Mudras are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practiced seated, standing, lying down, or walking. They are symbols of connection, and engage certain areas of the brain. For today’s practice, try this simple mudra: Place the thumb pad and index finger......

Exploring yoga as a practice of breathing that supports our spine is a passion of mine.  The nuanced approach of Viniyoga breath-centered yoga practices recognizes that the breath is intimately connected to the spine. With the repetition of simple movements with the breath, exploration of......

This is a very common question: is cat-cow safe if you have osteoporosis? The fear is that you are “rounding” the upper spine and that this would put pressure on the front part of the vertebrae, potentially causing compression fractures. But let’s take a closer look.......

What I’ve noticed over the years since my diagnosis with low bone density is that there is a lot of confusion out there about the condition itself and what to do about it. I’ve also noticed, as a long-time yoga practitioner, teacher, and now yoga......

Recently, a popular exercise coach declared that “yoga is not enough” when it comes to building bone.  I wanted to take a moment to give you an alternate perspective. On the one hand, I agree with her because the truth is there is not one......

In my yoga classes we’ve been talking about forward folds as bowing rather than hinging. This is a subtle difference from a mechanical standpoint but, once you tease this out with practice, it’s a profound way to engage the spine in a meaningful way, which......

What does “reversing” osteoporosis even mean? I think we have to be careful about using the word “reverse” when it comes to osteoporosis. Some folks interpret that to mean they would gain back all the bone they lost and have a skeleton that is just......

In his book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, James Nestor made this intriguing statement about the relationship between breath and osteoporosis: "It's possible to overbreathe yourself into osteoporosis and increased risk of bone fractures." This piqued my curiosity since breath is so integral to our yoga practice! The chemistry behind this statement can be somewhat complicated - but I did a little research. Let me try to simplify it. ...

And so my journey into this wiley and contradictory world of osteoporosis screening protocols and treatment variations began....

There was a time, about 30 years ago, I think everyone and their mother owned a VHS tape or DVD to practice yoga in the privacy of their own home. We could take a class in the comfort of our living room with a celebrity......

I’m a huge fan of Samin Nosrat, the author of Salt Fat Acid Heat. I am inspired by her fearless and creative ways of deconstructing and reconstructing recipes. ...

When did your summer begin? It seems our cultural clocks have shifted to account for summer more or less on a school schedule and some let the kids out in early May! It’s kind of like seeing Christmas decorations show up in the stores in......

In India, I noticed how much feet are revered. One touches the feet of their guru or elder to symbolically show deep respect. There is much to learn from the person who has trekked along the path of knowledge. Their feet are symbols of grounding,......

A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis.) It’s sort of a fluke that I found out this early – at the age of 53 – but I’m so glad I did! When my late father was in his......

I guess the phrase “pencil it in” is a bit anachronistic. Sadly, it seems not as many people use a paper calendar these days. Do you? I do! I like the tactile experience of using pencils. Though I have to say that the only pencil......

Did you ever watch Schoolhouse Rock? Remember “3 is a Magic Number”? “The past and the present and the future The faith and hope and charity The heart and the brain and the body Give you three as a magic number” And 3 is a......

Maybe you’ve experienced something like this: You aren’t feeling 100% well but you haven’t been “diagnosed” with anything so you attribute your symptoms to this or that and just live with it. It took me a long time to figure out what was going on......