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Gentle Yoga for Strong Bones

To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3

Twenty-two hundred years ago Patanjali wrote this about the practice of yoga: “sthira-sukham asanam.” It enjoins us to have a balance of effort and ease in our yoga.

Joel Kramer put it this way: “Yoga is a dance between control and surrender-between pushing and letting go- and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.”

In our classes, I put a lot of emphasis on doing less and letting go. Tomorrow's class will include the other side of the coin. It is called “tapas” in yoga. Tapas means having a fiery passion, a discipline.

For those who have been with me a while, I have explained about the bone yoga we will do tomorrow. It’s this:

Loren Fishman, an orthopedic medical doctor and yogi, has done extensive research on the effectiveness of a series of 12 yoga poses held between seven and 72 seconds to strengthen bones. Putting strong effort into holding the pose is what builds bone cells.

I have been a certified trainer in yoga for strong bones for years. I have also experienced the benefits of this practice personally.

When I did these poses five days a week for two years, my hip bone density increased by 13%. Here is a YouTube video of the 12 poses

This week let’s strengthen our bones as we balance our practice with effort and ease.

Hope you can make it to Willow Street Yoga from 11 am until 12:30 pm on this and every Wednesday. You can sign up in advance at or pay at the door.



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