Keeping our joints healthy is essential for enjoying freedom of movement and agility all through life. As the joints age, we tend to lose range of motion, and that in turn limits ease of movement, compromises balance and may even lead to increased risk of falls and fractures.
In the long run, joint deterioration can lead to osteoarthritis, a painful and often debilitating condition that gets increasingly common as we get older.
Can the stretches and strengthening postures of yoga help preserve range of motion as we get older, and even prevent or slow the development of arthritis? Are there precautions and alignment concerns that we need to take to ensure we get the best results from our yoga practice to ensure yoga helps and heals, rather than hurt?
In this two-part online course, Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, authors of Yoga for Arthritis, take a closer look at the benefits of yoga for joint health and offer advice for do’s and don’ts to maximize the benefits of the practice.
What You Will Learn
- The significance of the fluid dynamics within joints and how these work in our favor while practicing yoga;
- The structure and tissue dynamics of cartilage, why it is vulnerable and tends to deteriorate over time, and how to protect it;
- How to find your limitations and strengths when practicing yoga and how to ensure students apply the right degree of effort to make progress without injury
- Key principles for optimum alignment to avoid joint wear and tear and protect the joints for a lifelong practice;
- How to help students develop greater awareness of joint limitations and set realistic goals and expectations for progress;
- How to recognize risks and modify postures, without losing yoga’s benefits;
- The key reminders to always incorporate in alignment instructions to ensure safety;
- A closer look at the recent discussion about yoga and femoroacetabular impingement of the hip, and whether or not you need to be concerned.
This Course Also Includes:
- Teaching Yoga to Beginners – How to Give New Yoga Students the Best Start: Are you working your intelligent edge in your yoga practice—or just plain pushing? In this talk, Ellen Saltonstall, co-author of Yoga for Arthritis and Yoga for Osteoporosis, looks at the seven most important factors to ensure a safe yoga practice, no matter what your level of experience. She also gives an overview on the results of a survey of yoga injuries she and Dr. Loren Fishman conducted, and highlights the main conclusions from said survey.
- Free Report: 10 Yoga Poses for Low Back Pain Prevention: Many back pain conditions have their origin in soft tissue imbalances. In this report, Dr. Loren Fishman and yoga therapist Ellen Saltonstall discuss some of the best yoga poses for preventing the recurrence of back pain or avoiding it in the first place. Whether you’re seeking to relieve your own back pain issues or looking to help students or yoga therapy clients, this is an invaluable resource from two of the leading experts in the field.
- Recordings of Both Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
- Transcripts of Both Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.
This course qualifies for 2 non-contact hour CEs with Yoga Alliance.