Suza's Blog: Yoga for Healthy Bones

New Study: Yoga Has Positive Effect on Bone Health

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted March 27, 2010
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  • "Weight-Bearing Yoga Can Have a Positive Effect on Bone Health - Strengthening Bones and Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis." Below is a link to an article from a blog I've just discovered called, "Happy ...

We all need a yoga teacher to inspire us!

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted March 18, 2010
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  • Betty Eiler is one of the most inspirational yoga teachers that I've been fortunate to meet over the years. She is featured on the cover of my books, The New Yoga for People Over 50 (1997) and The New ...

Book Review: Yoga for Osteoporosis

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  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted March 15, 2010
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  • Yoga for Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide, by Loren Fishman, MD, and Ellen Saltonstall. Four hundred illustrations. (W.W. Norton & Company, March, 2010) Yoga for Osteoporosis presents a truly comprehensive ...

Iyengar Yoga May Ease Chronic Back Pain

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted September 11, 2009
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  • Part Thirteen in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones One of my students received a copy of this article from her physician. She hopes it encourages him to take a class! Yoga may ease chronic back pain ...

Yoga Strengthened My Bones After Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted September 1, 2009
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  • Part Twelve in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones. Today I was reminded of a story one of my students wrote about her experience with yoga and osteoporosis while undergoing treatment for breast cancer ...

Building strong bones with the 72-second weight-bearing yoga rule

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted July 30, 2009
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  • Part Eleven in a Series on Yoga for Healthy Bones. A new study tells us that a yoga practice can not only help prevent osteoporosis — it actually builds the bones back up! In early March of this year ...

A yoga question: Are backbends good for "osteoporosis backs"?

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted July 29, 2009
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  • Part Ten in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones. Before I write more about yoga props, walls and chairs, I want to respond to two recent questions asked on this site. One person wrote: "Suza thanks for ...

Yoga with Walls and Chairs to Help Strengthen Your Bones

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted July 25, 2009
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  • Part Nine in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones. When I first began teaching yoga at a senior living community, I had never heard the term "osteoporosis." I had no formal training as a yoga instructor ...

One Year of Yoga Costs Less Than a Day in the Hospital.

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted July 23, 2009
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  • Part Eight in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones In my last Journal Entry I discussed how yoga props make yoga safer and more effective for people with osteoporosis and other health issues. People sometimes ...

Why Yoga Props are Extra Helpful for People with Osteoporosis

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  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted July 7, 2009
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  • Part Seven in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones The use of yoga blocks, bolsters, chairs, wall ropes and other yoga props makes yoga safer and more accessible for people with osteoporosis, arthritis ...

Thinking about healthy bones, yoga, and bone drugs too good to be true.

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted June 30, 2009
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  • Part Six in a Series on Yoga for Healthy Bones I am a sixty-year old yoga teacher and writer specializing in health issues for people at midlife and older. My books, "The New Yoga for People Over 50 ...

Helping My Mother After She Fell and Broke Her Thigh Bone

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  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted March 6, 2008
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  • Part Five in a Series on Yoga for Healthy Bones My mother celebrated her eighty-eighth birthday in February. I feel fortunate that she and my father are in good health and able to live independently and ...

A Young Student Brings Her Mom with Osteoporosis to Class

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  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted February 21, 2008
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  • Part Four in a Series on Yoga for Healthy Bones Today a young woman brought her mother to my "Gentle Yoga for People Over 60" class. She explained that her mom had never taken yoga before and, as I could ...

Yoga Teachers Who Understand Osteoporosis

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  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted February 15, 2008
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  • Part Three in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones: Finding a Teacher in Your Area I am frequently asked, "Is there a site that lists physical therapists, yoga instructors, trainers who truly are trained ...

Safe Yoga for Osteoporosis

SuzaFrancina
  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted February 12, 2008
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  • Part Two in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones. If you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis or if you have lost a significant amount of bone mineral density, be sure to inform your teacher about your condition ...

Build Strong Bones With Yoga

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  • By SuzaFrancina · Posted February 12, 2008
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  • Part One in a series on Yoga for Healthy Bones. The challenge as we grow older is to exercise in a way that does not contribute to bone fractures or have a negative effect on our joints. The usual forms ...

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