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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 https://sciatica.org/new-study/.

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 https://willowstreetyoga.com/ or pay at the door.

Kathy


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