feb, 2019

I started practicing yoga in my teens to address physical discomfort from scoliosis, which has greatly improved with the regular practice of Yoga. While it by no means has “cured” my scoliosis it has given me a tool for addressing the challenges both genetic and self-imposed that life has brought ...

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Yoga for Addiction

Gail Corvette, Tue, 19 Feb, 2019

Five years into my teaching yoga at an inpatient rehab center, a new patient came into the cafeteria where we practiced. She told me she’d been in and out of rehabs for 16 years. She’d used heroin, crystal meth and cocaine daily. Her liver and lungs were “shot.” She just ...

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Yoga Teacher, Heal Thyself

J Brown, Tue, 29 Jan, 2019

There is a performative aspect to teaching and promoting group yoga classes that sometimes leads to a denial of the teacher’s actual state. The conventional dynamics at play between teachers and students, both interpersonal and economic, are presenting obstacles to the kinds of exchange that encourage effective yoga transmission. Maintaining ...

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Yoga for Scoliosis

Loren Fishman, M.D., Tue, 22 Jan, 2019

Yoga is the simple, innocuous and effective new treatment for scoliosis, scientifically proven over the past 10 years. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4268609/) This is big news for more than 7 million Americans, mostly young girls, who have a lateral curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can be crippling, painful, unsightly and potentially dangerous for ...

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We Called Her Alice

Carrie Owerko, Tue, 15 Jan, 2019

(Carrie Owerko has given YOGA INJURY PREVENTION excerpts of her experience dissecting a cadaver. The study of anatomy is crucial for anyone who is a serious yogi, for those who teach and for those who are yoga therapists.) She was seventy-four years old and 119 pounds at the time of ...

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A Simple Meditation

Brette Popper, Mon, 07 Jan, 2019

Meditation doesn’t require any special props or clothing. You can do it in your home, at the office or on a train. And, while there are many schools and types of meditation starting a practice doesn’t have to be complicated or arduous. The only thing it does require is a ...

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Hip Replacement and Recovery

Theresa Conroy, Fri, 28 Dec, 2018

I was stunned to hear my surgeon—a true medical magician who replaced my entire right hip through a three-inch incision—proclaim that I was fine, just great, and didn’t need to see him again for an entire year. Because, see, I wasn’t fine. Not fine at all. My incision was healing ...

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Yoga Safety Cues? Really?

Matthew Taylor, Thu, 06 Sep, 2018

Ever Hear Any Of These? “Find your own expression of this posture” “Find a resting position that feels good to you” “Know that wherever you are in your practice is perfect” “Listen to your body.” “Don’t eat yellow snow.” “Let your breath be your guide.” Ironically, only one of these ...

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