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We like to blame a lot of things on aging: our lack of energy, our stiff joints, and sore muscles, our rounded shoulders, and our expanding waistlines.

But are these changes in our body and functioning inevitable, or are they a result of gradual changes in our lifestyle as we get older? Do our lifestyles change, and our bodies slow down simply because we expect them to?

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Yoga Helps Prevent Osteoporosis: Key Points to Optimize Bone Health

Reverse Osteoporosis—A Yoga Teacher’s Firsthand Account By the time we get to our 50’s, most women are thinking about their bone density, or at least starting to. Certainly, yoga can help prevent osteoporosis... Read more
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Stand Tall: 10 Surprising Ways That Posture Affects Your Health

Our posture—the way we sit and stand—is rarely genetic or out of our control. It’s simply the result of chronic muscle tension pulling our skeleton out of alignment. This muscle tension builds up over time as... Read more

Can We Control How We Age? Study Suggests Yoga Practice Can Help Alleviate “Dowager’s Hump”

Can we control how we age? Look in the mirror, and the answer seems to be “yes and no.” We are bound to look older. There’s not a choice when it comes to wrinkles, saggy jaw lines and drooping eyelids, or the... Read more

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Core Strength: How To Get Optimal Stability and Flexibilty in Your Core

What does core strength really mean, and why is it so important? The most common misconception about core strength is that it merely means having strong abdominals—like the enviable washboard stomach achieved... Read more
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Beyond Kegels: How to Incorporate Pelvic Floor Cueing Into Your Yoga Classes

It is wonderful to see the pelvic floor gain more media attention these days! As a yoga professional, you are well positioned to address pelvic floor wellness in your classes. Unfortunately, accurate... Read more
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Shore Up the Floor: 9 Ways to Help Your Yoga Students Engage Their Pelvic Floors

In my Pelvic Floor Yoga and Yoga Therapy courses, I emphasize the importance of adequate training and education of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) engagement with proper synergistic timing with other muscle groups... Read more

Your Body's True Foundation: The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Structural Balance - An Interview with Yoga Therapist Leslie Howard

How can yoga help us retain pelvic floor health and avoid some of the common pelvic floor issues that many people struggle with? In this interview, yoga therapist Leslie Howard shares insights from her work... Read more
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Yoga for Posture Improvement: Hyperkyphosis Carries Similar Risks as Osteoporosis, Research Finds

If you're over 40, or spend a lot of time hunched over your cell phone or computer, chances are that your posture is starting to look increasingly like the person in the image above. We all know that poor... Read more

How Well Are You Aging? An Easy Test of Health and Longevity - Explorations in Spatial Medicine I

How healthy is your body? And, how well are you aging? The more we know about the health of our body and early warning signs of breakdown or distress, the more we are able to take steps to prevent or... Read more
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Yoga to Realign Your Spine: Tackling the Dreaded Dowager’s Hump

Hyperkyphosis and its resultant bent-over posture are often associated with older women (although men get them too). Since the word dowager is a technical term for a “dignified elderly woman,” it began to be... Read more