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Yoga for Osteoporosis

Dry, brittle, and frail bones need strength and stability. 

Safe transitions in proper alignment protect the spine from compression. 

Certain yoga movements are particularly beneficial for bone strengthening and alignment, and some need to be done with the assistance of a chair, wall, or blocks. 

Stay tuned for special workshops and classes on Yoga for Osteoporosis, or contact me for individual lessons!

Learn more about my training with Bone Strengthening and Osteoporosis here: 

The Meeks Method for Exercise and Movement

Yoga for the Pelvic Floor

Our pelvis is responsible for many functions, from shaping our musculoskeletal framework, to housing our reproductive organs, and parts of the digestive and eliminatory systems.

There are many events in life that can shift the alignment of our pelvis, tighten or weaken pelvic floor muscles, and otherwise bring imbalance to this very impactful region of our bodies. 

Through breathe work, proper alignment, posture, and awareness, Yoga Therapy is immensely helpful for pelvic floor disorders and pelvic pain. 

Stay tuned for workshops and special classes on the Pelvic Floor, or schedule an individual lesson to receive a personalized practice

Yoga for  Back Pain

Movement is essential for nutrients and synovial fluid to move through the spinal column. 

Sustained postures such as sitting, or repetitive movements out of alignment, can cause compression on an area of the spine, and limits the necessary flow of nutrients. 

Sometimes this compression causes a spinal disc to press on a nerve, causing leg or arm pain. 

Yoga for Back Pain requires special attention when pain is acute, or when an injury moves into the recovery phase. 

Individual lessons are particularly helpful during this time, as they guide a student towards specific movements that are most beneficial. Email me for more details on individualized sessions for Back Pain.  

"Yoga for Your Back" at Yoga in the Gallery is an ongoing class for healthy spinal movement, decompression, and strength building for better posture all day long. 

Meditation: Forms and Purposes

Meditation could be seated, walking, in postures, or laying down. It could include breathing practices (pranayama), mudras (hand gestures), mantras, body scans, or no words at all. 

There is a form of meditation for everyone, and it can look different depending on the time of day, year, or season of life. 

Below are two examples of an active meditation, and a restful one. Contact me to learn more about the right meditation for you. 

Walking Meditation

A mindful Walking Meditation can be especially beneficial for those who have trouble sitting still for meditation.  

Read more about the Walking Meditation here

Meditation for Rest

Yoga Nidra translates as "Yogic Sleep". A 30 minute nidra is equivalent to 2 hours of sleep. 

This completely guided meditation accesses the place between wakefulness and sleep to unravel the body and mind completely. 

Perfect mid day, or at the end of the day. Read more about Yoga Nidra here

Ayurveda and Self Practice

Ayurveda is the science of five basic elements found in the natural world and our individual composition.

The study of our elemental make-up throughout the course of our lives, along with changes of the seasons and day, creates  harmony and balanced living.

An Ayurvedic lifestyle enhances energy, guides nutrition/diet based on seasons and individual make up, dictates which exercise routines and meditations are most appropriate, and organizes daily activities for optimal health and fulfillment. 

 

Find out more about your individual make up and the five elements here: 

Introduction to Ayurveda

Dosha (Element) Quiz

Contact me for a private lesson on how Ayurveda can improve your daily life!

Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy

The Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts sits in the Berkshire mountains, a beautiful landscape of which the banner picture for this page was taken. 

Since the 1980's, the Kripalu Center has offered cutting edge and world class training programs. They continue to be a premier retreat and learning environment for Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and more. 

Learn more about my training with Integrative Yoga Therapy Training.

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Previous Health Tips 

Read from my previous articles on Yoga Therapy and holistic living!

Pain and How We Perceive it

Winter Wellbeing

The Benefits of Mindfulness