Victor Dubin Joins Yoga for Healthy Aging

by Nina I first “met” Victor Dubin when I put the call out for stories about people whose lives had been changed by yoga, so I could use the stories in our book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being. Victor wrote in with an irresistible offer to write about how he had used yoga to lower his high blood pressure. Of course, I went for it, and I absolutely loved what he wrote for us (see Low-Pressure Tactics: Using Yoga to Lower Blood Pressure) because not only…

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Steady as She Goes: Practicing Forbearance and Steadfastness

by Victor Landscape with Windswept Trees by Vincent Van Gogh Take a seat. Do your best to make the seat as comfortable as possible. Now, notice that no matter how comfortable the seat is, at some point you will have an inclination to get up from that seat. Some urge will strike you to get up and do something else or go somewhere else. And why shouldn’t you? You are free to “make that choice”. Or are you? Where did this urge come from? Why are you having it now?…

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Yoga for Varicose Veins

by Ram Here on the YFHA blog there has been a number of discussions on varicose veins and the role of yoga in treating them. For example, see Baxter’s reply to a question about this condition Friday Q&A: Varicose Veins and Other Circulation Problems. Varicosity is a condition in which veins weaken and flush the blood backwards and away from the heart. These weakened veins are termed “varicose” veins. In fact, if the condition is chronic, you can actually see the varicose veins popping out as dark purple or blue…

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Jivana Heyman Interviewed by Shelly Prosko

Have you noticed that even though our blog is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, many of our contributors live in different places throughout the world? So it’s really special when we can connect in person, as Jivana did recently with a regular contributor, physical therapist and yoga teacher Shelly Prosko, who lives in Canada. (To see Shelly’s articles for our blog, you can search on her name or use the Shelly Prosko label). Shelly was one of the speakers the Accessible Yoga Conference in Toronto a…

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Video of the Week: Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Arda Matseyendrasana)

This classic seated twist, which is called both Half Lord of the Fishes pose and Half King of the Fishes pose, stretches and strengthens the muscles and fascia around your spine and core while stretching your outer hips. If you find this seated position too challenging for your bottom leg, try Sage’s Twist 3 (Marichiyasana 3) instead. Those with vulnerable lower backs or osteoporosis should approach this cautiously or skip it altogether. Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email ° Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook and Twitter ° To order Yoga for Healthy Aging: A…

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Two-Week Vacation

by Nina This is just to let you know that we’ll be on vacation for two weeks (July 2 to July 13). Although there will be no new posts during this time, you can always explore our archives, where we have almost seven years worth of posts! You can just keep scrolling back through time, or, if you want to search for a particular topic, author, or time period and don’t know how, see How to Search. We’ll be back with Baxter’s video of the week on Monday, July 16.Subscribe to…

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Friday Q&A: Recovering From a Hip Fracture

Fractured Hip Before Repair Fractured Hip After Repair Q: This info most helpful, but could you give me info on Yoga after fractured hip repair? My doctor said I did not need a total hip replacement because I have strong bones, no arthritis and no osteoporosis (do have osteopenia). He is saying no yoga for 4 mos., so bones heal completely OR I could end up having to have a total hip replacement. Appreciate any advice. Thank you  A: We received the above inquiry about Nina’s recent post All About…

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Excerpts from "Hip-Healthy Asana" by Charlotte Bell

by Nina My post Interview with Charlotte Bell, Author of “Hip-Healthy Asana” introduced you to Charlotte and her latest book, Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain. And today I’m pleased to tell you that I can share some excerpts from the book with you! I chose three excerpts that I thought would appeal the most to our readers. The first two provide background information about Charlotte’s reasons for writing the book and why stabilizing the hips is so important, but the third…

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How Spinefulness Helped Improve My Upper Back

by Eve Johnson The day I met my first yoga teacher, Wende Davis, she placed me in Right Angle pose (which some call Half Downward-Facing Dog pose) with my hands resting on the top of her upright piano and ran her fingers along my spine. When she came to my upper back, she tapped and said, “That’s where your work is.”  And that’s where my work stayed for the next 29 years. In countless yoga classes, workshops, and teacher trainings, helpful fingers tapped my back in the same spot to…

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Yoga for the Terminally Ill

by Erin Collins Study of the Sky at Sunset by Eugene Delacroix “But I don’t know how to die.” An acquaintance of mine recently told me of her friend who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and given a prognosis of just a few months to live. Accepting this reality, she simply stated that she wasn’t quite sure how to “do death.”  As humans, two things we all share are breath and death. Although we’d all like to practice a full sequence of asana at the age of 92, the…

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