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Lulu OT + Yoga Update

June 2015 Update IYT Teacher Training Month 8. We studied the nervous system’s response to stress – particularly the sympathetic/parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. Of course we focused primarily on restorative work and had a relatively stress free weekend. J. Brown was our dynamic guest yoga artist and shared both his process and [...]

Lulu OT + Yoga Update2019-10-09T19:43:48+00:00

Iyengar RIP

Mr. Iyengar died early this morning (8/20/14) at the age of 95. Although I never got the chance to study yoga with him, I have been a student of his techniques for over 15 years. As a trained modern dancer, his techniques went beyond the joyful movement of asana, (which I naturally loved), and taught [...]

Iyengar RIP2019-10-09T19:43:48+00:00

Staten Island University Hospital Yoga

Two weeks ago, for a cable special on yoga for seniors, I was interviewed at Staten Island University Hospital along with 2 current and one former patient. Each of us was interviewed and the students very eloquently discussed the reasons and health considerations that brought them to yoga. Some memorable moments included Josephine reporting that [...]

Staten Island University Hospital Yoga2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

Texas

It been almost 2 months since I left for Texas to finish the 500 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Training I started last August at Kripalu. We were lucky to be a small, cohesive group of 22 students plus a handful of teachers, and equally lucky to be staying on the grounds of a Hindu temple, [...]

Texas2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

Dads Yoga

At 75, my dad is starting his yoga practice. The facts are as follows; he is basically thin and fit, a tennis player, gardener and avid ballroom dancer. A psychiatrist, which makes him precise, direct and punctuated with shoulder tension. He has a history of asthma and abandonment issues (mother) and above all stays far [...]

Dads Yoga2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

Yoga After a Spinal Fusion – Class 1

Pranayama- Ujjayi breathing in to lower abdomen and diaphragm (lying on back) Mudra: Rupa Mudra for Bone Health Body Awareness- place thin support under lumbar spine for isometric abdominal toning (belly button towards spine); one at a time, lift each knee to chest on exhale. […]

Yoga After a Spinal Fusion – Class 12019-10-09T19:43:50+00:00

Spinal Fusion Rehabilitation

Two important concepts throughout the lumbar fusion therapy protocol are maintenance of a neutral spine and core stabilization. Stabilization can be defined as a balance between strength, flexibility and postural control and a neutral spine can be thought of as a dynamic position between flexion and extension, making it possible to maintain a neutral spine [...]

Spinal Fusion Rehabilitation2019-10-09T19:43:50+00:00

Spinal Fusions

Last week a yoga student of mine fell off a ladder and fractured his first lumbar vertebrae. On Monday he underwent a spinal fusion to join together 5 vertebrae, the two above (T11, T12) and the two below (L2, L3). What is a spinal fusion? With a lumbar fusion, a posterolateral approach is common which [...]

Spinal Fusions2019-10-09T19:43:51+00:00

Publishers Clearing House

Last week I taught a chair yoga class at Publishers Clearing House in Chelsea as part of their corporate wellness day. Dues to space (and time) limitations we ended up doing two 30-minute sessions. Although not easy to interrupt deskwork fever to do a mindful yoga practice in the middle of the day, the participants [...]

Publishers Clearing House2013-09-25T16:20:55+00:00

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